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82 Third Avenue
Rondebosch East 7780
Tel: 021 696 3876
Fax: 0866 365 879
108 Lower Gordonsbay Road
Strand 7140
Tel: 021 853 8846
Cell: 083 962 0902

About Dr. Shaikh


Matriculated with exemption at Lenasia Secondary High School (Johannesburg) 1978 

B.Ch.D. (U.W.C.) June 1985

Completed Bsc. I at Durban Westville in 1980 and continued with BChD II from 1981 at UWC
Completed the degree in five and a half years 

M.Sc. (U.W.C.) 1990

Completed the prescribed courses , viz., Oral Pathology and Oral Biology in 1986.
Thesis entitled "Gingival Overgrowth associated with Cyclosporin therapy in Renal Transplant patients" submitted and accepted in partial fulfilment of M.Sc. in March 1989. 
Statistics - Non Degree(Occasional student) - 1993

MChD (Orthodontics) 2000

Dr. Shaikh  is the first woman to graduate with a Specialty in Orthodontics from the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa. 


Dr Shaikh has taught  and continues to teach under-graduate dental students, oral hygienists, chairside assistants and community health nurses.

Her  teaching duties from  1990- June 1996 had been principally Oral Medicine and Periodontics.
The courses have been taught by means of lectures, seminars and chairside supervision of students where practical.

She has also participated in organising and delivering update courses in Oral Medicine and Periodontics and now she continues to do so in the field of Orthodontics. Since July 1996 her teaching has been limited to Orthodontics.

Dr Shaikh has since been involved in organising and participating in continuing education courses, at the University of the Western Cape, Dental faculty as well as at Continuing education courses offered by other organisations and institutions when invited.

Presently, Dr Shaikh is employed as Associate Professor /Senior Specialist  in the orthodontic department and is involved in teaching both the under graduates and postgraduate students as well as treating complex orthodontic patients.

She is also involved with treating and caring for the Cleft Lip and palate patients at the Red Cross Childrens Hospital as well as the orthognathic patients seen at the local tertiary hospitals.
Additionally, she works in her own private practice as a specialist Orthodontist where she diagnoses and treats patients who require comprehensive orthodontic treatment. 
She has a special interest in treating patients who require multidisciplinary treatment, i.e., patients with more complex problems, like loss of numerous teeth, problematic tooth supporting structures,  thus requiring treatment from more than one specialist (Prosthodontists, Maxillofacial surgeons, Periodontists) as well as patients with cleft lip and/or palate.


  • International Association of Dental Research

  • National Medical And Dental Association (NAMDA) - served on the executive

  • Health Workers Association

  • South African Health Workers Congress (SAHWCO) - executive member


  • PPHC Network (SAHWCO representative)

  • PPHC - AIDS Working group (SAHWCO representative)

  • South African Medical and Dental Council

  • Islamic Medical Association

  • South African Dental Association

  • South African Association of Orthodontists

  • She is actively involved in the South African Association of Orthodontists

Research Experience

Dr Shaikh continues to participate in scientific meetings and forums where she has presented numerous papers of her research projects.

She has also supervised two MRC funded research projects of recent dental graduates who were the recipients of the MRC fellowship programme.

Dr Shaikh has also been actively involved at the university research committee where she had chaired the committee for three successive years. 

She continues to assist undergraduate students with their research projects as supervisor for preparation and presentation at various student competitions. 

Dr Shaikh has supervised Masters theses whilst she was in the department of Oral Medicine.  Since her involvement in orthodontics, she continues to guide and supervise postgraduate masters’ students with their research projects.