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About the Team

Cassileth Plastic Surgery's team of caring, experienced professionals

Sepi Balini

Sepi Balini

“I love art and makeup, which is why I do this. I love helping people feel great about themselves.”

Sepi is our PhiAcademy-trained eyebrow microblading specialist. In addition to achieving PhiArtist certification, Sepi has worked for the past six years as a makeup artist with Anastasia, the legendary cosmetic shop and salon in Beverly Hills. Sepi’s extensive training and gifted eye allow her to create beautiful, natural eyebrows for her clients at Cassileth Plastic Surgery and Skincare.

When you have your consultation with Sepi she will listen to your wishes and consider the shape of your face as she plans your new eyebrows. Our patients love her warm, collaborative approach and her attention to detail.

Sepi is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in anthropology. In her spare time, she creates and produces makeup tutorials on her successful Instagram account @makeupbysepi. When she’s not at work and not creating content for the web Sepi loves to be at home, watching movies with her family and friends.!

Patty Blackwood

Patty Blackwood
Billing Department

"I really love my job because it's different every day. I work closely with our patient accounts until I am certain that all of the right documentation is in place. There's a required list of things I have to do: track down patients' medical histories, get supporting documentation from doctors and other medical-related practitioners they've formerly seen, ensure that the right release forms are signed, and much more. It's gratifying to assist patients and see their relief when everything works out."

Patty is an amazing liaison between our patients and their insurance companies. She does the labor-intensive work of obtaining pre-certifications, pre-authorizations, and handling appeals. Prior to coming to our practice, Patty spent 14 years in finance and insurance-related work. Patty is invaluable to our patients - tracking down and staying on top of the documents needed to ensure that procedures are covered by insurance.

Patty's Favorite Treatment

“I had the new filler Voluma injected on my face. I lost a lot of weight and unfortunately lost volume in my cheeks and had some sagging skin in that area. I absolutely love what it did to my face. I have cheeks again. I look younger and the definition in my cheek area is amazing.”

Adam Brown

Adam Brown, DO
Anesthesiologist

Dr. Brown is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiologists, and has been in practice for 11 years Dr. Brown grew up in New Jersey. After completing his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University he worked in a research position in the Department of Anesthesiology at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Interests and talents discovered during that time led Dr. Brown to pursue a medical education at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. He excelled in his residency in Anesthesiology at St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan in New York City.

Dr. Brown’s path then led him to Los Angeles. As an assistant professor of anesthesiology, he taught and worked clinically at Cedars Sinai Medical Center for ten years. Recently Dr. Brown chose to focus his practice on ambulatory anesthesia care. This change has afforded Dr. Brown the time to celebrate each patient’s individuality.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to aide courageous people on their heroic journeys. I want to give every patient the best anesthesia and surgical experience they have ever had. Because many of our patients have already had personal experiences with surgery and anesthesia, listening carefully to each patient tell of their experiences allows me to plan with them the care that so often achieves that goal. I do this with enthusiasm because it is what I am meant to be doing.”

Dr. Brown lives with his wife and daughter in the south bay.

Wendy Cassileth

Wendy Cassileth
Marketing Director

"I love helping people look years younger and feel more beautiful than they ever thought possible."

Wendy has a background in art and fashion. She was the fashion editor of SHAPE magazine, the director of an art gallery, and produced and directed television series and film. When you consider that people are the ultimate visual medium, Wendy's diverse background in visual arts makes her a great fit for her role as Director of Cassileth Skin Care.

In the warm, family atmosphere of Cassileth Skin Care, Wendy is free to pursue her dedication to helping others. She truly cares about the lives of the patients she works with, and thoroughly enjoys helping them look their best and achieve their goals and dreams.

Wendy's Favorite Treatment: Resurfx

“It turns back the clock on aging, my skin is plumper and smoother, it erased my tiny wrinkles and prohibited new ones from forming, in my opinion.

“As one of the oldest (maybe the oldest!) people on staff, I think Fraxel is what is most responsible for me looking way younger than my age.

“I love Fraxel because it repopulates skin with collagen; it plumps skin at a molecular level, from the inside out so that the skin is restored to a younger look. I also love that it’s a no down time treatment!”

Rebecca Catapano

Rebecca Catapano
Front Desk Concierge

Rebecca Catapano graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications, Management, and Design. After working in the digital beauty and cosmetics space for four years she developed an interest in aesthetics for both surgical and non-surgical procedures. She is excited to enter the field of medicine, as patient care is something she holds in high regard.

In her spare time, Rebecca loves working out, going to the beach, and enjoying some of LA’s best brunch spots with her friends.

Rebecca's Favorite Treatment:

“My favorite treatment is profound. The results are amazing and it’s a great non-surgical option to help rebuild your body’s collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid.

