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Med Spa in Raleigh

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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Brittany Bulzan

Raleigh Spa Manager

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!


Tiffany Clodfelter

Medical Aesthetician

CoolSculpting University Certified

Tiffany is originally from High Point, North Carolina. After high school, she earned her degree at East Carolina University. Tiffany’s interest in skincare began the day that she discovered melanoma on her back. She immediately changed her sun-loving habits and learned the importance of taking care of her skin. Tiffany earned her degree in aesthetics at The Aveda Institute of Chapel Hill in 2009. Tiffany loves being a part of the BodyLase team and helping her clients become the best version of themselves. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends, family, and pets.


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Desiree Frizzell

Treatment Consultant

CoolSculpting University Certified

Desiree was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida 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 getting to know each of our new clients, introducing them to BodyLase, and helping them decide what treatments will best meet their needs. 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 the beach.


Melissa Hagen

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.


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Rita Hiester

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.


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.


Angelica Keeney

Angelica Keeney

Cary Spa Manager

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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Andrea Palomino

Operations Specialist

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.


Med Spa in Raleigh

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.


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Stacie Velez, PA-C

Physician Assistant

CoolSculpting University Certified

Stacie is a board-certified Physician Assistant from New York City, where she practiced Obstetrics & Gynecology for 8 years. Upon moving to North Carolina in 2009, she transitioned to gynecological cancer surgery. Stacie later entered into Primary Care, where she developed a deep interest in health, nutrition, and alternative medicine. This passion for overall health and wellness led her to the Duke Center for Integrated Medicine where she became a Certified Integrative Health Coach. Inspired by the anti-aging effects of good health and wellness, Stacie wanted to advance her career into beauty and aesthetics and pursued training in Cosmetic Medicine. She fell in love with the industry and finds joy in restoring her patients’ confidence by helping them look and feel better with the use of injectables and skin care. Stacie provides Botox, filler, Kybella and Sclerotherapy. She also performs laser tattoo and hair removal. In her free time, Stacie practices yoga, enjoys entertaining, traveling, spending time with her husband and twin boys, and most of all living mindfully.


Kayla Wong

Kayla Wong

Spa Concierge 

Kayla is a Long Island, N.Y. native and moved to North Carolina when she was 5 years old. She attended Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh where she earned her certification in Medical Office Administration. Right after graduating in 2019, Kayla began her career at BodyLase and has been enjoying it ever since! Her favorite part about BodyLase is providing a warm welcome to clients and assisting the incredibly talented providers. When Kayla is not at work, she enjoys working out, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.