Wendy is a registered nurse with over twenty years of experience in the emergency department. In 2012 she entered the field of aesthetics part-time while continuing to work in the ER. In less than one year, Wendy was co-owner at a successful medical spa on the Oregon coast and was soon able to quit her job in the hospital. Now, Wendy has been able to combine her love of aesthetics, medical care, and teaching at Pacific Northwest Aesthetics Academy.
“I loved taking care of patients in the ER but have found that the aesthetics industry gives me more personal fulfillment, and doubled my income while working less hours! I’m excited to train others in this rapidly growing, fast-paced industry and pass along all the pearls that I have learned. ” In addition to teaching at PNAA , Wendy also treats patients and travels nationally for private trainings.
Mike started his career in California attending the UCLA School of Medicine before relocating to Oregon for surgical training at Oregon Health & Science University. He has spent the last two decades treating patients in an emergency setting and brings a unique, compassionate touch to every situation. He’s also trained in aesthetic – and advanced aesthetic – injections and due to his background in repairing minor and major facial trauma, has extensive knowledge in facial anatomy. Mike is also the Medical Director at a busy medical spa on the Oregon coast and works independently consulting and treating patients in the Portland area.
“I’m looking forward to sharing my expertise, specifically in regard to how the human face ages, and how that process impacts the assessment portion of aesthetic treatment. Patient expectations are best met when there is a thorough assessment and effective treatment plans are established. One way this training program differs, and is better, than others is because of our emphasis on patient assessment.”
After 27 years of nursing in critical care, trauma and emergency medicine, Kathy’s interest turned towards aesthetics. In 2010, she switched careers and devoted her time to learning cosmetic injection and laser skills. In 2014, she earned her Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist Certification through the Plastic Surgical Nursing Certification Board.
After seven years in the field, working at two of the premiere facial plastic surgery clinics in the Portland area, Kathy has developed a large, loyal clientele. She is a National Trainer for Nova Threads for the face and body and continues to treat patients at PNAA.
“I love working in the facial aesthetics field because it offers patients such a broad range of options from injectables, to laser treatments, to surgery. I enjoy working with clients to help them decide what combination of treatments will give them natural looking results and helping them develop a long-range treatment plan to maintain those results. However, teaching is my passion, from basic injectables to advanced techniques, I’m committed to turning out highly skilled providers.”
In her off time, Kathy enjoys traveling with her husband Dave and is also a RYT 200 certified yoga teacher.
Saskia joined the PNAA team in January 2019 as the Chief Operating officer. With her expertise amassed over 20 years in the aesthetics industry – including work with several leading medical device and pharmaceutical companies – Saskia brings her skills to PNAA as COO and Student Enrollment Coordinator. Independently, Saskia consults with aesthetic providers to strategize and implement plans to enhance patient outcomes and maximize revenue. Saskia is passionate about aesthetics, travel, the Pacific Northwest and spending time with her family.
Heather Williams is an Aesthetic Registered Nurse, who graduated with her BSN from the University of Portland. Her nursing career began on the Short Stay Unit at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, which eventually led Heather into the plastic surgery field. This is where Heather met Kathy Hodge-Kramer, one of our CEOs. Heather trained under Kathy until Kathy and Wendy Pickett began Pacific Northwest Aesthetic Academy. Heather now works full time in the Medical Aesthetic field and is excited to bring her artistic eye and passion for the industry to the patients of PNAA.
Kim has worked in the beauty industry for 20 years and is an accomplished Advanced Aesthetician. Kim completed training at The National Laser Institute and at The Laser Training Institute. Kim opened her first med spa in 2012 and her clientele continues to grow and stretch to multiple locations. Kim’s interest in the most up to date anti-aging skin treatments have developed into a passion for creating high quality skin care and the launch of her own private brand: KC Advanced Aesthetics, at home skin care. With continuing education she is always learning new and innovative ways to give her clients the best possible results and now passes her knowledge to others as a highly skilled clinical instructor at PNAA.
Kims list of Services include: Photofacials, Microneedling, Plasma Skin Tightening, Dermal Infusion, Chemical Peels and Dermal Planing. In her leisure time, Kim enjoys spending time with her daughter on the Oregon Coast.
Wendy began her undergraduate studies at Portland State University with a B.S., in Biology. Her love for the human body, anatomy, and biochemical make-up has driven her passion in the aesthetic industry. She received her Nursing degree with honors (Magna Cum Laude) from Breckinridge School of Nursing and was nominated into the Alpha Beta Kappa honor society. She entered into nursing with the intent to become an expert Aesthetic Nurse. Wendy has been working with patients for over 20 years and “loves” what she does. She attends countless advanced workshops in aesthetic medicine across the United States and is currently on faculty a Certified Aesthetic Instructor for Pacific Northwest Aesthetics Academy. She is the co-owner of W Aesthetics and Wellness with locations in Portland, Sisters and Bend (opening in the Fall 2019).
Nora’s transition to a career in aesthetics followed two decades in the medical field focused in women’s healthcare. Prior to joining PNAA Nora operated her own day spa, and was a staff member at two other aesthetic offices. Starting as a laser technician, Nora’s career in clinical aesthetics provided extensive experience across a broad range treatment modalities.
“My interest in aesthetics is life-long. I have been a makeup artist for many years, and operated my own day spa, while working in the medical field. My own medical aesthetics experience began with seeking treatment for acne scars and hyperpigmentation. I was fascinated by the technology and the skills required to effectively treat these conditions, and learned that there is a vast difference in the level of care and professionalism our industry. My greatest professional satisfaction comes from creating a genuine connection with my clients, thoroughly understanding their near and long-term objectives, providing a great experience, and helping them achieve the results they are seeking.”
Nora is a licensed Master Clinical Esthetician holding a Certified Advanced Esthetician license from the state of Oregon.
Nora balances her busy professional schedule by spending time with her grandson and her growing family, and exploring the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology/Recreation, Kim worked in the fitness industry until making the decision to devote herself full time to raising her family. Throughout the ensuing years Kim served on numerous community boards, as well as coached youth sports, participated in theater productions and helped run the family business.
Kim joined PNAA as the Patient Care Coordinator and Administrative Assistant, and quickly became a vital part of the team. As an Epionce Skincare Representative, Kim helps identify the correct skin care products for PNAA patients.
When she is not at work, Kim enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking her dog Bella and traveling to warm destinations.