Janine Raubenheimer loves two things: motherhood and medicine. She continues to balance both with remarkable dexterity.
“Starting my own practice from scratch while being pregnant with my second child — that was the most difficult and challenging time of my life, but I pushed through and now have a beautiful daughter and a growing practice.”
Janine graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2009, and went on to obtain diplomas in HIV management and Child Health at the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. She completed her internship and community service at Kimberley Hospital from 2010 to 2012, and started working in private practice in 2014.
Now as one of Pretoria’s preeminent professionals, she daily combines her passions for helping, teaching and learning. “I believe in getting people to understand their illness, how they’ll get better, and empowering them to become their healthiest selves.”.
Janine candidly discusses the challenges of healthcare regulations and protocols that limit doctor-patient face time. On the upside, many people have wider access to better care, but Janine stresses the importance of a thorough, holistic approach — preventing illness and treating the whole person, rather than simply writing a quick script to treat a symptom. She emphasizes integrative options and thinking bigger.
Currently, Janine continues to build on her education through the Institute of Integrative Medicine of South Africa, and through Student Health of the University of Pretoria.
Janine loves witnessing the difference good health can make in people’s lives, learning new things every day, and using this to improve people’s quality of life. “One good thing: people are starting to take more responsibility of their own health — doing some research and reading up and taking part in decision making.”.
In her downtime, Janine enjoys reading, writing, playing with her kids and her two Scottish terriers, taking walks in the park, and pilates exercise. She also listens to a wide range of podcasts — everything from Joe Rogan to the Happiness Lab with Dr Laurie Santos, to Enneagram Cast and Happy Hormones.
I believe in empowering people to take care of their own health, and in treating every patient as a holistic individual. One of the principles of the WHO, is that health is not merely the absence of disease, but a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing. As a doctor, mother, wife, and human, this is one of the principles I try to incorporate within my own life and work.
My first few years as a doctor were spent in both Kimberley and Pretoria, where I found a love for children’s health and women’s health, and for seeing the possibilities of what we can achieve by treating people with chronic diseases holistically. My further work in Child Health and HIV management only reinforced my belief in an integrative approach.
I found my calling as a general practitioner or, as I like to call it, a family doctor. Victor Frankl proposed that man’s life is a quest for meaning, and a family doctor is in the privileged position, especially with continuous care, to help find and create meaning for ourselves and our patients.
After learning a lot by working in different private practices, I opened my own practice in a leap of faith, to live out my values and principles while providing a level of excellence, within the world of patient-centred care.
I am grateful to be surrounded by superb healthcare professionals in a location where we can offer a one-stop service with a psychiatrist, dentist, physiotherapist, chiropractor, dietician, audiologist, orthotist and a neurophysiologist, all in the same place!
Nicolene studied at the University of Pretoria and is a qualified Clinical Associate, registered with the HPCSA. She is the right-hand of the practice and makes sure that everything runs smoothly. Her warm-hearted nature and genuine care for patients is an asset for the practice and our patients.
Apart from performing ECGs, stress ECGs, lung functions, blood tests and assisting in minor procedures, Nicolene also consults and prescribes. This is an excellent opportunity to get quality medical care that suits your pocket.
Make an appointment today with Nicolene for the following:
Contraception counselling and prescriptions
General medical consultations
(also includes scripts and sick notes)*
Injections and wound care
(under doctor supervision and prescription)
*Please note that only prescriptions up to schedule 4 (ie no sleeping tablets, opioids or psychiatric medications) and no more than 3 days of sick leave.