‚ÄčAbout SpaDerma

From our front desk staff to our skilled and talented estheticians, all of SpaDerma’s employees are licensed and have years of industry experience. Located on the second level of Salon 1800 in Lincoln Park, SpaDerma offers not only a top-notch staff, but also the top equipment in the business, providing safe and effective results.

We’re the only Chicago med spa open seven days a week, and we offer extended evening hours to accommodate our clients’ busy schedules.

If you’re looking for high-quality results, skin care expertise, a wide variety of procedures and a caring staff, SpaDerma is the right choice.

Our Team

Dr. Michael Green, M.D.


Michael Green, MD is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine as well as Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine. His current focus is his aesthetic practice. He has been practicing aesthetics since 1999 as the owner of LightCare Medical with a focus on low risk, minimally invasive injectable procedures such as Botox and Juvederm as well as laser treatments for unwanted hair, veins and capillaries. He is passionate about health and wellness especially with regards to the impact of nutrition, lifestyle and stress.

Dr. Green graduated from the University Of South Florida College Of Medicine and has been a practicing Emergency Room Physician since 1992.

Sarah Patel, Physician Assistant - Certified


Sarah Patel has been a Board Certified Physician Assistant since 2013. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition from the University of Illinois and her Master's in Physician Assistant Studies from Wingate University in North Carolina. A Chicago native, she has a strong procedural background in neurosurgery and neurointerventional radiology.

Sarah has honed her technical abilities for the field of aesthetics, and enjoys bringing a thorough & personalized experience to each client. She has been a member of the SpaDerma team since the Summer of 2016.

Michelle Shetty, BSN, RN, Aesthetic Nurse Injector


Michelle believes there is nothing better than making someone feel good about themselves. She takes a personalized approach to enhancing natural beauty and truly enjoys partnering with her patients to highlight the features they love while building confidence through customized aesthetic injections.

Trained in neurotoxins and dermal fillers, Michelle’s attention to detail and skillful mastery of technique blend the art and science of aesthetic injecting to provide beautiful results. She is a board certified registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia. With over eight years of experience in nursing, she is thrilled to be part of the SpaDerma team.

Julie Myers, BSN, RN, Aesthetic Nurse Injector


Julie's extensive education and advanced training and certifications in the area of neurotoxins and dermal fillers make her one of the most highly regarded injectors in her field.

For the past eight years, Julie has worked alongside the medical professionals at SpaDerma, an innovative and comprehensive medical spa in Lincoln Park. There, Julie focuses on her true passion...facial rejuvenation with minimally invasive procedures.. injecting neurotoxins (Botox and Dysport) and facial fillers (Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus and Radiesse). The creativity and understanding of how a face can look youthful and NATURAL is a skill and an art. Julie's passion and understanding make her an excellent injector and a true artist.

Alison Istambouli, Esthetician and Laser Specialist


Alison is an esthetician and laser specialist with more than 18 years of experience. Alison is a Chicago native and attended Pivot Point Academy in Evanston, Ill., graduating at the top of her class. For the past eight years, Alison has worked at SpaDerma, specializing in laser skin rejuvenation, laser hair removal and advanced skincare. Alison has advanced training in many laser certifications, as well as the latest technology and treatments available. Alison consistently receives outstanding reviews on Yelp and other sites for her outstanding commitment to her clients. Alison enjoys making a connection with her clients by providing them with a quality skin care plan so they not only look better, but also feel better about themselves.

Ashley Powers; Esthetician, Laser Specialist and Educator


Ashley has been in the beauty industry for over seven years and is a graduate of Pivot Point International Academy and True University’s Master’s program in Chicago. She previously worked in a salon as a Cosmetologist but was interested in advancing her career to become an Esthetician.

Since starting her medical skincare career she has been certified in PCA Skin Care where she has excelled in addressing concerns including acne, sun damage, and Melasma due to hormonal imbalances. She is also certified in specialized treatments such as; Pixel laser for resurfacing, IPL for skin rejuvenation, Scar Reduction and Tattoo Removal. In addition she also has years of experience with Laser Hair Removal, Clear +Brilliant Resurfacing, VenusFreeze for face and body contouring, Micordermabrasion, Chemical Peels, and Dermaplaning.

