Cristy Deweese

Growing up with severe acne Cristy knows first-hand how a skin condition can affect your life both physically and emotionally. This personal experience influenced her deep seated passion for skin care and motivated her to become a licensed medical aesthetician and cosmetic injector. Cristy received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University Commerce then attended Makana Esthetics Academy in Honolulu, Hawaii. After becoming a licensed aesthetician, she attended the Aesthetic Laser Academy and obtained her laser certification. While working at a well-known dermatology clinic Cristy became certified in cosmetic injections attending multiple Allergan and Galderma training courses. Cristy understands the value of education and is always working on expanding her knowledge and skills in aesthetics by attending the best aesthetic conferences and additional training courses. She believes that educating patients on their skin concerns and treatment is an important step in tackling the problem. Knowing that each patient is unique Cristy customizes each treatment plan to best address their specific concerns. It is her goal to provide personalized care that meets the needs of each patient and helps them obtain significant results that look natural.

Darla Pepper

Darla has been a Senior Medical Esthetician in the beauty industry in Dallas for over 22 years. She excels at diagnosing and delivering personal skin treatments for people of all ages including facials, dermaplaning, micro needling, and specialty peels. Darla is extremely passionate about teaching people to take care of their skin and loving the skin they are in.

Zorica Tomic, RN

I am excited to be a part of the AYA team! I have been a registered nurse for over 7 years and currently working on my masters as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I started my career as a nurse in the emergency department and transitioned to aesthetics over 2 years ago. While I enjoyed the adrenaline rush, my passion for beauty, skin care and helping others become an even better version of themselves was confirmed within the aesthetic industry. I love that I get to work in an environment that allows me to build relationships with my patients and inspires positivity and artistry. Outside of work, I love spending time with my friends and family, traveling, cooking, and anything outdoors.

Injectors

Jessica Brooks, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Jessica Brooks is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner originally from Birmingham, AL. She received her Bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama in 2011. She relocated to the Atlanta area to begin her nursing career treating patients of various ages from newborn to adult in the cardiac ICU and outpatient clinical settings. After gaining a great deal of experience and knowledge in the ICU, she decided to pursue her Master’s degree from The University of South Alabama, where she graduated with honors in 2019. She began her advanced practice career working in Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery where she mastered her understanding of the facial anatomy and aesthetic complexities necessary to enhance each client’s natural glam. She specializes in non-surgical cosmetic procedures including cosmetic injectables and other aesthetic rejuvenation techniques. She loves building relationships with her clients and working together to achieve their personal health, wellness, and aesthetic goals while delivering a warm, friendly, compassionate bedside manner. Aside from her professional career, Jessica can be found spending time outdoors with her fiancé and two pups and cheering on her Alabama Crimson Tide football team.

Kayce Cincar, PA-C

Kayce Cincar is a board-certified Physician Assistant who joined the team at AYA Medical Spa in 2019. She obtained a Master of Medical Science degree, in Physician Assistant Studies, from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Prior to working at AYA, Kayce had a career in Dialysis. Kayce brings a unique background and advanced aesthetic training. After earning her Undergraduate Degree in Fine Arts, she worked in fashion for over 8 years before returning to school to pursue her dream of working in medicine. Kayce has a unique insight into not only the medical side, but the artistic intricacies of aesthetics. Her personal aesthetic philosophy is to enhance a client’s natural beauty, whether it’s by restoring volume loss with dermal fillers, addressing wrinkles with Botox® Injections, hair loss with PRP, or sub-mental fat with Kybella® Fat Reduction. As a licensed provider at AYA, Kayce enjoys having the opportunity to educate her patients about their treatment options and working together to find the best treatments to help them achieve their personal goals.

Kalyani Pandya, PA-C

Kalyani Pandya, cosmetic injector, is a Michigan native, who has made Atlanta her home since 2013. She completed her Physician Assistant training at Mercer University in 2015. With over 5 years of experience in Craniofacial reconstructive and facial plastic surgery, she has a great knowledge of facial anatomy. Kalyani values self-confidence and wants to help her patients feel and look their best. She maintains board certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and is a member of the American Association of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Georgia Physician Assistant Association (GAPA).

