The staff of Adonis Cosmetic Surgery & Spa share their Thanksgiving thoughts…
Elva – I am thankful for my family, friends, and health. My animals and job that keep me going. With every Thanksgiving that goes by, I am more blessed each year with stronger and more beautiful relationships.
Tracy – I am thankful for my family, my friends, my job, and the roof over my head……..Most of all my son Thomas, he gives me strength, he’s amazing and I am so proud of him!!!!!!!
Erica – I am Thankful for my health, family and friends and most of all, my wonderful son Chris!! He has been my right hand man since day one! Have a Blessed Holiday season!!
Adrianne – I am thankful for my health, my kids, family and friends.
Dr. Miguel Elias – In addition to a few great bottles of red wine I have in my rack, I’m grateful for all the gifts and abundance God has given me right here, right now!
The staff of Adonis Cosmetic Surgery & Spa share their Thanksgiving Thoughts
I am very thankful for my beautiful and amazing wife, wonderful and gifted children and great supportive extended family.
I am thankful for my family, especially my mom who has been released from her oncologist and has been cancer free for 5 years. I am also thankful for my wonderful son who still allows me to hug and kiss him in public even though he’s almost 14. And of course I can’t forget to mention all the beautiful, wonderful friends that give me strength, love and compassion
I am very thankful for all the amazing people I have in my life! I am very blessed with the most amazing, supportive family, loving boyfriend, and the best friends anyone could ask for!! I believe life is what you make it, but the people that surround you definitely have an impact. I am very thankful to be surrounded with such beautiful, genuine people!!
My family and their health, friends, and my opportunity to work at Adonis Cosmetic Surgery and Spa.
Dr. Rina Shinn, Medical Director, shares her gratitude list here.
We encourage you to read her powerful testimony about a health scare, financial burdans, incredible stress, daily chores and learning from our children who are able to laugh with thier heads tilted back and tears in their eyes. Things we can all relate to.
Favorite Skin care tip/wellness tip: If you are putting lotion on dry skin, you’re just softening dry skin, you have to exfoliate you skin, then moisturize it so the lotion and oils have somewhere to go.
Where did I go to school? I grew up in Evergreen, so there was only one high school. I have the greatest friends on earth from there to this day!!! I also went to IntelliTec College where I recieved My Associates in Medical Assisting.
Free time: Spend time with my 13 year old man child and family. Love the water so we go boating on the Res. a lot
Book on Your Nightstand: Something by James Patterson
Vacation spot: What’s a vacation? Love Hawaii, but would love to go to Bali!!
Favorite item in house: My bathroom, I could spend hours.
What do you want to say to future patients?
I look forward to being a part of their experience at Adonis Aesthetics!!!
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Big, exciting news here at Adonis Aesthetics! The staff at Adonis have been working 15 hour days to prepare for a Joint Commission survey and we passed! We are very excited to be the only office based surgery practice in Pueblo to be Joint Commission (JCAHO) accredited.
What does this mean? Adonis Aesthetics pursued this voluntary process to demonstrate their commitment to provide high quality care in a safe office environment. “I truly believe this is the way to ensure that we are safely conducting our patient care and that our patients can be reassured of the level of quality care they receive at our facility.”
We have been actively preparing for this initial survey since the end of June. This was an intense effort to meet more than 150 standards and also come up with almost 600 page policy and procedure manuals. It was at times exhausting, but immensely rewarding process for me as well as for my staff who sometimes pulled 15 hour days to prepare for the survey.
Dr. Shinn’s thanks her staff for working so hard to help Adonis Aesthetics pass this survey.
We just had a successful Initial Joint Commission survey and we are waiting for the final approval and a goal seal. I am profoundly relieved and grateful that we were able to complete the survey successfully. It was so daunting at times that I was truly discouraged and wondered if we would ever make it. There were many naysayers who pointed out that we couldn’t afford to do Joint Commission with our current strapped resources and that this was not at all necessary and that there are plenty of good doctors who operate without accreditation. I wanted to be sure that if we were claiming that we were doing the highest quality patient care and that our mission was to provide the type of surgery and procedures that our patients were assured of the highest quality, then we had to put money where our mouth was.
During the journey of over 5 months of preparing for the survey, I learned a lot about the commitment of our staff. We also had a lot of turnovers during that time that included a business manager, nurses, a receptionist, and a medical assistant. At some point, it felt like a game of musical chair with so many changes going on. Even with a stable staff, going through a JCAHO survey is a stressful and significant event as anyone who had to go through the survey will attest. To do this while there was such turmoil in human resources was, shall we say, insane. Through it all, however, I found a true family of coworkers who shared the same mission and commitment for what we do. It was clear that they were doing this not for the money or any immediate compensation, but for the passion they had for what they believed in.
Laurie came in to take the bull by the horn, figuratively speaking. She was an extremely competent office manager of different specialties for quite some time. She hasn’t had an experience of going through Joint Commission, however, and this was a great learning experience for her. She had an amazing insight into what the facility needed and what was required to meet the standard that we were preparing. The calm and organized way of approaching any crisis was refreshing and reassuring.
