Dear Dr. Nayak & Staff – Just wanted to say Thanks!My hair is still growing!
I got started on the Clarisonic thing for my face and it is super!
I wanted to thank you for the AWESOME visit!
Your meticulous technique and gracious generosity are truly appreciated.
Thank you so much for the positive experience of undergoing cosmetic surgery at your office.
The results are amazing and the journey was pleasant.
From the receptionist to Dr. Nayak, all staff was courteous.
I simply wanted to send you this brief note to express
my sincere appreciation of your exceptional
skill in the area of facial cosmetic surgery.
Kudos to all of you for your warm, friendly service and ability to
turn back the clock. Dr. Nayak, You have made a good life even better with your incredible skill.
Portrait photography by Hanah Lindberg
All of our providers have established, loyal clientele and are experts in what they do. At this point in time, Dr. Nayak is no longer accepting new non-surgical patients.
We are fortunate to have an incredible team of 7 highly skilled nurse injectors and Dr. Nayak has the utmost confidence in them. Each nurse injector, whether previously-experienced or not, spends several weeks training at Dr. Nayak’s side upon joining our practice, and injects using his specific training and techniques. They actually perform all of our staff injections and treatments, including Dr. Nayak’s.
Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
All of our providers have established, loyal clientele and are experts in what they do. At this point in time, Dr. Nayak is no longer accepting new non-surgical patients. We are fortunate to have an incredible team of 7 highly skilled nurse injectors and Dr. Nayak has the utmost confidence in them. Each nurse injector, whether previously-experienced or not, spends several weeks training at Dr. Nayak’s side upon joining our practice, and injects using his specific training and techniques. They actually perform all of our staff injections and treatments, including Dr. Nayak’s.
Avani is a former corporate attorney. In 2006, Mike and Avani opened Nayak Plastic Surgery and opened Avani Derm Spa in 2010. They began with just three employees, and in the beginning few years Avani held a variety of roles ranging from receptionist to patient consultant to marketing coordinator. Today Avani strives to keep Nayak Plastic Surgery and Avani Derm Spa at their best, with the aim of providing superior services and excellent care to patients.
Practice Manager - Director of General Operations
Allie Israelson is the Practice Manager for Nayak Plastic Surgery and both Avani Derm Spa locations in St. Louis. Allie began her career as an esthetician and quickly learned every position necessary to become a respected leader in a burgeoning business... Continue reading
She was instrumental in launching the Spa in 2010 and cultivated an expertise in all services and products provided by the spa and within the competitive landscape. Allie has been instrumental in the evolution of Nayak Plastic Surgery and Avani Derm Spa, from the early days of six employees to now leading 40 highly skilled and helpful team members. Any questions or concerns will be addressed with the utmost respect and confidentiality.
Practice Manager - Director of Systems & Administration
Erin joined the practice in 2015. As the Practice Administrator, Erin primarily focuses on “technical” processes to keep the practice running strategically and efficiently by implementing and improving solutions, processes, and schedules that keep work flowing. Erin also oversees much of the practice marketing. She is consistently motivated by helping to make processes more efficient and ensuring that the practice operates smoothly.
Practice Manager - Medical Spa Director
Jenny joined the Nayak Plastic Surgery team in December 2018. She has a background in dental, and has experience in both orthodontics and oral surgery. She has over 16 years of customer service experience and loves to help others. She is excited to be a part of Nayak's extraordinary and skilled team.
Systems and Administrative Assistant
Ethan joined the practice in October of 2022. With a background in architectural technology and administration, he strives to streamline processes and places great value on efficiency and problem-solving. He works closely with the Director of Systems & Administration to ensure their shared goals are reached and effectiveness is maximized.
Director of Purchasing & Inventory
Shannon Huey is knowledgeable about all of our treatments and procedures. She will be happy to assist you with appointments, pricing, or other concerns. Shannon has worked in the medical and spa field for 10 years and also has an associates degree in business.
