Owner & Medical Director
Manuel J. Sanchez M.D.
I’m Dr. Sanchez, born in Mexico City, and here is my story.
When I was a toddler, I was somewhat of a sickly child, I developed whooping cough and subsequently had recurrent bronchitis. This event caused me to have many early encounters with doctors and with multiple painful injections of penicillin at such a tender age. Obviously, at that time I had no idea what future effect this would have on my life.
I remember the doctor making house calls to see me and after the examination, he would apply an injection so I could get well, which thankfully I did, but here was my favorite part…He would reach in his pocket and pull out a balloon or lollipop and give it to me. This eased the pain and made the whole ordeal a little better. Even at such a young age of two and three years I realized that he was helping me to get well, the physician was gentle and very kind, so I saw him as a nice person, and this inspired me to want to become a doctor.
My mother would tell me that when a person would come to visit us, I would run to the room and put on my church shoes and come down dressed with a shirt and tie, I was just 4 years old, and when my mother would ask me why I was all dressed up, my answer was “ Because I’m going to be a doctor when I grow up”. In my 4-year-old brain, I guess our visitors would see how “grown-up” and “professional” I looked with my church clothes on and immediately think I was a “doctor.”
I went to Medical School at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico in 1971 and graduated in 1975. I spent the next year in Canada for my first year Rotating Internship and then went back to Mexico to finish all my medical requirements. But something happened between those dates. My father was a minister in San Fernando California and during one of the summers that I went to visit, I met the MOST beautiful young Cuban girl in the world. It was literally, “love at first sight”, and 49 years later, the rest is history. Even though I was studying medicine in Mexico, I would visit her in California every chance I got. Eventually, these little visits became too time-consuming and expensive, so we got married during my 3rd year of Medical School and she moved to Guadalajara, Mexico.
As a married medical student, I was broke and was barely surviving, but once we were married the challenges became even greater. Being a young entrepreneur, my wife and I started doing translation work for many of the English-speaking students that were studying in Mexico. The teachers would give us large research assignments and they had to be turned in Spanish (of course) so we managed to “scratch” out a living during our stay.
I had always been an entrepreneur. I remember I always had money, none of my siblings or friends had money, but I always had soda and candy money because I would find things to sell. I remember when I was about 10 years old, I sold various items door to door, including my mom’s buttons, much to her dismay. I also found out that the stores would pay “big money” for the returned empty pop bottles, so I loaded my red wagon and went up and down the alley of my neighborhood finding empty pop bottles and redeeming them at the store. I painted and sold pictures, sold Christmas cards and many other “valuables” door to door, and always had some money in my pockets.
I started my Medical Practice in the Rio Grande Valley in the late 1970s and have been in private practice for more than 40 years in the field of Primary Care. I have been serving our community at this location, Family Practice Center, since the early 90s. My first office was on Main Street right next to the old McAllen Methodist Hospital in the heart of downtown McAllen. I have always been somewhat meticulous and artistic since young. I love and play guitar and really enjoy beauty. It’s the love of beauty that really got me interested in opening a medical spa in the early 2000s. I am proud to say that I was one of the first doctors in the McAllen area to provide cosmetic medicine, which at the time, was only available in the larger cities, to McAllen. Botox was approved by the FDA in April 2002 for cosmetic use and I started using this product right away. We had so many people begging us for Botox, that by October of that same year, 20 years ago, I opened Beautique Medical Spa in McAllen, TX. In addition to owning one of the first true Medical Spas, I because one of the first Physician instructors to teach other doctors from all over the country on how to set up a Medical Spa and train on the application of services such as Botox and other injectables.
Over the past 20 years my team of experts, along with myself, have developed the Beautique Anti-Aging Method. This proprietary method blends a rejuvenating spa atmosphere with advanced non-surgical aesthetic procedures that are best suited for our local demographic. We take the guesswork out of the services that our clients need by creating an anti-aging journey that combines proprietary protocols and skincare that are safe and effective and all backed by our 100% All About You Guarantee.
Welcome to our Beautique family! My team and I are excited to join you on your journey to well-being and look forward to helping you
Reveal Your Belleza.
Dr. Sanchez Injecting Lip Filler
A Few Favorites of Dr. Sanchez
With Grandchildren Andre and Katherine
With Grandchildren Jake and Madeleine
With Granddaughters Katherine and Madeleine
Grandchildren Jake and Madeleine
Injecting Lip Filler
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