Meet the SkinMedix Staff
SkinMedix staff includes highly skilled RNs and nurse practitioners who are dedicated, experienced and professional.
Left to Right: Michael Arnstein, MD, Michelle Garbin, Clinical Aesthetician, Chris Finn, Manager, Eileen Butler, Clinic Manager, Amanda Cook, Administrative Assistant, Kim Keim, RN, Injectibles Specialist, Catherine Markham, Clinical Aesthetician, Linda Portis, RN, Natasha Le Sage, Receptionist, Carissa Netto-Brown RN, Injectibles Specialist.
Not Pictured: Leila Miranda La Vertu, RN, NP, Tricia Guererro, RN, Shawna McClanahan, RN, Deanne Newton, PA, Leigh Ann Schmidt, RN, Liz Qassemzaden, Clinical Aesthetician
Michael Arnstein, M.D.
SkinMedix is lead by Dr. Michael Arnstein, a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He and his friendly staff at SkinMedix offer numerous procedures and skin treatments including; Rhinoplasty, Breast Augmentation, Liposuction, Cellulite Reduction, Botox, Cosmetic Fillers, Laser Hair Removal, Skin Tightening, Fractional Skin Resurfacing, Peels, and Facials. With years of experience in aesthetic medicine, Dr Arnstein is proud to have a dedicated team of highly trained NPs, PAs, RNs and Aestheticians. Our staff prides itself on advocating the highest quality of care, with the safest, most advanced technologies and skills.
Kimberly Keim – RN, Nurse Practitioner & Aesthetic Nurse Specialist
Kimberly is a Board Certified RN/Nurse Practitioner and an Aesthetic Nurse Specialist. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University in Sociology, and a Master’s of Science in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner certificate at California State University Dominguez Hills. She is Nationally Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and is a member of the California Association for Nurse Practitioners and has over 18 years of experience in the field of Nursing.
Kimberly got her start in nursing specializing in Oncology and Emergency Medicine. She made the transition to Aesthetic Medicine in 2006 when she joined SkinMedix. In 2007 she joined the prestigious Lasky Clinic Surgery Center in Beverly Hills as an Operating Room and Recovery Nurse, working with some of the top Plastic Surgeons in So Cal. Her Aesthetic Training and education is on-going to ensure that she is always on the cutting edge of Aesthetic trends.
Kimberly’s strong clinical background, and years of hands-on experience in the field of Aesthetic Medicine incorporate numerous skin rejuvenation procedures, including a vast array of lasers, resurfacing procedures, advanced injectable methods, and bio identical hormone replacement therapy. Kimberly’s number one priority is patient safety, efficacy, and to provide the optimization of one’s health and well being for the best possible outcomes. She is known for her calm, gentle touch, clinical expertise and her artistic eye, while delivering highly personalized care to facilitate a graceful and natural aging process.
Leila E. Miranda-Lavertu – RN, Nurse Practitioner & Aesthetic Nurse Specialist
Leila is a Board Certified RN/Nurse Practitioner and an Aesthetic Nurse Specialist. She has a Master’s of Science in Nursing from California State University Long Beach and trained in Family and Emergency Medicine. Leila has a very strong and diverse Clinical background and she works at Little Company of Mary Torrance as an Emergency Clinical Nurse Educator for the ER and is on faculty at the El Camino College Nursing Program. Leila joined SkinMedix in 2007 and never looked back. Her aesthetic training is always on-going and she is an advanced injector and certified in aesthetic procedures. Leila is sweet, caring and is loved and respected by her patients, co-workers and students!
Leila has a passion for both anti-aging & wellness medicine as well as Aesthetic Medicine, and has been specially trained and certified in both. Her areas of services offered at SkinMedix include Botox, Injectable Fillers, All Laser & Resurfacing Treatments, PRP, and Hormone Replacement Therapy. Committed to safety, quality, and excellent aesthetic outcomes, she actively seeks knowledge through research, conferences, training seminars, and consumer experiences to deliver the best skin care to her clients. Leila is sweet, caring and a good listener.
