Marea Brennan Thorns is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and co-founder of the MBNS Clinic and Qutis Clinics.
Marea originally studied art but after qualifying, changed direction and moved immediately into nurse training. After becoming a registered nurse in 1976, Marea completed a post registration qualification in intensive and coronary care nursing. Armed with this, Marea secured a position as a senior sister and moved to Holland where she specialised in Cardiac Surgery ITU Nursing at the University Hospital of Utrecht for 4 years.
On returning to England Marea found the NHS culture quite different to that in Holland and embarked on a new career in pharmaceutical and medical devices companies. After 12 years and several jobs Marea felt the pull to move back into nursing in independent practice.
In 1996, Marea worked as a peripatetic aesthetic nurse before co-founding Medico Beauty Nurse Services (MBNS) in 1999 with fellow business partner and nurse practitioner, Stephanie Green.
During 2001-2004 Marea chaired the Royal College of Nursing’s forum for nurses working in aesthetic medicine and was a member of the steering group responsible for the development and publication of Aesthetic Nursing Competencies, now available from the RCN.
She has been instrumental in developing advanced soft tissue augmentation injection techniques for lip enhancement, as well as optimal correction of facial lines and facial sculpting. More recently, she has been involved with injection technique training courses, for cosmetic use of [Treatment name removed] Treatments and volumetric lifting of the face. She is a frequent speaker at national professional conferences and seminars.
Marea was a member of the Allergan faculty of VISTABEL® validators.
In June 2007 Marea completed an advanced nurse qualification as an Independent Nurse Prescriber at Oxford Brookes University.
Marea has continued to study at Oxford Brookes University and has recently gained a Master of Science Degree (MSc). Her research dissertation was titled “The transition process from NHS to private practice for nurses working in aesthetic medicine and the experience of mentorship”.
Quite appropriate given her experience!