LIMA — In an effort to improve preventative care and substance abuse treatment, Lima-native Rewa Banks recently opened her own primary care and medical aesthetics practice.
When Banks gave birth to her son Jaron Banks 28 years ago he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a rare and incurable condition that abnormally widens the cerebral spaces in the brain.
“It’s a condition where he required many brain surgeries,” said Banks. “At the time I was 19 and I didn’t understand it and I didn’t necessarily trust the health care workers because they didn’t explain things to me.”
Because of her distrust in health care professionals, she decided to go to school for nursing and graduated from Hondros College in 2011.
“In order for me to be able to know more I knew that that I had to get into the nursing business to understand,” said Banks. “That way I knew that I could always take care of him because this is a long-term condition.”
In 2016, she earned a master’s degree from Maryville University in St. Louis.
“I always wanted to be that nurse that people could trust and I could explain things to them to make them feel comfortable about their situation — whether it was good, bad or indifferent,” said Banks.
Banks is finally making her dreams come true through her own practice, En’Hance U on 2895 Harding Highway. En’Hance U offers various services such as Botox injections, dermal fillers, hair loss treatment, weight loss programming and Latisse.
She also offers diabetes management, substance abuse treatment, adult and child exams, high blood pressure treatment and preventative screenings.
“People need someone to take care of them completely because there are issues when you treat for certain disease processes,” said Banks. “I want people to look and feel enhanced because that’s the goal — whether cosmetically or internally.”
Banks is currently pursuing a doctorate at Xavier University in Cincinnati and hopes through her experience and expertise she can improve as many lives as possible.
“I just hope that my business primarily improves preventative care,” said Banks. “Also, I hope it has a huge impact on the substance abuse efforts for opioid and alcohol and mental health disorders.”
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