Erin K. Lehto RN, BSN

  • Aesthetic Nurse Specialist
  • LaVita Laser Medical Spa
  • Elm Grove, Wisconsin   
  • Website


From the first time Erin Lehto was asked by her parents what she was going to be when she grew up, she exclaimed, “I’m going to be a nurse...and a great one.” At age eight, Erin’s sister and all of her school friends were reading Nancy Drew mysteries. Not Erin – she was reading Cherry Ames, a series of stories about a nurse and her worldwide adventures. As she recalls, she must have read every one of them.
When Erin turned 15, her social life was turned upside down when her family moved from Chicago to Wisconsin. She missed her Chicago friends and decided to focus some of her time volunteering at Family Hospital in Milwaukee. The experience solidified her love and passion for nursing and she received a scholarship from Family Hospital for her nursing education.

Erin remembers getting her first exposure to the operating room in her third year of nursing school. “I was immediately enamored with the intensity, precision and control of the entire experience,” she recounts. “I was holding retractors for a surgeon and leaning over the patient. I blinked and suddenly my vision was blurry. I realized I had lost my contact lens. It was like the Seinfeld episode where Kramer drops a Junior Mint into a patient while watching from the operating theatre. Thankfully, my lens fell on the floor and not into the patient. It was still an embarrassing first experience and one that I’ll never forget.”In 1985, Erin joined the staff at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as a staff nurse in the operating room. After she had proven herself to be a bright and talented nurse, she became a member of the cardiovascular operating team where she participated in the state’s first pediatric heart transplant. The procedure was groundbreaking and a phenomenal success.

After more than 20 years in her role as a senior surgical nurse, Erin was ready to expand her horizons and became keenly interested in aesthetic nursing. She began researching educational opportunities in this specialty area and gained certification in a number of cutting edge aesthetic procedures.

In 2007, the entrepreneurial bug bit Erin and she opened her own facility, LaVita Laser Medical Spa. Erin chose the name to pay homage to her Italian heritage. LaVita means life and vitality. There, she offers age management options including Botox Cosmetic, dermal fillers (Restylane, Juvederm and Radiesse), laser hair removal, laser photofacials (to remove age and brown spots), medical grade chemical peels and pharmaceutical skin products.

Erin is married to Duke Lehto and has one son, Joey, and twin girls, Nicole and Danielle. They live in Brookfield, WI where Erin and Duke spend the majority of their free time carting their kids to football, basketball, and volleyball

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