Elizabeth Margeson, NP

Elizabeth is a Nurse Practitioner who joined AYA as a cosmetic injector after working in the specialty of Plastic Surgery. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2015 and began her nursing career in an ICU in Atlanta. After gaining experience in critical care, Elizabeth joined Atlanta Plastic Surgery as a Registered Nurse. She graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing from Samford University with honors in 2021, and joined the AYA team soon after. Elizabeth is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She specializes in non-surgical cosmetic procedures and injectables and loves educating clients on the various treatment options. Elizabeth enjoys working together with her patients to develop a treatment plan that helps each individual achieve their aesthetic goals and self-confidence.

Laura Hoffman, NP-C

Laura Hoffman is an Atlanta native Nurse Practitioner specializing in non-surgical cosmetic procedures who joined the AYA Medical Spa team in 2021. She graduated with honors from The University of Alabama in 2011 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and in 2015 with her Master of Science in Nursing. After graduating she gained experience in critical care and bone marrow transplant. Laura is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Aside from medicine, her background includes yoga teacher certification as a 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher. Laura enjoys creating individualized treatment plans that are unique to each patient’s personal goals, in an environment in which they feel relaxed, respected, and empowered. She has a passion for wellness and anti-aging. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with her husband and 3 sons.

Michelle Hosang, NP-C, Senior Laser Practitioner

Michelle Hosang, Nurse Practitioner and Licensed Esthetician, has been working at AYA since November 2007. Michelle graduated from the Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics in 2007, after receiving a B.A in Sociology from Georgia State University. While working at AYA, Michelle returned to school to pursue a degree in Nursing and continued on earning a Master’s Degree in Nursing at Georgia State University. She has worked in hospital medicine, general and plastic surgeries. Michelle found a love for nursing and medicine; therefore, she spent several years working with Emory Healthcare. During her time at Emory, an academic institution, she became dedicated to education and training. As a result, she now serves AYA as the Training Director for estheticians. Michelle’s true passion in aesthetics is injecting neuromodulators/toxins and fillers. Michelle has witnessed the transformation of client’s skin through lasers and skin care; yet she loves the artistic ability to rejuvenate and restore facial structure through injectables.
She continues her education through hands-on training with Allergan, Galderma, and Revance Aesthetics. She was one of the first in Georgia to receive training on the Avéli Cellulite Treatment. Michelle has completed advanced training in skin resurfacing, photo rejuvenation, laser hair removal, and chemical peels. She stays current on technology and pharmacology advancements with laser companies such as Sciton, Ulthera, and Candela and skin care lines, including Obagi Medical, Revision, Skin Medica, Phytoceuticals, and Young Pharmaceuticals. Michelle is a member of the Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists (SPSSCS), Georgia Nursing Association (GNA), and the American Nurses Association (ANA). Michelle is licensed by the Georgia Medical Board as a Senior Laser Practitioner. Michelle is available at our Phipps, Northside, Colony Square and Avalon locations.
On a personal note, Michelle enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and toddler twins.

Estheticians

Allison Buckelew

Allison Buckelew joined the AYA Medical Spa team in November 2014. She graduated from the International School of Skin and Nail Care in 2009 and comes to us with 5 years of previous medical spa experience. Allison has received advanced training in Sciton® BBL, Sciton® Halo, Sciton® ProFractional, Sciton® MicroLaserPeel®, laser hair reduction, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and CoolSculpting®. She also has comprehensive knowledge of our product lines including Obagi Nu-Derm® and Obagi C®-RX, Revision® Skincare and SkinMedica®. Before pursuing a career in esthetics, Allison received her BSBA with a focus in marketing from Auburn University and has 4 years of corporate experience.

Holly Nelson

Holly Nelson is a medical aesthetician who started working with AYA September 2022. She is an Atlanta native who started in the beauty industry when she was 19 years old. Over the last 10 years, Holly’s focus shifted into medical aesthetics because of her desire for real results and beautiful outcomes. Holly has advanced training on Sciton BBL, Sciton Moxi, SkinPen Microneedling, chemical peels, Ultherapy, and Diamond Glow. She is passionate about using combination treatments with medical grade skin care to correct and maintain healthy glowing skin.

