Meet The Team

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Michael F. Lesser, MD., FACC, FSCCT, FAARM, Medical Director

Dr. Lesser is fellowship trained and board certified in 4 separate medical disciplines including internal medicine, cardiology, advanced metabolic medicine, and anti-aging, as well as bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. He has trained at both the nationally recognized Esthetics Skin Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, as well as the internationally recognized Obagi Skin Health Institute in Beverly Hills California. There he personally trained under the tutelage of Dr. Zein Obagi, the father of Skin Health and the dermatologist behind both the Obagi and ZO lines of skin care products. Dr. Lesser was personally awarded recognition as an Obagi Skin Health Restoration Specialist. In addition, he is also a Candella certified laser operator with a specialized interest in vascular laser including spider vein, and facial telangiectasia therapies.

Dr. Lesser and his team offer consultation services and treatments for a wide range of rejuvenation and other services. These include treatments for active wrinkles with Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport as well as filler treatments with a wide range of safe, hyaluronic acid products including Restylane, Juvederm, Belotero, and Radiesse. Additionally, we offer consultation services for general wellness, general skin care, skin rejuvenation and restoration, and a variety of laser treatment services.

Dr. Lesser also offers consultations and treatment as well as follow-up care for bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. He is one of only a few physicians on the entire space coast to be fellowship trained and board certified in this important and emerging area of health care and rejuvenation.


Brian Benson, PA-C/MPH, Master Injector, Rejuvenation Director

There are very few joys that are greater than performing a service for someone that makes them feel more beautiful and better about themselves. Working in the field of plastic surgery as a cosmetic injector allows Brian that opportunity.
There is no single approach that is right for every patient and the key to success in this industry is a keen clinical skill set, an understanding of both anatomy and form combined with the willingness to listen, hear, and get to know your patient/client.

While not a native Floridian he has lived in Florida for the last 30 years. He attended Florida State University where he obtained a Liberal Arts Degree. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University. He also received his Masters in Public Health and Bachelors of Science from Nova Southeastern University.

He has been a licensed certified Physician Assistant for 15 years. Practicing in the field of Neurosurgery for 8 years gave him an in-depth understanding of facial anatomy. The last 7 years have been spent working at a cosmetic surgical practice in the Melbourne Florida. He is also currently a facial injection instructor for Galderma

When not working, his passions are his two beautiful daughters. His hobbies include reading, music, sports, and kiteboarding.


12 Kylie 1st Crop Sepia E DSC04781Kylie Burket, ARNP, Assistant Medical Director

Kylie is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and the Assistant Medical Director. She earned her Masters degree in nursing from the University of South Florida where she graduated with honors at the top of her class. She has over 10 years of nursing experience and specializes in cosmetic treatments. She has advanced training in laser, injectables, Ultherapy, micro needling, dermaplaning, weight loss, and skin care. Kylie offers complimentary consultations on all the services she provides. She will work with you to make a customized treatment plan to help address all your cosmetic needs and help you look and feel your best.


Kim Harvey, General Manager

Kim has over 20 years of experience in Management, Marketing Development, and Event Management. She spent 22 years living in Germany developing International markets and running an international company.  Previous to that, she worked in Los Angeles in the Entertainment & Beauty Industry with top hair and make-up stylists in film, television, and commercials as an assistant director and production assistant. She relocated from Buffalo this year to the space coast and joined the Essentials team in December of 2016. Kim prides herself on offering VIP treatment and the best services possible to all clients who walk through our front doors! On her down time she spends time with her family and yellow lab Emily.


518Angela Wiese, Assistant Manager

A Florida native, she obtained her Associates in Arts degree from Brevard Community College in 2004 and has been working in the retail and customer service industry for 15 years. In 2013 she began her career with Essentials as a Spa Consultant, advanced to Customer Service Director and is now Assistant Manager. Along with assisting the Spa Consultants at the front desk and call center, she also aids in purchasing inventory and various administrative duties. Angela prides herself on providing exceptional customer service to ensure that each client has a relaxing and enjoyable experience during their visit to our facility.


