Rita Rakus


Dr. Marguerita Rakus graduated from Sydney University Medical School in 1974 with an MBBS.  For the next 20 years, she was a partner of Douglas Laboratories, one of the first pathology laboratories to import innovative, computerised technology from the U.S. into the pathology industry in Australia.  Dr. Rakus was instrumental in building the business to become one of the largest in Australia with more than a thousand employees.

Subsidiary companies of Douglas Laboratories included:  executive health and occupational health; first response medical centres; helicopter charter company; events management; buffalo and cattle property in the Northern Territory (land mass total one million acres); first aerobics clinic in Australia -  Dr. Ken Cooper of Dallas, Texas – providing innovative cardiovascular testing and preventative medicine.  In the late 1980s, Douglas Laboratories went public and Dr. Rakus moved to Monaco where she became a resident. 

In the early 1990s she pursued her interest in cosmetic medicine and, over a 10-year period, was trained by and assisted Professor John Celine (University of Virginia) in his day surgery centre in Knightsbridge, London.  Upon Professor Celine’s retirement, Dr. Rakus took over the practice, which now has become established as one of the largest independent cosmetic practices in Europe.

Over the last 25 years she has become a market leader in the non-surgical aesthetic field, winning many awards, travelling extensively on an international basis, lecturing, training, and setting standards for practicing doctors within this field.  She is frequently quoted as a key opinion leader within the industry and has appeared on numerous television and radio programmes, as well as being regularly featured in many international and prestigious magazines.  Having established a network of VIP patients, which includes royalty, politicians, international celebrities and the media, Dr. Rakus has forged a network of prominent individuals across the globe. 

To realise her vision of providing a holistic anti-aging programme for men and women of all ages internationally, Dr. Rakus regularly presents anti-aging conferences in Monaco and is now in the process of establishing a cutting-edge, integrated cosmetic and anti-aging centre at her clinic in Knightsbridge, London.  This centre will combine the latest scientific advances in both fields and is in negotiation with a major international group to develop these clinics across the globe.


  • MBBS, Sydney University Medical School


  • Member, Buck Advisory Council, The Buck Institute for Research on Aging
  • Registered with the UK General Medical Council
  • Founding Member, British Association of Cosmetic Doctors
  • Fellow, British College of Aesthetic Medicine
  • Member, Independent Doctors Forum
  • Registered with the Care Quality Commission
  • Registered with Independent Healthcare Advisory Service (Treatments You Can Trust)
  • Member, Royal Society of Medicine
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from Q-Med Ltd
  • Pelleve Award from Ellman International
  • Black Diamond Award from Solta Inc.
  • Exilis Award from BTL Industries
  • Ulthera Award from Ulthera Ltd.
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Hand In Hand charity, one of the major micro-financing charities whose mission is to work for economic and social empowerment of the poorest and most marginalized people by supporting the development of businesses and jobs.  Dr Rakus has personally upgraded facilities in a village in India for 3000 people.  www.hihinternational.org
  • Supporter of Cordons de Vie, Monaco, a non-profit organization that fosters the latest advances in the research of umbilical cord stem cells for the treatment of blood diseases.  www.cordonsdevie.com


Dr. Rakus is married and commutes regularly between London and Monte Carlo.  A member of the Yacht Club de Monaco, she is passionate about yachting.

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