Meet the Executive Members

NZSCM Executive Profiles

Dr Hans Raetz
NZSCM President

Hans graduated from Essen Medical School in Germany in 1991 and commenced surgical training in traumatology. After moving to Great Britain in 1995 he continued his surgical training in the North-East Surgical Rotation and, following his qualification as MRCGP in 1998 the family moved again, this time to Queenstown, New Zealand.

He then worked as a GP at Queenstown Medical Centre and was awarded fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners in 2005.

After taking an interest in Cosmetic Medicine and setting up Central Otago's only Cosmetic Medicine Clinic he gained Membership of the New Zealand Society of Cosmtic Medicine in 2008. In 2006 he established Phlebology services in Queenstown and is now involved in the non-surgical treatment of Varicose Veins for Skin Institute. His strong interest in surgery has led to Skin Institute Queenstown becoming the multidisciplinary centre for Skin Cancer and Phlebology services in Central Otago.

Hans has always been pushing for new services and facilities in his community. After commissioning an Urgent Doctor Centre in Sunderland, England he managed the planning and construction phase for Queenstown Medical Centre in 2001 followed by the QMC Remarkables Park branch in 2005.

Since 2000 he has been a Senior Lecturer with Otago University and has been involved in the professional development of the New Zealand Royal College of GPs and the NZ College of Appearance Medicine on Council. Both Suzy and his children hope that he will run out of puff - eventually.

Dr Joanna Romanowska
NZSCM Censor

Dr Joanna Romanowska graduated in 1990 with a medical degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Following this she completed an internship at Edendale, a large teaching hospital in Pietermaritzburg, before working as a GP in a hospital in Northern Ireland and then as the sole practitioner in a remote rural town in Canada.

Joanna settled in New Zealand in 1993, establishing herself as a partner at South Auckland's Mangare Family Doctors. Joanna has continued to work at the general practice where she has now taken up the role of Director.

Joanna began practising cosmetic medicine in 1998 and made the leap to open her own business in 2001. Joanna says working at both Clinic 42 and a South Auckland practice gives her a unique working balance. "Cosmetic medicine in Epsom and general practice in Mangere are obviously poles apart, but I value the perspective that this allows. Working in two such different but equally challenging environments ensures that my professional focus is constantly refined".

Joanna is a Member of the New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine and has practised Appearance Medicine since 1998, improving aging skin appearance by treating facial contours, fine lines and wrinkles, utilising Botox and various Dermal Fillers. Joanna is also affiliated with Southern Cross for the treatment of Varicose Veins which is treated with sclerotherapy under ultrasound guidance. Dr Joanna is also the first and only female doctor in New Zealand to be trained in injectable fillers for Breast Augmentation.

Dr Ellen Selkon
NZSCM Treasurer/Secretary

Ellen Selkon qualified as a doctor at the University of Stellenbosch, in South Africa, in 1991. Ellen immigrated to New Zealand in 1997 with her husband. They started a medical centre, Westgate Medical Centre, in the Westgate Shopping Centre and she still works there as a GP one day of the week and is a Director on the board. Ellen obtained her GP specialisation through the NZ College of GP's and taught 4th, 5th and 6th year medical students as a community lecturer for the University of Auckland.

Ellen obtained her Membership through the New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine in 2009 and is a partner in Clinic42, one of Auckland's premier cosmetic medicine clinics.

Ellen believes in staying up to date in this ever changing field of cosmetic medicine and for this reason attends conferences and workshops both nationally and internationally and also helps with training of her colleagues for various pharmaceutical companies.

Her passion and expertise are in using a combination of botulinum toxin and fillers to enhance and rejuvenate the face.

Dr Paul Nola
NZSCM Education Officer



Dr Paul Nola, graduated from Auckland Medical School in 1989 and has practiced hospital medicine and General Practice. He founded Ponsonby Cosmetic Medical Clinic in 2002, an environment where a team of medical doctors, registered nurses and beauty therapists work together, using all of their skills to get the best possible cosmetic results for their patients.

Dr Sarah Hart
NZSCM Executive


Dr Hart is a member of the New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine and works at Skin Institute Remuera and Ponsonby in Auckland. She performs cosmetic medical treatments using botulinum toxin, soft tissue fillers and dermal lasers. She is also a member of the Australian College of Phlebology (Non-surgical varicose and spider vein treatment) 

Dr Hart enjoys training colleagues across Asia-Pacific in facial rejuvenation techniques, conducting workshops, speaking and demonstrating internationally. She is a member of the International Botox and Juvederm Advisory Boards and in the past was Education Officer for the NZSCM executive.