Gloria Engel began her career in medicine because she had a desire to change the world for the better. She may not have been the first to come up with this idea, but Dr. Engel was a first in other areas. For instance, she was the first female service engineer to be hired at Beckman Instruments.
Dr. Engel started out as a pre-med student in Southern California, where she participated in the Robert F. Kennedy campaign as an extra-curricular activity. This activity led her straight into the ballroom where she and hundreds of other supporters watched, horrified, as Kennedy was assassinated. Dr. Engel immediately applied for, and received, a transfer to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs.
Two years later, still passionate about changing the world, Dr. Engel re-applied to medical school-and was rejected. In every interview, she was told that she was too old. She was 26.
Having a head for technical things, she headed for Caltech, where she worked as a research assistant. Dr. Engel learned everything she could about the equipment used in research. Armed with this knowledge, she entered the ranks of Beckman Instruments where she fixed broken research instruments for ten years. Once again driven by the desire for a more meaningful life, she re-applied to medical school. This time she was accepted.
After two cold winters in the Medical College of Pennsylvania, she returned to California, transferring to Loma Linda University of Medicine where she earned her M.D. Dr. Engel subsequently completed her residency in Internal Medicine along with a special fellowship in Congestive Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Medicine.
Dr. Engel gained experience in a series of medical groups, and then opened her own practice in 2004. She became interested in aesthetic medicine as a complementary practice to her preventive-care-focused Internal Medicine practice, and as a result, she completed coursework in aesthetic medicine in 2003.
In 2005, Dr. Engel and Dennis P. Carden, R.N., joined forces to provide medical aesthetic procedures in Rancho Mirage, California. Dr. Engel and Mr. Carden have one goal that they wish to achieve with their clinic: to help people live healthy, long, and enjoyable lives by preventing heart attacks, strokes, and advanced cancer-and to help people feel good about themselves through medical aesthetics.