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 nurse injectors have established, loyal clientele and are experts in what they do.
While Dr. Nayak will continue to perform cosmetic injections at his regular, competitive rates for both new and established patients, Racquel, Kim, Elizabeth, Jennifer, Shannon and Julie will be able to offer extended evening and Saturday hours, complimentary consultations, and reduced cost, all without sacrificing quality.
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’s career within the beauty industry began as a licensed esthetician, learning every position necessary to be a valuable asset to a successful business. A dedicated employee since 2010, Allie has witnessed the true evolution on Nayak Plastic Surgery and Avani Derm Spa. She was instrumental in launching the spa in 2010, and very knowledgeable about the services and products. Any questions or concerns will be addressed with the utmost respect and confidentiality.
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.
Erin joined NPS in August of 2015 after being a patient of Dr. Nayak’s. She transitioned from a Consult Coordinator to the Director of IT & Marketing the following May. Erin is responsible for overseeing all technology within the practice including the EMR, internal network, computers as well as all other electronic devices. She maintains and improves the Nayak Plastic Surgery & Avani Derm Spa websites including the online store by designing graphics and adding content. Erin also works closely with the office manager and the director of social media to plan and promote monthly specials and events. Erin’s primary motivation is to help improve the lives of those around her daily, and in anyway she can!
Rickelle is our most recent addition to the team. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a double major in Journalism and Communications and is currently finishing her HR Masters Degree at Washington University in St. Louis. Before joining NPS, Rickelle worked as the Marketing and Media Relations Manager for a company that owned AT&T and Cricket stores in the Midwest area. Now she is responsible for overseeing all NPS Social Media, so you may get to know her through our snapchat account. Rickelle works closely with the office manager and the Director of IT and Marketing to plan and promote monthly specials and events. Rickelle loves meeting new people and cannot wait to get to know our followers!
Whitney coordinates surgical consultations, takes part in the consults with Dr. Nayak, helps with scheduling of surgery, provides financing information, and more. She is enthusiastic about getting to know each patient, and enjoys connecting with new people everyday. She is knowledgeable about all of our treatments and surgical procedures, and helps answer patients’ questions about surgery. Additionally, Whitney is a freelance makeup artist, with nearly 20 years of experience in the beauty and esthetics industry. She is passionate about both skincare and makeup, holding the belief that it all begins with the care of your skin. Her work has been featured in several local publications, but her primary focus and specialty lies with bridal and special occasion makeup artistry.
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.
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.
Elizabeth has over 5 years experience in injectables such as Botox, Dysport, Juvederm and Restylane. Elizabeth is also experienced in laser procedures such as laser hair removal, IPL, vein removal and laser skin resurfacing. Elizabeth formerly worked at Radiance Medspa in Chesterfield, MO. She graduated with her R.N. and B.S.N. from the University of Missouri in 1999.
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 NPS team with the opportunity to extend her professionalism. She has previous work experience with neonatal intensive care, dermatogical 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 received her Masters of Science in nursing from Saint Louis University. She has been a Nurse Practitioner in a general dermatology office and is excited to expand her aesthetics career. Shannon has a great knowledge of the skin and ways to improve skin health. She is devoted to her patients wanting to meet their aesthetic goals and give them a refreshed and natural look. Shannon is dedicated to continuing her education in advancing her knowledge and skills throughout her career.
Julie is excited to join the Nayak team as a first assistant in the operating room and a nurse injector. She received her BSN from Webster University and most recently held a Coordinator/Resource Nurse position in the Operating Room for Brain/Spine/ENT surgery. She has 5 years of experience as an operating room nurse and 9 years as a cosmetologist. Combining her love of medical and cosmetic fields, she is thrilled to have the privilege to fulfill her creative side while using her clinical judgment. Her goal is to build trusting relationships with clients to facilitate a thorough understanding of their desired outcomes, and help them look and feel their best.
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.
Chris has been doing esthetics for over the 10 years. She has experience with microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, various peels, skin care and makeup lines. She also supplements what she can offer her clients by including waxing, lash/brow tinting and spray tanning. Chris is a true believer in antioxidants and sunscreen…everyday – and REAPPLY! Spf’s and Retinols are a must for women over 30. Her warm personality and soothing touch captures everyone.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Sam joined Nayak Plastic Surgery in November of 2012. She received her RMA in 2011 from St. Louis College of Heath Careers, and completed her internship through Washington University Dermatology. Sam was employed by Washington University Cardiology prior to joining Nayak Plastic Surgery and is currently pursuing a nursing education. You may also recognize Sam from our Snapchat account!
Natalie joined Nayak Plastic Surgery in May of 2014 after graduating from Saint Louis University with a Bachelors of Arts in Speech Pathology. After completing her degree and joining the NPS family, Natalie has found a passion in nursing. She is currently pursuing her nursing education.
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!
Sydney joined Nayak Plastic Surgery in December of 2016. She graduated Forest Park Community College with a degree in General Transfer Studies in 2014. She has been working on an inpatient surgical floor at Missouri Baptist as a student nurse tech for over a year and is currently pursuing her nursing degree.
Megan 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 six years and can't wait to demonstrate her experience to the fabulous patients at Nayak Plastic Surgery & Avani Derm Spa!
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!!
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.
Kristina brings a unique blend of spa management and customer service to our practice. Kristina will be one of the first warm faces to greet you when entering our office and she takes great pride in making your visit a positive experience. With extensive knowledge in our treatments and procedures it would be her pleasure to assist you in anyway.
Emily is knowledgeable about all of the treatments and procedures provided at Nayak Plastic Surgery & Avani Derm Spa and would love to help you schedule your next appointment! She has been in the customer service industry for more than six years and always strives to make the patient experience a memorable one. Emily is currently working towards her degree in health sciences.
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!