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We are at the forefront of Regenerative Medicine, offering cutting-edge treatments that focus on enhancing longevity, reversing the effects of aging, boosting vitality, and improving overall well-being. One of the exciting areas of Regenerative Medicine is the use of Peptides for both medical and therapeutic purposes.

However, it is important to note that the use of Peptides, whether prescription or non-prescription, should be done under the guidance of a qualified healthcare provider. Even non-prescription Peptides can have potential side effects or interactions with other substances, so it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional before using them.  Always seek professional advice and guidance when using Peptides to ensure your safety and the effectiveness of the treatment.


The FDA regulates certain Peptides as medications and has recently announced a list of specific Peptides that they are nominating as Category 2 status.  We are currently reviewing all revised guidelines in an effort to remain compliant with FDA regulations.

FDA regulations can change over time. It’s crucial to stay up to date with the latest FDA regulations by visiting the official FDA website or consulting with a member of our team who is knowledgeable about the most recent guidelines. Please know that we take FDA regulations very seriously and actively monitor any changes or new announcements so that we remain compliant with respect to the use of Peptides.

The information on this page is provided for informational purposes only.  Please contact our office for additional information.


What Are They and Why Are They Used?

  1. Anti-Aging: Peptides can stimulate the production of collagen, leading to firmer and more youthful skin. They may also promote tissue repair and regeneration, contributing to a more youthful appearance.
  2. Enhanced Energy: Certain Peptides can boost energy levels and endurance, making them appealing to those seeking improved vitality.
  3. Muscle Growth: Some peptides, like growth hormone-releasing peptides (GHRPs), can promote muscle growth and strength.
  4. Weight Management: Peptides like Melanotan may help with appetite suppression and weight loss.
  5. Cognitive Function: Certain Peptides may support cognitive function, memory, and mental clarity.
  6. Immune Support: Peptides can enhance immune function, potentially aiding in the body’s defense against infections.
  7. Healing and Recovery: Peptides have the potential to speed up tissue repair and recovery, making them popular among athletes.

Contraindications and Side Effects

While Peptides have many potential benefits, it’s crucial to use them under the guidance of a qualified healthcare provider. Contraindications and potential side effects can vary depending on the specific Peptide and individual factors. Common considerations include:

  • Allergic Reactions: Some people may experience allergic reactions to certain Peptides. It’s important to be cautious and consult a healthcare provider if you have allergies.
  • Dosage and Timing: The dosage and timing of peptide administration should be precise. Incorrect use may lead to side effects or lack of efficacy.
  • Interaction with Medications: Peptides may interact with other medications or medical conditions. It’s essential to discuss their use with a healthcare provider, especially if you have existing medical conditions or take other medications.

Peptides in Biohacking and Athletics

Peptides have gained popularity among biohackers and athletes for their potential to enhance various aspects of physical and mental performance. These individuals often seek peptides that promote muscle growth, improve recovery, and enhance cognitive function. However, it’s essential for athletes to be aware of regulations and policies related to the use of Peptides in their respective sports, as some may be prohibited.

Commonly Prescribed Peptides

The choice of Peptides can vary widely based on individual goals and needs. Some commonly prescribed Peptides may include:

  • Growth Hormone-Releasing Peptides (GHRPs): These are used for muscle growth and recovery.
  • Melanotan: Used for tanning and appetite suppression.
  • BPC-157: Known for its potential to support tissue repair and recovery.
  • Cerebrolysin: Used for cognitive enhancement.
  • Thymosin Alpha-1: Often prescribed for immune support.
  • GHK-Cu: Copper peptide used for wound healing, stimulation of collagen, reduce wrinkles, anti-inflammatory, heals nerves and increases/restores hair.
  • Thysomin Beta: Plays various roles in tissue repair, wound healing, anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular benefits and cell regeneration.
  • Semaglutide: Used primarily for type 2 diabetes and, in some cases, obesity and offers cardiovascular benefits. Known as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists.
  • Tirzepatide: Similar to semaglutide, it interacts with GLP-1 receptors in the body to lower blood sugar levels, improve insulin sensitivity, and reduce appetite. This mechanism of action is beneficial for both diabetes management and weight control.
  • CJC-1295: Used in the field of anti-aging, regenerative medicine, and hormonal therapies. It is designed to stimulate the release of growth hormone (GH)

What is the Difference between prescription Peptides and non-prescription Peptides?

