Friday, 8 November 2013


They’re on their way.

Our very own Anne Penman, successful quitter Linda Hardie and Anne’s lovely sister Nichola Gordon are en route to the States to take part in next week’s  Susan G. Komen 3-Day™ walk in San Diego to raise money for research into breast cancer.  

Linda and Anne have been training in Scotland since the spring while Nichola has been doing her solo training in Ireland.  All three have been pounding the streets in all kinds of weather.

‘We have trained for months with tears and laughter along the way,’ says mum-of-two Linda from East Kilbride, who quit smoking with Anne at the start of the year.  ‘I can’t believe we are about to embark on this amazing adventure……10 months ago I wouldn’t have walked the length of myself!’

Now the threesome – calling themselves Breast Foot Forward – are feeling very excited, ready and prepared to take up the challenge  – and a little apprehensive too.

At the end of each day of the walk they will be welcomed home to the 3-Day camp, complete with a dining tent, hot showers, pink sleeping tents, evening entertainment and various other activities and helpful resources along the camp’s “Main Street”.

‘Anne has done the walk before so knows what to expect,’ says Linda, ‘but Nichola and I are novices!

‘We’ve started our own Facebook page - Breast Foot Forward - so please follow us as our journey starts.  We will be sharing our thoughts, feelings and experiences throughout the 3 days and will welcome all motivational feedback that you can give us.

‘And of course a huge thanks to all our family and friends who have sponsored us and supported us so far – it is very much appreciated.’
The Breast Foot Forward team - l to r: Nichola, Linda and Anne




Monday, 21 October 2013


The Anne Penman name continues to grow and we’d like to welcome FOUR new owners Stateside.

·        Jamie Lee Free brings APLT to Frisco, Texas

·        Stacy Searcy and Mikki Mills open a new APLT center in Kansas City

·        Jo Anne Smith opens up APLT in the Panhandle
Jamie Lee quit  with us in June this year after 25 years as a smoker.

 I now realize that there are people just like me who need support managing their lives and I am happy to say that I believe it’s the smartest thing I’ve ever done,’ she says.  ‘helping people to stop smoking, manage stress and with weight issues is the most rewarding thing I’ve had the privilege to do.’

Stacy Searcy and Mikki Mills both have first hand experience of the benefits of laser – and quitting – and now the two mums have opened their own laser therapy center in Kansas City.

I quit smoking the hard way 10 years ago, doing it on my own,’ says mum of two Stacy.  ‘but my father, who has smoked for over 50 years, has recently quit with the help of laser therapy and that’s how I heard about the Anne Penman method.’

And finally welcome to sixty-nine-year-old Jo Ann Smith from Fort Walton Beach who has recently opened her own Anne Penman Laser Therapy Centre.

Part of a large smoking family she was diagnosed with emphysema in 1995 and quit smoking the following year.   However Jo Ann’s sister Mona continued smoking, and in December 2012, doctors discovered a small spot on her lung which was growing.  However thanks to laser therapy she has been smoke-free for almost a year now – and looking forward to a healthy future.

‘She is the reason I discovered Anne Penman.   After seeing the success of Mona  quitting I knew I simply could not pass up the opportunity to bring Anne Penman’s methods to other smokers like Mona.’

And so the Anne Penman name continues to grow worldwide!
Anne Penman treating a client in Scottish HQ!


Friday, 2 August 2013


Nathalie Augusto feels fantastic.

Twenty-three-year-old Nathalie is just about to finish a degree in marketing and a start a new venture……….introducing Anne Penman laser therapy for smoke cessation, stress and weight loss to Brazil.

‘I started smoking when I was 18,’ says Nathalie who lives in São Paulo.  ‘like all teenagers I copied my friends at parties and before I realised I was smoking 20 cigarettes a day.

‘My mother is also a smoker and although we knew it was bad for us we never had the motivation to give up,’ continues Nathalie.

Until now that is.

Nathalie’s parents were on holiday in the States recently when they read about laser therapy being used for smoking cessation.  After one session Nathalie’s mum stopped smoking.

‘I couldn’t believe it,’ continues Nathalie.  ‘I’d never heard of anything like it in Brazil but I thought if my mum can give up after 30 years smoking then it must be good.

