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, President, CEO, 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.

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.

Kayla Sawyer, LE Inside Sales

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, LE – Lead Esthetician

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 – Lead Esthetician

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, Spa Director

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!”

Steffany Navrkal, RN BSN Aesthetic Injector

Steffany has been a nurse since 2010 and and with a background in Head and Neck Surgery, and Women’s Health. Her passion for skincare and for helping her patients look and feel amazing led her to SkinBodySoul Medspa. She believes self-care is very important and loves doing Botox, Hydrafacial and Microneedling. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family!

Morgan Bernal, LE

Morgan is a Laser Hair Removal specials and loves performing Hydrafacials! Morgan graduated from the Aveda institute and has loved her career in aesthetics. She was a natural fit for our West Des Moines team and is beloved by all the staff and patients alike!

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Korie Bixler, RN BSN – Aesthetic Injector

Korie lives in Ankeny with her Fiancé, Ryan, and her adorable puppy, Athena. As a nurse for 5 years, Korie has worked in different areas and brings her infectious personality and deep care for her patients to SkinBodySoul. Korie LOVES the aesthetic world of nursing & the feeling she gets when she can help others look and feel their best! She has the perfect gentle injectors touch and you’ll love sitting in her chair!

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Kendal Kunzman, LE

Kendal has been licensed as an esthetician and skin care expert for 4 years. She’s no stranger to the medspa world, having worked at other clinics she brings a wealth of knowledge in microneedling, laser hair removal and creating the best skincare regimen to SkinBodySoul. A Montana transplant, Kendal lives in West Des Moines with her husband Collin and loves reading and spending her time digging into skincare education and reading. Kendal is a true gem and you’ll love being on her table, she truly cares about helping you find your #fierceforever.

Kim Sanders, RN, LE

Kim is a  Registered Nurse and Esthetician. In 2011 she started her aesthetic journey and loved absolutely everything about the beauty and wellness industry. Through the years she has gained a lot of valuable experience and skills working in luxury spas as well as medical practices. While working with a physician she was afforded the opportunity to assist with medical cosmetic treatments and procedures and completely fell in love with the idea of helping transform the way others see themselves. She says, the very best part of her job as an aesthetic nurse is helping to build her clients confidence and witnessing the joy the treatments bring. She also adds, “It really is such a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together and I could not be happier to be a part of the team at Skin Body Soul!”

Cari Backes, RN, LE, Aesthetic Injector

She may look familiar to some as she has nearly 15 years of experience working in dermatology and plastic surgery offices. Cari has been a nurse since 2005 and a licensed esthetician since 2016. You will be in excellent hands whether getting Botox or any facial treatment. Cari loves and is an expert at microneedling. When she is not at the spa, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and two dogs.