I have a deep desire to respect, acknowledge and optimise the healing potential
in every living cell inside every living person.
– Dr Fred van der Riet –
Dr. Fred van der Riet
Integrative Medical Doctor
I have been a medical doctor for 42 years. Although I have post graduate qualifications in
conventional medicine, I prefer to focus on health promotion and empowerment of my patients
to take responsibility and active participation in their own healing processes. I prefer not to focus
on the pathology of the patient but rather on the healing potential.
What do you want people to know about you most?
That I have complete conviction and trust in the healing potential in each and every living cell in
each and every living human being. I want people to know that I prefer to engage on a journey of
exploration and personalisation into wellness on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level
with every patient.
What defines you?
My compassion and my respect for life in any form. My desire to assist in the quest for
optimisation of function for every person who consults me on any health issue .
What distinguishes you?
The fact that although I was trained to manage sickness, I have more trust and belief in the unique
healing process for every person.
Why are you a healer?
My discovery of my own purpose, being the ”pourer out of healing water” compelled me to devote
my time and energy to assist other fellow human beings to find their health and purpose.
What role do you play?
I am the integrative medical doctor at Hummingbird Healing Centre. I coordinate the Medical
/Physical side of the healing plan and I make decisions about the specific treatment modalities (eg
Intravenous remedies / ozone therapy / PDT / Bemer bed / Blue light / Watch / Sonar therapy /
medical investigations / medical board coordination / nurses supervision via Head nurse) and
assistance with our self-help healing program where needed and training of new doctors that join
us as well as medical students that visit us for their elective period. I put each patient’s medical
details in correct order and proper format for research proposes and duplication.
What modalities do you practice?
I practice conventional medical as well as functional medical investigations and decision making
processes. I integrate these with the other doctor’s contributions.
How does this benefit our medical team?
It provides structure, discipline and consensus of action for the whole team.
How does this benefit our patients?
It provides clarity and trust to the patients and everyone else that might be involved.
DR FRED’S BIOGRAPHY
• Fred qualified as a medical doctor from the University of Stellenbosch in 1974.
• After working in full-time government service in 6 different hospitals, he completed a masters
degree in Family Medicine at the University of Free State in 1981.
• From January 1982 until October 1992 Fred worked in his own private medical practice in Knysna
and in Bloemfontein.
• In November 1992 he and his family moved to Midale Saskatchewan Canada. While practicing as
the local doctor Fred became aware of his own need, and also of the need of many patients, to
rather engage in health promotion than to sickness management. This desire took him on
journey of exploration and discovery that changed his life forever. He did extensive exploration
into nutritional healing with Dr David Roland and The Canadian Nutritional Institute as well as
The Parker College in USA. This experience, and the contact with various other teachers eg. Dr
Robert Cass and Arnold Mindell, compelled him to change his medical thinking from sickness
management to health promotion permanently.
• On his return to South Africa in January 1995, Fred continued his quest for knowledge around the
principals of health promotion. He did training in medical acupuncture and homeopathy.
• He qualified as a homeopath in 2001.
• Since 2000 he has been connected to the Institute of Functional Medicine and has done
numerous training programs through them.
• Fred joined Hummingbird Health team on the 1st of July 2017.
“I want people to know that I prefer to engage with my patients on a journey of exploration into
wellness on a physical mental, emotional and spiritual level. I have a deep desire to respect,
acknowledge and optimise the healing potential in every living cell inside every living person.
The discovery of my purpose of being the ‘out pourer of living water’, compelled me to devote my
time and energy to assist other fellow human beings to find their health and subsequently their purpose.”
My discovery of my own purpose compelled me to
devote my time and energy to assist other fellow
human beings to find their health and purpose.