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The Team

Over the years Blueprint Health has put together a highly specialised team of health experts from various fields of medicine, behavioural health and corporate coaching. The core of this team consists of geneticists, behavioural health specialists, coaches and exercise scientists. Professionals in dietetics and nutrition, genetic counsellors, physicians and occupational therapists are also contracted. All health professionals are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

Dr Heloïse Avenant, MB ChB – Clinician

As managing director of Blueprint Health, Heloïse can live out her passion to offer focused and personalised prevention and health management solutions to individuals and organisational teams.

Heloïse has been in private practice for more than 12 years following graduation from Stellenbosch University, where she obtained a B Sc in biochemistry (cum laude) and an MB ChB degree. While spending six years in Canada, she became a licentiate of the medical college. Heloïse serves as a clinical advisor to Gknowmix genetic medical services and is a clinical consultant to dietetic practices.

Areas of expertise:

  • Applied nutro-genomics and personalised health maintenance with a focus on individual health risks
  • Integrated interventions to maintain not only health and wellness, but also optimise the management of chronic diseases related to lifestyle and the impact on inherited risk
  • Health coaching and supportive guidance (following the solution-focused approach) to individuals in a corporate as well as private healthcare setting
  • Research on the relationship between health and productivity led to the conception of the first validated instrument based on the South African disease burden

Heloïse’s special interest in archaeology, anthropology and evolutionary sciences contributes to her enthusiastic understanding of the adaptations people go through and how they can manage their environment to ensure longevity.

Heloïse is married to Pieter, and they have two children – Bea and Wynand.

Prof Maritha Kotze

Prof Maritha Kotze is the founder and director of Gknowmix, a healthcare company that developed a business process for integration of clinical assessments, laboratory analysis and reporting through a web-based genetic testing service delivery system.

She maintains close links with academia through an appointment as senior lector and professor at the University of Stellenbosch, promoting genome research innovation among students, scientists and clinicians.

Her publications include more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and invited book chapters. Maritha has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international scientific meetings and is a regular presenter and facilitator of CPD accredited lectures.

Cheryl Mulder-Verbruggen

In 1989, together with her husband, Robert Verbruggen, Cheryl established Cape Courtesy, a company specializing in Business Travel & Tourism. Corporate Hospitality and Meeting Facilitation form the core of her company activities and she thrives on “no margin for error”. The growth in the Health & Wellness sector, along with personal experiences, encouraged the partnership with Blueprint Health that resulted in the addition of a DNA based lifestyle management programme to Cape Courtesy’s product offering.

In 2004 Cheryl was one of the recipients of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism’s “Women in Tourism Awards”. She is particularly proud of this award since it was made in recognition of contributions made to the industry without seeking publicity or reward.

Cheryl served as Chairman of the SATSA Western Cape Chapter (May 2003 – May 2005) and represented the interests of the province on the SATSA National Board. In August 2006 Cheryl was unanimously elected as National President of SATSA and in March of the following year she was re-elected to serve a 2-year term. Cheryl believes that her position on the SATSA National Board enabled her to make a positive difference as well as give her the chance to put something back into an industry that she says has given her numerous incredible opportunities and experiences.

On her journey Cheryl has encountered innumerable special clients and, unsurprisingly, most are repeat and refer their business associates. All seem to share the view that what makes Cheryl and the Cape Courtesy team special is their attention to detail and their respect for confidentiality. Cheryl believes that everything is possible and so service delivery takes on a whole new meaning when dealing with this team.