My Story and Personal Mission

Susan Mathison, MD

The Russian writer and philosopher Fyodor Dostoevsky once stated, “Beauty will save the world.” And the Dalai Lama proclaims that Western women will save the world.

My personal belief is: “Women who recognize and live their beauty will save the world.”
Believe me, I know the word “beauty” is loaded with subjective meaning, assumptions, and deeply personal preferences. But, it’s been my experience that there are universal qualities of vitality, health and well-being that transcend age, weight or social biases.

I’m talking about feeling radiant in your own skin ~ seeing the world through bright, captivating eyes ~ a smile that signals irrepressible confidence. That’s the type of beauty I’m interested in cultivating – in myself, in my patients and in you! Because that’s the kind of beauty that will save the world.

As a holistic cosmetic surgeon, double-board certified physician and founder of the Catalyst Medical Center, I’m fascinated by the power of the integration of medical science, cosmetic artistry and sacred self-care.
I created Positively Beautiful to serve as a Sanctuary of Support, Information and Resources for women who long to know their true beauty both inside and out forth the first time in years — or the first time, in their lives.

My educational journey has been life-long, with degrees from Stanford University and The University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, and 7 years of research and surgical training at the University of Washington in Seattle. I’ve traveled the world learning and growing, and always end up with abundant CME credits. I also treasure my experiences with TEDMED and as a speaker and coordinator for TEDx. My TED Talk is titled Beauty Makes Us Happy and I would love to have you watch it.

I’m so honored to share my life’s work with you, and to walk with you, as a trusted confident friend, on your journey to discovering your most beautiful you!

Here’s to the power of beautiful women!

Dr. Susan Mathison



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