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 in 2011 she joined the Nikko Team. 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.
Cathleen Y. Chidester
Cathleen graduated from UTMB – Galveston in 1992 with her bachelor of science degree in PA
studies. She then completed her master’s degree from the University of Nebraska in 2002.
Cathleen has worked as a PA for 30 years. She has 17.5 years of experience in dermatology, one
year of experience in Emergency Medicine at a level one trauma center in Flint, Michigan, and six
months of experience in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Michigan hospital in Ann
Arbor Michigan, and 11 years of experience in Family Practice. She enjoys running, hiking,
weightlifting, and working out in the yard. She has also served our country as an officer in the
Navy with the Public Health Service for 2.5 years. She also travels to different countries such as
El Salvador, Cambodia, Israel, Honduras, Armenia, and Gori Georgia on medical mission trips.
Celia Vaclavik, MPAS, PA-C has been practicing in dermatology since 2015. She is originally from San Antonio, Texas and moved to the Houston area in 2013. She completed her undergraduate degree at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio with a Bachelor of Science and was able to attend the early admissions program for the UT Physician Assistant School in San Antonio. She graduated from the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio with honors in 2011 with a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies. She practiced in nephrology and kidney care for 2 years and in primary care for 3 years before finding her true passion in dermatology. Celia is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and licensed by the Texas Medical Board in the state of Texas. She is an active member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants and the Houston Dermatology PA/NP Society. She practices in both medical and cosmetic dermatology and is trained in performing dermatological procedures and surgical excisions as well as injectables and dermal fillers. She is very excited to have recently joined Dr. Nikko’s practice and can’t wait to help the team provide quality patient care.
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.
Vannica graduated nursing school in 2013 and started her nursing career in the operating room. She has worked at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas and Texas Children’s Hospital, where she gained invaluable experience in surgery and became a Certified Perioperative Nurse and has completed two pediatric surgical mission trips to Guatemala with Faith in Practice. She brought her OR experience and joined the Nikko team in 2016. She has been involved with the patient experience in surgery, while also shadowing and assisting Dr. Nikko in clinic, learning the world of dermatology and cosmetics. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Nursing in 2020 and is glad to start her new journey as a provider with the Nikko Team as a Certified Nurse Practitioner.
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.
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.