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Dan (Daniel Victor) Jackson (Nelspoort Jacksons)

I was born in Vanrhynsdorp in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and enjoyed the first years of my life on a farm in the Sandveld on the Cape West Coast, north of Vredendal and Olifants River. I started my education at Vredendal and ended up at Vryheid High School in northern KwaZulu-Natal, where I matriculated in 1959.

From 1969 to 1968, I studied at the University of Stellenbosch; first for the BSc Agric degree, with majors in biochemistry, chemistry and genetics, and then continued with an honours degree in biochemistry and organic chemistry. In March 1965, I graduated with a BSc Agric Hons Cum Laude. The next three years I researched the chemical changes of starches in the sorghum seed during germination.
From April 1968 to 1971, I was employed in a managerial position in the food industry. During 1972, I attended the full-time MBA course at the University of Cape Town and graduated at the end of that year. At the end of 1976, I left the managerial field to return to a career in science.

The MBChB degree was conferred on me in 1982 at the University of Pretoria. I completed my internship at the Ga-Rankuwa Hospital (now known as the Dr George Mukari Hospital), north of Pretoria. From 1984 to 1985, I worked as a registrar in the Department of Anaesthesiology and ICU. On the 11th of June 1985, I opened a new general practice in Centurion. Although a general practice, I concentrated on chronic conditions, with a particular interest in diabetes and related metabolic conditions, as well as respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

In 1992, I was one of 15 general practitioners that established a group practice to serve the community after hours, as well as to provide additional services that are difficult to fulfil in general practice, for example, diabetes care. 
I completed the Advanced Course in Diabetes Care in 1996 and broke away from general practice to establish a dedicated diabetic clinic. I registered the Centurion branch of the CDE (Centre for Diabetes Excellence). I wanted to attain the goals I have set for myself and wanted to live up to the standards of the CDE, so I found it difficult to spend sufficient time with patients with diabetes at a general practice.

At the end of 2010, I completed a two-year internet-based Post Graduate Diploma in Diabetes at the University of Cardiff. Although the studies are now over, I continue to strive to keep up with developments in the field of diabetes.

Christel Olivier

I was born in Pretoria and matriculated in 1996 from Tuine High School where I received seven distinctions as well as a place in the Top 10 Gauteng matriculants of 1996.
I completed the MBChB degree at the University of Pretoria in 2002, followed by my internship at Rustenburg Provincial Hospital in 2003 and community service at the Thabazimbi District Hospital in 2004.

During 2005 and 2006, I worked as a general practitioner in Centurion, with part-time sessions at Diabetes Care Centurion from April 2005 after my completion of the CDE’s Advanced Course in Diabetes Management. Since 2008, I have been involved full-time as co-owner of Diabetes Care Centurion where my primary focus is patient care and the management of the practice.

I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes through the University of Glamorgan in 2012 with distinction and achieved the second highest diploma average in the international group of the year.

In 2014, I completed an MSc in Diabetes, with distinction, at the University of South Wales, with a thesis titled: Current controversies of testosterone replacement therapy in late-onset hypogonadism: Does testosterone have a role to play in the management of diabetes and the metabolic syndrome? A literature review discussing the benefits and risks.

Holistic, individualised diabetes care is my passion, and continued education is essential. Most recent international congresses attended include the ATTD (Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes) Congress in Paris, 2015; The Novo Nordisk Global Diabetes Summit in Barcelona, 2015; and the IDF World Diabetes Congress in Melbourne, 2013. The most recent local congress I have attended is the SEMDSA (Society for Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes of South Africa) 2017 Congress, held in Johannesburg.
I am married to George, a professional mining engineer and director at VBKom Consulting Engineers and I am the proud mom of Reuben, Carlia and Marais.

Rona van Tonder, Practice Manager and Diabetic Educator

I was born in the far northern Transvaal: a real “plaasmeisie”. I matriculated from Warmbad High School in 1977 and acquired a Diploma in Food and Textile Sciences from the Pretoria Technikon in 1980.
From 1981 to 2000, I served my country as part of the South African National Defence Force where I did the development for the ration packs of the troops and was involved with the training of army chefs. I also worked in the South African Medical Services for ten years where I did my service at 1 and 2 Military Hospitals, as well as the Medical Academy and was later transferred to the Logistics Department of the SANDF.

Between 2001 and 2003 I worked at two medical group practices where I was responsible for various operational aspects as well as the management of these practices. In 2003 I started working at Diabetes Care Centurion where I am a diabetes educator as well as manager of the practice. I’ve completed a three-day course in Advanced Diabetes for Health Professionals that is hosted by the CDE. I am a member of DESSA (Diabetes Educator Society of South Africa) and SEMDSA (Society for Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa). I serve as a panel member for the CMR Diabetes Survey International where information for research and marketing is provided and have completed a counselling course through UNISA, hosted by the Pretoria Academic Hospital.

To stay up-to-date with the ever-changing field of diabetes care, I regularly attend lectures and conferences on the subject and is also involved in diabetes-related research studies. I also regularly attend diabetic educator training courses hosted by various institutions.

In 2013, I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes from the University of Glamorgan, and, on the 9th of February of that year received my Paramedic (Basic Life Support) Diploma from Global Emergency Technologies. I have completed the relevant courses to become a Wellness Coach and have just completed the Narrative Pastoral Therapy course from the University of Pretoria.

I am married with three children and are the proud grandmother of three granddaughters.

Elize Oosthuizen, Reception

I was born in 1968 in Pretoria and soon after my family moved to Port Elizabeth where I went to school until Grade 3. We then moved to Grootfontein, Namibia, and then to Ondangwa, where I completed my schooling in 1986 while also staying in the hostel in Tsumeb.
I started my training as a nurse in 1987 at the South African Medical Services in Bloemfontein and then transferred to the personnel department of the Medical Services.

I married Thys Oosthuizen in 1995.
I worked at Defence Information from 2000, where I gave training. In 2007, I qualified as an NQF (National Qualification Framework) Level 5 practitioner. I have also received membership and completed courses in diabetes at DESSA.

I love to read and sew, and I am a keen embroiderer. I have Provincial as well as National colours in freshwater angling and is a qualified Northern Gauteng freshwater official.

Marlene Swarts, Administration   

I was born in 1972 in Middelburg, Mpumalanga as one of identical twins. I went to school in Riebeeckstad and matriculated in 1990 from Waterkloof High School. After matric, I worked for the TPA (Transvaal Provincial Administration) as an administrative official and then moved on to the Department of Home Affairs as a senior administrative official where I completed numerous internal courses. I then worked for an Orthopaedic Surgeon in Pretoria as a receptionist and creditors clerk until he emigrated. From there I moved to the Mx Health Medical Institute as a senior clerk for the chronic medication department’s call centre. This position gave me an opportunity to acquire a lot of knowledge about medical aids and medicine, which I found very interesting.

I feel privileged to work at Diabetes Care Centurion where, as admin, my primary focus is medical aids and the handling of accounts.