Our Mission

Creating hairless and restored skin to enhance beauty and simplify skin care through advanced technology, skillful practice, compassionate care, and personal enthusiasm.

At Smooth Skin Laser, we have chosen to focus our expertise on permanent hair removal and skin rejuvenation through the use of advanced technology. When used with skill and experience, our machines produce the best results in the industry. All treatments are performed by nationally certified laser technicians and are under the supervision of our medical director.  We are locally owned and operating in Charlottesville, VA since 2010.

Our Team

Brett Elizabeth Batten
Chief Laser Technician Bio

Brett has been a nationally-certified Laser Professional since 2020, and has been involved in the plant-based skincare and cosmetics business since 2013. Brett loves getting to know her clients and hearing their stories, but more than anything, she loves to help people feel comfortable, safe and confident in their own skin!  Additionally, Brett has several years’ experience in American Sign Language, and is happy to help the deaf and hard-of-hearing community reach their hair reduction goals. 

Nancy Berry
Marketing Director Bio

Nancy has been a fan (and client!) of Smooth Skin Laser from the beginning and is delighted to join the team. She is a self-described “people person” with a wide range of experiences in marketing, fundraising and community service. In her previous role at Semester at Sea, she was able to marry her love of people with her love of travel to provide impactful experiences for students.  When not in the office, you can still find her planning (and taking!) trips with her husband, Frank.

Brinn Garcia-McGhee
Laser Technician Bio

Brinn has been a public school language teacher since 2016. She began working with the family business (owner, Carrie, is her mom) in high school and continued throughout college summers. Brinn loved it so much that she achieved her national certification as an ABE Laser Professional in 2021 and works Wednesday evenings and weekends to serve clients. Brinn is fluent in Spanish. *Spanish speakers may request to be lasered by Brinn.

Dana Henshaw
Laser Technician Bio

Dana began her journey at Smooth Skin as a client and quickly became an indispensable member of the team.  Her expertise in organizational excellence elevated our back-system processes and brought high-level efficiencies to our office.  Additionally, she serves clients as a nationally certified laser technician by Allied Beauty Experts (ABE). Her previous career in global event planning took her across the US and around the globe. A native central Virginian, she's happy to now apply her talents back home in Charlottesville.

Mariko Schaper Doktor
Office Manager Bio

After spending more than 15 years in Charlottesville, Mariko considers herself a “townie.” Even so, she will always have a deep love for Pittsburgh as well as her Penn State Nittany Lions.  Before joining Team Smooth Skin, Mariko spent 12 years as a high school teacher as well as a couple of years in sales at a local company.  She loves sharing her knowledge and appreciation for wine in the tasting room and cellar at King Family Vineyards having earned her WSET Level 2 Certification.  You can also occasionally find Mariko onstage and in the choreographer's chair at some of Charlottesville's local community theaters.

Chantal Gilliam
Laser Technician Bio

Chantal is a nationally certified laser technician by Allied Beauty Experts (ABE) with a background in health science and nutrition.  She joined the Smooth Skin family in 2022 after relocating with her husband and five children from the Middle East. She is passionate about people and loves exploring languages and culture; she has a soft spot for anyone or anything Mediterranean! She has enjoyed getting to know her amazing clients and applying the wonders of light and laser technology with radical results! She loves good coffee, good conversation and all things design. But mostly she loves contemplating the art of living and loving well. Chantal is fluent in Arabic and French.  *Arabic and French speakers may request to be lasered by Chantal.

Our Approach

We have been doing professional laser hair removal in Charlottesville, VA since 2005. We welcome women and men who feel inconvenienced and tired of constant hair and skin maintenance, and those who feel embarrassed and insecure by unwanted body hair or irregular skin changes.

We strive to create a welcoming atmosphere where our clients feel comfortable, peaceful, and reassured of their beauty and worth. Our staff and professional technicians seek to understand your needs and connect with you in a way that is more than just “skin deep”… We listen.

Our Hair Removal Lasers

We use state-of-the-art, FDA approved machines by Candela and Cynosure. The GentleLASE, GentleYAG, and the Vectus deliver fast, safe, reliable, and thorough hair removal with minimal discomfort. The GentleLASE is used for our clients with lighter skin types and the GentleYAG can be used to treat all skin types particularly those with darker pigmented skin or sun exposure. The Vectus, a diode laser, is often used for covering larger areas in less time; for lighter, thinner hair; and also for those who may have had recent sun exposure. All of these machines perform a level of skin smoothing as well as hair removal.

Our Skin Rejuvenation Laser

We use the newly developed Cynosure PicoSure laser, a 755nm Alexandrite laser that fires in repeated pico-second bursts (trillionths of a second), and stimulates the body's stem cells to help reduce unwanted pigment, acne scars, and fine wrinkles in the treatment areas.

Our Space

Smooth Skin Laser proudly supports the mission of Young Life in Charlottesville with a share of all revenue.