The Rachem Team

It has been an exciting journey of how the medical practitioners involved at Rachem Wellness came to be.

 

We believe everyone involved at Rachem Wellness is meant to be here and has an invaluable role to fulfill. Our unique ability and approach at Rachem are due to the combination of our collective training and education, our professional- and life experiences as well as the desire we share for people to reach optimal health and wellness.

 

We want to serve, and be a gateway for those who are looking for a more holistic approach to their ailments.
Our Rachem team consists of general practitioners, dieticians, physiotherapists, psychologists, and biokineticist.

If we are not able to effectively assist you, we will direct you to those who can.

We have a desire for people
to reach optimal health and wellness.

General Practitioners

General Practitioners

Dr. Alma le Roux

General Practitioner

“She has an attentive, caring approach to her work”

Special Interest in Functional Medicine

 

Dr. Alma le Roux

General Practitioner

Dr Alma le Roux graduated from the University of Pretoria (UP) in 2000. She completed her internship year at Elim Hospital in the Limpopo province. Thereafter, she had the privilege to gather work- and abundant life experience in New Zealand and Canada. She spent several years being a full-time mom, a time for which she is very grateful. She has always fostered an awareness of the importance of nutrition, exercise and lifestyle, and the effect of good choices related to these aspects on a person’s health and wellbeing.

Ever since the moment the discipline of functional medicine first crossed her path, she has been captivated by the fundamental way in which this approach is able to change a person’s health and wellbeing for the better. Functional medicine addresses disease at its root cause. By utilising this approach, a person can not only reach a point where they are disease free, but also achieve true and long-lasting wellbeing.

Dr Alma has an attentive, caring approach to her work. Building trusting relationships with her patients is very important to her. She aims to empower her patients to play an active role in their own healing- and health journeys. Putting an emphasis on disease prevention, and longevity, as well as creating awareness about it, is of great importance to Dr Alma.

Her special interests in the field of medicine include: bio-identical hormone balancing, auto-immune diseases (especially Hashimoto’s thyroiditis), type 2 diabetes, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, and mood-related problems (including anxiety).

Dr Alma’s recent and pertinent courses include:

  • Integrative Medicine Bootcamp, Bio-identical Hormone balancing, and Intravenous nutrient therapy from The Golding Institute.
  • Certified Functional Medicine Provider (CFMP) from the Functional Medicine University (currently in the process of completion).

Thomas Edison in his infinite wisdom once said: “The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet, and the cause and prevention of disease”. Although Dr Alma acknowledges that conventional medicine has an important role to fulfil, the wisdom of this quote by Thomas Edison truly resonates with what she believes to be true.

On a personal level:

Alma is married to her best friend, and love of her life, Christo. They have four lively, open-hearted and open-minded children. Their pets include the unusual combo of three dogs, three tortoises, five bunnies, eight geckoes, and even a guinea pig!

Alma loves spending time with her family. She thoroughly enjoys experimenting with new recipes to cook tasty and healthy meals. Spending time in nature where she feels closest to her Heavenly Father, going for early morning walks with Christo or having a cup of coffee and a heart-to-heart talk with a good friend, are some of her favourite things to do. Traveling and experiencing foreign cultures and cuisine is a passion of Alma. She wonders when Christo is going to surprise her with a trip to Greece…

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Dr. Christo le Roux

General Practitioner

Special Interest in the wide variety of General Medicine

 

Dr Christo graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1998. (MBChB, Pret.)
The door for him to go and study medicine opened up after he did a year of Bible school upon completion of Grade 12. ‘Medicine’ must be in his blood since his dad, mom, brother and two sisters are all in the medical field.

Since graduating, he has gained 22 years of invaluable clinical experience. This ranged from government hospital work in rural South Africa to rural work abroad, as far north as Churchill, Canada in the subarctic, to as far south as the North island of New Zealand. In Churchill, he got exposed to true Inuit people and their unique health challenges. Here he has also had extensive experience in Emergency Medicine.