The difference between prescription peptides and non-prescription peptides lies primarily in how they are regulated, prescribed, and the intended uses for which they are approved. Here’s an overview of these two categories:

Prescription Peptides:

  1. Regulation: Prescription peptides are typically considered medications by regulatory agencies such as the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the United States. They are subject to rigorous testing and regulatory approval processes to ensure safety and efficacy for specific medical conditions or therapeutic purposes.
  2. Prescribed by Healthcare Providers: Prescription peptides can only be legally obtained with a prescription from a qualified healthcare provider, such as a physician or a nurse practitioner. These providers evaluate an individual’s medical condition and determine the appropriate peptide treatment.
  3. Medical and Therapeutic Uses: Prescription peptides are primarily used to treat specific medical conditions, such as hormone deficiencies (e.g., growth hormone deficiency), autoimmune diseases, and certain age-related conditions. These peptides are administered under the supervision of healthcare professionals.
  4. Regulated Dosage and Administration: The dosage, administration method, and treatment duration for prescription peptides are carefully regulated to ensure safe and effective use.

Non-Prescription Peptides:

  1. Regulation: Non-prescription peptides, sometimes referred to as “research peptides” or “cosmetic peptides,” are generally not subject to the same level of regulatory scrutiny as prescription medications. They may not have received FDA approval for specific medical conditions.
  2. Available Over-the-Counter: Some non-prescription peptides can be purchased over the counter (OTC) or online without a prescription. They are often marketed as supplements or for cosmetic purposes.
  3. Cosmetic and Wellness Uses: Non-prescription peptides are commonly used for cosmetic and wellness purposes, including anti-aging, skin rejuvenation, and muscle building. They may be available in the form of skincare products or dietary supplements.
  4. Less Stringent Regulation: Non-prescription peptides may not undergo the same rigorous testing and regulation as prescription medications. This can make it challenging to assess their safety and effectiveness, as well as their purity and quality.

To obtain the most current information on FDA regulations regarding peptides, you may wish to visit the official FDA website ( or contact our office for more information.


In accordance with FDA regulations, we offer personalized guidance and treatment options to help you harness the potential benefits of Peptides for your unique health and wellness goals. Our qualified healthcare providers can help you navigate the world of Peptides, taking into account your specific needs and any potential contraindications or side effects. Please contact our office to learn more.

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    Sherry Mattia

    Sherry is known as the “glow-getter” and is an expert at skin rejuvenation using the latest in anti-aging skin care treatments that restore your youthful appearance and make you feel amazing about yourself.

    With over 35 years of hands-on experience in Beauty & Aesthetics, Sherry is definitely “Glowing Up” to the next level with her expertise and passion in anti-aging skin care and women’s wellness. She is an industry leader, dynamic entrepreneur, and is shattering ceilings about what aging looks like. In addition, Sherry is one of those special professionals who is truly inspired to connect with each client- she loves lifting others up to feel good about themselves!

    Her facial treatments range from luxury anti-aging treatments to her signature PRX Bio-Revitalizing Glow Facial. Her method and approach is custom tailored to target your specific skincare needs and concerns. You will leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and your skin will be glowing!

    Sherry is an advocate for women’s wellness and has been featured in several magazines for her knowledge and passion in skin, beauty wellness & fashion. She believes that you can reverse the signs of aging and even slow down the aging process. The key is being consistent with an anti-aging skin care regimen which means professional skin care treatments & active skin care products. Her motto is to “invest in your skin today and start showing it off!”

    As a mother of three children, Sherry can relate to the transitions of life as we start our families and then hit mid-life and start dealing with the aging process. “The physical symptoms that can accompany mid-life can be life altering, and make you feel less about yourself. In addition to routine skin care, it’s paramount that we take hormones into consideration when approaching our skin care and health.” Because of her personal journey, she took it upon herself to learn more about balancing & optimizing her hormones. She found a specialist and started the process. It was an absolute game changer for her and she aspires to be an inspiration to other women as an advocate for Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).