591Renee Masse, Nutritionist, Wellness Coach, MA

Renee has been a nutrition coach since 2012, specializing in holistic wellness techniques. She is a certified Reiki-Master, as well as yoga and meditation practitioner, with the particular focus on energetic healing modalities. She is also an Essentials Certified MA, offering intramuscular B12 and Lypo B+ injections.


Mike Murphy, Infusion Specialist, NSCA-PT

Bio in process 😀




Lisa Fernandez, MA

Bio in process 😀




chona-copyChona Green, LMT

Chona has been a licensed massage therapist for over ten years. She specializes in Deep Tissue, Swedish Relaxation, and Sports Massage. She strives to deliver complete relaxation to each and every client. On her down-time, Chona enjoys spending time with her family.



5 Chris 1st Crop Sepia E DSC03923Chris Green, LMT, Esthetician, MA

Chris has been with the Essentials team for the past 16 years. He is dually licensed, in massage therapy for 16 years and Esthetics for 8 years. He specializes in deep tissue, Athletic Rubs, and Hot Stone massage. He has specialty training in Thai massage, Oncology massage and is an Essentials Certified MA, offering trigger point, and intramuscular B12 injections. On his downtime, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.


5 Dennis 1st Crop Sepia E DSC04733Dennis McCarthy, LMT

Dennis is from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and has spent time in the Air Force. He specializes in Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Trigger Point and Athletic Massage. He is a graduate of the Space Coast Health Institute which included a comprehensive study of anatomy and physiology and also holds an advanced degree from Univ. of Central Florida. He enjoys offering exceptional customer service and helping clients to relax and de-stress with various massage techniques.


4 Emily 1st Crop Sepia EDSC04152Emily Rancino, LMT, Esthetician, MA

Emily has been practiced massage for more than 20 years. She received professional training and licensure in 2013. She approaches massage with a medical mind; as she was a CNA and Nursing student previous to choosing massage as a career. Her goal is always to address the problem that will give the greatest results to the issue being presented. She followed massage training with esthetics. She has been a licensed esthetician since early 2014. She enjoys being a dual licensed therapist very much! While massage is her passion, she finds the science of the esthetics approach is also very fulfilling. Emily is also an Essentials Certified MA, offering trigger point, and intramuscular B12 injections.


2 Kelly S. 1st Crop Sepia EDSC04135Kelly Shevlin, LMT, MA

Kelly has been a licensed massage therapist since 2011. She is particularly interested in the health care field and is considering nursing school the end of the year. She specializes in relaxation & aromatherapy massage. She is also an Essentials Certified MA, offering trigger-point and intramuscular B12 injections. On her off time, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family and continuing her education.


2 time 10 Kristina 1st Crop Sepia EDSC04050Kristina Casale, LMT

Kristina graduated from Ashland Institute of Massage in Ashland Oregon in 2004. She holds her National License as well as a state license in Oregon and Florida. For the majority of her career, she has worked in upscale day spas but also has gained experience working with a Physical Therapist and Chiropractor. She has been trained

in relaxation, neuromuscular, deep tissue, sports massage, prenatal, Swe-Thai, oncology massage, and lymphatic drainage. Kristina specializes in customizing her messages to fit her client's needs. She enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two children at the beach and in the garden.


SaraSara Day, LMT

Sara has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2003. She specializes in Athletic, Swedish relaxation massage, prenatal massage as well as hot stone. Her goal is to resolve a client's issue whether it be the stress of tension related and recommend services specific to their needs. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children.


3 Stephanie 1st Crop Sepia EDSC04174Stephanie Compasso, LMT

Stephanie has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since April 2015. She has continued education in PNF stretching and specializes in Relaxation Massage and Trigger Point Therapy. She understands that each client's needs differ, focuses on the areas of concern and is committed to providing exceptional service, for each and every client.


trishTrishawna Alexander, LMT

Trishawna is a nationally certified Massage Therapist and has been practicing for over 10 years and has built a vast breadth of technical and leadership experience within the profession. Additionally, she holds credentials in Oncology and pre-natal massage. She specializes in relaxation, trigger point therapy, and deep tissue massage.


camilleCamille Acevedo, Paramedical Esthetician

Camille has been a licensed esthetician since 2012. She recently graduated with her paramedical degree in 2016. She has a background in makeup with MAC Cosmetics and specializes in classic spa facials, micro-dermabrasion, facial waxing, peels, and makeup. On her, down time she enjoys continuing education within the spa/beauty industry.


