DR. KATHRYN MONTAGNE
Katie Montagne, MD, is a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist who specializes in the practice of aesthetic medicine. Dr. Montagne obtained her Bachelor of Nursing and worked as a public health nurse for eight years with a focus on women’s health and family wellness prior to pursuing a career in medicine. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Vermont, College of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center.
As a working mother of four daughters, and one son, Dr. Montagne is aware of the stressors of everyday life, and how this impacts how we, as a society, take care of ourselves, including our skin, health and overall wellness. This, coupled with the lack of access to trained medical professionals in the field of aesthetic medicine in Northern Vermont, led her to further her education in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures to help her patients look and feel great about themselves.
As an anesthesiologist, she was specifically trained on aseptic standards, injection techniques and the neuromuscular system, all relevant and helpful in refining her clinical skills in aesthetic medicine. At Empower MedSpa, she is focused on providing an atmosphere where patients feel comfortable conveying their concerns and are able to express their desired outcomes, so that as a provider-patient team, an individualized plan can be developed to help achieve optimal results in enhancing their natural beauty.
APRN KIM COTNOIR
Kim has a passion for health and wellness. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Central Connecticut State University while working full time in the Medical/Surgical, Cardio-Thoracic Intensive Care Units. After 9 years in the ICU she went back to school and received her Master’s in BiologicalScience/Anesthesia.
Kim has enjoyed working as a Nurse Anesthetist for the past 10 years. Her interest in Aesthetics and Wellness compelled her back to school to obtain certification in various aesthetic procedures. Kim is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist and the American Nurses Association.
Kim is trained and certified in cosmetic injectables, laser treatments, and advanced facial aesthetics, she believes it is possible to have aesthetic treatments while maintaining a “natural” look. She believes there is a strong correlation between emotional and physical health. When you look and feel good, both physically and mentally, you feel good about yourself. She establishes a trusting provider-patient relationship and Empowers her patients with the knowledge necessary to make healthy decisions about their treatments. Kim has raised two children that are off in the world loving what they do. She volunteers at her local church, Habitat for Humanities, Mercy Ship and her local Planning Commission. She loves to travel, meet new people, and experience different cultures. When not helping people, it is her little farm on the hill where she loves to be most.
SPA MANAGER KATIE CLEARY
Katie is an experienced Human Resources professional with a strong customer service background. She is passionate about providing patients with outstanding care and helping them achieve their beauty goals! You will often find Katie at the front end of Empower MedSpa assisting patients with appointments, billing, answering product and treatment questions as well as guest services.
Katie’s bright and friendly attitude will surely make your visit to Empower MedSpa worthwhile! She enjoys helping people and working with her team at Empower MedSpa to achieve our patients desired aesthetic wants. Katie was born and raised in Vermont; she loves being outdoors! In her free time, you can find her taking a spin class, on a run, or spending time with her family.
SPA COORDINATOR EMILY PARDEE
Emily came to Empower MedSpa with previous experience working in a medical administration and customer service position. Emily enjoys working with people and helping them achieve their aesthetic goals! Emily obtained her Nursing Assistant License (LNA) in 2017 and worked as a LNA for 3 years before moving to an administrative position within a medical facility allowing her to advance in her career.
With Emily’s extensive experience working in medical administration, she is excited to assist patients here at Empower MedSpa! Emily currently resides in Swanton, VT with her significant other and their two dogs. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, going out with friends, and being outside.
MASTER INJECTOR JEN BAKER
Jen is a Registered Nurse with over 15 years of nursing experience. She began her career at UVMMC in cardiology and Intensive care nursing. Spending over 11 years in Intensive care Jen found that she was passionate about caring for her patients and families in their time of hurt and need. Jen has a passion for helping patients find their confidence. With numerous trainings under her belt, Jen is one of the top Nurse Injectors in Northern Vermont.
Jen specializes in injectable services and enjoys empowering women to be strong and feel beautiful. Jen has many certifications under her belt including advanced injectable techniques, PDO Threads, Sculptra Aesthetic, the well-known Million Dollar Consultation and most recently, Jen completed her Master Expert Series with Allergan Aesthetics certifying her as a Master Injector in the United States. Jen currently resides in Swanton, Vermont with her husband and two children. Jen is very passionate about exercise. In Jens free time, she enjoys running, CrossFit, boating, and snowmobiling with her family. She looks forward to working with you to begin your Empower MedSpa journey!
