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Chandra Prasad, MD, FACS
After receiving a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mississippi, Dr. Prasad went on to receive his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He remained in St. Louis while he completed his surgical residency at St. Louis University. Dr. Prasad is board certified in General Surgery and Phlebology (the treatment of vein disease) and is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He began his surgical practice in Jefferson City in 1996 and opened JCMG Laser and Vein Center in 2007. His goal was to create a medical home for clients seeking vein care and to provide the latest technologies and advancements in esthetic care. During the summer of 2014, Dr. Prasad retired from his surgical practice to focus full time on the treatment of vein disease and medical esthetic services. He enjoys helping people live healthier, happier lives. In his spare time, you can find Dr. Prasad spending time with his wife, four children and granddaughter or whipping up a meal for friends and family in his kitchen. Someday he hopes to have time to pick up his golf habit again, but does enjoy the few days he gets to pursue his favorite sport.
Practice Manager Aesthetic Division/ Marketing Director
Barb was born and raised in St. Louis. After high school she left the St. Louis area to attend the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO where she received a Bachelor’s of Journalism in Advertising with a minor in Marketing. She then moved out west where she worked in the advertising industry. She later returned to Missouri where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from St. Louis University. After completing her degree she worked as an ICU nurse at St. Louis University where she met her husband, Chandra Prasad. Together they moved to Jefferson City where they have lived and raised their four children since 1995. Barb started out as the Clinic Coordinator of the Laser and Vein Center in 2008 with just three employees and a part-time vein clinic that offered a few esthetic services. She is currently the Business Manager, managing a business with a staff of 16 and two locations. Her goal is to provide Jefferson City with all the vein and esthetic services and amenities available in a larger city right here in mid-Missouri. In her downtime, Barb enjoys reading books, exercising and volunteering for her church and community. She also enjoys traveling and hopes to see as much of the world as she can! Her motto is “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~Gandhi
Ashton grew up in a small town in South Central Kansas. After graduating from Pratt Community College she moved to Missouri with her fiancé. (now husband) She has worked in the medical field since she was 16. Starting as a C.N.A. she worked her way up to becoming an R.N. Ashton loves being a nurse. She believes the best nurses treat ALL their patients the way they themselves would want to be treated. In her free time Ashton loves to do anything outdoors, especially walking, gardening and kayaking on all the beautiful streams here in Missouri with her husband. Her parents' farm in Kansas is her favorite place to be and she always looks forward to trips back home to visit her family.
Esthetic Clinic Coordinator, Medical Esthetic Provider
Brandi’s love for esthetics started at the young age of 12. She has been a practicing esthetician since 2004 and has been with the JCMG Laser and Vein Center since 2009. Brandi is passionate about medical skin care and loves to continue learning about this growing field. She believes that knowledge is power and that beauty comes from within. Establishing a relationship with her clients and seeing continued results and increased self-confidence is the most rewarding part of her job. Brandi loves all of the products and services Laser and Vein Center has to offer and believes they are truly the best of the best. She is a cancer survivor and combines this experience with her passion for skin care by serving as a facilitator for the American Cancer Society Look Good Feel Better program. She believes that every day is a gift and feels blessed to be able to spend her days with her husband and 3 daughters. Sunday dinners at her parents', traveling and boating are some of her favorite things to do when not at work.
Courtney Schlup, RN, BSN
Clinic Nurse, Sclerotherapy Provider
Courtney joined the JCMG Laser and Vein Center staff during the summer of 2012. Prior to joining our team she worked as an emergency room nurse at Capital Region Medical Center. Courtney consults with patients on their concerns regarding vein disease, assists physicians during cosmetic and vein procedures, and provides sclerotherapy treatments for our vein patients. Courtney is also one of the nurses who assist our clients by submitting for their insurance approval. Courtney was inspired to be a nurse during her late teen years after her mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. She says that nurses in the oncology department never made her family feel like they were at a chemo visit. Courtney always strives to make her patients feel as comfortable as possible. Aside from getting to know her patients, Courtney enjoys soaking up information taught by product representatives. She finds skin care fascinating and loves her Colorescience makeup. Courtney enjoys doing anything and everything with her husband Lance, daughter Paige and son Cash. The family enjoys watching Jimmy Fallon and playing board games.
