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.
Kashaf Sherafgan, MD, FACS – Cosmetic Surgeon
My mother always told me from the day I could speak I would say, “when I grow up, I’m going to be a doctor.” Those words became a reality when I was accepted into medical school. I soon realized my passion lay in surgery when I started taking intricate courses on anatomy and learning more about the beautiful complexity of the human body. As a young medical student I began assisting corrective surgeries for cleft lip and palate patients helping them feel more confident in their own skin. The instant gratification of seeing the massive smiles of our patients made me strive to advance my knowledge, surgical skill set, and understanding of cosmetic surgery every single day! – Dr. Kashaf Sherafgan
Dr. Kashaf Sherafgan was born and raised in an army family from Pakistan. At a young age she had the opportunity to see the world and explore various cultures, living in countries such as Germany, England, and Saudi Arabia. She graduated from Allama Iqbal Medical College in Pakistan and soon after moved to New York City where she did scientific and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital, ranked among the top 20 hospitals of the world. There, she also completed her internship in General Surgery amongst the finest surgeons the metropolitan area had to offer. With this strong initial training she headed to New Orleans’ Tulane University General Surgery residency program, which is one of the country’s oldest programs dating back to 1834! She gained extensive training among the nations’ top trauma surgeons while also enjoying the rich Cajun culture, jazz music, and crawfish boils the city had to offer. Board Certified in General Surgery 2016.
My patients are like family, I want the absolute best for them, and I want them to be smiling at the end of the day. Trust is the most integral aspect of this process. I always had a knack for aesthetics and am focused on providing the best and most customized results that enhance my patients’ natural beauty and help them feel more confident! I believe everyone is unique in their own way and deserves a suitable approach that is special, long-lasting, natural appearing, and most importantly, safe! – Dr. Kashaf Sherafgan
Dr. Kashaf Sherafgan initially practiced in New Orleans and taught surgical residents at Tulane University, followed by pursuing a clinical instructor role at the prestigious Mount Sinai Medical Center back in New York City. She continued her love of teaching by training medical students and surgery residents in Manhattan. After meeting the love of her life, she moved to Tucson, Arizona where she performed advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery and started as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at AT Still University, Arizona. Her areas of expertise also include oncologic surgery for breast and colorectal cancer. She further pursued a Cosmetic Plastic Surgery fellowship from the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery by training with renowned plastic and cosmetic surgeons of La Jolla, Del Mar, Coronado Island, and Newport Beach where she acquired an extremely practiced hand before starting in San Diego.
Dr. Kashaf Sherafgan’s training and experience has provided her with comprehensive expertise in a variety of cosmetic surgical procedures. Her expertise lies in facial aesthetics including face lift and neck lift surgeries, brow lift, blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, buccal fat removal, lip and cheek implants, and injectables along with breast lift, breast reduction, implants (including TUBA transumbilical breast augmentation), labiaplasty and body contouring procedures like liposuctions, abdominoplasty, fat grafting, and brazilian butt lift (BBL).
The field of surgery is extremely competitive in nature, especially when it comes down to women in medicine. Dr. Sherafgan takes pride in her struggles and strongly believes in paying it forward. She has strong interests in surgical charity work, specifically oncologic and reconstruction for indigent populations and she helps students accomplish their goals everyday, one by one training a future generation of surgeons.
If not in the operating room, you can find her in museums and art galleries, reading biographies, gardening, playing with her fur-baby Cutems, traveling with her husband, and being an avid foodie with her kids. She attributes her accomplishments to her patients’ and parents’ prayers, and emotional support from her siblings and close friends. Dr. Sherafgan’s life motto is: “Two things define you, your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.” – Hazrat Ali
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.
Tania Aguilar, BSN, RN – Registered Nurse
Born and raised in San Diego, Tania started her nursing career in women’s health, but eventually pursed aesthetics due to her love of skin and beauty. Tania is passionate about educating her patients and committed to helping her patients love the skin they are in. Tania relentlessly pursues her continued education goals including a Masters in Nursing and advanced injectable aesthetic techniques. Tania loves to try new restaurants and enjoys cooking with a glass of rosé.
Angelica Armendariz, BSN, RN – Registered Nurse
Angelica is an exceptional registered nurse with diverse healthcare experience. She understands the importance of personalized patient care which has helped her become an expert in medicine. She specializes in peri-operative patient care. Angelica genuinely seeks a personal connection with patients in helping them enhance their looks and lives. She enjoys traveling and discovering new places.
Alyssa Dominguez, RN – Registered Nurse
Alyssa is an exceptional fluently bilingual registered nurse with extensive women’s health experience. Her compassionate style has earned her very fulfilling patient connections and served her well both in a caregiver and supervisory capacity. She loves the aesthetic field and looks forward to meeting new patients everyday. As a native San Diegan, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Isela – Medical Assistant
Isela is our phenomenal Medical Assistant who has a passion for plastic surgery with many years of experience in the field. She has a caring, heartwarming personality that makes patients feel welcome and comfortable. On any given day, you can see her assisting in patient care or in the photo room, always making sure that patients are prepared prior to their procedure and well taken care after surgery. Isela is also responsible for surgical preparations and back-office duties, she is a huge part of our team. During her free time, Isela enjoys traveling and family.
Eileen – Medical Aesthetician
Eileen is a Medical Aesthetician who provides an unmatched experience. Eileen’s know-how comes right through her hands in providing every patient with a piece of heaven in facial rejuvenation and skin care. She is also trained in several product lines, peels, and microblading techniques. Her treatments are all personalized to optimize your experience and skin care.
Arianna – Front Desk Manager
Arianna is our amazing Medical Spa Manager with several professional years of experience working in the hospitality and medical spa industry. Arianna ensures an exceptional end-to-end patient experience. She is a strong believer in forging lasting relationships with patients and her teammates. Arianna loves to be with friends and family and most importantly her puppy Rambo, that she loves so very much!
Millie – Receptionist
Millie is our amazing front desk receptionist who welcomes all our current and prospective Divino family members. She looks forward to establishing new relationships with patients while providing an unbelievable Divino experience. Millie spends her free time exploring emerging restaurants with friends.