Charis Wipfler, APRN-FNP

Owner + Lead Injector

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📍Southbury, CT

📍Bedford Hills, NY

📍Westport, CT

A graduate of Sacred Heart University, Charis Wipfler is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner of Family Practice and Aesthetics. She served many years as an emergency nurse at both Bristol Hospital and Waterbury Hospital in Connecticut. Charis left emergency nursing after 13 years to pursue her love of aesthetic medicine on a full time basis. In April of 2012, she created Grace Medical Aesthetics starting as a concierge home visit medical aesthetics service. Since then, Grace Medical Aesthetics has evolved into a successful anti-aging medical aesthetics practice with locations in Southbury, CT, Bedford Hills, NY, and Westport, CT thanks to her hard work and strong leadership. Charis appeared in Glamour Magazine as a RealSelf Top 25 Most Loved Injector and is one of the highest utilizers of Galderma products in the country.


Before branching out as an independent practitioner, she received extensive training in medical aesthetics through Allergan, Medicis, and Merz Pharmaceuticals. She is certified in basic and advanced techniques by Aesthetic Advancements, Duet, and PALLETTE Resources. Charis also had the opportunity to pursue double internships in both dermatology with Dr. William Notaro of Danbury, CT and a comprehensive aesthetic and laser training internship with Dr. Jeffrey Lafrance of Lafrance Medical Aesthetics in Bristol, CT.


Now as a leading medical aesthetics provider, Charis continues to stay educated on the latest injecting techniques, safety protocols, and industry trends with yearly trainings and seminars. In October of 2019, she had the unique opportunity to travel to Sweden as a part of Galderma’s New Product Innovation Aesthetic Advisory Board. While there, she trained under Julie Horne to master her signature lip augmentation techniques. Charis has been able to incorporate her skill set, business savvy, and love for teaching with the creation of Grace Medical Aesthetics’ Shadowing Experience, which allows those new to the aesthetic industry an inside look at all aspects of an aesthetic practice.


Medical aesthetics is not cookie cutter practice and Charis does not treat it as such. Each face is different with unique characteristics that make it interesting, beautiful, and most importantly – you! Charis strives to help you achieve and maintain the look you desire while enhancing your best features and turning back the clock. She offers a non-intimidating, comprehensive approach to beauty and non-surgical facial rejuvenation while maintaining an aesthetic eye for your intrinsic beauty. Subtle and natural are two of the tenets that Charis practices by; feel at ease that you will be a younger and more refreshed version of you!


Outside of the Grace office, Charis enjoys traveling with her husband, Mark, and their three daughters, interior design (hint: she designed and decorated all of the Grace offices), and is an animal lover giving a home to two dogs, one cat, and even a turtle.

Robyn Calitri, RN-BSN

Nurse Manager


📍Southbury, CT

📍Bedford Hills, NY

📍Westport, CT

Robyn leads the Grace Medical Aesthetics team as the Nurse Manager across all Grace offices. Robyn received her nursing degree from Southern New Hampshire University and spent the beginning of her career as an emergency department nurse. She transitioned to aesthetic medicine in 2014 starting out at Grace as a laser hair removal nurse.


Eager to learn, she began to add other aesthetic services into her arsenal. Laser and skincare treatments are a complicated and personalized skillset, and Robyn continuously attends conferences and seminars to stay on top of the latest techniques. In the past, she has traveled to New York City, Las Vegas, the DC area, and many others for exclusive classes and trainings. In the Grace office specifically, she is the go-to for custom Ultherapy treatments as she has had extensive advanced training in this modality that she passes along to the rest of the staff.


Robyn is a firecracker of energy and is determined to make your experience at Grace delightful. She prides herself on creating a friendly, efficient, and safe work environment for her and her staff.


Unable to give up her love of emergency medicine, Robyn still finds herself working part time overnight shifts at Danbury Hospital. In her free time, Robyn is kept busy with her two sons and three dogs, Patch, Luna, and Lucy.

Krista Stryjewski, APRN-DNP

Injector, Laser + Skincare Practitioner 


📍Southbury, CT

Krista is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner coming from a background in emergency nursing. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Saint Joseph’s in 2010 and went on to complete her master’s degree in nursing education from Sacred Heart University in 2013. She again graduated from the University of Saint Joseph in 2018 as a Family Nurse Practitioner with a doctorate of nursing practice.


Krista has always enjoyed skin care and medical aesthetics. She joined the Grace Medical team in early 2016 as a laser hair removal and skincare nurse. In 2018, Krista began injectable training under the watchful eye of Charis and has since expanded her scope of practice to include all injectables. She continues to learn any chance she can by attending advanced injectable trainings, conferences, and seminars. 


