The 12th Aesthetic Medicine Congress of South Africa (AMCSA2018)

The 12th Aesthetic Medicine Congress of South Africa (AMCSA2018)


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Roberto Amore
Prof Roberto Amore MD
Roberto Amore, MD, graduated from the University of Pisa with honors in advance of the normal duration of the degree course. Since then he has always been dedicated to aesthetic medicine training at the Valet school of Bologna. He later obtained a Master in aesthetic surgery at the University of Milan and improved surgical techniques in Brazil.
Speaker at the main national and international conferences in the field, has written numerous articles for scientific journals, co-author of publications for publishing houses Nova Science Publishers, Omnics Books, Bentham Science Publishers. Author of the book "Intralipotherapy" published by Marllor Editions, benchmark as a guide to the non-surgical reduction of localized fat. Present in the scientific board of specialist journals as European Journal of Aesthetic Medicine and Dermatology (EJAMED) and Journal of Procedural Dermatology (JPD) and reviewer for other (Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery).
He is member of scientific societies as EAFPS (European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery), AICEF (Italian Society of Medicine Surgery Facial Aesthetics) and scientific advisor to leading international companies in the medical and aesthetic field (Love Cosmedical, K-Surgery, Scimed).

Professor in the Master's Degree in Aesthetic Medicine of the Universities of Palermo, Parma and Camerino. Professor in the Master's Degree in Cosmetic Surgery of the Marcony University of Rome. Director of Aesthetic Session for cadaver courses of Internation Society of Surgical Anatomy (SIACH).

Currently he conducts its clinical medical activities and cosmetic surgery alternating between Tuscany, where he lives, and the Middle East (UAE, Kuwait, Qatar).
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Andre Vieira Braz
Dr. André Vieira Braz is an expert in clinical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. He is currently the scientific coordinator of the Anatomy course applied for botulinum toxin and filler – MARC (Miami Anatomical Research Center) and Assistant Professor of the Cosmetic Dermatology Service of P.G.R.J (Policlinica Geral do Rio de Janeiro). He is a member of the Brazilian Society of Dermatology (SBD), American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) and Ibero – Latin American Society of Dermatology (CILAD). He has published several scientific articles and book chapters on Botulinum toxin and fillers.

As an international speaker in the last seven years, he has been giving lectures and workshops about Dermatologic Surgery procedures, Botulinum Toxin Cosmetic and Therapeutic indications, Filling techniques in Dermatology international meetings in Latin America, USA, EUA, Europe, Asia and Oceania.
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Charlene Dehaven
Dr Charlene DeHaven, M.D., FACEP (USA)
Dr. Charlene DeHaven is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Over the previous 17 years, her professional activities have focused on mitigation of skin aging and development of scientifically based skincare products. She now serves as Clinical Director of INNOVATIVE SKINCARE®. Her professional experience includes a broad spectrum of clinical practice, corporate development and medical education. She lectures internationally on wellness and skin health and is a member of the clinical lecture faculty of the School of Medicine, University of Washington.
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Jorge Alberto Elias
JORGE ALBERTO ELIAS MD Surgeon Medical. university of Medicine -
National University of Tucumán - Argentine Republic

Residence of Gynecology and Obstetrics in the Guemes Sanatorium in Bs.As
Medical Specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics with Title Issued by the Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics of Buenos Aires
Specialist in Uroginecólogía and Cosmetoginecología.
Specialist in Minimally Invasive Surgery (Laparoscopy and Hysteroscopy)
Specialist in Medical Laser Technology Quirugica (Certified by the Ministry of Health of the Nation)
Creator and Director of GYNESTETIC SALUD Y ESTÉTICA.
Full Member of the Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics of Buenos Aires (SOGIBA)
Former Director of Professional Practice of the Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics of Buenos Aires (SOGIBA)
Ex-Director of Professional Exercise of the Argentine Federation Societie of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FASGO). 2010-2022
Founder and President of the Argentine Society of Aesthetic Gynecology (SARGE)
Member of the International Society of Cosmetogynecology (ISCGyn)
Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS)
Member of the Scientific Committee of the European Society of Aesthetic Gynecology (ESAG)
Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Society Gynecology Aesthetic and Research (ISGAR)
Teacher of the Society of laser and medical technology of Buenos Aires (SALTEM).
Professor at the Society of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery of Buenos Aires (SCPRBA). Genital cosmetic module.
Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Society Gynecology Aesthetic and Research (ISGAR)
Professor of the Aesthetic and Regenerative Gynecology Diploma of the Paraguayan Society of Aesthetic, Regenerative and Functional Medicine
Full Professor of the Ibero-American Medical Laser Academy (AILMED).
Honorary Member of the Spanish Society of Regenerative and Functional Aesthetic Gynecology (SEGERF)
Honorary Member of the Brazilian Society of Gynecotherapy.
Speaker and Developer of Laser Treatments Protocols of the ALMA LASERS Companies (Israel-China) and ORLIGHT LASER (Argentina). CO2 lasers and diodes
Speaker and Developer of Treatment Protocols of the Company DERMOTHERAP ARGENTINA (Radiofrequency - Ultracavitation - Carboxytherapy - Plasma Rich in Platelets)

