About Groot DermaSurgery Centre

Dr. Don Groot was the founder of the Groot DermaSurgery Centre. He retired in 2014 after 34 years of meeting the skin care needs of many of the citizens of Edmonton and Alberta. His long time colleague, Dr. Thomas Nakatsui, has taken the helm and continues to work with a team of dedicated, experienced individuals to make the Groot DermaSurgery Centre a center of excellence in dermatological care.

The atmosphere at the Centre is one of caring, concern and professional competence. The staff is attuned to the needs and concerns of the patient from the first phone call through to the final visit. Patient coordinators are available to answer inquiries, schedule appointments and organize patient visits. The nurses, some with advanced degrees and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification, are highly skilled assistants to Dr. Thomas Nakatsui.

The Centre is dedicated to being at the forefront of new developments in medical care and dermatologic surgery of the skin. The laser equipment at the Centre is state of the art including lasers for facial rejuvenation, scar revision, removal of pigment, removal of vascular (blood vessel) abnormalities and hair removal. Botox injections and dermal fillers are used in combination with medicated creams, microdermabrasions, and laser resurfacing to maintain and improve one’s natural beauty. CoolSculpting offers noninvasive solutions for unwanted fat.

Dr. Thomas Nakatsui is at the cutting edge of hair restoration. Through the use of advanced follicular unit transplantation he is able to achieve natural rejuvenated hair lines for his patients.

This wide range of treatment alternatives allows us to meet the specific needs of the patient to achieve maximum benefit with minimum risk.

Our Doctors

Dr Nakatsui

Thomas Nakatsui, MD, FRCP(C), FAAD

Dermatologic, Laser, and Hair Restoration Surgery

Dr. Thomas Nakatsui is the medical director of the Groot DermaSurgery Centre, a certified non-hospital surgical facility. He holds a Fellowship in Dermatology in Canada and is also Board certified in the United States. Dr. Nakatsui is skilled in all areas of dermatology including laser surgery, fillers, Botox, and hair transplantation. He completed his medical training and residency in Dermatology at the University of Alberta and received additional training at several Centers of Excellence including Harvard, the Johns Hopkins Medical Centre, the Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Mayo Clinic.


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Adil Ladak MD, FRCS(C)

Plastic Surgeon









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Linda Smith, MD CCFP

Family Physician

A Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and a graduate of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Smith trained in family medicine at the University of Alberta.  Dr. Smith joined the Groot DermaSurgery Centre in 2015.  She is skilled in all areas of treatments regarding acne and verrucae (warts).  She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta.






Jay Zhu MD, FRCS(C)

Plastic Surgeon

  • Canadian Fellowship
  • Board Eligible in the United States
  • Fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery, University of British Columbia
  • Fellowship in Hand Surgery, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Jay Zhu is a consulting plastic surgeon at the Groot DermaSurgery Centre, a certified non-hospital surgical facility. He trained in plastic surgery at the University of Alberta and then went on to complete additional fellowship training at the University of British Columbia and University of Pittsburgh. He is board certified in plastic surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Zhu is committed to excellence in the provision of cosmetic and plastic surgical procedures, some of which include forehead, face, and neck lifts, eyelid surgery, breast lift and augmentation, and tummy tucks.