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Meet the Staff

Dr. Luis R. Vega

Medical Director

  • Board Certified Physician
  • Graduate of Boston University School of Medicine
  • Internship at Brown University School of Medicine
  • Trained by Dr.Mark Bailey, renowned Botox instructor and member of Allergan Advisory Board
  • Successfully performed over 1500 skin care procedures in the Lowcountry

Alicia Miller

Receptionist/ Make-Up Artist

Alicia grew up in South Florida, and attended Florida State University. She expanded her career options by attending Sanford Brown Institute to become a medical assistant. Alicia moved to Beaufort in 2011 when her husband Jake Miller was transfered here by the United States Marine Corp. Alicia also has trained in bridal and event make-up and has a passion in making people feel and look their best. 

Crystal Cavaness


Crystal Cavaness grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and graduated from Paradise Valley High School in 2005. She furthered her education in 2006 and became an Emergency Medical Technician at Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, Louisiana. Since then she has traveled all across the United States with her Husband Tim who is a Gunnery Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. 

Crystal started her career at Aqua Medspa and Salon in 2011 and throughly enjoys helping clients. When she is not working she is spending time with her Husband and two dogs Maddie and Willow.

Lydia Ballesteros

Med Spa Director

Medical Esthetician/Certified Make-Up Artist/Laser Technician

Lydia’s interest in the Beauty Industry began in 2002 when she was working as a counter manager for Clinque in Hilton Head, SC. After returning home to San Diego, Ca In 2004 while working for Benefit, she was chosen to manage a flagship counter for Estee Lauder. Lydia knew she had found her calling and wanted to expand into Esthetics's and Spa Industry.

Lydia received her make-up artist training at Joe Blasco’s in Hollywood, Ca. When it comes to skin care, Lydia has a strong foundation and believes that beauty is truly skin deep. She studied esthetics's at Poway Academy of Hair Design in San Diego, Ca. and has been a licensed esthetician since 2005. Lydia has also studied in New York with (Eye Brow King) Damon Roberts and received laser training in Orlando, Fl.
 In 2008 Lydia was instrumental in the development of Aqua Med Spa and Salon. Specializing in bridal make-up and more advanced esthetic treatments such as, Obagi skin care, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser hair reduction.

Maricruz Suarez


Mari attended the Academy for Career Excellence and received her Esthetics License in 2011, and specializes in body waxing including Brazilian and speed waxing. She has crossed trained through out the spa in body treatments such as mud wraps and full body polishes. Mari is experienced in a wide range of facials such as European, Microdermabrasion and Chemical peels. Whether you are looking for relaxation or needing a new skin care line, she will lead you in the right direction based on your needs and concerns.

Connie Polk Nickles


Being born and raised in Beaufort, Connie is a true Beautonian. She graduated from Beaufort Academy and Coastal Carolina College. Connie had a career in sales for 25 years when she decided to take her love of skin to a new direction. She graduated from SC Massage and Esthetics Institute in 2006. Connie is certified in chemical peels, microdermabrasion, waxing and a variety of facials. She also has extensive knowledge of Dermalogica and Obagi. Connie enjoys helping her clients with all their skin care concerns such as acne, aging or just wanting healthier skin.

When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two daughters.

Brittney Hiller

Massage Therapist

Growing up in a military family, Brittney has traveled most of the U.S. until finally settling in Beaufort in 2008. She studied at COMTA accredited Technical College of the Lowcountry and graduated with honors in 2011. She is trained in Swedish, prenatal, hot stone and deep tissue massage. Brittney received her hands on training with imassage in 2012 certifying her in deep tissue therapy and myofacial release. Her off time consists of teaching yoga to continue her path to help others achieve their goals of overall health. She enjoys kayaking and wandering unchartered territories with her husband, Andrew.

Jessica Israel


Jessica has been a stylist at Aqua Med Spa and Salon for three years. She graduated from the Redken Cosmetology School in North Carolina in 2007. After school, Jessica received most of her hands on training from a master stylist in Waldorf Maryland. She has attended several extra education classes on precision cuts, the latest and detailed bobs and textured layers.
 Jessica specializes in curly hair and any type of up do, whether it is for a casual or elegant event including proms, wedding's and military balls- or just for weekend fun. Jessica received her Master Colorist certificate from Redken in 2009, while learning the newest hi-lighting techniques, how to blend and cover gray hair, and how to achieve that beautiful "sun kissed" look. She is certified in the Keratin Complex smoothing treatment, which removes unwanted fizz from your hair. One of Jessica's main focus's is the health and or reconstruction of hair so if your hair is damaged, dry or stressed she will get your hair to its full potential.

Pete Newcomb

Massage Therapist

Pete was born and raised in Beaufort, he graduated from Southeastern School of Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy. Nationally Certified for 8 years now and specializes in clinical therapy for conditions including chronic headaches, TMJ, frozen shoulder, sciatica, and fibromyalgia

Roman Hill


Roman Hill has been a professional hairstylist for six years receiving an advanced education at TIGI Academy.  He has gone on to master the craft of cutting and the art of Color. Having moved from Cleveland Ohio to Tampa Florida and now South Carolina he has had the opportunity to work in many Prestigious Salons with all types of Clientele and Top Stylist’s. Roman specializes in color and hair extensions using the industry’s leading brands and methods. Roman is a true asset to the beauty industry with his creativity, natural talent and strong eye for perfection.

Head shots by Susan DeLoach Photography