The gift of enmeshing intuitive beauty with science and one’s individual physiology takes years if not decades to develop. It then demands not asking:“What needs to be fixed?” Rather: “What should come next?” and then a distant look to the future for more.
Dr. Rheuark began building his scientific knowledge base via attendance at UC Santa Barbara and then UC Berkeley. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Chemistry in 1983 with Distinction in the Major by submitting his senior thesis discussing organometallic compounds, earning Highest Honors (GPA >3.95), and scoring 20 units of A plus graded course work. His junior year of college was spent at the University of Sussex as an Education Abroad Ambassador to the UK.
He was then admitted to the UC Berkeley Graduate Studies in Chemistry and completed a Masters in Science in1986. Along with Harvard, UC Berkeley’s Graduate Chemistry Department is ranked one of the most prestigious in the world (sorry Stanford). Research interests at that time addressed intercellular communication, viruses and protein sequencing. Whereas, many surgeons/aestheticians may have difficulties describing the science behind the aesthetic devices they pander, Dr. Rheuark has the intimate understand of the science of why one technique will work and why another won’t. It’s called knowing the science.
Dr. Rheuark then received his Doctorate in Medicine (MD) at UC Irvine, finished 6th in a class of 82, and initiated as a Member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society in1991. Research interests at the time addressed the development of the inner ear sensory organs.
Now Dr. Rheuark learns how to operate: He completed post graduate medical and surgical training at his first choice of programs at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery in1996. Head and Neck Surgeons are responsible for treating all aspects of the head and neck, including, cancer, sinus, thyroid, salivary gland, reconstruction of all of the face, (bone included) and all external soft tissue and skin. He had the privilege of operating with David Hardesty of facial plastics, and James Heinrich (fellow of Dean Toriumi, Chicago). Unlike many aestheticians practicing in the South Bay without any formal surgical training, Dr. Rheuark worked with all layers of the facial aesthetic, not just the “skin and a few millimeters deep.”
He started practicing in Torrance 1996 followed by membership in various organizations include: Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, and Member of the Board of Directors with the South Bay Independent Physicians Association.
Besides fun with aesthetics, what else is fun for Dr. Rheuark? Anything involving warm water, cold snow and his family. They sail all over: Caribbean, BVIs, Tahiti, Tuamotus, Southern California, Catalina, Mexico and even lakes in Idaho. On top of the water includes, paddle boards, kayaks, bogey boarding, wind surfing, cliff jumping, dingy rides, inner tubes, floating, and relaxing. Under the water includes snorkeling and scuba with his family and his son, who just got certified to 60 feet at age 13. Snow stuff includes, skiing, boarding, tubing, hot tubs, sleeping in, making waffles and hanging out at Tamarack Resort inIdaho. Tai Kwon Do, Ishin Ryu karate, Pilates and spin classes keep him mobile.