About Us

DinoDent is a child focused dental practice, providing treatment in a fun and positive way. As I am a parent myself, I know how important it is to work with children in a very patient, creative and playful way. DinoDent has a dinosaur dental chair that has a DVD player and an octopus that hides the instruments! You won't find any scary syringes here. A cute crocodile sleeve hides the syringe and the electronic dental wand takes the pain out of the prick. Come play at the dentist with a jungle-gym, XBOX 360, DVD’s and lots more!

RSG Interview "Groeipyne" on 10 November 2016

Our Core Values



Living Love and Respect

Living Love and Respect

Warm and Welcoming

Warm and Welcoming

Being Humble and Enthusiastic

Being Humble and Enthusiastic

Meet Our Doctors


Dr. Amanda Marais - Owner & Dentist

I am the owner of DinoDent and a mother of two beautiful children, Francois and Magdaleen. I strive to have a balanced family and work life and my other passion is creating music and using it to make a positive impact on others in our community.

• Feb 2021: Guest speaker at "SADA" Western-Cape branch event.
• Dec 2019: Article in "Helderberg Gazette" about Mauzie, DinoDent's dental therapy dog.
• Nov 2019: Guest speaker on "Cape Talk" radio about Mauzie, DinoDent's dental therapy dog.
• May 2019: Article about DinoDent in "Distrikspos" newspaper
• March 2019: "PnP BabyClub magazine" on teething and oral hygiene in babies.
• 2018: External examiner for MSc paediatric dentistry at UWC
• Nov 2018: Award from "Global health and pharma" for Excellence in Paediatric dentistry and Orthodontics - City of Cape Town
• Dec 2018: Article in "Baba en Kleuter" on good oral hygiene in children.
• June 2018: "FedHealth" membership magazine on good oral hygiene in kids.
• Nov 2016: Guest speaker on"RSG" radio station on oral health and development in children.
• March 2014: MSc in Paediatric dentistry at UWC.
• 2011 - 2014: Part time lecturer for BChD students in paediatric dentistry and orthodontics.
• 2011: Primary exams in Anatomy (cum laude) and physiology (70%) at Stellenbosch University.
• March 2010: PDD in Orthodontics at UWC
• March 2008: BChD at UWC
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Dr. Aneska Peters - Dentist

I studied dentistry at the University of Pretoria and completed my B.Ch.D degree in 2000. After completing community service in Bloemfontein, I relocated to the UK with the aim to travel for a few years. Working in Edinburgh and Cambridge gave me ample opportunity to explore Europe and beyond.

After 11 years in the UK, I returned to South Africa with extensive experience in general dentistry. I gained knowledge at courses from leading clinicians in Europe and studied at the University College London in Aesthetic Dentistry. In Cambridge I worked in a large practice with several other dentist and then ventured to have my own multidisciplinary practice working alongside specialists. I am committed to continued professional development and keeping up with the latest technologies.

I strive to deliver quality dentistry in a gentle way, making each patient feel relaxed and valued. Being a dentist is not my occupation, but my calling.

As a mother of four, I embrace working with children and understand how challenging a dental visit can be for a parent and child.

I have a passion for people and like to volunteer in the community. All my extra time is spent with my family and raising our children. We love spending time painting, gardening, swimming and generally being outdoors.

I am privileged to join the team at DinoDent and am looking forward to many years serving the community in Somerset West.

Dr Marietjie Weakley

I am Dr Marietjie Weakley, a dentist with an unwavering commitment to creating a positive impact in dentistry, particularly in the lives of children. My journey began in 1989 when I completed my Dentistry degree – I have remained in private practice ever since.

My ambitions have always stretched far beyond my practice, aiming to influence dentistry on a global scale. I have actively taken on various roles, each with a deep sense of purpose. I had the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Pediatric Dentistry (IAPD) from 2019 to 2023.

I am profoundly thankful for the opportunity to have presented and won the bid for the IAPD International Congress, planned for 2025, in Cape Town. This will be the very first time this event will be hosted on the African Continent! I am humbled by the role I hold as Chairperson for this distinguished gathering.

My involvement also extends to leadership within local dental associations. As the Immediate Past President of the South African Association of Pediatric Dentistry (SAAPD), I am grateful for the chance to contribute. Within the South African Dental Association (SADA), my roles have included President of the Gauteng South Branch and National Council member. I was humbled to receive SADA's recognition through the Meritorious Service Award in 2020.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic challenges, I played a part in developing the "DENTAL PROTOCOL IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 Epidemic - South African Practice Perspective". Our team each received a Special Service Excellence Award from SADA.

My ongoing pursuit to establish Pediatric Dentistry as a recognized specialty is nearing fruition. Commencing in 2018 in collaboration with dental schools, this endeavour was acknowledged by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the Higher Education Department in November 2022.


Meet Mauzie our dental therapy dog who sits on the laps of our patients to bring them comfort.



Dr. Amanda Marais MSc Peadiatric Dentistry


14 Helderberg St Stuart’s Hill Somerset West 7130

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday, 08h30 - 16h30
Friday, 08h30 - 16h00

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