As a nurse practitioner in occupational health at Mass General Hospital, an esthetics nurse at VEGA and a part time yoga instructor, Farrah appreciates surrounding herself with doing things to make people feel better. “To me, they aren’t just jobs but a hobby. I find gratitude in doing what I am passionate about,” says Farrah. Growing up, Farrah was always involved in the sciences with both parents in the medical industry, however, nursing was something she settled into on her own terms. “I fell into it but when I look back, I don’t think I could do anything else.” Similar to finding a path in nursing, Farrah found a path in beauty by a chance meeting that led to her breaking into the botox market, first studying in New York then coming back to join VEGA. We’re thrilled to introduce a soul as positively radiant as Farrah’s as this week’s meet the practitioner:
What’s one thing you’ve learned about botox that surprises you?
How good it actually makes people feel. You would think something so little as getting rid of one wrinkle wouldn’t mean anything but that’s how society has made us present ourselves and doing anything to make someone feel better; it changes their confidence and changes their mood. They’re so happy with the result when I check in with them two weeks later and then each time after that when they come back. My reward is knowing that people love their results.
What’s something you wish people knew about botox?
When people say, “It’s going to make you look overdone or fake” I want them to know that it depends on the practitioner you’re going to. People get scared of it because they think of celebrities who have it overdone but the goal is to give them a natural look; not to make them look like they’ve had work done.
Do you have a role model?
I look up to Ashley—anyone who’s a strong woman, entrepreneur that had these ideas then makes it their reality. That’s something I strive for–to have this vision and be able to execute it like others who have made their dreams come true, something that they’re passionate about and have taken it, twisted it and made it their own, in order to live their life doing what they love. People who are living their happy life.
What’s something that not a lot of people know about you?
I feel like I’m an open book and wear my feelings on my sleeve but let’s see… I love sweets, red velvet cupcakes are my fave. I always wanted to be a veterinarian, I love animals. My dream would be to go to South Africa to safari. Or, to go to Australia and see kangaroos and koalas.
You do so many different things, but what’s a semi-typical day for you?
I get up at 6 a.m., no makeup, throw on my glasses and throw my hair up, then run to work. I work a 10.5 hour day, so I get out at 5 p.m. and the day is usually pretty busy. Seeing patients back to back with physicals, employee work exposures—it can be high stress sometimes. So, I get out and take the 5.30/6 p.m. class at Title Boxing then just come home, eat dinner and go to bed. It’s a full day. Also, to wind down, my guilty pleasure is reality TV–Vanderpumps, The Bachelor, or anything on Bravo.
Do you have a standard meal you cook?
Spaghetti squash, grilled chicken, baked chicken, anything that’s easy! Or I go out to eat a lot at places like Dig Inn or Sweet Green because then it’s easy to grab and go.
Is there a daily mantra you live by?
Little things on Instagram. Anything that I can relate to that makes me feel empowered on that day is what I can channel through a day and my intention for the day. It always changes. When I teach yoga, we offer an intention for each class so I offer something I’m lacking for that day—like strength, compassion—then I offer that and speak to that.
Describe VEGA’s space in 5 words:
Power, visions, strength, beauty, passion.