Dandelion Medical Aesthetics is owned and operated by Dawn Morris, MS, APN, FNP-C. Dawn earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Northern Colorado in 2000. During her 14 year career as a Registered Nurse, Dawn worked in both the emergency department and plastic surgery, excelling in both roles. Dawn graduated with honors from Regis University in Denver, Colorado with a Master of Science in 2014 and has since worked as an Advanced Practice Nurse. In total, Dawn has nearly two decades of patient care experience. She is a nationally certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the National Acedemy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners. She is educated, certified, licensed and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions affecting the entire body and every age of the lifespan. Dawn has advanced education and experience in the management of aesthetic and cosmetic skin concerns, as well as diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases. In all her years of patient care, Dawn’s most acclaimed characteristic by her colleagues is patient advocacy; that is doing what is in the best interest for each and every patient, every single time.
Dawn is a Colorado native. She and her husband have been married for nine years and together have two children (three, if you count the doggie!). She enjoys her family, snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling, gardening and making you look and feel your very best. Dawn is proud to offer her services at Dandelion Medical Aesthetics and is looking forward to meeting you!
Allison Miller, BS, RN joined Dandelion Medical Aesthetics in early 2018. Allison earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education: Community Health and Human Services from Georgia College & State University in 2000. Soon after, she recognized her passion for patient care and in 2003 graduated with a Registered Nurse degree from Macon State College. During her 15-year nursing career, she has worked in the Emergency Room and pre- and post-operative areas. Allison is certified, educated and experienced in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures like Botox, dermal filler and Kybella treatments. She excels at assessment and education regarding patient’s cosmetic concerns. She is a member of the American Aesthetic Association and the Dermatology Nurse Association. Allison’s colleagues and patients describe her as an expert nurse as well as helpful, friendly and hard working. She prides herself on her integrity in all aspects of patient care.
Allison was born and raised in Georgia. She moved to Colorado in 2006 and fell in love with this wonderful state. She has been married for 10 years and has a 21-year old stepson and a 6-year old daughter, plus two dogs and a cat. She enjoys spending time with family, exercising, attending live concerts and just about anything outdoors. Sharing the same values and integrity as Dandelion Medical Aesthetics’ founder and owner, Dawn Morris, MS, APN, FNP-C, we are pleased to have Allison as a part of the team to deliver patients the care they deserve and the cosmetic results they expect.
I have often been asked why I named my aesthetics practice after, well . . . a weed. What better way to introduce Dandelion Medical Aesthetics and welcome you to our philosophy of patient care, than to justify our namesake?
On a walk in the park, my young son picked a yellow flower from the sidewalk. A dandelion. Its yellow face was the size of a quarter and its stem short. It was like all the others I’ve known to pepper fields and yards begging for fertilizer, the kind with weed stop. But this dandelion, this one was beautiful to my son and he chose to share it with me. Certainly during other walks and hikes or even just meandering around the yard, I have shown my boys the glorious “poof” stage of the evolving dandelion. “Make a wish and blow!” I would say and the breeze safely held their dreams.
The dandelion is, quite honestly, one of nature’s many miracles, despite being thought of as a nuisance. The dandelion has a rosette pattern of leaves that draws water into the plant and its roots, making it stronger because it is literally more deeply rooted. While it attracts necessary bees to the garden to pollinate other plants, the dandelion itself does not require a bee to propagate. The sunny flower closes at night, likely to get it’s necessary “beauty sleep” and ultimately evolves to the poof of seeds that are spread with just a blow of the wind (or a wish).
The dandelion roots can be roasted to make coffee, its flower can be found in tea and there is even dandelion wine. Dandelion leaves can be eaten in salads or are sautéed like spinach. The greens are known to contain many healthy vitamins and minerals. Some cultures use the dandelion for its medicinal properties to treat various health conditions. The dandelion even produces natural latex and is being tested as an alternative to rubber trees. In truth, the entire dandelion is consumable and valuable.
To a young child, or those young at heart, the dandelion is beauty, love, endearing whimsy and hope. To the gardener, it is a beacon to necessary bees and its prolific lifespan is an example of nature’s authority, contributing to ecological sustainability. The health-conscious recognize the influence of the dandelion’s contributions to health and the body. To me, the humble dandelion showcases the uncovering of beauty where you may not have recognized it before, harnessing strength hidden deep inside, creating significance from something that was otherwise trivial, and ultimately, it represents my wish to offer patients the care and attention they deserve.