This is my story about why I started my “Medical Spa”
What makes my Medical > Spa unique?
If you’ve read anything else on my page you probably know that I’m really into art and really into science.
I don’t mean that I just enjoy art but that I actually do art. Mainly oil paintings and pencil drawings but I love crafts of any kind, anything DIY will get my attention.
I’m also really into science. Anatomy and physiology is my jam, I used to tutor for it in college along with organic chemistry in my first undergrad. Yep, nerd alert. I also spent pretty much my entire nursing career as a critical care RN and then as a NPworked in hospital and critical care medicine as well. I love the complex medicine and puzzle of figuring out a diagnosis.
I’ve always felt I’ve had to choose between art and science. I had an opportunity to get an art scholarship when I was younger but I chose to study science instead. Unfortunately working and going to school full time ended up leaving art on the back-burner. There aren’t many career paths that incorporate both. Eventually I learned about Medical Spas and aesthetics and thought I might be interested.
Except the term “Medical Spa” made me think of a place where you might go get a pedicure and then the same girl that was just touching your feet tries to inject some Botox without washing her hands (after obtaining a 2-week certificate online). Then you end up with sepsis from fungemia (fungus in your bloodstream) in the ICU on life support. All while the physician/ “medical director”, who is probably a podiatrist with no injection or aesthetics experience, doesn’t even live in the state!
Ok maybe that’s an extreme case (but probably exists somewhere), and also the critical care RN/NP in me talking (the paranoia and worst case scenario mindset).
But I knew I wanted my place to be more than a medical spa; with the standards of a hospital but the results from an artist. Where other medical professionals, and those with the standards of a medical professional, could come and know they are in good hands. So I decided to do just that.
A “Medical Spa”
for Healthcare Professionals
“I knew I wanted my place to be more than a medical spa; with the medical standards of a hospital but results from an artist.
Where other medical professionals, and those with the standards of a medical professional, could come and know they are in good hands.”
My Transition into Aesthetics
I first looked into aesthetic treatments for myself. I felt like I was getting a lot of lines around my eyes and looked really tired. This was during graduate school where I’m pretty sure I aged about 10 years from working full time in the ICU and completing a dual major. I am totally ok with aging naturally but I didn’t want to age at an accelerated pace either. I wanted to “age gracefully” or whatever that means.
I probably never would have gotten Botox if several of my good friends, who looked totally normal and natural, didn’t tell me they had been doing it for years. I naturally did a lot of research on the products and their safety and was impressed by the amount of studies that had been done.
When I finally tried it for myself I was also impressed with the results. However I found the industry in general to be somewhat lacking. When I think of a medical specialty, including aesthetics, that specialist should be an expert in their field. I also feel that any practice should be ran with the highest standards of care and evidence based practice available.
Unfortunately a lot of “Medical Spas” are ran, or started, by non-medical people and they felt more spa than medical to me. I also probably have higher standards than most from my ICU background but really think that standards of care should be across the board. I mean washing your hands and using alcohol to prep the skin is infection prevention 101 right?
I knew I would eventually start my own business and after feeling like there was this gap in the industry I decided to start my own Medical>Spa that could meet the needs of clients like myself.
For healthcare minded people
This is not an all inclusive list but some key areas I feel are crucial to running a safe and honest practice as a healthcare professional, some highlights include:
Using evidence based practice and the highest standards of care. This means not offering products and procedures that aren’t backed by science or that I haven’t personally seen offer good results.
Safety is the #1 priority. I use the same standards of care and precautions in my aesthetics practice as I’ve used throughout my ICU career.
I’m comfortable telling people no. Not everyone is a candidate for every medical procedure or they may not be able to pull it off if they are. Honesty is more important to me than money.
I’m not going to lie about a product or procedure. I tell people straight up what to expect so that they can make an informed decision. I’m sorry but even numbing agents can hurt when administered, it’s a needle in the face. Anyone that advertises something as 100% pain free is lying.
I am an expert in this field but there’s always more to learn and I’m just as open to learning from my patients as I am to educating them. There’s always more to learn in any field, especially medicine.
I use a minimalist and natural approach. I don’t agree with making anyone look like a different person but rather enhance what they already have. This is especially important for individuals that work face to face caring for others every day.
Not everyone will be a good fit for me and vice versa, and I’m ok with that. If it’s not a good fit I believe in being honest about it and offering alternatives if able.
For non-medical people
You don’t have to be a medical professional to be a client at my practice. I see people of all professions and walks of life. I just tend to attract a population of people with high medical standards. Or individuals that are highly skeptical about aesthetic procedures.
There are other people that won’t be attracted to my practice and that’s ok too! It’s never one size fits all and I love talking with and meeting new people either way.
I always tell people to trust their instincts when it comes to any medical provider or procedure. Meet a lot of providers and injectors and decide who you vibe with.
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