Dr. Luzuko Magula was born and raised in the humbling town of Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, the middle of three children to wonderful God-fearing parents. He attended Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha where he earned his medical degree. Having completed his internship at the East London Health Complex in East London, he further worked at psychiatric hospitals in Fort Beaufort and Port Elizabeth where his love and passion for mental health was established and grew stronger. He completed his Fellowship in Psychiatry with Stellenbosch University where he also graduated his Master of Medicine in Psychiatry degree.
In the current times of great challenges both within and outside of an individual, Luzuko specialises in the maintenance of mental health among individuals of all ages, ethnicity, profession and social standing. Should ones mental health status change and be at risk, his expertise are spread in a vast array of areas within the field including neurodevelopmental disorders (ADHD, Tourette’s Disorder), psychotic disorders (schizophrenia), mood disorders (bipolar and depressive disorders), anxiety disorders, O.C.D., P.T.S.D., and sleeping disorders amongst others. The management of each individual is tailored according to their specific needs within the field’s practice parameters and includes both pharmacological and therapeutic interventions.
Luzuko has also obtained his Diploma in Mental Health from The Colleges of Psychiatry and was the elected two terms serving chief registrar during his training with Stellenbosch University. He continues to impart knowledge and leadership skills to undergraduate and postgraduate students rotating through the Department of Psychiatry at Stellenbosch University where he is currently pursuing his Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a Master of Philosophy degree in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He forms part of the multidisciplinary team that assesses and manages the mental health and wellness of children and adolescent and their families at Tygerberg Hospital and endeavours daily in the mastery of conditions that affect and influence the mental health status and well-being of our future generation.
Having attended annual biological psychiatry congresses in Cape Town, Somerset West and Pretoria where he has presented his research paper on iron deficiency in children and adolescents with ADHD, Luzuko remains a passionate academic as he continues to pursue research. He is currently involved in a study that explores the lived experiences of adolescents admitted into a psychiatric facility for the first episode of psychosis. Although well-grounded in knowledge and expertise in the field of general psychiatry, his main interest is in working with children, adolescents, their families and their environments as a whole in ensuring holistically healthy young minds that will shape the future of our world.
Luzuko lives in the northern suburbs of Cape Town and to maintain his personal mental health and keeping in good shape, you may bump into him at your local spinning class or find him blasting through the wind as he explores cycling trails of the beautiful Western Cape.
Prof Carol Hlela is one of two paediatric dermatologists in the country, championing as a leading specialist in baby and child skin care. Her mission is to reduce skin conditions in babies and children and become the voice in paediatric dermatology in Africa.
She is passionate about educating patients, medical professionals and medical corporations about innovative and simple skin solutions, through her research and campaigns.
Born and bred in KwaMashu near Durban, she was the first recipient of Netcare’s Hamilton Naki Clinical Scholarship in 2007, which enabled her to complete a PhD in Clinical Medicine at Oxford University, UK. Her ongoing research into the human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) has made her South Africa’s leading expert on the virus, as well as a highly-regarded contributor to the international body of knowledge developing around it.
Currently heading the Paediatric Dermatology Unit at Red Cross Children Hospital, she is also employed by University of Cape Town, where she teaches medical students, supervising PhD candidates. She has worked at Groote Schuur Hospital (CT) as well as King Edward Hospital (KZN), as a Dermatology Consultant (Skin Specialist).
While studying towards her PhD, Prof Hlela focused mainly on children because of her interest in HTLV-1. She attained her Masters and a PhD from Oxford University, UK.
Upon her return to South Africa, in 2012 she was encouraged to stay in paediatrics and, because she regarded it as a means to an end at the time, she obliged. “Yet again, though, I ended up loving what I do and I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.” Her clinical research career is ongoing, including being part of national and international research collaborations, conducting various clinical research drug trials. Research, and the power it gives, remains Prof Hlela’s passion.
