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Q&A With Medical Team Leader Queza

Our newest nurse has a long history in injectables that will truly add to the depth of our team knowledge. She’s even moved cities to join us! We chatted with Queza Bernardo about her training and talents as well as her off-duty life.

What attracted you to nursing as a career? 

I dreamed of being a doctor when I was younger and took up biology at university to prepare for medical school. However, I shifted to nursing and have enjoyed practicing in a few fields of nursing since. 

Where did you grow up? 

I grew up in Manila, Philippines, and completed my nursing education and training there. 

My family migrated to New Zealand in 2006. I visited them a couple of times until I relocated to live here permanently since 2010, so I’ve been living here for 12 years now. 

What inspired you to make the change into cosmedicine?

My first Registered Nurse job in Manila was for a dermatologist who practiced cosmetic medicine as well. I would assist her in performing anti-wrinkle and facial rejuvenation treatments. I became passionate about healthy youthful skin and supporting clients with their aesthetic goals. Fast-forward to six years later, I was working in aged care and coming out of maternity leave, I wanted to find a role that did not involve shift work. I came across an ad for a cosmetic nurse injector with Caci Clinic. I’ve been in cosmedicine ever since, and I’m still loving it! 

Queza with her three gorgeous young children.
Taking in some NZ scenery with her husband.

You have worked in cosmedicine for more than 8 years – what changes have you noticed?  

I’ve noticed that cosmedicine treatments are now more mainstream, thanks to the “Zoom face” and social media. More clients are open to sharing with peers what treatments they have, unlike before when it was almost taboo. There’s also a growing call to regulate the industry and increase awareness for client safety. 

There are clients that come in for a consultation who are not comfortable looking at themselves in the mirror when I ask them. It is always a special moment for me when they come back for a review, look into the mirror without hesitation, and are happy with what they see. My nurse heart does a secret happy dance whenever I get such an outcome. 

What is your favourite treatment to perform? 

I always tell clients that dermal filler for the midface is my favourite, as it gives a client the satisfaction of looking like they did a few years back. My other favourite treatment to perform is dermal filler for the lips. I’m not very good with painting or drawing, but give me a syringe with a fine needle, and rejuvenating lips is my art! 

This is big move for you – what Auckland things are you excited to do? 

The role is worth moving for! I am excited about the high-performance team and the culture at The Face Place. My husband and I lived in Auckland for a bit before we started our family, so I am excited to reconnect with friends from back then and to make new memories here with our children.  

The family loves exploring the outdoors, whether in Auckland or Wellington.
Out and about in Wellington before the big move.

Tell us about your life outside work 

I enjoy sharing my time with family and friends. I am a momma to three children who love the outdoors and would be in a car in five minutes if I told them we’re going to the beach! The last two years have been extraordinary, but I am returning to wellness exercises that I used to enjoy like hot yoga and the odd work-out with my gym-bunny husband. 

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Takapuna Car Park

Toka Puia AT Carpark has just opened at 15 Northcroft Street and we recommend this as the closest under cover option. This is Pay by Plate and can be paid at the machine or via the AT Parking app - it's $1.50 per hour.

We also suggest parking on Northcroft Street or Anzac Street using AT Pay & Display.

Anzac Street Carpark offers Pay & Display parking as well as monthly parking leases with casual parking from $1.

Street Parking (Northcroft Street)

First 2 hours – $1 per hour
Hours thereafter – $2 per hour

Monday – Saturday 6pm – 8am No Charge
Sunday and Public Holidays- No Charge
Motorcycle and Mobility parking P180 – No Charge

Britomart Car Park

Currently this car park is offering 2 hours' free parking with a receipt of $50 or more from a Britomart store (such as The Face Place). We also recommend using the valet parking option at Britomart Car Park.

The Central Valet drop-off point is located on the corner of Gore and Tyler Streets, opposite Takutai Square. Drive in via the entrance on Gore Street, where you’ll be greeted by a friendly valet concierge. Just leave your engine running, take your ticket and off you go. Cars dropped here will be valet parked for you at Britomart Car Park. You can retrieve your car at any time by taking your valet ticket to Britomart Car Park Reception on the corner of Britomart Place and Scene Lane.

Valet parking is $20* for two hours (includes parking charges) $5 each additional half-hour to a daily maximum of $45 (to midnight). You just drop off your car and pick up a ticket, without the hassle of finding a parking space. It is available from 10am-8pm.

If you wish to park longer than two hours, until the end of June 2022 there is also special offer of half-price parking booked through www.mycarpark.co.nz which is available by using the special code on the landing page.

We’re also right beside Britomart Train Station and public transport is 50% off until the end of August 2022.