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‘We look forward to welcoming you to our new premises and to a more youthful appearance.’
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STEP INTO SPRING WITH A NEW SKINCARE ROUTINE At Alpha Clinic, the North-east’s premier provider of skin care, aesthetic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures, spring is all about great skin.
lpha Clinic was founded by Mr Thanassi Athanassopoulos, one of the country’s most highly qualified and skilled Plastic Surgeons and creator of our own high performance skincare line, Alpha Clinical. We also have the whole ZO Skin Health range. Consultations available with our nurse prescriber, Jan Whiteford. For spring, we have introduced Profhilo and NCTF 135HA, which provide deep hydration while stimulating elastin and collagen production, improving skin quality
and texture. The NCTF 135HA formula consists of 55 active ingredients including vitamins, amino acids, proteins and antioxidants that stimulate and repair aging skin, especially the under-eye area. For a non-surgical lift, we have the award winning Ultherapy. Ultherapy harnesses ultrasound energy to heat targeted tissue under the surface of the skin stimulating the body’s natural production of collagen. This non-invasive treatment is used to lift and tighten loose skin on
the face such as the brow, jawline and jowls, as well as improve wrinkles on the décolletage, giving impressive results. If you are considering a more dramatic approach to achieving those summer body goals, we have various surgical options such as facelift, neck lift, brow lift or blepharoplasty which can all create a younger, more refreshed appearance. Body procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck, arm lifts and thigh lifts are popular choices at this time of year. From skincare to surgery we have it all covered. 16 Carden Place, Aberdeen AB10 1FX Tel: 01224 232428 alphaclinic.co.uk
6 | CONTENTS
HEALTH, BEAUTY & WELLBEING
18 Fashion: Accessories 20 Free and easy: no fuss fabulous
Show a leg: get in shape for summer 10 Wellbeing: an exercise in recovery 12
62 FOOD & DRINK
Cornering the market: Explore Milton on the Corner 36
TRAVEL & LEISURE
Our round up of the best nights out for May & June 08 Win tickets to at Singing in the Rain at HMT 45 Trend events: book now 57
30 Father’s Day round the world 60 Kids: Science toys for girls and boys 62 Meet singer-songwriters Florence Jack & Iona Fyfe 64 Meet the team at The Orthodontic Clinic
38 Trend’s Fashion Lunch at Mal 40 The charms of Chapelton 42 The best things in life are free 56 Fizz, frocks and fancies in Laurencekirk
HOMES, GARDENS, &INTERIORS
50 From pine to sublime: 50 years of kitchen style 58 Gardens: Kirsty McLean on shade and shelter
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EDITOR Hello again, This time of year is all about new possibilities and opportunities. We’ve been allowed to take our face coverings off, but many of us are still a bit unsure about jumping back in to the social whirl. It’s a time to stand back for a moment, to stop and smell the flowers and to consider what really matters. The past couple of years have meant a great deal of change for us all. Our priorities have changed and many of us are finding the rising cost of everything from food to fuel bills means we have to be more discerning about how we spend our cash. That’s why we’re focussing on some of the free attractions that the city and shire offers in this issue. We sometimes forget the wealth of natural and cultural attractions we have because we live here. It’s easy to take our surroundings for granted. It’s time to think like a tourist and explore what’s on offer with new eyes. It might be a simple picnic in the park, watching the sunrise over the ruins of Slains Castle or exploring the Art Gallery. It might be a beach litter pick, dolphin spotting, climbing Bennachie or simply easing yourself back into your social life by catching up with a friend over coffee in a café or a glass or two of wine in your own garden.
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8 | WHATS ON
15 may 9 May ALL OF MAY
Bill Bailey headlines at P&J Live! pandjlive.com/events
Gordon Castle Games and Country Fair. gordoncastle.co.uk
19 may Free Lunchtime concert with Djana Gabrielle at Cowdray Hall. Donations welcome. aberdeencity.gov.uk/AAGM
Explore 150 years of VSA at the Art Gallery’s Aberdeen Cares exhibition. vsa.org.uk
10-14 may 7 MAY Pick up a treat or two at Peterhead Producers Market. facebook.com/peterheadmarket
7 MAY Aberdeen Fashion Week kicks off at Duthie Park Tickets £15. aberdeenfashionweek.org
A Pie, A Play and a Pint is back at the Lemon Tree. aberdeenperformingarts.com
Get creative with In The Flesh drawing painting and sculpture courses, £350. visitabdn.com
Try blacksmithing at the Scottish Sculpture Gallery in Lumsden £120. ssw.org.uk
Aberdeen University’s Cruikshank Botanic Garden is open for charity. abdn.ac.uk/botanic-garden
Beep! Beep! Peruse almost 200 vintage vehicles at the Crathes Rally at Milton of Crathes. rotary-ribi.org/clubs
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WHAT’S F O K C I OUR P D JUNE N A Y A ON IN M 30 may Strictly Come Dancing at P&J Live! pandjlive.com/events
The Scottish Ensemble’s Concert for a Summer Evening at the Art Gallery from 9pm. Tickets £19. scottishensemble.co.uk
The Art Gallery has a Make a Mini Me workshop for kids over 8. £5. aberdeencity.gov.uk/aagm
Scott School of Dance bring Iconic to HMT. aberdeenperformingarts.com
Scottish Traditional Boat Festival Portsoy. stbfportsoy.org
4 june Cookery demos and lots of stalls to explore at Taste of Grampian P&J Live! tasteofgrampian.co.uk Or head to the Vegan Festival at Pittodrie. veganfestival.co.uk
9-12 june NUART returns to the city, with over 30 street artists transforming walls, pavements and even potholes into a visual delight. facebook.com/nuartaberdeen
Oldmeldrum Highland Games. oldmeldrumsports.co.uk
Arms Forces Day Parade from Albyn Place to the Castlegate at 11am. armedforcesday.org.uk
Head to Hazelhead Park for the Aberdeen Highland Games. aberdeencity.gov.uk/services
Baby Boogie for Under 5’s at Cowdray Hall. 11-12.30. Family ticket £1. aberdeenperformingarts.com
All events are subject to change or cancellation, so check before heading out.