Joy Edwards

Joy Edwards, RN, BSN
Injection & Laser Specialists

“I believe in giving my clients an improved version of themselves, not making you look like someone you are not”

Joy considers herself fortunate to have found a way to bring the three great passions in her life, beauty, medicine and sculpture together in one occupation: medical aesthetics.  She believes that fillers and neuromodulators are the highest form of 21st century makeup.  Her experience working with cosmetic surgery, recovery, aftercare and medical skincare have given her a unique set of skills in the assessment and treatment of patients.  Joy is known for taking her time with clients and specializing in a gentle, effective experience.

Believing deeply in the Greek description of beauty defined by symmetry and proportion, Joy works with her clients to augment their natural features.  She specializes in enhancing your appearance, highlighting, and producing a reflective quality to the best angles of your face.

As a former model with the unique sensibilities of knowing how a person wants to look, Joy considers facial rejuvenation her mission.   We are living longer and healthier lives now and Joy believes our faces should reflect this.

Joy graduated from the University of North Carolina and is a Certified Public Health Nurse and a Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist.  She enjoys museums, travel and family time with her husband and son.

JOY'S FAVORITE TREATMENT: Botox/Dysport

“Botox/Dysport gives me an instant lift and takes lines away.  I love how a few carefully placed injections subtly change my appearance.  It is my "go to" aesthetic treatment”

Albina Filatoff

Albina Filatoff, R.N.

Albina is a Registered Nurse specializing in aesthetics. She provides her clients with injectables, laser treatments, and other skincare services. With more than ten years’ experience working in plastic surgery offices and medspas, Albina has a well-developed eye for cosmetic enhancement. Her patients love her for their beautiful, natural results.

Albina takes her time with each client, creating a treatment plan that considers the client’s entire face and skin type, not simply one feature or another. Her many long-time patients seek her out for her consistently excellent care.

Prior to becoming a registered nurse, Albina worked as a medical assistant in a plastic surgery office. In her spare time, Albina enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and walking with her adorable dog, Goldie.

Dee Jenman, Nurse

Dee Jenman, Nurse

“To me, reconstructive plastic surgery is a true art form.”

Dee Jenman has over 20 years of experience in plastic surgery as a registered nurse surgical coordinator. She graduated from the University of Southern California, School of Nursing with degrees in Nursing and Public Health. Prior to joining us, Dee was the Director of Nursing of Maternal Child Health Services, where she was responsible for implementing Mother - Baby Couplet Care and instituting a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Her passion in caring for mothers and newborns has translated to a dedication to providing the best in care to patients undergoing a wide variety of reconstructive and elective procedures. She has extensive experience in pre and post operative patient care and dermatology. You'll enjoy meeting her as she guides you through the recovery process and answers any questions you may have.

Dee's Favorite Treatment:

“I love fillers and the many ways they can be used to keep you looking youthful and natural.”

katherine kirkpatrick

Katherine Kirkpatrick
Medical Spa Director

“I love getting to know our patients and helping to create an environment that sets them at ease.”

Katherine is the director of our Medical Spa. She has more than ten years of experience in managing cosmetic medical practices, having worked with plastic surgery and dermatology practices in Atlanta before moving to Los Angeles. Katherine’s years of experience, both as an administrator and as a cosmetic patient herself, lend her insight into what patients need to be happy with their treatment experience and with their results.

Katherine is a graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She lives in Santa Monica with her two young children. Katherine loves to write, especially short stories and sketch comedy.

Katherine's Favorite Treatment:

“Like so many people, I am self-conscious about my double chin. Kybella injections have made such a difference! Since having Kybella treatments I’ve had people ask me if I’ve lost weight (sadly, I have not). I no longer dread being caught in profile!”

Desiree Fought

Desiree Titilah
PATIENT COORDINATOR

“Every decision in life leads you on a journey. It's our privilege and responsibility to ensure that our patients receive excellent care and a hand to hold along their path in a life changing journey.”

Desiree has over 14 years of experience in the field of cosmetic surgery. It has been her pleasure to have worked as front office manager, patient coordinator, and surgery center manager, giving her a vast knowledge of every spectrum of cosmetic surgery. She is honored to provide a touchstone for patients, addressing their questions and concerns. She is excited and enthusiastic to have found a team that mirrors her philosophies in patient care.

Born and raised in Southern California, Desiree feels that every individual should know the peace of being able to walk on the beach with self-confidence. On the weekends, Desiree loves visiting the beach with her daughter, son, and husband.

