Dentistry Redefined

The Cosmetic and Dental Emporium

As your Ballito Dentists we re-imagine the dental experience and set new standards in individualised patient care. We combine modern technology, an efficient workflow and friendly service to provide world-class dentistry in Ballito.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Ceramic Veneers

Ceramic Veneers

Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Damon Orthodontics

Damon Orthodontics

Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene

Clear Aligners

Clear Aligners

Fine Wrinkles

Fine Wrinkles

Thread Lift

Thread Lift

Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers

All-On-Four Rehabilitation

All-On-Four Rehabilitation

Having served the Ballito community for several years we now have a loyal following that includes moms and dads, toddlers and grandparents, some of SA’s revered artists, actors and architects, musicians, athletes and politicians.

Meet Our Team

Dr Thinus van Niekerk

Dr Thinus van Niekerk

CDE Director and Dentist

Being an avid sportsman and outdoor adventure enthusiast, Dr Thinus van Niekerk spends his time away from the surgery either in search of the perfect single track, diving the reefs on the north coast, or planning his next trip into Africa. He is married to Lee van Niekerk and together they have three beautiful children. Anah, Leo and Joah. As a proud graduate of the University of Pretoria, a true Sharks and Springbok Rugby supporter, a believer of Faith and a rooted South African - Dr van Niekerk established his Ballito practice in 2012 with the goal to revolutionise and redefine the dental experience as modern, exciting and life-changing.

Dr Thinus van Niekerk and his practice have become synonymous with quality apex dentistry. Dr van Niekerk predominantly attends to large dental rehabilitations often centered around orthodontics and implant dentistry. Simply put, he is passionate about implants and completed his post-graduate diploma in implant dentistry with the University of Pretoria. He continues to attend local and international courses. Most notably he attended the University of Bern where he met two of his career idols, Dr Daniel Buser and Prof Urs Belser. He also attended a course at the University of Iceland lead by Dr Bjarni Elvar Pjetursson and Dr Niklaus Lang. In 2019 he visited the Implantology Institute in Lisbon, Portugal where he attended a course lead by Prof João Caramês.

He is an active member of the International Team for Implantology (ITI), the South African Association of Aesthetic Dentistry (SAAAD) and the South African Dentistry Association (SADA).

Nerissa Govender

Nerissa Govender

Dental Therapist

As a mother of two beautiful girls, Nerissa has a heart for people and is passionate at what she does. Having been with The CDE for several years, she has become an integral member of the team – not only taking care of her own patient’s oral hygiene and basic dentistry needs, but assisting Dr van Niekerk in all major surgical cases. It is however her prowess in the art of teeth whitening that has earned her the title “Queen of Zoom”. She loves seeing her patients happy with their new smiles, but Nerissa is undoubtedly at her happiest when shopping High Street.
Alicia Opperman

Alicia Opperman

Practice Manager

Alicia is loved by everyone! She is the happy face of the Ballito practice and has been since 2015. It is from there that she manages both the Ballito and Umhlanga practices. Being a mom of three she is always on the go and by nature incredibly efficient. Her boy is Josh. Her girl is Chelsea. And the newest addition to her family is little baby Riley.
Michelle Nell

Michelle Nell

Dental Assistant

Dr Eloise Morgan

Dr Eloise Morgan

Dentist

Dr Eloise Morgan graduated from the Universiy of Witwatersrand with a Bachelor of Dental Sciences degree. She is passionate about developing young smiles and has a special interest in paediatric dentistry and orthodontics. She is known for her compassionate nature and kind chairside manner towards her patients, not to mention her bubbly personality!
Dr Stacey Lock

Dr Stacey Lock

Dentist

Dr Stacey Lock graduated as a member of the Golden Key Society from the University of Pretoria in 2014 and completed her community service in 2015 at Tonga District Hospital, Mpumalanga. Stacey has been working in private practice since 2016, during which time she completed a diploma in Progressive Orthodontics through McGann University (USA).

Stacey has a special interest in Paediatric dentistry and Orthodontics including clear aligners (Invisalign, Clear Correct), braces and myofunctional appliances (Myobrace).
During her spare time Stacey is an avid tennis player, joined by her whole family and inspired by her two brothers that play professionally. Stacey enjoys running with her husband and their beagles and they have recently relocated to the North Coast to start their family.

