Our Team

ANNEMARIE LOUWHospital 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.

DEWALD LOUWCOPE Manager

Dewald Louw, is a registered Counselling Psychologist in Cape Town.  He has been working with children, adolescents and adults in their struggles with the full spectrum of psychological disorders.

He is a certified Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) practitioner and received this training through the Albert Ellis Institute, New York. He also values a Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) approach with his clients and facilitates the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) group program at Montrose Manor.

Dewald’s research interests include Psychobiographies, Eating Disorders and Neuropsychology and he is currently pursuing his Doctoral Research degree.

NATASCHA VAN STALLKAMP - Clinical Psychologist

Natascha Stallkamp obtained her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Witwatersrand in 2018. Natascha spent several years studying in Germany where she obtained her Diplom in Psychology (Dipl.-Psych.). Her experience includes treatment of various mental illnesses in public and private sectors in Kimberly and Cape Town, training experience in community clinics, at eating disorder and adolescent units in Johannesburg, as well as psychiatric research in addictions, trauma and student mental health at Stellenbosch University. 

Natascha has a passion for walking the journey of recovery together with her clients. Training influences in psychoanalytic and cognitive-behavioural therapy modalities allow Natascha to adapt her interventions to best suit the client’s needs. She has a special interest in eating disorders, addictions, trauma, and experience in working with adolescents, children and adults.

MARLENE VAN DEN BERG - Occupational Therapist

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. 

LINDA SWANEPOEL Occupational Therapist

Linda is an Occupational Therapist who has extensive experience in clinical psychiatry. Her professional career has spanned psychiatric hospitals, private clinics and private practice and has included adults, adolescents and families.  Her specialty lies in consolidating treatment principles into practical and sustainable recovery habits. Clients value her straight-forward and caring approach, where she is able to provide enough scope for individuality within the parameters of healthy recovery. She was the house manager at the Montrose Recovery House (currently closed due to COVID -19) where she provided a structured program for clients that feel they need additional support after their discharge from treatment. In addition, Linda facilitates our weekly online family support group.

BARBARA BOOYSEN Unit Manager

Barbara is qualified as an Advance Mental Health Professional Nurse (MCUR), as well as completing a diploma in Nursing Management. Her 22 years of experience as a Unit Nursing manager of youth facilities within the department of Social Development include focus on psychiatry within the child care act and the justice care act managing youth at risk. Her contribution as a Professional nurse over the past 32 years involved psychiatry, midwifery, general nursing care, restorative justice, empowering youth and attendance of court as guardian of the youth at risk. Barbara manages the nursing team at Montrose Manor.

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.

DR IAN LEWISConsulting 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.

SHAN BIESMAN-SIMONSDietician

The nutritional programme is designed and managed by Shân Biesman-Simons, a registered dietician. Prior to her work at Montrose, Shân worked as a senior dietician at Groote Schuur Hospital, lectured at the Florida International University in Miami and for many years she was the director of Nutrition and Education at the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa. She is in private practice. Her special interests are eating disorders and diseases of lifestyle.

KERI DRAKEWellness 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.

MARLIZE SWANEPOELDrama Therapist

Marlize is an HPCSA registered Drama Therapist with experience in psychiatry and addiction. She worked in various mental health hospitals in the UK prior to her return to South Africa where she continues her practice with adults and adolescents in mental healthcare and addiction. Her therapeutic approach at Montrose Manor focuses on developing a fuller awareness of the mind-body connectedness and to intentionally use the arts medium to express and explore personal themes and interpersonal relationships in a creative and safe space.

CAROLINE SMITHCrafts

Caroline is a handwork teacher with 26 years of practical experience.  In a relaxed, gentle and nurturing environment and using creative processes she exposes Montrose clients to different handwork mediums such as beadwork, mosaic, painting, canvas work and journal making etc. Her passion for people and their creative souls are her daily inspiration.