Dr Gabriel was recently featured in a Medical Professionals segment for Bath Life, so we thought we’d share his Q&A with you.
In a nutshell, what do you do?
I run a cosmetic clinic in Wiltshire alongside my wife Ann, where we aim to increase or in some cases restore our clients’ confidence with minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. Our philosophy is to use our treatments to make improvements that look as natural as possible.
Proudest recent accomplishment?
It was Snowberry Lane Clinic’s 13th anniversary at the start of the year so I think that’s been my most recent source of pride, reaching this milestone and celebrating it in our new premises with new staff has been wonderful.
Any exciting news?
I’m incredibly excited about the latest results of our weight loss therapy Alevere. It’s a combined treatment involving medically designed meal substitutes and body contouring. At our latest count we’ve worked with 97 clients so far who have lost an incredible 1,130 kilos between them (that’s 180 stones if you’re old-school like me!).
Professional plans for 2016?
In 2016 I’d like to make sure the clinic stays at the forefront of aesthetic medicine, we’re always keen to see how the industry is changing and learning new techniques and treatments so that we can offer the quality of service and results that our clients are looking for.
Biggest challenge in your professional life?
The biggest challenge I face, without a doubt, is time. I need more hours in the day to get more done! We’re incredibly busy at the clinic and it feels like you’re letting people down when you can’t see them straight away, hopefully they understand, and find that it’s worth the wait.
Biggest misconception about what you do?
I think the biggest misconception about the cosmetic industry as a whole is that it’s a quick fix. People often forget to consider downtime and are expecting results to be instantaneous, although some treatments do provide fast results most take time to develop especially when the focus is on natural-looking treatment.
What do you love about working in/around Bath?
Snowberry Lane Clinic is based in Melksham just outside of Bath, the best thing about working here is the countryside setting and the brilliant variety of clients that come to see us.
I love live music so a dream client would be Lianne La Havas, I saw her perform live in Bristol a few years ago with my wife and daughters, and she has an incredible voice.
Favourite subject at school?
It’s probably a little obvious, but I genuinely enjoyed the sciences when I was at school. I had a very inquisitive mind and they presented the most opportunity for discovery to me.
In your free time we’d most likely find you…
If the weather is good I’ll be mountain biking or motorbiking with friends, or if the weather forces me indoors I’m absolutely mad about table tennis, so I’d be playing that with my family or soon-to-be-son-in-laws!
Surprise us with something about yourself
Last year (with a lot of help from friends and family) I installed a water turbine at the weir in Bradford-on-Avon, this will help to generate green electricity for the local area and also to off-set the CO2 produced by the clinic. My dream is for the clinic to be carbon neutral to eliminate the negative impact our use of electricity has on the earth.
Get to know the rest of the team here.