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'RHOC' Season 16: 5 things you didn't know about new housewife Dr Jen Armstrong

New 'RHOC' housewife Dr Jen Armstrong appears to be the epitome of beauty with brains. Read on to know more about her
New 'RHOC' star Dr. Jen Armstrong (Jen Armstrong/ Instagram)
New 'RHOC' star Dr. Jen Armstrong (Jen Armstrong/ Instagram)

The Orange County housewives are back with a bang for Season 16 of 'Real Housewives of Orange County'. If you watched the season's trailer, you may have noticed some new faces among the cast. Following the firing of Kelly Dodd, Braunwyn Windham Burke, and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas, the showrunners decided to shake up the cast and bring back class to the OG 'Real Housewives' franchise.

So, they roped in two new housewives Dr. Jennifer Armstrong and Noella Bergener to join the show alongside returning cast members Shannon Beador, Emily Simpson, Gina Kirschenheiter. Heather Dubrow too will be returning to the show after her long hiatus from the show for four seasons. If you're curious to know more about the new housewife Dr. Jen then we got you covered. Read on to know five things about the new housewife that might leave you surprised.


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1 Education and career

Dr Jen serves as the CEO of Advanced Skincare Dermatology and Plastic Surgery. This new housewife appears to be the epitome of beauty with brains. According to her website, she graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Georgetown University where she earned her Master’s in Biophysics and Physiology. Her studies specialized in the area of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Following her master’s degree, she furthered her education on scholarship for her academic achievements with a Doctorate of Medicine from the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii and attended a residency program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

A prolific researcher at heart, Dr. Jen has published over 20 academic articles, written chapters of books on dermatology, and received grants for original research. She is also very passionate about philanthropy, and pioneered several programs for homeless children, and has donated her time to underserved patients.


2 Sued by patient

Earlier this year, Radar Online revealed that the new 'RHOC' housewife was being sued by one of her patients who was left disfigured after a filler procedure from Dr. Jen. The patient, who has been revealed to be Judy Hecht, filed a civil lawsuit accusing Dr. Jen of "medical negligence, battery and failure to obtain informed consent” for a treatment that she received in October 2019. The outlet reported that Hecht claimed to have received the filler on her cheeks and then returned a few weeks later to receive “Exilis non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatment,” which she claims “melted” her filler, leaving her deformed. Hecht had to visit Dr. Jen for the third time to correct the treatment she received during the second consultation and paid $2,500 and her “physical appearance was that of a puffy or fat face with her checks sticking out toward her head and ears and the contour of her face being dramatically uneven." 

Hecht’s lawyer says as a result of the work, his client has been, “injured and disfigured, suffered multiple injuries, pain and mental anguish was compelled to seek medical care, incurred expenses and was permanently injured and disabled.” The battery claim reads, “Defendants touched Plaintiff, specifically her face and surrounding area, with the intent to harm the Plaintiff by performing improper, unnecessary medical treatment and procedures on the Plaintiff.” Hecht is seeking unspecified damages. Dr. Jen is yet to respond to the case in the court.


3. Sued by billionaire ex

Sadly, Judy Hecht wasn't the first person to sue Dr. Jen. The 'RHOC' star was previously sued by her billionaire ex-boyfriend, Bruce Elieff for $850,000. Elieff, a construction tycoon sued Dr. Jen for taking a sum of $160,000 to pay her tuition at the University of Hawaii, $10,000 in monthly expenses, $160,000 for cancer treatments and $37,000 to freeze her eggs, from the tycoon. The couple began dating in 2009, but Dr. Jen reportedly ended their relationship in 2013 after she gave birth to twins who weren't fathered by Elieff. The tycoon filed a fraud suit against Dr. Jen in Orange County, California. According to court papers obtained by New York Post, Eliedff later learned that the money that Dr. Jen took from him for her expenses were "either substantially exaggerated or untrue." 

Jen responded to these allegations by calling them "completely baseless" and claimed that her ex gave the money to her as gift with "no strings attached." "I feel that this lawsuit is [Elieff’s] last-ditch effort to continue controlling my life." She went on to describe her ex as "controlling, possessive and very jealous.” “He also presented me with stacks of cash on occasion, which I usually declined and gave me credit cards with no limits to buy whatever I want," she added. Sadly, we have no update on how the case panned out as the court documents simply say, "Not Classified By Court."


4.  Jen's hot shirtless husband

While there was plenty of drama in the 'RHOC' Season 16 trailer, what captured many fans' attention was the shirtless still of Dr. Jen's husband- Ryne Holliday. Ryne is the President of Hawaii Hideaways Inc., a luxury property rentals and specialty vacation planning service providers. In an Instagram post promoting 'RHOC', Dr Jen wrote, "Who is ready to meet my shirtless hubby? 🤣♥️🖤 @hawaii_hideaways #RHOC #December1 @bravotv." A fan commented on the post, "🙋🏽‍♂️ who needs a shirt when he looks that good!! 🔥" Another fan wrote, "I am soooooooooooooooo ok with this man remaining shirtless!!! In fact, @bravoandy can we have a sidebar of him shirtless as each episode plays? It may even drown out a certain constantly screeching someone!"


5. Dr. Jen's ties with 'RHOC' Ladies

Although Season 16 marks Dr. Jen's big debut on 'RHOC', she is pretty familiar with several housewives already. She is friends with former 'RHOC' star Braunwyn, who received treatments from Dr. Jen. In a video posted by Dr. Jen, we got a glimpse at Braunwyn's latest clinic visit in which she got a Cynosure laser treatment and Potenza RF Microneedling. "I never come in here knowing what I’m going to do because I trust [Dr. Armstrong] so much!" Braunwyn said in the clip. Dr. Jen also shared before and after pics of her current co-star Emily on her Instagram following treatment from her. 

While she may be getting along like a house on fire with most of her co-stars, it looks like Dr. Jen will be locking horns with her fellow newcomer- Noella Bergener. Her official bio on Bravo hints at trouble between the two new housewives. "After meeting Gina and Emily last year, aesthetic MD, Dr. Jen Armstrong immediately integrates into the group by performing cosmetic procedures on the ladies. Emotionally guarded at first, Jen develops a quick bond with Heather but has trouble making a real connection with Noella." We can't wait to watch Dr. Jen in action on 'RHOC' and learn more about her.


'Real Housewives of Orange County' Season 16 is all set to premiere on December 1 on Bravo.