Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamie Comstock.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Medicine has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Both of my parents are physicians, and I grew up thinking that I would go to medical school. My mom is dermatologist that began a cosmetic and procedural dermatology practice over 20 years ago. She stopped taking insurance to focus on skin health, injectables, and lasers – before it was as popular as it is now. In high school, I started working at Skin Spectrum and watched her transform her patient’s skin, which would enhance their confidence. Patients would come into the office so happy, singing praises about how incredible they felt and how my mom was a magician. I became obsessed with skincare, health, and anti-aging and the psychological impact it had on well-being. Aesthetics and anti-aging were different than traditional medicine – this industry was cutting edge and it was about transforming lives.
I wanted to go to medical school, but I also had a passion for business and sales. I loved the niche arena encompassing medicine, cosmetics and business. I followed my heart and ultimately weaved both medicine and business into my career. After great deliberation between the choice of business and medicine, I graduated with a business degree from Eller Business School at UofA. I had also taken all the pre-med courses. This would allow me to keep options open in the business and medical worlds and simultaneously study areas I enjoyed.
I worked for three years in sales and loved it, but there was something missing. That’s when I knew I wanted to actually see patients and use my passion to change their lives. This is when I went to school to be a Physician Assistant. While working, I quietly applied to become a Physician Assistant. I knew at that point if I went to PA school and did my masters in aesthetic medicine, I would be able to have a complete scope of an aesthetic medicine practice, while additionally allowing me to have more responsibilities to diagnose and prescribe medications. This was an early time where the Physician Assistant field and cosmetics were both starting to evolve and I was fortunate to get into both arenas at a young age. It was exciting and simultaneously unsettling as I weaved my way into my career through following my heart with my passions.
I worked at my mom’s practice, Skin Spectrum, in Tucson, where I had the best training I could have. But I had this vision of going to a larger city and building something new. I was in Scottsdale and met Dr. Bryan Gawley, an incredible Plastic Surgeon that was really looking to add skincare to his surgical practice. He was so busy seeing his own patients. He needed to partner with someone that could help execute his vision of collaborating plastic surgery with skincare. I joined his team six years ago and now I am the clinical director of MDSkinLounge. We have opened 2 locations – one in North Scottsdale and one in old town Scottsdale. It has been a lot of work, but I have loved every second of it!
Not only do I get to work with an incredible team and see patients all day, I am also a clinical trainer for both Allergan (makers of Botox cosmetic, the Juvederm family of fillers, and Kybella), and Galderma (the makers of Dysport, Sculptra and the Resytlane family of fillers). I also do consulting work and speak for skincare companies including SkinBetter, Skin Medica, Skinceuticals, and Colorescience.
Although I have been involved with skincare and wellness for years, I am just getting started! What I am most excited about in the next five years is the introduction of newer technology to provide safe, non-invasive treatments and continuing to grow MDSkinLounge. We will expand with services for consistent skin care treatments to achieve optimal results. The concept of “pre-juvenation” is wildly growing and people want to start doing things at a younger age to prevent aging before it happens!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest challenge for me was the decision to leave Tucson and come to Scottsdale. Leaving a premier aesthetic practice with an incredible reputation to start over again in a new city was a big risk for me. But I couldn’t be happier with how it panned out.
Social media is another challenge in this industry. I take a lot of pride in my work and I can’t help but get frustrated on the poor quality of aesthetic medicine that is out there. The amount of Instagram followers a provider has does not correlate to the quality of their work. I recommend that everyone does serious due diligence when selecting a provider that is going to do work on their face. It’s worth the money to invest in having it done correctly the first time.
Understanding that injectables, lasers and skincare are an art is necessary for patients to understand. It is not a cookie-cutter treatment for everyone. What works for one person may not be the best option for the next person. It is important to see a provider that had excellent training but also has an artistic eye for beauty.
Some people may view that aesthetic industry as superficial and that looking your best should not be a priority. But it is so much more intricate than that. Every patient I see has a story and a reason why they want to look better. Whether a patient just went through a divorce, reentering the workforce, or has a school reunion coming up, their visit to my practice often represents change in their life. I make sure that I get to know a patient to find out why they want to feel better about themselves and this helps guide the treatment plan. Medicine is inside and outside.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about MDSkinLounge – what should we know?
I am a certified Physician Assistant, specializing in Cosmetic Dermatology. I partnered with Dr. Bryan Gawley, a phenomenal plastic surgeon in Scottsdale because we both had the vision of opening a medical spa that focuses on skin health and wellness. We opened our first MDSkinLounge location in North Scottsdale 4 years ago and opened the second location in Old Town Scottsdale last year. We also had an additional renown plastic surgeon join us, Dr. Raman Mahabir, and have grown with a well-trained supportive staff.
I believe I am most known for creating natural-looking results with fillers, Botox and lasers. Injections are about preserving youth, balancing facial structures and enhancing your natural beauty. They are not about completely changing your face or trying to look like a different person. Everyone has their own unique beauty, and I’m here to help maintain and enhance that beauty.
I strive on continuing to grow and educate myself. This industry is always evolving. My mission is to stay cutting edge and learn the best technologies to give my patients the safest and superior results.
I believe health and beauty are closely connected. Your skin’s appearance reveals a great deal about one’s overall well-being. The best skincare involves a holistic approach to your lifestyle, including exercise, diet, sleep, and even happiness.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was a very happy child that loved learning and playing sports, especially tennis. I was a good friend to everyone and did not like confrontation. My parents would say that I was the stereotype first-child: Followed all the rules, straight A’s, focused, and competitive with myself. I am very independent and personally motivated. I was a “silent” leader – I would follow my heart and do what I love – and to my surprise, people would follow.
One thing I have learned is to follow your heart even if it doesn’t make practical sense or not what’s commercially successful. It is important to focus on the process, not the outcome. We are accumulations of our pathways and it makes us more interesting, valuable and happy when we do what is the combination of our natural talents, natural skills and what we desire to learn……. It is our sweet spot. Understanding how to get to that sweet spot was an aha moment for me.
- Consultation – $150, which can be applied to services
- Membership pricing – $149 per month
- Website: www.mdskinlounge.com
- Phone: 520-429-2459
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: jamie_comstock
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