Jennie Kowaleski, PA-C
Jennie attended Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant studies. She later completed her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Education, and Leadership, from A.T. Still University. Jennie began her PA-C career in Urgent Care and internal medicine, later developing a passion for aesthetics. She began working in the field of skin care and aesthetics in 2010 and has obtained advanced training and certifications in various medical and aesthetic procedures from renowned regional and global leaders in the industry. She has become very proficient in facial contouring and enhancement with various injectables such as botulism toxins, dermal fillers, and Kybella. She has a vast knowledge and multiple certifications for use of state of the art lasers. She works as a private trainer teaching other health care professionals in injectable techniques as well as she is a national educator with a leading aesthetic training company.
Jennie’s philosophy of skin care and aesthetics is simple. She wants to help you achieve natural, beautiful results working in all levels of comfort and ability. She will listen to your goals and will partner with you to develop a plan to suit your expectations.
Outside of the work she loves, she is married to an eighth-grade science teacher, has two young children, and a rescue pup named Boomer. She can be found camping with her family, out in her kayak, or boxing with her trainer.
Dr. Angelo Tellis, Medical Director
Dr. Tellis joined the Azura team and began to consult patients and perform cosmetic procedures in January 2017. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed his residency training at the Medical College of Virginia. He has double-board certification both in Pain Management and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He attended Marshall University for his undergraduate degree on a full academic scholarship as a member of The Society of Yeager Scholars with a rigorous and diverse educational experience that included studies abroad at Oxford University (Christ Church Campus) and at an international college in Cannes, France. He was able to graduate summa cum laude with a major in psychology and pre-medical curriculum.
Jessie Schaar, PA-C
Jessie is a board-certified Physician Assistant since 2013. Originally from New York, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Richmond with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She received her Master in Science and Health Sciences and PA degree at George Washington University (a top-five program in the nation).
Jessie started her career in Obstetrics and Gynecology but moved to California where she received formal training in aesthetic medicine from some of the best injectors in the world. She has years of experience with numerous forms of energy-based technologies as well as injectables (neuromodulators, dermal fillers, and Kybella). She understands how to incorporate multiple modalities to peak patient outcomes while maximizing comfort. Her main goals are to thoroughly educate her patients, share the best way to highlight and enhance their natural beauty, and then work together to create a plan that best fits the individual and their desires. Her approach has helped her form many lasting relationships with her patients (which she thinks is the best part of her job).
Jessie is constantly learning and seeking ways to advance her aesthetic knowledge and technical skill. She knows the cosmetic industry is growing and plans on growing with it.
In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband, baby boy, and Maltipoo. She also loves walking on pretty trails and plans on becoming a Zumba instructor.
Angelique has been a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner since 2015. A native of Puerto Rico, she received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. She then relocated to North Carolina, and after working as an engineer for seven years, decided to follow her passion and pursue a career in nursing. She continued her education and received a Master of Science and Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Simmons University in Boston, Mass.
Her nursing background includes practicing as a registered nurse in the perioperative setting and medical-surgical intensive care unit. She also practiced in pain management and obesity medicine/weight loss as a Family Nurse Practitioner prior to transitioning into aesthetics.
Angelique enjoys helping her clients achieve their aesthetic goals and increase their confidence level by enhancing their natural beauty. She has years of experience with neuromodulators, dermal fillers, energy-based treatments like lasers, PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatments, as well as other skin care treatments such as chemical peels and microneedling. Angelique is passionate about developing individualized treatment plans to address her patients’ concerns, while also providing education and realistic expectations.
Angelique enjoys learning and is constantly looking for resources that help her stay current with the latest treatments. She works to continue to increase her knowledge in aesthetics and advance her technical skills. She understands this industry is constantly evolving and plans to continue learning and growing with it.
Angelique is fluent in Spanish and English. In her spare time, Angelique enjoys strength training, dancing, outdoor activities, and spending quality time with her two children.
Amy, RN, CPSN, CANS
Amy is one of 36 nurses in the country that is dually certified as a plastic and aesthetic nurse. As an injector, she has trained under the most renowned physicians and injectors in the world, but her patients have been her best teachers.
After graduating, Amy started her nursing career in her hometown hospital in Upper Michigan. She has worked in many areas of nursing, including oncology, home health/hospice, urgent care, outpatient, and plastic surgery.
“I was humbled early on by patient strength and vulnerability. It is important to find supportive measures to help them get through the stressors of life. Aesthetics is no different. I’m always on the sidelines encouraging their confidence.” – Amy
Amy is continuing to pursue her graduate degree and is grateful to be in North Carolina. She enjoys hanging out and traveling with her daughter, Skylar, who is an honor’s program senior at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Hope, Licensed Aesthetician
Hope received her license in 2001 from Central Carolina Community College where she graduated with honors. She has continued her education over the years in advanced chemical peel application, microneedling, dermaplaning, laser, and Exilis and was even selected to be on a special panel for SkinCeuticals in NYC. In her experience as a lead aesthetician, she has been able to work closely with plastic surgeons, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and other healthcare providers gaining greater insight into skin care needs. Hope’s passion for skin care helps her clients feel beautiful and confident while under her care.
