Dr. Jennifer Walden
Dr. Jennifer Walden is a board certified plastic surgeon who trained at the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital in Aesthetic Surgery and medicine. She learned and worked with the very physicians who developed many of today’s accepted techniques and current technologies in the medical spa industry for Botox, dermal fillers, ablative and non-ablative laser, and radiofrequency.
Dr. Walden is the first female President-elect of the world renowned American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (“The Aesthetic Society”). She also is on the forefront of the noninvasive and minimally invasive aesthetic industry, serving as a Key Opinion Leader and consultant for Sciton, InMode, Lumenis, and BTL Aesthetics to name a few.
She is a member of Premiere Aesthetic Solutions, a small and select group of world-renowned dermatologists and plastic surgeons in the United States who teach about injectable filler and neurotoxins to their peers within professional societies and the public. The members of this elite organization work with industry on clinical studies, trials and FDA compliance on injectables, and many have authored the very textbook chapters and studies that manufacturers of the injectable fillers and toxins use for education and training. Its members also serve to enhance safety of injectors through proper formal education and training pathways of core physicians (plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and ENTs) injecting and their licensed professional delegates.
Dr. Walden has written major textbook chapters of Hyaluronic Acid Injectable Fillers, facial anatomy and danger zones, and noninvasive body contouring; in addition she has published in medical journals and lectured around the world to other plastic surgeons and their team members on non- and minimally invasive aesthetic techniques. She has appeared on TV, radio and podcasts on a myriad of medical spa topics, and has been asked to appear before the Texas Legislature on patient safety issues such as scope of practice and delegation to non-core paraprofessionals.
Dr. Daniela Atencio
Her passion for delicate and complex surgery inspired her to pursue a career in Plastic Surgery which she completed at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
She learned from nationally renowned plastic surgeons and obtained extensive training in the entire spectrum of reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery. During her training, she also pursued scientific research focused on facial aesthetics with publications and presentations at national meetings.
Throughout her life, she was fortunate to travel and live in several countries. Those experiences allow her to appreciate different cultural backgrounds and communicate with her patients with empathy and clarity. Dr. Atencio also has a passion for wellness, fitness, and a balanced, healthy lifestyle. She enjoys doing yoga and Pilates to strengthen the body and mind. She believes in the power of self-love and confidence and hopes to make the transformation journey a fun and exciting process for her patients to achieve results well beyond the surface.
Dr. Daniela Atencio is an outstanding surgeon, a confident and kind person. Her surgical interest is focused on face and breast aesthetics, as well as body-contouring surgery. She has extensive training and experience in both surgical and non-surgical modalities and has come to Austin to master the Art of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery under the Mentorship of Dr. Jennifer Walden. Dr. Daniela Atencio is also bilingual, speaking English and Spanish.
Dr. Atencio has her own injectables and laser clinic at our Northwest Hills MedSpa! Onsite she will help direct the operations of the medspa as well as provide expert services as a fully-trained plastic surgeon.
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La Dra. Atencio tiene su propia clínica de láser e inyectables en nuestro Northwest Hills MedSpa! En el lugar, ayudará a dirigir las operaciones del medspa y brindará servicios expertos como cirujano plástico completamente capacitado.
Su pasión por la cirugía delicada y compleja la inspiró a seguir una carrera en Cirugía Plástica que completó en la Universidad de Illinois en Chicago. El aprendió de cirujanos plásticos de renombre nacional y obtuvo una amplia formación en todo el espectro de cirugía plástica reconstructiva y cosmética. Durante su formación, también siguió la investigación científica centrada en la estética facial con publicaciones y presentaciones en reuniones nacionales.
A lo largo de su vida, tuvo la suerte de viajar y vivir en varios países. Esas experiencias le permiten apreciar diferentes orígenes culturales y comunicarse con sus pacientes con empatía y claridad. El Dr. Atencio también tiene una pasión por el bienestar, el fitness y un estilo de vida equilibrado y saludable. Le gusta hacer yoga y Pilates para fortalecer el cuerpo y la mente. Ella cree en el poder del amor propio y la confianza y espera hacer del viaje de transformación un proceso divertido y emocionante para que sus pacientes logren resultados mucho más allá de la superficie.
La Dra. Daniela Atencio es una excelente cirujana, una persona segura y amable. Su interés quirúrgico se centra en la estética facial y mamaria, así como en la cirugía de contorno corporal. Tiene una amplia formación y experiencia en modalidades quirúrgicas y no quirúrgicas y ha venido a Austin para dominar el Arte de la Cirugía Plástica Estética bajo la Mentoría de la Dra. Jennifer Walden. La Dra. Daniela Atencio también es bilingue, habla inglés y español.
