Dr Sarah Kennea in Whistler Medical Aesthetics scrubs

Medical Director
Dr. Sarah Kennea BS MBCHB, MRCGP, CCFP


Dr. Sarah Kennea is the Medical Director and founder of Whistler Medical Aesthetics (WMA). Dr. Kennea was recognized early in her aesthetic career for her precise and careful skill with injectables. Her expertise in the area of aesthetics medicine became sought after by others in the industry, and after being invited to the Allergan Medical Institute Faculty in 2018, she was invited to lead the Faculty in 2022.

Specializing in the MD Codes, Dr. Kennea has pioneered techniques for treating not just patients for aesthetic outcomes, but patients with genetic or traumatic injuries. The ability to gently, and methodically shape and contour the face, with a completely natural outcome is a skill set that few injectors have acquired.

Her results come not just out of expertise and experience, but out of a genuine passion for her patients. Dr. Kennea said “Getting to know and understand my patient’s concerns and personalities before picking up a syringe is a pivotal part of understanding and meeting their needs.”

This is the cornerstone of the founding ethics and principles at WMA. 

Dr. Kennea is one of only seven physicians in Canada,a nd the only physician to be selected twice, to be metored and trained by arguably the world’s foremost expert on Injectable medicine and the founder of the MD Codes the inimitable Dr. Mauricio De Maio. Dr. De Maio is a world-renowned plastic surgeon whose practice is based in Brazil. The MD Codes is the modern template designed to enable a modern approach to facial aesthetics.

Dr. Kennea at a training session with Dr. Mauricio De Maio

Dr Mauricio de Maio and Dr Sarah Kennea

2022 AMI Faculty and Mentees

The purpose of the faculty was for the Allergan medical Institute (AMI) to take seven of the best Physician Injectors from across Canada and give them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train and be mentored by MD Codes founder Dr. De Maio. The MD Codes provide a universal symbolic language for reducing variability in injection techniques. The MD Codes platform provides user-friendly algorithms to help clinicians increase patient satisfaction by going beyond the treatment of lines and folds and to focus on reducing unfavourable facial attributes.

To effectively deliver a youthful appearance with a custom-tailored solution, Dr. de Maio’s MD Codes ™ divides the face into numerous points of injection.

Dr. Kennea has spent the last five years perfecting the 8 Point lift, the brainchild of De Maio. The 8 Point Lift is effectively a set of extremely precise guidelines, designed to rein in what has for too long been treated with wildly unpredictable results…REUSLTS are impressive: cheekbones are lifted, hollows under the eyes diminished, lines from the nose-to-mouth reduced and a tweak upwards at the corners of the mouth. And symmetry, which determines the appeal of a face to another’s eye, is created or restored.” The treatment is much more careful and conscious of a patient’s specific needs and goals than other facial procedures.

Dr. Kennea has made a number of training videos for AMI and has appeared in a series of training seminars online and in person. Dr. Kennea has authored a white paper on treating the Gummy smile and presented this technique on behalf of AMI to Physicians from across Canada. She is widely sought after and has mentored a number of Physicians new to injecting. 

Her practice in Whistler attracts patients from across North America, and her nurses can train with Dr. Kennea and her colleagues in various disciplines, making them some of the highest-trained nurse injectors in Canada. 

Allergan Medical Institute Canada Faculty MD Codes

Dr. Kennea - History

Dr. Sarah Kennea studied at Glasgow University, graduating in 2001 with a Medical Degree and a simultaneous BSc Degree in Immunology, as well as completing an Undergraduate Course at Yale University, Connecticut.

Prior to establishing her own practice in the Channel Islands, Dr. Kennea was commissioned as a an officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She served at a field hospital in Iraq during the conflict in 2003 winning the Iraq service medal. She is a published Member of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine, and returned to Glasgow University to achieve a Diploma in Forensic Medical Science from the Society of Apothecaries in London, as well as a diploma in and Medical Jurisprudence.

Dr. Kennea strongly believes the ‘Hollywood’ glamorous image of aesthetics is misplaced and strives to destigmatize this imagery. 

In my clinic I am looking at the full picture and helping our patients focus on how they want to feel from treatment, versus focusing on bothersome lines and folds in isolation. Taking this approach leads to higher patient satisfaction.

Dr Sarah Kennea relaxing in Whistler

In my clinic I am looking at the full picture and helping our patients focus on how they want to feel from treatment, versus focusing on bothersome lines and folds in isolation. Taking this approach leads to higher patient satisfaction.

Dr Sarah Kennea

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