About Us

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Salt Aesthetics Bar

At Salt Aesthetics Bar we truly believe that confidence is beautiful, and beauty is confident. Salt is a physician / physician assistant owned medical spa located in Wilmington NC. It is our belief that medical excellence can and should be brought to the world of aesthetic medicine. With over a decade of experience behind each provider Salt Aesthetics Bar proudly offers facial rejuvenation with injectable and laser treatments. We are also excited to offer functional medicine with an emphasis in hormone replacement and sexual wellness. For more in depth information on the services we offer please visit our individual services pages. 

Our Team

Hamilton Wells, MD

Hamilton Wells, MD

Dr. Wells and his family have enjoyed coastal Carolina since 2010 when he moved here for a position at New Hanover Medical Centers Emergency Department. Dr. Wells graduated from Case Western Reserve University’s medical program in 2007. He then went on to complete his residency in emergency medicine at Maine Medical Center prior to moving to Hampstead, NC. He has enjoyed many accolades in his professional career to include numerous professional publications and expert presentations within the field of medicine. Dr. Wells has additionally participated in medical mission trips, bringing modern day medicine to underserved areas of South America.

Outside of work you can find Hamilton busy raising 5 young children with his wife Tashana. They live in the Hampstead area, and like many enjoy their coastal lifestyle. Dr. Wells enjoys off shore fishing, spear fishing and surfing. Off the water he enjoys hiking and mountain biking and is an active member of cross fit community.

Andrea Payne, PA-C

Andrea Payne, PA-C

Andrea has been a Wilmington local since 2004. She graduated with honors from Wake Forest University Physician Assistant Program in 2002. Since that time she has worked at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where she continues to work part time in the emergency department.

Andrea entered the world of aesthetic medicine in 2013 and enjoyed working in some local medical spas prior to opening Salt in 2021. She has set herself apart as an aesthetic injector bringing twenty years of medical experience to the aesthetic platform.

Outside of work you can find Andrea chasing the activities of three active children with her husband Thane. Like many who live in Wilmington they enjoy all the treasures of coastal living. You can often find the family on one of the local beaches or skate parks.

Sara Tennant, PA-C

Sara Tennant, PA-C

Sara has lived in Wilmington since 2007. She moved to the area after receiving her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. She previously practiced at Coastal Urology where she developed a special focus in male and female Sexual Health and Wellness. She attended top courses and seminars around the country and brings extensive knowledge and expertise and can find solutions to problems that aren’t always the easiest to discuss.

She joins Salt Aesthetics Bar in 2021 where she will continue to offer exceptional care in regenerative medicine, low T, sexual wellness, bioidentical hormone replacement, erectile dysfunction and peptide therapy.

Outside of work Sara and her husband stay amazingly active with their two children. They enjoy trail races – Sara always seems to be training for her next marathon. She also enjoys reading and time on the water.

Stephanie Knowles

Stephanie Knowles

Stephanie has been a Wilmington resident since 2008. She has always had a passion for skin care, and skin rejuvenation. She acquired her license in aesthetic skin care in 2019 and immediately dove head first into the profession. She has dedicated herself not only to working as a licensed aesthetician locally but continuing her medical education within the industry. 

She specializes in advanced skin care rejuvenating treatments of both the face and body, cosmetic maintenance and preventative care. She is dedicated to individualized, custom treatment plans that deliver beneficial, long lasting results. 

Stephanie and her husband are busy loving life with two young children, ages 5 and 1. She loves outdoor activities, and the coastal lifestyle. You may also find them on the soccer field, as Stephanie’s husband enjoys a career coaching some of Wilmington’s finest young athletes.   

Salt Aesthetics Bar could not be more proud to promote this talented young woman and her community centered family as a pillar of our team!

Molly Hastings, RN

Molly Hastings, RN

Bio Coming Soon!

Proud Members of the Following Professional Organizations

American Med Spa Association
American Academy of Physicians Assistants
NC Association of Physician Assistants


We are centrally located in Wilmington and within close proximity to Wrightsville Beach. Salt Aesthetics Bar offers breakthrough technology in the aesthetic medical market and only the highest quality of service. We look forward to welcoming you to Salt.

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I love Andrea, Sara and Stephanie at Salt Aesthetics Bar! This was my fourth visit, and Stephanie gave me the best Hydrafacial ever! I saw Sara for hormone replacement pellet therapy and she’s amazing. So thorough with her history, and makes sure she addressed all your concerns and symptoms, it was a wonderful and painless experience. I previously had a BBL with Andrea with extraordinary results, laser hair removal that was quick and without discomfort as well as some natural results filler that I love.

I’m so excited to have found Salt, they are very knowledgeable about everything they offer & you definitely feel in great hands. I highly recommend Salt!

Karen B. (via Google Reviews)

Sara was very thorough on not only medical history, but emotional health as well. Her focus on the the whole picture makes me feel like I am receiving the best therapies Salt has to offer.

Syamala A. (via Google Reviews)

Amazing 🤩 First, the office is beautiful and feels like a spa when you walk in the door! The decor and colors are calming. Everyone makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. I know everyone has their go to person for facial work & treatments, but I absolutely 100% recommend this group of highly skilled professional women for anything you need whether Botox, Dysport, laser treatments, hydro-facials and more. They really understand what you want and need, and I definitely walked away feeling more confident in myself and their work too! 😊

Trish N. (via Google Reviews)