Experience Matters. We get Results
LUX~A Medical Spa, the premier medical spa in Bluffton and Hilton Head, is passionate about assisting individuals to refine themselves and feel more healthy and confident. It is our mission to provide outstanding procedures, products, and patient services.
Our medical spa staff is highly trained in the art of aesthetics and continues to maintain the highest levels of accreditation by pursuing ongoing education to stay on top of the latest trends. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff, state-of-the-art equipment, and anti-aging procedures are why LUX has been voted “Favorite Medical Spa” year after year since opening our doors in 2014.
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. 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, 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.
Susan T. Coker, PA-C
Susan is a 1991 graduate of The Emory University Physician Assistant Program. Susan believes patient satisfaction starts with truly understanding her patients’ needs. This understanding stems from her 20+ years of vast knowledge, experience, skills, and resources. Prior to coming into the field of medical skin care, she brings a strong medical background in primary care and women’s health. In 2011, Susan started working under Frederick G. Weniger, MD of Weniger Plastic Surgery, and has had advanced training in Dermatology, Botox, Dysport, Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Sculptra, CoolSculpting, Sciton Laser, and photo rejuvenation, as well as venous sclerotherapy and ablation, by the leaders in the field. Susan has also started sharing her experience and knowledge at seminars and conferences around the Southeast where she has been the keynote speaker. Susan is most proud of three awards she’s earned while working at LUX: 2015, Merz Select Diamond Member, 2015 & 2016 Aspire Prefered Champion, and 2018 Top 250 with Allergan.
Susan lives on Hilton Head Island where she enjoys all outdoor activities, as well as yoga, reading, and art. Susan is fluent in Spanish and is a Board Certified NCCPA and a Member of AAPA.
Karen A. Bouchard, PA-C
Karen is a graduate of the 2008 South University Physician Assistant Program in Savannah, GA. Karen has over 10 years of experience as a Physician Assistant, with 8 years of extensive surgical training within a multi-specialty surgical practice (General Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, and Surgical Oncology}. In addition to her extensive medical background, Karen also has training in the arts field and Graphic Design.
Karen has received advanced, one-on-one training with both Board Certified providers Frederick G. Weniger, MD of Weniger Plastic Surgery, and Carmen A. Traywick, MD of May River Dermatology, as well as advanced training with Injection trainers from around the country. Karen is also a certified Master Injector, with advanced cannula training. Her specialties include Botox, dermal fillers, laser resurfacing, CoolSculpting, Sclerotherapy, & BBL. Additionally, Karen has completed the Laser Safety Course with the esteemed John Hoopman, CMLSO. Karen continues to expand her knowledge and expertise through ongoing training courses, national conferences and continuing medical education specific to this field.
As an experienced provider, Karen recognizes the value of first listening to the patient’s concerns fully and in-depth prior to building and implementing any customized plan. With a love for aesthetics and creativity, she truly enjoys being able to apply her natural creative and analytical abilities to assist patients in achieving their aesthetic goals.
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.
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, 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, 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, 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, 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
Jessica K. Ware, L.E.
Jessica was born in Alabama but lived in Bandol, France for most of her adolescence. She moved to Arizona her senior year of high school and has a love for the desert. She obtained her B.S. in Fashion Merchandising at the University of South Carolina and went on to build a career in visual merchandising. Jessica moved to the Lowcountry in 2013, joined the LUX team in November of 2019, and became a Licensed Esthetician in February of 2020 because of her passion for skin health! She enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time with their three dogs.
Behind the Scenes of LUX~A Medical Spa
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, 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 ~ A Medical Spa 7 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.
Sarah M. Amarillo, Aesthetics Team Manager
In 2012, Sarah started working alongside Frederick G. Weniger, MD of Weniger Plastic Surgery as his surgical first assistant. She has advanced experience and a keen eye in vast surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments. She received her B.A through Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, while also being a certified surgical technologist. Sarah became a LUX Lady in 2017 and with her 7 years of medical and aesthetic experience, she is passionate about communicating and educating the correct treatment options for patients. Sarah enjoys taking the skies with her pilot-husband Jay, step-daughter, Sofia and her little dog, Camo.
“Aging is a fact of life. Looking your age is not.” – Dr. Murad
Valentina L. Martinez, 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. Nevill, 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 Fiance Andrew and their dog Missy!
Libby C. Benedict, Marketing Director
Libby grew up in State College, Pennsylvania where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Psychology at The Pennsylvania State University. She interned in Hilton Head during college and fell in love with the island after getting engaged on the beaches, so she moved to Hilton Head permanently in 2017 and joined the LUX Ladies in 2019 after working for Clinique and in Human Resources. Libby enjoys spending quality time with her husband, being in the sunshine, and sharing workouts and healthy meal ideas on her social media pages.
“Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” -Earl Nightingale
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!
Mara R. Caruso, Patient Concierge
Mara grew up in York, PA and became a LUX Lady in 2019! She decided to move to warmer weather for school and spent her first two college years at University of South Carolina Beaufort before finishing her degree at University of South Carolina for Business Management. Mara has always had a passion for skin care and anything beauty related. Mara’s favorite things to do are travel and spend time with her friends at the beach – but with sunscreen on, of course!
Laura B. Matthews, Patient Concierge
Laura and her husband of 17 years moved to the Lowcountry in 2019 for her husband’s job and to be closer to the coast, which has always been somewhere they loved to visit. Together they enjoy running, taking long walks on the beach and spending time with their Vizsla, Finn, they also love visits back to North Carolina and Florida to visit with family and friends. Laura has been a N.C. Board Certified paralegal for 20 years and has worked on and off over the years with cosmetic brands such as Clinique and Estee Lauder, she’s always had a passion for skincare and is excited to have an opportunity to pursue that passion with Lux ~ A Medical Spa.
Rachel C. Winn, Patient Concierge
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.”