Allie has been working within the aesthetic industry for over 5+ years performing treatments and has also worked as a Patient Care Coordinator. She is an expert in advanced medical-grade skincare treatments, HydraFacial, chemical peels, and individualized skincare regimens. Allie is extremely comprehensive in her approach, addressing the total health and well-being of your skin, and is devoted to finding the most effective technologies and treatments available to ensure the best possible results for her patients. Allie takes pride in being a ZO Skin Health Expert and is deeply passionate about the line. She strives to help everyone feel beautiful and confident in their own skin. Allie also performs CoolSculpting and CoolTone treatments, having attended multiple advanced training sessions at CoolSculpting headquarters. When Allie is not in the office pampering our patients, she enjoys spending her time with friends and family and being active outside with her dog.
Carmen is the medical assistant at SVIA Plastic Surgery. Carmen brings a wealth of knowledge with her 16 years of experience working with patients. She assists the surgeons with all in-office procedures, such as breast augmentation and tummy tuck surgery. Carmen’s favorite aspect of her job is getting to know the patients and helping them through their recovery. She is always happy and upbeat and makes everyone smile. In her spare time, Carmen spends time with her husband of 14 years and her 3 boys. She enjoys reading and going to the beach.
Jessica graduated Magna Cum Laude from Samuel Merritt University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Graduating with honors, she was invited to join the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and actively participates in continued education and precepting new nurses. When not at SVIA, Jessica is a Chemotherapy-certified Registered Nurse at CPMC VNC’s Oncology unit. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé, family and friends, sipping craft cocktails and dining at highly rated restaurants found on Yelp, and never passes up an opportunity to relax on the couch to stream something on Bravo.
Kara is a registered nurse originally from the Bay Area but relocated to the Sacramento area after accepting a nursing position. Kara comes to SVIA with a distinguished background in cardiac nursing. She is extremely passionate about making others feel confident and committed to learning everything about aesthetic nursing to provide the best care for her patients. In her spare time, you can find Kara at country concerts, traveling, chasing around her new baby & spending time with her friends, family and French bulldog in her spare time.
Karishma was born and raised in Sacramento. She graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Psychobiology and hopes to further her education and attend PA school in the future. Outside of her passion for medicine and helping others, she enjoys cooking, painting, and dancing. Karishma has a large surrounding of friends and family who she loves spending time with and traveling with any chance she gets.
Katie comes to the Silicon Valley Institute for Aesthetics with an extremely strong background as a pediatric ICU nurse. Although new to plastic surgery, Katies unique set of nursing skills are extremely well suited to non-invasive aesthetic procedures. Her curiosity makes her super excited about learning and mastering new things! She is originally from New Hampshire but ended up in California after a nursing travel assignment. Katie met her husband in California and has lived here ever since. Katie’s energy and optimism are contagious and her patients love her.
Patient Concierge/Medical Assistant
Lauren helps support our practice as a Patient Concierge and Medical Assistant in our Los Gatos and San Mateo locations. Lauren is a Bay Area native and graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.S. in Neuroscience. Lauren is looking to further her career and become a Nurse Practitioner, but in the meantime, Lauren’s professionalism, attention to detail, and genuine passion for patient care is the perfect addition to our practice and for our patients. In her spare time, Lauren likes to stay active with softball, basketball, martial arts, and Crossfit!
Lorena is an Aesthetician at our SVIA Medspa in San Mateo. Lorena entered the skincare field nearly twenty-five years ago, acquiring her aesthetician’s license from Cendec School in Santiago, Chile in 1984. Once she moved to California, Lorena then obtained her aesthetician’s license in 1990 from De Loux Skin Care School in San Mateo. Lorena has extensive experience in the aesthetics and medical spa industry. She loves connecting with her clients and giving her personal attention to their needs. Lorena believes that investing in your skin is a benefit that will last a lifetime. In her free time, Lorena loves to connect with nature and music.
Plastic Surgery PA
Nicole grew up on the East Coast and went to the University of Florida for undergraduate studies – majoring in nutrition sciences. After graduation, she moved to NYC and received her Physician Assistant training and credentials from Rutgers University School of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. She worked at New York Presbyterian Hospital at Cornell Medical Center and has extensive experience in neurosurgery and vascular surgery. In 2012, Nicole and her family moved to the Bay Area and have been living in Los Gatos ever since. Prior to joining the Silicon Valley Institute for Aesthetics in 2020, Nicole was an essential part of the surgical teams at Stanford and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Outside of work, Nicole enjoys an active lifestyle chasing her 3-year-old twin boys around, hiking, yogalates, and running.
