About Us

Advanced Aesthetics Staff

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Dr. Jennifer Schmidt and Tina Lagrotteria have been friends and colleagues for over 12 years. They met when Tina was hired to work with Dr. Schmidt at a Family Practice medical office in Cary.

They have a passion for helping others and felt this would be a great opportunity to work together again. They look forward to working as a team to assist clients to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Our Staff

Dr Jennifer Schmidt - Your Specialist in Cary

Dr Jennifer Schmidt – Your Specialist in Cary

Dr. Jennifer Schmidt

Medical Director

Dr. Schmidt is a board certified Family Practice physician who specializes in Bariatric Medicine. Dr. Schmidt practiced Family Medicine in Cary, NC for 10 years, before establishing Doctors Weight Loss Center of Cary and Advanced Aesthetic Concepts.

As a physician who practices holistic medicine, she became increasingly concerned about the obesity epidemic and the host of serious illnesses associated with excessive weight. She began practicing Bariatric Medicine as part of her Family Practice in 2009, after receiving bariatric training.

Dr. Schmidt realizes that one must utilize all “tools in the box” to effectively treat overweight and obese patients. A healthy diet and exercise are, of course, keys to success in weight loss. In addition, lipoplasty can serve as a valuable adjunct to help tighten skin as weight loss progresses, as well as reduce fat from areas resistant to weight loss. She is excited to have this sophisticated technology to offer her patients. She is passionate about helping patients achieve a healthy lifestyle to prevent illness, and to help patients look and feel their best.

Dr. Schmidt is from the Chicago area. She graduated Cum Laude from Loyola University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1988. She received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Midwestern University in 1995, graduating in the top 10% of women in her class. Dr. Schmidt completed her Family Practice residency at MacNeal Hospital, and affiliate of Rush Hospital in Chicago. She served as clinical faculty at the MacNeal Family Practice program before relocating to North Carolina in 2000. She is an active member of the North Carolina Medical Society and The American Society of Bariatric Physicians.

Dr. Schmidt enjoys spending time with her two children, Nate and Ella. She also enjoys cooking, gardening, exercising and reading in her spare time.

Tina LaGrotteria - Experience you can trust

Tina Lagrotteria – Experience you can trust

Tina Lagrotteria, RN

Licensed Esthetican

Tina graduated from Penn State University after completing her Registered Nursing degree in 1982. She has been working as a Registed Nurse since then. She became a licensed esthetician in 2008 after graduating from the Miller- Motte Esthetics Program at the top of class. Tina has been trained and certified in the Lipoplasty procedure.

In addition, she has had exhaustive training in every aspect of aesthetics including facials, body treatments and waxing techniques, chemical exfoliation, make-up application and microdermabrasion. She is certified in laser hair reduction and spider vein treatment of the face and legs. Tina has a passion for helping others look and feel their best.

Tina enjoys spending time with her 2 children. In addition, she enjoys scrapbooking, reading and exercising.

Lisa Lucius - Office Manager

Lisa Lucius – Office Manager

Lisa Lucius

Office Manager
Lisa has been the office manager at Doctors Weight Loss Center of Cary since opening in January of 2010. She also manages Advanced Aesthetic Concepts. She is passionate about ensuring our office is a warm and inviting atmosphere for every patient. Lisa is the general manager of the office and has a diverse background in management, marketing, computer training and accounting. Lisa does general bookkeeping, answers phones, schedules appointments, orders supplies, tracks inventory, performs payroll and is in general a “jack of all trades”. She strives to provide the best customer service possible and takes pride in ensuring that every patient has a positive experience.

Lisa has been married for 25 years and is the proud mother of three sons. She enjoys attending sporting events and boating in her spare time.

Julianne Spears - Medical Assistant

Julianne Spears – Medical Assistant

Julianne Spears

Medical Assistant
Julianne was thrilled to join the staff in June 2012 after graduating in April from Miller-Motte College as a Medical Clinical Assistant. Her training also includes surgical technology. Having lost 70 pounds herself in 2011, she especially enjoys being a cheerleader to our patients on their way to accomplishing their weight loss goals.

Julianne is lucky to have both her grown children living in the area. She has had a life-long interest in fiber arts, woodworking, paper crafts, and architecture.

Laura Lambeth - Licensed Esthetician

Laura Lambeth – Licensed Esthetician

Laura Lambeth

Licensed Esthetican
Laura is a 2006 graduate of Miller-Motte Esthetics program and is a licensed Esthetician. She has worked as a makeup artist for two major cosmetic lines. This is where she realized her love for skin care and decided to further her education. Laura is an experienced esthetician in every aspect of skin care. Laura has been trained and holds advanced certifications in chemical exfoliation, microdermabrasion, skin resurfacing procedure, laser skin therapy and Lipoplasty skin tightening and volume reduction procedures.