Bluffton Location

Bluffton Location
350 Fording Island Rd Suite 101
Bluffton
South Carolina 29910
Phone: (843) 781-6672

Hilton Head Location (NEW!)

Hilton Head Location
324 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite 50
Hilton Head
South Carolina 29928
Phone: (843) 781-6672

LUX~ A Medical Spa is proudly owned by Carmen A. Traywick, MD, FAAD of May River Dermatology and Frederick G. Weniger, MD, MBA, FACS, of Weniger Plastic Surgery. As the only Medical Spa in the Lowcountry directed by both a Plastic Surgeon and a Dermatologist , LUX provides the ultimate anti-aging experience through the use of cutting-edge clinical procedures and spa treatments.

As your premier Medical Spa in the Lowcountry with a firm foundation of medical excellence, we combine the art and science of looking and feeling your best. Our Mission is to be the premier choice for medical aesthetics and skin enrichment services including Botox, Dermal Fillers, Laser Hair Removal, Wrinkle Reduction and Sun spot Reduction. Our caring and educated staff is dedicated to treating every patient with the highest level of professionalism in a soothing and elegant environment. Through the luxurious union of Medicine and beauty, we work as a team with you to restore or create the desired appearance.

Call today to experience LUX ~ A Medical Spa!

(843) 781-6672

Carmen A. Traywick
Carmen A. Traywick, MD, FAAD

Dr. Traywick is a graduate of Emory University Medical School in Atlanta, Georgia where she trained with some of the pioneers in the field of cosmetic Dermatology. She completed her Internship and Dermatology Residency at Emory University School of Medicine. She is a board certified Dermatologist who specializes in medical Dermatology, but has a unique talent and passion for non-surgical cosmetic procedures. In addition to Co-Owning LUX~A Medical Spa, Dr. Traywick is the owner of May River Dermatology, a very successful dermatology practice with four offices located in South Carolina and Georgia.

Her goal is to provide an improved, but still very natural, look for each of her patients. Dr. Traywick achieves the very best results by working with each patient to customize an appropriate treatment plan for their specific needs. She utilizes proven treatments and products like Botox®, facial fillers, and other non-invasive techniques. She also helps her patients look younger by recommending amazing medical grade skin care products sold right here at LUX! With her vast knowledge of Dermatology, she helps her patients choose the appropriate cosmetic treatments including lasers, chemical peels, and topical treatments. Her goal is to use her skills and artistic talent to make her patients look their best in the most comfortable way possible. She teaches students Dermatology at two medical schools in South Carolina.

For the ninth year in a row (2011-2019), Dr. Traywick has been awarded “Best Dermatologist” by Bluffton Today readers. In 2015 and 2016, Dr. Traywick was voted “Favorite Dermatologist” by Hilton Head Monthly readers.

When Dr. Traywick is not fulfilling her professional passion, she is at home with her three daughters and husband, Bernie.

Frederick G. Weniger
Frederick G. Weniger, MD, MBA, FACS

Dr. Weniger, a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon who has over 15 years of experience in his field, is the owner of Weniger Plastic Surgery. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Notre Dame with an undergraduate degree in biochemistry. Dr. Weniger then graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he also completed his 6 year plastic surgery residency. He received his MBA, Magna Cum Laude, from The University of Pittsburgh as well.

Dr. Weniger has published several articles in international peer-reviewed journals and has spoken at many meetings nationally and internationally. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Bluffton Today readers have awarded Dr. Weniger the honor of “Best Plastic Surgeon” every year since the creation of the award in 2009.

When Dr. Weniger is not serving the community with their cosmetic needs, you can often find him outside on the boat with his beautiful wife, Jennifer, or watching one of his three children’s sports teams.

Elizabeth P. Appling
Elizabeth P. Appling, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Elizabeth Appling is a graduate of Chamberlain University’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program in Chicago, IL and is nationally certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Elizabeth brings 20+ years of nursing experience to Lux where she has used her experience to develop a deeper understanding of patients’ overall needs and desires to feel and look their best. Prior to entering the field of medical aesthetics, she has a strong neonatal intensive care and primary care background where attention to detail was a must. Elizabeth also has a strong background in health and wellness and believes beauty has many angles.

Elizabeth began her career in aesthetics in 2019 where she was trained and certified by the Aesthetic Medical Educators in neuromodulators and dermal fillers. Elizabeth loves using a variety of modalities to enhance the natural beauty her clients already possess. She believes that developing a trusting relationship with her patients is key to understanding their needs and meeting their personalized aesthetic goals. Elizabeth always enjoys learning and continues to expand her medical skin care and aesthetic knowledge through continuing education, training courses, conferences as well as on hands training with Board Certified Dermatologist, Carmen A. Traywick, MD and Board Certified Dermatologist, Frederick G. Weniger, MD.

