We feel so lucky to have the wonderful Christina Martineau, PA-C join our team this fall. A board-certified Physician Assistant, Christina is a medical and cosmetic dermatology specialist who loves all things skin. We’re excited to share her bright personality with you. Here she dishes on what a Physician Assistant does, her favorite must-have beauty product, and what it’s like to be a working mom to three adorable boys.
Where are you from?
I grew up in Fairfield County, moved away to Philly for PA school, and then moved to New York City for several years. I always knew I wanted to raise my kids in Fairfield County, so I’m excited to be back.
When did you first become fascinated with skincare?
Can you believe I didn’t wear an ounce of makeup or think about my skin until college? And then I became a Sephora junkie! I do have fond memories of my mother and grandmother always putting on Oil of Olay and Ponds cold cream and those smells still take me back to childhood.
What do you love about being a Physician Assistant?
I think that as a Physician Assistant I have the best of both worlds because I’m able to care for my own patients, but I can also collaborate with a board-certified dermatologist on especially difficult cases.
What’s your top piece of advice for taking care of your skin?
Stay out of the sun! We all need our vitamin D, but keeping your face and neck out of the sun is essential to preventing premature aging. I believe in daily SPF—and that everyone needs a beautiful wide-brimmed hat in their closet!
Tell us more about your teen acne clinic!
I love treating teens and improving their skin. It’s amazing to see how their personality comes out as their acne clears. Teenage years are hard enough and with social media, they are even more complicated. If they can share their photos with #nofilter, I’ll be one happy provider. We offer extended hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays to accommodate high schoolers who may want an appointment after school and sports practice.
What’s your favorite beauty product?
A good tinted sunscreen is a must-have. It’s part sunscreen, part makeup, and for a busy mama like me, it’s a life-saver! I’ve been loving Isdin’s Eryfotona Ageless tinted sunscreen lately. It’s super lightweight and has repair complexes built in.
What’s your family life like?
Organized chaos. And LOUD. The pitter-patter of little feet up and down the stairs starts around 5am, followed by laughter, crying, whining, sometimes all at the same time. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Who needs a quiet life anyway? Family means the most to me. Weekends consist of either hockey, soccer, or lacrosse practice followed by time with family or friends and a good meal. I’m a lucky girl—my husband does all the cooking in the house!
What’s it like being a working mom with three boys?
WILD! For me, working makes me appreciate our family time even more as weekends feel like a blink. The boy world is all new to me, I grew up with a sister, so I am figuring it out as I go and I am totally following their lead. We are always outside, doing anything and everything that involves a ball and speed. They have endless energy.
Being at work is easier sometimes and definitely quieter! They are at the age where everyone greets me at the door like they haven’t seen me in weeks, when it’s only been 8 hours.
So let’s talk self-care. What does that look like for you these days?
Because our day starts so early, I get my myself to bed early. My youngest just turned 7 months, so thank goodness sleep is getting less disturbed.
To book an appointment with Christina, call our office at 203.764.2230 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.