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About Our Team

Our team is passionately committed to providing every patient with the best possible individualised care

About Our Team

Our team is passionately committed to providing every patient with the best possible individualised care

Professional Treatment at Minnesota House by our highly experienced multi-disciplinary team provides exceptional service to patients and referring professionals. Our team is passionately committed to providing every patient with the best possible individualised care. We pride ourselves on blending our diverse skills into 12 Step-based, holistic programmes that offer a rich, life-changing treatment experience, within a structured, supportive environment. We are also recognised experts in the treatment of dual-diagnosed patients, where effective treatment of both the addiction and any co-existing psychiatric disorder is essential to recovery.

Our goal is to deliver a new level of excellence in addiction treatment for professionals by building on the tradition of success achieved since our inception in 2001. Our evaluations are thorough but efficiently conducted and based on validated diagnostic criteria. Each patient receives a highly individualised treatment plan with clearly defined treatment goals. Effective communications, teamwork and the highest quality of care are among our core principles and differentiate us from other professional programs. The experienced multi-disciplinary team of experts at Minnesota House offers the full spectrum of care including a detox programme, inpatient care, outpatient clinic, and step down services such as aftercare and relapse prevention.

Our program also addresses co-occurring addictive behaviours and mental health issues (Dual Diagnosis) and provides outstanding multifaceted support for spouses, significant others and children. Some of the keys to our success include:

  • One-on-One Attention– With maximum of 20 patients, patients receive the personalised care and attention to detail they need to get well.
  • Skilled Therapeutic Team– Our therapists are highly seasoned Addiction Therapists
  • 12-Step Alternatives Available– Our therapies are holistic and our treatment follows the 12-Step Recovery Program and this approach enables us to meet the needs of patients
  • Serene and Peaceful Location– Our setting at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains is the perfect setting for healing in a tranquil environment for a recovery that begins with serenity, far away from the noise and chaos of the city. This is the perfect for healing in a tranquil environment
  • We offer a therapeutic community that ensures cohesion and compassion for each other guided by the 12 Steps and its principles.

Treatment Plan

Each patient receives a highly individualised treatment plan with clearly defined treatment goals

Innovative Ideas

Our goal is to deliver a new level of excellence in addiction treatment

Advanced Skills

We pride ourselves on blending our diverse skills

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Clear Communication

Effective communications, teamwork and the highest quality of care are among our core principles

We have never seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our plan

Marcel Plodzien

Managing Executive; Head of Treatment; Head of Therapeutic Team; Addiction Recovery, Behaviour Modification and Self-Empowerment Expert; New Admissions and Enquiries.

Marcel is an Addictionologist – primarily interested in the treatment of chemical dependency and other related illnesses such as co-dependency. She has a special interest in healing approaches that utilise inner child work and a passion to transform people’s lives and help them end addiction. Through the years she has enjoyed ongoing success in her role as founder, director and head of treatment since 2001. She’s known to walk the extra mile, to ensure individualised attention to each patient. Member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals and registered with the SACSSP. Registrations: FDAP 6ll – SACSSP – 50-03107

Specialties

 

  • Assessment of patients and their individual recovery needs
  • Working with mental health problems & dual diagnosis
  • Working with heroin addicts whose psychology is very different to that of other drugs users
  • Crisis intervention work with addicts and their families
  • Managing a multidisciplinary team member in an open & supportive manner

 

 

Serenity, courage and wisdom…

Johan Murray

Clinical Psychologist; Part of the Therapeutic Team; Workshop and Group Facilitator in Drumming; Workshop and Group Facilitator in Art Therapy.

Johan Murray is a clinical psychologist registered with the HPCSA, and has been involved with Minnesota House for many years, where he especially enjoys facilitating group sessions through music (drumming) and art. He has a small private practice in Great Brak River, where he has been on the management committee of Child Welfare SA for close on 10 years. After careers in journalism, publishing and teaching Afrikaans as second language in three private schools, he obtained a second Honours degree (Psychology), thereupon completed his Masters in Psychology, and lectured in the subject at the Sebokeng Campus of Vista University for 10 years, before settling in Great Brak River. Presently he also facilitates group sessions at two other clinics in George, and at 71 looks forward to continuing with his present involvements for some more years. Pr. NO – 8620113

Specialties

 

  • Assessment of patients and their individual psychological recovery needs.
  • Working with mental health problems and addiction recovery.
  • Working with recovering addicts whose journey towards a new clean life involves rediscovering playfulness and self-expression through art and drumming therapy.
  • One on one counselling work with addicts and their families.

 

 

Like life, recovery is a work in progress

Michelle Silkstone

Consultant Occupational Therapist.

TBA Pr. NO – 6607187

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Dr Jannie Van Der Westhuizen

Consultant Psychiatrist.

