Mike and Katy met whilst he was lecturing in France and they were both working for a UK based cosmetic orthodontic company.
More than love at first sight, it was a meeting of minds. They both shared the same philosophy towards dental care.
That philosophy is that you, the patient, are in charge.
Fast forward three years to February 2021 and Mike no longer owned his practice which he had in Coalville since 2002. Katy was heavily pregnant with twins and on maternity leave.
So, with no income and soon to have two additional mouths to feed, what better time to start a start-up dental practice than during lockdown as well?
They had both dreamt of owning the best dental practice ever, and despite the odds, now was the time.
The twins, Penelope and Jemima, were born in April, a healthy 6lb 3 and 6lb 13 respectively. Unfortunately, Katy was quite ill following the birth and it was a further nine days before she was allowed to come home.
They started the lengthy application process to register the new practice in May and it was a common occurrence to have Zoom meetings with the twins in slings, fast asleep or being fed whilst they discussed surgery layouts, radiology, and other safety measures.
The build started in July, quickly transforming the former Solicitor's office to a state-of-the-art dental practice. Mike and Katy have not compromised on the quality of the equipment nor furnishings for their new venture. During this time, the twins were in virtually every day, and everyone got quite used to seeing them fast asleep next to an electrician doing his work, or a plasterer making a sudden call for a tea break when a nappy was changed!
Mike and Katy started their recruitment in August, and the first team member on-board was Michelle, whom Mike had worked with for years. She is Peacock Dental Spa's Practice Manager and runs the place extremely competently and efficiently.
The recruitment was hugely successful and in an industry with perennial staff shortages, they managed to gather a team brimming with experience and enthusiasm.
As ever, the build schedule didn't quite go to plan, but a monumental effort in the last fortnight saw Peacock Dental Spa pass its registration with the CQC and so they were able to open doors, as planned, on the first of October 2021.
They were delighted and honoured to have local Olympian Morgan Lake formally open the spa for them.