Medesthetics

NOV-DEC 2016

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INTEGRITY AND GRATITUDE 54 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016 | Med Esthetics Her goal with facial rejuvenation is to create a natural look. "I do not like overdone, so I err on the side of caution and tell my patients that I can always add more," she says. "I also do what I call 'Botox-Lite,' where I inject just a little bit of toxin so they still have movement, but they don't etch the line in as hard." Dr. Halem's high standards and natural-looking results have led to a steady fl ow of new patients. "If you take care of people, know your fi eld and do a great job, your practice will grow," she says. Giving Back In addition to word of mouth, Monica Halem MD PC receives community exposure through Dr. Halem's academic and charitable pursuits. She is a clinical assistant professor of derma- tology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, and she regularly gives lectures and donates to char- ity. Her favorite organizations are Meals on Wheels; Women in Need (Win), which aids homeless women and children; and Puppies Behind Bars, which helps raise Labradors as service dogs for veterans. "I'm grateful for where I am, and I love to give back," she says. Her patients benefi t from her giving nature as well. Though Dr. Halem now has two daughters—a toddler and an infant—she struggled with fertility issues. "I went through a hard time trying to have my daughters, and it was not easy," she says. So it is not uncommon for Dr. Halem to help guide her patients through their own fertility issues. She helps them navigate the process, and uses her expertise to provide sup- port during diffi cult times. "They can call me and say, 'This is what's happening. This is what I'm doing. What do you think?' and I am 100% there. I will advocate for them; I will make phone calls," she says. "The simple action of giving a patient my cell phone number is so minor yet it means so much to them. "My experiences have made me feel so grateful. I'm a single mom running my own business—I'm in love with what I do in dermatology and I'm grateful for my daughters," says Dr. Halem. "If my experience or skills can help others in any way, I am there for them." Laura Beliz is the associate editor of MedEsthetics. Dr. Halem is cautious about introducing new technologies and skincare ingredients, carefully reviewing the literature and speaking with colleagues before making any purchases viewing Dr. Halem is cautious about introducing new technologies and skincare ingredients, carefully reviewing the literature and speaking with colleagues before making any purchases the literature and speaking with colleagues before making any purchases or additions to her practice. BACKGROUND: CHRISTOPH KADUR © GETTY IMAGES

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