Shonna was the steam engine behind the whole operation. Her enthusiasm was always infectious and her bubbly personality was sunshine that permeated the whole office. She was an instructor for PCC Massage Therapist program before and was also very familiar with OSHA regulations which were instrumental in our compliance with many aspects of Joint Commission requirements. She has learned a lot as well about the overall safety aspect of patient care and office based surgery set up. Shonna’s abundant energy and enthusiasm was felt by not only the staff but by the patients as well and the overall mood of the place would elevate whenever Shonna was around. Her continued motivational rally was exactly what doctor would have ordered for uplifting our office’s morale throughout the preparation phase.
David was a god-sent for our OR. He came on board in a nick of time to get us organized and prepared for the survey. David has worked in St. Mary Corwin and other surgery centers in the past as a circulating and scrub nurse and is intimately knowledgeable with all aspects of outpatient surgeries, including cosmetic surgeries. His calm and collected manner and his willingness to learn new things were pivotal in having our place complete the survey. His vast experience with OR operation for more than a decade was the exact expertise we needed to have our place prepared.
Skye was the amazing gem we discovered who provided the vital role in getting our place surveyed with such a success. Although Skye’s background was in medical aesthetics and she was only started to go through radiology technician program, she was quick to learn and was brilliant in assimilating a large amount of information in such a short time. She was trained by Danny Flores who was the instructor at Colorado Technical University’s Surgical Technology Program. The personal one-on-one training she received from Danny was priceless in getting Skye ready for the surgeries and the survey. She was also instructed by Sharon Kissel from CMHIP who taught her sterilization techniques. It was a pure joy to watch her grow and blossom in such a short time and achieving so much. Skye is a great asset to us and loved by all.
Through it all, Kristin and Elva were the pillars who held the place firmly rooted in our patient care. The position of receptionists and patient coordinators are so important in any organization, but especially in a cosmetic surgery place like ours where immediate and friendly voice of Kristin and Elva make our patients feel welcome and invited.
Kristin’s front office management skill was superb and made the complex tasks appear effortless. Kristin has learned a lot about the running a cosmetic practice during the preparatory time and she was so instrumental in getting the office organized.
Elva is, by now, the longest employed staff and has weathered with the practice through thick and thin. Elva’s sweet disposition is appreciated by our patients greatly and through the preparation time, Elva has learned a great deal about patient safety and overall goals of the Joint Commission. With Elva’s gentle persuasion and encouragement, our patients experience the commitment of our office for quality patient care firsthand, whether it is for scheduling or counseling they receive.
Although Katie was not directly involved with Joint Commission survey preparation, her endless energy and willingness to learn shined thorough the preparation time and she was transforming from a Medical Aesthetician to the one who operated within an accredited facility, being educated on so many aspects of Joint Commission standards.
It was a long and arduous half a year for us to go though the survey and have transformed the way we deliver our patient care. With every turn and step of the preparation, we have distilled into the core group of staff whose dedication was almost palpable and who have demonstrated beyond the doubt of their commitment for excellence in patient care. I have heard such phrases before and thought they were just coined for some publicity, but having witnessed the evidence among my staff, I realize that such commitment does exist and that I was not just working with coworkers or staff but that this was truly my family as well. I am deeply grateful and blessed.
Having postponed my family making until my professional training was all done, I found myself dealing with babies and toddlers when my friends from high school were becoming grandmothers.
There are definitely good points of being a mother at a later age; it afforded me more patience and appreciation of the children and I didn’t have to fear that the child rearing was interfering with my own education or career building. On the other hand, the body was definitely taking its toll.
It is a challenging job to be a mother of very small children; they do have boundless energy and constant curiosity that demands unrelenting vigilance on the part of parent. To accommodate that, especially on top of the usual demands of the job and household managing can be extremely taxing.
The more difficult part was accepting the fact that my body is forever altered due to the baby making. I have put endless hours working before as a medical student and a resident as well as a practicing private surgeon, but I didn’t have to volunteer my body for the duty. Suddenly I now have a body that is no longer recognizable as my own body; extreme weight gain, joint pain and degeneration, and emotional ups and downs. Although I learned of all these possible changes as a physician, it was something altogether different to experience it at a personal level.
The weight gain was very difficult to address. This is the same story I hear from so many people. Weight gain after age 35 is hormonally and evolutionarily promoted and the usual trick I used in my youth to revert the weight gain was no longer effective. Added weight also led to a joint problem that required constant medication, including narcotic ones and ended up with two minimally invasive procedures. The altered body image along with the public perception of an obese person was something that would make any normal person depressed, and more so for the post partum, exhausted mother.
I realized that all my professional (medical and surgical) training was not helping me much for my own problem. Even for the weight gain which is gripping the majority of American population, there is a little consensus in what is correct way to handle it. I had to be trained in bariatric medicine in order to help myself achieve a 40-lb-weight loss over the course of a few years.
It was a rather painful process of reversing the bad eating habits I had throughout my life. Eating randomly and erratically, skipping foods at will, eating food from situational clues rather than nutritional ones, and sacrificing the diet in general in order to accommodate the hectic life of a surgeon had to all be abandoned.
