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Tryst Dental Q&A

At Tryst Dental they are care passionately about the long-term health of the community they are based in, around Stenhousemuir and Falkirk.

Through education, informed choices and partnerships within the community they aim to change the dental health and general health of their patients for the better.

How long has Tryst Dental Practice been serving the local community? 

Since the 1980’s!  Lesley, the Principal Dentist, grew up in Dunipace and all our team members live within Falkirk and the wider Forth Valley area.


What initially inspired Lesley to become a dentist and open the practice? 

Lesley had an interest in dentistry whilst in High School and completed her school work-experience at Tryst Dental Practice. She went on to study at the University of Glasgow and returned to Tryst for her vocational training period after qualifying as a dentist. She was retained on a permanent basis before she found herself with the opportunity to become the practice owner.  She is Tryst through and through.

 

Describe the team? 

We are still quite unique in that we are currently an all-female team. Although this is not by design, it has given us a different dynamic.  We have a mixture of experience and youth which brings a balance to everything that we do. We have a wonderful team of individuals who are friendly, committed to providing excellent care, and very supportive of one another.  The girls have dealt with some exceptional challenges in the last 14 months or so and their ability to maintain standards and their friendships have made us very proud.

 

Why would someone join Tryst Dental practice? 

At Tryst Dental, we care about the long-term health of the community.  Through education, informed choices and partnerships within our community we aim to change the dental health and general health of our patients for the better.  Patients will receive a friendly welcome, be treated with respect and understanding and given information and advice to help them to make informed choices about their dental care.  We will provide support and signposting for patients who require additional help to benefit their health and well-being.

Patients will also appreciate our commitment to community and to the NHS and will help us further improve the health of our surrounding population by educating and encouraging their friends and neighbours within our community.

Business motto: We will give you the right advice, the right treatment, at the right time.

 

What other treatments are offered at Tryst? 

Although Covid has focused our attention on supporting the provision of NHS dental care, we do offer a variety of treatments including teeth straightening, teeth whitening, facial aesthetics and professional facial skincare services.  All of these are personalised to each individual and their needs, to help them to feel confident and to complement their beautiful Tryst Dental smile so they can wear it with pride.

 

What awards have you won as a business? 

We are proud to have won various awards over the years:

SCOTTISH DENTISTRY AWARDS

Community Award 2015, Community Award 2017, Outstanding Contribution of the Year 2019.

DENTISTRY SCOTLAND AWARDS

Best Charity or Community Project 2015 – Finalist

Best Charity or Community Project 2016 – Winner

CV MAGAZINE AWARDS

Best Dental Practice 2017 – Falkirk

Best Community Dental Practice 2018 – Falkirk

GHP ORAL HEALTH & DENTISTRY AWARDS

Best Dental Care Practice 2019 – Falkirk

GHP HEALTHCARE AND PHARMACEUTICAL AWARDS

Dental Clinic of The Year 2019 – Falkirk

SME NEWS

Scotland’s Most Outstanding Community Dental Practice

Most recently, we picked up The Community Award at the Scottish Dental Awards for all the work we do with Stenhousemuir Football Club and others in the community.

 

Community is at the heart of everything you do, describe why this was so important to you? 

People are our business. We are in a caring profession and fully support a holistic approach to health and well-being. There are many aspects to life that help people to feel happy, comfortable and confident. We can play a part in that by helping someone to love their smile but there is a bigger picture, and we appreciate the importance of what people are dealing with outside of their visits. We have been able to create various partnerships and links to organisations within our community that allow us to signpost people who might benefit from their services and to provide our support, whether that is financially, professionally or simply by sharing what they can offer. Becoming involved with regular social and/or physical activity, for example, could make a real difference to someone’s mental health. This matters. There are too many examples but we have our why… people matter to us. If we can contribute in some way, then that is what we will do.

 

How has the pandemic affected the industry? 

