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The Clear Skin Victoria Laser & Wellness Group offers the expertise, experience and blended skin health therapies of a cosmetic physician, a naturopathic doctor, physician-certified laser technicians, medical estheticians and a cosmetic acupuncturist offering complete care for healthy skin, hair and age management.

our professionals

Kristina Hewlett

As owner of Clear Skin Victoria, CSV, Kristina offers each client a customized and personal approach to his or her skin care, age management or hair restoration needs right from the start in the consultation. Whether it is Kristina’s ten years of skin care experience including extensive knowledge and experience with medical-grade lasers, ongoing advanced training in medical esthetics in the US and Canada each year, the development and management of wellness spas, or her personal and professional experience in sourcing the best skin products, Kristina’s desire to educate her clients and de-mystify what is just good common sense skin care sets her apart from other professionals in the industry.

Kristina manages CSV’s business and operations, community affairs and public relations in addition to conducting most of the information/consultation sessions. Her laser and skin care practice is focused and specialized in rosacea/vascular therapy, reactive/allergic skin conditions, assistance in physician-administered injectables and the age management, laser resurfacing treatments, Pearl, Pearl Fractional and Pearl Fusion.

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Dr. Orla MacSweeney, MD

dr. orla macsweeney md

Orla grew up in Sarnia, ON and completed medical school at McMaster University in 2001. She came out to Victoria to complete her two- year Family Medicine residency. Orla then decided to return to Ontario to study Emergency Medicine and realizing she could not live without the ocean and mountains, she came back to the Island in 2004 to begin her career in Emergency Medicine. She worked for short durations in Nanaimo and Comox Emergency rooms before finally settling in Victoria to work in Emergency at Victoria General and Jubilee Hospitals.

In 2010 Orla became interested in expanding her medical knowledge and balancing her career in the study of cosmetic medicine. She is continually studying advanced techniques in Botox, dermal fillers and medical laser technology. She finds the procedural skills she uses in Emergency Medicine to be a wonderful base when applying them to the field of cosmetic medicine.

“As an ER physician I deal with acute medical issues on a daily basis. The work I do at Clear Skin Victoria is an opportunity to explore the more artistic side of medicine. I enjoy the positive effects people experience with these services and it is an opportunity to interact in a low stress environment”.

Orla directs our medical laser treatments, skin health assessments, referrals and prescriptions. She is the attending physician in our more advanced Pearl Fractional laser procedures and provides all our cosmetic Botox treatments.

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Dr. Kristen Bovee

Cosmetic Medical Injector

Dr. Kristen Bovee has been practicing medicine for over 11 years, focusing on anti- aging, pain management, hormonal health and weight loss. She obtained her aesthetic training in Nice, France with the International Meso-Liopotherapy Society and has been focusing her practice on anti-aging since 2007.

After completing her anti-aging training in France, Dr. Bovee obtained advanced medical training is cosmetic dermal fillers and platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) in Canada and the US. She often combines all three injectable therapies in her treatment plans offering the best results in restoring volume and collagen as well as repairing aged tissue.

Mesotherapy (from the Greek word mesos, “middle” or the meso layer of the skin) is a non-surgical cosmetic medicine treatment. Mesotherapy employs multiple injections of pharmaceutical and homeopathic medications, plant extracts, vitamins and other ingredients into subcutaneous layers of the skin. It can be used as a method of restoring skin health as well as inducing lipolysis of adipose fat cells.

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets. PRP contains several different growth factors and other cytokines that stimulates the healing of bony and soft tissue such on the face via the production of new collagen, as in the ‘Vampire Facelift”.

Clear Skin Victoria is thrilled to integrate Dr. Bovee’s natural age management injectable therapies into our treatment options at the clinic. You can expect healthy, beautiful, progressive results from the injectable therapies provided by Dr. Bovee.

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Dr Katie Branter, ND

director of naturopathic dermatology & naturopathic doctor

Passionate about natural medicine and facilitating optimal health, Katie works closely with her patients to support the healing power of nature and identify the underlying causes of “dis” ease. As a general practitioner she treats:
• skin disorders
• digestive imbalances
• allergies
• food sensitivities
• childhood ailments
• cardiovascular disease
• immune system imbalances
• male and female hormone specific health concerns
• hormone imbalances
• arthritis
• back pain
• anxiety
• depression
• thyroid disease
• concerns related to weight and more…

Katie is also highly skilled in advanced organ testing also known as Electro-acupuncture according to Voll. She uses these skills to identify imbalances and to support her patients in healthy aging.

Naturopathic dermatology is another passion of Katie’s and she works closely with the staff at Clear Skin Victoria to tailor each protocol according to individual need. Katie’s ability to meet her patients where they’re at and tailor a protocol that is sustainable and feasible is a reflection of her unique approach.
Her goal is to arm her patients with the tools necessary to achieve and maintain a healthy mind, body and skin.

Advanced training includes:
• Academy of International Bioenergetic Sciences
• Prescription Authority
• Certified practitioner in Restorative Medicine
• IV Nutritional Therapy

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Libby Feris

Medical laser manager, laser technician & medical foot care specialist

Libby is a 12 year resident of Victoria, BC, where she has run a successful hair removal business for over five years and worked in the dental field for over 8 years. Both careers have fulfilled Libby’s passion for working with people and providing an exceptional level of personal care. Applying her medical and esthetic training to the comprehensive training of our laser program and in advanced medical pedicures and foot health has been gratifying and inspiring.

Libby’s skill and knowledge allow her to provide safe, comfortable and effective treatments. Her clients report feeling at ease with her professional, clinical approach to Venus Legacy fat reduction treatments, laser hair removal, laser toenail fungus removal, medical pedicures, Limelight (IPL), Titan and Laser Genesis and appreciate her confidence, sweet and caring demeanor and experience in the laser industry.

Libby’s main focus in life is finding balance between family, work, health and community. Libby and her husband Luke, along with their two boys are an active west coast family that enjoys many adventures skiing, camping, traveling and biking. She also enjoys the regular practice of Moksha hot yoga.

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Dionne Averill

certified medical laser technician, skin care specialist and makeup artist

Dionne’s passion for skin care and the cosmetic industry began at Blanche MacDonald over 10 years ago. After an exciting career as a professional make-up artist, she furthered her education and became certified in medical esthetics and laser technology.

Focusing in advanced skin health and hair removal solutions, Dionne is Clear Skin Victoria’s lead skin care specialist offering a full range of treatments including Limelight IPL, Titan and Laser Genesis for age management, acne, rosacea and sun damage, medical peels and deep acne facials, laser hair removal and vascular therapy.

Dionne and Clear Skin Victoria continually invest in her ongoing education with advanced training in medical aesthetics in the US and Canada and most recently she has become a graduate of the Pastiche Advanced Skin Analysis program.
Her care and passion for her clients and their skin concerns has always motivated her to her to pursue further education and stay on top of this ever-evolving industry. You will appreciate Dionne’s, gentle and calming approach in the treatment room as well as education on products and practices for home skin care.

Outside the clinic, you can find Dionne walking her dog, Kobe and enjoying fresh air and time in nature. In addition to skin care, her passions include real estate, design and travel.

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