After losing her grandfather suddenly to a heart attack, Carissa decided her senior year of high school that she would become a nurse so that she could educate and help prevent health issues not only with close family and loved ones but with many others; specifically heart disease.
Carissa obtained her home health aide certificate right after high school and then her LPN license in 2000 from Moore Norman Vo-Tech. While working at a minor emergency clinic she attended evening classes and obtained her RN license in just 2 yrs from OKCCC. After becoming an RN, Carissa worked at Baptist Medical Center for the next 12 years with 7 of those years under the direction of Dr. David Nelson and the Advanced Cardiac Care Group.
It was during this time Carissa was involved in coordinating multiple heart and lung transplants as well as those that underwent LVAD surgery as a bridge to transplant. This was the most fulfilling time of her nursing career seeing both the highs and the lowest of lows with patients and their families.
In 2014 Carissa and her husband Brian welcomed their second child, a little girl who joined her brother to make the Collins family complete. Carissa stayed at home for several months leaving Baptist then working locally in Norman. This allowed her to be closer to home and more involved with her children who are now 13 and 6. Cooper and Mia are very active in baseball, basketball and dance. In 2019 Carissa decided she wanted to help people in a different way, cosmetically. She obtained her advanced certificate in Botox injection and fillers from the National Laser Institute in Dallas. “I am very excited to work under the talented Renee and can’t wait to see what all is in store for this group of women and the ever evolving world of aesthetics."