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IT’S NOT SOMETHING WE’VE SEEN MUCH OFF IN THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS THANKS TO WORKING FROM HOME AND TRAVEL BANS. JUST IN CASE YOU’VE FORGOTTEN, YOUR LEGS ARE THE BITS THAT GO FROM YOUR BOTTOM ALL THE WAY DOWN TO YOUR FEET. YOU’LL PROBABLY FIND THEM IN YOUR JOGGERS OR SWEATPANTS. THIS MAY BE TRAUMATISING, BUT FASHION HAS DECREED THAT BOTH SHORTS AND THE MINI SKIRT ARE BACK IN STYLE. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to get your legs back in a fit state if you want to strut your stuff.
If you’re pale and pasty, then tanning can make your legs look slimmer and healthier. The Sun Spot on Broomhill Road are known for their excellent customer care and often have special offers on blocks of sunbed sessions. They’re really good at providing aftercare advice and unlike self-tanning, there’s no chance of streaks with a sunbed, so you can build up a natural looking tan gradually. Now’s also a good time to book yourself in for a medical pedicure or a bit of pampering so your feet look good in summer mules, slides or sandals. If you prefer a smooth leg, then there are a few methods that last a lot longer than shaving or home depilatories. Waxing is an option, provided you can cope with the momentary pain and don’t mind looking like a plucked chicken for a day or two afterwards. Alternatively Clinetix Grampian offer laser hair reduction treatment in courses of three or six treatments using the GentleLasePro Laser from Candela, the gold standard in laser hair removal. Laser hair reduction is suitable for men and women, most skin types and all areas of the body. It also eliminates uncomfortable bumps caused by in-grown hairs, by destroying the affected hair follicles.
Clinetix also offer laser treatment to improve or eradicate the appearance of thread veins (sometimes called ‘spider veins’) and broken capillaries on their legs. These can be very unsightly and embarrassing for sufferers and are often a reason people keep legs covered up. It’s a very precise treatment and can take less than an hour, depending on the extent of the area being treated and, in most cases, will provide a permanent solution. If you have excess skin and fat, Alpha Clinic offer thigh lifts and liposuction treatments to reshape and smooth the thigh area. Liposuction can help eliminate pockets of stubborn fat and is great for targeting those areas that simply won’t respond to gym or diet. It can be used on the upper or lower legs and knees to reduce fat and improve texture and tone of the skin. Liposuction is great for people with Lipoedema which is a medical condition that causes abnormal fat distribution. If you have moles, it’s important you have these checked, particularly if you’re exposing your skin to the summer sun. Alpha Clinic can offer mole checks, as well as mole, cyst, and lesion removals and biopsy results. With a bit of preparation, when the sun comes out, you’ll be ready to strut your stuff in style.
12 | HEALTH
It’s not always easy to get back to better health, particularly if you have a chronic underlying health condition, haven’t exercised since school PE lessons or if you’re recovering from some form of injury. Luckily, there are now several specialist providers of gentle, supportive exercise and therapies which can be adapted to suit your individual circumstances.
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o matter how unfit you are or where you’re starting from, there’s a class or one to one training that will set you back on the path to better health. Even a little exercise can help improve conditions like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, arthritis, neurological conditions, restricted movement or flexibility issues and you’re never too old to get started. The Wallace Practice offer specialist Pilates classes for those with neurological conditions, osteoporosis or arthritis. They’re also a great choice if you have restricted movement or an old injury as there’s a personal assessment before booking a block of classes and the classes are led by experienced physiotherapists who can modify the exercises to suit your needs. They also offer yoga, tai chi and acupuncture, as well as seated Pilates. The neurological physios at Spear Physiotherapy in Banchory and Westhill also offer assessments and individual rehab programmes. There are in person classes in Westhill and online classes available. They also offer NeuroPilates classes and work with Step Ahead, a local charity, to provide exercise classes for
those who have suffered a stroke. These are held at Aberdeen Sports Village. MSK Sports Therapy and Injury Clinic also offer Pilates classes at their base in Tullos. If you have back or musculoskeletal issues, then Inverurie Chiropractic Clinic can offer advice on how to look after your back and how to get back to health. As well as spinal manipulation, the staff at the award-winning clinic provide sports and remedial massage, exercise programmes, postural advice, acupuncture, fitness training, reflexology, yoga, nutritional advice and health and wellbeing counselling. Yoga can also be a great reintroduction to exercise with its combination of gentle, but deep stretching and mental wellbeing benefits. Look for an experienced teacher who offers one-to-one instruction before joining a class, because this ensures that your stance is correctly adjusted to take any restrictions into account. The road to better health can be a long one, but at least there’s plenty of professional support to help you take your first steps and guide you on your journey.
14 | TREAT COMPANY
Say Hi to HIFU, the non-surgical facelift
IFU is an amazing facial contouring and rejuvenation treatment that tightens the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and improving skin texture. HIFU is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses high intensity focussed ultrasound to firm the skin and increase collagen levels naturally. It can give the same results as a facelift without any cuts or recovery time, or be used to tackle specific areas like reducing the appearance of jowls, softening the naso-labial folds or raising the brows. Treatment starts from £350 for one area of the face to £700 for full face and neck treatment. Results are noticeable after 4-12 weeks with continued improvement up to six months later. Say Hi to HIFU and hello to a younger looking you!
Book on 01346 583365 or Facebook treatcompany.co.uk
Girl's Day Out If you fancy a big night out with a friend, why not head to The House of Hair on Dee Street? Book a Girls’ Day Out package on a Friday or Saturday and you and your friend will be whisked off into the salon’s luxe private room to have your hair styled and your make up done. All you and your bestie have to do is relax as you share a bottle of fizz, then you’re ready to hit the high spots, feeling good and looking great.
