Lincoln Park Staff
Salvador Yunez, MD, ABLVM
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.
Sarah Patel, Physician Assistant – Certified
Sarah Patel has been a Board Certified Physician Assistant since 2013. She received her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from Wingate University in North Carolina and Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from the University of Illinois in 2003. Sarah practiced neurosurgery in Charlotte and later neurointerventional radiology at Northwestern prior to joining the SpaDerma team in the Summer of 2016. Her strong procedural background equips her to make precise and customized treatments for her patients. Sarah is also the manager of the injectors at both the Lincoln Park and West Loop locations.
Suzie Carroll, MSN, FNP-C
Michelle Shetty, RN
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, RN
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.
Austyn Johnson, Physician Assistant – Certified
Austyn received her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS University) where she graduated summa cum laude and received the MCPHS University Academic Achievement Award. Austyn practiced interventional pain management, utilizing a procedure-based approach to manage patients with acute and chronic pain. This provided vast procedural and injection experience. Austyn aims to enhance her patients’ natural beauty by tailoring her treatments to match each patient’s unique and desired aesthetic goals, while providing natural-looking results. Austyn’s goal is to provide the safest and most effective treatments to give her patients the aesthetic look they desire.
Alison Istambouli – Aesthetician 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 – Aesthetician and Laser Specialist
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.
Carla Minnesman – Aesthetician 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 – Aesthetician 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 – Aesthetician 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 – Aesthetician and Laser Specialist
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 – Aesthetician 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.
Jessica Goudy – Aesthetician and Laser Specialist
Jessica is an aesthetician and laser specialist. She graduated from Universal Spa Training Academy in 2016 at the top off her class. After completing True University’s ultimate education course Jessica was accepted into True University’s internship program where she was able to expand her knowledge in advanced medical skin care and laser treatments.
Jessica has suffered from chronic eczema her entire life. She decided at a young age she wanted to help other people who have problematic skin so they don’t have to suffer as she has. Her philosophy towards skincare is you must have all the information before you can solve the problem. Then, by administering a mix of specialized treatments and using a customized home care regime anyone can achieve truly amazing results.
She has received multiple certifications and received advanced training with Lumenis laser hair removal, Cutera Inc, Clear + Brilliant, SkinPen, Hydrafacial, Isoalz, Advanced Chemical Peels, microdermabrasion and dermaplaning. Jessica makes it her duty as an Aesthetician to stay up to date with the latest advancements and education within the medical skin care industry.
Julie Hamilton – Aesthetician 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 education 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 – Aesthetician 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 – Aesthetician and Laser Specialist
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 – Aesthetician and Laser Specialist
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.
Suzanne Anders – Aesthetician and Laser Specialist
Tara Leggero – Aesthetician 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 – Aesthetician and Laser
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.
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 received 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!