The GetHarley Award for Medical Aesthetic Practitioner of the Year

Criteria This award will recognise the aesthetic doctor or dentist 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. This category was only open to doctors and dentists with more than five years’ demonstrable experience of working in the aesthetic specialty. For those with less than five years’ experience, please enter the Rising Star of the Year category. There will be no voting process and the winner will be decided by the judging panel.


Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme

Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme

Adonia Medical Clinic

Dr Ejikeme is a NHS medical consultant and renowned aesthetic medicine specialist with extensive global training in medicine and surgery. She is loved by patients and colleagues, often being asked to present at leading Aesthetic conferences.

Using this training, Dr Ejikeme went on to found Adonia Medical Clinic, where she used her skills to create a perfect blend of both medicine and aesthetics.  

Our aim is to help our patients reclaim their skin confidence with proven and personalized care. We understand that each person that comes to the clinic is at a different place in their skin journey, so we offer different solutions, to match their needs. Inclusivity is of paramount importance to us. We ensure we are able to cater for both men and women and all skin types and tones. 

Adonia Medical Clinic is continually growing and improving, with scientifically led treatments and patient safety being our main priority.  

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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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Dr Nestor Demosthenous

Dr Nestor Demosthenous

Dr Nestor's Medical Cosmetic Centre

Dr Nestor Demosthenous is entirely committed to aesthetic medicine and promoting it as a safe, responsible aspect of an overall anti-ageing strategy. His passion and ambition for his craft are unrivalled. He has a unique and modern approach which is cemented in education, training and awareness. His "micro-optimisation" stance has made him a favourite with beauty editors and his "gently enhanced" tweakments ensure he is fully booked weeks in advance. Dr Nestor is a notable ambassador of the aesthetic industry and would make a worthy recipient of this award.

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Dr Sobia Syed

Dr Sobia Syed

Dr Sobia Medispa (previously known as CAREFORSKIN)

Dr Sobia Syed is the Medical Director and Lead Practitioner at CARE FOR SKIN. Her CQC registered clinic is based in Clitheroe (Lancashire). Dr Sobia offers a full range of face, body, skin, hair and wellness treatments. Women’s and men’s health, cellular regeneration, thread lift, vein and skin lesion removal treatments differentiate her treatment portfolio.

Dr Sobia’s philosophy is to deliver safe, effective and ethical treatments to provide patients a subtly natural, youthful and rejuvenated appearance. Her skills, expertise, continual professional development ensure that she delivers the most innovative procedures to the highest standards. As a CQC registered practitioner, safety and duty of care is her top priority. 

Dr Sobia prides herself at listening to patients to address their concerns and providing natural looking results with unmatched gold standard aftercare. Her experience, dedication, passion and continual professional development over the years has meant that her clinic has experienced exceptional growth in patients, treatments, appointments and revenue, despite the unprecedented challenges faced during Covid-19. 

Dr Sobia’s vision and strategy for delivering safe, effective and ethical services, puts the patient at the centre of everything, resulting in a truly bespoke patient journey.

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Dr Rekha Tailor

Dr Rekha Tailor

Health & Aesthetics

I opened Health & Aesthetics in 2008, and I have been able to help thousands of patients over the numerous years of running the clinic.

I am proud to work in the industry I do, and strive to maintain not just the highest standards, but also offer the latest treatments to my patients. I want all of my patients to walk into our clinic and feel safe and informed and walk out looking confident and natural.

“Always remember: Look Good. Feel Great. Stay Natural.”

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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, Institut Esthederm 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 Uliana Gout

Dr Uliana Gout

London Aesthetic Medicine

  • Leading global educator & key opinion leader in Aesthetic Medicine, known for my passion in evidence-based approaches & innovation. Key work in the UK focuses on furthering Aesthetic Medicine as a recognised speciality
  • President, British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM) since Feb 2020, representing c400 clinicians, together with Board propelling the College into an exciting phase of modernisation, collaborating with Department of Health and a QC for legal clarifications
  • Scientific DirectorFACE CONFERENCE - UK's longest standing Conference attracting thousands of attendees, overseeing programme formulation
  • Course DirectorMONACO AESTHETIC & ANTI-AGEING WORLD CONGRESS (AMWC) - world's largest Congress attracting c10,000 global delegates - actively involved in programme formulation, Chairing & lecturing
  • TOP DOCTOR 2019/TOP BOTULINUM TOXIN INJECTOR 2019/ TOP INJECTABLES 2020 - Tatler Cosmetic Surgery Guide

  • Board SecretaryInternational Peeling Society (IPS) - furthering knowledge base via lecturing/publications 

  • Author of medical textbooks (Illustrated Guide Injectable Fillers; Illustrated Guide Chemical Peels; Anatomy & Lip Enhancement; Anatomy & Hand-Medical Rejuvenation) 
  • Appraiser for Doctors since 2017 under BCAM (Revalidation requirements set out by the GMC)
  • Author of peer-reviewed publications (e.g. First Global Consensus on Prevention & Early Intervention 2017 Journal of Drugs & Dermatology; Communication of P&E 2017 Journal of Drugs & Dermatology)

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Dr Devang Patel

Dr Devang Patel

Perfect Skin Solutions

A patient's testimonial on Google (8th August) encompasses much of what I am about and delivers a more credible reflection of me: ‘Recent comments from close family and friends that I was starting to look ‘overdone’ following treatments at various other clinics prompted me to take action. Dev is renowned for pioneering the use of the latest treatments and technologies at his clinic and is a national educator and speaker. He was, therefore, my “go to” practitioner for an honest holistic review of my face through a fresh lens. After an initial video consultation, I subsequently made the first 400 mile round trip to Southsea. Dev then took the time to sensitively outline options to beautify my face based on my budget. He provided a thorough explanation and rationale for all his suggestions throughout, some of which I admit I was sceptical of. This included dissolving existing product in my cheeks and lips to first correct and then improve my overall aesthetic symmetry and balance. I confidently put my complete trust in Dev’s expert judgement, and we agreed a treatment plan. Over subsequent visits, a few weeks apart, my more harmonised natural look has evolved! ’ 
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Miss Sherina Balaratnam

Miss Sherina Balaratnam


This year I celebrate 10-years in Medical Aesthetics and 21 years as a Doctor. My former 12-year Plastic Surgical career in reconstructive burns surgery instilled a passion for treating skin to restore structure, function and aesthetic. During my 2005 UCL Master’s Degree I learnt how energy-based devices, topicals and technologies can restore skin health, and my new career in aesthetics evolved.