As one of Dr. Nayak's consultation coordinators, Whitney is the first point of contact for patients when they reach out to our practice. The focus of her role is to act as their liaison, guiding them through our process leading into surgery. Whitney finds her role to be very meaningful and fulfilling. She is enthusiastic about getting to know each patient, and enjoys connecting with new people everyday. It is important to Whitney to remain knowledgeable, informed and up to date regarding all treatments and surgical procedures... Continue reading
Whitney is skilled and educated in preparing and evaluating patients for surgery, injectables, device-based procedures, and derm-spa treatments that we offer. Her background as a makeup artist, with over 20 years of experience in the beauty and esthetics industry, is what has ultimately led Whitney to find her passion in working for Dr. Nayak. She feels very grateful to play a vital role in helping patients gain a greater sense of well being and confidence.
Erin takes part in consultations with Dr. Nayak, helps with scheduling of surgery, provides financing information and coordinates surgical consultations. She serves as a point of contact for surgical patients both before and after surgery. She helps guide them through the process, starting with the initial phone call/email and keeps in touch to answer any questions or ease any concerns they may have... Continue reading
Coming from a history in sales and customer service, Erin believes that understanding the patient’s needs and making sure they feel comfortable are of utmost importance. She loves meeting new people and building strong long-lasting relationships to ensure an exceptional experience for all new and existing patients. Erin received her B.A. in Communications from the University of Missouri, St. Louis in 2007.
Carrie coordinates consultations and takes part in them with Dr. Nayak. She serves as the first point of contact when patients’ call in to schedule a consultation, and then guides them through our process, answering questions along the way, and making sure that the entire experience is as seamless as possible. She is knowledgeable about all of our surgical options and treatments, as well as our non-surgical options and spa services... Continue reading
Carrie has been in the medical field for over four years, and has a background in customer service. She enjoys meeting new people and getting to know patients through her interactions with them. Carrie has also been a patient of Dr. Nayak’s since 2006, and has experienced treatment options first-hand, which is extremely helpful in her role here as a coordinator.
Caitlin joined the Nayak Plastic Surgery team in April of 2017. She is ecstatic to be a part of the team and is a long term fan of Dr. Nayak and his work. Caitlin comes from a background of veterinary medicine and dental assisting and has 12 years of customer service experience! Caitlin loves being the first point of contact to patients when they call or walk in the door and is dedicated to making their experience at Nayak Plastic Surgery and Avani Derm Spa the best possible!
OR Director/Surgical NP
Karen Tharp, FNP-BC is a dual board-certified family nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience who specializes in surgical aesthetic procedures. A Missouri native, Karen attended Barnes College of Nursing at University of Missouri - St. Louis where she graduated at the top of her class and achieved honors for both bachelor’s and master’s degree of science in nursing. Following her education, Karen’s surgical technique was honed as a valued member of the cardiothoracic operating room team at both Barnes Jewish Hospital and St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis Missouri.
She further refined her surgical skills as a surgical first assistant in an orthopedic surgeon’s office before later joining a dermatology and cosmetic medicine practice where she utilized her artistic eye and surgical prowess to help improve patient's confidence with dermatologic care and cosmetic skin and hair treatments. Karen is passionate about helping patients achieve a naturally beautiful and youthful version of themself so they look and feel their very best. Karen specializes in caring for patients throughout the whole perioperative journey. She helps prepare patients for aesthetic procedures, first assists in surgery and cares for patients postoperatively. Karen has been married since 2000 and has been blessed with two very active healthy sons. She currently lives in St. Louis Missouri. She enjoys many outdoor activities including attending her sons’ sporting games as well as hiking, boating and relaxing with the family at their cabin on the Current River. Karen has a strong faith and feels honored to shine with the light of Love being the hands and feet to serve those around her.”
Surgical Assistant & Surgical Technologist
Joanie graduated from Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market with a Certificate in Surgical Technology and brings more than a smile to Nayak Plastic Surgery. She has over 12 years of Operating Room experience including two years in Seattle on the Open Heart Team. She found her way back to St. Louis to explore her special interest in Plastic Surgery. Joanie is enthusiastic to be part of facial rejuvenation.
