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About Us

“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 AestheticsTM 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.

Cristyn Watkins, MD

Founder / CEO / Medical Director

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 also certified 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 AestheticsTM and Optimal Wellness, is involved in every aspect of the practice, and works alongside her expert medical and aesthetics staff.

She is a certified Master Injector by the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery in Neurotoxin and Cosmetic Fillers. 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.

Dr. Cristyn Watkins is a teaching faculty member of The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) and is an active member of 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 or her staff today. Quite possibly, it will change your life!

Heather K. Isom, MD

Advanced 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 AestheticsTM 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 patients. You may schedule an appointment with her online today! Her existing patients, as always, may text her directly.

Ella Cameron, MD

Advanced Aesthetic Injector

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 patients.


Advanced Aesthetic Injector
Functional, Wellness, IV & Regenerative Therapy Medical Provider

CiCi He, APRN, is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner with over 6 years of experience including dermatology, urgent care, family practice and functional medicine. She continues to learn the most advanced and cutting-edge techniques as she strives to provide the safest and most effective treatments for her patients.

CiCi enjoys helping patients enhance their own unique beauty as well as facilitate a graceful and natural aging process. She works with patients to create a more personalized holistic plan that embraces natural, subtle beauty treatments and reaching their wellness goals.

She offers aesthetic treatments, weight loss, hormone replacement and IV nutrition to achieve youthful and natural results. As she puts it, “Everyone will notice, but no one will know”.

When she is not talking wellness and beauty, she enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband and two incredible daughters.

Joseph O'Connor

Advanced Aesthetic Injector
Functional, Wellness, IV & Regenerative Therapy Medical Provider

Joseph O’Connor PA-C is a native of Kansas City, Kansas and spent his early adulthood working as a firefighter/ paramedic with KCKFD. Developing a passion for medicine, he returned to school, completing his Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate at Rockhurst University and obtaining his medical-physician assistant training at UMKC School of Medicine.

Focused on whole self care, he is currently pursuing his Fellowship in Anti-aging and Functional Medicine. He is well trained in BHRT and has a love for all things Aesthetic.

He hopes to help patients enhance every aspect of their life and through shared decision making, choose the best plan of care available. His emphasis on healthy aging provides patients the opportunity to remain functional at an optimal level and to continue living a life full of vitality and inspiration. He believes the “look good, feel good” mantra provides patients the mindset to conquer any obstacle.

When not focused on patient care, he enjoys going to the gym and spending time with his wife and children.

Joseph O’Connor, PA-C is a member of American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), American Academy of Physician Assistants, Kansas Academy of Physician Assistants, American College of Cardiology (ACC).

Autumn Smith, RN, BSN

Advanced Aesthetic Injector
Laser and Body Contouring Specialist

Autumn is a Kansas City native, earning her nursing degree in 2016 from Park University. She has worked in the aesthetics field for over 12 years in a variety of positions. Building a genuine personal connection with patients to develop the most beneficial and customized treatment plan is her passion.
Thorough and safe treatments are of utmost importance to her and she loves to help others look and feel their best!

Stephanie Heck, LPN

Advanced Aesthetic Injector
Laser Specialist

Steph is thrilled to work under the same roof as Dr. Watkins and wear aNu’s lotus on her uniform. She shares the same passion for treating each patient as a unique individual in mind, body and spirit.

Steph has been a cosmetic nurse since 2008. She has extensive advanced training in lasers, neurotoxins, dermal fillers and facial treatments. With her knowledge of facial anatomy combined with her years of experience, Steph listens to each patient to customize a plan to achieve natural looking results. She always seeks out the latest education and techniques. She has a wide variety of fellow injectors from all over the country that she has developed relationships with and often collaborates with them to achieve the best results for patients.

Steph is a Reiki master and can infuse this amazing energy into patient treatments if they desire. Reiki is a subtle form of energy work. It can ease tension and stress and support the body, facilitating an environment of healing on all levels – physical, mental and emotional.

Steph enjoys weekend getaways and finding quaint places to explore. She is passionate about meditation, yoga, live music, Nebraska Huskers, KC Chiefs and KC Royals. She also treasures time with her family, friends and loved ones.

Janet Stevenson

Practice Administrator

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.

Ambrosia Piper

Practice Manager

Ambrosia moved to the Kansas City area 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina. She has a passion for helping people and she's always enjoyed creating relationships with her patients. Before aNu Aesthetics, Ambrosia spent 8 years in the dental field as a dental assistant and in office management. She is excited to expand her knowledge into the aesthetics and wellness side of health. In her spare time,

Ambrosia enjoys gardening, being with family, practicing yoga, and of course, learning about holistic health and wellness.

Cheryl Evans

Staff Manager

Cheryl Evans lives for health and wellness. As a Marine Corps spouse she has had the opportunity to explore the trends and lifestyles practiced across the country, gaining valuable experience which contributes to her success, her passion, and her drive to help people of all walks of life to be and feel their best.

