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Dr Arien van der Merwe

MBChB (Pretoria) NHA (SA) ASCHP (SA) MISMA (London)

‘We teach best what we most have to learn!’

‘It is a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together’


Dr Arien van der Merwe is a natural, holistic, integrative medical doctor who has been practicing in this field since 1995. She is a specialist holistic counsellor, incorporating mind, body and soul in her treatment protocols. Arien is also a medical specialist in workplace wellness, owns the Weight Control Clinic started by Dr Gauché in 1974, teaches stress management & relaxation techniques, incl. mindfulness, and emphasises youthful living and longevity. She is an experienced public speaker, facilitator and trainer. Arien is an internationally published author of countless books and training manuals.

Her newly edited and revised book ‘Stress Solutions’, has just been released, once again with the accompanying relaxation CD, ‘Stress Solutions: Relax and Unwind’. Her book ‘Health & Happiness’ originally published in 1998, has been revised and edited, and is now in its 13th print. Her latest book is ‘Managing Diabetes and Related Health Challenges’ (Afr: ‘Hanteer Diabetes en Verwante Kwale’), published by Human & Rousseau. She is currently busy writing her new book ‘Inflammaging: chronic (persistent) inflammation, the fuel that flames the fire of all today’s chronic degenerative diseases’.

Dr Arien is registered by the Natural Healers Association (NHA) as Trainer and Ethno-Medicine Practitioner in the field of Traditional Health Care, by the Association for Supportive Counsellors & Holistic Practitioners (ASCHP) as Specialist Holistic Counsellor, and she is a Member of the International Stress Management Association (MISMA), UK branch and SASIM (SA Society of Integrative Medicine).

She developed and registered 2 Continued Professional Development (CPD) Accredited Courses: ‘An Integrative Approach to Managing Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome’ – SAMA, 6 points; and ‘An Integrative Holistic Approach to Medicine’ – SAMA, 4 points.

Arien developed an online Practical Stress Management Course through the Foundation for Professional Developed (Training Dept. of SAMA) which has been accredited with 30 CPD points for medical doctors, psychologists and related health practitioners.

She developed an online course (12 Weeks to Optimal Health and Wellbeing) available through her website, as well as ongoing online courses for Educate24 (Media24 company). Both the Practical Stress Management and Your Health and Wellness Courses are available on the Educate24 website.

Dr Arien has developed the Timeless DNA™ Youthful Living Program with courses and online programs to entertain, enlighten and educate people on how to become a healthy, happy 120 years of age (our natural lifespan!) embodying the concept of beauty within, beauty without and beauty of being.

Arien is a passionate writer and teacher and loves to share her experiences and knowledge about healing and wholeness, hoping to inspire others to live healthier, happier, more fulfilled lives.

Dr Arien writes for, and consults regularly, for many real time (e.g. Natural Medicine Journal) and online magazines and newspapers in South Africa, and appears in countless national radio and TV shows (e.g. most recently and ongoing: DStv Home Channel 176: Real Health and kykNET) as guest. Arien is the Director of Health Stress Management Gauteng (Pty) (Ltd) and Co-owner (with Anri van Rooyen) of Ariani Health Solutions, based in Faerie Glen, Pretoria, now also in Hermanus and online. 

Click here for Dr Arien’s Scope of Practice

Anri van Rooyen

BSc (Hons) MSc (Pretoria) ASCHP (SA)

‘The body achieves what the mind believes’

aboutanriAnri van Rooyen – BSc (Genetics, Psychology & Physiology), BSc Hons (Human Physiology), MSc Sport Physiology, Personal Fitness Trainer – is a Highly Qualified Fitness Specialist as well as the Health & Fitness Scientist, Co-Owner and Practice Manager at Ariani Health Solutions. Anri is also registered as an Holistic Counsellor at ASCHP (Association for Supportive Counsellors & Holistic Practitioners) and assists patients on their health and fat loss journeys.

Anri developed PlayFunFitness™ to incorporate fun and effective exercises for optimal fat loss, strength and muscle toning. Exercise is a necessity for a healthy lifestyle and needs to become a habit for everyone. Anri takes fitness level into account when working with clients. If you are a member at a gym or prefer to gym from home she can give you a personalised program suited for your need. Anri is also available for fitness consultations, screenings and fitness tests.

FitFood was developed by Anri in 2016. The Weight Control Clinic inspired her to start this endeavor. Anri’s FitFood Ready Made Meals (fresh or frozen) are Weight Control Clinic Approved, healthy, delicious, quick, easy and convenient. These meals are ideal if you are very busy or simply just don’t like cooking. ‘Too much of a good thing, is also bad.’ Tehrefore, calories are specified to keep you on track. ‘If anyone told me a few years ago that I would be making food in the future I would definitely not have believed them. I realised our patients were struggling with preparation and I knew I would be able to assist, I then started FitFood Ready Made Meals to help others follow a healthy lifestyle that is convenient and fits into their lifestyle. Now I have become a total foodie and I love it when people enjoy my meals. It is important to know that leading a healthy lifestyle most definitely does not mean eating bland and boring food. So give my meals a try and let me know what you think.’   

Anri is also a co-owner of necessities – a multivitamin & multimineral range for scholars, students and young adults. necessities can improve memory, concentration, your immune system etc. As Anri says ‘I am a firm believer in exercise, wholesome food and the use of the correct food supplements to improve your mood and energy level, therefore optimal health and wellbeing. You are what you eat!’

Juanita Uys

JuanitaJuanita is our reception/admin go to girl. ‘I have been working in the medical health industry since 2000. I was a personal assistant to two doctors  and have been involved with admin, project management and non-invasive rehab. It is my passion to help people. I believe in a healthy lifestyle and natural cures for health challenges. With natural and alternative treatment you can have a happy and healthy life. I feel that at Ariani Health Solutions I can grow and learn new skills to assist others in their healthy living journey.’ Feel free to contact Juanita for any reception/admin related enquiries at

Hermanus Staff:

Carol Barnard

Carol is the registered nurse at our Weight Control Clinic Hermanus Branch.

‘I have lived in Hermanus for the past 18 years.  I have always had a keen interest in the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle by eating the correct foods, exercising regularly and taking only the necessary supplements without overdoing it.  Having struggled with weight gain myself,  I realise how difficult it can be to tackle a weight loss program on your own.  I am therefore very excited to join Dr Arien and Anri’s Weight Control Clinic where we will monitor our clients weight loss with both medical and emotional support.  I look forward to walk the wonderful journey of weight loss and health gain with all our future clients.’  

Shellean Jones

Shellean Jones

Shellean is the reception/admin go to girl in Hermanus.

‘I embrace a holistic approach to healing and empowering individuals, using approaches which consider the interrelatedness of the body, mind, emotions, soul and spirit. As such, I am grateful to be working with Ariani Health Solutions in Hermanus, whose ethics and practices are in alignment with my passion to serve others in well-being.’

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