The 15th Aesthetic Medicine Congress of South Africa (AMCSA 2020)

The 15th Aesthetic Medicine Congress of South Africa (AMCSA 2020)


Scientific Coordinators



Dr Riekie Smit

Dr Riekie Smit

(AMCSA 2020 Chair Person) 

Dr Smit has a private practice with two clinics in Pretoria, South Africa. Her focus of her practice is aesthetic and skin treatments. Dr Smit is the founder and ex-officio president of the Aesthetic and Anti-aging Medicine Society of South Africa, president member of the International Union of Aesthetic Medicine and chairperson of the Aesthetic Medicine Congress of South Africa. She is an international trainer on aesthetic medical subjects and a keen author of medical articles, journals and scientific publications.  Her field of expertise includes skin rejuvenation, facial injectables (neuromodulators and fillers), Chemical peels, Mesotherapy, PRP, Lasers and LED. Dr Smit is the course developer for the officially recognized Advanced Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine in South Africa. She is also a faculty member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine training doctors in Asia, Africa, Europe and UAE. Dr Smit is a global KOL for various aesthetic medical and pharmaceutical companies in the industry. 

Prof Alessio 


Prof Alessio Redaelli (Italy)

He lives and works in Milan. Founded “Medical Aesthetic”, Leader Italian Society in Medical Doctors and Odontoiatrics practical training in the field of Aesthetic medicine, phlebology and Regenerative medicine. He is Professor at Milan Aesthetic School "Agora'" and at ASPEM society. He is Professor a.c. at Padova University and leads the course on "Oral and Perioral tissues aesthetics". He is faculty trainer of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine.He has published many books in the field of the aesthetic medicine:• 100 risposte sulle vene varicose, Key, 2007• The aesthetic medicine, See-Editrice Firenze, 2009• The Botulinum Toxin A in Aesthetic Medicine, for the treatment of Hyperhidrosis and in Odontostomatology. Basic principles and clinical practice. OEO Firenze, 2010.• The Medical Rhinoplasty. Basic principles and clinical practice. OEO Firenze, 2010• The facial Aging: medical, surgical and odontostomatological solutions. OEO Firenze, 2012 He is overseas fellow at the Royal Society of Medicine and active member at the International Academy od Aesthetic Dermatology.Many indexed scientifical papers have been published on main indexed scientifical journals.


Dr Debbie Norval LR sml 

Dr Debbie Norval 

MBBCh (Rand) Dip Pall Med (UK) M Phil Pall Med (UCT)  Adv Dip Aesthetic Med (FPD)

(AAMSSA President)

 Dr Debbie Norval graduated as a medical doctor from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1991. She obtained a Diploma in Palliative Medicine through the University of Wales UK, followed by a Masters of Philosophy in Palliative Medicine from the University of Cape Town, and worked at Hospice Witwatersrand for 14 years.  Dr Norval obtained an Advanced Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine through the Foundation for Professional Development in 2012.  She holds a City and Guilds Diploma in Adult Teaching and Training and is a trainer for Genop SA, the convenor of the Johannesburg Aesthetic Doctors Journal Club and is on the scientific committee of AMCSA.  Dr Norval is the current President of AAMSSA and serves on the Ethics and Professionalism committee of SAAHSP (South African Association of Health and Skincare Professionals)  “Dr Debbie Norval Aesthetics” is a busy clinical practice in Parktown North, Johannesburg.


Dr Alastair Clark 


Dr Alastair Clark

Dr Alastair Clark M.B., B.Ch.., GPSI Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine. Owner and Medical Director of Sandton Aesthetic Institute. 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 forTeosyal of Teoxane 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: Q Med, Restylane - Galderma, Restylane – Sinclair, Silhouette Softlift – National Head KOL Myoscience, Iovera – Genop Healthcare - Palomar Medical Technologies Inc. -  Filorga Laboratories - Syneron/Candela Medical Ltd - Radiant Healthcare


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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 2019’s IMCAS Asia Congress in Bali 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 shore.

 Dr Heidi Frere


Dr Heidi Frere

Dr Heidi Frere qualified in 1995 at the University of KZN. She is the proud owner of Best You Medical Wellness and Aesthetics, in Bryanston. Dr Frere has found her true passion in the integration of Aesthetic, Lifestyle and Functional Medicine in her practice. Dr Frere completed an Advanced Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine at the end of 2017. She is currently enrolled with the School of Applied Functional Medicine in the USA and has completed several courses in Integrative and Functional Medicine. Dr Frere believes in staying current and relevant in her knowledge and attends conferences diligently, in all areas of interest as to give her patients the highest standard of care.

