Our Team

Erika Barry, NP-C, MSN, CCRN

Nurse Practitioner Effective Medspa and Wellness Center, LLC


  • Post Master Studies, Georgetown University, District of Columbia
  • Master of Science, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida


  • Acute Care NP
  • Family Practice NP
  • Surgical NP
  • Expert Witness for the United States Government
  • Member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society
  • Member of Nurse Practitioner Associations of Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, and California

Meet Erika Barry:

“I believe in the power of wellness, fitness, and caring for a patient’s beauty- inside and out.”

Erika is the lead Certified Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner at Effective MedSpa and Wellness Center located at the Waugh Chapel Shopping Center in Gambrills, Maryland. She brings more than ten years’ combined training and clinical experience as a certified Aesthetic, Acute Care, Family Practice and Surgical Nurse Practitioner. Receiving extensive specialized medical training in aesthetic and non-invasive procedures, Erika’s certifications include Advanced Facial Aesthetics, Advanced Aesthetic Procedures for Botox & Dermal Fillers, Comprehensive Dermal Filler, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Mesotherapy Procedures, and Botulinum Toxin A Safety.

First and foremost, Erika’s goal is to provide complete, holistic care for every patient. Coupling a commitment to evidence and researched based practice with her caring personal touch, Erika is excited to provide patients with the most innovative, safe and effective anti-aging and overall wellness treatments. Erika’s career and personal life reflect she is a powerhouse achiever committed to excellence in all she does.

After matriculating from the University of Miami in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Health Studies, she was accepted into the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She then earned her Master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University in May 2011. While completing her graduate degree at Hopkins, she continued her research with the city of Baltimore in reducing teen pregnancy and trained for numerous Baltimore Marathons. After graduating from Hopkins in 2011 she moved to San Francisco, California to accept the coveted position as a surgical NP at The University of California, San Francisco.

At UCSF, she was fortunate to work among a multidisciplinary urologic team at UCSF Medical Center located at the Parnassus Campus in the heart of San Francisco. After four years as a surgical NP at University of California, Erika moved to DC to work alongside Michael West, MD at The Washington Endocrine Clinic in Washington D.C. While living in Washington D.C., she shifted her clinical focus to anti-aging and hormonal studies. After working in anti-aging and caring for patients with endocrine and hormonal diseases she decided to narrow her clinical focus to anti-aging and hormonal imbalances. This now brings her to work and become the main provider at the elite Medical Spa- Effective Medspa.

About Effective Medspa & Wellness Center As a full service medical spa we specialize in cosmetic services, laser, and weight loss treatments. Injectibles are wrinkle relaxers that help our patients achieve a more youthful appearance. Fillers correct volume loss in the cheeks, lips, and hands for a fuller, smoother appearance. Advanced laser services for hair removal and to address skin issues such as dark spots, spider veins, acne, and scars, are also available. The revolutionary technology, Vanquish Body Contouring system eliminates stubborn belly fat to help our patients lose unwanted inches. Conveniently located to the left of Robert Andrew Salons and Spas, we welcome you to join our practice and experience the nurturing environment our office and staff have designed to help you look and feel your best.

Laura Hardnett

Medical Spa Owner

Empowering others working in the beauty and health industry for more than fifteen years and in fitness as a certified personal trainer, I have a lifelong passion for wellness. I also understand that some aesthetic problems cannot be addressed through make-up, fitness and nutrition alone. This knowledge inspired me to open Effective Medspa & Wellness Center, where we passionately help patients address the issues that are holding them back from looking and feeling their best.

“I have dedicated my life to helping others look and feel their best through beauty and wellness.”

At Effective Medspa we want you to feel like family. Our medically qualified and caring staff focus solely on providing you the necessary support to reach your personal beauty and wellness goals in a pampered and discreet environment. We are here to smile, laugh, or hold your hand if you are nervous. We want you to feel safe, rejuvenated, and to know that you are valued!

Our medical providers and our aestheticians are experienced and attentive caregivers. They carefully listen, assess, and explain treatment options so that you can make confident and informed decisions to achieve your desired results.

