The SkinCeuticals Award for Medical Aesthetic Practitioner of the Year

This award will recognise the aesthetic doctor, dentist, dermatologist 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. There will be no voting process and the winner will be decided by the judging panel.


Dr Beatriz Molina

Dr Beatriz Molina

Medikas Medispa

Dr Beatriz Molina is one of the world’s leading experts on non-invasive aesthetic medicine, and a pioneer in the field. For the last 7 years she has been the main KOL (Key Opinion Leader) for Galderma UK and since November 2015 is a CMT (Country Mentor Trainer) for Galderma Global, having been given the role of training. She continues to travel the world sharing her knowledge and passion for aesthetic medicine.

Beatriz was very proud to be chosen as one of two practitioners from the whole of the Galderma International CMT’s, to inject all the models for their new Before and After campaign.

Beatriz was the Vice President of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine as well as the Director of Conferences until September 2016. Over the three years since taking charge of organising the BCAM annual conference, the event has gone from strength to strength and is now firmly in the calendar of those practicing aesthetics and is key in promoting education and safety within the industry. This role was a volunteer, non-honorarium role.

In recognition of her dedication and hard work for BCAM in this role, as well as her efforts in the early days of Health Education England, Beatriz was awarded the prestigious Fellowship of BCAM.

Beatriz remains a Board Member of the RSM (Royal Society of Medicine) Council.

Beatriz continues to be passionate about teaching and has designed and built a training facility within her own clinic in Bristol to deliver courses and masterclasses. She also encourages other aesthetic practitioners and cosmeceuticals suppliers to use the facility to demonstrate best practices within the industry and uses this as an opportunity for herself to keep up to date with new products and techniques.

Beatriz continues to strive for excellence in the industry and has now turned her focus and organisational skills on her new venture of IAPCAM (International Association for Prevention of Complications in Aesthetic Medicine) of which she is the founder. Dr Molina 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. Her first IAPCAM Symposium will be held on 22nd September in London this year, with a variety of international speakers and diverse agenda.

In addition, Beatriz has been selected as one of two individuals to act as a moderator for IQ Level 7 Certification in Injectables for aesthetic medicine.

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Highly Commended

Mr Marc Pacifico

Mr Marc Pacifico

Purity Bridge

I am a Consultant Plastic Surgeon, who, after 8-years as a Consultant in the NHS recently moved to being in full time private practice. I am now able to dedicate 100% of my focus on my aesthetic patients to enable me to provide the best treatments, outcomes and patient journey possible. I pride myself on the care my whole team provide for the patients throughout their treatment journey. We have developed an intensive structured programme for my patients to ensure they are cared for throughout their journey by the whole team.
In 2013 I opened Purity Bridge, in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. We now have 4 Consultant Plastic Surgeons and two specialist nurses as our clinical staff. The fundamental reason for launching the clinic was to enable me to provide a first class service to my patients, both pre- and post- procedure, without being constrained by restrictions of working within other organisations. This has borne fruit with continuous positive reviews and feedback, particularly commenting on the care, after care and friendly atmosphere in the clinic. I was thrilled when we won the 2016 Aesthetics Award for Best Clinic South of England.
I have published on facial, breast and body contouring surgery and maintain an academic interest in aesthetic medicine and surgery.
My career in aesthetic medicine and surgery is continuing to grow rapidly. My most notable achievements in the last 12 months include:
• Being awarded the Lynton Lasers Award for Best Clinic South England in the 2016 Aesthetics Awards
• Being elected to join the BAAPS Council. I am organising the 2017 International BAAPS Conference; I have helped lead the team in developing the recently launched new BAAPS website; I am continuing to lead developments on educational initiatives for Consultant Plastic Surgeons in the field of Aesthetic Surgery; I sit on the BSI as the BAAPS representative for the development of non-surgical standards and have involvement with the CPSA
• I have been invited as a guest speaker to international conferences, such as the Spanish Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Madrid), and the Mentor Advanced Aesthetic Breast Meeting (Hamburg). I have also been part of the faculty, speaking at FACE 2017.
• I continue to educate trainee plastic surgeons in the operating theatre on aesthetic surgery
• I have launched an in-house training programme for the specialist nurses at Purity Bridge, including live injecting