Stacey’s sister Emma is already a part of the CDE family in Ballito where she practises as an Oral Hygienist. Their passion for dentistry stems from their Grandfather who was a Dental Surgeon (graduated from the University of Witswatersrand) and their mom who currently practices as an oral hygienist. You could say dentistry runs in this family!

Dr Helena van der Linden

Dr Helena van der Linden

Dentist

Dr Helena van der Linden recently relocated to Umhlanga in search of a slower pace of life for her and her property developer husband, Wian, her daughter Talia and her son Max. She is excited to be part of the team of dentists at The Cosmetic and Dental Emporium. When Helena is not perfecting someone’s smile, she loves riding horses with her daughter Tali or spending time with her family and two dogs.

With her father a maxillo-facial surgeon, her mother a dentist and two siblings who are dentists, Helena always knew that she was born to be a dentist. Coming from a family of dentists has instilled in her an understanding and appreciation for precision dentistry - as it is often in the small details that a smile is made. Dr van der Linden had her own private practice in Johannesburg for seven years and during this time became passionate about digital cosmetic dentistry. She is particularly passionate about using the latest technology to align and redesign smiles. Dr van der Linden is the Key Opinion Leader (KOL) for the ClearCorrect® aligner system in South Africa and recently travelled to Switzerland to represent South Africa. She is the leading provider of ClearCorrect® aligners in South Africa. Dr van der Linden was also the first dentist to provide Invisalign® aligners in South Africa. Today she continues to offer these services in Umhlanga.

Dr van der Linden has a keen eye for detail and understands the balance between perfection and natural aesthetics. She believes in minimally invasive treatment and practices a holistic approach to dentistry and facial aesthetics. She is passionate about building and maintaining long term relationships with her patients.

Savanah Emanuel

Savanah Emanuel

Dental Therapist

Savanah Emanuel completed her studies as a dental therapist at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. She now calls Ballito home and practices alongside Dr Netanya Godfrey. We are proud to have her as part of our team.
Emma Du Plessis

Emma Kate Du Plessis

Oral Hygienist

Emma graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2009 and has been in private practice since 2010. She is passionate about preventative dentistry and educating patients of all ages to maintain their oral health. She is an active member of the Oral Hygiene Association of South Africa, and has completed a wide range of courses which includes laser treatments and teeth whitening. as well as keeping up to date on all new oral hygiene techniques and equipment. She has a special interest in oral hygiene for orthodontics where she facilitates the maintenance of oral health throughout the orthodontic treatment process.

Her love of the outdoors means that her free time is spent playing tennis, running, time at the beach with her much loved Pugs and spending time with friends and family. Emma comes from a family of dental professionals and she feels that dentistry is ‘in her blood’. She always knew she would pursue a career in this profession and she remains dedicated and committed to her patients’ treatment and wellbeing. Emma believes that oral hygiene is the foundation to good general health, and she enjoys working alongside her dental colleagues to ensure a holistic approach to every patient’s treatment.

Nokwanda Khoza

Nokwanda Khoza

Receptionist

Eve Muyumbo

Eve Muyumbo

Sanitation and Sterilisation

Lunga Motsekelane

Lunga Motsekelane

Sanitation and Sterilisation

What People Say

I am all smiles today because I was incredibly blessed to have had my teeth whitened by Nerissa at The Cosmetic and Dental Emporium using Philips Zoom whitening.

Christy Ann du PlessisInstagram

Thank you Dr van Niekerk and his incredible team! You are all absolutely amazing, professional and the best in the business. I am so happy to have my smile back!

Candice Lee FloodGoogle

To all the amazing staff, and the fantastic work of Dr van Niekerk - Thank you for the awesome smile I now have. The professional and friendly practice is simply the best and I would recommend their services above all.

Margot WilliamsFacebook

A massive thank you to Dr van Niekerk, Nerissa Govender and the team at The Cosmetic and Dental Emporium for the amazing work. The professionalism and the "feel-at-home" vibe makes any visit a pleasure.

Daymon PnematicatosFacebook

I really loved my appointment! The level of expertise in the dental field, together with the implant and aesthetic dental treatments that Dr van Niekerk offered, made me feel very comfortable.

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I would just like to thank Dr van Niekerk and his team for the amazing care and support I received during my procedure - I cannot tell you how much it means to me!

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