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Rising Stars: Meet Kristen Kneidel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristen Kneidel.

Hi Kristen, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I began as a dance major and ended up as a nurse (recently did a post on my IG @k.c.nurseinjector about how this came to be). I worked as a makeup artist during and after nursing school and fell in love with working with my hands and creating art on the face. I was the first to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in three generations on both sides of my family in 1997. I worked in many areas of nursing and seven years ago discovered my passion for facial aesthetics and the rest is history! After building my patient base for years, I recognized that I was ready to go on my own. My vision came true 9 months ago when I founded The Aesthetic Place. My vision is that it will be place that encompasses all genders and ethnicities. It celebrates each individual’s unique beauty. It’s a place where integrity lies, A place where patients can be valued and where they can feel comfortable and nurtured in a clean, modern environment with providers who are the best in their field. I am a single mom of two teenagers and I am 100% self-made. I cannot tell you how long this road has been or the courage it has taken to make this happen, but if I can inspire others to leap into their dreams, take chances, honor your spirit and touch lives, my work will be complete.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Oh my, it has not been a smooth road, but many struggles along the way. I have often said I will be an author of a very colorful book detailing my journey through this aesthetic field.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a Clinical Nurse Injector and founder of the Aesthetic Place. I consider myself a face artist. I inject Botox, Dysport, dermal fillers, Sculptra Aesthetic, and Kybella. All injectors have a different style, different eye, different training backgrounds, different injecting philosophies. I personally love to create a natural look with all my tools in my toolbox. Adding light to the face, symmetry, softening, lifting. Injectables should not be obvious. It’s creating a nuance. I’m not trying to change anyone’s beautiful face, but I am enhancing what they already have and allowing them to age gracefully.

What does success mean to you?
When you make it to your divine right place, you know it with every fiber of your being. Things fall into place without forcing, but rather…flowing. I am doing exactly what I was meant to do but I had to be open and willing to listen and leap. I followed and found that there is magic peace here. I worked incredibly hard for years to be well recognized here in KC in the aesthetic community. Success comes from my patients. They gave it to me when they recognized skill and ability to connect with them. It’s up to me to value them and keep them.

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Image Credits
Photo credits to @sarahkcphotography

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