CEO and Psychiatrists


“Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do.” - Rumi

Dr Christa is a General Psychiatrist with a special interest and 21 years experience in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

I worked in Canada as a General Practitioner before my journey started in Paediatrics and Paediatric Oncology. I was and am always deeply touched by children’s inner strength and ability to choose life, even in the most challenging situations. 

After specialising in Psychiatry, we started the first multi-professional (Psychiatric/Psychology/Occupational therapy/Social work)- team practice in the Free-State in Bloemfontein, a therapeutic facility to assist families in need.

I also worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of the Free-State, as well as in Adult Oncology, while raising and enjoying my own children. 

​We opened a private, 72-bed, Psychiatric Hospital, M-CARE Optima, in Bloemfontein, in 2010 where I was Head of the Adolescent Unit until my personal journey led me to Stellenbosch in 2017.

Our dream to have a hospital where children and parents with mental health issues can be admitted to get help from various professionals finally came true after a challenging 18-month journey.

​I am the Head of the unit and my partner, Dr Fanie Meyer (Psychiatrist from Bloemfontein), is our CEO. We treat patients with mental health issues such as:

  1. Mood Disorders (Depression/Bipolar Mood Disorder)

  2. Anxiety Disorders

  3. Post-traumatic Stress

  4. Autism Spectrum Disorders

  5. Complicated ADHD 

  6. Mental Disorders secondary to medical illness

My degrees are:

  • MBChB(UFS)

  • FCPsych

  • MMed(Psig) (UFS)

My passion is to assist children and their families in their processes of growth and healing from mental illnesses.  I am always deeply aware of how sacred these journeys with our patients are.