Last updated on Feb 4th, 2021 at 02:56 pm

Meet the medical professionals and experts that offer advice and guidance on everything from pregnancy to parenting and nutrition.

The Living & Loving Online Experts:

Pippa Hime

Registered Midwife and Professional Nurse Pippa Hime

Pippa has extensive experience in all things baby related with a special interest in preparing couples for the exciting journey of parenthood as well as supporting them in the weeks that follow the birth.


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Christine Klynhans

Nursing sister and South African Certified Lactation Consultant Christine Klynhans

Christine currently works at Parentwood Baby and Family Wellness Centre in Pretoria as a well-baby clinic sister and antenatal teacher. She also has a breastfeeding practice and a Breast Pump Demo Centre.

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Mandy Lee Miller

Car Seat Expert Mandy Lee Miller

Mandy is the creator and director of national car seat awareness initiative #CarseatFullstop and is recognised as one of two car seat experts in South Africa.

Follow CarSeatFullstop on Facebook @CarSeatFullstop.

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Jolandi Becker

Registered Sleep Consultant Jolandi Becker

Jolandi is registered sleep consultant and the managing director of Good Night Baby.

Jolandi’s journey with Good Night started with her being a client. The baby-mom-sleep-struggle ignited her passion for sleep and her purpose became clear.

After joining Good Night as a consultant in 2014, her passion grew with each family she assisted. Now, Jolandi’s helped hundreds of families (over 600), and she believes sleep is the fundamental building block of healthy living. She considers the education around better sleep as a passion rather than a job.

In 2016 she joined the management team and a year later she became joint owner.


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Abby Courtenay

Registered Dietitian Abby Courtenay

Abby is a registered dietitian currently working as a Nutrition Educator and content creator for Shaw Academy in Cape Town. She graduated with a Bachelor of Dietetics at the University of Pretoria and also holds a Masters’ degree in Nutrition from the University of Stellenbosch.

She is registered with the Health Professional Council of SA (HPCSA) and is currently serving as the Executive Committee Secretary for the Association for Dietetics South Africa (ADSA).

Abby has a special interest in woman’s health (including maternal and infant nutrition as well as lifestyle modification and weight loss) and also consults regularly for medical conditions, most notably osteoporosis, renal and oncology patients.

View her LinkedIn profile here.

Learn more about Abby Coutenay.

Ann Richardson

Qualified Nurse and Midwife Ann Richardson

Ann Richardson is also the co-author of the international bestsellers, Baby Sense; Sleep Sense
and author of the international best seller Toddler Sense.

She has worked in the midwifery and paediatric fields for over 30 years and has numerous certificates in child health, sensory integration, vaccinology, asthma and allergy, nutrition, travel and sleep medicine. A pioneer in starting private baby clinics in South Africa, and passionate about her work,

Ann runs a busy baby clinic focusing on child health, immunization, travel health, nutrition, growth and development,  and specializes in the treatment of “fussy babies and toddlers”, in particular those with feeding and sleeping disorders.

Visit her website here.


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Desi Horsman

Nutritionist Desi Horsman

Desi Horsman is a leading authority on all things food. She is a qualified clinical nutritionist, wellness coach and professional speaker. She is passionate about her discipline and sharing her incredible knowledge about the human body and the connection between mind and body wellness. She is also very passionate about teaching parents how to feed their children so that they foster a healthy relationship with food from their earliest beginnings.

Visit her website here.

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Judy Klipin

Master Life Coach Judy Klipin

Judy helps people cultivate essential life skills so that they feel and become more able in every area of their lives. She specializes in working with people who are exhausted and overwhelmed because they struggle with asking for help, feel responsible for everything and everyone around them, and tend to put themselves last.

She has a busy private practice in Johannesburg, from where she also offers coaching sessions over the phone and Skype.  She is the author of Life Lessons for the Adult Child as well as Recover From Your Childhood and Recover From Burnout.

Cell: 083 292 2535


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Follow her on Twitter @JudyKlipin

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Dr Kim Sonntag Obstetrician Gynaecologist

Obstetrician gynaecologist Dr Kim Sonntag

Dr Kim Sonntag is based at Kingsbury Hospital in Claremont, Cape Town. She is passionate about vaginal births and has a special interest in high risk pregnancies. Other areas of interest include teenage gynaecological disorders, vaginal birth after Caesarean section and twin pregnancies. With her website and social media platforms, she aims to try and educate women about screening, importance of gynaecological health and vital information regarding pregnancies.


Visit her website here.