Ashley is very passionate about skincare and enjoys being able to work with the latest technology in treatments and products. She continues to stay up to date on the latest treatments available by being involved in advancing her education as well as learning from her peers. Ashley is also a certified trainer and educator and offers advanced Education Courses at the SpaDerma Skincare and Laser Institute.

Carla Minnesma, Esthetician and Laser Specialist


Carla`s passion for skincare began in her early twenties while she acquired an appreciation on how to treat, care, and maintain a youthful appearance. Carla decided to use her own experience and commit to it through her career. She attended Booker Institute of Cosmetology, where she received her Esthetic License in Michigan in 2008. She then went on to pursue her dream to work in Chicago and get her license in Illinois.

She gained a great deal of experience through the years in Chicago while working in all aspects of the aesthetic industry. She has a diverse knowledge on a variety of lasers including: Cutera XEO (IPL, hair removal, YAG, limelight), Lumenis LightSheer Duet for Laser Hair Removal, Clear & Brilliant Laser Resurfacing, Isolaz Acne Light Therapy, Venus Freeze Body Contouring, and Microdermabrasion. Her education on skincare includes a variety of physician dispensed skincare lines, medical grade chemical peels and dermaplaning.

Christina Immordino, Esthetician and Laser Specialist


Christina is a Esthetician and Laser Specialist. She started practicing Esthetics at SpaDerma immediately following her graduation from Tricoci University with honors in 2012. Her passion for skin care began once she was diagnosed with Vitiligo as a teenager, which is a condition that causes the loss of pigment in the skin.

Christina has had advanced training and is certified in Cutera Limelight Photofacials, Lumenis Lightsheer Duet for high speed Laser Hair Removal and Venus Freeze for Body Contouring. She also has extensive product knowledge with Skin Ceuticals and Dermaquest. In addition she has also attended the PCA Advanced Peeling Techniques for Complex Skin Conditions and has trained with Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels. Christina strongly believes skin health determines the overall health of the body, including emotional well-being, and often times gives us clues as to what may be askew internally.

Claire O'Connor, Esthetician and Laser Specialist


Claire is an Esthetician and earned her license at Pivot Point Academy in Evanston, IL in. Claire has more than nine years of experience and is certified to treat her clients with the following technology: Lumenis Lightsheer® Duet™ for Laser Hair Removal, Clear & Brilliant™ Laser Resurfacing, Cutera Limelight for IPL, Isolaz Acne Light Therapy, and Venus Freeze for Body Contouring. She is also highly skilled in Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels. Claire joined the SpaDerma team in 2010.

She ensures that clients are using the right products for their skin type, and she advocates for increased sunscreen use to limit sun damage. Claire frequently receives outstanding reviews for her service and professionalism and has been recognized on well-known venues, including Yelp and PrettyCity.com.

Dita Efendija; Esthetician, Laser Specialist and Waxing Professional


Dita moved to Chicago from Gjakovia, Kosova in 2001 with her family. After 10 years as a Nurse in Kosova she decided to change careers and focus on her passion for skincare and skin health. She decided to attend the Skincare Institute of Skokie where she graduated in 2003.

She began her career in skincare with Salon 1800 and for years provided outstanding services such as; custom facials, waxing, tinting, body treatments and spray tanning. In 2013 Dita had the opportunity to advance her career even further by becoming a Medical Esthetician. In the past two years she has been trained and certified in Laser Hair Removal, Venus Freeze for Face and Body Contouring, Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels and Micro-Needling.

Dita’s wide range of knowledge has helped her provide result oriented treatments for her clientele that has been seeing her for over a decade!Claire works hard to ensure her clients not only receive excellent skin care treatment in the clinic, but are also well-informed on healthy skin care practices at home.

Fallyn Johnson, Esthetician and Laser Specialist


Fallyn is a Laser Technician and a licensed Esthetician. She started her laser training immediately following her graduation from G Skin and Beauty Institute in 2014.
Fallyn's interest in skin care developed in Her mid twenties. Her interest came from wanting to learn how to sustain youthful skin and prevent signs of aging. She is a firm believer in maintaining a healthy skin care regimen at home as well as enjoying preventative treatments. She is passionate about introducing her clients to a lifestyle focusing on healthy skin.
Fallyn performs the following treatments: Advanced Peels, Laser Hair Removal, Laser Resurfacing, Micro-needling, Facials, and Body Contouring.

