Posted on 07/07/2021
From starting out in a recovery and surgical unit to rural nursing in the Coromandel Peninsula and then embarking on further study to become a Nurse Practitioner, it is apparent Esme has a thirst for knowledge and a passion for medical science. We caught up with her to discuss the road to getting here, family life, and aspirations for her new role with TFP.
Welcome Esme! Tell us about what led you to this point in your career.
A commitment to the path, a faith in the journey, the inclination to take a risk, and a challenge to shape the destination. Gratitude for every experience along the way and the belief that always putting my best foot forward would lead me to exactly where I wanted to be.
When and why did you decide to train as a nurse and how does a nurse practitioner differ from a nurse?
I completed my Bachelor of Health Science in Nursing in 2008 and worked at North Shore hospital in the recovery and surgical unit until 2011. After this, I moved into rural practice nursing in the Coromandel Peninsula. The remote nature of the location brought both challenges and opportunities, and it was where I found my true passion - medical science. Here, I developed a thirst for knowledge acquisition and it was the driving force to developing my qualifications.
As a Nurse Practitioner, I have an extended university education and an advanced level of practice compared to that of a Registered Nurse. Like my medical colleagues, I am able to legally prescribe, request diagnostic studies, and independently manage full episodes of patient care. At The Face Place, my role reflects an integrated paradigm of dynamic practice, professional efficacy, and clinical leadership. This allows me to assist Dr Cat with the medical aspects and operations, as well as the nurses in a collaborative, mutually supportive model.
It is a hugely dynamic and evolving industry encompassing intricate knowledge and delicate respect for facial anatomy. Sometimes small tweaks or enhancements can have a dramatic impact on a person’s life.
I consider myself to be a creative intellect. The combination of science and art enables me to curate beautifully crafted facial harmony.
What do you enjoy about treating patients with injectables?
I have never met a person that is not beautiful. Aesthetics is not superficial. It is ingrained in our being. It has been defined by the divine proportion equation in mathematics. It can be seen all throughout nature. It contributes to how we feel and how we externally portray ourselves. Expression itself is physiologically linked to the positive and negative messages our brain perceives. I love taking the time to partner and understand a client, to assess and analyse. It is very fulfilling refining an intricate detail a person sees as holding them back from being the person they want to be. I find this job nurtures the concept of self-love. This is wellness.
What are you looking forward to about working at The Face Place?
Where do I start?! Everything! Working alongside an amazing group of women who share similar values on the delivery of cosmedicine. I'm excited to talk sexual rejuvenation and normalise seeking support for issues women and men often live with in silence. I am also excited to utilise my NP skills in this amazing industry, and quite literally could not have dreamed of a better mentor with Dr Cat.
- Esme and Dr Cat at the recent Hyalase Workshop at the Takapuna clinic.
Tell us a little about yourself and your family.
I grew up on the North Shore in Auckland, and moved to Whangamata to be with my partner almost 10 years ago! I have two beautiful children, Zack (4) and Stevie (1). I am riding the rollercoaster of motherhood, spending a significant amount of time at the BMX track, skate park or playground, when we are not at the beach. I love to cook and be creative in the kitchen utilising whole food ingredients, (despite the fact my four-year-old will only eat plain pasta…). I would say what I like to do in my spare time, but in all honesty, I don’t have any! But when I do get a few seconds on my own, I always enjoy a good book or a vino with the girls.
- The standard pit-stop after daycare in beautiful Whangamata aka Paradise.
What is your favourite form of self-care?
A balance of mental stimulation, physical meditation, nourishing food, regular carefree social interaction, and lots of laughter.
What is your ideal day - how would you spend it?
Long summer days, with my family. 4WD to a remote spot on a secret far Northland beach, sleeping on the sand, listening to the ocean, building a fire into the evening to watch the sun retire for another day with good music in the background and the kids fishing off the beach with their dad.
- The family in Grandma’s spiderman ‘monster truck'!