Meet The Team

M.I.Kkt.M/M.I.Sc.S Chairman
Vernon Goss
M.I.Kkt.M/M.I.Sc.S Chairman

The development of Riverview Manor is my own vision and based on my personal life experience. We consider Riverview Manor to be an extension of the referring practitioner’s practice and keep the practitioner informed of the clients progress.

CEO
Michael Theron
CEO

Having worked at Riverview Manor for a period, Michael now runs the step down facility Choose Life in Durban. Michael is a qualified clinical psychologist who is specialising in the management and treatment of addiction, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.

BA Psych Hons (Stellenbosch) MA Clin Psych (Rhodes)
André Brink
BA Psych Hons (Stellenbosch) MA Clin Psych (Rhodes)

André started at Riverview at the beginning of 2002 and after a sabbatical from 2007 onwards, rejoined the team again in 2010. He draws from a wide variety of approaches including CBT, Systemic work, and Psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Pastoral Care/Spirituality (Professional Nurse)
Gill Williams
Pastoral Care/Spirituality (Professional Nurse)

Gill is a qualified nursing sister with experience in Christian counseling. Gill has completed levels 1 and 11 in Christian Counselling through Phillippi Trust. She has been in her current position since 2003, offering pastoral care, Christian ministry and exploration of wider spirituality to clients.

Dr Leon van Schalkwyk

Dr van Schalkwyk qualified and practiced as a Surgeon for 16 years. He was involved in a ministry caring for the destitute and poor, many as a result of addiction. From 2008 he managed private clinics in rural areas in KZN. In October 2011 he relocated to Underberg to join us at Riverview Manor. Dr van Schalkwyk has extensive experience in emergency and trauma medicine and has a special interest in addiction medicine.

Nursing Services

A dedicated team of professional nurses take care of our client’s needs, and assist with various aspects of the program.

Clinical Psychiatrist. BA (Cum Laude) Hons Psych (UP) MA Clin Psych (UP)
Gert J v Rensburg
Clinical Psychiatrist. BA (Cum Laude) Hons Psych (UP) MA Clin Psych (UP)

Gert started his career in Addiction Treatment at an Inpatient facility in the mid 1990’s. He worked in various settings including Outpatient Services, Day Programs, Long Term Residential Rehabilitation, Low Secure Services and Independent Practise. Gert spent 7 years abroad gaining experience in the treatment of dual diagnosis and severe and enduring mental illness. He developed a special interest in co-morbidity and the spectrum of Psychotic Disorders being guided by principles of Need Adapted Treatment specifically the Open Dialogue Approach. Gert has recently introduced and runs the Equine Therapy programme based on the EAGALA Model.

Tanya March

Tanya March is a registered dietician and nutritionist who runs a private
practice in Howick, KZN. She has a special interest in eating disorders and
works with Riverview Manor to help create healthy eating practices for their
clients. Blood sugar stabilization is vitally important for mood disorders
and we work on certain nutritional principles to improve the mind and body.

Clinical Psycologist
Kirsten Clark
Clinical Psycologist

Kirsten is a Clinical Psychologist who has had experience working in both the private and public health sectors. Her areas of interest include assessments, and mood and personality disorders.

Social Worker
Alicia Naidoo
Social Worker
Administration
Olivia Jones
Administration

Olivia is the Administrator and Accounts clerk at Choose Life. She has been performing administrative functions with a 10 plus-year track record in customer service, record keeping and general office management.

General Manager
Malcolm Young
General Manager

Malcolm joined Riverview Manor and Choose Life as General Manager in May 2016. He has 17 years of management experience. Malcolm’s main priority is to ensure our clients receive the best treatment, care and attention and ensures that the clients focus is on themselves and their recovery to give them the best chance of success. 

Assistant to Equine Specialist
Janré van Rensburg
Assistant to Equine Specialist

Janré, an independent contractor, assists with Equine therapy based on the EAGALA Model. Janré has a passion for horses and helping people which he has combined in his role as Equine therapy assistant.

Clinical Psychologist
Miranda Deonarain
Clinical Psychologist

Miranda has worked in numerous state hospitals and was Head of Psychology at Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg. Miranda has lectured at the University of Kwazulu Natal and trained Masters students in Clinical Psychology. In addition, Miranda, has worked at numerous treatment centres specialising in addiction which is both her work and passion.

Occupational Therapist. B. Occ Ther (University of Pretoria)
Amber Burnett
Occupational Therapist. B. Occ Ther (University of Pretoria)

Amber joined the Riverview Manor team in 2016. Amber works with the clients both individually and in group sessions. As the occupational therapist, Amber runs life skill and relapse prevention groups as well as occupational performance groups.

Nursing Unit Manager. Registered General Nurse and Midwife, Dip Intensive Care, Ba Cur Education and Community Health, Dip Nursing Administration
Felicity Oates
Nursing Unit Manager. Registered General Nurse and Midwife, Dip Intensive Care, Ba Cur Education and Community Health, Dip Nursing Administration

Felicity has 43 years nursing experience. During her nursing career Felicity, has overseen various specialist units such as Urology, General Surgery, Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery before taking charge of Olivedale Clinic in Randburg as the Nursing Service Manager for 5 years. Felicity accepted three contracts spaced over three years to work with Netcare, the NHS in both Portsmouth and Manchester. Felicity worked for a busy practice of GP’s in Bryanston before moving onto Saudi Arabia for 4 years as the Director of Nursing of a specialised clinic in Riyadh. The call of teaching and nursing remains strong in her work ethos so even now in her supposed retirement years, is now dedicating herself to client care and nursing development at Riverview Manor.

Psychiatrist. M.B., Ch.B.(U.P) M.Med (Psy) (U.F.S.)
Dr. Jean Blom
Psychiatrist. M.B., Ch.B.(U.P) M.Med (Psy) (U.F.S.)

Dr. Blom qualified at University of Pretoria as a Medical Doctor. Dr. Blom had a General Practice for 17 years and worked in hospitals inbetween. Dr. Blom always had an interest in Psychiatry.

In 1995 Dr. Blom qualified as a Psychiatrist in Bloemfontein and worked in Johannesburg until 1998 when he moved to Canada and practiced as a Specialist Psychiatrist for 17 years.

On return to South Africa Dr. Blom had his own practice for 3 years and then moved to Plettenburg Bay for 18 months before joining our team at Riverview Manor in January 2017.

Assistant General Manager
Caryn Coles
Assistant General Manager

Caryn joined Riverview Manor in 2004 as an admissions coordinator. In 2011 Caryn left Riverview Manor and returned in 2012. Through hard work and her dedication to the clients and Riverview Manor has worked her way up to Assistant General Manager. 

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Riverview Manor Specialist Clinic
Riverview Manor Specialist Clinic
Although Riverview Manor does not run a strictly Halaal kitchen - we do make every effort to cater for our Muslim clients. Our staff are well trained and informed about islamic foods. We accept pre-cooked frozen meals from the Client’s family, stored and we reheat it separately.
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