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Changing the Face of Skin Care ~ An Interview with Kelly George, RN and Business Owner Extraordinaire

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Marie’s 23 Questions are designed to raise the profile of experts in the skincare and cosmetic industry.

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The skincare field and beauty industry is often known to be superficial; at SkinScience, we want to shine a light on leaders who are authentic and those who bring depth while raising awareness of what they do and who they really are.

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Kelly George is the Founder of Kelly George Aesthetics.  In just 3 years Kelly George Aesthetics has become one of the leading skin and anti-ageing destination of its kind. Kelly has successfully built her brand and seen rapid growth within her business. Kelly’s career in the medical aesthetics industry started in 2006 within a marketing role for one of the top pharmaceutical companies.   

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Now, as a Registered Cosmetic Nurse, Kelly has more than 12 years’ experience in the industry.  She has successfully combined her business and marketing abilities with her clinical skills to drive what is considered one of the most successful anti-ageing clinics in Australia.

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Kelly George answers Marie’s 23 Questions 

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1. In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing the cosmetic skincare industry?

Social Media – people with very little knowledge can present themselves as “experts”. Consumers don’t know who’s reputable and who’s not. Don’t believe everything you see on Instagram!

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2. Name one thing on your bucket list.

Living in New York City for a period.

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3. Do you have any regrets in your life, what are they?

Bleaching my hair when I was 17! Yellow hair was not a good look on me.

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4. What is your greatest extravagance?

Champagne. I never buy sparkling wine. It doesn’t need to be a special occasion for champagne in our house!

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5. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?  

“Literally”. I also terribly overuse exclamation marks in texts!

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6. What is your current state of mind?

Excited – I’m sitting in the Qantas Business Lounge waiting to board a flight to LA!

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7. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?

Wear Sunscreen – not just on your face, hands get old too!

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8. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being in a CLEAN room, on a comfy lounge, with my hubby, both my kids, my dogs, a bottle of champagne and an Adam Sandler movie playing in the background.

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9. What is your greatest fear?

Not being able to protect my kids from the world if ever necessary.  

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10. Which historical figure would you most like to meet?

Princess Diana.

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11. Which living person do you most admire?

My 11-year old son – he is the kindest person you’ll ever meet.

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12. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I’d like to stress less.

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13. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Creating the life I have – which is the life I always wanted growing up.

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14. What do you most value in your friends?

That they understand I’m busy, but know I still love them.

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15. Who are your heroes in real life?

The doctors from “Botched” (@drdubrow, @drpaulnassif) – I would work for them for free just to be in their presence!!

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16. What is your motto?

No-one needs to frown!

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17. Describe yourself in one word.

Driven.

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18. What is your favorite skincare product?

Retinol.

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19. What excites you about your career?

Helping people! When a patient has suffered from a serious skin condition for years and I can resolve it, it is genuinely life changing for them and I LOVE being able to do that for people.

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20. How do you relax after a stressful day?

A glass of wine and my dogs on my lap.

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21. How does your background shape your outlook?

My background is the reason for my drive and determination, and because of my background – my goals are big!

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22. What is your favorite part about being a business owner?

Creating a brand and a culture within my clinic that everyone loves – people always say they love coming to the clinic because it “makes them feel good”. That’s what I envisaged and I’ve made it happen.

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23. What do you look for in the people you hire?

There are so many things that can be taught, but you can’t teach honesty, reliability and passion – so those things are a must!

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Changing the Face of Skin Care ~ An Interview with Dr. Shino Bay Aguilera, aesthetic dermatologist + spiritual advisor

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Marie’s 23 Questions are designed to raise the profile of experts in the skincare and cosmetic industry.

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The skincare field and beauty industry is often known to be superficial; at SkinScience, we want to shine a light on leaders who are authentic and those who bring depth while raising awareness of what they do and who they really are.

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Dr. Shino Bay Aguilera is a world renowned, multi-award winning cosmetic dermatologist, dermatologic surgeon, and cosmetic laser expert. He is also the publisher and author of the Amazon bestselling book “Be Youthful”, a practical guide for patients to stay youthful in mind, body and spirit.

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Dr. Aguilera is the creator of multiple signature techniques utilizing various dermal fillers and travels the globe to train his colleagues internationally in aesthetic medicine. In additional to his extensive medical knowledge in aesthetic medicine, Dr. Aguilera is highly regarded as a motivational speaker and spiritual advisor, always returning to his passion for people.

