Violette Parzin Girbinski, MD, is an amazing woman for many reasons. Not least of them, she has recently joined the team of Forever Laser Institut as Medical Director, the first to take this role and embrace this position since my father started our medical spa. It takes a woman of character, talent, excellence (medical and otherwise), and patience to lead, innovate, and enhance Forever Laser Institut. I could not be happier to have her join our team!
AP: What city were you born in? VPG: Teheran, Iran.
AP: What city to do you live in? VPG: Lausanne, Switzerland.
AP: What is your middle name? VPG: I don’t have one…
AP: What is your astrological sign? VPG: Cancer. Which means I am kind, intuitive, family-oriented, and do not like conflict…
AP: What is something about you most people don’t know? VPG: I love to paint!
AP: What is your most prized possession? VPG: My twins. They are my life.
AP: If you could have dinner with the person of your choice, who would it be? VPG: Angela Merkel. She is such a strong leader.
AP: Describe your fashion style in three words maximum. VPG: Classic chic.
AP: Do you wear a watch? If yes, what model? VPG: Yes always! And always Jaegger Lecoultre.
AP: Diamonds or pearls? VPG: Both – why limit yourself?!
AP: What is your #1 beauty secret? VPG: I sleep a lot.
AP: What fragrance do you wear? VPG: Private Collection by Estee Lauder.
AP: Botox or not? VPG: For sure! I use it, and I recommend it to my patients.
AP: Hair color: natural or not? VPG: Not.
AP: What are your special diet tips, if any? VPG: Never diet!
AP: What do you do for exercise? VPG: I swim. It combines cardio and muscle development and the water is peaceful and quiet.
AP: What are three things that you always have in your fridge? VPG: Milk, cheese and eggs.
AP: What is your cocktail of choice? VPG: Martini Rosso on the rocks. Just sweet enough. Do not confuse this with “a martini.”
AP: What is your secret to work/life balance? VPG: Organization.
AP: How many miles do you fly per year on average? VPG: Not enough.
AP: What are your three top tips for travel? VPG: Don’t eat on the plane, sleep, and smile to the customer service people at checkin and to the flight attendants on the plane.
AP: 3 songs on your ipod right now. VPG: Anything by Avishai Cohen, an amazing Israeli Jazz bassist.
AP: What book are you reading right now? VPG: Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman… we all need to know more about this subject.
AP: Quote to live by. VPG: I live by quotes… too many to quote!
AP: What is your worst pet peeve? VPG: Snakes – and anyone who loves them!
AP: What time do you usually wake up in the morning, and how many hours of sleep do you usually get? VPG: I wake up at 6:30 am and have to sleep a minimum of 8 hours… it’s my beauty secret, remember?
AP: What is your favorite thing about the beauty industry? VPG: It changes all the time and new technologies come out all the time.
AP: Least favorite thing. VPG: It changes all the time and new technologies come out all the time. Meaning I can never master it fully!
AP: Who is your mentor? VPG: My father.
AP: Words of advice for young women starting their careers today. VPG: Persevere. Never give up. Never take no for an answer. You can do it!