‘That’s when we had the idea of setting up our own business and bringing laser therapy to our country.’

Now Nathalie is launching Anne Penman Laser Therapy Sao Paulo – and hopes to roll out the concept throughout Brazil.

‘I know how good I feel now that I have stopped and I want to help others,’ says Nathalie who has recently trained with Anne herself in Jacksonville, USA.

‘I think this therapy will work well here in São Paulo.  We suffer from air pollution and many other issues but people are becoming increasingly aware that good health is the basis of all things.  In Brazil there are 32 million smokers and our aim is to bring the vision of Anne Penman to this part of the world and help as many people as possible make long-term lifestyle changes.'

 Welcome BRAZIL!


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Tuesday, 9 July 2013


Celebrations are in full swing this week for Anne Penman's 60th birthday (I know it's hard to believe!).

Parties and lunches with family and friends are filling the diary but it will soon be back to training for Anne as she's signed up for a very special and powerful event – it’s called the Susan G. Komen 3-Day™ - and takes place in the States each year.  It’s in November and it is a 60-mile journey over 3 days to raise money for research into breast cancer.

'A 60 mile walk for my 60th – I feel it is appropriate,' says Anne.

Instead of birthday presents Anne asked all her friends and family to donate to this amazing charity which raises millions of pounds each year to help in the fight against breast cancer. 

'Thank you to everyone for their birthday wishes, their messages of love and laughter and for all the donations.  I am overwhelmed,' says Anne.

And it's not too late.

Anne's personal fundraising page will be live up until the walk in November.  If you would like to make a donation (tax-deductable!) then please follow this link to Anne's page .........


Anne & Ron Penman - celebrating in style!

Wednesday, 12 June 2013


Last weekend saw the Anne Penman team  pounding the streets of Edinburgh – all in the name of charity.

Anne, Linda Jones and Linda Hardie COMPLETED the Edinburgh Moonwalk…….and Anne took a step nearer her goal to walk the 60 mile trek she has signed up for in the States in November to celebrate her 60th birthday.

Sharing this incredible adventure with her is Linda Hardie who was one of Anne’s clients in January of this year and who has now become a good friend.

‘My birthday is on January 18th and I felt the best present I could give myself this year was to be a non-smoker,’ says mum-of-two Linda.

After a visit to Anne Penman’s Glasgow office Linda quit.

‘I can’t begin to describe how amazing I am feeling. The minute I met Anne we hit it off and I knew I could do it.  But not only have I stopped smoking, I have gained an amazing friend who would make you believe you can do anything.’

Training is going well and the Edinburgh Moonwalk was a good stepping stone in the training diary.  Anne and Linda were joined for the Capital’s annual midnight walk by another ex-smoker, Linda Jones, who managed to fit in her training as well as opening the newest  Anne Penman Laser Therapy clinic in Kilmarnock!

‘We have all had such fun in the lead up to the Moonwalk, putting in the miles and we are all so proud of our achievements.  Not only are you helping other people but it makes you feel on top of the world too,’ says Anne.

Next stop San Diego in November!
We're on the road!
The Anne Penman team - Edinburgh Moonwalk June 2013.




Friday, 24 May 2013


It’s been a whirlwind few months.

TWO trips to the States, new owners in the UK – and a new arrival to the Penman clan have kept us busy!

The Anne Penman family is growing all the time, not just in the UK but globally.  With clinics recently opened in Mexico City, Brazil and Chile and enquiries from Dubai, Dominican Republic, Egypt and Jakarta, Indonesia on my desk, I think we are going to continue to be busy for the remainder of  2013!

It's all good and spreading the word worldwide has always been my aim.
At home too the business continues to expand. 

We are joined by ex-smoker Linda Jones who has just opened the newest  Anne Penman Laser Therapy clinic in Kilmarnock!

‘I had smoked since I was 16,’ says Linda, who is combining her existing  massage and beauty therapy business with the laser therapy.  ‘But 3 years ago, in January 2010, I decided it was time to quit.  I knew it wasn’t good for me and being a beauty therapist I also knew how ageing it was!’

By making that decision Linda now has a new business to show for it.