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Mr Taimur Shoaib

Mr Taimur Shoaib

La Belle Forme

My career in aesthetics began when I started training in plastic surgery. My first post in plastic surgery was at the world famous Canniesburn Hospital, Glasgow. As a junior doctor I saw how much of a difference plastic surgery made to people’s lives I performed and assisted at a variety of aesthetic procedures from the start of my training in 1994. I started formal training in plastic surgery higher surgical training in 2001 where I continued treating patients with injectables and surgery (particularly for lipodystrophy and facial palsy), as part of my formal training. I strongly believe that my reconstructive training made me a better aesthetic doctor. I completed my training in all aspects of plastic surgery including aesthetics in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Oxford.

I became a consultant plastic surgeon in 2006 with a special interest in head and neck plastic surgery and set up my private practice shortly thereafter. I opened a clinic in Glasgow City Centre in 2009 and left the NHS in 2014. I now have a full-time private practice in aesthetics, encompassing both aesthetic surgery and aesthetic medicine. My main clinical workload is in breast surgery, rhinoplasty, facelifts, blepharoplasty, liposuction, and fillers . Currently, I lead a team of aesthetic practitioners in my clinics, including two other surgeons, three cosmetic doctors, seven aesthetic nurses, six aesthetic therapists, and an administration team that help deliver the high standards of care that I aim to achieve for all the patients under my umbrella of care.
I continue to learn new skills to maintain clinical expertise. I read and contribute to the main journals in the aesthetic industry. I have also written articles for peer-reviewed journals in aesthetic surgery.
In the last 12 months I have continued to develop my La Belle Forme business, treating patients from throughout the UK from our offices in Glasgow, Kent and Essex as well as consulting from Aberdeen and Harley Street in London. I aim to be consistently at the cutting edge of advancements and procedures in the industry and pride myself in offering the best and most up-to-date treatments around at a competitive price.
I have a strong teaching ethic. I teach foundation level Botox and Fillers approximately 10 times a year, I teach advanced injectables for Allergan and for my own training courses approximately 25 times a year, I have taught and continue to teach at a facial cadaveric training course and have taught in at least one cadaver course every year for the past 15 years. I train junior doctors and medical students who attend our clinic and teach the next generation of consultant surgeons in aesthetic surgery.

