Dr. Engela Young

Doctor Young qualified as an occupational therapist in 1976 and started her private practice with a full multidisciplinary team with the following disciplines under one roof she always felt that there was a missing link this holding her from optimum success with her patience and therefore believe a full multidisciplinary approach to be vital.

The multiple disciplinary team consisted of 6 Occupational Therapists, 1 Speech Therapist, 1 Physiotherapists, 1 Biokinetesist,  2 Psychologists, 1 Medical Practitioner, 1 Remedial Teacher, 1  Art Therapist, 1  Water Therapist, 1  Holistic Therapist, 1 Traumatologist and 5 Equi- therapists.


Young started The South African Riding Association (SATRA) in 1996 when she was frustrated by the fact that despite working with a full multi-disciplinary team, she still experienced a lack of success in some of her patients until she investigated the additional use of horses in therapy.  Immediately her success rate improved


Concomitantly, she started a Tutor Centre for Special Needs on the premised.  The objective of the tutor centre was to withdraw a learner with problems from the mainstream schooling for up to six months and expose the learner to high impact therapy.  Once the learner has overcome the problems, he/she was filtered back into the mainstream schooling system.  This was done in cooperation with the learner’s school.



This academy does not exist anymore as a running concern but due to demand has evolved into a one-on-one structure although workshops are also held to allow for intensive and practical empowerment of women.


The optimal development of babies by Young did not produce the required results and after much thought and discussions she realised that the development process of a baby should start even before conception.

“There is no period of parenthood with more direct and formative effect on the child’s developing brain than the nine months of pregnancy leading to the birth of a full term baby”- Marian Diamond


Unlike ‘old dogs’, the elderly can indeed learn ‘new tricks’. The physical, emotional and cognitive ability of the elderly is of grave importance to ensure quality of life.


Young realized that the approach of the Therapist should also adapt.  When the therapist looks at learning, it is very important to remember that there are certain developments that must precede the learning process.  It is important to remember that “learning is a function of the brain”.  The Therapist is of the opinion that a child must be encouraged and assisted to develop the brain’s capability to learn thing, not merely to learn certain skills or competencies, for example to fit visual stimuli, remember sounds in the correct order or to draw a line from one point to another.



After enrolling for a PhD on this level, Young realized that one cannot stimulate the brain successfully if the if the physiological status of the body has a problem.

Physical health and well-being concentrate on health and how to stop illnesses from developing, “A healthy body hosts a healthy spirit!”

The brain and the body are of equal importance and the one isn’t more important than the other in attaining Wellness and health