NURSE MARISSA JOHNSON
In Marissa’s free time you can find her enjoying time with family, working-out, gardening, or continuing her education! Marissa is looking forward to meeting you!
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT JESS
Jess is a physician assistant who joins the Empower MedSpa team with over 10 years of patient care experience. Having practiced as a PA in several different settings, she has seen how daily life and aging affects our mental and physical health. She is passionate about helping patients voice their struggles and concerns, and together with them develop a plan to address these issues.
Jess is certified in neurotoxins, dermal fillers, and non-ablative and ablative laser techniques. You may have the pleasure of meeting Jess when you receive a medical procedure as she conducts many of our initial patient consultations. Jess has always been an athlete and loves all things active, especially if it helps her stay one step ahead of her kids! She lives with her husband and children in Milton, where they are often found collecting eggs from their chickens or tending to their small herd of cows and pigs. She also loves to ride her Harley and rock her bass guitar whenever she gets the chance. Jess looks forward to getting to know you!
LEAD ESTHETICIAN JEN GREEN
Jen Green is a Licensed Esthetician and comfort waxing specialist who is passionate about all things related to skin. Jen graduated from The Salon Professional Academy in 2011 and is also certified in Reiki 1 which she likes to incorporate into her facial and body services. Jen loves helping people to understand the benefits of good skin health and you can often catch her reminding people that “skin is our largest organ”. She goes out of her way to make clients feel comfortable with any service she provides and loves to answer any skin related questions.
Jen has been with the team at Empower MedSpa since 2019 when we opened our doors. Jen’s schedule is often times very busy and limited to new clientele. Being our Lead Esthetician, Jen gets to work very closely with our medical aesthetics team passing on her knowledge to our other wonderful estheticians and nurse injectors.
Jen loves spending time and going on adventures with her son Connor. She also enjoys cooking, being outdoors and spending time with friends and family!
ESTHETICIAN ALYSSA SANTAMORE
Alyssa Santamore is an advanced practicing Esthetician here at Empower MedSpa. Alyssa studied Esthetics at the O’Brien’s Aveda Institute in Williston, VT. She has always had a passion for skincare, but really advanced her career when she started working in the medical aesthetics industry. Alyssa incorporates her knowledge of medical grade skincare with her background in bodywork to provide her patients with a relaxing, informative treatment. She believes skincare is an essential part of your overall health and looks forward to helping her clients achieve and maintain their skin goals! Alyssa has had the privilege of practicing under our Lead Esthetician, Jennifer Green for the last three years allowing her to advance her skillset as a medical esthetician. Alyssa grew up in Berlin, Vermont, and currently resides in Waterbury. When not at work, she likes to spend time with family and enjoys reading or drawing!
ESTHETICIAN SONIA VASEK
Sonia Vasek is a licensed Esthetician who has been working in the aesthetics field since 2008. She has managed Medical Spa’s in Houston and Austin Texas before moving to Vermont in 2011. It was moving to Vermont in 2011 when she decided to take her passion for skincare to the next level and get into the treatment room. Sonia completed a 2-year apprenticeship at a local Vermont Aesthetic Establishment to obtain her aesthetic license which she received in 2018. Sonia worked for Dr. Nancy Carlson at Lumina Med Spa where she gained deeper insight into women’s health and the effects on our skin. She applies that information along with her extensive knowledge of medical aesthetics and skincare in her treatment room to help navigate her clients on their skincare journey. Sonia is experienced in SkinMedica peels, medical grade facials, body waxing, and lash services. She has a genuine passion for educating her clients and continuing her own education. Sonia enjoys outdoor adventures, enjoys visits home to Texas to spoil her nieces and nephew, and spending time with her boyfriend at their home in Swanton.
MASSAGE THERAPIST HEATHER DESLAUIERS
Heather Pinette Deslauriers, CMT, specializes in the practice of therapeutic massage. Heather graduated from the wellness Massage Institute in Vermont. She began her career at a traditional spa, where she built her confidence and perfected her techniques. It was the traditional spa setting that made her realize her true passion and focus with massage was to assist in helping others in their own body ailments. For the past 6 years she has worked with a chiropractor, Dr Sean Mahoney, helping patients of all ages with pain and stress.
Heather is a native Vermonter and lives in her home of town St. Albans with her husband and daughter. She possesses a natural ability to make others feel welcomed with her trusting and nurturing demeanor. She is excited to implement her expertise at the Empower MedSpa and assist in the helping others with their overall health and wellness.