Sharon Christopher, PA-C, Dermatologic Specialist


Sharon is a Board Certified Physician Assistant with over 28 years of experience. Sharon started her medical career as a Registered Nurse and then continued on with her education to become a Physician Assistant.

As a Physician Assistant, Sharon has experience in various specialty areas of medicine and surgery. She spent many years as the Chief PA of a large cardiac surgery group in Reading, Pennsylvania. Sharon was also the Chief Physician Assistant of the cardiac surgery / cardiac transplant team at the prestigious Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Sharon transitioned to the field of dermatology in 1997, and has worked with cutting-edge Dermatologists and Dermatologic Surgeons in both California and Florida. Sharon has broad clinical experience in dermatology, dermatologic surgery, cosmetic and aesthetic procedures. She has also participated in several clinical research studies and has been a trainer and speaker for the pharmaceutical industry.

Sharon joined the Facial Aesthetic Concepts team in 2003 where she has been specializing in dermatology and aesthetic dermatology. Sharon is trained and certified in the administration of BOTOX®, Restylane™, Laser treatment, Photofacials, and much more. Sharon’s broad clinical background and knowledge enables her to be an intricate part of Facial Aesthetic Concepts.

In her spare time: Sharon and her husband are originally from Pennsylvania, and they enjoy taking time to go back east and allow their daughter to experience the east coast {including the Jersey shore}. Sharon also spends her time following her daughter’s competitive cheerleading schedule.

Skin care regimen: Sharon is a big believer in daily aggressive sunscreen and minimizing general direct sun exposure. Sharon considers her skin to be extremely sensitive so she prefers to treat her skin with intense hydration and antioxidant blend products.

In the morning: Sharon admits her main pick-me-up device is diet soda. She considers the sound of opening a can of diet cola to be the most perfect sound in the world?!

Training:
St Luke’s College, Bethlehem, Penn

School of Nursing
Valedictorian, class of 1987
King’s University, Wilkes Barre, PA
School of Science and Medicine, Physician Asst. Program
Graduate Summa cum Laude

Valedictorian — PA Class of 1989
Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Post Graduate; one year, PA Surgical Residency
Prestigious Appt with this facility accepting only 4 PA’s from the United States

Completed Program 1990
John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Research, Phys Asst. fellow; One Year
Research in infectious disease and HIV

Cassandra Macasieb, Registered Nurse


Cassandra is a Registered Nurse specializing in facial and body aesthetic treatments for the past 4 years. She went to Santa Monica City College for her Advanced Nursing Degree (AND). She started her career in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills in a luxury medical spa, training with distinguished aesthetic physicians and surgeons.

Cassandra joined FAC in July of 2016. She is trained and certified in the administration of BOTOX® as well as an array of Fillers (JUVÉDERM, Volbella, Voluma, etc.). In addition, she is certified in CoolSculpting®, Microneedling and experienced in a variety of laser therapies, including resurfacing treatments, IPL, hair removal, etc.

Cassandra is very passionate about what she does as well as making sure each and every patient feels intentionally and thoughtfully taken care of. She strives to make sure that all who come out of the treatment room with her, leave with a smile and feeling more confident than when they came in.

In her spare time: Cassandra enjoys snuggling and playing with her dog Bronx, hiking, biking riding with friends and spending time with her husband.

Skin Care Regimen: Cassandra uses the G.R.A.S.S method — Epionce Lytic Cleanser, Even Skin Tone Pads, Epionce Lytic treatment, HA5, Tizo SPF. Her favorite products are HA5 and Even Skin Tone Therapy to keep her skin looking fresh and bright.

In the morning: She no longer has a “vice,” but loves spending time with her dog in the morning and taking him for a walk to get the day started.

Nikki Reynolds, Managing Medical Esthetician


Nikki is a licensed Esthetician and Permanent Makeup Artist. Her passion for skin care started at a very young age. After graduating from high school in 2003 she began studying at The Paul Mitchell Skin Academy in Costa Mesa, CA.

Their advanced skin care program, developed in alliance with The International Dermal Institute, helped her master classic professional techniques, speed waxing, customized treatment protocols and ingredient technology. She honed her skills at a medical laser center and a salon in Orange County before joining Facial Aesthetic Concepts in 2005.

Nikki specializes in skin care treatments such as facials, acne treatments, chemical peels, Microdermabrasion, full body waxing, and makeup as well as advanced treatments such as Microneedling, Microblading and CoolSculpting®.

She is very experienced in customizing treatment plans to enhance and complement the various medical and surgical services FAC provides.

She loves building a relationship with her patients and educating them about their skin and how to care for it. It is her greatest joy to help someone achieve their skin care goals and transform their skin so they look and feel their best.

