Dr Maria Theologides
BSc HON - Paediatrics (Stellenbosch)
PDD - Paediatrics (Stellenbosch)
MSc Paediatrics (Stellenbosch)
Heal Your Life Practitioner (Hays Institute, USA)
Touch for Health Practitioner (Institute of Kinesiology, Sweden)
First Line Therapy; Functional Medicine (Institute of Functional Medicine, USA
“In this life we cannot do great things.
We can only do small things with great love.”
After graduation from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1994, Dr Theologides gained experience in Johannesburg before relocating to Cape Town at the end of 1995. In 1996 she was offered a lecturing post at the University of Stellenbosch while specialising in Paediatrics, a 4 year degree, completed in 3 years. She has a Masters in Anaesthetics and Sedation in Children. She is the only practicing specialised Paediatric dentist in the Western Cape. She joined Camps Bay Dental Studio, where she has been exclusively since 2001.
In 2011 she became a certified Heal Your Life Practitioner (Hays Institute, USA). She is also a certified Touch for Health Practitioner and incorporates Kinesiology in her practice for maximum life changes and health. This was followed by training in First Line Therapy; and Functional Medicine – which she runs as a separate practice but also integrates this approach into her interactions with her patients for a holistic methodology to healing and health. She has assisted many patients suffering from depression, anxieties, addictions, acute and chronic health conditions to attain physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance both within their bodies and lives – freeing them to finally materialise their dreams.
She had an Inspiration column and then a Philosophy column in the Chronicle newspaper and then in the Bay Magazine from 2001-2015.
Having studied both within the dental and medical fields she recognized a big chasm between not only these two disciplines but also within the specialities of western medicine. Her dream has been to move away from the fragmented approach of modern western medicine and to return to a holistic approach where specialists who have mastered their fields are brought together to work as a team for the patient’s well-being. This was the basis for the establishment of h.u.m.a.n. – her goal: to change the face of Western medicine and dentistry and so to re-inspire an ethos of caring and hope.
Her belief is that if she undertakes everything in her life with the same attitude whether it be volunteer work, dentistry, functional medicine, kinesiology or her relationships, with an attitude of enthusiasm, an attitude of excellence, she would not only enrich her own life but would touch the lives of others too. She did not need to perform some heroic act or do something out of the ordinary to make a difference; she just had to be who she was meant to be and do what she was trained to do with a deep-seated caring for her fellow human being.
What makes what i do unique?
My life purpose and focus of my patient’s success lies in my passion to make a difference; my intuitive ability to truly hear my patients and my fully integrated mind, body, spirit -scientific-based health approach to treatment.
It is not one aspect that has brought about a dis-ease but the imbalance and/or neglect of one of more of these. Together, we embark on a journey of self-discovery.
Looking “upstream” we can consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history. (From within the womb to the present). We review physiology, lifestyle choices, sabotaging behaviors so patients can take responsibility for their health and life.
My patients abandon their depressive states, discard limiting beliefs and discover a deep sense of joy and purpose. We harness the power of the mind and mindfulness, explore the role of thought and incorporate gratitude and reverence to achieve this. Together we design the blue prints of the health and life they yearn for.
When we feel heard, understood and supported, the mind releases chemicals that stimulates the body to heal. We are able to make the changes that will manifest into physical and mental well being and the life we dream of.
My combined medical background, training in Functional Medicine, training as a HAYS Practitioner (Heal Your Life, Heal Your Body), and Kinesiology allow me to truly offer a holistic approach to my patients.
When the mind, body and spirit are truly aligned and in harmony, then the gates of the soul are opened, abundance flows in and the result can only be joy, peace and happiness – this is my mission, my passion and my divine destiny.