Kelly graduated with her Associates of Applied Science Degree in Nursing from Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville before attending Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She brings 2 years of hospital OR experience where she was part of the Davinci XI robotic surgical team, and is still an active member of the AORN (Association of periOperative Registered Nurses).
Along with providing care to patients immediately following surgery, Kelly also meets with patients for their post-operative care appointments and assists Dr. Nayak during his office hours. She is dedicated to providing safe, competent, compassionate and ethical nursing care. Kelly is excited to be a part of the Nayak team!
Megan, who received her Bachelors in Science of Nursing (GN-BSN) in 2020, joined the Nayak Plastic Surgery team in August of 2017. She is very knowledgeable about all of our procedures and treatments. She graduated with a Bachelors degree of Arts and Science in Sociology in 2011 and received her Clinical Medical Assistant certificate in October of 2016. Megan has been in the medical and spa industry for the past 10 years and can't wait to demonstrate her experience to the fabulous patients at Nayak Plastic Surgery & Avani Derm Spa!
Devin graduated summa cum laude from Maryville University, where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She began her nursing career at a level one trauma center where she scrubbed and circulated open heart and lung procedures. Devin assists patients throughout the perioperative experience. She provides nursing care preoperatively, intraoperatively, and postoperatively, and also assists Dr. Nayak during office hours. She strives to provide a high level of compassionate patient-centered care. Devin is so thrilled to be a part of the team at Nayak Plastic Surgery and Avani Derm Spa.
Emily’s nursing career began at Barnes Jewish Hospital. She has always aspired to be in an operating room with the intention of eventually being in plastics. For two years, Emily worked on a Bone Marrow Transplant floor before making her way to the OR where she specialized in colorectal, gynecological, and urology surgery, minimally invasive surgery, bariatrics, and robotic surgery. Wanting to grow as an OR nurse, her transition to Nayak Plastic Surgery was the perfect opportunity! Emily is so excited to be a member of the team and is grateful to be a part of something that helps those achieve their personal goals.
Brynne graduated from Saint Louis University with a BS in Investigative and Medical Sciences. She then went on to obtain her Masters of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. Brynne assists in post operative appointments and during Dr. Nayak’s office hours. As she prepares for medical school, she is excited to gain experience while providing outstanding patient care.
Aesthetic Nurse & Injection Specialist
Kim Grunzinger, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, has years of experience providing Botox Cosmetic and injectable filler treatments, and has almost twenty years’ experience assisting with surgery in Plastic, Cosmetic, and Dermatologic surgery procedures, including hair transplant.
Aesthetic Nurse & Injection Specialist
Jennifer is a highly skilled Aesthetic Nurse Injector with over 10 years of experience in the aesthetic industry. She is incredibly passionate about helping patients look and feel their best. Jennifer combines her thorough knowledge of facial anatomy, caring nature, and clinical training and expertise in cosmetic injections to achieve beautiful non-surgical results...Continue reading
Jennifer is a National Allergan Trainer and part of the Allergan Medical Institute Faculty for the Accelerate program. She is highly trained in neurotoxins (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Voluma, Volux, Restylane), Morpheus 8, Sculptra, Ultherapy, and CoolSculpting. She is enthusiastic and committed to providing patients with the latest techniques and trends in the aesthetics industry.
Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner & Injection Specialist
Shannon Wood is a board certified Nurse Practitioner from Saint Louis University. She is a skilled aesthetic nurse injector at Nayak Plastic Surgery. She has been at Nayak Plastic Surgery for 6 years and prior a Nurse Practitioner in Dermatology where she grew to love skin health.
Shannon has a conservative approach bringing remarkable and natural results. She is a firm believer in keeping it simple but effective.
She loves building everlasting relationships with her patients and helping them feel their best self. She helps her patients find customized skin treatment and skincare regimens best for each individual. Shannon finds it very important to continue her education staying up to date on new treatments and procedures only offering what she truly feels are the best!
