We had the good fortune of connecting with Sherry Sanvictores, MSN, NP and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sherry, what do you attribute your success to?
I do my best to practice social engagement habits such as attentive listening; showing enthusiasm, sincerity and appreciation; being approachable and available; and collaborating with my patients in developing treatment plans. I believe this sets me apart from many medical professionals and has contributed to my success. These habits come naturally since I love what I do and I care very much about each of my patients. I am driven to perform at my best so my patients get great outcomes. The connections I’ve made have resulted in long-term relationships and referrals that have been invaluable to my practice.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a nurse practitioner for two private practices. a dermatology practice in Northridge and a plastic surgery practice in Santa Monica. As a licensed nurse practitioner in California, I diagnose, manage and treat patients for dermatological and cosmetic concerns and perform a variety of aesthetic procedures. I’m proud to be recognized by Allergan, maker of Botox, Juvederm and other popular aesthetic products as a master injector consultant, and I train other health care providers in the use of injectables. My approach to beauty is rooted in balancing art and science. I do this by promoting one’s natural and ideal proportions rather than over-inflation or creating non-expression, which seem to dominate the “beauty” landscape in Los Angeles. I always seek the newest and most advanced techniques and guidelines through continued medical education to effectively treat patients for a variety of general dermatological and cosmetic issues.
As a young adult, I wanted a career where I could help people and the medical profession seemed an ideal choice. I attended USC and received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on the nurse practitioner track from UCLA. The pursuit of any professional endeavor inevitably comes with challenges. As I was pursuing a full time nurse practitioner graduate degree, I continued to work as an RN in labor and delivery to pay my bills. I would often be completely exhausted from doing full clinical rotations followed by a 12 hour shift in the hospital the next day. I’ve learned that short term sacrifice and hardship are short lived but often necessary when pursuing something you love. Being a nurse practitioner for 17 years continues to be a journey of helping people and being a part of their lives.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When I moved to Los Angeles from the Midwest in my teens, I wanted to see the beach more than anything else. Even today, LA is defined by it’s coastal beauty and there’s no better way to start an LA adventure than by taking a drive to Malibu on the Iconic Pacific Coast Highway. I would stop at El Matador State Beach to see giant rocks coming up from the sand. There are some great hikes in the vicinity including Temescal Canyon and Sandstone Peak if I wanted to get in a workout. After hiking, stop at Malibu Country Mart to refuel at John’s Garden, a 40 year old Malibu classic, for an excellent sandwich and smoothie. If you’re into sushi, I would not miss Nobu for world class sushi with the best views and social scene on the Malibu coast. Nearby, Getty Villa is amazing for its architecture, art collections and ocean views. The next stop is Santa Monica, and I would head to Montana Avenue for 10 blocks of shopping and dining. I prefer Montana Ave over Santa Monica Place or Third Street Promenade because it’s less crowded and has a more relaxed local vibe. The next city over is Venice, and my first stop would be Abbott Kinney for its hipster and bohemian feel, great people watching and unique window shopping.
For a week long trip I would include Beverly Hills to check out glitzy Rodeo Drive for some noteworthy eye candy of high end designer stores. After an afternoon of strolling, stop at Wally’s for a curated glass of wine and charcuterie board. An LA trip must include a visit to the beloved Griffith Observatory in the Hollywood area, famous for it’s breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean to Downtown LA. Next I would checkout Downtown LA (DTLA) for its food scene. Being a foodie I would head to Grand Central Market with it’s eclectic array of food vendors from gourmet burgers to Filipino rice bowls, falafels, sticky rice and ramen to name a few. Talking about historic food halls, I can’t forget Farmer’s Market in the Fairfax district of Hollywood. A must stop as well for the variety of food vendors showcasing the mosaic of cultures that make up Los Angeles. This wraps up a fun exploration of one of America’s most exciting cities!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mom will always be my number one shoutout. As a widowed parent at a young age with three daughters, my mom did double the duty and double the sacrifices without complaining in order to provide for our needs. Growing up with this example instilled a strong work ethic in me. In addition, my mom reinforced the importance of getting an education so I would have the tools to be a self reliant woman. My mom in not only my shoutout but my hero too!