Our Staff

Nyoka SkinCare has been caring for the faces of Sarasota for 28 years with an outstanding reputation for providing the most detailed and results-oriented treatments you will find anywhere in Sarasota.


Nyoka Bruggeman

Owner / Clinical Aesthetician

Nyoka received her facial specialist licensure in 1996 then became an integral part of Sarasota’s premier physician-supervised Med-Spa for one of Sarasota’s top plastic surgeons. She continued to receive extensive clinical training, was involved in the Society of Plastic Surgery Skin Care Specialists (SPSSCA) & received over a dozen certifications in continuing education over the next 12 years before opening her own practice in historic Burns Court district in downtown Sarasota.

The Cottage, as we fondly refer to it, became an exciting opportunity & new vision offering her long-time clients, a truly welcoming & charming vintage space with a variety of aesthetic treatments & medical-grade products. Nyoka’s specialty is dermaplaning, all levels of chemical peels & expert extractions.

With a skilled staff offering advanced corrective skincare, therapeutic massage & scrubs, Nyoka and her team continue to provide exceptional treatments and skin care to all guests who visit us at The Cottage.


Sandy Wald

Clinical Aesthetician

Sandy Wald joined Nyoka SkinCare after working 8 years for a renowned Plastic Surgeon out of Atlanta. She performed extensive medical & aesthetic services in the MedSpa and is certified in Microneedling, as well as Vivace, chemical peels, Dermaplaning, HydraFacials, IPL and laser hair removal. Sandy is well-versed after years of assisting in the medical practice for proper use of products designed to treat aging, rosacea and acne-prone skin.

Sandy is family-oriented and enjoys work out & biking. Here at The Cottage, her warm and caring nature ensures every experience with Sandy is above and beyond your expectations.


Allyson Meyer

Licensed Massage Therapist

Allyson has been practicing massage therapy for over 25 years in both Clinical/Chiropractic and Spa settings. She brings a diverse and multi-disciplinary approach to her work, combining techniques & elements from various modalities including Neuromuscular, Swedish and Medi-cupping therapies. Allyson also offers amazing Body Scrubs in conjunction with a 60 or 90-minute massage for total relaxation and body care.

Using a firm touch to “melt” tissue rather than trying to force through excessive pressure, which she believes is counterproductive. Her calming temperament, integrative approach and passion for helping her clients allows her to perform anything from relaxation & stress reduction, focused clinical treatments for pain relief or a combination of several depending on what your body needs.


Carrie Santos

Clinical Aestheticianv

Carrie is Sarasota native who has lived in our local community her entire life. She’s spent over 30 years in the medical field acquiring multiple licenses in her continual desire to better herself and provide the best care for clients. Carrie is now focused on skincare as a licensed Aesthetician and has received advanced training in Microneedling, as well as Dermaplaning.

A truly caring individual with an abundance of positive energy that will make every treatment a comforting, educational and welcoming experience.