Dr de Lange completed his medical degree at the University of Pretoria in 2003. His main aim with studying medicine was to follow a career in orthopaedic surgery. He did his internship at Tembisa hospital in 2004 and started his medical officer training in orthopaedic surgery at Tembisa hospital. He remained at Tembisa doing orthopaedic surgery as well as his primary specialization exams until end 2007. Here he gained a vast amount of experience in trauma surgery and gained significant interest in limb reconstruction as well as deformity correction surgery. He did his Orthopaedic residency at the University of Pretoria and complete his studies in early 2012. Following this he remained working part time at Steve Biko Academic hospital, as well as joined Dr. Franz Birkholtz in practice at Unitas Hospital. In early 2013 he moved to private practice, to create Walk-a-Mile Centre for Advanced Orthopaedics, on a full time basis where he works at Unitas hospital, Kloof Hospital as well as Midstream day Clinic. From early in his career he has had a keen interest in limb reconstruction surgery and has attended multiple educational events locally and internationally, both to gain further experience and also often to present and teach other orthopaedic surgeons. Dedication, compassion and honesty still remains the cornerstone of providing good treatment to our patients”
Dr Birkholtz qualified from the University of Pretoria as a medical doctor in 1997 and comes from a family of doctors. He started his post-graduate career in Orthopaedic Surgery in 2000. During his time as a registrar (resident), he created the Limb Reconstruction Unit at the Pretoria Academic Hospital (later Steve Biko Academic Hospital). During this time he developed his skills and understanding of the Ilizarov method and limb lengthening and reconstruction surgery in general. He also developed a keen interest in complex trauma. He qualified as an orthopaedic surgeon in 2006 and holds both the MMed (Orth) degree from the University of Pretoria and the FCOrth(SA) qualification from the College of Orthopaedic Surgeons of South Africa. He is fully registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. The private practice was started in 2006 and rapidly developed into a highly renowned practice both locally and internationally, especially catering for complex trauma and limb reconstruction cases. With the addition of Dr De Lange, the practice was turned into the Walk-A-Mile Centre and has continued to grow from strength to strength.