Meet the Cape Gate Dietitians team

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 ANJA

I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Human Nutrition at the University of Stellenbosch in 2016.

In 2017, I moved to Douglas, a rural town in the Northern Cape, to complete my community service year. During this time, I had the opportunity to be creative and refine my skills by working in a variety of challenging situations. Furthermore, I learnt that perseverance and patience is key in achieving one's goals.

At the start of 2019, I joined the team at Cape Gate Dietitians in Cape Town. As a dietitian, I firmly believe that knowledge is power and strive to empower my clients with knowledge and confidence to make the best possible choices for their lifestyle.

I am registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and a member of the Association of Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) which requires me to stay up to date with the latest research and developments in the industry.

While I am very passionate about proper nutrition from the start of life and a firm believer in "prevention is better than cure" - it is important to remember that it is never too late to make changes towards a better future!

MEET CARA

I am a passionate registered dietitian who completed my Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours degree in Dietetics at the University of Stellenbosch in 2016. I was lucky to know from the young age of 15 that I wanted to be a dietitian “one day”. Throughout my studies my passion for health and human nutrition escalated.

After completion of my studies I moved to the North-West to complete my community service year at Brits District Hospital, where I worked in a team of 8 dietitians, gaining valuable experience, working with a wide variety of patients.

In 2018, I moved home to Cape Town, and started volunteering as a dietitian at Karl Bremer Hospital in Bellville, where I gained further clinical nutrition experience. It was in April 2018 that I started working in the nutritional supplementation industry as a dietitian. I gained much knowledge about the role and place for nutritional supplementation.

I joined the vibrant Cape Gate Dietitians team at the start of 2019.

I am registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) which ensures that I remain up-to-date with the latest in evidence based nutrition, by means of continuous learning via various courses and trainings. I am also a member of the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA). Both keep me connected to the ever-growing field of human nutrition.

I am a firm believer of continuous, life-long learning. I am dedicated to staying up to date with the latest research and findings in my field in order to provide my patients with the latest and best evidence based nutritional care.

As with all things in life, I believe that balance is key! Every patient is different and I treat each patient with an individualized approach. It is my greatest joy to help my patients to attain a better life with the help of some dietary modifications and my supportive assistance. I create a safe-space, where my patients feel free to share their fears and their aspirations and where they can accomplish their personal goals.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” - Hippocrates