Dr. Jorge Alberto Elias Ginecologia Estetica Gynestetic Salud y Estetica
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Valerie Philippon
Docteur Valerie Philippon
MB Medicine (University Rockefeller Lyon, France) MBA, EM Lyon, France
Advanced Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine – Anti-ageing Morphologic Medicine DU, Paris
Technique of Injection DU, Paris Descartes
Nutrition and Micro Nutrition DU, Dijon

Dr Philippon is a MD who specialized in a holistic approach in ageing combining aesthetic and skin therapies.
Her field of expertise includes skin rejuvenation with combination of chemical peels, cosmetics, mesotherapy, fillers, nutrition and naturopathy.
Dr Philippon is also an international trainer on aesthetics subjects and she is keen on teaching about her approach and technique of injection in improving skin quality.
She is author of different articles for consumers and scientific publications.
Dr Valerie Philippon shares her time between a private practice in a medical center in Paris and a consulting activity for different aesthetic companies.
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Cecile Baard
Dr Cecile Baard obtained her MBChB in 1995 at the University of Pretoria and is currently studying towards the Advanced Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine at the Foundation of Professional Development. In 2007 she joined Slender Wonder where she currently consults, trains doctors and manages quality control. She has worked in Aesthetic Medicine since 2010 and established Dr Cecile Baard Aesthetics in 2016. Dr Baard also consults for Hair Clinic International where she performs regenerative medical procedures for hair restoration. She regularly attends international and local congresses and aesthetic courses to stay abreast of the most up to date non-surgical cosmetic and anti-aging procedures. She is a member of the South African Medical Association and AAMSSA.
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Fatima Bhabha
Dr. Fatima Bhabha.
Co-founder of Beauty & Curves, Cancer Survivor and Motivational Speaker.

As one of the leading aesthetic practitioners in South Africa, Dr Bhabha is a qualified
Medical Doctor having attained her MBBCH from the University of Witwatersrand. Her many degrees include DA(SA) and PPD in Pain and Sedation (UWC), and she is a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and the South African Association of Cosmetic Doctors. She holds a Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine from the world renowned American Association of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM) as well as a Diploma in Vaser Liposuction and specialises in Asian and African skins.

Dr Bhabha is also a panellist and head of the South African National Muslim Women’s Forum as well as the head of the CWF Cancer Care group.
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Anjana Bhana
I am a mom and extremely hard-working and ambitious individual. My passions are people, beauty and health.
I graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2005, taking the SADA Medal for leadership (for her role as Dental Student Council President as well as other leadership roles) as well as The Maxillo Facial Department’s Research award for her study on Rhinocerebral Mucomycosis in a Ketoacidotic Diabetic. Socially and academically she excelled at University.
I also have a love for aesthetics that lead me to start learning and developing my skills in Aesthetic and Anti-aging Medicine. Constantly updating my knowledge with various courses, workshops and conferences as well as doing an Advanced Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine . I have trained independently for the Restylane (Galderma) range of Tissue Fillers in the past as well as a trainer Perfectha (Genop), completed a train the trainer masterclass with Dr Fredrik Berne, a world-renowned Swedish Plastic Surgeon and Dr Sabine Zenker . For Genop (2015) I assisted with their training at the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine training.
I was hand-picked for a Hyalual Masterclass with Swiss expert Dr Viktor Shavlak and also lectured and demonstrated to dentists on Hyalual Xela Rederm.
I have also been made a national KOL for Merz ( Belotero ) and have trained under Dr Kate Goldie on a one on one basis.

I have completed the only South African registered post graduate course in Aesthetic Medicine -the Advanced Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine with Distinction/Cum Laude (84%) . Aesthetic Medicine is my passion and I takes every opportunity to study and grow my skills.
My qualifications include a course on Maxillofacial orthopaedics and orthodontics and have developed an interest in interceptive orthodontics ( Myobrace,Orthologic system ,Truitt, InMan aligner and clear smile). I also has completed the ACLS – Advanced Cardiac Life Support course in 2016 and completed a course in Practical Project Management in 2010 through the UNISA school of business.
I am also on the SAACD – South African Association of Cosmetic Doctor’s EXCO and recently delivered a lecture to members at a scientific meeting – Lifting , contouring and volumizing – which fillers where? I will also be giving a lecture at the AMCSA 2015 ( the Art of a Beautiful Smile) as well as Cosmedica 2015 ( Botox Complications and peri-oral anatomy as well as a demo on lip fillers). In October 2015 i was asked to assist in the pr
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Johan Botha
Dr Johan Botha
M.B Ch.B (University of Stellenbosch)
M. Med. (L et O) (University of Stellenbosch)
C. Professional Affiliations
Member of the South African Otolaryngological Society.
D. Post graduate training
1988 – 1984:
4 Year Registrarship in Otolaryngology
1983 – 1984:
Senior Medical Officer, Frere hospital, East London, South Africa
During this period 6 month rotations were spent in the following departments including Radiotherapy/Oncology, Obs & Gynae, Ophthalmology and ENT
1981 – 1982
Medical Officer, Katima Mulilo hospital, Caprivi, Namibia
Intern, Frere hospital, East London, South Africa
E. Employment
1. 1990 – This date:
Full time private Otolaryngology practice in Cape Town.

