Elise is an Occupational Therapist who, through further qualifications and extensive professional experience, has chosen to consult in the unique space where health, business and law intersect. 

Her specialist field is that of understanding the world of work and how one is able to operate optimally within it, be it with a disability; re-entering the workplace post-trauma; embarking on a career; changing careers; managing and / or launching and growing a business. 

She is of the view that, irrespective of the circumstances, understanding a person’s personal energy and determining how best to make use of it alongside their skills set, is the key to thriving in the work environment – and in life.  When working with Elise you will realise that your power lies in the ability to connect with your uniqueness. 


  • Expert occupational capability and suitability assessments in the risk and medico-legal domains
  • Personal business coaching and career transition consulting
  • Disability and incapacity consulting, claims management and dispute resolution
  • Medical negligence and risk claims mediation
  • Health professionals training


Sayings and quotes by Elise


“Elise has been instrumental in assisting me with the career direction that I have taken which resulted in me starting my own business, a remote medical support company with our head office based in Kenya.  She has for over three years continued to add significant value on a strategic, operational and personal level.  She embraces one’s business and goes the extra mile in terms of assisting, supporting and challenging ones thinking.  I look forward to continuing to work with Elise for many years to come”

Diana Carson – Managing Director

“As an insurance professional, I thoroughly enjoyed working with Elise. She has a deep knowledge of the insurance industry which accelerates the coaching process.  She helped me to broaden my goals and expectations in a very safe environment – and this change has helped bring new goals and fruitful directions in my career journey.  I can highly recommend her expert coaching to the thoughtful executive or professional, especially in the insurance industry.”

Independent Consulting Actuary

“Elise Burns-Hoffman has a wonderful way of deconstructing the crux of a complex situation and reconstructing it in a way that – when implemented – gives one a sense of control, achievement and renewed vigour to progress. I started looking forward to my sessions with her, because I always left with a lightness of being; new perspective and tools to tackle my professional and personal challenges. What I valued most was not just insight into my own psychology, but valuable understanding of human nature as a whole, and how others are receiving my communication – both verbal and non-verbal. I have been using this approach ever since and have experienced positive results, simply by tweaking how I communicate. Thanks again Elise.”

Bobby Brown – Multi-media writer/journalist and Breakfast Show Anchor

“ I have been working with Elise for a year and a half and as I have said to friends so many times, my only regret is that I didn’t start working with her earlier on in my business. Elise has a great structured approach to uncovering your vision for yourself and your business but what I really love most about her is that she is so practical and is able to guide you in extremely practical ways through all the trickiest parts of running a business. She has a lot of experience in running successful businesses herself including her own and has a lot of wisdom and knowledge about business and the SA market. She also has a really calm way about her.  Elise has quite frankly changed the trajectory of my businesses and I consider her an invaluable partner to me – I urge anyone grappling with issues in business or as an entrepreneur to not wait to get her assistance as a coach.”

Amanda Reekie – Founding Director

“Elise is a consummate professional. She was very understanding of my needs and took a great deal of time to research my background and was able to give me advise as to how to prepare and assist myself in my future needs and directions, She is a very caring lady and always has the interests of her clients at heart. Her advice was very useful and her simple and logical approach was a great help as well”

Retired Senior Air Traffic Controller