About Us

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.

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.

Kristin Joy VanGuilder

Owner / Licensed Master Aesthetician

Owner 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 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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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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Dr. Kingslea Moore Dukes, DNP, FNP-C, CANS

Doctor of Nursing Practice
Family Nurse Practitioner
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Board Certified
Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist
Partner at Ella Ora Luxury Aesthetics
Dr. Dukes delivers premium personalized care as an Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner. Her extensive experience collaborating with board-certified plastic surgeons and dermatologists in Charleston, SC while running a high-volume injectables practice has allowed her to hone her skills. She has expertise in the areas of advanced facial anatomy and non-surgical rejuvenation. Her unique approach allows a rare combination of experience, knowledge, and personal attention that she has developed over five years in the field of aesthetic injectables, including non-surgical facial rejuvenation.

A native of Charleston, Kingslea first obtained her Bachelor of Nursing degree from The University of South Carolina before continuing to achieve her Masters and Doctorate of Nursing from The Medical University of South Carolina in 2013 (where she graduated magna cum laude).

Kingslea has a diverse foundation in holistic medicine, dermatology, dermatologic surgery, acne and rosacea therapy, skincare, various skin conditions, skin lesions, lasers, neurotoxins, fillers, and cosmetics. She is able to address her patients’ goals using her distinctive techniques in a wide variety of aesthetic rejuvenation treatments (including Botox, Dysport, Jeaveau, Xeomin, Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Belatero, and Sculptra Aesthetic, resurfacing, lasers, and tightening devices).

In addition to assisting her clients to achieve natural-looking results, she enjoys travel, cooking, and spending time in the great outdoors along with her husband, Preston, and fur babies Otis and Magnolia.

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Pamela Lesch

Licensed 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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Laurel Davis, AGNP-C

Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist

Laurel Davis is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with 27 years of experience, having specialized in aesthetics for the past 15 years. Laurel also has a range of experience in surgical research from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She started her aesthetic career in plastic surgery and consulted with L’Oréal in the development of their skincare lines. She currently instructs aesthetic providers all over the country and has trained over 3,000 injectors in the past 11 years. She continues to provide private trainings and has also organized and developed a number of Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs within the aesthetics industry.

Laurel is a member of multiple medical organizations allowing her to remain current on all developments within her field. Through her continuing education efforts, she has also taken several courses on facial anatomy helping to ensure the utmost safety of her patients. Her focus is on a true concierge aesthetics experience. In order to make sure that each patient is totally comfortable with the process, and that their questions have been thoroughly answered, Laurel seeks to educate patients on the path for attaining and maintaining their aesthetic goals.

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Andy Miles

General Manager

Andy Miles recently 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 Joesph 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

He who seeks beauty will find it.

Bill Cunningham