I will very briefly try to summarise what I do with my patients:
- As a Heal your Life Practitioner I help my clients see how every ailment/addiction/symptom they manifest, stems from some emotional state and we then work on the emotions to alleviate the symptoms. The Power of the Mind – Your health is a mirror of the relationship to yourself and your body. We don’t believe in incurable dis-eases; we believe that illness is an invitation to change your relationship with yourself for the better. In order to heal ourselves, it is essential to become aware of the beliefs that contribute to an unhealthy physical condition. Just as we cultivate our gardens, so can we cultivate our minds and bodies to produce healthy, enriched living. Our beliefs about our bodies and our lives are just thoughts, and thoughts can be changed. Using mindfulness and replacing destructive negative thoughts with positive empowering thoughts, stimulates the blue prints of the health we want and the life we dream of living. Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion becomes our reality.
- • As a Functional Medicine Practitioner, I guide my clients with regard to lifestyle choices which contribute to the emotional and physical states within their minds and bodies. We look at diet, exercise, hormones, supplements … and living a life full of zest and excellent health and vitality. Functional / Integrative medicine is a science-based comprehensive, holistic approach to health. It focuses less on disease states and symptom control but aims to understand why the dysfunction has established itself in the body in the first place. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning. Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what is sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine. It creates a focus on prevention and healing through therapeutic nutrition, exercise; targeted supplements, detoxification programs and stress-management techniques.
- Using kinesiology, we address many of the emotional and physical behaviors and through age regression we piece together the puzzle of why we do the things we do, the habits we have and the way we react to life and others and the way we treat ourselves. And then we establish new/better neurological options to deal with life and help create transformation.
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens” ― Carl Jung.
Human beings are self-regulating and programmed to heal themselves. Sometimes “blockages” occur in these adaptive, cybernetic loops and Kinesiology is invaluable as a verification tool. Kinesiology uses gentle muscle-monitoring techniques to access the subconscious mind and gain accurate information about your current issues and what is needed to help your body, mind and spirit to restore balance. When you’re in a balanced state it is far easier to access your own wisdom so you can make decisions from a place of clarity. Kinesiology taps into the body to shift the root cause of the imbalance. Since emotions are held in the body, Kinesiology is a powerful modality to experience for yourself.
I hope this gives you some idea of what I do. All I ask is that you come with an open mind and a desire and belief that transformation, health and happiness are a tangible reality. If you are interested, let me know or call my receptionist on 021-438 1710 to book an appointment.
I was truly wowed by Dr Maria and her staff, the personalization they gave my daughter was fantastic. As a Mom of a 3 year old daughter, at our first appointment they made sure that their primary goal was to make sure that my daughter Amaani had a great experience. Dr. Maria did a fantastic job explaining to me and my daughter what she was doing, during the examination she blew up a surgical glove to show Amaani what the instrument she was about to use does etc. she did that with all her instruments. Loved that! She was very friendly and warm and this helped us both feel at ease. Our daughter came in for 5 cavities, 4 of which for her front teeth. Dr Maria and the seditionist, Dr Loots, were amazing, - while this was a big job, and initially very intense for me and our daughter, she immediately felt comfortable and safe with them. What really put a smile on my face, was when my daughter said to me as we were driving home “mommy, I like my dentist, she is so nice". Thank you all.
Dentist Maria is the BEST dentist in the whole world. We speak about her every night when my kids brush their teeth. (Seriously!) she is so kind and sweet towards them and always relaxes them when we come for our check-ups. I've never seen kids skip into a dental practice before but my boys DO! She has squeezed us in for an emergency appointment in the past when she wasn't even at the practice and she also always gives the boys a fun gift after the appointment. Best dentist EVER! <3
Thanks to Dr Maria Theologides and her team (Marli and Despo) little Jaxon (11 weeks old), who was born with his two lower incisors, which made feeding both painful for him and me, can now feed peacefully and with no more discomfort. They found a way to protect his tongue from the 2 little bottom teeth scraping against it by creating a special gum guard for him. All this, along with so much love and attention. Thank You so much ?
