The team has been ‘handpicked’ and personally developed by Dr Sophie Shotter to deliver a selection of the very best holistic services that blend aesthetics with wellness, teamed with unrivalled expert care.
Dr Glyn Estebanez is a highly skilled and experienced aesthetic practitioner who is well regarded in the field of cosmetic medicine. He specialises in full-face rejuvenation treatments that achieve natural-looking results and is extremely passionate about performing treatments that enhance and complement the unique characteristics of a person that make them who they are.
Dr Glyn graduated with honours from Liverpool University Medical School in 2008, having also been awarded a degree in Genetics. He went on to train as a General Surgeon in specialist centres throughout the UK and South America and became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2012. As a naturally creative and artistic person, Dr Glyn was attracted to facial aesthetics and began his aesthetics training in 2016 before founding his Cheshire clinic, where he is known for his artistic eye and skilled hands and his professional, friendly, and honest approach.
Dr Glyn delivers treatments that make his patients look like a fresher and rejuvenated version of themselves. His expertise encompasses a wide range of treatments and techniques, including advanced botulinum toxin, dermal fillers, skin boosters, non-surgical facelifts, and skin tightening.
As an ambassador for Allergan Aesthetics and a Faculty Member of the Allergan Medical Institute, Dr Glyn combines his talent, knowledge, and artistic eye to achieve results that help his patients feel like their external projection matches how they feel inside. He finds the positive emotional change that patients experience after treatment extremely rewarding and loves having the ability to empower his patients and change their lives for the better.
Dr Glyn is also passionate about education and launched Prima Academy in 2021, to provide training days for healthcare professionals, educating practitioners in advanced treatment optimisation approaches and helping them acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence to elevate their practice and feel supported.
As well as training and mentoring other practitioners in advanced techniques, Dr Estebanez is also considered a well-respected advisor to industry-leading dermal filler companies. One of the highlights of his career so far is his recent acceptance onto the prestigious Mauricio DeMaio global mentoring programme, where he will work alongside Dr Mauricio de Maio, one of the world’s leading aesthetic doctors and benefit from his knowledge, vision, and skill.
Outside of work, Dr Glyn enjoys staying active, having previously been an international gymnast for Wales and Great Britain. He loves going to the gym, bouldering and calisthenics and has recently started to practice yoga. He believes that exercise is essential for relaxing, switching off, and letting your brain recover and refresh after a busy day.
Verity joined Dr Shotter’s team as an Aesthetic Nurse Prescriber and Dermatology Specialist to help meet the growing demand for some of our most popular treatments.
Verity originally trained as a Beauty Therapist, gaining The CIDESCO Certificate, the world’s most prestigious qualification for aesthetics, and spent the first few years of her working life offering beauty treatments in boutique spas in London. During this time, Verity developed a particular interest in Advanced Aesthetics and decided to retrain as a nurse to explore her passion further. After completing her Nurse Diploma, Verity went straight into aesthetics and completed extensive courses to build her skill set and ensure patient safety. She has since worked alongside many award-winning practitioners in one of the best-regarded clinics on Harley Street.
Following the completion of her Diploma and aesthetics training, Verity also successfully completed her Nurse Independent Prescriber, a qualification held by approximately just 2% of British Nurses, enabling her to prescribe the medications required within aesthetic medicine.
Feeling as though something was still missing from her impressive skill set, and always keen to learn more, Verity then decided to gain her Masters in Clinical Dermatology at Kings College London. This decision has enabled Verity to take a medical approach to skin health.
Verity now combines aesthetics with her dermatology skills, supporting patients with a host of different skin conditions including acne, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, and hyperhidrosis. In addition to her aesthetic work, Verity also works as a Band 7 Dermatology Clinical Nurse Specialist within the NHS.
Dr Sophie Shotter handpicked Verity to join her flourishing team and help grow her treatment offering. Working closely alongside Dr Sophie, Verity provides a wide range of treatments, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, Profhilo, Microsclerotherapy, HydraFacial and chemical peels, and the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions such as acne, rosacea, and Hyperhidrosis.