Halley Smith

Licensed Medical Aesthetician, Von Lee International School of Aesthetics, Inc.

Halley Smith comes to us with six years of extensive training in medical aesthetics. Halley has received and continues to participate in training from major pharmaceutical grade product lines including Neocutis, SkinMedica and Envy Medical staying up to date on the latest procedures and techniques. She previously worked alongside plastic surgeons specializing in AHA/BHA skin resurfacing treatments, dermaplaning, radio frequency body contouring, laser hair treatments, laser skin rejuvenation, and Intense Pulsed Light treatments, while also assisting in cosmetic injectables and surgical reconstruction of the face and body. Halley’s love for aesthetics began over 10 years ago when her mother, also her mentor, became a leading expert in advanced skin rejuvenation, primarily cosmetic injectables. Seeing the safest and most effective anti aging techniques combined with medical grade skin care was really intriguing and she wanted to be a part of the medical innovation of improving ones cosmetic appearance, which can be life changing!

“Skincare is what I do best. I love working with patients, hearing their personal stories and helping them to achieve their skincare goals. Earning their trust with effective treatments and developing lasting relationships is very important to me.”

Our skin is the body’s first line of defense as well as the first thing others see, so it is very important to protect and care for it. I truly enjoy educating others on how to care for their own skin by separating facts from fiction. Medical skincare treatments are best suited to help our patients who want to achieve a noticeable difference in their skin. While facials are nice, without minimally invasive chemical peels and pharmaceutical strength products combined with a strict at-home regimen, results are not possible. Combining great skincare with cosmetic injectable and laser treatments provide a patient with greater, more lasting results. Effective Medspa’s comprehensive approach to skincare offers our patients an array of options to address individual needs and optimize desired results.

Skincare Advice:

Start with a clean palette by utilizing a combination dermaplaning paired with a chemical peel. This is an exfoliation treatment that reduces the surface layer of dead skin while also minimizing the soft, vellus hair. I have a fuzzy face, and this treatment leaves my skin feeling fresh and tight with a nice glow! That will allow your daily products to penetrate the skin and provide their fullest benefit. My daily routine consists of cleansing, toning, exfoliating, replenishing and protecting. I use a retinol 3-4 times a week at bedtime to speed up cell turnover, fade pigmentation, prevent fine lines and build collagen. I always use sunscreen throughout the day no matter the weather or time of year. I also try to drink plenty of water which plays a huge role into the health and appearance of your skin. Come in to visit me and I can help you develop a daily regimen that best fits your individual skincare needs.

Dermaplaning paired with a chemical peel is my absolute favorite treatment! It’s a great exfoliation treatment that minimizes the surface layer of dead skin while also reducing the soft, vellus hair. I have a fuzzy face, and this treatment leaves my skin feeling fresh and tight with a nice glow! And of course, I LOVE Botox!

Emily Tipton

“Skincare and helping people look and feel their best is my passion. The reward of seeing our clients so happy and confident, because we exceeded their expectations is very satisfying. “

Licensed Cosmetologist & Patient Concierge

Emily is a transplant from Kansas with all the sweetness and down-to-earth Mid-Western charm and manners to make our clients feel welcome and genuinely cared for during their visit. Her role as our Patient Concierge is to foster an environment where patients feel welcome, safe and relaxed and to provide clients exceptional and prompt front-desk service, schedule appointments, and provide necessary product education to help clients meet their skincare and beauty goals. With over 10 years’ combined experience in the medical, skincare, makeup, and salon industries, she brings a wealth of sales, marketing and customer service skills to her position. She is a Maryland and Kansas licensed cosmetologist.

Claim to Fame: Emily is a previous Baltimore Ravens cheerleader!

“My favorite Effective Medspa treatments are wrinkle relaxers, fillers and chemical peels. I love how the improvement can be seen almost instantly with little to no downtime and and how my skin glows afterward!”

*Results seen on the site are not guaranteed

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