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Temple Vie Team

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Dr Sam Robson

Temple Vie Medical Director and Founder

I have worked as a GP since 1997 and began to specialise in aesthetics in 2004. I launched the Temple Vie programme at Temple Clinic in February 2019 after becoming acutely aware of the amount of ‘diet programmes’ on the market that do not offer on-going support after a person has reached their target weight.

I wanted to create a programme that not only helped people quickly and safely lose weight but also ensure that they are properly equipped with the resources and skills to help them keep the weight off for life.

One of the hardest things for anyone who is not naturally slim is to know how to manage day to day eating once they come off the diet. This includes how to cope with temptation and how to relax and enjoy themselves at social events. It is also important to debunk the myths about food and eating ‘miracle cures’ that we are constantly fed by the media.

I feel passionately about this because it really should not have to be rocket science! I believe, with the right amount of support and encouragement anybody can tackle their weight, and this is our promise at Temple Vie.

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Rhoda Jamieson

Patient Coordinator

I’m Rhoda, Patient Coordinator for Temple Vie.

Having managed a dental practice, I have many years experience in providing a first class patient journey and know only too well how vital it is to look after our customers whilst we help them to look after their health.

When you join Temple Vie, I will more than likely be your first point of contact - I will be there to welcome you to the programme and help you on every step of your journey. I personally know how it feels to be overweight and unhappy about this, so think of me as your cheerleader on the programme! I feel passionately about the importance and psychology behind feeling good about how you look - it’s much more than aesthetics, it affects your whole state of mind.

Watching our patient's confidence sky rocket as they take control of their weight is just so amazing to witness and it is a privilege to be part of their success.

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Inge Mathew

Aesthetic Therapist

I'm Inge, an aesthetic therapist and I help to deliver the Temple Vie programme at Temple Clinic.

My background was originally in make-up and beauty therapy. I attended Gray's School of Art completing an HNC in fashion make-up and my level 3 NVQ beauty therapy at Aberdeen college. Currently, I am undertaking a counselling and psychotherapy course at the University of Aberdeen.

I have worked at Temple clinic for more than 4 years and am now involved in helping to deliver training to other Temple Vie therapists around the country.

I am passionate about what I do here because I have seen how effective this weight loss programme can be and how it has changed people’s lives. It is incredibly rewarding witnessing a patient’s confidence grow week after week and it is so rewarding to be able to help them during this process. I have so much respect for anyone who is prepared to tackle their weight and better their health. It’s not just the improvement in their physical health that delights me but the transformation in their outlook on life. 

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Cherelle Welsh

Aesthetic Therapist

I am Cherelle, I studied beauty therapy at Aberdeen College and have worked in a skin spa for over 7 years, mostly performing facials and massages.

I started working at Temple Clinic in January 2019 - this opened up a whole new world and is where I can see my future. One of my main roles at the clinic is as a Temple Vie therapist. Not only do I carry out weekly body contouring treatments, but I also play a vital role in supporting the medical supervision of the programme. I have really enjoyed getting to know patients and sharing on their weight loss journey.

Having personally experienced the challenge of trying to lose weight, I feel that I am able to put myself in the patient’s shoes and I love passing on tips and tricks that have helped me and kept me motivated when I felt like giving up.

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Lisa Cowieson

Aesthetic Therapist

Hi I'm Lisa, Aesthetic Therapist at Temple Clinic. I carry out weekly body contouring treatments to patients who are on the Temple Vie programme whilst supporting and advising them throughout their weightloss journey.

I have worked at Temple over the years since 2013. After a career break being a mum to my 2 kids, I went back to college for 3 years to complete my Level 3 Diploma in Body & Spa Therapies.

The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the patient's confidence grow each week as they lose weight and learn how to make changes to their lifestyle that will enable them to stay slim. On a personal note, I have learned so much from my patients and the Temple Vie programme that I now know how easy it can be to make some simple changes - the secret is just knowing where to start.

Outside of work I am very much a family orientated person and love spending time with my nearest and dearest. I also like catching up with friends whenever I can.

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Pauline Murray

Administrator

I’m Pauline and I am the lead administrator for Temple Vie or as my colleagues like to call me the ‘Admin Ninja’. Usually the job of administrator means someone is locked in an office, busily working away and rarely seen away from their desk - that is certainly not me. You will often see me around the clinic! I have worked for Temple for nearly 4 years and have played a pivotal key role in helping to launch Temple Vie in Aberdeen.

