Diagnostic Ultrasonographer – Julie Rawlins

A little bit about me……

I have been performing ultrasound scans since qualifying in 1995 and have enjoyed being part of this interesting diagnostic field.

I obtained my National Diploma in Diagnostic Radiography in 1993 and continued on to specialize into ultrasound and completed my National Higher Diploma Radiography: Ultrasound (Cum Laude )in 1995- these qualifications constitute my Bachelor of Technology Radiography: Diagnostic Ultrasound. 

Julie Rawlins

During my training years, I was offered the opportunity to employ my services in many of the top government hospitals and spent approximately 5 years gaining valuable work experience at Addington, King Edward, RK Khan and Wentworth hospital as well as some of the smaller clinics. Soon after qualifying, I joined the private sector and spent a few years with a leading Xray department in Durban and moved on to assist the Obstetricians with the specialized obstetric and gynaecology scans. In 2013, I expanded my expertise and opened my own private practice (Inside Image Ultrasound) and currently specialize in 2D/4D obstetrics, gynaecology and abdominal scans. I am registered with HPCSA and strive to offer a quality, affordable service to my patient’s. 

Homeopath – Riette Smulders

I have been interested in nature and healing as far back as I can remember. As a 5yr old, I spent many hours in our garden bandaging and treating whatever plants or animals I felt needed help. When I got to high school, I got extremely ill and we went from specialist to specialist trying to find the cause. After many months, it was the homeopath who diagnosed me as having glandular fever and set me on the road to recovery. These experiences paved the way for me to embark on six years of study getting my master’s degree in Homeopathy in 2001.

I ran a very successful practice from home for ten years and am thrilled to have joined the professional team at the Vertebrate Chiropractic and Wellness Clinic.

Riette Smulders

I have come to realise over the years of practising, that there is a real need for people to connect with their health care practitioner. To have someone who takes time to really listen and is prepared to walk with them on the road back to health.

Homeopathy is extremely versatile and very safe to use even on the smallest new-borns and most frail. In many cases, it can be used in conjunction with other medication and has the ability to not only bring about relief of physical symptoms but also improve the patient on mental and emotional levels.      

I have a special interest in children with learning difficulties and am currently busy with part-time studies doing the Waldorf Teacher Training Course which I believe will support the experience that already has in this field.

I share my home with my amazing partner as well as four beautiful children (two of which are mine).

Specialised Kinesiologist – Stacey Destombes

Stacey Destombes

After nearly 10 years working in the corporate world, I can well understand the stresses and pressures of fast turnaround and accountability in a world that never stops. The requirement to manage time, projects and professional development, as well as juggle personal endeavours can be a daunting prospect and mastering the time, passion, energy and balance remains the holy grail of so many in the world today.

A degree in psychology, coupled with self-awareness, some bumpy lessons along the way and a jolly good sense of humour, enable me to provide a space, safe for self-discovery and recuperation. Clients are delighted that physical symptoms are eradicated and find themselves learning enormous amounts about themselves and how they ended up in my office!

A favourite quote of mine is, “build a life you don’t need a holiday from” and it is this that I strive to help my clients achieve in their sessions.

Massage Therapist – Erin May Low

Why Massage?

Massage is almost as old as time, even Julius Caesar (100-44bc) had himself pinched all over the body for his pleuralgia daily.

Massage therapy is a prime example of communication on a non-verbal level. The way we touch others triggers a physical sensation as well as an emotional response. We all have the need to be touched, nurtured and pampered and made to feel cared for. Massage eases both physical and mental tension. As we become calm, peaceful and subdued we can make important decisions that are positive and unbiased.

Physically massage encourages our body to heal itself and become balanced in this hectic and often unforgiving world. There are many benefits to massage therapy which includes keeping skin healthy and elastic, cleanses the toxins through the lymph glands, helps with sports injuries and tension in the muscles.  

“The physician must be experienced in many things, but assuredly in rubbing…for rubbing can bind a joint that is loose and, and loosen a joint that is too rigid.” Hippocrates, 5th century BC

About Me


I am a certified holistic massage therapist through Healing Hands International Massage Academy. I qualified in 2017 and happy to be joining the Vertebrae Chiropractic and Wellness Centre. I am happily married to my darling husband Stephen for 5 years and hoping to start a family soon.

I am passionate about helping people heal from within. I regard each patient as a whole, rather than an illness to be defeated. I believe in nurturing, rather than battling against the body.  To date, I am qualified in holistic massage Therapy which includes lymph drainage, deep tissue and Swedish massage. I will also be broadening my knowledge with hot stone therapy, sports massage and aromatherapy in the near future.  

My Holistic Services are as follows:

Full Body (including lymph drainage or deep tissue) R 350 (60 min)

Head, Neck and Back (Deep tissue) R200 (45 min)

Legs & Feet (lymph drainage or deep tissue) R 150 (30min)

Baby stimulation (R200 per month, 20min sessions) which will benefit restless sleepers, colic or babies with reflux disorders