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Our Staff

Dr. Jewell, Dr. Newman, Dr. Burrell, Dr. Liang, and the staff of South Bay Plastic Surgeons and The Spa at South Bay Plastic Surgeons continuously strive to offer the best in patient care and expert results at our plastic surgery practice in Torrance, CA. Whether you live in Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Lakewood, or another South Bay community, this is your opportunity to meet all of the people who support our surgeons and aid them in providing their unique combination of personal care and surgical expertise.

If you would like to learn more about our plastic surgery staff, request a consultation online at South Bay Plastic Surgeons or call us at (310) 784-0644 and we will schedule your appointment.

South Bay Plastic Surgeons Staff

Camille Rapaport: Director of Operations

Camille received her Bachelor of Science degree in marine biology from UC Santa Cruz. After graduating she relocated to Los Angeles and immediately started her career in healthcare. She managed a radiology and female imaging facility as well as helped to start a pain management practice. When she began at South Bay Plastic Surgeons in 2014 she utilized her management, team-building, and negotiation skills to build a new practice and surgery center. She was responsible for the securement, construction and accreditation for our surgery center and currently oversees the day-to-day operations of our entire practice and staff. As a member of the Medical Group Management Association, Camille actively works to ensure that South Bay Plastic Surgeons is on the cutting-edge of patient care and employee satisfaction.

Camille gave birth to a baby boy in early 2017 and her mommy makeover journey can be found on our blog.

Rachel Vitti: Patient Care Coordinator

Rachel’s background is in luxury hospitality management, but she’s been in the aesthetics industry since 2016. While aesthetics was always an interest of hers, it wasn’t until she had her own cosmetic procedure that she decided to make the change. As a patient care coordinator, she brings extensive knowledge in cosmetic procedures and serves as a personal contact for all patients through their surgical process. She is dedicated to helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals and puts all her patients at ease. Her primary focus is to educate patients, assist them through their surgical journeys, and exceed their expectations by building a positive relationship between them and our practice.

Claudia Hernandez, CMA: Back Office Supervisor

Claudia has been a certified medical assistant since 1996. She has worked with plastic and reconstructive surgeons since 2000. She has assisted doctors with minor cosmetic procedures and enjoys seeing the happiness in patients after going through a surgical procedure. Claudia joined our practice in February 2009 and we are lucky to have her on our great team of staff members and physicians. Claudia is also bilingual and assists our Spanish-speaking patients.

Jennifer Berman: Surgery Scheduler

With more than 10 years of experience in the medical field, Jenny’s main focus is to ensure that each patient knows what to expect before, during, and after their surgery procedure and that everything is in place for the surgery to occur. She is one of the most important points-of-contact for patients and takes pride in extending great customer service as she knows surgery can be a stressful time for a patient. Jenny’s goal is to make it as easy and comfortable as possible for all patient and family members alike.

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Michele Florez, RN, BSN, CANS: Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist

A nursing graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Michele’s medical career started at the university’s medical center where she specialized in orthopedic nursing.

Her move to SoCal in 1998 launched a new direction into dermatology/aesthetics marketing and sales, working for Medicis, the manufacturers of Restylane, Restylane Lyft and Dysport. It was here that she honed her craft as an aesthetic injection specialist and educator, training doctors and nurses in proper dermal filler and neurotoxin injection technique.

For Michele, when it comes to finding the perfect balance of neurotoxin (BOTOX® Cosmetic) and fillers, there is no such thing as a cookie-cutter approach. Every face is a fresh palette with unique anatomy, musculature and quirks. Each appointment starts with a full-face assessment, with Michele analyzing the patient’s anatomy and thoroughly educating them on the science of the aging face. She then customizes a step-by-step treatment plan to gracefully restore a more youthful look. Michele’s goal is to listen to each patient’s individual concerns and bring her expertise and eye into alignment with them. She believes in achievable, realistic goals.

