The longest established plastic surgical practice on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast.
Established in 1994 by Dr Mark McGovern, we have been providing state-of-the-art plastic and reconstructive surgical expertise to our immediate Sunshine Coast region, Brisbane (100 km to the south ), northern regions, interstate and overseas.
Our aim as a team is “Service Excellence!”. In accordance with this aim we are continually improving the services we offer you. A major contribution to this success is employing the right staff. Over the years, we have amassed a team of the Coast’s very best.
Dr Mark McGovern
Dr. Mark McGovern was the academic Dux of the Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) in Brisbane, before graduating M.B.B.S. (University of Qld.) in 1983. He passed the Part I (Basic Surgery) Examinations of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons only 15 months after graduation (rather than the usual 3 or 4 years after), before training in accredited General and Plastic Surgical Registrar positions in Brisbane and Adelaide.
He completed Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical training in 1993, passing his part II Plastic Surgery Surgical Examinations at the first opportunity allowed by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Following qualification as a plastic surgeon, Mark undertook further voluntary study in England for 12 months, as the Head and Neck Surgical Fellow and Microsurgical Fellow at Europe’s largest teaching hospital, St. James’ University Hospital in Leeds. He then studied all aspects of cosmetic surgery at several world-renowned centers in the United States, before establishing his practice in Maroochydore in March 1994. He holds the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Certificate of Continuing Professional Standards, and attends numerous national and international meetings on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery at least annually.
Dr McGovern is a member of:
- The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
- The Queensland Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
- The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons
- The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
- The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
Dr McGovern attends many conferences each year to keep abreast of changes in this extremely dynamic field. The field of cosmetic surgery is not static and demands a high level of commitment to ensure that you receive the very best treatment and therefore – results.
In January 2011, Dr McGovern was invited to be a guest speaker at the 25th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in the US Virgin Islands. His extensive experience in the use of cohesive gel breast implants spans 14 years, is rivaled by few internationally.
Since 1994, Dr McGovern has treated literally thousands of men and women. His experience and commitment to helping you achieve your desired outcome, has resulted in clients traveling from all parts of Australia and overseas.
Specialist Cosmetic Injector
My journey with Vie started in 2000, preceded by ten years of assisting Dr McGovern in theatre at the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital.
After much deliberation, I accepted an offer to join Dr McGovern and Kathy at what was then Sunshine Coast Plastic Surgery. With the prospect of saying goodbye to shift work, working alongside people I greatly admired and in a clinic that had the most sensational views over the ocean, the decision to move was a ‘no brainer’! The added benefit of looking after people who were actually awake, rather than anaesthetized, was also a big attraction! It was a huge decision for me to leave the hospital environment but one of the best I have ever made.
My role at Vie has evolved and changed over the years, keeping me challenged and excited. I currently look after people who come to the clinic for information, advice and treatments for non surgical procedures as well as assisting patients after their surgery. I enjoy the mixture of both roles as it includes patients of all ages. I have learnt so much in the last 12 years and seen some exciting progressive changes in all areas of the practice.
My focus is aimed at assisting clients to achieve the very best in terms of the way they present themselves to the world. The way we look has become a reflection of who we are as people, how we feel about ourselves and our overall sense of happiness and enjoyment in life! We have so many lovely patients who have been returning to us for many years, it adds to my sense of satisfaction in helping them to achieve their goals.
Dermal fillers and Botox have always been the mainstay of non-surgical rejuvenation, and new advanced techniques have increased their efficacy and scope of use. I feel blessed to be equipped with years of experience which help me tailor every treatment to our client’s exact needs. I enjoy all areas of my work but am particularly drawn to treating the lower face for ageing and reconstructive work. Nothing gives me more pleasure than being able to correct a disfigurement or problem that has caused much embarrassment and heartache for years. The joy these patients experience when they look in the mirror after the treatment is all the thanks I need.
We have been fortunate to access the very best training opportunities over the years and in recent times have been invited to conferences throughout Australia and NZ. I am also extremely flattered to have won the “Cosmetic Injector of the Year” in 2010, alongside my fellow nurse injector, Moira Somers. I feel honored to be classed as a National Champion!
Finally, I consider it a privilege to be able to look after my clients needs, and I get great satisfaction in seeing their self confidence increase with their growing happiness in their appearance. I love my job at Vie and wouldn’t swap it for the world
Specialist Cosmetic Injector
My life on the Sunshine Coast began in 1994 after relocation from Darwin. Soon after this I started work at the Sunshine Coast Day Surgery as a Registered Nurse and part of my role was to look after Dr McGovern’s weekly operating list, where I was also lucky enough to meet Kathy Gambini who at the time was Dr McGovern’s assistant.
