About Us

Dr. Tom Mabin
 

Dr. Tom Mabin
MB ChB; BSc (Hons)(Birm.) FACC; FESC; FRCP
Cardiologist
PR 1808168

  • Experienced clinical cardiologist and pioneer in the interventional cardiology practice in South Africa. Additional interest in complex pacemaker implants. Recently has pioneered Transcutaneous Aortic Valve Implantation(TAVI) in South Africa and currently one of the most experienced operators in this field.

  • Passion for post-graduate education in various roles and Director of Crossroads Institute (South Africa) and convenor of a number of national/international cardiology congresses. Frequent Faculty Member of International Interventional Cardiology Programs including EuroPCR and TCT. Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of EuroPCR.

  • Founding Chairman of South African Society of Cardiovascular Intervention (SASCI).

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology and European Society of Cardiology.

  • Enjoy interacting at a personal level with my patients with a particular empathy for elderly patients and the problems they face with cardiovascular disease.

  • Wild Life enthusiast and Birder and I follow sporting events with great interest.

  • I am particularly proud of our Practice ethic and the wonderful permanent team established both in our consulting rooms and in our Hospital.

Email: tom@helderbergheart.co.za

Dr. Mark Abelson
 

Dr. Mark Abelson
M.B. B.Ch(Wits) M.R.C.P.(U.K.)F.C.P(S.A.)
Cardiologist
PR 0102180

Email: mark@helderbergheart.co.za

  • Dr Abelson is not only an honest, forthright, professional cardiologist, but also an avid cyclist, paddler, walker and outdoor enthusiast.

  • On the academic front he studies medical journals and keeps up to date with the latest literature.

  • He is one of the few cardiologists in private practice who publishes his work experience in peer-reviewed journals.

  • He is highly skilled in the cardiac catheterization theatre in the coronary, carotid and stroke fields. He is "born to work" in this field.

  • He has placed nearly 150 carotid stents ( the vast majority are in patients with symptomatic carotid artery stenosis) with a mortality rate of 0.7% and major stroke rate of 0%. This is significantly better than the expected complication rate of 3-6%.

  • He has pioneered the use of mechanical embolectomy for acute stroke patients in South Africa since January 2007. This has given patients admitted at Vergelegen Medi Clinic with very large strokes a good chance of a reasonable, and sometimes complete, recovery which would ordinarily not have been possible. He has published this work in peer review international journals. He has been invited to hold training workshops in Europe to help train cardiologists there in this field.

  • He has recently started the implantation of left atrial appendage plugs for patients with atrial fibrillation who are unable to take Warfarin. This device then prevents clots forming in the heart and thereby prevents strokes despite the patients not being on warfarin. He is currently the only cardiologist in the country doing this procedure.

  • He is regularly invited as a speaker at numerous local and international cardiac congresses.
 
Staff Questions:

QUESTION 1: WHAT DO YOU LOVE THE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
QUESTION 2: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PAST TIME/HOBBY?

See answers below:


ADMIN
Gillian Groenewald
 

Gillian Groenewald

Manager: Reception - Drs Mabin & Abelson

With practice since 1984


Email: gill@helderbergheart.co.za

Answers:
1. The diversity of the position. You can never predict what your day is going to be like. Every day is different!
2. Travelling

Erika Eksteen
 

Erika Eksteen
Receptionist for Drs Mabin & Abelson

With practice since 2005

Email: erika@helderbergheart.co.za

Answers:
1. Everyday brings new challenges!
2. Scrapbooking

 

ACCOUNTS
Johlene Rainier
 

Johlene Rainier
Practice Manager for Drs Mabin & Abelson
Admin Manager for Dr Tom Mabin

With practice since 1999

Email: johlene@helderbergheart.co.za

Answers:
1. The satisfaction of helping patients with the sometimes large amount of admin and knowledge that goes with claiming a bill from medical aid.
2. Interior decorating

Kathy Nigrini
 

Kathy Nigrini
Personal assistant for Dr Mark Abelson
General admin assistant to Drs Mabin & Abelson

With practice since 2003

Email: kathy@helderbergheart.co.za

Answers:
1. Going the extra mile, especially for the elderly patients, and the satisfaction that comes from seeing a patient leave here much happier than when they arrived.
2. Writing

 

MESSENGERS/OFFICE CLERKS/REFRESHMENTS/CLEANING TEAM
Melinda Fortuin
 

Melinda Fortuin

With practice since 2003

Answers:
1. Filing
2. Reading and knitting

Pamela Izaks
 

Pamela Izaks

With practice since 2007

Answers:
1. Interacting with staff and making sure everyone is happy and taken care of.
2. Cooking

 

NURSING STAFF
Sarette Barnard
 

Sarette Barnard
Nursing Sister

With practice since 2007

Answers:
1. The interaction with patients and colleagues.
2. Reading and visiting interesting coffee shops.

Carmelita Williams
  Carmelita Williams
Nursing Sister

With practice since 2008

Answers:
1. The relationship and bond one forms over the long term with a patient and seeing the improvement in their condition.
2. Gardening, outdoors, walking.

 

CLINICAL TECHNOLOGISTS
Elizabeth Schneider
 

Elizabeth Schneider

With practice since 1999

Answers:
1. Interacting with the patients and the challenges of maintaining excellence.
2. Jewellery design/making, and music.

Ronel van Greunen
 

Ronel van Greunen

With practice since 2004

Answers:
1. The half naked men.
2. Star gazing and chemical engineering.

Anton Hayes
 

Anton Hayes

With practice since 2005

Answers:
1. Interacting with the patients and building long-term relationships.
2. Photography. Pole dancer judge.

Herbie Steyn
 

Herbie Steyn
Clinical Technologist
Manager: Pacemaker Clinic

With practice since 1996

Answers:
1. Dealing with the patients at the pacemaker clinic.
2. Cooking.

 

RESEARCH DEPARTMENT
Joanne Stemmett
 

Joanne Stemmett
Study Co-ordinator

With the practice since 2010.

Email: jo@helderbergheart.co.za

Answers:
1. Chatting to and building relationships with my patients.
2. Relaxing with friends and family.

 

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USEFUL LINKS
The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions VISIT
Helderberg Cardiac Support Group VISIT