The Clinica Jóia Team

Dr David Grech MD ESCAD

Dr David Grech has been a medical practitioner since 1996 and has practised cosmetic procedures since 2001. He was trained on Botox (Allergan) by Dr Anthony Benedetto (US) and on Bocouture (Merz) by Dr Katie Goldie (UK), and has attended further advanced Botox training at KT Medical Aesthetics Training in Harley Street. He has performed over 2000 recorded Botox treatments to date. Dr Grech is certified to deliver botulinum toxin to all areas of the face and neck, including less commonly requested botox procedures such as the treatment of masseteric hypertrophy, axillary, palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis and the Nefertiti Neck Lift.

Dr Grech was trained on Hyaluronic acid fillers by Yasmin Khan, at the time at Inamed Corporation, and on Ellanse by the renowned plastic surgeon Mr Chris Inglefield, and has attended further advanced fillers training at KT Medical Aesthetics Training in Harley Street. He has performed over a thousand recorded dermal filler treatments to date. Dr Grech’s dermal filler expertise includes the execution of more unusual treatments such as filling of hands, nasal bridge and eyebrow reconstruction and nonsurgical rhinoplasty. He has lectured and trained doctors on behalf of Ellanse in Poland and Malta.

Dr Grech’s additional expertise lies in combining, where appropriate, peels with other medical aesthetic treatments, such as topical cosmeceuticals, pulsed light and carbon dioxide laser resurfacing, for maximum effect and skin improvement. He has received training on a variety of light based devices, including the Fractional Carbon Dioxide Resurfacing Laser and the SmartLipo Laser, under the tutelage of Prof Paolo Bonan of the University of Florence and the renowned Villa Donatello Hospital in Florence.

Dr Grech is proficient in the technique of Nutational Infrasonic Liposculpture using the Belgian Euromi system, having attended various surgery masterclasses conducted by Dr M. Safar. He performs over a hundred cases annually of liposculpture and lipofilling. Dr Grech is uniquely trained in both Aptos and Silhouette thread lift systems and selects the method to use based on individual patient requirements. He is also trained in ozonotherapy protocols for pain management.

Dr Grech is a member of the European Society of Cosmetic & Aesthetic Dermatology (ESCAD) and attends annual medical congress updates in Paris and London every year.

Dr. Demetris Stavrou MD EBOPRAS

Dr. Demetris Stavrou was born in Nicosia, Cyprus. He grew up in a family of doctors and soon understood the special relationship between doctor and patient. He graduated from the University of Athens Medical School and finished his residency in Plastic Surgery at the Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel-Hashomer, Israel. There he was trained in the latest techniques of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery from world known scientists. He continued his training with a fellowship in “Advanced Aesthetic Surgery” at the prestigious Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery.

His interest in breast reconstruction after breast cancer and cosmetic procedures following weight loss surgery was evident from the start. He also had the chance to train in specialized techniques for facelift, burn reconstruction and skin cancer surgery.

Dr. Stavrou is constantly updated with the most modern techniques in plastic surgery and is in cooperation with big medical centers abroad where he is still working as a visiting surgeon. He has a constant interest in research and has published a number of scientific articles.

Since 2012 he hold the position of Assistant Professor at the St George’s, University of London / Medical School at the University of Nicosia. He is also an Honorary Tutor at the University of Cardiff, School of Medicine at the UK and a member of the European Board of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery (EBOPRAS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). He has been selected by Motiva Implants as an official speaker and trainer due to his extensive experience in breast surgeries.

Dr. Stavrou has been working as a plastic surgeon in Cyprus since 2012. He has been visiting Malta for over 2 years and has gained popularity for his precision and attention to detail and due to his expertise in corrective surgery.

Ms Denise Sultana B.Sc (Hons) Nursing Studies Melit. CDMP

Ms Denise Sultana has graduated from the University of Malta in 2011, achieving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Studies. She had always had an interest in community care rather than hospitalised care and this led her to start her career as a nurse with the MMDNA, the entity which offered a nation wide nursing service.

This role as a community nurse has aided for her assertiveness and decision making skills to develop since her role required efficient decision taking on the spot, sometimes with limited resources. Visiting post operative patients and chronic wound sufferers has helped Ms Sultana obtain invaluable skills in wound care management, which were consolidated thanks to seminar attendance related to the subject and training with tissue viability experts. After a number of years, Ms Sultana joined the relieving pool of the largest private hospital locally, which role gave her the opportunity to experience different levels of nursing care in different sectors.

Ms Sultana’s love for aesthetics started as a side line hobby, that of make up artistry. Eventually, the opportunity to join forces in a cosmetic clinic had arisen and that was the start of her career in the cosmetic field. Her sound skills in post operative care and wound care together with her innate love for the aesthetic industry have proven her eye for detail to be of utmost importance for our team.

Denise Sultana is also a Certified Digital Marketing Professional from the Digital Marketing Institute and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Ms Ruth Vella Jones B.Sc (Hons) Melit.

Ms Ruth Vella Jones is the clinic’s head nurse. She is in charge of all medical activity going on in the clinic and assures the delivery of quality nursing care throughout.

Ms Vella Jones has obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing studies from the University of Malta in 1997. Her journey in nursing started at the Intensive Care Unit which extended for 11 years. These years have been crucial for Ms Vella Jones to build her expert knowledge in intensive care which consequently have moulded her into an excellent decision maker and have developed to perfection her ability to work under pressure. In the last 3 years of service at ITU, she was also a shift leader. Ms Vella Jones then ventured in Medical & Surgical Cardiology, which had always been a speciality of interest to her. This venture has allowed her to practice her bedside nursing whilst keeping her surgical skills updated. She was also a Deputy Head Nurse in her ward.

Cosmetic Dermatology was her next development in her nursing career, seeing her start her career as a laser professional. It was after a few months in the role that her managerial skills and clinical expertise were again put to practice when she joined the Cosmetic Doctor as his right hand and started assisting in both surgical and non surgical treatments. She is now a vital part of the team and with continuous professional development and dedication, her role has become more and more invaluable.

Mr Benedict Axisa MD (Melit), MD (Leics), FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Intercollegiate)

Mr Benedict Axisa is a Consultant Surgeon specialising in Laparoscopic, Gastrointestinal and Bariatric (Obesity) Surgery.

He graduated from the University of Malta in 1995 and was elected Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1998. He was a research Fellow at the University of Leicester where he was awarded the Kate Weeks Fellowship for his research. He has had extensive training in the UK and was awarded a fellowship by Ethicon to further his bariatric training in Belgium under the mentorship of Dr Bruno Dillemans.

Mr Benedict Axisa has given numerous presentations at National and International meetings and has published in peer reviewed journals. He received his Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in 2005 and was appointed Consultant Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon in the UK where he practised for seven years before returning to Malta. He is currently a Consultant at Mater Dei Hospital and a Senior Visiting Lecturer at the University of Malta.

His main areas of interest are Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric (Obesity) surgery. He has performed over a 1000 bariatric procedures and has set up the Bariatric Surgery service in Malta.

Dr Alexey Vinokur, MD PhD

Dr Alexey Vinokur, MD PhD, graduated in 1998 and trained in general & vascular surgery and after in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Working in Malta since 2012 on the Vascular Surgeon specialist, he has performed more than 2500 procedures. His special interest is in the field of minimally invasive medical antiaging procedures of face and body such as the “weekend facelift,” and carries out various types of liposuction and lipofilling. He performs operative and non-operative treatment for pathology of the venous system, including laser, radiofrequency and foam sclerotherapy as well as stripping and avulsion of varicose veins.