Meet the Cape Gate Dietitians team

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MEET ANIKA

I am the practice founder and clinical leader, dedicated to staying on top of the latest research and developments in the industry. I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Human Nutrition at the University of Stellenbosch. After completing my community service year in the Siyanda district, surrounding Upington, I relocated back to Cape Town.

I started the practice in January 2013. During this time I also had a half day post at Mowbray Maternity Hospital and a 12 month locum position with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa. At the start of 2015, I decided to go into private practice on a full time basis. I believe that the exposure and experience I had gained during the first few years has shaped and refined my skills and abilities as a clinical dietitian.

I am registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as well as the Association of Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA). I also attend ongoing training to keep up to date with the latest research in nutrition. My personal take on food and nutrition: Balance is the key, and food should be enjoyed!

I am dedicated to results, especially when it comes to the the well-being of my patients. I follow a holistic approach when evaluating and making recommendations, and will assist you with all the steps that are needed to implement the suggested dietary changes.

MEET ANNETTE

I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics at the University of Stellenbosch at the end of 2014. I then moved back to my home town, Calvinia, to complete a year of community service.

In 2016, I started my private practice in Calvinia and served surrounding towns for the year. At the beginning of 2017, I joined the team of dietitains at Anika Registered dietitians in Cape Town.

My experience as dietitian in a variety of settings , gave me a unique understanding of the needs of a wide spectrum of patients. This also helped me develop a variety of skills, which I use to the full advantage of my patients.

I am a firm believer that leading a healthy lifestyle should be enjoyable, if it is to be sustainable – every food has a place.

My HPCSA – registration (Health Profession Council of South Africa) as registered dietitian, requires me to keep my skills and knowledge up to date through ongoing training.

I am dedicated in my task to help patients achieve better health and I treat every patient with great compassion. I believe that making my patients feel at ease during consultations goes a long way. This is done by creating a relaxed environment where patients can speak freely, treating them with the compasion and the necessary empathy, where needed.

MEET NATALIE

I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Human Nutrition at the University of Stellenbosch in 2013.

For the compulsory Community Service year I was placed at Madadeni Hospital in Newcastle, KwaZulu Natal. During this year I gained experience in Hospital Clinical Nutrition as well as exposure to different cultures.

Upon returning to Cape Town I had a locum position at Khayelitsha Hospital before being appointed a permanent position in the Cederberg Sub-district for Department of Health. During these two years in Clanwilliam and surrounds I had the privilege to serve the community at the clinics and hospitals. I had the opportunity to refine my nutrition counselling skills and nutrition interventions across all stages of the lifecycle and nutrition ailments. Most importantly I learnt a great amount about leadership in nutrition, tenacity and the importance of team work.

I am registered with the Health Professions Counsel of South Africa (HPCSA) which requires me to stay up to date with the latest research and be randomly audited.

As a Dietitian I aim to practice evidence based nutrition and have a patient centred, individualised approach as far as possible. I have an interest in the exciting field of Nutrigenomics – how nutrition and our unique genes can influence health. Furthermore I have an interest in the First 1000 Days, from pregnancy to two years of life and its influence on future health.