Dr Gemma van Huyssteen grew up in Norwood, Johannesburg and matriculated from Roedean School in 2011. She then completed her medical degree (MBBCh) at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
In 2018 she moved to George in the Western Cape and completed her two years of internship at George Regional Hospital. In 2020 she moved to Cape Town to complete her community service year during which she worked primarily in trauma & emergencies at Mitchell’s Plain District Hospital and then as a general practitioner in primary health care at Gugulethu Community Health Centre.
Since completing her years of government service, Dr van Huyssteen has been working part-time as a general practitioner and surgical assistant as well as continuing her work in various trauma & emergency departments in Cape Town.
She has a special interest in providing a holistic approach to medicine and views her patients’ psychological and spiritual wellbeing as fundamental components of health.
She is currently completing her Diploma in Primary Emergency Care (DipPEC) with the College of Medicine of South Africa as well working towards her degree in Dive & Underwater Medicine with University of Stellenbosch. She is also currently assisting on a Neuropsychiatry research project through the University of Cape Town.
She has also recently completed her Paediatric Advanced Life Support, Surgical Skills & POCUS Ultrasound course and is registered to complete her Advanced Trauma & Cardiac Life Support courses in 2021.
Outside of Work
Dr van Huyssteen has a great love of the ocean and nature. She spends most of her free time freediving and surfing as well as hiking and rock climbing. She is also a qualified Padi Divemaster and is dedicated to her Vinyasa and hot yoga practice and will be completing her yoga teacher training in the near future.