It has been exceptionally challenging for various reasons. The impact on our ability to see patients in higher volume has been stripped away and dentistry is feeling the incredible pressure of extensive waiting lists, managing daily emergencies and managing the expectations of patients who call us. Dentists and their teams have been working throughout the pandemic and there is a lack of awareness of the contributions that have (and are) being made. Our team initially handled calls working from home to offer advice and to refer patients for urgent care at the height of the pandemic in 2020. We were soon back in practice offering advice via telephone, email, social media and at all hours of the day and night. As services began to be re-introduced, we have had to adapt our ways of working to fit ever-changing new regulations which impact on so many aspects of our day, including changes to our PPE, procedures before, during and after an appointment takes place, testing, upgrading and installing high powered ventilation systems to reduce the time required between patients, managing social distancing within the practice, working in clinical bubbles to keep our team separated appropriately to avoid closure if there was a case of Covid with either a patient or a team member… the industry has faced many challenges and we continue to do so. However, patients are at the heart of where we focus each step of the journey. We don’t yet know what the longer-term plan looks like as we await further information from the government in regards to the provision of NHS dental services but we will continue to adapt and ensure we can provide our patients with high quality, personalised dental care.


What has been the greatest challenge over the last year? 

Managing patient expectations, particularly where information in the media isn’t accurate or portrayed differently to the reality.

Every practice will face its own unique challenges. We are, in many ways, in the same boat but some practices need different modifications to keep on sailing. It is crucial at this stage that patients understand that whilst we do now have provision to provide a full range of NHS services, we do have restrictions upon us and the main challenge we have is time. It is possible that an appointment that previously required 20 minutes of appointment time would now require 40 minutes or even an hour or more depending on the circumstances of their practice. PPE supplies are managed centrally based on up to 10 NHS patients per day per dentist and only 5 of those patients requiring an AGP (aerosol generating procedure) which takes in the majority of treatment types. This means we are lucky if we are seeing even a third of our normal patient volumes per day whilst also managing a backlog of cancelled appointments and cases which have come to our attention throughout the pandemic period. We face numerous calls every day from people who are angry, frustrated at waiting times and often quite aggressive towards our team members. We are so grateful for our dedicated team because they help to keep each other (and us) motivated to continue. All we need is some patience and understanding that we did not create this situation. We find ourselves in it and we will do our very best to find a positive way back out!

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Kirsten Sturman Acupuncture and Complementary Therapy Clinic – Q&A

Kirsten Sturman is originally from the Larbert area and, after studying around the world, brought her talents home in 2004.

Upon leaving Larbert High School she decided to take the road less travelled and do something completely different from her peers, studying Acupuncture at the University of Salford. She is now a successful acupuncturist, reflexologist, fertility specialist and NYR Organic consultant with clinics in Larbert and Perth.

Throughout extensive training and practising, Kirsten has been able to experience other complementary therapies and has taken up the opportunity to broaden her knowledge base. She now has a well-rounded set of skills for treating the body holistically.

What interested you about the industry?

My interest in complementary therapies grew from my teens, it seemed logical that the mind, body and spirit should be treated holistically.


Describe your studies?

After graduating in Traditional Chinese Medicine – Acupuncture, and gaining membership to the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) in 2003, I completed postgraduate training with the First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. This involved staying in China for a month, having the opportunity to attend lectures and observe the doctors at work. The variety of treatments and techniques demonstrated was invaluable in turning the 2000-year-old theory I had studied at university into practice.

 

When did you return to the Larbert area?

I returned to Scotland in 2003 to establish my business, and spent 10 years working within other Complementary Therapy Centres until I had an opportunity to open my own clinic. Since then, the Larbert clinic has expanded with therapists joining me to offer a wide range of services. The convenient location allows for clients across the Central Belt to travel for treatments, and I am also available in Perth once a week.


Describe your services?

I offer Acupuncture, Reflexology, Maternity Reflexology, Pregnancy Massage, abdominal massage, Hopi ear candling and holistic facials.


Describe NYR Organic?

I am now a consultant for NYR Organic which offers a wide selection of herbal remedies, supplements, aromatherapy and skincare using the highest possible percentage of organic ingredients and ethically sourced herbs, botanicals and essential oils.

