Providing superior service is a function of attracting and retaining the best staff possible. At Divino Plastic Surgery you will experience some of the finest personnel in the medical community. Dr. Chacon has personally chosen his staff to be friendly, warm, welcoming and knowledgeable. We are pleased to introduce to you the Divino Plastic Surgery staff. Each member is here to assist you with compassionate care whatever your needs may be.
“Coming from a lineage of skilled craftsmen, artists, and mechanics, I always knew I would work with my hands. Plastic Surgery attracted me because it is one of the few surgical subspecialties that is as fascinating as it is intricate. A distinctive skill set is required to be a great plastic surgeon, and particularly, a great cosmetic plastic surgeon. Considering that even the most minor imperfections in one’s final results are impossible to hide, doing it properly becomes the ultimate challenge. Cosmetic plastic surgery offers me artistic latitude and a craft that is extremely satisfying. My ultimate reward is that huge smile on a patient’s face, when they love the way they look and feel. ” –Dr. Chacon
Carlos O. Chacon, MD, MBA, was born in Tucson, Arizona and is a Pueblo High School Warrior, now a decade old and proud Californian. Dr. Chacon has captured several exceptional educational opportunities, earning his higher education for both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Arizona. During his extensive surgical training, Dr. Chacon served as Chief Resident of the University of California San Francisco Division of Plastic Surgery at the world-renowned UCSF Medical Center. UCSF has been continuously recognized as one of America’s top medical centers. Dr. Chacon is among the industry’s best-trained cosmetic plastic surgeons having completed an advanced fellowship training program in aesthetic surgery in Los Angeles, California at the University of Southern California.
Irina Bilenkaya MSN, NP-C, RNFA – Aesthetic Specialist
Irina Bilenkaya, MSN, NP-C, RNFA is a Nationally Certified Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurse First Assistant to the Surgeon. She earned her graduate degree from the nations top tier Nurse Practitioner program at the University of California, San Francisco. Prior to that she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Dual Degree in Biology and Psychology from the University of California, Irvine.
Irina is an experienced practitioner with a broad medical background in woman’s health and surgical subspecialties, which has helped her become an expert in aesthetic medicine. She specializes in aesthetic procedures including: wrinkle therapies (e.g. Botox®, fillers), vein treatments, laser hair removal, IPL treatments, laser skin tightening (e.g. Thermage®), laser tattoo removal, body contouring, facial rejuvenation and treatment of chronic and acute skin conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation and melasma.
Irina wholeheartedly enjoys interacting with patients and helping them enhance their looks and lives. She spends as much time as possible getting to know every individual. She likes spending time with her family, is an avid salsa dancer, hardcore outdoor adventurist, and world traveler. A true linguist, Irina is also fluent in English, Russian, and Ukrainian.
Lauren – Office Manager / Patient Care Coordinator
Lauren has a unique way of making patients feel comfortable with their decision to become a part of our Divino Family. It is not just a job for her, it is a passion that shows through. She loves being a part of the entire process from meeting patients at their initial consultation, to seeing them through to their recovery. She has a knack for connecting with people both personally and professionally, insuring all of our patients have an amazing experience. Lauren says the best feeling is hearing a patient say “I love my results, I should have done this sooner!” When not at work Lauren enjoys traveling, and being with her family exploring the best of what San Diego has to offer.
Stephanie – Medical Assistant
Stephanie is one of our phenomenal Medical Assistants who has a passion for plastic surgery. She has a caring, heartwarming personality that makes patients feel welcome and comfortable. On any given day, you can see her assisting Dr. Chacon, or in the photo room, always making sure that patients are prepared prior to their procedure and well taken care after surgery. Stephanie is also responsible for surgical preparations and back-office duties, she is a huge part of our team. During her free time, Stephanie enjoys eating out and trying new restaurants with friends and family. Her immediate family includes her lovable three dogs Max, Kobe and Rocky.
Kim – Medical Aesthetician
Kim is our Spa Divino Master Medical Aesthetician. As a licensed Aesthetician, with over 25 years of experience with top tier destination spas including Golden Door Spa and Beauty at Cal-a-Vie both as trainer and director, you can trust that you are in the hands of a caring professional.
Her services not only include relaxing and skin transforming facials, but also treatment of difficult skin conditions and skin rejuvenation. She is also trained and certified to perform various strengths and types of peels from enzyme to chemical as well as microdermabrasion treatments. Her facials are customized to each individual, making each patient’s experience wonderfully effective. Kim also specializes in relaxing anti-aging facials, aromatherapy, detox facial massage, and an expert in eyebrow design. She enjoys educating her clients about the importance of skin care both at home and in a clinical setting.
“I love knowing that I can make a difference in each patient’s life by giving him or her more confidence to put their best face forward.” – Kim Flores, Spa Divino Master Medical Aesthetician
Brenda – Medical Aesthetician
Brenda is our Spa Divino Medical Aesthetician. Brenda has over 18 years of experience at exclusive destination spas as a aesthetician, trainer and in management. You can trust that you are in the hands of a loving caring professional. Brenda has dedicated herself to creating the ultimate skin care experience blended with today’s technology. She goes the extra mile and educates our patients about the importance of skin care. “I love the feeling I get making others feel beautiful”.
Yami – Receptionist
Yami is one of our amazing receptionists and front desk team members. Yami is a ray of sunshine that cares for all of our patients coming through our doors. She works hard to ensure all patients needs are met and that everyone is well taken care of before meeting with the doctor. Yami is both a professional mall shopper and model. She also loves spending time with her loving family.
Erin H. Moreira, RN, BA – Aesthetic Nurse Specialist
After graduating from Clemson University then completing my nursing degree, I moved to San Diego. Having spent time working in both a high acuity intensive care and surgical observation unit at Carolina’s Health Care System and Levine Children’s Hospital, I transitioned my career into medical aesthetics.
I take pride in the responsibility that my patients entrust in me. I enjoy creating custom, results oriented treatment plans that give patients what they are looking for in a natural result. I believe in educating my patients on the best way to safely care and protect the skin they’re in.
With experience in aesthetic nursing and an eye for perfection, I am excited to be a part of the incredible Divino Plastic Surgery team as an Injection and Laser Specialist.
Emily Mendoza – Medical Assistant
Emily is another one of our phenomenal Medical Assistants who has a passion for plastic surgery. Her sweet personality and warm demeanor help our patients feel welcome and like part of the family. On any given day, you can see her assisting Dr. Chacon, or always making sure that patients are prepared prior to their procedure and well taken care after surgery. Emily loves to spend time with friends and family.