Karen obtained her BSc Dietetics degree at the University of the Free State in 1997. She obtained her diploma in Herbalism & Nutrition at the South African College of Herbalism & Health in 1998.
She started her career at The Department of Health as a District Dietitian in the Southern Free State health region. While working at the Department of Health, she started a part-time private practice in 1999 until 2004 when she moved to Musina, where she was in full-time private practice. At the time, she was also involved in Corporate Wellness and research at Venetia Mine and Tshikondeni Mine.
She obtained her Master of Nutrition degree from the University of Stellenbosch in 2006. She then raised her two children until 2012 when she moved to Mossel Bay. In Mossel Bay she has been in full-time private practice up until now.
She is a member of Health Professional’s Council of South Africa (HPCSA), Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA), South African Society of Enteral & Parenteral Nutrition (SASPEN), as well as the Glycaemic Index Foundation of South Africa (GIFSA), and the Institute of Functional Medicine of South Africa.
She is an accredited dietitian at the Centre of Diabetes & Endocrinology (CDE), South African Society for Surgery, Obesity & Metabolism (SASSO), DNAlysis Biotechnology, Geneway and Discovery Vitality.
She has a special interest in diabetes, bariatric surgery, nutrigenomics and functional medicine.
Lara obtained her BSc Dietetics degree at Stellenbosch University in 2002. After University, she did her community service year in Welkom, where she was involved in the implementation and monitoring of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, Vitamin A Supplementation Program and the Malnutrition Program.
Lara moved to Liverpool, UK, in 2005 where she stayed until 2018. Here she worked for the National Health Service (NHS) at St Helens and Knowsley teaching hospitals trust. Her experience here includes working in a multi-disciplinary Eating Disorders Service, as well as in the multi-disciplinary Diabetes team, where she enjoyed delivering diabetes education, including a carbohydrate counting course for type 1 Diabetes and insulin pump education. She obtained an MSc in Diabetes management from Liverpool John Moores University (UK) in 2015 and completed the Non-Medical Prescribing course at Chester University in 2018.
Lara is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA). She has accreditation with the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology (CDE) and she is a certified CDE Optifast dietitian. She has a special interest in Eating Disorders, Diabetes, Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size.
Cisca studied at the University of the Free State where she obtained her BSc Dietetics(Hons) degree in 2010. She was in a privileged position as she started her career with The Department of Health at a Tertiary
Hospital in the Free State. After completion of her Community Service, she continued working at Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein until 2014, as a Clinical dietitian.
Cisca moved to Ceres in the Western Cape where she enjoyed her work at Ceres Provincial Hospital, 2014-2016. She then moved back to Bloemfontein where she did locum work with different private practising dietitians at The Therapy Centre as well as at Medi Clinic Hospital. In 2018 she moved to Mossel Bay and worked at Mossel Bay Hospital and surrounding public clinics for the Department of Health.
The First 1000 Days of Life have always fascinated Cisca as she has a special interest in neurodevelopment and healthy nutrition during childhood and beyond. She believes that with an optimal start the foundation is laid steadily for a healthy lifestyle further on. She is a member of The Health Professional’s Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and The Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA). She is an accredited dietitian at the Cardiovascular Diabetes Education Centre (CDE) and with Discovery Vitality.