Our Team

We strive for perfection by working together and sharing each other’s expertise to strengthen individual performance as well as the collective accomplishments of the group. Our goal is to exceed the expectations of our clients by providing the highest quality services and products available.

Melinda O'Rourke, MD

Melinda O’Rourke, MD

Dr. Melinda O’Rourke received her Bachelor of Sciences degree from the University of Colorado (CU), Boulder, in 1980 and her M.D. degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1984. She is a member of the academic honorary societies, Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. From 1985 to 1987 Dr. O’Rourke was a general practitioner and active in ophthalmic research at CU. Her research was published and presented at professional meetings in British Columbia and Oxford University in England. Dr. O’Rourke continued post-graduate training at CU, completing her Ophthalmology Residency program in 1990. Board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology since 1991, Dr. O’Rourke practiced ophthalmology for 15 years before opening the Northwest Eye Center in October 2005. Dr. O’Rourke has performed laser vision correction since FDA approval in 1995, and has over 20 years of surgical experience, including cosmetic upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty. During the mid-1990’s Dr. O’Rourke was one of the first surgeons to perform CO2 laser skin resurfacing, and since then, her interest and experience in cosmetic procedures has evolved, with an emphasis on promoting healthy skin through technology. She opened Northwest Laser Skincare in 2006, which has recently transitioned into Essence Laser & Wellness.

Dr. O’Rourke feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to offer a wide spectrum of services at Essence with assistance from her professional, and highly trained staff, and yet she still remains intimately involved with the care of every patient, and performs all injectable and surgical procedures herself. The services offered at Essence reflect Dr. O’Rourke’s philosophy of maintaining not only healthy skin, and eyes, but a healthy body and state of mind as well.

Volunteering her time at the Stout Street Eye Clinic over the past 10 years, Dr. O’Rourke brings eyecare to the homeless in metro Denver. Since 1999, she and husband, Paul, have been active participants with Vision Health International, participating in numerous cataract surgery projects, providing indispensable eye care to those in need in Latin America. Dr. O’Rourke also serves on the Board of Directors at the Red Rocks Community College Foundation, which provides academic scholarships to non-traditional students who need a second chance. In 2010, Dr. O’Rourke was awarded the prestigious Ethics in Business Award, presented by US Congressman Ed Perlmutter, and was recognized by the then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for her volunteer work.

Dr. O’Rourke is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Surgery, and the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery.

Married since 1984, Dr. O’Rourke has two children, Davis and Catherine. She enjoys running (with Golden/Lab Mix, Olive), yoga, pilates, skiing, and traveling to places where she doesn’t understand the language.


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Kaeli Lively
Clinical Director Medical/Aesthetician/Laser Technician

Kaeli Lively

Kaeli graduated from the Colorado School of Paramedical Esthetics in 2005, and after receiving her training in laser therapy, has since been working as a Medical Aesthetician and Laser Technician. She quickly learned that she had a passion for helping others look and feel better.

In addition to her excellent technical skills, Kaeli believes in taking the time to evaluate each individual patient to fully understand their skin care needs and expectations. Educating her patients on the latest skincare technologies, the importance of medical grade skin care, and maintaining a good product regimen at home is very important to her.

Kaeli also enjoys makeup artistry, running, hiking, meditation, reading and traveling with her husband.

Michelle Winning

Michelle went to school at Palomar Institute of Cosmetology in San Diego and became an Esthetician in 2005.  Early on, she was focused primarily on a holistic approach to skincare, however in recent years has become very passionate for the medical side of the Aesthetic industry. Combination therapies and esthetic devise technology have made many advances in the recent years, which has sparked a new found love for the industry.
Michelle very much enjoys to help people look and feel their best and cares deeply for those she is fortunate enough to meet and work with at Essence Laser & Wellness.
On Michelle’s spare time, she loves traveling with her husband and has three grown children, whom are the light of her life!
Office Manager

Catherine O’Rourke

Meet Catherine O’Rourke, our Essence Laser & Wellness Front Office Manager, and Marketing Director. More often than not, it is Catherine’s laugh that can be heard down the hall as you enter the building, and her smiling face that will greet you when you walk in the door. She will be your go to person for whatever you need, from creative appointment scheduling to signing into your Alle account to check your rewards and discounts, she is the one.

Catherine received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design, finishing Cum Laude in her class, at Florida Atlantic University. She has fulfilled her passion for designing layouts and marketing materials with a clean and simple design and creates the beautiful promotional works of art sent to you from Essence through email and social media.

After finishing college in Florida, Catherine realized her heart was meant to be in her home town, Denver, Colorado. She continued her education in Colorado, receiving her Masters Certificate from Metropolitan State University at Denver in Brewery Operations, another passion of our girl.

As the daughter of Dr. O’Rourke, Catherine sees Essence not only as a workplace but a family business. She began learning the ropes at the front desk when she was in high school, and continued summers when home from college. Catherine greets each patient that walks into the door as they are her own family, and indeed it won’t take her long to know your name.

Her creativity and design skills has translated into Essence Laser and Wellness’ marketing success by creating seasonal specials, customary emails, and exclusive promotions. She also has created a design brand to each of our unique annual Open Houses.

When Catherine is not at the office, she is at work at her own Graphic Design business, Blue Jaye Designs. http://www.bluejayedesign.com She can create anything from a simple logo design to a complete business brand. She specializes in artwork creating personalized drawings of pets, families, even cars!

Catherine’s warm heart and volunteer work through Vision Health International has taken her to numerous eye projects in Latin America, as well as educational programs in China and Europe. But she also enjoys her time at home doing yoga, baking pies, running, watching baseball, and relaxing with her boyfriend, and rescue dog, Stella, as well as her favorite activity, going to the Denver breweries. Cheers!

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