Clemson Eye’s medical aesthetics specialists are trained in the most advanced non-surgical aesthetic products and treatments available today.

Aesthetic consultations are free. You have flexible scheduling options at all of our Upstate clinic locations. Request an appointment online or call 864-622-5005 toll‑free.

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Balaji Perumal, MD

Experience

Balaji Perumal, M.D. is an Ophthalmic Plastic, Facial Cosmetic, and Reconstructive Eye Surgeon. Dr. Perumal has specialized interest and training in all areas of reconstructive and cosmetic oculofacial surgery including periocular skin cancer and lesions, eyelid reconstruction, ptosis repair, cosmetic blepharoplasty eyelid surgery, orbital tumors, entropion and ectropion repair, lacrimal system & tearing disorders and thyroid eye disease. He has written multiple articles and chapters on these subjects.

Dr. Perumal works to help patients look their best with facial rejuvenation, using a range of non-surgical cosmetic treatments to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. He performs cosmetic eyelid plastic surgery including “eyelid lifts” or blepharoplasty to achieve a more youthful appearance.

Education and Training

Dr. Perumal attended the University of Pennsylvania and received his Medical Degree at Duke University School of Medicine. This was followed by an Internship at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He then completed a Residency in Ophthalmology at the Kresge Eye Institute where he won multiple awards for top research in the program. After residency, he was selected for and completed an intensive two-year fellowship sponsored by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) at Albany Medical Center.

Accomplishments and Honors

Dr. Perumal is a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS). In the United States, there are only about 600 total members. Membership involves multiple examinations, a thesis, and extensive surgical experience. He is also a board-certified member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr Perumal
BALAJI PERUMAL, MD

Personal

Dr. Perumal enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. In his free time, his interests include fly fishing, hiking, and tennis.


Janice Sasser, FNP BC

Janice Sasser, FNP BC, a registered family nurse practitioner, has been in nursing for over 30 years at GHS, St. Francis Health Care Systems and in private medical practices. Over the past 10 years, Janice has dedicated her career to providing medical aesthetics services to clients in the Greenville area. She works closely with our Aesthetic team and doctors to provide the most innovative treatments available today.

Janice has performed over 5000 laser, filler, and injectable aesthetic treatments using the most advanced techniques, specializing in skin tightening, correction, and rejuvenation through the use of lasers, dermal fillers, and injections, such as Botox®. She is the first provider in South Carolina to offer treatments with the revolutionary Halo® by Sciton®, the world’s first hybrid fractional laser. Janice also offers a full line of prescription-strength skin care treatments, like Obagi®, Revision®, and Skinmedica®, to maintain beautiful and healthy skin.

Trained in the most advanced non-surgical cosmetic products and treatments available today, aesthetics consultations with Janice are complimentary. She offers flexible scheduling options at our Greenville clinic, located at 360 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC.

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Janice Sasser, FNP BC


Sara Christie, FNP C

Medical Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner, National Trainer & Member of Galderma Faculty

Sara Christie is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with years of advanced medical experience in injectables, laser treatments, and skincare. As a National Trainer & Member of the Galderma Faculty, Sara is highly respected in the medical aesthetics community.

Sara graduated from Clemson University and began her nursing career as a Registered Nurse in the Operating Room at Roper/St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, SC. After moving to Greenville, Sara continued as an OR Nurse at Greenville Memorial Hospital. In 2013, Sara began working closely with a plastic surgeon, where she gained experience in cosmetic surgery and injections. Having developed a passion for medical aesthetics, she returned to school and graduated from the University of South Carolina with her Masters in Nursing. Alongside our Medical Director, Sara helps lead our aesthetics team to provide medical training and support.

Sara is a member of The Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists and stays current with continuing education. She is married and has one son, Jacob. She has not only been published in a medical journal but has also published a children’s book called The Wrecking Crew. With Sara’s surgical knowledge and experience, she has been all over the world on surgical missions trips. She embodies a passion to serve others and instill confidence in themselves.

