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    Dr Salvador Yunez of spaderma

    Dr. Salvador
    Yunez, MD

    ALL MEDICAL PROCEDURES ARE PROVIDED BY DR. SALVADOR YUNEZ WITH LASER AND VEIN AESTHETICS

    Dr. Yunez completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Hospital network in 1987. He later completed a sub-specialty in Phlebology (diagnosis and treatment of varicose and spider veins), pioneering the Closure Procedure in the midwest in 1999 and the Endovenous Laser Treatment in 2001, having treated thousands of patients since 1994. More recently he has become certified in Anti-Aging Medicine (bio-identical hormone replacement therapy).

    He is certified by the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine, is an active member of the American College of Phlebology, the International Union of Phlebology, the Academy of Preventive & Innovative Medicine, and the International Peptide Society.

    Anna Grancher of sapderma

    Anna
    Grancher

    BY DAY: CLINICAL DIRECTOR, MS, PA-C

    & BEYOND: @ANNA_SPADERMA + ANNA@SPADERMA.COM

    Anna is a nationally certified Physician Assistant and functions as our Clinical Director overseeing our talented group of injectors at SpaDerma. Anna attended Illinois Wesleyan University to obtain her bachelor’s degree and later graduated with a Masters of Science from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in 2011.  She began her career working in emergency and hospital medicine, which gave her a great foundation in medicine and allowed her to familiarize herself with varying specialties. In 2015 Anna made the full-time transition to plastic surgery and medical aesthetics and has never looked back. Anna treats neurotoxin and filler patients at our West Loop and North Shore locations, in addition to providing medical consultations across all SpaDerma locations. She holds certifications in advanced techniques for dermal fillers, neurotoxins, and for the use of radio frequency devices. Additionally, Anna is certified in a variety of lasers, including intense pulse light (IPL), broadband light, hyperhidrosis treatment, chemical peels, Aquagold, Kybella injections and PRP restoration for hair growth and skin rejuvenation. Anna has had significant exposure to a multitude of interventions for both surgical and non surgical enhancement. Anna prides herself on providing her patient's with a comprehensive assessment accompanied by a straightforward plan to achieve their goals. Anna is passionate about continuing education, as you can often find her reading articles regarding current developments in the dynamic industry of medical aesthetics.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, catching a sporting event or dining at one of Chicago's acclaimed restaurants.

    “I aim to restore youthfulness and prevent signs of aging while maintaining a natural aesthetic. Delivering amazing results in the safest ways possible is what I strive for.”

    Dana
    Ymeri

    BY DAY: NP 

    & BEYOND: @DANA_SPADERMA + DANA@SPADERMA.COM

    Dana is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned her masters degree at Lewis University; prior to her masters she also graduated magna cum laude with her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Bradley University in 2009. She worked as a registered nurse at Advocate Lutheran General for 8 years, specializing in orthopedics. Although she loved working as an inpatient nurse, she graduated from her Family Nurse Practitioner program in 2016. She then began her career as a Nurse Practitioner at Northwestern Medicine Hospital in the outpatient neurosurgery department. Dana's love of nursing and passion for aesthetics lead to her to join the SpaDerma team in 2018. Dana combines her skills using neurotoxins and hyaluronic acid dermal fillers to produce natural, beautiful results. With over a decade of experience under her belt, Dana uses her skills to produce natural, beautiful results.

    “I love being able to integrate my nursing experience and my love for aesthetics to help my patients enhance their natural beauty and feel their best.”

    Daphne
    Erpelo

    BY DAY: PA 

    & BEYOND: @DAPHNE_SPADERMA + DAPHNE@SPADERMA.COM

    Daphne attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She began her healthcare career as a critical care registered nurse in a surgical ICU/stepdown. In this role, she discovered her passion for surgery and other procedures. She then went on to receive her Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Midwestern University, and worked in plastic and reconstructive surgery after graduation. Working in aesthetics has allowed Daphne to combine her technical skills with her passion for skincare and beauty which led her to join the SpaDerma team! She loves working with patients to create natural results that helps them feel more refreshed and confident. Daphne is a Chicago native who enjoys yoga, baking, and crossword puzzles. 

