International ePatient Speaker and Founder of hcsmSA
Johannesburg, South Africa
Online Marketing and SEO
Medical Websites and Patient Education
ePatient Activist – Antibiotic Resistance – (MRSA) and Facial Differences
Diversity and Inclusion (Disability)
Founder of the #hcsmSA eHealth TweetChat
Vanessa is an internationally recognised South African Facial Difference and MRSA (Antibiotic Resistance) ePatient speaker. She is also the founder of hcsmSA which is an acronym for Health Care Social Media South Africa. There are currently over 30 hcsm virtual
eHealth geographic communities and members meet to discuss
issues pertaining to healthcare frequently.
Vanessa was the creative director of Artext, a design company which she established in 1997. In 2004, due to a severe car accident in Johannesburg she spent ten years through the medical system reconstructing damage done to her face with a multi-disciplinary team.
In 2013, she used her patient experience to diversify her business services to include medical website design with animated patient education because one of the biggest issues she experienced was the lack of online specialists and accurate resources.
Vanessa is an advisory board member for Doctors 2.0 and You (Associated to Stanford Medicine X), EyeforPharma, Docola, InfectionControl.Tips as well as The Walking Gallery of Healthcare by Regina Holliday. Read more here.