As the Managing Esthetician at FAC, it is her top priority to make sure we continue to offer the most innovative and results-oriented skin care treatments and products to our patients.

In her spare time: Nikki enjoys all aspects of life, whether it’s traveling to new exciting places or just cuddling with her long-haired Chihuahua, Annabelle, while binge-watching shows.

Skin care regimen: A well-balanced, comprehensive home care regimen is a must! Nikki always utilizes the GRASS method to ensure she covers all the bases. Some of her personal favorite products are the Lytic Tx and Restorative Moisturizer.

In the morning: Nikki has a long-standing, and costly, relationship with the local Starbucks. Although her caffeinated picks have changed over the years, her current drink of choice is Cold Brew Coffee.

Nadia Bahash, Medical Esthetician


Nadia is a Board Certified Medical Esthetician who has always had a passion for skin care. her journey began at The University of California of San Marcos where she was studying biochemistry. After studying the anatomy and changes of the skin, Nadia realized she wanted to pursue a career that allowed her to help teach and develop ways for her patients to transform their skin.

Nadia studied her aesthetics course at Salon Success Academy in Corona, California, where she mastered skin analysis, European facial techniques, body waxing, chemical peels, and electric modalities. Nadia was awarded a Certification of Excellence from the Dermal Institute.

Nadia has been a part of the FAC team since 2014. Before joining the team, Nadia practiced as a Medical Assistant for over 4 years where she developed a love for patient care. Nadia has a firm belief in always continuing her education and staying on top of new and innovative techniques for the skin.

She is currently studying at California Baptist University where she plans to finish her Bachelor’s Degree and recently mastered and became Certified in Microblading, allowing her to transforms people’s eyebrows. Nadia’s phenomenal understanding of product ingredients allows her to customize and develop skin care regimens for her patients because she believes that having a solid at-home regimen is the key to success.

In her spare time: Nadia enjoys going to the gym, hiking, and the beach (with a proper SPF on of course). She has a passion for being outside and loves to travel when she is able to.

Skin care regimen: Nadia is a firm believer in the GRASS method. Morning and night, she makes sure she incorporates a growth factor, chemical exfoliant, antioxidants, eye cream and SPF. Her favorite products are a toss between the C-stem which a potent anti-aging serum that contains growth factors and antioxidants and the HA5, that is a hydration that leaves her skin feeling smooth and firm.

In the morning: Nadia loves to wake her body up by inverting and doing a headstand for about 60 seconds. She is also an espresso fiend and loves to support her local San Clemente coffee shops, and gets a couple shots in daily.

Mary Granger, Medical Esthetician


Mary has been in the skin care industry for over 10 years. She is a Board Certified Medical Esthetician, Licensed Permanent Makeup Artist Specializing in CIT/Microneedling, and is certified in Coolsculpting®, Microdermabrasion, Chemical Exfoliation, Facial and Body Waxing and Electic Modalities.

Starting out as a front desk manager she wanted to do more to help patients and to do that she had to move from behind the desk and work in the treatment room. She went to the top-rated aesthetics program at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, CA. There she earned her certifications for European facial techniques, waxing, chemical peels and electric modalities.

After receiving her Esthetician license she immediately started work at a full service day spa continuing her education specializing in massage techniques, microdermabrasion and acne treatments. She loves the one-on-one attention that she can give her patients whether it’s in the treatment room or explaining products.

Mary has been a part of the FAC family since 2013. Prior to joining FAC, she was working at a Medi Spa in Huntington Beach for almost seven years. Seven years with the same people who became family to her. When the time came to move on she didn’t want just another “job,” she wanted to find a new family where she could work and grow for the next seven years. She found that with FAC.

Here she is able to continue her education and stay on top of the new innovations in the skin care industry so she can give her patients the best options for their concerns. Her favorite procedure is Microneedling. Whether you’re treating deep lines, acne scarring or just want to freshen up, microneedling is the most effective treatment for stimulating collagen and a nice change from chemical exfoliation and microdermabrasion.

In Her Spare Time: Mary is probably hanging out with your grandmother crocheting, knitting, sewing or cross-stitching. Macrame and quilting are next on her list to learn. When she does go outside, she loves doing DIY projects on her house, hiking local and out of state trails, and running and power walking local flea markets with her husband.

Skin Care Regimen: Mary likes to keep it simple and efficient with her skin care. She uses her Smart Profile Clarisonic every morning and night. For cleansers, she likes options. It really depends on what she feels like. You can never have too many cleaners. Right now, she alternates with a milk or creamy cleanser and a salicylic cleanser.

