Almost exactly two years ago Dr Anuya Deshpande arrived in the Bay of Plenty from Gisborne, where she had been a GP and cosmetic doctor for 10 years.
While many Aucklanders arrive here from the opposite direction looking to slow down, Dr Anuya came to offer more people her skills in cosmetic medicine, varicose vein treatments, and general medical care that she acquired over 20 years as a doctor.a
Bay of Plenty is Goldilocks-like in its “not too busy, not too slow - just right” nature, she says.
“We love the beaches, weather and beauty of the place, and the people have been lovely here, as they are in Gisborne. My original plan was just to run clinics in various places but I got busy fairly quickly and bought a fair bit of new equipment.
It became impractical not to have a base,” she says, grinning as she looks around the reception at Cosmetic & Veins Clinic’s elegant chandeliers, restored rimu floors, silver and grey wallpaper. When she saw the former Family Planning Clinic was available on Tauranga’s Tenth Avenue, opposite Promed House, she recognised it could be the perfect hub for her services and specialised equipment in the Bay of Plenty.
In typical “if you want something done, get a busy person to do it” fashion, she designed and organised its renovation and opened as the Cosmetic & Veins Clinic in October this year.
Cosmetic & Vein Clinic’s motto: “friendly excellence in cosmetic medicine and varicose vein treatments” embodies Dr Anuya’s appeal. It is a mix of casual warmth that puts people at ease, alongside an obsessive competence in her various fields, to safely get her patients the results they want.
Some of her patients have been with her for more than a decade. Over the past decade, Anuya has attained post-graduate qualifications in cosmetic medicine, dermatology, phlebology (varicose vein treatments), ultrasound, skin cancer medicine and skin cancer surgery.
She attends at least four conferences each year to keep up with advances in her various fields and has an extensive network of medical specialists around the world to consult with. As well as her study and running her clinic in the past decade, she and husband Martin had three children, now aged, three, four and eight.
Last week Dr Anuya was accepted to study towards fellowship with the Australasian College of Phlebology, which means she will be able to teach other doctors the discipline as part of the Australian College of Phlebology where she completed her own training. As well as opening the Cosmetic & Veins Clinic, in October this year, she travelled to Korea to train in non-surgical face-lifting techniques. “That experience was incredible, and really bridged the gap between cosmetic medicine and cosmetic surgery.”
Suzie Partridge from Bristol in the UK is Cosmetic & Veins Clinic’s friendly co-ordinator, and usually people’s first port of call. Sonja Saunders is the Senior Beauty Therapist and her role is to complete Dr Anuya’s cosmetic medical treatment plans with peels, HIFU, Dermapen™ and Plasmapen™ treatments. Kelli Locket is the clinic’s social media coordinator, steadily building their Instagram followers, sharing information and keeping in touch with patients and prospective patients around the Bay and beyond.
So after the busy 2019, what does Dr Anuya want for Christmas and 2020? “We’d love to hear from anyone with varicose veins they want treated, or people who have some of the symptoms of under-lying varicose veins - heavy, restless or aching legs or spider veins.
If you or someone you know has a venous ulcer that’s not healing, I would like to help, because life’s happier without them.”
In terms of cosmetic medicine, Dr Anuya says she would love to meet people who want to go on a journey to look and feel their best, with great, healthy-looking skin. Initial consultations allow people to discuss any issues that concern them, and gain a more detailed understanding of what’s possible, says Anuya.
“There’s no pressure for people to go on the journey, but it’s always interesting for them to know what they could see if they did. It can be something simple, like fixing a gummy smile, or taking off a raised mole a bloke has shaved around for 40 years that’s starting to scare the grandkids.
It can also be procedures that are as complex as cosmetic medicine gets before actual cosmetic surgery - we have a lot in our toolbox, and some of it wasn’t available here before we opened.”