Meet Our Team
Founder, Clinical Director, Physician Assistant
Courtney Lo, PA
In 2001, Courtney discovered a profession that combined both her medical background and artistic eye and founded Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center with Dr. Gustav Lo.
Courtney is passionate having a team of providers who help people define their own unique style through the newest innovative aesthetic techniques and procedures. Her motto? The best cosmetic work is invisible.
CSLC was Northern Michigan’s first Platinum Level Botox® and Juvederm® Provider (and has been since 2004), and multiple times was named the top Restylane® and Perlane® Injector and Sculptra practice in the state of Michigan.
Her expertise and precision in cosmetic treatments come from years of experience, thousands of treatments performed, and continuing education workshops and certifications.
Courtney has a place in both Traverse City and Petoskey, Michigan.
Founder, Medical Director
Gustav Lo, MD
In 2001, Dr. Gustav Lo opened Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center in Petoskey. The success of this vision led to the Traverse City location followed by Traverse Beauty Bar. Dr. Lo was the first to pioneer SmartLipo in northern Michigan, and performs more body sculpting procedures than any other aesthetic doctor in the region. Dr. Lo has also performed hundreds of Cellulaze, Laser Lift, Instalift, and ThermiTight procedures.
He has personally trained with the top authorities in the field, including Dr. Stephen Mulholland of Toronto, Dr. John Millard of Denver, and Dr. Barry DiBernardo of New York.
Dr. Lo is extremely hands-on in his approach, personally consulting with his clients to ensure the best aesthetic outcome.
Master Injector, Clinical Lead and Trainer, Cosmetic Coordinator
Lee Middleton, RN, CLT
Lee joined Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center in 2009 and is a Laser and Injection Expert in both our Traverse City and Petoskey offices. Lee is a Platinum Level Botox and Juvederm provider, and also specializes in our skin rejuvenation, skin tightening, vaginal rejuvenation, leg vein treatment, and fat reduction therapies.
Lee loves ongoing aesthetics education and training, and it shows in her unparalleled attention to detail, which has brought her a devoted following at CSLC. She’s known for her soft touch and results-driven style, which makes you feel comfortable and educated as well as provides you with fabulous results.
Master Injector, Clinical Lead and Trainer, Cosmetic Coordinator
Rene Ames, RN, CLT
Rene joined CSLC in 2011. Whether it’s erasing an old scar from teenage acne days or helping remove scowl lines that age us prematurely or maintaining youthful facial features she enjoys offering a variety of treatment options that help patients look their best.
Rene is a Master Nurse Injector and is an expert with all injectables as well as threads. Rene is also certified in all of our skin rejuvenation, skin tightening, vaginal rejuvenation, leg vein treatment, and fat reduction therapies. After nearly a decade of work in aesthetics, she possesses a true passion for patient education and satisfaction.
Master Provider, Aesthetician, Injector
Sarah Schornak, LA, CLT
Sarah has been with CSLC since 2008 and is expertly trained and certified in a multitude of CSLC treatments across the board. In recent years, Sarah has specialized primarily in PRF / PRP treatments and neuromodulator (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin) injections. She loves to combine treatment modalities to help clients maximize their results.
Sarah has years of experience as a laser and Coolsculpting provider. Sarah’s keen aesthetic eye helps clients choose the right combination of treatments for anti-aging.
Master Injector, Clinical Lead and Trainer, Cosmetic Coordinator
Jette Wichmann, LPN, LA, CLT, LSO
Jette joined CSLC in 2015. After earning her Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University, she furthered her aesthetic career by earning her Aestheticians License in 2017 and becoming our Expert Nurse Provider. Jette has expertise in Sculptra, neuromodulators, dermal fillers and threads.
Jette is also certified and experienced in multiple lasers and Coolsculpting. Prior to joining us, Jette assisted clinically in dermatology. She loves to combine treatments and injections that enhance your natural beauty.
Master Injector, Clinical Supervisor
Kolleen Werly, PA-C
Kolleen Werly knew she’d found her career calling in aesthetics, which is the perfect match for her passion in both medicine and the art of beauty.
As CSLC’s Clinical Lead and a physician’s assistant, Kolleen excels in her work as a lead injector. She thrives on educating patients on new techniques, products and procedures that help them reach their goals.
“The most satisfying part of working with patients is seeing how minor changes in a person’s appearance can have such a measurable impact on their happiness and self-esteem,” she says.
Kolleen sees her work with patients as collaborative, but one treatment in particular stands out as her favorite.
Master Injector, Clinical Lead
Jozlynne Cross, RN
Jozlynne’s passion for aesthetics led her to join our team 2 years ago after 4 years of experience in medicine as a Surgical Technologist. Jozlynne enjoys providing individualized consults and addressing the aging face with a multimodality treatment approach for the most natural results.
Her artistic eye, medical background and education from a multitude of treatment certifications put clients immediately at ease.
Master Aesthetician, Anti-Aging Expert, Laser Specialist
Sarah Banks, LA, CLT
Sarah joined Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center in 2015. After her initial training at The Douglas J Aveda Institute, she continued her education with multiple advanced skincare and laser certification courses. Sarah’s expertise in laser hair removal, Coolsculpting, and all of our skin rejuvenation procedures has gained her a large and loyal following of clients.
Her favorite treatments to offer are microneedling, Hydrafacials, and ThermiSmooth.
Sarah enjoys giving everyone a better day and loves to travel, socialize, and decorate.
Ultherapy, Venus, M22 (ResurFX, IPL), Laser Hair Removal, ThermiSmooth, Skinceuticals product training, Coolsculpting, Intraceuticals, Hydrafacial, Skinceuticals CryoCorrect, Avene, ZO Skin Health.
