The John Bannon Award for Medical Aesthetic Practitioner of the Year

This award will recognise the aesthetic doctor, dentist or surgeon who is deemed to have contributed most to the profession and/or has provided the most outstanding care and treatment to their patients in the last 12 months. The winner will be judged on their clinical expertise, continuous professional development, commitment to patient safety and the difference they make to their patients, clinic and the profession as a whole. You are encouraged to keep your entry concise and clear; bullet points and the use of formatting options such as bold, underlines and italics are encouraged to ensure your entry is easy to digest for judges. A strict character limit of 1,700 (including spaces) is enforced for each question and you must not exceed this; however, your entry does not have to meet it. References are included in the character count, although you may supply a reference list as part of your supplementary materials if it exceeds the character count. There will be no voting process and the winner will be decided by the judging panel.

Finalists

Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme

Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme

Adonia Medical clinic

Dr Ejikeme is a NHS medical consultant and highly-experienced aesthetic medicine doctor with extensive global training in medicine and surgery. She graduated from Bristol University and trained at Imperial College trust hospitals before moving to New York. There she went to Columbia University to gain a post-doctoral fellowship in head and neck surgery. She completed her training and gained board certification in internal medicine at New York Medical College. On returning to the UK, Dr Ejikeme attended the prestigious Queen Mary’s university and gained a master’s in aesthetic medicine achieving the highest distinction in her class. Dr Ejikeme is currently an honorary senior lecturer on the aesthetic medicine master’s degree at Queen Mary’s university, using her knowledge to train the best plastic surgeons, dermatologists, doctors and dentists. She is loved by patients and colleagues, often being asked to present at leading Aesthetic conferences.

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Patrick Treacy

Patrick Treacy

Ailesbury Clinic

Dr Patrick Treacy is one of the pioneers of Aesthetic Medicine. Chairman of the Royal Society of Medicine (London) Aesthetic Congress Committee 2019. He has been listed amongst the 100 Most Influential People in Aesthetic Medicine for the past three years. Awarded Laureate in Aesthetic Medicine by the Azerbaijan College of Medicine, Diploma Aesthetic Medicine (Moscow) and the CCME Medal of Medical Excellence (Mexico). MyFaceMyBody Specialist Award for contributions to Medicine, BCAM Award for Research contributions to Aesthetic Medicine and the AMEC Awards (Paris) (Monaco) on three occasions.  London. Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal Society of Arts. (London).
He serves on the editorial boards of five international aesthetic journals and is the author of fifty peer-reviewed scientific journals and has contributed to five chapters of medical books. He has trained over 8000 doctors and nurses from around the world. Faculty keynote speaker and member of the IMCAS Academic Board, IMCAS Scientific Advisory Board and the Euromedicom Scientific Advisory Board. Developed techniques including pioneering treatments for treating HIV facial lipodystrophy, radiosurgery venous thermocoagulation and restoring vascular occluded tissue has strongly influenced the field of aesthetic medicine.


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Brian W. McCleary

Brian W. McCleary

Burgess Hyder Dental group

  • I advocate the use of safe techniques in a clinical environment to deliver subtle, but often life-changing, facial enhancements.
  • I feel able to challenge established methods using evidence from journals, and from my own experience and skills as a clinician and figurative sculptor.
  • I have exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Royal Ulster Academy.
  • As a sculptor I am acutely aware of  facial anatomy, in particular the layers of soft tissue that dress the bony structures. Indeed my knowledge of anatomy is reinforced by cadaver dissection.
  • I believe that my 3D artistic ability complements my advanced clinical skills and high standards of care.
  • While for most, facial treatments are pleasurable, I offer hypnosis and sedative techniques for those who are particularly anxious or phobic. 
  • Indeed, I like to work in tranquil setting that lends itself to the reassuring, calm and ordered way in which I work. 
  •  I am privileged to advise and mentor my peers, and those just starting out in their aesthetics career, with their own patients, in their own, familiar environment.

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Emma Ravichandran

Emma Ravichandran

Clinetix

In June 2000, I qualified from Glasgow University Dental School with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. After 6 years in general dental practice, I began my journey into the speciality of aesthetic medicine. 

My vision and aim has been to create a world-renowned Scottish centre for medical aesthetic excellence. A centre that improves the quality of life for tens of thousands of people. I have achieved this, by offering an exceptionally high-quality patient journey. Ethically-driven service provision and an extensive range of complementary treatments which cover the spectrum of the ageing process and maximises skin health.

In 2019, I am proud to have co-founded 3 successful Clinetix aesthetic clinics, 1 training academy (ATA) and the Association of Scottish aesthetic practitioners in Scotland (ASAP).   

