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Dr Chanell Marthinussen

I'm Dr. Chanell Marthinussen, A Medical Doctor at Innohealth Clinics, My Pocket Health, and Founder of the F-Word.

MBChB (Stellenbosch)

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My Story

I am a young medical doctor who hails from Bonteheuwel, Cape Flats, and was raised by a single mother. I graduated from Stellenbosch University in 2018 and then completed my internship at Paarl Hospital and Community Service at Mowbray Maternity Hospital. During these years of serving, I realised my passion for women’s health and started a business called The F-word.


The core of my business is educating females on their reproductive health and menstrual hygiene. Being exposed to many social ills in the Cape Flats, I believe that females need to be empowered through education and given equal opportunities to live out their dreams.


My dream is to see the teenage/unplanned pregnancy rate in Africa decrease so that more females can finish school, become successful, control their reproduction and make informed decisions about their bodies and futures.

Becoming a doctor always seemed impossible so I never dreamed of becoming a doctor but as I grew older, I realised that it is my responsibility to rise above my circumstances and set an example and standard for girls younger than me. So, I worked hard and (with a bit of faith) applied to study Medicine. 

I currently work as a General Practitioner heading up the MypocketHealth virtual care platform. I aspire to specialize in Obstetrics and Gynaecology as I enjoy working with women. 

As a doctor, I am responsible for educating my patient on their health conditions and maintaining wellness. I try to speak to women about their reproductive and menstrual health because I feel that patients don’t know whom they can speak to about those issues. Hence, the motivation behind starting The F-word it stands for Female, Freedom, and Flow.


Want to see Dr Marthinussen in our rooms or online?

Email or give us a call at:

021 203 1987

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