CoolSculpting University Certified
Karen Albright is the owner of BodyLase®, a medical spa with two locations in the Triangle. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and University of Connecticut School of Law. After practicing law with a large firm in Connecticut for several years, Karen moved to Raleigh in 1994 with her husband and children. Soon after coming to Raleigh, she taught legal writing at the University of North Carolina School of Law and Duke Law School.
In 2002, Karen opened BodyLase Laser Hair Removal with her husband, Dr. Daniel Albright. Karen has grown and expanded the company into a million-dollar business. BodyLase now has two locations and offers a multitude of cosmetic medical and traditional spa services.
In 2009, Karen was awarded the Women in Business Award by the Triangle Business Journal. In June of 2010, Karen was honored as Business Woman of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners Greater Raleigh Chapter. In 2011 and 2013, Karen was awarded the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Steady Growth and Profitability Award for the success of BodyLase. In 2011, Karen was named a Woman Extraordinaire by Business Leader Magazine. In 2012, Karen received the distinguished Top 50 Entrepreneurs. Karen was honored in 2016 with the NAWBO-Greater Raleigh Corporate Partner of the Year Award for her longstanding and proven commitment to the success of women‐owned businesses in our local area. She was also recently awarded the 2019 Enterprising Woman of the Year award.
She currently resides in North Raleigh with her husband and three children.
Alexandra was born in Hungary, Budapest, and moved to New York in 2014 where she attended Aesthetics school. In New York, she worked for White Orchid MedSpa in Brooklyn and specialized in laser hair removal, HydraFacial, and Microneedling.
Alex loves to help people feel good and confident about themselves. She cannot wait to start your skincare journey together to achieve your best skin yet!
In her free time, she loves working out, traveling, exploring different cultures, and being creative in the kitchen trying new healthy recipes!
CoolSculpting University Certified
Tiffany is originally from High Point, North Carolina. After high school, she earned her degree at East Carolina University. Tiffany’s interest in skincare began the day that she discovered melanoma on her back.
She immediately changed her sun-loving habits and learned the importance of taking care of her skin. Tiffany earned her degree in aesthetics at The Aveda Institute of Chapel Hill in 2009. Tiffany loves being a part of the BodyLase team and helping her clients become the best version of themselves. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends, family, and pets.
Gloria was born in North Carolina and currently attends Wake Christian Academy. Gloria enjoys assisting the providers and seeing all of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into running a successful Med Spa.
In her free time, she enjoys cheering, singing, and spending time with her nephew. Gloria’s goal is to attend Aesthetics school and to join the BodyLase aesthetician team!
Originally from Vermont, Briana moved to North Carolina and graduated from ECU with her Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising and Business Administration. She has always loved all things related to beauty, fitness, and fashion.
Briana’s favorite thing about working at BodyLase is connecting with clients and seeing their amazing results. In her free time, she likes to go to the gym, spend time with family, and travel.
Sara Lynne Narcisse
Sara Lynne was born in Memphis, TN to a physician family and found herself drawn to the medical industry. She received her bachelor’s of business administration in marketing with a minor in public relations from Mississippi State University.
Combining her interest in medicine and business, Sara Lynne pursued a career in medical device sales while discovering medical aesthetics. Realizing her passion in the Med Spa industry she was excited to join the BodyLase team as a Treatment Consultant. She moved to Durham in 2017 when her husband began his fellowship in Cardiology at Duke. Sara Lynne loves building relationships with clients while developing a treatment plan with their aesthetic goals in mind. She finds it rewarding to see their confidence build as their skin transforms with medical-grade products and treatments. In her free time, Sara Lynne loves to travel with her husband and spend time with her twin baby boys, Tripp and Henry.
Born in Oxford, NC, Michelle moved to Raleigh in 2019. She joined BodyLase in 2022 and fell in love with the MedSpa industry. Her favorite part is seeing the amazing results each treatment provides for our clients.
In her free time Michelle loves to workout, work at the farm, spend time with her family and friends.
Amber is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, and is finishing up her last year at East Carolina University majoring in Early Childhood Education.
She enjoys interacting with clients every day and loves seeing the amazing results they achieve. In her free time, Amber loves to travel, shop, and spend time with friends and family.
Emily is originally from Warwick, NY, and moved to Wiesbaden, Germany when she was 12 years old where she finished her schooling through high school. In 2019, she moved back to the U.S. and currently attends North Carolina State University majoring in Biochemistry.
Emily enjoys being part of the team and assisting clients and providers within the spa and at the front desk. During her free time, Emily loves to travel and play the violin.
