Well, it all began in a small town in Wisconsin. From a young age, medicine was my passion. As as middle school and high school student, I attended multiple summer programs at local universities to learn biology, anatomy, and biochemistry. I studied pre-med at Rutgers University and then went on to earn a Master in Surgical Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Alabama - Birmingham. During graduate school, I was selected for a fellowship on the reconstructive surgical team at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. There, I worked with two teams of artists, tasked with recreating something beautiful from nothing. Here I became a student of beauty, fascinated with "the why" more than the what.
After graduation, I made the move to San Francisco to join another plastic surgery team. While practicing in the field of plastic surgery, I was introduced to all of the non--surgical reconstructive treatment options and became quickly fascinated with the skin and aging. My desire to understand beauty blended with a passion for helping women and men achieve natural beauty blossomed. A year later, I transitioned to dermatology and continue to practice in San Francisco with my dermatology team, offering both medical and cosmetic services.
My passion for health and beauty has matured and I have built a career that aligns my passion with my profession.
Well, as a primary student, science, and more specifically biology, was my favorite subject. My favorite Christmas gifts were those weird experiment kits you could buy at the "educational toy store,' I learned through several internships and post-grad jobs that medicine was right for me. I subsequently met an Orthopedic PA through an internship in college and spent a few months shadowing, and getting coffee (lol). It quickly became clear that Physician Assistant was right for me.
Most of us in medicine say something like "we want to help people..." and it is true, but it is a bit deeper than that. What I love is happy and healthy people... being part of the journey is where I find the fulfillment. For me, clearing psoriasis, treating acne, softening wrinkles, and removing a brown spot all have one thing in common, that warm and fuzzy feeling on the other side, happier and healthier people.
So why aesthetics you ask? Well, aesthetics is more artistry than books... and that is how I am wired. I learned medicine by drawing it on a white board. I learned the arteries, veins, bones, and muscles, by drawing them on myself. I was a crafty kid, a scrapbooker, and a homemade Christmas gift type. So, aesthetic medicine is the collision between two things I really love... art and science.