Meet Our Team

Erica Parrish-Valdez FNP-C

Erica Parrish-Valdez FNP-C, brings over 10 years of combined medical experience. She received her undergraduate degree from Mount Mercy University in 2007, and later graduated from the University of Iowa in 2012 obtaining a master’s degree (MSN), specializing in family practice. She began her advanced practice career in family and emergency medicine, developing a wide range and diverse clinical background. During this time, skin health became a special area of fascination for her, later developing into a passion. She has gained experience and exposure to a range of aesthetic procedures, which include botox injections, dermal fillers, platelet rich plasma treatments (PRP), Kybella, and the O-Shot.

Erica’s passion is discovering her patients’ unique aesthetic goals, recognizing each patient’s natural beauty, and working with them to develop a plan to make their goals a reality. It is this idea that guides her aesthetic principles; centered on getting natural-looking results. She is committed to enhancing her patients’ natural, unique appearances through cosmetic skin treatment, as well as facilitating a graceful and natural aging process.

Erica has special interests in holistic medicine, and innovating techniques for cosmetic enhancements. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, and husband Javier.

Angela Carter, LE, CLT

Angela has been with Skin Body Soul at this location since the doors opened in 2013!

She has extensive education in PCA peels, advanced aging prevention treatments, and is certified with Cynosure SculpSure and Alma lasers. She loves combining treatments together to achieve amazing results especially Collagen Induction therapy and Photofacials.

In her free time, Angela loves musicals, and spending time with her daughter and husband. On the weekends Angela can be found helping her husband in their ice cream shop, Black Cat Ice Cream.

Jamie Grace, LE, LVN

Jamie Grace is a Spa Director at the Ankeny location. In addition to being a medical esthetician, she has worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She has owned and operated multiple small businesses, which include golf course management and a massage business, catering to hotels in and around Sacramento, CA. Jamie graduated from Des Moines Area Community College nursing school (Ankeny, IA) in December 2011 and obtained her Licensed Esthetician designation from Glenwood Beauty Academy (Glenwood Springs, CO) in May 2017.

Jamie has been in healthcare for over 20 years, working strongly in the wilderness emergency medicine field. She has been a member of the National Ski Patrol and was a member of the National Search and Rescue organization. She is eager to learn more about the upcoming trends in skincare technology and its benefits.

Having grown up in the heart of the Rocky Mountains near Aspen, Colorado, Jamie enjoys skiing, hiking, rafting and mountaineering. Last year she went on a spiritual solo trip around world and visited the countries of Qatar, Nepal (Kathmandu), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) and Indonesia (Bali). In the summer you can find her cycling on the local bike trails or on the lake relaxing with her significant other, Kevin, and her two children, Tristan (17) and Jaiden (13).

Cassie Martin, LE Spa Director

Cassie has been with Skin Body Soul since April 2014. She has her CIDESCO International Esthetics license and has been practicing for 8 years. She currently resides in Lamoni, is married and has one beautiful little boy who is 7.

Cassie is involved with horses and rodeo, and has a passion for health and wellness. Cassie loves taking care of the patients at Skin Body Soul and helping them look and feel their best.

Kayli Handlos, LE

Kayli has been a Esthetician for the past three and a half years, spending almost two of those years with our Des Moines Location. She loves helping her clients achieve their goals and build their confidence! Dermaplane is her favorite treatment at Skin Body Soul, as it is so meticulous with instant brightening and smoothing results.

When she’s not at work she loves to hang with the hubby going fishing, biking, and playing with their Australian shepherd puppy!

Kayla Sawyer, LE

Kayla joined the West Des Moines Skin Body Soul Team in 2017 and brings with her 2 years of experience in a medical spa setting. Having attended National Laser Institute in Chicago, Kayla is certified in lasers including IPL, Hair Removal, and Skin Tightening.

Kayla’s favorite treatments to perform are Microneedling and IPL photofacials! Her passion for improving skin shines through to all who meet her.

In her spare time, Kayla can be found spending time with her family, friends and beloved nieces and nephews. She loves lake living, having grown up in Storm Lake, Iowa.

Melissa Brittain

Melissa has been an Esthetician and Cosmetologist since 2012 and has been part of the West Des Moines Skin Body Soul Spa team since 2017. She has a great passion for helping people find their most beautiful selves. Her favorite treatment to provide is Hydrafacial, as it leaves the skin with an incredible, instant glow that is sure to make you feel amazing.

In her spare time, Melissa loves camping, boating and dance parties with her husband and little boy.

Kristina Howard, LE

Kristina Howard, a licensed Aesthetician at the Ankeny Center, specializes in advanced facials, body treatments, and building the confidence of everyone who walks through the door.

Kristinas all time favorite treatment is Microneedling, as it targets the flaws that women often see in their skin such as pigmentation issues or scarring, even their pore size! She also loves Dermaplaning, paired with a self-neutralizing chemical peel, as the results are instant and life changing!

Prior to working with Skin Body Soul, Kristina grew up knowing she wanted to help people and to improve the way they feel about themselves. She started with nursing, changed to criminal justice, then cosmetology school in 2010. After taking a few years off to raise her daughter, Kristina went back to school and earned her Aesthetician license.

“I am so blessed to be apart of such a wonderful team and having the opportunity to go above and beyond to reach each goal for our members. I DO believe in Limitless Beauty for All!”

Ali Jay, LE

Ali Jay is a licensed Esthetician at our Ankeny center. After struggling with skin issues her whole life, Ali decided she wanted to become someone who instills confidence in others with similar struggles.

Ali attended the PCI Academy for Esthetics, where she graduated at the highest level, with the highest retail/sales experience in her class. She has a true passion for skin care, and for making others feel beautiful, inside and out! When Ali isn’t working or brushing up on her skills, she likes to spend time at home with her boyfriend, family and pups.

“I absolutely love working for Skin Body Soul, it’s an honor to be part of a cutting edge team!”

Kelsey Exline, LE

Kelsey Exline is our Lead VIP Patient Coordinator at Skin Body Soul.

A true Minnesotan, Kelsey was born and raised in Minneapolis and through her own skin-related struggles, discovered a passion for skincare. That passion led her to study cosmetology and move to CA where she worked as a skincare specialist for Sephora. A few years later, Kelsey moved back to Minnesota to continue her education and develop her skills working in a full service Spa. She continued her education further becoming certified in Nutrition and Holistic Wellness.

Aside from treating and educating Skin Body Soul members, Kelsey enjoys spending time with her boyfriend Tim, a Combat Veteran of the US Marine Corps, and her two cats dogs. She is also an MMA fighter and gym junkie with over 6 years of mixed martial arts training.

Kelsey loves working at Skin Body Soul as she gets to meet new people everyday and build relationships with them, as well as educate and guide others to make changes for the better. Out of all the treatments she has had the opportunity to experience with us, she enjoys Microneedling the most for the rapid results, especially when paired with our quality professional products.