Our Mission

We want to make skin care and the treatment of lesions, moles and skin cancers easy, affordable and worry-free for all New Zealanders.

To make this happen, we’ve gathered together a team of passionate, caring professionals including NZ’s top skin cancer experts and specialist surgeons across our network of NZ Skin Health clinics. Supporting their expertise, we’ve added the latest detection software and diagnostic equipment.

Put your faith in us and trust NZ’s leading full-service skin care clinic where almost every aspect of testing, diagnosis and treatment happens on-site, quickly and comfortably!

CORINNA RAHM

Administration/Reception

Corinna is currently studying a Bachelor in Health Science majoring in Paramedicine in AUT. Corinna enjoys watching in on procedures when time allows during the day.

She is fun-loving, loves working with people and has a passion for helping others.

Corinna loves to be outside with friends enjoying the sun whilst being sun safe, and loves an avo on toast with Kim at Lunch time.

HANNAH DEXTER

Administration/Reception

Hannah is currently completing her studies in a Bachelor of Science majoring in Physiology and Psychology at the University of Auckland, which has provided her with an understanding of how the skin changes following sun damage and the importance of sun protection.

Being one of our friendly reception staff, Hannah enjoys connecting with patients and providing a personalized care.

Hannah enjoys spending time outside and particularly loves a day at the beach and ensuring her family and friends are slip, slop, slapping and wrapping.

Stacey Russell

Practice Manager/Dermoscopist

Stacey has completed a Bachelor of Health Science specialising in Population Health at the University of Auckland. Her degree sparked an interest in skin cancer which has lead to the role she is in now.

Since working at NZ Skin Health, Stacey has worked alongside Kim learning about skin cancer and mole mapping. Stacey has now completed her Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy and can’t wait to learn more and to help save lives.

She loves interacting with patients and providing a friendly service. She loves the ocean and outdoors and knows how important it is to protect yourself from our harsh sun.

Kim Dexter

Dermoscopy Nurse/Skin Cancer Detection

Kim is a Registered nurse with over 25 years practical experience including ten years experience as a Dermoscopist specialising in skin cancer and melanoma detection. Kim has completed an Advanced level certificate and is currently completing her Diploma in Dermoscopy through HealthCert.

With an avid interest in the outdoors and ocean related activities, Kim is acutely aware of the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays and the importance of sun protection to prevent skin cancer. Her passion is to reduce the risk of skin cancer by educating and empowering her patients with best practice sun protection and the early detection of skin cancer.

Justine Mentoor

Dermoscopist

Justine has been a nurse since 2017 and embraces every part of her job – no matter what each day brings. 

With a passion for skin care, Justine has always had an interest in the dermatology field of healthcare. She is currently completing an Advanced Certificate in Dermoscopy and plans on continuing her study to achieve a Diploma in Dermoscopy.

“I thoroughly enjoy interacting with people, and a personal goal of mine is to make at least one person smile every day.”

In her downtime, Justine loves finding a good Netflix series to binge watch – so feel free to send any recommendations her way!

Dr. Mark Gittos

Specialist Skin Cancer & Reconstructive Surgeon

Dr Mark Gittos qualified from the Auckland University Medical School in 1984. He completed his comprehensive training in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, France and the UK.

Mark provides specialist care to our patients when more complicated procedures are required. Mark provides his expertise in advanced skin cancer removal techniques, cosmetic repairs, reconstruction (including skin grafts), scar revision, and other specialist treatments.

Mark is committed to uncompromising personal service and technical excellence in the care of our patients. Mark’s keen aesthetic judgment and technical skill ensure that the choice of procedures and their performance are optimized for each patient. He will always give you an honest opinion and above all, your wellbeing and safety is Marks number one priority.

Dr. Karl Hellyer

Plastic Surgeon

With a passion for sports and the outdoors, Dr Karl Hellyer knew that a career in fitness and lifestyle medicine would be a great fit.

As an Otago University graduate, Karl spent time in general surgical speciality fields, where he gained extensive experience working with patients who had skin cancer. He then moved into the primary care sector, where he continued in the field of minor surgery work for skin cancer diagnoses.

