Authority Magazine Editorial Staff
March 16th, 2023

It’s those imperfections about ourselves that give us character and make us beautiful. For example, I never want to fill in someone’s smile dimples that are causing a line or a dent in their chin. Those characteristics are beautiful and special and you should embrace them.

As a part of our series about “Five Things You Need To Know To Succeed In The Modern Beauty Industry”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Candice Stewart.

Many know Candice Stewart, DNP as being an incredibly talented injector and nurse practitioner but she is also Stella Capri’s wellness and hormone specialist, helping patients not only look their best but feel their best from the inside out! She has a fellowship in anti-aging medicine, peptide certifications from A4M, and a passion for helping patients live a more vibrant life, full of greater confidence and well-being! Candice graduated with her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Arizona State University. She utilized her skills and compassion at the elite Mayo Clinic Hospital and focused her attention on treating hormone deficiencies in men and women. She sought out her aesthetic certification as a great complement to her career in medical anti-aging and is committed to continuing her education in advanced aesthetic techniques. Not only is this lovely lady the injector, nurse practitioner, medical director, laser technician, and hormone specialist at Stella Capri, but she’s also a mother of two, as well as, the owner of this concierge medspa!

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Before we dive in, our readers would love to learn a bit more about you. Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I was an RN on the hematology/oncology floor at Mayo Clinic Hospital, and I wanted more autonomy in my field so I decided to get my Doctorate of Nursing Practice from ASU while continuing to work full-time at Mayo. After graduating, I thought I would stay at Mayo as a mid-level however the hours were very long and included holidays and weekends. I just had my second son, and I couldn’t be away from the babies 12 hours 4 days a week, so I was looking for something more part-time where I could still be a mom raising my boys who were a couple of weeks old and 17 months at the time but use my degree that I worked so hard for. I have always been interested in keeping patients healthy and staying healthy through diet and exercise but anti-aging medicine/longevity/aesthetics/hormone replacement take it to another level.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?

Oh man, this is hard, but I think I will just have to share that my practice has been 100% referral base, and I really am proud of that. I have helped my patients with their skin or optimized hormones and health and they have felt so good about my care that they told friends or family and it has just snowballed from there.

Are you able to identify a “tipping point” in your career when you started to see success? Did you start doing anything different? Are there takeaways or lessons that others can learn from that?

I worked at a large medspa/anti-aging clinic as the hormone specialist, aesthetic injector, and medical director for 5 years before I decided to start my own practice. Working for a large medspa that had several locations including Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, and Scottsdale, I was able to get very advanced training and was under the guidance of a hormone guru. When I started my own practice I had confidence in my injection ability and trust to give my patients the best care possible to optimize their hormones and enhance longevity through peptides, supplements, thyroid, and bioidentical hormone replacement.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person to whom you are grateful who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

Dr. Dan, my hormone guru when I worked at the large medspa, was my guiding mentor. I would consult every new patient on their labs and clinical symptoms with Dr. Dan on the call for my first two years. He was in Beverly Hills, but was always happy to be included in the call and would help guide me. He never made me feel like I was an inconvenience to him and was so positive and knowledgeable with every patient we talked with.

Ok super. Let’s now shift to the main part of our discussion. The global beauty industry today has grown to more than a half a trillion dollar business. Can you tell us about the innovations that you are bringing to the industry? How do you think that will help people?

I am a complete nerd when it comes to innovations and I’m always researching the newest technology or gadgets to test out on myself, staff, and family members. I love the biostimulation of collagen whether it is Sculptra, Bellafill, Radiesse, Exosomes, PRP, PRF, and peptides for your own body to stimulate new collagen which leads to a more natural approach to aging.

Can you share 3 things that most excite you about the modern beauty industry?

The use of biohacking to stimulate collagen with peptides such as GHK-cu, CJC/ipamorelin, and epitalon that you inject to help you age better from the inside out are fascinating new developments. I have been distributing impactful natural peptide hormone supplements for anti-aging such as Epitalon, an anti-aging and cancer risk-reducing treatment that turns back the clock and elongates your telomeres such as metformin and rapamycin. Supplements and concoctions like this one might be the key to starting anti-aging with a running start.

Can you share 3 things that most concern you about the industry? If you had the ability to implement 3 ways to improve the industry, what would you suggest?

Upselling patients with the only reason being to make more money highly concerns me. Selling something a patient doesn’t need or “overfilling” them gives our industry such a bad look and is just wrong. I chose this industry to make patients feel more confident and youthful, not to ever take advantage of them. I will and can only provide a service to my patients that I feel will enhance their appearance, increase longevity, balance their hormones, decrease inflammation, and help them feel great with visible confidence.

You are an expert about beauty. Can you share a few ideas that anyone can use “to feel beautiful”?

It’s those imperfections about ourselves that give us character and make us beautiful. For example, I never want to fill in someone’s smile dimples that are causing a line or a dent in their chin. Those characteristics are beautiful and special and you should embrace them.

Here is the main question for our discussion. Based on your experience and success, Can you please share “Five Things You Need To Know To Succeed In The Modern Beauty Industry”. Please share a story or an example, for each.

  1. This industry is fun and sexy but it takes a lot of hard work, education, training, and being humble to succeed.
  2. When you first start out, call every patient you treated in two weeks to see how they liked their treatment.
  3. If you make a mistake, own it.
  4. This industry is big but you will run into your colleagues and competitors time and time again, it is best to collaborate with them rather than put each other down.
  5. Always keep learning, this will provide the best practice for your patients.

You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)

I have so many patients who look to social media and aspire to look like the influencers they see on Instagram. Most of these influencers’ pictures and stories are so filtered and just unrealistic. I would love the movement to be that you couldn’t filter your stories or pictures. It is just not reality and people shouldn’t feel like they need to aspire to look like that because in real life those influencers look nothing like the pictures they put out there. I also back the movement to get rid of social media altogether, because I believe that would be for the best.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

“You get out what you put in,” if you don’t do the work don’t expect it to work out. I always studied incredibly hard, giving my blood sweat and tears when I came up with patient protocols. I research the latest studies and experiment with them all before I feel comfortable using anything on my patients.

Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational.

Authority Magazine Editorial Staff

March 16th, 2023