Stacie Velez, PA-C
Coolsculpting University Certified
Stacie is a board-certified Physician Assistant from New York City, where she practiced Obstetrics & Gynecology for 8 years.
Upon moving to North Carolina in 2009, she transitioned to gynecological cancer surgery. Stacie later entered into Primary Care, where she developed a deep interest in health, nutrition, and alternative medicine. This passion for overall health and wellness led her to the Duke Center for Integrated Medicine where she became a Certified Integrative Health Coach. Inspired by the anti-aging effects of good health and wellness, Stacie wanted to advance her career into beauty and aesthetics and pursued training in Cosmetic Medicine. She fell in love with the industry and finds joy in restoring her client’s confidence by helping them look and feel better with the use of injectables and skincare. In her free time, Stacie practices yoga, enjoys entertaining, traveling, spending time with her husband and twin boys, and most of all living mindfully.
Melanie Walden, PA-C
Melanie was born in a small town in Illinois and relocated to North Carolina in 2019 with her husband. She completed her undergraduate degree In Health Sciences at Aurora University in Illinois and went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.
Melanie spent several years working in Emergency Medicine/Urgent Care as a board-certified Physician Assistant but always felt like there was something missing from her career. She has a true passion for medical aesthetics, combining her love of science and beauty. Melanie feels very lucky to work in such a rewarding field and help clients feel confident and beautiful in their own skin. In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and puppy, hiking, traveling, boating, and checking out new restaurants/breweries!
Abby has North Carolina roots and grew up in Southern Pines, located just outside the Triangle-area. She has a passion for all things skin-related.
Abby loves perfecting her personalized skincare routine with BodyLase’s medical-grade products. Her favorite treatments at BodyLase are the different levels of HydraFacial, Dermaplaning, and Microneedling. When Abby is not at work, she enjoys hiking, hanging out with her family and friends, and trying new foods.
Raleigh Spa Manager
Brittany has been dedicated to her career at BodyLase since 2008. As the Raleigh Spa Manager, Brittany loves to make sure every client has a wonderful experience while addressing all of their needs and concerns.
She feels blessed to be a part of a team that strives for excellence and builds a positive family spirit. When she is not working, Brittany loves beach weekends on the boat with her husband, traveling near and far, and hanging out with her miniature Dachshund, Pickle!
CoolSculpting University Certified
Desiree was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida in speech pathology. While she has always enjoyed helping others, the speech field wasn’t where she felt completely fulfilled.
In 2017, she moved to North Carolina where she now loves getting to know each of our new clients, introducing them to BodyLase, and helping them decide what treatments will best meet their needs. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to new places, spending time at the beach, and giving a lot of cuddles to her Siberian Husky, Ghost.
Rhonda Gately, NP
CoolSculpting University Certified
Rhonda has been working as a Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts since 2000 and has recently relocated to North Carolina. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Rochester in New York and went on to obtain her Master’s of Science in Nursing from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston.
She is a certified Adult and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and has completed the CoolSculpting Certification. Rhonda has always loved the beauty industry and has a passion for aesthetics, and is so happy to be providing these services as a part of the BodyLase team! When not at work, Rhonda enjoys hiking, exercise classes, taking walks with her husband and Golden Retriever, Gracie, and going to the beach.
Elizabeth is a native North Carolinian and has lived in Raleigh since 1997. She joined BodyLase in 2019 as an executive assistant and has since moved to the role of Facilities Manager; utilizing her skills in organization systems and strategies to keep the spas neat and orderly. In her free time, she enjoys gardening with her daughter Mae.
CoolSculpting University Certified
Rita, who joined the BodyLase team in 2014, was born in Lima, Peru, and has lived in Raleigh, NC most of her life. She is fluent in both English and Spanish and is happy that she can work with Spanish-speaking clients.
Rita’s natural attention to detail began with her prior experience as a freelance make-up artist. As a licensed aesthetician from Miller-Motte College, Rita is passionate about skin health and treating skin conditions. She believes that everyone deserves to be the best version of themselves, and it all begins with self-confidence. In her free time, Rita enjoys yoga and fitness, traveling with her husband, and spending time with family, friends, and her 2 kitty cats, Pookie and Pheebee.
CoolSculpting University Certified
Angelica moved to Raleigh in 2008 from Finland where she was born. She spent half of her childhood in Sweden and is fluent in Finnish and Swedish. Angelica obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism in her hometown of Oulu, Finland.
