The clinic was established in 2008 due to the high demand for a primary care skin cancer services in the Horowhenua region. Our clinicians will assess your skin lesions using a dermoscope and the latest imaging technology from Heine, Germany. Whilst we are not a general dermatology clinic, we do employ accredited skin cancer physicians, proceduralists and registered nurses with extensive training and experience in skin cancer medicine, lasers, minor-surgery and aesthetics. All our staff members are fully trained and certified to ensure quality care, and peace of mind for our patients.

Dr Wynand Louw

Medical Director

BSc, MBChB, MBA, PGCert Aesthetic Medicine, DipDerm, MMed (Skin Cancer)

Fellow of the Skin Cancer Institute & Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery

Dr Louw has completed several advanced accreditation courses in Skin Cancer Medicine and Lasers, including a Master's Degree in Skin Cancer Medicine from the University of Queensland. He further obtained an Australian Diploma in Dermatology and certifications from the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and a Masterclass in Laser Tattoo Removal. Professional memberships include: Fellow of Skin Cancer Institute, Accredited Skin Cancer Doctor with the Skin Cancer College Australasia, Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine, American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, International Dermoscopy Society and International Society of Teledermatology.

Other Team Members:

Dr Grant Highstead

Visiting Physician


Specialist Consultant in Emergency Medicine

Dr Highstead has been a Specialist Consultant in Emergency Medicine since 2011 with a special interest in the management of acute pain and head injuries. Prior to his career in Emergency Medicine, Dr Highstead trained in General Surgery, including subspecialty training in Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery. He is an instructor in Advanced Trauma Life Support and he runs a quarterly suturing workshop for junior doctors and trainees. Professional memberships include: Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.


Clinical Nurse Specialist

Master's Degree in Nursing, PGCert in Dermatoscopy & Cosmetic Nurse Injector

Kari is a registered nurse and trained family nurse practitioner with a master's degree in nursing from the University of Iowa, United States. She has been practicing nursing since 2003 and has extensive experience in dermatology, hospice care and emergency medicine. Being dedicated to the care her patients receive, Kari takes the time to personalize visits with an emphasis on education pertaining to the diagnosis and prevention of skin cancer and photo-aging. She maintains her current knowledge and skills by actively participating in continued educational opportunities in addition to collaboration with colleagues and Dr Louw. Her professional memberships include: Nursing Council of New Zealand, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners.


Registered Nurse, PGCert Primary Care Skin Cancer Medicine & PGCert in Advanced Dermatoscopy

Sue is a skin cancer practice nurse and has worked at the practice since 2014. She has completed post-graduate training in Primary Care Skin Cancer Medicine, Advanced Dermatoscopy and Medical Spa Aesthetics. She regularly assists in surgical procedures, provides follow-up care and liquid nitrogen treatment. Sue graduated with Bachelor of Nursing from the Polytechic, Palmerston North in December 1998. Her 15 years of nursing experience range from acute medical and surgical environments, district nursing and more recently general practice. Workplaces included Antarctica, Saudi Arabia, Lower Hutt and the Horowhenua. Sue is committed to ongoing professional development and competence.


Medical Office Assistant & Receptionist

Colleen is the first friendly face you’ll meet when you come into the practice. She is also the helpful person on the other end of the phone when you call us. She has worked at Skin Medic since 2012 and is very experienced. She has several level 4 business certificates and is a qualified medical office assistant. She can help you with all your inquiries ranging from scheduling appointments to words of encouragement! Colleen is also a very skillful Blues genre songwriter with songs like ‘One Bad Hammer’ appearing on Midge Marsden’s latest soundtrack ‘Back to the Well’. This creativity with her warm personality and unwavering commitment make her an invaluable asset to this practice.


Cosmetic & Medical Tattoo Practitioner, Certified Laser Technician , Skin Care Therapist

Monique is a qualified cosmetic & medical tattoo practitioner, beauty technician, volunteer paramedic and a certified laser technician. She is a member of good standing with the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals. Other professional memberships include the British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology (BABTAC) and International Alliance of Holistic Therapists. Monique has a passion for detail, design and decorating. She embraces change and is always looking for a new challenge. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, cake decorating and outdoor activities.