Patient Care Coordinator/Aesthetician
Noel is our Patient Care Coordinator in our Los Gatos location and has been a member of our team for over 6 years. Noel began her career in Aesthetics as a Licensed Medical Aesthetician and CoolSculpting Coordinator where she performed skincare and body contouring treatments on patients and formed long-lasting relationships. She prides herself in being open and honest with our patients, and her combined background in customer service and passion for aesthetics aids in assisting patients in becoming better educated about aesthetic treatments to help them achieve their personal goals. In her free time, you can usually find Noel trying out local breweries with her husband, designing interior spaces, or spending time at home with her Miniature Schnauzer, Captain.
Shiva is a licensed medical aesthetician with more than 10 years of experience in the aesthetic spa and medical field. She is up to date with the most current aesthetic treatment modalities for a wide array of cosmetic and medical aesthetics. Shiva specializes in skin condition-specific facials like microdermabrasion, HydraFacial, dermaplaning and chemical peels. All Shiva's facials incorporate goal-oriented results while also offering the relaxation and pampering of a classic spa facial. She loves traveling with her husband, and in her spare time you can find her at the beach or hiking.
Our Medical Assistant, Yen, joins SVIA Plastic Surgery from San Diego. Bringing over 4 years of medical assisting, Yen has experience in pediatrics, adult medicine, and dermatology. Eventually, Yen hopes to become an aesthetic registered nurse. You’ll find Yen shopping with her friends and trying the best new restaurants around town during her free time.
Jerome H. Liu, MD, MSHS
Following the completion of his plastic surgery training at the UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Liu was offered a position as an Assistant Instructor and Aesthetic Fellow at the prestigious University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute. He is currently the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital. Dr. Liu is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
For more information, please visit our plastic surgery website’s full bio for Dr. Jerome Liu.
Tom S. Liu, MD, MBA
Dr. Tom S. Liu graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern University. He went on to attend the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, where he completed a competitive 5-year combined MD-MBA program. Dr. Tom Liu matched at UCLA Medical Center for the accelerated combined general surgery/plastic surgery program.
After finishing his plastic surgery training at UCLA, Dr. Liu dedicated an extra year of sub-specialty fellowship training to Aesthetic and Microsurgery at the Plastic Surgery Institute of San Francisco and the Buncke Clinic. Dr. Liu is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
To learn more, please visit our plastic surgery site’s full bio page for Dr. Tom Liu.
Alexa is our Receptionist at our Los Gatos and San Mateo Locations. She has several years of customer concierge experience and loves interacting with our patients and hearing about their day. Outside of the office, she spends her days hunting down little coffee shops and new locations to eat at with her boyfriend and son. When she has a minute to sit, you'll find her with her nose in a book.
Brittney is the Office Manager at Silicon Valley Institute for Aesthetics, where she is responsible for overseeing operations for our entire network of practices. She comes to us with 10+ years of experience in Medical Administration and Practice Management in large hospitals and dental practices. When Brittney is not at one of our SVIA locations, you will find her with her husband at one of their son's sporting events, at the lake, traveling with friends and family, or snuggling up with one of her many pets.
Patient Care Coordinator
Jenn is the Patient Care Coordinator for the Sacramento office responsible for the cosmetic surgery patient aesthetic experience. She grew up in the Sacramento area, where she still resides. Jenn has a diverse professional background and years of marketing and customer support experience in the aesthetic industry. Her passion for aesthetic procedures and skincare is always demonstrated through her knowledge, energy and attitude. She thrives on helping create a wonderful aesthetic experience for our patients at Silicon Valley Institute for Aesthetic. In her free time she loves to adventure and travel the world, dine at the array of farm-to-fork restaurants in her city, and spend time with her goldendoodle, Bodie.
Patient Care Coordinator
Kelly is the Patient Care Coordinator at SVIA Plastic Surgery bringing over 20 years of experience in Dermatology and Plastic Surgery in the Bay Area. Our patients love Kelly for her caring, empathetic, and compassionate personality and her passion for our industry. While offering support to all of our patients to reach their aesthetic goals, Kelly has developed specialized guidance and care for our transgender community. During her free time, you can find Kelly spending time with her dogs, family, and friends. She also loves to cook, bake, do photography, sew, play tennis, hike, and kayak in her free time.
Lead Patient Concierge
Laura is part of the Patient Concierge team at SVIA Plastic Surgery. She greets every patient across all locations and helps navigate them through their aesthetic journey in our office. Laura grew up in LA county and has a long-standing career in luxury hospitality and customer service. Her genuine care for people and curiosity to explore many different fields of customer service has gotten her to lead our Patient Concierge team. In her spare time, she can be found at a Dodger game, getting lost in a good book or movie, writing music, singing, and spending quality time with her husband and their dog/child Lexi.
Practice Development Manager
Megan is the Practice Development Manager at Silicon Valley Institute for Aesthetics. In this position, Megan oversees all of the marketing and branding operations for the entire SVIA network. Megan brings 15 years of plastic surgery industry experience to our team, excelling in all aspects of aesthetic practice management. Originally from Chicago, Megan now lives in the Sacramento area. In her free time, she loves to travel, see live music, and explore new areas to hike and camp.