Both Drs. Nael Gharbi and Shazel Gharbi completed medical school at the University of Damascus School of Medicine in Syria in 2006. They finished a three year residency in Internal Medicine at St Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL. Both are board certified in internal medicine and completed advanced training in laser/light and radio frequency technologies as well as BOTOX and filler training with the International Association of Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine. Medical weight management is part of their internal medicine background.
Both Drs. Shazel and Nael are employed as hospitalists Franciscan Alliance St. Anthony Hospital in Crown Point, IN. If you are seeing a resemblance in training and appearance, yes, they are twins! They are pleased to share in the duties as owners and medical directors of Old Town Medspa.
Nael Gharbi and Shazel Gharbi
Meet Our Team
Donna E. Ricard R.N., MS, NP-C
Donna Ricard’s nursing career started in 1998. She holds an undergraduate nursing degree from a nationally recognized program at Valparaiso University and graduate degree from Purdue University. She is licensed in Indiana and Illinois and holds a national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Most of her career has been spent caring for patients in the hospital-acute care setting. She holds a certificate in Obesity Management in Primary Care. Donna is specialized in advanced injections, including botulinum toxin and dermal fillers for cosmetic volume replacement and correction. She is creative and skilled in the art of lip augmentation by use of fillers to create the most natural appearing, beautiful lips. Donna is driven to provide the best patient experience by providing compassionate personalized care, quality pre-procedure education, attention to detail and an exceptional customer service. Working with the twin Drs. Gharbi and their staff will undoubtedly result in the perfect team to provide the best aesthetic and beauty practice to Chicago.
Valerie Sydor is a certified laser technician, laser safety officer and licensed esthetician.
In 2009, she received esthetics training with the prestigious Aveda Institute here in Chicago and in 2011 became certified at the top aesthetic laser academy, National Laser Institute in Scottsdale, AZ.
She has been performing medical aesthetic treatments for the past 8 years and continues to further her education to the benefit of her clients. Her specialty is laser hair removal and expert product recommendations for all skin types and issues.
Brittany is from the Southwest suburbs and currently lives in the city of Chicago. She attended G Skin & Beauty Institute receiving her Esthetician license. During her training, she especially enjoyed training in chemical peels.
She joined Old Town Med Spa in 2017 and now serves as a Spa Coordinator. Her skills consist of delivering top-notch customer service, scheduling appointments, greeting clients, answering any questions, attending to emails, and she is always willing to help with whatever is needed.
Brittany is currently furthering her education to reach her aspirations of becoming a Medical Esthetics Technician.
Brittany enjoys spending her free time gaming and reading comics!