Clinical Dietitians / Dieetkundige

Cecile van Niekerk and Helena Beukes


Mon-Fri 8:00-14:00

paenut registered dietitians

Contact number

082 549 8274

Cecile van Niekerk

 Cecile is a clinical dietitian with a special interest in Pediatric Nutrition. She graduated with a B.Dietetics degree at the University of Pretoria in 2005. Following graduation, Cecile completed her Community Service at Potchefstroom District Hospital in the North-West Province and thereafter she was employed at Steve Biko Academic Hospital where she developed a keen interest in pediatric nutrition. Here she received extensive experience and training in the areas of lactation, neonatal and pediatric nutrition.  

In 2010 Cecile started a paediatric nutrition practice called “Pae-Nut” which focuses on healthy eating habits of young children and educating parents on appropriate nutrition for their premature babies, neonates, toddlers and children. She is passionate about teaching families to have a healthy relationship with food. 

Then, in 2014 she completed her Master’s degree in Nutrition (UP) which focused on childhood obesity. 

Cecile has presented on pediatric nutrition topics at various CPDs, has written articles for health magazines and is a guest lecturer at the University of Pretoria.  She stays up to date by attending various courses and CPDs like the 20-hour Lactation Management course, Nutrigenomic training, Field to plate, and Eatfit approach to IBS. She is a member of the Pediatric Nutrition Working Group of the University of Pretoria and Allergy Foundation of SA (AFSA).

Cecile van Niekerk

Practice number: 0297658


Helena Beukes

Helena is a Clinical Dietitian with a passion for Pediatric Nutrition. She completed her B.Dietetics Degree at University of Pretoria (UP) in 2010. She subsequently started her community service year at Kalafong Tertiary Hospital after which she was offered full time employment. 

She experienced and worked on a wide range of cases in the areas of premature babies, breastfeeding, malnourished children, obesity and children with food allergies. It was during this time when she developed an interest and love for pediatric nutrition.

During her time at Kalafong, she was also responsible for providing and managing student training programs and is currently a member of the Pediatric Nutrition Working Group of the University of Pretoria.

In 2016 she moved into the private sector where she mainly focused on diseases of lifestyle and weight loss programs for young and old. She also performed clinical nutrition work in several private hospitals’ Neonatal ICU’s and maternity wards where she advised new moms on breastfeeding practices and introduction of complementary foods.

Helena is also a mother of two and understands the practical implementation of nutrition for kids.

She joined the Pretoria East Therapy Centre in 2020.

Helena Beukes

Practice number: 0297658

Services we offer

Cecile provides specialist paediatric nutrition advice for:

  • Pregnancy, Lactation and Formula feeding
  • Growth monitoring during Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence
  • Special needs and disability
  • Tube feeding and modified textured diets
  • Introduction of Solid Foods
  • Picky eater and problem feeders
  • Food allergies and Food intolerances
  • Gastric-intestinal problems: Reflux, Colic, Constipation, Encopresis, Inflammatory bowel disease and Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Diabetes, Cystic Fibrosis, Liver-, Renal- and Congenital heart disease and Immune suppressive disorders i.e. Oncology, HIV/AIDS, TB
  • Nutrigenomic testing (DNAlysis, Geneway, 3X4 DNA testing and analysis)
Cecile gives informative talks for parents and teachers and hosts workshops and cooking classes for families.


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Nathaniel’s mom said: “Being diagnosed with multiple food allergies during the terrible-twos was daunting. Cecile explained in detail so we could easily understand which foods to give him. Her nutritional advice was clear and practical. My son is now growing and eating much better.”
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“Ek het soveel vrae gehad oor watter vaste kos om vir my baba te gee. Na Cecile se insiggewende praatjie, was ek baie rustiger en het ek met meer gemak vaste kossies kon gee. Ek beveel Cecile vir alle ma’s met graagte aan; veral dié wat angstig daaroor voel om kos vir hulle babas te begin gee.”
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“We are very impressed with Cecile who showed empathy towards us when we brought our teenage daughter for weight management. Her passion for a healthy lifestyle encouraged our whole family to sit together for meals, eat more fresh food and less take-aways. Now we try to exercise most days of the week. Thank you, Cecile for making our lives easier, we can already see the results!”
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“Die DNA toetse se uitslae het vir my ‘n nuwe wêreld oopgemaak. Ons het begin reg eet en kossoorte uitgeskakel. Ons het daarby gebaat om op ‘n lae koolhidraat dieet te volg, suikerinname te verlaag en meer gereeld te oefen. Ons het ‘n lys van aanvullings ontvang, wat ons nou gereeld drink. Ek probeer om beter keuses te maak wanneer ek aankope doen, lees kosetikette beter en sorg dat my gesin ‘n gesonder lewenswyse volg. Ek het reeds 5 kilos afgeskud en my man al 4kg. Ek dink dit is een van die beste dinge wat met ons kon gebeur het. Dit maak mens bewus van aspekte waaraan jy kan werk om toe te sien dat jy ‘n gesonder leweswyse volg. Ek is baie dankbaar teenoor Cecile wat die DNA toetse baie professioneel ontleed het en ons attent gemaak het op beter lewestylkeuses.”

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082 549 8274

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