Aesthetic Nurse & Injection Specialist
Julie has a true passion and excitement for the aesthetic field of medicine. She is an expert in injectable fillers, Botox/Dysport, CoolSculpting, Ultherapy, lasers, and microneedling. As an experienced operating room nurse, Julie has also had the privilege to assist Dr Nayak in surgery. This experience has given her a unique opportunity to be a true expert in facial anatomy, seeing the facial structures from the inside-out. Her thorough training, creative eye, and gentle touch make for beautiful results delivered with the utmost safety.
Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner & Injection Specialist
Ashley is a nurse practitioner with a true passion for the aesthetic field of medicine. She has been extensively trained with expertise in Botox and filler injections, Ultherapy, microneedling, Cellfina, and Coolscuplting. She is enthusiastic and presents herself with a professional, yet warm manner. With a history in critical care and oncology, she develops a close rapport with her patients. She has an exceptionally artistic touch and creative eye, allowing her to deliver beautiful results. She is committed to helping her patients meet their aesthetic goals to promote well-being and confidence in pursuing other life goals as well.
Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner & Injection Specialist
Jenny Morrison, MSN, FNP-BC, is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She obtained her nursing degree from The University of Missouri-Columbia, followed by 11-years as a registered nurse in a Burn Intensive Care Unit. During this time, Jenny learned the importance of restoring function and form. This experience fostered a deep passion for aesthetic care. Continue reading
After obtaining her master’s degree from Maryville University, she spent the next two years working as a nurse practitioner in complex neurosurgery and emergency departments. She is thrilled to now follow her passion working in cosmetic medicine. Jenny has been extensively trained by Dr. Nayak and some of the industry’s top nurse injectors and is well versed in all manner of aesthetic treatments. In addition, she has a passion for assisting patients in developing personalized skincare routines to maximize results.Jenny is compassionate, kind, and professional. She strives to be a positive force in patients’ lives and integrates artistic talent into her care. Jenny is incredibly passionate about helping patients live their best lives through restoring and enhancing their natural beauty. She is eager to help guide you on this journey!
Brittlyn graduated from the Skin Institute in St.Louis, MO. She formerly worked at a medical spa and comes to Nayak Plastic Surgery and Avani Derm spa with experience in medical grade treatments and products. She loves helping people feel more confident in their skin. She is passionate in evaluating skin types and determining the best solutions for each individual. She enjoys learning and keeping up with the newest treatments and products in the industry. She is committed to making her clients not only love their skin but enjoy their time with her. Loving what she does makes her happy to come to work each day.
Brittanie has worked in the spa industry for over seven years, both in esthetics and in an administrative capacity. She has a deeply rooted passion for skin care that started when she was young and under the care of a dermatologist. She knows the feeling of avoiding mirrors or pictures and is also familiar with the never-ending cycle of trying new products... Continue reading
After getting her acne cleared, Brittanie understands her struggle as a gift and wants to spend the rest of her career giving back to her patients. In her esthetics career she focuses on both acne solutions, age rejuvenation and reversal technology. Each of Brittanie’s patients receives a detailed consultation followed by a treatment plan combined with an at-home-care regime, that helps to address their unique concerns and skin conditions. Thorough this approach, she hopes to provide all of her patients with a life time of healthy, youthful and beautiful skin. Brittanie is currently pursuing her masters in Biological-Chemistry before moving on to obtain an M.D specializing in Dermatology. She is thrilled to deliver this level of knowledge to her patients during every appointment.
Stephanie has always had a great passion for Makeup and Skin Care. She started doing makeup about 10 yrs ago which then grew into everything skin. She graduated from The Salon Professional Academy in 2012. Graduating with extensive knowledge in the Science of Skin, Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels, Custom Spray Tans, Dermaplaning, Waxing, Lash and Brow tinting, and more... Continue reading
Stephanie absolutely loves educating and pampering her clients. She will provide an in depth consultation on what to expect and get you on the right track to results driven treatments. She will make sure you have the right skin care regimen that best fits your skins needs all while providing you with a heavenly facial experience. Her calling was to nurture and provide and through her work you can tell she truly loves what she does. "I can't wait to help you find your skin deep beauty" - Stephanie
Lindsay’s passion for skincare started at a young age after dealing with her own skin conditions. After developing melasma in her early 20’s she made the choice to leave the corporate world for the treatment room to be able to help others. She loves developing comprehensive treatment plans for her patients to find and maintain healthy skin. Her number one products are antioxidants and SPF.
