Annette has been a leader in health care design for 30+ years as president and founder of Aesthetics, Inc., her multidisciplinary design firm. She has been described as a practical visionary for her ability to combine explorative thought with strategic thinking focused upon implantation. She is a natural group leader with healthcare organizations, assisting them in their processes to create physical facility development, which reflects their institutional mission and goals.
Annette was one of the pioneers of the field of art and healthcare. She served as one of the original board members and is a past national president of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare. In 2002, she co-founded the Blair L. Sadler International Healing Arts Awards to recognize exemplary arts projects that have measurably improved the quality of healthcare.
Annette and Blair Sadler coauthored Transforming the Healthcare Experience through the Arts in December 2009, a book that provides the business case for arts and healthcare, an overview of research and evaluation, best practices and award winning case studies.
Numerous articles by and about her have appeared in such publications as Healthcare Design, Health Facilities Management, Healthcare Building Ideas, and Spirituality & Health. As early as 1998, an article of hers on art and healthcare was published in JAMA.
In the early 90s, Annette expanded Aesthetics’ practice to interior design, wayfinding and interpretive displays, providing a breadth of tools for the design of cohesive physical environments meant to enhance and sustain healing.
Annette is also cofounder of Aesthetics Audio Systems, a national firm providing evidence-based sound and music solutions for healthcare environments. She is a member of the Planetree Visionary Design Network and provides holistic design services to Planetree members.
Her design leadership assists clients in maintaining the original vision and values of the project through the long and complex stages of design and construction.