MEET THE TEAM
All of our providers are knowledgable in the science and art of beauty to provide the best, most natural results.
We believe in using the best skin care products and treatments to provide your skin with glowing and beautiful results. At Magnolia, our providers are highly trained and committed to meeting your beauty needs. You will be educated on the specific products and treatments for you skin type that you have always hoped to find.
Sonya Kennedy, Owner
Sonya is the Owner of Magnolia Medspa. Her former experience as a professional model and medical aesthetician make her a leader in the industry and an expert in beauty & anti-aging. Sonya cultivates a relationship with each patient that is built on trust, honesty, and compassion. She places a high value on truly listening to her patients and being available to them throughout their entire journey. These qualities along with her expertise have earned her a reputation for being one of the top Medical Spas in Atlanta. Her expertise ranges from injectables & skin care to hormones & weight loss. Her favorite treatment is the Magnolia Gold Rx Facial.
Dr. Dwayne Watkins, Medical Director
Dr. Watkins is a licensed board-certified physician who has been in practice for fifteen plus years. Dr. Watkins studied at the University of Kansas where he received his undergraduate degree in pharmaceutical medicine and later attended medical school at the University of Kansas.
Dr. Watkins has been active in the aesthetic business for over eight years and is trained in multiple modalities from injectables and weight loss to liposuction as well as many other techniques. Dr. Watkins is always on the cutting edge of new treatments and modalities in the aesthetic sphere. His love and passion for the aesthetic business keeps him motivated to perfect his skills with ongoing education and state of the art training. Dr. Watkins is married to his wife of twenty-three years who is also a physician. He is a member of The Obesity Medical Association and is Allergan certified physician in injectables. He is also a Certified Liposuction Physician through Osyris Lipotherme laser liposuction/total body contouring as well as previously a board-certified pharmacist ACLS PALS BLS certified.
Renee Dries, RN, Aesthetic Nurse Injector
Renee brings us 20 years of vast experience in the medical field. Her extensive knowledge of aesthetics stems from 10 years of surgical experience in the operating room with some of Georgia's best plastic surgeons after 10 years of trauma in the ER. She has continued her education and training with Galderma and Allergan, paving the way as one of the most innovative injectors in the metro area. Her passion for sharing this knowledge with her patients while equipping them with fundamental principles necessary to provide superior outcomes is her uncompromising goal. Her favorite treatment is the PRP facelift.
Connie Meiken, NP, Aesthetic Nurse Injector
Connie is our new Nurse Practitioner, who has come to our practice after working over 8 years as a medical professional. Connie has exceptional clinical background, with specialities in Emergency Medicine, Dermatology, Primary Care, Orthopedics,and Pain management. So in addition to looking great, you will also feel great during your treatment, with Connies light touch and exceptional care to make the experience pain free & calming. Connie has been well trained and certified in aesthetics by AMET(Aesthetic Medical Educators Training), AAFE(American Academy of Facial Esthetics), and GALDERMA & ALLERGAN. With great knowledge in a variety of injectables like fillers for the lips, cheeks, eyes, fine lines, etc. As well as several neurotoxins like Botox and Dysport. Connie loves to educate her clients, and have them walk away feeling great & understanding the medicine & science behind the beauty. When not working in the clinical setting, Connie enjoys a great run outdoors, hiking, or spending quality time with her 2 beloved dogs.
Marianne Balay, NP, Aesthetic Nurse Injector
A graduate from Rutgers University in New Jersey, Marianne T. Balay, RN, MS, has held numerous nursing leadership positions in Cardiology, Oncology and Hospital Administration at several University-affiliated medical centers. A life-long advocate of Women’s Health, as Assistant Vice President of Women’s Health & Chair of the Board for the Women’s Heart Foundation, Marianne was the recipient of a Women’s Advocacy award from the Former First Lady of NJ, Dina McGreevey in 2005. Her experience with a renowned cosmetic surgery practice in Central New Jersey afforded her the opportunity to help women achieve their optimum health and appearance goals through customized professional health programs. This has enabled her to expand her talent and knowledge in the Aesthetics Industry. An Allergan and Galderma certified injector, Marianne’s broad experience allows her to truly understand her clients’ particular health concerns to ensure the best and safest results for their aesthetic needs.
Katie Kennedy, Medical Aesthetician
Katie was a professional model for 15+ years in New York, Paris and Milan. As a teenager, she struggled with cystic acne - and under the guidance of an aesthetician learned the importance of a good skin regimen and diet. She is paying that forward today by staying on the cutting edge of the latest treatments and technologies to help her clients look and feel their best. Katie enjoys continuing her education through the latest seminars and advanced training programs., having earned multiple certifications in skincare including HydraFacial, PCA, and advanced chemical peel training. When she is not helping clients choose the right combination of treatments for outstanding results, Katie manages the media and social events at Magnolia Medspa. Her favorite treatment is Microneedling with radiofrequency.
Natalie Vincent, Patient Coordinator & Junior Aesthetician
From the moment you speak with Natalie on the phone or meet her upon check-in at the Magnolia Medspa, you will notice she has a sweet demeanor and is eager to take care of your needs. Natalie has a can-do attitude is willing to take on any task to ensure our patients receive the 5-star experience we strive to provide. Having graduated from Paul Mitchell in 2017, she has a huge passion for all things beauty and skin. She does a remarkable job at everything she does, from scheduling to setting your lash extensions and lash lifts just right.
Ariana Malilay, Client Relations
Originally from Spain, our receptionist Ariana is able to put her enthusiasm for developing client relationships and helping them look and feel their best to work. Previously having worked at plastic surgery facilities. she is more than equipped to handle your scheduling needs and treatment questions with poise and grace. A trained advocate of female empowerment and self confidence, she is enthusiastic about building client relationships. Her favorite treatment is the Hydrafacial.