I love this picture of our team in casual mode at our quarterly Team Training Day on Sunday – we also celebrated with a baby shower for Kaitlin and Marj.
It’s birthday month, for me, and also for a lot of our team. For some reason we attract a lot of Leos and Virgos – I think everyone’s parents were getting amorous around Xmas and New Year! 😹 Our Skin Team Leader, Lauren had a milestone birthday, turning 50 this month. It really is a testament to good skincare as she looks absolutely sensational!
Speaking of getting amorous, our team ran a sexual wellness survey on Instagram this month, and some of the results were elucidating, while others were surprising (I honestly thought more people might have faked an orgasm 😹). Check out our blog this month on sexual and intimate wellness and how we are continuing to break stigmas about this incredibly important part of life!
Breaking stigmas in our industry is a new focus for us, which was consolidated during an incredible leadership team retreat on Waiheke earlier last month. Keep an eye out on social media, and our amazing new website launching soon, for some of the other industry stigmas that we are working to overcome.
We have had some amazing coverage in the media this month, with both Viva and Mindfood interviewing me for an excellent article on the menopause transition; Headway highlighting our natural-looking fillers that ovoid the ‘overdone’ look; and The Hobson discussing how we are different from other clinics in the cosmedicine industry, with our ‘tweakments’ for natural-looking results, focus on excellent education, and avoidance of commission structures so that our team can offer you the best tailored advice without the pressure to upsell you on things you don’t need. We are so grateful for all the incredible exposure and support we get from the media – keep an eye out for some upcoming articles in leading publications about the impact of social media and Covid lockdowns on our industry, as well as the pressing need for better regulation in NZ (always a subject I’m passionate about!).
If you were already keeping an eye out on my social media, you probably will have seen that I had an upper eyelid blepharoplasty (skin removal surgery) with Paul Rosser this month. It’s only been three weeks, but I am already thrilled with the results. If you missed it, you can check out the highlight on my Instagram page @drcatstone for a daily update of my surgery, recovery and what I did to recover more quickly/speed up the healing process.
– Documenting my healing post-surgery!
We have had a bit of movement in our medical team recently – Kaitlin is now on maternity leave (but popped back for our quarterly team training day) while Marj goes on maternity leave later this month. Our new-to-the-team, but experienced nurses Esme and Hannah have had intense training over the last couple of months, are now up to speed on almost all the unique and special treatments that we offer at The Face Place, and are fully integrated into our TFP philosophy of ‘less is more, more regularly’. I’m delighted to have two amazing nurses on our team, and I know you’ll love them too.
– Nurse Hannah in training with Cat
– Delicious baby shower treats
– Second-time mums-to-be Marjorie and Kaitlin
To balance all the nurses going on maternity leave, we have the lovely Eve coming back from maternity leave with one day a week at Takapuna to start with. She is already booking up, and we hope to be able to extend hours before the end of the year, depending on how it works with her gorgeous baby son, Tommy.
I will be having a brief 3-day holiday in Aitutaki in mid-August – my first holiday and my first international travel in 18 months! Just crossing my fingers that the Rarotonga bubble stays open! I intend to spend the two full days I have there snorkeling, kiting, diving with whale sharks, and soaking up the sun.
The following week, Camille and I will be heading down to Queenstown for the local NZSCM conference from 26-28th August, leading into my birthday on 29th August. After 18 months of mainly webinars, and just a mini-conference version in Queenstown last year, it will be nice to have a chance to attend a proper conference in person and catch up with friends and colleagues from the local industry.
Those who know me know how much I love a birthday month, and it’s great to have something to celebrate in the middle of the coldest months of the year. I hope you all have some wonderful adventures and celebrations over the month ahead, and we look forward to seeing you in clinic very soon!
Love and hugs,