Nicole Norris MD
Dr. Norris is a proud alumnus of St. Bede Academy, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois where she earned her Doctor of Medicine and Masters in Public Health. She completed a Family Practice residency at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana before returning to Peru, IL to start her career in family medicine. As a board-certified physician, she has enjoyed over 12 years of a rewarding family practice in Peru and Spring Valley caring for all ages. She began her advanced training in Aesthetic medicine in 2013 and realized her dream of opening a medical spa in 2016. Dr. Norris’ roots are in the Midwest where she has spent her life educating herself, her staff, and her patients. Dr. Norris believes that feeling good about our image in the mirror is directly related to our mental and physical well-being and more powerful than any pill. Dr. Norris enjoys traveling, swimming and bike rides with her husband and two sons. She is an active member of the American Medical Spa Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Board of Family Physicians. She collaborates and enjoys speaking or training for PCA Skin, Cynosure Lasers, and Prollenium Ravenesse Versa Dermal Filler. She is the medical director for the Injectable Training Center of the American Medical Spa Association. Scarlett, her Goldendoodle, is most often at the office acting as the full-time greeter and therapy dog.
Kelsey Thrush, LE
Kelsey Thrush, Licensed Esthetician and Laser Technician, graduated from Universal Spa Training Academy in 2016 and continued her medical esthetics and laser education at True U Education in Chicago, Illinois. She has advanced training certificates from PCA SKIN in chemical peels, facials, dermaplaning and medical-grade skin care. She is a nationally certified Hydrafacialist. Kelsey also has radiofrequency training and is adept with our Pelleve, TempSure and FlexSure devices for skin tightening. She is skilled in microneedling with the FDA-cleared Exceed Microneedling Pen. Kelsey is a results-driven esthetician and laser technician, qualified to help you achieve the best skin of your life with her product recommendations and “magic hands”. She is a cat mom and an all-around animal lover. Her favorite thing to do when not at the medical spa is traveling and spending time with her family and friends. When you walk into Kelsey’s treatment room as a patient, you leave as a friend!
Sierra Vaessen, LE
Sierra Vaessen, Licensed Esthetician, graduated from Tricoci University of Beauty Culture in 2013 with her Cosmetology license. During her training, she realized her passion was with the skin care side of the industry, so she chose to continue her education at Tricoci and completed her Esthetics licensing in 2014. Sierra has seven years of experience in the esthetics field. Her goal since graduation was to work at a medical spa, so she is beyond thrilled to be living her dream. She is a certified Hydrafacialist, has advanced training in PCA Skin chemical peels, facials, dermaplaning, laser resurfacing, laser hair removal, and radiofrequency treatments of the face and body. Sierra’s favorite service to perform is microneedling with our FDA-Cleared Exceed microneeding pen! When she is not in the office, you can find her instructing dance to the youth in her hometown, playing board games with her friends, or relaxing at home with her kitten George. Sierra strives to make her results driven appointments relaxing and her humor will have you leaving with a smile on your face!
Amanda Visione, LE
Amanda Visione, Licensed Esthetician, graduated from Debutantes School Esthetics Program in DeKalb in 2021. She has advanced training certifications in PCA chemical peel treatments and medical-grade skincare, dermaplaning, Hydrafacial MD, and our radiofrequency skin tightening devices. She is also skilled in microneedling, cosmetic laser use and has extensive experience with make-up consultation and application for those looking into the clean makeup we offer. With her lifelong passion for beauty and skincare, she is always striving to learn as much as she can about the science of skin to better understand her patient’s needs. Amanda aims to provide effective treatment results to help her patients feel their absolute best and beautiful. In her treatment room, she is determined to help you love the skin you’re in! When she’s not at work, she loves to spend time at home with her two kitties and you can usually find her writing music, playing guitar or ukulele, or painting. She also enjoys trying new foods, creating eccentric makeup looks for her Instagram page, and going on long hikes.
Kendra Pagoria, LE
Kendra graduated from Bradley University with a degree in Radio/Television Broadcasting. After graduating, she moved to Los Angeles and worked in reality television for several years. It was during that time she realized her love for skin care and makeup. Kendra moved back to the Illinois Valley and graduated from Midwest College of Cosmetology, and she has been a licensed esthetician since 2010. In 2017 she started “Makeup by Kendra” where she specializes in airbrush makeup for brides and bridal parties. Kendra took a few wonderful years off to be a stay-at-home mom and is now very excited to join the team here at Dr. Nicole Norris’s office. She has training in chemical peels, dermaplaning, facials and medical-grade skin care. She is also a certified Hydrafacialist. Kendra aims to provide her clients with relaxing, yet effective services. She believes everyone is beautiful in their own way, and the most rewarding part of her job is seeing a client look in the mirror and see their own beauty. Kendra enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two children, reading, bike riding, water skiing, traveling, and making cocoa bombs.