2. 1989, January – 1990, January.
Junior ENT Consultant , Grootte Schuur Hospital, Cape Town.

3. 1984 – 1988 Registrar post

Other interests – Professional
Founding member of the Cape Voice Centre
Founding member of Terblanche and Partners. This team of specialists established the first Oesophageal Impedance Laboratory in South Africa.
Other interests – Business
Founding member of We are a new media publisher of business news.
Founding member and current CEO of Leenyx Technologies is a medical distributor. Over the past 10 years we built up a business with a focus on minimally invasive aesthetics. The Spanish brand Mesoestetic makes up the bulk of our business. Recently we have been busy introducing Plexr and Ceccarelli lipolytic solution to the SA market.
Other interests – Personal
I have a keen interest in pursuing an active outdoor lifestyle. Many weekends are spent touring the countryside, camping and similar activities.
Family and Health
I have 5 beautiful children (Marike, Louise, Bernard, Karla and Johan Jnr. Their ages ranging between 37 down to 12 years. I am also the grandfather of Kyle, Luke, Lara, Dougie and Harry.
I enjoy excellent health. I run 6 mornings a week.
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Alastair Clark
Dr Alastair Clark
M.B., B.Ch.., GPSI Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine.

Dr Clark was installed in October 2007 as one of twenty international Global Trainers to give instruction to doctors internationally.
He designs and delivers courses in the disciplines of filler volumisation, neuromuscular manipulation with botulinum neurotoxin, non-surgical thread lifts, IPL and laser, chemical peels, as well as physical treatments of the skin.
Dr Clark has presented and given live demonstrations at numerous international congresses in Europe, Asia and South Africa. He is currently the Head National Key Opinion Leader for Silhouette Soft of Sinclair Laboratories. He also served as International Key Opinion Leader and Trainer for Restylane.
Dr Clark has presented on the international stage for the following aesthetic companies:
Galderma, Restylane – Global International KOL
Silhouette Softlift – National Head KOL
Myoscience Iovera – National KOL
Genop Healthcare
Sinclair Medical
Palomar Medical Technologies Inc.
Filorga Laboratories
Syneron/Candela Medical Ltd.
Radiant Healthcare
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Zeljka Clark
Dr Zeljka Clark graduated at the University of Belgrade in 1991, trained as O&G at the University of Witwatersrand.
She has additional training on Surgery and Urology. She currently works as an O&G consultant at Rahima Moose Mother and Child Hospital.
Special interest in Women’s health with focus on endocrinology and aesthetic Gynecology. Current research: mono polar radio frequency application to external female genital area.
Gordon Cohen
Dr. Gordon Cohen is a graduate of The University of the Witwatersrand Medical School. He lived in the United States for many years and returned to South Africa in 2006 to head The Melrose Aesthetic Centre in Johannesburg as Chief Aesthetic Medical Practitioner. His education includes MBBCh and MBA degrees. He also holds a CCN (Certified Clinical Nutritionist) qualification.

Dr Gordon Cohen underwent his training in non-surgical, aesthetic procedures both in the United States and in Europe. He regularly attends training courses and Aesthetic Conferences in South Africa, the United States and a variety of European countries.
He is a member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and The Aesthetic and Anti- Aging Medicine Society of South Africa (AAAMSA).
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Catherine Davies
Dr Catherine Davies
Hair restoration practitioner, Melrose arch, Johannesburg
Dr Catherine Davies is a proud mother of three children, and qualified as medical doctor, at the University of the Witswatersrand (1998) and holds an MBA from Henley University (2006)
She has been focused on alopecia and hair restoration surgery since 2006, specialising in the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) technique, with a special interest in eyebrow restoration and scar repair.
She frequently lectures on hair loss and hair restoration techniques and is the author of "The Management of Hair Loss" for MIMS Handbook 2012.
Prior to this she had 5 years experience in the corporate world at Novartis Pharma (PTY LTD), including the role of director and EXCO member. She currently sits on the board of the NGO Campaigning for Cancer and has previously served as a trustee of both the Organ Donor Foundation and Breast Health Foundation. Her primary passion is improving the lives and outcomes of children in Africa.
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Shahien Dollie
Dr Shahien Dollie
Dr Shahien Dollie, an UCT alumnus, completed his 2-year post graduate Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine at Pretoria’s FPD campus. He has subsequently completed multiple hands on masterclasses and intense focussed sessions on facial anatomy, physiology, dermatological pathology, as well as numerous non-surgical Aesthetic procedures ranging from PLLA suspension sutures to synthetic hair implants. He is a co-founder and medical director at The Aesthetic Doctors. Dr Dollie enjoys local training, attending and presenting at both local and international aesthetic conferences and most recently has presented at 2018’s IMCAS World Congress in Paris and contributed to the IMCAS Academy. Furthermore, he has authored several aesthetic articles in the electronic and print media. Dr Dollie has a passion for education and is an active advocate for the practice of world class aesthetic medicine on South African shores.
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Antoinette Dos Ramos Richter
Antoinette Dos Ramos Richter, M.Tech.Hom, ABAAHP, FAARFM.

