Happy Monday y’all! Today is my first day back to work from my maternity leave with Adaline! It’s perfect timing that for today’s post, I’m interviewing Dr. Stewart Collins, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at Synergy Face & Body in Raleigh, NC (My workplace!) Ashli: “Dr. Collins, you are obviously very passionate about your work. I have been fortunate enough to attend trainings with you, and I know that you love helping to restore patients’ self confidence. When you were becoming a surgeon, what made you decide to go into plastics? Dr. Collins: “I decided to go into plastics because I love seeing the transformation that my patients make. Seeing patients come inRead More →

Hey y’all! It’s just about time for Baby Adaleine to arrive and I wanted to share some of my must-have products that I pack in my hospital bag for postpartum self care.  If you’ve had a baby before, you know there is nothing like that first shower after you deliver. I make sure that I bring things for the shower that give me a sensory experience, which is also a far cry from being in the sterile hospital room!  A Massage oil/Composition Oil– I pack this for during labor and I use it to moisturize my skin afterwards. It contains soothing essential oils that smell heavenly and also help to calm theRead More →

As many of you know, this past summer I moved to North Carolina from Boston. With my relocation came the opportunity to join the Synergy Team of Synergy Spa and Aesthetics in Raleigh! Today I am sharing with you the story behind Synergy from the owner herself, Anna Churchill!   Ashli: “Anna, I would love to know first what inspired you to start Synergy Spa.“ Anna: “I always wanted to have my own business. I didn’t necessarily mind working for other people, when I was younger I thought that was how it was supposed to be- you work for someone else. I didn’t have anyone in my familyRead More →

Happy Monday y’all! In today’s post I have had the pleasure of talking to Kelly Gibbs, a Master Nurse Injector, Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist and Allergan Trainer all about Kybella! Ashli: “Kelly! Thank you so much for letting me interview you on Kybella! Can you tell us- what is Kybella?” Kelly: “Kybella is pure Deoxycholic acid. It’s an enzyme that is produced in your bile. So for example, if you ate a french fry, that french fry would stimulate your bile to produce deoxycholic acid to melt the fat in that french fry. So, scientists with Allergan just created pure liquid deoxycholic acid that is injectable and it destroys theRead More →

TGIF y’all! This is a topic I have been meaning to write about for quite some time because there is a LOT of confusion around it! Let’s just jump in. This is NOT a medical microneedling device. This is a dermal roller. (Above) If you have this roller at home, that’s great! The needle depths are hypodermic which means they just skin the stratum corneum or top layer of the epidermis (Typically about .5mm deep). Using it weekly can assist in product penetration and provide a mild mechanical exfoliation. It is not deep enough to induce significant collagen production. I repeat: It is not deep enoughRead More →

    What is Reiki?   Reiki means “Universal Life Force Energy”   Origins of Reiki: The system of Reiki was developed by Mikao Usui in 1922 while performing Isyu Guo, a twenty-one day Buddhist training course held on Mount Kurama. Dr. Usui began the training as a Christian living in a primarily Buddhist region of Japan, because he wanted to understand how Jesus healed people with his hands and raised the dead. The training involved meditation, fasting, chanting, and prayer. At the end of the 21 days, Dr. Usui had a mystical revelation gaining the knowledge and spiritual power to apply and attune othersRead More →

What are some of the benefits of receiving touch?     Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. Stimulates the flow of lymph, the body’s natural defense system, against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer. Increased circulation of blood and lymph systems improves the condition of the body’s largest organ – the skin. Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles Reduces spasms and cramping Reduces recovery time, helps prepare for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains of the athlete at any level.  Read More →

Happy Fall y’all! Today I am sharing my tips for transitioning your skin into the season.  Fall is a great time for… Adding Retinol back into your regimen, as well as Hydroquinone if you are dealing with pigmentation Retinols, whether prescription or nonprescription are best avoided when you are being exposed to the sun regularly during the summer months. Where I live in NC, people LIVE at the beach during the summertime, so I typically will have my patients go off of their retinol for the summer. Hydroquinone, a skin lightening agent that targets melanocytes is also best avoided during the summer. It can beRead More →

Happy Saturday! Welcome to Part Two of my healing journey- I am going to share with you what I did, how I healed, and how my life is changed to this day! My Healing Path For my follow up with Dr. Y, we went over all of the test results I mentioned yesterday. It was time for me to completely change my lifestyle, habits, diet, and approach to life. Some of the different foods I tested sensitive to were; Blueberry, Black Pepper, Black Tea, Coffee, Clams, Cow’s Milk, Brewer’s Yeast and Baker’s Yeast, Asparagus, Barley Malt to name a few. This was going to mean some MAJORRead More →

TGIF loves! I consider myself to be a very holistic clinician. I do not have a degree in nutrition which is why I will interview qualified professionals to share their pearls of wisdom with you. Today I want to share a personal experience that I had with Integrative and Functional Medicine, and tomorrow I will share how it changed my life and made me who I am today.  First of all, What is Integrative Medicine and What is Functional Medicine? Integrative Medicine is the practice of looking at a patient’s lifestyle and environmental factors such as nutrition and then customizing a treatment plan to focus onRead More →