ABOUT THE SKIN ELITE
Welcome to The Skin Elite, where science meets beauty.
At Skin Elite, you will find the most up to date medical aesthetic services and procedures. Laura and Gloria, the dynamic duo, have searched far and wide to bring you the most beneficial beauty services and products--everything from injectables and laser services to permanent makeup and much more.
Our team is ready to help you reach your aesthetic goals.
Gloria Rodriguez, MSN, FNP-C
Gloria Rodriguez attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with a background in post-acute and critical care. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in nursing and a Master’s degree in community and healthcare administration.
Gloria has a strong background in the aesthetics and beauty industry. She owned a salon/spa where she worked as a nail artist after training with the top nail-technicians in the business. She has taken this knowledge and applied it to her aesthetic practice; this experience and education have taught her how to balance light and shadow to create beauty and symmetry in the art of facial rejuvenation.
She is fully trained in Botox, Dermal Fillers, and Kybella. Gloria is also a Reiki master; she believes not only in the importance of beauty on the outside but that we must also be balanced within ourselves. With this mindset, she creates a calm and inviting experience for her patients.
With over 25 years of experience in medicine and aesthetics, she brings a unique and unrivaled experience to create the best and most beautiful patient outcomes. Gloria definitely embodies the Art of Aesthetics.
Laura P. Galvan, RN, CANS, CMLSO, CPCP
Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist
Laura has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas at El Paso. She has been a Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) nurse since 1999 and retired in 2009 from the NICU to solely focus on Aesthetic Nursing. In 2002, Laura started her training by learning Sclerotherapy in Boca Raton, FL. After that, she became a Permanent Cosmetic technician in Dallas, TX, which was the launching pad for her aesthetic endeavor. In 2006, she received her Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer (CMLSO) from The National Council for Laser Excellence (NCLE).
Laura has earned certifications in advanced chemical peels, advanced Botox® and Juvederm® injector training, advanced Radiesse® injection training, and PDO threads. She is also trained in Sculptra® Aesthetic injection techniques, BellaFill and Kybella. She provides treatments ranging from injectables, medical grade chemical peels, laser hair reduction, laser vein removal, BBL, Fraxel, micro-laser peels, pro-fractional, CO2 laser resurfacing and permanent makeup application, color correction and removal as well as Botox and Filler training.
Not only is Laura an expert injector in dermal fillers, neurotoxins, and PDO threads, she is also a National Trainer with Allergan, the maker of Botox, the Juvederm portfolio, and Kybella. She was also a National Trainer to practitioners with Merz Aesthetics (the maker of Radiesse, Xeomin, Asclera and Belotero), one of the leading companies in the aesthetic industry covering South Central Texas, the Valley, Corpus, and New Mexico.
She is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), Texas Nurses Association (TNA), and the Society for Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP); Board of Laser Safety, Laser Institute of America, Aesthetic International Association, American Society for Plastic Surgery Nurses (ASPSN), and American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASMLS).
Laura was recently the owner of a successful medical spa, and is currently attending South University to receive her Master’s degree in Nursing with a specialization in Family Practice. She also trains practitioners at the Texas Institute of Medal Aesthetics from beginners to advanced injectors with derma fillers and neurotoxins. Laura has lived in San Antonio since 1999 and loves it. She has a beautiful, twelve-year-old son with her husband, DS, who is the love of her life. Her expertise and dedication to her clients is her number one priority.
Laser Safety Officer and Permanent Makeup Tech
Krystal Vega was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She completed permanent makeup/microblading training at the Texas Institute of Medical Aesthetics and then onto laser training at the Texas Laser Institute in Houston, Texas.
She’s passionate about her career and loves working at The Skin Elite. She is always learning about new products and services to better serve our medical spa.
Krystal's goal is not only to treat but also educate our patients during and after treatments so that the patient is well informed and results are maximized.
She has training in lasers & radiofrequency, including ThermiVa vaginal rejuvenation and Thermi smooth as well as micro-needling, Mirapeel, laser hair removal, skin resurfacing, dermaplaning, microblading and more.
She has been happily married for over three years to her husband Jake and is a Mother to her one-year-old baby girl. She is currently expecting and will be adding a baby boy to her family in May. Krystal loves to bake and try new coffee spots during her free time, but most of all she loves spending time with her family outdoors.