The training and the lessons I learned have formed the basis of Adonis Diet that I am currently offering for my patients. I emphasize that diet change has to be a life-long change like a marriage and not one night stands. Any diets with restricted food, or pills, or medications will produce a weight loss but without the behavioral changes, every ounce that was lost will come back with vengeance, once the diet is over… not different from a bad one night stand. But like a marriage, it is a constant work in progress to achieve a healthy diet that will liberate oneself so that one can focus on life and not on weight reduction.
During the 10-Week Adonis Diet, you will learn how to eat properly:
- How to be engaged in your parasympathetic nervous system and how to listen to your GI hormonal signals that tell you when you are hungry and when to stop eating.
- When to eat, and how to fit multiple eating into your schedule.
- How to stop eating when the calorie intake is adequate.
- How to prepare food in as natural a state as possible.
- How to eat in a proper setting and how to give proper respect for eating.
You will also gain an appreciation for the flavors of natural food, devoid of all the artificial flavorings or sweeteners.
It is so easy to be swamped by daily demands and the never ending to-do lists to forget how blessed I truly am.
I have just finished reading Helen Keller’s memoir and realized how carelessly I have taken for granted for simple abilities such as being able to see, listen, and talk. Or simply being able to carry out daily activities with an able body that is not suffering from any debilitating illness. I would love to be able to exercise more and maintain my body better, but the fact that I have a manageable body is a true blessing to be appreciated. Having had a chronic pain, it is nice not to have to take medications on a regular basis.
I am also thankful for the people I am surrounded by. After all, we are a social animal and our values are so keenly linked with how we are perceived by others. Especially by the important others whose opinions and judgments we value. I am thankful for the healthy family who are supportive and I am thankful for the wonderful staff I have.
Most of all, I am thankful for the patients I encounter on a daily basis. When my efforts to help others are returned with similar appreciation and gratitude, I am humbled and gratified. Certain things I do in my life, I know I won’t be thanked immediately or if ever (child discipline comes to mind right away). And although I don’t necessarily receive thanks on a regular basis, when I do get a thank-you from a patient, the immediate gratification factor is extremely high.
I am also grateful for this country that has allowed me to be who I am now, being able to practice what I have learned, and be free to express my opinions and my gratitude.
When you think of the idea of “bright” skin, what image comes to mind? The look of your cheeks after a brisk walk? Or the sun kisses glow after an afternoon at the lake?
According to the beauty industry skin brighteners are those that make your skin look “luminous,” “younger,” “glowing,” “younger,” “radiant,” “younger,” “brighter.”
We all know the term “younger” is consistently used to describe the outcome of beauty regimens. When we were “younger” we didn’t have the stress, hormones, work and sleep deprivation that leads to dull skin.
Skin brightening, not to be confused with lightening or whiting, is about combating the things that dull the skin – oils, dead skin cells, dryness and so forth.
Skin brighteners are designed to lighten the pigment of your skin, removing discoloration, dark spots, and other dark blemishes. If you have acne scars or other troublesome spots that are making your skin look blotchy, a skin brightener can be a valuable asset to your makeup routine. These illuminating skin treatments also have anti-aging properties. These can help minimize the appearance of fine lines, and ingredients can help to promote healthy cells and a smooth skin surface.
The happy news is that you can recover your healthy glow with a variety of options that work to help reveal a fresher complexion.
June is Brighten, Lighten, Tighten Month at Adonis Aesthetics!
Two ways to “Lettuce BLT your Skin“
This treatment begins with our MicroLaser Peel which improves skin texture, fines lines, scars, sun damage, and pigment irregularities.
We then follow this treatment with our fantastic home care regimen called Obagi – C RX system.
This is a prescription strength Vitamin C System that uses 10% Lactic acid along with 4% hydroquuinone to significantly improve skin discoloration.
In addition, this system improves skin tone by preventing future sun damage due to environmental factors such as sun damage, stress, and personal life style.
Obagi C will improve the overall health of your skin like no other!
This month, make an investment on your skin’s health with this great regimen!
BLT Package Special: $1,120
We incorporate the use of Obagi C System into our MicroPeel treatments. We exfoliate the skin with our Diamondtone Microdermabrasion machine, followed by a lighten peel, (to help with the skin discoloration that we have seen pop up on our faces lately from our wicked days of tanning.)
Afterwards, we do a relaxing infusion of Obagi – C serum to condition, brighten, tone, and protect the skin as vitamin C is a great antioxidant.
MicroPeel is $130 (Savings of $20) or a package of 3 for $450 + Get 1 treatment free! ($150 savings)
Learn more about our skin care treatments.
The people at Adonis were very kind and helpful in answering all of my questions. I have all the confidence in Adonis Aesthetics with Dr. Shinn. She was great to work with. I would recommend Dr. Shinn and the Adonis staff to anyone interested in liposuction. Why travel further when we have them right here?
Your understanding of women’s issues and professionalism are one of a kind in the medical profession.
Your intervention has changed my life. I was so scared when I came in the first time and wondered if I was being conceited or vain..now I realize I was just searching for that “happy spirit” to match my inner light and energy. “Thank You” only seems too simple to say but it is heartfelt to you and your staff!