Are you ready for ‘aNu’you?
“Just like the lotus, we too have the ability to rise from the mud, bloom out of the darkness and radiate into the world”
What does aNu stand for?
aNu means ‘a new you and renewal’ and our symbol, the lotus flower, embodies our ideology. The lotus flower is associated with beauty, purity, prosperity, spirituality, new beginnings and eternity.
Who We Are
aNu Aesthetics™ and Optimal Wellness is your #1 choice for overall beauty and wellness. We are Kansas City’s premier aesthetics and wellness clinic since 2011 under Dr. Cristyn Watkins, board certified physician, who practices Aesthetics and Functional Medicine full time at aNu along with her dedicated staff. Located in Kansas City, aNu has developed an outstanding reputation by offering the ultimate patient experience through an atmosphere of professionalism, personal attention, and excellence in care.
aNu’s mission is to touch our patients and community with our people, our services, and our personalized care, thereby providing a environment that embraces self-care, well-being, and optimal health.
Our Physicians and Team
Cristyn Watkins, MD
Aesthetic Master Injector, Functional Wellness Physician and National Trainer for Regenerative Medicine
Dr. Cristyn Watkins is from Kansas City, MO, attended The University of Kansas for her Human Biology Bachelor degree, and completed her medical training in New York City and New Jersey. Dr. Watkins is board certified in Family Medicine and was Chief Resident and Most Honored Resident of Family Medicine at her training program. She is already certified and is pursuing her Fellowship in Integrative, Metabolic, and Nutrition Medicine with the School of Medicine and Health Sciences of George Washington University. She focuses her entire practice on advanced medical aesthetics, regenerative medicine, healthy aging and personalized wellness medicine. She is the owner and visionary of aNu Aesthetics™ and Optimal Wellness, is involved in every aspect of the practice, and works along side her expert medical and aesthetics staff. She is a certified Master Injector by the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery in Neurotoxin, Cosmetic Fillers, and Chemical Peels. She enjoys patient consultations, allowing her to discuss all of the aesthetic options with her patients, and performing aesthetic injectables to allow the natural transformation her patients desire. She truly enjoys helping others achieve their desired appearance.
Dr. Watkins is trained in Bio-Identical Hormones, Medical Weight Loss and Functional/Metabolic/Nutrition Medicine. She has a passion for patient wellness and healthy aging and has a desire for all patients to achieve this lifestyle. She has treated diabetes, heart disease, thyroid conditions, menstrual and hormone conditions for almost a decade. She has been treating obesity and hormone related issues to overcome these conditions and has been very successful at helping patients achieve a healthier, happier and slimmer self! She also has a huge passion for Regenerative Medicine and focuses a lot of her recent research and practice on advanced therapies such as Exosomes, Ozone, PRP, Peptides and IV Nutritional Therapy. She is a National Regenerative Medicine Trainer for Nurse Practitioners with RegenEd and is a proud owner of Regenerative Treatment Centers of Leawood. She individually customizes aesthetic, hormone, wellness and weight loss programs for each of her patients to achieve success and happiness in their external and internal wellness and beauty. She feels very blessed to have this as a career and is passionate about teaching patients how to “live well” and thrive in the midst of this complex society of stress/fatigue and chronic illness.
She is a native of Kansas City and lives there with her husband and 3 young children – Miles, Madalynn and Macy (twins!). Her passions outside of aNu are her family and friends and enjoys travel, cooking, and the great outdoors!
Dr. Cristyn Watkins is an active member of The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), The Metabolic Medical Institute, The Institute for Functional Medicine, The American Med Spa Association (AmSpa), and The American Academy of Family Physicians.
Schedule an appointment with her today. Quite possibly, it will change your life!
Ella Cameron, MD
Dr. Ella Cameron was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest with undergraduate education at University of Washington and she completed her medical training in Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, New York.
Dr Cameron has been part of the emergency medicine community for over 25 years and continues to work full time at multiple sites around the country providing emergency medicine services. She is excited to start a new chapter in her medical career and has joined Anu Aesthetics and Optimal Wellness recently as a part time injector and IV therapy enthusiast. She feels that aging is a gift of time and should be cherished. The accumulation of experiences are reflected in each individual face and should be honored. Aesthetics and wellness allow aging gracefully with optimal health and vitality.
She continues to live in the Northwest, married to her college sweetheart and has two children (Liam and Kaela). She enjoys spending time with her mother, five sisters and their families. Outside of work she craves travel, last minute adventures, hiking, camping, skiing, international medicine and teaching. Dr Cameron enjoys aesthetic procedures and wellness through IV infusions at aNu and is available to new and existing clients.
You may schedule with her online or by calling the office at 816-208-8577.
