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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.
My name is
Sean Botha and I am a general dentist with an interest in biomimetic dentistry
and minimally invasive dentistry.
I completed my studies and training at UWC in 2019, whereafter I finished my community service in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
I have been working in private practice since 2021 and have spent my time learning and developing my clinical skills in order to provide my patients with the best care possible. I have a keen interest in biomimetic dentistry and restoring teeth using biomimetic principles. I place a large emphasis on the planning phase of my treatment plans and have a slow and thorough approach to clinical dentistry.
I have completed courses in dental implantology, orthodontic treatment procedures and the use of lasers in dentistry. Outside of dentistry I enjoy being in nature and playing or watching sports.
Mathew-Daniel completed his undergraduate
studies at the University of the Western Cape in 2019 after which he completed
his community service in the North West.
During his undergraduate studies he developed a keen interest in conservative dentistry and oral surgery. He achieved accolades including the Faculty prize for the most distinguished Undergraduate Clinical achievement and the South African Dental Association prize for outstanding achievement in Oral Pathology.
His community service year allowed him to improve his skills and expand his knowledge. Mathew-Daniel’s caring nature allows him to build a rapport with patients and strive to achieve the best result for them. He has a passion for academics and in his free time enjoys outdoor living and sports.
le Roux completed her BChD degree in 2004 at the University of Pretoria. She
spent the next few years in private practice in Johannesburg, gaining
experience and confidence in different fields of dentistry. She moved to Cape
Town in 2012 with her family. Willemien has a keen interest in paediatric
dentistry and enjoys the artistic challenge every restoration offers.
Willemien loves spending time in nature with her kids. Her favourite hobby is mountain biking.
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.
Julia Buchanan qualified as an Occupational Therapist (OT) at the University of Cape Town in 1988. She obtained general experience working as an OT in South Africa and the UK, and then extensive experience working as a disability claims consultant within the insurance industry.
Julia has been in private practice since 2010, and her scope of practice currently includes the following:
Functional and work capacity evaluations.
Case management, including clinical / rehabilitative and return-to-work case management.
Medico-legal evaluations - including road accident, personal injury, and medical malpractice claims.
General consulting work related to the management of disability and challenges faced by the older person in all spheres of life.
For further information or to make an appointment, contact Julia directly on:
Telephone: 084 359 6055
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, Gauteng, and other areas of South Africa upon request.
For further information or to make an appointment, contact Elsabet directly on:
Telephone: 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.
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.
Lusanda Gibisela matriculated
in 2016 from Thandokhu High School. After matric, I did a 1
year internship at Nyanga clinic, helping out in the admin department, mostly
doing data capturing . In 2018 I graduated as a dental assistant in CPUT. Whilst
studying, I did my in-service training in Tygerberg dental faculty, Clinmed dental and medical and
Gugulethu dental clinic. I enjoy dentistry and it’s a pleasure to be part of
the BDMS team.
“Don't hold yourself back. Always know that you are capable of anything you set your mind to”
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.
The years spent at the practice was sometimes challenging
at times, yet so rewarding at the end of the day. It was a great honour to have
met so many patients and they have become like family.
It has always been a
pleasure coming to work and serving the BDMS community. I will always treasure
the memories and hold them dear to my heart. I will miss my
BDMS team – But for
now, I will enjoy spending time with my family and my grandchildren.
Take care and God Bless
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.