And in England we would also like to welcome Anne Penman Laser Therapy North West into the fold.  It is owned and operated by Joanne Hurst, a senior nurse with over 12 years of front line NHS experience.  Joanne’s primary interest is addiction, helping people with drugs and alcohol issues.

We are delighted to have Joanne as part of the team and already she is spreading the word about the unique benefits of laser therapy, utilising her skills and experience, in the North West of England.

In Brazil Antoni Augusto and his daughter Nathalie are opening our new location this summer and have plans to franchise the Anne Penman brand throughout Brazil while in Chile we have husband and wife duo heading up the new Anne Penman location.  Dr Felipe Tello Gracia MD and his wife Matilde Fernande Galan are opening in Santiago Chile this summer as well.

And in MEXICO CITY welcome to Cesar Suarez Fernandez.   Cesar is CEO of Mexico City’s top hospital – and now our name is above the door.
The lovely Linda Jones who has just opened Anne Penman Laser Therapy Kilmarnock.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013


It’s my big six-0 this year and despite being in a state of shock I have vowed to do something positive about it!

I have signed up for a very special and powerful event – it’s called the Susan G. Komen 3-Day™ - and takes place in the States each year.

It’s in November and it is a 60-mile journey over 3 days to raise money for research into breast cancer.

 A 60 mile walk for my 60th – I feel it is appropriate.

And instead of birthday presents I would like donations to this amazing charity which raises millions of pounds each year to help in the fight against breast cancer.

This is the second time I have taken part.  In 2005 I walked the 60 miles and raised a lot of money for cancer research.

This time I intend to raise EVEN more!

Breast cancer is part of my family history.  Like so many people I have been affected by breast cancer hitting those closest.  My dear mum Helen and four of my aunts are all breast cancer survivors.  They are the lucky ones.

Every 74 seconds, somewhere in the world, someone dies from breast cancer.

Hopefully that figure alone will make you reach into your pockets.  I’m hoping to raise £2,500 in donations.  I need your help to reach my goal.

If you would like to make a donation (tax-deductable!) then please follow this link to my personal fundraising page .........

 I hope you will share this incredible adventure with me – I am already in training and will be updating you all on Facebook and Twitter and thank you in advance for your generosity by supporting my fundraising efforts!

 The end of the walk in 2005 - looking forward to reaching that finishing line again in November 2013!





Wednesday, 13 March 2013


It's the 30th anniversary of No Smoking Day and the good news is every year it gets more and more publicity - and hopefully more and more people give up smoking and realise that quitting is the START of a wonderful new life, not the end.

So here's some food for thought if you are about to take the plunge.........

* Just 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your blood pressure and
pulse rate drop to normal and the body temperature of your hands and
feet increases to normal.

* A mere 8 hours after your last smoke, the carbon monoxide level
decreases and the oxygen level in your blood increases to normal.

* Just 24 hours after your last cigarette, you substantially lessen your chances of having a heart attack.

* Two days after your last cigarette, you will notice that your ability to taste and smell is enhanced.

* Three days later, your breathing should be noticeably better because your lung capacity will be greater.

 * Your circulation will improve and your lung functioning will increase up to 30% within two weeks to three months after quitting.

* Between one month and nine months, the cilia in your lungs will regenerate, allowing your body to clean your lungs and reduce infection.

* One year after quitting, your risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.

* Five years after quitting, your risk of a stroke is reduced to that of a non-smoker.

 * Ten years after quitting, the lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, oesophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases.

* Fifteen years after quitting, your risk of coronary heart disease
is that of non-smokers.

NO SMOKING DAY 2013 - Anne Penman say STUB IF OUT!


Thursday, 28 February 2013


The Anne Penman family is growing all the time.
Not just at home here in Scotland but worldwide. 
With enquiries in from Brazil, Dubai, Mexico, Chile, Dominican Republic, Egypt and Jakarta, Indonesia I think we are going to be busy in 2013!
It's all good and spreading the word worldwide has always been my aim.
At home too the business continues to expand.
But it's not only the business that is expanding!
The Penman family has a new addition - Kitty Emma Penman was born on February 6th - and we have all fallen in love with her.
Mum and dad, Jill and Scott Penman, are delighted to welcome their first child into the world - and Ron and I are equally thrilled to have the first grand daughter in the family.

