About Our Staff
OUR FRONT OFFICE AND AESTHETIC TEAM
We consider our staff our family. Each team member is held at the highest professional level and consists of top knowledgeable individuals from the medical field. Every one of our staff members is dedicated to providing outstanding care at all times. Since most have been patients themselves, they know what it’s like to have surgery and can relate well to our patients’ needs.
OUR OPERATING ROOM TEAM
The Nikko operating team consists of highly trained nurses and surgical personnel to ensure our patient’s safety and comfort. Most of Dr. Nikko’s surgical team have worked with him for many years and have been involved in hundreds of surgical cases together.
Crystal Whitby - Physician Assistant
Crystal Whitby, MPAS, PA-C is a nationally certified Physician Assistant who's practiced both medical and cosmetic dermatology for over 6 years with Dr.Nikko. Crystal grew up in Lake Jackson, Texas, a suburb just south of Houston. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with Honors in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. She then went on to attend Baylor College of Medicine where she earned her Master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2009. Crystal has received specialized training from Dr. Nikko and regularly pursues dermatology continuing medical education courses to provide the highest quality care for her patients. Crystal is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is licensed by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners. She is a Fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and a Fellow member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistant.
Vannica - Registered Nurse
Vannica has been a registered nurse for four years and graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with her BSN. She is currently working on her MSN to become a Nurse Practitioner. Her nursing specialty has been surgery and she obtained her certification in the operating room. Her role at the office is to provide information and get patients ready for their upcoming surgery. She is part of the operating team and along with the other nurses, assists Dr. Nikko in surgery. She ensures that patients are comfortable before and after their procedure. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her son and loved ones, she likes to travel and trying out different cuisine.
Stephanie Wilcox - Operations Manager & Patient Coordinator
Stephanie is the Operations Manager for both our Heights and Cypress location. She is passionate about helping our patients achieve personal goals to look and feel their best. As a former News Reporter and Cosmetic Beauty Specialist from New York, she takes great pride in everything she does. Stephanie graduated from the State University of Albany New York and continues her education and knowledge within the skin care industry. With her friendly personality and excellent communication skills she assures to make any visit or consultation process both fun and educational. Dr. Nikko and Stephanie create customized treatment plans specifically designed for each patient. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, trying new hot spots in Houston, and spending time with her family and friends.
Van Tran - Financial Manager
Van has been an essential attribute to Nikko Cosmetic Surgery Center and Dermatology since 2005. Her role as Supervisor is to ensure both offices run smoothly and efficiently. Her responsibilities range from meaningful service selection, scheduling appointments, and providing patients with assistance during preoperative preparations to postoperative care. Van is committed to improving the quality of care to all patients. With her mothering ways and gracious heart, she puts forth good intentions to all who enter the office. When she finds spare time she enjoys cooking, taking road trips, and spending time with her loving husband and two beautiful daughters.
Mark Jones - CRNA - Nurse Anesthetist
Mark A. Jones is our board certified Nurse Anesthetist, CRNA. Graduated from the University of Texas with his Bachelors Degree in Nursing in 1992. He served in the US Navy as a registered Nurse for over four years. He continued his studies back at UT and graduated with his MSNA in 2000. Mark practiced in Texas Woman Hospital for fourteen years, and has worked side by side with Dr. Nikko since 2006. Mark is known as an avid cyclist, motor cyclist and boater.
Stacy Knopp - Registered Nurse
As a veteran, Stacy’s foundation in fitness and nutrition came at the hands of the U.S. Army's elite Military Police Corp. Her desire for public service lead to her transition into medicine. With a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Hawaii Pacific University, Stacy has over 20 years experience with a background in Trauma, OR, and Women's Services (high-risk OB). During my career, she has worked as a staff nurse, charge nurse, and in management. Stacy has served on numerous advisory boards, committees, and emergency response teams as well as achieved an advanced certification in Obstetrics (RNC). She continues to provide care at one of the Nation's Top 5 hospitals for Women's Services. Stacy is certified in cosmetic injectables, Eurothreads, body contouring, hormone replacement therapy, and feminine rejuvenation. Her goal is to maintain the highest standards in medical grade aesthetics while providing the best quality care and results to her patients. Her career is grounded in the belief that bringing the mind, body, and spirit together improves quality of life. Through improved health and wellness, Stacy wants to help patients achieve their goals. It also brings her great joy and satisfaction to bring patients inner beauty to the surface. Thank you for trusting me with your care. I consider it a privilege and an honor.
Michelle Kleb - Medical Assistant & Front Office Coordinator for Cypress & Heights
Michelle is a proud Houstonian, born and raised. She has an athletic background including accomplishments in figure skating and women’s figure competitions. Michelle has a huge heart for friends and family and looks forward to spending as much time laughing and loving them as possible. With a smile that reflects her southern heart, Michelle leaves anyone she meets knowing she cares. She has over 15 years of experience in the medical field and takes pride in making sure her patient’s needs are met beyond their expectations. Michelle’s solid work ethic, combined with a warm smile and a huge heart reflect how she shows up for the team and for the patients. Her love of family and friends and her desire to make sure patients feel cared for, made for an easy transition into Dr. Nikko’s family as a dual role team member.
