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Karen Albright

President

CoolSculpting University Certified

Karen Albright is the owner of BodyLase®, a medical spa with two locations in the Triangle. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and University of Connecticut School of Law. After practicing law with a large firm in Connecticut for several years, Karen moved to Raleigh in 1994 with her husband and children. Soon after coming to Raleigh, she taught legal writing at the University of North Carolina School of Law and Duke Law School.

In 2002, Karen opened BodyLase Laser Hair Removal with her husband, Dr. Daniel Albright. Karen has grown and expanded the company into a million dollar business. BodyLase® now has two locations and offers a multitude of cosmetic medical and traditional spa services.

In 2009, Karen was awarded the Women in Business Award by the Triangle Business Journal. In June of 2010, Karen was honored as Business Woman of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners Greater Raleigh Chapter. In 2011 and 2013, Karen was awarded the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Steady Growth and Profitability Award for the success of BodyLase®. In 2011, Karen was named a Woman Extraordinaire by Business Leader Magazine. In 2012, Karen received the distinguished Top 50 Entrepreneurs. Karen was honored in 2016 with the NAWBO-Greater Raleigh Corporate Partner of the Year Award for her longstanding and proven commitment to the success of women‐owned business in our local area.

She currently resides in North Raleigh with her husband and three children.


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Rita Arcaya

Medical Aesthetician

CoolSculpting University Certified

Rita is a native Peruvian and is fluent in both Spanish and English. She is a Licensed Aesthetician and Makeup Artist with years of experience in skincare and cosmetics. She loves to help her clients achieve a beautiful, clear, and radiant complexion and strives to create a positive difference in their lives through her work. She enjoys traveling, crafting, and most importantly her chosen path in the aesthetic field. Rita takes pride in providing exceptional customer service and achieving amazing results for her clients.


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Sarah Barnes

Operations Manager

CoolSculpting University Certified

Sarah was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio.  After serving honorably in the United States Marine Corps, she relocated to North Carolina.  Upon receiving her Massage and Bodywork Therapy Diploma from the Body Therapy Institute, she went on to study Esthetics Technology at Miller-Motte College.  As Operations Manager, Sarah enjoys being able to combine the administrative and managerial skills she developed in the Marine Corps with her training in the Massage and Aesthetics fields in order to ensure the highest level of client satisfaction.  She loves seeing guests happy with their services and excited about their results.  In her free time, Sarah enjoys traveling, live music, extreme sports, and spending time with her family, friends, and Bernese Mountain Dog, Ziggy.


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Brittany Bulzan

Raleigh Spa Manager

CoolSculpting University Certified

Brittany has been dedicated to her career at BodyLase® since 2008. As the Raleigh Spa Manager, Brittany loves to make sure every client has a wonderful experience while addressing all of their needs and concerns. She feels blessed to be a part of a team that strives for excellence and builds a positive family spirit. When she is not working, Brittany loves beach weekends on the boat with her husband, traveling near and far, and hanging out with her miniature Dachshund, Pickle!

 

 

 


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Desiree Frizzell

Spa Concierge

Desiree was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Tampa in speech pathology. While she has always enjoyed helping others, the speech field wasn’t where she felt completely fulfilled. In 2017, she moved to North Carolina where she now loves being able to help others feel great about themselves everyday at BodyLase®! In her spare time she enjoys traveling to new places, spending time at the beach, and giving a lot of cuddles to her Siberian Husky, Ghost.


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Rhonda Gately, NP

Nurse Practitioner

CoolSculpting University Certified

Rhonda has been working as a Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts since 2000 and has recently relocated to North Carolina. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Rochester in New York and went on to obtain her Master’s of Science in Nursing from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. She is a certified Adult and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and has completed the CoolSculpting Certification. Rhonda has always loved the beauty industry and has a passion for aesthetics, and is so happy to be providing these services as a part of the BodyLase® team! When not at work, Rhonda enjoys hiking, exercise classes, taking walks with her husband and Golden Retriever, Gracie, and going to beach.


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Melissa Hagen

Medical Aesthetician

Melissa graduated from Miller-Motte’s Esthetics Technology program in 2008 after moving to North Carolina from her hometown of Annapolis, Maryland. With nearly 10 years of experience as a Medical Aesthetician, Melissa has a true passion for making clients feel beautiful starting from the inside out. She loves transforming acneic and aging skin by setting up a clear plan consisting of both in-spa treatments and a proper homecare regimen to achieve excellent results. Some of her favorite treatments to perform are micropeels, dermaplaning and microneedling, all designed for resurfacing and rejuvenating the skin.  Melissa and her husband, Ryan, live in Apex with their happily blended family. You can catch them on the weekends attending the volleyball, soccer, lacrosse and basketball games of their 4 children.


Becca James

Becca James

Spa Concierge
Becca is a life-long North Carolinian. While earning her Bachelor of Science at North Carolina State University, Becca enjoyed attending football games (Go Pack!) and singing with her campus a capella group. After graduation, she spent a few years nannying and teaching first grade. Becca joined the BodyLase® team in 2017 for a change of pace and has since fallen in love with the aesthetics industry. She is committed to providing exceptional customer service and strives to ensure that every client leaves BodyLase® with confidence and a smile. When Becca is not at BodyLase®, she enjoys trips to the lake, attending concerts, riding roller coasters, and spending time with her friends and family.


