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Meet The Team

Surgical Team

Thanassi Athanassopoulos

Medical Director and Plastic Surgeon DM FRCS(Plast)

Thanassi Athanassopoulos studied medicine at Oxford University and King’s College Hospital London qualifying with distinction prior to embarking on Plastic Surgery Training in Scotland. He is an expert in cosmetic facial and breast surgery and, in particular, complex secondary revision surgery.  Read More…

Marc-James Hallam

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Marc-James Hallam is a consultant plastic surgeon at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. He is also a clinical lecturer at the Aberdeen University Medical School and has published over 30 academic articles and textbook chapters, many of which he has presented at international meetings.
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Mark Harrison

Theatre Manager

Mark has been in nursing for nearly 30 years. He gained his DipHEN from RGU in 2000 and went onto do a post grad at the university of Dundee in 2006, gaining a BN in Anaesthetics & Recovery, and Theoretical Nursing. He has worked in Scotland and Canada for both the public and private sectors predominantly in the peri-operative environment. He is passionate about teaching and peer support having worked alongside practice education and staff wellbeing. Mark joined Alpha Hospital in January 2023.

Dianne Forsyth

Theatre Nurse

Dianne is a registered nurse with 20 years of experience working for the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.  Her qualifications include DipHE Adult Nursing, Degree of Bachelor of Nursing, SHE Level 3 Fitness for Practice Anaesthetic and Recovery Nursing and SHE Level 3 Patient Care in the Intra-operative Environment.  Dianne joined Alpha Hospital Group in August 2022.

Janet Benis

Theatre Nurse

Janet is a registered nurse and her qualifications include a Diploma in Nursing/Midwifery/Psychiatric Nursing, Standalone Programme, Patient Care on the Intra-operative Environment (SCQF level 9) and Core Competencies for Anaesthetic Assistants. Janet joined Alpha Hospital Group in September 2022.

Valerie McIntosh

Bank Clinic Nurse

Valerie is a registered nurse with over 30 years experience. She is currently the Senior Charge Nurse at the Burns and Plastics Department at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and works as part of the bank team.  Valerie’s qualifications include Degree of Bachelor of Nursing, Diploma in Leadership and Management and has a wealth of experience in wound management.

Aesthetics Team

Sinead Collins

Clinical Pharmacist Independent Prescriber and Aesthetic Practitioner

Sinead has over 20 years of experience in medicines management working within the community pharmacy sector and the NHS. Her qualifications include Mpharm (master of pharmacy), IP (Independent prescriber), GPHC registered, advanced facial augmentation trained for both botulinum toxin and dermal fillers. Also provides hyperhidrosis treatment, mesotherapy, micro needling and vit b12 injections, prescribing of prescription only skincare. Sinead joined Alpha Hospital Group in August 2022.

Laura Dean


Laura has worked in the aesthetics industry since leaving college in 2017 where she studied beauty therapy. She returned to education in 2020 and is currently on her final year of Adult Nursing while working at Alpha Hospital Group part time. Laura is trained in ZO Skin Health peels, Dermalux LED Light Therapy, Dermaplaning and Dermaroller. Laura joined Alpha Hospital Group in August 2022.

Admin Team

Leah Athanassopoulos

Managing Director

Brooke Blackman

Executive Assistant

Chi Penrose

Facilities Manager

Shona Grant

Surgical Booking Coordinator

Elaine Smith

Customer Service Manager

Gemma Claisse