Our Team

You will find the Azul Providers and Staff to be knowledgeable, trustworthy, talented and friendly. Each member of our team is chosen for skill and experience, but also for personality and empathy. We want you to feel welcome, comfortable and safe. Enjoy your time with us – and thank you for choosing to make us a beautiful part of your life.

Our Providers

Our Providers

Dr. Flaharty has recruited experienced, highly-skilled and kind Nurse Practitioners (NP), Physician Assistants (PA) and Paramedical Estheticians for the Azul Medical Spa team. Once hired, each of our NPs and PAs train with him extensively until they earn the title of Master Injector. Through training and instruction, they learn his unique techniques and light touch with Botox, Dysport and the wide range of dermal fillers. Dr. Flaharty also ensures that Azul’s Estheticians are provided with the most current tools and skin care products, allowing them to meet and exceed your expectation for beautiful skin and body contouring. Consultations with all our Providers are complimentary. You can click here or call {tel} to request a consultation.

Debbie McDonald – Physician’s Assistant (PA)

Debbie McDonald - Physician’s Assistant

With over 35 years in the medical field, Debbie McDonald’s knowledge base includes everything from the latest in facial injections to the most technologically advanced laser treatments. Working with Dr. Flaharty for over 10 years, she has treated many of his face and neck lift patients to help postpone surgical intervention and after surgery to maintain and lengthen the value of their surgical procedure. Debbie has seen aesthetic fads come and go and knows how to create a treatment plan that stresses value, results, and longevity.

Britten Stine – Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

Britten Stine – Nurse Practitioner

As one of Azul’s most popular injectors, Britten Stine is in high demand year-round, and especially during season. She is blessed with an artistic eye and a light touch and can deftly see what is needed to bring out the beauty and symmetry in each face. She works with a broad range of injectables and finds new solutions for patients. As a long-time fan of bio-stimulators like Sculptra, Britten was an early adopter of the Silhouette InstaLift thread lift procedures. She has become one of the most experienced InstaLift providers nationally and continues to thrill patients with the possibility of instant lifting.

Emily Laeser – Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

Emily Laeser – Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

With a career start in nursing, Emily Laeser shifted to aesthetics about seven years ago. She began with sclerotherapy, laser hair removal, Botox and mid-face filler injections and has never looked back. Once she came to Azul and trained with Dr. Flaharty she expanded her filler experience and was able to create the balance and youthful softness needed for a successful Liquid Face Lift. She is also highly skilled with Azul’s newest laser, the HALO – the world’s first hybrid fractional laser. Using her knowledge and experience she can improve skin tone, texture and even fine lines for patients of all skin tones and skin colors.

Joni Kellams – Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

Emily Laeser – Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

With both her ARNP and a Doctorate in Nursing, Joni came to Azul with strong skills in facial rejuvenation injections. She perfected her techniques and broadened her scope under the tutelage of Dr. Patrick Flaharty. With the vast selection of injectables Azul provides, her “palette” has greatly expanded, as has her ability to give patients the subtle or dramatic look they desire while never losing sight of her guiding principle of natural beauty. When it comes to light and laser services, her skillful and purposeful use of these tools gives patients skin they can joyfully live in. Removing sun-spots, fine lines, rough texture, discoloration and mild scarring gives her patients fresh youthful skin that needs little to no make-up and feels soft, resilient and younger. She is a firm believer that making small outward changes can create such an emotional lift that it’s almost magical!

Ashley Fennell, ARNP

Ashley Fennell, ARNP

Ashley has been a nurse for more than ten years. She grew up as aMidwest girl in Minnesota andstarted her career in at the age of 17 as a CNA. Soon after that, she completed an undergraduatedegree in nursing at Minnesota State Universityin Moorhead. She spent her early nursing career working as a floor nurse in the hospital, gaining extensive clinical skills and knowledge. However, five years ago Ashleyfound her passion in aesthetics and since then hasnever looked back.
In 2022 she went back to school and earned her master’s in nursing from the University of North Dakota. Over the years,Ashley hasbuilther career in aesthetic medicine as an experienced nurse injector and as a clinical trainer for other injectors. She loved teaching others and practicing the art of aesthetics on her own patients. Ashley’s skills range from lasers and skin care to a vast range of injectables. Full face rejuvenation is key to creating a natural and well balanced look. Giving patients long lasting beautiful results and making them glow from the inside out is her goal.
Having recently moved to Fort Myers from the Midwest, Ashleyis so excited to meet all new faces, create new relationships and continue to give the amazing people of SWFL the results they desire!