Her core products all fit within the GRASS Method. C-Stem is her Growth Factor and Antioxidant: she uses it in the AM and PM. HA5 and Vita Soothe are her hydration serum and moisturizer. Lytic Tx is her nightly exfoliator, and Glycolic Gel 10% when she’s feeling dull. She also uses SPF every day. Any and all SPFs are her favorite.

How she keeps it simple: AM: Cleanse w/ Clarisonic, C-stem, brush teeth, HA5, Vita Soothe, apply mascara and SPF — done. PM: Cleanse w/ Clarisonic, Lytic, HA5 and Vita Soothe. She uses HA5 and Vita Soothe as her eye creams.

In The Morning: Mary has a new love for cold brew coffee. She starts her day with Stumptown cold brew and Banana and Vanilla Yogurt. When she feels fancy she’ll stop at DK’s Donuts in Orange for a fancy creative donut.

Teresa Conter, Surgical Patient Advisor


Teresa was always intrigued by the health of the skin as well as skin care regimens and products. Upon establishing this love for skin care, Teresa went to Paul Mitchell Skin Academy where she became Board Certified as an Esthetician in 2008.

Teresa also became certified as an Esthetics Instructor at the Paul Mitchell School for 6 years through training at the International Dermal Institute. All the while working outside as an Esthetician performing a multitude of facial and body treatments.

Teresa has been at FAC for a little over 4 years now and is our Surgical Coordinator for Dr. Gangnes and Dr. Cuber. She assists our surgical patients in every way through their journey of having their surgeries. Teresa has a passion for helping others and truly embraces each and every patient that she meets.

In her spare time: Teresa enjoys spending time with her 2 daughters. They love to go camping, going to the beach, playing sports and spending time with their horses. Pretty much anything outdoors, but always with sunscreen!!

Skin care regimen: consists daily of the G.R.A.S.S. method. Teresa’s favorite products are SkinMedica’s Retinol Complex, Alastin Nectar and Alastin Complex.

In the morning: Teresa enjoys a RAW Chocolate protein shake to get her day started off in the right direction.

Jodi Reynolds, Patient Advisor


Jodi has over 15 years of experience working in the aesthetics field and has been with Facial Aesthetic Concepts since 2012 as a Patient Advisor in our Rancho Santa Margarita location. Jodi’s strengths and knowledge base are in administration, treatment plans, patient coordinating, sales and management.

She takes great joy in providing the best overall patient care and ensuring that each patient gets the intentional care and advice that is needed and desired. Jodi is very knowledgeable in most laser treatments, injectables, surgical and nonsurgical procedures. To guarantee Jodi is always “in the know” as well as her unending amount of curiosity and the love of learning, Jodi loves reading and researching about the latest in aesthetic medicine.

I have been so lucky to have worked for the best teachers/doctors in this field.

 

In Her Spare Time: Jodi loves cooking for her family and relaxing with her four cats, venturing out to flea markets and thrifting, decorating projects around the house and working out!

Skin Care Regimen: Jodi follows our GRASS skin care regimen with her favorite products, Lytic Gel Cleanser HA5, SkinMedica’s Retinol Complex at night, Daily Replenishing SPF on her face and EltaMD on her body. She also enjoys an o2 lift mask once a week or for special occasions when she wants to look extra glowy! In addition to her skin care regimen, Jodi drinks a lot of water and does cardio workouts for good skin.

In the morning: Jodi will often pick a lemon from her backyard tree to make hot lemon water, then practice yoga to music. After that, she will drink coffee during the drive to work.

Simone Smith, Patient Advisor


Simone is a native of Brazil, but moved to Southern California over 20 years ago.

She attended Orange Coast College where she further enhanced her business as well as attended Dermalogica International Dermal Institute, in which her knowledge and skills have been an asset to the team.

Simone started her career in Aesthetics at Nordstrom in South Coast Plaza where she spent 9 years as a makeup artist and sales professional. She excelled in customer service and honed her skills in providing individualized care for her clients. She also received her Runway Makeup Certification from MAC Makeup, the highest level possible.

Simone joined Facial Aesthetic Concepts in 2015 as one of our Patient Advisors and skin care experts in our Aliso Viejo office. Simone takes great pleasure and pride in counseling patients regarding procedures, makeup and skin care products, all of which she is able to customize to the specific needs of each individual patient.

In Her Spare Time: Simone enjoys working out, eating and cooking healthy, movies and spending time with friends and family.

Skin Care Regimen: Simone’s skin care routine consists of our GRASS method, and her favorite products are Skin Medica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator and Jane Iredale’s So Bronze bronzer, for healthy glowing skin.

In The Morning: Simone likes to start her day with the news and some eggs or oatmeal, and she also makes time to stay in touch with her family in Brazil.