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Feel good about smiling: Merivale Denture Clinic

Dentures are often thought of as something that look like teeth and will help you eat a little better, but there’s a lot more to them.


Senior clinical dental technician Thomas Gu of the Merivale Denture Clinic says dentures are precision oral prosthesis. They restore lost function of the mouth and teeth and also influence the way a person’s face looks. Tom specialises in complex treatments including implant supported prosthesis, cosmetic and customised dentures.

“Dentures are prosthetics for your mouth and their fit is an exacting science. The perfect denture is paramount not only for looks but for your overall health and quality of life.”

Merivale Denture Clinic only uses the highest quality materials, tools and equipment in conjunction with leading edge science and technology such as 3D printing, digital scanners and the latest CAD/CAM software.

With more than a decade of experience that’s ranged from working in private practice to leading the Oral Prosthetic Department at the dentistry school at the University of Otago, you can have complete confidence in Tom’s specialist skills and in depth knowledge.

Feel good about your smile again and give Merivale Denture Clinic a call to meet Tom for an obligation-free first consultation, 03 355 4704 or visit


Now hear this: Bellbird Hearing

From the moment you walk through the door of the recently established Bellbird Hearing clinic you have a sense of a warm and caring environment. The waiting area is inviting; the staff welcoming – a place designed to overcome any reluctance patients may associate with requiring treatment for hearing loss.


“We are a fully independent and locally-owned hearing clinic amongst corporate competitors,” says senior audiologist and company co-director Sam Sloane. “Being independent means we offer truly personalised care. We can take time with each individual to find the solution that best fits their needs – not merely a good solution, but a great one – selecting from a wide range of the latest hearing aid technology.”

One hearing solution is a new type of hearing device called the Phonak Lyric. Sam says he is looking for 10 people to take part in a 30-day trial of this exclusive technology. “Lyric is a unique hearing aid. Unlike other hearing aids, it’s inserted deeply into the ear canal by the audiologist and is worn 24/7. You sleep and shower with it so it will support better hearing in all situations. It is completely invisible and offers a very natural sound as it doesn’t affect the acoustics of the outer ear.”

Sam adds that people may not be aware that they have lost aspects of their hearing and tend to delay having a hearing test for years. “It’s the high frequency and the softer sounds that disappear first – soft speech consonants, a car indicator or a fridge beeping; the sound of rain falling and native bird song. It happens so gradually that people don’t perceive the change and often report that their hearing is fine and say people just don’t speak clearly enough.”

Perhaps you might be experiencing a ringing or a hissing sound in your ears that you hadn’t been aware of previously. Perhaps you feel that people around you in a social situation are mumbling; or perhaps your family are telling you that your TV is turned up far too loud.

“These signs might indicate a build-up of wax in the ear or they might indicate some level of hearing loss. We can carry out a free, no obligation hearing screening to determine what the issue is. If it’s wax, that can be removed safely, gently and painlessly by our own registered ear nurse using a scope and micro-suction tool.

If we identify some other cause for the symptoms, we can then begin the process of helping clients on the road to better hearing by either referring for medical treatment or fitting the appropriate hearing aids.”

If you or someone you care about is having hearing problems, call Sam today on 03 351 1172. Bellbird Hearing is located at 240 Ilam Road.

Sam Sloane, Senior Audiologist and Co-director
Anna Cleary, Senior Ear Nurse
Jan Blair, Senior Administrator



Here for health: Christchurch Immigration Clinic

Good service is important for Dr Lisa Amin and her team at Christchurch Immigration Health, and with over 400 five-star reviews on Google it is safe to say good service is what they provide.



One of those reasons could be down to the fact that the team can cater to individuals, families, and businesses, with the capacity to schedule your medical examination quickly, with the results ready and emailed to you, usually within 48 hours.

Christchurch Immigration Health also offer medicals for pre-travel, if you’re going to work in Papua New Guinea or Rarotonga for example.

Dr Amin urges patients to remember their current passport, glasses and any medication you take. Past medical records can be helpful and save time where appropriate.

With the clinic, bookings are preferred but drop-ins are also available, with free parking on site.

You can now find Christchurch Immigration Health at The Caledonian Centre on 8 Caledonian Road, St Albans or phone 021 334 110. If you need, view the price list on the clinic’s website.