Over the last 12 months, along with my team members, I have had significant success developing Clinetix. I have lectured and demonstrated at many national conferences and training events, as well as published a technical guide book to aesthetic medicine. I am elated to have be part of the awesome “team Clinetix”, who have won multiple awards for the clinic over the past 12 months.

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Simon Ravichandran

Simon Ravichandran

Clinetix

Helping our patients improve their quality of life, happiness and wellbeing is my passion. Being able to be involved in a patients journey is an honour and I believe I am incredibly privileged to be able to do the job I do.

I started my aesthetic career as an ENT staff grade surgeon specialising primarily in facial plastics. Working with patients with facial disfigurement either from injury or disease brought home to me the significant impact ones appearance can have on ones psychological state. Taking over a clinic list where patients were treated with botox for the correction of facial asymmetries following nerve injury demonstrated the power such a simple and safe intervention could have in restoring confidence and self esteem.

I co-founded the Clinetix company with my wife in 2006 with the goal of creating a platform for us to not only treat patients to the best of our ability, but also to learn and eventually to teach aesthetic medicine as a subspecialty in it’s own right. Nearly 13 years later, with 3 clinics, a training academy and 23 staff I believe we are close to achieving our original vision.

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Dr Benji Dhillon

Dr Benji Dhillon

Define Clinic

Dr Benji Dhillon has uniquely been involved in all aspects of aesthetic medicine and has helped to shape the industry. Firstly as Medical Director for Allergan for Europe, Middle East and Africa he was responsible for overseeing and publishing the result of clinical studies on Volbella and Volift which aided in their launch. He also helped develop and launch the Allergan Medical Institute, which is now responsible for training thousands of professionals around the world in injectable best practice. He was also a key member of the clinical team at Phi Clinic for over three years helping to teach on Academy 102 courses, providing pro bono burns treatments and advancing his own injectable techniques. Now as the co founder and owner of Define Clinic he is taking cross specialty collaboration to the next level by working with Cosmetic Dentists to develop unique consultation algorithms that assess both the soft tissue and teeth for full face treatment plans.

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Nestor Demosthenous

Nestor Demosthenous

Dr Nestor's Medical & Cosmetic Centre

Dr Nestor should win the Aesthetics Award for Medical Aesthetic Practitioner of the Year because of his complete dedication to his work and to his patients. Dr Nestor is committed to the safety, wellbeing and care of his patients and is renowned for his supremely skillful work with injectables and skin health. Dr Nestor has garnered a sterling reputation UK-wide for his own results and ethos, and for that of the clinic he has founded, the Medical & Cosmetic Centre. Dr Nestor understands the importance of continuing to improve and increase his own knowledge, and as such, he regularly undertakes fresh training and new challenges; this year he has completed a Master’s degree in Aesthetic Medicine. Dr Nestor is widely respected among his peers and has been chosen for several prestigious opportunities, including exclusive mentorships, training opportunities (to train his peers) and speaking at global aesthetic conferences. Dr Nestor is completely committed to giving each and every one of his patients the best results they can hope for, in a subtle, natural and safe way. His incredible work and excellent demeanour has made him the discerning choice for those looking for aesthetic treatments of the very highest quality.
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Dr Yusra Al-Mukhtar

Dr Yusra Al-Mukhtar

Dr Yusra Al-Mukhtar

My clinical ethos is professional integrity and provision of excellence in aesthetics with a holistic approach supporting wellness on the inside. This means myself and my team provide honest ethical advice and deliver treatments only that will optimise and enhance their natural appearance without ever looking fake or over done. The aim is to work towards the mission statement of creating" Radiance on the outside; Wellness on the inside". I believe in establishing a caring long term relationship with my patients, delivering exceptional results utilising the safest, medically proven technologies in a warm, welcoming and caring environment with a commitment to continuous improvement.

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Dr Rekha Tailor

Dr Rekha Tailor

HEALTH & AESTHETICS LTD

Dr Rekha Tailor is the Medical Director and founder of Health & Aesthetics, a multi-award winning clinic set in beautiful countryside near Godalming, Surrey. An experienced GP, she has over 30 years’ clinical experience and has specialised in aesthetic medicine for over 14 years.

Dr Rekha has built her successful and highly regarded practice on an ethos of delighting patients with amazing results, whilst providing the reassurance of superb levels of patient safety, education and flawless customer service.

With a focus on meeting patients’ needs, and providing treatments with scientifically proven results, she has invested in high-quality facilities, equipment and training for the team, and offers a range of treatments comparable with Harley Street. She undertakes regular training, and is fully trained in all treatments offered at her clinic.