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Dr Levashni Naidoo

Lev Naidoo completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, graduating MBChB - cum laude in 2006 and obtaining the Fellowship of the College of Dermatology with distinction in 2014 when she was awarded the Peter Gordon Smith medal for academic excellence. During her postgraduate training she was a recipient of the D43- Fogarty- Fellowship Programme which allowed her to complete a short-term fellowship in Epidemiology at The Mailman School of Public Health at The University of Columbia.

She went on to complete her Masters in Medicine in 2015. Post- fellowship she remained at The University of KwaZulu- Natal as a consultant and lecturer. She was awarded a Scholarship from The African Association for Research and Training in Cancer which aided her research in HIV- Kaposi Sarcoma.  Her research contributions include articles in peer-reviewed journals and chapters in Dermatology textbooks pertaining to HIV-related dermatoses, pigmentary disturbances as well as inflammatory and infectious diseases of the skin.

She relocated to Johannesburg in 2018 where she founded her own clinical practice, The Dermatology Room located in Hyde Park. She is a member of the South African Society of Dermatological Surgery, The Dermatological Society of South Africa, The Vitiligo Society of South Africa and The Skin Cancer Foundation of South Africa. She presently sits on the editorial board of A2 Aesthetic and Anti-aging Magazine.


 Dr Portia Gumede


Dr Portia Gumede

Dr Portia Gumede was born in Clermont, a semi-rural township in Kwa-Zulu Natal. She attended a school in the township and later matriculated at Durban Girls’ College. Drawn by the love of medicine, she completed her medical degree (MBChB) at the University of Natal Medical School. 

In early 2016, Dr . Portia Gumede began to consider and explore the entrepreneurial flame that had been re-ignited within her by her husband, Mr. Robert Gumede. Having been out of the medical field for a few years prior, her love and passion for dermatology and skincare still remained. 

In true spirit, Dr Gumede pursued further studies in the field of Aesthetic Medicine through the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM) and became Board Certified in Aesthetic Medicine in 2018. Upon completion, she dedicated herself towards building her private practice - It was then that the Dr P Aesthetic Lifestyle Centre was born. 

This centre focuses on providing a holistic approach to medical aesthetic treatments to patients whilst delivering world class client services. The business is focused on attracting a South African, African and Global client base. The centre offers a personal experience which includes; skin analysis, somatology, resurfacing treatments, rejuvenation treatments as well as other skin treatments as and when needed. With this Lifestyle Centre, Dr Gumede aims to make sure that women and men not only know more about how to look after their skin, but they feel comfortable and confident in it as well. The centre also debunks what consumers know about skincare treatments and procedures, by showing them that these treatments are extremely safe, affordable and even suitable for men. She also stressed that skincare treatments are an extremely personal process. The skin is the biggest organ of the body and it is important to know more about what affects our skin, so that we know how to best take care of it. 

During this time, Dr Gumede has broadened her skill set to ensure that she becomes both a successful entrepreneur but also stays true to her medical roots and ensures that she establishes herself as a global leader in the field of Medical Aesthetics. She has already been offered the rare role of becoming one of a very few Globally Accredited Trainers for the Swiss brand, Galderma . She has also recently completed the Masters level accreditation from AAAM. A dedicated, passionate and caring business woman who has no limitations as to how much one’s dreams can ultimately become a reality. 

Dr Mary



BDent.Ther; MBCHB; DOMH (UP); (Current study Advanced Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine)

 Dr Mary Gene Manthata practices wellness and antiaging informed by genetic SNP’s to customize therapies for individual clients. This approach incorporates several lifestyle modifications in diet, physical activity including the necessary specific trace elements and supplements.

 Her practice in regenerative aesthetics incorporates bio stimulation through platelet rich plasma, nano- and microfat procedures; thread lifting, carboxy and mechano stimulation.


Dr Alek Nikolic

Dr Alek Nikolic

Dr Nikolic specialises in aesthetic medicine and is at the forefront of the latest developments in his field. He is very driven and has lectured extensively and has performed live demonstrations throughout South Africa and Internationally including Bangkok, Rome, Paris, Monte Carlo, Prague, China and Warsaw. Dr Nikolic’s focus is on skin care, skin ingredients and cosmetic dermatology treatments such as Botox, and Dermal Fillers. Dr Alek Nikolic is the appointed Vice President of the Aesthetic and Anti-Ageing Medicine Society of South Africa and in 2015 received an award for his outstanding contribution to Aesthetic Medicine in South Africa

 Dr Deepa Pharboo


Dr Deepa Pharboo

Dr Deepa Parbhoo graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in 2007 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree. In 2012,she graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine (FPD  Cum Laude). She is currently a member of AAMCSA. (Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Medicine Society of South Africa).Dr Deepa is an ultra-professional who provides personal service with a personal touch to all her patients who want to look as good as they feel. As a qualified medical aesthetic doctor, she subscribes to the highest level of care and precision to deliver the best-desired results for her patients to look good and feel better.Her Aesthetic Medical practice offers minimally invasive procedures to the benefit of each individual patient who values looking young and beautiful.Treatments offered include Botulinum toxin injections, Fillers, Threads,DermaPen, Chemical Peels, Laser Skin Rejuvenation, Pain Free Laser Hair Removal, Sclerotherapy, IV infusion therapy.

