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 Retriever, Owen), yoga, pilates, skiing, and traveling to places where she doesn’t understand the language.

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.


Kimberlee Barnes, MD

Essence Laser & Wellness, P.C., is happy to introduce Kimberlee Barnes, MD, OB/GYN. Dr. Barnes will be bringing her expertise to Essence to perform procedures in Feminine Rejuvenation, including the technology based device, Ultra Femme 360; and the O-shot.

Dr. Barnes is from Michigan originally, and attended Michigan State University for both undergraduate, graduate, and medical school. She moved to Denver in 1986 to complete her residency training in OB/GYN at St. Joseph Hospital, and has since called Colorado home.

Over the past 28 years, Dr. Barnes has been in private practice in the Denver area. During that time, she took a hiatus to work for the US Army, taking care of service members in Germany.

Her long-time passion has been the care of patients with menopausal symptoms as well as Gynecologic surgery and well-woman preventive medicine. The philosophy that she embodies is “patient care and teaching first”.

Outside ,the office other interests including sewing and many crafts, taking care of her two Labrador retrievers, exercise and fitness, skiing and recently vegetarian cooking. Dr. Barnes is married and has one grown son.

Alison Maltese
Aesthetician/Derma Technician/Laser Technician.

Alison Maltese

Ali Maltese is a licensed Aesthetician, Certified Derma Technician, and Certified Laser Technician.   She finished her training in Boston at the Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics in 1990, and continued her training at the American Institute of Permanent Color Technology in California in 1997, allowing her to expand her artistic abilities in Permanent Cosmetics.  In 2006, she expanded her knowledge again as a Laser Technician giving her cutting edge knowledge in laser skin resurfacing, IPL, Infrared tightening treatments along with Laser Hair Reduction.

In 2007, she began a new direction and passion for yoga and completed training as a yoga instructor at the White Lotus Institute in Santa Barbara, California.  Having more experience with wellness has given her a well rounded understanding of nutrition, exercise and skin care.  Her passion for finding balance in her life with work, family and activities is vital for her.

Ali loves biking, hiking, traveling, yoga, mission trips, and most importantly spending time with friends and family.  She is married with 3 step children and a crazy black lab.

Rolfing by Anna Timmons

Rolfing by Anna Timmons

From infants to elders, athletes to desk jockeys, whether you suffer  from sciatica, headaches, neck or shoulder pain Rolfing is a way to  improve whatever you do in your life and help you feel better.

Rolfing® Structural Integration (SI) often offers relief to pain but  that’s only a start. It is aimed at bringing us into balance in gravity,  easing soft tissue that isn’t letting us move freely. Often times,  people that seek Rolfing for a certain ache or pain come away with a  much better moving body. Posture is more upright, activities are easier  to perform and life just becomes more comfortable!

In today’s world there are many approaches for how people find whole health.

By whole we mean from head to toe and from inside to out, including  mind and body. Over the years people have turned to Rolfing SI, and as  the practice has become more refined the process has become more  effective. Rolfing, as it is most commonly known, is a form of manual  therapy in which the certified practitioner works with a client’s soft  tissue to mobilize and free the person of their restrictions and pain.  It is an interactive treatment in which the client is encouraged to  communicate what they are experiencing while the practitioner stretches,  presses and shapes their soft tissue in an effort to restore function  and release “stuck” tissue.

Rolfing SI is based on the work of Dr. Ida Rolf who started teaching  this method in the 1960’s. She designed what is known as the ten-series,  in which each session builds upon the previous. Though there is a  sequence to the design of the series, a client’s practitioner will often  recognize their unique needs and use his or her skills and experience  to address those appropriately. By trying the first three sessions a  person will have a good idea of how the work feels, how they respond and  gives the practitioner a “global tour” of how the client moves (or  doesn’t) in their everyday life. This usually reveals how a client’s  restrictions compromise healthy tissue that ultimately causes pain.  Sessions can be spaced a week to three weeks apart and are typically an  hour and fifteen minutes.

If you would like to give Rolfing a try, please contact Anna Timmons,  certified Rolf practitioner at 303-807-4980. You can also read more  from her website at evergreenrolfing.com and drop an email with any  questions as to how this method might help you to [email protected]

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