Wednesday, 4 December 2019

My next recommendation; The Best Dentist Practice and Dentist; ‘Knightsbridge Dental Care: Doctor Alan Gold’.

There is nothing more terrifying for me personally than a visit to the dentist. For me, as is the case for many, the child-hood trauma from seeing the school dentist has lingered and has evolved into a type of phobia, now, in later life. Many people in the U.K. literally have to have their teeth practically falling out or need to be in excruciating pain before they dare to step over the threshold of the dreaded Dentist surgery. 

My trauma undoubtedly derived from the school dentist and I can still visualise the gas mask coming towards me. In the '60s, little empathy was shown towards a crying child.

But also, even in my adult life, my anxiety was heightened when being told by one desist "Stop moaning you’re a big guy this should be a doddle". I felt like I was being tortured by some horrendous instrument like in a scene from the movie Saw. Furthermore, I have even been punched in the face accidentally, to add further insult to injury, when the dentist attempted to pull out a support as he rushed to complete my filling.

SAW The horrors of a bad dentist

Have you ever noticed when the dentist accidentally stabs you with their scissors or one of their many sharp implements you often get the response "Oh your sensitive in that area?" Being honest, I find myself wanting to get up and grab the tool out of their hands to stick it in their bottom as he/she squeals, simply replying "Gosh you're sensitive there!"

Having lived in the U.S. for nine years, I went to the same dentist and wonderful hygienist for the whole time, without any issues. Yes, it is true that the U.K. is now catching up with its dentistry counterparts, but we do lag behind in terms of the advancement of the technology and skills within dentistry in the U.S. It took me almost a decade to find a hygienist that matched the practice I used to attend in Los Angeles. ‘Nanny toothbrushes’ does not begin to describe some of the terrible experiences I have had in London. Naturally, the last dental disaster left me fervently searching for a new dentist, a bit like when you find a good hairdresser and do not want to lose them at any cost. The minute I hear "Do you drink coffee or tea?" from the mouth of the hygienist, I want out of there! 

My poor departed friend, the brilliant journalist Lester Middlehurst, contracted Hepatitis B, apparently from a dentist in Brighton. It was ten years since he had been near a dentist at the time and he called me asking for a recommendation as he had read about ‘painless dentistry’ in a magazine. This process of being put to sleep for dental procedures had fast become popular in the U.S. and he admitted that the only way he was going to sit on a dentist chair, as if he could be put to sleep, even if it was just a cleaning his teeth required. The usually vivacious Mr. Middehurst did not even want to talk to a dentist receptionist as it gave him the shivers, but his teeth were beginning to rot and with his heavy smoking, his smile was starting to deteriorate. 

Being in the world of beauty and fashion, it is easy to get recommendations for good dentists, but very few offered painless dentistry. In fact, a few seemed perplexed when I asked about this type of procedure.

Then…BINGO! I discovered Knightsbridge Dental Practice located in Beauchamp Place, one of the infamously chic streets in London. They do not advertise or have a social media presence, which inferred that they must have a very good reputation if word of mouth was what their business relied upon.

Even after finding them, it took another month to get poor Lester there and I had to tell a little lie that they put you out before they even looked at your teeth. I needn’t have worried as an imminent love affair between Roman Franks (one of the partners of the practice) and Lester started as he was put into a dream-like state, to repair the damage caused by many years of neglect.  

Painless dentistry involves sedation to relieve any anxiety but it does not put you fully to sleep. It is undeniably a great benefit for those patients who suffer from anxiety in the dentist chair, though this can cost extra and regrettably, not all practices offer this service.  

Up until this point, I had been waiting to make my bi-annual visits to the U.S. to go to the dentist. I was so impressed not only by the expert customer service but the wonderfully trained receptionist, at this clinic in particular, that I decided to try out the practice for myself. Senior partner, Alan Gold, fortunately, had an appointment which is rare and I have to admit, we clicked right away, particularly with him being a Geordie. He had a wicked sense of humour and appeared to genuinely listen to my own personal issues around anxiety and dentist visits.  

The amazing Alan Gold

Additionally, he was not selling me anything, whereas so many times, I have had consultations where I feel that they are simply trying to sell to me.  I did need some work, however, and so he suggested attempting to do the procedure without sedation initially and seeing how I coped. Bless him, I am really not easy and having had bad experiences in the past, the slightest noise can set me off.   

Alan’s clinic is beautiful and relaxing and there is a television above you to focus on, which takes your mind off what he is actually doing. It soon became clear, however, even with his immense skills, I would need to be sedated for most invasive procedures. 

