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.

Dr Thariq Bagus

MBBChWits), MMed(Wits), FC Ophth(SA)
Dr Thariq Bagus is a creative thinker, problem solver and humanitarian. He has experience in high volume cataract surgery from his work with NGO’s such as The Bureau for prevention of blindness. He believes in a holistic approach to managing patients and his method is guided by the principles of Batho Pele. He completed both his medical degree and ophthalmology specialist degree at the University of the Witwatersrand and was awarded the Elie Dahan Ophthalmology Registrar of the Year Prize. He also regularly presents at congresses and has been awarded prizes from the South African Glaucoma society and the Wits School of Clinical Medicine. His commitment to research resulted in his first article being published in African Vision and Eye Health in September 2019. Dr Bagus enjoys medical education, 3 D animation and web design. Although he only joined Envision recently, everyone is excited about what the future will bring.

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.

The Clinical Associate

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.

Karen Manhdlazi

Karen takes pride in her work. She started as a patient liaison and recently completed her Ophthalmic Assistant Level 1 course. She is now one of our new ophthalmic assistants in training. She's easy to love and very well spoken. You can see who she is by looking at her kind way of working with our patients. She is strong and willing to take on a challenge.

Tasha de Swardt

Ophthalmic Assistant Level 1
Tasha recently completed her Ophthalmic Assistant Level 1 course and started working as an ophthalmic assistant. Her duties include doing screening tests and special ophthalmic examinations. This is a new challenge for her and her passion and ability to work hard will definitely come in handy. Her warm heart, caring personality and love for people makes her ideal to work in the clinical setting.

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 Manager

Ilka de Beer

MARKETING MANAGER BA Communication Science (Ufs)- Cum Laude BA Hons Film And Visual Media (Ufs)
lka is at the lead of all Envision's marketing and communication needs which includes social media marketing. She is an inspired, creative problem-solver and a joy to work with. She also enjoys sharing ideas and finding new ways to enhance the success of any project she takes on. Ilka has a BA in Communication Science with an honours in Film and Visual Media as well as a diploma in Marketing Management. Her ‘outside the box’ thinking makes our marketing modern and exciting by focussing on different media including film. She has helped many co-workers and patients to let the actor inside them come to life. She is easy going, easy to talk to and makes everyone feel comfortable. Her laugh is contagious, and she is loved by all her co-workers.

Administrative Staff

Nadia Maree

National Diploma Cost & Management Ophthalmic Assistant level 1
“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another” John C Maxwell. Nadia has been part of the Envision team since the beginning and an integral part of our growth. She started as a debtor’s clerk, being a natural leader, it was inevitable for her to become the head of admin. Nadia either knows how to do something or will find out how to. She supports her whole team and anyone else who needs her expertise. She is an expert in medical aid claims and ophthalmology. Her exceptional attention to detail and accuracy with high level of integrity and trustworthiness ensures 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

Nadia’s skill of working with people is the unified force of experience and passion. Eleven years of being a pharmacist’s assistant makes her perfect for working with our patient admin. She is responsible, hardworking and friendly with a larger than life personality and a powerful voice. She recently completed her level 1 Ophthalmic assistant course which gives her insight into patient accounts and billing. Nadia makes the sometimes challenging task of handling debtors look easy.

Lerato Mnisi

BA-Majors psychology and sociology (WITS) Bcom Honours in industrial and organisational psychology. (UNISA)
Lerato is one of those people that work hard in silence and lets her success make the noise. She loves to learn and can stand in for most other members of our administrative team. Her duties include invoicing and debtors’ control. Her kind, fair and just manner makes her ideal to follow up with medical aids on the patient’s behalf. She also recently completed her level 1 Ophthalmic assistant course which gives her even more insight into her work. With an honours in psychology it makes sense that she is playful, attentive, a good listener and trusted by all her colleagues.

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
Statistics and numbers are no good unless you have good people to analyse and interpret their meaning and importance. Jolene’ is our finance boffin and reports 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. Everyone knows that if you need help with data management, she is the expert. Jolene’ is also a Christian Blogger (#ChildOfGod) and share daily messages.