Dr Maureen Allem is a general practitioner with a special interest in Aesthetic and Integrative / Anti-Ageing Medicine and procedures. She is also the Founder and Medical Director of national non-surgical, Integrative / Anti-Ageing and Weight Loss company - Renewal Institute.
She has highly trained medical doctors working with her using the same techniques she has spent years honing. Dr Maureen frequently travels all over the world attending World Anti-Ageing Congresses and Laser Forums to stay abreast of the most up-to-date non-surgical procedures.
She is a sought after speaker on anti-ageing and non-surgical facial rejuvenation techniques and body sculpting. She also has appeared on TV and radio many times discussing non-surgical aesthetic solutions and her advice can be read frequently in South Africa’s major publications.
Health Renewal - Wellness: A philosophy everyone can live by.
For many years Dr Maureen has focused on treating the outer signs of ageing especially facial and body rejuvenation techniques. Realising that the physical appearance is only one part of the total picture of health and that it’s very important to address the inside as well as the outside of the human body, Dr Maureen started plans to offer a holistic approach to anti-ageing. As a result, Health Renewal, a functional and integrative approach to medicine was launched in September 2013.
Dr Maureen was part of the team that was responsible for integrating Health Renewal into the majority of the Renewal Institute centres across South Africa. Health Renewal Doctors investigate the condition of the patient, establishes if there are any underlying diseases and corrects deficiencies before dis "ease” sets in.
Dr Maureen qualified as a Medical Doctor in 1987. Following a 10-year career in the conventional medical profession, running a medical ward in a provincial hospital, she moved into the executive health field and spent seven years doing annual medicals and lifestyle assessments for top executives nationally.
In early 2001, Dr Maureen became increasingly interested in non-surgical aesthetics and the use of non-invasive treatments to rejuvenate the face and body and started an aesthetic practice doing Botox and fillers for patients. As there was limited formal training available in this new medical field, she travelled to Belgium in 2002 to train with Dr Koen de Boulle, who is considered a top injector in Europe.
On her return, she was invited by Genop Healthcare (the local distributors of Botox and Juvederm) to train other medical doctors in this new discipline. She was one of the first doctors in South Africa to do so and during this period trained many doctors on basic and advanced Botox and filler procedures.
After attending Solal's introductory lecture on anti-ageing by Dr Terry Grossman from Denver Colorado in 2001, Dr Maureen developed a keen interest in anti-ageing/ integrative medicine and started realising the importance of conditions that contribute to ageing and a decline in health. During the wellness medicals for executives, she incorporated anti-ageing recommendations into all her consultations and was asked to present an anti-ageing / Integrative talk to 150 women in 2003.
In mid-2005, after attending the World anti-ageing and aesthetic congress in Monaco, she purchased her first Cutera laser platform and opened up her first aesthetic centre - Renewal Institute in Rivonia - offering anti-aging injectables, peels, lasers, the Slender Wonder weight loss program and other cutting-edge therapies such as transdermal Mesotherapy and Carboxytherapy.
In 2006, she was invited by Allergan to attend a Botox forum in Spain for top injectors in Europe and Africa. In the same year, she became one of the founding committee members of the AAMSSA (Aesthetic and Anti-Ageing Medicine Society of South Africa).
Renewal Institute has come a long way since it first launched in 2005. It has grown to incorporate Skin Renewal, Body Renewal, Health Renewal, Brain Renewal, Sleep Renewal, Oasis Spa and the online store. There are now 16 centres across South Africa’s major cities and four Oasis Spas.
Dr Allem trains all the new doctors and oversees each branch by rotationally travelling between them. Dr Maureen consults at the Parkhurst, Morningside, Fourways and Illovo branches in Gauteng, the Cape Quarter, Constantia and Claremont branches in the Western Cape.
In 2009, Renewal Institute entered into a postgraduate bursary and trainee programme with the International Skin and Beauty Academy and Isa Carstens Beauty Academy providing bursaries to underprivileged therapists who have achieved excellent academic standards in the first two years of their studies. In addition, each year the company "adopts" a welfare organisation to assist.
Dr Maureen is a Founding Member of the AASSA (Aesthetic and Anti-aging Society of South Africa) Member of WOOSAM, Member of AASSA HPCSA registered.
Research on new aesthetic and functional/integrative medicine, reading, travel, bridge, interior decorating and garden landscaping.
Dr Maureen lives with her partner Victor and has two grown-up children, Peter, who lives in London and a daughter Catherine who lives and works in Johannesburg.