In addition to injectables, Michele performs vein treatments (spider-vein removal) and various laser treatments for anti-aging, hair removal and more. You can trust Michele to deliver beautiful and natural results.

Stephanie Lapham, RN, BSN: Aesthetic Nurse

Stephanie Lapham has a genuine passion for the art of plastic surgery. After gaining several years of experience as a nurse injector, she decided to join the aesthetic team at the Spa at South Bay Plastic Surgeons. Stephanie specializes in the use of BOTOX, dermal fillers, skin resurfacing, and laser hair removal. Her artistic eye, personal approach, and focus on enhancing natural beauty has made a lasting impression on her clients. As an ICU nurse, Stephanie brings a compassionate heart and attention to detail in everything she does. Stephanie is a California girl, born and raised in the South Bay. She received her first bachelor’s degree in human development from Cal State Long Beach and her second bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mount St. Mary’s College. Stephanie believes in the value of personal growth and is always looking to advance her practice by learning new injection techniques and aesthetic procedures.

Angelique George: Esthetician

With over two decades of experience as an esthetician, Angelique is an expert when it comes to skin health. Her extensive experience includes consulting for medical spas across the South Bay as well as being a ZO Skin clinical educator. When it comes to skin health, Angelique’s philosophy is patient-specific and results-driven. Her approach is simple: educating each patient individually with a clear, cohesive plan using the most current technology and science. Certified in reflexology and lymphatic drainage, Angelique places a special emphasis on a holistic approach, incorporating acupressure massage for the face, neck, and hands into the skin health treatment.

Frida Conkling: Esthetician

Swedish-born Frida’s passion for skincare is a consequence of her own skin issues. Since becoming a licensed esthetician in 1999, she has attended numerous skincare and aesthetics courses, and holds several certifications in aesthetic skin care. Frida has also undergone extensive training for CoolSculpting and completed CoolSculpting University to offer our patients the best care and results with this nonsurgical fat reduction treatment. Frida’s goal is to provide our clients with unparalleled service and quality, based on her belief that skin health and wellness is both internal and external.

Elizabeth Lopez: Esthetician

Elizabeth’s passion for aesthetics began at an early age. After studying fine arts at The Art Institute of California, she became intrigued by the beauty industry which inspired her to embark upon a career in the field of medical aesthetics. Elizabeth is a California licensed esthetician, born and raised in the South Bay. Elizabeth’s charismatic personality, skill, and attention to detail shine through every treatment she performs; her personal attention to her client’s needs and requests inspires a high degree of trust and comfort. She enjoys the healing and relaxing aspects of treating each client and takes great pride in helping clients achieve their ultimate skin care goals.

Valerie Gilbert: Permanent Makeup Artist

Valerie has worked in the beauty industry for more than 18 years. She is trained and knowledgeable in many aspects of the business, including restorative cosmetic tattoo procedures that benefit cancer survivors who have undergone reconstructive breast surgery.

In addition to offering our reconstruction patients a beautifully completed process in their recovery from breast cancer, Valerie’s talents extend to helping patients who want permanent eyebrows or camouflage.

The Aesthetic Institute

Cara Lazarus, RN: Clinical Supervisor

Cara graduated with her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Los Angeles, California. Growing up in Thousand Oaks, California, Cara knew she wanted to be a nurse at a young age. With years of operating room experience, Cara started out at The Aesthetic Institute in 2016 as a circulator and assisted with the opening and Joint Commission accreditation process. She assists with pre-op and circulating in the OR, and loves helping patients feel relaxed and safe, and to enjoy their surgical experience.

Krishna Patel: Surgery Center Administrator

Originally from Florida, Krishna made the big move to California in 2016. She joined our team in May of 2016. Krishna attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences. Since 2010, she has been working in the ambulatory surgery center setting and over the years has gained much experience in the medical administrative field. She enjoys working with patients and guiding them through a positive surgical experience when they visit The Aesthetic Institute.

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