“When you have a passion for serving others well, you never ‘work’ a day in your life. I love what I do and want others to feel comfortable and cared for.” ~ Michelle Kleb
Lauren LeMoine - Licensed Vocational Nurse
Lauren is one of our Surgical Nurses who started her nursing career with Dr. Nikko in 2005 and is one of our certified injectors. Lauren’s experience and knowledge in the medical field along with her witty sense of humor, makes her a key asset to the operating team! In her free time she loves to be outdoors, traveling and spending time with her son and family.
Nancy Rodriguez - Front Office Coordinator - Cypress
Nancy is a warm, friendly and motivated Front Desk Coordinator at Nikko Dermatology in our Cypress location. She is helping our office with scheduling new and existing patients, verifying insurance and making sure our office is kept organized. Nancy is a people person and loves to help others, her main priority is helping all of our patients with all of their needs. During her spare time, she loves to be around her family and her seven adorable seven dogs.
Amber Wofford - Front Office Coordinator - Heights
Amber has been a part of Nikko Cosmetic Surgery Center & Dermatology since 2014. She attended Texas State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health & Fitness Management and a minor in Business Management. She is passionate about helping patients look and feel their best. Amber helps manage the front office with scheduling, appointments and the daily operations. Amber helps us create a more productive work environment while ensuring our patients receive the care they need. In her free time she enjoys fitness, traveling, and the beach.
Kelly Amaro - Medical Assistant & Front Office Coordinator - Cypress
Kelly is a true Houston native as she was born and raised in Texas. She graduated from Remington College as a Certified Medical Assistant. As she takes great pride in helping others and loves to put a smile on everyones face. With her vibrant personality we know you will enjoy meeting her at the Cypress location. She is passionate about the health care industry and she plans to pursue her dreams as she wants to become a Registered Nurse. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her family and friends.
Candis Bullard - Medical Assistant Cypress/Heights
Candis is our caring, thorough, and easy going medical assistant at both Cypress and Heights location.
She attended North Carolina State University and majored in Biological Sciences concentrating in Molecular and Cellular Development and minored in Genetics. Candis then earned a masters in public health degree.
She loves both general and cosmetic dermatology and surgery. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling and trying new restaurants.
Tatiana Hurtado - Marketing Coordinator & Patient Coordinator
Tatiana is our marketing coordinator and patient coordinator for both the Heights and Cypress location. A Marketing Major at University of Houston Downtown, Tatiana brings innovative modalities to the marketing field by utilizing current technology and creating a dynamic environment for the patient. She believes in the practice as well as the products it has to offer, but understands the difficulties in creating that vision for the consumer. At the same time, she is passionate about helping patients to improve their confidence and happiness, striving to help people become a better version of themselves. She believes that clear communication and constant reliability are necessary steps for good practice and great patient satisfaction. In her spare time, she loves hot yoga and spending time with her daughter.
Rachel Winstrand - Aesthetician
Rachel is our energetic, enthusiastic aesthetician. She is passionate about skincare and loves educating clients about their skin and getting them real results. She studied aesthetics at Aveda and Avante Institute. She enjoys attending continuing education seminars whenever possible and is always looking to perfect her craft.
Kenitra King - Insurance Specialist
Kenitra is our Insurance Specialist, with over 10 years of experience with extensive background in commercial and state plans. Her love for this profession has led to her current role at Nikko Dermatology. She has been a great asset to the team as she is dedicated to serving all insurance needs from verifying to maximizing patients benefits and helping others. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call either office. Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with her family and being a cheer mom.
Ally Brown - Front Office Coordinator - Cypress
Ally joined the Nikko Team as Front Desk Coordinator in Cypress! She loves to utilize two of her strengths in this position- serving people, and administrative work! She is a Colorado Native who got her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Fine Arts through Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles). Ally’s background includes decades of work as an entertainer (dancer/actor/model/host for TV/Film, commercial and live performance) with some of the top companies/recording artists in the world. She has also excelled professionally in web design, sales, fundraising, marketing, donor management, videography, podcasting, etc. She is also heavily involved in nonprofit work in Uganda that supports needy women and children. Above all else, Ally is most passionate about Jesus and being a canvas for His light! In her free time she loves to read, drink Whataburger tea, and loves to make her kids laugh!
Cindy Lopez - Front Office Coordinator
Cindy is our front office coordinator for the Heights location. She helps manage the front office by checking in patients, scheduling new and existing appointments, and enjoys helping patients to improve their self-confidence. Cindy loves to help her coworkers and stays productive during the day. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, fitness, spending time with family and close friends, and loves dogs.