    She is excited to align herself with Beyond Med Spa which offers BHRT to both men and women. “There are so many people out there that are suffering, and they don’t need to be. Hormones run our bodies and once they are balanced at optimal levels, along with living a healthy lifestyle by exercising and taking the right vitamins/supplements, you feel and look younger. It’s anti-aging from the inside out. Bioidentical Hormones Therapy changed my life in such a positive healthy way.”

    In her free time, Sherry has created a platform called “Modern Ageless Woman.” This platform helps women over 40 to be the best versions of themselves. Healthy body, mind and spirit. She has hosted numerous successful women’s wellness events in Orange County. Be sure to visit and follow her on Instagram at @sherrymattia and @modernagelesswoman to stay up to date on upcoming events.


    Anne Galbraith, RN, MSN

    Anne is an expert at skin rejuvenation treatments that make each patient feel and look their best.

    Anne has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years. She is friendly and down to earth and puts people at ease when working with her. She will go “above and beyond” to make sure the patient or client’s needs are taken care of to their satisfaction. As a result, her client base is very loyal and enjoys her experienced skill set.

    Anne initially specialized in Vascular Access and was a leader in spearheading policies for a very large medical organization. As her career developed, she found herself interested in medical aesthetics and offering services to help people look and feel their best.

    She started in the Aesthetic industry in 2002 and has taken many classes to increase her knowledge of new aesthetic practices throughout the years. She is a certified skin specialist with ZO skin care product line and encourages her clients to use their products to improve their skins appearance.

    In her spare time Anne likes to take Pilates classes and hang out and socialize with friends and family. She loves animals and has 2 dogs and a cat.


    Annaliese Train, JD, SEP

    Annaliese is an Attorney who has a proven track record as a highly sought-after Sales and Business Development Executive who worked for several Fortune-500 Companies, as well as held key leadership roles in innovative Health and Technology Start-Up environments.

    At Thomson Reuters, she led the market entry and direct SaaS sales launch of an innovative software suite to attorneys and litigation law firms. With Kohl’s, Annaliese led the executive recruiting process hiring over 450 executives, introducing Kohl’s concept, and launching over 100 stores during the retailer’s west coast expansion.  These leadership roles required her to introduce and scale new brands and services in very competitive marketplaces.

    Annaliese earned her BA in English Literature from The Ohio State University and then immediately earned her Juris Doctorate in Law from Capital University. Subsequently she practiced business, contract, and advanced estate planning law in Columbus, Ohio before moving to California in 2001 to launch Kohl’s west coast expansion.

    As Founder of Beyond Oxygen Consulting, she has worked with numerous Health & Wellness Centers and Regenerative Medical Practices that are at the forefront of today’s medical and wellness field.  From Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), CVAC, CRYO, REDLIGHT, PEMF, Peptides, Cellular/Exosome Therapy and the latest in Medical Aesthetics, Annaliese is a thought leader and strategic executive who helps companies bring and sustain their services in the marketplace.  Annaliese is known for quickly absorbing new information and translating it into strong revenue generating business opportunities, however she also believes developing a winning culture, working with cohesive teams, and building relationships is paramount to any long-term success.

    Annaliese brings an authentic personal passion to her role as a Health & Wellness Consultant having been diagnosed with 2 autoimmune disorders- Multiple Sclerosis and Sjogren’s Syndrome- both of which altered the trajectory of her career over a decade ago.  She served on the NMSS Southern California Board of Trustees and has led many successful fundraising campaigns in search of a cure.

    As an athlete, she never wanted to lose her ability to compete in life or lose the benefits of exercise. As an academic, she wanted to explore options beyond western medicine. As a result, she completed 3 years training with Dr. Peter Levine, the foremost pioneer in somatic and stress recovery therapy. She earned her Certificate in Somatic Therapy expanding her knowledge regarding the impact stress/trauma can have on your body and overall health. She incorporates that valuable knowledge as part of her Coaching & Consulting Business.