Dr. Antoinette Dos Ramos Richter obtained a Masters Degree in Homoeopathy at the Durban University of Technology, she began in private practice in Pretoria 1999. In 2010 began studies with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, is currently a Fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. In 2014 she joined the University of South Florida to do a Masters in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine, which is nearing completion. She has been involved in Complimentary Alternative Medicine for the past 19 years. She is also a part time lecturer at the University of Johannesburg for the Homoeopathic students, lecturing a course in Diagnostics and Clinical Homoeopathy. Her practice follows the principles of Functional Medicine, identifying and treating the root cause of disease, focused on lifestyle changes through education, self-awareness and self-empowerment.
Chantelle Eybers
Dr. Chantelle Eybers obtained her medical degree in 2002 at the University of Pretoria and received her Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine through the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine in 2013. With more than 11 years experience in medical weight loss, she has been training doctors in medical weight loss since 2017. She has a keen interest in preventative and functional medicine. She combines conventional medicine with lifestyle interventions like dietary advice, genetic DNA testing, bio-identical hormone balancing, nutraceutical recommendations as well as aesthetic procedures to obtain optimal health and quality of life.
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Grant Fourie
Dr Grant Fourie Qualified MBChB - 1995 at University Pretoria.
Dr Fourie is a qualified Diabetes Educator and ran a CDE practice for many years. He has completed courses in Genetic medicine and interpretation, Organic acid and Amino acid assessment. Dr Fourie has studied various fields in Functional Medicine through IFM and is a certified AFMCP and Functional Nutrition Practitioner. He is currently completing his Masters Degree in Nutrition and Metabolic Medicine through George Washington University USA.
Dr Fourie has a Cape Town based practice and has special interests in the Endocrine disorders, Metabolic syndrome, Gut health and nutrition, Heavy metal toxicity and Autoimmune disorders.
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Tracey Garner
Dr Tracey is a GP with a passion for wellness, anti-ageing and aesthetics. She has been actively involved in the aesthetic industry since 2006 and practices in the beautiful town of Paarl. Her specific interest is using technical injecting to restore and enhance natural beauty, by addressing all the layers of the ageing face. Tracey is a member of the Allergan Medical Institute and enjoys sharing her knowledge with colleagues as well as regularly attending training with expert injectors both locally and internationally.
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Marisa Heyns
Dr Marisa Heyns (MBChB)
Tertiary Education
· MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) 2007 (UCT)
· MSc Aesthetic Medicine: Second Level International Master in Cosmetic (Aesthetic)
Medicine and Therapeutics ( 2016-2017) University of Camerino, Italy
· Medical Officer, Accident and Emergency Medicine and General Practice, 2010-2015
· Medical Practitioner at Private Aesthetic Practice Cape Town, South Africa, 2015- current
· Aesthetic Trainer in Plexr for Leenyx Technologies South Africa, 2015-current
· Aesthetic Trainer in Chemical Peels, PRP, Mesotherapy, PDO threads for Leenyx
Technologies South Africa , 2015-current
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Melanie Lambrechts
Dr Mel Lambrechts
Dr. Melanie Lambrechts is an Aesthetic Practitioner based in Parkmore of Johannesburg and runs an Aesthetic Centre dedicated to Wellness, Anti-aging and Rejuvenation. She is a General Practitioner who attained her degree at the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, graduating in 1996. She completed a 2 year postgraduate diploma in Anti-ageing and Wellness Medicine through the FPD in 2012, a first of its kind speciality in South Africa.
After qualifying she gained experience in various fields including Emergency Medicine, General Medicine, Family Practise and Business Medicine, working for MSD Pharmaceuticals as a Medical Advisor and Biopure (a biotechnology company based in Boston) as a Medical Advisor and then Country Manager. In addition to her medical degree, she gained experience in clinical trials and regulatory medicine, marketing, sales and advertising.
Dr. Lambrechts has completed many courses in the aesthetic field, including advanced injection techniques of botulinum toxin injections, Dermal Fillers, Mesotherapy, Dermal needling with Dermapen and Chemical Peeling. She is accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa, South African Medical Association as well as the Aesthetic and Anti-aging Medicine Society of South Africa (AAMSSA) Dr Mel lectures and trains for many companies including Allergan, Genop, Collagen ProActive and Leenyx, and she routinely lectures at the local South African Conferences: AMCSA and Cosmedica.
Dr. Mel is passionate about her clients and is committed to creating a beautiful, natural outcome for them. Every client is individually assessed, and a unique program of treatments created for them to rejuvenate all aspects of their face and skin. Dr Mel and her team believe in offering treatments that work, and are backed by both science, and show great results in clients who are treated with them.
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Nardus Le Grange
Dr Nardus le Grange
Dr Nardus le Grange qualified as a medical doctor at Stellenbosch University in 1991. He spent two years working as a missionary doctor, after which he traveled extensively overseas, working in various fields. It was here that he developed a special interest in the treatment of varicose veins and in broader aesthetic medicine.
In 1998 he started The Leg Vein Clinic in Cape Town, treating varicose and spider veins using the method of Sclerotherapy. He then branched into various other cosmetic treatments, focusing mainly on Botulinum injections, soft tissue augmentation, chemical peeling, collagen induction therapy (surgical needling) etc.
Dr Le Grange is involved in training medical doctors in Aesthetic Medicine. He is currently a trainer for the following companies: Skin Rejuvenation Technologies, Leenyx, Tasosol, Litha Pharma, Ascendis and Secrets-of-Youth. For these companies he does practical training in Soft tissue filling techniques, the usage of Botulinum toxin, Thread lifting techniques and in the technique of Sclerotherapy. He also presents workshops on various topics for some of the companies. He was an academy member of the Allergan Medical Institute until March 2017 and also registered with the British Association of Sclerotherapy. He has also been on the board of the Aesthetic and Anti-Ageing Medicine Society of South Africa, representing the Western Cape region from 2006 until February 2016 when he resigned due to time constraints.
Since 2006 he has been a regular speaker at the annual Aesthetic Medicine Congress of South Africa as well as a speaker at the World Aesthetic Medicine Congress in 2013.
He lectured on Medical Aesthetics at two Somatology schools, namely the Cape Peninsula Training Institute and Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He also trained therapists at these schools in the science and application of Chemical Peeling and Aesthetic Medicine.
He has been interviewed on television programs like Top Billing and Pillow Talk, and has been a guest speaker on radio stations like RSG, Radio Tygerberg and Radio Helderberg. He is regularly invited to give talks on aesthetic medicine to large groups and corporate events like the annual Rooi Rose Women’s Day, Sanlam events, etc. He has featured in magazines and newspapers including Rooi Rose, Sarie, Fair Lady, Ideas Magazine, Die Burger, Intimacy, Clicks Club Card Magazine, Huisgenoot/You, etc., as part of make-over teams, or in other artic
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Sharon Lion-Cachet
Dr Sharon Lion-Cachet moved into Aesthetic medicine in 2011 after 17 years in Family practice. She resides and works in Benoni and her clinic Breezology offers a range of aesthetic treatments as well as the Slender Wonder weight loss program. She is passionate about weight loss and incorporates skin and anti ageing treatments as well as body contouring treatments into this. She has lectured at AMCSA for the past 4 years and has been involved in training for Slender Wonder, Genop and Filorga. She is board certified with the American Academy of Aesthetic medicine and holds a diploma in mental health. She is married and has a son and daughter and 2 step sons .She lives by Faith and believes she can do all things through Christ Who strengthens her.
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Genevieve Marks
Dr Genevieve Marks is formally qualified in GPSI Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine, Dip Prac Derm (Cardiff), MBBCh (Pret), BSc (UNISA).

