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My apologies as this is a long testimonial, but I feel it is necessary in order to fully understand my deep appreciation for how BioTe hormone replacement therapy offered at Medical Aesthetics drastically altered my life for the better.
In 2005 I went off birth control pills after being on them for almost 20 years. The changes in me begin immediately, albeit subtly, and compiled over time. Gradual weight gain, bloating, always being hot, night sweats, dry skin, hair falling out, easily bruising, dark circles under my eyes, slow wound healing, catching every cold that came around, insomnia, rosacea-like facial flushing, etc. In 2007, I developed Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder. Only 2 weeks every month was I functional. I would pray that the monthly symptoms would begin toward the end of the work week or weekend so that I wouldn't lose yet another job when I couldn't get out of bed. I went from doctor to doctor, one even so much as telling me that "this is what happens to women your age, you just have to learn to live with it." I was only 36…seriously? Most doctors, despite my sometimes-tearful pleas to test my hormones, would tell me it was unnecessary and that I only needed anti-depressants (of which I refused). Eventually, insidious fatigue set in a few years later, a chronic, debilitating, never-ending state of exhaustion. I would get light-headed upon standing, walking up a flight of stairs would cause all my muscles to ache and I would be dizzy. My social circle dwindled to nothing as I had no energy left to maintain relationships nor the capability to actually go out when invited. My weekends were spent comatose on the couch trying to rest, recover, and prepare for the next work week. The next stage was the loss of my sex drive in 2014, but at this point, I was too tired to even care. In 2016 I found a naturopathic doctor who realized that I was hypothyroid and immediately put me on natural thyroid medication. My energy levels improved a bit, but not much else. Through this doctor, I was finally able to get my hormones tested and they were indeed low. The naturopath introduced me to hormone creams and while there was some relief, the delivery method seemed frustratingly inefficient and the results sporadic / inconsistent. So, I went back on the pill in 2017 - fortunately, many of my severe PMDD symptoms disappeared, but nothing much else improved. But it did confirm that hormones were indeed to blame. In 2018, the rapid decline of my cognitive ability was the final hormonal straw, so to speak. It felt as if the gears of my once agile mind were rusting shut and a slow screeching metal upon metal was the only result. I was already accustomed to a sludge-like brain fog that I had to wade through daily, but this new development actually seemed to hurt my brain whenever I tried to think or focus. It was excruciating. Daily migraines accompanied this mental shut-down and most days I was in the bathroom at work vomiting or at least fighting back nausea. Trying to learn anything new was grueling if not impossible. The fatigue also returned. It required EVERY ounce of sheer grit and willpower to get through each work day. I couldn’t even stop for gas or groceries on the way home…it was too mentally & physically exhausting after my work day. Sometimes I would cry on the long drive home, wondering how I could continue on, just barely existing like this...I had ceased living life... it had become a closed existence of exhaustion and pain.
However, all that has changed. In the fall of 2018, I saw that Dr. Walter of Medical Aesthetics’ would be making a presentation on BioTe pellet hormone replacement therapy. He was the only reason I drove over an hour to the expo (as an aside, I spent the next day bedridden from the effort – but it was absolutely worth it). I met Jasmine, the kind and knowledgeable office manager, at the expo booth who answered many of my questions prior to Dr. Walter’s seminar. He presented a succinct, logical, well-researched, and refreshing presentation on the benefits of HRT. I appreciated that he was open to and knowledgeable about various supplements too, as every western medical doctor I have encountered refuses to even consider them. While I had already performed a lot of research on hormones, I still read the book that Dr. Walter offered, “Age Healthier Live Happier” by Dr. Gary Donovitz the following week. It only made me more anxious to have the pellets. I immediately made an appointment and had blood work done soon after. My results indicated that my testosterone was less than 2.6 – a significant decrease from the already low levels of my last test in 2016! Sadly, I had BEGGED my primary care doctor the month prior to test my testosterone, he chastised me for requesting such an unnecessary lab and refused as “it is not a women hormone.” I had my pellets inserted by Stephanie, a Clinical Specialist / RN, on 11/30/18. She was approachable, friendly, reviewed my labs with me, and patiently answered all my questions (and she gave me her number in the event I had any more).
In about two weeks I began to notice a little more pep in my step. In 3 weeks, my cognitive functions began to increasingly improve. At 5 weeks, I went on my first date in close to 3 years!!! It has been going on 8 weeks now, and despite me needing a testosterone booster (as I am not quite at the desired levels yet) and my thyroid is still a little off, my daily migraines/nausea are gone, my mental agility has returned, my energy has improved (I can easily run up a flight of stairs without getting dizzy), my mood and sense of well-being has drastically improved (I sing on the way to work in the mornings now instead of cry). My sex drive is returning. My embarrassing intense facial flushing is diminishing (people used to constantly ask me why I had a sunburn in the middle of winter). The dark circles under my eyes are fading. My immunity is improving - Everyone at work recently fell ill with an office cold, except me (in the past not only would I get it, but it would last for weeks). I've also lost over 15 pounds. It has easily fallen off as I now have the energy to go shopping and while at the store, the mental energy to make healthier food choices, the energy to prepare fresh meals, have less of an appetite, and I have been walking my dogs longer each day.