    “To be able to help people feel beautiful and confident every day - I really think that's what makes this the best job in the world.”

    Maria
    Starzyk

    BY DAY: MSN, FNP-C 

    & BEYOND: @MARIA_SPADERMA + MARIA@SPADERMA.COM

    Maria has been a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner since 2017. She received her masters degree from Loyola University Chicago and her bachelors from Northern Arizona University. She has a wide variety of specialties from her RN career, ranging from medical surgical, oncology, internal medicine, and allergy and immunology. Maria has been with SpaDerma West Loop since its inception in January 2018. She provides a personal experience and is devoted to her patients. She takes pride in making them feel confident in their appearance. She likes to educate her patients and make them aware of all their skincare options. Maria is a first generation Polish American and is fluent in the Polish language. She still continues to embrace her Polish heritage and traditions. She enjoys traveling with her husband  and learning about other cultures. 

    “I strongly believe in enhancing natural beauty and fully embrace the ideology that aesthetics can positively impact someone's physical and mental health.”

    Nico
    Palanti

    BY DAY: RN 

    & BEYOND: @NICO_SPADERMA + NICO@SPADERMA.COM

    Nico graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health with an emphasis in Health Administration and Policy. He began his medical career as an EMT in the ER and continued his education in a nursing program at Milwaukee School of Engineering. Nico’s established passion for emergency medicine and critical care led to his role as an emergency room RN. After many successful years in this position, Nico was inspired to pursue the next step in his career, advancing his education to aesthetic nursing--a field that allows him to tap into his artistic side while using his clinical judgement and experience. With this combined passion, Nico puts an emphasis on patient safety while producing an individualized and beautiful final result. Nico’s contagious positivity helps him build long-lasting relationships with his patients which wasn't feasible in the emergency setting he started out in. 

    “I love helping individuals feel healthy, happy, and confident in their own skin. Let’s enhance your own beautiful traits together!”

    Elyse Schmit of spaderma

    Elyse
    Schmit

    BY DAY: AESTHETICIAN AND LASER & LIGHT SPECIALIST

    & BEYOND: @ELYSE_SPADERMA + ELYSE@SPADERMA.COM

    Elyse graduated from G skin and Beauty in Chicago in 2011. For 6 years she worked as a Medical Aesthetician for a Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon in Northwest Indiana before joining the SpaDerma team. She became passionate about skincare as a teenager struggling from cystic acne. She believes everyone should feel beautiful in their own skin and has made it her goal to help every patient achieve overall good skin health. The possibilities are endless with the advances in skincare technology! Elyse is certified in many skin care treatments including PCA Peels, Microneedling, and Laser Hair Removal.

    “The most important thing we can do as aestheticians is educate our patients about attainable skin care.”

    Ewelina Zielinska of spaderma

    Ewelina
    Zielinska

    BY DAY: AESTHETICIAN AND LASER & LIGHT SPECIALIST 

    & BEYOND: @SKINBYEWELINA + EWELINA@SPADERMA.COM

    Ewelina has been in the skin industry for 4 and a half years. She always had an interest in the beauty industry especially medical esthetics. She always knew she wanted to make people feel confident in their skin and she fell in love with the feeling it gave to know she had a role in improving someone’s skin. She loves the preventative approach and she believes less is more. Her favorite treatments are chemical peels and Microneedling.

    “Let me help you boost your natural beauty, rejuvenate your skin, and reverse the signs of aging. It is all within your reach!”

    Kaitlyn
    McKinnon

    BY DAY: AESTHETICIAN AND LASER & LIGHT SPECIALIST 

    & BEYOND: @KAITLYN_SPADERMA + KAITLYN@SPADERMA.COM

    As a biology major in college Kaitlyn always knew she wanted to be in a medical setting. Shortly thereafter, she discovered a love for skincare and decided to pursue the aesthetics industry by attending cosmetology school at the Estelle Skin Care and Spa Institute. After gaining training and knowledge from various Med Spas, Dermatologist & Plastic Surgeon offices, Kaitlyn is proud to now call Spaderma her home. Kaitlyn carries extensive knowledge on how to treat & maintain varying skin conditions, including acne, hyperpigmentation, rosacea & compromised skin texture. Kaitlyn loves to create customized treatment plans accompanied by attainable at-home routines to optimize each patient's unique concerns. Although every skin condition needs a catered approach, Kaitlyn’s favorite skin treatments to perform are Laser Genesis & IPL and Vivace.