This Capetonian Doctor started his education path at Rondebosch Boys School and completed his tertiary studies at University of Cape Town. He gained plenty of post-graduate experience while working at Edendale Hospital, running a 24-bed hospital during his Military service, and working in the United Kingdom thereafter. For the last three years, Dr Caldis has specialised in a Concierge Medical Practice-catering to the hospitality industry. His love of meeting people, compassion, calm and gentle approach puts his patients at ease and helps them on their road to recovery. His two philosophies of life are “Pan Metron Ariston” – Ancient Greek for “Everything in Moderation”, and the other is “Life is a Gift” describe his empathetic approach to medicine and the wellbeing of all whom he cares for.
MBCHB (Stell) DCH(SA) FC PAED(SA) Mmed Paed(Cape Town)
Dr Anisa Vahed graduated from Stellenbosch University in 2009. She completed her internship and community service in Frere Hospital Complex in the Eastern Cape, where she grew up. It was during her Community Service when she realized that child health was her calling and completed her Diploma in Child Health. She then moved back to Cape Town in 2013 with the aim to gain more paediatric experience. It was while working at District level as well as Tertiary level paediatrics that she gained confidence in managing children and their acute and chronic conditions, after-which she decided to specialize.
Dr Anisa Vahed completed her specialization in Paediatrics & Child Health in 2019 with University of Cape Town where she spent most her time working in Red Cross Children’s Hospital, as well as Groote Schuur Hospital Neonatal Unit and New Somerset Hospital.
Dr Anisa Vahed is also a mother to a very adventurous toddler and understands from a mothers perspective all the struggles a mother goes through with a newborn baby and toddler.
She hopes that by joining the Nurturey team she will be able to combine her personal experience of motherhood and her expertise in child healthcare to assist parents with any concerns or questions they may have.
Dr Neil Kruger is a specialist Hand and Upper Limb orthopaedic surgeon based in Cape Town. Having studied or practiced medicine for more than two decades, he has developed a special interest in carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist instabilities and fractures (scaphoid), and degenerative wrist conditions.
Dr Kruger completed his training in the University of Cape Town orthopaedic training program, working across Groote Schuur, Red Cross Children’s, Maitland Cottage and other satellite hospitals in the Cape. He graduated with distinction and was awarded the J.M Edelstein medal as the top candidate in South Africa. He then completed a one-year Hand and Upper Limb fellowship under the training of internationally renowned Professor Greg Bain, in Adelaide, Australia.
Prior to specialising in orthopaedic surgery, Dr Kruger completed several years of orthopaedic medical officer work across multiple centres in South Africa and overseas. He completed a Masters degree in Diagnostic Imaging and a Masters degree in Orthopaedic Surgery as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford.
Dr Kruger’s research has been published in international journals. He continues to contribute to the field of Hand and Upper Limb Surgery through teaching and research, publishing on hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder conditions. Dr Kruger is a senior lecturer in the Orthopaedic Department at the University of Cape Town and devotes one day a week in public practice, covering Red Cross Children’s and Maitland Cottage hospitals.
As a paediatrician, Dr Moore manages the health of children from birth to late adolescence with problems ranging from acute, life-threatening illnesses to chronic diseases, and focuses on good health promotion, including their physical, behavioural, and mental wellbeing. Dr Moore's knowledge in the field of Paediatrics is vast and varied, but he has a keen interest in Neurodevelopment, Neurology, Gastroenterology and Cardiology, and Neonatology.
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy,
BSocSc (majors: Psychology and Industrial Sociology)
Prior to studying Occupational Therapy, Kashiefa completed a BSocSc degree from UCT with majors in Psychology and Industrial Sociology. Her passion for wanting to assist patients with optimizing their functional independence resulted in the completion of her BSc (Hons) OT from UWC (2009). She completed her community service at Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) followed by permanent employment at GSH primarily in neurosurgery but including internal medicine, and neurology. Kashiefa supervises and lectures UCT students on cognition and perception. She has also presented courses to both physiotherapists and Occupational therapists. Volunteers from the brain injury trust have also been trained by her.
In 2017 she presented at the international neurosurgical conference held in South Africa. This was followed by a presentation in 2019 at the World Federation of Neurosurgeons special conference in Beijing. In March 2020 Kashiefa was appointed a member of the WHO development group for Traumatic Brain Injury where she is currently assisting with developing protocols for TBI patients.
