Sara Wilson is an advanced registered nurse practitioner at Amara Med Spa’s Ponte Vedra Beach location. She is a Jacksonville native and is happy to still call the First Coast home years later with her husband and five children now living in Vilano Beach. Family has always had a major influence in Wilson’s life, as it was her grandmother that inspired her to become a nurse.
Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I was born into a Navy family in Jacksonville, which probably comes as no surprise. As a kid I spent a handful of years in Maryland with my family, but we moved back to Jacksonville, and I have lived in the area ever since.
What led you to choosing a career in the medical field?
My grandmother was a nurse, so she really spurred my interest in it. I was a bedside nurse for 10 years working in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit). I continued my education and got my master’s degree in family medicine and have been specializing in plastic/reconstructive surgery and aesthetic medicine since 2016.
What was it like going from the ICU to aesthetic medicine?
It was a transition for sure, because I was used to death and dying in the ICU, while aesthetic and plastic surgery is on the other side of things and deals with much more positive outcomes.
What do you enjoy most about your job at Amara Med Spa?
I pride myself in being able to make natural and subtle enhancements that allow for a patient’s beauty to be seen. It’s all about helping them find that look they are looking for that works for them.
I love that it’s a new day every day, and I’m not just injecting faces all the time, I get to work in so many aspects of the job, including working with lasers.
It’s been awesome to see how fast Amara has grown all the offices that we have opened up across town now. It does help that as a staff we’ve all been doing this for years now, so the experience in the field is there.
What are some of the challenges that you are faced with?
Being able to say “no” to patients is something that can be very helpful to them finding the look that works for them.
People look at all that’s out there online and they see all the fillers people are using. It seems like everyone wants to look like the Kardashians, but that is usually not the right path for them.
It is a real issue that people are confronted with out there.
I know you mentioned your grandmother as a child, but where do you find your support currently?
I love spending time with my five children, and it also helps that my husband works from home.
It’s always so important to remember to put family first, and I feel that if you do that, you and everything from there is headed down the right path.
What do you love most about living in the local area?
We live in Vilano Beach, and it is just breathtaking every day. Another thing I love most is that there are just such good people in this community. Jacksonville is definitely the biggest smallest city, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
We are also season ticket holders for the Jaguars and enjoy going to games as a family.