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In honour of the month dedicated to women, we thought we’d introduce you to some of the top female medical professionals on the North Coast . . .

Owner, and optometrist at Kijk Optometrists in Salt Rock, Rene van den Heever opened Kijk in February 2019. She, her husband and their two children live in Salt Rock and she loves working and living in the neighbourhood. “I love colour. I love people. I love beautiful glasses and feel it is very important to spend enough time choosing the right frame for the right person. Overall eye health is just as important as the ability to see in the now. I enjoy sourcing sport-specific sunglasses and love working with children.”
Details: Kijk Optometrists, 032 815 2911, Shop G5, 59 Basil Hulett Drive, Salt Rock, [email protected], www.kijkoptom.co.za



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Stella made Ballito her home in 2007 and says she loves the incredible lifestyle here. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and catching up with friends and family. She knew she wanted to be a physio from a young age and joined the Ballito based practice after completing her training. Now Schröder Macquet Physio Inc is a well-established physio practice which prides itself on high-quality rehabilitation offerings from orthopaedic and sport injuries and back and neck pain to headaches and sinusitis.
Details: Schröder Macquet Physio Inc, The Well, Simbithi Office Park and The Quarter (in Tash B studio), 032 815 0630, FB and IG: @physioballito



Dr Tanya van der Made is a Specialist Physician with experience towards her fellowship in Endocrinology. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, osteoporosis, and thyroid issues. She joined the practice with top endocrinologist, Dr Joanna Skelton at Gateway Private Hospital. Dr Tanya believes in a holistic approach to patient care. She is married with two sons and is available for consultations at both Gateway and Ballito (for physical appointments) as well as virtual consultations during COVID-19.

Details: 031 492 1470, [email protected]


Owner and optometrist at Torga Optical Ballito Junction, Cornubia Mall and KwaDukuza Mall, Sarisha Haripershad continues to be committed to her patients. The role of an optometrist is to provide primary eye care, addressing both eye health and vision concerns. This includes testing, assessment and diagnosis as well as providing vision correction through vision training, glasses or contact lenses. Sarisha has strong family values and is married to Satish Bechoo. They have a beautiful 4-year-old daughter, Zara. Sarisha lives by the saying, “success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” Michelle Obama.
Details: 032 946 1416, [email protected], 031 502 1658, [email protected]




Oral health is pivotal to our overall health and wellbeing. This, dentist Dr Stacey Lock says, is why she is passionate about educating her patients and treating them at the highest level possible. “I am especially passionate about treating children and correcting unfavorable habits and jaw relationships that can negatively affect children later on in life. Modern dentistry technology plays a vital role in allowing us to give our patients the best possible treatment, including using 3D technology to digitally plan and then treat patients with clear aligners such as Invisalign.
Details: The Cosmetic and Dental Emporium Sanhall Office Park, 1 Kirsty Close, Ballito, 032 586 3284, [email protected], www.thecde.co.za, @cosmetic.and.dental.emporium



Dr Andrew is a qualified general practitioner with a special interest in aesthetic and anti-aging medicine. She also has an advanced diploma in aesthetic medicine and a keen interest in aesthetics and dermatology. Dr Andrew performs various non-surgical, minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, including fillers, botulinum toxin injections, thread lifting, chemical peels, mesotherapy, aesthetic lasers, soft surgery with plasma technology, PRP, gynaecology, weight-loss treatments and hair-loss therapies. “Aesthetic medicine is an amazing balance between medicine, science and art – respecting a patient’s individuality is also critical to achieve elegant and natural results that enhance already beautiful features.” Details: Dr Andrew is based at Institute of Aesthetic Options, The Pearls Mall, Umhlanga Rocks, 087 806 8700 (Whatsapp: 072 401 4956), [email protected], IG: AestheticOptionsZA, www.aestheticoptions.co.za


General practitioner – Offering general medical care for the whole family, Dr Bishop’s special areas of interest include women and child health, nutrition, lifestyle conditions and mental health. “It is a great privilege being a doctor in private practice on the North Coast, servicing an ever-growing, dynamic population. I have a true passion for health and wellness and our main objective at Active Care is to provide quality, wholistic care for the whole family,” says Dr Bishop. Details: Active Care Clinics Ballito Junction Regional Mall, 032 586 0949, [email protected], www.activecareclinics.co.za, follow Kim on Facebook – Dr Kim Bishop-General Practitioner – and Instagram – @dr_kim_bish


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