ANNEMARIE LOUW – Hospital Manager
Annemarie has more than 20 years’ experience in the treatment of addictions and eating disorders. She has trained under some of the most highly respected helping professionals in the field. From all her experience she has developed a passion for creating and maintaining an excellent client-centred programme and heads up a cohesive clinical team of dedicated, caring professionals.
MARLENE VAN DEN BERG - COPE Manager
Marlene is an Occupational Therapist with more than 14 years’ experience working in mental health. She has worked with clients with acute & chronic mental health conditions, eating disorders, addiction concerns and personality disorders. She is a trained Gestalt & Play therapist, TRE and Enneagram practitioner and Yoga teacher.
She has a specific interest in group intervention and holistic, healing processes. As an Occupational Therapist she is passionate about supporting clients to find within themselves the motivation to live fully in all the areas of their lives; to engage in activities and processes that leads the inner and outer wellbeing and to encourage them to become their most authentic, healthiest selves.
LEISHA MOSTERT - Registered Counsellor
Leisha is a Registered Counsellor that has a passion for working in the field of trauma-related difficulties, both within the adolescent and adult population. She seeks to explore the unhealthy coping mechanisms that have resulted in response to adversities experienced throughout the life span. She has worked within school settings, clinics, and in private practice. She believes that counselling can benefit anyone as it builds self-awareness and equips you with the skills needed to manage daily life. She strives to create a safe space in which you can start your journey of self-exploration, and challenge the self-destructive patterns that might exist in your life currently.
FIERDOUS ACHMAT - Occupational Therapist
Fierdous Achmat is an Occupational therapist who graduated with Honours from the University of the Western Cape. She is experienced in working with clients both in public and private psychiatric facilities. Fierdous is passionate about enabling clients to live a life, engaging in activities that are meaningful to them and supporting them to develop healthy coping behaviors. At Montrose, Fierdous facilitates group intervention as well as individual and family therapy aimed at supporting clients to manage personal challenges utilizing evidence-based practice.
MEGAN Mc Caul – Clinical Psychologist
DR IAN LEWIS – Consulting Psychiatrist
Dr. Lewis is a senior consultant psychiatrist who heads up the Emergency Psychiatric Unit at the Groote Schuur Hospital, a major Cape Town teaching hospital. He is also a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town.
After qualifying as a psychiatrist Dr Lewis completed postgraduate training in both psychotherapy and EMDR and worked as a psychotherapist for 7 years before taking up his position at Groote Schuur Hospital.
Dr Lewis has specialised expertise in Eating Disorders including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders. His particular interest is in the multidisciplinary management of people who have an Eating Disorder in addition to one or more coexisting conditions such as anxiety, depression or obsessive compulsive disorder.
DIANNE IVISON – Dietician
Dianne graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in 1999 and has been in private practice ever since. She spent the last 20 years at Panorama Mediclinic where she was responsible for both in and out patients with a special interest in paediatrics, eating disorders, gut health and diseases of lifestyle. A guest nutrition lecturer for the University Stellenbosch and frequent presenter of talks to both lay public and medical conferences as well as contributing to numerous magazine publications.
Dianne has a passion for people, and guiding them along their food journey in a gentle evidence-based manner
KERI DRAKE – Wellness Coordinator
Keri Drake is a qualified Biokineticist who graduated with Honours from the University of Pretoria. A keen runner, triathlete and hockey player, Keri firmly believes that an active lifestyle plays an essential part in staying healthy, both mentally and physically. At Montrose Manor Keri works with clients in groups and one-to-one, assisting each individual in reaching their personal recovery, fitness and health related goals.
24-Hour Nursing Personnel
The clients at Montrose Manor are supported by the Montrose Manor nursing staff, who are qualified and experienced in caring for clients with eating disorders and concurrent psychiatric diagnoses. Their gentle but firm approach adds to the excellent quality care found at Montrose Manor. The 24 hour nursing team has broad knowledge and understanding of DBT skills and work closely with the counselling team.