Aletta has been living in Bloemfontein since she was nine years old. This is where she matriculated and studied medicine. She obtained her MBChB with distinction in 2008 and decided it was time to spread her wings. She didn’t have to fly far though – she got accepted to do her internship at Kimberley Hospital Complex in 2009 and 2010.
It was there that she found her love for paediatrics, working under Dr Pieter Jooste.
It was also there that she married the love of her life. She applied for a post at Kimberley Hospital Paediatric Department and was able to work there for the full duration of her community service year (2011). During this year she obtained her Diploma in Child Health from the CMSA and decided to specialise in Paediatrics. Back in Bloemfontein, she completed her postgraduate studies and obtained her FCPaed(SA) and MMedPaed qualifications in 2016.
For the past three and a half years she has been working part-time in private practice at Mediclinic and has been blessed with two beautiful children. Her interest in Developmental Paediatrics grew almost as fast as her babies. She realised the great need to empower parents and caregivers in raising both neurotypical children as well as the child with special needs. In January 2020 she started a part-time sub-specialisation in Childhood Developmental Paediatrics at the UFS.
Knowledge is power, so she wants to equip herself and her patients, their parents and the general public with skills and knowledge on the importance of neurodevelopment and our role in the process. She is a carer at heart and enjoy coming alongside parents on this journey as they raise their children. Also, as a mother who breastfed both her babies, she can truly identify with other mothers and their struggles to raise and care for their babies, toddlers and children. This is why she is very excited to join the team at Estherea as we support mothers, assess babies and children and treat them and their families holistically.
As Frederick Douglass put it, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men”. She thanks our Lord Jesus for the privilege of working with children. May He be glorified by the work of her hands.