Dr Simone Zoepke is a born bred Kloof local, attending school at both Kloof Primary and High School before working and travelling overseas. She then completed her studies in medicine at the University of Pretoria.
Simone has always had a passion for writing and teaching and finds pleasure in imparting her knowledge and experience onto others. She was a university tutor for two years and enjoyed guiding to her younger colleagues in the hospital setting. She now hopes to share her knowledge with the Kloof community through Public Health and be a filter for the technical and sometimes overwhelming amounts of information available to those looking for answers about their bodies and health.
Simone completed her internship at the Pietermaritzburg Hospital Complex, rotating through Edendale, Northdale and Greys Hospital. She then made the trek to the Free State for her Community Service at Phekolong District Hospital.
She has developed and nurtured a keen interest in Plastics and Reconstructive surgery as well as Orthopaedic surgery, with the dream of one day qualifying as a Hand Surgeon. This passion was ignited when she was taught about the anatomy and unfathomable complexities of our hands. Being an avid artist and seamstress in her spare time, she could appreciate on a personal level the devastation losing the ability to use your hands would be.
During her undergraduate studies, Simone was awarded a scholarship to Tromso in Norway for her surgical elective. There she learnt under the wing of the ambitious and talented Dr Louis de Weerd in his Plastic Surgery department. She then went on to write a medical paper with him on the use of muscle flaps in reconstruction of the thigh after severe infection. This is in addition to the paper she wrote with Dr Nikki Allorto in the field of Burn Surgery. She intends to start her master’s in medicine on Hand infections in 2021.
In addition to sewing and painting, Simone is a keen mountain biker and has just started trail running after being exposed to the beauty of the Free State farmlands and Maluti mountains.
She also enjoys cooking, playing the ukulele, and spending much-missed time with her parents and sister, who have been residents of Kloof for over 25 years.
“I am so delighted to have the opportunity to serve and treat those from my own community. Being home is a dream come true and I will do everything in my power to guide, educate, care for and, when I can, heal those in need, taking into account the incredible effect that the mind and our social circumstances have on the body.”