RN Brilyn Jacobsen joins EMC team
The Eye Medical Center of Fresno is pleased to announce the addition of Registered Nurse Brilyn Jacobsen to the Oculofacial plastics clinic with Drs. Mazi Bidar and Harinder Chahal. She is a laser skin care and injection specialist.
Brilyn made a switch from researching in a lab to working in aesthetics for the last eight years. A graduate of New Mexico State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and Biology, the Madera native said that area will always have a piece of her heart. While pursuing her degree, Brilyn worked with a midwife in Juarez, Mexico to provide services for women with few resources in medical care.
“We would help a lot of pregnant women with the nutrition side of things,” Brilyn said. “We had to come up with ideas about the types of food they had access to that would be beneficial to them while pregnant and after their pregnancy. I’ve always had that in me, to help women with their goals and self-esteem. It’s been a burning passion, helping other women – not just with aesthetics but the whole picture – with their health and what they’re doing for themselves.”
That currently takes the form of educating patients about things like eye and skin care, anti-aging techniques and other preventive measures. She sees a lot of younger women, in particular, come to the office seeking preventative treatments.
“We have 21-year-olds that come in and they will be treated with filler,” Brilyn said. “They will get Botox. A lot of the younger generation is coming in. It’s not people who are 40 or 50 coming in. It just seems like that whole aspect of the aesthetic industry is becoming more well known. They’ll look at their mom and say ‘I don’t want those crows’ feet.’ They’ll come and talk to someone.”
Patient interaction is an aspect Brilyn really appreciates. Rather than a quick, cursory conversation before a surgery, Brilyn is able to customize treatments with each client. She has seen changes in their self-esteem due to being able to see and look better after a visit.
“My goal is to help men and women achieve their goals as far as their skin,” Brilyn said. “There’s a ton of detail you can go into as far as aging and what they can do to prevent it. We’re always educating about sunscreen. Education is a big thing when it comes to our patients.”
A self-described “workaholic,” Brilyn laughed when asked how she finds work-life balance. She keeps a tight schedule, able to leave work at the same time every afternoon, enjoy family time and study late. With family in Fresno, including a brother, Brilyn said she has a full plate to keep her focused. While the spacious new EMC office is an inviting place to work, the personal connections really drive her.
“The patients are really amazing,” Brilyn said. “They all come from different backgrounds. I just love working with this group of patients. It’s nice building that relationship with them.”
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