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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!

Dr. Cathy Laing

Dermoscopic & Skin Cancer Specialist
(General Practitioner)

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.”

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.

Katy Doherty

Dermoscopy Nurse/Skin Cancer Detection

Katy is a Registered Nurse specialising in Dermoscopy, skin cancer detection and clinical management. Her prior nursing experience spans both public and private nursing capacities covering medical/surgical nursing through to practice nursing and occupational health and safety.

Katy has completed various courses in Dermoscopy through the Skin Cancer College of Australia and Healthcert Australia. She has been asked to present at Melanoma study days and summits; assisted at and completed the Skin Cancer Symposium Courses and proofed / critiqued the Australasian College of Dermatologists Melanography Essentials course.We are fortunate to have Katy on board as a trusted Advisor and Training and Continued Education Coordinator, to help us stay abreast of latest research.

Tracey Zeelie

Senior Dermoscopist

Tracey’s background is in Diagnostic Medical Imaging and is a qualified Diagnostic Radiographer. She is passionate about saving lives through early detection of skin cancers and has over 14 years’ clinical experience as a Dermoscopist performing skin checks to find Melanomas, SCCs and BCCs.

Tracey has a Certificate of Dermoscopy, Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy and soon to be completed Diploma in Dermoscopy through HealthCert Australia. Professional memberships include Skin Cancer Institute, International Dermoscopy Society and the Skin Cancer College of Australia. In her free time Tracey loves to travel, garden, play the keyboard and is a fair weather cyclist!

Dr. Franz Styrdom

Visiting Skin Cancer General Practitioner

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.

Christian Oertel

Practice Manager

Christian has been the Client advocate within NZ Skin Health Clinic 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 a 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.”

Kim Dexter

Dermoscopy Nurse/Skin Cancer Detection

Kim is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years experience including seven years as a Dermoscopist specialising in skin cancer and melanoma.

With an avid interest in the outdoors, particularly 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.

Dr. Cathy Laing

Dr. Mark Gittos

Dave Rouse

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