Meet

Our Team

Charles Harpe

M.D.

Dr. Harpe received his medical degree from the University of Miami, School of Medicine and completed residency in internal medicine at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT.  He has vast experience in adult medicine, having practiced and holding Board Certification in Internal Medicine for over two decades.  His passion for health promotion led his service in numerous medical leadership roles including the Board of Directors for the Utah Partnership for Healthy Weight (a non-profit public policy initiative) and the Utah Davis County Health Board.

Dr. Harpe has experienced first hand how frustrating it can be to not feel your best and be overweight. After accumulating more than 55 pounds of excess weight, Dr. Harpe made some major changes to his diet and his lifestyle. This was when the Naturvore way of healthy living first took shape. It profoundly impacted all aspects of his personal and professional life as he learned the power of lifestyle choices on the state of our health.  Since then, Dr. Harpe has accumulated vast experience in holistic health matters and his passion for fitness provides credibility above and beyond his medical certifications. He enjoys empowering people to improve their health, no matter their limitations or medical diagnoses.

When he’s not working, Dr. Harpe likes to run, weight train and embark on outdoor adventures–such as free diving. He makes spending time in nature, self care and personal growth a hobby in that he believes it is good to consistently improve one’s skills for life.

Claudia Harpe

MSOTR, NT

Claudia's philosophy of holistic health is comprised of an interconnection of mind, body and spirit. She incorporates purposeful activity with lifestyle and nutritional shifts to optimize function, independence and create a sustainable improvement in wellness. 

As an occupational therapist and nutrition therapist, she has years of experience helping her clients reach their health and wellness goals. She has recently launched Brain Fit a therapeutic program for clients that want to improve their brain fitness in areas like attention, processing, focus and balance.

She received her education at Florida International University with a BS in Biology and a Masters in Occupational Therapy.  She holds certifications in Nutrition Therapy and IM for Cognitive Rehabilitation.

Claudia enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and playing in the ocean. She believes in giving back to the community and initiated the yearly HLW Open House Raffles, which proceeds support various non-profits throughout the year. This year beneficiaries included Kenmure Fights Cancer, Samaritans Purse, and Knickers For New Life.

Dr. Katherine Volatile

M.D.

Dr. Volatile attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she earned her BA in Psychology. After College, she became a Research Associate in Pediatric Neurology at Yale University. Upon completing her work there,she attended the Emory University School of Medicine where she obtained her MD degree. She worked for one year at Emory’s Clinical Research Facility, a division of the National Institutes of Health. Next, she completed an Internship in Internal Medicine at Emory before continuing with her Ophthalmology Residency, a 3 year Program at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center during which she worked at the Retinal Vascular Center at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Volatile has been an Ophthalmologist since 1986. She worked in private practice in Maryland from 1986-2002. In 2002, she and her children moved to Asheville. She has enjoyed the practice of Ophthalmology in Asheville, Hendersonville and Brevard since moving here. Bella Visage was formed in 2017 and in the Spring of 2019, Dr. Volatile retired from the practice of Ophthalmology to devote her time to Facial Aesthetics.

Dr. Volatile’s interest in Facial Aesthetic Medicine began as she trained to inject Botox to treat facial spasms in the 1990s. At that time, physicians using therapeutic Botox to relax facial spasms noted that fine lines and wrinkles in the treated areas were decreasing. Botox was FDA approved for cosmetic use in 2002.

Dr. Volatile began her training to perform cosmetic Botox injections in 2003. Since that time, she has attended courses at the Aesthetics Institute in Atlanta and Charlotte, has become certified to perform the ArcDerma and Instatox techniques, patented injection techniques taught by technique’s creator,Leslie Fletcher, of Injectability Institute. This January 2017, Dr. Volatile completed The Aesthetics Blueprint Course taught by well known Canadian Injectors, Dr. Kent Remington and Dr. Arthur Swift.

Dr. Volatile enjoys consulting with new patients, and partnering with existing patients to help them achieve their individual treatment goals. She truly believes that every face is beautiful and works to enhance the patient’s natural beauty within the framework of their expectations, goals and budgets.

Other Interests

  • Board work – Mountain Care Board
    Athletics
  • Volunteer Middle School Success Program – Buncombe County
  • Volunteer – The Free Clinic- Hendersonville
  • Athletics including swimming, hiking and yoga
  • Music – plays piano and sings with Asheville Choral Society
  • She also enjoys her many friends and her book club
  • Family – Volatile enjoys spending time with her husband, Dr. Leon Elliston, their six adult children, grandchildren and two beloved dogs; Simba and Ruby.

April Cogswell

Operations Manager

April Cogswell has lived and worked in Asheville since graduating from Appalachian State University in 2001. Her degree in Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology has helped to frame her interest in marketing and design and bring that to promoting our beliefs and values at Harpe Laser + Wellness.

She enjoys working in the medical aesthetics field as she enjoys the positive outcomes and working with individuals that are interested in better themselves and the world around them. She truly believes that when individuals feel and look their best, they are able to function more fully in their daily lives and as members of our community.

