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Our Team

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Joan Hughes-Smith, nurse practitioner
owner

Joan Smith brings an entirely different, but appealing, perspective to Skincare Aesthetics of Baton Rouge. Her background as a fifth grade teacher prior to attending nursing school prepared her well for the effective and essential ongoing teaching that is necessary in any successful approach to both surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation procedures. This drive toward education for herself and others prompted her to gain a Masters degree in Nursing and subsequently a teaching position with Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing. Not quite ready to stop there, however, she went on to receive training and certification as a Nurse Practitioner. These educational accomplishments make her eminently qualified to consult, advise, and implement aesthetic treatment programs specific for each client she sees.

Further training and experience in the surgical fields, both in private practice and in hospital settings, gave her a unique capability to integrate with the plastic surgical aspects of total rejuvenation. She has had extensive experience with all aspects of non-surgical rejuvenation techniques and products, and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our clinic.

Additionally, Joan is an accomplished artist, which gives her a true “eye” for what is beautiful. According to Joan, “The face is my canvas and I want to bring beauty into each and every one.” Once you’ve met Joan and experienced first hand her enthusiasm for what she does, we know you’ll be pleased with what she has to offer.


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j. anthony stephens, M.D.
Owner

Dr. Stephens is Dual-Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, which includes worldwide leaders in Cosmetic Face, Body, Breast and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Stephens is most passionate about ensuring his patients are educated about plastic surgery, aesthetics, and why they may or may not be good candidates for certain procedures.

Dr. J. Anthony Stephens has been practicing since 1998. He operates in the advanced Louisiana Center for Plastic Surgery facilities, located inside Dr. Stephens' office and The Plastic Surgery Consultants building. He practices alongside Dr. Kevin J. Anderson, board-certified anesthesiologist who boasts over 15 years experience.

Hospital Affiliations

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Woman's Hospital
Lake Surgery Center

Professional Associations

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Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Member, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Member, Southeastern Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons

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Member, Louisiana Society of Plastic Surgeons
Past President, Louisiana Society of Plastic Surgeons


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James W. Wade, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Owner

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. James W. Wade strives to deliver excellence and satisfaction to all of his patients. He has been providing plastic surgery services at his private practice in the Baton Rouge community since 1985.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University in 1974, Dr. Wade continued his education at the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans to receive his M.D. degree in 1978. His post-doctoral training included a surgical internship at the Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA and a general surgery residency at the Medical College of Georgia. Returning to LSUMC, Dr. Wade completed his plastic surgery residency in 1985.

Over the years, Dr. Wade's career has included pioneering work in microsurgery and breast reconstruction with an evolution into the challenging realm of cosmetic surgery. He is currently an active staff member at several area hospitals and maintains numerous professional memberships. In addition to his clinical accomplishments, Dr. Wade is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the division of plastic surgery at the Louisiana State University Medical Center.

Hospital Affiliations

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Woman's Hospital
Lake Surgery Center

Professional Associations

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Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Member, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Member, Southeastern Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons

Past President, Southeastern Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons
Member, Louisiana Society of Plastic Surgeons
Past President, Louisiana Society of Plastic Surgeons
Past Chief of Staff, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center


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Piper Estep, Physician Assistant

Piper Estep has been a Physician Assistant in the Baton Rouge community for over ten years with experience concentrated on both dermatology and plastic surgery.  Piper joined Skincare Aesthetics of Baton Rouge in Spring 2019. She brings to our organization a wealth of knowledge and experience in administration of dermal fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane, along with Kybella injections, and sclerotherapy vein treatments.  In addition, she has special expertise in the use of neuromodulators including Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin.

Piper is a Physician Assistant-Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). She was part of the first graduating class in this discipline from Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge in 2008 with a Masters in Medical Science in Physician Associate studies.  

Aesthetics is the focus of Piper’s practice.  According to her, she “truly enjoys listening to each person's concerns and goals and strives to help them to be the best version of themselves.” Her patients love her attention to detail and feel confident that she will provide the best experience while continuously working towards optimal outcomes.


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Haley Burk, Aesthetician

Haley is from Zachary, LA. She moved to Baton Rouge after graduating high school and attended Louisiana State University followed by Aveda Institute in Lafayette,
LA. She has nine years of experience  in helping people with their esthetic concerns. She is trained in skin care treatments as well as selected medical procedures.

Haley practiced at Renaissance Medical Spa in Zachary, LA under the right hand supervision of Dr. Laurie Harrington. She later returned to Baton Rouge and continued to work in the field at Dermatology and Aesthetic Institute for Dr. Donna Nunnally followed by Dr. Sarah Haydel in Houma, LA.

Currently working at Skincare Aesthetics of Baton Rouge, she continues to establish a rapport with her clients to provide thorough, satisfying services and procedures. Haley is devoted to her journey in a medical atmosphere because she believes in proper care and treatment plans for each individual client. She consults with Joan Smith, MSN, ANP-C personally to provide the upmost care and safety for clients.

She continues to further her knowledge and education in this field to better provide satisfactory services for the client.


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LAUREN WALKER, PATIENT CARE COORDINATOR

Lauren is the Patient Care Coordinator at Skincare Aesthetics. Lauren has many years of experience, and was a dermatology nurse for 8 years before coming to Skincare. She has been in this industry for 13 years.

Lauren has been with Skincare Aesthetics for almost 3 years.

Lauren says, “Working as a dermatology nurse, I have a passion for taking care of my skin & making sure my girls always wear sunscreen. I love the daily interaction with our patients this job brings.”

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