Dr. James van der Westhuyzen completed his B.Ch.D at University of Stellenbosch in 1990 after which he completed his one year Military Service in the Northern Cape. In 1991 he joined the Dental Practice of Dr. Thomas Brummer in Wynberg. He had the privilege of working with and learning from Dr. Brummer for the next 5 years, after which Dr. Brummer retired.
The Wynberg practice moved to Plumstead where Dr. van der Westhuyzen practiced from his residence for the next 18 years. Dr. van der Westhuyzen’s calm disposition makes a big difference when tending to the dental needs of patients that are anxious or fearful.
Dr. van der Westhuyzen has a keen interest in the field of restorative techniques, crown and bridge work and ensures that he stays abreast of the latest trends and techniques by regularly attending relevant refresher courses.
With a vision of expanding the practice, Dr. van der Westhuyzen relocated his practice to larger premises in Bergvliet. From here he continues to provide dental care in his customary gentle and caring manner.
Dr Costa Saridakis obtained his B.Ch.D degree in Dentistry from the University of Stellenbosch in 1999.
Costa’s first work experience started in the United Kingdom in the Leeds district. During this 10-year period he honed his skills in general restorative dentistry and implantology in private practice. In 2010 he returned to South Africa and started his own private practices in various parts of Cape Town.
Besides being a dentist in private practice Dr Saridakis is also involved with various outreach programmes through the University of Western Cape as well as other local charities.
“I’m excited to be part of this family dental practice and my aim is to make the dental experience for kids and patients that struggle with general phobia for dentistry a more pleasant experience.”
Costa enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking, trail running, iron man challenges as well as long distance running and travelling.
Hanneske graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2007 where after she worked in private practice for the next few years before establishing her own practice in Pretoria in 2011.
In 2015 she joined an established Biological dental practice where the focus was on holistic dentistry before spreading her wings to Cape Town.She completed various courses in orthodontics, implantology, smile design and facial aesthetics and various others to keep herself updated with the latest in technology and techniques.
In July 2017 she joined an established Cape Town dental practice where she took on the position of senior dentist with special focus on implant and reconstructive dentistry.
Hanneske enjoys al fields of dentistry but her passion lies with specialized dentistry(biological, orthodontic and reconstructive dentistry) and she has an holistic approach when it comes to her patient's treatment.
She focuses on integrating the use of modern materials in minimally invasive ways where possible to give patients the best of care.Hanneske is member of the South African Dental Association and is affiliated with The South African Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry and the International Team of Implantology.
She loves to travel and in her down time she plays chef at home where she can indulge in her love for the culinary. It is here where she feels she can wind down with family and friends over good food and a glass of wine.'
Louise van der Westhuyzen qualified as an Occupational Therapist at University of Stellenbosch in 1988. Louise gained her experience in both the Public and Private sectors and went on to establish her own private practice called Brain Dynamics. Louise’s field of interest includes helping people with Anxiety , Depression, Attentional and Cognitive difficulties. Louise specialises in Stress Management making use of the latest Biofeedback technologies, assisting clients with the improvement of their own health and performance at work/school, in sport or in the arts.
Elsabet Bester qualified as an occupational therapist, with a major in psychology, at the University of Cape Town in 1991. Elsabet’s initial working experiences were in the UK in the 1990’s, where she worked in various hospital settings, including specialized rehabilitation units, as well as in community settings carrying out care assessments and implementing care plans within a care team.
Back home in South Africa, Elsabet’s work experiences continued to be varied and included aiding in the development and running of occupational therapy services from several Community Health Centres in the Cape Metropole Region, working as a claims consultant assessing disability claims and actively facilitating return to work (of claimants) where possible, as well as starting her own private practice, initially part-time, but full-time since 2005.
The services of Elsabet Bester and Associates include, but are not limited to:
We complete functional assessment of an individual who has suffered a life-changing injury which results in either a personal injury or medical negligence claim. We then produce a comprehensive report, providing an independent, balanced, and objective view of the client’s functioning. Our reports will include consideration of care requirements, home modifications, equipment, and assistive technologies.
