Frederick G. Weniger, MD, MBA, FACS

Dr. Weniger, a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon who has over 15 years of experience in his field, is the owner of Weniger Plastic Surgery. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Notre Dame with an undergraduate degree in biochemistry. Dr. Weniger then graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he also completed his 6 year plastic surgery residency. He received his MBA, Magna Cum Laude, from The University of Pittsburgh as well.

Dr. Weniger has published several articles in international peer-reviewed journals and has spoken at many meetings nationally and internationally. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Bluffton Today readers have awarded Dr. Weniger with the honor of “Best Plastic Surgeon” every year since the creation of the award in 2009.

When Dr. Weniger is not serving the community with their cosmetic needs, you can often find him outside on the boat with his beautiful wife, Jennifer, or watching one of his three children’s sports teams.

Carmen A. Traywick, MD, FAAD

Dr. Traywick is a graduate of Emory University Medical School in Atlanta, Georgia where she trained with some of the pioneers in the field of cosmetic Dermatology. She completed her Internship and Dermatology Residency at Emory University School of Medicine. She is a board certified Dermatologist who specializes in medical Dermatology, but has a unique talent and passion for non-surgical cosmetic procedures. In addition to Co-Owning LUX~A Medical Spa, Dr. Traywick is the owner of May River Dermatology, a very successful dermatology practice with four offices located in South Carolina and Georgia.

Her goal is to provide an improved, but still very natural, look for each of her patients. Dr. Traywick achieves the very best results by working with each patient to customize an appropriate treatment plan for their specific needs. She utilizes proven treatments and products like Botox®, facial fillers, and other non-invasive techniques. She also helps her patients look younger by recommending amazing medical grade skin care products sold right here at LUX! With her vast knowledge of Dermatology, she helps her patients choose the appropriate cosmetic treatments including lasers, chemical peels, and topical treatments. Her goal is to use her skills and artistic talent to make her patients look their best in the most comfortable way possible. She teaches Dermatology at two medical schools in South Carolina.

For the ninth year in a row (2011-2019), Dr. Traywick has been awarded “Best Dermatologist” by Bluffton Today readers. In 2015 and 2016, Dr. Traywick was voted “Favorite Dermatologist” by Hilton Head Monthly readers.

When Dr. Traywick is not fulfilling her professional passion, she is at home with her three daughters and husband, Bernie.

Erin Hutcheson, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Erin Hutcheson, FNP-C earned her Master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Georgia Southern University where she was also awarded the MSN Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Student Nursing Award. She holds her National Certification through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Erin brings over 7 years of nursing experience to LUX! She began her career in aesthetics in 2014 when she developed a love and passion for delivering beautiful, youthful, and natural results through aesthetic injections and facial rejuvenation. Additionally, she has over 2 years of experience in receiving and providing training and support to medical providers in multiple modalities of aesthetic treatments (Laser Hair Removal, Coolsculpting, Ultherapy, BBL, and Injectables).

Erin attends local and national continuing education courses to ensure she provides the most current aesthetic treatments. She attended the P.A.L.E.T.T.E. (Progressive Aesthetic Learning Essential To Technical Expertise) Specialty Focus Workshop: Rejuvenating the Lower Face-Lips to Neck as well as the Coolsculpting University at the Zeltiq Training Center. Additionally, she attended an advanced aesthetic injectable training, where she learned neuromodulator techniques and Julie Horne, RN’s world renowned signature ‘lip treatments.’

Erin believes “developing a trusting relationship is the basis of patient care” and that self-confidence is an important component of overall health and well-being. She prides herself on listening to patients’ concerns and developing comprehensive aesthetic care plans to address the multifactorial aspects of facial rejuvenation.

Elizabeth P. Appling, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Elizabeth Appling is a graduate of Chamberlain University’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program in Chicago, IL and is nationally certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Elizabeth brings 20+ years of nursing experience to Lux where she has used her expertise to develop a deeper understanding of patients’ overall needs and desires to feel and look their best. Prior to entering the field of medical aesthetics, she has a strong neonatal intensive care and primary care background where attention to detail was a must. Elizabeth also has a strong background in health and wellness and believes beauty has many angles.

Elizabeth began her career in aesthetics in 2019 where she was trained and certified by the Aesthetic Medical Educators in neuromodulators and dermal fillers. Elizabeth loves using a variety of modalities to enhance the natural beauty her clients already possess. She believes that developing a trusting relationship with her patients is key to understanding their needs and meeting their personalized aesthetic goals. Elizabeth always enjoys learning and continues to expand her medical skin care and aesthetic knowledge through continuing education, training courses, conferences as well as on-hands training with Board Certified Dermatologist, Carmen A. Traywick, MD and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Frederick G. Weniger, MD.

Elizabeth is a Kentucky native and just recently moved to Hilton Head Island and is looking forward to enjoying all the community has to offer, as well as giving back to her community through participation in local events. With a passion for health and wellness, the Hilton Head and Bluffton areas boast opportunities to focus on the support of mind, body, and spirit.

Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenagers. She enjoys kayaking, biking, cooking and being on the beach!

Kylie D. Gratton, APRN, FNP-BC

Kylie Gratton is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Kylie has worked as a registered nurse, working in both mental health and concierge family medicine prior to her transition to becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. Kylie always aspired to be a Nurse Practitioner, and graduated from Chamberlain College of Nursing with her Masters of Nursing with a specialty as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Kylie is certified by both the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Kylie’s career as a NP started in emergent care, where dermatological cases created an increased enthusiasm for dermatology and aesthetic procedures.

Kylie has received advanced, one-on-one training with both Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Frederick G. Weniger, MD of Weniger Plastic Surgery, and Board Certified Dermatologist, Carmen A. Traywick, MD of May River Dermatology. Kylie has also attended Botox training and Dermal Filler training held by the Aesthetic Medical Educators Training association.

Joseph W. McGowan IV, MD, FACMS, FAAD

Dr. McGowan is a board-certified Dermatologist and ACMS fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic surgeon. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and completed his dermatology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. After residency, Dr. McGowan completed his  fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery and at the Dayton Skin Surgery Center. 

Dr. McGowan also completed an ACGME-accredited procedural dermatology fellowship, where he received special training in cosmetic dermatology, laser surgery and aesthetic surgery. He has authored numerous articles and has lectured at many national professional meetings on skin cancer and reconstructive surgical techniques.

In addition to his love for medicine, Dr. McGowan is also an accomplished singer, songwriter, and pianist. He was classically trained in piano performance and attended conservatory at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts during high school. Since then, he has released several albums of original music. Dr. Joe’s music draws from many genres, including classical, Americana, gospel, R&B,country and retro-pop. His debut album is Dirt Road Revival is available on Spotify and iTunes. Dr.McGowan was recently in consideration for the 61st annual Grammy awards in 4 categories for his song, “Sweet Talk”. Stay tuned for Dr. Joe’s new album to be released in June 2021.

 Dr. McGowan has trained with Board Certified Dermatologist Carmen A. Traywick, MD, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Frederick G. Weniger, MD and Galderma Aesthetics.

Dr. McGowan looks forward to assisting you with all of your Aesthetic needs at LUX ~ A Medical Spa.


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