In New Zealand dr. Christo worked in a teaching hospital rotating in the departments of Orthopedic surgery, and Internal Medicine. He has had many years of experience in private GP practice in Canada, which also included hospital- and emergency work. Since 2015 he has been working as a GP in Potchefstroom.

In his work , he primarily enjoys to see people get better, and ultimately heal, or become disease free. He likes to get to know his patients on a personal level, and his even-keeled, kind and pleasant personality is conducive to this. Since dr Christo has personally seen the health benefits of regular excercise, he sees this as a non-negotiable component to healthy living. He is looking forward to make this a more doable action for his patients at Rachem Wellness because of the multidisciplinary approach to patient care.

He likes to see patients young, old and in between, with a wide variety of conditions…from earache, broken bones, lacerations, chronic medical conditions, as well as those with a broken heart.  

On a personal level… he has been married to the girl of his dreams since 2000.
(PS: her name is Alma ;)). Together they enjoy many activities, usually involving the outdoors. They have four energetic children who challenge him to stay fit and healthy. They form the core of his workout/ fitness team. Christo’s Faith in God is part of who he is, and he strives to fulfill God’s purposes for his life.
Christo has many interests, including gardening, hiking, hunting, playing guitar, and travelling. He’s secretly saving money to be able to surprise Alma with a trip to Greece…

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“He enjoys seeing people get better and ultimately heal.”

Special Interest in the wide variety of General Medicine

 

Dr. Jurgens Staats

General Practitioner

“His aim for his patients is to live their life to the fullest.”

Special Interest in all things
allergy-related.

 

Dr. Jurgens Staats

General Practitioner

Dr Jurgens Staats is a Medical Doctor and a Homeopathic Practitioner. He is currently pursuing the title of Family Physician, which he will be awarded as soon as his ongoing research in this field is complete.

Dr Staats has obtained the following degrees: M Tech: Homeopathy at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), MBBCh at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits), Diploma in Anaesthetics (SA), and Diploma in Allergology (SA). He is currently completing his MMed Family Medicine degree at Wits.

The overarching field of expertise which Dr Staats specialises in is allergies. This includes a whole spectrum of allergies such as eczema, asthma, allergic rhinitis, urticaria, and allergies to: food, insect stings and pets. His field of expertise also includes alternative healthcare (specifically, homoeopathy).

His past work experience includes practising medicine at a private practice (Homeopath) Hartswater (2005-2008), and internship, community service and family medicine registrar at Potchefstroom Hospital and Sub-District (2013-2020).

One of the aspects which Dr Staats especially appreciates about his profession is that it allows him to use his skills to produce new ideas and make a positive change in the lives of others. His aim is for his patients to live their lives to the fullest and to reach their maximum health potential.  Allergies are notoriously mismanaged and Dr Staats wishes to provide his patients the opportunity to have the same opportunities and quality of life as those without these underlying issues.

Dr Staats places patient-centeredness at the core of what he strives to achieve.  He highly values the intimacy between doctor and patient when the doctor is empathic to a patient’s experiences while providing guidance based on knowledge.

For Dr Staats, there was no single event or experience that lead him to pursue a career in the field which he has. For him, it was rather multiple encounters with mentors, teachers, patients and friends that affirmed his choice of being a healthcare practitioner. Dr Staats believes that a life of service to others is an enriching process and experiences are built over time; no knowledge is wasted.

Dr Staats is happily married to Mari-Alet, a local pharmacist. They have three sons, of which the two youngest sons are a set of identical twins. The Staats family enjoy traveling, nature trips, and hiking. Dr Staats also has a special interest in aloes and grows a wide variety of aloes in his garden.

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Nutrition

Nutrition

Idonette van Zyl

Dietitian

Special Interest in:
General Paediatric Nutrition,
Food Allergies & Intolerances,
ADHD

 

Idonette has a special interest in general paediatric nutrition, food allergies and -intolerances, as well as ADHD. She understands the challenges faced by children and families living with food allergies and -intolerances, and therefore strives to offer support in improving the quality of life of the whole family. She beliefs in a holistic approach, and is passionate about working together as a health-care team. 

