We had the good fortune of connecting with Mary Lynn Eichert and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mary Lynn, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
The pursuit of a creative or artistic career was never my goal, but more of a byproduct of who I am. When I was much younger, I was passionate about and excelled in art. Upon graduating I was even offered a scholarship to an art program, but pragmatism, and looking back, a bit of destiny, got the best of me, when I chose to forgo the offer, and pursue a degree– and subsequent career– in nursing. After graduating in 2004, I began working in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Throughout the course of the year long preceptorship for the NICU, I worked a second job at a med spa in San Juan Capistrano, Ca. I continued working in the NICU full time for many years while simultaneously working part time at a med spa. The more I learned about aesthetics, the deeper my dedication grew. As more time passed, I began to see and understand aesthetics as this serendipitous, interdisciplinary intersection of the skills I was developing, my love for helping people, and my passion for creativity. Over the next 15 years, I left the NICU, obtained my masters in nursing, perfected my toolkit, and more recently, teamed up with my medical director to open my own boutique style medical spa, where we are able to realize a vision that interprets aesthetic goals as a means for allowing clients to see how beautiful they are, inside and out. I’ve often wondered how different my life would be if I had taken that art scholarship in lieu of a nursing degree. Undoubtedly, I would have found an even deeper appreciation and love of the arts, in the classical sense, but may have always been missing that piece of realism, which I found to beautifully complement my innate artistic abilities.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My career in aesthetics started 15 years ago. The career with the second medical spa I worked for started in 2008 and lasted 11 years. During my time here, we grew from a 2 nurse operation to 3 locations and 25 providers. Not only was I just seeing my own patients, but i also took on more of a leadership role, training and mentoring the other providers. The experience I gained in my 11 years with this med spa was invaluable. Not only was I afforded the opportunity to learn and train under some of the most well known trainers in my field, but I was working in one of the busiest med spas in the country which allowed me to become an expert myself. It was not always easy, and the decision to leave did not come easy. Stepping out of my comfort zone after 11 years at the same company, was definitely scary and leaving behind all the providers that I been a mentor for, made for a difficult decision. I’ve never been a big “risk taker” in business but the time had come to step out on my own and apply all the things I’d learned over the years to my own practice. With the encouragement of friends and family, I decided to take on the challenge and can honestly say I’ve never been happier. Every new business comes with obstacles and mine was no different but the one thing I’ll say is that I have been able face and overcome these obstacles with a new found sense of inspiration. I’ve always put my heart and soul into my work, but it’s different now. Now I’m working for my own business and for the success of me and my partner, and that’s a much more rewarding use of my energy! One thing I want people to recognize about my brand is how much I strive to achieve and maintain beautiful but also natural results for my patients. I see many different ages and faces, and each one is unique and I want to keep it that way. I prefer to keep my patients friends and family guessing about what they’ve done to look so good, vs. an overdone obvious approach. The most important thing to me is that my patients trust me and my expertise and therefore providing safe, beautiful and maintainable outcomes is priority. When I meet a new patient, I expect we are going to forge a long term relationship that involves a plan to preserve their natural features and elevate and restore younger, more vibrant appearance.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting San Diego, I’d be thrilled to show her around our beautiful city. Some of this itinerary would be pre pandemic since many of our favorite spots and activities are not readily available these days. One of my favorite parts of San Diego is little Italy. I would start with breakfast at morning glory, followed by a walk down by the water to the Embarcadero. I am a foodie so many of my favorite spots include restaurants! After our walk we would head to head to The Prado in balboa park for lunch and try to get a seat on the outdoor terrace. Later on we would have happy hour cocktails at Puesto at the headquarters, not only are their margaritas amazing but their tacos are to die for. The following day would consist of touring around La Jolla visiting the shops and beaches, having pedicures and facials. For dinner we’d go back to little Italy and eat at my favorite spot, Barbusa. There are so many things to do in San Diego it’s hard to choose!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This is a tough question to answer fairly because there have been so many influential people in my journey. I would like to give a shout out though to my friend Mena Mesdaq. She is PA in my field and since I branched out on my own has been incredibly supportive of me. I think there’s something to be said for women supporting other women, especially when they’re technically “competition”. She has been open about her experiences and helped me to navigate through the process much more gracefully! I’ve had many mentors and have a net work of friends who have supported me throughout the years, to share all of them would be nearly impossible, but one other person I would like to give recognition to, would be Kelly Fritz at Ladida sugaring. She has been a successful business owner for many years and now I have the pleasure of working closely with her and her tenacity and genuine passion for her patients, her staff and her craft, is obvious and contagious. I am very grateful to have her in my corner.

Website: Www.alignmedicalaesthetics.com
Instagram: nursemary_alignmedical

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