She has a passion for teaching and takes pride in being able to explain all areas of your customized treatment plan with simplicity. Her personal goal is to make each client feel comfortable and satisfied with each treatment.


Outside of Grace, she enjoys an active lifestyle that includes CrossFit, traveling, and most of all, hiking with her husband Jay and their pup Adley. 

Debbie Kugler

Administrative + Billing Manager


📍Southbury, CT

📍Bedford Hills, NY

📍Westport, CT

Debbie became the first official employee of Grace Medical in 2013 as a part time administrative assistant. Since then, she's had the pleasure of watching Grace Medical Aesthetics blossom into the practice it is today. As the practice grew, so did Debbie's role within it.


Her past experience in customer service and teaching (3rd grade bilingual teacher, to be exact) has allowed her to perfectly fit into her managerial position. She occasionally still has a hands-on seat at the Grace Medical front desk, but spends most of her days behind the scenes. She heads the billing department taking care of all aspects of the various memberships offered. 


Habla con fluidez el espanol. She speaks fluent Spanish and often translates for clients when necessary. Most of the staff turns to her to learn!

Outside of the office, Debbie is kept busy with her husband, three children and their German Shepard puppy, Dozer. She loves to travel and spend her free time with family and friends.

Amber Brown, RN-BSN

Laser + Skincare Practitioner


📍Southbury, CT

Amber joined the Grace team as a laser and skincare nurse in 2018 after years of being a client. This self-proclaimed nerd received her bachelor's degree from Southern CT State University in public health and her nursing degree from Fairfield University. She is a current member of the National Honors Society of Nursing and graduated Magna Cum Laude in Nursing. Amber is currently working towards her degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner with a doctorate of nursing practice at Sacred Heart University.


Amber basically stalked her way into her nursing position at Grace (*wink, wink*). She is continuously looking to learn and perfect new techniques and services. She enjoys all things skincare and making sure that her clients leave happy.


Amber can attest to many of the treatments provided at Grace, as she’s had most of them done in the past! Never truly enjoying down-time, the Grace staff knows Amber is the one to turn to if last minute treatments are in order. She always looks for a team member to treat instead of taking a break.

Lauren White, RN-BSN

Laser + Skincare Practitioner


📍Southbury, CT

Lauren joins the Grace Medical team with over 10 years of nursing experience. Lauren’s multi-faceted experience involves time spent in Intensive Care, Oncology, Internal Medicine, and Allergy and Immunology. Lauren was looking for something to further enrich her nursing experience when she joined Grace Medical Aesthetics.


Lauren quickly learned that she loved the field of aesthetic nursing. Though she is only part time with Grace, you can be lucky enough to catch her on a Friday shift for laser hair removal, skincare and laser treatments, Ultherapy, and more.


Lauren takes great pride in ensuring each client feels comfortable during his/her visit, while always providing safe and effective treatment.


When she isn’t working at Grace Medical Aesthetics or Yale, Lauren enjoys life with her wonderful husband and two young sons!

Alice Varga

Injector's Assistant


📍Southbury, CT

📍Bedford Hills, NY

📍Westport, CT

Alice is currently a nursing student at Montefiore School of Nursing and upon completion of her degree, she is very excited to finish her journey to becoming an aesthetic injector.


Her path to aesthetic nursing started in 2018 when she joined the Grace Medical Aesthetics team as Charis’s assistant. Being by Charis's side day in and day out opened Alice's eyes to her new ambitions. She has the unique opportunity to be able to learn about the techniques and nuances of injecting in conjunction with her nursing studies.

Outside of Grace, many may know her as Instagram makeup artist and beauty guru @beautybyalice_. Though her internet persona has taken a backseat, she is still extremely passionate about skincare and wellness. Alice spends most of her time these days in the library, but still makes sure to fit the gym into her busy schedule. When she's able to relax, you'll find her at home with her kitty, Motz, tending to her chickens, and cooking.

Cristina Maciulewski

Administrative Assistant


📍Southbury, CT

Cristina became a part of the Grace team in 2018 on the front desk line with a background in customer service, sales, and aesthetics after working as both an esthetician and skincare sales rep.

If there's a homemade treat in the office, everyone looks to Cristina. She notoriously bakes on a whim for the staff to enjoy and always plans a special surprise for birthdays and celebrations!

In her spare time, Cristina spends time running around with her daughter and son. She enjoys cooking for herself and others, planning family adventures, and her dog, Koda.

Aida Rodriguez

Administrative Assistant

📍Bedford Hills, NY

Aida became a part of the Grace team in 2020 after years of customer service experience and medical office management. She holds an associate's degree in liberal arts and sciences and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree with a concentration in Human Services.