 

Describe your approach to customer service?

Working from a private clinic, I am able to spend time with each client, giving them a chance to talk about everything they need to discuss as well as having time to relax during the treatment.


Describe what inspired you to become a fertility specialist?

Looking back over 18 years in business, I can categorise most complaints into pain, stress and fertility issues. Seeing the increase in demand for fertility treatments in the first 5 years, I began using acupuncture to support IVF, another 5 years later I added reflexology for fertility, pregnancy and birth. The treatments became more popular and complex so three years ago I completed a diploma in Fertility Acupuncture with The Fertility Support Company. The training focused on causes of infertility such as PCOS and endometriosis, reproductive immunology, recurrent miscarriage and supporting IVF and other Assisted Reproductive Techniques. This has helped me to stand out as one of the few fertility specialists in Scotland alongside my general acupuncture practice


How do you view the future of your practice?

I continue to update my skills with regular training and throughout the last year have taken part in more online courses whilst keeping the clinic open as a healthcare practitioner.


How have you adapted during the pandemic?

The clinic is fully Covid compliant to ensure the health and well-being of clients and to prevent the spread of this pandemic. All our therapists are following the guidelines set out by their industries to provide treatments in a safe and relaxing environment.


Who works alongside you in the Larbert clinic?

My colleagues are PM Physio and Janet Day Holistic Healing, offering physiotherapy and a variety of massage therapies.

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Utilise Your Home Interiors Budget with Jane Whitham Interiors

Utilise Your Home Interiors Budget with Jane Whitham Interiors

Social media has transformed the world of interiors and inspired us all to create the home of our dreams! What we often realise after longing for the picture-perfect homes on Instagram is that the interiors are harder to achieve than they appear. It’s important when redecorating to get it right first time, as this in turn saves you money and is more sustainable. This is why it is ideal to hire an expert in the field!

Jane Whitham is an interior designer in the Stirling area with over 25 years’ experience.  She is originally from Sheffield but has lived in Scotland for most of her career. Throughout that career she has worked for various companies across Scotland as the sole interior designer. Her daughter Kim describes basically growing up in show homes and this is where she realised that she too had a knack for interiors! The mother and daughter team founded Jane Whitham Interiors, based in Stirling, four years ago. Kim also has a successful, full-time, career with Police Scotland but, as she works shifts, she is able to enjoy building the marketing side of the business during her days off. She is also a mum to two children under two – so she is constantly kept on her toes!

Our Service

At Jane Whitham Interiors they specialise in hand drawn visuals offering a personal service. The pair aim to work around their client’s schedules. As working mothers, they know that being available 9-5 for clients isn’t always suitable for the client so they are happy to be available out of office hours. They offer a ‘concept to completion’ service beginning with a complementary consultation with the client which can be done in person or virtually. Jane then hand draws a visual of the room or home with bespoke designs for the client to agree and approve. They work within the budget that the client already had in mind before hiring them as designers. Then they can provide bespoke furniture and interior pieces, organise tradesmen and complete the full room for their client. All of the pieces they provide are chosen based on their functionality, uniqueness and longevity. Their goal is that once you have had a room designed by Jane Whitham Interiors you won’t have to redecorate for many, many years as the quality and look will be timeless.

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Finding Her Nest!

Finding Her Nest!

Lyndsay Ogg has lived in Falkirk for almost 20 years, and NEST Estate Agents is her first business venture. She always knew that she wanted to be her own boss, and always had a passion for property. She started her career in the industry as a Sales Advisor in 2005 for a major house-builder and moved up to Part Exchange Manager – dealing with Estate Agents and selling resale properties across East Scotland. This is when the idea of NEST began, as Lyndsay saw a gap in the service level offered by the industry and knew that she could offer something superior and different.

NEST Estate Agents opened its doors in 2015 after Lyndsay making the difficult decision to quit her full-time job and go it alone. She describes this as being the best decision she has made. On launch day she was so proud of the brand and was very excited to start this new venture.

Customer Service Sets NEST Apart!

