Plastic Surgery Practice Providers at H/K/B
At the plastic surgery practice H/K/B, one of our greatest assets are the Providers who deliver excellent patient care for the non-invasive procedures we offer in the practice. Our cosmetic surgery practice Providers strive to create a comfortable environment and a memorable experience.
Learn More About Our Plastic Surgery Providers Credentials and Get To Know Them!
Meena Patel RN, BSN Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist & Advanced Certified Injector
Meena Patel, RN, BSN, CANS is an accomplished and dedicated Registered Nurse with extensive experience in the aesthetic field. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Indiana University and moved to Charlotte in 1996. She worked at CMC University before joining HKB Cosmetic Surgery in 1998. Meena’s experience at HKB includes peri-operative management, coordinating FDA clinical studies, administering conscious sedation, delivering patient care, and clinical decision-making. Qualified as an Advanced Certified Injector, Meena has been injecting neuromodulators and dermal fillers since 2004. She earned her certification from The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and has pursued additional training obtaining certifications in Conscious Sedation and is a qualified Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist.
In addition to working at plastic surgery practice HKB, Meena also educates and trains other Physicians, Nurses, and Physician’s Assistants in the art of injecting neuromodulators and dermal fillers for two different companies. Allergan, for Botox, Kybella, and Juvederm products in the past, and currently for Galderma, for Dysport, Sculptra, and Restylane products. She has become the top trainer in the Southeast and in the top 10 percent nationwide for 2017.
Meena is also a member of the American Association of Sedation Nurses and American Society of Plastic Surgery Nurses where she has co-presented at their national conferences in 2009, 2013, and 2014.
Her professionalism, class, and high level of acumen provide each client with an exceptional experience. What Meena likes about her job is the autonomy it provides. She also finds pleasure in interacting with the patients she serves. The satisfaction of facilitating the physical transformation and improving a patient’s self-esteem is what she finds most fulfilling.
Kathy Hawk, Medical Esthetician
Kathy is a Licensed Esthetician, graduated at the top of her class in 2005. She has been with the cosmetic surgery practice, Hunstad Kortesis Bharti Cosmetic Surgery, for eight years. Throughout this time, she has advanced her skills in many procedures such as chemical peels, laser hair removal, laser skin rejuvenation, body contouring, and more. She is committed to providing her patients with the best products and services.
Shani Caviness, PA-C, Certified Injector
Shani Caviness has been a Physician Assistant for twenty three years. She attended Heldelberg University in Tiffin, OH followed by PA school at Saint Francis in Pennsylvania.
Shani is committed to caring for the patient as a whole at our plastic surgery practice. With her long tenure in medicine, she is aware of how medical diagnoses can impact our lives and the medications people are currently taking. This is important as it can impact desired results. She believes internal beauty shines through and she is there to enhance it by nurturing the patient and helping the patient be more confident by correcting the patients concerns.
Her love of aesthetics has grown and she has continued her commitment to offering the best aesthetic results possible by neuromodulators, fillers, lasers, microneedling, radiofrequency and all of the latest proven product lines. Her favorite results driven procedure is CO2 laser.
Shani’s interests outside the clinic include fitness. Running and lifting weights three times a week are her favorite. You will also see her driving a boat with the boys wakesurfing and splashing around in the summer. She has two sons of her own along with a bonus son and daughter that enjoy family game night playing Uno.
Ariel Gardner, Nurse Practitioner
Ariel Gardner is a Nurse Practitioner here at HKB Cosmetic Surgery and works alongside Dr. Hunstad, Dr. Kortesis, Dr. Bharti, and Dr. Kleban in caring for their surgical patients postoperatively. Ariel plays a huge role in post-surgical care for our cosmetic surgery patients here at HKB and will be your main point of contact as you recover from your surgery.
