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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

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.

Cammie Budde

Cammie Budde
Front Office Patient Concierge

Cammie Budde graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She worked in the field of publicity and marketing for three years, coordinating media press for lifestyle brands and awards shows, before leaving to follow her growing passion for aesthetic medicine. Born and raised in Orange County, Cammie worked for a plastic surgery practice in Laguna Beach for over 2 years before moving to Los Angeles and joining the expanding Cassileth Plastic Surgery & Skin Care team where she plays a vital role as a Front Desk Patient Concierge.

“My favorite treatment is the HydraFacial. I love makeup and wear it daily, so it’s important that I take extra good care of my skin. The HydraFacial not only exfoliates and clears my pores, but I’m always left with hydrated, glowing skin. I also love to add on a booster serum with LED light therapy for extra benefits!”

Wendy Cassileth

Wendy Cassileth
Marketing Director

"My goal is to help ensure that people are aware of all of the treatment options available to them -- whether they are looking for advanced anti-aging laser treatment or direct-to-implant breast reconstruction – my goal is to help inform people so that they can select a treatment or procedure with confidence."

Wendy grew up outside of Philadelphia and obtained her BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She started her career at Conde Nast working in the beauty department for MADEMOISELLE magazine and later became the fashion editor of SHAPE magazine, and then segued into the entertainment industry, where she produced TV and film.

In her role as Marketing Director, Wendy oversees marketing, branding and business development for the practice in her role as Marketing Director. She designs and executes digital marketing, manages and directs the web strategy, and handles advertising, PR and business development. Wendy enjoys using her skillset and knowledge-base in marketing, business growth and brand development.

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!”

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.


“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.”

Katia Kartasheva, Aesthetician

Katia Kartasheva, Aesthetician

“Beauty is something that I believe everyone has, and I believe it is my job to make sure that your beauty is enhanced with the treatments I provide.”

Katia is our Aesthetician and Skin Care Specialist. Since her early 20s, Katia had an ambition for, and was passionate about, the beauty industry and wanted to be a part of it. When she moved to the US from Russia, she was excited to begin her new life and have a chance to turn her ambitions into reality.

She has over 7 years of experience in the medical aesthetics field and has worked in multiple locations in the area. As a Cassileth team member, she helps her patients retain and improve their beautiful and youthful looks with her expert knowledge. Most importantly, she takes time with each patient to assess their skin and personalize each facial treatment. She is dedicated to providing the best facial experience for her patients and strives to get them the best results every time. Her warm personality and passion about skin care make her treatments relaxing and effective.

Katia's Favorite Treatment: PRP Microneedling

“PRP Microneedling minimizes fine lines, reduces facial scars, and gives my skin a youthful and healthy glow for my skin. The treatment uses your own blood platelets to rejuvenate the skin and even out skin tone. It’s something I would recommend to anyone who wants to look younger. The results are simply magical.”

Gillian Agre

Gillian Agre
Medical Spa Director

“I love helping people look their best at any given age. The Cassileth philosophy of Beautiful Natural Results truly resonates with me.”

Gillian Agre is the Medical Spa Director and has always been passionate about health and beauty. After earning an MBA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Gillian began working in the luxury spa business and has over 12 years of experience in that field, primarily as Spa Director for Ritz-Carlton Spas. She gained medical esthetics experience while managing the cosmetics business at a busy Dermatology practice in Colorado, where she discovered how effective and life transforming medical spa treatments can be for patients. Gillian’s goal is to provide luxury spa touches and customer service to Cassileth Skin Care patients.

Gillian and her husband live in Burbank with their two daughters and two dogs. In her free time, Gillian enjoys spending time with her family, cycling, hiking, skiing and practicing yoga.

Gillian’s Favorite Treatment: Venus Viva

“I had the Venus Viva skin resurfacing treatment to reduce wrinkles and pores, even out my skin texture and improve tone. The results were remarkable and noticed by my friends and coworkers. The downtime and recovery is one day, which was great for a busy working mom like me!”

Desiree Fought

Desiree Titilah

“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!”

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!"

Yvette Jimenez

Yvette Jimenez
Patient Care consultant

Yvette is the Patient Care Consultant for Dr. Sarmela Sunder and Dr Catherine Chang. She has over 20 years of experience working with patients in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Yvette is passionate about delivering the highest quality patient experience. As a recipient of cosmetic surgery herself, Yvette understands the questions and concerns associated with your surgery decisions.

During your first visit, after your consultation with one of our doctors, Yvette will meet with you to discuss scheduling, logistics, concierge services, and finances. She will serve as an essential guide and resource throughout your treatment. Yvette is a wonderful addition to our team.

In her spare time, she loves spending time with three adult children, her two grandsons and her husband Boris.

Yvette's Favorite Treatment: Restylane

“My favorite treatment is Restylane -- it gives me an instant lift and takes away lines. I love that there are different Restylane product options (Restylane Defyne, Lyft, Refyne and Silk) to treat every line and fold imaginable! I love how carefully placed injections subtly change my appearance. It is my "go to" aesthetic treatment”

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

"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.”

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 Shea

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!"

Casey Weber

Casey Weber
Front Office Manager

Casey Weber graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology. After moving to San Diego in 2012 and working for the government, she moved to Los Angeles and began working in personal injury law before she completely transitioned into the medical field. She is excited to be working in aesthetics.

Casey loves working out, being a Foodie, and spending time with her family.

Casey's Favorite Treatment

“My favorite treatment is the a Juvederm and Botox combo, it gives you a younger, refreshed look.”


Amy York, PA
Physician Assistant

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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