When Lyndsay started her business, she made the conscious decision to be more available to clients, and that her availability would be 7 days a week until 8pm which she believes sets NEST apart. Lyndsay says: “The customer is always at the heart of it, and our aim is to make everyone feel like a VIP.  I understand that it is a huge life-changing decision and experience, and we love being there to support our customers.”

Her favourite thing about running NEST is the team consisting of Elaine Hendry and Lucy Devine. Lyndsay says: “We really do love what we do, and love working with each other, I think this really comes through to our clients, and they in turn feel like part of the NEST family.” As a team their tagline is “We know property matters”.

When we asked Lyndsay about how she manages her busy work life with her home she says that this balance is always difficult especially as a parent. She says: “I am available 7 days a week and I like to work hard, but I will put aside a day that I try to switch off and spend quality time with my family.”

In her free time, she loves travelling and seeing new places and cities (pre-Covid!) but when she is not planning/dreaming of her next holiday, her spare time is spent with her family. Lyndsay has three amazing children, Aaron, Niamh and Anna and she says she is a very lucky person to be able to be their mum.

NEST Estate agents are expanding and opening a branch in Cumbernauld in April. This branch will be run by Lyndsay’s sister Kirstin Gavin. Lyndsay is looking forward to growing the business and helping more people find their dream NEST!

Get In Touch

Call: 01324 228299
Email: info@nest-estateagents.co.uk

Looking to sell your home? Get a free valuation from NEST Estate Agents.

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Style While You Smile

How one family has created career happiness and thousands of jobs in the local area while keeping their clients looking fantastic! 

The name Retson has been well-known in the beauty sector in the Falkirk area for over 60 years and the foundations of Myles Retson Hairdressing were set long before he was even born. It’s almost as if he was born into the family to be a hairdresser and a business owner. It all began when Myles’ Grandpa started in a salon in Denny in the 1940’s as a barber. He went on to own the salon and his son, Myles’ father, took over the reins in 1961. He was also a barber but decided to expand the business in the 1980’s and changed to a Tektra Training Centre in 1984, moving premises to Larbert. Since that time, the Centre has trained thousands of young apprentices, many of whom have since gone on to own their own salon.

Myles had been brought up in the family business of hairdressing and was involved in the business as a Junior from 1984. He, like his father had once done, took the reins in 2000 and this is when Myles Retson Hairdressing was born. Myles has since trained and employed many new hairdressers and won numerous awards and recognitions over the last 21 years:

  • Qualifiers for the World Colour Trophy 3 times
  • Vidal Sassoon Advanced Cutting
  • Toni & Guy Advanced Cutting and Photography
  • L’Oreal ‘Train the Trainer’
  • Goldwell Colour Expert
  • Trevor Sorbie Advanced Cutting
  • Winner of Scottish Heat for Gents Cutting and Styling

Despite receiving worldwide recognition, Myles’ favourite part of the business is the social side of hairdressing and building relationships with long-standing and new clients of the salon. This is what he missed the most when the salon was closed due to the pandemic, as many of his clients he saw on a regular business for many, many years. As many of us are aware it’s usually our hairdressers that know everything about us and talk us through life’s challenges. They were also the first people we couldn’t wait to go and visit once lockdown lifted. 

When it comes to the technical side of his job, Myles enjoys working with different hair styles, colours and cuts and moving forward with the times, always. But in his eyes, his biggest accomplishment so far in his career is bringing through younger generations and giving them the opportunity in the hair industry! That gives him great joy. 

In his free time, he is a keen golfer and competes in many charity golf events including the 99 Holes in One Day Charity Event raising over £10,000 for Cancer B. He also enjoys socialising with friends and family, going out for dinner to try new restaurants, and cooking at home. 

Like fathers like sons, both of Myles’ sons are now involved in the business. As his father and grandfather before him, Myles was delighted that he too had inspired his family to join the business. His eldest son John started working in the Salon in December 2014 and is now the Manager. He is involved with many aspects of managing the business from social media / marketing, business development, organising the running of the salon, and interviews / meetings with new and current staff members. His inspiration comes from being brought up in the salon hype. He saw potential to grow and drive the business forward, with expanding the brand and has worked incredibly hard to achieve this over the past seven years. Outwith the business, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, family and friends. He is a big sports fan and has a passion for food and travel! 