Heather is an aesthetician who obtained her license in 2007. Since then, she has worked some time outside of the esthetics field, including insurance and being a stay-at-home mom to her two girls.
In her off time, she'll be with her family (including her husband when he's not working as a firefighter). She loves sunshine and enjoys spending any time she can outdoors. With more than 7 years experience in the spa industry, she's excited to be back to doing what she loves again. She is truly looking forward to helping our clients on their path to healthy, beautiful skin.
Celeste has extensive training in anti-aging and medical laser procedures. She began her aesthetic training at The Paul Mitchell School in 2009 immediately after high school. She has completely immersed herself in her career and continues to receive advanced training. Starting in her early years, she worked for a high volume laser hair facility and eventually transitioned to the medical spa where she could peruse her passion for skin care. She has completed countless education and received her professional state certification for laser through Avante Laser Institute; every year she works towards advancing her training. Celeste has great empathy for clients with skin care challenges and has made it her goal to make these challenges easier and help them through a difficult time. A laser enthusiast, Celeste enjoys working at The Skin Elite doing advance rejuvenating procedures and facials. She can kindly guide any of her clients to the next step if they need more aggressive treatments.
Dominque Peña, RN, BSN
Dominque Peña, RN, BSN is an Aesthetic Nurse Specialist at The Skin Elite.
Michelle Alhamoudi, Medical Assistant
Michelle Alhamoudi is a licensed medical assistant, Apprentice Laser Technician, & phlebotomist and has been involved in the medical beauty industry since February 2011. With her passion and love for all aspects of skin and beauty, Michelle is currently in the process of receiving her Aestheticians license. Before this, she worked for a board-certified plastic surgeon in San Antonio, Texas for five years.
From a young age, Michelle was always drawn to the beauty industry and finds immense fulfillment in restoring her patient's confidence. She received her certification in Microblading by The Beauty Spot Advanced Esthetics and training as well as makeup artistry after attending two completed makeup courses from some of the best- renowned professionals such as Scott Barnes and Mario Dedivanovic, who are the makeup artists of Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian, respectively.
When she is not working to enhance the beauty of others, going to school, and taking care of her two beautiful children, Michelle enjoys reading, education, traveling, and going on adventurous excursions.
Michelle is a strong believer in preventative treatments and is passionate about working with her patients to make them look and feel their best and believes in making others enhance their own beauty without taking away their personalities and who they truly are. She enjoys the challenges of understanding each individual face/body and wishes to help and inspire others to draw out their best selves and feel powerful for who they are using makeup and skincare as her platform for delivering that message.
Danielle Diaz, FNP-BC
Danielle Diaz, Nurse Practitioner, has been an RN since 1987 and a nurse practitioner since 1998. She is certified in hormone replacement therapy, the O-Shot, weight management and wellness. She is also certified in vaginal rejuvenation and the Cleopatra procedure, which restore intimate wellness. She also diagnosis and treats hormone imbalance caused by PCOS and thyroid dysfunction.
Danielle enjoys shopping, traveling, being outdoors, spending time with her family, and listening to music.
El Askari, Front Desk Concierge Manager
El moved to San Antonio in December 2006 and started working with The Skin Elite in April 2019 as a Patient Coordinator. She is now working as the Front Desk Concierge Manager.
El is married and has two kids. She likes spending time with her family, shopping and traveling. She loves what she is doing right now, and is happy to be a part of The Skin Elite.
Elizabeth Salazar, Guest Relations Coordinator
Elizabeth is new to the team as of 2020! She is our Patient Scheduling Coordinator - AKA the back bone of our office, for how she keeps it running efficiently and keeps your experience Elite from the moment you walk in to the time you leave.
Elizabeth is going on two years in the San Antonio area all the way from West Texas. YeeHaw! Her favorite flowers are tulips and she loves astrology. Books and music are her language. Don't forget her exquisite taste for a fine wine as well. In her free time outside of work, she likes to be proactive and explore the city and spend time with her daughter Marina. Being adventurous and traveling is the way she pursues life.
She has been in the medical field for about 5 years now. The stars are the limit. Excelling in everything she has learned, trained and certified in is what she does best. Elizabeth found that working in the Aesthetic field is where she belongs.
Dr. Wendie Grunberg, Medical Director
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