Lisa Gorman – Licensed Medical Esthetician (LME)

Lisa Gorman – Medical Esthetician

With over 25 years of experience, Lisa is one of Azul’s best skincare resources. She passionately believes that patients coming to a Medical Spa deserve to leave with true skincare – and that means improving skin tone and texture and working to resolve whatever issues exist. She enjoys using products and tools to address fine lines and wrinkles. Getting skin cells to renew and turn-over while removing old cells is key to success. She is also Masters-Level trained at CoolSculpting University. Azul is the largest provider of CoolSculpting in SW Florida and Lisa is a big part of that. She has the experience, training, and commitment to create a treatment plan that fits and then work to get you there.

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Lauri Brolund – Licensed Medical Esthetician (LME)

Laurie Brolund – Licensed Medical Esthetician (LME)

Lauri is a Medical Esthetician with 16 years of experience. After working for hospice doctors for many years, she decided it was time to pursue a career that would bring joy to herself and others. Determined to follow her passion for skincare, Lauri earned her license at Tricoci University of Esthetics in Illinois, where she was born and raised. At the time, the medical esthetics industry began progressing rapidly which led Lauri to advance her career and started working with a team of plastic surgeons. Over the years, she has made it a priority to develop her education in medical esthetics through Chicago True U Education, The International Dermal Institute and Concept Institute of Advanced Esthetics. Lauri’s anti-aging philosophy is that as your skin ages and decreases in cellular functions, it needs routine stimulation with medical-grade treatments. These treatments will restore the functions of your skin cells so they can accomplish what they were meant to do, resulting in true rejuvenation! The fulfillment of seeing changes in her patient’s skin and educating them on how to achieve their goals, brings Lauri great joy.

Lauri’s favorite quote: Invest in your skin, it’s going to represent you for a very long time! -Linden Tyler

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April Childers – Licensed Medical Esthetician (LME)

April Childers – Medical Aesthetician

With a bachelor’s degree in Biology, April comes to aesthetics from both a scientific and an artistic side. Having advanced training with energy-based devices, she enjoys using CoolSculpting and Exilis to sculpt away stubborn fat pockets. And HydraFacial has almost completely replaced traditional facials for her patients – it’s almost impossible to match the results from this new technology. When it comes to beauty, the eyes most definitely have it. April’s microblading for brow shape and color is natural, symmetrical and just gorgeous.


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Becky Smith – Licensed Medical Esthetician (LME)

Licensed Medical Esthetician (LME) – Licensed Medical Esthetician (LME)

Becky Smith is a licensed medical esthetician whose passion for skin care began at a young age,due to her own experience with problematic skin. Early on,Becky understood the boost in self-confidence derived from healthy, glowing skin.

Born and raised in southern Massachusetts, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication from Bridgewater University. After years of working in the financial sector,Becky’s long-time love and passion for skin care compelled her to pursue a career in esthetics, a decision she has never regretted.

With 10 years of experience, Becky enjoys treating different skin types and is thrilled with the wide array of treatment options available at AzulMedical Spas. Microneedling, radio frequency skin tightening, medical peels and Hydrafacial, are some of Becky’s signature treatments.She also enjoys creating individual, personalized skin care plans tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient. For specific body contouring, Becky’s favorite procedure is the fat freezing technology known as Coolsculpting. Becky’s philosophy encompasses all aspects of technical knowledge with a relaxing and soothing touch. Building relationships with her patients and helping them achieve their skin care goals is her greatest satisfaction.


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Lisa DiGangi – Licensed Medical Esthetician (LME)

Lisa DiGangi Website Photo

Lisa DiGangi is a highly accomplished Medical Esthetician who discovered her passion for skin care while working in dermatology as a Medical Assistant. This experience inspired Lisa to pursue her love of skin care with a hands-on role in helping her patients achieve their aesthetic goals.


Lisa grew up in the Philadelphia area and attended Lock Haven University, majoring in Mass Communications. She saw a dermatologist for her own skin issues and has personal knowledge of the challenges one can face with difficult skin. As her skin transformed using successful skin care protocols, Lisa understood the powerful effect this can have, not only in improving skin, but also in promoting positive and uplifting experiences.


Lisa’s approach to treating skin is dynamic and progressive. Hydrafacials, dermaplaning, microneedling, and VI Peels are some of her favorite modalities. She loves creating custom treatment plans and skin care routines tailored to each patient. Her gentle touch and calm demeanor help her patients relax and unwind during their service. She understands her patients’ needs and enjoys the connections she makes while helping them feel like their best and most beautiful selves.


