Our team would like to welcome you to our family practice. We are a team of super passionate people who enjoy what we do. Scroll down to get to know us a little better.


get to know us a little better

Dr. Gabriel Pereira

In 2004, Dr Gabriel Pereira graduated at the University of the Witwatersrand and received the Prossa Prize for Clinical Removable Prosthodontics. In July 2011 he moved to Pretoria and started his own practice called The Family Dentist.

Dr. Natalie Watkins

Natalie graduated from Tuks, winning awards for top student in endodontics and removable prosthetics. In 2018 she completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Endodontics at Tuks. She’s our go to gal for dermal fillers & Botox TM. Her passion for dentistry started at an early age and she thoroughly enjoys working here at The Family Dentist.

Dr. Brenden van Niekerk

Brenden graduated from UP with several distinctions and received the Harry Goldin prize as the best student in Maxillofacial and Oral surgery. He is currently studying Medicine with the intention to specialise in MFOS. Brenden enjoys all outdoor activities and loves spending time with his pug, Pantouf.

Dr. Janika Laubscher

Janika graduated from Tuks and was in the top 10 of her class. She has a passion for paediatric and aesthetic dentistry, with a focus on dermal fillers and Botox TM. She loves people - she's always up for a friendly smile and focusses on your wellbeing in every appointment. In her free time, she enjoys travelling and enjoys spending time with loved ones. 

Marita Townsend

Marita qualified as an Oral Hygienist from the University of Pretoria in 2003. She is an accommodating and tranquil person who enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Kelsey Hilhorst

Kelsey is our Practice Leader. No job is too big or too small for her. She is a vibrant and optimistic person who finds satisfaction in creatively giving back.

Alisa Niemand

Alisa is our part time receptionist and dental assistant. She's rather outdoorsy, likes being active and loves animals. She's passionate about building communities of good people, making epic meals, and finding fun in all she does.

Marizané Nel

Marizane completed her degree in hospitality management, and is currently completing her honours in business management. She lives for quiz nights with her friends and values time spent with loved ones. She also enjoys reading, going out for breakfast and singing along to the music in her car.

Weroescha Maher

I'm a friendly, spontaneous person who enjoys working with people. I'm always organised and goal driven, but my motto is to never over think, life is too short, so eat the chocolate, drink the wine and take the vacation!

Desiré Crouse

Desiré is our part time dental assistant, liberator of bugs and an overall goofball. She's a creative problem solver with a sharp eye for detail. She spends her free time with her little boy, camping and off roading.


Our company started in June 2011 by Dr. Gabriel Pereira, our family dentist. Coming from the largest privately owned dental practice in South Africa, Dr. Pereira was set on doing things a little differently. No longer would you, our patient, be just a surname on our list, but rather a new member of our greater family.


“Taking the Time to Care” is something that we take very seriously at our practice. We strive to treat the young and the young at heart with the care and patience that they deserve. Overcoming your fears and anxieties can be done in a calm and pleasant manner. We, at The Family Dentist, look forward to welcoming you to be part of our growing family.

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