During her rotation she spent a total of twelve months exclusively in Urogynaecology were she also became familiar with vaginal and prolapse surgery. She is competent in outpatient procedures such as hysteroscopy, cystoscopy and pelvic ultrasound. Her MMed and college dissertation was based on a descriptive cohort study and included a comparison of the presentation of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in adolescents compared to women aged 35 years and older at Groote Schuur Hospital. She presented her dissertation at the SASOG 2014 congress and was awarded 2nd prize and a certificate of excellence for oral presentations by a registrar. In 2011 she represented South Africa and Western Province in age group Triathlons and competed in Triathlon World Championships in Beijing. She has competed in Ironman and half Ironman events and in 2015 placed 2ndin SA championships and qualified for World Championships in Chicago.
She is especially interested in positive psychology and resilience, women and reproductive psychology, and mindfulness therapy.
She earned her Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch and her Doctoral Degree in Applied Psychology at the University of Calgary, Canada. She has recently moved back to Cape Town after living in North America for more than two decades.
Dr. Swart brings with her more than 20 years of international experience in individual, couples and sex therapy and has been a sessional instructor to medical students and Masters degree students in Psychology in Sex Therapy while in Canada.
Dr. Swart was for 4 years the resident Sexology expert for SA’s Health24’s Forum (Health24.com is South Africa’s premier health and wellness website, averaging over 1.2 million unique users from across the world each month. Of these, over 650 000 users are based in South Africa).
She was also SA’s DRUM magazine’s Sexologist for the past few years (along with its sister magazines, Huisgenoot and YOU, DRUM magazine is currently one of the largest consumer magazines in South Africa with a total readership of three million and ninety thousand).
Dr. Swart has been featured as the sex expert in various magazines and news papers across Canada and South Africa.
She has a private-practice in Claremont and Somerset West in the Western Cape and she is fluent in English and Afrikaans. She is currently available for online sessions. Her favourite quote is “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right” by Napoleon Hill. She is currently accepting new patients.
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Courtney has a special interest in reproductive counselling/psychology, oncofertility and infant mental health. She also has an interest in Attachment Theory, specifically how patients form a bond with their baby conceived via donor gametes.
She completed her studies in Nature Conservation at Stellenbosch University and developed an interest in Reproductive Biology. She completed her Honours in Nature Conservation. Her honours project was a study in the histology of Cape Serotine Bats. Thereafter she completed her M.SC. in Reproductive Biology in 2002. Her M.Sc project was determining the optimal dosage of PMSG in the superovulation of mice and the effect of insulin on the growth of embryos in vitro. Birgit enjoys all aspects of Reproductive Medicine but has a keen interest in patient centred care and support.
She continued her studies and Honours degree in Genetics, with a project entitled: “Evaluation of microsatellites for genotyping of Rhipicephalus Microplus”, graduating in 2016. Cheyenne started her internship at the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) accredited laboratories of Tygerberg Hospital, Drs Aevitas and Wijnland Fertility Clinics in 2017. She completed her Master’s degree at Stellenbosch University Cum Laude in 2018. In 2019 she started her career as an embryologist at Drs Aevitas Fertility Clinic and locummed at Windhoek IVF Clinic in Namibia. We are proud to welcome Cheyenne back to the Wijnland Fertility team in December 2019. Her MSc study was conducted at Wijnland Fertility from 2017 to 2018 and focussed on the effect of human male patient diagnosis on syngamy timing and blastulation outcomes using time-lapse technology.
Elsa completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental and Biological science at the North West University in Potchefstroom in 2016 where she received a Golden Key Achiever award. She furthered her studies at the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein in 2017 in Clinical Technology. She obtained 4 academic bursaries whilst studying at CUT which includes first year Matric Award (2017), Vice Chancellors Award (2018) and the Senior Merit Award (2019 & 2020). In 2019 she started her HPCSA WIL training at Cape Fertility clinic in Cape Town. She completed her B.Tech degree in Reproductive Biology in 2021 (Cum Laude) with a project titled: “The effect of male age on Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection outcome when utilizing TESE samples versus Oligo-Astheno-Teratozoospermic samples”. She joined Wijnland Fertility in June 2021 showing particular interest in Male Infertility and Andrology.
In her personal capacity she likes to be active. Her hobbies include reading, exercising, Parkrun and hiking. She also loves to be outdoors, camping and spending time with family. Her love for helping others, human physiology and a fast-paced environment are only a few reasons why she decided to become an Embryologist and join the Wijnland Fertility team.
My goal is to graduate my degree with a distinction as well as completing a masters in my field and to complete my training with well-obtained skills.
Fun fact about me: I was part of the school choir in high school and took singing lessons for 8 years. In my spare time , I love spending time with friends and family. I live by the motto that every day is a new opportunity to build the tomorrow you want.
She spent nearly 20 years in Netcare and was privileged to complete her studies in Medical and Surgical nursing and Nursing management.
She spent most of my time in theatre, obstetrics, gynaecology and IVF areas.
In 2003, she expanded her horizon’s and moved to the Middle East where she worked in Saudi Arabia and UAE, expanding her international career in IVF and Operating Rooms (including scrubbing and anesthesia)
In 2019, she returned to South Africa and the beautiful Cape province and joined the Wijnland Fertility team as an IVF coordinator.
She am a proud mother of 3 beautiful daughters and 2 grandchildren.
Darrell first started working at Wijnland in 2006 and then resigned in 2014. She rejoined the team in 2019, and is responsible for co-ordinating and caring for all pregnant and gynaecology patients. She is also responsible for theatre arrangements and bookings.
Darrell enjoys music and to crochet, but most of all spending time with her family, friends and dogs.
Violet has found her passion in fertility and loves sharing each patients individual journey.
From taking over the wine industry, to data administration and hospitality posts in America and the UK for 4 years, to the luxurious co-ordination of a resort hotel and spa in Knysna. Her most recent accomplishments have included having a heavy hand in the smooth running of B.Y.L Diamonds before opening her very own coffee shop in the heart of Stellenbosch finding her passion working with people. Yvette’s biggest passion is in her interest in the field of culinary arts.
Yvette knows what it takes to make something work, and we are so happy to have her as part of the Wijnland Family.
Sunette is passionate about people in need, especially women and small children. Sunette and her family moved down from Pretoria to Cape Town in December 2016 and enjoy exploring the Cape with her beautiful daughter. She enjoys reading and is a keen Mountain Bike Cyclist. She also enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends.
She loves reading, listening to music and spending time with her grandchildren and family. She joined the clinic in June 2017.
She has 3 children of her own and her hobbies include cooking and gospel singing. She’s been in the church choir since she was a little girl, and it is one of her greatest passions.