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Monique Piderit

Dietitian Monique Piderit

Monique Piderit is a registered dietitian at Nutritional Solutions. She is currently completing her PhD at University of Pretoria, but her most important achievement is being mom to Joshua, with a second little boy on the way. She understands the concerns that we as moms and caregivers have about our kids’ nutrition, and believes in a practical, balanced and realistic approach to making healthy happen for our families and children.


Follow her on Facebook and Instagram for more nutritional tips and advice.

Ilse de Beer

Psychologist Dr Ilse de Beer

Ilse is a Christian psychologist, specialising in health psychology. As a motivational speaker, she focuses on equipping people to function better emotionally in their day-to-day life. She achieves this by teaching practical ways to improve life skills. Ilse’s practice specialises in subject choice and career counselling.

Follow her on Facebook for advice or visit her website here.

Dentist Dr Meenakshi Iyer

Dentist Dr Meenakshi Iyer 

Dr Meenakshi is a dentist and owner of Wiggle Teeth Dentistry in Erasmuskloof, one of the first Only Paediatric Dental Practice in South Africa. Working with special needs kids is very close to her heart.

Follow Wiggly Teeth Dentistry on Facebook or visit their website here.

Ophthalmologist Dr Claire Cullen

Ophthalmologist Dr Claire Cullen

Dr Cullen is an ophthalmologist specialising in paedaitric eye conditions and adult strabismus. She qualified as a specialist in 2010 and went on to do a further two years of training in advanced microsurgical techniques including non-penetrating glaucoma surgery and paediatric cataracts, while working as an honorary consultant. She has a passion for both children and strabismus and was awarded an international fellowship in paediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus after a year of highly specialized training at the IWK Children’s Hospital in Canada.

Find Kids Eyes on Facebook or visit their website here.

Homeopath Dr Vicki Compere

Dr Vicki Compere is a qualified homoeopath who practices in Fourways, Johannesburg. She graduated from Technikon Witwatersrand (now University of Johannesburg) in 2002, and has been in private practice since. She is committed to a homoeopathic philosophy. She works, diagnoses and treats holistically.

She lectures on childhood illnesses and vaccinations, empowering parents to make informed health decisions for their children. She also lectures on various other topics including female health, diet, preventing and treating radiation damage, ADD/ADHD and many more.

Follow Dr Vicki Compere on Facebook to learn more about homeopathy.

Paediatrician Dr Iqbal Karbanee

Dr Iqbal Karbanee is a leading, qualified South African paediatrician with over 28 years of medical experience. His passion for helping children and babies to live their healthiest lives led to him establishing Paed-IQ BabyLine in 2015, South Africa’s first telephonic-based helpline for medical advice given by paediatric-trained nurses. Dr Karbanee, with a special interest in childhood nutrition, particularly childhood obesity, today leads the paediatric practice at the CapeGate Mediclinic.

Follow BabyLine on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to learn more about Paed-IQ.

Paediatrician Professor Andre Venter

Professor Andre Venter’s speciality is in developmental paediatrics. His passion is helping all children, and especially those with cognitive, physical, emotional, psychological and educational barriers grow, develop and reach, not only their potential, but to flourish and become accepted and useful members of our society. He is one of the founders and also the director of the Maternal and Child Academic Hospital Foundation (MACAH F) which was established in 2017.

Follow the MACAH Foundation on Facebook to learn more about them or visit their website here.

Educational Psychologist Kristen Lisa Strahlendorf

Kristen is an experienced Educational Psychologist and registered counsellor in private practice at the Family Tree Therapy Center in Greenstone, Gauteng. She has a deep passion for assisting children, individuals and families in becoming the best versions of themselves. Kristen believes in assisting not only the child but involving and helping the parents to adjust and work together in a healthy and productive manner.

To learn more about Kristen click here.

Dr Yashica Khalawan


MBCHB(UKZN) , Adv dip in Aesthetic Medicine(FPD). General Practitioner
Dr Khalawan has over 6 year’s experience as a general practitioner.
Having worked in a non-surgical aesthetic practice for the past 3 years she is now
completing her post graduate diploma in dermatology through the University or
Plymouth(UK) with interest to move back into the government sector with keen
interest in internal medicine and primary health care.
As a young mother Dr Khalawan enjoys networking with fellow women in medicine
to learn from each other academically and socially in order to improve work life
Special interests:
  • Preventive healthcare: To promote health and wellbeing in individuals and
  • communities with a view to preventing disease, disability, and death
  • Primary health care
  • Internal medicine and diagnostics
  • General dermatology
  • Networking , empowerment and mentorship women in medicine

To learn more about the Family Tree Therapy Center in Greenstone, Gauteng, click here.

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