Medical Aesthetic Provider
Ilaria has years of advanced esthetic experience and a passion for lasers and skin care. Ilaria was born in Italy and has traveled the world, living in six different countries. She has spent the last seven years in Australia working as an esthetician and has relocated to the great Midwest, with her husband, to share her experience and world view with us and her clients. Ilaria loves having a job where every day is different with a variety of clients, treatments and trainings. “I love learning new things every day. I’m thrilled about the possibility of doing that from the best in the field. It’s a blessing.” Salsa dancing, reading and traveling are some of her favorite things to do when not at work. Ilaria lives by the wise words, “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
You can find Kayla behind the desk at our Medspa. Kayla started this position when she moved from the Springfield area. She made the move to Jefferson City with her husband, Coy, who is from mid-Missouri. She is responsible for many daily tasks and delivers friendly customer service to all of our clients. She loves working at JCMG Laser & Vein Medspa because of the professional, caring environment. Kayla appreciates working for a company that supports the local community, which has become her home. Since starting her employment here in 2013, she has learned the power of appreciation on the job, and strives to show that sincerity to our clients and her co-workers. That may be why her favorite quote is “You get what you give.” When Kayla isn’t at work she loves to be outdoors and enjoys hunting, camping and hiking. Kayla and Coy enjoy doing projects on their homestead in the country, and are proud owners of a half black Lab/half Blue Heeler dog named June Carter Cash and a Collie named Hank Williams Jr.
Kelly Kleffner, RN, ADN
Kelly was an ER Nurse and a surgical nurse before she began working for JCMG Laser and Vein Center in 2013. She assists our physicians with cosmetic and vein procedures, and provides premium patient care. She feels the best part of her job is making a believer out of her patients. Kelly has learned that treating vein disease will actually make people healthier and feel better, too, which is something she enjoys teaching her patients. Though patients are often skeptical at first, making a believer out of them is the best part of her job. Kelly has known she wanted to work in the medical field since she was a little girl. Kelly loves enjoying the outdoors with her husband, Cory, and daughter, Macy. In her free time she loves DIY projects, antiquing, playing softball and cooking for her family.
Medical Aesthetic Provider
Kim’s introduction to the skin care industry began in 1991 when her husband's job brought their young family to Columbia, MO, and that's when she began her journey with skin care. The dermatologic industry just fueled her passion for wanting to help others achieve their skin care goals. "After about 5 minutes in this industry, I knew I was hooked. Making others happy makes me happy!” Kim began sharing that passion at JCMG Laser and Vein in August of 2008. She holds multiple laser, product and procedure certifications, and loves to educate her clients on how to prevent, correct and maintain the quality of their skin. Kim believes that up-to-date education in this ever changing industry is key to providing our clients the best in esthetic care, and takes advantage of every opportunity that arises to stay informed. She is excited about how much the industry has grown and believes maintaining a high ethical standard in this industry is critical. That is why she loves working with product lines and services that do what they say they are going to do! In her downtime, Kim enjoys taking beachfront getaways and feels concerts are a must. She loves spending quality time with her family. She is a wife to Mike, Mom to Brittany, Jeremy and Ryan, and MiMi to her two beautiful granddaughters, Leighton and Landri. Kim makes the commute from Columbia every day and is our diehard Mizzou fan. Kim's mantra: Morning is God's way of saying one more time, go make a difference, touch a heart, encourage a mind, inspire a soul, AND enjoy the day.