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Angelica Keeney

Cary Spa Manager

CoolSculpting University Certified

Angelica moved to Raleigh in 2008 from Finland where she was born. She spent half of her childhood in Sweden and is fluent in Finnish and Swedish. Angelica obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism in her hometown of Oulu, Finland. Since moving to Raleigh, Angelica has managed medical practices while freelancing as a makeup artist. Her passion for make up artistry and skincare is what made her pursue a career in enhancing beauty. She found a home here at BodyLase® where she gets to spend her days with a talented, hardworking team. Angelica loves seeing clients excited about the results of our treatments and products. Being a part of their transformation into the best version of themselves is gratifying.

In her free time, Angelica loves to spend time with her husband, son, two dogs and cat, enjoy the beautiful weather, live music, dance and keep up with the latest beauty and fashion trends.


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John Marks, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Marks graduated Cum Laude from Duke University in 1973, attended medical school at UNC – Chapel Hill, completed his Ob-Gyn residency with the University of Florida, and is a member of the National Society of Cosmetic Physicians. He returned to Raleigh in 1985 to be close to family and old friends. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Marks worked as a clinical instructor for the WakeMed/UNC teaching service from 1985 until 2000.

Dr. Marks experience with lasers began in early 1980 when CO2 lasers were first introduced into surgical practice. In 1998 he was one of the first providers in the area to offer laser hair removal and has performed over 3,100 of these procedures. Dr. Marks was an early adopter of minimally invasive laparoscopy techniques and after twelve years of honing these skills, he brings passionate perfectionism to his minimally invasive surgery practice.


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Lydia O’Bannon, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Lydia is an NCCPA board certified Physician Assistant. She was an NCAA Division 1 gymnast at Kent State University and an All-American Scholar Athlete before working in emergency medicine and attending Towson University for her master’s degree. Lydia loves to help people feel confident in themselves and enjoys aesthetic medicine. When she isn’t working, you will likely find her working out or coaching at Black Bolt CrossFit- Cary’s newest CrossFit facility! She loves pushing people to be the best version of themselves in whatever way she can! Lydia enjoys traveling in her spare time.


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Andrea Palomino

Front Desk Supervisor

CoolSculpting University Certified

Andrea joined the BodyLase® team in 2015, bringing with her years of Customer Service experience and fluency in both Spanish and English.  She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Communications at East Carolina University. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys working out, kayaking, and playing with her two dogs, Lola and Leo.

Andrea enjoys assisting clients by recommending treatments and products to fit their needs. She not only loves to provide great customer service, but she also loves seeing clients happy with the results BodyLase® helps them achieve.


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Julia Pjetraj, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Julia is a North Carolina native who lives in Raleigh with her husband and three children. She attended UNC at Chapel Hill, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She practiced as an RN at Rex Healthcare and then returned to UNC where she earned her Master of Science in Nursing and completed the Family Nurse Practitioner program. She worked in the field of Dermatology at Duke and in private practice for several years before discovering the wonderful world of Aesthetics. Julia has been providing aesthetic services such as Botox and dermal fillers at BodyLase® for more than 10 years! She loves working with her clients to help them attain the beautiful results they desire.


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Kelly Smith

Medical Aesthetician

Kelly is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated with honors from East Carolina University with a double major in political science and history. Immediately following college, Kelly worked as the transitional housing case manager for the Salvation Army Women and Children’s homeless shelter in Charlotte. Although this was meaningful work, Kelly realized that her passion was skincare. She returned to Raleigh and attained her certificate in Esthetics Technology from Miller-Motte College.

Because Kelly struggled with acne as a teenager, she understands that how a person looks affects how they feel. She is committed to working with each client to help them utilize the services and products that will help them look their best in order to feel their best. As Lead Aesthetician at BodyLase®, Kelly specializes in Skincare, Chemical Peels, Laser Hair Removal, Laser Skin Rejuvenation, and Ultherapy.


Christa Steffensmeier, NP

Nurse Practitioner

CoolSculpting University Certified

Christa is a Kentucky native who now lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and two adorable boys. She attended the College of St. Benedict in MN where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After practicing as a staff and travel RN in various ICU positions for seven years, she returned to school at the University of San Diego where she earned her Masters of Science in Nursing- Family Nurse Practitioner. During her time in San Diego, Christa discovered her love for the aesthetics field. She loves getting to know her clients and helping them look and feel their best! Christa enjoys hiking, running, chasing around her boys, baking, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.


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Leistey Tindall, NP

Nurse Practitioner

CoolSculpting University Certified

Bodylase® welcomed experienced Injection Specialist, Leistey Tindall, NP to the team in 2016. She graduated from cosmetology school with honors in 2002. Four years later, she earned her degree in Nursing from Gardner Webb. Leistey then graduated from Kaplan University with her BSN in 2009, followed by a master’s degree in Nursing Education in 2012, and completed her Family Nurse Practitioner program in 2016. Leistey has over 10 years hands-on experience in hospitals and plastics. She is extensively trained and experienced in facial injectables, such as Botox and Juvederm, and customizes treatments to match her patient’s individual needs. She is truly multi-faceted and passionate about her career and all things aesthetics.