Who We Are

As a team of established treatment professionals,

​we are one of the first and by now the most established ibogaine clinic in South Africa.

Martie Underwood

Martie Underwood

Owner & Ibogaine Researcher (PhD)

Martie joined the centre as partner in 2019 and is now the owner. She is currently studying towards her PhD in Psychology, having chosen Ibogaine as her research topic. She holds an MSc in Transpersonal Psychology (London), and she is a Herbalist registered with the African National Healers Association. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Iboga Therapy Alliance, and regularly delivers keynote presentations at conferences.

Anso Taljaard (1968 - 2021) - IN LOVING MEMORY

Anso Taljaard (1968 - 2021) - IN LOVING MEMORY

Our Founder & Mentor

Our founder and mentor, Anso Taljaard, was a clinical psychologist and a pioneer. During her years in private practice, she became frustrated by the inefficiencies of traditional clinical models. She became interested in Ibogaine at a time when not much was known about the substance and when non-traditional treatments were severely frowned upon. She pioneered our current treatment model and founded our approach on robust psychological principles. Sadly she lost her long battle with cancer in 2021, but she left a legacy that has profoundly changed the lives of so many.  Pic: Alon Skuy

Dr Durel Baruani

Dr Durel Baruani

Medical Doctor

Dr Durel Baruani is an ACLS and Advanced ITLS certified medical doctor with current emergency room experience. Dr Baruani has been with the Centre since 2018, and has successfully supervised numerous Ibogaine treatments without a single adverse event. More than his experienced medical skills, Dr Baruani’s bedside manner is impeccable. He is incredibly compassionate and empathetic, and truly cares about our clients and their safety. 

Keorapetse Tladi

Keorapetse Tladi

Trauma Nurse

Keorapetse Tladi joined the Centre in August 2022 as Trauma Nurse. She holds current BLS certification and certification in ECG interpretation. Her extensive experience and her kind and compassionate nature make her a valuable addition to our team. Keo, as she’s affectionately known, is passionate about the wellbeing of our clients, and consistently strives to ensure they feel safe and taken care of. 

Thato Ramagofu

Thato Ramagofu

Paramedic

Thato is an ACLS certified Paramedic and joined our team in December 2022. His current advanced emergency response experience makes him a valuable member of our team. Beyond his medical expertise, we value his respectful and compassionate bedside manner with our clients. We also thoroughly appreciate his gentle nature and his witty sense of humour.

Kerryn Matthews

Kerryn Matthews

Therapist & Treatment Guide

Kerryn holds an Honours Degree as well as a Masters Degree in Psychology, graduating the latter with Merit in 2024. She also holds current CPR certification. Kerryn has been with the Centre since 2018 and provides enlightened and innovative therapeutic interventions for our clients. As a valued member of our team, Kerryn’s gentle, empathetic approach, combined with her sharp wit and quick mind make her a force to be reckoned with.

Johann Hattingh

Johann Hattingh

Centre Manager, Therapist & Treatment Guide

Johann joined the Centre in 2019 following his successful Ibogaine treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Jo, as he is affectionately known, is an exceptional advocate for the use of plant medicine in treating trauma, and is the founding member of the PTSD SA support group.  After joining the Centre, he completed a qualification with UNISA in Victim Empowerment and Support and also holds current CPR certification. Clients are drawn to Jo, and resonate with his kindness and wisdom. 

Shayne Nowikow

Shayne Nowikow

Treatment Guide

Shayne has been involved since the Centre’s early days, facilitating journeys with various plant medicines. Following a period of absence to pursue other interests, he returned in November 2022. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in ibogaine treatment, not to mention his unique and upbeat sense of humour.

Lebogang Molefe

Lebogang Molefe

Treatment Assistant

Lebogang, or Lebo as she is affectionately known, joined our team in November 2022. She holds current CPR certification. Her keen observation skills, along with her sunny personality and her willingness to learn make her a valued team member, much loved by her colleagues and clients.

Liquorice & Team

Liquorice & Team

Professional Good Boy & Therapy Dogs

Liquorice is a professional good boy and the most senior of our therapy dogs. From taking shots at the vet, to cuddling on the couch, Liquorice has excellent manners down to a fine art. He tries his best to lead the pack of hooligans we have at the Centre, and mostly gets it right.