MEET THE DOCTORS Stelkor Doctors - Stellenbosch
Dr Johann van der Merwe MB ChB 1978 University of the Free State
In private practice since 1983 (Stanger, Natal). In Stellenbosch since 1989, first in solo practice and then one of the founders of Stelkor in 1997.
Course in Travel Medicine and Senior Flight Medical Examiner (MS088).
Special Interests: Travel Medicine, Flying medicine, Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine, Asthma and Diabetes.
Hobbies: active private pilot and member of Stellenbosch Flying Club since 1993. Active mountain biker and road biker in the summer. Motorcycle rider and enthusiast. Outdoors, travel, "hiking", and mountaineering.
Philosophy: “Life is what you make of it so live everyday to the fullest!”
Dr Tinie Muller MB ChB 1980 University of Stellenbosch; Diploma in Anesthesia 1985
In private practice since 1991 in Stellenbosch.
Special Interests: All aspects of general health especially women, children, travel medicine and sports injuries.
Hobbies: Travel, photography, gardening, books and music.
Philosophy: "Be kind to every person you meet, because everyone is fighting some kind of battle."
Dr Tielman Marais MB ChB 1985 University of Pretoria; Diplomas in Occupational Medicine, Obstetrics, Anaesthesia, Diving Medicine,
Travel Medicine (Wits) and Sedation and Pain Control (UWC).
In private practice since 1990 in Stellenbosch.
Special Interests: All aspects of general practice and HIV prevention and treatment. Lifestyle diseases and travel medicine.
Hobbies: Photography, farming, horse riding, water sports, hiking and nature lover.
Philosophy: Live your life!
Dr Karin van Heerden MB ChB 1979 University of Stellenbosch, BSc Hons (Medical Science) (Cytogenetics) 1982 University of Stellenbosch, Certificate in Integrative Medicine 2010 University of Stellenbosch.
Part of Stelkor from 2003
Special Interests: I follow an integrative, holistic approach, with the aim to improving your health especially with regard to chronic lifestyle illnesses like diabetes mellitus, hypertension and weight, as well as allergies, outo-immune illnesses and mental health.
Philosophy: “Better safe than sorry”
Dr Nico Vlok MB ChB 1984 University of Pretoria. BA with legal subjects.
In private practice since 1987 in Stellenbosch.
Special interest: Pediatrics
Hobbies: Classical music, sports and art.
Philosophy: Treat others with respect.
Our old partner once saw a patient, then went to fetch her medicine, but went to Checkers and bought food instead. On his return, he saw the patient still sitting in his office and asked her, "Madam, what are you waiting for?". She replied: "For my medicine doctor". We had a good laugh afterwards - but I realize today, that should it happen to me, it will be time to hang up my stethoscope!
Dr Tinus (MJB) van Zijl MB ChB 2003 University of Stellenbosch. Medical Council of Canada Licentiate.
In private practice in Stellenbosch for six years.
Special Interests: Pediatrics, sports medicine, family medicine and orthopedics.
Hobbies: Mountain biking, golf, tennis, outdoor and travel.
Philosophy: "The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make a heaven of hell, and a hell of heaven".
Dr Renscha van den Berg MB ChB 2005 University of Stellenbosch, Diploma in Sedation (UWC).
In private practice since 2008 in Stellenbosch.
Special Interests: Women's Health / Gynecology, Psychiatry, Sedation and preventive medicine.
Hobbies: Parenting!, Gardening, jogging, traveling and camping!
Philosophy: "It's far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has." - Hippocrates -
My father (35 years GP in Evander, Mpumalanga) told our three children many times: "Let one of you become a lawyer, one an accountant and one an engineer, then we can all help each other with anything ". His actions, however, spoke louder than his words, because today we are all doctors! (Dr Tinus van Zijl, my brother).
Dr Frieda Esterhuyse MB ChB 1986 University of Stellenbosch M Fam Med (Family) 1992 University of Stellenbosch.
In private practice since 1992 in Stellenbosch, with a short break to Kraaifontein and since 2000 back full time in Stellenbosch.
Special Interests: Pediatrics, gynecology and participation in research in outo-immune illnesses and rheumatology.
Hobbies: Gardening, reading, traveling and hiking.
Philosophy: "Life is Beautiful"
My mother Annemarie chased me out of her math class because I talk too much and it has not ever changed! My father, Willie, worked for some time at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Stellenbosch.
Born and bred in Stellenbosch and went to school at Bloemhof.
Dr Tobie Roux MB ChB 2001 University of Stellenbosch
In private practice since 2011 in Stellenbosch. Trauma and Emergency Medicine for seven years in Ireland. Former student at Paul Roos Gymnasium.
Special Interests: All aspects of general practice.
Hobbies: Music, photography, sports, outdoor and wine.
Dr Edden-John Kift MBChB 2003 University of Stellenbosch
Also registered with the Irish Medical Council
Special Interests: All aspect of general practice including children and young adults as well as orthopaedics and sports injuries.
Hobbies: Travel, camping and outdoors, golf, mountain biking, watersports and fishing.
Philosophy: Think positive, be joyful, live your life!