Dr Ockie van Schalkwyk was born in Newcastle in Kwazulu-Natal and grew up in Goedemoed in the Southern Free State. He matriculated at High School Aliwal North and completed his Medical degree at the University of the Free State. He completed his internship at the Kimberley Hospital Complex. This is also where he met his wife, Adelien, who is also a medical doctor. Dr van Schalkwyk qualified as an obstetrician and gynaecologist in 2014 at the University of the Free State and started working at Mediclinic Midstream in 2015. He and his wife are blessed with twin girls, Jana and Maré and a son, Ockie.