I recently went to the Queens Museum, and was amazed by the special exhibit on the punk rock group, The Ramones. Just four guys from Forest Hills High School who captured a spirit that sparked a great revolution in music. With a distinctive sound, short lyrics, and a look that changed fashion, The Ramones remain one of the most recognizable groups in rock history.
In some ways, I identify with the group. When I was finishing my training at Columbia, the path of wisdom for me would have been to join a practice, join an academic institution, or go to a hot bed of plastic surgery like Park Avenue or Beverly Hills. I had an independent thought.
Opening a beautiful high rent office in Washington Heights, 100 blocks from anywhere, and marketing to the Hispanic community was not just outside the box, it blew up the box. The more I was told I couldn’t, the more I wanted to make it happen. No one was going to tell me my instincts were wrong, and if I failed, it would be on my terms.
Now, 19 years later, I am continuing to rock out at Yager Esthetics, creating some of the most compelling work around today. I err on the side of helping people, no matter the consequences, and 99% of my patients are pleased.
To those on Park Avenue, I wish you the best. Keep imitating and following the formula. I will blaze my own trail. To my Latina friends, “Gabba gabba, we accept you, we accept you, one of us! “