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Associated Specialists

Associated Doctor

Dr Philip Zinn

Dr Philip Zinn is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with consulting rooms at the Life Healthcare Kingsbury Hospital in Claremont, Cape Town, has associated with Cape Fertility Clinic since 2001, and enjoys the support and team approach of the Cape Fertility Clinic family.

He is happily married to Heleen and has two children, Michael and René.

Having completed his undergraduate degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, his internship and a year as a Family Physician in northern Canada, he pursued his postgraduate training in the United Kingdom. With a tour through The Borders of Scotland, the West Midlands, Norfolk and Suffolk Dr Zinn obtained his Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He went on to be awarded a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in obstetrics and gynaecology in the UK. Dr Zinn spent two further years training at the University of Cape Town. In this time, he underwent subspecialty training in reproductive endocrinology, pursuing his interest in the management of fertility and hormonal problems. This training, together with research and the publication of a Master’s thesis, led to the degree of Master of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. During this time, he was also awarded the Cecil Craig Registrar Award for Excellence and an award for the Best MMed Dissertation.

Having entered private practice in 2001, Dr Zinn has pursued interests in complicated obstetrics, recurrent miscarriage, subfertility, contraception, menopause and urogenital prolapse. Laparoscopic surgery, the management of advanced endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain have special focus.

Dr Zinn is active in Continuing Medical Education including advanced laparoscopic surgery. His practice is in Claremont, Cape Town, at the Life HealthCare Kingsbury Hospital.

Associated Doctor

Dr Razak Dhansay

Graduated from the University of Natal as a medical doctor in 1983. He qualified as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist from the University of Cape Town in 1992.He did his training in infertility at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary in Scotland.On his return he has been practising form the Cape Fertility Clinic SINCE 1995.He is familiar with all aspects of Male and Femaleinfertility and has extensive experience in the treatment of the above.He is also presently a part time consultant in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Groote Schuur Hospital.
Website Address: www.fertilityspecialists.co.za

Associated Psychologists

Leanne van der Westhuizen – Clinical Psychologist

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The journey of fertility treatment involves the psychological as well as the medical,the emotional as well as the physical,the mind and the body.The Cape Fertility Clinic is committed to ensuring that all these aspects of a patient’s well-being are met.We therefore have an onsite Psychologist who has a special interest in reproductive health and fertility related counseling.

The psychological services include couple counselling, stress-management, infertility-related counseling, assessment and evaluation (for example in a surrogate pregnancy) and psycho-education. The counseling aim is to help patients reduce the level of stress associated with treatment and infertility.Research has shown that the most stressful moments during the IVF process are the days leading up to retrieval, waiting for pregnancy results, dealing with an unsuccessful cycle and decision making regarding next steps.Even a positive pregnancy test can cause anxious feelings at the same time as the excitement.

Specific counseling strategies have been designed to help patients cope with these stages of treatment.In addition, counseling can facilitate coping with the overwhelming feelings of sadness, anger or blame, and address the short- and long-term implications of having children with donated gametes or other alternatives to natural conception.

Please contact Leanne van der Westhuizen on 021 671 1116 should you wish to book an appointment. Leanne is a counselling psychologist. She trained at UCT and the University of Stellenbosch where she graduated Cum Laude.