She is registered with the HPCSA (The Health Professions Council of South Africa) and ALLSA (The Allergy Society of South Africa). She graduated from the University of Pretoria (UP) in 2007, after which she completed her community service at Kalafong Hospital in Atteridgeville, Pretoria. Thereafter, she continued working at Kalafong whilst starting her private practice part-time. Her and her family moved to Potchefstroom in 2015, where she started working as a part-time lecturer at the School of Nutrition (NWU). In 2018, she completed her master’s degree (cum-laude) at the North West University (NWU). She is the current research officer of the ALLSA Allergy Dietetic Interest Group (ADIG), and presents on food-allergy related topics at congresses on a regular basis.

Her passion for food allergies and -intolerances originated with the diagnosis of multiple-food allergies in her first-born son in 2011. Her interest and experience in this field grew during the management of food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES) in her 2nd born son. Her last-born daughter was also diagnosed with multiple food-allergies, and selected food-additive intolerances. Food-additives severely affects her daughter’s behaviour, and so her interest grew in the field of ADHA and other food-related behavioural-challenges some children might face. She breastfed all three her children, whilst excluding the necessary food allergens for the required period of time.

Having faced challenges herself, with food-induced gut related symptoms, she has learned to observe and identify culprit foods and other possible causes. By excluding those triggers, she now enjoys a much better quality of life as a result. 

Idonette values her relationship with the Lord, above all else. It is by His wisdom and grace alone, that they are able to overcome the challenges faced, living as a family with food allergies and -intolerances. These challenges have made them a close-knit family. She treasures her relationship with her husband, Cilliers and their three children; Joshua, Eben and Meah.

She is passionate about healthy living in general, and enjoys cycling and playing tennis. As a family, they enjoy camping, gardening, singing and playing music together. She is also passionate about coffee!

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“She strives to find practical and effective solutions.”

Special Interest in:
General Paediatric Nutrition,
Food Allergies & Intolerances,
ADHD

 

Magriet Barnard

Dietitian

“Her patients are at the heart of what she does. “

Special Interest in gastrointestinal health, diabetes and chronic lifestyle diseases, autoimmune diseases, oncology surgery support and critical care.

Magriet Barnard

Dietitian

Magriet Barnard RD(SA) obtained her MSc Dietetics degree from the North West University (NWU). Her areas of expertise include gastrointestinal health, diabetes and chronic lifestyle diseases, autoimmune diseases, oncology, surgery (pre- and postoperative support) and critical care.

Magriet started her professional career at MUCPP Community Health Centre as an intern dietitian. Thereafter, she worked at Bloemfontein Mediclinic as a junior Dietitian. She is currently a clinical dietitian practicing at Mediclinic Potchefstroom and Rachem Wellness.

For Magriet, her patients are the heart of what she does. She is passionate about working with her patients on a close level and seeing how dietary intervention is able to add value to their lives. Magriet wishes to empower her patients with knowledge and a deeper understanding of nutrition. She wants her patients to understand the steps that need to be taken for them to heal. Her heart is to help people; more specifically, she wants to truly help her patients by teaching them about their own personal dietary health in a way that they may be empowered.

Magriet’s approach to her patient starts by taking an in-depth account of their health history, in order to have a thorough understanding of exactly where they are in their health journey. She listens to understands and then gives advice from a place of comprehension. She enjoys meaningful conversations with her patients during their sessions in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Magriet accompanies her patients as they embark on their health journeys, her core role being to provide support to them.

Magriet wishes to empower her patients with knowledge and a deeper understanding of nutrition. She makes use of mindfulness to teach hunger cues and to help patients understand how to maintain their body weight.

Serving the Lord is at the heart of everything Magriet takes on in her life. It is Magriet’s personal conviction that Dietetics is the path which the Lord has laid out for her. Her personality and life experiences have shaped her into someone who wants to help others wherever possible. Magriet lost both her parents to cancer at an early age. From a young age, she realised how important a healthy lifestyle is, not only each individual, but for the family as a whole.