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@ShinoBayDerm (Professional)

@ShinoBay (personal)

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 Dr. Shino Bay Aguilera answers Marie’s 23 Questions

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1.       What leadership lessons have you learned?

That if you treat people with kindness, it will always come back to you.

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2.       Name one thing on your bucket list.

I don’t need a bucket list because I live my life to the fullest.

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3.       Do you have any regrets in your life, what are they?

Everything, whether good or bad, has become a life lesson for me, so no, I don’t have any regrets.

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4.       Where do you hope to be 15 years from now?

In my own tiki bar making cocktails for people.

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5.       When have you felt the most proud?

When I came to the United States.

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6.       What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

That I am terrified of cucarachas.

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7.       What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from, and why was it so special?

The opportunity to be a father, and of course, my partner, Alejandro.

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8.    What is your greatest extravagance?

SHOES! I love shoes.

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9.    What do you like most about your appearance?

I like that I’m an ethnic mix which makes me look exotic

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10.    Which words or phrases do you most overuse?  

Celebrating life, soul, family, love and light.

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11.    What is your idea of perfect happiness?

That everyone would get along that it would be like a big celebration of life every day. 😊

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12.    What is your greatest fear?

Being mediocre.

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13.    Which historical figure would you most like to meet?

Alexander the Great and Abraham Lincoln.

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14.    Which living person do you most admire?

Don Ruiz Miguel, the author of The Four Agreements.

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15.    What is one of your biggest pet peeves?

When people gossip.

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16.    If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would learn how to say “no” more often.

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17.    What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Making my dreams of becoming an aesthetic dermatologist a reality.

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18.    What is your most treasured possession?

My memories are my most treasured possessions.

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19.    Who are your heroes in real life?

Loren Psaltis and my grandmother.

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20.    What do you most dislike?

Mean people.

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21.    What is your favorite skincare product?

H.A. Intensifier from SkinCeuticals

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22.    What excites you about your career?

Having the opportunity to make my patients look and feel better about themselves.

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23.    How do you relax after a stressful day?

BAILANDO!!!!

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Changing The Face of Skin Care ~ An Interview with Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Michael Kassardjian

 

Marie’s 23 Questions are designed to raise the profile of experts in the skincare and cosmetic industry.

 

The skincare field and beauty industry is often known to be superficial; at SkinScience, we want to shine a light on leaders who are authentic and those who bring depth while raising awareness of what they do and who they really are.

 

Dr. Michael Kassardjian specializes in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology and is a supporter of humanitarian causes. He has personally traveled extensively to various parts of the world on medical missions to provide aid to individuals who do not have access to healthcare.

Dr. Kassardjian is passionate in the advocacy for early detection of skin cancer and treatment and is dedicated to the importance of maintaining and improving healthy skin, and utilizes various techniques ranging from injectables, peels and cosmetics to meet his patient’s needs. He is always striving for each patient to have a great experience.

 

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Dr. Kassardjian answers Marie’s 23 Questions 

 

1.What leadership lessons have you learned?

To include everyone and to work together – you’ll always accomplish more that way.

 

2. Name one thing on your bucket list?

To do a medical mission to Armenia.

 

3. Where do you hope to be 15 years from now?

I hope to be doing what I’m doing today. Helping people in all aspects of their skin. Hopefully I’ll have done more outreach and medical missions by then.

 

4. When have you felt the most proud?

The first time I saw my son.  

 

5. What is your greatest extravagance?

Vinyl, scotch and travel.

 

6. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?  

Those are marks of wisdom (when referring to age spots).

 

7. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?

Not to worry so much about the future, to live in the moment and to know that things will all work out the way they are meant to be. Actually, I still need this advice…

 

8. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being with my family unplugged from all technology.

 

9. Which historical figure would you most like to meet?

Nelson Mandela, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mohammed Ali.

 

10. What is one of your biggest pet peeves?

The price of prescription medications.

 

11. Where would you most like to live?

I would like to split time between Los Angeles, Barcelona, Montreal and Cannes.  

 

12. What do you most value in your friends?

The people I can always laugh with, no matter what’s going on.

 

13. What is your motto?

A great attitude becomes a great mood. A great mood becomes a great day. A great day becomes a great year. A great year becomes a great life.

 

14. Describe yourself in one word.

Persistent.