Gretchen Schweitzer

Gretchen Schweitzer joined the AYA Medical Spa team in 2019 after having earned her Esthetics license and International certification from the Elaine Sterling Institute in 2012. Upon graduating she continued her beauty career as a makeup artist working with Olympic athletes. After obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising from the University of Georgia, Gretchen accumulated 7 years of management experience from Gerber Group Hospitality. Gretchen has extensive training in DermalInfusion, SkinPen® Microneedling, Chemical Peels, and Microdermabrasion. Gretchen loves using her passion for beauty, fashion, and aesthetics to enhance the natural qualities of all her clients.

Injectors

Kayce Cincar, PA-C

Kayce Cincar is a board-certified Physician Assistant who joined the team at AYA Medical Spa in 2019. She obtained a Master of Medical Science degree, in Physician Assistant Studies, from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Prior to working at AYA, Kayce had a career in Dialysis. Kayce brings a unique background and advanced aesthetic training. After earning her Undergraduate Degree in Fine Arts, she worked in fashion for over 8 years before returning to school to pursue her dream of working in medicine. Kayce has a unique insight into not only the medical side, but the artistic intricacies of aesthetics. Her personal aesthetic philosophy is to enhance a client’s natural beauty, whether it’s by restoring volume loss with dermal fillers, addressing wrinkles with Botox® Injections, hair loss with PRP, or sub-mental fat with Kybella® Fat Reduction. As a licensed provider at AYA, Kayce enjoys having the opportunity to educate her patients about their treatment options and working together to find the best treatments to help them achieve their personal goals.

Lauren Smith, NP-C

Lauren Smith NP-C, is a Family Nurse Practitioner who joined the team at AYA Medical Spa in February 2015. She specializes in non-surgical techniques for enhancing the face using Botox® Cosmetic and cosmetic injectable fillers. In 2009, Lauren earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the Medical College of Georgia. After graduating, she worked in Atlanta as a Registered Nurse in critical care and post-surgical cardiac care. In December 2014, she graduated from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University with her Masters of Science in Nursing degree. Lauren is also a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, is BLS and ACLS certified, and is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Estheticians

Erin McLean-Blackwell

Erin is a licensed esthetician and licensed laser practitioner in the state of Georgia. She has been an esthetician for 17 years and joined AYA Medical Spa in 2005. She has enriched her talents thanks to partnerships with top skin care providers like Sciton®. She graduated from the International School for Skin and Nails (ISSN). She has gone on to master industry staples like Sciton® Laser Treatments, IPL and Radiofrequency technology, CoolSculpting® Fat Reduction, Ultherapy® Skin Tightening, Chemical Peels, Mirconeedling, Candela Laser Hair Removal, and Mircrodermabrasion. She assists in the pre-op and post-op care of facial surgical patients for Dr. James Namnoum. Erin has a unique passion for helping and educating people on skin care and cosmetic laser treatments. She prides herself on her ability to provide specialized care for each patient including crafting customized treatment plans for every skin type and tone. By utilizing the most current and effective cosmetic treatments available, Erin works to provide every patient with the healthy, brilliant skin they deserve. You can follow Erin on her professional Instagram (@enlighten.e) and Facebook (Skin Care with Erin) pages.

Lynn Jones, MA

Lynn Jones first developed a special interest in the field of esthetics, while working in a dermatology practice in 2011. Before joining the AYA Medical Spa team in 2016, Lynn combined her interest and knowledge of skin care and cosmetic procedures to become a valued provider within the dermatology practice’s esthetics department. Lynn attended Central Georgia Tech College where she earned a degree in medical assisting and a certificate as a medical skin care specialist. She is a state licensed cosmetic laser practitioner and a nationally-certified medical assistant, in addition to having advanced specialty training with industry-leading companies including Sciton®, CoolSculpting® nonsurgical fat reduction, CoolTone nonsurgical muscle toning, Ultherapy, as well as Obagi®, Revision® Skincare, EltaMD®, and SkinMedica skincare lines. Lynn is dedicated in helping her patients to achieve and maintain desired results and additionally specializes in AYA services including: BBL, laser hair removal, laser skin resurfacing, DiamondGlow, and chemical peels.

