Well, I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1960, and in that time my entire family lived there. When I was 6 years old, my immediate family moved to Denton, Texas, because my dad received a job as a professor at the University of North Texas. I was one of six children.
In high school. I went to Jesuit, in Dallas. My father attended Jesuit schools when he was a kid and felt he had a great education there. Some of the direction I got in high school sent me down the right path, and I took my education very seriously. From Jesuit, I accepted a full ride to the University of Dallas, which had an excellent pre-med program that gained me admission into the University of Texas at Houston medical school. When I accepted my family practice residency back in Cincinnati, I realized that somewhere along the way, I had become a Texan; and so after my residency, I moved back to Texas. At the time, I heard about a group of three doctors in Fort Worth and that one of them would be retiring soon. I interviewed with him, he handed over his practice to me, and now here I am, some 26 years later.
About 11 years ago, I overheard talk about laser hair removal. It piqued my interest, and so I attended a conference aimed at educating doctors on the laser hair removal technology. It was during this conference that I learned about a new aesthetic compound gaining traction in the medical community called "BOTOX®." I have always enjoyed artistic activities. As a child, I created countless works of art and even once designed a clay bust of myself, which I bronzed and my parents still have. Needless to say, BOTOX® reignited my passion for art, and it showed me a world where the medical and artistic meet.
The thing about aesthetics is there is no one specific procedure to make a dramatic impact—it's about putting it all together. Of course you can administer BOTOX® to alleviate someone's crows feet, but if their cheeks are still deflated or their temples are hollow or their skin is rough, then it just doesn't have the same effect. So I'd say my favorite service to provide is "the whole package." I look at somebody, I assess them, and then I decide what they will need over a period of time. Most likely this will start with BOTOX®, then transition into the use of some fillers, and then ultimately finish off the surface of the skin with our laser. What I like best about this method is that it allows me to observe people becoming older and older but looking better and better.
Constantly. Almost daily, in fact. I am always combing the Internet and browsing YouTube videos of other people to learn and pick out my favorite practices. But my exposure to the aesthetic frontier expands far past the Internet, if you can imagine that! I have attended lots and lots of meetings and tutorials, and I have met with countless specialists and internationally known injectors and aestheticians to hear and see from them how they do what they do. A world-renowned injector, and one of the best in the world, Dr. Mauricio de Maio met with me one-on-one to perform hands-on training. He walked me through his process and showed me exactly what he does to provide world-class results. I have met with expert injectors from California, Las Vegas, New York City, and Plano. I meet with the best because I want to be the best. It is always a constant goal of mine to be on the cutting edge.
One thing I would like clients to do when they come in is to not necessarily only have a strong idea of what they're expecting in their mind but to bring some photos of themselves from 10 or 20 years ago. That way we can have some idea of what we're shooting for because I feel the service I provide is all about creating a better you—not someone else.