A Journey of Healing for Women

Dr Anne Pargiter: A Well Woman Practitioner

Dr Anne Pargiter

A bit about me…

I am a medical doctor specializing in helping women to empower themselves in finding holistic ways to transition through life and aid their journey of healing.

I have been in clinical practice for 39 years & specialising in womens health for 28 years. I was a founding member of The Institute For Mindfulness in South Africa (IMISA) and am a registered Menopause Practitioner with the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). I am also a member of the South African Menopause Society (SAMS) and the South African Medical Association (SAMA).

I work at the interface of body, heart and mind.My interest lies in how I can help you to transition through those difficult stages in your life, how to deal with stress, anxiety and mood changes, and how to do so in an holistic way using different modalities including creativity, meditation, exercise, mindful movement etc. This pertains especially to the years pre and post menopause.

Since 2020 and the disruption of covid in our lives, as well as a number of wars and conflict in many areas, there has been an exponential rise in psychological symptoms, especially anxiety and depression, and associated physical illnesses. For many it feels as though the ground and stability of life has been ripped away and life has become very uncertain. I am happy to help you navigate a new path through this unknown environment.

Menopause is one of the pivotal areas of change in a woman’s life and often requires a helping hand in how to navigate the many areas of change ,be it physical, hormonal, emotional or spiritual. I have close to 30 years of experience in helping women to transition through this phase and would be happy to help you on this journey.

If you are living outside the borders of South Africa, I am not legally allowed to make diagnoses or prescribe medication. I can however educate you in the areas of peri menopause and menopause and give guidance on how to proceed forward on your journey. If you live in or around Cape Town, South Africa, then the session can be combined with a clinical examination in my rooms.


This is a space where I will share poems, sayings and some of my musings, words that move me, touch my soul and have aided my journey of healing.
I hope some of them may help you.

I sit at the table of unknowing, and invite you to join me there.

His holiness, the Dalai Lama

If we surrendered to the earth’s intelligence

We could rise up rooted like trees.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Listening creates a holy silence. When you listen generously to people, they can hear the truth in themselves, often for the very first time. And in the silence of listening, you can know yourself in everyone. Eventually, you may be able to hear in everyone and beyond everyone, the unseen singing softly to itself and to you.

Rachel Naomi Remen

In the Japanese art of mending ceramic

with powdered gold, no one ever

talks about how they’d leave the pots,

cups, and cracked bowls broken

for a while, sometimes whole generations.

And so I say to you: let your heart stay

shattered in your chest, let it ache.

Some might claim you’ve now been

broken open, and can let in the light.

This might be true but before you rush

to gloss over the wounds, filling

the holes with gold so they glimmer,

try to find beauty in the broken places too,

proof of where the fire left its marks on you.

Kintsugi Again by James Crews

The woman who is willing to make the change must become pregnant with herself, at last. She must bear herself, her third self, her old age, with travail and alone. Not many will help her with that birth.

Ursula Le Guin

these are the times in life – when nothing happens – but in quietness the soul expands.

Rockwell Kent

Celebrate the glorious mess that you are.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Life is a schoolroom for the soul.

Tenzin Palmo

Death is not extinguishing the light. It is simply putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.


Healing depends on listening with the inner ear- stopping the incessant blather, and listening. Fear keeps us chattering-fear that wells up from the past, fear of blurting out what we really fear, fear of future repercussions, It is our very fear of the future that distorts the now that could lead to a different future if we dared to be whole in the present.

Marion Woodman

Dr Pargiter has been my doctor for the past 8 years. I was deep in the trenches of early motherhood when I first met her and I clearly remember how, besides the medicines she prescribed, she wrote me a list of practical suggestions to improve my overall wellbeing.

This simple list, which included date nights and art classes made me feel heard and acknowledged; the trust I felt was instant – Dr Pargiter is the kind of medical practitioner who knows how to heal the whole person, not just the body.

Over the years, I’ve benefitted from Dr Pargiter’s annual wellbeing checkup, which always includes her signature list of practical ways to manage my health for the year ahead. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019, Dr Pargiter’s holistic and professional approach made me feel 100% supported. She has a unique way of encouraging me to take responsibility for my own health by giving manageable suggestions as well as excellent specialist referrals.

Melissa: Freelance Content Writer and Editor

I have known Dr Anne Pargiter for the past 18 years as my general practitioner. Anne is brilliant at diagnostics, shows great insight and I very much appreciate her deep knowledge and sincere integrity.

She has an innate ability to meet you where you are and communicate effectively and productively in a balanced and holistic way.

She has challenged me to work on my recovery and emotional well being and has always given sound advise. A women who is deeply compassionate and caring. She has offered physical, emotional, mental and spiritual support that has always grounded me to a place of safety.

Charissa: Professional Recovery Life Coach

I was bowled over by you kindness in support of our family issues. Thank you for always, without fail, being so incredibly caring.


Thank you for hearing me, seeing me, guiding and caring for me.


I was particularly grateful for your holistic approach to medicine and health. I left feeling inspired and warmed knowing that there are practitioners like you protecting the care of women.