Elizabeth is a Kentucky native and just recently moved to Hilton Head Island and is looking forward to enjoying all the community has to offer, as well as giving back to her community through participation in local events. With a passion for health and wellness, the Hilton Head and Bluffton areas boast opportunities to focus on the support of mind, body, and spirit.

Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenagers. She enjoys to kayak, bike, cook and being on the beach!

Kylie D. Gratton
Kylie D. Gratton, APRN, FNP-BC

Kylie Gratton is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Kylie has worked as a registered nurse, working in both mental health and concierge family medicine prior to her transition to becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. Kylie always aspired to be a Nurse Practitioner, and graduated from Chamberlain College of Nursing with her Masters of Nursing with a specialty as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Kylie is certified by both the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Kylie’s career as a NP started in emergent care, where dermatological cases created an increased enthusiasm for dermatology and aesthetic procedures.

Kylie has received advanced, one-on-one training with both Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Frederick G. Weniger, MD of Weniger Plastic Surgery, and Board Certified Dermatologist Carmen A. Traywick, MD of May River Dermatology. Kylie has also attended Botox training and Dermal Filler training held by the Aesthetic Medical Educators Training association. Kylie has a passion for health, wellness and beauty, leading her to the love of aesthetics.

At LUX ~ A Medical Spa Kylie specializes in Botox and Restylane Injections; with appointments available in both Bluffton, SC and Hilton Head, SC. Kylie offers full face rejuvenation through Sciton Light Therapies, Hydrafacials, Skin Pen Microneedling, and Advanced Lumen Chemical Peels. Kylie also offers body sculpting treatments through CoolSculpting and Cellulute injection treatment with QWO. the only treatment FDA-cleared to eliminate unwanted fat in all areas of the body.

Kylie looks forward to providing all patients with the opportunity to both look and feel their best. As a Nurse Practitioner, Kylie is dedicated to improving each patient's confidence and personal livelihood all while building relationships as they return to receive new or maintenance procedures.

Originally, Kylie is from Florida, but has been in Beaufort, South Carolina for over 23 years. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, exercising and attending Crossfit classes. Kylie also has a passion for comedy. During college football season, Kylie will be in orange and blue cheering on the Florida Gators.

Erin Hutcheson
Erin Hutcheson, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Erin Hutcheson, FNP-C earned her Master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Georgia Southern University where she was also awarded the MSN Outstanding Family Nurse Practitioner Student Nursing Award. She holds her National Certification through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Erin brings over 7 years of nursing experience to LUX! She began her career in aesthetics in 2014 when she developed a love and passion for delivering beautiful, youthful, and natural results through aesthetic injections and facial rejuvenation. Additionally, she has over 2 years of experience in receiving and providing training and support to medical providers in multiple modalities of aesthetic treatments (Laser Hair Removal, Coolsculpting, Ultherapy, BBL, and Injectables).

Erin attends local and national continuing education courses to ensure she provides the most current aesthetic treatments. She attended the P.A.L.E.T.T.E (Progressive Aesthetic Learning Essential To Technical Expertise) Specialty Focus Workshop: Rejuvenating the Lower Face-Lips to Neck as well as the Coolsculpting University at the Zeltiq Training Center. Additionally, she attended an advanced aesthetic injectable training, where she learned neuromodulator techniques and Julie Horne, RN’s world renowned signature ‘lip treatments.’

Erin believes “developing a trusting relationship is the basis of patient care” and that self-confidence is an important component of overall health and well-being. She prides herself on listening to patients’ concerns and developing comprehensive aesthetic care plans to address the multifactorial aspects of facial rejuvenation.

Joseph W. McGowan
Joseph W. McGowan IV, MD, FACMS, FAAD

Dr. McGowan is a board-certified Dermatologist and ACMS fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic surgeon. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and completed his dermatology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. After residency, Dr. McGowan completed his fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery and at the Dayton Skin Surgery Center.

Dr. McGowan also completed an ACGME-accredited procedural dermatology fellowship, where he received special training in cosmetic dermatology, laser surgery and aesthetic surgery. He has authored numerous articles and has lectured at many national professional meetings on skin cancer and reconstructive surgical techniques.