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Our Administrative Staff

Joann Rucker

Joann Rucker

Joann, our Practice Director, is a healthcare executive with 20+ years of experience in senior leadership roles, and 15 of those years being in the Aesthetic industry. Her superb track record for achieving optimal practice efficiency, and building talented teams, ensures our patients will have the best experience possible when they visit any of our Azul locations. When taking time to relax, Joann enjoys spending time with her family, relaxing poolside, and attending music concerts.

Amber Widner

Joann Rucker

With more than 10 years of experience in the medical field, Amber is our Operations Coordinator. She is passionate about working in aesthetics but what she loves most is providing support for her coworkers. “I get the best of both worlds, working in plastic surgery and getting to work with the best work family, ever. I have truly found my home.” In her free time, she likes to camp with her husband and two boys (ages 7 and 2), She also enjoys Mahi fishing in the Keys, attending as many Florida Gator Football games as she can, and being the team manager for her son’s baseball team.

Brittany McMahon, LME

Brittany McMahon

After earning her degree in Biochemistry, Brittany pursued her passion for the field of medical aesthetics and attended Von Lee International School of Aesthetics to become a Licensed Medical Aesthetician. Shortly after earning her medical aesthetics license, she became a Certified Laser Technician performing both ablative and non-ablative laser treatments. In addition to earning her laser certifications, Brittany attended Coolsculpting University to also earn her master’s level certification as a Coolsculpting Technician. Brittany has an extensive knowledge of all procedures and lasers pertaining to anti-aging as well as body sculpting. With 10 years of clinical and management experience within the medical field, Brittany relocated to Florida to join our practice as Medical Spa Manager. To fulfill her desire of learning and teaching others, she is often travelling to attend seminars, completing continuing education courses, while striving to discover the most state-of-the-art ways to deliver exceptional care to patients with using the most advanced and up to date techniques and technology. In her free time, Brittany loves to travel, watch Alabama football games, play tennis, and spend time with friends and family.


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Our Clinical Staff

Suzen Horn – MSN, RN

Suzen Horn - MSN, RN

With 22 years experience working as a nurse in both aesthetic and critical fields, Suzie is Azul’s very own Clinical Nurse Educator working in our three office locations: Bonita Springs, Fort Myers and Naples. It’s her job to help patients really understand their options when it comes to surgical and non-surgical treatments and procedures – going beyond the basics to recommend custom treatments alongside Dr. Patrick Flaharty’s expert guidance. When you come to an Azul educational seminar, expect Suzie to be right there greeting you and always available to answer your questions!

“Suzie…your depth of knowledge, enhanced by your delightful demeanor never failed to provide me with answers…or lead me to the one who would…and in the process, elevate my spirits. You Glow!”

Kristy Dupre – Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Kristy Long – Licensed Practical Nurse

If you have surgery with Dr. Flaharty, you will have a Pre-Op visit with Kristy. And it will be the best Pre-Op visit you ever had! Kristy probably gets more positive mentions in our Patient Reviews than any other staff member (example below). She has a unique blend of light-heartedness and complete dedication and sense of responsibility. She takes her role seriously and will ensure that you feel well-informed, comfortable, confident and actually excited for you upcoming surgery.


Geraldine Perez, Nationally Certified Medical Assistant/Surgical Tech (NCMA-ST)

Geraldine has 10 years of experience in the fields of oculo-plastic surgery, dermatology and cosmetic medicine. She assists the doctors in the operating room as a surgical technician and provides pre and post-op care. Geraldine also works in the clinic and enjoys the high level of patient interaction in all three of our office locations. She is a native Floridian and speaks Spanish fluently.

“Kristy…your sunny disposition shown through from the moment you entered the room, as you went about addressing and performing the procedures of the day while meticulously explaining the rationale behind them. You truly exemplify that being personable while being professional is admirable.” – Barbara

Our Reception Team

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April Berry has been a healthcare industry professional for over 20 years and has worked with Dr. Flaharty for over 15 years. She has been a part of growing the practice from a staff of three to our current three locations and 20+ staff. She is adept at keeping all three offices staffed and operating at a high level.

Diana Maldonado plans a career as a healthcare provider and has successfully managed both work and school. Her time with Azul has given her great background on healthcare operations as well as a love of cosmetic medicine. She can often be found in the Bonita Springs office and is known as a strong trainer of new staff.

Brittany Zonneville brings a love of beauty and aesthetics to her role. As a former up-state New Yorker she is used to multi-tasking and enjoys the pace of our busy offices.

Trish Ferriero has been a part-time member of our team for years and brings positivity plus! She enjoys our employee perks second only to interacting with our patients.

Brooke Ehman has a background in the cosmetics industry and enjoys learning about the constant evolving wonders in the aesthetics field. She loves taking on new challenges, staying busy in each of our three offices, and being a member of the wonderful Azul team!


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