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About Us

Kristen Shkhaidem is a nationally board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in aesthetic medicine.

She completed her training at the University of Tennessee, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Masters of Science in Nursing. Kristen believes that everyone deserves to look and feel their absolute best. She has performed thousands of aesthetic procedures and loves to see her patients' confidence grow. Click here to see Kristen's availabilities.


When not working, Kristen can be found on a hiking trail outside of the city, enjoying Little Italy, or at Del Mar dog beach with her two pups, a maltipoo and a Belgian Malinois. 


Favorite treatment? Filler is liquid gold! From giving the lips a boost to defining the cheeks and jaw, it's my favorite facial balancing tool. I love to surprise patients and let them know exactly how I've used filler myself!

Favorite products? Our Super Serum, because I put my heart and soul into it! It benefits everyone's skin - literally, and is so well tolerated. I also love our newest product from Anfisa, their Hydra-balm is super luxurious to apply. My dry skin loves it. 

Biggest vice? Binge-worthy reality shows, but not the new ones. I'm talking about the 2001 season of Amazing Race or the original Survivor. Hint: check Hulu.

Katie Duncan, BSN, RN

Katie graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Colorado State University. She is currently working towards completing her Master’s at Pacific College to transition into the role of a Nurse Practitioner. She is deeply passionate about individualized, whole-person care and specializes in aesthetics with a holistic approach.She has a deep-found passion for utilizing nursing as a conduit to provide meaningful service to her patients. Katie’s mission encompasses modalities for aging radiantly and proactively empowering individuals to discover self-love, self-confidence and self-esteem to experience a richer life in their beautiful bodies.


When not working, Katie loves riding her bike along the coast, baking and painting.


Favorite treatment? Microneedling with PRP. This creates our most radiant glow and maintains the longevity of our skin heath.

Biggest vice? Espresso is my favorite delicacy. So yummy!

Click here to see Nurse Katie's availabilities.

Emily Gruber, FNP-BC

Emily Gruber is a nationally board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner, with more than seven years of experience in Dermatology. Emily has specialized in treating anti-aging and acne concerns, and also has experience working in urgent care, recovery room, surgical unit, and cardiac ICU settings. She graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Master’s degree in Nursing. She was drawn to aesthetics because she loves helping patients improve their self-confidence and reach their skin goals.

When not working, Emily enjoys exercise of all kinds—especially running, swimming, weightlifting, hiking, and biking. She was a Division 1 swimmer in college! 

Favorite treatment?
Wrinkle relaxers are like magic! It is always so fun to see the results on patients.

Favorite products? Vitality’s Super C+ Serum and the Daily Renewal Pads.

Biggest vice? Rainbow sprinkles on almost anything.

Click here to see NP Emily's availabilities.

My name is Katie and I am a licensed aesthetician with a masters esthetics certification since 2010 and I am thrilled to be part of the Vitality Aesthetics team. Skin care has been a passion of mine from a very early age so it seemed natural to make it my job. Throughout my career I've expanded my knowledge in day spas, resorts/hospitality and into the medical realm. With a wide range of skills & experience under my belt I just love sharing this passion with my clientele.

Through results-oriented treatments and education, I can't wait to take you on your skin wellness journey!



When Katie isn’t working, she can be found cozy at home with her family and her pets watching genre films, deep-diving into music, playing board games, and cooking up some yummy vegetarian dishes. A homebody at heart, but she never turns down a foresty nature walk or a fun, scenic road trip excursion!



FAVORITE Treatment?

I may seem biased but the Hydrafacial truly is my favorite treatment and has been for several years now because it never fails to deliver! It leaves your complexion squeaky clean like no other while restoring balance and hydration. Like pressing a reset button! Who doesn’t love that?



My favorite products are those that beautifully and effectively marry natural with cosmeceutical. One of my longtime favorite brands is Arcona. The line is clean, results-oriented and has a reasonable price point for all. More importantly, living in San Diego and fearful of the dreaded skin cancer, I am of course a giant fan of sunscreen. The Vitality Glowgetter is the perfect blend of skincare & SPF combined. And it’s tinted for days you want to ditch the makeup but still have natural-looking coverage. 



Besides coffee and matcha? Cat naps…AKA beauty rest!


Click here to see Katie's availabilities.