Meet the Doctors

Dr. Ernu de Villiers

Dr. Ernu de Villiers graduated from the University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa in 2001 with a MBChB and BMedSci (Anatomical Pathology and Human Physiology) degree and has been in Private Practice for the past 15 year. Besides having a passion for General Medicine, he has found himself to fall in love with the field of Aesthetics Medicine.

As with all fields in Medicine, it is inevitable that the combination of therapy modalities interweave so much so that they are virtually inseparable. Dr. Ernu de Villiers has thus build a General and Aesthetics Medicine Practice based on Evidence Based Medicine and fueled by Passion, inspiring Perfection.

Dr. Ernu de Villiers is one of only a handful VASER® Clinicians, in Sub Sahara Africa, trained in the Art of 4D High Def VASER® techniques and the only Clinician in Southern Africa accredited previously by Sound Surgical International and currently by iNova Pharmaceuticals as Trainer/Mentor in the Art and Science of VASER® Lipo Sculpture.

Dr. Ernu de Villiers has recently also joined the ranks of Merz Aesthetics as KOL (Key Opinioun Leader) and Accredited Trainer in the art of Advanced Belotero and Radiesse treatment. In 2017, Dr Ernu de Villiers was also accredited Trainer status, for the International Allergan Medical Institute.


Dr. Joachim J Palmhert

Dr. Joachim Palmhert graduated from the University of Stellebosch in 1986. He then furthered his Post Graduate studies in General Surgery at the College of Medicine, Grootte Schuur, Cape Town, South Africa, completing his degree in 1997.

Dr. Palmhert then furthered his studies in the Pediatric Surgery Department of the Red Cross Hospital in Cape Town, graduating as a Super Specialized Pediatric Surgeon in the year 2000.

He has since practiced as the only Pediatric Surgeon in Namibia, gaining well deserved respect from Colleagues and the reputation as being a highly skilled, meticulous and passionate Surgeon.


FRANCOIS DUMINY A highly practical person with a lifelong interest in physics, electronics and fixing anything that is broken.

Supported by his father who was a highschool Physics and Mathematics teacher, he built his first radios and timing circuits at the age of 8yrs when transistors were not yet available to the man in the street.

He was intent on following a career in Electronic Engineering, but having started in that direction at UCT, found that he was more of a technician than an engineer at heart. After many months of volunteer support work in the Trauma Unit at Groote Schuur Hospital, he realised that what he really wanted to do was to become a Doctor and a Surgeon.

He then set off to attain this goal, starting all over after 2 years of engineering education, none of which was ever wasted as it provided a new and fresh approach to numerous medical problems.

Having completed his Madical training in the prescribed 6 years, 1972 to 1977, he aimed at becoming an Orthopaedic Surgeon (Closest thing to a medical engineering technician) and completed his internship in Surgical Disciplines. After that, he spent a year as a Senior House Officer in the Orthopaedic Department at Groote Schuur Hospital.

Financial pressures took him to the Mining industry where he rose to the Level of Chief Medical Officer, dealing with many orthopaedic problems and, during that time, influenced by Dr Peter Lowe, developing a passionate interest in the new field of Microsurgery. The opportunity of a Chamber of Mines Travelling Fellowship allowed him to consolidate his Microsurgical interests in the Laboratories of Prof Harry Buncke at the Ralph K Davies Centre in San Francisco, where he developed a new way to anastomose (join) small bloodvessels. Further research in this area led to a Master of Surgery (Ch.M.) degree in 1989. in the meantime, he had been completing his Training in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at UCT and was able, after satisfactory completion of training and a Higher Degree, to Register as a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon with the South African Medical and Dental Council (Currently the HPCSA) . He has subsequently also received Specialist Registration in The Republic of Ireland and in Namibia.

Dr Duminy has published numerous papers in peer reviewed Journals and has presented many papers at local, National and International Congresses. He has developed innovative treatments in several areas of Plastic Surgery. He reads Scientific publications and Medical Journals every day, loves doing Ceramics and Sculpture, enjoys Clay Target Shooting and is passionate about travel, friendships, wildlife, nature, photography, science, mushroom collecting, seeing the funny side of life and, above all, his three daughters.

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Dr Smith is a South African trained Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with full certification and registration in South Africa and Namibia.

Dr Smith underwent his undergraduate training at the University of Pretoria (MBChB, 1997) on a full scholarship. He did his internship at 2 Military Hospital in Cape Town.

During his service in the National Defence Force, he was bestowed the honour and responsibility to look after the world icon Ex-president, Nelson Mandela during his overseas excursions.

He started his Specialisation in General Surgery, at Groote Schuur Hospital (Cape Town) in 2003, to progress to Plastic Surgery in 2004. In 2009, he obtained his fellowship as a Plastic, Reconstructive, Maxillo-Facial and Hand Surgeon from the University of Cape Town Medical School (FC Plast Surg (SA).

In 2010 he opened his Private Practice at Kingsbury Hospital, Claremont, Cape Town.

Dr Smith enjoys both Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery, with a special interest in Breast surgery and Burnwound Reconstruction.

He has lectured to local and international peers on these topics. He is a member of the Cape Town Breast Cancer Forum and BIGOSA (Breast Interest Group of South Africa). He has also been elected to the Exco of the SOUTH AFRICAN BURNS ASSOSIATION.

ln his cosmetic practice, he provides surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation including Botox, Fillers and Laser Treatments.

The full spectrum of Cosmetic surgery that is catered for:

Breast Augmentation
Breast Reduction
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Body Contouring (Liposuction)
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Brachioplasty (Arm Reduction)
Facial Rejuvenation (Face-lift & Microfat Grafting)
Penile Augmentation

Professional Affiliations and Registration

Registered Specialist - Plastic & Reconstructive surgeon with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa as well as Namibia. (HSCSA & HPCNA)
Member of the Association of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons of South Africa (APRSSA).
Member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS).
Member of the Burns Society of South Africa and Exco member.
Member of the South African Society for Surgery of the Hand (SASSH).
Fellow of college of Surgeons of South Africa (Plastic Surgery).
Registered with the General Medical Council (UK).
Member of the Rhinoplasty Association of South Africa.