Sara Christie, FNP C

Elizabeth Smith, APRN, FNP-C

Medical Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner

Over the past 20 years, Elizabeth Smith has dedicated her career as a registered nurse in medical, surgical, emergency, and pre-and post-op plastic surgery. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and Communications prior to attending Clemson University’s FNP Program. Her drive to earn her degree as a Nurse Practitioner stemmed from an increasing love for aesthetics.

Elizabeth has always enjoyed learning and continues to keep up with the latest techniques to give her patients their desired results. In addition to being a renowned injector and certified FNP, Elizabeth is also a member of the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Greenville County Medical Society Alliance, and National Charity League.

In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys time outdoors, exercising, or reading. Her love for the outdoors grew while living in her hometown in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is married to her husband, Joshua and together they have two children, Hannah Cate, and James. As co-founder, Elizabeth is passionate about the Greenville non-profit, SOAP (Sharing On All Porches), which provides individuals an easy way to participate in local philanthropy while highlighting charitable organizations in the area. Elizabeth is passionate about providing the best results for her patients, in the safest way possible. She will provide care at our Greenville clinic located at 360 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC with complimentary consultations.

Elizabeth Smith, APRN, FNP-C

Shelley Ahmed, LE, Permanent Makeup Artist

Shelley Ahmed is one of our trained and licensed medical aestheticians at our Greenville Pelham Road clinic.

Shelley works closely with our medical professionals to perform advanced skincare treatments such as custom facials, HydraFacials, microneedling with SkinPen, chemical peels, and dermaplaning. Shelley is trained on our Sciton Laser to offer laser hair removal, BroadBand Light Therapy (BBL), and other laser treatments to help address acne scarring, sun damage, fine lines, and wrinkles. She is skilled with our InMode EmbraceRF technology using Morpheus8, a revolutionary method of skin tightening that rebuilds and reinforces the underlying structure of your skin through microneedling combined with radiofrequency (RF) technology. Shelley’s goal is to help patients have the best possible skin.

She and all the Clemson Eye aesthetic staff offer complimentary consultations.

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Shelley Ahmed, LE

Cynthia Allison

Cynthia is a patient services coordinator with a special focus on aesthetic services. Cynthia works very closely with our Aesthetics Medical Director and Nurse Practitioner, Janice Sasser.

Cynthia Allison
Cynthia Allison

Kathy Gray, LE

Kathy Gray has been a Licensed Aesthetician for 14 years. She is licensed in the states of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

As a former instructor in esthetics, she stays abreast of the latest developments in the skin care industry and will customize facials and a skin care plan for your own unique needs.

Kathy performs customized treatments using chemical and enzymatic peels, dermaplaning, microneedling with SkinPen, custom facials, HydraFacials, and permanent brow services.

Kathy sees patients in our Clemson clinic.

Kathy Gray
Kathy Gray, LE

Whitney Pope, LE

Whitney is a trained and experienced Licensed Aesthetician, who specializes in laser treatments. She is trained in Sciton BBL, Skintyte, Profractional Resurfacing, and laser hair removal. She also has experience with Microneedling (utilizing the SkinPen), Microneedling with PRP, and Sculpsure Body Contouring. Other areas of expertise include dermaplaning, light to deep chemical peels, enzyme masks, customized facials, extractions, and LED light therapy. Whitney has experience with medical-grade skincare products like Obagi®, SkinMedica®, and Revision®. Whitney works closely with our Nurse Injectors to create the best skincare treatment plans for her patients. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and son, James and Layton.

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Whitney Pope, LE


Kelly Kester, RN

Kelly is a Registered Nurse with 32 years of clinical experience. She began her career in the hospital setting working in ICU and Orthopedic/ Neuro unit. Upon leaving the hospital, she found her true passion for aesthetic medicine and spent 10 years working for a reputable Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Boca Raton, FL. Moving to the Carolinas to be closer to family, she’s spent the past nine years working in Aesthetic Med Spas. She enthusiastically continues to perfect her skills with advanced techniques through the use of dermal fillers, Botox, Xeomin, Dysport, Microneedling, Kybella, and body contouring with Coolsculpting. Kelly is knowledgeable of medical-grade anti-aging skin care products such as Skinmedica and Obagi. Her primary objective is safety with an optimal aesthetic patient treatment plan to meet their goals.

