Born in Brighton, England. Went to Sussex Grammar School then studied medicine at Manchester University.
Advice he would give the young Daniel, “focus on a procedural speciality because I was suited to doing surgery and I should have gone down that path sooner”
Had a wide range of experiences in medicine including working in psychiatry for a year.
Attracted to living in Australia after completing a medical rotation here in 1983 and enjoying it.
Could not stand the weather in the UK, “clouds starting a few feet above your eyebrows for 9 months of the year was too much to bear. So, I moved to Australia”
His first job in Australia was working for a medical locum service before working as a GP in Sydney and then Qld. His interest in medicine then focused on cosmetic surgery. He was one of the first cosmetic surgeons to use lasers for facial skin resurfacing. His practice extended to face lifts but focused on breast implants.
“Cosmetic surgery is a luxury service. If you think about it logically it is the most extreme end of the beauty business. The motivations for most patients are to look better”
To be successful in business,“You have to realise your limitations and be willing to delegate. You are going to have failures, bad things are going to happen along the way and you just have to suck that up…….You are not going to get it right every time”
Favourite place to be, Byron bay where he lives with his wife Kylie or France.
Facing adversity. The loss of a family dog had a very profound effect and required processing grief. A process that people who have pets would best understand.
What gives meaning to life? “I have learned that you really have to enjoy the time in the moment. You have to enjoy what is going on around you today”
Keeps active by playing golf, competitive paragliding, mountain biking, playing bridge and bass guitar.