 

15. What excites you about your career?

The variety – I can be removing a skin cancer, a minute later doing Botox, and then seeing a baby. I enjoy having the opportunity to work with great people and to get to know my patients personally.

 

16. Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Bond, James Bond.

 

17. What is your greatest fear?

Not living my life to its fullest.

 

18. How do you relax after a stressful day?

Playing basketball, boxing or working out or listening to old vinyls.

 

19. Do you speak any foreign languages?

Armenian and Spanish.

 

20. How does your background shape your outlook?

I grew up in a big close knit family and played sports all my life. That has helped me work with others and work together. I grew up in a family of very caring people (always volunteering in local hospitals, etc). This helps me care for others and be involved in volunteer work.

 

21. What is your favorite part about being a dermatologist?

Skin is the largest organ of your body and when you look carefully at it, you can diagnose internal disease, and assess nutrition and lifestyle. It’s a window to the inside. Also the variety as mentioned – medicine, surgery and cosmetics – technology is always evolving.  

 

22. In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing our industry?

People who are not trained in the field properly and doing procedures they are not qualified to do.

 

23. What do you look for in the people you hire?

Team players – the office works together and everyone is important and needs to come together for an office to be successful.

 

 

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Changing the Face of Skin Care ~ An Interview with Celebrity Dermatologist Dr. Jason Emer

Marie’s 23 Questions are designed to raise the profile of experts in the skincare and cosmetic industry.

 

The skincare field and beauty industry is often known to be superficial; at SkinScience, we want to shine a light on leaders who are authentic and those who bring depth while raising awareness of what they do and who they really are.

 

Dr. Jason Emer is a board-certified dermatologic surgeon behind some of Beverly Hill’s most defined bodies, impeccable skin, and chiseled facial features. He is an aesthetic visionary that dares to be different.

 

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Dr. Jason Emer answers Marie’s 23 Questions

 

  1. Describe yourself in one word.

Authentic.

 

  1. What does authenticity mean to you?

I’m a younger guy, working in a competitive industry and moved to LA from San Francisco with the goal to start my business and stand out as a successful dermatologist. I’ve been here now for four years, and in October, we will have an 8,000 sq. ft. building and over 30 employees.

 

This is because of persistence, drive, honesty, attention to detail, but ultimately, I think people come to me because they think I’m authentic. I always say, I’m a mid-west guy in a 90210 zip code. Maybe I don’t fit in here, but that’s perhaps one of the reasons people choose me. Being honest, truthful and caring is how I can stand out and be authentic.

 

  1. What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I’m a foodie and an excellent cook. People often see me either working out or at work; they don’t often see me eating. The two things I post online that get the most attention are my love for dogs (my Docksens), and when I go out to really nice restaurants.

 

  1. Which living person do you most admire?

Currently I would say it’s The Rock. He’s become super successful and a lot of it is because of his authenticity. He’s always giving back and is appreciative of his success. Persistence and drive got him to where he is now. [When asked in the interview, Dr. Jason Emer admits he has met The Rock.]

 

The other person would be Sylvester Stallone. He’s ahead of the game in film and cinematography and has always driven forward, despite any setbacks.

 

“We are in the selfie-era where social media filters and editing tools impact how people perceive each other. In the past, this was magazines airbrushing models. Now, it’s Instagram giving people a false sense of what we look like and providing unrealistic expectations.

 

When people come to us, we go above and beyond to explain what’s realistic, affordable and practical. It will become much more challenging, but fun at the same time.”

 

  1. Do you have any regrets in your life, what are they?

Not getting started on my own sooner. When I moved to LA, I joined a practice where my philosophies differed by my forward-thinking and thinking outside the box.

 

People started to include me in lectures and speaking opportunities, however, I didn’t conform to their conservative ideas. I’m also very forward on social media and in developing new techniques and technologies. Through this realization, I started my own practice.  I’ve been on my own since May; we’ve been escalating the new practice to be one of the most comprehensive cosmetic sites in the world for plastic surgery, dermatology, skincare, aftercare facilities, and anything someone might need in this regard.

 

  1. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?

Be careful who you confide in. You never know what people’s motives are, even though people say they love you for who you are. If you become more successful, you never know what could happen.

 

  1. What is your most distinctive characteristic?

Everybody says this, and it’s kind of crazy, but I have large nipples for a man. I’m always told this on social media when I post a picture of myself without a shirt.

