Our Staff

awaken me.

Local physician and staff help you look good, feel great.

Our Staff

Jill VargoJill Vargo, MD

Jill Vargo, MD, a Rheumatologist practicing in Asheville for the past 26 years, has always had a keen interest in the aesthetics industry. She had been unsuccessful in finding the procedures for herself that did not require significant downtime from her busy life. It was out of that personal interest that she combined her extensive medical background with her knowledge of anti-aging technology to develop Asheville’s premier medical spa: Awaken Skin and Body.

Dr. Vargo researched aesthetic technologies for years only to find that most of the treatments were invasive procedures with lengthy downtimes or troubling side effects. She discovered in recent years new emerging medical technologies that would provide the results Dr. Vargo had been looking for. These new FDA approved procedures included NON-INVASIVE skin tightening, fat reduction and skin rejuvenation with little to no downtime and minimal side effects.

After personal experience with all the new technologies she became impressed with the procedures, safety, and results. Dr. Vargo decided to bring these treatments to Western North Carolina.

It was out of her personal search that she developed Awaken Skin and Body to provide the latest in non-invasive treatments for skin tightening, fat reduction, and skin rejuvenation which had been thoroughly tested for safety and effectiveness. Partnering with cutting edge medical technology companies, Dr. Vargo built on her firm commitment to provide only the latest, high quality aesthetic technology to her clients in order to ensure optimal results and an unparalleled treatment experience.

Janna Amato, RN, L.E.

Janna Amato, a registered nurse, licensed esthetician, and certified laser technician, has worked exclusively in the field of medical aesthetics since 2006.  Janna specializes in cosmetic laser and injection treatments, and blends her clinical expertise with her artistic touch to help clients achieve optimal results.  She is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses and also the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery. Exploring new hiking trails with her husband and dog is one of her favorite Asheville pastimes.


Karen Sherrill, Office & Marketing Manager

Karen is the voice you hear when you call! Here is her Awaken story:

“My first experience with Awaken was at my former place of employment. Janna Amato, our RN and licensed aesthetician was a customer of mine. Every time she stopped by she looked radiant, like she had just returned from a long vacation. I thought she was just one of the lucky ones, blessed with natural beauty. It wasn’t until I complimented her that I learned that her natural beauty was enhanced by her aesthetic skills. That’s when I discovered Awaken and what they had to offer. Janna was able to achieve a restful, radiant, natural look after having “The Reawaken”. She explained that all of her procedures were noninvasive and nonsurgical. She had my attention. Not only was I interested in what Awaken had to offer me, I was so impressed with her results that I had to know more. I wanted to tell everyone about Awaken. As luck would have it, Awaken had an opening for Office Manager. I joined the Awaken team in December of 2014. In January I had “The Reawaken” and the results were astounding! Come see for yourself!”

Sheletha King, Licensed Aesthetician

A native of Asheville, Sheletha enjoys providing premium skin services at Awaken. As a licensed aesthetician with a medical background, she specializes in performing treatment facials, exfoliation services, eyebrow shaping and waxing, and laser treatments. Clients love the results they see after their treatments with Sheletha because of her knowledge, precision, and eye for detail. Her ability to carefully listen to each client’s skin concerns enables her to recommend the best treatments and products that will help them achieve their skin care goals and see results! Aside from aesthetics, she enjoys ballroom dancing and time at home with her family and her mini longhaired dachshund.