Amanda Thomas (Occasional Thursdays)

Amanda started with Aya Medical Spa in 2016. Originally from California, she started in the spa industry in the 90’s then moved to Atlanta in 2000 and worked in the hospitality industry for years. She graduated from International School of Skin and Nailcare and Massage as an aesthetician and then advanced to medical board certified assistant laser practitioner in 2013. Amanda has advanced training on the all Sciton laser treatments, CoolSculpting and CoolTone, SkinPen Microneedling, Chemical Peels, Ultherapy, Candela Laser Hair Removal, and Diamond Glow. She also has extensive knowledge on Revision Skincare, SkinMedica, Environ, Obagi, And Elta MD. She is very passionate about using different combined services to correct and maintain healthy beautiful skin. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram to see her work @Amandaleathomasaesthetic

Injectors

Jessica Brooks, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Jessica Brooks is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner originally from Birmingham, AL. She received her Bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama in 2011. She relocated to the Atlanta area to begin her nursing career treating patients of various ages from newborn to adult in the cardiac ICU and outpatient clinical settings. After gaining a great deal of experience and knowledge in the ICU, she decided to pursue her Master’s degree from The University of South Alabama, where she graduated with honors in 2019. She began her advanced practice career working in Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery where she mastered her understanding of the facial anatomy and aesthetic complexities necessary to enhance each client’s natural glam. She specializes in non-surgical cosmetic procedures including cosmetic injectables and other aesthetic rejuvenation techniques. She loves building relationships with her clients and working together to achieve their personal health, wellness, and aesthetic goals while delivering a warm, friendly, compassionate bedside manner. Aside from her professional career, Jessica can be found spending time outdoors with her fiancé and two pups and cheering on her Alabama Crimson Tide football team.

Lauren Smith, NP-C (Occasional Fridays)

Lauren Smith NP-C, is a Family Nurse Practitioner who joined the team at AYA Medical Spa in February 2015. She specializes in non-surgical techniques for enhancing the face using Botox® Cosmetic and cosmetic injectable fillers. In 2009, Lauren earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the Medical College of Georgia. After graduating, she worked in Atlanta as a Registered Nurse in critical care and post-surgical cardiac care. In December 2014, she graduated from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University with her Masters of Science in Nursing degree. Lauren is also a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, is BLS and ACLS certified, and is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Elizabeth Margeson, NP

Elizabeth is a Nurse Practitioner who joined AYA as a cosmetic injector after working in the specialty of Plastic Surgery. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2015 and began her nursing career in an ICU in Atlanta. After gaining experience in critical care, Elizabeth joined Atlanta Plastic Surgery as a Registered Nurse. She graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing from Samford University with honors in 2021, and joined the AYA team soon after. Elizabeth is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She specializes in non-surgical cosmetic procedures and injectables and loves educating clients on the various treatment options. Elizabeth enjoys working together with her patients to develop a treatment plan that helps each individual achieve their aesthetic goals and self-confidence.

Laura Hoffman, NP-C

Laura Hoffman is an Atlanta native Nurse Practitioner specializing in non-surgical cosmetic procedures who joined the AYA Medical Spa team in 2021. She graduated with honors from The University of Alabama in 2011 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and in 2015 with her Master of Science in Nursing. After graduating she gained experience in critical care and bone marrow transplant. Laura is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Aside from medicine, her background includes yoga teacher certification as a 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher. Laura enjoys creating individualized treatment plans that are unique to each patient’s personal goals, in an environment in which they feel relaxed, respected, and empowered. She has a passion for wellness and anti-aging. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with her husband and 3 sons.

Michelle Hosang, NP-C, Senior Laser Practitioner

Michelle Hosang, Nurse Practitioner and Licensed Esthetician, has been working at AYA since November 2007. Michelle graduated from the Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics in 2007, after receiving a B.A in Sociology from Georgia State University. While working at AYA, Michelle returned to school to pursue a degree in Nursing and continued on earning a Master’s Degree in Nursing at Georgia State University. She has worked in hospital medicine, general and plastic surgeries. Michelle found a love for nursing and medicine; therefore, she spent several years working with Emory Healthcare. During her time at Emory, an academic institution, she became dedicated to education and training. As a result, she now serves AYA as the Training Director for estheticians. Michelle’s true passion in aesthetics is injecting neuromodulators/toxins and fillers. Michelle has witnessed the transformation of client’s skin through lasers and skin care; yet she loves the artistic ability to rejuvenate and restore facial structure through injectables.
She continues her education through hands-on training with Allergan, Galderma, and Revance Aesthetics. She was one of the first in Georgia to receive training on the Avéli Cellulite Treatment. Michelle has completed advanced training in skin resurfacing, photo rejuvenation, laser hair removal, and chemical peels. She stays current on technology and pharmacology advancements with laser companies such as Sciton, Ulthera, and Candela and skin care lines, including Obagi Medical, Revision, Skin Medica, Phytoceuticals, and Young Pharmaceuticals. Michelle is a member of the Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists (SPSSCS), Georgia Nursing Association (GNA), and the American Nurses Association (ANA). Michelle is licensed by the Georgia Medical Board as a Senior Laser Practitioner. Michelle is available at our Phipps, Northside, Colony Square and Avalon locations.
On a personal note, Michelle enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and toddler twins.

