Artisan of Self

A note from Dr. Monte Oyd Harris

We are not well. Much of the modern world is in crisis, and many of us go through our daily lives in a totally reactive mode without true purpose. We have fallen victim to misappropriated technology, pseudo innovation, and self-fragmentation.

I have seen this first hand in my plastic surgery practice, where I am privileged to have become an authority in comprehensive cosmetic facial rejuvenation. As many of my colleagues in this particular sub-specialty of medicine will likely attest, we see a growing number of patients who are unhappy, upset, anxious, and just plain stressed out. They often face complex challenges associated with low self-esteem and poor mental health, many of which they assume can be “cured” by a cosmetic surgeon’s scalpel and injectable handiwork.

I have always tried to take a holistic approach to beauty treatments, especially for those patients of color who visit our team at the Center for Aesthetic Modernism. I have welcomed guests from around the world who appreciate our team’s heightened cultural appreciation for beauty diversity. Yet, I have come to realize that working toward a personal aesthetic goal is only one part of a lifelong journey toward:


That is why I am so excited about our new Artisan of Self (AOS) program! AOS is a unique personalized wellness plan for whole being health accessed through an aesthetic doorway.

Who are the people in our society who embrace ritual? Spiritual leaders, artisans, athletes, poets, musicians, and other creative professionals all understand the power of a daily routine. It allows them to access their inner spirit and creative energy. True wellness is about having the ability to create and practice personalized daily rituals that give shape and form to the beauty and goodness of life.

Our carefully curated seasonal programs combine in-office aesthetic medical treatments for hair and skin, as well as outside experiences that will increase awareness of the profoundly important role that nutrition, exercise, and artistic expression play in living a Good Life. Past AOS workshops have included a “Soul Food” cooking class led by a professional chef at L’Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda, MD, and an engaging panel exploring the intersection of health, hair, and heritage at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. 

"Soul Food" Cooking Class

Health, Hair, and Heritage

Great health, exceptional well-being, and a holistic approach to beauty can build a bridge that connects peace of mind and the expansion of happiness. There is universal need to restore a sense of peace, wholeness, and well-being in our daily lives.

We are excited about our upcoming invitation-only AOS programming featuring dance cardio classes with A-list instructors and guest DJs, and art workshops that combine meditation and collage self-portraiture led by the area’s finest emerging artists.  Please contact our office for information about the Artisan of Self program.