Dr Marks has a special interest and dedication to all things aesthetic and dermatological. Since then she has become well known for her involvement as a trainer, lecturer and consultant for several key dermatological and aesthetic companies including Allergan and Sinclair, and is one of the two Key Opinion Leaders for Teoxane. She is a recognised expert in the use of neurotoxin, injectable tissue fillers and non-surgical face-lifting techniques with threads. Her scope of practice extends to lasers, photodynamic therapy and novel treatments such as PRP, colloquially known as ‘Vampire Lifting’. Her practice in Waterkloof Ridge Pretoria is mostly where she spends her time, bringing her appreciation for the Aesthetic to life in her patients.
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Reza Mia
Dr. Reza Mia
MBBch, MBA, MscFin
Dr. Reza Mia is a General Practitioner with a special interest in Aesthetic Medicine. Dr. Mia offers a range of minimally invasive aesthetic ant-aging treatments from his practice in Houghton, Johannesburg.
He graduated from the University of Witwatersrand with a medical degree in 2006 and further became a member of MENSA in 2013. Dr. Mia is also a proud member of The ‘Aesthetic and Anti-aging Medicine Society of South Africa’.

Dr. Mia previously participated in a global study assessing the various injection techniques of Restylane’s SkinBooster dermal filler, making a tangible contribution to the field. He added to his list of accomplishments when he became the first doctor in South Africa to complete the Silhouette Soft advanced training course. Dr. Mia was recently given the esteemed honour of being appointed the Hyalual Key Opinion Leader for South Africa. Hyalual Switzerland is an innovative company specialising in scientific development, manufacture and service provision in the field of anti-ageing therapy, aesthetic medicine, rejuvenation, correction and restoration of the skin.
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Marshall Murdoch
Dr Marshall Murdoch
BSc, MB BCh, FC Plast Surg
Plastic Surgeon

Short Bio
Dr Marshall Murdoch is a Plastic Surgeon in private practice at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre and an honorary lecturer in Surgery at the University of the Witwatersrand. His special interests include aesthetics, oncoplastic reconstructive surgery and microsurgery. He is also a Local Country Mentor of facial aesthetics for the Allergan Medical Academy and regularly gives lectures and demonstrations on Botox™ and dermal filler injection techniques. He loves medical education and delivers lectures on a wide variety of topics both locally and internationally.
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Sly Nedic
Dr. Sly Nedic MD (Bel)
Aesthetic and Anti-aging Practitioner
Board certified Anti-aging Diplomat - WOSAAM (World Organization Society of Anti-Aging Medicine
Preventative Genetics Diplomat - Academy Reunis, Luxemburg, Europe