In addition to his love for medicine, Dr. McGowan is also an accomplished singer, songwriter, and pianist. He was classically trained in piano performance and attended conservatory at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts during high school. Since then, he has released several albums of original music. Dr. Joe’s music draws from many genres, including classical, Americana, gospel, R&B, country and retro-pop. His debut album is Dirt Road Revival is available on Spotify and iTunes. Dr. McGowan was recently for consideration for the 61st annual Grammy awards in 4 categories for his song, “Sweet Talk”. Stay tuned for Dr. Joe’s new album to be released in June 2021.

Dr. McGowan has trained with Board Certified Dermatologist Carmen A. Traywick, MD, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Frederick G. Weniger, MD and Galderma Aesthetics.

Dr. McGowan looks forward to assisting you with all of your Aesthetic needs at LUX ~ A Medical Spa.

Team of Aestheticians

Our highly skilled South Carolina licensed Aestheticians are trained to give you the best aesthetic care. LUX~A Medical Spa has the most outstanding Aestheticians in the Bluffton, Hilton Head, and surrounding areas. Call today to schedule your complimentary skin care consultation.

Susan M. Ciccarelli
Susan M. Ciccarelli, L.E.

Susan has called the Low Country home for 25 years. Susan is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where she completed two degrees in six years! After several years as an educator she went back to school to pursue her passion in Medical Aesthetics, specializing in Coolsculpting, Lasers, and Microblading. Susan also enjoys performing Microneedling services and assisting our Physicians with Injectables. In 2015, Obagi welcomed her into the Aesthetic Leadership Community, which is made up of 60 elite skincare professionals from around the country. God has blessed her with three little men: Aiden Bentley, Jacob Andrew, and Lucca. In addition to Aesthetics, Susan loves Interior Design, live music, and spending time with her Italian family. Susan LOVES being a Lux Lady and welcomes the opportunity to help patients achieve their desired results!

Rebekah S. Mullin
Rebekah S. Mullin, L.E.

Rebekah started as an Esthetician 20 years ago and was one of South Carolina’s first Licensed Estheticians. Rebekah is a Certified Medical Expert Witness for physicians, has worked as a laser trainer, and is a member of the Aesthetic Leadership Community. She loves being able to help patients with the appropriate treatments and skin care that make a life changing transformation in their skin. Rebekah lives on Hilton Head and has 2 teenage daughters. A fun fact about Rebekah: her family was chosen by HGTV House Hunters to help find them a home!

Christine A. Pribanic
Christine A. Pribanic, L.E.

Christine Pribanic moved to Bluffton, South Carolina following her love for the water, which brought her back to the East Coast. She started her career (passion) 25 years ago as a Licensed Esthetician in Ohio developing a hair salon into a full service day spa. In her downtime, she loves spending time at the beach with her husband, Sean, of 16 years, and her daughter Marleigh and son Ethan. Finding employment with LUX is a match made in heaven, as she was so happy to have found the opportunity to continue helping people in this industry so close to the coast!

Maggie L. Silver
Maggie L. Silver, L.E.

Maggie Silver, L.E. is from Spartanburg, South Carolina and has been in the esthetics and cosmetic industry for 7 years. She is experienced in treating all skin types and conditions, and specializes in various areas of medical esthetics including: laser hair removal, photo rejuvenation, laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, medical facials, and Coolsculpting. Maggie loves to create customized treatment plans to improve the health and appearance of her patients’ skin with both in office treatment options as well as at home skin care routines for optimal results. She has a passionate belief that we can all age with vibrancy and grace given the proper tools and information.

“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.” - Coco Chanel

Behind the Scenes of LUX~A Medical Spa

Bernie R. Traywick
Bernie R. Traywick, CEO

Bernie is the CEO for LUX~A Medical Spa. In this role Mr. Traywick oversees all financial and operational aspects of the medical spa.

Prior to this current role, Mr. Traywick served as Business Manager and Management Engineer for Perioperative Services at Emory Healthcare. He earned his Masters in Business Administration from Emory University and his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Jasmine L. Alderson
Jasmine L. Alderson, Spa Director

Jasmine oversees the operation of our Bluffton Office as well as our new Hilton Head Office location in Shelter Cove! She was recruited from Chapel Hill, NC to open LUX 9 years ago and has over 16 years experience in the cosmetic industry. Jasmine received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and has worked with big names such as Clinique, Laura Mercier, and Nordstrom. Jasmine enjoys the Low Country living with her husband, Zack, their young daughters, and their two furry friends.

Tyler M. Kirkpatrick
Tyler M. Kirkpatrick, Marketing Coordinator

Tyler does the marketing for both LUX locations. She was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina where she received her B.A. and cheered at The University of South Carolina. She is passionate about beauty, fitness and health with years of medical spa experience. In addition to doing the marketing at LUX she teaches inferno hot Pilates, and holds her Barre and Pilates certification. In her Free time she enjoys being on the beach, traveling and spending time with her fiance and three dogs, Ollie, Chance and Rocco!

