Bachelor of Science in Nursing with honors, University Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 1980. Master of Science in Nursing, University Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 1991. Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa, 2001.
Director research Africa Unit Transdisciplinary Health Research, North-West University, since 2008. Diabetic educator CDE-Potchefstroom, since 1996.
Chairperson North American Palladium Ltd Nursing Care, Potchefstroom, 1993.
Married Gert Hendrik du Plessis, July 15, 1978. Children: Susan Richter, Karlien.