Lead Aesthetician Educator
Jessie Baldridge, LA, CLT
Jessie joined the Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center in Traverse City in 2009. Jessie was trained at the Douglas J Aveda Institute and continues to attend advanced skincare and laser certification courses.
She is passionate about both the health and beauty of skin and has a wealth of knowledge to share with patients with skincare questions or concerns.
Using a combination of intense pulsed light, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and medi-spa facials, Jessie’s objective is to make certain you look and feel your best.
Master Aesthetician, Laser Specialist
Brooke Phillips, LA, CLT
A Harbor Springs native, Brooke Phillips worked at Dr. Monica Scheel Dermatology in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii for five years before joining Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center in 2015. She graduated from the Cosmetology Program at San Juan College in 2006 and is experienced in facial services/peels, laser hair removal, Venus Legacy body contouring and skin tightening treatments, as well as intense pulsed light therapy.
Her creativity, attention to fine detail, aesthetic vision, and compassionate empathetic personality make her an exemplary part of our aesthetic team. Brooke’s love for and understanding of brows also propelled her to become a lead brow stylist at Traverse Beauty Bar and our Petoskey Brow Studio.
Master Provider, Cosmetic Coordinator
Karmen Endress, LA
Karmen Endress was an exciting addition to our Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center team as our Master Provider and Cosmetic Coordinator in 2017, joining us with 17 years’ experience as an esthetician and a wealth of aesthetic procedure knowledge from her position at a dermatology office in Ohio. Karmen completed the Full Skincare Specialist program at the Florida College of Natural Health in 2002.
Karmen is both exuberant and down-to-earth, and you can’t miss her awesome laugh in the office. Her favorite part of her position is customizing treatment programs for clients so they have the best path to achieve their skin or body rejuvenation goals, then watching their improvement along the way. When she’s not working, Karmen loves spending time with her husband and two children.
Master Aesthetician, Laser Specialist, Cosmetic Coordinator
Gabi Whaley, LA, CLT
Gabi, a Traverse City native, studied Graphic Design at Savannah College of Art and Design before she went on to pursue her love of medical aesthetics at the Beauty and Health Institute in Tampa, FL where she attained her esthetician license and microneedling certification. After joining CSLC in 2017, Gabi attained multiple other laser certifications including IPL, ResurFX, Venus, and Thermi.
Her results-oriented nature, attention to detail, and go-getter personality all but guarantee her clients will get the correct recommendations. In her leisure time, Gabi always has a project or two going, loves horseback riding, exploring the outdoors, spending time with her family, being creative, and traveling.
Carly Young, LA
Ever since her grandmother encouraged healthy habits and the importance of skin care when she was a young girl, Carly’s loved the world of beauty. After graduating with a degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, Carly quickly returned to school and completed her aesthetics program.
Today she values connecting with her patients at CSLC, helping them achieve their goals and the trust they place in her to treat their skin with an expert eye and careful touch.
Practice Director, Cosmetic Coordinator, Procurement & Purchasing
Kelly has been an integral part of Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center since she joined our team 2007 with a degree in business management. She’ll most likely be your first point of contact either at Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center or Traverse Beauty Bar, in person or over the phone.
Kelly has completed multiple trainings in skincare with Skinceuticals, Glytone, Avene, Obagi, Skinmedica, Neocutis, and ZO and has attended numerous continuing education workshops in aesthetic procedures and injectables.
She has a refined aesthetic eye that is trusted and requested by many clients when they are contemplating treatments. Kelly enjoys travel, working out, yoga, and spending time with friends.
Project & Marketing Director, Recruiting, Procurement & Purchasing
Leslie joined Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center in 2015. She holds her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and has attended the Fashion Institute of Technology for advertising and business in NYC, University of Louisville, along with Ferris University in MI.
Leslie employs marketing, communications, copywriting, and editing skills along with advertising design to make her a unique and growth-inspiring member of our team.
Originally from Louisville, Leslie worked bicoastally in the beauty industry in both New York City and West Hollywood before making the move to northern Michigan and joining us. Her ambition and passion for the beauty and skincare industries, along with her attention to detail within both project and creative management, have made her a welcome addition to our Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center team.
Lead Client Coordinator, Director of First Impressions, Aesthetician
Brit Severinsen, LA
Brit first came to CSLC in 2016 as a patient, joined our team as our Lead Client Coordinator in early 2017, and graduated with her esthetician’s license in 2018. Her salon environment history introduced her to the beauty industry and she expanded her career by joining CSLC. She has received extensive skincare education from Skinceuticals, Avene, and ZO Skincare lines.
Brit is passionate about ensuring clients receive both optimal service and results. When not chatting about CSLC treatments or the monthly promo you’ll likely hear her talking about her dog or her weekend outdoor adventures. Brit is a bright ray of light and we’re happy to have her on our team.
Lead Graphic Designer, Final Editor
Carson joined our Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center team in 2015. He’s multi-talented in graphic design, photography editing, and media production with InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
Carson holds his Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. Also a talented pianist and classical music enthusiast, Carson is a truly valuable part of our creative marketing department and our team.
Danielle joined our team at Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center in 2019. She was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California before moving to Traverse City. Prior to joining us at CSLC, she honed her skills in Wedding / Event coordinating and attended NMC. A vital part of our team, Danielle loves assisting providers, the challenge of our quickly growing office, CSLC culture, and interacting with new and familiar patients every day.
When not working, you’ll find Danielle with her animals (including a bengal cat named Gatsby, chickens, and tropical fish), long-distance running, gardening, kayaking, or with family and friends. Hardworking, dependable, and always positive, we’re grateful to have Danielle on our team.Book a complimentary consultation