Valentina L. Martinez Torres
Valentina L. Martinez Torres, Shelter Cove Team Manager

Valentina Martinez joined the LUX Ladies in early 2015, and is the first smiling face to greet you at Lux~A Medical Spa. Valentina possesses agreeableness, strong communication skills, and a calm and pleasant appearance. She strives for excellence in customer service and will be there to answer any questions you may have before and after your visit.

A few fun facts about Valentina: She is fluent in Spanish and English. Was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and moved to the Low Country at the age of five. She loves spending time with friends and family, traveling, and eating sushi. Valentina believes that each and every client deserves to look and feel their very best!

Taylor K. HARTER
Taylor K. HARTER, Bluffton Team Manager

Taylor grew up in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. She moved to Bluffton in 2015 after attending the University of South Carolina. Shortly after, she followed her love for skincare and makeup while working as a Beauty Advisor for Estee Lauder. She joined the LUX Ladies team in May 2018, where she has been able to follow her passion for skincare and superior customer service. In her free time Taylor enjoys spending time on the boat with her Husband, Andrew and their dogs Missy and Magnolia!

Denise L. Casoria
Denise L. Casoria, Medical Assistant

Denise grew up in Maine and recently moved to South Carolina. She worked as a nurse assistant for 14 years as well as a cosmetologist and a photographer! Denise is a passionate and creative person and loves to express herself through creating artwork and cooking. She and her boyfriend just rescued a puppy from the shelter and named him Romeo. She is a grandmother of 3 beautiful grandsons!

Emeree L. Putich
Emeree L. Putich, Patient Concierge

Emeree is a Licensed Aesthetician raised in Bluffton, SC. After moving to Utah in 2019 to complete her 1200 hr Esthetics training she also got 2x certified in microblading PMU. Emeree enjoys anything with beauty and caring for her skin. She especially loves doing her own eyebrows and baking sweet treats with her 3 year old daughter Penelope.

Erin L. Nolan
Erin L. Nolan, Patient Concierge

Erin, originally from Georgia, moved to the Low Country with her family 7 years ago. Coming from a military family has given her the drive to never stop growing and striving to succeed in any professional environment. Erin studied Early Childhood Development in Charleston before moving to Bluffton. She is currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration at The University of South Carolina. Erin has worked in Special Education at The Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts, as well as privately taught and nannied for several families in the community over the past 4 years. For Erin there are no true days off, when she is not at work, you can find her studying on the weekend! In spite of a busy schedule, she loves to take time to visit her family in both Georgia and Charleston as well as FaceTime her significant other who is serving overseas in the US Air Force. Erin joined our Lux Lady Team in spring 2021 and has been welcomed with open arms. She hopes to broaden her experience in business as well as expand her knowledge of everything in the world of medical skin care. Holding positions in many fields from management to education there is one lesson she believes always translates, “There is no problem we cannot solve with patience, hard work and compassion for each other.”

Gwyn M. Haertel
Gwyn M. Haertel, Patient Concierge

Gwyn grew up in Millburn, New Jersey and became a Lux Lady in 2021! She fell in love with Hilton Head at an early age and made the big move in September 2020. Gwyn graduated from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA in 2019 with her degree Business and Marketing. During college, Gwyn wrote for the University Newspaper, volunteered teaching art classes to children with Cerebral Palsy, and performed for her local radio station music festivals. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, going to the beach, and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

A fun fact about Gwyn: she is a singer songwriter! She plays the acoustic guitar, piano and ukulele.

Rachel C. Winn
Rachel C. Winn, Patient Concierge / Medical Assistant

Rachel is from the LowCountry of South Carolina. She grew up in Hampton County where she currently resides with her husband, Jonathan, and son, Zane. Rachel is also a dog-mom to Dixie, Gretel, Nelly, and Fazo. She graduated from Wade Hampton High School and then studied nursing at Florence-Darlington Technical College. Rachel spent most of her life acting in local theater productions, serving as Miss Coastal Empire, competing in the Miss South Carolina pageant, and helping run her family’s concession business. Her pageantry experience and diabetic diagnosis at 20 years of age sparked a passion for beauty, skincare, and wellness. Rachel loves designing jewelry and creating locally inspired home decor. Rachel became a LUX Lady in 2020 to help her achieve her new aspiration of becoming a South Carolina Licensed Aesthetician.”

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