Sandy is originally from Southern California. She grew up in Los Angeles. A volleyball star who spent most of her childhood at the beach, Sandy now lives in Hingham with her beautiful family. She has three kiddos, Madison, Benjamin and Sweet Baby Ray (Raymond).
◇ Such a beautiful family. Tell us what is your favorite moment as a mom so far?
There are big moments and small moments that stand out to me. My favorite big moment as a Mom has been watching and guiding my children into the young people they are. All of the energy I spend teaching them to be kind, to look out for one another, to show empathy for others,– when those moments shine through and I watch them actually perform the action– I beam with pride. I am also proud of when they bring their dishes to the sink without me asking (ha!).
◇ What would you say you find to be the toughest part of motherhood?
The most challenging part about motherhood is letting go of controlling who they become, but rather to focus my energy on guiding them in pursuing their dreams, expanding their experiences, and traveling to broaden their perspective. Accepting my children without putting my own expectations of how they should be has been the most challenging and also the most rewarding (and bonding) decision I have made in raising them. I think they feel respected and heard by me, even when my boundaries remain firm.
◇ Best advice you have been given as a mom?
“It is all spilled milk”. This is the truth. After working in a level one trauma center (Boston Medical Center Emergency Dept) for 5 years, I have truly embraced what is a “big deal” and what is not. The dishes can always wait– but the small opportunities to witness your children growing takes precedence.
◇ What is something you wish you had known and would like to pass on to a new mom?
It is so hard to give a new mom advice. I believe that the day our children are born, in a profound way, we are born too. There is no way to perfectly prepare for that transition, it is truly life changing. And just like our new babies, we have a lot to learn in a short amount of time. I think supporting new moms, providing them with emotional support, and acknowledging that motherhood is filled with very difficult moments, as well as happy ones, is the biggest gift we can give to mothers. Taking away the guilt, feeling of failure, and expectation of perfection. Reminding them that they must do what is best for their family, whether that be co-sleep, get a night nurse, breast feed, formula feed, etc. The more grounded and centered you are as a mother, the better the entire house will function.
◇ Tell us two things you never leave the house without these days (besides a mask, of course).
Sunblock and chapstick (I am the French Injector afterall!)
◇ Share a fun fact, ice breaker style. Something our readers would be surprised to learn about you.
I am bilingual in French and English. My Father and Grandmother (99 years old!) live in Nice, France.
◇ That’s amazing! Do you have a favorite quote?
“Make it simple, but significant”
“You are allowed to be a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously.”
“Be as fearless as the women whose stories you have applauded”
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”
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◇ Tell us about your background as a NP. How you got started at NE Skin Center and what exactly you specialize in.
From a young age, I have loved making those closest to me feel beautiful. I would do their makeup, nails, wax eyebrows, and facials. Then, I spent much of the early part of my nursing career working in the Emergency Dept both in New Jersey and Boston, I always thought about pursuing functional medicine and aging with grace. Throughout my Nurse Practitioner education, I pursued more learning and became certified to perform advanced injections. When I passed my NP boards, the New England Skin Center asked me to join their practice performing all methods of antiaging and functional medicine including botox, fillers, lasers, biodentical hormone therapy, body contouring, skin health, and more. I am proud to work in such an empowering and accepting space with Christine McMackin, NP and Tobi Baker Daigle, RN. They provide encouragement and enthusiasm, and are women I look up to and respect tremendously.
I am most grateful for the ability to provide my patients with not only the best services, but also the best care. With each appointment comes focused attention, a positive space, and gentle hands to achieve your goals. You can follow me on instagram at @TheFrenchInjector .