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Meet The Team


Laura McIntyre

Medical Director

Nurse Practitioner

Founder of Rise Medical Aesthetics

I’m the owner and creator of Rise Medical Aesthetics. As a Registered Nurse since 2006, I’ve been doing a variety of injections for over 15 years.  As I started my medical aesthetics career in 2020, facial injections have been a natural extension of my already well established practice. I am committed to the craft of aesthetic medicine by continually engaging in advanced practice education in dermal filler and neuromodulator injections.  I am excited to be working alongside very knowledgeable and talented injectors to provide therapeutic and cosmetic neuromodulator treatments as well as full face rejuvenation with dermal filler at Rise Medical Aesthetics.


In addition to launching Rise Medical Aesthetics, I completed my Master’s in Nursing, Nurse Practitioner Degree in 2019. I am passionate about advanced nursing practice and developing the profession towards a more holistic healthcare model.  I deliver full scope primary care across the patient’s lifespan and feel privileged to be a part of this profession.

I’m an Island Girl and Nurse at heart and I envisioned Rise Medical Aesthetics as a space where my community could come together in wellness. 


I look forward to meeting you and supporting your rise towards the best version of yourself!


Rachel Gaskell

Registered Nurse

As a Registered Nurse, I have worked in Oncology (primarily chemotherapy) for over ten years.


Prior to becoming a Registered Nurse, I was interested in a career in Medical Aesthetics, so after careful consideration and many years of practice, I completed my Medical Aesthetics training. I'm excited for this creative addition to my Nursing practice and using my medical expertise to help my clients at Rise.

In some ways, oncology and Medical Aesthetics could not be more different, but there are many skills that I have honed as an RN in cancer care that can be transferred to my work at Rise:

  • client safety, assessment, education, and comfort is always paramount.

  • injections must be precise, as well as gentle.

  • connecting with clients and helping put them at ease during their treatments.

I consider Medical Aesthetics an important facet of a holistic approach to health care.  It can increase our overall feeling of wellness, as well as address health and beauty concerns in unique ways.


I look forward to consulting with long-time and new clients along with the extraordinary team at Rise!


Shawna Chappell

Registered Nurse

My name is Shawna and I was born and raised in Nanaimo, B.C. I have been a Registered Nurse in this community for the last 7 years and completed my Bachelor of Nursing Degree at Vancouver Island University in 2015. Soon after graduation, I found a passion for Emergency Nursing and went on to finish my speciality Emergency Nursing training through BCIT.  In addition to my Medical Aesthetics practice, I continue to work in Nanaimo Regional General Hospital’s Emergency Department.

I have always had a strong passion for Medical Aesthetics and have dreamed of providing these services to my community. With my wide range of practical Nursing experience, knowledge of Human Anatomy, and years of clinical injecting experience, Medical Aesthetics has been a natural fit.  I have been a long time client, as well as advocate for cosmetic injectables and believe that the field of Medical Aesthetics has so many different applications that assist with body positivity and boosting self confidence.  The enjoyment that I gain through my Medical Aesthetics practice and from my satisfied clients has been nothing short of revelatory and has allowed me to excel in this area of medicine.

I'm excited to be working with a team of incredibly talented and knowledgeable injectors at Rise Medical Aesthetics and I can't wait to meet new clients and give them the treatment results that they've been dreaming of.


Rachel Dewar

Licensed Practical Nurse

Rachel is a dedicated professional who is deeply committed to providing individualized, customized, and natural treatment to each client. With a strong emphasis on safety and a holistic approach, she aims to ensure long-term success in her clients' aesthetic journey by enhancing their unique & natural beauty.

Rachel firmly believes that everyone deserves to feel beautiful and understands the significance of valuing oneself from within. Her passion lies in empowering individuals to embrace their unique beauty and helping them achieve their desired aesthetic goals.

Rachel’s journey began in nursing 8 years ago and she started practicing aesthetics in 2022. She is passionate about continuing education in nursing and keeps up-to-date with the latest techniques and practices in the aesthetics world.


Zachary Bélanger

Licensed Practical Nurse

Leah Dumaine

Registered Nurse

Zachary grew up here in Nanaimo, but began his career in medical aesthetics by attending the government accredited college for medical aesthetics and laser technology in Port Coquitlam. This education immersed him in comprehensive theory, paired with months of clinical hands on training and instructor led evaluations. This opportunity continues to allow Zach to demonstrate not only comprehensive education, but a practice of integrity and safety. 

Some of Zachary’s top values within the industry are evidence-based and ethical practice, communication & collaboration, patient education, and creating a space of safety for people to feel most comfortable in. Zach also ensures he jumps into any opportunities for continuing education. 

Zach’s goal is to help each individual feel their best, whether that be a new skincare routine, microneedling, chemical peels, or even a pep-talk! He understands that the journey will look different for each and every client. 

Zachary completed the LPN nursing program at VIU, and when he is not working as an aesthetic nurse, he is working in frontline addictions and harm reduction with the goal of providing primary and addictions care with a trauma-informed approach of meeting individuals where they are at.

For all things skincare and skin treatments, Zachary is excited to meet you and create a foundational plan to help you achieve your goals! 

Hello my name is Leah Dumaine.  I am a Registered Nurse have a Masters degree with a health focus and have been working at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital since 1994.  I have a passion for learning and on going education. I have worked in a wide range of nursing fields inclusive of: surgical nursing, recovery room, endoscopy, plastic surgery, project work, guideline writing and currently as a Clinical Navigator.  


I am passionate and enthusiastic for anti-aging and skin rejuvenation. This has led me to become an Aesthetic Nurse Specialist in 2007.  I attend numerous conferences, education sessions and article reviews several times a year.  This ensures that my knowledge is always current in this exciting field when new technologies, procedures and specialized products are continually advancing.

I am a member of the Dermatology Nurses Association and Canadian Society of Aesthetics Specialty Nurses, as well as an advanced injector of Allergan products Botox and Juvederm.


My goal is to educate and empower patients to feel their optimal self. 


Lauren MacLean

Registered Nurse

In 2014, Lauren graduated from North Island College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Shortly afterward, she relocated to the mainland to refine her skills as a new nurse, delving into a specialty in critical care and spending three years in the ICU.


Upon returning to Vancouver Island in 2019, Lauren shifted into post-anesthetic recovery nursing and completed  further education in renal dialysis. Her commitment to lifelong learning is evident, particularly in aesthetic nursing. Lauren's genuine commitment to client care is apparent in her approach. Drawing on her nursing experience, she delivers safe and meticulous care while providing a comfortable environment, always striving to meet clients' unique needs and goals. This dedication extends to her role at Rise Medical Aesthetics, where she aims to consistently bring her patients' best face forward.


Before entering the nursing field, Lauren's passion for enhancing people's beauty and confidence was evident in her work as an aesthetician and makeup artist. Alongside her ten year nursing career, she continued her education in makeup artistry, and has now been working with brides for fourteen years. Married for two years, Lauren, her husband, and their three fur babies are happily rooted in Nanaimo.

Outside the clinic, Lauren enjoys hiking with her husband and dog, snowboarding, and enjoying the local bodies of water during the summer months. Thrilled to be the newest member of Rise Medical Aesthetics, Lauren looks forward to working amongst the highly knowledgeable and skillful team at the clinic.

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