The hands that take care of you

Our Team

Management

Dr Lourens Coetzee

Managing Director MBChB (UP), Dip Ophth (SA), FC Ophth (SA), MMed Ophth (UFS)
After completing his ophthalmology degree at the University of the Free State he further developed his skill in cornea and refractive surgery under the guidance of Dr. Johan de Lange before starting his own private practice. He also has experience in high volume cataract surgery due to the fact that he was a consultant for NGO's like Doctors for Life and African Vision. He is committed to research in refractive and cornea transplant surgery and a partner of the Keratoconus Foundation. He also regularly presents at congresses.His family are his inspiration to reach great heights.

Dr Yolandie Coetzee

Chief Excutive Officer (CEO) MBChB (Pret), Dip Med Education (UFS)
Dr Yolandie is our CEO not only is she a general practitioner with a diploma in medical education She also has a special interest in Medical systems and medical economics. She is an expert in graphic design, content writing and her creativity has no end. She is passionate about medical education and she is a real go-getter. Nothing gets her down as she always bounces back no matter what the situation. Her intelligence surpasses many and she poses the ability to succeed no matter what is expected. She is the personification of multi-tasking as well as her many talents in various fields make her the one and only boss-lady we know. Whether we need her medical expertise, her caring advice or her leadership we can always count on her because she is capable of doing all that is necessary. In a way one can say that Dr Yolandie IS Envision and without her we would be lost.

Our doctors

Dr Lourens Coetzee

MBChB (UP), Dip Ophth (SA), FC Ophth (SA), MMed Ophth (UFS)
After completing his ophthalmology degree at the University of the Free State he further developed his skill in cornea and refractive surgery under the guidance of Dr. Johan de Lange before starting his own private practice. He also has experience in high volume cataract surgery due to the fact that he was a consultant for NGO's like Doctors for Life and African Vision. He is committed to research in refractive and cornea transplant surgery and a partner of the Keratoconus Foundation. He also regularly presents at congresses.His family are his inspiration to reach great heights.

Dr Phillip Phatudi

MBChB (UP), Dip Hiv Man DOMH (UP), Dip Ophth (SA), FC Ophth (SA), MMed Ophth (UFS)
Dr Philip Phatudi obtained his undergraduate medical training from the University of Pretoria. It was during this time that he developed a keen interest in Ophthalmology, and decided to pursue further training. While training as a medical officer in Ophthalmology, he became involved in community cataract outreach programs in the Limpopo region, where he was born, and realized there was a great need for eye services, especially in the more impoverished rural areas. He pursued his specialization at the University of the Free State, where he spent 4 years specializing in Ophthalmology. After two years as an Ophthalmologist, he was awarded the ICO-World Glaucoma Association three month Fellowship, and spent three months in Helsinki, Finland, specializing in glaucoma. He is currently a consultant at the St John Eye hospital, Baragwanath hospital, and is involved in the training of eye specialists. He is also in private practice. He is married to Dr Precious Phatudi, who is also an Ophthalmologist, and enjoys travelling with his family.

The Clinical Associates

Kimberleigh Strohat

Bachelor in Clinical Medical Practice (BCMP University of Pretoria)
Kimberleigh is also a clinical associate who works alongside the doctors. She is humble and hungry for knowledge. She works hard in silence and lets success make the noise. Kimberleigh had practical clinical exposure in Tembisa hospital and Tshwane District Hospital and has a great set of skill that she utilises to our advantage. She is kind and soft spoken and always gives her utmost best. She does everything with precision and she always aims for the stars. One of her biggest aspirations that she is working towards is to study medicine and enrich more lives. When she furthers her studies, our loss will be their gain. She will however still be part of the Envision family and we hope that she will return after completion of her studies. But for now we appreciate her every day.

Carisa Mulder

Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practitioner (BCMPIII)
Carisa was the first Clinical Associate at Envision. Clinical Associates are a category of health professionals that assess patients and make diagnoses under the supervision of a physician. They lighten the ophthalmologist's burden. She also has a diploma in Community Eye Health and completed a microsurgery course. Carisa has a great attitude. She is bubbly, fun to be around and makes the room warm. She always lightens the mood and put patients at ease. Her absolute dedication is what keeps her ahead. We can depend on her to give her utmost best in every project no matter how big or small.

The Ophthalmic Assistants

Mapitso Lizert Twaala

OPHTHALMIC CLINICAL MANAGER Theatre Practitioner N.Dip Information Technology (CUT) Dip. Theatre Practice Ophthalmic Assistant Level 1
Lizzy is in charge of the clinical floor. She is a leader who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way. Her diploma in theatre practice and a national diploma in information technology comes in handy for all her behind the scenes responsibilities including administration of our entire clinical team and patient flow. She also assists in our Envision Laser Theatre. Lizzy has been with us since the beginning. She is proof that great knowledge comes with experience.

Ophthalmic Assistants

Lorenta Narayanasami

N.Dip in Somatology (DUT) Ophthalmic Assistant Level 1
Lorenta is petite and soft but at the same time she is very strong. If you want something done perfectly ask Lorenta. She is a qualified somatologist and ophthalmic assistant. Our faultless stock control is also thanx to her. Her bubbly personality can put any patient at ease. Working with people comes natural to her. It is as though she was born to do it.

