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Laser Hair Removal New London CT, skin tightening, chemical peels new londonDr. Gregory Azia is in solo practice in New London, Conn., specializing in general, laparoscopic, vascular, and breast surgery. Dr. Azia has expanded Defy Nature LLC as a nonsurgical cosmetic aesthetic practice in New London. He is the medical director for Defy Nature LLC.

Dr. Azia graduated from Cornell University and received his medical degree from Albany Medical College, Union University. He completed his general surgery residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael. He is a Connecticut board-certified general surgeon attending physician at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, New London, Conn. since 1993. Dr. Azia is the Section Chief of General Surgery and Section Chief of Vascular Surgery at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. He is a member of and has held leadership positions in many local, regional and national surgical societies. He is also director of the L & M Vascular Lab, as well as a Registered Physician Vascular Interpretation with his office being accredited by the ICAVL (The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories).

Dr. Azia treats all aspects of vascular disease with a special interest in new, minimally invasive techniques for varicose veins and other venous diseases at We’re So Vain LLC® in New London, Connecticut. We’re So Vain is a regional training center for endovenous ablation.

Dr. Azia breaks barriers as one of L&M Hospital’s top surgeons. He has collaborated with doctors from the Yale School of Medicine to perform minimally invasive endovascular aortic aneurysm repairs at L& M. And he loves his work. “Being a physician allows you to be involved with people on a very intimate level and doing so, you take on a great responsibility. In each case, with each patient, you have to be as thoughtful as you can,” he says.

In one recent case, a woman in her late 80s needed laparoscopic surgery to remove cancer from her bowel area, but the woman was reluctant because of her age. “She said she’d live with it and didn’t want surgery, but I worked hard to convince her,” Azia said. “I only pushed her because I knew what I would do if she was my mom.”

“To see the smile on her face a week after surgery, when she was ready to go home, it was priceless. That’s what makes the good days, seeing those smiles.”


Kristin M. Kenny is a licensed, professionally trained Registered Nurse who graduated with her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Central Connecticut State University in 2014 with honors and was on the dean’s list. Since then, Kristin has been successfully practicing for 20 years in Connecticut working in the health care setting ensuring high standards of care for a wide variety of patients with diverse needs. Kristin has brought her extensive medical experience, aesthetic education, and clinical skills to Defy Nature. Kristin is certified for Botox Cosmetics and Dermal Filler training from the renowned National Laser Institute /Arizona Nurses Association and from the American Academy of Facial Esthetics in New York City. Kristin enjoys traveling, painting, photography and being in and around the ocean as much as possible.


Laser Hair Removal New London CT, skin tightening, laser hair removal new londonErin S. Azia is a Certified Laser Technician, Skin Specialist, Practice Manager and business co-owner of Gregory Azia MD, We’re So Vain and Defy Nature in New London, CT. She received her extensive training in the aesthetic field at the renowned National Laser Institute in Dallas, Texas, Aesthetic Skin Institute in in Miami, Florida and is an active member of ASLM. She displays, quite evidently, her enthusiasm and passion for teaching, as well as continuing her own education in the various facets of skincare through the use of the latest technologies available.
“I’m excited to be part of an ever-evolving science, and strive to maintain my expertise in the latest, cutting-edge advancements in skin tightening, wrinkle reduction, laser hair removal, eMatrix radio frequency skin rejuvenation and the new upcoming anti-aging procedures! Not only do I love to pass on my passion to my staff, but I love to introduce our clients at Defy Nature to new treatments and products that will improve their appearance, attitude and overall well-being!” -Erin A