Owner Lorraine Malcolm explained, ‘We want to make each client feel confident and very special, being the best version of themselves without breaking the bank!’ Book by texting or Whatsapping 07805 386437 with your date and preferred time quoting ‘bestie’ for your complimentary bottle of fizz. 43 Dee Street, AB11 6DY Tel: 07805 386437 house-of-hair.co.uk
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New face for The House of Hair Dee Street’s House of Hair continues to expand with the addition of another new stylist. Jamie Sadler joins the popular city-centre salon as Senior Stylist. Lorraine Malcolm, salon owner, said, ‘Jamie is a great addition to our team at House of Hair. Jamie specialises in occasion hair and was previously with Dare.’ Book now at house-of-hair.co.uk
Befriend a Child looking for volunteer befrienders and mentors in Aberdeenshire Local children’s charity, Befriend a Child, have launched an appeal to find new befrienders and mentors for their waiting list pf around 50 children across Aberdeenshire. They are looking for kind, caring and reliable people to bring fun and new experiences to the lives of young people. Befriend a Child provides all volunteers with full training and support, so volunteers don’t need to have any previous experiences working with children. Befrienders meet with their young people twice a month, these outings help increase their self-esteem and confidence and gives them experiences they may be unable to have otherwise.
For more information about volunteering with Befriend a Child, email volunteer@befriendachild. org.uk or visit the website at befriendachild.org.uk
PILATES FOR EVERYONE
t the Wallace Practice, we believe in tailormade exercise for everyone and have been offering Physiotherapist-led Pilates classes for over 20 years. We can offer specialist one-to-one or group classes for those who need longer term supervised exercise such as neurological conditions, falls prevention, pulmonary and cardiac rehab, as well as those nursing musculoskeletal injuries or those who simply want to return to exercise. Classes include seated Pilates for neurological conditions such as MS, Parkinson’s disease and stroke, another for Osteoporosis and an
Active with Arthritis program reducing levels of pain, and improving strength and function. Our Pilates for Everyone program features a range of day and evening Physioled Pilates classes from beginners, easy, intermediate and challenging. We’re happy to discuss the best fit for your needs! Let’s get moving with Pilates for You!
12 Seafield Road, Aberdeen, AB15 7YT Tel: 01224 316 488 wallacepractice.co.uk
16 | CLINETIX
AGEING IS A FACT OF LIFE LOOKING YOUR AGE ISN’T! Clinetix is a centre of excellence in aesthetic medicine, dedicated to helping you look and feel at your best. The ethos at Clinetix is simple - to be the best and deliver the best care. They have recently opened their latest clinic in Inverurie and are now bringing outstanding aesthetic treatments to the North-East.
linetix was founded in 2009 by husband-and-wife team, Dr Simon Ravichandran MBChB MRCS and Dr Emma Ravichandran BDS MFDS, who are widely respected as global leaders in the field of aesthetic medicine, with an outstanding reputation for patient care and safety.
Pioneering Approach to Injectables Clinetix has recently invested in the latest hand-held ultrasound devices. This allows our practitioners to see under your skin prior to carrying out any injectable treatments so: • your treatment plan is tailored to your own unique anatomy • you will get a better aesthetic result, due to precise filler injection points • there is less risk of common side effects, like swelling and bruising • there is less downtime, and • your risk of having complications is also significantly lowered
Ultherapy®: a ‘Daly’ dose of looking great If you would like to turn the clock back on ageing skin but don’t fancy the thought of injectable treatments or needles, then Ultherapy® could be the answer you’re looking for. There are no needles, no toxins, just natural-looking results. Ultherapy® uses revolutionary ultrasound technology to rejuvenate your skin from within by stimulating your body’s own production of collagen and elastin. Celebrity fan, Tess Daly, loved the treatment so much she became the brand ambassador for it. After having Ultherapy®, Tess commented, “You just look well rested and like yourself but on a really good day”. Ultherapy® is the gold standard treatment for non-surgical lifting and skin tightening. It is a completely non-invasive option so there’s no downtime and has been dubbed ‘the lunchtime treatment’ as appointments can be done in an hour (depending on the extent of the area being treated). If you like the sound of Ultherapy® and would like to find out more, visit our website www.clinetix.co.uk or get social @clinetix.
First Floor, 1 High Street, Inverurie AB51 3QA T: 01467 629892 www.clinetix.co.uk
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Accessories take a turn towards elegance this spring. Classic handbags are to the fore, with retro models like the Miss Dior taking on a seasonal shift towards lighter colours. Heels are narrower and ladylike, so it’s time to pack winter’s block heels and hiking boot styles away. Statement sunglasses, gold jewellery and silk hair scarves all reflect an early Seventies Italian decadence. Think House of Gucci and you won’t go far wrong… 01 © Tiger Lily Boutique | 02 © Michael Kors - Multrees Walk, Edinburgh - Heather Large Shoulder Bag 03 © Mulberry - Multrees Walk, Edinburgh - Sadie wallet in Mulberry Pink | 04 © @hamishmunro 05 © @hamishmunro | 06 © Country Ways | 07 © @hamishmunro | 08 © Tiger Lily Boutique
Elitan River Dress French Connection at Lolo + Co Boutique £120
Summum Flower Blouse £125 Part Two Neanna Trousers £89.95 Both @hamishmunro Espadrilles model’s own
Blue Blazer £40 Peyton Floral Blouse £32 White Skinny Jeans £46 White Bag £26 All Tiger Lily Boutique
Part Two Ninia Wrap Dress £99.95 @hamishmunro
Lola Floral Dress £48 Orange Logan Bag £25 Both Tiger Lily Boutique Wedges Model’s own
Joseph Ribkoff Floral Dress £325 Bellino Black Sandals Model’s own Many Thanks to Ben Reid Garden Centre for hosting us.
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June 19th marks this year’s Fathers’ Day, so we thought we’d check out where the idea came from and how it’s celebrated across the world…
ompared to the arguably medieval origins of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day is a relative newcomer. The first celebration was organised at the YMCA in Spokane in 1910 and the idea for Father’s Day came from Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd, who wanted to honour her father, a veteran who raised his six children as a single parent.
The Germans celebrate with a group hike pulling a small wagon loaded with beer or wine and indulging in sausage-based cuisine. It’s thought the tradition has evolved from Ascension Day processions where the most prolific father in the village would be presented with a large ham. Official statistics show that alcohol-related traffic accidents rise three-fold on Father’s Day.
The concept was embraced by businesses more quickly than the public, with Hallmark, the greeting card company claiming it’s now the fifth biggest card-sending holiday and cigarette lighter company Flaminaire almost singlehandedly responsible for introducing the idea to France. Even now, Wikipedia suggests that neckties, hammers and golf clubs are the most popular gifts.