Estheticians

Amanda Thomas

Amanda started with Aya Medical Spa in 2016. Originally from California, she started in the spa industry in the 90’s then moved to Atlanta in 2000 and worked in the hospitality industry for years. She graduated from International School of Skin and Nailcare and Massage as an aesthetician and then advanced to medical board certified assistant laser practitioner in 2013. Amanda has advanced training on the all Sciton laser treatments, CoolSculpting and CoolTone, SkinPen Microneedling, Chemical Peels, Ultherapy, Candela Laser Hair Removal, and Diamond Glow. She also has extensive knowledge on Revision Skincare, SkinMedica, Environ, Obagi, And Elta MD. She is very passionate about using different combined services to correct and maintain healthy beautiful skin. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram to see her work @Amandaleathomasaesthetic

Nick Edwards

Nick joined AYA in 2022 with over eight years of aesthetic and laser experience under his belt. Since graduating from the Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics in 2014, he has had advanced training with all Sciton lasers, microneedling, chemical peels, DiamondGlow, Ultherapy, CoolSculpting, and laser hair removal. He loves helping people achieve their skincare goals by using combination therapies along with a customized skincare regimen. Keep up with his work on Instagram @nick_lasers_atlanta

Injectors

Alorna Maxey, NP-C

Nurse Practitioner, Alorna Maxey, grew up in Southern California then relocated to the east coast with her military father. Alorna began her career as a Registered Nurse working with clients of all ages and decided to further her education. Specializing in Family Medicine, she obtained her Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Georgia State University and is also certified by The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Upon beginning practicing, it did not take Alorna long to know that in her career path, specializing in Holistic, Aesthetic, and Integrative Medicine would be a primary focus. As a Nurse Practitioner, she has had experience in Integrative and Holistic Medicine, as well as Aesthetic Medicine. Alorna aims to treat every client and patient with kindness, compassion, and care. It is her highest purpose to create a welcoming environment of healing, wellness, and beauty for all.

Lauren Runnels, CRNA

Lauren, a Nurse Anesthetist, comes to us after years in the operating room administering anesthesia to adults. She began her nursing career in 2006 as an RN in the intensive care unit in her hometown of Hattiesburg, MS. Knowing she wanted to take her knowledge of critical illness and anatomy & physiology a step further, she moved to New Orleans where she obtained her Master’s of Nursing at LSU, specializing in anesthesia. Although she loves applying her attention to detail and critical thinking skills in the OR, she misses the interaction with patients and the connection that develops over time. At AYA, Lauren looks forward to building relationships with her clients and developing the trust needed to work together to come up with a plan that will increase their confidence and self-love. When she’s not at work, she enjoys running, seeing live music, and spending time with her husband and 2 young kids.

Estheticians

Mechlin Whisenhunt

Mechlin joined AYA Medical Spa in 2019. A Graduate from the Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics, Mechlin is a Licensed Esthetician and a Georgia board-certified Assistant Laser Practitioner. She’s been in the medical spa industry for 5 years and has received training in Laser treatments, Chemical peels, SkinPen Microneedling, Diamond Glow, and more. Mechlin is committed to working with her patients to create a personalized skincare regimen and treatment plan to achieve the best results.

Stefanie Williamson

Stefanie is a licensed Esthetician & Laser Practitioner. She is native to south Alabama but has spent most of her life here in Georgia. Prior to joining the Aesthetics Industry, Stefanie, was an IT major. Since graduating from the Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics almost 3 years ago, Stefanie, comes to AYA with experience in Dermatology & the medical spa industry and has received training in Skin Pen Microneedling, Chemical Peels, CoolSculpting, Laser Treatments & more. Stefanie is always looking to expand her knowledge of the skin to provide the absolute best results for her clients.

