Ella Ora is a new concept in skin therapy. We work with only the best products to bring you the highest-quality, most technologically advanced skin care there is today.

Ella Ora offers a scientific approach to skin care that addresses the visible signs of aging and many other common skin concerns by combining state-of-the-art technology with medical grade compounds.

Ella Ora specializes in the manual sculpting of the face using a combination of European and Eastern techniques to deliver a measurably more youthful complexion and achieve lift without surgery.


Kristin Joy VanGuilder

Owner / Founder / Licensed Master Aesthetician

Owner and Founder Kristin Joy VanGuilder studied with the San Francisco Ballet, the Boston Ballet and the Pacific Northwest Ballet while receiving full merit scholarships to the San Francisco Ballet and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. She was subsequently a principal dancer touring professionally with The American Ballet Ensemble. Kristin’s affinity for movement and her dedication to beauty and perfection make her skin care treatments both indulgent and effective. In addition to dance, Kristin also studied biology and nursing before entering the world of aesthetics. Her passion for skincare developed when she learned to heal her own skin as an aesthetics student. She incorporates her science background into her skin care practice and has pursued training with skincare experts all over the world including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and London. Kristin spent her time in NYC training with Biologique Recherche.

Kristin specializes in non-surgical toning and tightening with a concentration on the neck and jowl area. ''With the right tools and products, everyone can have gorgeous skin,'' says Kristin. Her commitment to researching the latest developments and products in skincare inspired her to form the concept for Ella Ora, a comprehensive skin care clinic equipped to unveil your most beautiful skin.

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Our Staff

Ella Ora delivers an unprecedented level of service. Our clients will leave with glowing skin, instructions on how to use their products at home and a general sense of well-being following their visit to our skin therapy clinic.

Jennifer Norman

Master Aesthetician and Educator

An aesthetics instructor and academic program coordinator in South Carolina, Jennifer authored all the courses that aestheticians take to gain an education in the SC technical college system. Jennifer began her career as the director of spa services at Woodlands Resort and Inn; she was instrumental in attaining a Five Diamond Rating in the exclusive Relais & Châteaux Awards, bestowed to less than 1% of all inns in the world. This exposed her to numerous celebrities, CEOs, and world leaders. Jennifer began teaching and would eventually become the aesthetics program coordinator for Trident Technical College. She earned post-graduate hours from the International Dermal Institute in Atlanta and attained her 300-hour diploma. She is a self-proclaimed “skin nerd” and lover of all things skin, particularly the science of dermatology. She specializes in correcting skin issues such as acne, rosacea, and premature aging of the skin. Jennifer has expertise in the Eastern philosophies of Traditional Chinese Medicine, reflexology, reiki, and acupressure, and is certified for Manual Lymphatic Drainage for face and neck.

During her 25 years in the aesthetics industry, she has had the privilege to train Charleston’s aestheticians for 18 years. She now brings her years of teaching and expertise in the aesthetics industry to Ella Ora.

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Cassie Calhoun

Master Aesthetician

Cassandra was born and raised in a small New England town and attended the Institute of Skin Science on the seacoast of New Hampshire in 2013. There she learned an extended amount of diseases and disorders of the skin and skin anatomy, clinical peel treatments, ingredient chemistry, and top spa etiquette.

She graduated in 2014 and has obtained a New Hampshire Esthetics license for the past 6 years and now a South Carolina license as well.

Skincare is a true passion, as she has struggled to treat her own skin even as a professional.

While practicing up north in a college town she focused on personalized treatments for clients struggling from the harsh weather elements, as well as microdermabrasion treatments and bridal makeup artistry.

She moved to the Charleston area last year and has focused on creating a clientele here in the Low Country. She believes a clinical treatment can feel luxurious, personal, and relaxing but still be results-driven. She is an eager learner, likes to be aware of the latest and most efficient tools and ingredients, and looks forward to treating clients and creating a relaxing environment here at Ella Ora.

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Pamela Lesch

Aesthetician & Laser Specialist

Pamela Lesch is a licensed aesthetician, certified makeup artist, and laser hair removal specialist. Her love of all things beauty began at a very early age. She can recall swiping the lipstick from her mother’s lips and applying it to her own.

Pamela has a Master of Arts in Teaching and loves educating her clients on their skincare and cosmetic needs. Her extensive work in the Charleston bridal beauty industry keeps her in touch with current trends. Additionally, she works as a freelance makeup artist for CNN and MSNBC, working with politicians and pundits from around the country when they make appearances in the Charleston area.

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Hailey Kirby

Aesthetician & Laser Specialist

Hailey Kirby, our Laser Specialist & Aesthetician, whose biggest joy comes from helping everyone she meets feel their best, is Ella Ora’s newest team member. After several years in her corporate career, Hailey’s desire to pursue a role that would give her the opportunity to enhance the wellbeing of others and herself inspired her to take a leap and go back to school for what she enjoys most in life, helping others.

Hailey transitioned jobs and started her studies at Paul Mitchell the School—Charleston in their Aesthetics Program. Hailey grew up in a full household, where she had no shortage of people to drill about their health and skincare routines to feed her fascination. Her passion for learning to heal the body inside and out led her to Ella Ora.