Heather K. Isom, MD
Master Aesthetic Injector
Dr. Heather Isom is a native of Columbia, Missouri, and received her undergraduate and medical training at The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine’s accelerated six year combined BA/MD program. She completed her residency and board certification in Emergency Medicine in and currently serves as assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at University of Missouri-Kansas City/Truman Medical Center.
Although initially trained in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Isom developed an interest and became trained in aesthetic medicine alongside Dr. Watkins in 2011 and has been a part of aNu Aesthetics™ since its inception. Dr. Isom believes that feeling good about how you look is paramount in feeling good in general. In addition to her full time job in the Emergency Department at Truman Medical Center-Hospital Hill, she is still passionate about aesthetic medicine and thoroughly enjoys providing aesthetic services at aNu.
Dr. Isom works full time at Truman Medical Center-Hospital Hill and part-time at aNu Aesthetics™ and Optimal Wellness. Although two jobs keep her quite busy, in her spare time, Dr. Isom enjoys her main priority-her family. She is married to Dr. Michael Shafe, and together they have four boys-Keenan, Kai, Kian, and Kristoffer. They enjoy spending time together at home, as well as travelling around the US and the world as a family.
Dr. Isom focuses on the aesthetic procedures at aNu and is available to new and existing clients. You may schedule with her online or by calling the office at 816-359-3310. Her existing clients, as always, may text her directly.
Amanda Whitson, APRN
Amanda “Mandy” is a Family Nurse Practitioner and board certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Mandy also has a Bachelor of Social Work degree. She has been providing patient care in diverse settings in the KC metro area for over 10 years.
Because of her experience and passion Mandy has focused on Functional Medicine and Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapies to help her patients restore their natural vitality. She collaborates with her patients and together they find treatment plans and options best-suited for each individual.
Mandy believes in patient-centric care that is respectful and responsive to an individual’s needs. Her approach is to develop a partnership in which patients are empowered to take control of their own health and healing thereby optimizing a patient’s ability to make lifestyle changes for life-long well-being. She culminates experience along with advanced diagnostic testing tools, and other modalities, to help patients find their way to their best health.
Kelly Gillotti, RN-BSN
Master Aesthetic Injector
Kelly Gillotti, RN-BSN, is an Aesthetic Injector who began her nursing journey at Northwest Missouri State University and moved to Kansas City to earn her degree from Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences. She began her nursing career with cardiac transplant patients, rotating in the operating room while simultaneously injecting. Kelly is excited to pursue her true life-long passion of medical aesthetics full-time.
Even though Kelly has extensive training and experience injecting neurotoxins and cosmetic dermal fillers, she has chosen to expand her knowledge by becoming a Certified Master Injector. Kelly will also offer IV therapy, female rejuvenation with ThermiVa, treatments with PRP (platelet rich plasma), and laser treatments including IPL photofacials and Fractora. Kelly values on-going education as she believes it is the most important building block for staying up to date with current techniques and products.
Kelly conveys her knowledge, professionalism and passion to all patients, offering a personable experience for everyone. She enjoys one-on-one time with patients, helping them achieve their goals and become the best version of themselves. Kelly is dedicated to providing excellent patient care and wants her patients to leave revitalized and happy.
Master Aesthetic Injector
Lisa McGuire earned her nursing degree in 2013 and has been in the aesthetics field ever since. Bringing nearly 7 years of extensive injection experience with her, she specializes in comprehensive and highly attentive detail to her injection techniques and strives for a refreshed, natural look for her clients. She listens to her client’s specific requests and concerns to provide a level of personalized service. She also offers other services, including threading, IV therapy, and micro-needling to name a few. Her profession is truly her passion so keeping up with education and advancements in the field is always a top priority for her. Lisa has found her happy place at Anu, practicing what she loves.
Lauren Anderson, RN-BSN
Wellness Nurse and Patient Care Coordinator
Lauren considers herself a life-long learner and has a Bachelors degree in both Nursing and Community Health. She brings compassionate and intricate care to aNu from her nine years of RN experience working in a neonatal intensive care unit in Kansas City. Lauren is thrilled to pursue her passion of empowering others to optimize their health using an integrative and holistic approach. She believes in the power of self care and is ready to share her expertise and energy to enable our patients to feel their very best.
Lauren grew up and currently resides in Overland Park with her husband, James, and two children, Blakely and Callahan. She and her family love exploring all that Kansas City has to offer. When she isn’t chasing her two kids around, she loves to exercise, read, and go on date nights with her husband and enjoys social hour with her girlfriends.
Practice Administrator – Kansas City North Location
Janet Stevenson has been involved in the Kansas City-area wellness community since 2002, having managed several prominent wellness practices. She is a firm believer in holistic therapies and the power of the body to heal itself given the proper support. Janet leads from a place of caring, compassion and an innate sense for doing what’s right. She loves connecting people to the resources and caregivers who can help them on their wellness journey.
