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Friday, 28 August 2009
by Bruce Strand
Arts editor

The mysterious phone caller told Lyndsay Bertie that her name was Mitch, she was from New York, and she was producing an HBO documentary. And she wanted Lyndsay to participate.

“I thought ‘Mitch’ was a funny name for a lady, and at first I figured the HBO part was B.S.,” said Bertie, owner of a MedSpa franchise called Derma Dolce in Ramsey and Coon Rapids, among a slew of occupations.

“But we talked for quite awhile and we really hit it off,” said Bertie. “We have a lot in common because our dads are both doctors.”

bertie.jpgLyndsay Bertie (middle) and producer Mitch McCabe (to Bertie’s left) partied with other participants including Jack Nicholson look-alike Norman Deesing.
It turned out Mitch McCabe was indeed an HBO producer and her call in February 2008 led to Bertie, 31, being prominently featured in an upcoming documentary on anti-aging.

“Youth Knows No Pain: Better Living Through Plastic Surgery,” will premier Monday evening.

McCabe filmed Bertie in Minnesota for a week and in New York City for a week, each in 2008.

“Mitch said she saw me on an NBC tape. It must have been when I auditioned for ‘Deal or No Deal’ awhile back,” said Bertie, adding that nothing came of that audition. “She wanted a Midwestern perspective.”

Bertie is one of six experts, and the only one from the Midwest, featured 15 minutes each in the 90-minute film.

“Mitch was interested in my lifestyle, and the lotions and creams and vitamins we use,” said Bertie. “She wanted my take because in the Midwest we’re more into natural solutions, not the surgery and needles and chemicals like you see much more on the coasts.”

HBO had Bertie and other participants flown to New York for a screening on Wednesday.

“It’s very good, and actually funny,” said Bertie, who’s seen it before.

A press release on the documentary said: “Lyndsay’s fascination with skin care goes behind a stocked cabinet, but is part of one of her many business opportunities. Next on the horizon is opening up her own ‘med-spa’ to offer Botox and laser treatments.”

Bertie did open that spa this past May, in two locations. Her dad, Dr. Rick Bertie, who’s with Allina, serves as the surgeon. The name “Derma Dolce” is Italian for “sweet skin.” The spas are located in ONYX franchises.

Bertie, who was a hockey and golf standout at Blaine High, continues her other gigs: junior varsity hockey coach for Blaine, selling medical devices, selling real estate, and driving the beverage cart at Majestic Oaks. She promotes Galvonic Spa, a hand-held device to iron out wrinkles.

Hew new friend McCabe was described in the press release as “an age-obsessed daughter of a plastic-surgeon” who takes a two-year journey through America’s $60 billion per year anti-aging world, visiting doctors and experts and living with a cross-section of characters who’ve gone to varying lengths to turn back the clock.
   
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