Where are you from and where did you grow up? I am from Portland, Oregon. I lived there from age 10-28. Before that I grew up in Tri-Cities, Washington, so basically the Northwest. I have lived in Houston for a while now and love it! The sunny skies and the diversity of this city can’t be beat anywhere in the US!
What is it about medical spa’s that you love? I love a medical spa because it combines cosmetic treatments with medical benefits, and together they help heal skin and makes patients feel great! The environment is always professional, educational and calming, and allows me to really get to know my patients really well.
Why did you choose to go into dermatology? I have always had an interest in skin and beauty. I always knew my career would be centered around that: it’s been my passion for as long as I can remember.
What aspects do you love? I love to help! Getting people on the path to great skin care while being involved in a part of someone’s life that makes them feel good is a true privilege and it makes everyday fun!
How would you describe your style as a provider? I’m an educator first and foremost. I like to answer questions and make sure the patient understands, then feels at ease with the course of action, and, ultimately, receives the results we discussed from the beginning. If it has to do with skin or beauty ask me: I would love to answer!
How long have you been practicing and where? I have been a licensed aesthetician since 2005. I started as the spa manager at Nordstrom Spa. I coordinated all daily functions of the spa as well as performed chemical peels, waxing, and microdermabrasion. I moved out of the retail side to a dermatology office in Portland as a medical aesthetician. There, I assisted the doctor is all aspects of patient care as well as performed chemical peels, waxing, and microdermabrasion for 2 ½ years. Then I moved to Mohs surgery for almost 7 years. Now, I am coming back to my roots and getting back to being an aesthetician and couldn’t be happier!
Do you have a personal motto/mantra? Try new things, take risks. You never know until you try!
What issues/organizations do you feel passionate about? Skin cancer awareness, being in this business and working for a Mohs surgeon really makes you aware of the disease and how it can affect anyone while also being totally preventable! I can’t say this enough: wear your sunscreen!
Something you feel passionate about…I have been ice skating and dancing since I was 2 years old, and I still enjoy it immensely. Living in Houston makes it hard to go skating but whenever I visit family, I try to hop on the ice. The winter Olympics are also a big favorite of mine, no surprise there! I also enjoy makeup artistry, home decorating, and cooking.