Certified Nurse Practitioner
Karen Zizzo is a certified nurse practitioner who has practiced for several years in Austin. She obtained her undergraduate nursing degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she practiced primarily in the critical care area. She returned to school at the University of Texas at Austin where she received her Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in family practice, neurology and over the last several years has worked in functional medicine and bio identical hormone clinics. She is also an experienced injector of Botox, dermal filler, and PRP and performs these procedures at both our Far West/ Northwest Hills and Westlake locations! She also performs “P-shot” and Big D Wave procedures to help with male ED issues.
Karen is a big believer in the “big picture “ of health, wellness , and longevity . She has attended numerous hours of additional training with Institute of Functional Medicine and Functional Medicine University and anti-aging medicine. She likes to drill down to the root cause of illness/disease and address the root cause of chronic illness instead of only treating with medications to assuage the symptoms. She is most proud of times when through reducing inflammation and making dietary and lifestyle changes, patients are able to eliminate many of their medications and disease states.
In her spare time Karen and her husband enjoy traveling, wine tasting, and spending time with her three sons.
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Brooke has been an the active member of the industry since 2012. She obtained her Aesthetics training and licensure from Aveda Beauty School.
Brooke has been awarded certifications by Sciton, PiQo4 Tattoo Removal, PiQo4 for Melasma, Sculpsure, Dermaplaning, ThermiSmooth Body and Thermismooth Face, SkinPen Microneedling, Hydrafacial MD, and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma.)
Portia attended Austin’s Avenue Five Institute for her aesthetics training, and has been an esthetician for two years.
After working in the industry for a year Portia wanted to further her professional skill set to more corrective, results driven skin care treatments. She returned to school and obtained a laser technician license, as well as certifications in Chemical Peels, IPL-Photofacial and Microneedling.
Portia was drawn to the industry by a desire to help clients meet their skin care and aesthetic goals. Portia enjoys educating clients and has a talent for making people feel comfortable and relaxed, while making sure they get the best results.
Born and raised in Austin, Portia enjoys outdoor activities as well as the music scene Austin has to offer and spending time with her family.
Courtney was born and raised in Austin, Texas and has 20 years of laser and medical aesthetic experience. Previously working at our Westlake location, Courtney rejoins the Walden team as Medspa Manager and Advanced Laser Specialist at The Medspa Northwest Hills. Throughout the years she has quickly gained a reputation for having extensive knowledge in all things laser and providing compassionate, results driven care to patients. Outside of work she enjoys music, practicing martial arts and spending time with her husband and two French Bulldogs.
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Amber has been in an administration role for over ten years. She enjoys being in the role of front desk administrator because it gives her the opportunity to make someone’s day a bit better. “I believe being the first and last point of contact gives me the opportunity to make sure our patients have the very best experience from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave. I believe the smallest gesture can make the biggest difference.”
Amber was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio until moving to Texas in 2013. Amber and her husband traveled around Texas until setting their roots here in Austin in 2018. She is a loving mother of two daughters, and in her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family outdoors fishing, camping, or hiking. A fun fact about Amber is she is one of thirteen children.
Erin has been a licensed esthetician and certified laser tech for the past four years. She attended Avenue Five Institute for esthetics, and National Laser Institute in Dallas for her laser and microneedling certification. With a background in diagnostic ultrasound, she always knew she wanted to be on the medical side of aesthetics.
She has a passion for learning new techniques and treatments! Erin is meticulous with every treatment she gives, and loves to help patients reach their skin care goals through educating them on treatments in the office and at home care. She is very excited to be a part of the medspa team and growing her skills in the field.
Erin is a proud native Austinite and loves everything the city has to offer. Especially if her cocker spaniel, Winston, can tag along! When not in the office, she enjoys being on the water, live music, eating out, hiking, and traveling with friends and family.
E-commerce specialist/telemed specialist/patient coordinator
Heidi comes to our office with 8 years of experience in healthcare administration & patient advocacy. She received her degree in Nutrition science (A.S.) and has a passion for people. Heidi is naturally empathetic & loves connecting with others one-on-one. She especially loves advocating for women & empowering women. She loves spending time with her son Atlas and German Shepherd rescue Lobo. In her free time Heidi enjoys yoga, pilates, dance, & hiking. (She hiked 23 miles & up a Mountain when she was in my 3rd trimester!) Heidi’s #1 passion (other than her son) is traveling. She spent one year of her life backpacking through Latin America & SE Asia prior to married Mom life.