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Esteem’s Meet the Med Spa Series

May 10th, 2017 by Dr. Michael Glass
Dr. Glass

Get to Know the Team behind the Treatments


Walking into a medical spa for the first time can be intimidating. Being able to open up with your cosmetic professional requires understanding, respect, and, most of all, trust. At Esteem, we pride ourselves on being friendly, open, and eager to work with our patients. esteemsalon2

This series is all about getting to know your med spa. We’re going to meet the staff behind the counter, and the aesthetic technicians and cosmetic specialists who make you look good. For our first entry, we’ll be talking with the man who started it all, owner and founder Dr. Michael J. Glass.

Dr. Glass isn’t only a cosmetic medicine specialist.

Before founding Esteem in 2010, Dr. Glass was a practising doctor and anesthesiologist for 30 years.

In 1985 he opened an ambulatory surgery center to support the first In Vitro Fertilization program in Reno. In 1992 he partnered with other physicians to open St. Mary’s Center for Outpatient Surgery, where he served as Medical Director for 13 years.

Dr. Glass’s accolades include certificates for specialty training in the use of various laser, light, and radio frequency devices, the Diploma of Aesthetic Medicine from the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine, and memberships in the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Thanks so much for being here, Dr. Glass.

My pleasure.

Where did you grow up?

Los Angeles. I moved to Reno in 1981.

What motivated you to become a doctor?

I wanted a good job that carried some protection from layoffs and the whims of companies or owners. My father worked for a company for 30 years, worked hard and rose up the ranks to the front office. Then one day he went into work and he had a note on his desk saying the company had been sold and he was no longer needed. That made a big impression on me. It taught me that, to be safe, you needed to work for yourself and be in control of your destiny.

What would you be right now if you weren’t a cosmetic medicine specialist?

I was an anesthesiologist for the 30 years, so I would probably still be doing that, or I’d be retired.

Why the jump from the medical field to the beauty industry?

I’m still in the medical field, just a different subspecialty. The jump from anesthesiology to cosmetic medicine occurred as a result of my wife. She had a midlife crisis at 50 and went to cosmetology school because she always wanted to be a hair stylist. Once she finished school and started doing hair, she encouraged me to study the other half of the field, learning to inject botox and other fillers. glass botox vial

She reasoned that I had spent a career sticking needles in people as an anesthesiologist, so all I had to do was change what I was injecting. I think what she really wanted was to get free botox for the rest of her life!  So, this and that happened and, low and behold, I found myself learning a new subspecialty and opening a cosmetic medicine practice.

What first interested you in the Medical Spa industry?

When I began learning about cosmetic medicine, lasers were a big part of the treatments that patients expected. I had been around lasers for years in the operating room and was very familiar with their operation. What I had to learn was application. I knew all about the technology but hadn’t treated patients myself. So I went out and obtained the training I needed to become a practitioner.

What drives you? What are you passionate about?

Entrepreneurship. Art. Learning a body of knowledge and being able to apply it at a very high level. I’m a very self-motivated person. If I want to know something, I go out and learn everything I can about it.

Describe one of the best experiences you’ve had with a client at Esteem.

I’ve had several patients who have gone through life changes, such as the death of a spouse, divorce, job changes, etc. They came to me looking for a makeover, looking to restore their self esteem and get them back in the game. They had the drive but not necessarily the confidence to move forward. Even having those conversations with me was a big step for them. 

Seeing their transformations, seeing them come out of their shells and reinvent themselves, and knowing that I helped in some small way, has been very rewarding.

Your wife and daughter both work with you at Esteem. What’s that like?

It’s great because they’re both consummate pro’s at what they do. 

What do you think sets Esteem apart from other Medical Spas?

The term medical spa is pretty loose. Most medical spas do not have a full time physician on site who renders treatments. Esteem is a real medical practice which specializes in cosmetic medicine. All the employees are directly supervised by the doctor who is on site. This creates more trust with our patients, because they know someone is always there with medical expertise.

Describe yourself in one sentence or less.

I am an optimistic fatalist.  Whatever will be will be, and it will be good!