About Us

About Dermessentials Medi-spa

Derm Essentials Medical Spa was formed in March 2002. Owner and operator is Sharon Schwindt, RN. Our team is committed to excellence and quality, ensuring client satisfaction and trust. Our Medi-spa is located in the seaside town of Comox, in the beautiful Comox Valley on central Vancouver Island. Get Directions

Our Medical Staff

Dr. Byron Ham

Dr. Byron Ham  |   Medical Director

Dr. Ham graduated in 1975 from the University of Saskatchewan with his B.Sc. and M.D. with an internship in Michigan. Since, he has worked as a full-time family and emergency physician in Surrey, BC.

Dr. Ham is certified with Allergan Canada in Botox Cosmetic, and Juvederm Injections. As well he is certified in Restore Fraxel laser treatments. He owns CarePlace Laser in Whiterock and is the medical director at Dermessentials Inc.

Memberships: BCMA, College of Physicians of BC, Minuru Medical Society CME

Sharon Schwindt   |   RN, Owner / Operator

Sharon is a Registered Nurse licensed under the CRNBC with 40+ years of combined hospital and cosmetic medical services. She is a Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS) and is an advanced injector of Allergan products Botox and Juvederm since 2002.

Certified by Syneron Canada, using Elos technology in Laser hair removal, Skin rejuvenation, Skin tightening and Sublation.
Advocates continuing education and updating of skills to stay current.
Offers complimentary consults to enable clients in choosing the appropriate program for their custom regime

Dr. Susan Booth   |   Medical Director

Dr. Susan Booth graduated from the University of Manchester, UK in 1981. She worked in a general practice until 2009 when she moved to Canada. She obtained her Canadian MD and has been working in General Practice and addiction medicine in Alert Bay and Campbell River.In 2016,  Dr. Susan Booth was certified in Botox Cosmetic, and Juvederm Injections and joined our Medical Director team at Dermessentials.

Jody Christensen

Jody   |   LPN, Lamprobe / Laser Technician & Skin Specialist

Jody is attentive to listen to clients requests, to assist them in developing a plan to encourage success.

Certified Coolsculpting Technician
Offers combined hospital and cosmetic experience.
Trained in Lamprobe,  Hydrafacial and LED therapy treatments.
Certified by Syneron Canada, using Elos technology in the following treatments:

  • Laser hair removal
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Skin tightening
  • Sublation

Technicians & Office Staff

Chelan   |   Manager / Laser Technician

Chelan has been with Dermessentials since 2010 and is experienced in a variety of areas within the clinic.

Certified Coolsculpting Technician
Trained in Hydrafacial and LED therapy treatments
Certified by Syneron Canada, using Elos technology in the following treatments:

  • Laser hair removal
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Skin tightening
  • Sublation

Brandy |  Certified Coolsculpting Team Lead, Laser Technician & Skin Specialist

Brandy enjoys the opportunity to meet clients and accommodate individual needs and appointments. She is experienced and able to discuss the various procedures and products offered at the clinic.

Certified Coolsculpting Team Lead
Trained in Hydrafacial and LED therapy treatments
Certified by Syneron Canada, using Elos technology in the following treatments:

  • Laser hair removal
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Skin tightening
  • Sublation

Skye |  Laser Technician, Certified Coolsculpting Technician & Skin Specialist

Skye is a graduate of the Canadian Optic and Laser Center as well as being certified by Coolsculpting. She is passionate about skin health and enjoys assisting clients in reaching their skin and body goals.

Certified Coolsculpting Technician
Trained in Hydrafacial and LED therapy treatments
Certified by Canadian Optic and Laser Center,  in the following treatments:

  • Laser hair removal
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Skin tightening
  • Sublation

Meghan   |   Office Assistant

Courtenay   |   Office Assistant