When not in the office, Hope enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Brooke, Licensed Aesthetician
Brooke is one of our licensed aestheticians as well as our World Microblading® Certified Technician. Originally from Richmond, VA, she moved to Raleigh in August of 2004, where she attended Meredith College and graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising and Design. Brooke spent many years in luxury retail and in 2011 she became a Chanel Beaute’ artist where she developed a deeper interest in skin care and the health of the skin.
Brooke decided to delve further into her passion for skin and beauty when she attended and successfully completed, with honors, her aesthetics license at Miller-Motte College. Most recently, she received her Microblading certification from World Microblading®, one of the most reputable and nationally recognized Microblading companies, and has been working on brows for over a year. Brooke’s love of skin and beauty has grown and now includes a passion for beautiful brows!
Her favorite part of being an aesthetician is developing lasting relationships with her clients and helping them to see their inner beauty while delivering the best service and results-driven treatments.
Monica, Licensed Aesthetician
Monica has been working in the skincare and beauty industry since 2010. She graduated in 2013 with honors as an aesthetician and has been practicing and attending many post-graduate courses, seminars, and trainings since that time. She continues to study and stay up-to-date on the latest modalities, treatments, and all things skin. Her favorite challenges in skin care to tackle are treating sun-damaged, aging, and acneic skin. Monica also speaks Spanish fluently.
As an aesthetician, she feels that educating her clients is one of the most important aspects of her job and one needs to understand the condition to understand how we work together to correct the skin care concerns.
When asked about herself, she shares:
“I strive to help each, individual client reach their skin care goals. Growing up, I always had two sides, a girly girl and a tom-boy; I ended up falling for skin care and health and embraced the joy of beauty while also being intrigued by the science of bare skin. I have extensive experience, knowledge, and enjoy working with different types of ethnicities and complexions. I am driven by a desire to help people feel good inside and out. I feel fortunate enough to have found a profession I’m passionate about and feel dedicated to the well-being of those wanting skin health support. I will guide you on proper skin care, appropriate product selection, and customized regimens. My goal is to provide you with high-quality service & treatment!”
Carrie, Spa Director
Carrie has been in the medical and healthcare business management field for over 15 years. From women’s health to plastic surgery to aesthetics, she has done it all and enjoyed every minute of it.
Carrie moved to Raleigh in 2020 from Chicago, where she grew up. She is very passionate about skin care and aesthetics and absolutely loves what she does.
Carrie not only wants to help people take care of their skin, but their body as a whole. She spent her time during the COVID-19 quarantine obtaining her Personal Training Certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
When Carrie is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her amazing husband and their three girls: Madison, a freshman in college; Brooke, a sophomore in high school; and Reagan, a third-grader.
Carrie loves to be outdoors, which is part of the reason she left Chicago. You can find her hiking, biking, spending time on the lake with family, working out, staying healthy, and chasing around the newest member of their family, a Frenchton puppy.
Carolyn, Spa Coordinator
Our awesome coordinator Carolyn is originally from Northern Virginia but has called the Cary area “home” for the last 10 years. She loves CrossFit and is passionate about skin care – and it shows! She has gorgeous, glowing skin and even though she started here at Azura back in June of 2017, she hasn’t once had fillers because she takes such great care of her skin… from the inside out. She is all about healthy living (from eating well to getting her workouts in at CrossFit regularly) and she uses all of our Azura skin care products at home between in-spa treatments.
Carolyn’s favorite Azura treatments, which she regularly schedules time for herself, include chemical peels, laser treatments, microneedling, and the occasional BOTOX® session. She is one of the smiling faces you’ll meet at Azura that will assist you with not only your appointments, greeting you, and making you feel comfortable, but she’ll help you select products to take home and keep up your skin care route. Be sure to ask her about her real experiences with chemical peels and microneedling!
When Carolyn’s not at Azura, she lovingly refers to herself as a “cab driver” for her three kids and the family’s Welsh Springer Spaniel, Kelsey. She was an Azura client long before joining our team and we couldn’t be more proud to have her with us!
Tiffany, Spa Coordinator
“Just a New York girl in a North Carolina world,” Tiffany is one of our Spa Coordinators and assistant to our medical team. Originally from Long Island, NY, she has called North Carolina her home since moving here with her longtime boyfriend in 2012.
Tiffany has over 15 years of experience in the medical field and took a break to pursue her career in radio and television. Her love of being in front of the camera gives her the confidence and warmth needed to greet people and help them with their skin care needs.
Outside of Azura, Tiffany loves fashion and loves to shop! She has a strong presence on social media as a brand ambassador for local boutiques and enjoys marketing small businesses. Styling is her passion! And she loves professional sports, especially baseball, even though she’s a girly girl. When she is not at Azura Tiffany enjoys experiencing new things, seeing new places, buti yoga, brunch, and getting the most she can out of life.
Jenny, Spa Coordinator
A native of the “Show-Me State” but a self-declared North Carolinian for the last decade, Jenny joins us with more than eight years of experience in the industry. She has a true passion for hospitality and all things skin care, making her an exceptional addition to our team of front desk coordinators. Outside of the office, Jenny enjoys teaching, yoga, hiking, and all kinds of travel adventures with her husband Derek and two fuzzy pup kids, Chopper and Kaiko.