Myles’ younger son Robert worked for a year in the salon in 2016. When he was halfway through his training he decided to take some time out but returned to the salon in March 2018 to finish his qualification in hairdressing and pursue this as his profession as he knew that this was his passion. Within the salon he is an assistant and also a hairdresser. He washes hair, tidies up and ensures that all the hairdressers and clients are happy. He also has his own hairdressing clients so he is always busy ensuring client satisfaction! His inspiration comes from his family and always being around the business. In his free time, he enjoys watching football and hitting the gym! Like his father and brother, he also loves going out for dinner to try new dishes. 

Myles’ passion for helping the younger generation to succeed has massively helped keep the business modern and expanding. The business currently has 17 members of staff, all with different talents and personalities! They offer everything from cutting, blow-dries, hair ups, colour, highlights, balayage, gents’ cuts, curls, perms, straightening treatments, shellac fingers/toes, acrylics, waxing, henna brows, lash extension, make up, threading. They also offer wedding packages for hair and makeup. Over the years new trends have come in such as balayage, glam makeup and laminated brows and Retson’s always ensure that staff members are trained in the latest beauty must haves so that they can offer these services to their clients in keeping with the trends. 

The salon is very active on all social media platforms and on their website. Along with their staff they also continually attend training courses for all levels to advance their skillsets. As a family they work really well together but in their own words “There is still the odd family discussion but three heads are better than one!” The biggest challenge for them as a family-owned and operated business is keeping everyone content and motivated on a daily basis. Their goal for the business for the future is to succeed and grow while giving the best service to their clients. This includes continually moving with trends/styles and expanding to new areas of opportunity. 

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Making it Count Awards

We were so excited to launch our first ever Annual Charity Gala in 2020 to raise funds for local charities such as Strathcarron Hospice. Continued restrictions led to us postponing the Gala until next year but we are still announcing our three ‘Making It Count’ recipients in our latest issue.

We featured Stenhousemuir couple, Asiyah and Jawad Javed in our Local Heroes issue for everything they do to help not only the community but people across the world! Many people brought their story forward to us and that is why they are one of the recipients of our ‘Making It Count Awards’.

Asiyah and Jawad Javed have owned and operated Day-Today Express in Stenhousemuir for three years and the couple have always helped not only their customers but also the wider community.

They received global press pubilcity for their COVID-19 kits for their elderly customers but this isn’t the first time they’ve  helped the vulnerable. In 2018, during the “Beast from the East” they personally delivered milk and bread to their elderly customers.

They were aware of the  stockpiling during that crisis and as soon as COVID-19 became a threat they knew it was time to help again. They bought as many supplies as possible before the lockdown so that they could supply those in need. Asiyah explains she knew that there would be stockpiling again, and it was the elderly who would lose out. The couple began handing out free COVID-19 kits consisting of face masks, hand sanitiser and cleaning wipes. These were made available to the vulnerable in the shop and they also personally delivered them. They handed out over 1,000 of these.

Their mission was that no one would go without during this difficult time. They have given out over 900 baby milks and baby food to families in need. Not only are did they give away essentials, but they made Fake-Away McDonalds for children, and handed out hundreds of Easter eggs to children over the Easter weekend. They also made sure the health and care services don’t go without. They delivered over 10,000 PPE masks to health care workers. The couple spent over £10,000 of their personal money on these community projects.

Asiyah and Jawed have personally changed thousands and thousands of lives during this crisis. They simply wouldn’t have a person go without. It’s important for us all to support small businesses like theirs. Asiyah and Jawed have cared for their neighbours, their community, and anyone that needed them.

Thank you for Making It Count!

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Croft and Creel – In with the new

When Alex Leask bought over Pierre’s Restaurant in 2005, he wanted to keep the name and traditions that went with it. As the years have passed, Alex has added his own personal touches to the menu, which now focuses on traditional Scottish cuisine.

