MEET THE TEAM
VALERIE MONISMITH, RN
Registered Nurse, Founder & Owner
Valerie Monismith is a skilled and charismatic Registered Nurse with over 10 years of experience in the medical aesthetics field. Valerie has built her career around providing unique solutions to clients for a range of issues.
Before founding Ashtoria Aesthetics & Wellness in 2015, Valerie excelled as a dedicated Labor & Delivery and NICU nurse for many years. Valerie made the transition into medical aesthetics after being presented with an opportunity to work as a plastic surgeon’s lead nurse. This new challenge opened her eyes to the vast spectrum of aesthetic procedures, especially those that improve a patient’s quality of life.
Over the years Valerie continued to work with doctors and other aesthetic professionals across the country and abroad, constantly building her expertise in both laser and injectable therapies.
valerie is skilled in safe skin/tissue rejuvenation treatments using the highly acclaimed Fotona Laser system, and has additional expertise in advanced methods for injecting Botox, Dysport, Restylane, Juvederm, Revanesse Versa, Radiesse, Bellafill, Sculptra, Belotero, Silikon 1000, and Perlane. She is only nurse in the Memphis area with 15+ years of injecting Bellafill (previously called Artefill) using micro-cannulas for superior results with minimal bruising, and has served as a National Injection Trainer for Suneva Medical (the makers of Bellafill). Click here to schedule your private consult with Valerie.
Motivated to expand her knowledge in healthy living, Valerie became a Certified Food For Life Instructor through the award-winning Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). The Food for Life program was designed by physicians, nurses, and registered dietitians to train and certify health advocates in promoting healthy eating and disease management. She is knowledgeable on how certain foods and nutrients work to promote health, along with cooking demonstrations of simple and nutritious recipes that can be recreated easily at home. If you are interested in learning more about Food for Life classes for yourself or a group, you may email Valerie here.
VANESSA M. GIVENS, MD
Vanessa M. Givens is an experienced and decorated doctor and OBGYN who ensures that the Ashtoria facility provides the highest level of care. Dr. Givens serves as Ashtoria’s Medical Director to provide top-level assurance of quality and control, however, she does not perform treatments within the Ashtoria facility.
Dr. Vanessa M. Givens graduated Magna Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She then moved to Memphis where she received her M.D. from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center.
She subsequently completed her internships and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in the College of Medicine. Dr. Givens then received fellowship training in Advanced Abdominal and Pelvic Surgery from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 2001 to 2002.
Dr. Givens has numerous journal publications as well as award-winning research papers. She has been listed every year since 2005 in “Best Doctors in America” and she has been named one of “America’s Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists” by Consumers’ Research Council of America. She is currently a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP).
AMANDA SANDERS, NP
Registered Nurse, Founder & Owner
Amanda Sanders is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Hormone Replacement Therapy since 2017. She also specializes in IV Hydration Therapies, Wellness Injections, and Peptide Therapy.
Prior to developing her Hormone Replacement Therapy skills, Amanda worked in Labor and Delivery for over ten years and in Pain Management for six years. Amanda works closely with her clients to identify imbalances and develop effective protocols for optimal hormone and nutrient levels. She believes that each client is unique and that personalized holistic care is the key to achieving the best results.
Licensed Medical Esthetician
Allison is an experienced esthetician with a passion for helping others attain their skincare goals. As a teenager, Allison battled acne which led to scarring. This inspired her to become an esthetician and help others like herself. After 7 years of helping her clients using treatments, facials, and medical-grade skincare, Allison began training on the Fotona laser systems at Ashtoria. She is passionate about helping clients achieve their goas via multiple modalities and custom treatment plans.