VaniTEE project leads to grand opening in San Miguel Shops

VaniTEE owner Theresa Aqui (Courtesy)

VaniTEE, the first and only certified provider of cellular medicine in the South Bay is holding its grand opening inside the San Miguel Shops in Chula Vista on Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. The event is free and community members are invited to attend. Founded and designed by Chula Vista resident Theresa Aqui, VaniTEE provides treatment modality for skin rejuvenation.

VaniTEE provides treatment modality for skin rejuvenation including Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy for the face and body. VaniTEE also specializes in neurotoxins, hyaluronic acid fillers, and IV therapy. Aqui is the only nurse practitioner in the South Bay that offers nonsurgical thread lifts.

Aqui, a nurse practitioner, founded VaniTEE in 2019.

“What I offer is Botox, fillers, regenerative medicine (PRP), which is taking your blood, spinning it, and using that for skin rejuvenation,” she said. “I can use this on your face. I can use it on your body, such as stretchmarks.”

Hyaluronic acid fillers are dermal fillers to put volume on the face, she said.

“If you have sunken, hollowed eyes, or if you have lost a lot of fat pads on your cheeks, then we can inject HA fillers into those areas so that you will look more youthful,” she said.

“IV therapy is an infusion of vitamins, such as B12, vitamin C, and antioxidants.”
Aqui said she is the only nurse practitioner in Chula Vista registered with the American Cellular Medicine. She said she has been a nurse practitioner since 2018, and that she has suffered with acne scars.

“I just did not feel confident. And going to aging holistic therapy is very costly,” she said. “I decided that I can do this. Learn it. And offer it to people that do not have that much money to afford it. So, my goal is to have this accessible to everybody, not just those who have money. It is about affordability and accessibility.”

Aqui is a military spouse and has three children, Breanna, 18, Seth, 12 and Jayden, 6. Aqui’s ongoing inspiration for VaniTEE stems from 6-year-old son Jayden who has autism.

“It is an inspirational story for all the mothers who are trying to juggle their time between your children and other children with autism,” she said. “With autism, it entails many therapies. With Jayden, I take him to speech therapy and behavioral therapy. Many people ask me how I do that being a fulltime nurse practitioner and holding a business. If you have passion in things that you do, you can do everything you want to do, even if you have someone you have to take care of at home, just as Jayden.”

Aqui said that the 1,000 square foot spa with three treatment rooms, an IV lounge, and main lobby are still under renovation and expects to have a soft opening by Sept. 1. She said at the grand opening, there will be a DJ for entertainment, food, drinks, swag bags, and many promotional items from her suppliers. There will also be a dance performance by an older generation dance group, the Ill Mamas, a group of mothers that perform on stage, theaters.

“You do not have to be young to enjoy the things you love to do, like dancing,” she said.
Aqui said her business is surrounded by many restaurants, old and new, in San Miguel Shops.

“I am trying to give them exposure also to my clients and visitors coming to the event,” she said. “I think prior COVID, the shops at San Miguel, it was very bad. It is time for them to shine,” she said. “There is not much in this area, most have to go to Eastlake. But it is a very nice location. It is right next to a hiking spot, so going into hiking, you can have brunch. Or after hiking you can have your friends and go to one of the restaurants and enjoy the food there. Now, we have a night life over there also.”

The VaniTEE grand opening is slated for Saturday, Sept. 9, at 4 p.m. at 2326 Proctor Valley Rd, Suite 106, Chula Vista. For more information, visit