 

  1. What is your motto?

My work philosophy is beauty without boundaries. I love making people happy and being able to fix things they haven’t been able to in the past, or with previous technologies. Sometimes people have tried everything and need to try something new. If all else has failed, I encourage them to visit me as I always try to figure out a solution, no matter what.

 

  1. What do you like most about your appearance?

My skin. I have really good clear skin and I inherited it from my dad. In fact, people sometimes think my dad is my brother. I never sit in the sun and use a multitude of skin products.

 

  1. What excites you about your career?

The biggest thing that excites me is that I do transformations and come up with combinations that nobody else does. We are always testing new waters and new boundaries and I’m always on the cusp of something new and cutting edge. It’s an incredibly exciting time where cosmetics are so rapidly changing.

 

For example, one year it’s the year of the lips (Kylie Jenner), the next year, it’s the year of the butt because of Nicki Minaj, and this year it’s the year of the jaw line because of celebs like Sandra Bullock and J-Lo. We are focused on what’s next to get ahead of the curve. Beauty is always changing and how people might feel about themselves is never going to change. People will want to have treatments done by someone who they can trust and someone who can help them change the way they feel about themselves.

 

  1. What do you look for in the people you hire?

Loyalty, skill, honesty, education and dedication. Friendship is also important. People want a steady team in this industry.

 

  1. What is one of your biggest pet peeves?

If someone must be told more than once to do something right. Bad work ethic or people that don’t learn from their mistakes. I have to be on the ball; people come to me when they have had mistakes happen like botched surgeries or burns, and I’m often the one to fix these mistakes. Ultimately my pet peeve is people who are not detail oriented.  

 

  1. How do you relax after a stressful day?

The gym and working out. I enjoy boxing. I also like getting massages.

 

  1. In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing this industry?

The expectations are so unrealistic in today’s world. It has to do with the selfie-era and the filter-era where everything is so exaggerated such as a jaw line or smooth skin. Reality is distorted today with social media. Our image of perfection is now unrealistic, in my opinion. We are now doing work on people with higher expectations.

 

  1. What leadership lessons have you learned?

The biggest thing is to pay people compliments more and always be challenging, but not demeaning.

 

  1. What is your greatest extravagance?

Cars and watches. Specifically McLaren’s and Aston Martin’s. In terms of watches, my favorites are Hublot and Audemars Piguet (AP).

 

  1. What is your favorite part about being a dermatologic surgeon?

Seeing the happiness that I can give patients when we see improvements with their treatments. Our treatments are so diverse where we can provide many solutions: fillers, surgery and lasers. We have over 63 devices that can fix scars, tighten skin, remove fat, you name it.

 

  1. What is your favorite skincare product?

That’s a tough. Right now, I have two. One is called a Liquid Gold Serum by Restorsea, made with fish enzymes, and a silver moisturizer which is an anti-bacterial.

 

  1. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from, and why was it so special?

My best friend is extremely successful… money is nothing to him because he has so much. He is also the most giving person I have ever met. He gifted me a watch from his father’s collection and told me that all doctors who go to have a lecture must have a nice watch.

 

  1. When have you felt the most proud?

When we first started construction of the new office two months ago, I went to the site one night at the end of the day and did an Instagram live video.

 

I looked through the camera on the screen and was talking about the space, all the employees and everything we have accomplished.

 

I told my friends four years ago that I was moving from San Fran to LA, at the time, I had never been to LA in my life,  I had no idea what it was about, but felt in my heart they need a young vibrant, reputable dermatologist that pushes the limits and challenges everybody.

 

I came from having nothing. I had a 2003 Saturn Ion. Now I’m changing lives with over 30 employees and over 8,000 square feet. I literally started to cry because of what we accomplished in such a short amount of time.

 

  1. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I think the biggest thing is the practice and building a reputation in such a short time period. I have everyone from housewives to acne patients to successful celebrities come in.

 

People trust me and come to me from all walks of life and I feel very proud that I can quickly determine what someone wants and that I’m caring and honest and I don’t pushing anything on people. I actually don’t think people need anything when it comes to cosmetics; it’s about them. I love technology and if someone can benefit from that, I want to help them.

 

  1. Name one thing on your bucket list 

To visit both Fiji and Bali without having to be on my cell phone. Also, I think to have my own private jet one day.

 

  1. Where do you hope to be 15 years from now?

My idea is to be the next motivational speaker, similar to Tony Robbins, but to focus on helping other people who want to build their own businesses and become successful in this industry.

