Elizabeth (Beth) Ulbrich,RN, Aesthetic Nurse
I have worked with lasers and light based equipment since I was the Nurse Educator in the OR and helped implement the hospital laser program. I later worked for a laser manufacturing company teaching the use of medical lasers which quickly changed to aesthetic lasers. When I left the company, I started working with physicians as the laser provider and was asked to provide injection for NTs, dermal fillers and recommend skin care products. In taking independent classes, webinars, and reading articles. I found there was not much reliable, nurse based information available. Teaching at The College of Medical Aesthetics, I am able to use my experience to provide nursing based aesthetic information. After living in the Los Angeles area for years, I now live in Lake Havasu City, AZ enjoying the uncrowded streets and am really (really!) happy to visit Southern California during the summer for clinical teaching.
Kathy Dale Ed-wall RN,BSN
Kathy Dale-Edwall received her Registered Nurse Diploma from Merritt Hospital School of Nursing in 1977. After practicing in multiple specialties as an RN for over thirty years, Kathy enrolled and attended in 2012 the College of Medical Aesthetics nursing dermatology program. Kathy just recently achieved her BSN and is pursuing her MSN at UCSF this fall with the intention of pursuing further doctoral study. Kathy returned to the College of Medical Aesthetics in 2014 as a faculty member.
Louise Timmer PhD, Ed.
I spent the majority of my nursing career in education. I received professor emeritus of nursing from the CSU system. I spent my career teaching my specialty area of maternal-infant and women’s health at the CSU Sacramento campus. I have several published articles and presented at numerous national and international nursing conferences. I am involved in ANA and was the President of ANA California for 5 years. I am involved in the political aspects of nursing education and practice and have worked to pass bills affecting nursing education, nursing practice, and health care. I recently was the nursing director for the RN program at Carrington College California, a division of DeVry University in Sacramento. I am the College Chairperson for the College of Health Sciences and Nursing for the University of Phoenix, Sacramento campus.
I received a BA degree in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, a diploma in nursing from USC/LA General Hospital, A Master’s degree in Nursing from the Catholic University of America, Wash, DC, and a doctoral degree in education from the University of San Francisco.
Julia Pettis, BS,FACHE
I started my career in aesthetics as an esthetician in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2001 I moved to Long Beach, California and completed my BS in Healthcare administration, and became a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (currently pursuing fellowship). The aesthetic market was growing at such a fast pace in California, doctors, nurses, and laser companies could not keep up with the demand. Lack of education was apparent, as patients were burned and often disfigured by laser treatments. Resolving the issue was not a concern for big money laser companies; however, insurance companies, the California state board of nursing, state legislatures and the American Nursing Association recognized the problem. In 2005 I formed an educational company ” Medical Aesthetic Training of California” (DBA College of Medical Aesthetics) which, was designed to educate nurses in the field of aesthetics.
Recognizing the need for a higher level of education and a scope of practice, Elizabeth Ulbrich, Louise Timmer and Julia Pettis toiled for 3 years writing the first scope of practice for Aesthetic Nursing in the U.S., which is currently published by the Plastic Surgery Nursing Association.
The aesthetic market continues to grow in a global market increasing the demand for educated nurses. Dermatology as also come into the picture as dermatologist expand their practice incorporating aesthetics. As the owner of the company and academic dean, I am dedicated in developing comprehensive educational programs for nurses and nurse practitioners in the field of aesthetics and dermatology nursing.