Our Friendly And Experienced Team
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! So you guys are great still want my double chin d… I wanted to thank you for the AWESOME visit! Your meticulous technique and gracious generosity are truly appreciated. 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. Your professionalism is above standards and your way of… 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 cou… 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. I’m thrilled with the way my face…
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! So you guys are great still want my double chin d…
I wanted to thank you for the AWESOME visit! Your meticulous technique and gracious generosity are truly appreciated.
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. Your professionalism is above standards and your way of…
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 cou…
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. I’m thrilled with the way my face…
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.
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. 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.
Erin joined the practice in 2015. As the Practice Administrator, Erin primarily focuses on “technical” processes to keep the office running strategically and efficiently by implementing and improving technology solutions, processes, and schedules that keep work flowing. Erin also largely oversees the practice marketing. On a monthly basis, she collaborates with the staff on coordinating and designing the promotions of products, services and events. Erin is motivated by helping those around her and continuing to make processes more efficient.
Julie assists Dr. Nayak with our in-office surgical procedures as well as pre and post operative patient care. Julie also maintains our in-office surgery center accreditation in collaboration with the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. She received her BSN from Deaconess College of Nursing in 1999. In 2004, she completed the Registered Nurse First Assistant program at Forest Park Community College and received her Certification for Professional Achievement in Perioperative Nursing Practice the same year. Julie has been a member of the Nayak Plastic Surgery team since 2007.
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.
Gina graduated from Sanford Brown College with her Associates of Applied Science degree and earned her certification as a Certified Surgical Technologist. She brings 4 years of operating room experience to Nayak Plastic Surgery. Gina joined our team in 2015 and is eager to make sure your experience is the BEST possible.
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!
Shannon 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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
Racquel Frisella, RN, BSN, AGPCNP-BC, is a board-certified Advanced Aesthetics Nurse Practitioner with over 9 years of experience in the industry. Racquel’s ever-evolving knowledge of the latest beauty innovations combined with her personable demeanor and eagerness to help others reach their beauty goals make her the go-to-girl for patients all over the country.
Racquel has always had a passion for aesthetics and all things beauty. Her love for the art of aesthetic nursing is evident in her work. Racquel's facial rejuvenation artistry is achieved with the use of dermal fillers, Botox, Dysport, lasers, and skin care. She has proven expertise in giving her patients the “natural look.” Having previously worked as a neonatal nurse, Racquel has a delicate injection technique. Racquel’s facial rejuvenation artistry is customized to each individual patient’s needs. She is dedicated to developing long-term relationships with her patients and she works very hard to ensure that each and every’s patients goals are understood and achieved.
Kim 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.
Jennifer has extensive experience in the aesthetic industry and joined the team with the opportunity to extend her professionalism. She has previous work experience with neonatal intensive care, dermatological skin care, and aesthetics. Jennifer 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. Jennifer is highly trained in neurotoxins (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane, Radiesse), IPL, laser hair removal, Ultherapy, and Coolsculpting.
Jennifer formerly worked at a medical spa. She is enthusiastic and committed to providing patients with the latest techniques and trends in aesthetics and skin care.
Shannon, is an experienced nurse practitioner and licensed injector with a passion for helping her patients in the aesthetics field. She was a previous nurse practitioner in a general dermatology office before joining our team. Her background helps her provide her patients with exceptional skin care needs. She is professionally trained in filler and botox injections, coolsculpting, cellfina, microneedling, ultherapy, and lasers. She is devoted to her practice and helping her patients reach their aesthetic goals.
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.
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.
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. 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!
Emily Altman specializes in non-ablative laser treatments such as IPL and laser hair reduction as well as various esthetic services. A graduate of Saint Louis University with a Bachelor's in Communications, Emily received her aesthetics training in Chicago at Universal Spa Training Academy. She has extensive experience in both medical and cosmetic procedures and worked in both areas in a Chicago dermatology practice before joining Nayak Plastic Surgery.
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.
Lucy graduated from Xenon International Academy in Ballwin, MO in 2010. As a teenager, she suffered from acne which led her into a career of Esthetics. Knowing first hand how hard problematic skin can be, Lucy conducts an in-depth consultation with her clients to help with their regimen at home. Lucy incorporates result oriented treatments into her facials along with relaxing massage techniques to pamper her clients. Lucy has trained with four of the top leading spray tan companies making custom spray tans her specialty. Lucy has a passion for treating problematic skin and helping to build self confidence in her clients.
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!
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
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. 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.
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.
Life has led Ashley across the states; After studying massage therapy in California, Ashley traveled to Dallas, where she received her esthetician license. A few years later, she found herself in Georgia near the Chattahoochee River which she thoroughly enjoyed. Along her journey, she had the benefit of learning various modalities in relation to her craft. From medical facials, peels, Hydrafacials, and dermaplaning, to waxing and tinting! Along with Ashley's history of massage, she feels she offers the best of the best!!
Eventually, she found herself back home in St. Louis. Ashley continued her love for uncovering the beauty of others, working in different locations, perfecting her skills, and focusing on an assortment of facials with different techniques and products.
When not beautifying others, Ashley enjoys spending time outdoors. She loves kayaking, fishing, swimming, and camping. Living next to the Katy Trail, she takes every advantage she can to bicycle, of course, always using SPF 50 moisturizing cream! Ashley enjoys sharing her love for the outdoors with her 3-year-old daughter Jolene, who brings such a light to life!
The greatest reward Ashley gets comes from the enjoyment she sees on her clients' faces when they trust her with their needs. Ensuring they are relaxed and comfortable, helping them to find and accept their beauty is her goal. She feels she has a great understanding of not only the visible improvement, but also the mental boost her care can provide. As a Breast Cancer Survivor, Ashley strongly believes that beauty begins within, and radiance starts in the soul.
Coming to work at Nayak Plastic Surgy & Avani Derm Spa, she feels calm, comfortable, loved, and cared for. Her hope is that she can make your visit the same!
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.
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!
Shauna joined Nayak Plastic Surgery in September 2018 and has been in the medical field since 2008. She received her Associate's Degree in Medical Assisting in 2010 and has previous experience in numerous specialty practices, including dermatology and plastic surgery. She is also a makeup artist and licensed esthetician and previously taught esthetics at her alma mater. Shauna is happiest when the patients under her care are happy. She goes to great lengths to ensure the safety and comfort of every patient, through every step of their visit.
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!
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!
Jessi joined Nayak Plastic Surgery as an intern in December 2019, and has now transitioned to medical assistant. She graduated from the Skin Institute of St. Louis to follow her passion for the medical spa industry. Having a strong customer service background, Jessi is dedicated to making sure patient care is her top priority and cannot wait to be a part of our practice!
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.
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.
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.
- Congratulations on 10 years Brook!!
Abbey is knowledgeable about all of our treatments and procedures, she has been in the Healthcare field for 13 years and has a background in Customer Service in the Medical Spa industry. She is also a Freelance Makeup Artist for Jane Iredale Cosmetics and would be happy to educate and assist you with all of your makeup needs! As one of Nayak's newest members she couldn't be more excited to be a part of our practice. She recieved her Associates Degree in Business in 2006, but has future plans to continue her education to become a Licensed Medical Esthetician.
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!
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!
Ariel joined the Nayak Plastic Surgery team in March 2020. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Florida before working as a medical technician in the US Air Force. She comes to us with over 10 years of customer service experience and 5 years in the healthcare field. She has a special interest in esthetics and a passion for ensuring each client has the best possible experience. Ariel is excited to be a part of the Nayak Plastic Surgery and Avani Derm Spa team!
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.