Meet the Professionals

WellPro is the Wellness Division of MDS. In this division we aim to improve your health, lifestyle and longevity by making use of the latest scientific advancements, offering a focused approach to your health. We work with individuals with a great passion and interest in the area of nutrition and genetics giving you access to their professional services in answering your queries and offering assistance on your road to health and wellness. We look forward to helping you.

robyn-duarteRobyn Duarte

Dietitian at MDS

Robyn is an HPCSA registered dietician who heads the WellPro Wellness Division at Molecular Diagnostic Services (MDS) (Pty) Ltd. Robyn obtained her Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics at the end of 2009 at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Pietermaritzburg and joined MDS in June 2011 having previously worked in state hospitals gaining experience after her graduation. Robyn feels that the field of nutrition has changed greatly since her years of study and has, subsequently, developed great interest in the areas of personalized nutrition and management, noting that each individual is unique – from their genes to the processes occurring inside their bodies. Robyn liaises both with clients and practitioners and has presented a number of talks on topics related to tests in the WellPro Division. Robyn is a member of BHF (Board of Healthcare Funders).

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dr-maritha-kotzeDr MJ Kotze

Genetic Consultant

Professor Maritha Kotze obtained her BSc, BSc honours and MSc degrees cum laude at the University of Stellenbosch. Since obtaining her PhD degree in 1990, she has supervised many postgraduate students including more than 10 PhD graduates. She has been awarded the Rector’s Award for Research Excellence in 1999. She received a patent incentive award for Research Innovation in 2005 and was identified during this time by the Institute for Scientific Information in the USA as one of the 20 highest ranking active publishers in the biomedical field in South Africa. 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. In 2009, she completed the Gknowmix – Genetic Knowledge Integration – Project under the auspices of the South African Medical Research Council. The goal of this initiative is to provide a gateway for clinicians, genetic counsellors, laboratories and medical scientists to translate genomic research into clinical practice by using a multi-disciplinary approach. Professor Kotze offers her independent expertise to MDS clients through her own professional capacity.

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