a fearless cheerleader for your skin and beauty
The Ivy Clinic story
It was kismet. In 2016, Kaylie Harrison, Cosmetic Registered Nurse, and Physiotherapist Ebony Hornibrook, met at work, as people often do. Ebony was an advocate for the benefits of subtle, preventative injectables, while Kaylie was researching the transformative and confidence boosting power of appearance medicine. Over a glass (or two) of Central Otago wine, they talked about what they felt was missing in New Zealand’s appearance medicine landscape.
Their answer was to launch the Ivy Clinic – a fresh, contemporary, appearance medicine clinic delivering advanced, well researched treatment in a low-key luxe environment. Offering world-class service in smaller New Zealand cities, for real Kiwis. The kind of place they’d go themselves.
With a collective 70+ years in the industry, the Ivy Clinic team has experienced and tested plenty of machines, treatments, and product ranges. We’ve handpicked only those we believe are safe, worth it, and have actually been shown to get results.
We do solemnly swear to uphold these three mantras, always.
Build your confidence
For us, it’s not only how you look on the outside, but how you feel on the inside. We provide a welcoming, judgement-free space and effective treatments that build your glow of inner confidence by helping you have great skin days, every day.
Respect what your mama gave ya
You’re unique, and we love that. We strive to enhance your natural beauty without making you look ‘not like you’. We’ll only recommend treatments and products for you that we believe are most effective for your concerns.
Keep it real real
You deserve honest, attainable skin treatments that get visible results. We always start by listening. We’ll never give you the hard sell, overpromise, subscribe to an unattainable ‘look’, judge you or make you feel flawed.
Kaylie Jessica Harrison
Busy mum, beach lover & sunscreen evangelist
One of Ivy Clinic’s ‘Mothers’, Kaylie packs a lot into her life. From chaotic mornings getting herself and two little people out the door, to busy days with the amazing Ivy Clinic team, and squeezing in some Pilates, yoga or long walks.
Her passion for caring for people comes from 20 years of hospital nursing, and makes her proud to create a clinic environment that makes people feel happy. She’s a sucker for a 60-minute Luxe Deluxe facial tailored by our experienced skin therapists, supported by a touch of strategically placed Botox. And swears by sunscreen (50 spf) and broad brimmed hats as her top anti-ageing strategy.
Off duty, Kaylie’s most happy laughing with friends and whanau at the beach, or at home surrounded by mountains, immersed in native bush and birdsong. But she also craves a good holiday – and one day plans a long-term visit to New York.
“The Ultraceuticals replenishing mask is easy care for dehydrated skin! You can put it on with your eyes half closed after a long day, sleep in it and wash it off in the shower.”
Loves pairing pizza with Dom Perignon
Ivy Clinic co-founder Ebony has worked in wellness since 2007 as a physiotherapist. Our resident earlybird starts the day with a sweaty gym, boxing or running session. Then it’s admin, meetings, and managing our marketing – unwinding afterwards with a glass of wine and a good book. Winter finds her on the slopes, and in summer she’s messing about on the lake or in the ocean when she gets the chance.
Ebony’s all about boosting confidence, and giving our clients access to honest advice, and treatments that make them feel fantastic. With Ivy Clinic, she’s realising her goal of a boutique, intimate and nurturing appearance medicine clinic – the kind of place she’d go herself.
A great night would include a boogie on the dancefloor, or serving pizza with Dom Perignon. When travel becomes simpler, she’s planning a long-overdue trip to French wine country – to wear a summer dress, go barefoot and drink rosé in the setting sun.
Ebony’s good beauty habits – like applying sun protection and cleansing thoroughly – were instilled by her my mum and older sister in her teens. But for beauty bang for buck, she won’t go past a dash of Botox for being quick and super effective.
“A professional acid peel at least once a month keeps skin bright and fresh.”
Throws a killer fantasy soiree
One of the Ivy Clinic crew since 2019, Catherine cut her teeth in a five-star spa as a massage and beauty therapist, venturing into skin therapy in 2011. With her background in Traditional Chinese Medicine, she incorporates her acupressure massage skills into a mix of treatments for the face and body.
Passionate about treating skin holistically, Catherine often shares tried and true lifestyle advice, plus beauty hacks that are outside the box. She’s a huge advocate for Dermapen microneedling for conditions like pigmentation and scarring. But her biggest tip is sipping plenty of water.
A true night owl, Catherine dreams of hosting a 10-course degustation (fancy!). As it’s her fantasy, she’d invite Russell Brand, the Dalai Lama, Robin Williams, Emma Thompson, Jeff Buckley, Heston Blumenthal, Kate Winslet, and Tom Hardy – for humour, spirituality, culinary prowess, banter, star power and good looks.
“I love using cosmeceutical products (with scientifically proven ingredients) and microneedling to achieve fantastic results.”
Isabella Desbonnets-Wright (call me Bells)
Living a foodie life with a French accent
With Ivy Clinic since 2019, Bells has worked in the beauty industry since 1987. Her passion was ignited by her mum – a nurse who established a respected health and beauty clinic in Wellington – and her skills honed during 15 years working in Dubai.
A day in her life includes walking the beautiful hills of Arrowtown and Lake Hayes. Summertime might find Bells boating on the lake, while winter is reserved for ski sessions on Coronet Peak (on a good day).
As a teenager holidaying with the French side of the family, her eyes were opened to the intriguing world of French perfume and the culture’s emphasis on ‘au naturelle’ beauty. Her favourite treatment has be to the A-zyme Performance Plus facial with LED, for its hydrating, plumping and brightening effects.
This born and bred foodie’s happy place is at home in Arrowtown with the fire roaring, good wine and friends. She’ll prepare a hearty French Cassoulet ahead of time, so she can relax and enjoy their company. Next to loved ones, Bells most treasures her vintage Christian Lacroix coat, a special piece of art and her precious French tapestry.
“Good skin is the foundation for beauty. Less is more. Look for good quality skin products and treatments that give you results.”
Beauty egalitarian and perfume addict
Part of the Ivy Clinic crew since 2020, it’s Karen’s beaming smile that welcomes our clients, and her admin smarts that keep the place humming. She loves working alongside great people and making sure our clients are getting the very best experience. Off-duty, her favourite relax time is hanging out with Ivy the cavoodle. (Hmm, coincidence…?).
Her husband’s desire to live in the mountains brought her to Queenstown, although she admits her happy place is Phuket beach. Her ultimate night in would include ‘plenty of Central Otago Pinot Noir, a massive cheese board and good chat with Michelle and Barack (Obama)’.
Karen recommends a regular Hydrobrasion Facial, for a bright, healthy skin result. A bit of a fragrance aficionado, she’s obsessed with Living Light candles and Zadig & Voltaire’s ‘Girls can do Anything’ perfume.
“Having worked in two gorgeous day spas and seeing the sheer pleasure that our visitors enjoyed from great services, I realised this should never be just for the high society elite. I believe we can all benefit from taking care of our skin and general wellbeing."