Injectors

Karishma Lakhani, MSHS, PA-C

Karishma Lakhani is a board certified Physician Assistant (PA) who joined AYA Medical Spa in October 2022. She was raised in Atlanta, GA and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. After completing her undergraduate studies, she obtained her Master of Science in Health Sciences from The George Washington University, where she graduated with high honors. Prior to working at AYA, Karishma worked as an Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery PA, where she mastered her knowledge of facial anatomy and honed her clinical skills to provide safe, natural, and restorative results for her patients. She is expertly trained in neurotoxins, dermal fillers, and cosmetic lasers, and continues to advance her knowledge with continuing education and training to offer the best and latest advances in the industry. Karishma is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) as well as the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA). In her spare time, Karishma enjoys exploring diverse cuisines as a proud foodie, immersing in new cultures while traveling, and rooting for the Atlanta Hawks. You can follow Karishma on her professional Instagram page, @kontouredbykarishma.

Esthetician

Mary Duong, Esthetician

Mary is a medical esthetician, licensed assistant laser practitioner, certified medical assistant, and artist. She graduated from the Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics in 2007 and has over 15 years of experience. She has a passion for healthy and beautiful skin, and her goal is to provide all clients with results-driven treatments to enhance their existing natural beauty. Her mission is to provide exceptional aesthetic results through anti-aging solutions while ensuring a positive and memorable experience for each and every client.

Injectors

Staci McCullohs, PA-C

Staci McCullohs, cosmetic injector, has been working at AYA since July 2013. She is a board certified physician assistant who specializes in non-surgical cosmetic procedures.Staci received a Bachelor of Arts degree in classical piano from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. After graduating, she completed her Physician Assistant training at Barry University in Miami where she received a Master of Clinical Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies. With over 6 years of surgical experience in craniofacial reconstructive, orthopedic, and plastic surgery, Staci is highly familiar with cosmetic injectables, facial fillers, and other facial rejuvenation procedures.

Lauren Smith, NP-C

Lauren Smith NP-C, is a Family Nurse Practitioner who joined the team at AYA Medical Spa in February 2015. She specializes in non-surgical techniques for enhancing the face using Botox® Cosmetic and cosmetic injectable fillers. In 2009, Lauren earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the Medical College of Georgia. After graduating, she worked in Atlanta as a Registered Nurse in critical care and post-surgical cardiac care. In December 2014, she graduated from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University with her Masters of Science in Nursing degree. Lauren is also a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, is BLS and ACLS certified, and is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Elizabeth Margeson, NP

Elizabeth is a Nurse Practitioner who joined AYA as a cosmetic injector after working in the specialty of Plastic Surgery. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2015 and began her nursing career in an ICU in Atlanta. After gaining experience in critical care, Elizabeth joined Atlanta Plastic Surgery as a Registered Nurse. She graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing from Samford University with honors in 2021, and joined the AYA team soon after. Elizabeth is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She specializes in non-surgical cosmetic procedures and injectables and loves educating clients on the various treatment options. Elizabeth enjoys working together with her patients to develop a treatment plan that helps each individual achieve their aesthetic goals and self-confidence.

