Meet Our Team
Beleza Surgery is excited to employ a highly trained team of board-certified medical professionals, certified aestheticians, and administrators with diverse areas of expertise who all work collectively to generate beautiful results for our patients in the Austin, TX area. In order to help you attain the look you crave, our team works to learn more about you on a personal level so we can understand your goals and concerns, then design a treatment plan that addresses them. Each part of our team values the bonds they have built with the women and men in their care.
Vanessa Bennington, NP
Nurse Practitioner, Director of Clinical Education
Vanessa Bennington is a board-certified nurse practitioner. In 2003, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health and exercise science from Louisiana Tech University. She moved on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 2006 from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, then a master's degree in family practice nurse practitioner in 2010 from the University of Texas at Arlington. Vanessa is passionate about using her love of art and science to help men and women reach their aesthetic and overall health and wellness goals.
Ashley Wilkins, is board certified nurse practitioner who has been in the medical field for over 9 years. Her background has been in emergency medicine, trauma and cancer treatments. She is a skilled practitioner and aesthetic injector who is passionate about enhancing each individuals natural beauty and providing realistic results. As an outgoing and always positive personality, she is continually learning and and growing her aesthetic knowledge to provide overall personal results for each individual patient she sees.
As a North Carolina native who has spent the last couple of years in Hawaii, traveling is a passion of hers. Being a military spouse she has had the opportunity to travel all over.
As the mother of two small energetic children, a girl, and boy, they continually keep her on the go and on her toes.
“I love spending my free time with family and friends on the beach, riding horses or traveling to new destinations. I also enjoy quiet time with a good book and comfy chair to relax and unwind.”
“I am excited to work with each patient to provide the aesthetic results they are looking for and help you look refreshed and rejuvenated!”
Katlyn Camper, PA
Physician Assistant, Surgery Consultant
Katlyn Camper is a talented, board-certified physician assistant. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in exercise physiology in 2013 from CSU Chico, then went on to earn a master's degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise physiology from San Francisco State University in 2015 and a Master of Science in physician assistant studies from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2017. She is a skilled aesthetic injector and often serves as the first assist during procedures. She is dedicated to having strong communication and positive relationships with her patients.
Chelsea Lopez, NP
Chelsea is a Family Nurse Practitioner graduate that grew up in Austin, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Concordia University Texas in 2015, where she played on the women’s soccer team. She became a Cardiovascular/Stepdown Intermediate Care Nurse and Charge Nurse at Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin for 6 years, while attending and graduating with her Master of Science-Family Nurse Practitioner degree from University of Texas at Arlington. She has a passion to provide safe and excellent care with a goal to help individuals look and feel their best. She pays special attention to detail and wants to ensure your experience is memorable while creating lasting relationships. When she is not at work, she loves to stay active outdoors, try new restaurants, and spend as much time as she can spoiling her dog Zeus.
Registered Nurse, Nurse Injector, and Surgery Consultant
Dusky received her associate's in nursing from Wharton County Junior College in 2007 and her bachelor’s in nursing in 2018 from Western Governors University. The first nine years of her nursing career were spent working in labor and delivery, bringing life into this world. As amazing as those years were, she always knew she wanted to make the shift to plastic surgery and aesthetics. She has been working with Dr. Hix-Hernandez for four years now and is excited to be a part of Beleza Surgery. She looks forward to meeting you and helping you reach your goals.
Dusky is a Texas native who enjoys being on the lake, listening to live music, hitting the slopes, and lounging on the beach. She is a mom of two teens and a trophy wife to her husband of over 20 years. There's never a dull moment with this one.
Sarah Morgan, RN
Registered Nurse and Nurse Injector
Sarah has over ten years of experience working in the medical field. She previously worked in cardiology as a registered nurse before pursuing her passion to work in plastic surgery. A skilled aesthetic injector and surgical nurse at Beleza Surgery, she genuinely enjoys doing both being a part of the Beleza Surgery surgical team as well as having the opportunity to work as an aesthetic injector. Her favorite thing to do as an injector is working with each patient to create an aesthetic plan that will enhance their natural beauty. Sarah was born and raised in Texas, loves listening to Texas Country music with her friends, and exploring the Austin area/Hill Country. Sarah and her daughter enjoy their travel adventures together, hiking with their dog Bella, and playing basketball.
Leslie Sansom, RN
Registered Nurse and Nurse Injector
Leslie is a registered nurse who earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree from Texas Tech University in 2015. She has spent her nursing career in the pain management setting as a procedural nurse and in the hospital setting as a day surgery nurse. She moved here from the Lubbock, Tx area and is married with two wonderful daughters. She enjoys spending her time with her family and summers on Lake Travis. Leslie is excited to be a part of the Beleza Surgery team in the operating room and as a nurse injector to help you reach your aesthetic goals.
