There are many people within the aesthetic medical industry that love to give back, and at Aesthetic Insider™ we love to tell the stories of those people. Tracey Prescott RN holds a special place in the heart of the editorial team at Aesthetic Insider™ and we are honored to share with our readers her most recent missionary trip to Nepal. Thank you Tracey for creating Beauty With A Mission and for sharing yourself with those in need.
How Did Beauty With A Mission Get Its Start?
Beauty With A Mission is a medical aesthetic business built from vast experience and a whole lot of heart. I started in the aesthetics field in 2010 as an OR Nurse at a busy plastic surgery center while continuing part time at my job of four years working as a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse. As my responsibilities at the plastic surgery center grew, I ended my NICU career to become full time, eventually managing it. Two years later, I was offered a job by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who I greatly admired and found my passion as a skilled Injector/laser specialist, as well as a reliable resource to all of our clients. I now call most of my clients friends. I can’t even begin to tell you how fortunate I feel to go to work every day as an expert in the field doing what I love. I am honored to meet so many amazing people. Beauty With A Mission – BWAM – was founded January 5, 2013. It was a very exciting time for me and everything was moving along, slowly and steadily. Then, on May 4, 2013, everything changed in my world. My Son, Brandon Joseph Prescott, was killed in action with four of his Brothers in Arms while serving in Afghanistan. Everything stopped. I wanted to die. I could write a book about all of it, but for the purposes of this article I will leave it there. BWAM is my Son’s Legacy and we endeavor to provide a high level of aesthetic beauty treatments, along with international medical outreach to those in need.
Had You Gone On Any Medical Missionary Trips Prior to The Nepal Excursion?
Yes. I had traveled to Africa with a medical organization called Project Compassion in 2010 where we opened up a clinic in Embu, Nairobi and saw over 2,000 people. The following year I went to Thailand after the tsunami to help in the aftermath of the destruction. That is how I got the name “Beauty With A Mission”. The doctor/mentor I worked with performing injectables and laser treatments for nine years decided to downsize his office space and together we opened a small day spa in Costa Mesa, California. My vision since getting into this industry was to be able to give back somehow. Knowing there was money to be made, it became my priority to work hard doing what I love, and to be able to give back on a bigger level somehow and I knew that would be through more medical missions, hence the recent trip to Nepal.
How Did You Get Involved With The Recent Nepal Mission?
Earlier this year I was contacted by Medical Servants International (MSI). It was six months after the earthquake in Nepal and they still needed help. MSI was gathering a team and asked if I was interested in participating. I immediately responded, along with a dear friend, and off we went. Medical Servants International organized this amazing adventure of hope and help which included three nurses, three doctors and eight volunteers who we simply call “lovers of people”. With over $10,000 of medications, medical supplies, diabetic lab supplies, malaria medication, pregnancy and STD tests, and many other health treatments, remedies, etc. We were also loaded up with wound care supplies and something that would later save a life… a nebulizer.
How Was The Journey To Nepal?
Rather exhausting. It took us sixteen hours to fly from Los Angeles to Hong Kong where we had an eight hour layover. From there we took a four hour flight to Kathmandu where we stayed overnight, leaving the next morning on an eight hour bus ride to the South District of Rhautahat. However, there were so many memorable sights along the way; rice fields and the walking Bridges, and people who carried stacks of produce covering their body as they walked to their destination. I even saw a mother carrying a baby on the front of her, a baby on her back, and a bucket of something on her head while she was pulling a cart. It was an unbelievable sight.
What Was Most Memorable About This Journey?
Seeing the big sad eyes of the children will be etched in my memory forever. As will the big bright happy eyes of others. Many people came to the clinic with everything from sores on their feet from not having shoes to wear, injuries, skin rashes and all kinds of health issues. However, on our second day in the clinic a young man came in carrying his father who was in respiratory distress. We evaluated him and he had diminished lung sounds, was highly anxious, his blood pressure was 74/46 fluctuating down to 70%, and he was in and out of consciousness. The day prior, while checking supplies we noticed that our Nebulizer wasn’t charged. One of our team members took it back to camp charged it and returned it to the clinic just that morning. Thank goodness! Our doctors and the Nepalese doctor who was present ordered a few things such as Decadron, the Nebulizer and Albutral. We were able to stabilize the man and get him transferred to the local hospital. The next day the Nepalese doctor told us if it were not for the Nebulizer treatment he would not have made it. Another very memorable and heartbreaking moment – one that is impossible for me to fathom – was when fifteen girls were rescued from a sex trade ring. They were aged between eight and sixteen, had been living in a small house with no water, which left them to bathe in the river. All were diagnosed with scabies and they had a hard time making eye contact. Sitting with them in a group and using a translator to explain what was going on with them was very difficult for the girls – trying to speak sensitively, lovingly reminding them how beautiful they are. It is not an easy task to teach them about cleanliness, putting on the cream to kill the bugs, sharing that it is important to wash all your sheets new brushes, blah, blah, blah, when they have no water and nowhere to go! We prayed a lot with these girls, but I have to say that I lost it on the last day as I felt we just could not do enough in our short time there and these people needed so much help.
What’s Next For Beauty With A Mission?
Awareness is everything. Nepal is going through a lot. As is much of the rest of the developing world. The earthquake is a stone in the road. Politically, India closed its borders which means no fuel, no oxygen in the hospital (thank goodness for the Nebulizer) and no help to these people. This is in the south of Nepal. The Nepalese people were warm, loving, friendly and so incredibly grateful for every single second of our time. They showed it in many ways. They made our visit as pleasant as they possibly could. It was a very humbling experience. People ask, “would you go back to Nepal”? Yes!!! I feel I have made life long connections and I don’t take that lightly. I am not sure when or in what capacity, but after what I experienced I cannot not go back, or give back in some way. My business has been up and fully running since February, 2015. I love what I do and the people who work alongside me including my amazing Medical Director, Dr. Steven Ip. All of us have the same heart for people worldwide. So Beauty With A Mission is on a mission and I take it one day at a time.
Tracey Prescott RN, has worked in all phases of the aesthetic field including the operating room, post-operative care, clinical evaluation of surgical clients, public speaking at forums and seminars, injectables, training of Nurses, Botox, fillers and lasers. Since 2006, Tracy has focused her time on lasers and injectables becoming a highly specialized Aesthetic Registered Nurse, known as the “Artist with a needle” by her colleagues and clients. She has completed advanced training for Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Artefil and Sculptra. Learn more at: www.beautywithamission.com.