Medical Aesthetics FACE®

Caring for my skin just got easier

Clinical Skin Care Program, Harker Heights, Texas

Anna D. Rinehart has garnered international recognition for her forging a concept and vision for the Practice of Medical Aesthetics based on the void of clinical skin care procedures and protocols not presently performed in the mainstream health care system. The practice of Facial Aesthetics only gave the fundamental principles of “beautifying the skin” while “Medical Aesthetics” was developed based on a recognized need for providing  interdisciplinary sound evidence-based protocols.  “Nursing” does not address medical-aesthetics within their standardized nursing education. She established an intermediate skin care specialist role based on the five pillars of Medical Aesthetics through beauty, health, medicine, prevention and maintenance.

Prior to her researching, writing and publishing the “Fundamentals and Practice of Medical Aesthetics” in 1994, there were no road maps for nurses, aestheticians or physicians. It began with a journey where no recognized skin care professional was clinically equipped to intercede for the young girl or boy seeking relief from their acneic conditions. It evolved into a set of proven skin care procedures and protocols that could alleviate, minimize and many cases eradicate various skin care qualms that were real, large or small and in some cases, imagined.

She traveled to New York, Boston, Birmingham, Alabama and Texas to discuss her vision for Medical Aesthetics. Discussing her vision with the facial plastic surgeons, Dr. John J. Conally of Manhattan, New York and Dr. Plez Tinsley of Ithaca, New York gave her the encouragement that her vision for Medical Aesthetics was a valid concept that could positively impact society at large. Dr. Charles N. Verheyden, Chief of Plastic Surgery at Scott and White Hospital encouraged Anna D. not to stop her research and clinical practice. Dr. Charles Day, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Seton Medical Center, in Harker Heights contributed to her first book.

Anna D. recognized that prior to her documentation of a  medical aesthetics specialty of assessing the skin and facial analysis formulae; the only option that a client had to choose for their general aesthetic concerns of oily, dry, combination and normal complexion was based on the beauty industry selling high priced products with minimal active ingredients but beautifully packaged. Anna D. became alarmed that the main individual that instructed the masses of young women for their skin was most always, a “beauty consultant “with no formal education outside of their product company of which they represented.  She also recognized that the adult woman needed comprehensive clinically- oriented skin care plans to address various medical-aesthetic concerns such as an aging skin appearance, rosacea, seborrhea, non-laser tattoo removal process,  thickened-rough texture oily skin conditions, hyperpigmentation, mild scarring from acne or chicken pox, active signs of acne scars as well as stretch marks, facial disfigurement acquired from MVA (motor vehicle accidents), cleft lip and palate, asymmetry of facial features from Bells Palsy, post mastectomy breast areolas and many other skin assessments included caring for the skin beyond product pushing, medications and the surgeon’s scalpel.

Mainstream dermatologists were focused on skin disease but, generally, were not concerned about the aesthetic needs of a client. Dermatologists were willing to refer many cosmesis-aesthetic concerns to the plastic surgeon.   While working as a nurse within a plastic surgeons office in 1984 she recognized a void in traditional patient care, what services exist between plastic surgery and a salon facial? Unless a woman had a comprehensive skin care treatment plan prior to their surgery, then the woman would literally be left with a tightly sucked, tucked and nipped face. It still needed to have a personalized skin management plan to provide a healthier radiant skin surface. Cosmetic surgery along with a clinical skin care specialist offers the client choices for their skin care needs.

Anna D. Rinehart developed the first Medical Aesthetics Clinical Skin Care Training Program at Scott and White Hospital in 1990. She continued the program in private practice at Central Texas Clinical Skin Care Center and teaching through Central Texas College until 2001. She joined the staff at Metroplex Adventist Health System in 2010. She has recently relocated her practice at Seton Medical Pavilion in Harker Heights. Her clients span from Dallas, Austin, Georgetown, Temple, Lampasas, Killeen, Waco, Lampasas and Copperas Cove.

Anna D. Rinehart is presently working achieving her Divinity Degree at Andersonville Theological Seminary. She is preparing for becoming a true servant of the Lord; going where he wants her to go, saying what he wants her say and acknowledging One Lord, One true God as she moves with each step of his plan for her life.