Dr. Casey Balkema
is a Board Certified physician in practice for 8+ years. He is known by his colleagues and patients for his eye for detail, work ethic, compassion and his devotion to his profession of caring for others. Dr. Balkema’s eye for detail and interest in making patients feel their best, propelled him into the industry of cosmetic and medical aesthetics. Dr. Balkema believes exceptional personalized care is the cornerstone of each patient interaction. Dr. Balkema’s compassion, honesty and thoughtfulness allows him the ability to partner with his patients to design customized aesthetic treatments with stunning results.
what sets him apart
Dr. Balkema has a very diverse background that has been beneficial throughout his personal and professional life.
Dr. Balkema’s education includes a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physics from The University of North Georgia. Prior to medicine, he worked for several years as an engineer for a Fortune 500 company. Additionally, Dr. Balkema has over a decade of military service as a Military Intelligence Officer in the United States Army. Striving to bring all of his life experiences together with a desire to help others is the inspiration behind Balk Aesthetics. Dr. Balkema wants to help his patients feel good about themselves by communicating with his patients and helping them choose the right cosmetic or aesthetic treatment that will yield radiant results in a professional medical environment.
Dr. Balkema was recently recognized by his peers and fellow physicians with the honor of election to Fellowship in the American College of Physicians. This distinction is given to select physicians for their excellence and skill in medical practice, teaching, continuing scholarship, and professional accomplishments.
Dr. Balkema’s partner, Brittany Balkema
Brittany completed her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Healthcare Information Administration from the Medical College of Georgia. She continued her education and earned a Master’s degree in Healthcare Services Administration from Armstrong State University. After graduating, she accepted a position with Emory Healthcare and was accepted into their highly competitive and prestigious Management Development Program. She completed this 3 year program designed to fast track top employees into healthcare executive positions. Now with 7+ years in the healthcare industry, she continues to use her administrative, business development, and strategic planning expertise to create the best possible experience for each patient of Balk Aesthetics.
CHRISTINE TONG, NP
Christine Tong is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her first Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Cell Biology and her second Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She began her healthcare career in nephrology and pain management, but had hopes of being more proactive in direct patient care. This led her to pursuing a Master’s in Nursing to become an advanced practice registered nurse and received her degree from Emory University.
We feel very strongly that Christine embodies the vision and values we desire in all our Balk Aesthetics employees. She is passionate about an ever-advancing career in aesthetics and has a mission of only bringing the best, well-researched methods and techniques to her practice. She has been trained extensively by renowned injectors and prestigious brands in aesthetic and cosmetic treatments. She strongly believes that people deserve to not only look, but feel their best. Through patient centered shared decision making, Christine hopes that she can reach the goal of every patient walking out our door feeling empowered!
Vannah Kitchens, LE
Nearly everyone harbors a passion for beauty, but only a selfless few dedicate their lives to making others feel beautiful. Fortunately for the clients of Balk Aesthetics, as well as countless clients across the country, medical esthetician Vannah Kitchens has chosen the latter path.
Since becoming a board-certified esthetician 16 years ago, she has run the gamut with respect to satisfying companies and customers who demand nothing shy of perfection. This includes her ongoing work with Benefit Cosmetics/Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy.
Kitchens’ innate eye for maximizing her clients’ beauty potential began with a stint at one of Georgia’s premier spa destinations, Barnsley Gardens Resort, and was followed by on-set work for major magazine shoots. Subsequently, she owned and operated the highly successful Stella Blu cosmetics boutique in Rome, Ga., until Benefit/LVMH took note of her talents and, in 2015, made her an offer she couldn’t refuse.
Kitchens’ work has also been featured in nationally televised ad campaigns.
NICHOLE TAYLOR, RN
Nichole is a board certified Registered Nurse. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree from the University of West Georgia. She has nearly two decades of experience in healthcare and a strong deduction to patient-centered care.
Drawing from her past experiences as an ICU Registered Nurse and with over three years expertise in the aesthetic field, Nichole approaches aesthetic treatments with a holistic understanding of patient needs combined with an artistic eye for detail. She strives going above and beyond to achieve the desired outcomes for her patients, enhancing their natural beauty and improving their self-esteem, which provides her with the utmost joy in patient care.
Guided by values and ethics, Nichole upholds the highest standards of professionalism and integrity in her work. She consistently strives to stay updated with the latest advancements in aesthetic nursing, attending workshops, seminars, and pursuing continuous education to further enhance her skills and knowledge. She has also trained providers from around the country on PDO thread lift procedures and techniques.