ANNEMARIE LOUW – Clinic Manager

Annemarie has more than 10 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.

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.   At Montrose Manor she heads up the clinical team and her focus is helping clients transition from the treatment program to taking responsibility for their recovery and preparing for discharge.  She also runs an After care Group at Montrose Manor.

SHIRLEY LE FLEUR – Assistant Occupational Therapist and Counsellor

Shirley’s experience covers the milieu of both psychiatric hospitals and private clinics. She has worked with adults, adolescents and their families using the systemic approach. Her area of expertise lies in self-management which comprises life skills training and the building and maintenance of self-esteem.

PENNI COX – Counselling Psychologist

Penni is a counselling psychologist who has worked in both private practice and clinical contexts, where she has engaged with adolescent and adult clients with various mental illnesses and addictions. She has spent time doing humanitarian work with Doctors without Borders locally and abroad – supporting therapeutic teams in crisis interventions. Her expertise as a therapist lies in group therapy, Transactional Analysis, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and family interventions.

ANANDI JOOSTE – Social Worker and Counsellor

Anandi has worked in a variety of different therapeutic settings including correctional services, private clinics and family services across South Africa. Her interest lies in the impact of the family system on the client and helping heal the family system as a whole. She follows a holistic approach in treatment. At Montrose she specializes in Body Image, Mindfulness and Intimacy.

SINDI JWAJWA – Nursing Manager

Sindi has extensive experience as a Nursing Manager in private and public psychiatric organisations internationally. She has more than 12 years experience in treatment of eating disorders in the UK where she demonstrated her marketing and management skill in setting up a new successful eating disorder service.

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 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.

SHAN BIESMAN-SIMONS – Dietician

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.

JAMES COOPER – Catering Manager

James joined Montrose as Catering Manager in 2012. He studied Hospitality and Hotel Management in Scotland and possesses more than three years experience catering for clients with special dietary requirements in an hospital environment.

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.

JOANNE BURNS – Counselling Psychologist

A Counselling Psychologist, Joanne previously worked in Therapeutic Services at the University of Western Cape. She has experience in working with clients presenting with a full range of psychological problems including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship difficulties, personality problems, addiction, eating disorders, trauma, academic difficulties, sexual and physical abuse, adjustment and socioeconomic problems. Joanne has a strong interest in Psychodyamic Approaches and is also a member of the Centre for Group Analytic Studies (CGAS) where she completed the Intermediate training in Group Analysis.

NATALIE BULEY – Art Therapist

In 1998, Natalie completed a post graduate degree in Art Psychotherapy at Sheffield University, UK. after studying Fine Art and Psychology (UNISA) as an undergraduate in Cape Town. She has been working in the field of addictions (adolescents and adults) as a group Art Psychotherapist for 13 years and has worked in both the public and private sector (clinics and hospitals). Natalie has a special interest in Eating Disorders and Systemic family therapy.

MARLIZE SWANEPOEL – Drama 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 SMITH – Crafts

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.