Dr Hellyer has recently formalised his qualifications in the discipline of skin cancer, by completing a course through the Skin Cancer College of Australasia.

Dr. MICHAEL KLAASSEN

plastic surgeon

Dr Michael Klaassen has over 30 years experience in the field of plastic surgery and is one of our locum surgeons.

Having spent time in a variety of roles in the UK and Australia, Michael now runs six clinics around New Zealand.

Aside from plastic surgery, Michael’s other passion is music and in his spare time he plays guitar in a band.

Dr. Franz Styrdom

Visiting Specialist Skin Cancer Doctor

Dr. Strydom was part of the team that developed the minor surgery skin cancer project for the ministry of health in the Bay of Plenty and is credentialed by the DHB and PHO to provide basic to advanced level of care for patients with skin cancer. He also attends and presents local and overseas courses on skin cancer. His practice involves skin cancer detection, prevention and treatment. He is also the first New Zealand doctor to receive a fellowship from the newly formed Skin Cancer Association of Australia and New Zealand.

Formal qualifications – Bachelor of Sciences, holds Fellowships with the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, and with the Skin Cancer College. Advanced certificates in Dermoscopy/Dermal Imaging and Advanced Skin Cancer Surgery from the University of Brisbane. Certificate in Fundamental Techniques of Plastic Surgery for GPs, Skin Cancer Histopathology.

Dr. Cathy Laing

Specialist Cancer Doctor

Doctor / Dermoscopist associated with Melanoma New Zealand, founder of New Zealand Skin Health Clinic, Southern Cross accredited provider.

Experienced for 14 years in the discipline of Skin Cancer Medicine, dermoscopy and minor skin surgery, Appearance Medicine.

“When working in Australia 14 years ago, I was introduced to the discipline of Skin Cancer Medicine. I very quickly recognized the need for this important work with the high rates of melanoma and skin cancer in general within Australasia. I embarked upon post graduate studies with the Queensland university in Australia at the early stage of pursuing this vocation, and my resolve in this facet of medicine was reinforced by the fact that I’ve been able to readily provide a quick access to care for many patients that has saved the lives of many – its such a wonderful feeling to save someone’s life!”

“My approach to patients in our care is a friendly but professional one, ensuring the detection of skin cancers early, hence saving lives and providing competent ongoing care.”

Christian Oertel NZ Skin Health Managing Director

Christian Oertel

Managing Director

Christian has been the Client advocate within NZ Skin Health from the very beginning (2006), with a passion for continuous improvement, hygiene, patient dignity, and confidentiality.

This brings a welcome degree of familiarity and consistency to our loyal clientele. Christian will get to know you on a first-name basis, to ensure efficiency from the moment you call for any booking or advice. He will go above and beyond to ensure that you are provided with the very best patient care and smooth and efficient service and follow-up.

Dave Rouse

Audit & Medical Compliance Director

Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors, ISO Lead Auditor, Qualified Engineer, and Systems & Processes Business Coach, Audit & Medical Compliance Director for NZ Plastic Surgeons Ltd.

“As a former Med student, I’m loving being surrounded by great medical professionals once again.

Following the loss of my Grandfather recently to Melanoma (which was misdiagnosed by his GP to begin with), I wondered why more Kiwi’s don’t go to skin cancer specialists for checks. After all, we have the highest rates of Melanoma in the world courtesy of the hole in our protective Ozone layer!. I have a passion for lowering the barriers to getting skin checked by skin cancer specialists in an effort to catch cancers while they are benign / treatable. One of those barriers was being able to quickly deal to skin cancers upon discovery, so that patients don’t need to be scared about what might be found and the subsequent bounce around the medical fraternity to get treatment. Which is why we structure our business to enable access to treatment and peace of mind very quickly, efficiently, and seamlessly with the same crew looking after you the whole way.

I am seeking to identify and recruit (or join forces with), the best in the industry in NZ so that we can remove those barriers and help more people get the checks that should be a part of our life here under the NZ sun. Hopefully in the years to come, far fewer people had to suffer the way my Grandfather and our family have.”

Dr. Mark Gittos

Dave Rouse

Dr. Cathy Laing