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Woman of Wilson: Kristi Lett

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Thanks to what she called a series of events orchestrated by God, Kristi Lett moved from her native Powell, Tenn. and became a woman of Wilson County in 2006.

Lett went to college at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. where she received her Bachelor's Degree. From there she went to University of Tennessee-Knoxville for graduate school, where she received her MSSW (Master of Science in Social Work). However, UTK wasn't the end-of-the-line in Lett's training and education.

She next attended the Tennessee School of Beauty in Knoxville to become an aesthetician.

Lett's brother, plastic surgeon Dr. Dwayne Lett, had been in Wilson County since 2000. In 2005, he opened a practice, The Lett Center, for plastic and reconstructive surgery in Lebanon.

"His full-time aesthetician had turned in her notice," Lett explained. "It was all orchestrated by God that I come here to Middle Tennessee."

Lett is also a certified laser technician. In 2014, the Lett Center expanded - seeing patients in a secondary office in Mt. Juliet.

"The most rewarding part of my job is helping people feel better about how they look. I strongly want people to feel comfortable in their skin. I long for people to be the best version of themselves, and if I can provide a treatment to do just that, then I'm fulfilled," she said. "A huge part of my job is connecting with people emotionally and mentally, as well. I'm a former therapist/social worker, so I feel that people enjoy feeling heard and valued as a vital part of their time here at The Lett Center. Yes, we are providing aesthetic service, but we are all about building people's self-esteem and providing encouragement and support through their daily lives ... I hope to impact them in ways more than just treating their skin conditions."

Lett is an active member of the Aesthetic Leadership Community, comprised of 90 aestheticians nationwide. "We analyze trends and encourage a learning environment in our industry in order to better it and hold ourselves to the highest standards," she explained.

She's also involved with the Society of Plastic Surgery Skin Care Specialists and Tennessee Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.

She attends church services at both Crosspoint and The Donelson Fellowship.

Many women in Lett's life have inspired her, beginning with her "Nanny," the late Juanita Money Lett.

"She raised my dad from the time he was 2-weeks-old and came to be his mom. She was initially hired as his nanny, but eventually married his father. She was an amazing example of selfless love in caring for our entire family tirelessly," she said.

She also admires Dr. Sharon Roberts, calling her "the epitome of passion and dedication to the lives of students and their families."

"I also admire two dear friends that have endured great adversity, pain and deep sorrow to only radiate what Isaiah 61 describes as making beauty from ashes. Lori Harrison Stowell and Jill Roberts have both endured more sorrow and loss than most of us can imagine, but through those deep dark trials, they inspired so many to stay the course and to not lose faith," Lett continued. "Another dear friend, Rebecca Priddy, has inspired me to never give up on my goals. All of these women have loved me and pushed me when I wanted to stop growing."

Her sister-in-law, Dr. Donna Lett, is another woman she admires.

"She has been a great model of determination and hard work for as long as I've known her. She has been part of my family since I was in middle school, and she has loved me and our family tremendously," Lett said. "She is one of the smartest women I know."

Having strong, faithful women in her life is a reminder for others to surround themselves with people who encourage them, hold them accountable and pray for them.
"I never have been one to ask for much from those I love and hold dear, but I will not ever shy away from asking them to pray for me."

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