Leila is also a member of numerous nursing associations and societies including the Emergency Nursing Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Pediatric Liaison Nurse of Los Angeles County, and Organization of Healthcare Educators. She is a lecturer and trainer for the Collaborative for Alternatives to Violence and Abuse (CAVA), a South Bay community-wide initiative program that provides an innovative model of care in identification, referral, safety, and follow-up of intimate partner violence victims. Her genuine compassion, gentle spirit, and dedication create a positive experience for her clients.
Karina Ritter – RN, Nurse Practitioner & Aesthetic Nurse Specialist
Karina is a Board Certified RN/Nurse Practitioner and an Aesthetic Nurse Specialist. She received her bachelor’s in nursing from Azusa Pacific University and her Master’s Degree in Science and Nursing from the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at UCLA. Karina began her Nursing career working in Dermatology and as an ER Nurse at Little Company of Mary in Torrance. Karina joined SkinMedix in 2013 and with her strong Clinical background combined with an extensive background in Aesthetics and Dermatology, she quickly became a valued team member.
Karina believes in on-going training and education and is always challenging herself to be on the cutting edge of the Dermatology and Aesthetic fields. As lovely on the inside as she is on the out, Karina enjoys the fast-paced environment at Skin Medix and loves meeting and helping patients.
Karina’s experience and skill-set allows her to perform many of the in-demand treatments offered here at SkinMedix. She loves working with lasers because of their powerful results and some of Karina’s favorite treatments include IPL Photo-facials and Clear + Brilliant. Karina is also a skilled and experienced injector of cosmetic fillers and her favorite part of her job is seeing how happy patients are with their subtle, natural results.
Ginille Brown – RN, Nurse Practioner & Certified Aestheitic Nurse Specialist
Ginille is a Board Certified RN/ Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist. She obtained her undergraduate education at Stanford University and completed her Bachelors and Masters in Nursing at Duke University School of Nursing. Ginille joined SkinMedix in 2013 and her drive, eagerness to continuously learn and her beautiful face made her an instant hit! Over the last 5 years Ginille has been specially trained in medical aesthetics, injectables and lasers and recently passed the Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist Exam from the Plastic Surgical Nursing Certification Board. Her Aesthetic Training and education is always on-going and she loves to learn new techniques and technologies.
At SkinMedix, Ginille is one of our Botox and filler injectable specialists and provider of our laser hair removal and skin rejuvenation treatments. With a strong background in Family Medicine, Ginille also performs our initial health exams and consultations, ensuring the safety of our patients first and foremost.
She has a passion for working with her patients to achieve their desired outcomes each session.
She has committed herself to providing natural-looking, aesthetically pleasing results that are long lasting.
Michelle is considered a Face Whisperer. In a town where beauty is a job requirement, the search for flawless skin is an art form! She is in-demand with the most celebrated “A list” movie and television stars as a makeup artist, men’s facialist and skin care specialist. Michelle Garbin has over 20 years experience in the skin care field working with the American Cancer Society, Burn Associations, Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists as a Licensed Clinical Esthetician.
Her expertise is performing medical dermatological procedures on skin disorders, severe acne, photo damage, and anti-aging remedies to achieve flawless looking skin. Michelle helps repair and rejuvenate skin, thus allowing clients to reverse skin damage and reduce scarring. She has the ability to make people feel and look better enabling them to regain their self-confidence and restore their natural glow. She was the sole trainer for all of Southern California’s Kaiser Permanente estheticians for more than 10 years. Michelle is the founder of Vivid MD Skincare,www.vividmdskincare.com. Beauty and skincare websites have listed various Vivid MD Skincare products as “Best Skincare Products”. Her clinical esthetician background combined with her industry expertise, make her a great fit for our exclusive location. She is available for appointments during the weekends.