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Meet Our Staff

Nicole – Office 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.

Ariana – Clinic Nurse

Ariana joined Dr. Hilinski’s office in 2014 as our clinic nurse. She 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. Ariana is likely the person you will meet with during the surgical pre-operative appointment. 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 patients using health insurance for their procedure.

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

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.

Marichelle – Surgical Technician

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

Outside of the surgery center, Marichelle enjoys spending time with her two children. Her hobbies include Zumba and traveling.

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. Ventura and Dr. Carusillo – Anesthesiologists

Dr. Ventura and Dr. Carusillo are our head anesthesiologists at The Hilinski Ambulatory Surgery Center. They both provide our patients with a safe, comfortable surgical experience. Both Dr. Ventura and Dr. Carusillo are certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology. They have extensive experience in facial plastic surgery, having been in private practice here in San Diego for many years now. They are both 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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