She is active in the aesthetics industry, regularly participating in conferences and training events, and writing for industry publications; and is committed to raising standards– in particular calling for injectables to be administered only by properly trained medical practitioners, in order to protect patients nationwide.

Dr Rekha believes passionately in the potential for aesthetic treatments to transform patients’ confidence and self-esteem, and is dedicated to ensuring the best results every time.


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Dr Sophie Shotter

Dr Sophie Shotter

Illuminate Skin Clinic

Dr Sophie Shotter first trained in aesthetics in early 2013, quickly developing a love for the industry. She founded Illuminate Skin Clinic in 2014 based in Kings Hill, Kent. Dr Shotter opened this premium clinic with a vision of delivering a selection of the best holistic services that blend aesthetics with wellness, teamed with an unrivalled patient consultation protocol and aftercare service.

Today, the clinic offers a comprehensive range of aesthetic treatments such as Injectables, threadlifting, PRP, and peels, alongside body treatments such as fat-reduction by CoolSculpting and wellness treatments that include, Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Women’s Wellness Services and Intravenous Vitamin Infusions. Dr Shotter has also hand-picked the clinic’s product partners and offers skincare regimes by NeoStrata, Skinbetter Science and Obagi Medical to name a few.

By popular demand, Dr Shotter is also a specialist aesthetic doctor at the award-winning Cosmetic Skin Clinic, treating clients at both the Buckinghamshire and London Clinics. 

She is a Key Opinion Leader for brands such as Allergan, Aesthetic Source, SkinBetter Science and Venus Concept. She is a sought after trainer and speaker, and has won multiple awards for her business acumen.

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Dr Beatriz Molina

Dr Beatriz Molina

Medikas MediSpa

Dr Beatriz Molina is a leading name in the UK aesthetic industry and travels around the world as an international speaker on dermal fillers and botulinum toxin. 

Beatriz studied medicine in Malaga, Spain, arriving in the UK in early 1994. After five years of surgical rotation and after passing her FRSA 1 exam, Beatriz decided to move into General Practice in 1997 and worked as a part- time GP. 

It was during her career as a GP she started developing an interest in aesthetic medicine and founded Medikas Ltd in 2005. In early 2007, she formally opened her first aesthetic clinic, Medikas, in Street. At this point, she went full time, and from thereon has dedicated her whole career to aesthetic medicine. 

Beatriz is a Fellow Member of BCAM, founder of IAPCAM and international speaker for IBSA.

The world of aesthetics is very much a passion for Beatriz who truly believes in giving back to an industry that has given her so much.


Beatriz continues to strive for excellence in the industry and believes deeply in sharing knowledge between all practitioners of aesthetics medicine and therefore promoting a safer environment for all patients undergoing treatments wherever in the UK.

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Dr Jonquille Chantrey

Dr Jonquille Chantrey

ØNE aesthetic studiø

Creating new injection techniques & developing strategies that help patients is my constant work in progress. Although my natural state is an open, creative mindset I strongly believe more attention needs to be paid to evidence, safety & principles.

I teach to directly influence standards not just nationally but globally, to benefit more patients. I endeavour to perform the highest level of training to many of the world’s top practitioners & have been privileged to share my ideas & mentor many from different specialities over 11 years.

Despite my extremely busy clinic, I am committed to research & have been involved from inception to launch as a Principal Investigator, Medical Advisor, Clinical Trial Injector & International Live Demonstrator of 3 out of the 5 Juvederm Vycross products, Volite, Volbella & Volux as well as other non-sponsored landmark studies.

My whole career has been about patient first. Not just their aesthetic but their psycho-emotional wellbeing state. Through my work I aim to empower patients to make informed choices whilst encouraging self-acceptance in an increasingly superficial society.

For me, it is not about standing in the spotlight, it’s about making a difference.


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Sabrina Shah-Desai

Sabrina Shah-Desai

Perfect Eyes Ltd

As an UK based Consultant Aesthetic & Reconstructive OculoPlastic Surgeon, with 2 decades of experience in peri-orbital and facial rejuvenation, I believe that I have made significant national and international contributions to improving teaching and dermal filler training for the peri-orbital area and the management of complications with scientific presentations at conferences like IMCAS, Beauty through Science, BOPSS update day, BAAPS-CCRexpo (2016), BACN & BCAM annual conferences, ACE and FACE. 

I believe that continued medical education underpins the maintenance of clinical excellence, expertise and patient safety, all three subjects I am passionate about.

I work collaboratively with my dermatology, dental, plastic surgery and psychology colleagues to improve the care of my patients and collaborate with key industry brands. 