TBA PR. NO – 2205378

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It works if you work it, so work it you are worth it

Christna van der Vyver

Recovery Assistant; Staff Support.

Chrisna was born in the Mother City, and she understands the devastation that addiction causes. She is a recovering addict who is proudly celebrating her 3 years clean in January 2016. Christna is passionate about assisting people transform their lives after putting the drugs down, and helping addicts on their journey of recovery. She has recently joined the Minnesota House Team and has quickly become the head of treatments right hand. She is doing her Recovery Assistant internship. She is also fervent about the Animal Assistant Therapy offered at Minnesota House.

Specialties

 

  • Assisting the Head of Treatment
  • Supporting recovering addicts as they begin their journey from detox to living clean
  • Empathetic shoulder and ear for addicts adjusting to a clean life

 

 

Let it begin with me

Chantel Van Der Heever

Bookkeeper

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No matter how you feel: Get up, Show up, and never give up

Lyndie Haarhoff

Workshop and Group Facilitator in Attitude and Leadership Therapy.

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Maritjie Boggs

TBA

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Shadrack Mg’ambi

Garden Maintenance.

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Don’t be hard on yourself… You have taken the first step towards a better life.

SR Kvetoslava PETRAK (Sister)

Registered Nursing Sister; Part of the Therapeutic Team.

Sister Petrak has been with Minnesota House since 2006 with a deep rooted passion and commitment to help people.  Her care and compassion for others started in her childhood where she grew up in an orphanage in the Czech Republic.  During this time the country was at war. She survived the war and devastation around her but also helped to those in need, spending most of her time in hospitals. She qualified as a professional nurse and is registered to practise in Czech Republic, Zimbabwe, United Kingdom and South Africa. Sister is a cultivator and nurturer and is loved and respected by both staff and patients at Minnesota House. REG NO – 11259439

Specialties

 

  • Assessment of patients and their individual medical needs.
  • Working with mental health problems & dual diagnosis.
  • Working with heroin addicts whose psychology is very different to that of other drugs users.
  • Medical crisis intervention work with addicts and their families.

 

 

Keep it simple

Hester Ellis Swanepoel

Social Worker.

TBA Registrations: SACSSP – 1011480

Specialties

 

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Recovery begins by unconditionally accepting oneself

Hennie Pienaar

Consultant Clinical Therapist.

Hennie is passionate about his work and focuses on helping to show individuals from all walks of life how to unconditionally accept themselves, others and live. B.A.Teol.B.Th.Lis.M.Th. Clinical Therapist (Stell)

Specialties

 

  • Counselling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Motivational Speaker
  • Educator
  • Social Entrepreneur

 

 

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Anelma Fourie

Consultant Physio-on-Wheels.

TBA PR. NO – 0211230

Specialties

 

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It is possible

Taryn Davis

Development Executive (JHB).

Taryn is fanatically passionate about recovery and the spiritual principles of the 12 Step Recovery Program. She received personal healing at Minnesota House and is fervently committed to a greater vision for Minnesota House.

Specialties

 

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Let go and let God

Phillip De Vries

Pastor; Workshop and Group Facilitator in Christianity; Spearheads outreach Ministry LIFE Community Service.

www.lifecommunity.co.za

LIFE Community Services is a direct response to this challenge.

LIFE Community Services ministry started in 1999 when a church in George (South Africa) saw that some children coming in off the street could not concentrate during services. This was apparently due to the lack of nutrition. The church inquired where these children came from and visited their community. Under the initiative of Myrtle Grimm and Dave Hooper, the outreach started in Parkdene. From these initial visits the ministry to 40 – 50 children was established on a regular basis. In January of 2001, Philip and Maryna De Vries accepted the challenge and came from the United States of America (USA) to spearhead this outreach ministry. LIFE Community Services was registered as a not for profit organisation and the work began.

Some of the issues confronting the ministry is the fact that George’s unfortunate “claim to fame” is the highest death rate of TB patients, a growing AIDS crisis, the highest per capita alcoholism, (which has led to incredible poverty) and the highest per/capita divorce rate in the country.

Currently LIFE Community Services Ministry minister to underprivileged children and teenagers (new-born to 18 years old) with love, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, skills-training, nutritional food and meaningful programmes. We believe that by reaching the next generation we can make a positive impact on the community of George and surrounding area and South Africa

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Dance as if nobody is watching

Anita

Workshop and Group Facilitator in Line Dancing.

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Nolusabu Gona (Elsie)

Housekeeper

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Zamikhaya Myuvyo

Garden Maintenance.

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Recovery is a process that requires dedication and hard work.

Dr JC Olivier MB ChB

Chief Medical Officer; Part of the Therapeutic Team.

