About Us

Urban Laser Spa provides a wide variety of aesthetic procedures in a clean relaxed, modern environment. Our experienced staff can create a personalized plan that will help you achieve your goals. We aim to make you look and feel great! We use the most advanced equipment available and continually update our training to give you the best, most advanced care.


 Raymond Paxton MD

Dr Paxton graduated from University of Washington with a BS in cell and molecular biology. After receiving his MD at Oregon Health Sciences University and completing his residency training,  he began his medical practice in Austin. Dr. Paxton prides himself on providing comprehensive care and focuses on education, prevention, and safety.

Dr. Paxton is an outdoor enthusiast and an animal lover. He enjoys swimming, running and yoga, as well as living in South Austin with his family, four dogs, and two sugar gliders.





bettyBetty Cravens-Cruz, Medical Aesthetician

Betty has worked in the skin care field since 1987, including with the world’s largest cosmetic companies and in Austin’s own favorite spas. She holds multiple certifications for lasers, injectables and other aesthetic techniques. She also continually learns the newest techniques and methods for helping her patients achieve their beauty ideals.

Betty’s passion is in helping her patients feel better about their appearance. She most enjoys the rapport and friendships that she builds with patients, and knows that there is no higher compliment than receiving a referral from a patient. For fun, she enjoys cycling and swimming at the Barton Springs with her family. She is also mother to Annie and Mollie, her two terriers (or terrors).





karen picKaren Kalina Rathmell, Medical Aesthetician

Karen became excited about medical aesthetics in 2000 when she experienced first hand how the various treatments can transform the skin.  Two years later she was working in the field herself. She is certified by the National Council on Laser Excellence for all aesthetic lasers and received formal training for injectables from Medicis.  She has also served as clinic director of med spas in Austin and San Antonio.  She continually expands her knowledge of aesthetic treatments and learns about effective science-based skin care products.

Karen enjoys the Austin live music scene, taking long walks, spending time with her twin boys, and playing with her adorably ugly Poodle/Chihuahua mix.



Lauren Rivoli, Laser Spa Administrator

Lauren has worked in the beauty industry for nearly a decade.  While managing a spa in Berkeley, California she became aware of her passion in helping people achieve their personal goals in appearance and knew that this was her calling.  Lauren went on to obtain her Cosmetology License and  worked as a hairstylist in cities all over central California, including Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco.  After relocating to Texas, she worked in management in one of Downtown Austin’s very own high-end salons!  She is now very proud to be working as the Administrator at Urban Laser Spa!

Outside of work, Lauren enjoys spending time at Lake Austin, swimming in the pool, and trying new restaurants around town with friends!  She is mother to her humongous Maine-Coon kitty, Jake.