Now for those thinking of asking for sedation, you need to do this when you have time, as essentially you will need to go straight home and rest following the procedure and ideally you will need a friend to take you home as you may feel uninhibited and therefore need supervision. 

Alan himself is a breath of fresh air, he jogs to work each day and has never had a single day off work sick, since launching the practice in 1975. He is an expert in cosmetic dentistry also, giving a running commentary on daily news issues whilst skilfully working on your teeth. 

In 1970 Alan graduated from Newcastle University,  training extensively in the very latest in dentistry. He took the SAAD (Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry) course and has treated many thousands of phobic dental patients using intravenous and inhalation sedation techniques.

After Roman retired, Alan’s new partner, the very glamourous Avee-Marie joined the practice, an approachable, warm and gentle clinician. She qualified from the Kings College School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2000 and has been practising for nearly 17 years. She brings an advanced holistic feel to the already welcoming and professional team. Avee-Marie specialises in phobic patients. 

Avee -Marie

Much as Alan is old school and has no interest in social media, Avee-Marie has managed to get the practice to ‘dip its toes’ into social media marketing. 
Alan Gold at Steven Smith

You cannot find a better place to go to if you have issues and anxiety around going to the dentist. It is safe to say, Alan wraps you in cotton wool.
Though he teases me when I attend the clinic “Oh god it’s you! I need sedation!” I cannot rate both the clinic and the dentistry team highly enough.

Tel: 0207 581 1000 / 0207 584 2537
Fax: 0207 823 9408

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Steven Smith is the guest star on Anna Kennedy show at Woman's Radio this week

   News  Anna’s guest on Women’s Radio – Steven Smith

Steven Smith is Anna Kennedy’s guest this week on ‘All things Autism’ on Womens Radio Station.

Steven was one of the charities first Patrons and continues to support AnnaKennedyOnline.

Who is Steven Smith? 
Steven Smith was born in Coatbridge in Scotland. He was brought up in Whitley Bay, before briefly moving to London, followed by the seaside town of Brighton. It was in Brighton that he was first discovered his hairdressing skills. Steven later spent eight years living in America and working in Beverly Hills. On his return to London in the late 90s, started work in fashionable Knightsbridge, where he rose to fame. 
Among his celebrity clientele, he has styled model Katie Price, actress Denise Welch, David Hasselhoff and the cast of Baywatch. Steven had his own column in The Sun newspaper advising hair and beauty. He was a regular on the Lorraine Kelly show, transforming GMTV viewers into their favourite stars. He completed a makeover for Lorraine herself, transforming her into movie legend, Elizabeth Taylor.
Steven has been a freelance writer and PR for the last ten years, combining showbiz interviews and travel with his eye for styling. His work has been published all over the world. He is now living in London W8.
How has working with Anna Kennedy online affected your life, and how have you got involved? 
You do not need to have a family member living with autism to be affected by the stories and experiences of people with autism. To get involved in such a worthwhile campaign, you just need empathy and drive to make a difference. I was honoured to judge “Wear it for Autism”, an event where we gave people fashion makeovers as a reward for outstanding achievement.
Having judged many competitions in my time, you would think this would be an easy task! In reality, however, I was in tears after reading just two of the stories. What was highlighted in particular was the bullying of those who came under the umbrella of Autism Spectrum Condition; it was horrifying. Of course, I wanted to help.
In honesty, I do not have any biological family members, with autism  but I now have a big family in Anna Kennedy online. It has been five years since I became a patron and spearheading sponsorship and celebrity backing has been part of my role. I look forward to working with and helping the various acts at Autism Got Talent each year.
Many of the people in this outstanding community have become firm friends. I was chatting to OJ, one of last year’s acts, on their birthday. OJ is gender-neutral and bravely came out to their family at 14. They are among so many of the friends that have affected my life.
How do you relax? 
Finding time to relax is so important, else you risk burn out. I am well aware of how hard it is for families caring for those living with autism, but if you do not stop and take ten minutes for yourself, you won’t be able to keep going.
Mindfulness can help – it involves acceptance. I pay attention to my thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment.
Yoga and going to the gym are two of my favourite escapes. 
“I’m a Celebrity” is on TV – do you watch it?
It is amazing how what we see as escapism can, in fact, educate and do more for causes that we can imagine. Anne Hegerty, the amazing brain from The Chase, was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in 2005. Being on the show last year gave her a platform to explain her life and educate so many on the subject of Aspergers.
We have many LGBTQ performers in Autism Got Talent who are on the spectrum, so this year I am hoping that Caitlyn Jenner will promote Trans education. Diversity on these shows breaks down barriers and alleviates any fears when you come face to face with what is seen as different to the public.
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If you missed Steven’s interview it will be aired at 1pm and 1am every day this week.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

