ABOUT OUR TEAM
Dr Janine Martins
BA Psych SW (Hons), MA, MSc, MBChB, PhD (Oxon), FRSPH, FASCPath
Dr Martins is a Medical Doctor and Psychologist, published author and speaker with 20 years professional experience in the health sector. She has a background in Chemical Pathology having worked at the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) in South Africa and University of Pretoria. She has a PhD from the University of Oxford in Public Health and the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism in the UK, investigating the effects of nutrition on cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cholesterol.
Dr Martins further specialised as an Aesthetics & Integrative Doctor (Functional Medicine) focusing on nutrition, women’s health, chronic diseases and anti-ageing, with skills in mind-mapping, acupuncture and lifestyle management. She continued her research in partnership with the USAID to investigate new treatments for the prevention of HIV in women. Throughout her medical career, Dr Martins worked for Blackwell Publishing house in the medical division. She has won several awards for her research and has been a speaker at numerous international Conferences.
Prior to becoming a medical doctor, Dr Martins trained as a Psychologist and Clinical Social worker, and worked for 10 years on human rights projects in South Africa and the UK alongside the Department of Health, Save the Children, Changing Faces and collaborations with World Health Organisation (WHO). Dr Martins has developed an in-depth understanding of the interaction between mind and body, as well as the psychosocial aspects of health, abuse, weight loss and ageing.
Dr Martins is a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Public Health, and the American Society of Pathology. She is also a member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (A4M), Aesthetic & Anti-ageing Medicine Society of South Africa (AAMSSA), the South African Society of Integrative Medicine (SASIM), and the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM).
Dr Hannelie Carstens
BSc, MSc, PhD
Dr Carstens has 17 years of professional experience in clinical research. She has a background in Clinical Quality Assurance and Clinical Quality Management, having worked at Director level and higher in these fields at Quintiles (now IQVIA) and the International Partnership for Microbicides respectively.
Through this work Dr Carstens gained extensive experience in the management of operations and personnel, quality assurance auditing, planning and delivery of audit programs, implementation of quality management systems, applied Good Clinical Practice and compliance with the regulations governing clinical research. She has participated in the preparation for and hosting of several regulatory inspections, including inspections by the South African Medicines Control Council (now the South African Health Products Regulatory Agency), the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency.
Other areas of expertise developed during her career in clinical research include the planning and delivery of internal training programs and the development and maintenance of controlled documents.
Before starting her career in clinical research, Dr Carstens was a Physicist, lecturing and doing research at the University of South Africa (Unisa) for 20 years. During her tenure at Unisa, she specialised in the design, development and implementation of interactive study materials for distance education in the field of Physics.
Dr Carstens holds a PhD in Physics from Unisa and has conducted research in Nuclear Physics and Physics Education.