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Kelly Kester, RN

Lauren Welbaum, LE

Lauren is a Greenville native and licensed esthetician with a heart for medical esthetics.  She prides herself on achieving great results and maintaining excellent customer satisfaction.  Enthusiastic, detailed, and motivated are just a few adjectives that describe her passion for the beauty industry. Lauren has over five years of experience in medical esthetics. She specializes in chemical peels, customized facials, SkinPen, dermaplaning, and medical grade products such as Obagi®, Revision®, and Skinmedica®. Lauren works alongside our Nurse Injectors to develop the best plan to achieve your desired results. “When you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good it shows”, she says.

Some of her hobbies include inshore fishing, camping, or the occasional swim in an upstate lake. She is available five days a week offering complimentary consultations. Book today and see your transformation!

Lauren Welbaum
Lauren Welbaum, LE

Kendall Estes, LE

Education:

Medical Aesthetics from Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro, GA

Certifications:

SC and GA Board Certified Esthetician, offering Dermaplaning, Advanced training in SkinPen Microneedling, Morpheus8, and Chemical Peels; Obagi, Revision and SkinMedica Medical Systems.

Area Of Expertise:

Custom facials with analysis and development of treatment plans for Acne, Rosacea, and Melasma; Collagen induction therapy such as Microneedling; Advanced exfoliations such as HydraFacials, Dermaplaning, Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels; Sciton Laser treatments including Laser Hair Removal, BroadBand Light; and Anti-Aging Skin Remodeling with Morpheus8.

Kendall Estes, LE

Selene Wright-Pearson, Aesthetics Patient Coordinator 

Selene works as our Aesthetics Patient Coordinator for our Easley and Clemson locations. Prior to coming into our Aesthetics department, she worked on our eyecare side for several years. Selene is a warm and friendly face to all of our patients. She has a background in business management and cosmetology licenses. She is really passionate about skincare and has developed a love for the medical aesthetics industry. Selene enjoys time with her husband and two dogs, Buddy and Buttons. She and her husband also enjoy drag racing as a hobby.

Selene Wright-Pearson
Selene Wright-Pearson, Aesthetics Patient Coordinator 

Katie Hyder, Aesthetics Patient Coordinator 

Katie Hyder works as our Aesthetics Patient Coordinator at our Simpsonville location. She helps welcome patients to the practice and ensures they have a smooth experience from start to finish. She exemplifies excellent customer service and treats our patients like family. Katie has a background in marketing and enjoys coaching volleyball and spending time with her family and friends in her spare time.

Katie Hyder
Katie Hyder, Aesthetics Patient Coordinator 

Erica Grinnell, RN

After graduating with her nursing degree from East Tennessee State University, Erica started her career as a nurse in the intensive care unit (ICU). She spent two years as a traveling nurse prior to returning to Tennessee in 2018 where she began working for a prestigious plastic surgeon in Knoxville. She quickly developed a love and skill for aesthetics while caring for her surgical patients. Erica is passionate about helping patients look and feel their best.

In her spare time, she enjoys a great college football game, time with friends and family on the lake, and snuggling up with her dogs. 

Erica Grinnell, RN

Sam Calixto, Aesthetics Patient Coordinator 

Sam Calixto works as our Aesthetics Patient Coordinator at our Greenville location.

Sam has lived in the Greenville area her entire life. She graduated college with a degree to teach high school social studies but found a path in medical administrative work instead. Her role as an Aesthetics Patient Coordinator will primarily be assisting with incoming patient calls.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and playing with her dog, Paco. 

Sam Calixto, Aesthetics Patient Coordinator

Kameron McCoy, Aesthetics Patient Coordinator 

Kameron McCoy works as our Aesthetics Patient Coordinator at our Greenville location.

She helps welcome patients to the practice and ensures they have a smooth experience from start to finish. She exemplifies excellent customer service and treats our patients like family.  

Kameron McCoy, Aesthetics Patient Coordinator

For more information call 855-654-2020 today or click here to schedule an appointment.