BU Wellness Clinic Doctors
Christina E. Kim, MD
Dr. Christina E. Kim is the medical director and founder of BU Wellness & Med Spa. She is a board certified anesthesiologist with over 25 years of hands on experience in patient care. She completed her residency in Anesthesia at the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL and through extensive training has earned certifications from the American Academy of Procedural Medicine in Aesthetics, the International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine for Weight Management, and the American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy and Regenerative Medicine.
She has contributed her expertise and professionalism to the medical community by serving as a chairperson in the Department of Anesthesiology at the Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center in Chicago for 15 years.
Dr. Kim is passionate about making people feel the best they can on the outside and inside. Through combining her vast medical knowledge and innovative aesthetic expertise she creates a customized and methodical approach to address the unique challenges of aging. Dr. Kim aims to utilize the most natural and non-invasive treatment techniques available, which work to provide positive aesthetic refinements and visible improvements to the face and body.
Research and continued education are a top priority to Dr. Kim. She aims to remain at the forefront of aesthetic medicine so that she can continue to provide her patients with the latest innovations and cutting edge technologies in the field of anti-aging and wellness.
A focus at BU Wellness & Med Spa will be to provide natural enhancements using injectable dermal fillers as well as Neurotoxins such as Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport. With years of hands on experience, Dr. Kim has seen excellent results in administering these treatments alone as well as combined. These treatments have successfully worked to prevent and correct the effects of aging on the face as well as sculpt and enhance various areas throughout the face.
Dr. Kim is also an experienced provider of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for skin rejuvenation, specifically in the tear trough area, an area which is commonly difficult to successfully treat. PRP for aesthetic therapy is used to promote collagen synthesis within the skin and has shown great success in hair regrowth through micro-needling treatments.
Hongchan An, MD
Dr. An is a board certified Anesthesiologist, specialized in the field of Regenerative medicine and Interventional pain management.
With over 35 years of hands on medical experience, Dr. An has dedicated the past few years of his practice managing a Chicago Hospital Pain Clinic, affording him the opportunity to extend his warm and compassionate care and extensive knowledge to a broad range of patients.
His vast experience with in-office pain treatments has made him an expert in administering nerve blocks and joint injections throughout various parts of the body (shoulder, knee, hip, ankles, cervical and lumbar spine, and sacroiliac joint) where pain commonly develops.
His current focus centers around educating his patients and peers about new and innovative therapies in the field of pain management. With on-going research and hands-on experience, Dr. An has become a trusted expert and provider of Prolotherapy and PRP (platelet rich plasma).
He has been on the forefront of utilizing PRP as a tool for pain management because of it’s regenerative capabilities that work to heal and repair the direct source of the pain within the body. Out-dated modalities like steroid injections and prescription pain medication are more commonly utilized by un-specialized physicians treating patients with chronic pain. These treatments are examples of degenerative medicine that will only provide short term relief through masking the symptoms of chronic pain.
Dr. An has observed continued success in the treatment of his patients with Prolotherappy and PRP, and has approved the following conditions for the consideration of PRP treatment:
Achilles tendinitis, Ankle sprain , Arthritis, Chronic back pain, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Coccyx pain, Degenerative joint disease, Golfer’s and tennis elbow, Plantar fasciitis, Hip pain, Knee injuries and pain, Knee meniscus tears, Rotator cuff tears, Sacroiliac joint sprain and laxity.
BU Wellness Clinic Staffs
Jacquelin Arnold / Office Manager
Jacque will greet you at BU Wellness & Med Spa with her outgoing, upbeat personality and cheerful smile. Her energetic and compassionate personality helps make your Med Spa experience relaxed and enjoyable. As Marketing Coordinator for BU Wellness she enjoys creating special events, social media posts, and monthly marketing promotions.
Dedicated to health and wellness, Jacque is also a yoga instructor in the local community. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Public Relations, trained at Second City in Chicago, volunteers for numerous non-for-profit organizations and enjoys spending time with her family.
Jackie DiStefano / Aesthetician
Jackie DiStefano is a licensed aesthetician and make-up artist and has been in the beauty industry for over 30 years. She received her Aesthetics License from The Skin Care Institute in 2003. Jackie has completed courses and earned certificates in "Aesthetics in a Medical Setting" from both True U University and The New Age Spa Institute. Having passion and dedication to the skincare industry has allowed her to receive many other certifications, as well. Such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, derma-planning, product ingredients, and make-up artistry.
After working for many years in the beauty industry as a Business Manager and Make-Up Artist, Jackie's career led to an executive position with Procter & Gamble, in their Prestige Division. In her 10 years with Procter & Gamble, she managed various accounts, conducted training and held events for many of P&G's beauty and fragrance brands. Building strong, sincere, relationships with clients and associates was her greatest reward. Her goal has always been to give the best customer service possible and help her people to look and feel their best!
Jackie's philosophy in life is to look at the bright side of things, be positive and always smile. She is an advocate for peace, believing that everyone deserves respect and we all are created equal. Her best skincare advice is: Get on a good quality skincare regime (that is beneficial to your skin type and concern) exfoliate regularly and ALWAYS use sunscreen!
Natalie Rebora / Aesthetician
Natalie is a licensed aesthetician and laser technician with years of experience and training in the MedSpa industry. A graduate of New Age Spa Institute, she is passionate about helping clients achieve their ultimate skincare results. Her upbeat, warm and professional personality keeps clients coming back. Her goal is to find the most effective solutions for clients so they can look and feel their absolute best. Everyone has different skincare needs, Natalie truly believes in assessing each client’s skincare regiment and provide the treatment that is most effective.
Gia Avino / Aesthetician
Gia is a licensed Aesthetician and highly certified laser technician. Gia always knew she wanted to pursue a career in the beauty industry and couldn’t wait to get started. Gia has extensive training with lasers and understands first hand how they can transform the skin. Gia has also completed advanced training through True-U Education in Chicago on multiple procedures including chemical peels, IPL and Micro-current therapy. Gia knows great skincare is a huge priority and loves being able to help clients one on one to achieve that goal.