Holly Gottschalk, Esthetician and Laser Specialist


Holly is an Esthetician and Laser Specialist with almost ten years of experience in the industry. She received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Kansas and her esthetics license from Pivot Point Academy in Evanston, IL. Holly is laser certified through the Professional Medical Education Association, Inc. She has received advanced training and certifications on the latest laser and skin innovations in the industry.

Holly became interested in the art and science of skin care at a young age. As a teen, she dealt with her own skin issues and started acquiring knowledge on how to care for her skin with the help of skin care experts. The positive results and increased self-confidence she experienced inspired her to pursue a career in esthetics. Holly combines a wide-ranging knowledge of skin care treatments and products with exceptional attention to detail and a very strong work ethic. She provides a warm, personalized, but clinical approach with her clients that yields amazing and lasting results.

Julie Hamilton, Esthetician and Laser Specialist


Julie has been an Esthetician for over 15 years. She graduated in 2002 from the Academy of Esthetics in Wheaton, IL. Julie is a Chicago native but lived in Tampa, Florida for 8 years while she worked in a Dermatology practice.

After returning to Chicago Julie worked for an additional 6 years in Dermatology specializing in advanced skin conditions such as Melasma, sun damage and Acne. She is certified in PCA peels as well as advanced TCA peels and has a vast knowledge in medical grade skincare lines and continues with advanced eduction and training.

Julie is certified in the following treatments; Laser Hair Removal, Photofacials, Tattoo Removal, Dermaplaning, Advanced Peels, Acne Light Therapy, Radiofrequency, Micro-Needling, Laser Genesis, and Laser Resurfacing.

Kim Ballish, Esthetician and Laser Specialist


Before pursuing her passion in skincare and getting her esthetic license in 2009 from Pivot Point International, Kim was a senior Account Executive in advertising for over 10 years.
Once licensed and working in the spa industry in the Gold Coast of Chicago, she continued her education with numerous medical training classes. This advancement brought Kim into the medical field of skincare working for renowned Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons in Chicago.
Kim has multiple certifications and delivers medical treatments to her patients as needed. From laser, skin resurfacing, pigment reversal and delivering knowledge to patients, Kim provides a clinical and compassionate approach with all of her patients.

Nicole Pansera, Esthetician and Waxing Professional


In 2007 Nicole began her career in the skincare industry as a Makeup Artist. Her passion for makeup lead to an interest in skincare. From there she decided to further expand her knowledge and her career by attending the University of Esthetics, Wicker Park. She graduated with honors in 2009 and started an exciting new career in skincare and esthetics.

Nicole interned at Thrive Medical Spa where she was certified in advanced esthetic technology. In 2009 she joined SpaDerma’s team where she continues to utilize her skills as an esthetician with advanced training while continuing her education. She has an extensive knowlege on Medical procedures such as laser hair removal, laser skin resurfacing, advanced peeling techniques, and body and face contouring.

After several years of experience her ultimate passion is working with clients and delivering result oriented treatments. She specifically enjoys offering her clients outstanding customized facials with extractions to purge and cleanse the pores. She has continued her education and is now certified in Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels with an extensive training background in Dermalogica.

Niki Spano; Esthetician, Laser Specialist and Professional Makeup Artist


Niki is a Chicago native and completed her Esthetic certification and laser training in 2007 in Tempe, Arizona at the National Aesthetics Institute. In Mesa, AZ. she started her career working for Dr. Greg Allen at Deseret Skin and Lifestyle Institute. For four years she assisted with medical procedures and offered an extensive menu of Medical Spa services. There she gained a great deal of experience with Laser Hair Removal, Photofacials, Microdermabrason, Chemical Peels and Dermaplaning. She specialized in aggressive skincare resurfacing treatments such as Fraxel Laser Resurfacing as well as TCA and Jessners Peel.