    "Healthy skin is beautiful skin! Let's achieve your skin care goals through a customized regimen designed to address your concerns and together we will achieve healthy, beautiful skin."

    Krystal
    Gonzalez

    BY DAY: AESTHETICIAN AND LASER & LIGHT SPECIALIST 

    & BEYOND: @KRYSTAL_SPADERMA + KRYSTAL@SPADERMA.COM

    Krystal began her aesthetics journey at the Tricoci University of Beauty Culture and now has over 11 years of experience as a licensed aesthetician and educator. Krystal spends much of her time mentoring aesthetics students and wants to continue educating students and clients alike, by providing results driven treatments. Her passion for skin is her driving force, but being able to make a difference in her patient’s lives by helping them achieve their skin goals and boost their confidence is the most rewarding.

    “Everyone has their own skin journey. Let me guide you in the right direction and together we can achieve your best skin!”

    Louisa
    Stepien

    BY DAY: AESTHETICIAN AND LASER & LIGHT SPECIALIST 

    & BEYOND: @LOUISA_SPADERMA + LOUISA@SPADERMA.COM

    Louisa has always had a passion for helping people, and with a strong love for skincare, she found her calling in life. With over 5 years of experience in the industry, and as a new member of the SpaDerma family, she continues to put her all into each and every one of her patients’ concerns. Ever since she was young, she wanted to give back and feels being an Aesthetician is an extremely rewarding profession. Being able to transform not only someone’s skin, but also their confidence gives her the ability to ultimately change lives. She favors more advanced treatments such as Clear + Brilliant, Microneedling and Chemical Peels that deliver more corrective results. 

    “When people put their trust in me, I make it my goal to deliver the most optimal results. This requires unwavering commitment and above all, patience. In the end, the results can be life-changing! That is what makes this profession so rewarding.”

    Meghan Mullane of spaderma

    Meghan
    Mullane

    BY DAY: AESTHETICIAN AND LASER & LIGHT SPECIALIST 

    & BEYOND: @MEGHAN_SPADERMA + MEGHAN@SPADERMA.COM

    Meghan grew up in a south suburb of Chicago and graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Business. Meghan has been a licensed Aesthetician for 5 years after starting out as a makeup artist and realizing quickly how much she loved skincare. She uses her expertise to cater to the individual when providing a relaxing facial, or a more advanced corrective treatment. Some of Meghan’s favorite treatments are IPL, Microneedling, and Dermaplaning with Hydrafacial. 

    “I love that I am able to make a change in my patients’ skin with the treatments we offer at SpaDerma. It’s amazing to see what that change can do for a patient’s skin and more so, what it can do for their confidence.”

    Michelle Holmes of spaderma

    Michelle
    Holmes

    BY DAY: AESTHETICIAN AND LASER & LIGHT SPECIALIST 

    & BEYOND: @MICHELLE_SPADERMA + MICHELLEHOLMES@SPADERMA.COM

    Michelle started her career at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture and has been practicing in medical aesthetics since 2008. 12 years later, her passion for skincare and education continues to grow. Michelle enjoys performing a plethora of advanced treatments including Microneedling, Chemical Peels, Laser Vein Therapy, and Laser Genesis. In addition to administering in-office procedures, she is happy to assist patients with their at-home regimens. She is constantly researching new technologies and techniques to stay in the loop with the skincare industry’s most progressive treatments, yielding optimal results.

    “With a tailored approach, I always find gratification in educating my patients and exceeding their expectations.”