The Best for Chiropody and Podiatry-  my third recommendation for 2020 

Fiona Patterson Beauchamp Foot Care 

When it comes to our feet, this is the area we most often neglect. From my personal experience, thirty years of standing on my feet to cut people’s hair had caused my toes to rebel and suddenly one problem after another began to emerge with my feet. It started with an unpleasant in-growing toenail to developing Plantar Fasciitis. I have been no stranger to pedicures however if not being treated by the hands of an expert this became a torcher rather than an enjoyable experience. I realised that just having my toenails cut and filed was not doing the trick and in fact, was leading to health issues.

Many of my clients raved about who they called ‘The Foot Doctor’, Fiona Patterson who was based at Beauchamp Foot Care. One of my friends urged me to go to the clinic, promising me she would sort all of my problems. It is important to point out that Fiona, though brilliant in her field of work, is not a doctor, it’s just a term we use as so many people feel like she has given them huge pain relief following treatment.

Fiona trained under the renowned Dr. Scholl in Islington, obtaining her degree in Podiatry at Durham University in 2010. Additionally. she also undertook her degree in anesthetics at Dublin University. Fiona has worked at Beauchamp Foot Care for 24 years, along with her three partners.
What strikes you about the clinic, apart from the fact that it has the very latest, state-of-the-art equipment is just how fantastically clean it is. As well as being experts in podiatry and chiropody, a wide variety of conditions including fungal nail infections, verruca’s, ingrown toenails, and many more can be treated here. A team of highly qualified chiropodists/podiatrists make up the staff, each having over 25 years of experience, guaranteeing clients an enjoyable and relaxing experience.

Fiona is a fantastic no-nonsense lady who really fills you with confidence. I personally hate anything to do with my feet and so I spent the first two minutes apologising for how neglected they were. Fiona just nodded, however, reassuring me that they were just fine and she would get them back to their glory. I quickly felt relaxed and at ease and as she expertly worked on my feet, I felt like I was being lifted into the air. Fiona explained to me how to deal with my issues with my feet so that I could better self-manage them at home.

Each appointment is typically half an hour long in duration. Inevitably, if you want nail polish or anything extra then you would need to book extra time for your appointment as this is not part of the standard pedicure treatment. Understandably, arriving late for your appointment will usually mean that your appointment will be cut short and you will still have to pay the full treatment price, so it is recommended to arrive before your appointment time. Obviously, in exemplary circumstances, Fiona will always do her best to accommodate you.  

Your treatments will be private as each of the partners have their own room so you don’t have to be concerned with other people staring at your feet or listening to your conversations. 

The clinic can get extremely busy and appointments are booked in advance owing to their superb reputation, often achieved by word of mouth and client recommendations. Observing the clientele when I have been in the clinic, it is clear that prominent figures of London society frequent it including celebrities 

along with the local Knightsbridge and Chelsea brigade. Soon word spread and the clinic has been   featured in magazines and newspapers. This year alone they have appeared in the ‘Good Foot Guide’ in Harper’s Bazaar And publications such as Tatler and Marie ClaireThe Telegraphthe Sunday Times and The Evening Standard have all recommended Beauchamp Foot Care in their articles. 

Next Best for  having your hair put up.      

Saturday, 16 November 2019

My Second Recommendation - The Best Aesthetics Doctor in 2020; Ioannis Liakas

Doctor Ioannis Liakas

The world of aesthetics has developed into a billion-pound industry and with social media now playing a central part in today’s image conscious society, an increasing number of people are questioning their appearance. This pressure has caused people to often seek the ‘celebrity’ look in order to feel validated. 

This is an extremely unhealthy perception however and ultimately being confident in your own self is the best version of who you should be and consequently is often the sexiest. Aesthetics should only be used to enhance the real you, in essence emphasising your best features.  

It is unfortunately a common sight today to see beautiful people who have over-dosed on aesthetics in a bid to improve their appearance. This frequently results in people who look like they are wearing a mask or that their face is frozen or distorted. In fairness this result is not always to be blamed on the medical professional who has executed the procedure or treatment. 