Aesthetician and Injector
Nancy is a licensed medical aesthetician, cosmetic injector, and laser technician with over 22 years of experience in the aesthetic industry. She began her career as a massage therapist but quickly recognized that her true passion was in helping clients achieve their aesthetic goals. This prompted her to seek additional training focused on aesthetics.
Nancy graduated from the Texas School of Cosmetology and Vogue in San Antonio, TX, and has earned a certification from the National Laser Medical Institute. She possesses vast experience in injectable dermal fillers, neurotoxins, and lasers. Nancy continues to update her credentials, partnering with industry representatives to learn the most up-to-date products, technologies, and techniques.
“My approach is 100% patient-focused, as I believe that an optimal patient experience begins with careful listening in an effort to provide desired and realistic results. I draw from over two decades of experience to educate my patients on the latest technologies, along with integrative/noninvasive approaches that will help to refine and enhance their natural beauty,” Nancy has been quoted as saying.
In her spare time, she enjoys hanging with her 16-year-old daughter who keeps her young. She also enjoys exercising, dancing, and hiking the local trails in Austin. Sundays are always devoted to family time and recharging for the week ahead.
Aesthetician and Laser Technician
Tehia Rice is a licensed medical aesthetician for Beleza Surgery at our Killeen location with 18 years of experience in the beauty/aesthetic industry. In 2014, she realized she had a greater passion for skin care in the constantly growing world of aesthetics. Tehia attended Nuvani Institute in Cedar Park, TX, where she gained extensive training and earned her Texas Aesthetician license. Later, she attended the National Laser Institute in Dallas for advanced medical aesthetics knowledge and training.
Tehia has been with the Beleza Surgery family since 2016. She is very passionate when it comes to skin care and helping patients achieve their current and long-term skin care/body goals. Tehia is one of the best in her field and is extremely knowledgeable in treating moderate to severe acne and hyperpigmentation through a vast array of medical-grade treatments. Tehia believes confidence starts with the skin — her drive comes from making patients feel safe and comfortable to help change their perception of their skin care goals.
Tehia enjoys traveling, working out, and spending time with friends and family. She aims to live life to the fullest daily.
Esthetician and Laser Technician
Krystal is a certified medical assistant as well as a licensed medical aesthetician. She was born and raised in Texas.
She has been practicing in the skin care industry for over 10 years and has brought her professionalism and experience to Beleza for the past 5 years. Having received her education at Avenue Five Institute as well as Texas Laser and Aesthetics Academy, she is very passionate and takes time to educate each person on the importance of effective skin care management. She sees patients at both Round Rock and Cedar Park to make sure they achieve goal-oriented results. Krystal specializes in microneedling, PRP, laser hair removal, CoolSculpting, chemical peels, and nutrition counseling.
Aesthetician and Injector
Emily Stimson has been in the aesthetic industry for 25 years. Her first passion is makeup artistry. She lived in Los Angeles for 12 years while working for Mac Cosmetics and doing freelance on films, fashion shows, award shows, red carpet events, and photo shoots in Hollywood. It was in Los Angeles that she developed her second passion for skin, believing that “your makeup only looks as good as the skin underneath.” Many of her clients complained about their skin issues, and she wanted to learn more about skin care so she could help them.
She had a baby girl and came back to her Austin roots and pursued further education in aesthetics. Emily loves the relationships she builds with her clients and is results-driven in meeting their needs. Her goal is to achieve the best possible results by working as a team, educating on skin, skin care, procedures, and treatments that are the best for the continued health of their skin.
She is back at it again in her pursuit of an associate degree in nursing to further her career in healthcare and assisting in cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries.
Dani is the esthetician and laser technician at the Liberty Hill location. Obtaining her Esthetics License in 2018 from Ann Webb Skin Institute in Austin, TX. She furthered her education at Texas Laser Institute for Medical Aesthetics and jumped feet first into the world of injectables. Dani’s passion for education has her keeping up with the newest technology available, taking her practice to the next level. Dani has been in the industry for 5 years, Joining the Beleza family April of 2022. With a high focus on patient care, Dani strives not only to make her clients look pretty but to FEEL beautiful! Helping others to set AND to achieve their goals leaving them with a new sense of life changing confidence. Dani’s free time is spent with her husband and 3 children, catching up on the newest Kristen Hannah books, and enjoying time outdoors.
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