MEET OUR STAFF
Michael Lesser, MD, FACC, FSCCT, FAARM, Medical Director
Michael Lesser, MD, is fellowship trained and board certified in four 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 Esthetic 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. Consultation services are available for general wellness, general skin care, skin rejuvenation and restoration, and a variety of laser treatment services. Dr. Lesser is also certified as a Medical Marijuana physician, who can recommend medical marijuana based on pain management needs.
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.
Rex, General Manager
Rex specializes in Operations and Human Resource Management as well as safety and security. He has over 25 years of experience leading teams within multiple business functions in two Fortune-100 companies. Rex is certified in Operational Excellence and has degrees in Business Administration and Asset Protection Management. He is an active member of The Society for Human Resource Management and is a Certified Workforce Development Professional. As a lifelong learner Rex enjoys studying leadership, management as well as health and wellness. He has lived in South and Central Florida for over 20 years and enjoys many outdoor activities with a passion for nature and animals.
Brian, Rejuvenation Director
Brian Whaley ARNP-BC has over a decade in the healthcare industry. Upon graduation of Georgetown University Neonatology ARNP program, he began his career in newborn critical care medicine and has served in leadership positions in one of Miami Florida’s top neonatology practices. Upon a colleague’s suggestion, he turned his focus on to the Aesthetic Medicine realm and completed training in advanced fillers and techniques.
Brian was then recruited by The Miami Institute where he was mentored by Florida’s top plastic surgeons and anti-aging doctors. He became the Aesthetic medicine provider and injector to a who’s who of local and international celebrities and doctors alike.
After noticing that so many providers all across the country were treating symptoms of the appearance of aging, not the root causes of the facial volume regression, he began to perfect and teach his method, the 3D face Injection Method ™, to doctors and nurses from all over the United States. Instead of an outside in approach, an inside out approach is taken and in this 3D method, the results are better in appearance, safer, and longer lasting.
He also specializes in Regenerative Wellness Medicine, low testosterone treatment, and PDO thread lift aka the “Weekend Facelift” which is a minimally invasive and effective cosmetic technique that lifts and tightens sagging skin tissues.’
In his spare time, Brian enjoys playing the drums and spending time with his sons.
Danielle, PA-C, Rejuvenation and Wellness Physician Assistant
Danielle is a nationally certified Physician Assistant with 10 years of experience. She went to Florida State University for her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and to Barry University in Miami Shores for her Masters in Medical Science. Her professional passion has always been aesthetic and nutritional medicine along with emergency medicine. She has extensive clinical experience and is proficient in neurotoxins, laser, medical therapies, and interventional pain procedures.
Danielle is a member of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants and stays involved with student education. She enjoys gardening and traveling with her husband and mini labradoodle Romey in her free time.
Heather, Executive Assistant
Heather has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from UCF, graduating in the year 2000. She began working at Essentials MediSpa and Salon in January 2014, multitasking throughout the spa, she has been a driving force to supporting multiple departments to success. She is currently the Executive Assistant to the CEO and General Manager, overseeing project management and data services, as well as heading up several administrative functions that keep this amazing facility in forward mortion. In Heather’s free time she enjoys reading, spending time with her family, especially her son and variety of fur babies.
Mike, Infusion Specialist, NSCA-PT
Michael started working in Emergency Medicine in 1993. Graduated Eastern Florida State College Paramedic program in 1995. Has 15 years experience with several Fire/EMS Departments in Central Florida. He also has 9 years in Emergency Departments and as a Flight Paramedic with Hospital based Helicopter Service. Michael was an instructor for the EMT and Paramedic programs at Eastern Florida State College and Florida Medical Training Institute. Was an instructor for Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Basic Trauma Life Support and Emergency Response to Terrorism. Michael is a long time resident of Satellite Beach, graduating from Satellite high School. Enjoys helping others achieve their fitness goals as a Personal Trainer. Loves the outdoors and tries to spend as much time as possible in the ocean kayak fishing of the coast.
Kimberly, Medical Assistant/Rejuvenation Coordinator
Kimberly has been a Medical Assistant since 2015. She has experience in both Podiatry and Vascular Surgery, as well as assisting in wound care and various in office medical procedures. As a MA here at Essentials, Kimberly assists Dr. Lesser, Brian Whaley, and Danielle, and as a result specializes in assisting clients in and teaching clients about Medical Marijuana, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, fillers, Botox, and other rejuvenation services. Kimberly also offers intramuscular B12 and Lypoburn injections. Kimberly hopes to soon be enrolled in nursing school to start her path the becoming a Nurse Practitioner.
Stephanie, LMT- Department Lead
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.
Alicia, LMT – Reiki Master
Chris, 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.
