Nerine Gregersen

MBBCh, MSc Med (Genetic Counselling), Cert (Medical Genetics), Diplomate in Logotherapy, Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, Supervision Skills training, RYT200- trained yoga teacher

Nerine is a qualified medical doctor. She practised as a paediatrician and clinical geneticist mainly in public healthcare, but also in private practice and academia. She emigrated from South Africa to New Zealand in 2011.

Furthering her interest in counselling, Nerine completed training in Logotherapy, earning the Diplomate credential from the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy (USA) in 2017. She also trained in Supervision for healthcare professionals.

Nerine has a long-standing interest in, and passion for, energy medicine, yoga and meditation, and exploring the interface between science, consciousness and spirituality. She trained in Mind-Body Medicine (Harvard Medical School, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine), and is an RYT200- trained yoga teacher with particular skill in yoga nidra (deep relaxation).

Having completed the Advanced Leadership Program through Women and Leadership Australia, Nerine became a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator of the work of Dr Brené Brown in 2019.

After more than 25 years, Nerine stepped away from medical practice in 2019. She now focuses on using her diverse skills to provide Logotherapy, professional supervision for medical colleagues, and facilitate the Dare to Lead™ curriculum in workshops.

Nerine aims to facilitate conversations and reflections that promote shifts in perspective for healing, resilience and thriving.


  • 2019 Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, Brené Brown Education and Research Group, USA
  • 2018 Advanced Leadership Program, Women and Leadership Australia
  • 2017 Diplomate in Logotherapy, Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy, USA. Title of research report: “Gratitude: A Pathway to Meaning-Discovery”
  • 2013 Supervision Skills for Health Care Professionals, Unitec (University of Technology), New Zealand
  • 2013–2014 Yoga Teacher training level 1 and 2 (RYT200), Ashram Yoga, New Zealand
  • 2012 Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation) training level 1 and 2, Ashram Yoga, New Zealand
  • 2009 Associate Clinician in Logotherapy, University of South Africa (UNISA) under auspices of Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy, USA
  • 2009 Clinical Training in Mind/Body Medicine, Harvard Medical School Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, USA
  • 2005 Master of Science in Medicine (Genetic Counselling), with distinction. University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Title of research report: “The implications to women of childbearing age taking warfarin anticoagulation”
  • 2003 Certificate in Medical Genetics, with distinction. Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA), South Africa
  • 1997 Fellow of the College of Paediatricians, Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA), South Africa
  • 1991 Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBCH), University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa



