"Just like the lotus, we too have the ability to rise from the mud, bloom out of the darkness and radiate into the world"

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Who we are:

aNu Aesthetics™ medical services is your #1 choice for overall beauty and wellness. We are Kansas City's premier aesthetics and wellness clinic! aNu Aesthetics & Optimal Wellness has been open since 2011 under Dr. Cristyn Watkins, board certified physician, who practices Aesthetics and Functional Medicine full time at aNu along with her dedicated staff.

Located in KC North, has developed an outstanding reputation by offering the ultimate experience in beauty and wellness through an atmosphere of professionalism, personal attention, and excellence in care.

aNu’s mission is to be the preferred Aesthetic and Wellness “destination” in the Kansas City area. We strive to touch our patients and community with our people, our services, and our personalized care, thereby providing the ultimate guest experience while enhancing beauty, well-being, and optimal health.

Are you ready for ‘aNu’ you?
beauty and wellness

What does aNu stand for?

aNu means ‘a new you and renewal’ and our symbol, the lotus flower, embodies our ideology. The lotus flower is associated with beauty, purity, prosperity, spirituality, new beginnings and eternity.


Cristyn Watkins, MD

Founder/Owner/Medical Director
Aesthetic Master Injector, National Trainer for Allergan, and Functional Wellness Physician

Dr Cristyn WatkinsDr. Cristyn Watkins is from Kansas City, MO, attended The University of Kansas for her Human Biology Bachelor degree, and completed her medical training in New York City and New Jersey. Dr. Watkins is board certified in Family Medicine and was Chief Resident and Most Honored Resident of Family Medicine at her training program. She is currently pursuing her second board certification in Integrative, Metabolic, and Nutrition Medicine with the School of Medicine and Health Sciences of George Washington University. She focuses her entire practice on advanced medical aesthetics, healthy aging and personalized wellness medicine. She is the visionary of aNu Aesthetics and Optimal Wellness, is involved in every aspect of the practice, and works along side her expert medical and aesthetics staff.

She is a certified Master Injector by the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery in Neurotoxin, Cosmetic Fillers, and Chemical Peels. She enjoys patient consultations, allowing her to discuss all of the aesthetic options with her patients, and performing aesthetic injectables to allow the natural transformation her patients desire. She truly enjoys helping others achieve their desired appearance.

Dr. Watkins is trained in Bio-Identical Hormones, Medical Weight Loss and Functional/Metabolic/Nutrition Medicine. She has a passion for patient wellness and healthy aging and has a desire for all patients to achieve this lifestyle. She has treated diabetes, heart disease, thyroid conditions, menstrual and hormone conditions for almost a decade. She has been treating obesity and hormone related issues to overcome these conditions and has been very successful at helping patients achieve a healthier, happier and slimmer self!

She individually customizes aesthetic, hormone and weight loss programs for each of her patients to achieve success and happiness in their external and internal wellness and beauty. She feels very blessed to have this as a career and is passionate about teaching patients how to “live well” and thrive in the midst of this complex society of stress/fatigue and chronic illness.

She has lived in the Northland for 9 years with her husband and 3 young children - Miles, Madalynn and Macy (twins!). Her passions outside of aNu are her family and friends and enjoys travel, cooking, and the great outdoors!

Dr. Cristyn Watkins is an active member of The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), The Metabolic Medical Institute, The Institute for Functional Medicine, The American Med Spa Association (AmSpa), and The American Academy of Family Physicians.

Schedule an appointment with her today. Quite possibly, it will change your life!


Noreen Bollinger, RN

Master Aesthetic Injector and National Trainer for Galderma


Noreen Bollinger earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and began her career as a registered nurse in 2008. She is licensed in both Kansas and Missouri. She serves aNu as an Aesthetic Nurse Injection Specialist. Noreen is an expert injector that utilizes neurotoxins (Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin) to relax wrinkles and soften facial lines. She is also skilled at injecting dermal fillers to soften lines, folds, wrinkles and to correct age-related volume loss.

