Maureen Barrett RN
Maureen Barrett, RN
- Began medical career in pre- and post-operative recovery units.
- Over thirty-five years in the medical profession.
- Over 20 years as an injection specialist.
- Trained with, and TRAINED, some of the most respected physicians in the Bay Area and the Central Valley!
- One of the Central Valley's most respected and sought after injection specialists.
Samuel B. Rush, M.D.
- Highly respected Internal medicine specialist.
- Serving the Clovis/Fresno community for over 40 years.
Samuel B. Rush, M.D.
Maureen Stoney-Barrett has been licensed as a registered nurse in California since 1982. Her experience is extensive and varied and includes several years in the emergency room and critical care and cardiac care units, both pre-operative and post-operative recovery units, pediatrics, and fifteen years as charge nurse and educator in the NICU (newborn intensive care unit). In her own words:
As a child my passion was art. I grew up with a sketchpad under my arms and a continuous plea, “will you please sit for a bit, I just want to sketch your face”! My family and friends were endlessly patient and, when I grew up, I enrolled at San Jose State University hoping to hone my skills. A very kind art teacher gently convinced me my work would never hang in the Louvre.
I grew up in a household of nurses and doctors so I activated Plan B and entered the RN program at The College of San Mateo. I was surprised at how much I loved nursing, despite the lack of a creative outlet. I spent several years working in various units. I spent several years in the Emergency Room, and both the Intensive Care and Coronary Care units honing my skills and learning to respond instantly to patient emergencies. I spent the last 15 years of clinical nursing in the NICU, (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), as charge nurse and new graduate educator. Immediate response to emergency scenarios and crisis assessment was the crux of my daily job description. My years of experience in acute patient care have sharpened my sensitivity to the possible need for any potential emergency intervention during cosmetic procedures.
In 1997, through the offices of a prominent plastic surgeon in the Bay Area, Dr. Donald Laub. M.D., I discovered the ability to combine my passion for art with my skill in medicine. With kindness and patience, I was taught, the “old fashioned way’ at the bedside to administer cosmetic injections. Options were limited to Collagen and Botox, off label, but, with a skilled and supportive mentor, learning the techniques was a dream. For a frustrated artist and clinician, I finally had the opportunity to merge my passions. For me, the human face became the canvas I finally was able to sketch on. It became the plaster cast I could mold into the vision I held in my head. I stopped sculpting with plaster and, instead, used dermal fillers.
My late husband’s job promotion brought me to the Central Valley in 1994. The first physician I began working in 1998 was Michael Stevens, M.D., a plastic surgeon in Visalia and the partner of well-known cosmetic guru, Zane Obagi. I worked with Dr Stevens until 2000.
In 1999 I was so fortunate to be introduced to Dr. James Ryskamp, a plastic surgeon and former Surgical Chief of Staff at Saint Agnes Hospital in Fresno and happily shared my time between the two practices. I added Dr. Thomas Mitts, M.D. to my repertoire in 2001. During this time I worked with two very talented Cosmetic physicians in the Bay Area and divided my travel time between practices. I happily made the commute to treat patients at the office of June Engle, M.D., in Black Hawk 4 days/month. I have been so fortunate to be able to “flex my injectable fingertips” at remote locations. Sadly, Dr. Ryskamp, M.D. passed away in 2015. In 2007 I began working with Dr. Hedieh Stefanicci, M.D. and have continued in that partnership until recently.
I received my training in cosmetic medicine through my close partnerships with several of these outstanding physicians, honing my craft through countless hours of observation and supervised practice. I have also trained, two of these fine physicians in the artistic and clinical administration of neuromodulaters and dermal fillers.
I continue to add to my skill-set through numerous advanced training sessions, workshops, and seminars.
Samuel B. Rush, M.D.
Dr. Rush received his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Illinois Medical School. He served in the United States Navy as a Medical Officer before moving to Fresno in 1974. From then until now, Dr. Rush has faithfully served the Central Valley as a general internal medical specialist, adult family practice, non-invasive cardiology, and a disability evaluator.
Dr. Rush is board certified in internal medicine and is a fellow in the American Academy of Cardiology.