Even though geographically for us Camps Bay dental centre couldn't have been further away, I'm thrilled we chose them! They have been exceptional with their treatment of the whole family with our orthodontic work. All three of us have fabulous smiles we are truly proud of.
Miranda, Leila and Max Welch
Hi guys! Just a quick THANK YOU for your hard work while I was in your amazing country, made the trip all the more special (who would have thought a dentist could do that?!) Here is my MC outfit for the wedding. I'm sorry I swear I was showing my teeth off mostly but the camera man didn't catch them on this occasion. Very happy with them! Thanks again
I just wanted to say thank you both so much for the amazing work done on Aerins teeth! It has been a long journey, I am sure longer than most, but the end result has been very worthwhile. Thank you both for all your dedication, patience and encouragement. Pete and I can already see that Aerin is growing in confidence and is smiling from ear to ear. She has a perfect and beautiful smile and we think she is looking gorgeous and happy. Thank you both so much for a gift that will last a lifetime.
Although Tyla was like a bouncy ball on speed for the remainder of yesterday after her sedation, she has gone off to school no pain and laughing about her new look. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! You are the most amazing DENTIST and I have sold you to every single parent I meet because dental fear is something you never want with a child, Charmaine Bell. I am very happy to report that Tyla now easily brushes her teeth and gargles with mouth wash. Her mouth is much better and she seems to be a much happier little girl. Thank you Doc Maria ... I have told everybody about you here at the office who have littlies. You are the BEST
• I would like to thank you all again for an amazing experience with the Camps Bay Dental Studio. Quite different to seeing the "dentist" here! I will see you for a check up "next season" when I will be visiting again. Until then, enjoy the rest of the summer!
Dr Maria (as you have fondly become known as in our household already!) Thanks again for rushing Giorgo's 8 fillings for him before we went away in Oct, we really appreciated it. Also want to convey our extreme gratitude for the amazing treatment that he received. You guys truly live up to your slogan (“We can do no great things, only small things with great love”). Atheel was a bit out of it after his sedation, we got home, it was actually funny, the things he said as it was wearing off. By 3pm, he was back to his old self even eating rice food. I didn't even give him any pain meds. Thank you again, I am so glad I found you guys!
Just want to say a big thank you to you and Dr Loots for all your help. God bless
On reading the June edition of the SADA WC Bulletin I came across this wonderful article by you “Thoughts to Ponder… Inspirations”. So well written and true. Thank you for this.
Found this amazing dentist: Dr Maria that was referred to me by Dr. Adri v.d. Walt, who had met her but not familiar with her work. Maria works with kids, but more specifically challenged children and she is trained in how to handle and work with them. I took Kyle there last week for his teeth and she managed to examine, take x-rays and do a show and tell of the dentist equipment. Kyle left with a huge smile and a toy as a gift and her gloves which she filled with air and drew a face on. Kyle is now looking forward to going back! I was amazed at how well she handled him and would recommend her for anyone with special needs children. No other dentist would have this amount of patience and calmness. So rare to find a specialist Dentist who is exceptionally skilled in managing the behavior of autistic children and accommodates their restraints and inhibitions.