In India, the custom has been imported into the major cities, where a family meal and gift giving are the norm. In the North Eastern state of Nagaland, it’s a huge holiday involving church prayers and presents. Fathers in Japan can look forward to gifts of sake or gourmet treats. While in Sri Lanka, many schools hold special events to honour fathers. Dutch fathers can look forward to breakfast in bed and family dinners, often at grandparent’s houses or restaurants. They are also presented with gifts their children have made at school. Handmade gifts are sweet, but remarkably few dads really want a personalised jar of Marmite, or yet another pair of novelty socks.
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Finnies launch exciting new partnership with Swiss made DOXA watches DOXA first started producing timepieces in 1889, in the small town of Le Locle, in the heart of the Jura Mountains, Switzerland's cradle of watchmaking. The name ‘DOXA’ is the Greek word for glory. Over time, it has come to signify the splendour of watches with a reputation for value, quality, and exceptional craft. In 1908, DOXA filed a patent for the ‘8-Day DOXA Caliber’. It was so impressive that Bugatti adopted it as standard equipment for all their racing cars. It then became an industry standard, and other automotive, nautical and aviation brands promptly began to feature a DOXA. 1967 is where the story of the modern-day DOXA begins. DOXA's drive for innovation, precision and durability led to the purposedesigned, professional-grade DOXA SUB dive watch being born, developed with legendary diver Jacques-Yves Cousteau. The SUB 300 was a breakthrough for the watch industry and the professional diving community. It featured a patented ‘No-Decompression’ bezel, requested specifically by Jacques Cousteau and was the first commercially available diving watch and the first to use the (now iconic) orange dial.
Next came the SUB 300T, which was the first-ever watch to feature the new technology of a Helium Release Valve. These radical innovations made DOXA watches the benchmark for military and professional divers, even to this day. Matthew Finnie, Director of Finnies, commented,
“We are delighted to be working with DOXA, the watches are already getting a lot of interest from our customers. The designs are fantastic and are an amazing addition to our range of watches”. Fast forward 50 years to 2019, DOXA celebrated not only the 130th anniversary of the brand but also their re-establishment in the watch industry. DOXA announced the re-release of many of their iconic Diving watches from the past, including the SUB 300, SUB 300T and the SUB 1500T, all released in the bright and exciting DOXA colours.
They also released the new SUB 200, a professional diving watch with a Swiss automatic movement and a box sapphire crystal and bezel for under £1,000. Arguably one of the best value Swiss Diving Watches available today. Since 2019, DOXA has gone from strength to strength. Their watches are gaining a large (and growing) fanbase throughout the UK and beyond. Their commitment to the brand's DNA and heritage has seen them receive substantial press and blog coverage both online and in print. DOXA carefully chooses their retail partners for customers to receive service from knowledgeable, informative, and caring staff. Thus, DOXA is delighted to announce a partnership with the longestablished family luxury retailer, Finnies The Jeweller in Aberdeen.
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started out in my first kitchen when I was still at school, working as a kitchen porter. I loved the teamwork and enrolled in the Professional Cookery course at Aberdeen College, going on to get my HNC. During my first year at college, I got a Commis Chef position at the Palm Court Hotel and have continued to progress my career in different hotels around the city ever since. I’ve learnt something from everybody I have ever worked with. When I’m not working, I like to spend time with my family and friends. Quite often, I’ll drag them to different restaurant so I can see what other people are doing and to experience it as a customer. I’m still trying to play football, too. Kitchens never stop and no two days are the same. It definitely keeps you on your toes and I love being part of a team and everyone having their own part to play. I think you really have to love what you do to succeed in this industry. I joined the Cognito on the Corner team back in 2017, watching the restaurant grow from a shell of a building to the cosy and intimate setting it is today. Now that the restaurant is
called Milton on the Corner I’m so excited to be part of a locally based independent company. We have a lot of regular customers and really feel part of the Rosemount community. We serve the highest quality Scottish cuisine in a casual dining experience. As a head chef, I’m lucky to have the best ingredients to work with. Our fresh fish is delivered daily from Peterhead Harbour by Blue Flag. We use Scottish beef for our burgers and steaks from our local butchers McWilliams. All our fruit, vegetables and dairy are supplied to us through Turriffs of Montrose and at this time of year the fresh berries are amazing! I love developing new dishes for our menu. We’ll often try them as a special to see how our regulars like it. I try to choose flavour combinations that people are going to like. My current favourite is our Oven baked Cod Loin served with Chorizo & Red Pepper Croquettes, Green Vegetables and a Butternut Squash Puree. Visually it looks fantastic on the plate and all the colours pop. The smooth and silky puree along with the crunch of the croquette and the delicate cod. As the MasterChef people would say, ‘It’s a great plate of food.’
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Aboyne Highland Games makes a welcome return After an absence of three years, organisers have confirmed that Aboyne Highland Games will be held on Saturday 6th August. It will mark the first time since 2019 that the games has been staged. There are almost 100 traditional events and competition classes taking place including Highland Dancing, solo piping and fiddle competitions, pipes bands, light and heavy athletics, tug o’ war and a hill race. Further information on Aboyne Highland Games can be found at aboynegames.com
40th celebration for Deeside Photographics
Sisters Celeste Baskerville and Eve Elsby have joined together at Celeste’s delightful farmhouse in France’s Tarn et Garonne region. The wellness retreat offers yoga, pilates, aqua strength work and massage therapy with a focus on locally sourced food and wine, as well as a gin tasting and food pairing evening at the farmhouse. It is the perfect prescription to improve your mental and physical wellbeing. Book now for 9th -14th September 2022. 2023 dates also available on enquiry.
Photographer Logan Sangster and his team, are celebrating the business’ 40th Anniversary this May. The Banchory-based wedding and portrait specialists are also known for their support for community fundraising efforts and Logan’s portraits of the Royal Family at Balmoral. Logan has just been crowned Photographer of the Year at this year’s Top Tier Wedding Awards, He is the first photographer to have been awarded this accolade twice.