I want to have a trusted global brand where I teach practices and philosophies for the best skincare, aftercare, surgery, and the best in marketing in cosmetics and doctors.

 

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Interviews with Marie

Dr. Julie Russak, MD Answers Marie’s 23 Questions

 

 

Marie’s 23 Questions are designed to raise the profile of experts in the skincare and cosmetic industry.

The skincare field and beauty industry is often known to be superficial; at SkinScience, we want to shine a light on leaders who are authentic and those who bring depth while raising awareness of what they do and who they really are.

 

Dr. Julie Russak MD is a Board Certified Dermatologist, Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and founder of the Russak Dermatology Clinic in New York. Dr. Russak has received numerous honors and recognition of her clinical excellence, including being selected as a “New York Super Doctor” by The New York Times.

 

She has created a state-of-the art practice providing comprehensive care in medical and cosmetic dermatology and is a main resource to the media, including beauty editors, research analysts and journalists.

 

 

1. Which talent would you most like to have?

 

Not to dwell on the past.

 

 

2. Name one thing on your bucket list:

 

I’ve never been to Japan. I’d like to go there to ski, be in the presence of sacred trees and sit under a cherry blossom.

 

 

3. What does authenticity mean to you?

 

Being true to myself. I think we can unfortunately lose sight of who we are when we try and convey to others who we are not. We cannot please anyone if we are not pleased with ourselves first.

 

 

4. Where do you hope to be 15 years from now?

 

Living in Sardinia, or spending most of my time there.

 

 

5. When have you felt the most proud?

 

When I graduated from Medical School and when I held my first born in my hands. There are choices and sacrifices you make to have a career and especially as a woman. There were times in my life I worried if I’d ever have children.

 

 

6. What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

 

You may be surprised to know that I am of this stature and can hunt. I grew up in Siberia and my father took me hunting. I may not always have the time to do so, but I can grill a mean whole fish too!

 

 

7. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from, and why was it so special?

 

The best gift I’ve ever received is from my husband – and it is always travel. We don’t exchange material gifts, only travel. He took me to Tuscany recently, late in the fall when the tourists were gone and it was quieter. The waiter at the hotel we were staying in, guided us to chairs just outside overlooking nothing.

He brought drinks back and said, “this is the most beautiful view,” but we looked at him puzzled. It was no spectacular view. He then said something I will never forget, which is, “it’s the most beautiful view of nothing and everything.”

 

 

8. What is your greatest extravagance?

 

Shoes!

 

 

9. What do you like most about your appearance?

 

As women, it is very hard to hone in on the things we actually like about ourselves, isn’t it? I’d have to say my posture. As a gymnast, I worked very hard to get it and work even harder now to keep it.

 

 

10. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

 

You’d have to ask my nurses.

Nurses: “Older and wiser” and “You are so cute.” She uses these phrases a lot.

 

 

11. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

 

Perfect happiness to me is being in the presence of my loved ones, with a good book, and a view of nothing and everything.

 

 

12. What is your greatest fear?

 

Not having enough time. There’s still so much I want to do.

 

 

13. What is one of your biggest pet peeves?

 

Unfinished anything, traffic, and lacking a good skincare regimen.

 

 

14. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would you choose to come back as?

 

A Bonsai tree. They are so peaceful.

 

 

15. What is your most treasured possession?

 

My passport.

 

 

16. What is your most distinctive characteristic?

 

The girls (my staff) say my blonde hair.

 

 

17. Describe yourself in one word.

 

Can I cheat and say three? Driven, compassionate and attentive.

 

 

18. What is your favorite skincare product?

 

Revision’s DEJ eye cream. I don’t travel without it- not even to and from work.

 

 

19. What excites you about your career?

 

I often see patients who see faults in themselves. So there’s a special moment after treatment when, they look at themselves in the mirror and feel beautiful. Being able to make a difference in someone’s life in a positive way is deeply rewarding.

 

 

20. How do you relax after a stressful day?

 

A glass of Hourglass Cabernet and a good book.

 

 

21. How does your background shape your outlook?

 

It is easier to see what you want in life when you’ve never had it.

 

 

22. What is your favorite part about being a dermatologist?

 

Talking with my patients. They are some of the most fascinating people.

 

 

23. In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing your industry?

 

Commercialization of patient-doctor relationships. I still strive to preserve what patient-doctor relationship used to be. Quality over quantity is my highest priority.

 

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