Meet our Founder
Dr. Sanderson studied psychology and pre-med as an undergraduate. He attended medical school at the University of Washington then completed residency in Tacoma, Washington. Since completing his residency Dr. Sanderson has worked in multiple hospitals on the U.S. mainland and on multiple islands in Hawaii. He is certified in Anti-Aging Medicine as well as board certified in Emergency Medicine. He is clinical faculty at the John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu as well as an instructor of Advanced Trauma Life Support. Regardless of where he worked, he witnessed first-hand how preventable diseases resulted in debilitating conditions that caused great suffering and significantly reduced both the length and quality of life of the patients he treated. After years of seeing the consequences of these preventable diseases, Dr. Sanderson began to ask: “Why treat what I can help prevent?”
Then it got personal.
Although he took care of himself, eating well and exercising frequently, even completing marathons and triathlons, as he neared 40 he began to feel drained after a day at work. He’d often be too tired when he got home to do anything more than collapse onto the couch. It left him feeling irritable and unhappy.
Dr. Sanderson noticed that a few extra pounds had started to accumulate. Gains at the gym were almost nonexistent. So he tested himself. The results of his blood work came as a shock – Dr. Sanderson was exhibiting the classic risk factors for diabetes and heart disease.This kicked off a self-propelled quest into the science of health and aging, spanning topics ranging from diet and DNA to telomeres and hormone replacement therapy. Being a doctor, what Sanderson was looking for were scientifically sound, evidenced-based practices.
He embarked on a comprehensive, proactive health program that included changing the way he ate and exercised. He decreased the inflammation in his body with high-quality supplements and balanced his hormones. Within two weeks Dr. Sanderson started to feel like a new man. He had more energy and felt better than he had in years. In a little less than six months Dr. Sanderson lost 12 pounds of fat and gained over 10 pounds of muscle.
Along the way Dr. Sanderson has furthered his research, he underwent extensive training in Anti-Aging Medicine. Convinced he’d developed a program that could make a real and lasting difference in people’s lives, he founded Elite Health Hawaii to help his patients become healthier, happier, and better by every measure and in every regard.
Meet Our Spa Team
Stacie Muse, RN, BSN, CANS
Hawaii’s favorite Injectable Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist
Allergan Top 250
Brindy Paet, MSN, FNP
Born and raised in West Oahu. Graduated Nursing School at HPU and started her nursing career in the Emergency Department.
She decided to go back to grad school for her Masters in Family Nurse Practitioner and since then has been working as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in the ER. Prior to her nursing career, Brindy worked call-in at MAC Cosmetics and did freelance make-up for various events. So coming full circle in 2018, she decided to get training in Aesthetic Medicine.
Brindy was fortunate to have met Dr. Sanderson while working in the ER and then again in 2019 when she joined his spa team at Thrive Med Spa as one of his injectors. Aside from anything beautiful and aesthetic, her hobbies include traveling and trying new cultural cuisine.
Being a young person with allergies and seemingly endless skin sensitivities, finding real remedies to build healthy skin has been a lifelong interest for Chenoa. Since 2017 she has made this passion for truly effective care her professional pursuit.
An adventurer at heart, whether hiking muddy mountain peaks or biking city streets, she understands the need to balance lifestyle and personal habits. Her loves are traveling to try new food, researching ingredients in her beauty products, impromptu outdoor activities, binging TV series.
As a Medical Aesthetician, Chenoa’s primary focus is to improve the health of each client’s skin. In that process, she’ll help you understand which procedures may best address your concerns and effective skincare to get you a glowing new appreciation of the skin you’re in.
She holds numerous certifications in advanced medical aesthetic product lines and devices such as SkinCeuticals, Environ, LeReve, Rohrer Aesthetics, and CryoSkin to name a few.
Studied at Makana Esthetics Wellness Academy and graduated in March 2020.
Kaitlin has been a spa team member at Thrive Med Spa since May 2020 and enjoys learning new things on the job almost every day.
Kaitlin says she loves working in a Medispa atmosphere because it is results-driven and there’s nothing more satisfying to me than helping give someone visible improvement in areas where they were feeling insecure.
Cheryl Valdriz is a distinguished alumna of the University of Hawaii-West Oahu. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and Marketing. To complement her degree, she enrolled at Makana Academy and successfully achieved her Aesthetician License under the State of Hawaii.
Cheryl enjoys assisting Dr. Sanderson with Cellfina procedures. She enjoys the increase in self-confidence women have once those stubborn dimples are restored. Since living on an island, she understands how insecure one can feel about their body. With a Cellfina treatment, women can feel confident and secure being at the beach and wearing shorts.
Born and raised in Hawaii. Renee moved to Los Angeles to study fashion design and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She had always been interested in the beauty industry and became a client of Thrive Med Spa, which not only has age management treatments but also health and wellness treatments. Renee has now become a part of this great spa team as their front desk receptionist. Renee looks forward to helping you set up complimentary consultations and book your future appointments.