Workplace romances often end badly, but not for Cary Deuber. Through her job as a Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant (CRNFA), she met — and eventually married — plastic surgeon, Dr. Mark Deuber. Today, the couple practices from Lemmon Avenue Plastic Surgery & Laser Center℠, where she administers medical aesthetics treatments and assists in the operating room. They even recently launched their own professional skincare line, Lemmon AvenueTM.
“It can be difficult to separate work from personal life, but we do our best,” Deuber says of her constant couple-time. “The best part [about working with my husband] is that I get to see him every day . . . the worst part is that I see him every day!”
When she’s not working — either in front of cameras for Bravo®’s Real Housewives of Dallas or otherwise — Deuber enjoys yoga and Barry’s Bootcamp®. Most importantly, she prioritizes quality time with her family (including her daughter, Zuri, and her stepchildren, Grey and Lara). For the Deubers, quality time involves eating food — lots of it, and of the highest quality.
“Mark and I love to eat at Michelin® restaurants all over the world,” says Deuber. “We typically travel to eat.” (Some of her favorite spots: Atelier Crenn℠ in San Francisco, The French Laundry® in Napa, Eleven Madison Park® in Manhattan, and L’Arpege℠ in Paris.) The Deubers are so serious about travel and gastronomy, they dedicate 14 weeks to vacation each year to feed their passion.
But don’t let their leisure time fool you: This couple works hard to play hard. Pull up a lounge chair to learn more about Deuber’s hectic work life — plus, her stance on injectables and why she doesn’t believe in “touchy-feely” facials.
Spotlyte: You’ve been a nurse for more than 20 years. What inspired you to pursue this field?
Cary Deuber: In high school, I began working at a dentist’s office as a dental assistant. Through that experience, I knew that I wanted to go into medicine. I went to Baylor University and for my BSN, then did a year internship in the operating room at Baylor University Medical Center®. Post-internship, I stayed in the operating room working in vascular and trauma surgery. After a few years, I was ready for a change and more education. I went back to school and got my CRNFA, and went into plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Spotlyte: What is a day in your shoes like?
CD: My days vary. Some days I am in more of a managerial role, running our laser center and [managing] nurse injectors. Other days, I am [with] my own patients from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. I take my daughter to school in the mornings, so I work around her schedule.
Spotlyte: What are your morning and evening beauty routines?
CD: In the morning, I wash with GlyCleanseTM and then put on H2O GlowTM moisturizer. Same thing in the evening. I like a simple skincare regimen that works and is easy to follow.
Spotlyte: Have you tried injectable wrinkle reducers?
CD: I started getting injectable wrinkle reducers in my twenties. One of my injectors — either Sivan or Jen at Lemmon Avenue Plastic Surgery and Laser Center — always injects me now.
Spotlyte: Have you tried injectable filler?
CD: Yes. I have had it twice in my lips and twice in my cheeks.
[Editor’s note: Injectable wrinkle reducers temporarily smooth the look of moderate to severe wrinkles in certain areas of the face, including the forehead, frown lines, and crow’s feet; they should not be used more frequently than every three months. Injectable filler is a temporary treatment that adds volume to areas of the face such as the lips, cheeks, and laugh lines. Like any medical treatment, both injectable wrinkle reducers and injectable fillers have potential risks and side effects. Talk to a licensed provider to see if they’re right for you. And learn more now by chatting with a trained aesthetic specialist.]
Spotlyte: Do you get facials?
CD: I don’t get touchy-feely facials. I get HydraFacials® at Lemmon Ave. I love them because they cleanse your skin — like, seriously suck everything out of your pores — and hydrate.
Spotlyte: Which in-office treatments do you feel have made the biggest difference?
CD: Injectable wrinkle reducers. I would cry if I couldn’t get them!
Spotlyte: How has your job impacted your take on plastic surgery, if at all?
CD: For me, my takeaway from the years of working in plastic surgery is “less is more.” Always do your research and be sure that your expectations are aligned with your healthcare provider’s.
Spotlyte: How has being on TV influenced your thoughts on injectables, plastic surgery, and other treatments?
CD: I don’t think it has impacted my opinion of injectables. Viewers have made comments about my appearance, but that is the nature of the business. I take it with a grain of salt.
Spotlyte: What beauty advice have you adopted from your co-stars or other TV personalities?
CD: Honestly, I’ve learned that everyone has their own secret recipe of what makes them look great. We all have different skin types and genetic makeups that make us beautifully different. I’ve learned to stick with what I know when it comes to skincare and [medical aesthetics], because no one knows my face like I do. It also helps that I’m a science nerd who researches skincare for a living.
Spotlyte: What's the best piece of advice you’ve received, and who gave it to you?
CD: The best advice I was given was in my early thirties. My husband Mark taught me to “work hard and play hard.” Mark and I enjoy traveling all over the world. When we are in Dallas, we work our tails off so that we can enjoy our vacations. We run our practice efficiently so that we are able to enjoy our days off. It is so important in today's society that people learn to balance work and play. It makes for much more productive people at work if they have something on the horizon that is exciting! A goal to work toward. A vacation, a dinner, a party . . . fun.
Spotlyte: Goals and fun sound like a great mix. Tell us: what’s your mantra?
CD: Have no regrets in life and never look back.
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