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It’s not often that there’s a whole new town in our corner of the world, but Chapelton – or Chapelton of Elsick, to give it its full name, is just that.
he drive into Chapelton is visually pleasing. All the housing styles work together to create a distinctive style that’s reminiscent of the charming salt-box homes found in New England or Canada’s eastern seaboard. There’s a great mix of family homes, flats and some superb retirement living options from Brio. The countryside setting, about 10 miles south of the city, combines attractive views and walking and cycle paths with the convenience of being able to reach the city centre in around 15 minutes. Despite being a relatively new community, there are plenty
of events and traditions that shape the character of the town. Autumn brings the town’s Scarecrow festival which is hotly contested and features a great deal of ingenuity. There are allotments, regular farmers markets, festive craft workshops, a 10K fun run and a charity bike ride each year, so there’s always something going on. As you might expect, even the shops are individual and interesting. You’ll find The Lounge at Chapelton on Hume Square, an attractive grassy space that forms heart of the community. It’s a great hair and beauty salon, majoring in Elemis face and body treatments,
massages and holistic therapies. They have a great reputation for colour and flattering cuts too. It’s a great choice for a bit of pampering, or a whole new look all at out of town prices. The Boxes at Chapelton are a colourful selection of small independent shops, with enthusiastic, knowledgeable and helpful staff. It’s best to check current opening hours for each business on their Facebook pages. Wander and Graze is a perfect little deli offering a selection of local and more exotic produce. You’ll find artisan cheeses, breads and crackers, charcuterie
and high quality grocery items. They also do a mean bacon roll, some great bagel bombs and a cinnamon bun that’s worth the trip alone. When it comes to gifting and homewares, The Omnia always has a fabulous selection of cushions, scented candles, vases and home décor accessories, like glass bon bon jars, cake stands and ginger jars. Everything is well chosen and thoughtfully curated, so the main difficulty is in choosing a gift that you won’t want to keep for your own home. Red Rocks has a sparkling selection of bespoke bridal jewellery, hairpieces and gifts created by Gray’s graduate Claire Notarangelo. You’ll find everything from silver and pearls to lamp-worked glass beaded bracelets to costume pieces and will probably be overwhelmed with the desire to own a tiara. At just a short drive from the city, Chapelton’s definitely worth a visit. Sterling silver jewellery, gemstone gifts, cards & more Made-to-order & off the shelf bridal jewellery, headpieces, accessories & bridal party gifts Award winning wedding designer with evening & weekend 1-1 consultations available
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There can be very few of us who aren’t aware of the escalating costs of, well, pretty much everything. Filling up with petrol or filling your trolley at the supermarket gets more expensive every week. There are many families and people on fixed incomes who are faced with difficult choices about whether to eat of heat. Even those with comfortable lifestyles are starting to feel the pinch, looking to save in some areas, so they can splash out a little elsewhere. So it makes sense to explore days out that don’t leave you out of pocket.
Museums and the Art Gallery
Libraries may not seem the most exciting places, but there’s an entire universe of possibilities beyond the doors. There are 17 branches in the city and most of the bigger The Art Gallery and several museums across the city and shire towns and villages have libraries too. Membership shire are free, though not all museums have reopened yet. is free and available from birth, though under sixteens The Maritime Museum on Ship Row is great for kids, need permission from a parent or carer. You can exploring the city’s long relationship with the even join online. As well as browsing the sea, from the medieval port through fishing shelves, you can reserve the latest titles fleets, shipbuilding and oil and gas. or download e-books and audiobooks to your devices. You can also borrow Provost Skene’s House has recently music CDs and DVDs, but there may reopened at Marischal Square be a charge for these. They even and now showcases the lives and offer free access to databases, achievements of over a hundred journals and magazines online or people who made the city what it you could build some coding skills. is. There’s a wealth of interactive You can borrow a micro:bit from city activities for children and the house libraries. This is a small programmable itself is fascinating, given that it dates nt A e berdeen C computer, and work on all sorts of coding back to 1545. creations, from robots to musical instruments! The Art Gallery, which has also been refurbished Central Library also has a great local history section if in the past few years, is a wonderful space for children. you’re keen to explore your family tree. You can book It’s not at all stuffy and acts as a great introduction a research appointment or use the library’s edition of to the visual arts. You can take a sketchbook and see Ancestry.com to search from home. Lots of libraries what inspires you, or check out their programme of across the city and shire also have talks, philosophy workshops and current exhibitions. You can check cafes, Lego clubs, craft clubs and BookBug sessions for what’s on at aberdeencity.gov.uk/AAGM. babies and toddlers.
Next door, Cowdray Hall is another great city centre source of free entertainment. The venue hosts a series of free lunchtime classical music concerts and other events that feature some incredibly talented musicians. If it’s quiet outside, you can probably pat William Macmillan’s recumbent lion sculpture, though sitting astride it is frowned upon. The lion forms the centrepiece of the city’s War Memorial and is also featured on the Sculpture Trail, which is a great way of spending a sunny afternoon and getting in some exercise. NUART is another option for a free art-based day out and there will be new works gracing the some of the city’s wall this June.
The great outdoors
If you’re more the outdoors type, then the city’s parks offer plenty ways of keeping the family amused. Duthie Park and Hazelhead are particularly good choices, or you could go for a walk or bike ride along the old Deeside railway line which runs from Duthie Park all the way to Peterculter and Drumoak. It’s part of the Deeside way which stretches from the city to Braemar, if you’re up for a challenge. Of course there are plenty of other countryside options that are free to explore. You could head into the Cairngorm range, climb Bennachie or head south to the Angus Glens for a day’s hillwalking, while Loch Muick is always a popular walk on a sunny day. How about a dawn picnic watching the sunrise over Slains Castle, or a bit of beachcombing? Staying in the countryside, the National Trust for Scotland properties generally involve a considerable entry fee if you’re not a member, but you can generally explore the estate grounds for free. Some venues, like Crathes Castle and Drum Castle have good free playgrounds and picnic areas, if you want to take your own snacks. Similarly, Historic Environment Scotland look after 55 properties in the North and Grampian region and it’s free to explore some of these. They range from castle ruins to Pictish stones, kirks, brochs, Neolithic cairns and earth-houses. You can also find some free charity or community events, like beach cleans at Greyhope Bay where you might also spot a dolphin or two if you’re lucky. Sometimes, you can have a lot of fun without it costing the earth!