While serving as a military spouse, Cheryl has been well positioned to rapidly transition through various jobs in the health and wellness industry from Nutritional and Lifestyle coach with a large national gym and wellness center, manager at various wellness and supplement stores, and participation in bodybuilding and powerlifting competitions.

When it comes to health and wellness Cheryl has coached, mentored, and encouraged people from all over this great country of ours, and she is eager to serve her Kansas City customers with the attention and care they deserve and need. Cheryl cannot wait to take aNu to the next level!

Jenna Grider

Patient Care Coordinator / Licensed Aesthetician

Jenna earned her Aesthetician license in 2008 at the International Academy of Aesthetics in Tempe, Arizona. She has been a certified Laser technician for over 13 years, working on the medical side of aesthetics. Jenna enjoys learning and keeping up with the newest treatments and products in the beauty industry. She is committed to making her patients not only love their skin, but enjoy their time with her. A few of her favorite procedures to perform are Laser, Microneedling and Dermaplaning!

In addition to treating patients, Jenna will serve as a Patient Care Coordinator at aNu, helping new patients to the practice navigate the many treatment options and designing treatment plans to meet their specific goals.

Jenna was born and raised north of the river in Kansas City, MO and currently lives in Weston, MO. She loves to travel, fish and go on hiking adventures with her 2 year old and her husband.

Marla Sears, MA

Certified Medical Assistant

Marla has lived her whole life in the small town of Lawson, Missouri. She has been Certified Laser Tech/Esthetician for over 25 years, a Certified Medical Assistant for one year and has worked in the medical field for over 18 years. Her passion is to make people feel better about themselves. She wants people to feel good on the inside as well as the outside.

When she’s not at aNu, Marla enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her Pug, Stella. She loves cheering on the Royals and Chiefs and is a lover of all dogs!

Christine Butaud, MA

Certified Medical Assistant

Christine Butaud is a Medical Assistant with over 8 years of experience in Anti-Aging medicine. She loves wellness and helping to aid in disease prevention, longevity and happiness!

When Christine is not at aNu, she enjoys time with her husband, children and grandchildren. She also likes to exercise and garden.

Catherine Zeller-Bear, CLO/A

Certified Laser Technician / Licensed Aesthetician

Patient 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 patients love.

Sydney Sanchez

Licensed Aesthetician

Sydney has been a Licensed Aesthetician since 2016. She grew up and practiced Aesthetics in Wichita, KS before moving to the Kansas City area. Her goals as a skin care provider are to build relationships with her patients and help them correct short and long term skin issues or concerns and work to accentuate the beauty in each patient. Along with constantly learning and trying new products, she stays involved in continuing education so she can educate people on how to have healthy, happy skin! She enjoys offering a wide range of services and loves the constant growth and change that comes with being a skin care professional.

Amber Delgado

Licensed Aesthetician

When Amber was drawn to aesthetics and received her aesthetician license in 2012, she knew she was on the right path! She has a very strong background in customer service, and has always loved helping make people happy. It is extremely rewarding to guide individuals to look and feel their best and Amber is beyond thrilled to be part of aNu! She strongly believes that if you keep your mind, body and spirit strong, anything is possible!

Amber was born and raised in Kansas City. Her family of 4 brings her so much love and laughter. Her husband, Armando is her rock and her two fur-babies, Coqueta and Bruno are her world. In her spare time, Amber enjoys taking her dogs to the dog parks, traveling, food and working out. Amber can have a good time just about anywhere and feels it’s all about who you’re with.

CiJay Smith

Certified Laser Specialist / Licensed Aesthetician

CiJay was raised in a small community in Northwest Missouri, growing up north of Kansas City most of her life. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Merchandising in Fashion and Interior Design in 2013. After graduation, developing a passion for Aesthetics, she started to pursue the field in 2014. Since then, CiJay has earned her Aesthetician License in Missouri and Kansas as well as a National Certification as a Cosmetic Laser Specialist. CiJay has been performing treatments in a medical spa setting, building a career as an experienced aesthetic professional since 2015.

CiJay specializes in laser resurfacing, laser hair removal, body contouring, chemical peels and facial treatments. She enjoys expanding her knowledge in the aesthetic field any way she can. She loves keeping up with advanced product knowledge, learning from her peers, and keeping up with the latest advancements in treatments.

CiJay’s ultimate goal is to provide one-on-one quality care to patients while achieving the best results. She truly believes every person should feel beautiful in his or her own skin. The fulfillment of helping others achieve their desired outcomes and building long-lasting relationships with patients is very rewarding to her.

Outside of work, CiJay enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to new places and exploring any outdoor adventure or sport. She also loves the health and fitness industry, as exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are essential to her.

Rylee Richardson

Front Office Concierge

Rylee is excited to be working back in the medical field because she loves creating relationships with patients 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!

Kady Sperry

Front Office Concierge

Kady is a small town girl from Northern Missouri. She graduated with her Associates of Arts degree from North Central Missouri College. She now lives in Kearney and spends her free time hanging out with family, friends and her dog, Emma.

Kady looks forward to getting to know aNu’s patients to help provide them with the best experience possible!