Aesthetics addiction is becoming a common occurrence and hereby many reputable doctors will now refuse to treat someone who they feel is becoming addicted to cosmetic treatments. Not with standing however, these individuals will have a tendency to make multiple clinic visits, even accessing clinics abroad and worse, establishments that are not fit for purpose. 
Aesthetics has thus become a feeding ground for the mendacious and deluded. Aesthetics should  really only be undertaken by highly skilled doctors who have undergone the relevant and mandatory training in aesthetics in my opinion . These professionals will be experienced and educated in their field and best to treat you 

Sadly, there are, as with many with in the industries those individuals who have taken the minimum training such as a week-long course and have no background in the beauty field, yet set up as a business and start injecting.

 With aesthetics in today’s climate, being advertised like you're going to have a cut and blow dry; clients are taking practices on face-value, despite the risk associated with this and hereby are sometimes having invasive procedures such as needle injecting  work or chemical peels with individuals who may not have completed  even the basic three year beauty course. 

Regulations are being set up and laws passed in order to protect the public, but it is extremely hard to regulate. It is crucial therefore to always ask to see a practitioner’s qualifications, in order to ascertain if they are registered with the medical board.  

Always go for a consultation with the doctor who will be treating you and never be ‘fobbed off’ with a receptionist or a patient coordinator who is often a glorified salesperson.  

Avoid establishments that advertise too much, unless maybe they are a new clinic and genuinely trying to attract new business. The best recommendations are typically word of mouth. 

Undeniably, in the hands of an excellent doctor, aesthetics can be an art form that will make you the best version of you.

It is crucial to remember that aesthetics and cosmetic surgery are not a perfect science and things can, on occasion go wrong, even in the hands of a trained, experienced doctor. This is why you need to thoroughly research and book with an expert, as allergies and reactions or health complications can be more easily managed by a qualified doctor. 

Finally, aesthetics is a very personal and private subject, the last thing you want is your beauty secrets to be all over town or worse for a work colleague to guess that you have had filler. Choose a doctor who values your privacy.  

`Strategies To Find The Best In Aesthetics In My Opinion 

1 Find them by word of mouth.
  Ask your hairdresser, beauty therapist, the beauty department in your high-street store,
  consult newspapers, magazine articles but always beware if it states it is an ‘ad’ or is

2 On entering the premises, is there attention to detail and are the premises cleaned to a 
    high standard.

3 Your privacy and discretion are key. If the receptionist or a member of staff is shouting
   out "You here for Botox?" it might not be the best place to have your treatment.  

4 Hygiene; you need to be draped appropriately with your clothes protected. 

5 Generally try to remember as a loose rule, Groupon and other such offers being
   regularly rolled out for one establishment can indicate that they are desperate for 

6 Go for a consultation and try to ask the doctor or practitioner as many questions as you
    can remember. The only stupid question is the one you did not ask.\

7 Do they offer a follow up appointment as part of the treatment package to ensure that
   you have settled following the procedure? 

My recommendation for a competent aesthetics Doctor is Ioannis Liakas who works in Vie Aesthetics in Rayleigh, in Harley Street and also in the clinic in Germany.

Award winning. Doctor Ioannis Liakas

 Dr Liakas is a member of the British Council of Aesthetic medicine, and an honorary senior lecturer at Queen Mary medical school. He is also a registered and certified NHS consultant.

Interestingly, Mr Liakas is also a leading practitioner in the new revolutionary ‘soft surgery’, which in many cases means it is no longer necessary to go under the knife, thus the recovery time is a matter of hours rather than weeks.

I have been working in the field of aesthetics and cosmetic surgery for many years now and have written several articles on the subject. So, what makes Dr Ioannis my choice?  

Ioannis manages to combine an incredible eye for what the client needs and desires and empathises with them, without any ego or agenda. Instead he is as enthusiastic about your treatment as you are.

Doctor Liakas works on a client . note she is properly draped

Not only is his manner calming but as an injector he keeps his clients relaxed and for the most part, pain free as his skilled hands do the work making you look amazing!

Ioannis is consistently updating his professional training and is thus in demand to train others in the industry. Notably, what makes him stand out is that he is responsible for bringing the very latest in aesthetic treatments to the U. K. From the revolutionary endo- peel (peanut oil) that lifts bottoms and tightens the chest and abs, to stem-cell hair treatment, both of which are featured in The Mail and The Sun. 

Dr Ioannis and his team

Doctor Ioannis currently offers a complimentary consultation, which is appealing as many high-end clinics charge a fee that may or may not be deducted if you choose to go ahead with the procedure.

I am hereby very happy to recommend Mr Ioannis to all my friends and readers 


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