As many of you know, my name is not Grace. It is Brittany, Brit, Ginger, Ginge, BMW, BM, Mac, Millie or if you’re mad at me Brittany Marie. Grace Riley, is named after my two nieces who are the epitome of beauty and youth, with a little bit of sass (OK a lot of sass!).
Many people have asked how I became interested and started to pursue a career in medical aesthetics. I am creating this blog as an area of information for my clients but also as a means to help people better understand what it is that I do. At the end of the day, I do not pretend to be a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon and I am well aware of my limitations. As a nurse practitioner, you often find yourself trapped between knowing too much and feeling as though you do not know enough. There are always going to be those people who do not agree with the things that you choose to pursue and that’s OK! For all of those people, there are twice as many who are willing to help you achieve your dreams and aspirations. The hardest part is finding them and OF COURSE, getting started.
I have always been a dreamer: an artistic person full of life, creativity and personality. Nursing keeps me grounded. It is one of my biggest passions and how I identify myself, as most nurses do. I chose to become a nurse practitioner as a means to a better work life balance. I ended up working more hours with added responsibility, weekends and on-call. I was managing an extremely large and complex patient assignment and found myself burnt out. I knew something had to change, I just did not know what. While I was always interested in dermatology I knew I did not want to excise lesions and express purulent material all day. Although, they do much, much, much more than this and I have great respect for them this is just the picture in my head when I think of myself working in dermatology (think Dr. Pimple Popper).
I had been tossing around the idea of doing medical aesthetics but it was not until I sought out my own treatments did I realize this could be a possibility. Personally, I did not want to see a plastic surgeon and felt overwhelmed and uncomfortable making an appointment with their clinic. It can be embarrassing even for a medical professional to seek out treatments that are so often judged by others. Treatments for issues that bothered me like my new-found wrinkles and adult acne that appeared out of no-where! It was this realization that got me thinking I can do this, I can help other woman and people look and feel more confident. After all, how great would it be to make people feel better about themselves while also utilizing my artistic eye and professional abilities? For me, Grace Riley Aesthetics is literally A DREAM COME TRUE!
But.... You’re ONLY a Nurse Practitioner
So much of medicine is a collaborative approach, this is no different. Like with anything else there are differences in the approaches of a physician and a nurse practitioner. Physicians are scientists they are a wealth of knowledge and an extremely valuable resource to you. Nurse Practitioners are founded from a profession based on caring, compassion and experience not to be confused with ignorance and incompetence. You need to surround yourself with knowledgeable professionals who will help and advance your career. People who you will come to respect, will respect you and you will value as mentors. I have been very lucky in this regard. Don’t ever stop learning! If you think you have learned everything, learn again. Always think of the worst possible outcome and learn how to fix it.
My Hope For You!
I hope that I will be able to provide you with a personal experience. In turn, helping you to feel more confident about yourself. I look forward to meeting you and finding more about how I can help you!