Aida has a passion for helping others and takes pride in making sure our clients feel welcomed the minute they walk in the door!

Outside of Grace, she enjoys life with her wonderful husband, four sons, beautiful granddaughter, and her pup Wiley. She loves her free time with friends and family, traveling, home decor, fashion, and all things beauty.

Melissa Persico

Westport Office Manager


📍Westport, CT

Melissa Persico joined the Grace Medical Aesthetics team in early 2021 in preparation to manage the newest Grace office opening in Westport, CT. After a long time personal and business relationship with Grace, she is thrilled to officially become a team member.

Melissa (Meli) has always loved all things in the beauty industry, meeting new people, and networking. She has 18 years of hair salon and spa consulting under her belt and is extremely motivated to move into the aesthetic industry.

Outside of the office, Meli is a self proclaimed beach bum and is a dedicated fur-mom to countless rescues- currently two kitties, Tyger and Bella!

Mark Wipfler, MD, FACEP



📍Southbury, CT

Dr. Mark Wipfler is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician at Danbury Hospital, as well as a Certified Age Management Physician trained by Cenegenics.


After 25 years in emergency medicine, Dr. Wipfler found that a sharp decline in health and an increase chronic disease were pervasive in his baby-boomer population and was often asked how one could age with more vitality. Age management medicine became a passion of Dr. Wipfler’s and he is happy to incorporate his training into his medical practices.


Dr. Wipfler is also fully trained in NeoGraft Hair Restoration, having attended a preceptorship in Nashville, TN with a leading hair restoration physician and the Neograft team. 

When not at Grace or Danbury Hospital, Mark enjoys his time off with Charis traveling and living a healthy lifestyle.

Heather Tomchik, PA-C

Injector, Laser + Skincare Practitioner


📍Bedford Hills, NY

📍Southbury, CT

Heather graduated summa cum laude from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology. She was then accepted to the Yale University Physician Associate program and graduated with honors obtaining her master’s degree in Medical Science. She has been certified by the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants since 2005.


Heather had worked as a Physician Assistant for over 6 years when she was excited to parlay her love of artistry, symmetry, and attention to detail into full time work as a Physician Assistant in plastic surgery in 2011. She has done advanced training in aesthetic injectables with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as an affiliate member. She has traveled to Miami, Boston, and Chicago to attend educational courses in injectables and help refine her techniques.

Heather joined the Grace team in 2017 as a part time injector. Since then, she has built a loyal clientele who gravitate to her warmth and subtle results. Her goals have always been to enhance your own natural beauty so you look rejuvenated and fresh, but never "done".

With the opening of the Grace Medical Aesthetics Bedford Hills, NY office, she has taken on a full time position as our lead practitioner. Not only will she be continuing as an injector, she will also be offering skincare, laser treatments, and laser hair removal.

Outside of work, Heather enjoys traveling with her husband and son, cooking creative meals, and exercising.

Alma Joseph, APRN-FNP

Injector, Laser + Skincare Practitioner


📍Westport, CT

📍Southbury, CT

Alma M. Joseph is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner that joined the Grace Medical team in 2019 after specializing in medical and cosmetic dermatology. Through her background previously working in critical care as a RN, Alma believes in taking advantage of each day and takes pride in helping others. She is our lead practitioner in our Westport, CT office.

Graduating with honors from Fairfield University, she obtained her master's in nursing. She also holds a bachelor's in public health from Southern CT State University where she worked on behalf of the Yale Emerging Infections Program (EIP) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to provide epidemiological surveillance of food-borne diseases in CT.


Alma is passionate about helping individuals medically and cosmetically, practicing with exceptional standard of care for her patients. She is always eager to learn and actually took part Charis's Injectable Shadowing Experience a handful of times before joining the Grace team officially. 


Being a fitness enthusiast competing nationally in bodybuilding shows, Alma was chosen out of thousands of applicants to be on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s fitness television show called The Titan Games. She has been featured on NBC, Men’s Health magazine, the Hartford Courant, and other local newspapers discussing physical fitness and the importance of having an overall healthy lifestyle. 

Jennifer Berardi

Social Media + Marketing Director


📍Southbury, CT

📍Bedford Hills, NY

📍Westport, CT

If you've ever DM’d the Grace Medical Aesthetics Instagram account, you have already spoken with Jen. After a brief stent at our front desk in 2016, Jennifer carved out her position as Grace Medical Aesthetics’ Social Media + Marketing Director with innovate new ideas and execution. She takes on many roles within the office, including running all Grace Medical Aesthetic social and digital accounts, filming and editing all video content, advertising, press relations, and event planning. Jen strives to keep the Grace social media accounts personal and transparent. In a world of filters, photoshop, and unrealistic body images, she hopes to educate those interested in medical aesthetics about the real-life expectations. If you haven’t yet, check out the Grace Instagram,

Facebook page, and YouTube channel to stay up to date!