Verity takes a 360° medical and holistic approach to the skin – she is passionate about making the skin look beautiful by treating conditions on the surface and enhancing and beautifying the features with injectable treatments for a subtle, natural result. Her ethos is that all aesthetic treatments start with the skin. She enjoys working with her patients to build a targeted skincare regime consisting of good-quality, medical-grade skincare to achieve a beautiful, radiant complexion before enhancing their features with injectables.
The most rewarding part of Verity’s role is witnessing the patient transformation over time and building relationships with her patients. She enjoys working closely with people to help them understand how to optimise their skin health and feel the best version of themselves. She finds it incredibly rewarding to be able to recommend the very best products and treatments and deliver results that not only meet a patient’s expectations, but exceed them – from teenagers with acne, to post-menopausal women struggling with rosacea, wrinkles, or loss of elasticity in the skin.
Outside of work, Verity is kept very busy with her toddler, Enya and her whippet, Beryl. She enjoys going on long walks, practising meditation and has recently trained in Reiki, a hobby of hers.
Amba joined us in early 2022 as a skincare expert and facialist and is responsible for some of our most popular everyday treatments. These include HydraFacial, chemical peels, Sofwave, Meder Beauty Professional Treatments, and her own bespoke facials that she tailors to individual concerns.
With three decades of experience, Amba has become highly sought after for her fresh approach and no-nonsense advice, and she is often referred to as a ‘super facialist’.
Amba is very passionate about helping her patients understand their individual skin needs and aims to take each patient on a journey to become their own skin expert at home. She blends clinically backed skincare with medical facial treatments for science-led results and improved wellbeing. Her extensive knowledge and understanding of the skin are what helps her to achieve her signature radiant, clean skin finish, for which she is now renowned.
Throughout her 30-year journey, Amba has treated thousands of faces, worked with skincare, fashion and bridal brands, been a national and international educator, had her work published in magazines, and she previously owned and ran an award-winning beauty salon in the heart of Derbyshire.
Amba takes a holistic, multi-layered approach to skin health that combines the right products, treatments, medical-grade technology and a balanced lifestyle to help patients glow with confidence both in and out of the treatment room. She believes that healthy, radiant skin isn’t achieved just by the latest ‘miracle’ cream or skincare trend, but by a balance of well-chosen products, treatments, technology, exercise, stress management, diet, and an awareness of our hormonal cycle.
The most rewarding part of Amba’s role is educating people about their skin and helping them to love their complexion and, in turn, improve their health, happiness, and confidence. It means a lot to her to hear women share their stories of how life-changing her advice or methods have been.
Outside of work, Amba loves going into the city and immersing herself in fashion and skincare, but she loves being at home in a pair of wellies exploring the peak district just as much.
Evelina joined Dr Sophie’s team in early 2022, having spent the previous four years working as a receptionist in several renowned skin and aesthetics clinics across London. Prior to this, she worked in hospitality after moving to London in 2015, and it was then that she first discovered her passion for customer service.
As Patient Care Coordinator Evelina’s role is to make sure that every patient is well looked after from their initial enquiry right through to their follow up appointment. She ensures the smooth running of the clinic and the highest level of communication and care throughout the patient journey, making it as seamless as possible. Her naturally warm and friendly personality means that she is excellent at listening to patients, understanding their needs, and making them feel at ease when they arrive at the clinic. She is also responsible for much of the clinic’s administration, including organising appointments, checking in with patients post-procedure and providing them with plenty of information and a friendly face before and after their appointment.
Evelina is hugely passionate about skin health and enjoys combining her knowledge of the skin with her customer service skills by providing excellent advice to both new and existing patients. She loves to see the positive effect that both aesthetic and skin treatments can have on a patient’s overall confidence, as well as their physical appearance. As someone who has spent countless hours educating themselves about the skin, Evelina knows first-hand just how overwhelming the skincare industry can be for people and is always keen to inform and educate patients about different skincare ingredients and treatments and the positive effects they can deliver. She believes that the right skincare regime and treatment protocol can provide truly life-changing results for patients.