Magriet is a task-oriented and driven person. She enjoys seeing the results of hard work. She is passionate and ambitious. Magriet has, however, learned to balance this with patience and adaptability, both of which are crucial strengths for a dietician to foster.

Magriet and her husband have two and three kids. They are the absolute sunshine in her life and has brought her the greatest joy. She loves running or going for long walks with her children. She enjoys cooking, baking, gardening, and also enjoys playing guitar.

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Physiotherapists

Physiotherapists

Wilhelm Mouton

Physiotherapist

Special Interest in spinal and sports injuries.

 

Wilhelm is a physiotherapist who obtained his BSc Physiotherapy in 2006 at the University of the Free State (UFS). After he completed his degree, he obtained two additional diplomas, namely: SPT 1 (Sport) in 2010 and OMT 1 (Orthopaedic manipulative therapy) in 2013.

He has a special interest in spinal and sports injuries – he uses a full evaluation to determine muscle or joint dysfunction and imbalances is determined and the aim is to restore health and movement through manual therapy, dry needling, strapping, exercises, advice, and education.

Furthermore, he has a special interest in post-surgical rehab. After a patient has undergone surgery, Wilhelm advises and supports the patient through the different stages of recovery. This treatment reduces pain, swelling, and scarring and also helps with mobility, flexibility, strength, balance, and coordination. Wilhelm guides his patients in a phased-in return to their daily activities and sport.

He also has a special interest in chest physiotherapy. This treatment is used in patients with pneumonia, COPD, cystic fibrosis and other lung conditions to help them clear the secretions from their lungs and to assist in restoring normal lung capacity.

Neurological physiotherapy is another field in which Wilhelm has gained a lot of experience in. He relieves patients’ severe muscle spasms and stiffness due to sudden increased muscle tone. He re-educates patients in terms of balance and spatial orientation and in doing so, he helps them maximise their functional ability.

Wilhelm’s past work experience includes community service in Klerksdorp, where he worked at Tshepong and Klerksdorp Hospital in the year 2007. In the private sector, he worked in Wilmed Park and Anncron Hospital. In 2009, Wilhelm opened his own private practice in Potchefstroom. At current, he works in Mooimed Hospital, Medi Clinic and his own practice.

Wilhelm finds job-satisfaction in relieving patient’s pain and in seeing their progress. He finds joy in seeing patients reach milestones during rehabilitation. A major priority for Wilhelm is to offer his patients a holistic, whole-body approach that takes into account the patient’s working environment, recreational activities and psychosocial environment. A hands-on approach to physiotherapy care is offered by Wilhelm. He makes sure that he spends sufficient time on each patient. Wilhelm is a calm and level-headed person with a lot of patience and empathy for his patients.

Throughout Wilhelm’s sporting activities as a scholar, he spent a lot of time at his local physiotherapist, who inspired him to pursue a career in physiotherapy himself. Wilhelm enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids. Together, they enjoy camping, mountain biking, hiking, diving and hunting.

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“He finds joy in seeing patients reach milestones.”

Special Interest in spinal and sports injuries.

 

Carike Yssel

Physiotherapist

“Improving patients’ quality of life and building trusting relationships with clients. “

Special Interest in women’s health, musculoskeletal problems, rehabilitation for postoperative patients
and neuro-rehabilitation.

 

Carike Yssel

Physiotherapist

Carike Yssel is one of the physiotherapists at Rachem Wellness. She obtained her B.Sc. Physiotherapy degree in 1996 at the University of the Free State (UFS). Carike’s field of special interests includes women’s health, musculoskeletal problems, rehabilitation for postoperative patients and neuro-rehabilitation.

Carike has a rich repertoire of past work experience. In 1996, she started working at Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein, after which she started working at a private practice in 1997. She then opened her own private practice in Ventersdorp in 1998 where she worked until 2002. Carike broadened her horizons thereafter by moving abroad to work at the Neuro-rehab unit at the Royal Hospital for Neurological Disability in London, England from 2002 to 2009.

