Aisling in line for Shooting Star honour

Aisling Hanly of the Kirriemuir Dental Practice is one of the finalists at a glittering awards ceremony this Friday evening in Dundee.
Aisling Hanly of the Kirriemuir Dental Practice is one of the finalists at a glittering awards ceremony this Friday evening in Dundee.

A forward-looking Kirriemuir dentist is in line for a top award at a glittering ceremony in the Apex Hotel, Dundee this Friday evening.

Aisling Hanly of the Kirriemuir Dental Practice has been nominated for one of the four categories in the Women Ahead Awards, which highlight the hard work, vision and dedication of women and helps raise the profile of women in business and the community.

She will be up against other nominees in the Shooting Star category which recognises the contribution of a director, sole trader or partner of a business which has been in existence for two years or more, which employs one–50 people, which is financially sound and has a strong brand identity. They must be achieving success on a local, national or international level with the ability to grow, and the individual has to demonstrate strong leadership and vision.

The awards ceremony culminates a hectic year for Aisling and her colleagues at the practice just off the Square.

As well as her dental work, Aisling has been at the forefront in promoting facial aesthetics at the Kirriemuir surgery.

She explained: “It is going really well. I did my initial training two years ago and have continued to do it. I was invited down to London last week by Qmed, a pharmaceutical company, to do advanced anatomy training. It was amazing. They have been really supportive of my advanced training.”

Aisling offers non-surgical facial procedures which include cheek and lip augmentation and wrinkle reduction which are proving very popular among her patients.

She continued: “People like the fact it is done in a clinical situation and that I am on a special register - Treatments You Can Trust - that only doctors, dentists and dentists can go on.”

Aisling’s work in this field proved the catalyst for her nomination to the Women Ahead Awards, and hopes are high the Kirriemuir staff will have plenty to smile about at the final on Friday evening.

After submitting her application, where she talked through her business development including the dental side and the expansion of the facial aesthetics, she was delighted to get through to the “Shooting Star” final.

Aisling and her business partner, fellow dentist Alistair Geddes, are counting down the weeks until the new practice is unveiled in June.

Aisling continued: “Alistair has been the lead partner in the new project development. He has been the driving force.”

Staff and patients are looking forward to moving into the impressive, custom built premises in the Northmuir which are currently under construction by Guild Homes.

Aisling and Alistair witnessed the start of the work last September with Aisling commenting: “We are looking forward to moving and being able to move forward with the times, being able to continue with the high quality of service we can provide but with premises we can match.

“We will be able to build on the service we provide at the moment. We will be able to offer our patients disabled access, a lift and car parking, as well as longer opening hours.”

The surgery will have eight practice rooms, compared to the current five practice rooms.

She added: “Staff and patients are now getting really excited about the new practice and are keen to see what it will actually be like. We are already expanding within our means at the minute.

“We have a new dentist who has taken over from Jim Estill who retired recently, and a new nurse. When we move we will have another new dentist so there will be seven dentists at the practice.”