In May 2015 I created and launched my clinic S-Thetics, in Beaconsfield where I live. With a team of 8 whom I mentor daily, our patient-centric approach blends treatments and education to have a positive impact on lives. My career is built around 5 pillars: 

1. Patients: education and results 

2. Team: leadership, mentorship

3. Partner suppliers: academia and research

4. Colleagues and profession: training, presentations, collaborations

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

I’ve evolved into a trainer, presenter and academic, and S-Thetics Clinic is a centre of academia and research. I’m a National training centre and KOL and share my experience at corporate level to: 

- Canfield Imaging 

- Allergan Medical Institute

- iS Clinical: Global Brand Ambassador

- Cynosure: UK study center

- HydraFacial: EMEA Study Centre: Keravive

- Endymed: Key Opinion Leader

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Dr Anna Hemming

Dr Anna Hemming

Thames Skin Clinic

After 12 years as an aesthetic doctor and a year where I have built my new clinic, new brand and registered with CQC I wanted to share my successes with a wider audience and celebrate the growth of safe, regulated medical aesthetic clinics.

In 2002 I graduated as a doctor from Bristol University, joined the Army and started a career that spanned surgery, emergency medicine and anaesthetics. I loved my job. As a GP I missed practical treatments, it was a natural step to start aesthetic practice in 2008, when I became a GP at Buckingham Palace.

Since then I have continued to develop as a doctor, sharing my skills and techniques to national and international conferences. I advise CCR, AML, AMN, IAPCAM boards, speaking for them, Wigmore, IMCAS, GVAS and FACE. I hold practicing privileges at Cranley Clinic, Harley Street.

My goal was to set up a leading medical aesthetic clinic in SW London. In 2019 Thames Skin Clinic was born and opened in March 2020. My clinic focuses on natural aesthetic results where patients can be treated in a safe, regulated environment that feels clinical but homely. Feedback indicates I have achieved this in our medical sanctuary, tucked away in the heart of Twickenham.

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Dr Ioannis Liakas

Dr Ioannis Liakas

Vie Aesthetics Ltd

Dr. Ioannis Liakas is the Medical Director of Vie Aesthetics, an award-winning aesthetic medicine company with clinics in Essex and London. He has practised aesthetic treatments for more than 14 years and is a Full Member of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine. His vast portfolio covers the full range of advanced non-surgical cosmetic solutions, both in the UK and abroad. As a go-to person for autologous and regenerative therapies, his many accomplishments include introducing Regenera Activa stem cell micro-transplants for hair loss to the UK. Dr Liakas takes an innovative holistic approach to health, beauty and wellness and leads the way for combination treatments. As such, he has introduced medical weight management, life coaching and vitamin IV therapies to his clinics, recognising that personal transformations are internal and external.

Dr Liakas operates a safe, ethical practice. In 2020, Vie Aesthetics successfully registered with the Care Quality Commission, for which Dr Liakas was the Registered Manager. He uses print, radio, TV and online media to educate the public on aesthetics and how to stay safe. As part of his work, he was awarded Aesthetics Doctor of the Year “Highly Commended” at The Safety in Beauty Diamond Awards in 2019.  

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Dr Vincent Wong

Dr Vincent Wong

VinDoc Aesthetics

A deeply committed doctor who has, in the last 12 months; 

o Launched the world’s first LGBTQ+ campaign in medical aesthetics (#IAmMe) 

o Aim: promote safety/inclusivity in wellbeing/medical aesthetic beauty. The campaign reflects Dr Wong’s wholly inclusive approach to cosmetic consultations/expectations/treatments 

o Ethos: create a safe space for the community to discuss daily issues faced; empower/enable them to find strength, power, inner belief through aesthetics/embracing diversity 

o Co-author: first in-depth article specifically targeting transgender community ‘Considerations of the Use of Noninvasive Aesthetic Procedures for Facial Remodelling in Transgender Individuals’ 

o Author: CRC Press commissioned textbook: Decision Making in Aesthetic Medicine 

o Author: scientific paper on facial threads 

o Faculty member: Global Virtual Aesthetics Conference 

o Lecturer: IMCAS Academy 

o Speaker: Aesthetic Medicine’s Virtual Event 

o Host: debut series of online lectures for Chinese doctors on aesthetics 

o Interviewed a Chinese doctor to find out more about the aesthetics industry in China post COVID-19 

o Highly Commended: Aesthetic Medicine Video Awards, Best Social Media Video by Clinic/Practitioner & Best Social Media Video by a Brand 

o Finalist: Rainbow Honours Awards, #IAmMe 

o Judge: Miss Universe GB 2020 

o Online coaching session: skin & gut health, confidence, star quality, stage presence 

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Key Dates

  • Entries Open 1st June
  • Entries Close 21st August
  • Finalists announced 1 st December
  • Voting and Judging Close 28 th February
  • Winners Announced The Aesthetics Awards Virtual Ceremony 28th May