Janet has lived in Overland Park for 22 years. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Mitch and her daughter, Lindsey. She also enjoys good food, good friends, traveling and spending time in nature.
Angie’s 15 years of experience in the human resources field and legal community – coupled with her passion for marketing and corporate event planning – make her the perfect fit as Practice Administrator at aNu’s newest River Market location. Her desire is to help people gain confidence, achieve their wellness goals, and have fun along the way.
You can’t have a conversation with Angie Ebright without leaving with a smile on your face. You’ll feel like you’ve known her your whole life; and that’s because she truly cares about people and making an impact on the entire community where she lives and works. She is passionate about delivering a best-in-class client experience for anyone who crosses her path.
A sports fan at her core, Angie has lived in the Kansas City area for more than 20 years and can usually be seen cheering on KC Royals or Chiefs at home games, playing golf, or volunteering at a variety of events in the area. She sits on the Board for Braden’s Hope, a local organization dedicated to eradicating childhood cancer, and she gives her time and talents generously to those who need it.
Patient Care Coordinator
Kate is a Kansas City native. She earned her Aesthetician license from The Aveda Institute in Austin, TX. As a skin care specialist, building meaningful relationships with her clients is big. Educating and tailoring treatments for patients is her passion. Kate thrives in the lifestyle that living in the Rivermarket gives her. She enjoys spending time with her growing nieces and nephews. She never turns down a spontaneous road trip because she loves an adventure.
Laser and CoolSculpting Specialist, Aesthetician
Nancy has worked in the Health, Wellness and Aesthetic fields for over 30 years! She enjoys the entire process of helping people achieve their beauty, wellness and happiness goals. She brings special skills in counseling and coaching people in overall wellness and health with very personal and individual service for each client.
Nancy specializes in the following services:
- Laser Hair Removal
- Laser facials and resurfacing
- ThermiVa and ThermiSmooth
- Hydrafacials and Peels
- Womens’ Fitness Instruction and Weight Loss
Catherine Zeller-Bear, CLO/A
Certified Laser Technician/ Esthetician with 13 years medical spa experience.
Client relationships are key to her success. Listening to each individuals’ concerns and developing the best plan to achieve those goals is why Cathy loves the aesthetic field. From skin rejuvenating with microneedling, IPL, peels, dermaplaning, and facials to laser hair reduction and acne treatments, are a few of the services her clients love.
Laser and Coolsculpting Specialist
Angie began her aesthetics journey in 2006 at the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis, MN. For over 23 years she has helped her clients look and feel their very best. She customizes treatments for each individual using honesty, compassion, and a little humor! Angie is excited to continue her journey at aNu specializing in Coolsculpting, laser, microneedling, IPL and ThermiVa.
Kansas City is her home where she lives with her husband and girls ( Madeline and Julianna ). If she isn’t at home or with clients, you can find her at yoga!
Front Desk Concierge
Rylee is excited to be working back in the medical field because she loves creating relationships with clients and getting to know them. She has lived north of Kansas City in Saint Joseph her entire life, is the oldest of five kids, and loves to cheer her siblings on in everything they do. When she isn’t babysitting (her favorite pass time!) she loves to be at the lake with friends and family, cheer on the Royals, and hang out with her three perfect pups; Charley, Letty and Nova. When she grows up she wants to name Crayolas and her favorite animal is a flamingo!
Front Desk Concierge
Anne is excited to be working at aNu in the medical wellness and aesthetic field because her biggest passion is seeing women reach their full potential. Helping clients have the best experience possible, while creating a culture that brings out the best in people is her number one goal. She lives in a historic fixer upper in Kansas City, Missouri. In her free time she enjoys photography, volunteering, and spending time with her husband Rob and her children, Ashlee, Asa and Elias, and her dog Scout.
Front Desk Concierge
Christy has dedicated both her personal and professional life to assisting others in becoming the best “self” they can be. She is excited and proud to be a member of the aNu team as she feels aNu is the epitome of self care. She believes the aNu environment embodies all the qualities and standards she treasures and can’t wait to welcome everyone to our new River Market location.
Christy was born and raised in the Northland and has three adult children. She has traveled around the world and her favorite destination is Cairns, Australia. Her favorite sport is gymnastics, although the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals hold a special place in her heart.
We are passionate about creating a beautiful environment for our clients with an open and gracious atmosphere that extends to our guests an ongoing invitation to return. Through our specialty boutique, we feature the finest products offering extensive skincare regimens, nutritional supplements and food products, essential oils, and wellness gifts. Our goal is to provide a world-class experience; a place where beauty, comfort, knowledge, and personalized attention, combine to create a totally memorable and rejuvenating experience.