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Two new restaurant openings on the menu Leading Scottish chef, Kevin Dalgleish, is set to open his first restaurant, Amuse, on Queens Terrace, Amuse at the end of May. Described as a refined, yet relaxed dining experience, Amuse will be an informal 70-cover with a menu that highlights the best local and regional Scottish produce available from land to sea, with a touch of classic French flavours. Find out more at amuse-restaurant.com The city’s second opening is Six by Nico, which will see chef Nico Simeone bring his themed tasting menus to 367 Union Street. The inaugural menu is 'The Chipper' which pays homage to the iconic fish and chip shop. The menu changes every six weeks and includes vegan and veggie alternatives. Find out more at sixbynico.co.uk
Autism and ADHD umbrellas installation comes to Shiprow Shiprow will be a bright spot this June with the installation of a quirky colourful art installation to raise awareness and understanding of ADHD and autism. The iconic temporary installation will feature a canopy of hundreds of vibrant, colourful umbrellas suspended across the city street. The project will be in place from June until late August 2022.
Mental Health Aberdeen issues Black Tie Challenge in a belated 70th birthday fundraiser Local charity Mental Health Aberdeen (MHA) had planned to spend most of 2020 celebrating 70 years of supporting the mental wellbeing of people in the North-East. Now, after a wait of almost two years, the postponed events will be taking place across the rest of this year. The MHAsterminds Black-Tie Quiz Night is the largest of their planned events and takes place taking place at The Chester Hotel on Friday 7th October. Teams from across the North East are
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Grampian Autistic Society strengthens its board Grampian Autistic Society (GAS), a leading charity for autism and neurodiversity, has strengthen its board with the addition of Terry Allan, CEO of Global E&C. Mr Allan brings a unique perspective to GAS and their efforts to highlight the successes of thinking differently. As the only Board member currently operating in the energy industry, and as a current Mr Allan commented: ‘Thinking differently is a major benefit of neurodiversity and is a vital characteristic for the 21st century workplace where we need to harness the power of strong problem-solving skills, a great imagination and creative, big-picture thinking.’
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Neil Gow of Drumoak Kitchens looks back over fifty years of kitchen DESIGN...
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Half a century of kitchen trends Back when we started Drumoak Kitchens in 1972, a lot of things were very different. We’d just joined the EU and Spanish package holidays were the height of sophistication. Oil had come to Aberdeen and looking good meant flares, platform shoes and mini-skirts. Glam rock and heavy metal filled the charts and space hoppers were all the rage. The seventies was the decade that saw most change when it came to kitchens. At the beginning of the 1970s only 70% of households had a fridge and about two thirds of homes had a washing machine. A decade later and 92% had a fridge and 80% had a washing machine. Freezers were still a new-fangled luxury, found in just 7% of homes. Dishwashers, microwaves, boiling water taps and decent coffee machines were still decades away. In terms of interiors, warm, earthy colours and bold patterns dominated. Even bathrooms were a riot of colour with suites in avocado or burnt orange. Everyone desired a farmhouse style pine kitchen, where they would rustle up posh dinner party delights like prawn cocktails or Black Forest Gateau. In the 80s the focus changed as we became more high tech. It was an era of aspirational yuppies, Italian furniture in black leather and chrome and a more international approach to food. Kitchens became places to entertain and show off your culinary skills as celebrity chefs took over the TV and bestsellers lists. Everyone had a Delia cook book. The rustic kitchen look gave way to sleek minimalist designs in white, cream or black. U-shaped kitchens and island units or breakfast bars became trendy as kitchens
became more formal entertaining spaces, complete with colour-pop bar stools and granite worktops. The nineties saw another shift in kitchen use, as we abandoned our dining rooms and ate ready meals in front of the TV. The frenetic urban vibe of the 80s gave way to a more relaxed approach, with painted wood kitchens and easy-clean laminate work surfaces and flooring. Pastel accessories and window dressings made a comeback too. Fast forward to today and kitchens have become the heart of the home once more. The 2000s saw a move towards open plan, multifunctional living spaces. Family homes often combined dining spaces and play areas as family rooms, with patio doors leading to the garden. New build flats often had open plan kitchen and living areas. We became foodies, sourcing exotic ingredients and experimenting with different cuisines and eating more healthily. Our food became much more global, and our kitchen gadgets changed to reflect this. Built in appliances like upscale barista style coffee machines, internet connected fridges, under-counter wine fridges and woks became the must have features, as larger range cookers dominated. Baking also made a huge comeback, thanks to TV and lockdown, with stand mixers, juicers and blenders becoming desirable. In the fifty years that we’ve been designing, manufacturing and installing our kitchens, some things have changed beyond recognition, but I’m proud to say that our commitment to great design and craftsmanship remains constant.
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50 YEARS OF QUALITY, CRAFTSMANSHIP AND OUTSTANDING DESIGN
rumoak Kitchens is celebrating fifty years in business, during which time, the company has evolved into one of Scotland’s leading bespoke kitchen design companies. Back in 1972, Neil Gow and two friends set up a small contracting company in Culter which prospered as the oil industry transformed the fortunes of the region. Within five years, the company was focused on creating trendy pine furniture, trading as The Pine Workshops, Drumoak. They’ve even made pine furniture for the Queen, using trees planted in Queen Victoria’s reign! The business soon moved into a new building as demand for Drumoak kitchens grew, but the business always remains true to its values of
craftsmanship, great design, and customer service. Now Drumoak creates kitchens and furniture in other woods like ash, maple and oak, retaining the outstanding craftsmanship which is still at the heart of every kitchen they create, whether it’s wood, a painted kitchen or a custom fitted kitchen by Drumoak’s German partner, Hacker. Managing Director Andy Gauld explained, ‘After installation, customers become part of the Drumoak Club. We’re always there if remedial work is required. We’ll even come and replace a hinge if you bought your kitchen from us 25 years ago. Drumoak Kitchens are really built to last, which is why everyone involved at every stage of design, manufacture and
installation gives a huge amount of care and attention to every aspect of every client.’ ‘As Drumoak has grown, some things remain unchanged. The company employ their own kitchen fitters, meaning our commitment to bespoke craftsmanship underpins every stage of a kitchen project, from the initial showroom visit, to surveys and working with the designer, from choosing layouts and finishes to installation and even clearing up!’