Dr. Nedic is a founder of 8th Sense aesthetic clinic in Sandton where she combines Aesthetic with Anti-Aging Medicine, Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Preventive Genetic testing, and Nutrigenetics.
She is an HPCSA registered MD and Allied health profession council registered Acupuncturist. Dr. Nedic is a member of numerous aesthetic and anti-aging societies as well advisory board member of Prime magazine (Anti-aging magazine- Europe), advisory board and faculty member of Academy Reunis, Luxemburg, A2 magazine and member of the anti-aging panel for Longevity magazine.
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Ugeshnie Naidoo
Dr. Ugeshnie Naidoo was born in Pretoria and attended St Mary's DSG.
She then attended the University of Natal where she completed her MBChB. She then worked in Internal Medicine at Ga-Rankuwa Hospital. She began registrar training at the University of Natal in 2004 and obtained her FC Derm in 2007 with the College of Medicine South Africa. She joined
skinmatters in 2009. She is now in private practice in Pretoria.
In the practice she does:
Medical dermatology
Lazer dermatology (she is a director of the LCM skin and lazer clinic)
Aesthetic dermatology (Botulinum toxins and HA dermal fillers)
She is a member of the Allergan Aesthetic Medical Institute
(AMI) and teaches sclerotherapy for the South African Society
for Dermatologic Surgery (SASDS). She is also the treasurer of the SASDS.
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Dr Alek Nikolic
Aesthetic Practitioner, Cape Town, South Africa
Dr Alek Nikolic is a well-known aesthetic medical practitioner with practices in Chelsea London and in Chelsea Village Cape Town. He has been appointed as the Allergan Local Country Ambassador (LCA) and the Advanced Trainer in Botox and dermal fillers. Dr Nikolic is closely involved with the Allergan Medical Aesthetic Academy and the Train the Trainer program.

Dr Nikolic has been responsible for training numerous medical practitioners and specialists and has lectured extensively throughout South Africa. He has co presented and given live demo injection techniques with international presenters such as Dr Mauricio de Maio (Plastic Surgeon, Brazil), Professor Massimo Signorini (Plastic Surgeon, Italy), Dr Frederick Bern (Plastic Surgeon, Sweden), Dr Koen De Boulle (Dermatologist, Belgium), Dr Mateo Clementoni (Plastic Surgeon, Italy), and Dr Greg Wahl (Dermatologist, Germany).
He currently holds advisory positions with numerous aesthetic supplier companies and is an Associate of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
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Debbie Norval
RDr Debbie Norval
MBBCh (Rand) Dip Pall Med (UK) M Phil Pall Med (UCT) Adv. Dip Aesthetic Med (FPD)

