A Personal Message from Lee P. Laris, D.O., Medical Director
I have worked as a board-certified Dermatologist for over 25 years at Phoenix Skin Medical Surgical Group, specializing in Medical, Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology.
Over the years, I have noticed a change in the way patients are treating themselves, with the rise of insurance deductibles and a down economy, they have struggled to keep their skin a priority. It used to cost the average family a $10 co-pay for an acne visit, so two visits to the Dermatologist each month was not a burden. Now, deductibles have risen by 500%, and that bi-monthly visit has become unaffordable.
In creating Phoenix Skin Spa, my goal was to find a better and more rewarding way for patients to receive treatments for their complexion, anti-aging and age reversal in a quick, effective and affordable fashion. In addition, I wanted to offer more than an office visit for patients by packaging the visit with advanced acne treatments such as microdermabrasion, red and blue light therapy and a glycolic peel.
My Certified Medical Staff and I look forward to treating you at Phoenix Skin Spa. Let’s make your skin a priority once again via our monthly skin care regimes so that you may look and feel your best.
Learn more about Dr. Lee Laris
Katherine Azar-Hawoth, MPAS, PA-C
Katherine Azar-Haworth received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. She completed her physician assistant education at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ where she graduated with a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS). During her master’s clinical rotations, she specialized in dermatology and surgery. Her formal medical training focused on medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology under the direction of Dr. Lee Laris.
Katherine has been practicing dermatology with Phoenix Skin since January 2005. She is also skilled in numerous cosmetic procedures including Botox injections and fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm. Outside of work, Katherine enjoys spending time with her husband and sons, traveling and hiking.
Kimberly Wilcox, Licensed Aesthetician, Certified Laser Safety Officer and Technician
Kimberly was born in Wisconsin and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She worked in sales & marketing for many years and was inspired to pursue medical aesthetics after seeing her daughter’s passion for the field. Upon graduating, Kimberly worked in a Day Spa as an Aesthetician and Laser Technician.
Kimberly joined the Phoenix Skin Spa family in the summer of 2018, where she continued to gain education and training on some of the most advanced treatments such as tattoo removal, veint treatments and micro-needling with PRP and continues to advance in chemical peels, laser hairreduction and IPL photofacials.
Kimberly’s favorite part about being an Aesthetician is learning new facial treatments and laser technology, along with helping patients achieve their skin goals. In Kimberly’s free time, she enjoys her family, hiking and watching football.
Cris Brown, Licensed Aesthetician, Certified Laser Safety Officer and Technician
Cris was born and raised in the East coast and moved to Arizona in 2014. She earned her degree as a licensed Aesthetician and Certified Laser Technician from The Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics.
Cris has always had an interest in skincare and is passionate about helping her patients achieve their skin goals. She joined the Phoenix Skin Spa family in May 2021 and has pursued her education and training on some of the most advanced treatments such as tattoo removal, thermage, laser hair reduction, vein treatments, and microneedling with PRP. She continues to advance in skin rejuvenation, chemical peels, and IPL photofacials. Cris’ favorite part about being an Aesthetician is furthering her knowledge on the newest, and most effective treatments to enable her to aid and educate patients in achieving their skin care goals.
Melina Zeledon, Licensed Aesthetician
Melina was born in Mexico and raised in Arizona. She has always loved working with others and being in the medical field. After becoming a Medical Assistant in 1999, shortly thereafter she joined the Phoenix Skin family in 2016 where she assisted several of our medical providers. In 2022, Melina decided to further her education in the medical field and earn her license as an Aesthetician.
Melina enjoys helping patients obtain the best skin possible outcomes with medical grade treatments such as chemical peels, micro-needling, and lasers treatments.
Melina is fluent in Spanish and enjoys spending time with her kids, grandchildren and exploring new cities with her husband.