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‘Nowadays, there are silk and synthetic flowers that look incredibly real. They’re a fabulous way of injecting colour into event décor, whether it’s a charity ball, an intimate wedding or even as window dressing in a retail environment, like some of the shops in the city’s West End. It’s an instant moodbooster. Flowers just bring a smile to all the guests’ faces and you can use out of season flowers for extra impact. ‘At Adesso, we have a massive collection of faux florals available to hire, whether it’s a
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floral wall to use as a backdrop for incredible Instagram shots, arches, or table decorations. ‘Whether we’re working with florals or other styles of event decoration, we consider a lot of different factors when it comes to putting our initial design ideas together. The venue space, the flow of guests, backdrops and focal points, areas for photography and practical aspects like the event décor needing to work with what’s happening during the event, like dancing or having a sit down-meal. The entrance is also really important as we want guests to feel like
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Charity race night for Dennis Law Legacy Trust Hayley Paterson, Doreen Paterson, Sarah Smith
Denis Law Legacy Trust have organised a fundraising race night in aid of their Streetsport programme at The Ashvale on Friday 3 June. Streetsport improves the lives of thousands of young people across Aberdeen City. Tables of 4, 6, 8, or 10 are available at £15 per head which includes a famous Ashvale supper. You’ll have the opportunity to buy and name a horse for £5 and you or your table could sponsor and name one the 8 races for £50. Find out more at www.denislawlegacytrust.org.
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aurencekirk’s Dickson Hall played host to the second annual Fizz, Frocks and Fancies’ fundraising event on 5th March. The day featured a fashion show with clothes from Tiger Lily Boutique, afternoon tea and music from C Red. DJ Kenny McAllister had the guests bopping away all night and the organisers had to dash round Laurencekirk buying every bottle of prosecco after selling out their stock in the first two hours!
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GARDEN DESIGNER KIRSTY MCLEAN OFFERS SOME IDEAS FOR SHELTERED SEATING…
Our outdoor space has become one of the most desirable attributes for homes in recent years and 2022 is warming up to be no different. One of the best ways to really enjoy the summer months and extend the season beyond, is to create a covered space in the garden. A sitooterie - if you will – can work in any size and shape of garden. These structures can be used to zone the garden, create an outdoor room, or act as an extension to the house, to create a focal point or as a stand-alone building. They’re great for daytime use or for lazy evenings. With the addition of heat and light, these can make for a wonderful and welcoming space, even in the winter months. Here are a few of my favourites: LOUVRE POD: This is an aluminium, powder-coated frame with optional roof louvres that can be set to open or shut, making it weatherproof. It comes with side screens in weatherproof material or a mixture of glass and weatherproof material, so can be configured to suit your requirements.
PERGOLA: As a standalone structure in the garden, the humble pergola can be designed in so many styles but the basics are usually the same. By using clear Polycarbonate /Plexi-glass sheeting, you can fix this across the span of the roof to create complete shelter from the weather or use climbing plants to clothe the structure. Others come with a solid roof.
PAVILION: Created with fixed seating and a half open structure, this gives a cosy area in the garden whilst taking in the wider views. It’s obviously not a year-round structure. GARDEN POD: These are so funky and come in all shapes, sizes, colours and combinations, working particularly well in modern, urban spaces. The cosy corner: Where you have a cosy little corner that is currently dead space, why not try this? It’s a hybrid of a summerhouse and an arbour. It can be painted and you can jazz it up with coloured cushions, fairy lights, rugs, and planters. THE COVERED ARBOUR: Even if you have a tiny garden, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Try a covered arbour seat. THE GARDEN ROOM: Garden rooms made an impact on the garden some years ago and certainly haven’t lost their appeal with more and more designs coming out every season. There’s something to suit every taste.
PORTABLE POSSIBILITIES: If you’re looking for something that you can put away in the winter, then there are so many options to choose from including pop-up gazebos and sail canopies. With a bit of styling using fairy lights, festoon lights, lanterns, outdoor rugs, planters and creating a bit of heat through fire bowls, fire pits, chimineas, fire cubes, you can create a warm and welcoming space to share with family and friends.
THE AWNING: If you’d prefer something neater that takes up little space, awnings are the way to go. They come in a range of colours and their cantilevered system, often remotely operated, covers a surprising range of distance. They disappear into a neat, compact housing on the house wall or whatever structure you want to use them against
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hildren are blessed with an almost infinite degree of curiosity about the world around them. It’s why they leave Lego bricks lying around so they can learn interesting new words from their parents. It’s why they stick things into plug sockets and eat creepy crawlies. Why not harness that curiosity and help them develop an interest and essential skills in science, technology, engineering and maths? STEM toys sneak in a lot of learning under a huge amount of fun. The good thing is it’s never too early to start sneaking science into play. Janod’s Four Seasons Magnetibook will help your child learn about weather, seasons and nature while creating mess-free pictures with the shapes. You can find it at kidly.co.uk Smartmax do some entertaining toys for those aged three and above, including Roboflex Create which lets kids assemble their own robots from flexible magnetic components. As well as concepts like symmetry and engineering design, your kids will find magnets fascinating, so you may need to google how they work beforehand. You can find the range at smarttoysandgames.co.uk
Kikkerland have a new range of cardboard kits called Newton’s Lab. Their appeal is two-fold because not only do you – sorry, your children – get to build something, you then get to play with it. There’s a hydraulic claw set that’s ideal for budding mechanical engineers and a painting pendulum that proves science is an art. You can often find Kikkerland’s range at local garden centres. Edx are great for toys which help younger children learn counting and basic maths skills. There are measuring and balancing scales, sorting toys and some great activity kits. Their Monster Counters Activity Set is suitable for ages three and up and lots of sorting, matching and counting activities using six different types of cute little monsters. They also do some superb early maths kits for 4-5 year olds that build numeracy, problem-solving and logic skills. You’ll find the range at shopedx.co.uk For those at school, MEL Science’s subscription service is amazing. Each month your child will get up to three experiments to do at home. Not only do these tend to be dramatic, but they make learning really fun, especially when you add in their live science lessons complete with augmented and virtual reality. You can choose from STEM subscriptions for those aged 5-9, Physics for 8-14+ or Chemistry for 10-16+. One month your child could be building a wooden printing press, the next codebreaking creating crystals, exploring earthquakes or learning about magnetic levitation. Discover them for yourself at melscience. com/GB-en/ All you need now is a very small lab coat and you could have the next Einstein or Madame Curie on your hands!
