SANDS Private Health Clinic in Talbot Green was the first clinic to open which was officially established in August 2011 when Stephanie Smith and Sarah Parfitt joined forces to achieve their combined ambition of developing a multidisciplinary private healthcare clinic.

Clinic Directors & Founders
Stephanie Smith took over Vale Chiropractic clinic in Talbot Green in 2007.
She is a graduate of the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic at the University
of South Wales (formerly the University of Glamorgan), where she also works
as a part-time tutor on the Masters of Chiropractic degree. Stephanie says
'' From the time I sat my A-levels I knew I wanted to work in healthcare.
It was only due to the close relationship that my secondary school had with
the University of Glamorgan that I discovered the degree in Chiropractic. I
can honestly say that I wake up each day and enjoy my job as a
Chiropractor, as it is so rewarding helping people out of pain''.

Originally from Treorchy in the Rhondda, Stephanie was keen after
graduating to stay and practice in South Wales. As a new graduate with the
help and support of her family she bought Vale Chiropractic in 2007 which
was at that time located on Ely Valley Road in Talbot Green. Stephanie
continued to build Vale Chiropractic at those premises until 2009, but then
due to the increase in demand in business and the need for a more suitable
ground floor premises, she moved to 67 Talbot Road in June 2009.

It was in October 2010 when Stephanie first met Sarah as a patient of hers
believe it or not! They ended up spending most of the treatment sessions
discussing their careers and Sarah mentioned then that she had always been
keen to start her own Podiatry business after a number of years of working
in the NHS. It was at this point that Sarah started to rent a room from
Stephanie for her Podiatry business; SL Foot Clinic, every Saturday morning.
Stephanie says ''From the moment Sarah and I started working together we
became a good team, so much so that we decided to go into business together
the following year! Although it was of course a risk we decided to take
that chance and actually purchased the property together in 2012, which was
when our dream multi-disciplinary clinic SANDS Private Health clinic was
born! A lot of people ask why we called ourselves SANDS and I'm afraid we
were not very imaginative at the time and decided to combine our names
Stephanie and Sarah to form SANDS!
Since 2011 Stephanie and Sarah have worked hard to not only develop
Chiropractic and Podiatry at the clinic but to establish a mix of other
health care services at the clinic. Stephanie says ''We are now very proud
of the mix of services we offer as well as our staff and patients that have
helped us build such a well known and well loved clinic''.
Even though Talbot Green will always be the heart of our clinic, we were
keen to try and duplicate the success of our first clinic in other
locations, particularly those closer to the Rhondda Valleys where both
Stephanie and Sarah have spent so much time. Therefore, in December 2015
they established our second SANDS Private Health clinic in Llwynypia, which
is a great second base to Stephanie currently living in Treorchy. Watch
this space!

Sarah Parfitt officially opened SL foot clinic in Talbot Green in January
2010. She graduated from the University Of Wales Institute Of Cardiff with
an honours degree in Podiatric Medicine in 2005. Originally from Pontyclun,
Sarah was keen to stay and develop her business in the area.
Sarah says "Since qualifying I have thoroughly enjoyed working as a
Podiatrist in the public sector and privately. However, it has always been
an ambition of mine to be able to provide a quality private podiatry
service.
I always knew I wanted to work within the healthcare setting and after
years of working on the hospital wards and seeing first-hand how foot
problems can affect patient's mobility, recovery and ultimately their
quality of life, I knew podiatry was for me.
Sarah enjoyed her private work so much that in 2011 she joined forces with
Stephanie at the clinic to develop SANDS Private Health Clinic with the aim
of being able to provide a wider range of private health treatments to the
public as well as being able to provide more job opportunities to the local
area."

''With the success of our Talbot Green clinic, Stephanie and I decided to
venture out in a second clinic. Again like Stephanie I have roots in the
Rhondda as I spent a number of years working there with the NHS. With a lot
of my time spent at Carnegie Clinic, Trealaw, Llwynypia seemed an ideal
location.''

Meet The Team:
Receptionist: Joanna Richards
Receptionist: Katy Thomas
Receptionist: Harry Gerrard
Receptionist: Jack Jones
Receptionist: Linda Gladwin
Receptionist: Kayleigh Hunt