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Physicians & Staff

Anthony Waechter, MD
Board Certified Physician

Dr. Anthony Waechter specializes in a full range of aesthetic medical services including: injectables, and dermal fillers, as well as the most sophisticated laser procedures encompassing: laser-assisted lipolysis, non-surgical skin tightening and resurfacing, photofacial, and laser vein and hair removal. He gives every patient personalized attention, and his expertise in anti-aging procedures ensures that patients are provided with advanced skin care solutions to treat their specific needs.

Dr. Waechter is a residency trained, board certified emergency medicine physician and he brings to his practice over 10 years of clinical experience. His diverse background and comprehensive aesthetic knowledge proves his commitment to patients embarking on a skin rejuvenation program. Under Dr. Waechter's medical care, patients enhance the health of their skin and body, as well as achieve a more youthful appearance.

Dr. Waechter attended the University of Colorado for his undergraduate education, obtained his Medical Degree at the Chicago Medical School - Finch University of Health Sciences, Interned at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado, and attended Residency at the highly regarded Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

Jennifer Otañez, RN, MSN
Aesthetic Nurse Specialist

Jennifer Otañez is a Bay Area native who received her BA from UC Berkeley before going on to acquire her Master's in Nursing from San Francisco State University. She specialized in Women's Public Health and worked as a Labor and Delivery RN at San Francisco General Hospital for 7 years. She attended the National Laser Institute of Scottsdale, AZ, and developed her aesthetic skills at a San Jose clinic before joining Aura in 2011.

Customer service is a top priority for Jennifer, and she enjoys keeping up with the latest aesthetic research so she can provide safe and effective treatments that help her patients achieve their aesthetic goals.

Lourdes Villaneuva, NP
Aesthetic Nurse Specialist

Lourdes started her nursing career with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing in the Kidney and Liver Transplant department at UCSF. Once she successfully completed her critical care training courses, she worked in the Cardiovascular Critical Care Unit.

While in graduate school at UCSF, Lourdes began her career on the aesthetic side of nursing. She has worked with local dermatologists and plastic surgeons in the Bay Area. Through this experience, she realized her passion for injecting dermal fillers and laser aesthetic treatments such as Fraxel skin resurfacing and Intense Pulse Light.

As she graduates UCSF with her Master's of Science in Nursing in 2008, and currently works for the largest group of Critical Care MDs in California, she maintains her aesthetic interests with Aura Skin Spa. According to her, "It feels like I'm playing while helping people enhance their looks, rather than working."

Sophie Lyapina, RN
Aesthetic Nurse Specialist

Sophie is a registered nurse with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing from her native Russia. Sophie has several years experience as a medical surgical nurse at Kaiser Permanente, but her true passion is aesthetics.

She began her career as an aesthetic RN over six years ago and started working for Aura in 2011. Sophie enjoys performing a variety of laser treatments, including laser hair removal, laser vein reduction, and Fraxel skin resurfacing.

Sophie is a true artist with Botox and Dysport injections and dermal fillers and has quickly developed a loyal following amongst our patients.

Janibel M. Mandap, PA-C, MSPAS, MPH
Physician Assistant

Janibel received her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley. She then earned a dual Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and a Master of Public Health at Touro University, California. Currently she is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the California Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants.

Janibel joined Aura Skin Spa in 2013. Being a Bay Area native, she is excited to be in the heart of San Francisco practicing her passion for skin and aesthetics. Additionally, she practices as a medical dermatology physician assistant in the East Bay. Janibel is enthusiastic about working and caring for the diverse population at Aura Skin Spa and is fluent in Spanish.

Yasaman Rezaei

Yasaman started working at Aura right after graduating from San Francisco State University. She has been trained and certified on all of Aura’s lasers and skin injectable treatments. This knowledge allows her to provide great customer service for Aura’s clients. Yasaman enjoys performing client consultations and performing treatments to help them find the ideal plan for their skin concerns.

She loves seeing a change in the patient’s self-esteem and life quality as a result of an improvement in their look that she helped them to achieve.

James Novato

James joined Aura in early 2011. His organizational skills and attention to detail ensures that Aura’s operations run smoothly on a daily basis. James loves maintaining Aura’s professional and calm environment to ensure that each patient receives a 5-star medical treatment and experience.

Gloria Ortiz

Gloria is a San Francisco native and joined Aura's team in 2012. She has worked in the beauty industry for over fifteen years as an esthetician, makeup artist, and educator. She has experience with international brands such as Elizabeth Arden, MAC Cosmetics, and DHC skincare and is certified in cosmetic chemistry from University of California at Los Angeles. Gloria loves working with clients to help them achieve their skin care goals. Recently, Gloria returned to school to further her knowledge to pursue a career in nursing.

Mia Balingit, RN, BSN
Aesthetic Nurse Specialist

Prior to joining Aura Skin Spa in 2012, Mia has been in the field of Aesthetic Nursing for over 4 years. With her training and experience, she always makes sure that her goal of quality patient care and patient satisfaction is achieved, whether its providing laser or injectable treatments.

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