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Meet The Team


Laura McIntyre

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’ve begun to do medical aesthetics, facial injections have been a natural extension of my already well established practice and I’m looking forward to exploring different medical treatments such as dermal fillers, sclerotherapy, and microneedling. I am excited to be working alongside very knowledgeable and talented supporting physicians to provide therapeutic and cosmetic injectable neuromodulator treatments.  


In addition to launching Rise Medical Aesthetics, I completed my Master’s in Nursing, Nurse Practitioner Degree in 2019 and currently work a half-time position at the Nexus Primary Care Clinic in Nanaimo, as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  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 health of your life!


Dr. Lisa Van Aerde


Lisa completed her medical degree at the University of British Columbia in 2010. She went on to do her family medicine training in Nanaimo. She is board certified with the College of Family Physicians of Canada. She has practiced medicine in a variety of clinic settings and currently works at the Oceanside Health Centre in Parksville.


Lisa enjoys the practice of esthetic medicine. She finds the results rewarding and enjoys the satisfaction it brings her patients. She takes time with her clients to better understand their needs and she strives to provide an honest consultation.

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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.

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