After finishing his education, Dr Oelofse completed a year of National Service in the South African army. The following year he began training as a dentist at the University of Pretoria and completed a dental degree (BChD) in 1977. In the same year, he started working for a dental group treating patients employed by several gold mining companies, which was an excellent experience for a newly qualified dentist. In 1979, Dr Oelofse first came to England and registered with the British General Dental council. He worked in practices in Luton and Stevenage until 1981, gaining further knowledge and experience.
Dr Oelofse returned to South Africa in 1981 and started his own practice in Durban. The mild climate of Durban meant spending a lot of time outdoors. He became very involved with road running and completed many marathons and ultra-marathons while pursuing a love of golf. In 1998, after practising in Durban for 17 years, Dr Oelofse relocated to England with his family and started working in Danbury. At present, he works part-time in Danbury and at Hockerill Dental in Bishop’s Stortford. Implant dentistry is one of the disciplines Dr Oelofse has always been interested in, and in 2007 he started his training in this field by attending practical courses in South Africa, Cartagena University in Columbia and London.