Low Back Pain

Do you ever wake up in the morning and say “Oh, my aching back!” You think back and wonder how did I get into this predicament. All you know is that you have a sharp, shooting pain radiating down one side and cannot move. Any type of movement brings on excruciating pain, and you just want …

Exfoliation by a Medical Esthetician

Why would I see a medical esthetician? What are the over-and-above the services that I get here versus at my favourite spa? We get this question all the time. Estheticians offer relaxing and pampering non-invasive treatments that focus primarily on beauty. They often work in spas and offer diverse services that include …

Managing Stress

Stress is a natural part of life, a reaction to the everyday demands on our physical and mental energy. Under stress, the parasympathetic nervous system prepares the body for action –fight or flight, to handle the situation. Stress can be positive, such as planning a vacation, or negative, such as dealing with …

Community Health Corner

I was invited to speak at Kingston & Bingham Pharmasave on Saturday, April 8th on the topic of Acne and Rosacea. To my surprise and delight, it was a full house! I was well-prepared for my presentation, and it was a well-attended event with a diverse crowd of men and women, suffering from (or someone they know) the ravages of …

What’s in a Name?

There are a number of confusing terms in the Medical Esthetics field, and I hope this guide will help you decide which one is best for you. Esthetics: a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of art, beauty, and taste, with the creation and appreciation of beauty. Skin care is …

How To Protect Your Skin

Our skin is the largest organ in the human body. The one we give the least amount of thought too, until we are not looking the way we remember ourselves. It all starts to change from: exposure to the elements (sun, wind, rain, snow), air pollution, smoking, dehydration, stress. All lead to premature ageing. …

The Tipping Point

With apologies to William Shakespeare, To Tip or not to Tip, that is the question… There is currently a heated discussion on Facebook through one of our associations (RMTAO) on accepting tips. One of the members posted about the recent ruling by the CRA: about whether you are accepting tips but not reporting them and the possibility of …