Desiree's Favorite Treatment

“I have a soft spot in my heart for Dr. Cassileth's Reconstructive Breast procedures. Many of my friends and family members have been Breast Cancer Survivors and I have seen process first hand. I see many patients whose main concern is being able to "feel like themselves again". From start to finish I've seen Dr. Cassileth's bedside manner and technique give patients back their confidence and sense of well being. It's wonderful to see the smiles that come out of our office!”

Marina Groysman

Marina Groysman
Surgery Center Administrator, Billing Department Manager

Marina is your advocate in the billing area. She is warm, kind and always available to help guide you through the sometimes frustrating and all too often confusing process of insurance coverage and benefits. She is passionate about helping people and will make sure that you have all the information you need.

Marina earned her Master's degree from UCLA in Healthcare Administration and Public Health Care management and a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Northridge.

Marina is a wife and mother of two young children, she comes from a family of artists and is an artist herself. She speaks Russian, Ukrainian and Hebrew.

Marina's Favorite Treatment: Juvederm (Naso-labial folds)

“I love Juvederm for my nasolabial folds (laugh lines) and chin. I was so amazed by how such a simple treatment took 10 years off of my appearance, while still looking natural.”

Jade Gunning

Jade Gunning
Patient Care Consultant

Jade is the Patient Care Consultant for Dr. Kelly Killeen. She has over 12 years of experience working with patients in plastic and reconstructive surgery as a consultant. Her prior background in fashion and entertainment as well as in marketing and high-profile client care help to make her a wonderful addition to our team.

Jade offers a particular expertise in catering to a diverse clientele, with an incredible ability to adapt skills and talents to any situation. She is a dedicated, driven professional and patient advocate.

Raised in London, United Kingdom, Jade graduated from Salisbury College of Art and Design. She lives in West Hollywood with her beloved dog and cat (India and Tai), she likes to paint, hike and enjoy life with her family and friends.

Jade's Favorite Treatment

"All my life, I had the skin condition, melasma (big dark patches on my cheeks). Every day, I caked on makeup, but I was never able to cover it fully. I had a Cosmelan peel and my melasma disappeared, my skin looks great and I haven’t worn coverage makeup since!"

Claudia Martin

Claudia Martin
Medical Assistant

"When someone needs care, I like to be there, making people feel better."

Claudia assists our doctors in every appointment, and helps our clients through every procedure, big or small. She will guide you through the process for all surgeries and treatments and is here for your pre and post treatment care. She is always available for questions and is dedicated to excellent patient care and service. Our patients love Claudia, and we feel lucky to have her on our team.

Claudia has 7 years of experience as a Medical Assistant in both private practice and in hospitals. She graduated from the American Career College with a Certification in Medical Assistant and License Vocation Nursing. To further her education and services she can offer, she is in the process of taking the State Boards to become an LVN (Licensed Vocation Nurse).

During her downtime, Claudia performs traditional Latin dance (Folklorica) for holidays and other special occasions.

Claudia's Favorite Treatment: Chemical Peels

"After one application of the Perfect Peel, I notice that my sunspots have become a lighter shade and my skin tone seemed more even. My friends all said my face had a "glow" about it!”

Mitzi Mitsunaga

Mitzi Mitsunaga
Nurse

"Mitzi has been working in all aspects of plastic surgery for over 40 years, including assisting surgeons in the operating room, managing operating rooms in surgical centers such as 436 Beverly Hills Surgical Center, and providing patient care post-surgery. As the nurse on Dr. Sunder’s team, Mitzi will guide patients as they prepare for surgery and provide support post-surgery."

In her spare time, she loves spending time with three adult children and her wonderful Poodle mix dog. She also likes to watch movies and meet up with old friends from high school and college.

Mitzi’s Favorite Procedure: Facial and Neck Surgery

"The eyes and the neck are often tell-tale signs of aging. I love how a good neck lift and eyelid surgery turns back the hands of time. It’s so rewarding to see patients who undergo these procedures feel so youthful in a short amount of time after surgery.”

Jane Ouch, MA

Jane Ouch, MA
Medical Assistant

"I like the feeling of satisfaction and contentment I get knowing that I've helped our patients feel better about themselves and that I've been involved in the process to help change their lives in a positive direction. I like to care for and nurture patients every step of the way."

Jane has over 15 years of experience as a Medical Assistant. She holds a B.S. Degree in Health Care Administration from West Coast University and a Medical Assistant Certificate from American Career College.

She began her career working as an M.A. in an orthopedic surgery center. Seven years ago, she made the switch to aesthetic medicine and she couldn't be happier. She loves working with our patients and is always there to lend an ear or a hand. She is warm, compassionate and caring.

Once you have booked your consultation Jane will call and welcome you to our practice and help answer any initial questions you may have about your consultation and visiting our office. Jane will be your concierge throughout your consultation and after surgery. Jane helps ensure that our patients have a speedy and pleasant recovery.

