Are you an expert in the field of aesthetics, skincare, health or wellness? Are you interested in being listed in our directory? Learn about our code and the credentials we abide by first.
The quality of an aesthetic or wellness treatment is inextricably linked to the skill and experience of the professional you have chosen, and your satisfaction—or devastation—is in their hands. It’s important that you go to someone you can trust.
But in such a highly saturated and misleading marketplace figuring out who to trust requires a lot of homework. And when friends don’t readily admit that a doctor is responsible for that lifted, lineless glow and media accepts advertisment dollars to push under qualified practitioners, where can you turn to find the best experts in their field?
This is what Charlotte’s Book is all about.
First things first – we make sure the expert is qualified. Sounds easy right? Well – its not these days. We check (and double check) all of our experts’ certifications and schooling. You would be surprised how many “experts” are not properly certified. Don’t be fooled by fancy websites, media features, or impressive offices.
Appropriate certification and training is obviously the most important part of choosing the right practitioner. But the other half of the equation is what we call the grey area: bedside manner, word-of-mouth, experience, and referrals. Charlotte is snobby when it comes to her beauty, health, and wellness.
We do not accept family practice physicians, physical therapists, or other practitioners that have transitioned their practice to cosmetics. To be listed as a dermatologist on our site you must be a board certified dermatologist. Our expert advisory board has mandated the requirements below:
All dermatologists listed are board certified by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD), which is part of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), a non-profit organization that is considered the gold standard of physician certification. Our dermatologists have also completed a specialized residency in dermatology after medical school. Once board certified, dermatologists can seek membership in a variety of key medical-based organizations that uphold strict standards of safety, and aesthetic and medical excellence. We select dermatologists who are members of the American Academy of Dermatology and/or the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
All plastic surgeons listed are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, which is part of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), a non-profit organization that is considered the gold standard of physician certification. They have also completed a specialized residency in surgery, otolaryngology, or orthopedics prior to an additional plastic surgery training residency. Once board certified, plastic surgeons can seek membership in a variety of key medical-based organizations that uphold strict standards of safety, and aesthetic and medical excellence. We select doctors who are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and/or the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
A quick note on semantics: aesthetician, esthetician and facialist all mean the same thing—a skincare specialist. Aesthetician is our preferred term because it implies extensive training, but the true indication of an expert’s qualifications is based on their credentials. All aestheticians listed have formal cosmetology or aesthetic training, are state-licensed, have in-depth product knowledge and extensive experience administering clinical skin treatments, such as LED, peels, microcurrent, dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, as well as classic European facials.
All clinical nutritionists listed are either a Registered Dietician (RD) or Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN), which indicates they meet all the requirements of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), or they may be a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), which means they are board certified by the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists (CBNS). Plus, they must also be a Certified Dietician Nutritionist (CDN), which indicates they are state licensed.
As there isn’t a nationwide gold-standard board to certify holistic nutritionists, the credentials we look for are based on education and experience. For health coaches we look at the Institute Of Integrative Nutrition as the standard. We also look at integrative medicine programs at well-respected schools such as the Institute for Integrative Medicine, University of Bridgeport and Clayton College. It is also important that they be board certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP).
All acupuncturists listed are state licensed and board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Their education includes a Masters of Science in Acupuncture or a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine, which includes acupuncture and herbal medicine.
All Charlotte’s Book Experts’ offices and locations are held to the strictest level of cleanliness, are immaculately maintained and offer a safe, comforting environment for the most discriminating patient.
All Charlotte’s Book Experts’ staffs adhere to the stringent standards they have established within their practices.
All Charlotte’s Book Experts’ keep accurate records of all treatments performed for each patient or client.
All Charlotte’s Book Experts’ require patients to sign informed consent agreements prior to their procedures, ensuring they are aware of the associated benefits, risks, longevity of results and what to expect during treatment.
All Charlotte’s Book Experts’ offer patients or clients a variety of treatment options, explaining the pros and cons of each one.
All doctors in our Charlotte’s Book Expert directory buy injectables, lasers and other non-invasive treatments and devices directly from their respective manufacturer.