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Dr Patrick Treacy

Dr Patrick Treacy

Ailesbury Clinic

Dr. Patrick Treacy MICGP, MBCAM, H. Dip Dermatology, DRCOG, DCH, LRCSI, DTM MB BCh
President Elect of the Royal Society of Medicine (London) Aesthetic Faculty 2017. Chairman of the Irish Association of Cosmetic Doctors and Irish Representative of the British Association of Cosmetic Medicine. He is recognised as one of the most influential and renowned aesthetic practitioners in the world. His research, including pioneering techniques for treating HIV facial lipodystrophy, developing radiosurgery venous thermocoagulation and restoring vascular occluded tissue has strongly influenced the field of aesthetic medicine. He has won many international awards, including the coveted AMEC Trophy in Paris (2014) for research relating to cancer cachexia and again (2016) for reversal of dermal filler vascular occlusion (HELPIR technique). He won the MyFaceMyBody Trophy in London (2016) (HELPIR technique) and was highly commended in (2012) and (2013) for research and innovative techniques relating to the use of PRP, and red light in both facial rejuvenation and hair transplant.
Dr. Treacy serves on the editorial boards of four international aesthetic journals. He is author of fifty articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has contributed to chapters of medical books. Dr Treacy is a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal Society of Arts. (London). He is Chairman of the Ailesbury Humanitarian Foundation and Honorary Ambassador to the Michael Jackson Legacy Foundation and the driving force behind countless humanitarian efforts in communities across Africa, Haiti and the Third World. He has opened orphanages in Monrovia, Liberia and Mirebalais, Haiti. He is an advanced aesthetic trainer and has trained over 800 doctors and nurses from around the world.
He has been Faculty keynote speaker across Europe, the US, Russia, China and South America including: IMCAS Paris 2017 AM Live London 2017 RSM London ICG8 2017 EADV London 2017 Aesthetic Congress Ukraine 2017 Australia 2017 AMWC Monaco 2017 FACE London 2017 AMEC Monaco 2017 CCME Mexico 2017 AIDA Abu Dhabi 2017 AAAM Miami 2017
Awards 2016-2017
• Winner ‘Best Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Ireland 2016’ Irish Health Awards (Dublin 2016)
• Winner ‘Doctor of Year 2016' (Highly Commended) (London 2016)
• Winner ‘Best Global Clinical Research Case in Aesthetic Medicine’ AMEC (Paris 2016)
• Winner ‘Best Innovative Research Award’ MyFaceMyBody Awards (London 2016)
• Winner CMME Medal for Medical Excellence (Mexico 2016)
• Winner EADV Lecture Award Royal Soc. Medicine (London 2017)
• Winner Irish Healthcare Awards 'Best Medical Research -Ireland' (Dublin 2017)

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Dr Miguel Montero Garcia

Dr Miguel Montero Garcia

Discover Laser

I have practiced medicine in England since 1994. Initially working in north-west hospitals developing surgical and medical skills, I then worked as a GP in Burnley for 11 years.
I now combine my knowledge of surgery, medicine, skin health and laser technology in my role as Discover Laser’s medical director and principal practitioner.
As a GP, I saw countless patients with cosmetic skin concerns. With little to offer on the NHS I looked into private local options . The nearest clinics were Manchester or Leeds, and many used lasers to correct problems. This, together with my knowledge of the benefits of laser for skin, sparked my decision to open my own aesthetic clinic.
In 2007, I undertook a BTEC in lasers and light therapies in Nottingham, which marked the beginning of an intensive and on-going schedule of training and learning, which expanded well beyond my initial interest in lasers to include a broad range of non-surgical aesthetic treatments.
Getting to know teaching staff and other practitioners, I formed relationships that have shaped my career in aesthetics.
I am now a member of BCAM, ELA, BLMA, BMAS, PCDS and ACE and am one of only a few doctors to hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine. In 2015, I began the MSc in Non-surgical Cosmetic Interventions at UCLan to obtain an academic degree which will allow me, together with colleagues, to help shape the future of aesthetic medicine.This year, I delivered my dissertation and await the results.
I am the lead Clinical Tutor and lecturer for MSc at UCLan, teaching and supervising medical professionals on various aspects of aesthetic medicine; Medical expert and presenter for Lumenis; key opinion leader for Zerona and Verju; speaker at aesthetic medicine conferences worldwide; contribute to industry publications; have been a BCAM appraiser for the past three years; and lead basic and advanced training in cosmetic procedures in association with MATA, including level 7 courses.
Teaching is my second passion. I am humbled to be able to share my knowledge and clinical experience. I have delivered presentations at the AMWC Congress, Monaco and BMLA Annual Conference, Manchester. I present for laser manufacturers and deliver 1-1 peer training, sharing my own treatment protocols.
This year, I have also obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education, which allows me to be more effective in the teaching and assessment of students in the clinical setting.

