Who am I?
In 1983 I started this process by qualifying with an international diploma as an Aesthtician – if you are french then you will be familiar with this qualification as this means beauty therapist. I studied anatomy (study of the cellular structure, the skeleton, muscles, nerve and blood supply and skin structure) and physiology (function and diseases of the organs and body) , therapeutic massage, electrolysis (study of the growth and removal of unwanted hair). Then I just kept adding to the list, makeup and nails are the superficial but fun part of being a beauty therapist. I liked Indian head massage, aromatherapy, reflexology and shiatsu. I went abroad and worked for a designer in New York and in high end fashion in Australia.
In 1984 I qualified as a Chiropodist/Podiatrist and have been a practitioner ever since, as many of my patients are elderly I can help to diagnose problems, a podiatrist can be one of the first health professionals to spot signs of disease and get the patient to see their GP.
in 2001 I qualified as an Acupuncturist and then went on to gain experience by working for a month in Railway Hospital in Nanjing, China. I just loved my time working there and really wanted to stay but I had a business at home : The Chiropody Health & Beauty Clinic, Dublin.
I was also writing a weekly column on Healthy, Beauty and Style for the Sunday World and around this time changed to the Sunday Tribune where not only did I have weekly column but once a month a double spread. I loved writing about health and beauty and often ran complete makeover competitions which I styled.
I then worked on the full Autumn series of RTE’s “Off The Rails” style show which we called “10 years younger” taking two ladies and using non-invasive techniques and styling we rolled back the years making them feel and look younger.
I went back to study computer skills and management and took a BSc Hons in Podiatric Medicine.
Image is powerful. I intend to help people understand what they need in order to communicate at a higher level with others, to help feel more comfortable and confident in public surroundings, parties, work, college and to help when leaving one era of their life to enter another: starting work, looking for a job, attending interviews, starting dating again.