Ariel attended Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Ariel practiced as a registered nurse in a Neurosurgery intensive care unit for 6 years. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, specializing in Family Medicine and is now board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Ariel began working for HKB Cosmetic Surgery in 2020. In her time at our practice she has assisted many surgical patients in their recovery process while working closely with each surgeon. Ariel works tirelessly and is dedicated to each patient she comes in contact with to ensure they each have the best possible outcome.
Ariel lives in Huntersville, NC where she grew up. In her spare time, Ariel enjoys working out, traveling, and spending her weekends on Lake Norman.
If you have any questions or need anything after your surgery with us, please reach out to Ariel and she will do her best to assist you. Thank you for choosing the HKB team for all your Cosmetic Surgery needs.
Traci DiRenzo, Aesthetic Nurse Injector
Traci started her medical career in the US Airforce Reserves, continuing her education at East Carolina University to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Recreation Therapy. She then received her nursing degree from Carolinas College of Health Sciences in Charlotte, NC. Her career has provided over 15 years of experience in neurosurgery, oculoplastics, home health, and the operating room. Traci obtained her certification in perioperative nursing through Atrium Health Care System and believes in always continuing to learn and grow. She combines her nursing experience with her passion for aesthetics to work with patients on achieving their individual goals. Neurotoxins, Neuromodulators, Non-invasive procedures, lasers, and medical-grade skincare are all modalities considered with treating the patient as a whole. In her free time, she loves any outdoor activities including camping, hiking, and traveling with her family.
Meet Our Cosmetic Surgery Practice Patient Care Coordinators
Alexis Riker, Patient Care Coordinator
Alexis has worked in the field of cosmetic surgery for the past 12 years and truly enjoys her role as a patient care coordinator because it allows her to work closely with our doctors and patients. Alexis is successful in her position because she loves interacting with people and helping them reach their aesthetic goals. Her knowledge and expertise help patients feel confident and safe about their decision to have plastic surgery. She takes great pleasure in sharing a patient’s journey, and she looks forward to witnessing their excitement at the end of the transformation.
When Alexis is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and their Cane Corso, Craig, reading, and traveling.
Jordan Hasty, Patient Care Coordinator
Jordan has been in the aesthetic industry for over 12 years and with our plastic surgery practice H/K/B since 2015. As patient care coordinator, she will be there to answer any questions you may have before and after your visit as well as help bridge a positive and open relationship with our practice.Jordan believes that, by using advanced cosmetic injectables, surgery, and medical grade skincare solutions, patients can achieve their aesthetic goals and ensure that their aging process is both graceful and seamless.
Jordan takes care of herself by eating healthy, exercising regularly, and having preventative and corrective treatments such as Botox, laser hair removal, and laser skin rejuvenation.
Kim Pisciotta, Patient Care Coordinator
Kim has worked in the aesthetic industry for over 20 years and at H/K/B Cosmetic Surgery for 3 years. As patient care coordinator she is dedicated to assisting our patients by providing an experience which empowers them to achieve their cosmetic goals. Her knowledge, compassion, and commitment to each patient is present throughout the entire surgical journey. Kim feels honored to be a part of our patient’s transformation, both physically and emotionally. Working to understand our patients’ diverse lifestyles and needs is paramount to her successful coordination of their care.
In her free time, Kim enjoys spending quality time with her family, hiking, yoga, live music, and traveling.
Salem Larowe, Patient Care Coordinator
Salem has worked in the aesthetic industry for 8 years. Her passion for the cosmetic industry started with her cosmetology degree where she learned the importance of customer service and how to elevate patient experience. Salem has been working as a Patient Care Coordinator in cosmetic surgery for over two years.
“Seeing the transformation from the first consultation to the after surgery follow up is so rewarding”.
Salem has a true passion for helping others achieve their goals and hopes to be a part of your journey here at H/K/B.
Outside of work Salem likes to spend time with her fiancé Noah and their two dogs Rooster and Blue. She loves to cheer on all of Charlottes local teams from the Carolina Panthers to the Checkers.