Meet Dr. vanVliet

Meet Dr. Deborah vanVliet

Dr Deborah vanVliet is a board certified plastic surgeon with a dedicated surgical practice.  She also has a love and respect for ‘all things skin’ and founded the Van Vliet Clinic five years ago in order to lean-in and further develop this part of her practice.  The clinic has flourished and offers a wide array of minor surgical services for the removal of skin lesions (both cosmetic and malignant) as well as a wide array of skin rejuvenation procedures.  After 18 years of dedicated service at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Dr vanVliet has recently stepped down as Chief of Plastic surgery and her hospital based practice to commit herself fully to her state-of-the-art skin clinic.

As a woman in her middle years, Dr vanVliet is a strong advocate for her female patients and their health is paramount to her practice.  She understands that the multi-billion Beauty industry can manipulate and create confusion while leaving women out of pocket – with no real approach nor results.  Dr vanVliet cuts through this ‘white noise’ and manipulation – she places a premium on demystifying skin care.  She brings science and clarity to the mix,  providing her female clientele with a trusted and reliable source that they can turn to so that they will feel empowered!  As a plastic surgeon she fully understands the relationship between feeling beautiful from the outside in order to feel our best from the inside out.

From a young age, Dr. vanVliet was fascinated by both the arts and anatomy. She was called to Plastic surgery so that she could integrate both of those loves. Dr. vanVliet received her Bachelor of Science, followed by a Master of Science, at the University of Guelph. She completed her medical school training with Honours standing at the University of Toronto in 1994 and then went on to complete her specialty training in plastic surgery at McMaster University.  She has been affiliated with Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket since 2000 and in addition to being a highly accomplished plastic surgeon, Dr vanVliet has also served as a clinical lecturer and teacher for the department of surgery at the University of Toronto. She is an active member of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS), the Canadian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS) and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).

On a personal note, Dr. vanVliet is an avid world traveler. She has cycled, paddled and trekked across extensive parts of the globe. She has a dedicated yoga practice and a profound love for the environment and the outdoors.  Her greatest happiness is to help women look and feel their best – at any age!


Southlake Regional Health Centre – full privileges
Mackenzie Health Hospital – courtesy privileges
Markham-Stouffville Hospital – courtesy privileges