Dr Johan C Olivier has been at Minnesota House since 2002 as the Mental Health/Medical Consultant and has more than 14 years’ experience in the recovery field. He is very aware of the risks of addictive medicine and works with a whole spectrum of addicts and addictions. He is also a member of the SA Psychiatric Association. Dr Olivier is also a General Practitioner (18 years) with a general practice in Knysna. Dr Olivier is passionate about addiction and recovery and Dual Diagnosis is his speciality PR. NO – 1520792

Specialties

 

  • Assessment of patients and their individual medical recovery needs.
  • Working with mental health problems & dual diagnosis
  • Working with heroin addicts whose psychology is very different to that of other drugs users.
  • Crisis intervention work with addicts and their families.

 

 

As long as there is breath there is hope

Annesta Hofer

Social Worker; Wellness Trainer; Part of the Therapeutic Team; Workshop and Group Facilitator in various addiction recovery topics; Outpatient Care; Aftercare program facilitator

Annesta joins the Minnesota House Therapeutic Team on 1 November 2016. She is by no means a stranger to Minnesota House, and has been a freelance social worker at Minnesota House since March 2014. Annesta Hofer has been practicing Social Work as profession for the past 16 years, never losing her passion or dedication for the field of helping, assisting and empowering others. Annesta started her career in family and child care organisations where she fended for abused children in the Children’s court and ensured the best interest of children who were in need of alternative care. Later on she worked as office manager for welfare organisations until she was promoted to become a CEO of an organisation that established Victim Friendly Facilities throughout provinces, ensuring that survivors of rape and domestic violence received compassionate care while proceeding through the Criminal Justice System, also seeing to the increase of the conviction rate of perpetrators. For the past six years Annesta found her calling while working in the field of rehabilitation for addiction and realised the importance of cognitive therapy and behavioural modification in order for people to renew their thinking patterns that result in Behavioural Change. Annesta is also passionate about the training and empowerment of people relating to the field of addiction, as well as researching the latest methods in order to help people have real change after addiction. Her private practice has been in operation since March 2014, and despite the expected growing pains and the inevitable life lessons along the way she has persevered and is now joining the Minnesota House Team permanently. She has engaged in a strong partnership with the ACVV in George and her partnership with Minnesota House Treatment Centre is has grown from strength to strength. The popularity of her addiction out-patient programme is increasing with very good results in people staying sober while facing real life challenges. Annesta an active board member of SANCA George and has recently engaged in a very exciting contract with a National Company ensuring that her services are directly linked to the employee wellness needs of businesses Qualifications and registrations: BA Degree (Social Work) Honours, Registered Social Worker 10-20811 (Council for Social Services Professions), Registered Behavioural Therapist, Practice number 054 9932 ( Board of Health Care Professionals).

Specialties

 

  • Addiction Specialist
  • Counselling on a one on one basis
  • Facilitating Wellness Training Workshops monthly
  • Assisting patients with their individual psychological recovery needs
  • Working with mental health problems and addiction recovery with recovering
  • Working with recovering addicts in outpatient and aftercare programs
  • One on one counselling work with addicts and their families
  • Facilitating groups covering various addiction recovery topics

 

 

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Dr CH Gous

Consultant General Practitioner.

TBA MB ChB m. Fam. MED PR.NO. 1562622

Specialties

 

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Commit to excellence

Cindy Tucker

Administration; Part of the Administration Team.

Cindy has been working at Minnesota House since 2002.  Cindy is a trusted and respected staff member and has laid the foundation for the financial systems and management.  Cindy is dedicated to Minnesota House and remains loyal and involved in the organisation regardless of where life takes her.

Specialties

 

  • Assisting the Head of Treatment
  • Supporting the administrative team at Minnesota House from her home town of Port Elizabeth

 

 

Keep the basics in order and the rest will follow

Hannerie Mollentze

Auditor.

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We need never stand alone unless we chose to

Roger Hewitt

12 Step Recovery Assistant; Workshop and Group Facilitator in the NA AA 12 Step Recovery Program.

Roger has the message of recovery in him soul and carries the message where ever he goes. He been a consulting, facilitating 12 Step Groups at Minnesota House since 2014. He facilitates various other addiction recovery groups and is a consultant promoting recovery from chemical dependency and alcohol. Roger consults with patients in groups, and also on a “one on one” basis with recovering individuals who are working a 12 Step Recovery Program. He is passionate about carrying the message of the 12 Step Program from AA / NA. Has started various AA / NA groups in Natal and along the Garden Route, most of which are still operational. Has extensive experience with various programs at rehabilitation centres and outpatient centres. Roger has chaired various Hospitals & Institutions and Hospitals and Prisons AA and NA meetings. He consults at his own outpatient facility under the banner of “Cut The Mustard” in Knysna.

Specialties

 

  • Addiction Specialist
  • 12 Step Counselling
  • Thorough knowledge of the AA and NA program
  • Recovery Wellness Counselling
  • Facilitating group in the NA 12 Step Recovery Program

 

 

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(House Mother)

House Mother.

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