Our Dedicated Staff – Nikko Cosmetic Surgery
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.
The front office and medical staff at Nikko Cosmetic Surgery are some of the best in Houston
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
Front Office Coordinator
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.
Medical Assistant & Front Office Coordinator
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 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.
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 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.
Annie Chang, MPAS, PA-C is a nationally certified Physician Assistant who grew up in Houston, TX. She obtained her Bachelor of Science and Arts degree in Nutrition and Business at the University of Texas at Austin before pursuing her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Annie 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 of Physician Assistants.
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.