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Dr Daniel Sister

Dr Daniel Sister

Dr Sister Ltd

I graduated from medical school in 1973 and worked in A&E, rheumatology and hormones, so naturally I was helping older patients. I’ve witnessed the evolution of aesthetics. At first we had little to work with until botulinum toxin came along. Initially it was only used on the glabella, then progressed to multiple indications and now we use microinjection techniques. The range of treatments/products now available would have been inconceivable in the infancy of aesthetics. We should recognise how lucky we are!
I first heard about PRP around 10 years ago. I looked into it’s history and found it to be based on sound science; ‘growth factors’ were discovered in 1953 resulting in a Nobel Prize in 1986. I was amazed that more people were not utilizing this safe, efficient, toxin-free treatment. Now it is popular, but I’m proud to have been the first to introduce it to the UK.
I’ve since developed my own protocol that provides a better result on the ageing face, anywhere else on the skin and also joints. My injection technique is unusual; I inject deeply making contact to the periosteum (to stimulate osteoblasts), intramuscular (to stimulate myofibroblasts) and finally intradermal. This ensures the PRP has a positive effect on bone structure, muscles and skin. I use both the platelet poor plasma (PPP) and platelet rich plasma (PRP), as studies show that PPP also stimulates fibroblasts. In developing my own kit and protocol, my main considerations were patient safety, ease of use for the practitioner, and efficiency of the treatment. I take 20mls of blood; that provides 10ml of plasma, enough for one full treatment. I use only one tube and a closed system, as fewer manipulations equals a safer treatment (i.e less risk of contamination).
I have trained over 400 medical professionals in my PRP protocol and have lectured worldwide. During 2016 I wrote the first PRP medical textbook, published by OEO Firenze. Platelet Rich Plasma – The New Frontier in Regenerative and Aesthetic Medicine is an in-depth study of the many uses of PRP in the world of medicine, facial aesthetics, hair loss, scaring, sports injuries and sexual health.
In 2017 I focussed my work on further developing and researching PRP. I conducted the World’s first study into combining PRP with a combined hyaluronic acid and succinic acid product, with very significant positive results. This study has been published in two professional publications.

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Dr Kate Goldie

Dr Kate Goldie

European Medical Aesthetics Ltd.

My career in aesthetic medicine started 12 years ago, originally just out of curiosity; I attended a one day course in Botulinum toxin. 12 years later I am proud to be part of one of the fast growing, most innovative fields of medicine. I practised initially in Scotland and now have clinics in Henley on Thames and a recently refurbished clinic in London, Harley Street. I am the Medical Director of European Medical Aesthetics Ltd. which is the parent company of three ambitious and successful aesthetic brands. One of the brands is Medics Direct Training which has been running aesthetic training courses for 10 years and has overseen the training of over 4,000 medical practitioners in the use of foundation and advanced injectable techniques. I continue to personally train practitioners in bespoke, one to one sharing/training sessions at the Harley Street clinic, one of my favourite parts of my job!
This year I continued traveling internationally to teach and lecture on advances in aesthetics across Europe, North America with a focus on Asia. As one of the scientific committee of AMWC Monaco and others I have been working to build research based plenary sessions. Throughout 2016 and 2017, I have focused on dedicating more time for research, I am the lead investigator for seven ongoing clinical trials, I am co-author of three published consensus papers and co-author of a new book on aesthetic dermatology published this year. I am the founder of the International Regenerative Aesthetics Society, looking at the role of stem cells, growth factors and scaffolds in tissue regeneration and its role in aesthetics, and have organised and chaired the new field of regenerative aesthetics session in AMWC Monaco 2017 and have several ongoing research projects. I also focused on developing my own method of facial analysis and treatment system of the male patient using cranial facial landmarks which focuses on great aesthetic enhancement but importantly take care to protect the uniqueness and individuality of the face.
I believe that good ethical partnerships with innovative and research driven companies really advance educational standards. I am part of the global faculty of the Merz institute of Advanced aesthetics, a global KOL, and UK KOL for Merz.
Aesthetic medicine is one of the most exciting field of medicine to be part of. It is innovative, creative, fast moving. At the heart of it though, is our patients, their uniqueness, the unique art of their face, the unique way they feel about their own facial aesthetics and the aging process. It is this care and understanding of patients that is at core of medical aesthetics and enables us to provide powerful, life enhancing aesthetic medical care.

