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.
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.
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. As another way to service our MedSpa clients, she is also fluent in speaking Hindi and Bengali.
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.”
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.
PA & Injector
Meet Helena! She graduated from Emory University with dual master's degrees in Physician Assistant Studies and Public Health. She fell in love with aesthetics during her Dermatology rotation, as it combines her two passions- art and procedural medicine. As one of our MedSpa providers, she is also fluent in speaking Mandarin.
In her spare time, Helena enjoys drawing, painting, sewing, and cooking. She is an avid foodie on a mission to try as many restaurants and boba tea shops as possible. She is a huge fan of the beautiful nature and scenery on the West coast, and enjoys hiking along the coastline when the wildflowers are in bloom.
Cindy graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Biology and began her career at Cheng Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa. While working with us as a medical assistant, she fell in love with aesthetics and went back to school to get her nursing degree at Ursuline College. As one of our MedSpa providers, she is also fluent in speaking Vietnamese. Aside from cosmetic medicine, she also expresses her passion for the arts through makeup-artistry!
When she's not working, Cindy loves traveling, working out, eating good food, going to music festivals and soaking in as much sun as possible!
Krystal Kate Soltani
Circulating OR Nurse
Krystal Kate, also known as “Nurse KK”, started her journey here at Cheng Plastic Surgery as a Surgical Technician and Medical Assistant and decided to further her education to become a Registered Nurse! She always knew the aesthetic field was the field for her and she’s excited to be back with us!
Krystal Kate is a California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo Alumni, go Mustangs! Achieving her first Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences and her second Bachelor's degree in Nursing at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky!
In her free time, she loves to take long naps and cuddle with her black cat, Poké bear, listen to audiobooks and podcasts on long drives, watch movies with freshly popped popcorn and jalapeños, orders dessert with every meal, taste wine from every vineyard, and treats herself to a spa day any chance she gets.
Having grown up in the beauty industry, Kennedy has had a passion for aesthetics and skincare her entire life. At a young age, her mother stressed the importance of skincare and instilled lifelong practices that result in her youthful glow.
Having initially joined Cheng Plastic Surgery in 2011, Kennedy left the office on another career adventure in 2018. A few years into her adventure, she realized her passion was in the skincare industry. All of us here at Cheng Plastic Surgery were thrilled to have Kennedy rejoin our team of professionals this year. Her warm smile, professional demeanor, and knowledge of skincare practices are a welcome addition to our team.
Out of the office, Kennedy is a dedicated fur mama to her cat, Jemma, along with adorable feral felines in her neighborhood. Her love for cooking and making jewelry nearly equals her passion for skincare and on the weekends, there’s a good chance you can find her relaxing in Napa, enjoying some Rosé.
Growing up, Maddie always knew that she wanted to have a career in the skincare and wellness field. It was during Covid that she decided to turn her passion into a career and dove into esthetics school!
Maddie loves trying all things skin care and keeping up with the “latest and greatest” trends in the industry. She is always willing and excited to learn new things.
In her free time, she is a dog mom to her 2 babies, Stella and Marley! Cooking, spending time outdoors, hiking, swimming and spending time with her family and friends are all things that fuel her soul.
Lead Medical Assistant
Celeste is our lead medical assistant. She is Dr. Jackie's right-hand woman assisting with her patient's treatments and procedures.
As lead medical assistant, Celeste is a key part of making sure all our patients have the best experience here at the office. Before Aesthetics, Celeste has spent 5 years in Dermatology. She is passionate about helping patients look and feel their best. Her reward at the end of the day is seeing patients happy with their results.
Celeste loves to spend time with her husband and two daughters. Outside of work, she loves to travel, watch her daughter play softball, and meet up with her "bookies" for their book club.
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