Our Doctors

We are a very welcoming and caring team at the Skinspots Skin Cancer Clinic, Mount Maunganui.

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Skinspots was established by Doctor Franz Strydom to meet the demand for primary care skin cancer screening and treatment. 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.
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Doctor Keith Monnington graduated from the University of Manchester Medical School in 1972. He moved to Australia in 1973 and held positions at Rockhampton and Ipswich Base Hospitals, which included some plastic surgical training. Keith entered general practice in Capalaba in 1976. Moving to New Zealand in 1991, he joined the Te Puke Medical Centre where he practised until October 2013, performing 60% of the skin cancer surgery in an eight doctor practice. He now works part time in a skin cancer clinic at Mount Maunganui, and part time in a GP practice. In 2007 he entered the University of Queensland Master of Medicine, graduating in 2009, and completed the Australian Diploma of Dermoscopy in 2009.
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Mr. Mark Gittos is a renowned plastic surgeon currently practicing in Harley Street, London as well as Remuera, Auckland. Mr Gittos is widely recognised in London, Essex, greater UK and Europe as a leading specialist in the field of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. He pioneered immediate skin and nipple sparing breast reconstruction surgeries following mastectomy to give these patients a result that looked entirely normal. This is a profoundly important factor in the well being and recovery of women who are recovering from breast cancer. His philosophy is that it is essential to apply trusted cosmetic surgical principles to reconstructive surgery for breast, skin, hand, burns or trauma patients. In terms of cosmetic surgery, Mr Gittos is well-versed in the latest techniques which he combines with a strong foundation provided by decades of international surgical experience. He has performed over 4,000 breast enlargements in his 20 years as a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and has lectured on and taught breast surgery over the globe in locations including New Zealand, Australia, Sweden and Europe. His preferred cosmetic surgical procedures are: Breast Reduction, Breast Uplifts, Breast Enlargements; Eyelid and Facial Rejuvenation Surgery; Body contouring procedures including: Tummy Tuck, Gynaecomastia, Arm/Thigh Reduction and Liposculpture. Mark uses the day-stay facilities of Skinspots to perform procedures not requiring General Anesthetic
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Mr. Michael F. Klaassen – FRACS Plastic Surgeon, MB, ChB, FRACS Skinspots Skin Cancer Clinic welcomes Mr. Michael F. Klaassen to our team. He will provide specialist facial and general plastic surgery of the trunk, limbs and hand. Born in Otahuhu and qualified in medicine in 1980. He has practiced plastic surgery for over 25 years in England, Australia and New Zealand. One of his passions has always been surgical education, training the next generation and evolving surgical techniques that are safe, predictable and increasingly affordable. In the early 1990s he introduced vertical scar reduction mammoplasty techniques that he had learnt in Europe, as well as free tissue transfer for breast reconstruction with the TRAM flap from the abdominal wall. In the past decade he has collaborated with Lawrence Ho of Sydney in developing the contour congruent facelift. This is a day-stay facial rejuvenation technique that combines limited preauricular incisions with anchored enforcement sutures and selective fat grafting for volume replacement. Skin cancer, a common occurrence in New Zealand is a large part of his workload. He champions aesthetic reconstruction, mostly with local skin flap techniques, developed over the last 27 years with Dr. Earle Brown of Auckland. The other aspects of face surgery Mike enjoys are, periorbital surgery, rhinoplasty and intraoral reconstruction. These fields of plastic surgery encompass his broad experience in burns surgery and head & neck cancer surgery since 1987. Additionally, Mike runs clinics and operates in Whakatane alternate weeks, plus Auckland and Pukekohe every month. Finally, humanitarian surgery in the Pacific Islands is a focus of Mike’s since 1990. He has worked in most of the Pacific Islands and recently has been involved in teaching fundamental techniques of plastic & reconstructive surgery to the emerging new generation of Pacific Islands surgeons. Mike plans to use the day-stay facilities of Skinspots to perform procedures not requiring General Anesthetic.
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Colin originally hales from the Highlands of Scotland but he and his family have made New Zealand their home over the past 20 years. Colin completed his original degrees in General Medicine, General Surgery along with a BSc in Immunology at Glasgow University. He has since acquired dual training and qualifications in Primary Care through both the New Zealand and United Kingdom Colleges of General Practice. He has worked as a GP since 1996 and now focusing on Cosmetic Medicine and Skin Cancer Medicine. He has extended himself, deepening his knowledge in skin cancer care, working at Skinspots skin cancer clinic, providing surgical procedures and skin checks. Completing his Diploma in Dermoscopy with the Skin Cancer College of Australasia in 2016.