The most significant change that I am struggling with is the paradigm shift on how I am now able to view my future. I could never plan, because I would never know how I was going to feel on any particular day (Would I be able to get out of bed? Would I have enough stamina to be social? Would I have a day to recover? What time of the month would it be?). I still keep expecting to wake up and find myself ill again, so accepting the fact that I now can concretely make plans for a different future is a gift beyond measure. I wish I knew of BioTe years ago, but I am ever so grateful to have my life back again. Thank you!
Gina E. - Acton, MA
Tomorrow will be 8 weeks since I had a PRP injection on my Achilles (very bad tendonitis). Miraculously enough- a few days ago, my Achilles started to feel closer to normal! It is quite a shocking and impressive improvement and an unexpectedly dramatic result!
I am definitely taking it easy. I just sat on my horse and walked today (first time in 3 1/2 months)- which felt fine and not particularly stressful.
I am really trying to go easy on it- but I have to say- it definitely feels like the PRP was successful!
THANK YOU, Dr. Walters!
From the moment I walked through the door, I was treated like Royalty. Dr. Walter, Stephanie, Jasmin and the whole team are second to none. They make you feel comfortable and they follow up with you. I highly recommend Medical Aesthetics of New England. I have been going there for a couple of years. You won't be disappointed!
I have been coming here for almost three years now! Tammy and Amanda have been amazing in assisting me with all different procedures (laser, microneedling, Juvederm lip injections, etc) and they're always keeping me up to date with whats new and available! They're always top of mind when friends and family are interested in these services and I couldn't be happier with my experience and the staff everytime I come! Thank you Tammy and Amanda for all that you've done for me 🙂
I first came to Medical Aesthetics of New England for laser work to address sun -damaged skin. Since I have an idiopathic medical condition, I was most concerned and much comforted to know that Dr. Walters and Stephanie Liatsis, RN worked together for years in a local hospital ER. Thus I had the utmost confidence for their shared professional experience. For nearly ten years, I have returned for various procedures, and at every turn, without exception, the team: (alphabetically) Alisia, Amanda, Tammy, supported by Jasmin have been supportive, empathetic and CARING.I cannot rate MA high enough; they are not your local beauty parlor.
I went in for bio identical hormone treatment (testosterone) and walked out thinking I found a doctor and staff that I really enjoy. I tried a few other places before Medical Aesthetics, in Nashua and Woburn neither of which I liked.Dr. Walters oozes confidence and has a perfect "bed side" manner. I can only say that you can’t find a better doctor.
I have always been a little hesitant to have anyone touch my teeth who is not a dentist but I just had my teeth whitened at Medical Aesthetics of New England because I had an important reunion I am attending this weekend and wanted to look my best. My normal dentist could not fit me in this week so I went searching on-line and found this practice.From the moment I walked in I felt like I was treated like their most important patient. I was instantly greeted by the practice manager, Jasmin, who immediately made me feel at ease and took the time to offer me a consultation before I met with the aesthetician. Not only did she prove to be extremely knowledgeable at the services the practice offered but I didn't get the sense that they were trying to nickel and dime me. The prices were EXTREMELY reasonable for the ambiance of the practice, the knowledge and friendliness of the staff, and the level of accomplishment of the doctors/aestheticians who work there.After my initial consultation, Jasmin understood this was something I was hoping to have done today, given my plans for the weekend. So she managed to squeeze me in during their lunch hour. Tammy, the aesthetician who took care of me, didn't seem to mind at all that she would have to sacrifice her break and instead did an amazing job on my teeth. My smile looks amazing and I have never been treated so well in a doctor's office before.I highly recommend this practice for your cosmetic needs if you want to feel like you are getting the most value for your dollar and not being treated like just another patient.
I have had a great experience with Amanda at Medical Aesthetics of NE. I have had laser hair removal and would consider other services as well. Amanda is extremely professional and friendly, and goes out of her way to make her clients comfortable. I recommend Amanda without hesitation!
Been working with Stephanie for about a year now. Stephanie is very professional and caring and helps you understand everything step by step. The results are amazing since I have been getting the hormone replacement therapy. Staff are very friendly and make you feel special! I highly recommend looking into what they have to offer!
I had a severe facial hair problem. Black, thick and coarse hair like a man's beard. I waxed my face every day for years and the hair did not stop growing back. It was very embarrassing. That's why I contacted Medical Aesthetics for their laser hair removal treatment and I was evaluated in no time. It has been 8 months since my first visit and it has been nothing but A GREAT EXPERIENCE!!! Facial hair removal has changed my life and my self esteem. Tammy D'Agostino (my life savior) is the best in what she does, extremely professional, knowledgeable, and caring. I do recommend her and Medical Aesthetics of NE without hesitation. Today, I barely have any hair left on my face. Three thumbs up. Thank you Tammy!