Emerge Staff

Owner / Marketing Director
Partner affiliates
owner / Nurse Practitioner
Integrative Medicine

Belinda Stewart, R.N.

Owner / CEO

Belinda is originally from Houston, TX where she began her nursing career as a labor and delivery nurse for more than 8 years. She then relocated to Tulsa and joined the Emerge team in February of 2009 before becoming an owner in 2012!

Upon discovering her passion for non-surgical facial aesthetics using cosmetic injectables, Belinda has since been unstoppable. She obtained her certification for the ArqueDerma technique from the Injectability Institute in 2012 before beginning her career with Allergan Aesthetics in 2016 as a brand ambassador and nationally certified injectable trainer using products like Botox, Juvederm and Kybella.

Since becoming an owner of Emerge and a national trainer, Belinda has been busy assisting in the operations of all four Emerge locations, not to mention Emerge Partner Affiliates as well as continuing to see patients at Emerges South Tulsa location all while traveling the nation performing advanced injectable trainings.

In January 2022, Belinda had yet another career milestone. She is now considered faculty with Allergan Medical Institute and had her first ever faculty event for A.M.I. at the AmSpa Medical Spa show in Las Vegas. She was a table lead assisting in injection anatomy of live cadaver dissection. In fact, her advanced knowledge and expert skill level has launched her into the top 1% of nurse injectors in the nation which is one of the highest ranks a nurse injector can have but she doesn’t stop there. Belinda is now also a national trainer for SkinMedica products as well!

When she’s not busy blazing the trail in the medical aesthetics world, you can find her hanging with her family and traveling. She and her husband, Matt, have 2 kids, Kate and Ben both of whom are attending Oklahoma State University.

Taryn Schell

Owner / Spa Director

Taryn Schell, joined the Emerge team in March 2012 and became co-owner with Belinda Stewart in September 2014. Taryn has over 15 years of experience in medical management. She previously worked as a Spa Director and Certified Laser Hair Technician for WellSpring Medical Spa until boldly deciding to open her own spa, peaceful escape. When asked why she wanted to become an owner of Emerge she said “Emerge has become my home away from home. I have been blessed by the people that I work with and have formed lifelong friendships. Emerge has become a part of me and I am just so thrilled to now have ownership in it.”

Taryn, along with Belinda & Dr. Ladd Atkins, opened our second location, Emerge Spa & Salon at River Spirit Casino Resort in February 2017. Taryn loves to spend time with her husband and two beautiful daughters. She & her husband also enjoy going to concerts and trying new restaurants.

Cassi Dowden

Owner / Marketing Director Partner affiliates
Cassi Dowden has been with Emerge since 2014 where she started as a concierge and social media manager. Not long after, her roll quickly developed into the spa’s marketing director before joining in ownership of Emerge Partner Affiliates when it launched in 2019. 
Since taking over marketing she has grown the brands presence on social media, launched two new websites, an influencer program, e-commerce stores, organized a podcast and assisted in opening each new Emerge location.
In her spare time she enjoys crafting, organizing and spending time with her husband, two sons & family in southwest Missouri.


Nurse Practitioner

Amy Oden is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College with an Associate of Applied Science (ADN) degree in 2007 and a Bachelor of Science degree of Nursing (BSN) in 2010 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Upon graduation, she began working at St. Johns Hospital in the cardiac care unit. While working at St. Johns Hospital she completed her Master’s degree at Graceland University in Kansas City. She graduated with her Masters in Nursing Practice in May 2015 and is now a Family Nurse Practitioner certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and she was selected as Top Family Nurse Practitioner by the International Nurses Association in 2017.

In 2015, Amy Oden was introduced to bio-identical hormone therapy using pellet implants. The powerful benefits, the prolonged effectiveness, and the ease of administration made estrogen and testosterone pellet therapy an instant hit. So she continued her education in bio-identical hormone therapy through Biote where she became a certified Biote practitioner in 2018 and before long, hundreds of patients throughout the region were receiving hormone pellet therapy by her.

Amy Oden is passionate about helping others and holistic health care. She feels strongly about providing education and options to her patients so that they can be involved in making informed decisions regarding their health care.

Amy Oden has a special interest in combining wellness, vitamin therapy, weight loss, platelet-rich plasma, Sermorelin therapy, and hormone optimization to improve quality of life, sexual function, and health. She is constantly focused on her mission to help patients ‘look better, feel better, and live better’.

Ladd Atkins Emerge Tulsa portrait

Ladd Atkins, D.O.

Medical Director

Dr. Ladd Atkins, D.O. is a cosmetic surgeon, owner of Face & Body Medical Aesthetics and Cosmetic Surgery and he’s a part of the AACS (American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery) and the AMA (American Medical Association).

Originally from Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Dr. Atkins grew up in the medical field as his father is a retired physician. Atkins first attended Vanderbilt University before transferring to the University of Arkansas to pursue a pre medical degree. He then attended Oklahoma State College of Osteopathic Medicine between 1998-2002. Upon receiving his medical degree, he began a general surgery internship and residency in Kansas City and here in Tulsa 2007. He then went on to complete a cosmetic fellowship in 2009 where he performed over 1,500 cosmetic procedures of all types. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

Dr. Atkins is passionate about educating his patients on the surgeries they’re interested in. He provides realistic expectations, timelines and recovery. He makes himself available 24 hours a day to his patients for any questions or concerns they may have.

Dr Blaine Price, DO

Medical Director

Dr. Price is a family practice physician and is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. He was born in Lawton, OK but spent most of his childhood in the Shawnee and Tulsa areas. He served in the US Army as a forward observer and completed Airborne training at Fort Benning, GA before being stationed at Fort Carson, CO. He returned to college after being honorably discharged from the military and graduated from Oklahoma State University as a medical technologist, working in hospital and outpatient laboratories until starting medical school at OSU in Tulsa in 1998.

His family includes his wife, Jeanna, who is a certified yoga trainer, and daughter Cynthia, as well as a very spoiled dog, Henry, and cat, Fluffy. They all enjoy time outdoors (except the cat) and being at the lake paddle boarding. Dr. Price also drives a Boxster race car out at Hallett at least once a month, Jeanna can be talked into watching sometimes but has no desire to ride in it. They completely changed their lifestyle in 2015 and have seen the benefits firsthand which has fueled Dr. Price’s passion to truly help guide people to health.

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Jenni Rigney

Jenni Rigney is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from Oral Roberts University in 2017 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and upon graduation, she began working at Saint Francis Hospital in a cardiac ICU unit. While working full-time she completed her master’s degree at Loyola University in 2020 and she is now a family nurse practitioner certified through American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).    Jenni then continued her education with bio-identical hormone therapy and became certified as a BioTe provider in 2020.  What drew her to Biote was the added health benefits of estrogen and testosterone therapy and the positive patient outcomes that occurred. Not only does hormone therapy provide protection against certain diseases, the symptom relief and life-changing results are exactly why she chose this field.   Throughout her education, she focused on a whole-person approach, mind, body, and spirit. She believes it is important to incorporate this foundation into her practice to help improve effectiveness and patient outcomes. Wellness has always been her passion as she feels it is important to encourage preventative therapy and provide holistic care. She enjoys spending time with each patient, determining a plan of action for their wellbeing while providing education to keep patients involved in their health care.   When she’s not seeing patients, her focus is on her faith, her family and she enjoys traveling!