Hope Merz, CNP, DNP

Hope Merz, CNP, DNP

Cosmetic & Medical Dermatology Expert

Hope Merz
Hope Schweitzer Merz, DNP, FNP-C is a Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology for over ten years.  We are thrilled to have Hope with the team here at the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center.   Dr. Hope looks forward to meeting you in her new home!

Dr. Hope is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati in 2007 and discovered a passion for skin health with her experience caring for acute and rehabilitative burn patients at Shriners Hospital as a Registered Nurse. She furthered her education, achieving a Master of Science in Nursing along with State Board Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2011 and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honors Society for Nurse Practitioner Excellence. She has since practiced in a private dermatology office, treating patients for medical dermatological needs and providing the latest cutting-edge treatments in aesthetic care. Her gentle nature, exceptional technique, and eye for excellence has organically grown into a greater focus in the field of aesthetic medicine.

In April of 2018, Hope graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Doctorate Degree in Nursing and recently completed a successful clinical trial to improve skin health. She prides herself in providing the highest quality aesthetic care for her patients and is excited to bring her expertise to our practice. 

Hope comes to Advanced Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center with a wealth of knowledge in overall skin health, along with experience in a multitude of cosmetic procedures. Amongst many treatments she loves to offer her patients are injectable fillers and neurotoxin, facial rejuvenation with platelet-rich-plasma and microneedling, and laser treatments to treat various skincare needs.

Dr. Hope was born into a medical family, with her father being an Orthopedic Surgeon and her mother an Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing at the University of Cincinnati. She grew up in Hyde Park and now resides in Anderson with her husband Brian and loveable Goldendoodle Charlie. In her free time, she enjoys being with family, hiking, swimming, tennis, skiing and partaking in art classes around town.


Doctor of Nursing Practice, University of Cincinnati, April 2018.

Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Cincinnati, December 2011.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Cincinnati, June 2007.

Healthcare Work Experience: 


Position: Certified Nurse Practitioner

Location: Cincinnati, OH

Dates of Employment: April 2012- September 2018

·    Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology

·    Procedures performed: Injectable fillers and neurotoxins, IPL, Ultherapy, Thermage, Fraxel Dual, VBEAM, Laser hair removal, Vein treatment with 1064nm laser, Microneedling, Chemical Peels, Intraceutical oxygen facials, Dermaplane, Curretage and Electrodessication, Liquid Nitrogen.

·    Other: Develop and improve policies and procedures, configure EMR, create content for website, train staff on new products and procedures, assist in marketing materials for events and formation of product/procedure packages.

Employer: Shriner’s Hospital for Children

Position: Registered Nurse

Location: Cincinnati, OH

Dates of Employment: September, 2008- March, 2012

·        Acute and rehabilitative burn care

Employer: Shriner’s Hospital for Children

Position: Registered Nurse

Location: Greenville, SC

Dates of Employment: January, 2008- September, 2008

·        Pediatric orthopedic post-operative care
Employer:  VA Medical Center

Position:    Patient Care Assistant in the Medical Intensive Care Unit

Location:    Cincinnati, OH

Dates of Employment:  September, 2006 – June, 2007

·        Assist Registered Nurses in medical intensive care unit

Clinical Education:

·        FNP student, CCHMC, Same Day Surgery (Department of Anesthesia); June-August, 2011

·        FNP student, Seven Hills Women’s Health Clinic; March-June, 2011

·        FNP student, Norwood Family Practice (Christ Hospital); January-June, 2011

·        FNP student, Cincinnati Dermatology, Cincinnati, OH; January-March, 2011

·        Student Nurse, Deaconess Hospital, ED, Cincinnati, OH; Spring 2007

·        Student Nurse, CCHMC, PICU, Cincinnati, OH; Winter 2006-2007

·        Student Nurse, University Hospital, L&D/NICU/Postpartum, Cincinnati, OH; Fall 2006

·        Student Nurse, Shriners Hospital for Children, Pediatric Burns, Cincinnati, OH; Spring 2006

·        Student Nurse, VA Medical Center, Psychiatric Unit, Cincinnati, OH; Winter 2005-2006

·        Student Nurse, Christ Hospital, MICU, Cincinnati, OH; Fall 2005

·        Student Nurse, Deaconess Hospital, ED, Cincinnati, OH; Spring 2005

·        Student Nurse, VA Medical Center, Med-Surg, Cincinnati, OH; Winter 2004-2005

Activities, Awards, Honors:

·      Recent Submission of Manuscript for publication, “The Use of Telecommunication to                                                    Address Acne Vulgaris Treatment Compliance in the Adolescent Population.”

·        Magna Cum Laude, University of Cincinnati, April, 2018

·        Cum Laude, University of Cincinnati, December, 2011

·        Active member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honors Society

·        Mock code team at Shriner’s Hospital Cincinnati:  January, 2009 to January, 2011

·        Daisy Award Nominee, 2009 and 2010.

·        Dean’s List, University of Cincinnati, Winter Quarter 2007

·        Dean’s List, University of Cincinnat1, Spring Quarter 2006

·        Dean’s List, University of Cincinnati, Fall Quarter 2006

Licensure and Certifications:

·        Certified Family Nurse Practitioner through American Academy of Nurse Practitioners valid 04/06/2012 through 10/31/2019  

·        Certified by Ohio State Board of Nursing as a Registered Nurse valid 04/17/2009 through 10/31/2019  

·        Certified in BLS through August 2020.