“I love giving my patients back the structure in their face that can dissipate due to the natural course of ageing. It is like reframing a beautiful painting.”
Alexa Roetger was only 15-years-old when she needed a bilateral shoulder reconstruction. While this procedure is gruelling on its own, it was at this time that doctors discovered that Alexa was allergic to anaesthetic. The downside meant an extra week in hospital, but the silver lining was that Alexa discovered her passion.
“I was so vulnerable, but the nurses made me feel safe. This is where my love for nursing began. Their actions were so selfless, it inspired me to want to help people in the same way.”
She graduated with academic honours in Bachelor of Nursing at Griffith University, then began her career at Gold Coast University hospital in the renal dialysis unit moving on to theatre and recovery.
“My passion for helping people grew, along with my keen interest in skin, which led me to embark on my aesthetic nursing journey.”
She completed extensive advanced training with Derma Medical and months of private mentoring with Cosmetic Nurse specialist Gaynor Richardson on the Gold Coast before completing advanced training with The Face Academy. This inspired her to open her own clinic, Aesthetica Byron Bay.
As the clinic’s registered nurse, Alexa is focused on delivering natural-looking results with a holistic approach to facial improvement.
“I believe here in Byron we all want to look our best without appearing ‘done’. Injecting is a fine art, as with anything it is always best to start slow and introduce more as you go. My philosophy is to enhance my patients’ best features, rather than trying to 'fix' what they don't like. Every client I have is just as important as the next, everyone who walks into our beautiful little clinic will walk out feeling beautiful.”
Get to know Alexa
What to you love to do when you’re not at work?
I love yoga, horse riding, travel, surfing (not well) and have recently taken up skate boarding (wrist guards and all). However, my most favourite hobby is listening to live music and living in Byron have been privy to hearing some musical legends.
We hear your husband is a bit of a musical legend himself?
He’s a Byron local, a musician whom was lucky enough to tour the world with one of his bands. He is now also in a couple of local bands called 'Pilots' and 'Bed Club'. We met on a night out on the town when we were very young, and the rest is history.
Tell us about your fur babies…
I have three fur babies; Lola - a chihuahua, Tucker - a french bulldog and Skellator - my beautiful gentle adopted greyhound.
You once met Nelson Mandela?
Yes, when I was 7-years-old, he remains my idol to this day. I’m a South African-born Australian.
By Amanda Wright