April enjoys giving back through the Hope’s Chest for Women and it’s work with survivors and those going through treatments for breast and cervical cancer. http://hopechestforwomen.org/

She enjoys hiking near her home on the parkway, OneWheel floats through trails and spending time with daughter and husband.

Debra Anderson

Medical Aesthetician, NPA

Debra is an educator at heart who helped establish the first private aesthetics academy in Western North Carolina, the Privai Academy in 2008. She is a licensed aesthetician, aesthetics instructor and nationally certified phlebotomist with a nursing background. Debra has taught the aesthetics program at our local colleges for the last 13 years and has been instrumental in educating the licensed aestheticians here in Asheville.

Debra recognizes that each person has a very specific skincare need and she excels at providing a customized patient experience. Her extensive knowledge in product ingredients, skin type analysis and her intuition help her to provide her clients with an extremely customized treatment plan to meet their skin care goals.

Debra is passionate about helping others to look and feel their best. She believes in the power of touch. Her treatments are a form of therapy for the mind and body that leave you refreshed and reinvigorated.

In her free time Debra enjoys the adventures to the beach where she can spend time in the ocean. We believe that Debra must have been a mermaid in her past life!

Joy Saunooke

LPN

Joy (Taylor) Saunooke lives in Mills River, NC, with her husband Tommy. Joy has one son, Rob Ballenger. She has been a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) for  many years and received her education from Asheville Buncombe Technical College, spending 30 years of her career working for four doctors in Asheville, NC.  She furthered her education, also at ABT College, in Secretarial Science. Combining the two degrees allowed her to work in medical offices with patients, on a nursing level and also able to deal with financial and insurance needs.  She later became a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) and worked in a pharmacy for three years. After becoming interested in skin care she now takes pride in doing chemical peels, various facials, derma planing and Micro needling to name a few procedures.

When it comes to priorities, her family, friends and church come first.  When she is away from work, she will be found working in her yard or on her John Deere Tractor mowing!  The beach has always been her favorite place to vacation!

Carol Arkell

Medical Aesthetician, LMA, CNA

I absolutely love people and it gives me such joy to care for them and their skin. It is important to observe and listen to their needs, concerns and work together to figure out a treatment plan with wonderful results and healthy skin.

Carol Arkell is a licensed and experienced medical aesthetician, licensed medical assistant and certified nurse aid. She is currently enrolling in a nursing program at blue ridge community college.
Carol has six years of experience in laser hair removal, laser skin tightening, and hyperpigmentation. She has significant experience in medical grade peels, products, medical treatments like Microneedling, dermaplaning, and chemical peels.

In my free time I enjoy dancing and hiking in the mountains. I love my children, traveling, spending time with family, and baking. I have a baking and pastry arts degree. The sounds, the smells and the feel of the forest is the core of who I am. Loving and caring for people makes my heart sing.

Deborah Lindsey

Deborah Lindsey lives in Cleveland SC with her husband David. She has 2 Sons, Matthew and Andrew Fleming. Matthew is a worship leader in Raleigh, NC and Andrew is a drummer for a band and is married to
Emily.

Deborah has worked with the public since she was 15. She has worked at a florist, insurance company, medical spa and served 8 years as a youth minister. Her passion is to serve others in the best that she can and to be an encouragement to all. She believes that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made and we ALL special!

Deborah loves to spend time at the beach when she can. She absolutely loves Christmas decorating, a good christian concert, Hallmark movies and a good mystery!

Lylla Jones

Medical Aesthetician, CLT

Lylla Jones is a medical aesthetician and a nationally certified laser tech who has been with Harpe Laser + Wellness since 2017.

She has an extensive background in result driven medical aesthetics. She enjoys helping her clients to feel their most beautiful and vital. She has always had an interest in skincare due to her own skin concerns as a teen. She graduated from Blue Ridge Community College’s Aesthetic School in 2006 and she has kept up with advancements in the industry by completing continuing education courses throughout her career. Her first job in aesthetics was at the Grove Park Inn Spa. She enjoyed working there for several years with some fantastic experienced women that were instrumental in progressing her skills.

She moved to Florida for 7 years to pursue medical aesthetics. Went back to school for electrology and her national accredited laser licenses. In Florida, she worked for a dermatology practice for many years. After gaining lots of experience in Florida, she returned to Asheville to put her work to practice here in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

In her free time she enjoys family time with her daughter and her dogs.

She also gives back to the community and world at large through the Knickers for New Life charity. https://knickersfornewlife.org/

Leisa E. Stack

For more than 20 years I have worked as a professional and licensed NC massage therapist. While operating my own private practice in Hendersonville, NC, I have also worked at well known Spa’s, Chiropractor offices, Health Care Centers and Resorts. I use my intuition and education to provide my clients with the most effective treatments possible. I have also added a variety of other certificates like Kinesio Taping, Birth Doula, and Ayurvedic practice to my skill-set. In 2018,  I expanded my portfolio and included skincare services as a SC licensed Esthetician. I understand the importance of keeping up with the latest treatments and make it a priority to continue my education and training.

In my private time, I delight in spending time with my family, exploring nature, traveling to different countries and learning about other cultures.

I look forward to meeting you and to support and encourage you on your personal wellness goals!

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