Pierre’s had been around in Falkirk since 1979, the same year that Alex was born, so it has been an established restaurant for all of Alex’s life.

When Alex purchased the restaurant, it was known best for French cuisine, and initially it was Alex’s wife, Giovanni, who translated all the menus – luckily she’s half Italian and speaks French as well as English and Italian. The couple came to the Stirlingshire area in 2002 for Giovanna to attend university. It was Alex’s dream to own a restaurant of his own and they began looking for the right establishment across the Central Belt.  Alex’s chef mentality is to produce simple, good food that isn’t too complex, or too fancy. He ensures good sized portions with a guarantee that his guests will never leave hungry.

In the beginning, he was happy to stick to Pierre’s French traditions, but over time Alex was keen to put his own personality into the menu. They moved away from French cuisine and now focus on traditional Scottish foods with a twist. In June 2020, Alex received a call offering him the larger premises above the original Pierre’s Restaurant. The couple quickly made a life-changing decision to move the restaurant upstairs and change its name to suit its new cuisine and style. The Croft and Creel was then born! Alex got a joinery friend to help him and within three weeks the restaurant was taking shape just in time for reopening after lockdown. It now has a modern, Scottish, feel.

The Croft and Creel in Giovanna’s words is “a metaphorical way of saying Surf and Turf, or steak and seafood” It also has ties to Orkney.

She says: “Changing the name puts everything into our own identity, and the food we do.” Alex sources a lot of produce from all over Scotland and makes everything from scratch. Alex leads a small team in the kitchen, and the restaurant employs a team of staff, who they have retained over the years and through lockdown so they try to maintain a good work-life balance. “Hospitality is an intense industry,” says Alex, “and when you’re running a restaurant it is vital to make sure you and your staff don’t get worn out.” Alex says he would never send anything out of his kitchen that is not to his standard of perfection. He also takes requests in advance if a customer would like him to prepare a certain dish and often orders in speciality items for their customers.

The Croft and Creel menu is more or less the same as it was prior to lockdown when they were called Pierre’s. It is Scottish themed with some of the most popular dishes being their Chauteubriand, Scallops and the Scotch Eggs! They are passionate about fresh produce and use a lot of freshly foraged vegetables. Fresh crab and langoustines are delivered throughout the week straight from a fishing boat. And they also do lobster evenings among other themed evenings.

They are delighted they have retained their large customer base but also grown it as many people now realise that they are no longer a French restaurant but a contemporary Scottish restaurant in the heart of Falkirk. They also do a large selection of house cocktails with some of the most popular being the Passionfruit Martini and the French Martini.

The restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and open for lunch Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday and for dinners Wednesday – Saturday.

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Through the Kitchen Window and Straight into the Nation’s Heart

Caroline and I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Mila Sneddon, a 4-year-old from Stenhousemuir who you may recognise from your television screens or local media channels. After trying to find an alternative solution, the family took the difficult decision to isolate in different households during lockdown to protect Mila. At this point, she was only four months into her chemotherapy journey for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Mila’s mum Lynda explained to her that this was to keep the germs away and she took it in her stride. Mila seems to always have an adorable grin on her face, no matter what is going on in her world. When we were walking towards her house for this interview, we heard her from over the fence, “it’s me, over here!” She was so excited to meet us, and we were just as excited to meet her, from a safe distance.

The Image that Captured the Nation

Mila’s story had been brought to our attention during lockdown when Caroline and I called each other with tears in our eyes after watching Mila on the news, smiling and blowing kisses to her dad through her kitchen window. Lynda elaborates, “As Mila’s dad, Scott, had to continue to work and her big sister, Jodi, had to attend school, we could not risk the possibility of infection being brought home – so they would visit every day at the window.” Lynda had originally shared the image of Mila and her dad on her Facebook page to bring to light the importance of social distancing. The majority of us were able to remain in our homes with our whole families so it was a strong message to share of the sacrifices their family were making for their beautiful little girl. This image went viral and the tear-jerking story was quickly heard all across the U.K. Seven weeks later and after being furloughed from his job, Scott was reunited with Mila and the video of their reunion also went viral. Mila was over the moon to be able to hug her dad. Lynda says, “Looking back, I’m so proud of my daughter and how far she has come – the level of resilience Mila has shown during this unprecedented time is truly remarkable.”