    Nikki Nicholson spaderma

    Nikki
    Nicholson

    BY DAY: AESTHETICIAN AND LASER & LIGHT SPECIALIST 

    & BEYOND: @NIKKI_SPADERMA + NIKKI@SPADERMA.COM

    After working as a professional makeup artist for over 10 years, Nikki realized she wanted to dive deeper into the skin. She loved to enhance the beauty of her clients but wanted to learn to treat the skin, not just cover it up. After graduating from Estelle Skin Care and Spa Institute she joined Chicago’s top plastic surgeon, Dr. Dayan, as an intern where she found her true passion in medical aesthetics. Chemical Peels and Microneedling are not only some of her favorite treatments to perform, but to receive as well. Nikki herself is prone to adult acne which always leads to post inflammatory pigmentation, so these treatments have been the biggest game changer for her. Nikki’s true passion lies in the results — check out some of her favorite before an afters on her instagram. 

    “I strive for an amazing "before and after", which makes treating acne, hyperpigmentation, and aging some of my favorite issues to tackle!”

    Stephanie Liongson of spaderma

    Stephanie
    Liongson

    BY DAY: AESTHETICIAN AND LASER & LIGHT SPECIALIST 

    & BEYOND: @STEPHANIE_SPADERMA + STEPHANIELIONGSON@SPADERMA.COM

    Stephanie is a Chicago native who received her BFA at Columbia College in 2008. She then completed her aesthetic training at the Gskin Institute. She started her aesthetic journey working for a Facial Plastic Surgeon where she where she developed her expertise in lasers, Chemical Peels and evaluating skin types that determine the best solutions for each individual. Stephanie ensures each patient is satisfied by providing the highest quality of care. Her favorite treatment is Microneedling. She loves telling patients about her struggles with acne and how this treatment has helped and improved her acne scars and hyperpigmentation.

    “I love making connections and being part of a team of specialists who strive to leave every patient feeling beautiful, inside and out.”

    Toni
    Polino 

    BY DAY: AESTHETICIAN AND LASER & LIGHT SPECIALIST 

    & BEYOND: @TONI_SPADERMA + TONI@SPADERMA.COM

    For the past three years, Toni has been performing advanced skincare treatments within the medical aesthetics industry, and specializes in various lasers and the latest aesthetic devices. Toni’s passion for skincare stems from her interest in finding quality ingredients within the beauty industry. With a focus on treatment planning and making people feel confident in their own skin, Toni enjoys working closely with her patients to help them achieve their individual skincare goals. Toni’s favorite treatment is the Hydrafacial, as she receives gratification in customizing each treatment to the specific patient and seeing their skin glow as they leave the treatment room. Toni is always looking to further educate herself by attending numerous webinars, conventions, and reading up on all things within the skincare industry.

    “The best foundation you can wear is healthy, glowing skin!”

    Victoria Garcia of spaderma

    Victoria
    Garcia

    BY DAY: AESTHETICIAN AND LASER & LIGHT SPECIALIST 

    & BEYOND: @VICTORIA_SPADERMA + VICTORIA@SPADERMA.COM

    Victoria started her career at the Aveda Institute of Tucson in 2012. She knew right away medical aesthetics was her goal. Victoria is committed to educating her patients on how to reach and maintain their own skincare goals. She loves the relationships she’s formed with her patients and the excitement that comes with every treatment! 

    “Consistency is the golden rule in skincare. Great skin is attainable for everyone, it’s just about listening to what your skin needs. ”

    Virginia Vitale of spaderma

    Virginia
    Vitale

    BY DAY: AESTHETICIAN AND LASER & LIGHT SPECIALIST 

    & BEYOND: @VIRGINIA_SPADERMA + VIRGINIA@SPADERMA.COM

    After spending 10 years in the beauty industry as a professional makeup artist, Virginia's passion grew into skin, the canvas for makeup. Growing up Virginia struggled with acne which followed her into adulthood. After graduating from Universal Spa Training Academy, she continued her education with Medical Aesthetic and Laser Certification at True U Education. There is nothing more satisfying to Virginia than handing a mirror to her patient at the end of a service and seeing their positive reaction when they see their skin improving. She loves all treatments, especially Microneedling, Clear & Brilliant, Hydrafacial, Chemical Peels... EVERYTHING! Skin health is just as important as physical health to Virginia and she believes the skin tells it all. Come visit her and let her guide you through your skin journey! 

    “The last thing you should worry about is your skin. Let me show you a worry free approach that will get you the results you’re looking for!”