Dr Norval graduated from Wits Medical School in 1991. Thereafter she studied Palliative Medicine at the University of Wales and later obtained her Masters in Philosophy from UCT, also in the field of Palliative Medicine. Since 2010 Dr Norval has worked in Aesthetic Medicine, changing her focus to health, wellness and non-surgical cosmetic medicine. She has an Advanced Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine through the Foundation for Professional Development. Dr Norval is also qualified with a City and Guilds Diploma in Teaching and Training, and she consults and trains for Genop SA and Lamprobe SA. She is on the executive committee of AAMSSA and the founder of the Johannesburg Doctors Journal Club. Dr Debbie Norval Aesthetics is based in Parktown North Johannesburg
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Tamara Pheiffer
Dr Pheiffer qualified as a doctor of homoeopathic medicine in 2009, and was quickly made aware of speed at which science is moving in the fields of functional and anti aging medicine. This became her passion.
Dr Pheiffer has since worked as in house medical expert for 2 of the top international nutraceutical companies where she was in the fortunate position of spending one-on-one intensive training with all of the international experts and speakers that the respective companies utilized for seminars and guidance. This fast tracked her education. Dr Pheiffer was also head hunted by south
She has lectured both nationally and internationally for billion dollar per annum companies as well as locally for the American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine and has been a key note speaker at AMCSA for 3 years. Dr Pheiffer cohosts a radio health and wellness slot and authors a newsletter to other physicians around the country.
Dr Pheiffer has aggressively pursued extensive ongoing education in the field of Functional and Molecular Medicine. Starting with AFMCP and a 2 year Functional medicine intensive training with IFM and is currently studying her Masters in functional and integrated medicine . Her other health related qualifications include Nutrigenomics, NeuroLinguistic programming, Advanced Biopuncture and First Line Therapy amongst others.
Dr Pheiffer currently practices in Melrose Arch where she focuses on biochemical and genetic individuality in her practice and strives to find the underlying root cause of the illness thus bringing the body back to a state of optimal health that is far greater than merely the absence of the disease process. She aims to find trends of illness and correct them long before they affect the function of various organ and hormonal systems.
Dr Pheiffer is the leader in Africa for Medical Biohacking and has been invited to sit on the international board for medical biohacking and present at the annual congress in Helsinki next year.
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Judey Pretorius
Dr Judey Pretorius is a highly accomplished Biochemical Scientist and product development specialist with substantial experience in the disciplines of acute, chronic and post-surgical wound healing, regenerative medicine, and cell therapy. She holds a Master’s degree in Genetics and Molecular Biology followed by her Ph.D. degree in in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, drug and development design.
Dr Judey gained extensive experience as a Research and Development Formulation Scientist. She was responsible for Scientific and Biomedical formulation of therapeutic products of premium brands in respective disciplines. Her contributions included cosmeceutical, pharmaceutical and medical device developments.
Dr Judey is the co-founder of Biomedical Emporium, a biotechnology company specialising in formulation of advanced biological products, cell culture processes and tissue engineering for advanced wound healing, and advisory on regenerative medicine. She has made unique formulation discoveries, which has a profound influence on the course of new developments in aesthetic and wound care treatment.
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Nicolene Shaw
Dr Nicolene Shaw attained her Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree
in Genetics and Biochemistry in 2005 and thereafter obtained
a BSc Honours degree in Biochemistry/Molecular Cell
Biology (2006). She originally embarked on a Master’s
Degree where she was able to produce scientific data of such
significance that her MSC was upgraded directly to a PhD.
• She acquired her PhD in 2011 and her focus was primarily on
the molecular characterization of Human Oesophageal
Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Thereafter she worked in a stem
cell laboratory where she attained knowledge and experience
in the isolation, purification and processing of stem cells for
therapeutic purposes.
• Dr. Nicolene Shaw was responsible for implementing
reDermis (Pty) Ltd cleanroom situated in Sandton,
Johannesburg and its ongoing management; ensuring that it's
compliant with the cGMP standards and realizing the first
grant of Authorised (Stem Cell) Institution in South Africa
from the Department of Health.
• She also acquired experience in the field of cancer
immunotherapy through the launch of BioEnsure (Immune
Cell Banking for future therapy).
• She also has 4 years experience in the application of stem
cells in the treatment of chronic wounds such as diabetic foot
ulcers, and 2 years experience in wound care/management.
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Riekie Smit
Dr Riekie Smit
MBChB (UOFS). MSc Sports Medicine(Pret) Adv Dip Aesth Med (FPD)
Dr Smit has a private practice with two clinics in Pretoria, South Africa. Her focus of her practice is aesthetic medical and skin therapies. Dr Smit is the founder and past president of the Aesthetic and Anti-aging Medicine Society of South Africa and scientific chairperson of the Aesthetic Medicine Congress of South Africa. She is an international trainer on aesthetic medical subjects and a keen author of articles and scientific publications. Her field of expertise includes facial shaping and skin rejuvenation with Botulinum toxin and Fillers, Chemical peels, Mesotherapy, Lasers and LED. Dr Smit is the course developer for the 1st CHE recognized Advanced Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine at the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) in South Africa. She is also a faculty member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine training doctors in Asia, UAE, Africa and UK.
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Deon Van Der Westhuizen
Dr Deon van der Westhuizen qualified as a medical doctor MBchB at the University of Pretoria in 1984 where he graduated with a distinction in general surgery and was awarded with the Smith and Nephew prize for the best orthopedic final year student.
Between 1990 and 1994 Dr van der Westhuizen served as Registrar in the Department of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Stellenbosch.

