AwareNow: Issue 25: The Light Edition

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‘FELLOW TRAVELERS’ EXCLUSIVE COLUMN BY LAURA SHARPE

THE MEDICAL ARTIST

A CONVERSATION WITH RUTH SWISSA In September 2017, I and Artists For Trauma (AFT) had the gift of being introduced to Ruth Swissa, C.M.M., via our philanthropic, community integrative health collaboration team sparked by humanitarian Sharon Levine, then executive producer for EXTRA TV, lead plastic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Frankel of the renowned Lasky Clinic in Beverly Hills, California, Artists For Trauma, Dr. Peter Grossman of The Grossman Burn Foundation and Ruth Swissa C.M.M. Ruth has provided her time, medical talent and treasure, to disfigured trauma survivors via her long term, integrative health treatments, collaborating with renowned plastic surgeons and non-profits to reconstruct and empower some of the globes’ most challenged trauma survivors disfigured by breast cancer reconstruction, horrific burns from multiple causes, and other life altering scarring incidents. It is an honor to introduce you to the integrative health professional Ruth Swissa, a highly trained certified medical micropigmentation specialist with over 25 years of professional, international medical training and experience.

LAURA: Ruth, please introduce yourself and share a bit about yourself. No one can do it better than you.

RUTH: My name is Ruth Swissa. I’m a medical micropigmentation specialist. I am second generation PMU (Permanent Make Up) & medical tattoo artist . For 25 years, I’ve studied micropigmentation for scars. Of course, with all of this, I have a background of art. I graduated in 1985 from art school, and I’m so happy because I know it’s things

THE MEDICAL ARTIST

LAURA: That is really beautifully stated. That is the strength of our integrative health partnership and what you have been providing for all these decades with your training as a medical professional and as an artist. I also share with our viewers, the focus of the ‘Fellow Travelers’ column, that this particular edition of AwareNow is called ‘The Light EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH RUTH SWISSA BY LAURA SHARPE Edition’. It’s about finding light in the dark. So, know that trauma, tragedy and miracles are all a part of the life process. They do not discriminate or distribute fairly. Simultaneously, it’s amazing what we’ve learned about life and trauma. It’s occurring across all diverse cultures, ethnicities, colors, countries, genders, religions and humanity. You’ve worked with many, many extraordinarily challenged traumas survivors beyond most people’s imaginations, and you do it with so much positivity. CLICK, TAP OR SCAN

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