Werner Coetzee

Ophthalmic Assistant’s Course Level 1 Certificate Introduction to Electrical Engineering Certificate DDC Dolphin Service and Equipment Training Certificate Busy Studding in IT support and Network Systems
Werner is a ‘glass-half-full’ person. He makes all of us better. You can always hear him laughing. His passion for his work can be seen by everyone. He is a qualified ophthalmic assistant, has a certificate in Electrical engineering and is studying IT support and network systems. He is not only an ophthalmic assistant, but Werner also helps us with all our IT and technical problems. A real lifesaver.

Debbie Swarts

Ophthalmic Assistant Level 1
Debbie has such a vibrant personality. This makes her perfect for working with patients. She started out with a diploma in photography. At Envision she combined her passion for photography and medicine by becoming an ophthalmic assistant/ photographer. She is a qualified ophthalmic assistant and laser technician. Debbie is also busy with her certification as a Medical photographer at the American Ophthalmic Photographers Society. She has passion and commitment and has grown with Envision to what we are today.

Liana Le Roux

Ophthalmic Assistant Course, Level 1
Liana is a giver. She does not need a reason to help staff, patients or anyone. For this reason, Liana can basically do everything and anything in the practice. Her passion for people makes her an amazing ophthalmic assistant. She is a certified ophthalmic assistant and laser technician. Liana has been part of the Envision family for as long as we can remember.

The Patient Liaisons

Mpendulo Nduli

Barista/ Barman skills Customer service skills Computer literate
Mpendulo is the all time favourite staff member, the patients love him and his co-workers adore him. He is our in-house barista and patient liaison. Serving his amazing brewed specialities he ensures that every patients' experience is fun filled and relaxed. He is super calm and has such a chatty personality that you cant help but to have a little small talk whenever you pass him in the halls or when waiting for your coffee. Being an all rounder with many talents he always aspires to more than is expected. He is a creative gentle giant with the smallest heart. He is currently studying for Ophthalmic assistant level one and aims to build more knowledge and experience in ophthalmology. Without Mpendulo our days will be dry and our energy low he is certainly one of our biggest assets.

Monica Lyons

Monica is an integral part of the Envision team, as patient liaison she manages front desk with poise and grace. Everybody loves her humble spirit and caring heart. With her mastery of multiple languages she can interact with patients in their own language. Monica welcomes and equips patients for their Envision journey. She makes everyone feel at home and can anticipate everybody's needs. She is someone who makes everyone feel like somebody.

Marketing

Marketing and Visual Media

Ilka de Beer

MARKETING MANAGER BA Communication Science (Ufs)- Cum Laude BA Hons Film And Visual Media (Ufs)
She is at the lead of all Envision's marketing and communication needs which includes social media marketing. She is a creative problem-solver with a very talkative personality. Her laugh is contagious. She also enjoys sharing ideas and finding new ways to enhance the success of any project she takes on.

Administrative Staff

Nadia Maree

National Diploma Cost & Management Ophthalmic Assistant level 1
Although she can do everything and supports her whole team as head of debtor’s department, her main duty is to liaison with medical aids on behalf of patients and practice regarding services rendered and the payment thereof. Her exceptional attention to detail and accuracy with high level of integrity and trustworthiness insures the best results for both patient and practice.

marianne van jaarsveld

Marianne is the mother of Envision. She is an invisible strength that never gets tired. She is our glorious life force that carries us through smiles and tears. Ever optimistic she always has a helping hand, an ear for listening and a caring heart. Marianne is the voice of the practice and manages our patient bookings and schedule. Her many years of experience in ophthalmic reception and further studies in medical technology makes her perfect for the mammoth task of planning for the unexpected emergencies and trying to keep everything manageable for the clinical team.

Nadia Maartens

Lerato Mnisi

BA-Majors psychology and sociology (WITS) Bcom Honours in industrial and organisational psychology. (UNISA)
Her duties include billing/ Invoicing patients Quotations, payment arrangements/ Debt collection/ following up with medical aid(s) payments and issuing receipt. She is an all rounder and hard worker but playful, attentive and a very good listener.

hester van litzenborgh

Ophthalmic Assistant Level 1.
Hester started out as a patient of Dr Lourens Coetzee even before Envision opened its doors. She herself struggled with her vision and had multiple eye surgeries and procedures. C.S Lewis said, “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” Having been on the other side she has sympathy, empathy and compassion for our patients and always goes the extra mile. Hester is in charge of our theatre bookings and ensures that authorizations are obtained prior to surgery. Hester went from patient to colleague to part of the Envision family.

Jolene' Ayres

ACCOUNTANT B.Com CA, B.Sc. (Hon) Psychology
She provides financial information and reporting to management by researching and analysing accounting data. She is also responsible for the payroll and some of the HR duties. With a degree in Computer Programming, an Honours degree in Psychology and a Chartered Accountancy degree she is well equipped with knowledge and experience to support management and the Envision team. Jolene’ is also a Christian Blogger (#ChildOfGod) and share daily messages on her Child Of God webpage and on her social platforms.