Noreen is experienced in injecting the following dermal fillers:  Juvederm, Juverderm Voluma, Juvederm Volbella, Juvederm Vollure, Restylane, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Refyne, Restylane Defyne, Radiesse, and Belotero. She is also a certified Radiesse hands injector which allows her to correct volume loss in the back of the hands. Noreen is certified in injecting Kybella, which is a non-surgical treatment to reduce submental (double chin) fat. She is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses (ASPSN) and has completed the EPIC Advanced Injector training program.

She also attends numerous advanced training courses and seminars annually as she believes on-going education is important to mastering the most current injection techniques. Noreen is dedicated to making her patients look natural, refreshed and beautiful.


Heather K Isom, MD

Master Aesthetic Injector

Staff HeatherDr. Heather Isom is a native of Columbia, Missouri, and received her undergraduate and medical training at The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine’s accelerated six year combined BA/MD program. She completed her residency and board certification in Emergency Medicine in and currently serves as assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at University of Missouri-Kansas City/Truman Medical Center.

Although initially trained in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Isom developed an interest and became trained in aesthetic medicine alongside Dr. Watkins in 2011 and has been a part of aNu Aesthetics since its inception. Dr. Isom believes that feeling good about how you look is paramount in feeling good in general. In addition to her full time job in the Emergency Department at Truman Medical Center-Hospital Hill, she is still passionate about aesthetic medicine and thoroughly enjoys providing aesthetic services at aNu.

Dr. Isom works full time at Truman Medical Center-Hospital Hill and part-time at aNu Aesthetics and Optimal Wellness. Although two jobs keep her quite busy, in her spare time, Dr. Isom enjoys her main priority-her family. She is married to Dr. Michael Shafe, and together they have four boys-Keenan, Kai, Kian, and Kristoffer. They enjoy spending time together at home, as well as travelling around the US and the world as a family.

Dr. Isom focuses on the aesthetic procedures at aNu and is available to new and existing clients. You may schedule with her online or by calling the office at 816-359-3310. Her existing clients, as always, may text her directly.


Nancy Grundberg

Laser and CoolSculpting Specialist, Aesthetician


Nancy has worked in the Health, Wellness and Aesthetic fields for over 30 years! She enjoys the entire process of helping people achieve their beauty, wellness and happiness goals. She brings special skills in counseling and coaching people in overall wellness and health with very personal and individual service for each client.

Nancy specializes in the following services:
Coolsculpting, Laser Hair Removal, Laser facials and resurfacing, Micro-Needling, ThermiVa and ThermiSmooth, Dermaplane, Hydrafacials and Peels, and Womens’ Fitness Instruction and Weight Loss.


Amanda Whitson, APRN

​Nurse Practitioner

Amanda WhitsonAmanda "Mandy" is a Family Nurse Practitioner and board certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Mandy also has a Bachelor of Social Work degree. She has been providing patient care in diverse settings in the KC metro area for over 10 years.

Because of her experience and passion Mandy has focused on Functional Medicine and Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapies to help her patients restore their natural vitality. She collaborates with her patients and together they find treatment plans and options best-suited for each individual.

Mandy believes in patient-centric care that is respectful and responsive to an individual’s needs. Her approach is to develop a partnership in which patients are empowered to take control of their own health and healing thereby optimizing a patient’s ability to make lifestyle changes for life-long well-being. She culminates experience along with advanced diagnostic testing tools, and other modalities, to help patients find their way to their best health.


Mandi Suhr, LPN, IV Certified

​Wellness Coordinator

MandiMandi has been a nurse for 9 years and has always lived locally in the KC North area of St. Joseph/Platte City. She truly loves being a nurse and helping patients every day to optimize their aesthetic, health, and wellness goals. She works very closely with the Medical Director, Dr. Cristyn Watkins, and all of her patients. They are reconnected as they worked together many years ago in St. Joseph when Mandi was a new LPN and Dr. Watkins was a Family Medicine Physician at Northwest Health Services, working with the underserved population. Mandi's hobbies include spending time with her husband and 4 children and watching her daughters cheer and play softball.