On behalf of the children and staff at Explore and Discover Montessori Preschool we would like to thank you for coming to visit our school this morning. We have learned so many new things today and will promise to take care of our teeth much better now, thank you for the gifts you have given us and we will definitely implement the DUMMY TREE for the fairies at night and remember to brush our teeth two times a day, not forgetting the sugar free chewing gum after we have eaten the bad sweets or chocolates! It is always such a pleasure to have you at our school and we forgot your assistant’s name, but she was so spontaneous and had so much love and passion towards our children, thank you so much for that! Looking forward to seeing you next year! Thanking
Munibah Mohamed (school principal) - Explore & Discover Montessori Preschool
I just wanted to drop you a line to say "thank you" for the very good work you did to my teeth last week! Great job! I will certainly recommend you to other visitors to Cape Town who wish to have a treatment. Best regards
When I first met with Dr Maria in February 2015, I was at a complete loss as to why I had been feeling so desperately unhappy and unfulfilled for an extended period of time, despite “having it all” on the surface. My 12 month journey with Dr Maria started with gaining a thorough understanding of the various influences, past and present, that shaped me. The understanding process continued throughout and many valuable lessons were learnt – the connection between physical (diet, exercise) and mental health; the self-pity spiral; being grateful; the importance of structure in day to day life; developing self-worth; understanding others (beliefs and reflection) – all of which had a strong influence in changing my attitude and approach to life and myself. Throughout I felt a strong sense of comfort with Maria’s approach – honest and warm; insightful and pragmatic; understanding and encouraging. I felt a genuine sense of care, interest and support. Maria was very smart in the way she enabled me to answer my own tough questions. I looked forward to my weekly interaction with her which had just the right balance of seriousness and good humour. Maria is a very special individual – intelligent, pragmatic, warm and deeply caring – who had a profound and most beneficial impact on my life. Today I have a sense of purpose and a strong understanding of myself which has enabled me to regain happiness. I remain eternally grateful and feel privileged for having been afforded the opportunity to interact with Dr Maria and the valuable lessons learnt on my journey with her will be with me forever.
My name is Nicky and I am a mother of four children and i live in Cape Town. I few years ago i was diagnosed with a chronic disease for which I received two cycles of chemo. I desperately needed assistance in dealing with the shock of it and to learn how to continue with my life as I felt like I was running around without direction and sinking into a deep pit of fear and depression. Fortunately for me I was introduced to Dr Maria Theologides who happens to be a paediatric dentist as well as an HYL (Heal Your Life) therapist in Camps Bay. I have been having weekly sessions with her for almost a year and during this time I have learnt to trust her with all my fears. With gentle guidance and lots of patience and encouragement by the good doctor I have managed to learn how to keep my mind-set stable and the transformation has given me a new lease on life. I have learnt to listen to my body's messages by changing my way of thinking and speaking. Through Kinesiology sessions with dr Maria I have dealt with fear, anger and suppressed resentment, criticism and guilt and thereby have set myself free. I have learnt to have faith in life and slowly to love myself by not criticising myself and others. By expanding my awareness instead of contracting it, I changed from being a victim to using situations as opportunities to grow as a person. These are but a few things I have learnt during my sessions with Dr Maria. I now see the beauty of the world around me and I appreciate the little things in life. My senses are more in tune with everything.
Before I came to see Dr Maria I had been to countless conventional doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors and therapists. I was diagnosed with depression, generalised anxiety, social anxiety, ADD, bipolar disorder and mild psychosis. I have been on more antidepressants than I can remember, as well as anti-psychotics, anxiolytic drugs and sleeping pills. Needless to say, these drugs weren’t very effective in treating me. I had succumbed to addiction in various forms in my own efforts to self-medicate, and some of these prescription drugs only served to fuel my addiction. By the time I arrived at Dr Maria’s rooms I was a shadow of my former self. I had put on a lot of weight from a combination of unhealthy eating habits and the medications I was taking. I had very little personality and drive, and my lust for life was practically gone. I was however, desperate to change. Dr Maria immediately set about to implement change starting with my diet, and requested that I cut out gluten, caffeine and sugar. With her help I stopped taking all medications and along with the change in my diet I lost 12kg in a matter of weeks. This was only the beginning of my journey. Through my sessions with Dr Maria she helped me closely examine my life and face all the experiences that had brought me to where I was and realise where changes needed to be made. Dr Maria was there to guide me every step of the way, and responded in detail to every question and concern I had, many times via text messages late at night. The process was at times uncomfortable and difficult but I have yet to experience the kind of devotion and support from any other type of doctor or therapist as I received from Dr Maria. After only a few months with Dr Maria I was a different person. I could start to see the life I wanted for myself, forming right in front of my eyes. I discovered a renewed passion for living, along with inspiration to explore my talents in areas of personal interest. I am now physically active, exercising regularly, and loving every minute of it. I am following my dreams and determined to achieve success in my life. I am free of all medication and remain gluten, dairy and caffeine free. I have come to know who I am after a long period of darkness in my life. Most importantly I am free of addiction.In my initial consultation with Dr Maria she told me how others had experienced wonderful transformations after committing to placing themselves under her care and guidance. I was at first sceptical due to my previous experiences with conventional health care. I can now say with certainty that the transformation I have undergone is nothing short of miraculous. I will always have immense gratitude in my heart for the incredible work of service that Dr Maria provided in selfless dedication to making me whole again.