What has now become an annual event in September – the Grace Medical Aesthetics Open House – is the brainchild of Jennifer. She loves having the opportunity to throw such an extravagant and successful event that clients show so much excitement for.


With education in digital marketing in her back pocket, Jen loves staying up to date with new industry trends and tactics. She is self-taught in film editing and continuously teaches herself the skills she needs to succeed on her own. Outside of Grace, Jennifer is kept busy with her fur-baby Bentley, a black and white pitbull/lab mix.

Christina Pruchnicki, APRN-FNP

Laser + Skincare Practitioner


📍Southbury, CT

Christina is an experienced emergency department nurse practitioner who became a part of the Grace Medical team in 2016. Starting as a laser hair removal nurse, she now adds skincare and laser treatments to her repertoire. 

Christina earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Western Connecticut State University. She then pursued her master's degree at Sacred Heart University in their Family Nurse Practitioner program.


Moving away from the fast-paced environment of the ER, Christina enjoys spending time getting to know her clients and making them look and feel their best.

Jessica McSaveny, LE

Esthetician + Injector's Assistant


📍Southbury, CT

📍Bedford Hills, NY

Jessica is a licensed Esthetician, CoolSculpting specialist, and our patient liaison. She joined Grace in 2017 as our resident "southern belle" with a wealth of knowledge in the aesthetics world thanks to her experience in dermatology offices, plastic surgeon offices, and medspas!


She received a Bachelor of Science degree at Western Connecticut State University in communications and felt like she wanted to do more with her career. She had a passion for aesthetics and went back to school in 2015 at Brunswick Community College for her esthetician license. Now even more devoted to aesthetics, she is just beginning her journey into nursing school.


Jessica has a welcoming personality with a proven track record of practicing safe, effective, and hygienic treatments. She believes everyone deserves to be the best version of themselves! Jessica is our go-to for skincare consultations and prides herself on her knowledge of all things skin. She thoroughly enjoys customizing product regimens and treatment plans for clients looking to enhance their skincare.


When not at Grace, Jessica is kept busy by her puppy, Piper, and is a volunteer EMR at Bantam Fire Department.

Zoë Mena

Administrative Assistant


📍Southbury, CT

Zoë joined the Grace Medical team in 2018 representing at the front desk and behind the scenes with customer service.


Zoë holds a bachelor's degree in interior design from the University of New Haven and is a freelance make up artist, so an eye for beauty is well engrained in her. She has a wealth of experience with a past in both retail and customer service within the beauty industry.


She has a passion for traveling and is always up for a new experience!

Tina Shkreli

Administrative + Injector's Assistant


📍Bedford Hills, NY

📍Southbury, CT

Tina joined the Grace Medical Aesthetics team in 2020 as an administrative assistant. At 16 years old, she began working in a hair salon and attended BOCES to graduate with a cosmetology license. She was working as a junior stylist and decided a change in career path was in order.

Tina aspires to go back to school for nursing and has a love for aesthetics. Having a position in a medical aesthetics practice is sure to point her in the right direction!

Outside of the office, Tina enjoys reading, spending time with her precious nephews, and running with her dog, Bubba.

Devena Smith

Administrative + Injector's Assistant


📍Southbury, CT

Devena joined the Grace Medical Aesthetics' team in June of 2020 with a combination role of administrative assistant, injector's assistant, patient concierge, and content creation. She previously worked 6+ years in the fashion industry as a photographer and creative director for fashion editorials, model portfolios, and NYFW runways. The opportunity to merge her love of beauty and creativity with aesthetics has been nothing less than exciting and fulfilling!

Her favorite thing about working in beauty is hearing about and being apart of people's journey. It is especially meaningful to help women from all over the world feel more confident in their skin.

Danielle Doyle

Injector's Assistant


📍Westport, CT

Danielle is the newest addition to the Grace Medical Aesthetics team, joining in 2021 with the opening of the newest office in Westport, CT. Although she is new, she already feels at home and honored to work with kind, empowering women everyday!

Danielle comes with 10 years of experience in dermatology. Along with her love for cosmetics, her two passions have forged a path for her into the world of aesthetics.

She will be with a familiar face in our Westport office- the lead practitioner, Alma Joseph. Before their careers lead them separately to Grace, they worked alongside one another in a similar practitioner/assist position!

Outside of work, Danielle is a new mom to an adorable baby boy, Hunter, loves to travel the world with her husband, and enjoys living a healthy lifestyle.