3 Madalyn 1st Crop Sepia EDSC03900Madalyn Anderson, LMT, Esthetician

Madalyn is an Esthetician and Licensed Massage Therapist. She has been licensed and in Massage Therapy since 2010. She has attended continuing education training in MPS Therapy for chronic pain and Oncology Massage. In 2014 she received her degree in Esthetics. Shortly after school, she began working at a local education center assisting massage and facial students during clinical hours. She specializes in relaxation, Oncology, and aromatherapy massage as well as classic spa facials and waxing.


Megan Linton, Medical Aesthetician

Megan was born in Melbourne, Florida and has resided in Brevard County her entire life. She has been in the skincare industry for 18 years and has been a licensed facial specialist since 2005. Megan spent the last 5 years in dermatology where she had the opportunity learn in depth medical treatments and procedures. Her specialties include corrective medical peels and dermaplaning. Megan loves teaming up with her clients to help them achieve their highest skin potential.


naraNara Fiskuski, Master Waxer, Brow Designer

Nara, originally from Brazil has over 30 years experience with waxing. She specializes in full body waxing for both men and women. Her specialized technique makes waxing quick and virtually painless. She also specializes in brow and lash tinting and creating Designer Brows which go beyond a basic brow wax and more into brow architecture. On her down time, she enjoys spending time with her grandchild.


8 Victoria 1st Crop Sepia E DSC04761Victoria Hicks, Medical Aesthetician, Makeup Artist

Victoria joined the Essentials team in early 2012. She has been an esthetician for over 10 years and has vast clinical experience in both medispa and dermatology settings. She received certification as a master esthetician from Image International and also has specialty training with ZO Medical and ZO Skin Health lines. She specializes in advanced clinical facials, medical grade peels, micro needling, dermaplaning, Ultherapy, and makeup. She enjoys utilizing her knowledge of skin health and expertise in aesthetics to create customized clinical treatments for each and every client.


8 Julianna Original Sepia EDSC04179Julianna Stafford, Salon Lead, Master Hair Stylist, Makeup Artist

Julianna joined the Essentials team in early 2015. She also became the Salon Lead in 2016. With over 8 years of salon experience, she specializing in custom/corrective color, trendy cuts, brow shaping, formal hair designs, makeup and bridal makeovers. She has experience in high fashion photo shoots, senior portraits, and fashion shows. On her down time, she enjoys continuing her education within the cosmetology field and spending time with her husband and children.


Anna Vu, Junior Hair Stylist

Bio in process 😀




11 Amber S. 1st Crop Sepia EDSC04293Amber Stringer, Junior Hair Stylist, Nail Technician

Amber received her cosmetology license from Eastern Florida State College in 2005. She specializes in men's & women's cuts, color, and natural nail treatments such as manicures & pedicures. She is always advancing her career with continued education. She loves giving every client her full attention to ensure each client is happy and loves their new look.


6 Catherine 1st Crop Sepia EDSC04208Catherine Lloyd, Senior Hair Stylist

Catherine is a Florida native and has been a licensed stylist since 2009. She is also working as a Kevin.Murphy educator where she travels to teach and keep up to date with the latest trends and hairstyles. Catherine specializes in both balayage and foil highlights. She is an extension specialist and is certified in HairTalk and DreamCatcher Hair Extensions. She loves working with bridal parties and styling hair for any special events.


7 Jilian 1st Crop Sepia EDSC03957Jilian Avena, Junior Hair Stylist

Jilian has been a licensed hair stylist in the state of Florida since 2013. She is an artist who loves working with color, from brunettes to blondes and keeping up with the latest trends in the salon industry. On her down time, she enjoys spending time with her family and continuing her education within the cosmetology field.


