request A Consultation

Category: Live Better

10 Years in the Making

10 Years in the Making

Monarch Laser & Wellness Centre celebrates a huge milestone this year. Its 10th anniversary Q & A with Dr. Marianna Switchuk, BSc, MD, CCFP

Q: Why did you start Monarch Laser & Wellness Centre?

A: After my children were in school, I wanted to begin my own full time “practice” that encompassed the procedures, treatments, and services that my own age demographic would want or need. Over the years, I have added different services and products that my clients desire. Ultimately, I want Monarch to be synonymous with Looking Better & Feeling Better.

Q: What is your training?

A: I am a licensed medical doctor. I was trained as a general practitioner and I have taken extra training to learn medical aesthetics like Botox, enhancement fillers, laser treatments, sclerotherapy and the art of using bio-identical hormones. I often attend conferences and continuing medical education courses to stay current and learn new ideas. I recently obtained my Certification with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP).

Q: Why don’t you practice Family Medicine?

A: I have chosen to practice the areas of medicine that I truly enjoy. While I don’t have a traditional practice, I feel that we offer unique and sought after services that are making a difference.

Q: Where did you learn about operating a business?

A: I have not had any formal training in business other than my paper route at age 11. Perhaps, I learned about business by 1) being a great consumer and 2) being a good observer. I like to run my business and treat my staff/clients/customers, as I would want to be treated.

Q: What have been some of the highlights over the last 10 years?

A: I have to say I have had many highlights. Most of all, meeting so many great, kind and wonderful people along the way. I even got to meet Oprah as a VIP sponsor of her show in 2013 in Hamilton. Almost daily, I learn something new. Each challenge has been an education. There has never been a dull moment. Coming to work each day has been a lot of fun, to the point I can barely call it work. I have surrounded myself with a great team of colleagues who work hard, but know how to make it enjoyable.

Q: Where do you see Monarch Laser & Wellness Centre over the next 10 years?

A: I see this business growing by adding new services and treatments. For example, this fall we are adding osteopathic treatments for those who want to ‘Feel Better’ and micro blading eyebrows for those who want to ‘Look Better’.

We will continue to offer the latest in bio-identical hormone replacement for thyroid, adrenal and sex hormone deficiencies for men and women of all ages. Most of all, my priority is and will always be to offer excellent care in an easy going and fun atmosphere.

I want Monarch to be the place, people enjoy coming to, so they will bring their family and friends. May we all “grow old gracefully” together.

Honouring Mothers this May

This month let us honour our mothers for all that they have done for us.

Let’s honour the sacrifices they made for our well-being over the years; honour the jobs they didn’t take so they could care for us; honour the times they cared for us when we were sick; honour the cheering they did for us when we accomplished; honour the tears they shed in private when we hurt; honour the worry they felt when we came home late; honour the hope they had for us to become capable women.

I am fortunate to still have my mother, Angela. She is 89 years old this month.

She raised five children in a very small house with a ringer washer, no dryer, sewed homemade clothes, fed us home cooking daily and sacrificed so that we could have anything we wanted in our future.

She is physically slowing down but still has tenacity and a strong will to live. I think her strong will has been passed along to this daughter. Happy Mother’s Day Mamma!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there!




Our New Big Brothers Campaign

A Successful Campaign Ends and a New One Begins

Thank-You-SoupfestOur SoupFest was a tremendous success and we want to thank all who participated. Our goal was to support the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Hamilton/Burlington and we’re thrilled to announce we were able to write them a cheque for $460.


Our next campaign starting April 7th is going to be even more fun!

April 7th: It’s all about Bowling!

click to enlarge photo

Here’s how to get involved. Here’s a link to their website with all the details.

  • Pick a bowling date and register
  • Gather a team of (up to) six people
  • Raise pledges (a minimum of $100 per team member or $500 per team is requested).
  • Come out to bowl (arrive 15 minutes prior to the event)
  • There will be lots of prizes and giveaways at each event
bag and bowl
click to enlarge photo

There’s a lot more to this than what we have written here, so visit the website to get the details here.

Monarch has some very special bonuses for you if you choose to participate.

For all those who support Monarch’s initiative, you’ll receive a Monarch bag, along with a bowl and spoon.

Again – here’s that link to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington.





2016 Resolutions

vision board exampleNew Years Resolutions…

Every new year we ponder what happened last year and what we wish to accomplish next year. Whether it is ways to improve ourselves physically or mentally, attain a new position at work, improve our home environment, go somewhere new in the world, the list can go on and on.