Dr van der Westhuizen started his private practice in 1994 and maintains an office in Renaissance Surgical Clinic, Cape Town, where he specializes in aesthetic surgery, skin cancer reconstruction and the integration of modern techniques of Facial Rejuvenation Surgery. This includes Endoscopic Browlift Surgery, eyelid restoration, structural fat grafting; facial implants and deep level face and neck lift procedures. He maintains a minimally invasive facial rejuvenation clinic, employing anti-wrinkle injectables and fillers, as well as the non-invasive Thermage face and body treatments.
He travels extensively in order to stay in touch with new surgical developments and is a member of a number of medical associations including the Association of Plastic Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa and a Trainer for the Allergan Medical Aesthetics Academy (AMAA).
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Cobus van Niekerk
Dr Jacobus van Niekerk is a GP with a special Interest in Aesthetic Medicine and Ethics, Johannesburg, South Africa.
He is the current President of the AAMSSA (Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Medicine Society of South Africa).
He graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1997, received his BSCMedScHons (Cum Laude) in Reproductive Biology from the University of Stellenbosch in 2001.
He worked in the United Kingdom in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Trauma & Intensive Care and became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburg in 2007 in Accident and Emergency Medicine.
Dr Cobus serves on the Aesthetic Medicine Congress of South Africa (AMCSA) Scientific Committee.
Dr van Niekerk is a local and International speaker and completed the Advanced Diploma of Aesthetic Medicine (ADAM), Cum Laude.
He is devoted to his fields of interest: Wellness, Aesthetics and Ethics.
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Gerhard Van Niekerk
Dr Gerhard van Niekerk completed his medical studies at The University of Pretoria in 1985.
He practices as a full-time Aesthetic Practitioner and has completed advanced courses in the following:
• Botox® - one of the first medical doctors in South Africa trained by Allergan in the use of Botox® - 1999
• Dermal Fillers – Dr Roën de Boulle (2008); Dr Mauricio de Maio (2012); Dr Welf Prager (2014)
• Chemical Peels – Dr Bradley Wagemaker (2006)
• Facial Threading – Trained with Dr Ciro Accordo in Naples in 2007, Silhoutte-lift in 2011; Silhouette Soft 2014 with Dr Pizzamiglio and Miracu threads in 2014
• UltraPulse CO2 Fractional Laser – Trained with Dr Matteo Tretti Clemontoni (2011)
• Trainer for Merz Aesthetics and Pharmaceutics
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Tzivia Hermann
Tzvia Hermann is the founder and co-owner of The Laser Beautique franchise, Beautique Distribution and Beautique Academy, as well as an internationally qualified laser technician and internationally certified and recognised laser trainer. Tzvia and Neil Hermann launched the first Laser Beautique in 2009 – and due to the immediate success and demand, The Laser Beautique franchise model was launched in 2010. Tzvia’s hands-on approach, experience and training with some of the world’s most advanced laser and electrolysis technologies make her an expert in the field of aesthetic technology.
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Jacques Pretorius
Jacques Pretorius started his working career after qualifying as an young electronics engineer with a German based medical company. After completing his IMM., he moved to sales and marketing of medical devices. Seven year later he set up a successful medical company for a Durban based organization and with five years of exposure to a German laser product range, he decided to start his own Medical Aesthetic company in 2004 - Radiant Healthcare, which has grown from strength to strength during this period. Radiant Healthcare carries Cocoon Medical as well as Syneron-Candela( world’s largest aesthetic manufacturer) as a distributor for the Sub-Saharan territory. Radiant Healthcare is most probably one of the countries strongest Aesthetic Suppliers due to its, qualified dedicated staff, service orientation as well as product offering..
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Wojciech Swistak
Wojciech Bartlomiej Swistak
Mr. Swistak was born into a medical family and he understands the core and nuances of medical business in general... His family own shares in a hospital and rehabilitation Centre which meets the the satisfaction of private patients deciding on a private care facility in Europe. He is showing his commitment to the field of Aesthetic Medicine by furthering his career in Somatology.
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Diana van Sittert
Diana van Sittert
pHformula Head of Education | South Africa
Diana van Sittert started her 20 year career as Somatologist in a skin care salon. After exposure to both the professional and retail skin care industry in retail stores such as Dis-chem and Edgars, she soon realised her passion for “no force selling in end consumer language”. She ventured into sales and business development in various international countries. After 7 years focussed on the business aspects of our industry she realised her true passion is in education. She has since educated more than 20 000 business owners, end consumers and skin care therapists with a unique approach to inspire the transition between theoretical knowledge versus practical application that is end consumer friendly as well based on lateral thinking.
Diana lives by the saying of Maya Angelou . . .
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
- Maya Angelo
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Lize Van Zyl
Lize van Zyl
• Diploma in health and skincare therapy at Isa Carstens health and skincare academy in Stellenbosch.
• National SAAHSP diploma
• International CIDESCO diploma
• Additional advanced aromatherapy Diploma.
• Btec Diploma in Health and skincare therapy
Employment History
Owner and co- founder of Skin Skills.
May 2014 to January 2018
Nu Angle medical Aesthetics – Area Manager for KZN territory
Brands: Skin Medica, ZO Skin Health and Colore Science
Managing territory including prospecting, sales, consumer events, treatments and education to the medical aesthetic channel.
Education was a major focus to doctors and therapists assisting with recommended protocols and product positioning
In 2016 I was awarded rep of the year award for Nuangle Medical – Aesthetics Division.
October 2013-May 2014
CAVI brands – Business consultant for brands Sprayology, Bergasol and Dermalex.
Sales and Education targeted towards therapists and other select stockists
May 2010 - September 2013
Clarins South Africa – Regional Educator
Education and development of Retail retail channel for Clarins, Theirry Mugler, Azzaro and Swarovski fragrances.
Spa channel development and education
Consumer focussed and events and speaking
June 2007-March 2010
Brookdale Health Hydro - Therapist
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Yvette Zacharowitz
Yvette Zacharowitz is a USA Master Intra Dermal Pigmentologist who has practised her innovative skills worldwide including the United States and the United Kingdom the Netherlands and South Africa. Working in close conjunction with leading worldwide renown surgeons Yvette pioneered her own pain free implantation techniques.
Due to the increased demand for medical camouflage and reconstructive procedures Yvette was approached in 1999 by leading surgeons to devise techniques to assist in the aesthetic completion of Breast reconstructions. Yvette developed her unique optical illusion techniques to create a realistic areola and nipple for these patients providing them with confidence and adding quality of life. Yvette continually consults with leading surgeons around the world in order to maintain a superior standard of Intra Dermal Cosmetics.
Her techniques are now used world-wide! She is the owner and developer of the Naturola Quality of Life Enhancement technique.
Yvette is one of 200 USA Master Intra Dermal Pigmentologists in the world today and is world renowned for her quality work and seminars in this ever changing industry. She also owns Nouveau Contour South Africa and is the official Partner for Texas USA.
By constantly striving to achieve better results Yvette is pioneering ground breaking ways in camouflage and post operative techniques. Also offering the only effective stretch mark treatment today!
Where else will you get 23 years of industry expertise and innovation with a world leader in this industry – one should demand “The Best” from “The BEST”.