Amy graduated from the skin institute to follow her love for the skin. Amy has a background in the medical field caring for surgical patients which sparked her love for the medical side of esthetics. She loves to continually learn about the field and teach her clients how to best care for their specific skin type and concerns. She is excited and enthusiastic to help you on your skin care journey!
Jacqueline Albert has been a licensed Esthetician and Professional Makeup Artist for over 20 years. As an entrusted professional in the skin care and beauty industry, she takes immense pride in helping others look and feel their absolute best.
Jacqueline specializes in personalized facials, individualized skin care regimens, dermaplaning, microdermabrasion and the latest techniques to keep her clients looking great. She is well versed in all skin types and makeup applications. Her optimum goal is to provide her clients with a relaxing and professional experience, while teaching them the tools they need to maintain healthy beautiful skin. She believes skincare is not a luxury but an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.
With 7 years of experience in the beauty industry, Heather joined us with an Esthetics License from the Skin Institute, and a Bachelors of Science in Marketing, Advertising and PR from Stephens College. Heather knows that great skin is rarely achieved through a “one size fits all” viewpoint and is excited to customize facials and treatment plans for her clients. From her own experiences with hormonal breakouts to melasma and hyperpigmentation, Heather’s passion and knowledge allow each service to be relaxing, informative and tailored to your personal needs.
Jenna graduated from Skin Institute to pursue her love for skincare. She is a licensed esthetician that is passionate about continuing education on different result-oriented devices and keeping up with the latest aesthetic treatments. Learning all about skin became a new passion of hers, and since graduating, she has been blessed to work on beautiful women and men... Continue reading
She strives to listen and understand the patient's specific goals and concerns, and provide them with satisfying results. Jenna loves to connect with her clients to help them reach and maintain healthy skin. She is eager to continuously learn and educate her patients on skincare products and help build regimens. Her goal is to provide clients with a relaxing yet professional experience while educating them on services, products, and creating treatment plans customized to each persons’ needs.
Jessi joined Nayak plastic Surgery in 2019. Dedicated to learning all things skin-related she received her Esthetics license from the Skin Institute of St. Louis to follow her passion for skincare. She believes that beauty is being comfortable in your own skin. Jessi is dedicated to listening and understanding your individual needs and curating a custom treatment plan and home care regime to make sure her clients feel amazing in the skin they are in!
After obtaining her license in 2022, Ellen began her aesthetics career as an intern at Nayak Plastic Surgery observing and gaining industry knowledge. She is passionate about providing personalized care and tailoring treatments to each client's unique needs and goals. She believes ongoing education and consistent training are key to providing clients with natural-looking results of the highest quality. Outside of work, Ellen stays informed on the latest treatments to ensure her clients receive the safest and most comfortable experience possible.
Ischla is a bilingual medical assistant with over 10 years of operating room experience. She brings warmth and precision to every patient encounter. You can see her smiling face at our new Des Peres location!
Yadi joined Nayak Plastic Surgery in December 2018. She obtained her Medical Assistant degree from SLCH in 2011 and before joining the team, she worked in pediatrics. With over 10 years of customer service experience, Yadi will gladly guide you through your next appointment, answer any questions that you may have and assist our nurse injectors during your procedures!
Emily is knowledgeable and familiar with all of the treatments here at Nayak Plastic Surgery and Avani Derm Spa and is willing to help out patients in any way possible! From starting out at as a receptionist here for over 2 years, she has now transitioned to a Medical Assistant. Emily will provide patients with the utmost care and preparation so they have the best experience with our nurses!
Rachel is an experienced medical assistant with a passion for personalized care. She has enthusiasm for working hands-on with patients and expanding her knowledge to ensure they are treated with the best possible care. She is very excited to be part of such an amazing team.
Abby joined the team of Medical Assistants in July of 2019. She is thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful group of professional and caring individuals. She comes from a background in education and also has customer service experience. Abby looks forward to providing each patient with an extraordinary experience!
