Christmas time gives us all the opportunity to unwind, relax and catch-up with friends and family. Here at the Llangefni Chiropractic Clinic it's no different, although we've still got another week or so in clinic before we 'break up', and it's bound to be busy with everyone trying to come in and get sorted out this side of the festive period!
However, last week we were all able to get together and had an excellent evening out at local restaurant, Nant-yr-Odyn. It was a chance for us all to have a proper chat, away from the ringing phone and the hubbub of clinic, and to find out what we're all going to be up to over the Christmas break. So often, we barely say hello to each other, let alone have a proper conversation - once the first patient comes in the day just seems to whizz by!
It was also a chance for me to say a very big 'thank you' to all the reception staff. Without them, the clinic really wouldn't function. It has been said on many an occasion that a receptionist can make or break a clinic - they're the ones that speak to potential patients on the phone, and the first person that a patient meets on arriving at the clinic - and these first impressions last! They're also the ones that sit and chat with people when I'm running late, or have to deal with disgruntled patients who can't get an appointment when they want - and they have to put up with me on a busy day! So, it really was a pleasure to be able to express my gratitude to them.
And what about the previous lot?...
Carwyn is a Minister, working in and around Bala, but is also doing hospital chaplaincy between here and Wrexham. He's back and forth all the time, visiting his family here on Anglesey, as well as attending to his parishioners. He pops into clinic every now and then and keeps us entertained with tales of auditioning donkeys for the upcoming Nativity Play.
Evie is a teacher; she has taught English and Geography to at A level standard for several years, but has now specialised further and is working in a school specifically for children with learning difficulties and special needs. She got engaged earlier this year and is planning her wedding for sometime next year, blissfully happy in a little cottage nestled in the Welsh Borders.
Ceri has left Anglesey too; she married Steve, a soldier in the Royal Welsh, in July of this year and has moved with him (and the Regiment) to Wiltshire. She's adapting to life as an Army wife, but is hoping to continue her career in Law, or perhaps Social Work.
Sharon (sorry, no picture!) still helps out in clinic every now and then, but is taking a bit of time to focus on the non-stop project of her house renovation, and is concentrating on becoming a fully qualified Kennel Club trainer.
Hannah still helps out in clinic too, but is now working full-time as a fully qualified care assistant for adults with learning disabilities. She also teaches dance and drama, and helps out with the Rainbows. She's applied to University and hopes to be resuming her studies next autumn.
Olivia is enjoying time at home with her two little rascals - no doubt they're running riot at this time of year, awaiting the arrival of Father Christmas and his reindeer...
I really couldn't function in the Llangefni Chiropractic Clinic without my brilliant receptionists. They're the friendly face that greets people, the reassuring voice on the end of the phone and the competent professional that keep things running smoothly. The loyalty, commitment and friendship that they demonstrate both to the clinic, and to me, is second to none - and for that, I really can't thank them enough! I'm sure you'll share this sentiment...
_After hanging up the baubles on the Christmas tree, we headed off to Nant yr Odyn Hotel in Gaerwen for our Christmas meal. It was a great opportunity to relax and unwind and for me to say a much-needed and enormous 'thank you' to all the staff at the Llangefni Chiropractic Clinic.
All the staff were able to attend, (although Bethan had to make a somewhat fleeting visit between taking her final bow as Cinderella and then heading back for a photoshoot with the local press!) and I managed to get my previous receptionists - Carwyn, Evie and Lowri - to come along too.
Carwyn is now a fully fledged 'man of the cloth' and is busy caring for his flock just outside Bala. He delighted us all with his tales of coaxing a reluctant donkey into the chapel to star in his Nativity play. Evie is enjoying teaching and seems to keep a cool head and professional attitude with even the most truculent of teenagers. Lowri finished working at the clinic in the summer having graduated with her degree in Business Studies and she was snapped up by the Anglesey County Council.
It was a really enjoyable evening, and I feel privileged to have such a great team at the clinic. I must commend Nant yr Odyn Hotel too (www.nantyrodyn.co.uk) for a thoroughly delicious meal, with very generous portions and a warm, inviting atmosphere. It was a great way to commence the Christmas festivities!
Eich Ceiropractydd yng Nghlinig Ceiropracteg Llangefnii