Carina Crane is a Professional Accountant with over 15 years of experience gained in the medical and Information Technology (IT) sectors. She has managed a variety of financial activities. She matriculated from Zeerust High School and continued her studies at the Tshwane University of Technology where she completed a National Diploma in Cost and Management Accounting. Other courses she completed after that were Pastel Evolution, Debtors Administration, Microsoft Excel on steroids, and a VAT Masterclass.
Grethe Doubell-Schüssler is the Marketing Manager at Medwell SA. She joined the company in July 2020. After completing her BA Communication Science Degree at the Rand Academic University (RAU) Johannesburg in 2002, she worked in various diverse fields including an Engineering Consultancy, a Local Government Consultancy, an Economic Consultancy, an NGO and also in the Performing Arts which remains one of her biggest passions.
Grethe also completed various courses through coursera.org including a Specialisation Course in Graphic Design, Arts Management Courses and she is currently completing courses in Urban Nature: Connecting Cities, Nature and Innovation as well as The Science of Wellbeing. Grethe is also very passionate about Wellness and Wellbeing and she also studied a course in the Wellness of Employees in the Workplace through the International WELL Building Institute in New York.
Dr. de Villiers holds an M.B. ChB degree and a Diploma in Occupational Medicine from the University of Stellenbosch, and Fellowship of the College of Family Physicians of South Africa (FCFP). He is registered as a Family Physician and specialist in Family Medicine. He also attained a Masters in Business Leadership (MBL) from the University of South Africa. He has 40 years’ experience in private Family Practice. For the past 24 years, he has held leadership positions in various aspects of the health industry, including pharmaceuticals, medical associations, the managed care industry, government, and oncology.
He has extensive experience in the macro-and micro-environments of the health care funding industry in general and medical schemes and the managed care industry in South Africa in particular. His international experience, including consulting assignments in Tunisia, Europe, the Middle-East, India, and North America. He is a frequent presenter on leadership and innovations in health and healthcare.
He is an External Lecturer: Department of Family Medicine, the University of Stellenbosch for the Short Course in Cancer Care for Family Practitioners (2013 to date).
Janet Strauss is a medical doctor who joined Medwell SA in July 2016. After her medical training at the University of Pretoria and community service at Tembisa Hospital, she joined Quintiles (2003 until 2008) a Global Contract Research Organisation initially as Medical Advisor and was later appointed as Medical Director.
During this time, she also completed a Post Graduate course in Pharmaceutical Medicine at the University of Cardiff. She was involved in clinical research pertaining to Women’s Health, Trauma and Psychiatric conditions.
In 2009 she became a safety reviewer at an Independent Research Board, Pharma Ethics, focusing on pharmacovigilance in clinical drug development. During this time, she completed her Master’s Degree in Pharmacology at the University of Pretoria.
Gerhard Lombard Holds an Honours Degree in Town and Regional Planning (Bs and S) obtained at the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 1997. He commenced his career as junior Town and Regional Planner at TPS (Pretoria) in 1998. In 1999 he moved to the United Kingdom to pursue a career in Town Planning overseas where he gained significant international experience. He excelled as Town Planner and from 2004 he was contracted by the London Borough of Southwark as Senior Town Planner until December 2006. During his time he acted as expert witness in the Thameslink 2000 public inquiry, specifically on the redevelopment of London Bridge Station, Black Friars Bridge Concourse and the redevelopment of Borough Market, all major heritage sites in Central London. In 2007 his services were acquired by the London Borough of Newham to assist with a variety of residential projects related to the 2010 Olympic games.
With the extensive experience he gained overseas he saw the potential of home-based care services in South Africa as well as the shortage in design skills to incorporate home healthcare in the retirement estates being developed across South Africa.
In 2007 he and his wife acquired a 50% stake in Elcare Community Services. Since 2007 he gradually expanded the footprint of Elcare Home Health Care Services from Cape Town as far as Bela Bela in the north while consulting on a variety of new retirement estates. Over the years he gained significant experience in the home health care industry.
The combination of his background in Town Planning and vast experience in the Home Healthcare industry makes him one of the experts in a field to manage the implementation of home healthcare services as well as the implementation and management of holistic healthcare services in the retirement estate industry.
In 2016 Elcare was incorporated in the Medwell SA group. He is a shareholder in Medwell SA and serves as Executive Director.
Delene holds a B Commerce degree from the University of Pretoria. She started her career in London UK, where she worked as a consultant for Accenture, Aviva plc, Electronic Data Systems Corp. (EDS), Anglo American and The Law Society of England and Wales. As Project-coordinator she was responsible for the governance of numerous projects/programmes such as the implementation of a new Human Resources Management System for Sainsburys, trading platform for ABN Amro Bank and CRM System for Aviva Plc.
