About Dr. Ben and Dr. Lize Wiese
Dr. Ben Wiese is a dedicated primary care skin cancer physician based in Kelowna, Canada.
Growing up, Dr. Ben Wiese always took interest in the human body. Trying to conceptualize how the amazing “machine” worked, was beyond fascinating for him. That interest, coupled with the opportunity a doctor has to change someone’s life was what ultimately lead Dr. Wiese to a career as a healthcare professional. Dr. Wiese attributes his passion to his childhood and the people that played a pivotal role in his life. Through medicine, Dr. Ben Wiese feels as though he is able to pay it forward in some way.
Dr. Wiese studied in South Africa at the University of Pretoria from 2000-2006, where he received his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. Following school, Dr. Wiese found himself in Kimberley where he completed his residency and community service years. During his time in Kimberley, Dr. Ben Wiese often found himself working in both oncology and plastic surgery. It was during this time that he took a true interest in skin cancer. He found there to be a lot of misconceptions about the skin and took it upon himself to set some of those misconceptions right.
In 2010, Dr, Ben Wiese and his wife, Dr. Lize Wiese decided to move from South Africa and open up a family practice in Kelowna. In 2014, Dr. Ben Wiese began taking dermoscopy and primary care skin cancer courses at the Universities of Cardiff and Queensland. Upon completion, and due to the high demand, he decided to open up his services and began screening and treating patients for skin cancer.
As a physician with special interest in skin cancer, Dr. Ben Wiese is a firm believer that “prevention is better than cure”. Having worked as a family physician for over a decade, Dr. Wiese’s approach is more proactive than reactive. Rather than look a the sporadic skin lesion, he takes the time to look over the body’s fastest growing organ, your skin. His aim is to become a true expert in the field of skin cancer and dermoscopy. Ultimately, Dr. Wiese hopes to contribute to skin cancer awareness through research, teaching and being a strong advocate for prevention. In order to continue his education, Dr. Ben Wiese is currently attaining his Master’s Degree in Skin Cancer from The University of Queensland in Australia.
Apart from his work at Healthwise, Dr. Ben Wiese works in numerous capacities in the surrounding areas. From time to time, both Dr. Ben Wiese and Lize Wiese do some surgical assisting at Kelowna General Hospital. They’ve also been fortunate enough to do some teachings through the UBC Medical student program. An advocate for not only his patients’ health but physician’s health as well. Dr. Ben Wiese has been a guest speaker for Telus – MedAccess on several occasions, as well as some private organizations.
Dr. Lize Wiese is also passionate about skin cancer early detection and treatment. Dr. Lize first began her career at an all-purpose skin care clinic. She quickly found herself gravitating toward the skin cancer care and prevention aspect of the practice. Even after she returned to her previous position at a family practice, she found herself thinking often about how to incorporate her passion back into her career. This desire led her to the Kelowna Skin Cancer Clinic. Lize really enjoys the education side of her day-to-day work. She understands how anxiety-inducing skin cancer can be and seeks to put her patients’ minds at ease, both through her friendly nature and vast array of knowledge.
Aside from their careers, both Dr. Ben and Lize Wiese love being outdoors, hiking, biking, water skiing, and snow skiing. Together they enjoying traveling and simply spending times with good friends. In April, Dr. Ben and Lize Wiese welcomed twin boys to their family.