Dr Tammy Wessels
Tammy is a born and bred, proud South African and has been a dedicated Lonehill Community member for more than 20 years. She is married, and a mom to boys (4 and 8 years) who keep her on her toes. She calls herself blessed to have the support of grandparents also in the Lonehill area, and this is how she strikes a balance between family and her passion…family healthcare.
Tammy’s journey through life has been a long and winding road that has led her to her ultimate love, medicine. Her high school years were filled with academia and sport and this is where she met her soul mate and life partner. After school she went on to complete a higher Diploma in Physical Education at JCE. Tammy enjoyed teaching high school biology and physical education but always knew she wanted to study further. It was the fascination with the human body that led her to apply for Medicine at Wits. She graduated in 2004 and completed her internship, community service, and renal medical officer post at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. The unique experience and friendships gained through these tough years are the reasons “Bara” will forever be a part of her today.
Tammy left the State to explore the private sector in 2007 where she worked predominately in hospital emergency units soaking up the adrenalin and buzz. After her firstborn son, she realised emergency was not easily compatible with family life and neither was a specialization. So Tammy dove whole heartedly into general practice and almost 10 years later, she has never looked back. Every day is an exciting challenge. Building relationships based on trust and respect with patients and their families is at the core of her ethos.
When she is not working, Tammy spends precious time with her family and friends surrounded by good food and wine. In practising what she preaches, she strives to live a healthy lifestyle and exercises as much as she can.
Tammy believes all you need is a passion, a strong sense of purpose and self-belief and you can live your dreams.