Growing up I was always biting and picking my nails. The habit followed me throughout college, and I was always ashamed of how my fingers looked. When I finished my masters degree and began my first job as a physician assistant I knew I had to do something about it. I had to look like a professional. So for the last 4-5 years I went to a nail salon at least once a month for a gel or powder dip manicure.
Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for that special PA, nurse, or doctor in your life? I have a few of those in my life (including myself), so I’ve curated a a guide with products that I know I would love to receive, and some that I plan to gift!
We all have that one friend who stops eating carbs and works out every single day while she prepares for her wedding. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with wanting to be in the best shape of your life for that special day. I mean, you'll only take thousands of photos in a dress that you'll only wear once. But don't neglect your beautiful face which is equally (if not more) important! These are my tips for healthy glowing skin for the bride-to-be. But honestly, these are my skincare essentials, upcoming wedding or not!
This blog post was originally supposed to be a comparison of Rodan + Fields Lash Boost to prescription-only Latisse. Both of these are supposed to lead to longer, fuller, darker appearing lashes. I was supposed to tell you why Lash Boost is a much better alternative, and then send you over to my consultant page so that you can purchase one (and I make commission).
After reading many positive reviews I had to give this Deciem Hylamide product a try. Deciem is the same company that makes The Ordinary products, and I liked the few that I have tried. This is called a “finisher”, but the description of the product indicates many other ways that it can be used. The overall effect should be a “blurring” of imperfections for a flawless finished look.
I love answering Pre-PA questions. I invite any and all inquiries, and for that reason I do get a lot of them and understandably many asking the same questions. Because it’s time consuming to individually respond to each question and because I often give the same response, I decided to make a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) blog post.
I worked as a physician assistant (PA) in family medicine for 3 years prior to becoming a dermatology PA. Dermatology was always my ultimate goal, but I wanted to broaden my knowledge in general medicine before specializing. I thought that family medicine would be a good way to do that, and it absolutely was! And now that I am working in dermatology I can reflect on how it prepared me for this specialty as well.
Glycolic acid is an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) that is used for gentle exfoliation of the skin surface. It’s derived from cane sugar. It works by breaking down the cohesiveness of the outermost layer of skin, the stratum corneum, to reveal a newer and healthier skin layer that is smooth and more evenly toned.
As promised I wanted to write a post about my experience from the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) that I attended while in college, currently known as Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP).
This post is for those who are considering a job in family medicine straight out of PA school. I started my first job 3 years ago in family medicine. I spent one year at the first practice, and I have been at my current practice in family medicine for 2 years.
Word on the street is that CASPA opens up in a few days! I’m feeling really old because I submitted my applications back in 2011, so I couldn’t tell you much about CASPA. I do want to help pre-PAs in any way I can though, and writing has always been my forte. So I am going to give some advice about the personal statement.
So let me preface by saying I really did not know what hyaluronic acid was until pretty recently. And the name definitely fooled me. I have been using acid peels on my face, such as glycolic acid and salicylic acid.
I recently did an Q&A for @meghaninmedicine 's blog. I explain how I learned about the PA profession and why I became a PA. I also describe what it's like working in family medicine, specifically what I like and dislike about it.
I recently was snooping around my little sister’s products, and I saw Differin gel, which I always knew to be a prescription-only acne medication. I assumed she saw a dermatologist who prescribed it to her. But she told me that she purchased it at Target!
Most young adults avoid going to the doctor's office. We feel that we simply don't have enough time. Or we assume our ailments will subside on their own. Google and WebMD are reasonable alternatives, right?
Microdermabrasion is a skin resurfacing procedure typically done in a medical office or spa. It’s commonly used to reduce the appearance of acne scarring, skin discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles, and to reduce blackheads and enlarged pores.
Physician assistants are healthcare professionals who practice medicine in both inpatient and outpatient settings. This includes obtaining a patient’s medical history, performing physical exams, ordering and interpreting laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging, diagnosing, and treating.
Let me start off by saying I didn’t go into PA school thinking that I would work in family medicine. I even purchased a cheaper stethoscope with the thought that I wouldn’t use it once I graduated (it’s the same stethoscope I use now).
One thing I am a bit obsessed with is skin care. I'm always trying to find out how to get rid of acne and scarring, and improve skin texture and overall complexion. Medicated face washes can help. Face washes containing salicyclic acid, glycolic acid, etc. are great, but they need to stay on the skin longer than just a few seconds to really get results.
When Jaanuu Scrubs reached out to me to try out their new Hudson Collection of scrubs it could not have been a more appropriate time. Well really, any time they reach out to me with free scrubs I do a little happy dance because they are the most stylish in the game.
It’s no secret that Medelita lab coats are my absolute favorite. My office provides me exactly 11 embroidered lab coats (why 11 I have no idea) from a company that I won’t name, but those 11 lab coats essentially hang in my office taking up space. They’re baggy, wrinkled, and they have threads hanging out of them. I only wear them when my Medelita coats need to be cleaned.
I've called out the most comfortable scrubs I've ever worn before, and I've called out the best quality scrubs I've come across as well. While these Jaanuu scrubs are both comfortable and high quality, they win a different category: style. These scrubs scream: "I'm not a regular healthcare professional, I'm a cool healthcare professional".