About Dr Gisela Wagenaar


Journey to “The Family Doctor” Practice – Embrace Health Centre

Dr Gisela Wagenaar grew up in Greenside, Johannesburg and graduated from WITS Medical School in 2007. She met her husband, Riegardt, at University. After graduating and completing her internship at the Helen Joseph and Rahima Moosa Hospitals in Johannesburg, the couple set out on an adventure to see what the Mother City had to offer.

She spent 2010 doing her community service at Victoria Hospital in Wynberg, working in General Medicine, Casualty and ICU. Thereafter two years working as first assistant to Dr Barry Barnard in Cardiac Theatre at Vergelegen Hospital in Somerset West where she especially enjoyed being part of bypass surgeries.

After doing some time in theatre, she longed for patient interaction and her long-life dream of having her own practice. She realised after having children, that working closer to home will mean more time with her family. She started a practice in Bergvliet with a colleague and worked there for some time. She then did more locum work closer to home and also did some online work for the Hello Doctor Company.

In 2016 she opened her own rooms in Rondebosch, at Victoria House. In early 2017, Dr Ransome, a close colleague and loyal friend was about to go off on maternity leave with the arrival of her second son, and the two decided to join forces at The Family Doctor within the Embrace Health Centre, the most caring, patient centred practice in the Southern Suburbs.

When she is not caring for her patients, Dr Wagenaar is busy adoring her children, Karl, 6, Leia, 2, and her husband, Riegardt. She has two loyal fury children, Toby the Weimaraner, and Lucy, the Daschund. She loves cycling, hiking, scuba diving, birdwatching, creative projects and a good shiraz while spending time with special friends.