Medical Histology Technologist
My name is Michael Austin. I began working for the pathology laboratory Dr Dunstan. Martin and Pepler in 1967 and three and a half years later I had my diploma in Medical Technology (histology). I remained with the firm most of my working life 40 years. My last 5 years was in the employ of Lancet Laboratory.
After retiring at the age of 60 I received a call from Dr Pieter du Plessis in early 2014 asking if I could help to establish a frozen section laboratory for his Mohs surgery practice. I accepted and have been in his employ since then.
Elize van Der Merwe
I am a qualified and registered Medical Technologist. I joined the Mohs team in September 2018 and is currently practicing as Histology Technologist at Skinmatters Mohs Micrographic Surgery in Skin cancer.
Practicing Histology since 1994.
– NDT Microbiology
– NDT Immunology
Medical Histology Technician
– Du Buisson Laboratories
– Dyson & Partners
– Lancet Laboratories.
Medical Histology Technician
I have been practicing Histology as a Histology Medical Technician for the past 25 years. I worked for AMPATH for seven years and seventeen years for Lancet laboratories.
I performed the duties of a laboratory manager for eight of the years at Lancet. I joined Skinmatters in 2016 where I am currently practicing.
Laboratory administrative manager
I am involved in the field of Dermatology as a Practice Manager since 2003.
Before becoming involved in Dermatology, I was the Practice Manager & Medical assistant to a General Medical Practice since 1996. Did reception duties, billing, collections, practice management & also assisted in dental procedures such as Implant placements & extractions for a leading Maxillo Facial Surgeon. I assisted a General Surgeon with setting up a new practice and also help with procedures such as Gastroscopies.
In 2009 I took up the responsibility as General Manager of the LCM Skin and Laser Clinic and assisted in establishing this facility as an admirable benchmark in the industry of Dermatology. This outstanding clinic provides support to nine Specialist Dermatologists.
I become involved with the visionary Skinmatters in 2013 who pioneered Mohs surgery under the accomplished guidance of Specialist Dermatologist Dr. Pieter Du Plessis.
I operate as Administrative Laboratory Manager at this first-ever Mosh Surgery Centre of Excellence.
At Skinmatters we also offer services to less fortunate patients that cannot afford to have skin cancers treated and do not have medical aid backup to fund these surgeries. I provide patient care and medical assistance during procedures and emotional support to these patients.
Clinical Administrative Liaison
Saskia joined the Skinmatters team in March 2018.
Saskia is the contact liaison between the referring doctor’s practice and the Skinmatters Mohs and Reconstruction unit. Once the referral has been made, Saskia contacts the patient and sets up a consultation appointment and provides feedback to the referring doctor’s rooms. She provides all the necessary documentation prior to surgery to the patients and confirms all the specifics around the Mohs procedure.
She is also actively involved in the Mohs laboratory.
Saskia possesses the zest, the love, the empathy, the all in one kind of magic personality that sets all the patients at ease, welcoming them into our “family” from the first point of contact until the end of the Mohs surgery.
Skinmatters Practice manager
Carmel is originally from Cape Town in the financial industry, Old Mutual, Actuarial Services.
She joined the Skinmatters team in 2016 as an administrative specialist.
Today she is the proud practice manager of the Skinmatters practice for Dr Pieter du Plessis, Dr Tshepo Mokwena and associates.
Other than the daily general management of the Skinmatters practice, Carmel also liaises with Medical Aids for pre-authorisations for the Mohs procedures as well as setting up and distributing the theatre lists to all role-players. Further to this she prepares the Mohs Micrographic Surgery reports for the referring doctors.
Her role also involves project management including the Mohs video, the latest addition to this website. She also pays visits to the referring doctors’ practices to ensure an all-time smooth and content Mohs referral process.
Sr Annecke Swart
Sr Swart studied nursing at SG Lourens nursing college in Pretoria after which she started nursing in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Eugene Marais hospital. Whilst working at Eugene Marais she furthered her studies and qualified as an ICU trained registered nurse in the year 2000.
Sr Swart joined the Skinmatters Mohs and Reconstruction Unit in 2017 as a wound care sister.
On the day of surgery, she explains to the patients what they can anticipate during the Mohs procedure and make sure they have a sound understanding on how to take care of the wounds post-surgery at home.
She is always available for any wound/surgery related queries post the Mohs procedure, also performing the necessary wound care and removal of sutures in the unit post-surgery.