Meet the Team
Dr Karin Norman
Dr Karin Norman, a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist, is co-founder, co-director and a consultant at The Fetal Assessment Centre where she performs a full range of diagnostic ultrasounds such as the 11-14 week scan, 20-22 week anomaly scan, fetal growth and Doppler scans, cervical length assessment, fetal echocardiography, and multiple fetal pregnancy assessment.
She also performs genetic counselling for fetal abnormalities and assists Dr Shannon Morris with specialist procedures such as chorionic villus sampling, amniocentesis, fetal blood sampling, embryo reduction and intra-uterine transfusions.
Karin, who hold a Post Graduate Masters of Medicine Degree, and an Undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Degree (MB ChB) was the first woman to qualify as an obstetrician gynaecologist from Stellenbosch University in 1989 and was a Senior Specialist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Tygerberg hospital for 30 years, where she trained 6th year medical students and registrars in high risk obstetric management and ultrasound scanning.
Karin has a Certificate of Competence for the 11-14 week scan from the Fetal Medicine Foundation (FMF), a Certificate of Completion for the theoretical part of the Fetal Medicine Diploma, and is registered with the Health Professionals Council of SA, is a member of the International society for ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ISUOG), as well as the South African society for ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (SASUOG).
In addition, from 1998 to 2003 Karin was one of the directors of the Institute for diagnostic ultrasound in obstetric ultrasound of the University of Stellenbosch where she was actively involved in regular workshops throughout the year to train doctors in ultrasound scanning and lectured at the workshops hosted by Prof Geerts from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Stellenbosch University. Karin too has produced several leading research documents and presentations in her field.
Dr Shannon Morris
Dr Shannon Morris is a consultant and co-director at The Fetal Assessment Centre where she performs a full range of diagnostic ultrasounds, genetic counselling and specialist procedures, such as chorionic villus sampling, amniocentesis, fetal blood sampling, embryo reduction and intra-uterine transfusions.
In addition to her role at The Fetal Assessment Centre, Shannon, who holds a post graduate Honours Degree in Human Genetics (BSc MedSc Hons), a Diploma in Obstetrics (Dip Obs), and an Undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB), also works on Mondays at the Fetal Anomaly and Genetic Counseling Clinic at the Tygerberg Hospital, where she is involved in specialized fetal anomaly scanning, procedures and the training of postgraduate medical personnel.
Shannon, a member of the International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) and a member of the South African Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (SASUOG) holds a Certificate of Competence for the 11-14 week scan from the Fetal Medicine Foundation (FMF); a Certificate of Completion for the theoretical part of the Fetal Medicine Diploma (FMF) and a Health Professionals Council of SA registration number.
In addition to her current active role of training postgraduate students at Tygerberg hospital, from 1998 to 2003 Shannon was one of the directors of the Institute for diagnostic ultrasound in obstetric ultrasound of the University of Stellenbosch where she was actively involved in regular workshops throughout the year to train doctors in ultrasound scanning. She still lectures at the basic obstetric scan and anomaly scan courses/workshops at Stellenbosch University. Shannon has also produced several leading research documents and presentations in her field.
Ms Christine Schabort
Ms Christine Schabort is the Chief Sonographer at the Fetal Assessment Centre and has been with us since 2004.
Christine holds a Bachelors Degree in Diagnostics; a Bachelors Degree in Ultrasound, a Bachelors Degree (honours) in Human Genetics, and her Masters in Reproductive Biology.
Subsequent to this, Christine has achieved her Self Education Certificate in Maternal Care, a Nuchal Translucency Certificate from the Fetal Medicine Foundation, and an Introduction to Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
She also holds Continuing Medical Education Certificates in the following:
Syndromes associated with Congenital Heart Disease and ultrasound findings
Sonographic evaluation of the fetal head
Embryology, pathology and ultrasound characteristics of the placenta
Obstetric ultrasound of the diabetic patient
Advanced Course in Fetal Medicine.
In addition to her role at the Fetal Assessment Centre, Christine, who is a member of the Health Professions Council of South Africa is also a Faculty Lecturer at the Infocus Ultrasound Institute at Stellenbosch University.
Ms Mardelle Schoeman
Mardelle Schoeman is the registered Genetic Counsellor (Reg. number: GR 0000329) at The Fetal Assessment Centre. She holds a BSc in Biological Life Sciences, a BSc (Hons) in Genetics, and a Masters Degree (MSc Med) in Genetic Counselling.
During her time as a student Mardelle received a Merit Award for Academic Achievement, a Golden Key Award for being in the top 10% in the B.Sc Faculty, and a Bursary for Academic Achievement from the National Research Council (NRC).
After completing her internship training, Mardelle gained experience working in the field of genetic counselling across the spectrum of genetic conditions in various places, including – but not limited to GENE diagnostics, The Division of Human Genetics, the University of Cape Town, Tygerberg Hospital, The Division of Neurology, Groote Schuur Hospital, the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada, and the National Health Laboratory Services.
Mardelle, who represents genetic counsellors on the National Genetic Counsellors Committee, is a member of the South African Society for Human Genetics, as well as the African Society of Human Genetics, and is also the genetic counselling representative on the Committee for Medical Scientists of the HPCSA, has now been with The Fetal Assessment Centre for seven years and is passionate about pre- and post-test genetic counselling for patients requesting prenatal screening, and counselling patients with fetal abnormalities detected on ultrasound.
She has extensive lecturing and teaching experience in the field of genetics and genetic counselling and has participated in many well-regarded studies and publications on genetics.
Dr Louise Matthews
Dr Louise Matthews in an independent consultant at The Fetal Assessment Centre.
Louise qualified as a medical doctor at the University of Cape Town in 1986, and she entered the field of Fetal Medicine in 1993. She was the principal medical officer at Groote Schuur Hospital Fetal Medicine unit during this time, and was part of the multi- disciplinary team (including paediatricians, neonatologists, geneticists and surgeons) responsible for the diagnosis and management of fetal anomalies. She gained experience in performing invasive procedures on the fetus to exclude and treat fetal anomalies. In 1998 she was the first South African residing in South Africa to be accredited with the Fetal Medicine Foundation in the U.K. to perform screening for Down's syndrome. She was also involved in undergraduate and post-graduate teaching of specialists-in-training, sonologists-in-training and medical students.
She also performs gynaecological ultrasounds in non-pregnant women. In addition, she has notable expertise in ultrasound in babies and young girls to assess ambiguous genitalia and early-onset puberty.
Louise graduated with a Doctorate in the obstetric department with a thesis examining the effects of maternal alcohol consumption on the unborn fetus in 2006, and left full time hospital practice to enter private solo practice in 2007. She joined the FAC as an independent consultant in June 2016, whilst still maintaining her links with Groote Schuur Hospital which she attends one day a week as a part time senior lecturer, involved in post graduate teaching of obstetric and gynaecology registrars.