In 2010 she returned to Ventersdorp where she started working at her own private practice again. Carike subsequently opened a private practice in Potchefstroom in 2018; during this time, she worked at the practice, did shifts at local hospitals and did home visits in Potchefstroom. In 2020 she is very excited to embark on her newest career endeavour at Rachem Wellness.

Improving patients’ quality of life and building trusting relationships with clients are two of the aspects that Carike especially enjoys about her work. Carike aims to offer her patients improved quality of life through the treatments she offers. She wants her patients to be able to physically function at the highest level possible. Carike approach to her patients may be described as patient and caring.

Carike has two daughters and a son. Her biggest goal in life is to raise her children well. Carike loves spending time outdoors and is passionate about spending time with God.

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Psychologists

Psychologists

Mona Dreyer

Psychologist

Special Interest in individual therapy with adolescents, young adults, and adults as well as couples’ counseling.

 

To make an appointment with Mona, please contact the office or email her at mona@rachemwellness.co.za

Mona Dreyer is a clinical psychologist who obtained her B.A. Psychology at the North West University (NWU) in 1999. She furthered her studies and obtained her Honours in Psychology in 2000 at the NWU. In 2002 she obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, also at the NWU.

She completed her internship at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital. Thereafter, she completed her year of community service at the Department of Correctional Services. She then accepted the position of Senior psychologist at the Department of Correctional Services, after which she worked at a private practice.

Her fields of expertise include individual therapy with adolescents, young adults and adults. She also specialises in couples’ counseling.

Mona aims to provide a safe and confidential space for her patients where they may become aware of and start to address the challenges they face in their lives. There are many reasons to reach out to a psychologist – some individuals come to therapy to resolve very specific problems, others seek therapy for less clear-cut reasons. Individuals are assisted to better understand themselves and their circumstances through therapy and begin to make significant changes in their lives through the collaborative processes that take place in psychotherapy.

She prefers to work from a Cognitive-Behavioural paradigm, whilst integrating a wide variety of therapeutic techniques. With this approach, she acknowledges that each individual whom she treats is unique.

It wasn’t one specific event or catalyst that lead her down the career path she pursued, but rather many different significant life experiences which contributed to her decision. Her personality traits and personal convictions also correlates with the path she chose. She always aims to treat individuals with respect and compassion, without prejudice. She believes that she is an adaptable person, who is open to new experiences and challenges.

She was raised and studied in Potchefstroom. After she completed her studies, she left her hometown for a few years to follow the path her career choice laid out for her. She was happy to return home in 2018 with her husband and two children after having spent a number of years in Pretoria.

“She provides a safe and confidential space.”

Special Interest in individual therapy with adolescents, young adults, and adults as well as couples’ counseling.

 

To make an appointment with Mona, please contact the office or email her at mona@rachemwellness.co.za

Dr. Tanya Boshoff

Clinical Psychologist 

“Improving patients’ quality of life and building trusting relationships with clients. “

Clinical psychologist working therapeutically in the area of individual-, couples-, family sessions and evaluations. 

 

To make an appointment with Dr Tanya, please contact her at: 018 297 8181

Dr. Tanya Boshoff

Clinical Psychologist 

Dr. Boshoff is registered with the HPCSA and has been in Private Practice since 2002.  She graduated from the North-West University.  She completed her Internship at Witrand Hospital (Potchefstroom), as well as at the Institute for Psychotherapy and Counselling (PU for CHE).  She completed her Ph.D. (at the NWU) in 2006 in which she compiled a Creativity Programme for children in the middle childhood.  Dr. Boshoff was privileged to present this programme at a Creativity Conference held at Oxford University. 

Whilst having a private practice, Dr. Boshoff was asked to lecture an undergraduate Psychology module in 2003 and she also presented two lectures for the Psychology Master students in 2017.  In addition to this, she has been involved at Multi Care, Potchefstroom since 2002 where she has been working closely with the Psychiatrists and other professionals (multidisciplinary team).  She is still seeing clients at Multi-Care on a daily basis.  She also presented workshops for clients at Multi-Care.  These workshops focused primarily on Anxiety, PTSD, and Relaxation techniques. 

