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Brooke Bentley: A Closer Look

Tell us about Brooke…are you originally from the Tri-Cities? If not, where did you grow up? What brought you to the Tri-Cities?

I am from a small coal mining town in Kentucky called Phelps. I came to the Tri-Cities to attend ETSU. I worked as a nurse for several years and then established my business in Johnson City. I fell in love with the area and the community and have since developed valuable relationships and friendships that I treasure.

Describe a typical day in Brooke’s world…

My day begins with an early morning workout at the gym. Fitness is an important part of my life. It gives me the stamina to maintain my busy schedule. When I arrive back home, I get myself and my daughter ready for the day. Then I head to work. Most mornings, I head to my practice in Johnson City and on some days I drive to Knoxville, where I manage a Dermatology medispa.

I do my best to be home by 6:30pm. I like to cook a healthy dinner with my family. I try to practice what I preach to all of my patients about the importance of a healthy diet.

The evening is my favorite part of the day because I get to spend it playing with my daughter. I try to keep a routine with her and enjoy bathtime right before bed.We like to sing and read before bedtime.

To end my day, after a little of down time, I try to respond to emails and catch up on a little work. This is when my coworkers, friends, and family receive all those late night emails from me.

How has having your daughter changed your life?

Having Sola has changed my life in every way! It has truly added meaning and sense of purpose. I didn’t know unconditional love until I had her. She keeps me on my toes and makes me so happy. There is never a dull moment with her. I love each stage of watching her grow and seeing her personality develop.

Are there any special traditions that you plan to carry on with your daughter?

Every year, during our travels, we collect a new ornament for our Christmas tree. Family is very important to me, so we always get together with our extended family during the holidays and on Sundays when we aren’t traveling we enjoy attending our church as a family.

What did you want to do when you grew up when you were a kid?

I always enjoyed taking care of people. I think I realized this passion when I had a job as a lifeguard as a teenager.

What do you do to relax and unwind?

I work a lot and travel often, so when I do find some downtime I like to relax and watch movies with my best friend and fiancé Theo.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

Spending time with my family somewhere warm, eating amazing food.

What place to visit is on your bucket list? I would love to visit Iceland and see the Northern Lights.

What do you see yourself doing more of when you retire?

Spending more time with my family, traveling, volunteering.

What philosophy or quote do you use to inspire you in your day-to-day actions?

Treat others how you wish to be treated. That is my motto and I want to instill that in my daughter, as well. Treating people the way you would like to be treated is a philosophy that, in my opinion, will make you a better, kinder, healthier person.

What advice would you give to a younger you?

This is an easy one, but it did take me a long time to realize it…don’t stress the small stuff. Life has a funny way of always working out, and you don’t need to overstress about things. You should also make sure to enjoy every part of your life. Life can pass you by with a blink of an eye, so travel often and love a lot.

What was your favorite subject in school? The one you disliked the most? Why?

Hands down, my favorite subject was math. I would say, that is was probably because I was good at it. I also enjoyed human anatomy. I didn’t think about it until I was answering these questions, but “helping others” and my love of “human anatomy” are two of the deciding factors that lead me to where I am today.

What did you once place a great deal of importance on that, as an adult, you see is really not a big deal?

Relationships. Not that they are not a big deal, but I have realized that intimate relationships and friendships are more about quality than quantity. It’s not about how many people are in my life, but about how true and honest the ones I would like to keep forever are.

Name one thing that others don’t know about you that you wish they did.

While I am most known for my work in the aesthetics field, I am very passionate integrative medicine and health. I like to empower my patients to be proactive about their own health and disease prevention.

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