Dr. Deborah vanVliet is a Canadian board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial rejuvenation and the surgical refinement and reshaping of the female form. She founded the Van Vliet Clinic in 2010 to bring the most advanced innovations and science to aging, beauty, and skin rejuvenation. She has worked at Southlake Regional Health Centre since 2000 and has just recently stepped down from her busy post as Chief of Plastic Surgery so she could devote more time to her skin rejuvenation practice.

Here, Dr. vanVliet shares her passion and
motivation for helping women look their best.

“As a woman in my middle years, I understand the challenges women face as they age. It’s not about trying to deny our age – we’ve worked hard to get where we are. We are accomplished, strong, and vibrant. It’s about looking and feeling our best; about having our outside selves better reflect our inside selves.

But instead of helping women embrace their age, the multi-billion-dollar, youth-driven beauty industry often leaves women who are in the prime of their lives feeling marginalized or even invisible. That’s why I started the Van Vliet Clinic. I wanted to give women a sane haven – a place where they can go for expert advice and a cohesive, integrated approach to beauty and aging.

I cut through all the white noise and complexities and dispel the myths to bring simplicity to skin and body care. My clinic only offers treatments that science supports and that I’ve personally selected for their efficacy and natural-looking results. I’m genuinely excited to see how great women look after treatment and how happy they are, not only with the results, but with the personal care they’ve received every step of the way.

My philosophy, and my barometer for success, is simple: a great job means that you never look “done” or fake. With my gentle aesthetic sensibility, one that honours women, you’ll look rejuvenated and refreshed – the best version of yourself.”

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Meet the Team
About the Clinic


I am so grateful my family doctor highly recommended Dr. vanVliet to me for my breast reduction.  She did an amazing job and I can’t believe how my neck, back and shoulder pain has decreased to a very minimal degree.  The staff at the Van Vliet clinic are also amazing - they make you feel so comfortable and relaxed.  I could call at anytime and my questions were answered. The clinic has beautiful decor and is very inviting.  I highly recommend Dr. vanVliet - she is awesome!  I love my new breasts:) Thank you Dr. vanVliet and your great staff!


I was a little nervous at first, as anyone would be…yet everyone at the clinic was so sweet and supportive, they took away all those little fears that I had. They were always open to questions and answered all my calls. If anyone as young as I am (I am 18) is really looking to get this done, I’d recommend Dr vanVliet in a heart beat. Also Franca is a wonderful woman who helped me feel comfortable the whole time and that helped a lot!


I was feeling discouraged with the look of my skin as I have aged. I have always had acne - I thought by the time I reached my 40’s that it would stop - but no such luck! The BBL forever clear sessions treated my acne and for the first time I can go out in public without wearing cover-up! The staff really took the time to explain everything and were very professional.


I was extremely anxious about having this laser procedure done. I can honestly say that from the consultation to procedure day, the support from all the staff through their shared experience/knowledge put me at ease. My fear of the Halo procedure was totally unfounded - I had minimal discomfort during and after the procedure. The post procedure description was right on the mark for accuracy! I highly recommend this procedure..each day my skin looks better: beautiful clarity, smaller pores, less pigmentation and a rosy, dewy glow…


I had my love-handles treated with CoolSculpt.  I was amazed at how effortless and painless the procedure was.  I experienced no discomfort whatsoever and managed to catch up on some beauty sleep while it all happened. I was able to see results within weeks and I am so very happy with my final results that I am planning on having the procedure again on another ‘problem’ area!


Dr. vanVliet is amazing! I couldn’t have asked for a better doctor before, during or after my tummy tuck surgery.  Her whole staff was excellent as well.  Even my husband loved it at the Van Vliet clinic - they let him be present and involved in my care.  I would have my tummy tuck again in a heartbeat!  Out of 10 I would give the Van Vliet Clinic a 15!


I would recommend Dr vanVliet to anyone!  Her style is comforting but direct. She is very thorough and honest and she prepared me well for my surgery and recovery.  I was never worried and I had an amazing experience overall - thanks to her.


Dr vanVliet is top notch. She knows her work.  She puts people at ease - you can see how much she cares and loves her job.  She sees her patients as whole people and she never talks down to them.  She’s very caring and compassionate.  She’s so warm - you feel the love!


When I first met Dr vanVliet I knew I was good -and that I didn't have to look any further.  I felt very comfortable with her.  She has great aura and energy about her.  I found her to be very compassionate and re-assuring.


I would recommend Dr vanVliet and her clinic in a heartbeat!  I would not hesitate.  Dr vanVliet is a very compassionate doctor with a great bedside manner.  She was always supportive and I  felt listened to and cared for by her- and her wonderful team.  I would say that both my breast reduction and tummy tuck procedures were wonderful experiences.