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Diabetes Experts

Diabetes Experts

If you’re living with diabetes, you know that diabetes isn’t just a medical condition. That’s why our team includes top diabetes experts from all over South Africa: endocrinologists (diabetes specialists), doctors, diabetes educators, dieticians, podiatrists, ophthalmologists and counsellors. These diabetes experts help us to provide you with reliable, relevant and medically accurate diabetes information.

Prof. Joel Dave

MBChB, PhD, FCP Cert Endocrinology, Endocrinologist

The Head of Endocrinology at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital. Prof. Joel Dave specialises in the diagnosis and management of a wide spectrum of simple and complex endocrine-related disorders, particularly thyroid disease and diabetes.

Dr. Claudine Lee


A family doctor (GP) with a passion for treating diabetes well. Dr. Claudine Lee is based in Hilton, KwaZulu/Natal, and has a Diploma in Diabetes (Cardiff University) as well as Ophthalmology and Anaesthesiology. She also runs an insulin pump centre.

Jeannie Berg

Diabetes educator

A dedicated registered pharmacist and diabetes educator with specialty experience in primary health care and diabetes. Jeannie Berg serves on the clinical co-ordination committee of a medical aid administrator and works in Secunda.

Kate Bristow

Diabetes educator

A qualified nursing sister and certified diabetes educator who runs a Centre for Diabetes in Pietermaritzburg. Kate Bristow has been involved in diabetes education since 2006, and has a Diploma in Diabetes Care from Glammorgan University.

Genevieve Jardine


A Registered Dietician based in Durban, who specialises in diseases of lifestyle, diabetes and weight loss. Genevieve Jardine is the co-author of Your Journey with Diabetes: guiding you through the highs and lows towards optimal blood glucose control, with Dr. Kathryn Wiseman.

Ajita Ratanjee


A Registered Dietician in Pretoria East and the Founder of Easy Health Wellness in Moreleta Park. Ajita Ratanjee specialises in ICU nutrition and lifestyle diseases, mainly obesity and diabetes. She loves seeing the results of people making positive lifestyle changes.

Lauren Moore


A Registered Dietician in Cape Town, Lauren Moore holds a Masters degree in Nutrition and has a special interest in nutritional management of diabetes, kidney disease, cancer and gastrointestinal disorders. She is passionate about empowering people with practical knowledge.

Louise Ferreira


A Registered Dietician in East London and an accredited diabetes educator, Louise Ferreira has a Masters degree in the management of diabetes and a special interest in paediatrics. She has designed courses for people newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and is passionate about holistic health care.

Andy Blecher


A podiatrist in practice in Cape Town for over 10 years, Andy Blecher is currently running the Western Cape Diabetic Foot Clinic with a team of other specialists. She holds a 4 year National Higher Diploma in Podiatry, and is on the Western Cape committee of the diabetic foot working group (DFWG).

Anette Thompson


A podiatrist with an M Tech Podiatry (UJ) and B Tech Podiatry (SA), Anette Thompson is currently Chairperson of the Footwear Committee of the SA Podiatry Association, Clinical Director for Anette Thompson & Associates in Durban, and accredited with both the CDE and Diabetes SA.

Dr. Dale Harrison


An ophthalmologist in private practice in Cape Town, and a sessional consultant at Groote Schuur Hospital. Dr. Dale Harrison did his undergraduate training at UCT, graduating MBCHB in 1992, and completed his specialist training at Groote Schuur FC Ophth (SA) in 2002.

Gabi Richter


A Type 1 diabetic and a counsellor using emotionally focused therapy (EFT) and grief counselling as a framework, Gabi Richter is passionate about helping those with diabetes with the emotional side of the condition. EFT helps people to break negative cycles and create new ones.

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Sweet Life is a registered NPO/PBO (220-984) with a single goal: to improve diabetes in South Africa. We are funded by sponsorships and donations from aligned companies and organisations who believe in our work. We only share information that we believe benefits our community. While some of this information is linked to specific brands, it is not an official endorsement of that brand. We believe in empowering people with diabetes to make the best decisions they can, to live a healthy, happy life with diabetes.