I write about things done all the time and make endless lists. However, recently I heard about an interesting new way to help us achieve our goals. This can be done by creating a Vision Board.

According to Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, “Your brain will work tirelessly to achieve the statements you give your subconscious mind. And when those statements are the affirmations and images of your goals, you are destined to achieve them!”

He says, “Creating a vision board is probably one of the most valuable visualization tools available to you. This powerful tool serves as your image of the future – a tangible representation of where you are going. It represents your dreams, your goals, and your ideal life.”

Below are his instructions on creating and using your vision board: How to create a vision board that depicts the future you wish to create.

  • Find pictures that represent or symbolize the experiences, feelings, and possessions you want to attract into your life, and place them in your board.
  • Use photographs, magazine cutouts, pictures from the Internet–whatever inspires you. Be creative.
  • Include not only pictures, but anything that speaks to you.
  • Consider including a picture of yourself in your board. If you do, choose one that was taken in a happy moment.
  • You will also want to post your affirmations, inspirational words, quotations, and thoughts here. Choose words and images that inspire you and make you feel good.
  • You can use your vision board to depict goals and dreams in all areas of your life, or in just one specific area that you are focusing on.
  • Keep it neat, and be selective about what you place in your vision board. It’s a good idea to avoid creating a cluttered or chaotic board… you don’t want to attract chaos into your life.
  • Use only the words and images that best represent your purpose, your ideal future, and words that inspire positive emotions in you. There is beauty in simplicity and clarity. Too many images and too much information will be distracting and harder to focus on.
  • If you are working on visualizing and creating changes in many areas of your life, then you may want to use more than one vision board. You might use one for your personal goals and another for career and financial goals. You might even want to keep your career vision board at the office or on your desk as a means of inspiration and affirmation.

How to use your vision board.

  • Try keeping your vision board on the nightstand next to your bed. Leave it standing in an open position as often as you are comfortable with, and spend time each morning and evening visualizing, affirming, believing,

Final thoughts on using your completed vision board:

  • Look at your vision board often and feel the inspiration it provides.
  • Hold it in your hands and really internalize the future it represents.
  • Read your affirmations and inspirational words aloud.
  • See yourself living in that manner.
  • Feel yourself in the future you have designed.
  • Believe it is already yours.
  • Be grateful for the good that is already present in your life.
  • Acknowledge any goals you have already achieved.
  • Acknowledge the changes you have seen and felt.
  • Acknowledge the presence of God in your life.
  • Acknowledge the Law of Attraction at work in your life.
  • Look at it just before going to bed and first thing upon rising.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful happy, healthy and productive 2016!

~ Marianna

Serenade for the Season

As many of you know, I am a proud parent and supporter of the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Vanessa Switchuk (age 13), Clarinetist and Natasha Switchuk (age 17), TrombonistThis year both of my daughters are part of this 50 plus year old tradition that resides right here in Hamilton. It is a great opportunity for the youth in the greater Hamilton area to showcase their talent. (On the left is Vanessa Switchuk (age 13), Clarinetist and on the right, Natasha Switchuk (age 17), Trombonist)

Each concert I attend, I am blown away by the exceptional quality of the music and of course beam inside knowing my girls are contributing to make it happen.

The first HPYO concert is coming very soon on November 29th at 7:30pm. This performance is extra special as it is the first time the Junior Concert Orchestra is playing along with the Senior Youth Orchestra.

Hope you can attend and support this terrific local talent!

~ Marianna

Costa Rica Volunteering

My family had a great adventure this summer whereby we traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica. Our volunteer project was helping to renovate a school for young, local impoverished children.

While in Costa Rica we lived with a local family just outside of San Jose and used public transit to get to our work project daily.

Home away from home

My husband, daughters and I helped to make this school a little nicer than we found it.

While the work seemed like a small contribution, it was fun to do as a family.


Dr. Marianna’s handiwork

My husband and oldest daughter, Natasha, dry walled (taped and mudded) and then painted a new wall, while my youngest, Vanessa, and I decorated the walls with various motifs.



Vanessa’s Creativity

Vanessa loved this project as she was able to let her creative side shine.

Our girls learned new skills; we honed our Spanish and experienced a simpler, less hurried life. While the accommodations were basic, we were fed well and treated kindly.

Natasha’s artistry

International Volunteer Headquarters (IVHQ) organized the homestay and volunteer project along with the local Costa Rican volunteer company Maximo Nivel.

Newsletter Sign Up