Marea Brennan Thorns
One of the first aesthetic nursing pioneers, Marea is an advanced nurse practitioner with an MSc in Leadership and Management in Clinical Practice. She is an independent nurse-prescriber and owns and is the clinical lead of three clinics in the South East.
BACN - British Association of Cosmetic Nurses
Marea first trained as a general nurse over 40 years ago and worked in both the NHS and in critical care hospitals overseas. Marea noticed there were very few specialist medical aesthetics practices in the 1990’s within this country. At the time Collagen injections were often carried out in plastic surgeons’ offices rather than dedicated clinics. Marea made the decision to train and establish herself as one of the first independent aesthetic nurses in the country.
As well as starting in her own practice, she voluntarily co-founded and chaired the first Aesthetic Nurse Forum at The Royal College of Nursing, and was a co-author of the published nursing competencies in aesthetic medicine. Marea hadn’t been married long and her children were young, but the drive and fascination was there. Marea says “I loved every moment of these early times, business start up, using my art and nursing together and developing new skills”. Marea has a prescribing qualification as well as MSc. She goes on to say “My children are grown-up now and Stephen and I have grandchildren, but we still enjoy working in our clinics and making a real difference for our patients.”