Teresa Pearcy

​Licensed Aesthetician


Teresa Pearcy has been in the aesthetic and medical profession for twelve years. She received her Aesthetician license at Paris II Aesthetics and Cosmetology in Kansas City, MO. Teresa has helped numerous clients during her 12 years in the skin care business and is looking forward to being apart of your skin care journey.

Teresa specializes in treating cosmetic conditions of the skin. Regardless of you’re skin care concerns, she is devoted to offering you a customized skin care program. Teresa believes not only in treatment, but in providing you education on how you can best meet your skin care goals. She sincerely cares about the individual needs of every client who walks through our door. She would love to be part of your journey to the skin you’ve always wanted and is excited to partner with you to give you the results you deserve.

Teresa has lived in Liberty, Missouri for 15 years. When she is not working, she loves spending time with her husband, Mark, her twin daughters, Taylor and Kennedy, and her dog Sasha.


Catherine Zeller-Bear, CLO/A

Certified laser technician/ Esthetician with 13 years medical spa experience.

Cathy BearClient relationships are key to her success. Listening to each individuals’ concerns and developing the best plan to achieve those goals is why Cathy loves the aesthetic field. From skin rejuvenating with microneedling, IPL, peels, dermaplaning, and facials to laser hair reduction and acne treatments, are a few of the services her clients love.

Marla Sears

Front Desk Coordinator


Marla Sears has been in the Aesthetic and Medical business for over 25 years. She received her Aesthetician license at College of Cosmetology in Independence, MO. Marla is certified in Laser, CoolSculpting, and Aesthetics. She started at aNu in 2016 as our Laser Specialist and then added the roles of Medical Assitant and Wellness Coordinator. In 2018, she became our Practice Administrator and she is extremely skilled in everything we offer! She loves making our patients look and feel their very best.

She has lived in the Northland her entire life. When she is not working, she loves spending time with her husband, kids and family. She also enjoys attending games and cheering on the Royals and Chiefs as much as she can!


Sharlynn Jenkins

Practice Administrator

Sharlynn “Shar” Jenkins loves helping people look and feel their best. She’s been in the spa industry for more than 10 years and enjoys finding solutions that are the perfect fit for client’s concerns. She has a personal passion for skin care, practicing the same advice she gives clients. She’s even been recognized for her commitment to personal care as a three-time winner for Best of KC award by Ingrams and Best of the Northland.

When she’s not supporting clients at the spa, she’s creating in the kitchen. She enjoys good food and cooking and is chef de cuisine to her two sons. A Kansas City native, you’ll find her enjoying all that the city has to offer, from the American BBQ to local sports and concerts.

If you’ve ever considered solutions to help you look your best, give Shar a call. She’s happy to sit down and provide a complimentary assessment for solutions that will garner you more compliments about your new great look.

Rylee Hawkins

​Front Desk Concierge


Rylee is excited to be working back in the medical field because she loves creating relationships with clients and getting to know them. She has lived north of Kansas City in Saint Joseph her entire life, is the oldest of five kids, and loves to cheer her siblings on in everything they do. When she isn't babysitting (her favorite pass time!) she loves to be at the lake with friends and family, cheer on the Royals, and hang out with her three perfect pups; Charley, Letty and Nova. When she grows up she wants to name Crayolas and her favorite animal is a flamingo!



We are passionate about creating a beautiful environment for our clients with an open and gracious atmosphere that extends to our guests an ongoing invitation to return.

Through our specialty boutique, we feature the finest products offering extensive skincare regimens, nutritional supplements and food products, essential oils, and wellness gifts.

Our goal is to provide a world-class experience; a place where beauty, comfort, knowledge, and personalized attention, combine to create a totally memorable and rejuvenating experience.