I am a general practitioner who completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town. I then went on to Port Elizabeth, where I completed my internship at the complex of tertiary and secondary hospitals. I later moved on to do my Community Service in the intensive care unit, where I also spent six months in the Department of Nephrology. In ICU I managed acutely ventilated patients and was actively involved in ventilator weaning.
Because of my keen interest in internal medicine, I moved on to the department of Cardiology within the PE Hospital complex and worked as a medical officer for a period of two years. I then decided to do my registrarship in internal medicine.
While waiting for a registrar post, I spent a total of 10 months working in the casualty departments at private hospitals in Port Elizabeth as well as GP practices, where I gained greater experience of private vs state practice of medicine. I wrote my primary examination before entering the department of medicine at Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, where I spent six months in 2012. After deciding that I wanted a family and better quality of life, I moved back to Port Elizabeth, re-joining the department of Cardiology in 2013.
After the birth of my daughter, Isabella, I moved to private practice completely, spending almost four years at Aurora Hospital, which is a centre of excellence for neurorehabilitation. While there, I gained vast knowledge and experience in the management of spinal cord injuries, traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and a variety of complex neurological problems including multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barré syndrome etc. I also managed chronically ventilated patients and assisted with the commencement of and training of chronically ventilated ICU patients for ventilator weaning
Over this period, my depth and understanding of acute and chronic pain grew, as I witnessed prolonged inpatient stays as well as the challenges faced by patients, dealing with pain and varied neurological complications.
At the same time, my passion for the management of chronic pain grew and I attended various courses on chronic pain management, became involved in the management of patients with intra-thecal pumps as well as the management of spasticity with Botulinum Toxin (Botox). I am a member of Pain South Africa.
I also hold a certificate with the Foundation of Professional Development in Evaluation of Permanent Medical Impairment Rating, Based on the American Medical Association Guidelines – 6th Edition. I am completing my Diploma with the American Board of Independent Medical examiners. I currently do Road Accident Fund (RAF 4) assessments as well as medico-legal report writing, in my field of expertise.
I firmly believe that the management and treatment of chronic pain and other complications in the field of neurorehabilitation requires a multidisciplinary approach if it is to be to truly effective. My time at Aurora has taught me this, and I am grateful for it. You are only as strong as the other cogs in your wheel.
In May 2017, I moved to Cape Town to take up a post at Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre. This is a specialised centre and the only one of its kind in the Western Cape. I have gained a new perspective here as well as learning many new skills and further honing my existing skills as an integral member of our interdisciplinary team.
Moving back to the Mother City meant being closer to my family and finally returning to my hometown. I met Dr. Peyper while we were doing a course in Barcelona on the insertion and management of Intrathecal pumps. We are like-minded individuals with the same philosophy and were planning on going into practice together, but an opportunity arose for her in Canada and I am now the proud owner of the Cape Town Pain Clinic.
I am currently completing my certificate in interdisciplinary pain management. I am also currently working as a rehabilitation practitioner at Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital.
My name is Kate Ryan-Paton, I am involved in the Management of Medico-Legal and RAF examinations for Dr Che Venter. I have 15 years experience in Medical Administration and over 10 years experience working in the RAF administrative process. I am passionate about streamlining processes and value proficiency. I enjoy spending all my free time with loved ones.
Marina van Schalkwyk – Registered Nurse
I am a Registered Nurse with strong experience in delivering quality care to patients as well as Clinical Facilitation in Intensive Care Units.
I have graduated from University of the Orange Free State in 1986 with Hons BSocSc (Nursing). I then moved to Pretoria where I completed a Diploma in Intensive Care Nursing in 1990. I also completed an additional degree in Nursing Education and Administration at Unisa during my stay in Pretoria.
My passion and nursing principles are based on treating my patients with the utmost respect and dignity. I am committed to quality care and at the Pain Clinic I strive to provide a safe space for our patients where they can be treated with kindness and compassion in alignment with the Dr Ché’s passion for the management of chronic pain and the vision of the Cape Town Pain Clinic.
I see myself as a caring and reliable person with a proven track record for building a great rapport between medical providers and patients. I am a respected team player, integrity and honesty being paramount in my approach to patient care.
I have a keen interest in Health & Wellness and as a coach I assist people in following the HealthPointe 2.1 proven Weight Loss and Lifestyle .
Guenevere De Reuck | Front office manager
I am Guenevere De Reuck also known as Guen. I am the front office manager for Dr Che Venter. I have over 18 years experience in administration and management in medical practice. I really enjoy working with patients and will go the extra mile to assist patients to the best of my abilities. I love art and music this is a passion I share with both my children. Painting together is our favourite family quality time.
“Dr. Ché Venter is the best since sliced bread”
I have referred so many people to her, who share my views. I am an incomplete tetraplegic and have suffered with chronic pain and spasticity 24 hours a day. Neither of my doctors were able to help me and quite frankly, they did not seem to care much or show compassion. Dr. Venter is caring and has compassion and empathy for her patients and their families”
Mr. Christopher Zeeman
She proved to be a highly intelligent, hardworking and dedicated doctor who exhibited a willingness to learn. I was impressed by her excellent work ethic and the caring manner in which she dealt with patients. She has an engaging personality and had an excellent rapport with her colleagues and other health care professionals.
It has been an absolute pleasure working with her.
I have no doubt that she will acquit herself well in any position she might aspire to and wish her well in her future endeavours.
Dr. Basil Brown | Clinical head of Unit, Cardiology PE Provincial Hospital
Dr. Venter is an amazing doctor who really pulls no punches when it comes to the health of her patients. She is also very dedicated to her work and has an amazing/friendly personality. Dr. Venter is one of few doctors who tells patients exactly how things are without beating around the bush. I hope everything of the best for her in her future and may she inspire and share her joy and passion with many more other patients the way she did for me.
Mr Adiel Davids
I have been under the care of Dr Che Venter since she took over the practice in Durbanville! Although my medical team has found my situation, since a pedestrian accident, to be complex and difficult to treat, due to bone degeneration, joint and neural damage bilaterally to both arms, hands and my neck, I find Dr Venter to be patient and expert in her care of me at all times. Her updated treatment to help me with my pain and overseeing my Dorsal Column Stimulator will always be appreciated.
Dr Venter is thorough and professional in all areas of my treatment.
My medical team rely on her expertise in administering and prescribing my various medications.
Anne | Patient
Dr. Venter has proved herself an enthusiastic and diligent team worker during her time here. She demonstrated excellent practical skills, knowledge of and clinical acumen in the field of internal medicine. Her practical skills included endotracheal intubation, intercostal drain insertion, arterial, hemodialysis and CVP line insertions, percutaneous peritoneal dialysis catheter insertion, and bronchoscopy on intubated patients.
Together with another junior colleague, Dr. Venter started inserting permanent dialysis catheters under ultrasound guidance when theatre availability became a problem. She then taught several other colleagues how to do this.
Lastly, she is very dedicated to her patients and will always go the extra mile for them. I can highly recommend her.
Dr. Lizette Van Der Merwe | Intensivist at Livingstone Hospital ICU
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Please note that we work by appointment only.
Cape Town Pain Clinic, Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital, Suite 2040, 1st Floor North Wing, Alexandra Road, Pinelands, 7405
Life Vincent Pallotti Rehabilitation Unit, Ground Floor, The Park, Pinelands, 7405 -
Office : +27 21 975 7093 or +27 21 506 5630
Fax : 086 672 3783
Office hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30-16:30 /