The image of Mila and her Dad not only went viral but was chosen as one of the 100 featured images in the Hold Still 2020 campaign. The campaign, which is spearheaded by The Duchess of Cambridge, is a community project which was launched in May 2020 to create a unique collective portrait of the UK during lockdown. Over 31,000 submissions were received from across the country, with entrants ranging from 4 to 75 years old. From these, a panel of judges selected 100 portraits, assessing the images on the emotions and experiences they conveyed. Mila said to us that she thinks she will meet the Queen, and we really hope that she does.

Mila has now started primary school and is loving getting to spend time with peers her own age. She is full of life and laughter and we think we could all take a leaf out of Mila’s book.

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In Loving Memory of Our Dear Friend Andrew Haldane

Over the last 20 years the name “Haldane” has been associated with construction projects varying in size and purpose. Their builders are experienced tradesmen with a wealth of knowledge and expertise across private, domestic and commercial projects. These projects range from bespoke houses to refurbishments and renovations. They have also undertaken specialised builds on schools, hospitals and dental surgeries along with various factory builds.

At Haldane Construction they take pride in the fact that their team are loyal and have been with them for many years. Andrew Haldane says, “Training our team underpins their experience and loyalty making us professional and reliable for ourselves and for our customers.” They take on apprentices and make sure that they are supported every step of the way. They also employ locally. Andrew says, “We all have the same high standards which enables us to complete projects on time and with complete customer satisfaction. This is important to us all as our customers are at the heart of everything we do.” They work together with the customer on the design, budgeting and management of the project. It is important to them that they have one line of communication and one goal.

They provide:

– Free estimates/quotations for all enquiries

– Detailed work programmes for all projects

– Management services for self-builders

– Survey and drawings prepared for planning

– Permissions and domestic drawings prepared for warrant applications

– Method statements and risk assessment presentations for all building works

– Professional construction and advice

At Haldane Construction their aim is to deliver quality builds, on time and within budget. If you have a project that you would like to talk to their experienced team about then contact them.

 

T: 0844 740 1638

E: info@haldaneconstruction.co.uk

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Turning Back Time

Turning Back Time

Michelle was born and raised in Camelon and attended Camelon High School. She began working in a call centre before deciding to study nursing at the University of Stirling. Michelle wanted to work in a career that improved the health and wellbeing of others daily.

After graduating in 2006, Michelle began working as a nurse at Stirling Royal Infirmary, then at Forth Valley Royal Hospital before transitioning to a community-based role.

In 2017, she took the leap of starting her own business and opened Enhanced Facial Aesthetics in a beautiful Grade C listed Lodge on Bellsdyke Road in Larbert.

Many may wonder why Michelle chose to change careers, and she states, “I love how a treatment can improve an individual’s mental health. I love that I can renew a person’s self-confidence and make them feel great about themselves.”

Michelle’s passion, coupled with her warm and friendly personality make her the go-to for aesthetic treatments in the Forth Valley area.

Larbert was the ideal location for Michelle’s clinic as it is where she currently resides with her husband and two children. The location is an excellent choice as it is within walking distance of Larbert train station and is easily accessible from both Glasgow and Edinburgh via the M876 and the M9 motorways.

The Clinic

Enhanced Facial Aesthetics is a private clinic, offering a specialised approach to delivering non- surgical facial aesthetics. Michelle’s business aim is to offer the latest and greatest aesthetics treatments, locally at a fair price. They offer a wide range of treatments such as line reducing treatments, dermal fillers, lip enhancement, and skin treatments. Michelle has always been interested in aesthetics and loves the idea of aesthetic improvement without looking false. Michelle says: “If we don’t offer the right treatment for you, we will help to point you in the right direction.”

