Peel Haus is the first and only aesthetic and plastic surgery center located on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC; the central hub for political power and decision-making in the United States. We offer premium medical-grade skincare services, chemical peels, wrinkle-relaxers, soft-tissue fillers, facial rejuvenation, laser hair removal, and cosmetic plastic surgery.
The principal difference of Peel Haus Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery is that it provides its skincare professionals, nurse practitioners, and physicians a state-of-the-art space to practice their specialties and provides our patients with a variety of services and specialties. The concept was formed over light conservation between friends in the summer of 2021. Two entrepreneurial spirits who collectively have over 25 years of experience working in the medical aesthetic industry that dared to do something innovative. Sonya Lowery and Wendy Pittman have solved some of the industry’s most significant and challenging issues, creating a space that utilizes both aesthetics and medical services while curating a team of medical aesthetic professionals committed to high standards of treatment and service. In the spring of 2022 Sorelle Jones joined the team to make this a dynamic powerhouse of women entrepreneurs. Through this union they will provide excellence in the delivery of compassionate care to their patients and the neighboring community. The elite team of skincare professionals, nurse practitioners and physicians provide a wealth of knowledge in aesthetic services all without disrupting the natural integrity of one’s appearance. These 3 Washington, DC area natives have honed their skills and answered the call, vowing to bring energy and clear skin back to the faces of the community in which they live.
At Peel Haus Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, we champion equity and inclusion in aesthetic medicine, as we believe that everyone deserves to look and feel their very best. We are committed to honest communication, excellence in practice, outstanding client experiences, and stunningly natural results. We want to help you become the greatest version of yourself and provide a safe, comfortable environment where trust and transparency are the foundation of our focus. The ability to celebrate and effectively treat everyone may not be the industry standard, but it is our standard.
Our Core Values
Our team of providers comprises of 2 plastic surgeons – a nurse practitioner and a master medical esthetician, all of whom are rigorously trained in the latest techniques and treatment protocols of aesthetic care. Safety and results are our top priorities, and we will not offer any treatment we are not 100% confident we can perform to the highest degree.
We recognize the uniqueness in every individual we serve and create experiences that honor the beauty we see in each of our patients. We listen to, understand and work to meet each individual’s needs. We are poised to treat all skin tones and types and welcome people of all cultures, backgrounds, identities, and abilities. We continue to learn about our evolving local and global communities and adapt as needed to maintain a safe aesthetic space for all.
Trust & Transparency
With trust at the cornerstone of every relationship at Peel Haus Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, we focus on transparency and clear communication. Our patients can expect an honest approach conducted with integrity and a focus on their best interests. Our primary goal is to deliver outstanding experiences and results – each and every time.
SORELLE COOPER, FNP-BC
President & CEO
Sorelle Cooper is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with more than 19 years of experience in healthcare. She holds a B.A. and a B.S. with honors from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Johns Hopkins University. Her vast professional skill set has afforded her opportunities to care for patients both across the U.S. and internationally.
Formerly a primary care provider, Sorelle has spent years cultivating her knowledge and feeding her passion for all things medical aesthetics. She specializes in dozens of injection techniques to enhance and restore the features of the face and body. She has worked in dermatology, plastic surgery, and aesthetics practices in the DC/MD/VA Metro area and specializes in delivering spectacularly natural-looking results. She believes that finding pleasure in one’s own appearance can positively impact confidence, and thus, the greater life experience.
She enjoys educating others about aesthetics and had the honor to participate in and produce several panel discussions regarding this rapidly growing field. She also has the distinction of being a DermCare Team Member of the American Academy of Dermatology and an aesthetic consultant to Rabito Clinic, the largest provider of dermatology services in Ghana, West Africa.
Vice President of Business Development
Wendy Pittman has been active in the field of medical aesthetics for over two decades, building a dynamic career situated at the forefront of the latest and most effective treatments. Her extensive business development experience and a keen sense for identifying emerging markets have served a number of major product lines, including BOTOX ® Cosmetic, Allergan ® Medical, and Hylacross ® and Vycross ® soft tissue filler technologies. She also played a critical role in the successful launch of Latisse ® and Kybella ® .