Select with care: Face Value Clinic

Choosing the right cosmetic practitioner and clinic can be confusing. Here are some pointers from the team at The Face Value


  1. Experience counts, especially when it comes to dermal fillers and other injectable treatments so make sure you are in safe hands. An extensive knowledge of facial anatomy is essential to deliver a natural, balanced aesthetic and minimise complications or unwanted treatment results.
  2. If possible, choose a NZ Society of Cosmetic Medicine accredited doctor. If a nurse is injecting you, ask who their oversight doctor is, and whether they are onsite. This can be key when managing any potential side effects and complications.
  3. Be wary of discounts and super low prices. Your face is not the place to settle for inferior quality products or clinicians with lower levels of training or expertise. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
    Be careful of treatment payment plans that lock you in. We often hear of people who have paid a lot more than necessary for a cookbook approach not tailored specifically to suit their needs.
  4. Make sure the clinic team look natural and not over treated. If their aesthetic doesn’t match yours, seek a different clinician. We always say, choose skills not mls.
  5. Pay attention to the clinic itself. Look for NZ Society of Cosmetic Medicine audited and accredited facilities, to ensure a safe and professional practice environment.
  6. There’s no such thing as too much information. Prior to any treatment you should always receive in-depth information and be taken through an informed consent process, including potential side effects and how they would be managed.

You deserve to be in safe, competent hands. A poor outcome may be with you a long time.


Angela Rewha


Dr Philip Frost


Shelley Frost


Reawaken your collagen: Skin Rejuvenation Clinic

Autumn and winter are great times to address the signs of ageing that are the most annoying, such as loose and sagging skin, and the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic has Ultherapy® to do just that.



Dr Brigid Lee says that Ultherapy® is the only FDA-cleared, non-invasive procedure that can lift and tighten the neck, chin and brow, and improve lines and wrinkles on the chest, without surgery or downtime.

Ultherapy® uses precise micro-focused ultrasound technology with visualisation (MFU-V) to target the deep structural layers of the skin without disrupting the skin’s surface.

It delivers a precisely controlled amount of ultrasound energy at the correct depth and temperature to stimulate collagen growth in the three targeted tissue levels.

After a treatment, the body’s tissue repair process stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin, creating a gradual lifting effect over the next three to six months.

With global ambassadors for Ultherapy ® such as Christie Brinkley, Jennifer Aniston, Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow this non-surgical procedure promises to kick-start the skin’s failing collagen and put it on high speed rewind to reverse the signs of ageing.

Dr Lee says the ideal candidates are those who are in good physical condition, with mild to moderate skin laxity who are looking for a subtle and gradual improvement to the brow, cheek, jowl or neck areas. Or those just wishing to delay the signs of ageing!

Ultherapy® lifts, sculpts and tightens the skin from the inside out, without surgery and with no downtime and it’s on special during May.


Healthy hair, healthy you: Hairmantra

Much like visiting the dentist, periodic check-ups for your hair and scalp health could benefit you long term. Why wait until visible signs of hair loss, baldness, or alopecia emerge? Metropol caught up with Dr Padmaja Redekar of Hairmantra to find out more about how to keep on top of your up top.



You should especially visit the clinic if there’s a known genetic heritage or if you’re experiencing any hair issues. But, sometimes it’s as simple as just needing a helping hand with basic hair hygiene, for example what type of comb to use, how climate effects your scalp.

So how can Hairmantra help you? It all starts with a consultation, followed by a microscope (60x and 150x) analysis where the clinic will look into your hair bulbs and strands. From there, low level laser therapy or appropriate hair products and supplements will be suggested.

Dr Redekar’s goal is to educate and provide her clients with the proper knowledge on how small changes, according to their lifestyle, can make a big difference.

After treatments, clients may start seeing changes as soon as 15 days, she says.

Curious if Hairmantra is the right fit for you? Dr Redekar is happy to have a free no-obligation conversation. Contact her on 021 069 0058 or email


A passion for natural beauty: Transform Clinic Merivale

The skincare and cosmetic medicine industries have grown exponentially in recent times as technologies advance, more people want to take care of their appearance, and as stigma surrounding such procedures lifts. Metropol catches up with Transform Clinic Merivale nurse Katie Mcindoe.



“An Appearance Medicine Nurse is a Registered Nurse with specialised training in non-surgical cosmetic procedures. I completed my Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Applied Aesthetics in 2008 and and went on to complete my Bachelor of Nursing Degree in 2013. I worked at Christchurch hospital for a year to get medical and surgical experience and went on to persue my passion in the appearance medicine industry.”

“I have been at Transform Clinic since 2015 and was lucky enough to be fully trained by Dr Ian Little, the first doctor in New Zealand to administer botulinum for cosmetic reasons. The treatments I offer at Transform Merivale are Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox®, Dysport®,and Xeomin®), Dermal Fillers, Profhilo, Belkyra fat reduction, Liquid face lift, Platelet rich plasma, PDO threads, Sonophoresis, Dermal needling and chemical peels.”