I am a huge promoter of empowering female aesthetic practitioners and work with a team of incredible female educators in OFAA.

For me, aesthetics is art, science and imagination and I think that captures what I love about excelling in it.

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Dr Dev Patel

Dr Dev Patel

Perfect Skin Solutions

Dr Dev Patel is the founder and Medical Director of the multi award-winning Perfect Skin Solutions, based in Portsmouth. He is a lecturer for the Primary Care Dermatology Society and holds the diploma in Practical Dermatology. 


He has been an active trainer in the UK and abroad in treatments such as dermal fillers, chemical peels and Plexr. Dr Patel is the Global and UK Key Opinion Leader for Plexr and the KOL for AlumierMD UK. He has spoken at numerous events including AMWC Monaco and FACE; he is due to speak at GAC 2019 in Miami. Over 100 patients and members of the public attended an event at Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth for a series of his expert talks. He has been featured on Elle.com and in the Daily Mail and has just completed a feature for Aesthetics Journal.


He has a loyal following of patients and consistently receives 5 star reviews. Patients visit Dr Patel from across the UK and abroad due to his reputation of achieving outstanding natural-looking and subtle results, whilst being a very caring and ethically minded practitioner.

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Dr Souphiyeh Samizadeh

Dr Souphiyeh Samizadeh

Revivify

Dr Souphiyeh Samizadeh is a King’s College London graduate dental surgeon and the clinical director of Revivify London clinics. She started her career as a dental surgeon, soon to find herself attending courses and immersing herself in aesthetic medicine. She has presented various techniques in non-invasive aesthetic medicine at international conferences, and has obtained her Masters degrees in Aesthetic Medicine with distinction.

Dr Samizadeh has a unique approach to non-invasive facial rejuvenation. She combines nutrition, topical daily skin care, preventive measures, and non-invasive rejuvenation technique to get the best results. She is passionate about educating her patients and strives for perfection. Her gentle manner, attention to details, patience in understanding what her clients are after sets her apart in the world of aesthetics.

Her desire for perfecting her techniques and passion for the combination of science and art of beauty and rejuvenation has led her to attend national and international conferences. Her passion for learning and teaching has led her to embark on a journey to obtain her MA in clinical education at King’s College London.

She is working actively to raise standards, set the regulations for the cosmetic industry in the UK by working with Health Education England. Ethics, patient’s safety, and their best interests are the core of her practice, and should be for all aesthetic practitioners.


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Miss Sherina Balaratnam

Miss Sherina Balaratnam

S-Thetics

I have practiced in aesthetic medicine for 10 years and a qualified Doctor of 21 years.

I practice from S-Thetics, in Buckinghamshire, launched May 2015, and am the Founder and Medical Director of my practice. Our patient-centric approach, vision, mission and values are built around patient education. My team and I enjoy delivering a seamless patient journey and measurable results. 

S-Thetics is created and designed ‘for’ patients. High standards are our gold standard. We specialise in advanced non-surgical treatments for skin, face and body combining science and wellbeing for patients to achieve aesthetic goals.

My career is built around 5 pillars, which I embody in daily practice:

1. Patients – education and clinical work

2. Team – leadership and mentorship

3. Partner suppliers – academia and research

4. Colleagues and profession – clinical training and presentations

5. Myself- personal, clinical development and self-care

I’m honored to be recognised by my profession by winning 8 national awards to date, and to have created a clinic built on 21 years of clinical experience.

I’m proud to have created a clinic resembling that of my Father’s, which I spent time growing up in and which led to my inspiration and catalyst to being a Doctor. ​

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Dr Daron Seukeran

Dr Daron Seukeran

sk:n Clinics

My current position is Group Medical Director of sk:n and clinical director of sk:n clinics in Harley Street and Teesside (within the James Cook University Hospital) and I am Chairman of sk:n’s Medical Standards Committee. I have been a Consultant Dermatologist over 20 years working in laser surgery for medical conditions such as birthmarks and rare, complex skin conditions. I also work within aesthetics, particularly dealing with photo rejuvenation and scarring with a focus on acne scarring. I have worked on a combination of techniques which includes the use of Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Filler and surgery to give patients the best possible outcome. I work with NHS England to provide a safe and specialised environment especially for the treatment of children. We treat port wine stains, deal with many rare skin conditions which some may deem as aesthetic, for example Neurofibromatosis, or multiple benign tumours on the face. By working closely with our patients we have been able to make a case for them to have these treatments through the NHS and I have recently formed a partnership with NHS England in the North East of England which I am extremely proud of.

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