Many years of industry success in the field would catapult, Wendy into regional sales director roles where she would oversee the sales operations across many states while developing + leading teams at Evolus, Vitality Institute, and Venus Concept moving her teams to have a deeper understanding of customer needs, priorities, and pain points to consistently meet forecasted revenue targets and expand brand awareness.
As a once, Vitality Institute stakeholder, one of her career highlights, Wendy supported business development initiatives at a national level, with the goal to drive and implement corporate strategy and long-range planning based on current portfolio opportunities. Some of her responsibilities included working closely with the company’s field sales team to identify sales opportunities and assess competitive landscapes, driving account executive sales, conducting due diligence, and cultivating impactful KOL partnerships to grow overall brand awareness.
Wendy is also the founding director of the Vitality Institute’s The Brown Skin Agenda, a physician-led initiative that promotes the advancement of treatment protocols and skincare solutions for skin of color. This brand continues to raise awareness and understanding; Wendy feels proud to have set the foundation for the initiative to build upon helping all people expand their treatment knowledge and point-of-care schedules.
Wendy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.
SONYA LOWERY-YOUNG, LE
Vice President of Marketing & Information
Sonya Lowery-Young is licensed as a Medical Aesthetician in DC, Maryland and Virginia. She has the ability to work with all skin-tones to correct dark marks, fine lines & wrinkles, sun damage, rough texture, hyperpigmentation, moles, and more. She believes it is important to make a difference in the way people feel about themselves.
Sonya has been a beauty and lifestyle insider for over 15 years. She has landed national coverage in print including: Upscale Magazine, The Network Journal Magazine, where she won the prestigious 40 under 40 award, and the cover of Heart & Soul Magazine. Sonya has also learned many beauty secrets from her international travels, and uses her expertise to guide clients to treatments that will garner their best results.
Mrs. Lowery-Young is a Licensed Medical Aesthetician and is the only person in Washington, DC to hold the title of Master CoolSculpting Technician. She holds a certificate in esthetics from Aveda Institute and a masters certificate from The Esthetic Institute in Vienna, Virginia.
Meet Our Team
As the only Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery center on Capitol Hill, it was important to put together a dream team of highly skilled and accredited professionals. With a focus on inclusion in skin care, we are very proud of our staff and are here to serve you. We have a team of highly-trained and certified professionals including a Medical Aesthetician, a board-certified Nurse Practitioner Injector, and a team of exceptional Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons that are ready to help you meet all of your aesthetic needs.
VIKISHA FRIPP, MD, FACS
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon & Reconstructive Surgeon
Vikisha Fripp, M.D., F.A.C.S is a Board-Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Women’s Health Advocate. She is a natural leader and has been recognized as such throughout her life. Dr. Fripp was the first person to successfully complete the combined BS/MD program at Fisk University and Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee having a full tuition scholarship at both. She completed her General Surgery training at Howard University Hospital, earning Intern of the Year, Resident of the Year twice and graduating as ‘Chief Resident of the Year’ of her surgical program and the entire graduating class of 2004. Her Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training was completed in 2006 at the prestigious Cornell University – New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Dr. Fripp is currently practicing in Washington, DC at Peel Haus Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery in Capitol Hill. She is also serves as the Regional Supervising Physician of EVER/BODY- DC, Maryland and Virginia. She was previously the Chairman of Surgery at the University of Maryland Capital Health Region as well as the Division Chief for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She teaches and mentors medical students and residents from her alma mater, Howard University.
Dr. Fripp is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and The Association of Women Surgeons (AWS). She is active in the medical community having recently completed two terms on the Board of Medicine for the District of Columbia acting as Vice Chairman for the last term. She remains the Chairman of the MedSpa Committee.
Her primary interests are non-surgical enhancement of the face, eyes and neck, body contouring and post-massive weight loss body sculpting. She believes Plastic Surgery allows the surgeon and patient the opportunity to sculpt individual creations. She encourages patients to be the best version of themselves. Dr. Fripp strongly encourages coupling every procedure with a balanced diet and exercise to maintain long term results.
