Raquel Merlini, RN

Raquel joined our practice in 2010. She is the only employee that is cross trained to work in all three of our companies, Dr. Michael J. Schenden, Schenden’s Medical Day Spa and Columbia Surgical Center. She has a strong clinical knowledge of skin care, aesthetic injections, skin laser treatments and surgical procedures. She is a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Aesthetician.

As an aesthetician, Raquel is licensed to perform non-invasive facial aesthetic procedures. As a medical aesthetician working in a medical practice, she has obtained specialized training for a wide range of aging and skin conditions utilizing sophisticated clinical skills and skin therapy modalities. As a medical aesthetician and a registered nurse, she has the skills to perform comprehensive skin care analysis and will develop a sophisticated plan to promote an ongoing comprehensive clinical skin care management process. In addition, she is trained and experienced in all of our spa laser services. Raquel performs cosmetic laser treatments that range from the elimination of unwanted hair, stimulation of collagen for a more youthful look and/or diminish pigmentation as well as to control acne. This experience and her love of the aesthetic field prompted her to further her education to become a Registered Nurse and Nurse Aesthetic Injector.

Raquel graduated from Oakland Community College with a degree in registered nursing. She has received comprehensive training by Dr. Michael J. Schenden on the full line of aesthetic injections. In addition, she has attended several trainings lead by industry leaders in the aesthetic field. Her broad background allows her to not only analyze your need for aesthetic injections but also provide the best in skin care treatment/products as well. Working in our surgical center allows her to follow a patient and ensures that our patients receive the best aesthetic treatment and beauty plan in the area. In her off time she is a professional body builder which rounds out her desire to not only look your best on the outside but feel and be your healthiest on the inside.

Raquel takes the time to listen to all of her patients and develop a treatment plan that works for them and helps them meet their desired goals. She has a thorough knowledge of this industry and her patients benefit from her comprehensive background.

Call today for your free consultation with Raquel. 248.524.0620

Current Positions
2015-Present
Michael J. Schenden, MD PC Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Specializing in Aesthetic Injections and Skin Resurfacing Lasers 

2010- Present
Schenden’s Medical Day SpaLicensed Aesthetician 

Educational Achievements/ Professional Associations
Hands on training with certified Suneva trainer, Bellafill February 2019
ALMI (Autologous Lipocyte Micronized Injection) training with certified ALMI trainer January 2019
Hands on training with certified Galderma injector for the hands, Restylane Lyft 2018
Hands on training with certified Merz injector for the hands, Radiesse 2018
Cannula training with Dr. Charles Boyd and Palette Resources hands on workshop 2018
Hands-on training with Lumenis Specialist trainer Carol Ecker, Active FX CO2 laser 2018
PRFM MicroNeedling and Hair Rejuvenation 2018

Hands on training with certified Allergan trainer, Vollure June 2017
Hands on training with certified Galderma trainer, Restylane Refyne and Defyne May 2017

Hands on training with Allergan trainer Hailey Wood, Vollure December 2016
On-line video training for Vobella proper injection technique October 2016
Hands-on training with Dr.Balle, Dermatologist, Sculptra 2016
Hands on training with Lumenis Laser Specialist, ResurFX Laser January 2016

Hands on training with certified Allergan trainer, Kybella December 2015
Hands on training with Dr. Charles Boyd, on using Cannulas for filler applications April 2015
Hands on training with certified Merz Trainer, Radiesse, Boltero, and Xeomin April 2015
Introduction to Cannulas with Dr. Charles Boyd, ENT and facial cosmetic physician,
     Pallette Resources Hands on Workshop April 2015
Online video training on proper injection technique, Restylane Silk January 2015

Master training Course with renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Mauricio de Maio October 2014
Hands-on training with Allergan Trainer Hailey Wood, Voluma May 2014
Hands-on training with Dr. Balle, Dermatologist, Voluma February 2014
Hands-on training with Dr. Charles Boyd, ENT and Facial Cosmetic physician, Voluma Jan 2014
AAFE Training on Botox and Injection Techniques
Training by Allergan and Dr Michael Schenden, Chief of Plastic Surgery at Beaumont Hospital 2014 - Present
on proper procedure of injection of Botox Cosmetics and Juvederm FillersHands on training with Lumenis Specialist trainer Carol

Acker on Intense Pulsed Light IPL August 2012
Hands-on training Cooltouch CT3 Plus Laser March 2012
Hands –on training with Lumenis Specialist Carol Acker on Laser Hair Removal July 2012

Oncology Esthetic certification May 2010
Advanced Micro current Treatments Understanding Cosmetic Chemistry January 2010

Dermalogica skin care excellence January 2009
Microdermabrasion Skin for Life New York/London October 2009
PCA skin biology and Chemical peel November 2009
Revitalight LED light therapy December 2009

Oakland Community College
Nursing Degree 2016

Academy of Esthetics
Aesthetician March 2009

Work Experience
Clinique
Associate Consultant 1990 - 1995 & 2009
Makeup Artist/Stylist 1995 - 2009

Carmichaels
Salon of Grosse Point 1992 - 2000

Honors and Awards
2015 IFBB Pro Bikini
2015 NPC Masters Pittsburg, PA - 1 st place Masters Division
2012 NPC Masters Rochester, MI -1 st Place Masters Division
2012 NPC Nicole Wilkins – 1 st place Bikini Masters Division
1991 Model of the year

Licensure
Licensed Registered Nurse State of Michigan 2016 to Present
Licensed Aesthetician State of Michigan 2010 - Present

Community Involvement
Extreme Home Maker (ABC)
Co-owner Construction Contractor 2006 & 2008