Meraki Aesthetics and Company came to life as Nurse Practitioner Ali Kitchens fulfilled her dream of opening her own professional medical spa. Recognizing the need for a medical spa in her community that took a personalized approach to facial aesthetics, she formed Meraki Aesthetics and Company when she was only 26 years old. Fueled by a love for aesthetic art, she drew inspiration from her entrepreneurial parents and grandparents, who raised her in an environment of dedication, discipline, and determination. She now leads the med spa with the same values close at heart. The name, Meraki, was chosen with care, embodying her vision of practicing with love, creativity, and soul. Her hope with her practice was — and still is — to pave the road for future female entrepreneurs who want to make a difference in the lives of patients in their community, just as she does every day at Meraki.
Ali started her aesthetic nursing career working in cosmetic surgery with multiple body and facial plastic surgeons. She provided perioperative care and assisted in surgery over the years in order to gain a deeper knowledge of what lies beneath the surface of the skin. Her love for facial aesthetics flourished and while working in the operating room she simultaneously trained to become a Nurse Injector. She continued gaining experience in facial aesthetics and perfecting her craft while attending graduate school at Loyola University. She obtained her masters and is a Nurse Practitioner who specializes in evaluating and consulting with patients on how they can restore a more youthful appearance, naturally, with injectables. Botox and Dysport are two of her “must-haves” to help prevent fine lines, wrinkles, and aging.
“I love what I do and enjoy helping clients improve their appearance and confidence. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a transformation that translates into happiness and improved self-confidence.”
Alexandria says, “I enjoy serving as an advocate for my patients and building relationships with them. My favorite words to live by are from the founder of modern nursing, Florence nightingale:
Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation as any painter’s or sculptor’s work.”
I believe this motto embodies the many forms of nursing – especially for Aesthetic Nurse Practitioners – “who require a sensitive devotion to patients’ safety, working together as a team, listening to their concerns, and helping them achieve realistic desired results” she says.
Alexandria incorporates patient education in her aesthetic services and promises continued care throughout her lifetime as a provider.
In her spare time, Alexandria enjoys traveling. She also loves exercising and reading since she is always seeking more education on innovative techniques in aesthetic medicine. When not traveling, being active, or continuing her education, she enjoys spending quality time with friends and family. She enjoys trying new restaurants, attending Panthers Football games, and exploring the city of Charlotte. She also is a volunteer at Hope Heals summer camp, an organization that provides Christ-centered resources, relationships, and a respite for individuals and families affected by disability.