We provide functional capacity evaluation services (often required for insurance / disability claims purposes) within the workplace and home too, if required.
We provide case management services, at various stages of the life of a minor or adult (e.g. at interim payment stage of RAF or medical negligence matters, or post-settlement), using our unique set of skills to provide essential coordination of services, advocating for additional services when necessitated, advising the client, family, and caregiver, monitoring of services, etc.
We can assist you with the implementation of barrier-free home modifications for the elderly and disabled persons, to enhance their ability to function safely.
We provide the above services throughout the Western Cape, KwaZulu Natal, and other areas of South Africa upon request.
For further information or to make an appointment, contact Elsabet directly on:
Telephone: 021 712 0356 or 083 320 0503
Nasreen Khan graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Oral Health from the University of the Western Cape. Nasreen has been working in general dental practice since then.
She is a member of the Oral Hygiene Association of South Africa and has completed the Extended Functions Course. Nasreen’s passion for oral hygiene has provided her with the opportunity to do presentations at various schools and clinics in the community, educating them on the importance of oral hygiene.
Taj Falal graduated at the University of the Western Cape in 2015 with bachelor degree in Oral Health. Since 2016 Taj has worked in various dental practices as an Oral Hygienist with a special interest in periodontology, a speciality in dentistry concerning the support structures of teeth.
Taj has provided Oral Health talks and promotions at public schools and communities in aiding to promote awareness of the role that an Oral Hygienist plays in patients general health profile.
Taj also completed her level three First Aid training qualifications and has volunteered in assisting ambulance officials.
Llewellyn David Griff-Griffiths completed his B.O.H (Bachelor of Oral Hygiene) degree at the University of the Western Cape in 2017.Llewellyn strives to always treat each and every patient with specialized personal care, interest and kindness, therefore putting the patient’s needs first. He strives to allocate specific tailor-made time for the patient’s treatment needs. He has been a member of the Oral Hygienist’s Association of South Africa (O.H.A.S.A) since 2015. He is also a fully qualified level 3
Anchen Butler started her career in 1995 training as Dental Assistant under the guidance of Doctor Brummer. She has been the assistant to Doctor James van der Westhuyzen for the past 22 years.
Anchen is caring and thorough in her approach.
Busisiwe Mzo matriculated in 2013 from Cape Town High School. She had an opportunity of being exposed to humanitarian activities thus resulting in persuasion of studying further. In 2018 she graduated at CPUT as Dental Chairside Assistant. In the course of this time Busisiwe received in-service training at Tygerberg Hospital (UWC) and Guguletu Public Clinic under the guidance of Dr. Ferreira.
“Life is a world full of opportunities and it is up to us on how we can work to the best of our capabilities to make the lives of the next person easy in a selfless manner for the better” is what drives Busisiwe to venture for more knowledge.
She wishes she could learn as much as she can so as to give out the best of her service. Busisiwe is currently the chairside assistant of Dr Liezl Claassens.
Yvette comes from a creditor’s background that has groomed her in managing the frontline office duties at BDMS.She has had extensive frontline client liaison experience and has been fortunate enough to have worked at different companies and various industries. Exposure to different working environments has trained her mind to be flexible to change of every nature.The principles of endurance, positivity and being on top your game. ( I am still learning new things every day and have not arrived) is vital for any frontline position, and I remind myself of that daily.Prior to her previous employment, she ran her own massage studio and once again had the opportunity of working with people in a consistent clientele which she found stimulating. She has been blessed with two beautiful sons and a life filled with mostly pleasantries which includes dancing, hiking, reading and oil painting.
After 10 years in the banking industry, completing her Level 5 Basic Ambulance Assistant course in 2005 and working at an Accounting firm, Lynn has found her passion in being multi-skilled at this practice.
Her roles varies from relieving at reception, helping out as a chair assistant, performing admin roles and being the personal assistant for James and Louise van der Westhuyzen.
Lynn says “I have always been Passionate about Customer service. Quality has always been a top priority, therefore patient care is very important to me”. She Loves people, so coming to work and making a difference in her workplace and in the lives of others, is what she lives for.