  1. Gregersen NE, Ballot DE, Guidozzi F, Cooper PA. Birth asphyxia: presenting the case for “a stitch in time…” S Afr Med J 1999; 89: 326-332.
  2. Gregersen NE, Van Nierop WH, Von Gottberg A, Duse A, Davies VA, Cooper PA. Klebsiella pneumoniae with extended spectrum beta-lactamase activity associated with a necrotizing enterocolitis outbreak. Pediatr Infect Dis J 1999; 18: 963-967.
  3. Gregersen N, Viljoen D. Costello syndrome with growth hormone deficiency and hypoglycemia: a new report and review of the endocrine associations. Am J Med Genet 2004; 129 A: 171-175.
  4. Gregersen NE, Krause A. An approach to the genetic causes of the hypotonic infant. Paediatric Review 2005; 2: 6-17.
  5. Gregersen, N. Facial asymmetry with colon atresia. Clin Dysmorphol 2006; 15: 45-46.
  6. Mitchell C, Gregersen N, Krause A. Novel CYP2C9 and VKORC1 gene variants associated with warfarin dosage variability in the South African black population. Pharmacogenomics 2011;12(7): 953-63
  7. Macaulay S, Gregersen N, Krause A. Uptake of genetic counselling services by patients with cystic fibrosis and their families. S Afr Fam Pract 2012; 54 (3): 250-255
  8. Gregersen NE, Isaacson Z, Roose S. Diamonds in the defects: logotherapy in medical genetics. Int Forum Logotherapy 2012; 35: 29-32
  9. Gregersen N, Lampret J, Lane A, Christianson A. The Greater Sekhukhune-CAPABILITY Outreach Project. J Community Genet 2013 Jul; 4 (3): 335-41
  10. Sheath KL, Mazzaschi RL, Aftimos S, Gregersen NE, George AM, Love DR. Clinical outcomes and counselling issues regarding partial trisomy of terminal Xp in a child with developmental delay. Sultan Qaboos University Med J 2013; 13 (2): 311-317. Epub. 9th May 13
  11. Doherty E, O’Connor R, Zhang A, Lim C, Love JM, Aston F, Claxton K, Gregersen N, George AM, Love DR. Developmental delay referrals and the roles of Fragile X testing and molecular karyotyping: A New Zealand perspective. Mol Med Report 2013; 7: 1710-1714
  12. Mc Cormack A, Taylor J, Gregersen N, George AM, Love DR. Delineation of 2q32q35 Deletion Phenotypes: Two Apparent ‘‘Proximal’’ and ‘‘Distal’’ Syndromes. Case Rep Genet 2013, Article ID 823451
  13. Moosa S, Segal D, Christianson AL, Gregersen NE. Thyroid dysfunction in a cohort of South African children with Down syndrome. SAMJ 2013; 103 (12 Suppl 1): 966-70
  14. Mc Cormack A, Sharpe C, Gregersen N, Smith W, Hayes I, George AM and Love DR. 12q14 microdeletions: additional case series with confirmation of a macrocephaly region. Case Rep Genet 2015; Volume 2015, Article ID 192071
  15. Eric Lee, TrangLe, Ying Zhu, […], Nerine Gregersen, et al. A craniosynostosis massively parallel sequencing panel study in 309 Australian and New Zealand patients: findings and recommendations. Genetics in Medicine 2018; 20: 1061–1068
  16. Ngoc Minh Phuong Nguyen, Yassemine Khawajkie, Nawel Mechtouf, […], Nerine Gregersen et al. The genetics of recurrent hydatidiform moles: new insights and lessons from a comprehensive analysis of 113 patients. Modern Pathology 2018; 31: 1116-1130
  17. Futoshi Sekiguchi, Yoshinori Tsurusaki, Nobuhiko Okamoto, […] Nerine Gregersen, et al. Genetic abnormalities in a large cohort of Coffin–Siris syndrome patients. J Hum Genet 2019; 64: 1173-1186
  18. Maria Ercu, Lajos Markó, Carolin Schächterle, Dmitry Tsvetkov, Yingqiu Cui, Sara Maghsodi, Theda U.P. Bartolomaeus, Philipp G. Maass, Kerstin Zühlke, Nerine Gregersen, et al. Phosphodiesterase 3A and Arterial Hypertension. Circulation 2020

Book chapters:

  1. Gregersen NE, Krause A. Molecular basis for phenotypic variation. In: Molecular Medicine for Clinicians. Mendelow B, Ramsay M, Chetty N, Stevens W (eds). Johannesburg, Wits University Press 2009: 187-193.
  2. Gregersen NE, Krause A. Medical Genetics. In: Molecular Medicine for Clinicians. Mendelow B, Ramsay M, Chetty N, Stevens W (eds). Johannesburg, Wits University Press 2009: 194-202.
  3. Walters S, Gregersen NE. Chromosome disorders. In: Molecular Medicine for Clinicians. Mendelow B, Ramsay M, Chetty N, Stevens W (eds). Johannesburg, Wits University Press 2009: 133-142.
  4. Gregersen, NE and Christianson, AL. Medical genetics and birth defects. In: Coovadia’s Paediatrics and Child Health. Wittenberg DF (ed.). Cape Town, Oxford University Press. 6th edition 2009: 39 – 59; 7th edition 2014: 34-51

Professional Interests & Specialist Areas

  • Clinical Supervision and Leadership Mentoring
  • Logotherapy
  • Workshops
  • Gratitude Groups
  • Relaxation
  • Public speaking

To get in touch with Nerine, please visit GratefulLiving.

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