Dr. Boshoff has also been presenting workshops on numerous occasions.  These workshops have been held at schools (Bully workshops), for CPD courses (Emotional Intelligence, Creativity, Bullying, etc.), at Medi Clinic (workshops for the Pregnancy Week), for teachers, and even at churches (Marriage courses).  She has also co-written articles for publications in magazines. 

Dr. Boshoff strives to always be on par with new techniques and new advances made in the psychology field and in doing so she continues to educate herself by attending courses locally and internationally.  She provides therapeutic sessions for individuals ranging from 4 years until adulthood.  In addition to therapeutic sessions, she also administers psychometric testing when required.  Individual sessions, family sessions, couple’s therapy, and parental guidance are some of her services. View list of services that Dr. Boshoff presents.

In addition to the abovementioned, Dr Boshoff has developed a special interest in ADHD amongst children/adolescents.  She has attended numerous local and international courses to provide her with the latest information regarding ADHD.  She administers evaluations for ADHD and provides additional help with the ADHD symptoms b.m.o neuro- and biofeedback.  Therapeutic techniques, as well as guidelines for parents are also provided.  She is a registered member of the BFSA (Biofeedback South Africa).

What is Neurofeedback? 

  • It is a form of operant conditioning in which the client is being rewarded by means of visual and auditory feedback during the training of the brain. The brain will therefore learn to change and reach a desired goal. The training is non-invasive, and the person can change his/her own brainwave pattern.  The person learns to self-regulate.
  • Dr Boshoff makes use of Thought Technology (computer software) that will provide the client with instant visual and auditory feedback. Sensors are attached to the scalp and based on where the sensors are placed, that area of the brain is trained. 
  • Neurofeedback meets the criteria specified by APA (American Psychological Association) and it is evidence based. Dr Boshoff is currently providing neurofeedback for children and adults who struggle with concentration problems and anxiety. Research has shown that Neurofeedback can be an effective option for the aforementioned.

Dr Boshoff strives to allow her clients to reach their true potential and to develop their emotional wellbeing and get a better understanding of who they are.

“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” – Mary Kay Ash

“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” – Brian Tracy

To make an appointment with Dr Tanya, please contact her at: 018 297 8181

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Liezel Short

Occupational Therapist

Special Interest in holistic quality of life.

 

Liezel is a qualified Occupational Therapist, who graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2001. She started her career at Pretoria School for Cerebral Palsied learners and in Paediatric private practice, where after she opted to be a full-time mother for a while to her three children, an opportunity she regarded as a privilege to have.

 Serving others has always been a pleasure; when an opportunity presented itself to work and engage with the elderly, she was keen to learn and develop the needed expertise in this adult therapy field.  She has since worked in the geriatric field for 8 years, with a particular interest in dementia care, including training and guiding families and care workers of people living with dementia. To her, working with the elderly is a privilege and in therapy, she sees the value of treating the client holistically and in relation to family and the community.

In the words of Marcus Aurelius, she strongly believes that ‘The happiness of your life, depends on the quality of your thoughts’. She is especially interested in the field of neuroplasticity and the brain’s ability to change and heal over time. Overall wellness is something she strives towards personally and she values the power of working in a multidisciplinary team when working with adult clients. 

She is also a trained Interactive Metronome (IM) provider which is an evidence-based brain training and assessment tool which improves cognition, language, motor, and sensory skills. She had the opportunity to experience the value of this brain training programme with clients, from children to adults, as well as on professional sport levels.  She values the use of technology in therapy and strives to keep up with new developments in the digital age that we live in.

 Moving to Potchefstroom in 2015, from the bustle of city life in Pretoria, has changed her outlook on what is truly important in life….family, community and serving one another in love. She has personally seen the impact of anxiety and depression in her family and can relate to people who are living with these challenges. Her family enjoys every moment of the small town life and lives an active lifestyle. She enjoys being creative, plays tennis, and enjoys reading.

Special Interest in holistic quality of life.

 

To make an appointment with Liezel, please contact the office or send her an email.