Hanno Riak

Front Office Concierge

Hanno is originally from South Sudan and has lived in many places, but now considers Kansas City to be her home. After attending UMKC for a few semesters, she put her education on hold and entered the fashion industry as a model. She has been featured in the Pitch, other local magazines, Vanity Fair and a recent Morphe campaign. She feels blessed and excited to see what the future has in store.

In her free time, Hanno assists with coaching new models. She also loves networking, cooking and working out. She is new to the aesthetics and wellness industry, and is fascinated by everything it entails. She is excited to be able to learn and work with such amazing individuals at aNu!

Emily Newton

Front Office Concierge

Emily has lived all over the country, but still considers Kansas City her home. She is passionate about creating new and lasting relationships and is excited to get to know everyone who is a part of aNu!

In her free time, Emily enjoys hanging out with her family and friends and spending time outdoors. She also loves baking, painting and working on new projects. She looks forward to creating the best experience possible for all of our patients!

Carey Williams

Front Office Concierge

Carey has always had a passion for helping others feel good about themselves. She loves learning more about the beauty industry and keeping up with the latest trends in aesthetics. She is from Lee's Summit MO, married, and a mother of 3.

In her spare time, she enjoys doing makeup for special occasions, party planning, and soaking up all the time she has with her husband and kids.

She's worked in customer service for 10+ years and wants to make sure you have the best experience possible and always making sure you are leaving with a smile.

Wellness and Healing Collaborators

Alicia Johnson, ND

Alicia Johnson is a licensed Naturopath and Acupuncturist. She completed her naturopathic medical training at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and continued education at the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture. Since 2008, she has been practicing in the Kansas City Area with a strong focus on Women's Health including hormonal problems, thyroid, weight gain, fatigue, insomnia, mood changes, immune system problems, and other complex health problems. Using lab testing and detailed diagnostics, she focuses on accurate diagnosis and assessment of the root cause in order to treat the problem from the inside out. Each patient is treated with an individualized plan that may include a reassessment of the current medication list as well as diet, vitamins, herbs, exercise, acupuncture, and more.

Visit to schedule a free 15 minute consultation with Dr. Johnson.

Lavita Green


LaVita is the Owner of CareSticks Mobile Phlebotomy Services LLC. She has serviced the healthcare industry since 2004 as a Medical Assistant, Corporate Wellness Coach and Mobile Phlebotomist. LaVita has been “The face of Corporate Wellness” and direct mobile lab service for the last 10 years. After receiving her degree in 2005, She worked hard to perfect her skill, gaining a passion to find and create a professional concierge phlebotomy network.

LaVita made a name for herself in the industry by partnering with laboratories locally and nationally. These partnerships opened the doors for Caresticks to “turn the lights on” and provide full time service. CareSticks is a nationwide phlebotomy staffing partner. We work closely with physicians, facilities, nutritionists, hospitals, universities and insurance companies. Caresticks is growing! Recently Lavita was the phlebotomist for the Kansas City Chiefs, and she has plans to open a 2nd on-site draw station in Lenexa, KS in the summer of 2021.

When LaVita isn’t running CareSticks, you can catch her on the track with her super fast 17 year old daughter Aaliyah, battling board games with her 11 year old son KyRin, and new to the family is her 2 year old daughter Kamri. LaVita believes health is wealth, business is business, and family is everything!

Alex McAnderson

Aesthetic Master Corporate Energy Coach, Reiki Master Teacher, Stress Management Consultant, Owner of Villalobos Vitality

Alex McAnderson is a licensed Corporate Energy Coach, Reiki Master Teacher, Stress Management Consultant, and owner of Villalobos Vitality who believes that everyone’s innermost self should be cherished and nurtured.

Alex has helped entrepreneurs, corporations, and executives lead from a place of oneness and empathy, seamlessly weaving spiritual work into the corporate sector. Through meditation and breathwork, Alex teaches stress management techniques designed to inspire the self while pushing through limiting beliefs to encourage healthy personal and professional development.

This is because Alex provides a sacred space to help her patients achieve alignment and tap into their higher purpose in life.

People describe Alex as having a powerful, healing influence with a warmth and kindness that is both calming and transformational. She walks alongside her patients without judgment or trying to fix them. Simply put, Alex guides everyone to find the light within themselves and walk in their truth.

Enjoy this opportunity to learn with Alex how to stay rooted while also flowing through life’s cycles. We are always growing. Have faith that you are right on time.

Emily Cox

Emily Cox Wellness, LLC.

Emily is the owner of Emily Cox Wellness, LLC. She is a Holistic Nutritionist + Yoga Instructor based out of KCMO! When she is not having her Instagram hubby snap photos of her hand standing in various locations throughout the city, she is preaching the power of personalized nutrition to folks of all colors, ages, and backgrounds. She specializes in gut health and hormone harmony and believes that with the right guidance, tools, and motivation we can all take back the reigns of our health through sustainable, yet systematic practices. It is her mission to provide each person the unique tools they need to start living their best life and feeling fab, like yesterday!

Our Locations

We are passionate about creating a beautiful environment for our patients 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.