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”From the first phone call, consultations, procedure – she gave excellent service. You feel so comfortable in her consulting rooms, it feels like heaven” – Mr. Andre Meyer

I’m Dr Caryn April, a medical doctor, who is passionate about inclusive, patient-centred care and chronic pain management.

I have more than a decade of experience in emergency medicine and surgery, having worked in both government and private hospitals throughout South Africa.

I graduated from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2010 with a distinction in clinical and final clinical examinations. I won the class medal for surgery and the Donald Barnes prize for the top student in Urology in my final year of medical school. After graduating from UCT, I completed a two-year internship program at the Pietermaritzburg Hospital Complex in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

I went on to do my community service at the Khayelitsha District Hospital in the emergency unit and completed my post-graduate Diploma in Primary Emergency Care in 2013. I practiced as a full-time emergency medicine practitioner for the Melomed Hospital Group for the next four years where I managed all types of surgical, medical and paediatric emergencies and assisted in the intensive care units (ICU).

In 2018, I decided to pursue surgery, first as a medical officer and then as a registrar in general surgery at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).  During that time, I obtained my primary examinations in general surgery, attended numerous surgical skills workshops and performed operations, both emergency and elective, on patients up until 2021.

After losing my father to Covid-19 during the first wave, I decided to relocate back to Cape Town to be closer to my family in February 2021. This life-changing event led me to pursue a career where I could still perform surgical procedures and have a good quality of life.

Pain being at the centre of every condition I have previously treated, but now having the ability to manage this pain with minimally invasive interventional pain procedures. This led me to join the PAIN Collective in February 2021, where I further developed my skills and knowledge of interventional pain procedures. I attended cadaver skills workshops at Stellenbosch University, numerous TrainPain academic courses to advance my knowledge of chronic pain management, as well as the PainSA Congress where I presented my research in two poster presentations.

From the 1st July 2022, I started my independent practice in the Foreshore, where I focus on patient-centred wellness, pain management, and health promotion. Honestly, this is literally my dream being realised, I love what I do, and I am blessed to carry out my passion every day.

The cornerstone of my wellness practice is helping patients with pain, offering them up-to-date and evidence-informed treatment options, and specialising in minimally invasive interventional pain procedures. The purpose of my practice is to restore hope and quality of life by focusing on a therapeutic relationship which promotes wellness, and not only the absence of pain or disease.

I believe in an interdisciplinary team approach to pain management. For this reason, I have formed partnerships and associations with a group of highly-skilled and experienced health professionals which include neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists, biokineticists, an occupational therapist, a dietician, and a psychologist – all of whom are located on the same floor for your convenience.

My Skills/Experience



– Primary of the Fellowship of the College of Surgeons of South Africa
– The College of Medicine South Africa


– Diploma in Primary Emergency Care
– The College of Medicine South Africa


– MBChB – Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with Distinction in Clinical and Final Clinical Examinations
@ University of Cape Town (UCT)



– Good Clinical Practice
– Presenter at Pain Congress SA (Two poster presentations)
– Principles of Pain, Certificate in Pain Management (TRAIN PAIN Academy)
– Prescribing for Pain, Certificate in Pain Management (TRAIN PAIN Academy)


– Cadaver Skills Workshop at SunSkills Lab – Interventional Pain Procedures (PAIN Collective)


– Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) (Trauma Society of South Africa)


– Basic Surgical Skills (Department of Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences, UCT)


– Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) (Cardiocare, Cape Town)


– Basic Point of Care Ultrasonography in Emergency Medicine (The College of Emergency Medicine)
– Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) (Professional Emergency Care, Cape Town)
– Basic Life Support (BLS) (Professional Emergency Care, Cape Town)


– Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) (Trauma Society of South Africa)
– Basic Assessment and Support in Intensive Care Course (BASIC) (UCT Division of Critical Care)
– Emergency ECG Course (Emergency Care Institute of South Africa)


– Appeared on BBC documentary Reggie Yates Extreme South Africa as part of
Khayelitsha’s Emergency Unit in a segment on knife crime in South Africa



Class Medal for General Surgery in Final Year MBChB


Donal Barnes Prize for best performance in Urology in Final Year MBChB


1st Prize for Primary Health Care 5th Year MBChB Elective