Andrea-Bensimon

Andrea Bensimon

RN, CANS

Executive Director,
Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist

Andrea Bensimon RN, CANS is one of the nation’s premier aesthetic nurse specialists. She has been a board certified plastic surgical nurse for over 18 years and is a Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist, a member of the Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists (SPSSCS) and an Associate Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Andrea began her aesthetic medicine mentorship under Dr. Richard H. Bensimon. More than two decades of this intensive training has given Andrea an expert understanding of detailed facial anatomy and facial aesthetics.

This expertise makes her especially skilled at the plastic surgical consult in concert with Dr. Richard Bensimon. Focusing on patient education, they offer patients a full range of options from the most minimally invasive to the more comprehensive surgical result. Andrea offers a high degree of expertise in non-surgical modalities and offers a unique perspective to facial aesthetics, providing non-surgical rejuvenation as an alternative and adjunct to surgery.

In the industry, she travels extensively and is a gifted instructor and national speaker presenting original work at the American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses and sharing her expertise with other practitioners. She has served as faculty for Aesthetic Advancements Inc., one of the largest non-surgical aesthetic training companies in the United States and as a consultant and national trainer for the manufacturers of Botox. Andrea is greatly appreciated by her patients for her soothing demeanor and comfortable treatments.

“My skill is derived from years of service in plastic surgery both in the operating room and in the clinical setting. I strive in all endeavors to help people feel better about themselves. My practice has evolved in the understanding that improved self- perception encompasses more than focusing on physical appearance. A wellness based practice that incorporates decreasing stress, eating whole foods and mindfulness practices clearly gives way to the most beautiful results. We are more aware now that feeling beautiful is a very powerful tool for increased happiness and improved health. The introduction of these services at our center has made this one of the most exciting years of my professional career. I look forward to helping our patients on their journey of self- discovery and am committed to the cultivation and sharing of joy in that role.” – Andrea L. Stapleton, RN CANS

Outside of the office

Andrea loves being outdoors, hiking, and gardening. Her floating home on the Columbia River offers a refreshing daily perspective of water nature all seasons of the year. She also enjoys fine wine, traveling, yoga, and whole food cooking.

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Tita Comeaux-Fortier

MSN, RN, FNP-BC

Medical Director of Non-Surgical Aesthetic Services

Tita is a board certified nurse practitioner and aesthetic medicine specialist with over 25 years’ experience in aesthetics, women’s health, nutrition and general medicine. She is a member of the International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, and the Nutritional Therapy Association. She has been instrumental in advancing aesthetic nursing standards in the state of Oregon through her work with the Oregon State Board of Nursing Rules Advisory Committee.

For the past 11 years her practice has focused exclusively on advanced medical aesthetics and nonsurgical facial rejuvenation. In addition to being an expert aesthetic injector and clinician, Tita is also a sought-after aesthetic instructor. She has trained and mentored physicians and nurses in the art and science of aesthetics. She is a national trainer for Galderma Laboratories, the manufacturers of Restylane & Dysport, and has authored and instructed courses in aesthetics, nutrition and health & wellness. A natural teacher, Tita is known for taking the time to educate her patients and thoroughly address their concerns.

Among her patients and colleagues, Tita is considered an artist. In addition to her nursing studies, she also attended graduate school to study art and architecture. “My studies in the arts have given me a unique understanding of the aesthetic principles that underpin beauty. I use this expertise with every one of my clients to create beautiful, believable results for them.”

Tita’s clients trust in her years’ of experience, artistic eye and honest, holistic approach. Clients are never pushed to do more than is comfortable or necessary. She believes that our inner and outer selves are of equal importance and not separate. “I approach every client’s face as a work of art, revealing the beauty that is present, but often unseen. The best results come from creating results that are both natural and impactful. I love doing this work which is so transformative, both physically and emotionally. Strengthening my client’s confidence and comfort in their own skin fuels my passion for this work.”

Outside of the office
More than anything, Tita loves to be creative and innovative. She is an avid gardener and dog lover. She loves travel and exploring different cultures, regional foods and architecture. She greatly enjoys the outdoors, hiking and cycling. Living both in Portland and in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, she enjoys the diversity and vibrancy of the city and peacefulness and beauty of being in nature.

Beauty is derived from both visible and invisible qualities which manifest on the surface, but whose source is from the deeper parts of ourselves. Our inner and outer self are not separate, but rather highly integrated. Exceptional aesthetic results come from treating both the surface and beyond.

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Kimberly Carson

MPH, C-IAYT

Director of Integrative and Holistic Services

Kimberly is a leading expert in the clinical application of mindfulness and yoga practices for medical environments. At the Bensimon Center, she oversees the implementation of the integrative holistic services into the surgical context.

In addition, Kimberly is a health educator and yoga therapist at Oregon Health & Science University, specializing in the therapeutic use of mindfulness and yoga. Kimberly has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for close to 20 years. She currently offers mindfulness classes to cardiac, oncology, chronic pain, and internal medicine patients. Kimberly has developed and taught yoga programs being researched at Duke University Medical Center and OHSU.

The Mindful Yoga Program, developed by Kimberly and her husband Jim, has been shown in research trials to significantly reduce pain and fatigue in women with metastatic breast cancer, breast cancer survivors, as well as women with fibromyalgia. Kimberly currently serves on National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical research trials evaluating yoga and mindfulness interventions in patients with opioid-dependency and chronic pain, metastatic breast cancer, and MS and is the co-author on more than three dozen peer-reviewed articles. She co-directs national professional trainings for yoga teachers and physical therapists at OHSU and Duke Integrative Medicine.