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MEET IONA FYFE AND FLORENCE JACK, TWO ABERDEENSHIRE SINGER SONGWRITERS WITH BIG AMBITIONS ION A FY FE Scots Language singer Iona Fyfe was born in Huntly and is now based in Glasgow after graduating from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She’s known for her renditions of Scottish folk songs and now writes her own songs in Scots. It’s a language she’s passionate about, having persuaded Spotify to add Scots to its list of languages and campaigning for Scots, Doric and other dialects to be given protection and promotion. In 2021, she became the first ever singer to win the coveted title of Musician of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards and has been featured on Radio 2, Radio Scotland and on TV. ‘My music is rooted in tradition, especially the traditions of the North East of Scotland, like bothy ballads.’ Iona explained. ‘My first album featured several bothy ballads, but with modern interpretations. I’m really interested in taking the Scots language into new genres and contexts – our native languages don’t need to be tied to our traditional music. There are Welsh language songs performed in several different genres, but with Scots and Gaelic language, it seems to be intrinsically linked with our traditional music. ‘As a performer, the pandemic was difficult to navigate. We’re rescheduling performances and releasing new music. The Blue Lamp is probably my favourite North-east venue.
I’ve been singing there since I was 16. It’s an incredibly welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment. ‘I’m very excited about performing my first US west coast tour in September, so I’m looking forward to an exciting opportunity to bring my music, language, tradition and culture to new audiences. As a musician with no record label or agency, it’s incredibly rewarding to be able to release music on my own and build a following.’ You can find out more about tour dates or buy Iona’s work at ionafyfe.com
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F LO RENCE JACK ‘When I was really young, my mother taught me a couple of tunes on the piano and my older sister was a keen violinist and pianist. I took classical piano, cello and singing lessons throughout my time at school and now I write, record and mix all my songs up in my loft,’ Florence said. ‘My first proper appearance was at a charity ball for Friends of Anchor. It was in a large gazebo in Duthie Park and I played on a beautiful glass piano from Gordon Bell Pianos. Stonehaven Folk Club have been very supportive and performing there really gave me a buzz and fulfilment out of performing my songs. ‘Currently, I have been focusing on creating music to release this year and have been collaborating with other musicians and songwriters. I have been very excited as recently I have had a number of my songs played on BBC Introducing Scotland and BBC Radio Rapal, part of the Gaelic station. I’m really looking forward to lining up some gigs this summer and I’m hoping to release an EP at some stage. ‘My music is a mixture of Pop and Lo-fi with hints of jazz/folk too. As well as writing songs that get people up dancing and feeling good, I love writing piano ballads. I want people to relate to my lyrics and go through their own emotional journey when listening to my songs. I find songwriters like Taylor Swift, Tom Odell, and Sara Bareilles inspiring. Their song writing is a form of poetry. You can hear my songs on Spotify, SoundCloud and lots of streaming platforms, or find videos of me singing on my Instagram @ FlorenceJackMusic, TikTok or YouTube.
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Meet Dr. Lisa Currie & Ivin Tan of The Orthodontic Clinic
Both Ivin and I share a Malaysian heritage, so our values are similar,’ Lisa explained. ‘I grew up with a Scottish father and a Chinese-Malaysian mother, living in Australia and Malaysia before moving to St. Andrews and then undertaking my dental degree in Dundee.
vin added, ‘I’ve always been entrepreneurial. In Malaysia, I started my own design and print business at 27, sold it a decade later and invested in property, before moving to Scotland in 2007. Lisa was still working as an NHS Consultant Orthodontist then, but she joined the Orthodontic Clinic in Aberdeen in 2010 and we bought the business between us in 2014, then moved it to purposebuilt premises in 2018. It was a case of seeing the potential there and it being the right time, right place for us to take it over and build it to be the success we knew it could be.’ Lisa commented, ‘We accept both NHS and private patients and I always get a thrill when patients share their stories and what their treatment means to them. NHS orthodontic treatment is based on eligibility and strict dental health guidelines involving moderate to severe problems. There is a waiting list for NHS treatment and approval must be granted. Private orthodontic treatment provides
the opportunity to receive tailormade treatment using almost invisible braces like Invisalign and Incognito, or ceramic braces as opposed to metal braces.’ ‘Every day, I see the power a smile can have to improve patients’ lives and regain their confidence and I’m very grateful for what I do. When I’m not in the clinic, I love travelling, the cinema and swimming. I’m always keen to try new cuisines and restaurants too.’ Ivin is also a foodie. ‘I love cooking and eating out, travelling and going to the cinema. When I am back in Malaysia, I enjoy spending time with family and friends - it is something I really treasure.’ ‘At The Orthodontic Clinic, we’re all about the best standard of care, expertise and service. As well as Lisa, Dr. Daria Rodolfino is our other specialist orthodontist. She and Lisa are supported by a friendly, dedicated clinical team of orthodontic therapists and nurses. We invest heavily in the
latest training and equipment to ensure that our patients are receiving the best possible treatments, in a relaxing setting.’ ‘As a team and as a business, we’ve won numerous awards both locally and nationally. Our journey to becoming a multi-award winning modern practice makes me really proud. Our first award came in 2016 when we were named Most Improved Practice at the Dentistry Scotland Awards in 2016. This was the first time since buying over the clinic that our efforts were publicly acknowledged on a national level. As well as awards from Dental organisations, we’ve also been recognised for our contributions to health and wellbeing and as outstanding employers, though everything we do is about providing the best possible customer experience, from consultation through treatment to when the transformation is complete.’ ‘It’s been quite the journey. I feel blessed to see how we’ve progressed into the clinic that we are now. We’re keen to expand our business further to operate from six dental chairs and then to simply keep maintaining the high standards of patient care that we have established, continuing to grow further, so we can bring a smile to even more patients’ faces.’
21 GOLDEN SQUARE, ABERDEEN AB10 1RE TEL: 01224 611633 THEORTHODONTICCLINIC.CO.UK
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