Crystal has been a licensed massage therapist serving the space coast since 2015. Where she was born and raised. Specializing in Relaxation, Hot Stones, Athletic, Deep Tissue, and Trigger Point Therapy. With a passion to help release muscle pain and bring relaxation onto each client.
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.
Kelly, LMT, MA
Kelly has been a licensed massage therapist since 2011 and specializes in relaxation massage. She enjoys body wraps and scrubs and on her down time, spends time with her family. She is currently enrolled in nursing school.
Linda, RN, LMT
Mike has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2012. His specialties include Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Thai and injury management. He is also a native Floridian, and his personal time is spent at the beach, playing guitar, martial arts, drawing and attempting to surf.
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.
Megan, Aesthetic Lead, 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.
Camille, Paramedical Esthetician, Makeup Artist
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, microdermabrasion, facial waxing, peels, and makeup. On her, down time she enjoys continuing education within the spa/beauty industry.
Carrie graduated from Space Coast in Melbourne, Florida and furthered her education at The Esthetics Association of Florida in Orlando before landing her dream job at Essentials MediSpa & Salon. She specializes in classic spa facials and enjoys recommending customized skin regimens for her clients.
Nara, 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.
Victoria, Medical Aesthetician
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, and Ultherapy. She enjoys utilizing her knowledge of skin health and expertise in aesthetics to create customized clinical treatments for each and every client.
Julianna, 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 13 years of salon experience, she specializes 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, Sr Stylist, Makeup Artist
Anna attended the Eastern Florida State College cosmetology program and has been working in the industry since 2014. She has dedicated herself to her career and is always pushing herself to learn more about the industry. She is passionate about everything beauty, from makeup to hair. She specializes in women’s’ and men’s’ cuts, and all color from highlights to balayage. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family and play with her dog.
Cynthia, Hair Stylist
Jilian, Hair Stylist, Makeup Artist
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.
In loving memory of Kelly 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.
Lauren, Senior 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.
Kaylynn, Stylist, Nails and Makeup Artist
Kaylynn went to school in Seattle, Washington where she received her cosmetology license in September of 2015. While loving everything that has to do with the beauty industry, she enjoys playing a part on the nail side while taking a break from doing hair.
Julia, Hair Stylist
Julia has been a licensed cosmetologist since 2013 in the state of Florida. She loves to do all types of coloring, cutting, and styling. She has always enjoyed doing hair since a young age, with her mother and aunt’s support whom are also hair stylists! Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Taffy, Junior Stylist
Natalia, Licensed Cosmetologist/Salon Assistant
Amber, Nail Lead, 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.
Leah, Full-Service Specialist, Nails and Makeup Artist
Leah is a licensed full specialist and certified makeup artist who has been proudly providing services across Florida since 2011. She first received her makeup certification in a 6-week specialty course through Cosmix Education and went on to earn her full specialty license from The Academy of Cosmetology in Merritt Island, Florida. During her training, she became certified in the Temptu Airbrush system specifically for bridal makeup applications. She also specializes in spa pedicures, and specialty manicures including OPI Gel Color, and OPI Powder Perfection. Her license also covers relaxing facials with our Image Skincare line, and facial waxing. Leah is no stranger to luxury service and has been with Essentials for nearly 2 years. She is ready to help you achieve your nail, skin, and makeup goals!
Sheena, Full Specialist, Licensed Nail Tech and Esthetician
Sheena has been in the spa industry since 2003 after graduating from Chemistry of Beauty and began working as a Licensed Nail Technician. In 2010 I decided to further her career went back to school at the Academy of Beauty and Business to become a Licensed Esthetician. In 2016 Sheena joined essentials as a full specialist. She has a real passion for work and her goals is to make her clients feel and look great. In Sheena’s downtime, she enjoys hanging out with her son and family enjoying the outdoors and paddle boarding.
Tricia, Nail Specialist
Tricia has been a Licensed Full Specialist for since 2016. She specializes in gel nails, natural nails and facials. She enjoys helping clients achieve any goal whether it be healthy skin or well-maintained nails. When she’s not working you can usually find her at home with a book, or at the beach, being that she is a Florida native, it is one of her favorite places to be.
Cristina, Client Relations Supervisor
Cristina has been with Essentials since 2011. She has enjoyed getting to know all of our clients and especially working with brides on getting their wedding day booked! Cristina takes pride on having a great work ethic as well as excellent customer service for every individual that walks through our door. In her spare time, she enjoys watching her two beautiful children Audrey and Oliver laugh and play around her Victorian home as well as spending time with her loving husband Michael.
Emily, Bridal Coordinator
Emily has recently relocated to the United States from the United Kingdom in 2016. She has an extensive background in client services as well as coordination and planning. Emily loves working with our clients here at Essentials and helping our brides get ready for their special day! She loves living in Florida and in her downtime enjoys spending time with her husband Matt and their beagle puppy.