Your partner in optimal health.

Optimal Health was founded by Dr Erika Drewes. Dr Erika is an Integrative Specialist Family Physician.

We use an evidence-based comprehensive approach to identify the root causes that may lead to imbalance. Every patient is unique and the approach aims at personalized care that is tailored to the individual. We will seek the most gentle approach possible and believe in the power of creating realistic hopefulness for each patient regardless of their health challenge.

The Optimal Health Team looks forward to working with you.

Our Mission

We strive to create an environment of acceptance, hope and healing. We believe optimal health is achieved through helping restore the functional pathways of the body and through preventing disease by correcting deficiencies at the earliest opportunity. We believe optimal health is possible for every patient regardless of their medical condition. 

Functional and Integrative Medicine

Our functional approach corrects imbalances in the body. We use the best of main stream and complimentary medicine.

CIRS & mold illness 

Patients with CIRS often present with multiple problems. It is critical to identify the cause of the toxicity and remove it.

Hormone balancing

We assess the whole hormonal system to see how these imbalances impact the symptoms you experience .

IV therapy

We offer a range of tailored intravenous treatments.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia, Long-Haul Covid

We offer cutting edge approaches that identify root causes and improve your level of energy and function.

Heavy metal toxicity

We are able to do heavy metal testing to rule out heavy metal intoxication.

Dr Erika Drewes

Dr Erika Drewes is a specialist family physician with 20 years of experience in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

After qualifying as a medical doctor, Erika worked in various private and public hospitals in Gauteng, KZN and the UK. During this time she completed a Masters in Family Medicine ( UKZN), Diploma in Obstetrics ( Colleges of Medicine) and the Vocational Training Programme of McCord Hospital in Durban.

Erika’s interests include women’s health and hormonal balance, connective tissue health and rehabilitation ( especially cerebral palsy), gut health, mold illness, auto-immune disease, chronic fatigue and chronic infections.

She is married to Helmut and they have 2 children.

Erika looks forward to meeting you and assist you in your health journey.

Stephanie Rouillard

Stephanie Rouillard is our dietitian who addresses the root cause of disease through individualised, patient-centred holistic nutritional therapy based on science. Her extensive engagement in integrative/functional approaches to treatment; alongside her thorough approach, compassionate care, and serene nature, truly empowers her to use food as medicine.

 Stephanie's Website

Nabeelah Willenberg

Nabeelah is our friendly office manager. She will help make your bookings and also assist with any administrative queries. Please email her on reception@drdrewes.com.

Tracy

Tracy, a GP currently completing a Fellowship in Functional Medicine, believes in using a hybrid approach of conventional and integrative therapies to support, improve and maintain individual health - and that our bodies are able to heal if we provide them with the right care. She finds it fulfilling to apply this perspective in a tailored way for each individual she sees and considers the relationship between doctor and individual as a partnership where both work together in the pursuit of preventing illness, optimising health and managing disease by addressing root causes. It would be her privelege to share her knowledge and skills with you, walking alongside you on your health journey.


Andries van Schalkwyk

Dr Andries is a family physician holding registration with the HPCSA and the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

He has a special interest in Aesthetic Medicine and has been using Botox and Dermal Fillers since 2007 to diminish the negative physical aspects of facial ageing such as tiredness, sadness and anger. Dr Andries strives to deliver natural results by rejuvenating the facial features that maintain and define our structural beauty.


Disclaimer

Dr Erika Drewes is not considered a replacement for your primary care physician but works in conjunction with your current health care team.  All patients need to have a primary care physician to cover emergencies, routine care and screenings.