It was not long before I also become a client of Vie Institute and Kathy was helping me to stave off the ageing process. At this time I was having both Botox and Collagen injections and loving the results. I continued to work at the day surgery until 2004. In the November of that year I was offered a position by Dr McGovern and started working for Vie Institute in January 2005, and I have never looked back.
I thought the transition would be an easy one but I was very wrong! There was a huge amount of training and it still continues to this day! My role at Vie includes consultations with clients interested in cosmetic surgical procedure; pre and post care of surgical patients; skin care consultations and skin management. In the last few years my role has been focused more on the non surgical side. These days I more often treating clients with dermal filler injections and Botox.
I love this role and continue to learn more and more about different and improving techniques. Clients, once they get over the initial apprehension and of course the occasional bruise, LOVE the results.
My passion is facial volumising whether it be upper, mid or lower face. I also enjoy helping clients who have been affected by facial palsy or injury. This is often more challenging but has equally or possibly more satisfying results.
In the last few years I have also been fortunate enough to step back into theatre, which was my first love, as an assistant for Dr McGovern. So I consider my job to be tailor made – I am lucky enough to be doing all the things I enjoy! I hope to continue my career with Vie for many years to come and look forward to expanding my knowledge in all areas.
Advanced Laser Technician
Skin Rejuvenation Specialist
My name is Michelle Beitsch and I have worked at Vie Institute since 2009 as a dermal aesthetician.
My main role at Vie Institute is educating Dr. Mark McGovern’s surgical clients about the benefits of medical grade skin care. We recommend vitamin A and niacinamide creams and various supplements to all of our skin cancer clients, to prevent further skin cancers developing. To our facial cosmetic surgery clients we explain how important it is to prepare your skin before surgery and then help them to maintain their amazing results with a solid medical grade skin regime following surgery.
I am particularly passionate about working with the skin conditions that people find difficult to treat, such as rosacea, hyperpigmentation, melasma and acne. OPf course, on the Sunshine Coast, a lot of the problems that we see every day are those of sun-damage , causing premature ageing of the skin.
I am well known for my passion about turning clients skin around and having these results lasting long term. I like to spend time working out what triggers these individual skin problems and helping my clients understand that it is often what they are eating, or not eating.
I am blessed at Vie Institute, under Dr McGovern’s guiding hand, to be able to work with amazing medical grade skincare ranges and vitamins. Being a medical practice we can really push the strength of the treatments we offer and also have at hand chemical peels, various lasers , skin needling and epi-blading to really reverse and repair the damage that has been done, and bring out new, shiny and healthy skin.
It’s not just amazing medical grade skincare and treatment, it’s about the whole you, vitamins, foods and inner health that then leads to long term skin health and happiness.
I love working with my clients long term and to continue seeing improvements in their skin.
The way we look affects the way we feel and that can lead to long term health issues so if I can help people look better, feel better then I know long term, I’m changing people’s lives. That is why I do my job and still love it after all these years because I love people saying “ thank you, I can’t believe how good I feel and how good I look”. No matter what the issue was to start with its all about getting results and helping people long term.
My name is Katie, in March 2014 I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to join the team here at Vie Institute. The professional reputation of Dr McGovern and exceptional industry knowledge of his staff made this an easy choice for me.
I am an Endorsed Enrolled nurse with a solid back ground in hospital administration and customer service. Prior to my position here at Vie Institute I was employed in a local day hospital looking after patients both pre and post operatively, I was also involved heavily with the administration department
I have been lucky enough to live and raise my busy family here on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. I am genuinely excited for my journey here at Vie Institute and I am truly excited to meet you all.
Front Desk Customer Service Co-ordinator
My name is Kara and was very excited to be offered the position of Director of First impressions (front desk reception) at Vie institute in February 2019.
Previously my positions were practice manager, receptionist in the health and medical industries. I am a people person, and my love for working with people is what keeps me coming back to this role.
My greatest accomplishments are my two teenage daughters who bring me so much joy. I have studied a Bachelor of Arts- majoring in Japanese at Griffith University for a year as well as starting a Bachelor of Justice and Legal Studies at USC. Life and motherhood got in the way of me completing my studies, but I do hope to get back to it before I’m too old.
I love to travel (who doesn’t?), and I also love the beach and the great outdoors. The Sunshine Coast is definitely home for me.
I look forward to greeting you when you come to your appointment at Vie Institute! You’re sure to get a big smile and help with anything I can!