We are a small team of professionals sharing the same important life values. Our goal is to approach our clients individually, non-judgementally and to create a friendly, yet professional work environment.
I started Dr. Anna Medical Aesthetics in 2015 to change my life, and empower other women to do so.
Having graduated from medical school 29 years ago, and working for 25 years as an
anesthesiologist, I was looking for a change in my daily routine.
Working in acute care medicine, I felt like I was on a never-ending treadmill and with ever increasing speed per hour.
Four out of five of our children had graduated high school, and I felt I had missed so much family time in pursuit of a career I loved, but with a schedule I resented.
I was not alone in feeling this.
Many of my friends in their 40s and 50s were being diagnosed with lymphoma, breast, skin, bowel and thyroid cancers. Driven, “high stress”, professional women, like me.
I wondered what caused this—Genetics? Stress? Environmental? Chemical exposure? Occupational? It became evident that I too was at risk of falling ill—if I didn’t drastically change my lifestyle.
I began to explore the world of preventative medicine, health and wellness, lifestyle and nutrition, medical spas, and aesthetic medicine. I love dermatology and was immediately drawn to skincare. Through my research, I found an alarming number of chemicals and toxic preservatives added to “cosmeceuticals”, and cosmetics, with little regulation.
Using my background in organic and physical chemistry, I decided to do something about it!
I’ve met thousands of women who want to invest in themselves, just as I have, and I’m passionate about providing options for them to do so including stress management, nutritional support, skin health, and aesthetic medicine.
We started a skincare company Cielo Products to develop a line of nontoxic, medical-grade, skincare that is challenging industry standards. Our products are transparent, simple, effective, and 100% safe for the consumer and our planet.
I encourage you to visit me at my Fort Street clinic to discuss how we can support your journey.
2012- present ACLS
Enrolled in MOCOMP (Royal College Maintenance of Certification)
2013 – California Society of Anesthesiologists’s Transthoracic and Transesophageal Echocardiography Hands on Workshop
Clinical Assistant Professor Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics University of British Columbia 2009-present
Clinical Assistant Professor Anesthesiology Island Medical Program 2009-present
1997-present Staff Anesthesiologist
Vancouver Island Health Authority Victoria General and Royal Jubilee Hospitals
1992-1996 Anesthesiology Residency
University of British Columbia
December 1995-June 1996 Chief Anesthesia Resident UBC
Clinical Trauma Fellowship
1991-1992 Rotating Internship
Greater Victoria Hospital Society
1987-1991 Medical School
University of Manitoba
Rotations in Community Medicine in Souris and Brandon, Manitoba
Published report on the Underutilization of the Souris Hospital as a Regional Referral Centre for Surgical Procedures
1989 Summer Studentship in Geriatric Medicine
1987-1988 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Award for 1987-1988
Purification and Photoinactivation of Acetylcholinesterase Enzyme
1985-1987 University of Winnipeg Science
Undergraduate (Honors) in Physical and Organic Chemistry
1986 Chemistry Faculty Scholarship for Highest Academic Standing in Organic Chemistry 1201-1
University of Winnipeg (Board of Regents) Academic Proficiency Scholarship
University of Winnipeg (Board of Regents) Full Tuition Entrance Scholarship
1974-1985 Secondary School
University of Winnipeg Collegiate
Collegiate Entrance Scholarship for Highest Academic Standing in Grade 10.
Primary School in Nigeria, Newfoundland, Manitoba
1980-1987 Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Board Certified with American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (MOCOMP)
BC College of Physicians and Surgeons
American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery ASLMS
American College of Aesthetic and Cosmetic Physicians
American Board of Cosmetic and Aesthetic Medicine
American Board of Noninvasive and Cosmetic Medicine and Laser Aesthetics
American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
Canadian Association of Medical Spas and Aesthetic Surgeons
The Leading Physicians of the World (International Association of Pediatricians)
BC Medical Association
Victoria Medical Society
Canadian Anaesthesia Society
Association of Victoria Anesthesiologists
June 1996 – J.A. Mc Connell Memorial Prize for Academic Achievement
June 1996 – Second Prize in the UBC 25 th Annual Resident’s Competition.
June 1994 – Golden Epidural Needle Award. B. C. Women’s Hospital.
Something’s Gotta Give. The Art of Balancing Medical Career, Teenagers, and Relationships Without Prozac.
Kinahan A, Douglas J. Cardiovascular collapse during spinal anesthesia for cesarean secton. 1996. (Submitted to Anaesthesiology).
Chilvers C, Kinahan A, Vaghadia H, Merrick P. Pharmacoeconomics of intravenous regional vs general anaesthesia for outpatient hand surgery. Can J Anaesth 1997; 44:11: 1152-56
Anaesthesia News Newsletter. Editor (Resident’s Section) September 1995-June 1996.
Kinahan A, Douglas J. Obstetric Forum. Piriformis
pyomyositis mimicking epidural abscess in a parturient. Can J Anaesth 1995; 42:3: 240-5.
The RBC’s of Transfusion Therapy. A Guide for the Uninterested. 1994. (A handbook produced for the Blood Transfusion Service at Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre).
2016 Women’s Day Talk. Federation of Medical Women of Canada
Book Launch Something’s Gotta Give (Amazon.com)
2007 Grand Rounds on Massive Hemorrage with Placenta Accreta and Percreta and Indications for Hysterectomy.
2000 Thoracic Anesthesia: Complications of Double Lumen Tube Placement.
1999 Trauma Rounds for Capital Health Region: Massive Hemorrhage and Coagulopathy in Blunt Trauma (in conjunction with Dr. Brian Berry-Hematology)
1998 Acute Pain Service Rounds (Victoria General Hospital): PCA and IV Fentanyl in Labor
1996 Cost Effectiveness of Bier’s Block versus General Anaesthesia for Outpatient Hand Surgery
Received Second Prize at the University of British Columbia 25th Annual Resident’s Competition
Chief Anaesthesia Residents Meeting/SAMBA May 1996 (Boston).
Iva Roper: Celebrity Skin Expert
Iva is our warm and very knowledgeable Clinical Facialist and Laser Technician. Iva grew up in Prague and met Dr. Anna many years ago, and bonded through a shared love of European culture, parenting and women’s health. Iva’s background is Spa Management and Retail Marketing. Iva has a young daughter and loves fashion, travel, running, trends, and healthy living. Iva runs the Clear and Brilliant Laser at the clinic and offers skincare consultations for our patients to have glowing skin.
Celeste Nussbaumer: Patient Concierge
Celeste is at reception and is the office and social media manager. She is the patient’s first and last point of contact at the office. Celeste has completed a Psychology Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria and knows how important it is to make each patient feel welcome and comfortable. She is also passionate about health and wellness and appreciates the toxin-free and natural ingredients in products offered by Dr. Anna and also the education and women empowerment that is celebrated here in the office.