After moving back to Chicago to be closer to her family she continued her career at SpaDerma in 2011. Here she continued her education and has since received awards and certifications from the following laser and skincare companies; Cutera, Lumenis, Solta, Venus Concept, Allergan, PCA Skin, Dermaquest, Skin Cueticals and Neocutis. She enjoys offering clients effective and efficient treatments while sharing her expertise. She is very passionate and committed to helping her clientele achieve all of their skin care goals. Niki is also a highly skilled makeup artist and specializes in Bridal Makeup. Email her for details and pricing.

Tara Leggero, Esthetican and Laser Specialist


Tara graduated from The Hair Professionals and Spa Academy in 2003 after receiving an education in Nursing. She began her career with corrective facial treatments and waxing services at an upscale spa. Although her passion for therapeutic skincare remains she had the desire to further her education and training with advanced skincare and laser treatments. Tara has received multiple certifications in the past few years for Laser Hair Removal, Micro-Needling, Skin Tightening, Skin Resurfacing and Advanced Chemical Peels.

Tara joined our team in 2015 and her incredible skincare knowledge and experience makes her highly recommended by both staff and clients. Her true passion is helping her acneic clients see improvements in their skin while avoiding antibiotics and aggressive prescriptions.

Violet Nocon; Esthetician, Laser Specialist and Waxing Professional


Born and raised in Poland Violet decided to start a new life in Chicago with her husband and two young sons in 1995. In Poland she received a Masters in Business at the Academy of Economics in Krakow, Poland. Once she moved to Chicago she decided to fulfill her dream of working in the skincare industry. Violet then attended the Marco Polo Aesthetic School of Chicago where she earned her Esthetic Degree in 1997 with honors.

After graduating she started her career with Salon 1800 and has gained extensive experience performing custom facials, waxing, brow and lash tinting, body treatments, and spray tanning. She excels in offering relaxing facials that provide great improvement in the skin’s tone and texture with no downtime. She loves spending time with her clients in the treatment room and helping her clients feel refreshed and revitalized in just one hour!

After several years of working in this Spa environment Violet decided she was ready for the next challenge in her career. Since 2012 Violet has been trained in Laser Hair Removal, Microdermabrasions, Chemical Peels, Venus Freeze Face and Body Contouring, and Isolaz Acne Light Therapy. She has receive numerous certifications over the years; Lumenis Lightsheer, PCA Skin, Dermalogica, Lumenis, and Venus Concept just to name a few. Even with over 20 years of experience Violet is still continuing her education and enhancing her client’s experience each day!

SpaDerma Chicago Med Spa

Premier Med Spa for Skin Care and Rejuvenation

Are you searching for a spa that will both enhance your natural beauty and rejuvenate your spirit? SpaDerma is a premier med spa serving the Chicago area. We are a highly experienced and trained group of estheticians, offering life enhancing results through a variety of different cosmetic services.

With over half a century of combined experience, our estheticians are committed to bringing you the best results with utmost care, whether your goals are to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles or you desire quick and effective laser hair removal.

Our mission is to provide top quality service in a professional environment while receiving an effective and effecient service. Our trained laser technicians have decades of experience combined and are certified with each treatment offered.

With outstanding reviews on all of our services, our clients agree that SpaDerma is the top spa for all of your Chicago skin care needs. SpaDerma offers the highest quality of skin care that can be found in the Chicago area.

We offer complimentary consultations and are committed to bringing you excellent results. We are happy to discuss your specific skin care needs and goals, and will help you to make the best decision for your skin and your budget. Call us today at 773-529-5277 for your free consultation. We are located in Lincoln Park and are available 7 days a week for your convenience with late evening hours.

Street parking is available. The side streets are not zoned until 6pm and meter parking is available on Armitage Ave.

SpaDerma is not able to perform services for anyone under the age of 14 years old. Parental consent is required for anyone under the age of 18 years old. Children and infants are not allowed in the spa waiting areas or treatment rooms.

Cancellation Policy: SpaDerma requires 24 hour notice to cancel or reschedule an appointment. Without adequate notice a $25 fee will be applied to your client account.

SpaDerma accepts Visa, Discover, American Express and Mastercard. Gratuity is accepted in the form of cash or personal check only.

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