Since moving to Raleigh, Angelica has managed medical practices while freelancing as a makeup artist. Her passion for makeup artistry and skincare is what made her pursue a career in the MedSpa industry. She found a home here at BodyLase where she gets to spend her days with a talented, hardworking team. Angelica started her BodyLase journey as the Cary Spa Manager and followed her passion into a marketing role supporting a fantastic team! In her free time, Angelica loves to spend time with her husband, two sons, two dogs, and her cat. She enjoys beautiful weather, live music, dance, and keeping up with the latest beauty and fashion trends.
Rachael Lucas, PA-C
Originally from Nevada, Rachael moved to North Carolina to further her career and fell in love with the beautiful climate and state. She graduated from Duke University with a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies and worked for nearly a decade in thoracic surgery in Raleigh.
Although this was a rewarding career, she was drawn to the aesthetics field as it combines her love of medicine, procedures, and art. Rachael enjoys getting to know clients as individuals and designs tailored plans to reach personalized outcomes as each person has a unique beauty that needs to be celebrated. She feels aesthetics helps people enhance and embrace their natural beauty to feel more confident and empowered. She loves spending time with her family including her husband and two young children as well as time outside, exercising, and traveling.
Leah is originally from Durham, NC, and most recently lived in Sarasota, Florida where she interned for USDA followed by working in real estate. Leah attended Appalachian State University for Public Health and has always been passionate about health care and customer service. She loves working in the beauty industry and is excited to expand her knowledge in healthcare management and operations at BodyLase. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and being outside.
Andrea joined the BodyLase team in 2015, bringing with her years of Customer Service experience and fluency in both Spanish and English. She graduated from East Carolina University earning a degree in Communications.
In her spare time, Andrea enjoys working out, kayaking, and playing with her two dogs, Lola and Leo.
Andrea enjoys assisting clients by recommending treatments and products to fit their needs. She not only loves to provide great customer service, but she also loves seeing clients happy with the results BodyLase helps them achieve.
Julia Pjetraj, NP
Julia is a North Carolina native who lives in Raleigh with her husband and three children. She attended UNC at Chapel Hill, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
She practiced as an RN at Rex Healthcare and then returned to UNC, where she earned her Master of Science in Nursing and completed the Family Nurse Practitioner program. She worked in the field of Dermatology at Duke and in private practice for several years before discovering her true passion for Aesthetics. Julia is a certified Advanced Injector and has been providing aesthetic services such as Botox, Dermal Fillers, and Kybella at BodyLase for more than 13 years! She loves working with her clients to help them look and feel better and attain the beautiful, natural results they desire. When Julia is not working at BodyLase, she is traveling, camping, hiking in the mountains, and spending time at the beach with her family.
Anna is a native of North Carolina and has lived in Raleigh all her life. She is majoring in Advertising and Graphic Design at Wake Technical Community College. Anna has always loved the beauty industry and enjoys seeing patients’ results.
She is fluent in English and Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, hiking, and going to concerts. Anna loves being a part of the BodyLase team and seeing clients happy with their results
Rhiannon, born in Wilmington is a North Carolina native. She graduated from the Aveda Institute achieving her dream of becoming an Aesthetician.
Rhiannon’s own skincare journey allowed her to understand the unique challenges within skincare, and it became her goal to enhance the natural beauty in others. What she finds most rewarding about her career is bettering the experience, results, and confidence in her clientele.
In her free time, Rhiannon likes to take trips to the beach, create memories with family and friends, and enjoy the little things in life that are easily taken for granted.
Kelly is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated with honors from East Carolina University with a double major in political science and history. Immediately following college, Kelly worked as the transitional housing case manager for the Salvation Army Women and Children’s homeless shelter in Charlotte.
Although this was meaningful work, Kelly realized that her passion was skincare. She returned to Raleigh and attained her certificate in Esthetics Technology from Miller-Motte College.
Because Kelly struggled with acne as a teenager, she understands that how a person looks affects how they feel. She is committed to working with each client to help them utilize the services and products that will help them look their best in order to feel their best. As Lead Aesthetician at BodyLase, Kelly specializes in Skincare, Chemical Peels, Laser Hair Removal, Laser Skin Resurfacing, and Morpheus8.
Originally from upstate New York, Malarie moved to North Carolina in 2013. Starting out in cosmetology, she always loved the industry but found her true passion in aesthetics. She graduated in 2015 from Aveda and has since been continuously advancing her education.
She loves making clients feel confident and beautiful! In her free time, Malarie loves spending time with family, friends, and her goldendoodle, Rory.
Spa Concierge Specialist
Sierra was born and raised in Raleigh North Carolina. She is passionate about the aesthetics industry and providing excellent customer service to Bodylase clients.
In her free time, Sierra enjoys yoga, cooking, and playing with her dogs, Nova and Ruth.