Our Team of Certified Injection Specialists

Dr. Andy Castillo is the owner and Medical Director of De Novo Aesthetics and sister business, M.D. Laser Studio in the LKN area. He is a board-certified physician with extensive dermatological and surgical training. His education includes a BS from the University of Maryland, an MD degree from Wake Forest University, and an MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business. While serving in the United States Army as a flight surgeon he also successfully completed a plastic and reconstructive surgery research fellowship at prestigious Johns Hopkins. A Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Dr. Castillo has participated in the Constitution & Bylaws Committee, Audit Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee. With his extensive expertise on such a wide variety of equipment, he is often called upon to train others in laser procedures. He has served as a Luminary for Laserscope/Iridex, has trained and spoken on behalf of Medicis, and is a Diamond-Level Provider of Botox and the Juvederm family of products for Allergan. Having over 20 years of experience providing aesthetic injectable treatments, Dr. Andy and Dr. Becky also offer in-depth trainings for other providers on Botox and Filler.

Our Staff


Dr. Andy Castillo, MD, MBA

Dr. Appleton, the wife of Dr. Castillo, is a board-certified physician, a Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and a Member of the International Society For Hair Restoration Surgery. She earned a BS from Duke and MS from the University of Maryland. At the University of Maryland Medical School, Dr. Appleton earned her MD. She and Dr. Castillo
have raised six children in the Lake Norman area and are actively involved in their community.

Dr. Rebecca Appleton Castillo, MD, MS

Medical director

Medical director

Cara has been a nurse since 2010. She completed her RN at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences and BSN at UNC Wilmington. She recently finished her Family Nurse Practitioner degree at Herzing University and plans to use her education to continue to provide Botox, dermal fillers and other aesthetic treatments to her patients. Cara joined De Novo Aesthetics as a start-up business in 2016, where she trained extensively under Dr. Castillo and Dr. Appleton. Cara loves to connect with her patients, and create customized treatment plans to help emphasize their natural beauty. Follow Cara on Instagram @aestheticnp_cara

Cara Wicker, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Shanti entered the nursing field in 2002 after earning her RN/BSN from University of Florida. Working as a certified injection specialist, Shanti keeps up with all of the exciting new advances in the constantly
evolving aesthetics practice. She prides herself on providing each patient with her highest level of personal attention and makes each person feel comfortable and confident as they transform toward
becoming the very best version of themselves. Follow Shanti on Instagram @aestheticnurse_shanti

Shanti Coates, RN, BSN

certified injection specialist

certified injection specialist

certified injection specialist


Certified injection specialist

Sam Ferree, RN, BSN

Brooke is a Registered Nurse who graduated from UNC Chapel Hill. She started her nursing career on an
Ortho/Trauma unit at UNC Healthcare. She later transitioned into the neonatal world of nursing when she moved to Charlotte, NC. Brooke was intrigued by skincare and non-invasive treatments. She followed her heart into aesthetic nursing and became a nurse injector at De Novo Aesthetics. Our patients love treatments with Brooke because she is great at educating our patients and putting them at ease. In her spare time, Brooke enjoys spending time on Lake Norman with her family, traveling, and all things skincare.

Brooke Foster Cathey, RN, BSN

After graduating from the Aveda Institute and managing salons for the last few years, Lauren joined De Novo Aesthetics. As Office Manager, Lauren is the friendly voice at the other end of phone calls and texts scheduling appointments and answering questions. She keeps all the locations supplied and staffed and helps coordinate promotions and events. If you are interested in co-promotions or an event with De Novo contact Lauren directly at lauren@denovoaesthetics.com.

Lauren Frogge

office manager

 I’m a forever customer now. Amazing results, professional team, nice space, and easy to schedule!