Our beautiful Kitty!

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

CAN 2013 BEAT 2012?

2012 was a great year for us – several trips to the States saw us welcome new owners to our team while in the UK we also added to the team and continued to spread the word.

The phones rang non- stop and emails flooded in – all thanks to the Dundee Evening Telegraph and two of our successful quitters.

Sandra Finan from Dundee had a 30-a-day smoking habit and it was something she never imaged capable of breaking.  However after one laser therapy session with us she stopped.

‘It was like an amazing miracle,’ 66-year-old retired secretary Sandra told the paper.  ‘It was no effort whatsoever and it didn’t take any willpower!’

Another East coast success story - accountant Maggie Wood – was also delighted to share her story with the Evening Telegraph.  She quit her nicotine habit on 1st April 1997 – 28 years after her first cigarette – when she came through to the Glasgow office.

2012 also saw us celebrate our 20th birthday.  Always up for a celebration we threw open the doors of the Glasgow centre and held a weekend long house party!

Clients and friends – old and new – turned up and much fun and laughter was heard.  On the Sunday we had another of our make-over days with snapper Jack Harper and top make-up artist Terri Craig working wonders yet again.

In October we launched our own stop smoking campaign – Zaptober – and turned some more smokers into quitters.

 ‘I thought the Stoptober campaign in England was a great idea,’ says Anne, ‘there’s always pressure on people to quit in January and then on No Smoking Day in March but the rest of the year there is nothing.  From now on every October we will be promoting Zaptober and helping the nation stub out cigarettes.’

NOVEMBER saw me was back in the States.  Las Vegas was our base and I would like to welcome some amazing new owners – Patricia, Mack, Erik, Eileen, Rachel and Bernadette.

November also saw the news that Scotland could soon see its first £10 pack of cigarettes!   Book and newspaper retailer WH Smith are already selling a pack of cigarettes for £9.99 at Glasgow Airport so you have been warned.  If ever there was a time to quit it’s when cigarettes get to £10 a packet – who would ever have thought it!

November also saw smoking in the news again…..the authors of the Million Women Study wrote in The Lancet medical journal: "Smokers lose at least 10 years of lifespan.  Although the hazards of smoking until age 40 years and then stopping are substantial, the hazards of continuing are 10 times greater."

Women aged 50 to 65 were enrolled on the study between 1996 and 2001.  They were re-surveyed three years later. Those who still smoked were almost three times more likely than non-smokers to die over the next nine years.

DECEMBER saw rock band Status Quo roll into town as part of their Quofestive 2012 tour.
And I want to let you into a secret – lead singer Francis Rossi is a fan of our laser therapy treatments!

Tina McCutcheon, who flies the flag for us in Belfast and runs her own alternative therapies clinic, is a regular visitor to the Rossi family home in London  – and Francis credits Tina for changing his mindset and certainly the Francis Rossi of the present day is a new, improved, super healthy version of his old rocking days.

Tina first met Francis back in the 1980’s and they have remained friends ever since.  
‘Francis was one of my first clients to try the laser and he loves it,’ says Tina.

‘I trust Tina implicitly and she has been looking after me and my family for the last 25 years with great success,' says this famous front man.  ‘I am prepared to try anything that will help the stress of touring and Tina is an absolute genius when it comes to pinpointing a problem – and solving it.

‘Tina has treated me with laser therapy before, but I’d never heard of laser therapy for stress but now that I’ve had a treatment I can’t believe how good I feel.’

And so 2013 promises to be as busy as ever and here’s to our continuing success – worldwide!
Anne and some of the UK team - spreading the word!




Tuesday, 22 January 2013

January 2013 - Welcome the Philippines!

It's been busy, busy, busy as New Year Resolutions kick in - and as always we are here to help!
January 2013 also sees the opening of a new Anne Penman Laser Therapy Centre, this time in Manila in the Philippines.

What better way to start 2013 than the opening of a new centre.  Mack is the amazing woman behind the new venture.  She flew to the States in November to train with us and I know she is going to do amazing things in the Philippines.

She opened on Saturday 12th January and although we were not there in person we were there in spirit.

Good luck Mack and thanks for spreading the word!