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Jill Vargo, MD

Jill Vargo, MD a Rheumatologist practicing in Asheville for 30+ years, has always had a keen interest in the aesthetics industry. Unable to find the right treatments for her personally, she combined her extensive medical background and her knowledge of anti-aging, body shaping technology to develop Asheville’s premier medical spa, Awaken Skin and Body in 2013.

Dr. Vargo found that many aesthetics treatments offered in the area were invasive procedures with lengthy downtime’s which interfered with a busy lifestyle. After much research and study, she found the latest proven technologies to achieve results with minimal to no downtime, and brought them to Awaken. She continues to actively analyze and research new technologies, continually updating services at Awaken in order to provide the most up to date, yet effective procedures.

In addition to being the Medical Director for Awaken, a Primary Investigator for numerous clinical research trials and a partner in a busy Rheumatology practice, Dr. Vargo is actively involved in other ventures. She is past president of the North Carolina Rheumatology Association and current board member, a member of the American College of Rheumatology, American Medical Society, North Carolina Medical Society, Western Carolina Medical Society, and American Society of Bone and Mineral Research.

Dr. Vargo likes to be a voice for those who do not have one. She has been very active in supporting local animal welfare agencies, including an active board member with Asheville Humane Society.

Other community service projects include caring for the underserved medically through Project Access, and volunteering at ABCCM. She is a long time member of Women for Women through the Community Foundation of WNC, serving women of need in Western Carolina. She and her husband, Tony are active in their parish, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church through various projects.

Dr. Vargo and her husband are multi-engine instrument rated pilots and enjoy traveling, golf, scuba diving and hiking with their dogs.


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.  Outdoor yard games and picnics in the neighborhood park are her favorites ways to spend time with her husband and daughter, who is now a toddler.


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, dermaplaning, chemical peels, 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 spending time outdoors in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains.


Cyndi Crabtree, Licensed Aesthetician

Cyndi Crabtree has been a licensed aesthetician for close to 30 years. She spent nine years as a clinical aesthetican working for dermatologists in Nashville and Asheville, performing chemical peels and IPL treatments. She loves working in more clinical environments with access to physician level treatments and products. Her goal is to improve and maintain the health of the skin. And healthy skin looks beautiful. Cyndi loves to spend her time entertaining with close friends and visiting her son in grad school at University of Arkansas.


Jill Cody, Office Manager

Jill Cody has been Awaken’s Office Manager since June 2020. With more than 30 years of customer service and management experience, she is the warm welcoming face that clients see as soon as they arrive, and also the friendly voice on the other end of the phone when they call. Jill’s loves ensuring that every client at Awaken feels welcome, comfortable, and that they are the number one priority. Her goal is for each of Awaken’s clients to have such an exceptional experience that they will want to tell everybody they know! Jill is originally from Asheville and currently lives in Hendersonville. She has one son and stays busy outside of work with her sassy 7 year old granddaughter Alaina. Her two sweet Poodle-mix rescue dogs, Max and Abby, are by her side while she enjoys playing with Alaina, reading, and working Sudoku puzzles.