From a personal point of view as someone who has had struggled with maintaining my weight over the years, I am proud to be part of a team that offers a programme that doesn’t leave patients to fend for themselves once the weight is off. This is where Temple Vie is different - we continue to work with you to help you learn how to keep your weight under control by making positive changes to your lifestyle.

If you are coming on to the programme I can guarantee our paths will cross at some stage. I look forward to welcoming you to Temple Vie and I am excited to be working with you.

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Rebecca Clements

Temple Vie Front of House

I’m Rebecca, Front of House for Temple Clinic and the Temple Vie programme.

When you attend the clinic I will most likely be one of the first faces that you see. I know that for some people taking the first step through the door can be quite nerve wracking and will take courage. I hope to reassure you that not only do I understand this but I  really want you to succeed as much as you do!

I find my role extremely rewarding - each week I relish the transformation I see in Temple Vie patients not just in witnessing the weight loss but also the improvement in their happiness and quality of life.

I am so passionate about the Temple Vie programme. With its focus on weight loss for life, it is unlike another diet out there and I will do my best to support you on this journey!

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Dr Claire Parkes

Temple Vie Psychologist

Hi, I’m Claire. I am a highly specialised psychologist who has supported hundreds of clients in making changes to how they think and their behaviour with food. My approach is based on a combination of scientific research and over ten years of clinical experience. I have worked in a specialist weight management service for NHS since 2008, helping tier 3 (specialised weight management) and tier 4 (weight loss surgery) patients.

I can make a significant difference to someone’s life. When my clients talk to me about the fact they are no longer struggling or battling with daily thoughts about food (what to eat or how to eat), their weight or scales and the fact they finally feel free; this makes me feel incredible. It is the most rewarding job in the world.

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John Eagles

Counsellor and Non-Executive Director

I’m John, Non-Executive Director and Counsellor at Temple. I've worked as a psychiatrist in Aberdeen, being a consultant at Royal Cornhill Hospital and an Honorary Professor of Mental Health with Aberdeen University. I had both a clinical and a research interest in people with eating problems.

I have since retired, and have helped Sam to develop and write the Temple Vie programme. It has been a pleasure to be involved in a programme that is multi-facetted, looking at all the elements involved in successful weight loss and at then keeping off that lost weight.

Inevitably, as an ex-psychiatrist, one of my main areas of interest is in the psychological aspects of the Temple Vie programme. I shall be working as a counsellor, rather than as a doctor, in the expectation that addressing some of the psychological issues involved in overeating - hugely common but so often ignored in other weight loss programmes - will help our patients to live fitter, slimmer and happier lives.

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Michelle Milligan

Personal Trainer at Kippie Lodge Sport & Country Club, Aberdeen

I’m Michelle, a Personal Trainer with 25 years’ worth experience working in the fitness industry. I have always had a passion for working out and helping others get fit and I am fully qualified in many different disciplines of group exercise, including Pilates.

I’m extremely passionate about educating my clients, not only on great technique using gym equipment, but also on how they can enjoy healthy exercise and factor this into their daily routine. One of my main goals is to help them build confidence in their ability to work out so they can walk into any gym and feel that they know what they are doing.

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Mike Skene

Personal Trainer at Kippie Lodge Sport & Country Club, Aberdeen

I have been working as a fully qualified personal trainer at Kippie Lodge for over 7 years and I can’t express what a pleasure it is doing the job that I love. Working closely with people and helping them achieve their fitness/health goals is a huge motivation for me.

At Kippie, I support patients throughout their weight loss journey, from general health and well-being to nutritional advice and fitness/health assessments.As well as qualifying as an Advanced Personal Trainer (level 3), I am also a Level 2 Gym Instructor and Kettlebell Instructor.

I have a fantastic, loyal client base and a long list of transformations and success stories but we always manage to have a bit of fun along the way.

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Alasdair Black

Personal Trainer at Kippie Lodge Sport & Country Club, Aberdeen

I have been working at Kippie for a number of years and working closely with a wide range of clients helping to meet lots of different goals. I am creative with my approach to help keep the exercise fun and interesting whilst still achieving the progress that my clients look to achieve.

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