Serena Pictor Registered NurseRegistered Nurse, Registered Midwife, Neonatal ICU, Shiatsu Therapist


I was born in Cameroun, West Africa, then moved to Malaysia with my family, where we lived ( in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur ) until I was fifteen; my parents were British, and along with my siblings, had a boarding school education in UK.

I discovered my African roots at eighteen when my father took a job in Swaziland so instead of returning to UK to study physiotherapy, I took a gap year in Swaziland, did some voluntary work at the local clinic, then commenced my nursing training at Greys Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, in 1981.

In 1984, after completing my general training, I headed to Cape Town, to study midwifery at Mowbray Maternity Hospital. There I discovered a passion for neonatal nursing, and after a brief sojourn back at Greys, returned to Mowbray, from where I attended the course in Neonatal Intensive Care, at Groote Schuur Hospital, and passed with top marks. I remained in Mowbray Neonatal ICU , latterly as sister- in – charge, until 1991, when I left to get married.

I then took a break from nursing, moved to Durban, where both my sons were born, and returned to the Western Cape in 1995; this time though, we lived in the country- firstly in Franschhoek, and latterly Tulbagh- so as my boys were growing up, and I started to feel the need for some “hands on” work, I decided against returning to hospital nursing, and turned to something different: In 1999, I spent a year studying shiatsu!

For the past thirteen years, I have been happily self-employed , looking after a shiatsu clientele that stretched from Franschhoek to Paarl, Stellenbosch, Tulbagh, and even included regular “swallow clients” from UK, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland Austria, Australia and USA. In 2012, I also studied Holistic massage and Sport Massage, and invested in the small local pizza take-away business I’d been working in! Spare time was spent mainly outdoors- gardening, running, swimming , hiking, and horse-riding!

I joined the Skin/ Health Renewal Team very recently: realizing I had “ unfinished business” with nursing, and being ready to make some changes in my life, I was thrilled to join the Western Cape team, and look forward to making my contribution to this dynamic enterprise!