12 Kelly A. 1st Crop Sepia EDSC04300In loving memory of Kelly Apkarian                     12/22/1981 - 2/2/2017

She lived her life with courage and grace, in spite of adversity. She touched many lives and made friends wherever she went. She excelled at dance, art, and photography, and had an incredible talent for finding style and beauty in everything. Kelly lived her life independently and to the fullest; no mountain was too high to climb. When faced with difficulties, Kelly rose above and faced the challenges head-on, setting a great example that will live on in her family and her daughter. Right until the end, her biggest concern was for her family, friends, and cats. Kelly will be dearly missed and forever will be a part of our Essentials family. RIP beautiful girl.

Krista Middleton, Salon Assistant
Bio in process 😀




LaurenLauren Newell, Junior Hair Stylist

Lauren attended the Aveda Institute of cosmetology in Jacksonville and has been a stylist since 2012. She apprenticed under some of the most talented stylists in Jacksonville for a year after graduating school. She enjoys everything from color to treatments to formal styles, but she specializes in cutting and carving hair as well as internal cutting. She loves a challenge and will always focus on the health of the hair above anything else.


7 Rene 1st Crop Sepia EDSC04222Rene Little, Senior Hair Stylist, Nail Technician

Rene is a Florida native and has been doing hair since 2010. She loves all things hair, from cuts to color, and style giving a full transformation. She enjoys creating bright blondes and rich brunettes, but most of all she is passionate about the health of your hair, keeping its integrity with beautiful shine and body!


10 Kristen 1st Crop Sepia EDSC04271Kristin Lashley, Nail Lead, Nail Specialist, MA

She graduated as a Nail Specialist in 2001 and has been the Lead of the Nail department since 2012. She is Certified in Shellac/OPI Gel manicure enhancements and has experience performing a variety of manicure and pedicure services. She trained alongside Dr. Lesser, for Medical assisting and specialize in Ingrown Toenail removal/treatment. She believes in keeping nails as natural and healthy as possible and loves her clients to relax with a soothing massage, leave with perfect polish and feel confident that our sanitation protocols are hospital grade. She is also an Essentials Certified MA, offering intramuscular B12 injections.


2 Amber A. 1st Crop Sepia EDSC03887Amber Allen, Nail Specialist

After graduating and obtaining her nail license in 2009, Amber jumped straight into the industry and began building her knowledge, skills, and clientele. She has continued to excel with her career thru the Nail Field by taking additional classes and always staying alert of the latest techniques. Amber specializes in gel manicures, exceptional attention to detail, and massage. She believes Nail Services not only add beauty to the nail but is also important to health and wellness.


Ariel McQuain, Nail Specialist



Ariel has been performing excellent manicures & pedicures for many years and enjoys detail work. She likes to focus on perfectly polished nails and cuticles. She also likes to make her clients feel pampered. Ariel is newly married and enjoys spending time with her husband and traveling.


coriCori Goldsmith, Nail Specialist

Cori graduated as a full specialist from the Aveda Institute in 2014. She specializes in gel manicures, natural nail treatments and enjoys offering clients a relaxing massage. On her downtime, Cori enjoys spending time with her family and her puppy.



9 Jordan 1st Crop Sepia EDSC04234Jordan Lockhart, Nail Specialist

Jordan graduated from The Aveda Institute, in 2012, with her full cosmetology license. She specializes in providing invigorating leg and foot massages and gorgeous polish applications! She also specializes in nail art, and is always open to getting creative! Her goal is to ensure an enjoyable experience for every client and does so through her upbeat personality!


sheenaSheena Joslin, Nail Specialist, Esthetician

Sheena has been a full specialist since 2009. She specializes in natural nail treatments such as manicures and pedicures and likes to focus on making sure nails are perfect before each client leaves. She also has extensive experience in bridal makeup, makeup application, lash extensions, lash, and brow tinting, body and facial waxing and facials.


9 Laura 1st Crop Sepia EDSC04024Laura Lespier, Nail Specialist, Makeup Artist

Laura has been working in the makeup application field since 2010. She graduated in 2014 with a Full Specialty license and specializes in bridal makeup, makeovers, and natural nail services such as manicures & pedicures. She enjoys each and every client she services, offering a relaxing massage and top notch customer service. On her down time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family.


9 Laura 1st Crop Sepia EDSC04024Tricia Shriver, Nail Specialist
Bio in process 😀