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Women in Wellness With Heather Rohrer

Put more planning into your meals and clean up your diet. You only get one body a lifetime, so respect it. Exercise is important, arguably food is more important because if your metabolism is off you won’t perform to your potential. Limit your sugar intake and try and move to a paleo Mediterranean type of […]

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Put more planning into your meals and clean up your diet. You only get one body a lifetime, so respect it. Exercise is important, arguably food is more important because if your metabolism is off you won’t perform to your potential. Limit your sugar intake and try and move to a paleo Mediterranean type of diet. The same old thing we’ve been hearing for the last decade. Organic meats, vegetables, good fats. Plan your meals and your cheat days. Feed your kids better as well and watch them excel!


Asa part of my series about the women in wellness, I had the pleasure of interviewing Heather Rohrer. Heather is a Physician Assistant and owner of the med spa, Center for Aesthetic Medicine and Human Performance in Las Vegas, Nevada. Heather strives to provide her patients with the most advanced non-surgical aesthetic procedures that achieve the most natural looking, long-lasting and youthful beauty offered in the cosmetic industry today.


Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?

I’m originally from a small town in Ohio called Columbiana. I grew up dreaming of being an artist and made it into art school in Savannah Georgia, only to discover that my true passion was medicine. I moved back to Ohio, got my bachelor’s degree in respiratory medicine at Youngstown State, then went onto get my PA at a small medical school in Staten Island, New York. I’ve been a practicing Physician Assistant for 16 years, honing my craft in the emergency department at UMC in Las Vegas, orthopedics, and later doing neurosurgery with top neurosurgeon Jason E. Garber, MD, F.A.C.S. Working in neurosurgery was very fast paced and exhausting, but it also taught me critical thinking because you take a lot of call, and some of those calls require life and death decision making. I got very competent as a neurosurgical PA and gained a great deal of confidence in my skills. I closed a lot of patients and learned to stitch very well because people obviously hate scars so I mastered the art of stitching. That experience, alongside with my artistic eye, my great medical training, and in-depth knowledge of anatomy helped me parlay my carrier into aesthetic medicine. I dabbled in aesthetic when I first started as a PA and more recently worked for several years under plastic surgeon Lane Smith, M.D., before branching off into my own practice. It’s been a whirl wind since then and thankfully I have amazing patients and an incredible staff and I’m doing very well.

Can you share your top three “lifestyle tweaks” that you believe will help support people’s journey towards better wellbeing?

Make time for yourself alone daily, with no phone, no interruptions and only your thoughts. Do this during the day if possible so you’re not too tired. This isn’t meditation time, it’s reflection and goal time. Time to contemplate, and time to work out a plan for anything. One can do this daily for 10 minutes in their parked car. Often I pull into my neighborhood, and before I get to my street, I pull to the side and pick two songs out of my playlist that reflect my feelings or emotions that day. Music is therapy. They say music is the medicine of the mind.

Read more and always be willing to learn- as adults we read the news on our phones, we read documents for work, but we don’t take the time to read books. We need books to keep the mind’s eye sharp so we can visualize and transform ourselves with new experiences. The most successful people read several books a month. Set a goal to read at least 1 book per month. If you do you will find you a confidence you never knew you had. Wellness begins inside.

Put more planning into your meals and clean up your diet. You only get one body a lifetime, so respect it. Exercise is important, arguably food is more important because if your metabolism is off you won’t perform to your potential. Limit your sugar intake and try and move to a paleo Mediterranean type of diet. The same old thing we’ve been hearing for the last decade. Organic meats, vegetables, good fats. Plan your meals and your cheat days. Feed your kids better as well and watch them excel!

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?

My story has nothing to do with aesthetics, but when I was in PA school, 9/11 happened and I was working in a hospital on Staten Island at the time. We heard about what happened and prepared for the rush of injured patients. Sadly none arrived. I ended up spending the next several weeks at a medical tent near where the towers fell. As you can imagine, this changed my life. Unfortunately, ever since, I have struggled with panic and anxiety.

Can you share a story about the biggest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

I have an Aesthetic practice, so my business is all about beauty. Everyday I’m surrounded by beautiful people and there are days that I don’t feel as pretty. It’s hard not to compare yourself, and since I own the practice, I feel like I must look my best every day. It’s a mistake to put that kind of pressure on yourself! I’m learning to accept myself and be happy with who I am. It’s a struggle. I look back at myself in my twenties and see photos of me as a young woman who would starve herself because I thought I looked fat back then. If only I looked that good now! The lesson is to stop comparing and competing and be the best you can be today. There’s beauty in not being totally perfect. God has blessed us with medicine, that when used correctly can restore and define what we have. When it’s used to create what we aren’t born with, there can be physical and mental consequences. Improve yourself for you, not for the societal expectation.

When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?

Every day I see beautiful women with issues of body dysmorphia. It’s so sad and it’s very common. The most beautiful women see themselves with different glasses as the rest of the world. My goal with every patient is to enhance or extend their natural beauty. Subtle changes can make the biggest difference. I refuse to over inject or do anything that jeopardizes one’s natural beauty. As a result I have a very successful practice. For those women and some men, I feel I am helping them understand and realize their own beauty, plus keeping them from unscrupulous providers that will over inject to make another dollar. For me, however, I’m looking for more and I hope that in the near future I can dedicate time to work on an aesthetic non-profit that deals with body dysmorphia, aesthetic defects from birth or from accidents.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

When I decided to go to college, I did not have financial help or guidance. I worked multiple jobs, borrowed money, got a student loan and did whatever I could do to afford each semester. I began my college career as an art student, however, it didn’t take long to see that my future as an artist was limiting. At the time I was dating a great guy with a wonderful family. They encouraged me to reach for more. I got into a program that allowed me to get a bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy, and my mind really opened up to the science of medicine. Once I graduated, I worked for a while as a respiratory therapist and had such a desire to continue learning that I applied to a well-respected Physician Assistant School in Staten Island in New York. I got accepted and my path as a practitioner was laid. Had it not been for my boyfriend at the time, and his family, I would not be a Physician Assistant today.

If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?

Loving yourself.

What is your “3 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why?

  • Be kind to yourself, slow progress is better than no progress
  • Whatever you do, as long as you operate with honesty, integrity, and intelligence, the universe will have your back. Always — unknown
  • You will have bad days, keep pushing and don’t quit.

Do you have a “girl-crush” in this industry? If you could take one person to brunch, who would it be? (Let another “woman in wellness” know that you respect her as a teacher and guide! )

Kayla Itsines — she is an entrepreneur who founded the female focuses wellness / workout app “Sweat”. She has an amazing following and she is an incredible motivator.

Sustainability, veganism, mental health and environmental changes are big topics at the moment. Which one of these causes is dearest to you, and why?

Mental Health is dearest to my heart, because I have dealt with mental health patients, as well as friends and family with mental health issues. Mental Health is the forgotten medicine, and yet it affects everyone. Think about it. When an individual has mental health issues, those issues have a huge impact on family, friends, employment, the legal and justice system, and the healthcare system. Mental health patients experience higher rates of addiction, and other co-morbitities such as heart, liver and lung disease, HIV, Hepatitis, sexually transmitted disease, and injuries due to accidents. Mental Health treatment, however, is one of the least covered disease by health insurance.

What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media? 

Instagram @aestheticmedicine_lv is the best way to follow me.

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