Aside from her love for all things skin, health, and wellness, her favorite place to be is by any body of water. Hailey loves a good cup of coffee on a slow morning, and enjoys hanging out with her big family, her pups Watson & Charli, and her husband Austin.

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Ann Griffin, PA

Physician Assistant - Certified

Ann grew up in Charlotte with a father who was a physician and has spent her entire life around the practice of medicine.

Ann attended MUSC College of Medicine, where she received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. While still in PA school at MUSC and in lieu of her last medical rotation, Ann went on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua to treat various skin diseases, where she fell in love with Dermatology! Ann is experienced in all areas of dermatology including medical, surgical, and cosmetic.

Ann brings her breadth of dermatology and luxury aesthetics to Ella Ora Skin Therapy Clinic and will address skin issues such as acne, rosacea, and perioral dermatitis.

One of Ann’s greatest passions is traveling! Ann spent a year living in France, where she became fluent in French! Ann also lived in London while working for the United States Consulate!

Shortly before graduating from MUSC, Ann met her husband, Leon, while kitesurfing on Sullivan’s Island. Some of Ann’s greatest pleasures are playing tennis, riding her road bike, fishing, skiing, and hiking! Ann currently lives with her husband Leon and two sons, Sullivan & William with their two cats Jersey and Indiana Jones in Mount Pleasant!

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Dr. Karen Quigley, MD

Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Karen completed her General Surgery residency in Lexington, KY and went on to Vanderbilt to join a newly created trauma team in the ER. She quickly realized a preference for facial trauma and decided to commit to something she knew she wanted all along, Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Karen did her Plastic Surgery residency in Memphis, TN where she was recruited by the Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis. Her career grew from reconstructive surgery to a mostly cosmetic practice.

Her husband, also a Plastic Surgeon in Academics, wanted a change of scenery and persuaded her to retire and move to Charleston.

Karen and her husband love the area, but Karen also missed patient contact. This led to a new, exciting alternative to surgery. Something where her trained eye and years of Plastic Surgery skills would be put to good use in her new home, Ella Ora!

In addition to her husband, Karen has two children; Sean, a lawyer in Lexington, KY, and Caitlin, a nurse in Boston. When she is not researching new ideas on the aesthetic forefront, she is exploring downtown Charleston with her two dogs, Newman and Charlie.

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Sabrena Ballinger C.N.A.

Office Manager

Sabrena Ballinger is a Certified Nursing Assistant. For the past 6 years, Sabrena has dedicated her time, energy, and love to the caring task of caring for senior citizens inside Long-term nursing facilities, Assisted Living Homes, and acute care inside the home of some of her clients. Originally from New Jersey, Sabrena moved to South Carolina during high school with her family to get away from the cold and the snow. In 2015 Sabrena finished out her High School career with her Nursing Assistant License and moved back to New Jersey to attend Rowan College for Nursing. In 2020 she returned to Charleston and became part of the Ella Ora Family. Sabrena brings many talents with her to Ella Ora. Her passion and love for our clients are what stand out the most!

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Tasasha Watson


Tasasha is a Registered Medical Assistant, a mother of an amazing and bright 4 year old little boy, and recently got engaged to her college sweetheart of 7 years. She moved to Mount Pleasant, SC with her family as a teenager in 2012. Tasasha fell in love with the idea of helping others at a young age, so after high school she attend ECPI University for 2.5 years and earned her degree as a Medical Assistant at the top of her class. Though her desire to help others burned a little deeper... she wanted to help them feel beautiful. Tasasha always had a love for skincare, so she courageously applied to the Charleston Cosmetology Institute. She graduates early November 2021 as a licensed Esthetician and her dream of helping others look and feel their best will finally come true!

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Andy Miles

Director of Operations

Andy Miles joined Ella Ora as General Manager after relocating to Charleston from his hometown of San Diego, CA. In his new role at Ella Ora, he will continue his passion for pampering and encouraging people through cosmetology, aesthetics, and a true love of health and wellness.

Andy graduated from San Diego City College with the highest honors in both Cosmetology and Aesthetics. After graduation, Andy was invited to serve on the Advisory Board of the San Diego City College Cosmetology Department. Andy holds cosmetology licenses in both California and South Carolina. For the past several years he has been managing luxury hair salons in La Jolla and San Diego, CA. Most recently, he was a member of the prestigious Richard Joseph Salon in Hillcrest, CA.

Aside from his leadership experience and acquired skill set, Andy just loves being a part of the Ella Ora team. His confidence paired with his ability to be a team player allows him to serve and address the needs of both clients and staff alike.

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Dr. Debbie Mitchell

Medical Director

Prior to attending Medical School at The University of South Carolina, Dr. Debbie practiced as a Pharmacist. Following Medical School, Dr. Debbie was a Director at the VA in Columbia, caring for America's heroes. Ten years ago, Aesthetic Medicine piqued her interest, resulting in the opening of a Medical Spa. Although a strange combination, aesthetics and hospice care continue to be her loves. “Making people feel better about themselves and caring for those at the end of their journeys through life are my passions”, says Dr. Debbie.

He who seeks beauty will find it.

Bill Cunningham