About Us

All about us


Welcome to the Sole & Beauty website containing information about our staff, our services, our prices, our offers and our commitment to professional quality treatments.

As a family business which has been established on this site for 12 years we have attracted highly qualified, loyal and professional staff members to work with us to deliver one of the broadest ranges of treatments and services under one roof, of this type of wellbeing centre, in the region. This has been achieved by operating ethically, clinically, professionally and has benefitted from having staff members that have been involved in the business from the start.

 We look forward to welcoming you to our business.

staff profiles

Chiropody / Podiatry Staff

Our Chiropody / Podiatry staff deal with a varying range of common to complex chiropody or podiatry problems, and are registered with the HCPC and The College of Podiatry, and are all individually insured.

The team of six professionals have over 115 years of professional service between them in a range of specialities including:

  • Toe nail cutting
  • General hard or dead skin removal (debridement)
  • Corn removal
  • Callus treatment
  • In-growing toe-nail management and resolution including nail surgery
  • Fungal treatment and management
  • Verrucae treatment
  • Vascular assessment
  • Diabetic foot management and treatment
  • Foot ulcer management
  • Cosmetic aesthetic nail reconstruction
  • Fungal nail treatments
  • Dermatology and wound care
  • Experience of dealing with patients with mobility, mental health, disabilities or other health conditions

Our Chiropody / Podiatry team will also complete home visits to persons with mobility issues or other health concerns that mean they cannot access our clinic.

Chiropody and Podiatry Team

Alex Austin – Principle Podiatrist – Reg. CH25647 – BSC (Hons) Podiatric Medicine, Huddersfield University (2006). Certificated in Local Anaesthesia (LA), Prescription Only Medicine (POM) and Nail reconstruction. Alex is also a registered practice based learning educator (Salford University) and is also a senior associate of the Royal Society of Medicine. Alex has 12.5 years NHS and Private experience.

David Nicholls – Podiatrist – Reg. CH14661 – David is our Biomechanics specialist with 18 years experience in gait analysis and orthotics manufacturing.  David is also certified in Local Anaesthesia (LA) & Prescription Only Medicine (POM).

Nick Thomas – Chiropodist – Reg. CH16990 – Qualified with the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (1996). Nick has 22 years of private experience as a Scholl and S&B Chiropodist.

Carole Stirrup – Podiatrist – Reg. CH31990 – R.G.N. BSc. (Hons) Nursing Studies and a BSc. (Hons) Podiatry. Carole’s career in Nursing and Podiatry spans over 35 years. Carole also performs nail reconstruction.

Maria Loida Remo – Podiatrist – Reg. CH26361 – Currently full time with NHS Blackpool and working with us on alternate Saturdays. Maria has 20 years experience in podiatry.

Laura Alstead – Podiatrist – Reg. CH32774 – BSC (Hons) Podiatry from Salford University (2012). Certificated in Local Anaesthesia (LA). Laura has 6 years of NHS and private experience. She also performs nail reconstruction and minor foot surgery.

You can confirm the registration status of any the above team by going to http://www.hpc-uk.org/check/ and entering the registration numbers above.

Beauty Team

Our beauty team are trained in a range of beauty treatments including:

  • CACI – Non-surgical face-lift (full face, jowls, wrinkles or eyes focus)
  • Facials (with our Neal’s Yard range)
  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
  • Pedique
  • Threading
  • Massage
  • Warm wax treatments
  • Gel nails
  • Nail polishes
  • Acrylic nails
  • Ear piercing (Alex)
  • Eye brow tints, waxes, plucks perms and shapes
  • Party lashes, and semi-permanent lash extensions or infills
  • Arm, leg, underarm, bikini or Brazilian waxing
  • Cream tanning (Sunescape)
  • Male waxing, MANicures and massage
  • Children, Prom, Wedding or Hen party packages can be tailor made

Having previously shadowed our Chiropody / Podiatry team, the beauty team are also knowledgable of potential foot or lower limb problems that they may become aware of during your treatments. With your consent they could then ask a member of our Chiropody / Podiatry team to complete a free quick appraisal of any potential condition and where applicable, advise of any required course of treatment.

Libby Bonnar – Beauty Therapist. Libby is qualified to Level 3 and has 10 years of salon experience, with 7 of those being at Sole & Beauty. Additional training has been undertaken in CACI, lashes and intimate waxing. Libby professes her favourite treatment is the OPI nails.

Sarah Nightingale –  Self employed qualified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist, also available for massages and CACI facials. Sarah was a qualified beauty therapist for 3 years and has now diversified into the field of fitness and exercise.

Holistic Therapy / Wellbeing Coaching & Mindfullness Team

Sue Rogerson – Holistic Therapist. Member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists. Sue has over 11 years holistic therapy private experience. Sue’s qualifications are:

  • Swedish Massage – Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) Level 3
  • Reflexology – (VTCT) Level 3
  • Theragem crystal healing – Medica Health – advanced certificate level
  • Reiki – Level 3 (practitioner) Certificate

Preston Therapy Centre Certification in:

  • Indian head massage
  • Hopi ear candling
  • Pregnancy massage
  • Lymphatic drainage massage
  • Cancer massage
  • Hot & cold stones massage
  • Passive stretching

Philip Bannister – Philip offers unique tailored coaching, mindfulness and relaxing methods to improve mental health, improve calmness and sleep.  Phil also uses NLP, Life Coaching and Yoga to enhance wellbeing and a postive mindset, DRB cleared.


Physiotherapy and Acupuncture Team


Suresh Machado – Registered Physiotherapist and Acupuncturist B.Sc; MCSP; AACP , HCPC: PH79732

Suresh graduated in March 2003 as a Physiotherapist. He has worked across multiple clinical specialties in public and private care settings. He has 15 years of private practice experience covering Musculoskeletal, Sports Injuries, Whiplash Injuries and long-term arthritic conditions. He qualified as an Acupuncturist in 2011.  Treatments include individual tailored exercises, manual therapy (soft and joint mobilisations), electrotherapy, kinesio taping and acupuncture. He also works as a domiciliary, respiratory and geriatric specialist in the NHS. He undertakes Pulmonary Rehabilitation programmes for COPD or other lung conditions to improve breathing. He also undertake home visits for individually tailored exercise at home.

Twinkle Soji – BSc PT, MCSP – Chartered physiotherapist Spinal Physiotherapist & Rehab, HCPC & CSP registered physiotherapist since 2006
A committed, compassionate, caring, and responsible therapist with a great passion for helping people of all ages.
Presently working as a full-time therapist for Lancashire Care and a part time therapist for BMI hospital Lancaster. She has previous experience in supporting a variety of patients ranging from children suffering from developmental problems, to adults and the elderly affected by and recovering from injuries and movement disorders.
She enjoys working with a variety of different people. Her main specialities are pain management and rehabilitation. 

Administration team

Our dynamic duo Ren and Ruby Soni are a sister double act that cover our reception area and ensure our customers are happy and well recieved.