Victoria J. Dow M.D.
I received my M.D. degree from the University of California Irvine - California College of Medicine. I decided to move back to Springfield, Illinois where I grew up to continue my career and raise my children. After my internship, I was undecided about a specialty, so I worked as an E.R. physician for about 17 years at various locations in central Illinois and as a medical consultant for The Social Security Disability program. Since age 50, I have continued to work as a medical consultant. However, I found myself missing the patient contact and the procedures that I was able to perform in the E.R. I wanted to continue my career in medicine and still be my own boss, spend as much time with my patients as they need, and offer a creative and welcomed service. For the last few years, I was seeing many continuing education opportunities for medical aesthetic procedures as well an increase in the number of advertisements for, dialogue about, and growing social acceptance of anti-aging methods. As a baby boomer myself, and with my background in music, art, and medicine, medical aesthetics was exactly what I had been looking for--a perfect fit!. I found myself back in "school" again and loving every minute of it. Then ALMOST MAGIC was created. As a friend of similar age said to me, "We could all use a little tweaking!" I look forward to meeting you.
Hi! A little bit about me:
After raising my two children I went to school at USCA in Springfield IL to become a licensed esthetician in 2010. I chose this because I wanted to help people with their skin in a way I wish I had help I had acne problems at a very early age and there was nothing that helped. It made me shy and withdrawn. I didn't want people to look at me and I didn't look at people. I felt miserable and uncomfortable. Having better skin changed my whole demeanor and level of happiness and feeling comfortable just being myself I wanted to do this for others! Becoming an esthetician to help people achieve their natural beauty and overcome skin issues was a dream for me. Feeling confident and knowing you look your best helps you in all areas of your life. I have also taken courses in lasers, HydraFacial, microneedling, plasma pen and spray tanning. I look forward to helping you reveal the real you!
Maren Houske RN
Hi my name is Maren and I am your new aesthetic nurse. I am a registered nurse and my background is in critical care where I am currently working as an ICU nurse. I have always had an interest in the world of aesthetics and all things beauty. The aesthetics industry is always evolving and as a nurse I am committed to life long learning and staying up to date with the newest trends. My goal is to always help you feel the best and gain the most confidence through your skin. Aesthetic nursing has always been a dream and passion of mine. I enjoy all things that allow me to be creative as I am extremely detail oriented and artistic.
When I am not taking care of my patients you can find me with my family, traveling, cooking, or studying.
My commitment is to provide excellent care, focus on patient wellness & health, and help you feel the most beautiful.