Jane is happily married and has 3 wonderful children.

Jane's Favorite Treatment: Juvederm (Lips)

“I have fuller lips to begin with. One day my photo was taken and it was pointed out to me that I could use Juvederm on my bottom lip. Now, I feel like my lips are balanced, better proportioned and feel like I have a better, nicer smile!”

Sonya Pasamonte

Sonya Pasamonte
Practice Director

"As a former dancer, I have always been an advocate of staying healthy and fit. I love working for a cosmetic surgery practice because I can help patients get the information they need to change their lives and enhance their self-confidence. This is a wonderful place to work. Our surgeons have a graceful bedside manner that invariably makes our patients feel very comfortable. Their warm and caring attitude with patients and staff alike makes us feel like one big happy family."

With over 15 years of experience in the medical industry, Sonya is passionate about delivering the highest quality patient experience. As a recipient of cosmetic surgery herself, Sonya understands the questions and concerns associated with your surgery decisions.

Sonya plays a very valuable role here at Cassileth Plastic Surgery. Her warm and welcoming manner will make you feel at ease as she provides practical information about the coordination of your care. During your first visit, after your consultation with one of our doctors, Sonya will meet with you to discuss scheduling, logistics, concierge services, and finances. She will serve as an essential guide and resource throughout your treatment.

Raised in the UK, Sonya graduated from the University of London and spent over a decade traveling the world as a modern dancer and choreographer. After her son recently departed to study in New York she settled into the South Bay of Los Angeles and is now a self-proclaimed ‘beach girl’.

Sonya's Favorite Treatment: Sculptra

“As I age my face had lost a lot of volume and I was starting to look tired and thin. When I looked at old photos my face seemed fuller and more youthful. The injectable filler Sculptra was placed in my temple area and under my cheekbone, this has dramatically improved my look by filling out those areas. I love Sculptra! It lasts 2-5 years and really gave me back at least 5 years!”

Blake Selby, Nurse Practitioner

Blake Selby DNP, RNFA
Nurse Practitioner

Blake grew up in San Diego, danced ballet with the San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and The Royal Danish Ballet.

She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Latin American History from the University of California at San Diego, she completed a B.S. in nursing and an M.S. is pediatric nursing from Columbia University, graduating with honors.

She moved back to California, to work with renowned Pediatric Urologist Dr. Antoine Khoury, assisting him on highly complex reconstructive cases for over nine years. She became certified as a Registered Nurse First Assist (RNFA), completed a second Master of Science (in Biomedical and Translation Science) at the University of California Irvine,and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) at the University of Pittsburgh.

She has had many medical articles published and is excited to apply her knowledge and dedication to Dr. Killeen and the team at Cassileth Plastic Surgery. Blake enjoys volunteering for ConnectMed International, assisting plastic surgeons with surgical cases around the world. She speaks Spanish, and enjoys hot yoga and spending time with her rescue dog Bean.

Carollee

Carollee Shea
Nurse

Carollee has been a nurse for over 40 years, she graduated from the Mount Carmel School of Nursing and Ohio State. She is passionate about patient care and ensuring an excellent and speedy post-surgery experience. You’ll meet Carollee during your consult with one of our doctors and Carollee will be there to guide you after your surgery, making house calls to ensure you are comfortable and healing quickly.

Her hobbies are gardening, ancestry and music; her husband is a jazz drummer, music is a big part of their lives.

Carollee's Favorite Treatment

"My favorite surgery is nipple-sparing mastectomy combined with one-stage reconstruction. I love it because patients can wake up from their cancer surgery with their breasts intact; it’s important to me that women can go through breast cancer surgery and not be deformed in the process. They deserve to look and feel beautiful!"

Amy

Amy York, PA
Physician Assistant

Amy York assists Dr. Cassileth in the operating room, and manages patient pre-operative appointments.

Prior to joining Cassileth Plastic Surgery, Amy worked at the world-renowned Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for eight years as a clinical research coordinator in pediatric nephrology and pediatric gastroenterology. In this role, she developed and conducted studies in nephrotic syndrome, hemodialysis, kidney transplantation, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis. Interacting with several thousand complex, chronically ill patients and their families helped Amy become a compassionate clinical provider.

Amy received her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Jefferson in Philadelphia, and has a master’s degree in architecture and design from Drexel University; she graduated with honors from both universities.

Amy is married to her high school sweetheart and has two sons. Her family was born and raised in Philadelphia; they now live in Culver City.

Amy's Favorite Treatment:

"My favorite procedure is fat grafting breast augmentation. It is amazing that patients can use their own lipid cells to help create a more full, natural look during their breast reconstruction. The artistic component plus visual outcome of this surgery has impacted the lives of many of our patients in a positive manner."

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