Golden Ears Family Practice

Dr. Profiles

Dr. Francois Botha

Dr. Botha graduated from the University of Pretoria and finished his residency training in General Medical Practice, with extended training in General Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery at Tygerberg Hospital.

Dr. Botha entered Family Practice in 1982 and worked in the Towns of Kenhardt and Cape Town in South Africa and in Leader, Saskatchewan before moving to Maple Ridge in 2002.

Dr. Botha co-founded the Golden Ears Family Practice. He serves as one of the owners and medical directors today.

Dr. Botha's approach to medicine is Evidence Based and Patient Centered. He believes that medical interventions should be proven and Peer Reviewed before routinely applied to his patients and that Patient consultations should be sensitive to a patient’s real needs and expectations.

Dr. Botha has a keen interest in Medical Informatics and is keenly watching the progress to a Pan-Canadian Electronic Health Record System. He is also proud to have, with his colleagues, recently switched over to an Electronic Health Record System to improve patient Care.

Dr. L. Fetaz

Profile coming soon.

Dr. T. Ivanov, MD, LMCC, CCFD

Profile coming soon.

Dr. Ursula Luitingh

She practiced for 9 years in South African before moving to Canada with her family in 2001.Dr Luitingh began her practice in Canada in Manitoba before moving to the Maple Ridge area.

She is a co-founder and Medical Director for Golden Ears Family Practice and Walk in Clinic. Dr Luitingh acts as current Vice President of the Medical Advisory Committee.

Dr Luitingh’s passion about medicine is to unite the doctors and patients together as a health maintaining partnership, taking equal responsibility in achieving optimal health standards. Dr Luitingh believes that a practice catering for all members of the family is an essential service for the community.

She has a special interest and expertise in the management of woman’s health and looks forward to heading up a unique woman’s health clinic in the new practice.  Dr. Luitingh lives with her family in Maple Ridge.

Dr Catherine Pattinson, MB.BS, LMCC

Dr Pattinson trained at the Westminster Hospital in London, UK and qualified in 1982.

Her hospital training was in paediatrics, geriatrics, gynaecology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, orthopaedics and surgery at various hospitals in London,UK.

Her General Practice residency training was in Oxford,UK.

She has worked as a General Practitioner in England, New Zealand and Australia, and since 2001 in Maple Ridge, BC.


Dr Willem Richards, MBChB, LMCC

Dr Richards has practiced for 5 years out of Crossroads medical practice. He welcomes his family practice patients to the new clinic.

Besides his family practice, Dr Richards continues to provide an immensely valuable service as standing Chief Hospitalist at Ridge Meadows Hospital. Golden Ears Clinic is delighted to have Dr Richards working out of the clinic and also providing a link with the hospital physicians.

Dr Richards, when not working, has other interests, including spending time with his family, golfing and following his interest in motor vehicles. He lives with his wife and daughter in Maple Ridge.