Amy joined the team in September of 2020. She brings 20 years of experience in sales and customer service. One of Amy’s passions is to help people look and feel their best. Amy is extremely happy to be apart of Nayak Plastic Surgery.
Erin joined our team as an intern in March 2021 and has elevated her role to become a medical assistant. She is driven by esthetics and psychology; committed to learning about the relationship between skin and emotional well-being. She has overcome severe acne in the past and she is passionate about guiding others towards effective solutions.
Her focus is encouraging others to see the best in themselves and acquiring knowledge in the ever-evolving esthetics industry. She is a licensed esthetician also working on her master’s in social work. She is inspired by Dr. Nayak’s team and is delighted to work alongside the best in the industry.
Haeley joined our team in May of 2023. She obtained two Bachelor's degrees from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences and Sociology. She has worked in healthcare for five years in various clinical settings. Her passion is to help deliver patient centered care. She is very excited to work with such an incredible team and deliver passionate care to all of our patients.
Brook is knowledgeable about all of our treatments and procedures and can assist you with appointments, pricing, or other concerns. She is extremely capable and enthusiastic about quality patient care and strives to ensure that you have an excellent experience at our office. Brook received a BA in Communications from UMKC in 2002. She has been a member of the Nayak Plastic Surgery team since 2007.
Sarah joined the reception team in April of 2018. In addition to having owned and operated her own spa, Sarah also has 15 years of experience in the customer service industry. This background has provided her with a thorough understanding of the importance of creating exceptional patient experiences. Sarah cannot wait to help schedule your next appointment and to answer any questions you may have!
Amy joined the reception team at Nayak Plastic Surgery in April of 2019. She comes from a background of elementary education, and is so excited to provide excellent customer service to each client. Amy can not wait to help schedule your next appointment!
Jennifer joined Nayak Plastic Surgery in July of 2019. She comes to us with many years of experience in a medical setting, and has a strong background in customer service and patient care. She is excited to be a part of the team, and is looking forward to using her varied skill set to offer the best experience for each patient.
Sam has several years of customer service and medical assistant experience providing professional, friendly and quality patient care in the dental and orthodontic field. She graduated from the Midwest Institute- Dental Assistant Program and is eager to share her passion for helping others and join the Nayak team! Outside of work, she loves to hike, kayak and hang out with family and friends!
Hanah is truly passionate about skincare and the field of aesthetic medicine. She has been a long-time admirer and follower of Nayak Plastic Surgery and is thrilled to be a part of such an incredible team. Hanah has been in the medical spa industry for 5 years where she has been fortunate enough to experience a variety of different roles. She is knowledgeable about the products and services offered at Nayak Plastic Surgery and Avani Derm Spa and she can't wait to assist you on your next visit to our clinic.
Amanda is very knowledgeable about the treatments and procedures at Nayak Plastic Surgery & Avani Derm Spa. Coming from a long history of customer service and patient care, she also has a background in orthodontics and oral surgery. Amanda is dedicated to making sure patient care is her utmost top priority and will offer the best experience for each patient with exceptional care. She is excited to be a part of Dr. Nayak’s outstanding and skilled team.
Melanie joined the practice in January of 2022. She is a St. Louis native who’s worked in the healthcare industry for nearly 5 years and has over 10 years in customer service. She has followed Dr. Nayak & the team for quite some time and is extremely enthusiastic to be a part of this prestigious group! Melanie has always been passionate about esthetics and looks forward to assisting you with your next visit to Nayak Plastic Surgery and Avani Derm Spa!
Paige has acquired a decades-long journey of passion and education regarding all matters related to esthetics, wellness, health, and beauty! With a formal education as an esthetician, she has long since held a deeply rooted devotedness to skin health and care - from the inside out. She takes great pride in having the ability to utilize all facets of her knowledge and skillset to empower others. No one is a stranger, everyone is a friend and is treated as such!
Your plastic surgery story will change your life forever. At Nayak Plastic Surgery, we make sure that change is for the better. We invite you to call for a private consultation. We’ll show you how easy it is to create a more beautiful you.