Bespoke Aesthetic Treatments

Michelle and her team believe everyone is unique, so they treat their clients personally, professionally, honestly, expertly and with no hard selling. They are committed to providing a wide range of treatments tailor-made to each client. Michelle offers treatments such as line reducing treatments, dermal and lip fillers, fat reducing treatments, and skin and facial treatments.

As a nurse prescriber, Michelle is qualified to carry out each treatment in the clinic, but prefers to focus on the injectable treatments. She typically carries out line reducing treatments, PRP Vampire Facials, lip and dermal fillers, and fat reducing injections. Michelle refers to her treatments as ‘turning back time’.

The Team

Enhanced Facial Aesthetics comprises a small team of four; two practitioners – Michelle and Lyn – and two reception staff – Nicky and Ryan.

Lyn is Enhanced Facial Aesthetics’ resident skin guru, as her main passion is with skin and facial treatments. Lyn focuses mainly on providing treatments such as the Aqua 3 Facial, WOW Fusion and Super Hair Removal (SHR). Lyn also works with clients to create bespoke skincare programs to suit their specific concerns. Lyn has worked in the industry for over 10 years, and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to skin.

Nicky is one of the receptionists at the clinic. Nicky also has a great knowledge of the aesthetics industry, as she is also a trained beauty therapist. She loves to chat to and get to know all of the clients, making them feel at home before their treatments. Nicky states that “The best part of my job is seeing clients be delighted with themselves aAer their treatments!”

Ryan is Michelle’s son who is the other receptionist. Ryan enjoys working in the clinic and chatting to all of the clients. He currently works part-time, as he is also studying Psychology and Spanish at the University of Glasgow. He is interested in skin and loves to promote the clinic’s products and services. He also enjoys photography and took the photos for this article – a family of many talents!

Your Skin

Their goal is to give each client the best experience and results possible. Michelle says: “We do that by listening to you, answering your questions, and coming up with a customised treatment recommendation that works for you.” Through their continued education in aesthetics, the team strive to give you the best advice on how to look aAer your skin to enable you to make a fully informed decision about any treatment that can help you reach your goal to look the best you can with a natural, younger look.

ZO Skin Health

ZO Skin Health is a medical strength skincare range that develops and delivers innovative skincare solutions. It optimises skin health based on the latest advances in skin therapy technologies using unique delivery systems, bioengineered complexes and exclusive formulations. Michelle and Lyn have extensive knowledge in the ZO range and are happy to advise on the products as well as carry out skincare consultations for a wide range of conditions. They are also official stockists and a huge range of products are available at the clinic.

You Can Always Improve Your Practice

As well as having a Nursing Degree, Michelle is also an Independent Nurse Prescriber registered with the NMC. She is a member of the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN), and Aesthetic Complication Expert group (ACE).

She is fully trained in numerous aesthetic treatments and keeps up to date with the latest products and techniques through regular meetings with company representatives and by attending meetings nationwide.

As well as this, Michelle subscribes to the Journal of Aesthetic Medicine which details the newest breakthroughs in aesthetic medicine as well as news on new products, treatments, and techniques.

Furthermore, Michelle is currently undertaking a ten-month mentorship program with one of the UK’s leaading aesthetics practitioners. Why? Because you can always improve your practice!

Covid 19 Changes

During the lockdown, Michelle had to temporarily close her business, but she didn’t sit idle! Michelle resurrected her role within the NHS. She worked on the frontline assessing and treating patients with COVID-19 in their homes. She expressed her gratitude towards key workers throughout lockdown on her various social media channels, as well as thanking everyone for staying home. Michelle has also worked hard implementing new features in the clinic before reopening to ensure the clients’ safety.

Michelle and her team aim to bring you safe, affordable non-surgical aesthetic treatments from honest, trustworthy, highly trained and registered healthcare professionals who have a passion for restoring your confidence and happiness.

Get In Touch

We understand that when it comes to your appearance, you shouldn’t make decisions lightly, so we want you to take advantage of our Free Consultation to come and meet us, and see our clinic for yourself.