Kimberly Hentges, RN
Kimberly has known she wanted to be a nurse since she was a little girl. Kimberly is a nursing school graduate of Lincoln University. She began her career at JCMG Laser and Vein Center in 2010. Prior to coming to us she worked at St. Mary’s on their Cardiac Stepdown Unit. She assists the physicians with a variety of vein and cosmetic procedures and provides sclerotherapy for our vein patients. Kimberly also assists our clients with submitting insurance claims. Kimberly feels the most important thing she has learned is that varicose vein disease isn’t just cosmetic. She finds it very rewarding to watch her patients go through their treatment plan and be so happy with their end results. Kimberly also serves as the Laser Safety Officer for JCMG. Born and raised on a farm, this country girl uses music as her therapy and she truly believes “The greatest things in life are in fact not things at all.” A few of those “greatest things” are her husband Levi and their very vivacious son Garrett.
Business Development & Guest Service Manager
Rachel began working at the Laser and Vein Center in early 2015. As the daughter of Dr. Chandra and Barbara Prasad, she has been around the business since the beginning, whether it be work talk at the dinner table or as a client. Family is the most important thing in her life, so she has a strong sense of devotion to the business her family has built. She loves her job! Struggling with severe acne herself, she knows the boost in confidence that our products and services can give. Her favorite part of working at the LVC is meeting all of our clients, getting to be creative with marketing and social media, and how involved in the community we are. After living in Arizona for three years and moving back to Jefferson City, she has a deep appreciation for the values and people in mid-Missouri. In her free time Rachel likes to spend time with her husband, Noah, and their sweet little girl, Charlotte. She loves hosting dinner parties for family and friends, interior decorating, and traveling. She tries her best to live by the phrase “Choose happiness”, and sees the positive in all of life’s ups and downs.
Esthetic Support Coordinator
As our Esthetic Support Coordinator, Ruth oversees the operations at JCMG Laser and Vein Center’s Esthetic Annex. Since Ruth began working for JCMG Laser and Vein Center in July of 2011, she has learned a lot about skin care and anti-aging treatments, and enjoys helping women feel good about themselves. Ruth also brought lots of work and life experiences with her. Ruth previously worked in a physician’s office, for the State Courts Administration. She also has 12 priceless years of experience as a stay-at-home mom. Ruth shares this piece of advice: “Live every day to the fullest, never take for granted the people around you, and always, always tell them you love them. She tries to make Sunday dinners special by setting a huge table with real plates, silverware and a centerpiece because she wants her two daughters, son and seven grandchildren to know how special they are and to set traditions that they will always remember. Ruth’s faith in God is her number one priority and her family follows very closely.
Insurance & Scheduling Specialist, Vein Division
Stephanie, a Jefferson City native, joined our team in early 2015 with four previous years of providing customer service in a medical office. She says this is her favorite job and feels the best part is customer interaction. Stephanie and her husband are busy raising their four children. When she isn’t busy running her children where they need to go, she enjoys being a homebody and relaxing. On sharing her best advice for enhancing the seasons of your life, Stephanie says: “Try to make the next season better than your last.”
Medical Aesthetic Provider
Being a Jefferson City local, Stephanie received her esthetic licenses from Merrell University and worked at a local medical spa before joining JCMG Laser and Vein Center’s Esthetic team in January 2012. She is a firm believer in SkinMedica and her favorite product is the TNS Essential Serum because of the amazing results she has seen in her clients and in her own skin. Stephanie has three children and loves spending time with them and following their volleyball and baseball activities. She also loves time spent with her husband and soulmate, Kelly. In her downtime, Stephanie enjoys watching the St. Louis Cardinals, listening to live music, and eating sushi. She loves to laugh and make others laugh or smile, and sees every client interaction as a chance to make someone’s day a little brighter. She gets her inspiration from going to her church ladies book group and enjoys the sharing of life experiences. You may also catch her in red and black at the JC home games cheering on her favorite local team!