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Dr Steven Harris

Dr Steven Harris

Harris Clinic

As far back as I can remember, I have always had an interest and curiosity with shape and form. I attribute this fascination to my parents who are both very creative; my father is an inventor and my mother is a painter. As a General Practitioner, when I came across an introductory course in Aesthetic Medicine 14 years ago, I knew instinctively that this was my calling. Since then, I have worked tirelessly and passionately to advance my art and in the process have become the largest single user of Botox and Juvederm fillers in the U.K. (according to Allergan statistics).

Over the last 12 months, I have advanced the holistic approach to nonsurgical facial rejuvenation using injectables. The holistic approach aims to restore the ideal facial shape rather than treat areas in isolation and I have developed innovative techniques toward restoring the cheeks and jaw-line; these have produced consistently pleasing aesthetic results with very positive feedback from both patients and colleagues. I have shared my approach and techniques in numerous recently published articles and during free weekly training sessions I offer at my clinic.

In addition, I completed a random controlled trial on my invention, the Dr Harris Mask (DHM), an anti-wrinkle eye mask. The DHM employs small silicone projections which stimulate touch receptors (mechanoreceptors) to reduce sympathetic activity. The result is a significant reduction in both muscle tone and emotional arousal. My research trial was awarded the first prize award by the British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM) for best research and has been published in PRIME journal (November 2016). DHM is currently being manufactured abroad and will be available as a consumer product by the end of the year.

Finally, over the last year I have raised awareness about Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). I have approached patients, colleagues and key players in our industry to address this disabling condition and have lectured and published articles to that effect. As a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist I am in a unique position to make a difference and I am currently in the process of setting up the first BDD trial to test a new treatment I have developed; the new combination therapy involves Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, antidepressant medication (SSRIs) and controlled aesthetic treatments.

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Dr Tapan Patel

Dr Tapan Patel

phi clinic

I began my career in aesthetic Medicine in 2001 and have been full-time since 2003.
I always recognised the need for a true centre of excellence and was able to realise my dream with the opening of PHI clinic in 2014 which has been bestowed with multiple accolades and awards, including an unprecedented 3 consecutive awards for best clinic London.
I Have been invited to teach, lecture and demonstrate all over the world and in the past 12 months have done so in 16 countries.
I am most proud of the fact that I have had repeated invitations to lecture in the USA. This is a huge honour as generally, they don't tend to have outside speakers and when they do, only specialists.
The pinnacle of this was being invited to lecture at the largest multi-specialty meeting in Las Vegas where I was one of only 2 outside speakers and the only non-specialist. (see photo)
I feel this will set the way for many excellent practitioners from the UK to showcase their knowledge in future meetings.

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Miss Sherina Balaratnam

Miss Sherina Balaratnam


I have been a medical doctor for over 19 years and my aesthetic medical career began in 2008 during my 6-year NHS plastic surgery training. I have gained a deep understanding in the importance of both functional and aesthetic outcomes when treating surgical patients, which led me to explore non-surgical approaches to further optimise patient outcomes.

My career progression has taken me from being a freelance practitioner delivering non-surgical treatments within several successful clinics in the UK, to launching my first clinic,
S-Thetics in Buckinghamshire, in May 2015. I am honoured to be invited to teach, present and share my knowledge with my peers within the profession, from a number of key partner suppliers and conference organisers, which I particularly enjoy doing alongside my clinical commitments.

My ethos is to deliver safe, professional and excellent treatments and results in a patient-centric manner based on a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.