“Appearance medicine should enhance natural facial features, decreasing signs of ageing, without compromising the natural aesthetics of ones face. I pride myself on attention to detail, client satisfaction, safety and care, and the highest quality products and treatments.


Katie and her family


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Feline friends indeed: Ourvets

Visiting a vet can be stressful for our feline friends, which can put owners off taking them. One local clinic, Ourvets, has received global recognition for its attention to cat care and wellbeing to ensure a stress-free visit, every time.


Ourvets has achieved accreditation as a Cat Friendly Clinic to recognise its high standard of care which promotes wellbeing for all cats visiting or being hospitalised in its veterinary clinic.

The global programme is developed by the International Society of Feline Medicine, the veterinary division of leading feline charity International Cat Care.

Ourvets Riccarton Team Leader Catherine Daniel says the accreditation reinforces the team’s dedication to caring for their cat clientele – and ensuring each visit is as stress-free as possible.

“The criteria includes having separate dog and cat waiting areas, feline-friendly hospitalisation cages, and veterinary equipment specifically for treating cats,” she says.

“It also recognises our approach to handling cats sensitively and respectfully, as well as staying up to date with the latest knowledge of feline medicine.”

Under the programme, a clinic must prove rigorous adherence to a set of criteria including provision of facilities and demonstration of staff activities and attitudes aimed at reducing stress in cats, both as in-patients and out-patients.

“We always want to make sure a trip to our clinic is as stress-free an experience as possible for our cat patients and their owners. By undertaking Cat Friendly Clinic accreditation, we’ve committed to delivering high standards of cat care, with compassion and expertise.”

Ourvets has clinics in St Albans, Halswell, Parklands and Riccarton, which cater for all animals – not just cats.

Ourvets has one of the South Island’s only veterinary CT scanners, as well as digital radiography, ultrasonography, in-house diagnostics and a team of highly experienced and dedicated vets and veterinary nurses across animal medicine, orthopaedic and soft tissue surgeries and oncology. Plus two luxurious catteries – a must-book for the pending festive season.


Freshen up for spring! Skin Rejuvenation Clinic

Spring is the perfect time of year to look at your skin and to get yourself ready for summer, Skin Rejuvenation Clinic’s Dr Brigid Lee tells us how.

When you are looking for solutions for your skin issues you want your cosmetic medicine specialist clinic to be at the cutting edge of the latest, safest and most effective treatment options.

Profhilo has been hugely popular in the UK over the last four years and has now been launched in New Zealand to much excitement and anticipation.

Profhilo is classed as a dermal filler as it is a hyaluronic acid but it is unique in its ability to stimulate the skin to produce collagen and elastin making the skin smoother, firmer and more hydrated.

It is great for people who have noticed some of the early signs of ageing.

Happy Face is a specialised technique where dermal filler is used to support the corners of the mouth.

Anyone who has noticed the corners of their mouth starting to pull downwards as they age leaving them looking sad needs a Happy Face treatment.

As we age our faces start to deflate and slip so treatments that are going to lift and firm the facial tissues are needed.

“At the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic we have specialised techniques using particular dermal fillers to restore and rejuvenate,” says Brigid.

These work in combination with Ulthera (high intensity focused ultrasound) and radio-frequency tightening treatments for an ultimate non-surgical solution to restore your natural beauty.

Brigid advises people to choose the medical edge to beauty!


The anti-aging treatment everyone’s buzzing about: Transform Clinic

Profhilo is receiving increasing hype around the world for its anti-aging affects. Transform Clinic owner Jenny Little tells Metropol why the Christchurch clinic has been offering the non-surgical treatment for more than a year.


“It’s an injectable with a high concentration of a special hybrid hyaluronic acid, but it’s different to derma fillers because it is very stable, and it spreads throughout the face stimulating the cells to produce collagen and elastin. This gives the skin a tightness and elasticity in a way I haven’t seen with other injectables.”

“A few reasons. Mainly the effects! It makes the skin look smoother, firmer, supple, hydrated, clearer and more radiant. It’s amazing for making the skin look glowy and gorgeous.
“It is also BDDE-free [used in safe quantities to stabilise a number of derma fillers] so it appeals to people who don’t want synthetic chemicals in their products.”

“It can be done on the face, but it is also used on the neck and décolletage, hands and arms. A lot of our customers use it on their face and neck.
“You have one treatment, and then a month later have another treatment. People rarely need a third treatment. Then it can be repeated every six to 12-months to maintain the effect.”

“It’s primarily for people with aging skin, but younger people who are starting to see signs of aging can use it too for prevention.”

Enquire about Profhilo at the Transform Clinic on (03) 343 2880 or via