Susan Mitchell – Proprietor
Susan began her journey in 1997, when she trained in beauty therapy at Fife College. After graduating, Susan studied holistics, exploring different techniques from around the globe. Using a holistic caring approach and her attention to detail, Susan quickly built up a reputation and her expertise were in high demand.
In 2004, she opened Absolute. Her passion for results led her to train in medical aesthetics, specialising in laser/ipl, chemical peels, skin-needling and advanced cosmetic procedures, where she was privileged to train with some top industry experts. With her eye for perfection, Susan was dubbed ‘the brow queen’ by many of her clients and had many travelling from afar to experience her brow artistry. Seeing a niche in the market for precision brow shaping, she trained with celebrity brow guru, Nilam Patel and subsequently brought HD Brows to Scotland in 2009.
With a high emphasis on training in the salon, Susan believes education is the key to the salons success and ensures all the staff keep up-to-date with the knowledge and skills required. Her vast knowledge and experience has led Susan to her role as lecturer at a local college, where she teaches in beauty therapy.
Combined with managing the business and training, Susan also holds regular skin clinics in the salon, specialising in advanced cosmetic procedures.
Arlene Wilson – Salon Manager
Over the years at Absolute, Arlene has pushed her boundaries as a therapist. Her dedication and hard work resulted in her being presented with the prestigious Skin Expert award from the International Dermal Institute. A fabulous accomplishment, making her one of only a few elite therapists with this achievement.
Master of lash extensions and precision brow shaping are all but a few treatments that Arlene is renowned for, with many clients traveling from far and wide to experience her perfectionism.
In 2002, Arlene was awarded with Sterex Electrologist of the Year. Since then, Arlene continued to train extensively in Medical Aesthetics and gained further knowledge to perfect her skills in chemical peels, dermaroller and Intense Pulsed Light.
Arlene’s personality and skill provides her clients with confidence that they are in safe hands and that individual care is always the main focus.
Nicola Taylor – Assistant Manager/Senior Therapist
Nicola came to Absolute as a student on work experience in 2009. Her talents were quickly recognised and she was offered a position on the team. She is immensely popular with the clients, with an ever-growing waiting list.
With skin being one of her passions, Nicola has trained extensively in this area and was presented with an Expert Award from International Dermal Institute for her achievements.
Nicola’s attention to detail and eye for perfection has led her to specialise in HD Brows and Lash treatments, which she has become so popular for.
Lisa Riddoch – Senior Therapist
From a pharmucetical background, Lisa had a passion for the beauty industry and re-trained as a therapist in 2000, graduating from Aberdeen college with merit qualifcations. She relocated to Dunfermline and joined Absolute in 2004.
Lisa loves the diversity of her work and specialises in results-driven electrical skin treatments Chromawave LED, Microderambrasion and Oxygen facials. She is in high demand for Universal Contour inch-loss body wraps were she always gets amazing results.
With an intensive arometherapy background, Lisa adores the Neom Luxury Organics range and can’t wait to train in the new body treatments.
Gillian Robertson – Front of house / Senior Therapist
Gillian started her career back in 1992 when she trained at Perth College in her beauty therapy diploma. In the past 22 years, Gillian has witnessed many developments of the ever-evoloving industry. With many years experience in high-end salons and spas, Absolute was delighted to welcome her into the salon in 2008.
Her warm and bubbly personality and her in-depth knowledge of treatments make her an excellent Front of house in the salon. She is more than helpful when it comes to advising clients of services and ensures a smooth booking process for all your appointments. Gillian also carries out therapies in the salon and is an extremely popular team member.
Laura Thomson – Senior Therapist
After training at Fife College Laura went on to work with Steiner cruise liners, where she travelled the world as a therapist. Laura gained great experience and studied many different techniques in massage and skin therapies.
Laura joined the team in 2013, where she quickly became a sought after therapist. She is our Lycon hot wax specialist and has a lovely manner making sure all her clients are at ease. She Is often the friendly face who greets clients at reception and is happy to advise on the best treatments for your needs.
Miranda Philip – Medical Aesthetics Practitioner
Miranda is our Nurse Independent Prescriber (MA level with Distinction awarded from Edinburgh Napier University), providing the highest level of care in medical aesthetic treatments, such as Botox, fillers and chemical peels.
Having gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine from the University of Greenwich, Miranda is one of just a handful of Medical Practitioners to have achieved the only academically recognised University qualification in this field.
Miranda is also medical aesthtics practitioner for the Medispa in Harvey Nicols. Her qualifications, experience and ethos makes her the perfect medical partner for Absolute, ensuring clients receive the best service possible.