I was introduced to Dr Maria two years ago and have been seeing her for weekly sessions ever since. At the time I had recently been diagnosed with a chronic blood cancer called Waldenstroms. I was trying to come to terms with this illness and suffering from depression and fearfulness. By doing HYL sessions and affirmations Dr Maria helped me to deal with all my fears and insecurities which we found, stemmed from childhood. With regression therapy and learning forgiveness and how to deal with suppressed anger and resentment I slowly began to recover. With emotional kinesiology and regression I had to get to know my Inner Child and during this time had to relive my childhood traumas. Dr Maria was the mother figure who was always by my side. At times this was very painful but her presence and support made me feel secure and her encouragement helped me to face my past. I had been in a very dark place to begin with but slowly began to recover and see the light at the end if the tunnel. By learning to stay centered, my life became worth living again. It was time to get in touch with my deepest self and to unblock the pain holding me back from leading a normal life. I needed to find forgiveness for myself and others. What happens when you begin your recovery, you regress emotionally to the age that you were when it all started. Your emotional growth has been stunted resulting in emotional immaturity. Dr Maria became the stability I lacked during childhood and this is why I was able to come to terms with my past and then move forward. Before meeting her I had little love for life or ambition for the future. I will always be grateful to her for all she has done for me, her endless patience, kindness, empathy, understanding and friendship. She has a way of making each and every client of hers feel special and unique. I have come such a long way and thank God every day for allowing her to cross my path.
I started seeing Dr Maria regarding a traumatic breakup I had been through with my partner. I found our time together incredibly helpful in rebuilding my self-worth, my being and my path moving forward. Since then we have advanced to building me a new path of self-discovery, working through past negative life experiences, and life goals. We are constructing my ideal "Blueprint “ -Something I could use as a plan for my life. The meaning of my existence is something very important to me, Dr Maria is helping me to find meaning and purpose, in doing so, we are able to improve my quality of life - A priceless asset. -NF
I'm a firm believer that the universe gives you what you need and not what you want. It was during a stage of need that I started attending sessions with Maria. My life was at a cross roads and I was in a place of searching. Maria guided me through this time with her nurturing and when required forceful guidance. At every part of my journey I felt I was in safe hands and in a space where I could share without criticism or judgment. I was given the tools to re structure my life and answer those deep meaningful questions that were required in my healing process. I can strongly recommend Maria to anybody who needs to find answers and guidance in this changing world. Her methods combine a spiritual element with first world psychological techniques. I stopped attending my sessions once I had been given the tools to change my life. I continue to use these in my life, my time with Maria set me on my path of growth and healing I know I am a better person having crossed paths with Maria
The experience of being diagnosed with cancer followed with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and hormone therapy left me emotionally and physically exhausted. Dr Maria extended a lifeline to me to put the pieces of my life back together. She has helped me focus on the most important things with practical tools to overcome my issues. What I found exceptionally profound was exploring my emotional landscape of fear, anger and sadness with Dr Maria as my safety net. Her nurturing and humorous approach has encouraged me to find peace in the moment and make my healing and health a priority