Evelina is particularly excited about supporting patients throughout their journeys, building relationships and acting as the crucial connection between patient and practitioner.
Outside of work Evelina is kept very busy running her premium bottled cocktail business. When she gets a chance to relax, however, she enjoys experimenting with makeup, practising mindfulness and breathwork, and spending time with her loved ones.
Holly joined Dr Sophie’s team in 2022, having spent the previous 15 years working as a PA in various industries, including medicine, where she supported the medical director at the UK’s largest independent private hospital. After taking some time off to have her children, Holly is now thrilled to be returning to her passion full-time in a vibrant new industry, and she is particularly excited about growing and developing her role with Dr Shotter.
Holly’s role is to ensure the smooth running of Dr Shotter’s diary, make travel arrangements, and assist with day-to-day tasks. She is also responsible for ensuring that Dr Shotter’s clinics run seamlessly and that the patient journey progresses as smoothly as possible. Her naturally warm and bubbly personality makes her an excellent communicator, an area of her role that she particularly enjoys. She is really looking forward to supporting Dr Shotter with her brand and industry partnerships.
Holly loves helping people and thrives on the busyness of her role. Arranging meetings, looking after people, and dealing with enquiries are areas that she particularly enjoys. “I’m naturally a people person, so I thoroughly enjoy the day-to-day interactions that I have with the team, clients and brands. I have always enjoyed assisting people, so I got into this career route! I love that I’m developing my role alongside Dr Sophie and helping her life and business run as efficiently as possible,” she says.
Holly is intrigued by the number of treatments and technologies that are available and is excited to learn more about skin and aesthetics during her time working with Dr Shotter. She has recently tried HydraFacial and Cryoglobes – her very first medical facial and she is now looking forward to regularly supporting the health of her skin with treatments like this in the future.
Outside of work, Holly enjoys going on adventures with her two children. Coming from a big family of five children, family time is very important to her. She also enjoys going out with friends and cosy Sundays on the sofa.
Justine joined the Illuminate team in 2022 as our Patient Coordinator, and she will be the first point of contact for all new patient enquiries. With over 15 years of experience within the aesthetics and private healthcare sector, Justine has worked alongside some of the most established doctors and consultants in London and the South East.
After experiencing a cosmetic surgical procedure for herself, Justine became fascinated by the surgical and aesthetics industry and the results that can be achieved, so she decided to explore it further. She loves to see the positive effect that both aesthetic and wellness treatments can have on a patient’s overall outlook, as well as their physical appearance. As a past acne sufferer, Justine knows first-hand the benefits that treatments such as peels and medical-grade facials can bring. She is very passionate about educating patients about their skin, the various treatments we provide, and the positive effects can deliver.
As our New Patient Coordinator, Justine’s role is to ensure the smooth running of the clinic diary whilst fulfilling the highest standard of care for all patients. She is the first point of contact for all new patients and will be dealing with enquiries, from anti-ageing and injectables to general skin health and concerns such as acne and pigmentation. Justine prides herself in providing the highest level of care and communication and ensuring each patient’s journey is seamless. She describes herself as ‘a patient’s very own personal assistant’ – she will be there to guide and help them with whatever they need.
Having worked in beauty and aesthetics since the beginning of her career, Justine is passionate about the industry and the genuinely life-changing results that treatments can deliver. She loves talking to patients, listening to their concerns, and guiding them through the treatment options that are available. She understands that, for many people, choosing to have aesthetic treatments is not a decision that is taken lightly and often comes with many questions and worries. To Justine, it is incredibly rewarding to be able to look after patients at the very beginning of their aesthetic journey and help them feel informed and at ease before visiting us for a consultation.
Outside of work, Justine has a keen interest for health and enjoys practising yoga and going for spa days. She also loves a weekend brunch and enjoys travelling to new places and experiencing different cultures.