She returned to South Africa in 2007 and together with her husband, bought a 50% stake in Elcare. She took on the role of Human Resources Manager taking responsibility of recruitment, selection and appointment of staff, orientation, training, disciplinary actions, payroll, development of policies and procedures and the adherence thereof. Today the HR Department of Medwell South consists of a team of four who are responsible for all HR aspects, including the logistics of permanent and contract employees in the region.
Prof Greeff holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery MBChB (Pret); Postgraduate qualifications in Primary Health Care, FCFP (SA); MPharmMed (Pret); Pharmaceutical Medicine FFPM (Royal Colleges of Physicians (UK)) and an MD (Psychiatry) (KZN).
After being involved in clinical research in the Pharma Industry for 13 years, he founded Clindepharm International, the first Contract Research Organisation in South Africa in 1990, which he sold to Quintiles Transnational Corporation in August 1997 and continued his employment at Quintiles.
In 2002 he was appointed CEO of Early Development & Laboratory Services worldwide for Quintiles in the USA and in the same year as President: Global Product Development Services (PDS), and was appointed on the Executive Committee of Quintiles.
Oppel chaired the Asia-Pacific Management Board of Quintiles TRN from 2005 – 2013 and was Chairman of the Quintiles-Fisher JV, Cenduit, an ITS enterprise in 2007.
In August 2008 Prof Greeff was appointed professor and head of the Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria and relocated back to South Africa.
Prof Greeff serves on the board of 13 companies in the healthcare industry in SA, the USA and India.
Sr. Leni Naude acquired her qualification in nursing from Ann Latzky Nursing College. She started her career in the trauma unit of Kempton Park Provincial Hospital. Here she gained extensive experience in trauma, life support skills and ICU, and qualified as a Trauma sister. She joined the South African Blood Transfusion Services as a phlebotomist and later assisted with establishing a new Donor Centre and Laboratory in Sunninghill. This has lead to her appointment as Head of Donor as well as Head of Logistics and afforded her the opportunity to start the first mobile drive initiative, so well-known today. Sr. Leni also worked part-time at the Johannesburg International Airport Clinic to keep up to date with trauma, emergencies and travel vaccinations. She temporarily left the nursing profession and co-founded BC Cutting and Sealing, a construction company acquiring million Rand tenders, steering the company as Managing Director. Returning to her love for nursing, she joined AMI as Practice Manager where she assisted in establishing the Cape Town International Airport Clinic which managed all trauma-related incidents as well as all Primary Health Care and Occupational Health Care. In 2011 she joined Elcare Home Nursing, where she gained further experience in all fields of nursing care. She currently holds the position of Regional Nursing Services Manager for Medwell South.
Sr. Amanda Louw acquired her qualification in nursing through Steve Biko Hospital. She joined a life insurance company and worked as a Medical Underwriter. She was later appointed as Senior Medical Underwriter. Between 2003 and 2014 she gained extensive experience as the Unit Manager in the sub-acute facilities, Lynnmed Clinic, Centurion Sub-Acute Facility and Irene Intercare Sub-Acute Facility. She was involved in Case Management, patient disease, staff and ward management. In 2013 she played an integral part to establish the Irene Intercare Sub-Acute Unit as a new business. She has extensive experience in wound care, palliative care and infection control.
Dr Kruger holds a B. Pharm, M. Pharm and a PhD in Pharmacology and earned academic honorary colours for his PhD; He also completed his master’s degree in philosophy.
He has published in 3 International peer reviewed journals as well as 15 non-peer reviewed Journals. He also wrote 30 Columns as President of the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa in the South African Pharmaceutical Journal and has been awarded Honorary life time membership of the association.
Dr Kruger acted as examiner at the PU for CHE and at Pharmacy Council on Pharmacotherapy, as moderator for Pharmacy Council on Pharmacotherapy and acted as examiner for Pharmacy Council for Pharmacist’s assistants. He is a part time lecturer at the Pharmacology department of the Medical Faculty of the University of Pretoria. He presented at the meeting of FIP in Dusseldorf in Germany on Medicine Optimization.
Johann was a President of the Community sector of the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (2008 – 2009) and President of the PSSA (2012-2015).
Johann was the owner of various community pharmacies such as Robert Koch Pharmacy, Momentum Pharmacy and Forum Pharmacy from 1986 to 2013 were he was one of the first pharmacists that obtained a section 22A (15) permit and operated mother and baby-, prenatal-, primary health-, family planning- and slimming clinics in the pharmacy. He is also the owner of Phytopharma – the company that holds the trade mark for Phytobiotic – a product discovered and patented during his studies at the University of Pretoria.
Johann is the owner of EDNA Medical Distributors that merged with Medwell SA, were he became a Director since 2017.