Today we’d like to introduce you to Sherry Sanvictores.
Sherry, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
As a young adult, I wanted a career where I could help people, and the medical profession seemed like the ideal choice. I attended UCLA as a biology major after high school, not knowing exactly what I wanted to do. A fellow student told me about an informational event about nursing on campus. It was ironic that I hadn’t considered nursing even though my older sister was an ICU nurse. Never have talked to her about nursing, I assumed that nurses changed bedpans all day. I realized after the informational event that I couldn’t have been more wrong. The nurses at the event had impressive educational backgrounds including nurse educators, nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwives, and nurse researchers. After attending this event, I decided to pursue a nursing education, receiving my Bachelor’s Of Science in Nursing from USC and a Master’s of Science in Nursing with a focus on the nurse practitioner track from UCLA. I can happily say I’ve been a nurse practitioner in dermatology for the last 16 years and continue to enjoy the journey of helping people.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The pursuit of any professional goal inevitably includes challenges. As I was pursuing a full-time graduate degree, I worked as an RN in labor and delivery once, sometimes, twice a week, in order to pay my bills. Some weeks, I was completely exhausted from doing full days of student clinical rotations only to turn around the next day and do a 12-hour shift in the hospital. In the end, all the sacrifice was worth it because I achieved my goal of becoming a medical professional. My advice to women starting off in their journey is to never lose sight of your goals even though you’re exhausted or frustrated because the hardship is short-lived in comparison to the fulfillment of doing something you love.
What should we know about your business? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I function as an dermatology and aesthetic nurse practitioner at two private practice dermatology and plastic surgery offices. As a licensed nurse practitioner in California, I diagnose, treat and manage patients for a variety of dermatological health problems and aesthetic concerns. In addition to full-time practice, I’m an Assistant Clinical Professor for the preceptorship program for UCLA graduate nursing students in their clinical rotations. Lastly, I’m proud to be recognized by Allergan, maker of Botox, Juvederm and Voluma family of fillers, and Kybella as a master injector consultant for the last 10 years in training physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses in performing injections.
As an advanced aesthetic injector, I believe in the “artistry of injectables” and in tailoring outcomes for every patient’s unique cosmetic goals. What sets me apart is my approach to beauty is accomplished through judicious use of nonsurgical treatments to promote one’s natural and ideal proportions rather than overinflation and non-expression that seem to dominate the “beauty” landscape of Los Angeles. In addition, I always seek the newest, most advanced techniques and guidelines through continued medical education studies to effectively treat patients for a variety of general and cosmetic dermatological issues.
What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
In the healthcare industry and in general, the biggest barrier I see is that women are often regarded with preconceived notions that they are less capable of being strategic leaders, thus, preventing many in ascending to top leadership positions. Also, the gender pay gap for doing the same job is alive and well in today’s workforce. According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2016, on average across the world, women earn half of what men do and in the U.S., women earned 80% of what men were earning on average for all occupations.
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- Phone: 310-584-9990 (Santa Monica); 818-885-0455 (Northridge)
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