These are my personal achievements in the last 12 months:

A) Awards and achievements:
- November 2016: Awarded “Best New Practice, South England and Wales” at the MyFaceMyBody awards
- December 2016: Awarded “Clinic Reception Team of the Year, UK & Ireland” at the Aesthetics Awards
- January 2017: S-Thetics appointed a national training center for Allergan
- February 2017 - CliniSept – invited as 1 of 4 UK doctors to join the Advisory Board to discuss potential indications and usage of this innovative new product.
- May 2017: Appointed to the Advisory Board of Clinical, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Expo (CCR). I have created and am chairing the ‘Getting started in aesthetics’ agenda
- June 2017: Appointed as Key Opinion Leader for Endymed Medical
- July 2017 Appointed as Key Opinion Leader for HydraFacial
- Allergan Local Country Ambassador: 2011 to date

B) Speaking engagements:
- October 2016: CCRE: ‘A Clinic Full of Brochures’: on patient communication
- November 2016: “Beyond The Facelift: The Synergy between surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures”. Co-presentation with Mr Nigel Mercer, former president of BAAPS and BAPRAS
- February 2017: Aesthetic Medicine Live Business Agenda: ‘Standing Out From the Crowd: How to Build, Manage and Maintain your Reputation in a Crowded Market’
- February 2017: Invited by Allergan to present at their internal launch of Juvéderm® Volite on cosmetic injectables in skin rejuvenation
- April 2017: Expert Clinic at ACE 2017: ‘The New Standard in Non-Invasive Body Contouring’
- June 2017: FACE conference: ‘Skin rejuvenation with combination laser treatments’
- June 2017: iS Clinical Masterclass, London: “The role of topical skincare”. This was alongside Dr Charlene DeHaven, global clinical director of iS Clinical.
- October 2017: Chairing ‘Getting Started in Aesthetics’ at CCRE

C) Teaching commitments:
- As part of the Allergan Medical Institute Faculty, I deliver advanced injectables training at my clinic S-Thetics, on a regular basis.

D) Clinical and academic commitments:
Working alongside Endymed Medical and Aestheticare UK on new treatment indications and protocols for the Endymed 3DEEP and EndyMed Intensif radiofrequency platform.

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Dr Sam Robson

Dr Sam Robson

Temple Medical

Dr Sam Robson (MBChB :and MRCGP: MBCAM)

I qualified in 1991 and trained as a GP before starting in aesthetics in 2004. In 2007 I founded Temple Medical in Aberdeen and from the outset, aesthetic medicine quickly became my passion. I immediately recognised the need to work to the highest industry standards in a true centre of excellence, and I undertook extensive training and education to enable me to encompass the management of patients presenting with a wide variety of aesthetic and skin conditions. Ongoing education and training has always been important and remains a big motivation for me to the extent that I attend many training events and conferences annually to stay keep at the forefront of developments within the industry. I consider myself to be one of the country’s leading pioneers in aesthetic medicine;, for example, within the last few months, I have added Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy to my repertoire , indeed I was the the first aesthetic practitioner in Scotland to provide this service , and I now feel that I can now address patient’s health and ageing concerns from both the inside and outside.

Since starting the clinic in 2007, I have been proud to be Medical Director of this now multi award winning clinic. Specialising in non-invasive aesthetic treatments, with a strong emphasis on skin health and rejuvenation in addition to weight loss and body contouring, Temple Medical has undeniably grown to be one of the leading aesthetic clinics in the UK and we undoubtedly sets the bar for a new breed of anti-ageing clinic that offers the most effective and safe treatments, alongside a five-star patient service.

The lack of regulation of products and practitioners within the aesthetics industry has always concerned me, and to this end, I have consistently campaigned amongst my peers and industry groups for tighter controls and more regulation to help set standards within aesthetic practice. My quest for best practice and excellence, coupled with my years of hard work, dedication and commitment within the aesthetics industry was recognised earlier this year in March when I was awarded the prestigious SCOTMCA “Cosmetic Doctor of the Year Award 2017”. The fact that this accolade was awarded to me not once but twice in two consecutive years for my contribution to the field of aesthetics was both fantastically unexpected if not somewhat overwhelming.

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Key Dates for 2018 Awards

  • Entries Open 1st May 2018
  • Entries Close 29th June 2018
  • Finalists announced and voting open 31st August 2018
  • Voting and Judging Close 31st October 2018
  • Winners Announced The Aesthetics Awards Ceremony 1st December 2018