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Ashley La Grange has been a machine technologist in the aesthetic Industry for more than 15 years and has had the opportunity to work with numerous technology platforms, which she regards as an important part of her education. It has been Ashley’s passion over the years to reflect on how to further treatment results.

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Penny Jenkinson has 28 years of experience in the medical and skincare industries, starting off as medical representative, calling on dermatologists and plastic surgeons. In 2004 she opened up Lasermed for some of the very same dermatologists. As Penny believes that the best results are achieved by combining various treatment modalities, she performs a wide selection of laser and skin rejuvenation treatments. Penny is also the South African key opinion leader and international master trainer for Skin Tech Pharma Group, Spain.

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Fondly known as ‘Minx’ to her family and patients, Dr Minoka Nadesan started her tertiary academic journey by being the very first recipient of the prestigious Nelson Mandela Bursary in 1998. She went on to obtain her MBChB in 2004, MBA in 2008 and pursued her passion for aesthetic medicine from 2009. After 10 years in the aesthetics medicine industry, she founded the DrMinx Medical Spa in Irene. DrMinx is a National trainer for various institutions.

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Dr Marisa Heyns is a General Practitioner with a special interest in aesthetic medicine.

She holds an MBchB degree from the University of Cape Town and a Masters degree in Aesthetic Medicine and Therapeutics obtained at the University of Camerino in Italy. Her passion for aesthetics also extends into the training of other aesthetic practitioners and therapists, in chemical peels, mesotherapy, thread lifting techniques, soft surgery with plasma technology, as well as regenerative aesthetics treatments involving platelet rich plasma techniques.

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Lourette graduated focusing on Aesthetic Procedures and Spa Management. She is a fully qualified somatologist, with special interest in the medical and aesthetic industry and business management. Lourette is both national and internationally qualified in aesthetic treatments such as laser, chemical peels, radio frequency and microneedling.

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Since 1990 Dr Johan Botha has been in full time private Otolaryngology practice in Cape Town. He holds an M.B Ch.B from the University of Stellenbosch and an M. Med. (L et O) from the same university. Dr Johan is a member of the South African Otolaryngological Society and is a founding member and current CEO of Leenyx Technologies, a medical distributor focused on medical aesthetics.



Mazanne van Staden has been in the medical aesthetics, laser and skincare industry for nearly 20 years. She joined the Laserderm group in 2002 and has garnered extensive experience in every aspect of the industry. In addition, Mazanne has consulted for Sternlaser, supplying laser equipment to aesthetic doctors, plastic surgeons and laser clinics across South Africa and into Africa. She is a highly regarded and sought after clinical applications trainer on an extensive variety of laser equipment.

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Dr Jacobus van Niekerk is a GP with a special Interest in Aesthetic Medicine and Ethics. He was President of AAMSSA (Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Medicine Society of South Africa) from 2016 to 2019. Dr Cobus graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1997 and worked in the UK, becoming a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburg in 2007 in Accident and Emergency Medicine. He serves on the Aesthetic Medicine Congress of South Africa (AMCSA) Scientific Committee and completed the Advanced Diploma of Aesthetic Medicine (ADAM), Cum Laude.

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Dr Catherine Davies is a General Practitioner with the following qualifications: MBBCH (Wits 1998) and MBA (Henley 2007). She has a special interest in hair restoration and regenerative medicine with over 12 years of experience in FUE hair transplant surgery. Dr Davies frequently lectures and trains on medical procedures in South Africa and Miami, USA. She recently produced an international TV show, Outpatients. Her passion is to drive social change through use of media.



Wojciech Swistak is a Practice Manager who was born into a medical family and understands the core and nuances of medical businesses in general. His family own shares in a hospital and rehabilitation center for patients under private care in Europe. Wojciech has shown his commitment to the field of aesthetic medicine by furthering his career in somatology.

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Kym Casey Stafford is an Aesthetic Therapist and Trainer for The Spa Consultants. She is a very passionate entrepreneur and somatologist, specialising in trending aesthetics such as chemical/ herbal peels, microhydrabrasion, microneedling collagen induction therapy, plasma skin tightening and laser therapies.

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Heleen Marx is Co-owner and Practice Manager at Aesthetic Lab, Hazelwood. She is an expert in skincare, having obtained an impressive list of internationally accredited qualifications. Heleen has more than 20 years of experience in the beauty and aesthetics industry. Her career includes tenures as an international spa manager on a cruise ship that sailed the Northern Hemisphere, as well as spa manager of the Virgin Spa in London, which under her watch, won Best Retail Spa in the Virgin UK Group in 2003. Heleen won the award for the Best Studio Manager in the Perfect 10 Beauty Studio in 2016.



Dr Ridwan Mia is one of the leading Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons in Sandton, Johannesburg. He graduated as a doctor in 1999 at the University of the Witwatersrand, and holds a fellowship with the college of plastic surgeons of South Africa. Dr Mia has won numerous awards for his research and work in the medical industry. A member of the Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of South Africa, he currently runs private practices at the Netcare Sunninghill Hospital, the Sandton Mediclinic and the Garden City Hospital in Johannesburg.

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A qualified somatologist and former salon owner, Yolandé Swanepoel has 25 years of experience in the skincare and wellness industry, with 22 years’ experience in private tertiary education, where her specific focus has been on quality assurance of policies and systems, research and development of new programmes and online education systems She has been with Isa Carstens Academy since January 1997.



Beverly Karam D’Aguanno is the South African Distributor and Trainer of the Elaine Brennan Skin Renewal Peeling system. She has her own clinic in Rivonia, Johannesburg and specialises in advanced aesthetics. Beverly was previously Operations and Sales Director for Thermolase SA and has worked in the USA and the UK.