Embracing Holistic Care

The UmhlangaSeptember 5, 2023

A New Generation of Health and Wellness


In a fast-paced world where health concerns are complex, the pursuit of comprehensive, efficient and personalised healthcare has become increasingly vital. PearlsMED is an innovative medical facility that employs a holistic approach to not only treating ailments but also promoting overall well-being and prevention. The concept of the centre is the combined brainchild of the Ehlers family and Ruan Fourie.


At the heart of the centre lies a team of compassionate general medical practitioners: Dr Francois Ehlers, Dr Vincent Ehlers, Dr Rachel Shannon and Dr Le-Jean Ehlers – each with a different area of expertise. Together, with a deep understanding of the interconnections between various aspects of health, the team is able to cater to the needs of any patient requiring care.

The role of restoring function, enhancing mobility and alleviating pain is the domain of physiotherapists Ruan Fourie and Dominic Haussamer, who work closely alongside an expert team of allied practitioners. 


Dr Devin Chetty and his team are responsible for transforming smiles and enhancing oral health. Whether it’s routine check-ups or complex restorative procedures, Dr Devin focuses on comfort and embraces the latest advancements in dental technology to nurture healthy smiles in the community. 


PearlsMED houses a cutting-edge radiology department focused on breast and bone health. Equipped with x-rays, digital mammography and bone density scanning, this section aims to provide early detection and diagnosis of injuries, breast cancer and osteoporosis. With a team of skilled radiologists, the centre offers comprehensive screening programmes and follows up with targeted interventions, fostering a proactive approach to women’s health and skeletal well-being.


Dr Rachel Shannon is a biochemist and medical doctor practicing as a General Practitioner. She is also a mom to two little girls aged four and 20 months. Dr Rachel grew up in a family that focused on health promotion – her grandmother, a yoga teacher, opened the first health shop in South Africa in 1967. 


She spent six years in the field of biochemistry, studying and developing animal models for type 2 diabetes. It was here that her love for hormones and medicine evolved. She was awarded a scholarship by the International Diabetes Federation in 2011 to present her master’s thesis at the World Diabetes Congress in Dubai. She was offered to pursue her PhD, but instead took a career turn into medicine. “I am passionate about empowering patients. In 2023, my mission is to offer my patients access to excellent healthcare,” she explains.


Dr Le-Jean Ehlers, the newest addition to PearlsMED, is a General Practitioner with a special interest in women’s health, medical weight loss options and aesthetic medicine. She is passionate about empowering individuals to live their healthiest and most confident lives. 


Dedicated to the well-being of her female patients, she offers an array of services to support their health. From annual medical check-ups and PAP smears to thorough breast examinations and IUD insertions, patients can trust her for proactive and personalised care. With a compassionate approach, she works closely with her patients and an in-house dietitian, providing tailored programmes and guidance to help achieve sustainable results. Dr Le-Jean and her team also offer the innovative Allurion Gastric Balloon System placement and programme, further expanding the options available for weight-loss management.


Furthermore, Dr Le-Jean has developed a growing interest in medical aesthetics. Through modern techniques and technologies, she offers rejuvenating treatments aimed at restoring her patients’ confidence and radiance. 


The Multi-Disciplinary Medical Centre unites diverse medical disciplines to provide comprehensive and efficient care for a wide array of health-related concerns. Focusing on personalisation, prevention, and advanced technology, it revolutionises the way we approach healthcare, empowering individuals to lead healthier lives and fostering a community characterised by vitality, well-being, and longevity.


Website: www.pearlsmed.co.za

Tel: 0861 555 111

Address: Level 3A, The Pearls Mall, 6 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga