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Causey Med Aesthetic: Coming Soon!

Drew and I are collaborating in a joint medical adventure. We are opening Causey Med Aesthetic! Projected opening date is December 2018. I’ve been a practicing dentist focusing on facial aesthetics for 6 years and Drew has been an internal medicine specialist since 2010.

What is this adventure?

Causey Med Aesthetic is a weight loss and preventative medicine clinic with a full-service medical spa attached. We will have an attached dental office focusing on cosmetic dentistry and full mouth rehabilitation, projected to follow one year after the opening of the clinic and spa.

It has been my dream for about two years. A dental friend and mentor of mine opened his attached spa to his dental clinic in Ohio and suggested that I do the same since he was also a cosmetic dentist and the spa was a great segue for his existing patients. I toyed with the idea for a while, did a ton of research, and educated myself. After a year of messing around with the idea and gaining confidence in my concept, I finally realized I could in fact do it, and we took the leap!

Drew was immediately on board and because we are never afraid of a challenge, we decided that he will also have a medical clinic attached. In his line of medicine, he often sees patients struggling with the effects of serious chronic and debilitating illnesses. In the hospital he treats them as best as medicine possibly can, but often times he sees them when it’s too late to make a big impact on a patient’s life. He has over the last few months, been developing a new weight loss program that is medically backed and up to date with the latest research in medicine. We have been trying out his methods on ourselves over the last few months. Those of you who know us may have noticed the changes in our own health and bodies. His medically guided weight loss program, along with hormone management, adjunctive cosmetic and body contouring services, and a patient education system will help us to make a difference that will literally change lives.

The attached med spa will offer the latest technologies that will help our patients along their journey. We will do laser body contouring and other noninvasive treatments to help patient achieve the look and health that they want. We will have other laser services such as hair removal, skin tightening, photo facials, and more. We will offer IV therapy for vitamin and hormone replacement. We have been investigating many new technologies to help our patients achieve their goals and ultimately achieve healthier lives.

We hope to quickly establish ourselves as top-level providers for facial aesthetics. The med spa will be offering Botox and other fillers that you have heard of, plus many other newer products and emerging techniques. We plan to offer comprehensive facial evaluation with combination care for the complete look. We are working with a pharmaceutical lab in California to develop an anti-aging skin care line suitable for sensitive skin (like mine). We are also offering fresh handmade bath and body products. You all know how much I love a luxurious bath and a silky lotion! We will have a fantastic massage therapist and a very knowledgeable esthetician in the spa as well. We will consult with, refer to, and bring on board other providers and specialists to help Causey Med Aesthetic be the best it can be.

Finally, we will eventually be adding a small dental suite where I will focus on cosmetic dentistry and full mouth reconstruction in conjunction with facial aesthetics. You can expect the dental suite to open in Summer of 2019. Many of you know that I have been traveling around the country over the last few years learning from the best of the best. I’ve studied with implant dentists in New York, Facial Aesthetics experts in New Orleans and Chicago, and many others along my journey. I’m ready to put all this knowledge together and really do the type of dentistry I am drawn to.

We have secured a location in Baton Rouge and we are excited to begin construction very soon. I almost can’t believe it’s actually happening. Drew and I have been working towards this for so long. We can actually see the opening of Causey Med Aesthetic in our near future.

I will send many more posts about our progress in the next few weeks and months. I’m finally ready to share our journey and our vision. I’m ready to shout it out loud. I’m excited and I want to share it to you all. Please ask me tons of questions because I’m excited to share and talk about Causey Med Aesthetic. I haven’t figured out all the details just yet, but fortunately I have a fantastic team helping along the way.

 

With much hope and optimism,

Danielle

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Massage Therapy

For years massages have been the perfect Mother’s Day and Valentines gift. Even that perfect thing to experience on vacations, honeymoons, and girl’s weekends. No one can deny that it feels so nice to relax, unwind, and get pampered. I am personally guilty of not needing an excuse to be pampered. Give me some slippers, a glass of cucumber water with a little shortbread cookie, and play some spa music, and I am set!

Typical session rundown I had experienced the past would include: My massage therapist introduces themselves, we discuss any problems or pain I may be feeling, I have my 60-90 minute deep tissue session, and then when the session ends I am sad it is over because I feel so much better. I get redressed and then greeted outside the treatment room door to a glass of water and my massage therapist telling me all about the those pesky knots on my left scapula and the tightness in my IT band. And she (I prefer female therapist) would recommend I come back to see her in two weeks.

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Now before I learned the benefits of massage therapy, I would take those recommendations, say thank you, and never prebook another session BECAUSE I, like many people presently, just saw massages as treats or a reward for being awesome. It did not dawn on me that there is a reason why it is called massage therapy. And it was not until that left scapula knot of built up lactic acid was keeping me up all night. And then my tight IT band was putting so much pressure on my back I was taking Advil several times a day. Then the idea of reoccurring massages popped into my head because I remembered what my massage therapist told me. You should never wait until the problem is back and causing you discomfort before you go to receive another massage. You should routinely be working to alleviate the issues.

The big picture is, I think most people would agree that they do make great gifts, treats, or rewards, but the benefits of massage are seen when the service is used routinely. For example, if you go to the gym one day you might walk away feeling great, but you are not instantly deemed healthy or fit after one visit. You have to continue to go to the gym to see results and achieve total wellness. Well it is the same for massage therapy.

There are many massage modalities like: Swedish, Deep tissue, trigger point, lymphatic drainage, hot stone, sports, reflexology, prenatal, and cranial sacral. Remember, not all therapist do every modality and some therapist specialize in certain modalities. When booking your appointment you should be willing to share any current problem areas you are having so you can be placed with the massage therapist that is the best fit for you. I would recommend NOT going with the first available therapist approach unless you need immediate relief. Plus, if the therapist they recommend for you has a two week waiting list…that has to mean they are good and already have an established clientele who are seeing therapeutic results. You can always ask to be put on a cancellation list if you are trying to get in earlier.

Depending on where you go they might ask you to fill out some kind of intake form with medical history so the therapist can familiarize themselves with you, so plan to be a little early for you appointment. Once your therapist takes you back they should review your chart and instruct you how they will be conducting the session including how they will be starting the session, so you will know to lay face up or face down. As far as getting undressed, it is subject to your comfort level. And you should always be covered with nothing exposed (Keep in mind different countries have different practices). During the session you always want to keep a line of open communication, so if the pressure is too much or not enough then you should tell them! And once your time is up and your redressed and exiting the room, your massage therapist will go over some problems you may be having internally and recommend you come back in a certain period of time. I cannot stress this enough, always prebook, do not just call when the pain is back. I made that mistake and lesson well learned. Overtime, your routine massage becomes a maintenance massage, so you might start out going twice a month or maybe even twice a week, but as the problems are being fixed the less you have to come in.

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Now, we have all read, seen, or heard horror stories about massages gone wrong. The biggest problem that the massage industry faces is the obvious, you are in a room with a stranger, door closed, naked, vulnerable, and being touched. I have two things for you to keep in mind: there are crummy spas out there who have no therapeutic benefits in mind and there are crummy people out there looking to take advantage of a situation. So do your research. All massage therapist should have completed several hundreds of hours of training in school before taking a state board exam to be certified (that certificate should be present somewhere in the building for you to visible see). Many places these days also run background checks before hiring therapist. Bottomline, if your massage therapist does not present themselves professionally or in a way that makes you feel comfortable and confident, then leave. Do not even start the session and put yourself in that situation. I do not say these things to scare anyone or deter them from massage therapy, but it is 2018 and we all need to be fact checking.

For more information on massage therapy go to causeymedaesthetic.com or if you are local to Baton Rouge, stop by our clinic on Highland Road.