Recognized for her exceptional service and contributions, Dr. Fripp has received numerous accolades throughout her career. She was named Talented Tenth Alumnae of the Year by the Fisk University Alumni Association and honored for Exceptional Physician Service by her former employer. In addition, her patients bestowed her with the Service Excellence Award for exemplary care. Atlanta Business League recognized her as one of Atlanta’s Most Influential Women, and she received the Young Physician of the Year award from the Atlanta Medical Association.
Outside of medicine, Dr. Fripp is involved in her community. She is a member of the Class of 2013 Leadership Greater Washington and supports several organizations that share her passion for children, literacy, women’s health and fitness.
Dr. Fripp lives in Washington, DC with her dynamic 12-year-old daughter and energetic 10-year-old twin boys. She is an avid runner having completed marathons both domestically and internationally. She recently completed her first book on her unique experiences in medicine and how she found true happiness in, “The Other Side of Happy: How I Found Personal Success and Happiness When Hard Work Wasn’t Enough”. She enjoys discussing world history and religion, reading non-fiction and mystery, physical activities with her children and traveling the world.
Dr. Fripp holds the following honors and memberships of the following societies:
• She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
• Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
• Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), The Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) and AWS Foundation Board.
• She serves as the Vice Chairman for the Board of Medicine for the District of Columbia
• Member of the Federation of State Medical Boards Sexual Boundary Violations Workgroup
• Member for the Medical Advisory Committee for Amerigroup DC Medicaid.
• She has served on the Medical Executive, Ethics, Peer Review, Credentialing and Operating Room committees within the hospital.
CASSIE NGHIEM, MD
Dr. Cassie Nghiem is passionate about aesthetic plastic surgery and delivering top-notch results through a curated approach. Through a shared vision, she collaborates closely with her patients to deliver quality care in line with their needs.
Dr. Nghiem grew up in Northern California and modeled her career after her father, a now retired surgeon. She moved to the East Coast at the age of 17 to attend Dartmouth College. After graduating from Dartmouth with honors, she pursued a two-year fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where she focused her research on breast cancer. Her quest for professional development led her to pursue a Master’s in Physiology at Georgetown University, focusing her research on phantom limbs and their implications on body image and neural plasticity. She thereafter pursued her medical degree at the University of Michigan, one of the most highly ranked medical schools in the country. Dr. Nghiem would later complete her plastic surgery training at the University of Rochester in New York. During her residency, she refined her surgical skills while contributing to the plastic surgery specialty through research efforts. Her dedication would be rewarded with the Resident Research Award, in recognition of her excellence in academic plastic surgery during her final year, all while serving as Chief Resident. Dr. Nghiem then returned to the D.C. metropolitan area to complete an additional year of advanced training in aesthetic surgery post-residency.
Dr. Nghiem is well-versed in the broad spectrum of plastic surgery. Her professional interests include aesthetic breast surgery, body contouring after pregnancy and weight loss, vaginal rejuvenation, and facial cosmetic surgery. She is also passionate about enhancing beauty through nonsurgical modalities such as neuromodulators and fillers. In addition to her accomplishments, those who know her speak to Dr. Nghiem’s humility, gentle demeanor, and singular commitment to her patients.
Diet & Weight Loss Consultant
Kristen Coffield is the founder of The Culinary Cure and a Wellness Lifestyle Expert. She teaches proven practical techniques that allow people to achieve optimum wellness and slow down the aging process by harnessing their own bodies abilities to heal. Using effective pre and post treatment lifestyle changes, Kristen helps cosmetic treatment patients improve outcomes, create lasting change and be happier in their bodies.
Kristen’s signature “3-Step Active Aging Approach” has empowered thousands of people to change their habits, achieve and maintain a healthy weight and take control of how they look and feel. She simplifies wellness information into doable daily steps that cumulatively create a healthspan to last a lifespan.
Kristen is the Author of How Healthy People Eat: An Eater’s Guide To Healthy Habits. She is a regular contributor on Good Morning Washington, ABC7, and Fox5, Good Day DC, where she inspires and motivates viewers to take charge of their health. Kristen’s articles, videos, book and recipes are available at theculinarycure.com.
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