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Meet Our Staff

Ariana – Office Manager

Ariana has been with Dr. Hilinski for many years now. She is the office manager and also functions to help with back office nursing duties. Ariana comes with many years experience in the facial plastic surgery field and has been a wonderful addition to our team. Ariana works closely with Dr. Hilinski to manage the day-to-day clinical responsibilities of patient care and treatment. She is also a great resource for any of your questions regarding recovery and post-operative care. She is an expert in many areas of the office and a great resource for all of our patients.

Outside of the office, Ariana and her fiane, Carter, enjoy the outdoors and hiking. Ariana also has a passion for photography!

Nicole – Patient Coordinator

Nicole comes to Dr. Hilinski’s office with prior experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery, in addition to over 10 years in the aesthetic industry. She is the pleasant voice you will most likely hear when calling our office and a great resource for all of your questions and concerns. Nicole is knowledgeable on all the procedures we offer and can answer any questions leading up to your initial consultation with Dr. Hilinski. She is also a great contact for any patients traveling from out of town.

Nicole is originally from Northern California and lives with her husband Mario and their three dogs – Zoe, Boone and Nacho. In her free time, Nicole likes to explore restaurants throughout San Diego and enjoys motorcycle riding with her husband.


Melissa – Front Office

Melissa comes to us with years of experience in the cosmetic and beauty industry. She has been a welcome addition to our team. Melissa is the likely the friendly voice you will hear when calling our office. She is also the first face you will see when visiting us. Melissa is well-versed in all of procedures and services offered by Dr. Hilinski – and is always available to help answer any questions you might have regarding your care.

Deb – Business Office

Deb has been working with Dr. Hilinski for several years now in her main capacity as the Business Administrator. She brings with her expert knowledge of facial plastic surgery and patient care. Her vibrant smile and uplifting personality are an added bonus for our office.

Deb is also a Registered Nurse and supervises our team of perioperative nurses here in The Hilinski Ambulatory Surgery Center.

Outside of the office, Deb enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons. She enjoys exercising outdoors and riding her bike along the beach.

Andrew – Surgical Technician

Andrew is the surgical technician that works alongside Dr. Hilinski during surgery. He is an outstanding and highly qualified surgical technician, being certified through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. He has been working here with Dr. Hilinski for several years and is our primary surgical technician. Andrew does a great job to ensure each patient is as comfortable as can be upon entering the surgery center. His friendly personality and top-notch skills are a great asset to our surgery center.

Kathy – Perioperative Registered Nurse

Kathy is The Hilinski Ambulatory Surgery Center’s lead perioperative Registered Nurse. She has extensive experience in clinical nursing and is a wonderful resource for all of our patients having surgery at The Hilinski Ambulatory Surgery Center. Kathy has been working with Dr. Hilinski for almost 10 years! Kathy is the person you will likely be accompanied by prior, during and after surgery.

Outside of the operating room, Kathy enjoys spending time with her dog, Radish, and also creates her own jewelry and skin care products!

Dr. Carusillo – Anesthesiologist

Dr. Carusillo is our head anesthesiologist at The Hilinski Ambulatory Surgery Center. He provides our patients with a safe, comfortable surgical experience. Dr. Carusillo is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He has extensive experience in facial plastic surgery, having been in private practice here in San Diego for many years now. Dr. Carusillo is well versed in outpatient facial plastic surgery and care of patients undergoing the various cosmetic facial enhancement procedures that we offer.

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