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Dr. Stephen O'Connell

Dr. Stephen O’Connell

Growing up in a military family, our Bellevue med spa founder, Dr. O’Connell, has experienced many different local cultures and is warm and generous when working with his patients. At adulthood, he settled in Washington state, attending the University of Washington, graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts.

He then moved to southern California where he completed medical school at Western University of Health Sciences. His holistic and comprehensive approach to medicine inspired him to undertake more than many physicians attempt in the study of medicine, seeking and achieving both a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) and an M.D. (Doctor of Medicine).

Dr. O’Connell offers an array of custom rejuvenation treatments tailored to each patient uniquely. Together, he and his team, provide some of the best non-surgical treatments in the field of cosmetic care, including CoolSculpting, BOTOX, Laser Skin Rejuvenation, and Laser Tattoo Removal to name a few.

Postgraduate Studies and Board Certification

His postgraduate medical education included an Internal Medicine Internship year at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, three-year residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and a year of fellowship training at the University of Washington. He is Board-Certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Researcher and Author

As a resident at the world-renowned University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. O’Connell was actively involved in research, culminating in key authorships in two of the most prestigious journals in his field, Spine Journal and PM&R. He also won Best Resident Oral Scientific Paper Presentation at the state level, “The Rex Newton Award” and at the national level for “Outstanding Oral Scientific Presentation” at the Association for Academic Physiatrists Annual Conference.

As a fellow at The University of Washington, he was first author on a book chapter in Pain Medicine & Interventional Pain Management: A Comprehensive Board Review, titled Local Anesthetics and Membrane-Stabilizing Drugs. With extensive research, clinical training, along with deep real-world experience at top-tier university academic programs and hospitals, Dr. O’Connell brings with him a philosophy rooted in academic excellence and extensive hands-on treatment experience.

A Dedication to Improving Patient Quality of Life Through Modern Medicine

Dr. O’Connell has many interests in the broader field of medicine, all of which have been true to the mantra of the core PM&R specialty: improving quality of life. His approach to face and body rejuvenation is as detail-oriented and meticulous as his other medical interests. If you are seeking a cosmetic enhancement, you can trust in the experience, depth of knowledge, and personal care you will receive at Serenity Rejuvenation. Dr. O’Connell is dedicated to creating superior results in
every treatment performed at his private clinic.

What is a PM&R Doctor? (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)

What is a PM&R doctor? Physiatrists are the essential medical experts in the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of neuromusculoskeletal (nerves, muscles, and bones) and disabling physical conditions. Physiatrists are the leaders in managing rehabilitation and recovery, and in preventing injury and disease. Physiatrists are vital in optimizing outcomes and function early and throughout ongoing patient care.

Dr. O’Connell’s career at that time was centered around diagnosis, management and treatment of acute and chronic injury and disease. Through intensive course work and study under Dr. Neal Rouzier and World Link Medical, Dr. O’Connell’s core philosophy continues to evolve to include an emphasis on Preventative Medicine and Health, culminating in his earning an Advanced Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy Certificate of Training Completion.

He stays ahead of the curve in the latest developments in medicine with continuing medical education in evidenced-based medicine so that The Serenity Rejuvenation Center Team is well-equipped to improve the quality of the lives of our patients. We employ the most advanced treatments and tools in our effort to help our patients feel better, look better, and function better in life through the art and science of medicine.

Memberships and Certifications

  • ABMS Board Certified
  • Allergan Certified Injector, with certifications in:
  • Juvéderm
  • Voluma
  • Volbella
  • Kybella
  • International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine
  • Physician Skin Care Alliance: Certified as a Skin Care Professional
  • Zeltiq Certificate of Completion
  • Coolsculpting University Practice Certified
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
  • Cynosure Certificates of Achievement in the following aesthetic treatment systems:
  • Picosure
  • Smartskin CO2
  • Palomar Icon
  • Apogee Elite Plus Laser Systems
  • Certified in Medical Weight Management Protocol
  • Lumenis Lightsheer Laser System Certified
  • Certified in Treatment to Transformation Assessment Training
  • American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery
  • Worldlink Medical: Advanced Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy
  • International Spine Intervention Society
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