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Gaby Avalos Gaby Avalos

Gaby Avalos

General Manager

Gaby has been with Cheng Plastic Surgery since 2015 – simultaneously fulfilling her duties as General Manager and Financial Adviser all in one. We love to refer to Gaby as the “heart” of the office – as her first priority first and foremost is to make sure all of her staff is happy, taken care of and supported. She is responsible for managing our amazing team and making sure the day to day operations run smooth – always being the one person our doctors, staff and patients can go to in any situation.

Although her main role in the office is our General Manager, she continues to maintain her finance duties – as her first true love with always be numbers! She has a degree in public accounting from Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESO), from where she graduated with honors. She has experience with renowned companies such as Hewlett Packard, where she got to manage accounting and payroll processes. During her work experience, she has performed audits, accounting and financial analysis, budgeting, cost control, event and schedule planning.

Gaby’s hobbies include dance, painting, running and traveling. Her true passion is her family, as she loves nothing more than to spend her free time with her two sons and husband.

Edina Wittekind Edina Wittekind

Edina Wittekind

Patient Care Coordinator / Medical Assistant Director

Edina came to Cheng Plastic Surgery in 2011 and currently serves as our Patient Care Coordinator. She also fulfills her duties as Medical Assistant Director – leading all of our medical staff to ensure our patients receive the best care possible. In the many years she’s been with the practice – she’s fulfilled almost every job title from receptionist to medical assistant and everything in between. For that reason, her vast arsenal of knowledge is able to better educate our staff and patients with any and all inquiries they may have.

Edina’s compassionate personality and love for the industry is why she loves taking care of patients and seeing how happy they are after having procedures at our center. In fact, she has her own after-care service, offering our patients at home care after surgery. She feels there is no greater feeling than guiding our patients through their surgical journey, both emotionally and physically.

Married with a daughter and adorable dog Coco, Edina was born and raised in San Jose and lives in Willow Glen. She loves spending time with her family and friends and volunteering in her community.

Teresa Trinh Teresa Trinh

Teresa Trinh

Director of Nursing

Teresa Trinh is our Director of Nursing here at Cheng Plastic Surgery! Being a jack of all trades, Teresa has assumed many roles in our surgery center including operating room director, circulating nurse and scrub nurse. Her collaborative work with our board-certified surgeons and anesthesiologists is what ensures the comfort and safety of our patients during their journey in aesthetic surgery.

In addition to her role in the surgery center, Teresa is also one of the four talented providers in our medspa. Trained by Dr. Jackie and Dr. Elbert, Teresa specializes in non-invasive procedures such as Thermage, CoolSculpting and PiQo4. Her love for aesthetics is what motivates her to stay up-to-date on the latest technology, techniques, and trends in the industry.

In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, hike, play volleyball, or travel city to city to try new foods.

Alex Gowda Alex Gowda

Alex Gowda

Nurse Injector

Alexandria Gowda came to California 6 years ago with her husband and two cats after graduating from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor's in Nursing. Alex is our specialist in all laser and non-invasive treatments; from tattoo removal and skin tightening, to botox and dermal fillers. She enjoys getting to know each patient and their personal aesthetic journey from their first encounter to their last follow up.

Her natural compassion and genuine love for all things medical is what drives her passion in the field of aesthetic surgery. She also loves to accompany her patients, providing them with the care and guidance to feel comfortable and receive the best possible outcome. She gets so much joy from interacting and engaging with patients on a daily basis; helping them achieve their aesthetic goals is the cherry on top!

In August 2020, Alex welcomed a beautiful baby girl. Outside of the office, she and her family love to explore. She has visited over 20 countries and almost all 50 states. Alex says, "There is so much to learn from other cultures; from the food they eat to the way you are greeted, walking into a shop. I cannot wait to show my baby girl the world and watch her grow immersed in diversity and the vast beauty this world has to offer."

Nam Saha Nam Saha

Nam Saha

Licensed Medical Esthetician

Beauty and skin care have always been the greatest passion of Nam’s life. It is not only an art through which she can express herself, but it is also a powerful tool to help boost an individual’s self-esteem. Nam attended the Salon Professional Academy to convert her passion and skills into a profession. Her knowledge in the dynamic, ever-changing skincare/beauty industry ensures that she stays informed with the latest technologies and cutting-edge ingredients in skincare, which she loves to share with her clients.

As a self-professed "beauty junkie" she continues to enjoy searching for the best in unique and "must have" beauty items and services. Every product at Cheng plastic has been tried, tested by Nam herself. Prior to those studies, she worked as a student counselor and holds a bachelor's degree in Economic Geography.

Through the eyes of Nam-

“I draw inspiration from my Indian heritage, various lifestyles that I have been part of, my love for fashion and fitness helps me achieve proven skincare essentials that work with everyone’s everyday lifestyle.”

Elissa Kurns Elissa Kurns

Elissa Kurns

Administrative Assistant

Elissa joined Cheng Plastic Surgery in August of 2016 and now works as our Administrative Assistant. Before joining our team, she worked as a hairstylist and salon manager for several years.

