On 13 June, Dr. Balharry attended a training session on the use of Botox Cosmetic and on the 14 June he attended a training session on the use of Dermal Fillers. These courses were held in Abbotsford with Dr. Haneef Alibhai as the trainer. This is part of the Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine programme that is being organised by the Canadian Association of Aesthetic Medicine. This kind of programme will eventually give credibility to those physicians properly trained in the provision of Aesthetic services.
On 6 May Dr. Balharry attended the Allergan Academy Regional Symposium. There were excellent presentations by Drs. Arthur Swift from Montreal, Jason Rivers and Ashwani Singh. Also, Dr. Janis Campbell from Calgary did some live demonstrations of newer injection techniques for Botox and Juvederm facial fillers. Allergan do a great job of providing educational programmes for physicians to maintain their skills and to learn new skills from innovators in the realm of cosmetic treatments. This speaks highly of the company and of the confidence in its products.
On 27-29 April, Dr. Balharry attended ‘Summit in Phlebology’, sponsored by the Canadian Society of Phlebology and held in beautiful Kelowna, BC. This was a three day course on the management of varicose veins and venous disease. Again, speakers from around the world who are considered experts in their area, presented on a variety of topics centred around venous problems. This allows Dr. Balharry to keep abreast of the most recent developments in treatments of venous disorders.
Dr. Balharry was in Toronto on the 18th of this month, training with Dr. Steve Mulholland on the use of BodyTite by Invasix. This amazing new RadioFrequency machine will tighten skin on the face, neck, arms, abdomen and many other places in a very dramatic way. We are now able to offer this procedure at the Canmore MediSpa. A consultation is necessary, so book now.
Nov & Dec 2011
Dr. Balharry has attended two conferences recently. The first, held in Vancouver, was a meeting of the Canadian Association of Orthopaedic Medicine, which held a Cyriax session on examination and treatment of the shoulder as well as a full conference on soft tissue injury and treatment. This was of special interest to the part of Dr. Balharry’s practice that relates to treatment of back and joint problems with prolotherapy, trigger point injections and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections.The second conference, again held in Vancouver, was the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Aesthetic Medicine. Many new techniques of injections were presented as well as the latest trends in aesthetic medicine. There was a big emphasis on body shaping. This probably relates to the surge in obesity but also the increased awareness of body image. Dr. Balharry was particularly interested in a new technology that was presented by Dr. Stephen Mulholland, called BodyTite, which uses radiofrequency in a new way, to reduce fat and tighten skin. The interest was so great, that the Canmore MediSpa has bought this equipment and, once Dr. Balharry has done the necessary training, will be offering this to our clients. We will keep you posted!
The Masters Conference by Clarion
Planning a Sun Vacation?
SUNSOUL – Skin therapy on-the-go for the active lifestyle. Just arrived – Yelomod – a revolutionary new material that brings the sun’s healthy yellow rays to your skin and blocks harmful UV. Also Blumod – a fabric that delivers the sun’s therapeutic blue light to treat ‘acne- like’ conditions of the skin. Available as baseball caps or visors. Promoted and recommended by Dr. Steve Mulholland, plastic and cosmetic surgeon in Toronto and Los Angeles.
SAFE TAN –Arrive at your winter destination with a safe tan by using St. Tropez self tan Bronzing Lotion. Unlike many self bronzers, this professional level product gives a natural colour with a smooth application that gives a lasting, beautiful, natural looking tan. In house application available by appointment. Please call for details.
SUNSCREEN – Protect your skin from the harmful UV rays to prevent the damaging and aging effects such as wrinkles and brown spots.
LASER HAIR REMOVAL –Book now to remove unwanted body hair before getting in to shorts and bikinis. Shaving and waxing can be uncomfortable and leave shaving bumps or scars. Laser removes the hair at the source so no more shaving or waxing!
VEIN TREATMENT – Many people hate showing their legs because of unsightly varicose veins or spider veins. All these conditions can be safely treated by specialized injections that will remove the ugly veins and return your legs to a healthy normal appearance.
April 16, 2011
Canadian Society of Phlebology Meeting
January 29, 2011
PRECEPTORSHIP SAN FRANCISCO – Dr. Aycock
On 29 January 2011, Dr. Rick Balharry travelled to San Francisco for a preceptorship with Dr. Robert Aycock. Dr. Aycock is a Board Certified plastic surgeon who has won many awards and has had considerable favourable media attention (www.aycockmd.com). The preceptorship covered advanced techniques with the Sciton TRL (Tunable Resurfacing Laser) focusing particularly on the treatment of lines around the lips and eyes.
Dr. Balharry attended a conference on - The Diagnosis and Management of Pelvic Pain in Primary Care, presented by Dr. Magali Robert, on the 20 January 2011. The management of pelvic pain, particularly in women, is a large part of Dr. Balharry's practice involving musculoskeletal causes.
It’s About Time
On 2-3 October of this year, Dr. Rick Balharry attended a conference presented by the Canadian Society of Phlebology, in Montreal. This conference was titled “Visual and Interventional Sclerotherapy”. The two day programme provided an international group of speakers presenting the very latest in management and treatment options for varicose veins.
May 8, 2010
Dr. Rick Balharry attended the Masters Advanced Aesthetic Techniques Workshop in Toronto. This conference was a showcase for some of the top physicians in cosmetic medicine and surgery, talking about and demonstrating the latest techniques in fillers, Botox and lasers.
April 22, 2010
SoftLift - smooths out wrinkles and brings back fullness, the SoftLift combines the use of Juvêderm dermal filler with a cosmetic injectable to instantly refresh your look in a single treatment.
April 11, 2010
On 11th April, Dr. Balharry attended a course in Vancouver, BC – Intensive Venous Ultrasound Course. This was presented by Dr. Miguel Lo Vuolo a world renowned interventional radiologist from Brazil who has been one of the forerunners of venous ultrasound.
On 26 and 27 February 2010, Dr. Rick Balharry attended a seminar on Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Replacement. This 2 day programme was presented by the PCCA Canada who represent the compounding pharmacies in Canada. For this seminar, they brought in some of the top speakers in the area of Human Identical (or bioidentical) Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Dr. Jerilynn Prior is the Director of the BC Centre of the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study and is founder and scientific director of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research in Vancouver. She presented some excellent reports on the effects of hormones on bone, breast tissue and heart disease.
Dr. George Gillson is the President and CEO of Rocky Mountain Analytical laboratory. Dr. Gillson was originally a research chemist who then changed career to medicine at the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary and then later opened and developed the Laboratory. As such, he was able to present issues from the research side as well as from the practical side of patient care.
The focus of the conference was a review of where we stand today particularly in women’s health issues after the release of the Women’s Health Initiative Study that scared everyone on hormone therapy. The report, however, looked at women, many of whom had pre-existing heart disease and were on hormones that are not considered human identical hormones. There is now a lot of evidence relating to safety issues of the Birth Control Pill and the often protective value of some types of hormone replacement particularly with their role in breast cancer and in heart disease.
Dr. Rick Balharry already offers, through his office, the ability to perform saliva hormone testing and stress hormone testing in the saliva which can offer an excellent baseline for treatment of the many symptoms related to these hormones – fatigue, poor sleep, irritability, depression to name but a few. Dr. Balharry will be pleased to share these new thoughts with you in consultation.