Dorea Wessels opened her first health store called Sage and Thyme in 1992. In 1998, Dorea was appointed as Chairperson of the Gauteng Health Shop Association and during her tenure, her vision was to evolve health stores into more modern, functional retail environments. Through ongoing education, such as the Danny Wells International Programme, she assisted many health stores in improving their understanding and knowledge of how to run successful retail businesses and she played a pivotal role in developing the health food industry in South Africa. Dorea was a partner in the successful Organix Health Foods brand until 2012 when it was sold. Organix manufactured, imported and distributed organic health foods. Dorea also held the South African agency for the award-winning Viridian brand of supplements, based in the UK, until she resigned as director in 2013 in order to concentrate on the development of her own proudly South African brand, Sfera BioNutrition with her business partner Rona van der Riet.
After returning from the UK in 2007 on completion of her Naturopathic and Nutritional studies in London, Rona joined forces with Dorea and became the Technical Manager for Viridian South Africa. Rona’s passion has taken her on a long, rewarding road in the health industry; from starting her own health store, to becoming a leading technical advisor for some of South Africa’s top health brands, culminating in her partnership with Dorea in 2011 when they launched the Sfera BioNutrition brand. During her career, it became clear very quickly that Rona has a talent for creating potent and effective formulations which have become the cornerstone of Sfera’s unique product range. Rona currently heads up new product development and runs the Sfera manufacuring division.
Charmaine Simon is a qualified Therapeutic Reflexologist and has been in the health store industry for over 19 years. Her product and customer relations knowledge is very extensive, making her the go-to person for any product-related queries. Her no-nonsense approach to executing tasks makes her a highly valued member of the Sfera team.
Dr Cassandra Ramsay is a qualified homeopath and is currently Sfera’s technical advisor on health supplementation. Cassandra can be found in the field, training retail staff in health stores on Sfera’s product range. Cassandra has an extensive knowledge of holistic healing which she couples with a sound understanding of Sfera’s product range in order to make effective health solutions available to many South African consumers.
Surgent Jere manages distribution at Sfera’s Johannesburg-based warehouse and is the friendly, helpful voice on the other side of the phone. During his 14 years of service, his organisational and logistical skills, along with his dedication and loyalty, have proven to be a huge asset to the Sfera operation.
Pearson is the newest member of the Sfera family and he manages warehousing. Pearson is very dedicated and always ready to help. He ensures that all orders are packed and dispatched timeously and assists Surgent as his right-hand man.
Our team consists of a very special and specialised group of people.
Dorea opened her first health store in 1992 and later bought Sage and Thyme, which was established in 1987. She is the Chairperson of the Gauteng Health Shop association and, through the Danny Wells program and her own experience, has assisted many health stores in gaining better insight and knowledge of retail and the development of health food industry. She was also co-owner of Organix Health Foods, which manufactures, imports and distributes organic health foods until it was sold in 2012.
Rona van der Riet started with Viridian in 2009 after returning from the UK on completion of her Naturopathic and Nutrition studies in London. Since then, Rona has been involved in all aspects of the health industry. She started as an advisor on the health shop floor and then went on to opening her own health shop, being a technical advisor for top health food brands. There is little in the health food and supplement industry that Rona does not know about.
Surgent Jere is the voice on the other side of the phone and in charge of all the stock handling. His dedication, willingness and sincerity is a huge asset and blessing to Sfera.
Tel: 083 399 4008
Rona van der Riet
Tel: 071 312 1335
Tel: 082 459 4193
Tel: 010 220 5228
Dr Cassandra Ramsay
079 292 3311