Her caring and calm demeanor leaves patients feeling at ease as they make important cosmetic decisions. Elissa particularly loves guiding patients through the intimidating process of surgery and making sure they are comfortable and happy from start to finish.

In addition to working at Cheng Plastic Surgery, Elissa is finishing school at University of California Santa Cruz studying Business and Economics. She maintains a 4.0 GPA and frequently participates in school and extracurricular events.

When Elissa is not working or studying, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and two cats, Leo and Kona. She also loves to travel, go to concerts, cook, and exercise.

Saraya Barat Saraya Barat

Saraya Barat

Front Desk Coordinator

Saraya is our Front Desk Coordinator. She is one of the first faces you will see at Cheng Plastic Surgery. She welcomes and connects with patients. She is key to the sense of community within the office.

Saraya has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and is a licensed esthetician! She is a double threat here at Cheng Plastic Surgery. She helps to keep things running smoothly around the office.

When Saraya’s not working, she loves to cook delicious meals for her family and friends and spend time with her three dogs.

Krystal Kate Krystal Kate

Krystal Kate

Medical Assistant/Scrub Technician

Krystal Kate is both of our board-certified facial plastic surgeons’ right-hand woman in surgery as our very own Surgical Scrub Technician. Krystal Kate welcomes patients into our Surgery Center and ensures they receive the best care!

Krystal Kate is a California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo Alumni, Go Mustangs! Achieving a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, she plans to take her background in the medical field continuing her way in the world of surgery.

When Krystal Kate isn’t assisting in the operating room, she is spending her time finding her inner peace at yoga and pilates, Namaste. While at home, she loves ending her day relaxing and watching movies cuddled up with her black cat named Poké.

Lizzie Wilson Lizzie Wilson

Lizzie Wilson

Patient Hospitality Coordinator

Lizzie is our very own Patient Hospitality Coordinator. She ensures each patient here at Cheng Plastic Surgery has a wonderful visit and receives the best possible care. In addition to being our Hospitality Coordinator, Lizzie also helps out as a Medical Assistant when needed.

Lizzie has a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Food Science from CSU Chico. She is passionate about physical and mental health, nutrition and all things sustainability.

In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her two doggies Finn and Archie. She enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, cooking, hanging out with her friends and family and roller skating!

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Practice Policy Update from Cheng Plastic Surgery Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Monday, January 4, 2021:

We are open!

We cannot wait to see all of our amazing patients in our office! We are currently working with a more limited schedule than before, so please be patient as we navigate through this, together.

There are a few key changes we’ve made to our appointment protocol to ensure we are maintaining social distancing and following strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols - for you AND for us.

  1. Call our office from your car once you’ve arrived for your appointment. A staff member will come out to greet you, take your temperature and conduct a short COVID-19 health screening to make sure you are in good health prior to entering the building. Our doors will remain locked during normal business hours to ensure only those who have been screened can enter.
  2. Please arrive at your appointment wearing a mask or protective face covering. We will not be able to bring you inside the office without one.
  3. We will not have more than one patient in the lobby at a time.
  4. You will be greeted by Dr. Elbert or Dr. Jacqueline wearing their Personal Protective Equipment deemed necessary by your specific treatment. (N95 mask, gloves, face shield or protective eyewear, etc.) We ask that you leave your mask on during the procedure, and only take it off if necessary to complete the treatment.
  5. All necessary transactions will be done in the room your treatment is being performed. This will avoid unnecessary back ups in the lobby.
  6. You will then be walked out through the back door of the office. This is the best way to keep all staff and patients socially distanced while maintaining one steady flow of traffic throughout the building.

And of course, all rooms will be heavily disinfected immediately after you leave just as we have always done prior to the pandemic. Each room is equipped with an air filter as an added safety measure. We will place a major focus on high-contact areas such as chairs, doorknobs, counter tops, mirrors and more.

We are still continuing to conduct Virtual Consultations if you prefer a quicker and no-contact experience.

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For the safety of our patients and staff, we ask that you reschedule your appointment and do not enter our office with any of the following conditions:

  1. You have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  2. You have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  3. You traveled more than 150 miles or have been in close contact with someone who has traveled in the last 10 days.
  4. You are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
    • fever or chills
    • cough
    • shortness of breath
    • fatigue
    • muscle or body aches
    • headaches
    • sore throat
    • loss of taste or smell
    • nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting

Concerned about getting the Moderna vaccine after having recently received filler treatment? In some studies, it has been observed that a small percentage of the vaccinated groups experienced localized inflammation (swelling) after receiving the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. In said cases, all studied reactions were temporary immune responses. It has been suggested that patients refrain from getting filler two weeks before and after the vaccine. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office!

Thank you for your continued support and we can't wait to see you again!

Kindest Regards,,

Dr. Elbert, Dr. Jacqueline and staff at Cheng Plastic Surgery

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