Prof Jacques Snyman 

Prof Jacques Snyman

Qualifications: MBChB 1983 University of Pretoria MPharmMed 1988 University of Pretoria MD 1995 University of Pretoria General: Jacques Snyman is a renowned expert in various fields of Clinical Pharmacology and has contributed significantly to the advancement of Clinical Pharmacology in South African. He has lectured extensively locally and abroad on various topics including: Research ethics, Inflammation, Pharmacodynamics, Outcomes Research etc. At present he focuses on clinical trial design and development of managed care products for implementation in the medical Insurance environment. MD Thesis: Human eosinophil function in patients with atopy or schistosomiasis Current Position: Dec 2007: Business Development Director Agility Global Health Solutions (Pty) Ltd Publications: More than 60 in International Scientific Journal Publications More than 20 Popular Scientific Publications Societies and Memberships: Chair of the South African Medical Association research ethics committee since 1999 – present. President South African Chapter: ISPOR 2009 – present Member: South African Pharmacology Society Member: Founder member of the College of Medicine SA: Clinical Pharmacology Previous positions: August 1988: Professor and Head of the Dept of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, University of Pretoria till Dec 2007 Past President of the South African Pharmacology Society 2001 Past Chair Research Ethics Committee, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria till 2007 Member of numerous faculty committees such as: Research Ethics Committee, Faculty Day Committee, CPD accreditation committee etc till Dec 2007 Ministerial appointed member of the MCC till Dec 2007 Ministerial appointed member of EDL programme till Dec 2007 Research interest: Inflammation and immune modulation; Clinical trial design, Pharmacodynamics, and Clinical outcomes research (pharmacoeconomics) Editorial Commitments: Editor MIMS Monthly Editor: various MIMS publications: Disease Review, Primary Care Review, and Drug Therapy Review Editorial Board: Therapeutic Drugs: Adis International

Gerhard V Niekerk 


Dr Gerhard Van Niekerk

Dr Gerhard van Niekerk is an Aesthetic Physician specialising in Cosmetic and Aesthetic Dermatology since 2006.

 He focuses on three dimensional face and body enhancement and rejuvenation with a functional application.

 Being a Key Opinion Leader, he lectures both nationally (South Africa) and internationally presenting at Congresses and tutoring at live Master classes.

 Individual, natural enhancements and corrections with a multi-layered approach using various modalities, is his key focus during rejuvenation treatments.

Dr Cobus Van Niekerk 


Dr Jacobus 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 Immediate Past President of the AAMSSA (Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Medicine Society of South Africa), and was the President from  2016 – 2019.

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

 Dr Michelle Westcott


Dr Michelle Westcott

Dr Michelle Westcott. MB.BCh (Wits)

Adv. Dip. Aesthetic Medicine. (FPD)

Dr Michelle Westcott is a GP with a special interest in aesthetic medicine and has been practicing in the field of Aesthetic Medicine since 2006. Currently in private practice in the coastal towns of Ballito & Southbroom in KZN. Dr Westcott has a unique interest and passion for facial skin rejuvenation procedures that improve skin quality and skin health. She is committed to raise the profile and safety of aesthetic medicine, and helping to establish standards of safety and effective practice through excellence in training. She is an Executive Committee member AAMSSA, KOL for Genop Health & Co-director of the Society of Mesotherapy of South Africa. (SOMZA.)


Dr Nerina Wilkinson 

 Dr Nerina Wilkinson

Dr Nerina Wilkinson Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon, Dr Nerina Wilkinson is a Plastic surgeon practicing from the holistic Antiageing Renaissance Body Science Institute in Cape Town. She is a member of the Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and an Exco member of the Aesthetic and Anti-aging medicine assosiation of SA. She is a lecturer and trainer for the Aesthetic Medical Academy and presents scientific papers at congresses and publishes in health related magazines. Dr Wilkinson has a major interest in aesthetic surgery of the face, breast and body, closely integrating surgical with other non-invasive procedures


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