08 Aug Meet the Instructors: Erika Barry, NP-C, MSN, CCRN
An experienced, effective instructor is vital to a medical aesthetic training course. We would like for you to get to know the team of MedAesthetics Training educators, and what they personally bring to our training courses. We would like to take this time to introduce you to our educators so you can get to know them better – before your training!
Erika Barry, NP-C, MSN, CCRN
Erika Barry received her undergraduate training from the University of Miami where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Health Studies, May 2006. She received her Master’s Degree from The Johns Hopkins University in May 2011. While completing her graduate degree at Hopkins she began to explore her interest in anti-aging and plastic surgery. After graduating from Hopkins in 2011 she moved to San Francisco, California to accept the coveted position as a surgical nurse practitioner at The University of California, San Francisco. At UCSF, she was fortunate to work with the urology and plastic surgery teams at UCSF Medical Center located at the Parnassus Campus in the heart of San Francisco.
After four years as a surgical NP at University of California, Erika moved to DC to work in outpatient cosmetic surgery. She is now the lead injector at the elite Hela Medical Spa in Georgetown, DC. At Hela she is the “master” of Botox, dermal filler, and Kybella. She has trained over 200 nurses, physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners in aesthetics and injectables. Her personal teaching moto, “safety always, always, comes first”.
Question and Answer Session
What drew you to aesthetics and why is it your passion?
I think what drew me into aesthetics is the feeling I got when I have a happy patient. Helping a patient achieve a desired look or a new found confidence is priceless.
What is your favorite thing about instructing?
Keeps me on my game!! Also, I was initially shown how to inject filler very rough and the same way for each patient. It took years of self teaching and conferences to learn how to really complete a detailed aesthetics assessment of the whole face, neck and body. Education is the key to success…in aesthetics, and pretty much in life.
What is your favorite injectable product?
VOLUMA! game changer.
Is there a supply item that you HAVE to have?
My Puracyn Plus Cleanser. I don’t have to have-but love to use it – Lee Aspirators.
What are your top 3 methods to minimize risk and optimize your patient results?
- Aspirate Always!
- Don’t inject too much at once (ie- kybella, Botox, and filler), have them come back in 2 weeks to add more
- NEVER over correct, if anything under correct and you can always add more.
If you could give one piece of advise to someone just starting in aesthetics, what would it be?
TAKE A MEDAESTHETICS TRAINING COURSE! Then practice on everyone (even yourself). And then take the MedAesthetics advanced course! Attend at least 2 conferences a year.
What attendees have to say about Erika
Lydia Grant, NP:
Erika was very professional and courteous. Very knowledgeable in her presentation. Thank you!
Julie Edwards, FNP-C:
Erika was an excellent presenter and instructor! Great training.
Ashley Regal, NP:
Erika is amazing and SO knowledgeable!