Kashiefa is passionate about providing a client-centered, holistic approach to patient care. Rehabilitation aims to improve physical, cognitive and psychological wellbeing through the engagement in meaningful and purposeful occupations.
She loves being an Occupational therapist as she feels that through the engagement in occupations that are valued by us, we become who we are. Being an Occupational therapist has allowed her to facilitate improvement in function post injury. She is passionate about providing an efficient and effective OT service that is client-centered.
Dr Nicolette Rivera graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2004. She completed her internship and community service in Gauteng. After that she worked in Primary Healthcare in the UK, and then Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology at Groote Schuur Hospital.
Nicolette started in General Practice in 2012. She worked in a group practice for 6 years, and then locumed at various well known practices, while having time to care for her two young children. She enjoys seeing patients of all ages, but has a special interest in women and children’s health, travel medicine and infectious diseases. Nicolette believes that good healthcare should always include both an understanding of the patient’s life and experience, and a thorough explanation of the cause and treatment of any disease.
With over 25 years of experience in clinical practice, Professor Hudson is an internationally renowned expert in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery. After graduating from the University of Cape Town (UCT), he successively became a Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He subsequently obtained a Master of Medicine degree in Plastic Surgery from UCT. Professor Hudson is the only plastic surgeon in South Africa to hold fellowships with both The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the American College of Surgeons. For two decades up until 2021, Professor Hudson was the head of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital.
Today, he runs his private practice specializing in breast reconstruction, skin cancer surgery, breast and body procedures, cosmetic procedures and non-surgical procedures.
Professor Hudson is at the forefront of treatment, teaching and research in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Professor Hudson serves on the editorial board of the British Journal of Plastic Surgery. He is the only South African to regularly review for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – the world’s leading plastic surgery journal. He is also on the editorial board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and its sister journal PRS GO. Professor Hudson's contribution to these internationally acclaimed journals has led to new advances in breast surgery and breast reconstruction post mastectomy. This is a special and prestigious acknowledgement from leading plastic surgeons around the world.
MB.Ch.B (University of the Free State), MMED (Surgery, UCT, cum laude), FCS (SA)
Breast and Endocrine Surgeon
Dr Francois Malherbe trained at the University of the Free State Medical School between 1993 and 1998. He spent ten years in general surgical training before joining the Breast and Surgical Endocrine Unit at Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town in 2014. He devotes most of his time to treating patients with breast disorders including benign breast problems and the treatment of breast cancer.
At Groote Schuur Hospital he is the clinical lead in the busy breast clinic and works as part of a multi-disciplinary team; to establish a firm diagnosis as well as personalising breast cancer treatment. He is an accomplished and recognised breast specialist who was instrumental in expanding the sentinel node service at Groote Schuur Hospital with the introduction of SentiMag. He did the first SentiMag guided sentinel node biopsy in South Africa and is actively involved in trying to improve the access to sentinel node biopsy throughout South Africa and Africa. He is passionate about access to sentinel node biopsy, breast conservation with an oncoplastic approach and the early diagnosis of breast cancer in symptomatic patients. At Groote Schuur Hospital he performs breast cancer surgery for more than 100 patients per year.
Dr Malherbe has lectured widely around South Africa and abroad and, is the author of several scientific papers on the evaluation and treatment of breast disease.
His ethos is that to achieve the very best results you must take the time to pay attention to every detail. His practice is designed to reflect this ideal and to remove the anxiety associated with breast-related symptoms. “When you are worried about a breast problem you need the very best in every aspect of your care. By selecting some of the top breast specialists to work with me and by accepting only the highest standards we hope to create a breast practice that is technically the most advanced in Cape Town, but with the compassion and the time that we know are vital to the management of any patient with a concern about their breasts."
Dr. Avril Cowlin trained as a clinical psychologist late in life , having traveled quite a circuitous route to get there. She initially studied fine art at UCT, changed to a general Bachelor of Arts and subsequently trained as a registered nurse. She feels that these quite varied areas of interest and training have all added to her capacity to engage with patients across a broad spectrum and with an enriched capacity to understand their psychology. After many years of working in the community hospital healthcare setting she feels ready to move on to the new challenges posed by private practice.