    That Somatic Training taught her that while the “body keeps the score”, the body also wants to heal. In pursuit of that healing she discovered the growing fields of Regenerative Medicine and Health & Wellness. Annaliese attributes her continued remission and the personal health strides she has made to somatic therapy and health technologies such as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), Redlight, CRYO, PEMF and more.

    Annaliese champions these science-backed wellness therapies. “Everyone can benefit from them. They help regulate your nervous system, reduce inflammation, increase circulation, maximize oxygen to increase recovery, provide immune system support, better brain health and initiate reverse aging at the cellular level.  My goal is to support these cutting-edge businesses and mainstream them so that we may all enjoy looking and feeling better today.”

    Follow Annaliese on IG at @annaliesetrain and @beyondoxygenconsulting.  If you are interested in Beyond Oxygen Consulting & Coaching services please send an email to


    Candi Aguilar

    Candi Aguilar is our wonderful front desk coordinator. She is a Southern California native and loves nutrition, massage and all things Beyond. She is always available for questions, scheduling, ordering and getting this done.


    Krystyna Melahn, RN, BSN

    Krystyna is an expert at treating her patient’s “whole picture” with an artistic eye and attention to detail.

    Krystyna is a Bachelor-prepared Registered Nurse who began her career with a focus on caring for critically ill patients at a level 1 Trauma teaching hospital in the surgical-trauma ICU for 8+ years.

    With a strong interest in aesthetics, she made her way from New Hampshire to Southern California and began working simultaneously as an aesthetic nurse to train and learn everything she could about aesthetic medicine.

    Krystyna strongly believes in continuous education and regularly attends training events, learning the best and most current practices in the industry. She is a ZO skincare specialist and has received certifications in Beverly Hills for filler, Botox, and PRP Microneedling from the doctor who discovered PRP treatment.

    Krystyna’s strong background of medical knowledge combined with a passion for aesthetics and genuine care for people all creates the best results for her patients.

    From the moment you walk in, to your last appointment together, she’ll work closely with you to create personally detailed goals, educate you on the best practice along the way, and give you results that make you excited about the way you look.

    In her free time, Krystyna loves international travel, hot yoga, and going on weekly hikes with her girlfriends.


    Brenda Van Loggem, MSN, RNP – BC

    Brenda is an expert at medical aesthetics and hormone replacement therapies.

    Ivy league educated with post-grad medical training and certification in Anti-Aging Medicine, Brenda has spent over 15 years dedicated to restoring youthfulness and wellness through her custom designed Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) protocol. As a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, Brenda is an expert at helping her clients turn back the clock to restore the youthful feeling that can wane as we age.

    Brenda is not only highly trained and experienced in medical aesthetics and hormone replacement therapy, but she is an empathetic and compassionate provider with a witty sense of humor. She always has her patient’s best interests at heart, striving to improve vitality, energy, mental clarity, sleep, mood, libido and weight loss. Her goal is to improve each patient’s physical and mental well-being and helps many with additional Lifestyle Coaching and Health Optimization Counseling.

    A graduate from Columbia University School of Nursing, Brenda is passionate about applying her clinical skills and vast knowledge of regenerative aesthetic procedures that allows her to provide outstanding customer service, education and support to each individual she serves.

    Additionally, Brenda has a Post Masters in Holistic Nursing and was a Nurse Trainer at the College of Medical Aesthetics where she trained other nurses and doctors.

    Her hands-on experience spans over 15 years in wellness centers, medical settings, plastic surgery offices and serving as primary clinician developing and implementing treatment plans for women and men utilizing bio identical hormones and medical grade supplements to improve their health and slow the aging process.

    As a Nurse Practitioner, she conducts thorough consultations with clients to ensure she is recommending the best custom treatment plans for each individual, with the highest regard to safety and patient comfort. As a result, she has developed a loyal client base and is a highly sought out Practitioner for those interested in age management, hormone rebalancing and aesthetic services that make you look and feel better.

    In her free time, Brenda is passionate about animal rescue and is an advocate for animals. She loves her fur babies and providing them the safe secure homes they deserve. She also enjoys gardening, cooking and prepping a fantastic meal.