Michelle Hosang, NP-C, Senior Laser Practitioner

Michelle Hosang, Nurse Practitioner and Licensed Esthetician, has been working at AYA since November 2007. Michelle graduated from the Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics in 2007, after receiving a B.A in Sociology from Georgia State University. While working at AYA, Michelle returned to school to pursue a degree in Nursing and continued on earning a Master’s Degree in Nursing at Georgia State University. She has worked in hospital medicine, general and plastic surgeries. Michelle found a love for nursing and medicine; therefore, she spent several years working with Emory Healthcare. During her time at Emory, an academic institution, she became dedicated to education and training. As a result, she now serves AYA as the Training Director for estheticians. Michelle’s true passion in aesthetics is injecting neuromodulators/toxins and fillers. Michelle has witnessed the transformation of client’s skin through lasers and skin care; yet she loves the artistic ability to rejuvenate and restore facial structure through injectables.
She continues her education through hands-on training with Allergan, Galderma, and Revance Aesthetics. She was one of the first in Georgia to receive training on the Avéli Cellulite Treatment. Michelle has completed advanced training in skin resurfacing, photo rejuvenation, laser hair removal, and chemical peels. She stays current on technology and pharmacology advancements with laser companies such as Sciton, Ulthera, and Candela and skin care lines, including Obagi Medical, Revision, Skin Medica, Phytoceuticals, and Young Pharmaceuticals. Michelle is a member of the Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists (SPSSCS), Georgia Nursing Association (GNA), and the American Nurses Association (ANA). Michelle is licensed by the Georgia Medical Board as a Senior Laser Practitioner. Michelle is available at our Phipps, Northside, Colony Square and Avalon locations.
On a personal note, Michelle enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and toddler twins.

Estheticians

Erin McLean-Blackwell

Erin is a licensed esthetician and licensed laser practitioner in the state of Georgia. She has been an esthetician for 17 years and joined AYA Medical Spa in 2005. Over the last 13 years, she has enriched her talents thanks to partnerships with top skin care providers like Sciton®. She graduated from the International School for Skin and Nails (ISSN). She has gone on to master industry staples like Sciton® Laser Treatments, IPL and Radiofrequency technology, CoolSculpting® Fat Reduction, Ultherapy® Skin Tightening, Chemical Peels, Mirconeedling, Candela Laser Hair Removal, and Mircrodermabrasion. She assists in the pre-op and post-op care of facial surgical patients for Dr. James Namnoum. Erin has a unique passion for helping and educating people on skin care and cosmetic laser treatments. She prides herself on her ability to provide specialized care for each patient including crafting customized treatment plans for every skin type and tone. By utilizing the most current and effective cosmetic treatments available, Erin works to provide every patient with the healthy, brilliant skin they deserve. You can follow Erin on her professional Instagram (Glowpro.E) and Facebook (Skin Care with Erin) pages.

Lynn Jones, MA

Lynn Jones first developed a special interest in the field of esthetics, while working in a dermatology practice in 2011. Before joining the AYA Medical Spa team in 2016, Lynn combined her interest and knowledge of skin care and cosmetic procedures to become a valued provider within the dermatology practice’s esthetics department. Lynn attended Central Georgia Tech College where she earned a degree in medical assisting and a certificate as a medical skin care specialist. She is a state licensed cosmetic laser practitioner and a nationally-certified medical assistant, in addition to having advanced specialty training with industry-leading companies including Sciton®, CoolSculpting® nonsurgical fat reduction, as well as Obagi®, Revision® Skincare, EltaMD®, and Auspect skincare lines. Lynn is dedicated in helping her patients to achieve and maintain desired results and additionally specializes in AYA services including: IPL, laser hair removal, laser skin resurfacing, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels.

Injectors

Alorna Maxey, NP-C

Nurse Practitioner, Alorna Maxey, grew up in Southern California then relocated to the east coast with her military father. Alorna began her career as a Registered Nurse working with clients of all ages and decided to further her education. Specializing in Family Medicine, she obtained her Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Georgia State University and is also certified by The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Upon beginning practicing, it did not take Alorna long to know that in her career path, specializing in Holistic, Aesthetic, and Integrative Medicine would be a primary focus. As a Nurse Practitioner, she has had experience in Integrative and Holistic Medicine, as well as Aesthetic Medicine. Alorna aims to treat every client and patient with kindness, compassion, and care. It is her highest purpose to create a welcoming environment of healing, wellness, and beauty for all.

Laura Hoffman, NP-C

Laura Hoffman is an Atlanta native Nurse Practitioner specializing in non-surgical cosmetic procedures who joined the AYA Medical Spa team in 2021. She graduated with honors from The University of Alabama in 2011 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and in 2015 with her Master of Science in Nursing. After graduating she gained experience in critical care and bone marrow transplant. Laura is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Aside from medicine, her background includes yoga teacher certification as a 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher. Laura enjoys creating individualized treatment plans that are unique to each patient’s personal goals, in an environment in which they feel relaxed, respected, and empowered. She has a passion for wellness and anti-aging. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with her husband and 3 sons.

