Southern Surgical Arts
Encouraging Client Collaboration
A lifelong love of learning drives Kristi Bussey to continually study new aesthetic techniques. “I’m always looking at the latest research and new products,” says Bussey. “I hope to continue to add services for a more comprehensive approach to caring for my clients’ skin.” Having transitioned into an injector role at Southern Surgical Arts this past summer, Bussey is enjoying her new position more and more every day. “The most rewarding part of being an aesthetic nurse practitioner is helping clients see their beauty and become more confident in their appearance,” she shares. “I feel lucky to have a job that allows me to help people look and feel their very best!”
Southern Adventist University – Collegedale, TN
Certified Aesthetic Injector
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support
Academic Achievement Award + Graduate Research Award, Southern Adventist University
1. What influenced you to pursue your career?
I have always been passionate about the arts; as an injector, I am able to optimize my passion by helping clients look their best, which I believe has a direct impact on overall health and wellness.
2. What is one of your happiest professional moments?
I can’t single out just one happy moment, but my happiest moments are when my clients message me with videos or just stating how amazing they feel. Those moments are what it is all about.
3. What is your best advice for clients?
Start a conversation with your friends about injectables. Good results are usually undetectable to a stranger, and you’d be surprised by the procedures your friends have had. Ask them what they recommend, who they recommend, and then do your own research.
4. How do you develop a plan for each client?
I start every appointment with the question, “What can I do for you today?” I think this allows the client to voice their concerns and control the narrative. I then like to ask my client if they mind if I share my opinion, and I always start with something positive. This open dialogue allows provider-client collaboration so that optimal results are achieved.
5. What is your philosophy when it comes to the care of your clients?
I want my clients to feel comfortable, relaxed, beautiful, and heard. Therefore, I treat every client like they are my mother, sister, or best friend.