Elizabeth Margeson, NP

Elizabeth is a Nurse Practitioner who joined AYA as a cosmetic injector after working in the specialty of Plastic Surgery. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2015 and began her nursing career in an ICU in Atlanta. After gaining experience in critical care, Elizabeth joined Atlanta Plastic Surgery as a Registered Nurse. She graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing from Samford University with honors in 2021, and joined the AYA team soon after. Elizabeth is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She specializes in non-surgical cosmetic procedures and injectables and loves educating clients on the various treatment options. Elizabeth enjoys working together with her patients to develop a treatment plan that helps each individual achieve their aesthetic goals and self-confidence.

Michelle Hosang, NP-C, Senior Laser Practitioner

Michelle Hosang, Nurse Practitioner and Licensed Esthetician, has been working at AYA since November 2007. Michelle graduated from the Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics in 2007, after receiving a B.A in Sociology from Georgia State University. While working at AYA, Michelle returned to school to pursue a degree in Nursing and continued on earning a Master’s Degree in Nursing at Georgia State University. She has worked in hospital medicine, general and plastic surgeries. Michelle found a love for nursing and medicine; therefore, she spent several years working with Emory Healthcare. During her time at Emory, an academic institution, she became dedicated to education and training. As a result, she now serves AYA as the Training Director for estheticians. Michelle’s true passion in aesthetics is injecting neuromodulators/toxins and fillers. Michelle has witnessed the transformation of client’s skin through lasers and skin care; yet she loves the artistic ability to rejuvenate and restore facial structure through injectables.
She continues her education through hands-on training with Allergan, Galderma, and Revance Aesthetics. She was one of the first in Georgia to receive training on the Avéli Cellulite Treatment. Michelle has completed advanced training in skin resurfacing, photo rejuvenation, laser hair removal, and chemical peels. She stays current on technology and pharmacology advancements with laser companies such as Sciton, Ulthera, and Candela and skin care lines, including Obagi Medical, Revision, Skin Medica, Phytoceuticals, and Young Pharmaceuticals. Michelle is a member of the Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists (SPSSCS), Georgia Nursing Association (GNA), and the American Nurses Association (ANA). Michelle is licensed by the Georgia Medical Board as a Senior Laser Practitioner. Michelle is available at our Phipps, Northside, Colony Square and Avalon locations.
On a personal note, Michelle enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and toddler twins.

Estheticians

Lauren Card

Lauren Card joined the AYA Medical Spa team in January of 2018 after graduating from the Atlanta Institute of Esthetics in 2017. Lauren has received extensive training in laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels. She also has comprehensive knowledge of a wide variety of skincare product lines including Obagi Nu-Derm® and Obagi C®-RX, Revision® Skincare, and SkinMedica®. Before pursuing a career in esthetics, Lauren received her BFA with a focus in Retail and Brand Management from The Art Institute of Atlanta in 2013. She also has 6 years of experience in makeup artistry.

Holly Nelson

Holly Nelson is a medical aesthetician who started working with AYA September 2022. She is an Atlanta native who started in the beauty industry when she was 19 years old. Over the last 10 years, Holly’s focus shifted into medical aesthetics because of her desire for real results and beautiful outcomes. Holly has advanced training on Sciton BBL, Sciton Moxi, SkinPen Microneedling, chemical peels, Ultherapy, and Diamond Glow. She is passionate about using combination treatments with medical grade skin care to correct and maintain healthy glowing skin.

Mechlin Whisenhunt

Mechlin joined AYA Medical Spa in 2019. A Graduate from the Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics, Mechlin is a Licensed Esthetician and a Georgia board-certified Assistant Laser Practitioner. She’s been in the medical spa industry for 5 years and has received training in Laser treatments, Chemical peels, SkinPen Microneedling, Diamond Glow, and more. Mechlin is committed to working with her patients to create a personalized skincare regimen and treatment plan to achieve the best results.

Nick Edwards

Nick joined AYA in 2022 with over eight years of aesthetic and laser experience under his belt. Since graduating from the Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics in 2014, he has had advanced training with all Sciton lasers, microneedling, chemical peels, DiamondGlow, Ultherapy, CoolSculpting, and laser hair removal. He loves helping people achieve their skincare goals by using combination therapies along with a customized skincare regimen. Keep up with his work on Instagram @nick_lasers_atlanta

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