MEET OUR TEAM

MEET OUR TEAM

Dr. Jonathan Zelken

Dr. Jonathan Zelken is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He was raised in New England and embraces the artistry in his craft; this is what drew him to a career in Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Zelken obtained his undergraduate degree in Biology from Cornell University. Dr. Zelken went on to pursue a degree in Medicine at Tufts University and committed to a career as a surgeon-scientist. The first two scientific articles he authored have been cited 140 times. After graduating at the top of his class, Dr. Zelken completed his plastic surgery training at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was one of only 2 candidates selected for a combined residency in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, then rated America’s #1 hospital for 22 years in a row.

After serving as chief resident at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Zelken was selected for an equally competitive microsurgery fellowship in Taiwan under the guidance of the world’s most prolific microsurgeon in Taiwan.

Dr. Zelken authored more than 50 scientific articles and has a passion for teaching. He performs reconstructive and aesthetic surgery of the breast, body, and face, and is a trainer for BodyTite (radiofrequency skin tightening device). He is highly regarded in the Orange County community for his willingness and capacity to take on the most challenging facial reconstruction cases. In his boutique Newport Beach clinic, he offers a full array of spa services, IPL, laser, microneedling, PRP, and permanent makeup. He accepts most major insurances.

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Miki Omori RN, BSN

Miki leads the Nonsurgical Division at the Zelken Institute for Aesthetic Medicine. She is a recent top graduate from West Coast University where she is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and graduated with Magna Cum Laude distinction. She has worked in the medical field for over 6 years and has been an apprentice to the some of the industry’s top aesthetic providers and our beloved Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Jonathan Zelken MD.

Miki has graduated from California State University Long Beach with her B.S. in Biophysiology and a minor in Chemistry where she become passionate about aesthetic medicine and strives to continually improve on all aspects of patient care to meeting and exceeding the goals of each patient.

Lori Fitzgerald, M.E.

Lori Fitzgerald is a certified medical esthetician and comedienne. She has been practicing since 2001 after she graduated at the top of her class at the prestigious Paul Mitchell the Skin Academy. This propelled her passion for the medical grade skin care and consultancy. Lori has extensive knowledge about skincare treatments as well as a wide arrange of skincare products, with a passion for ingredient technology which enables her to thoroughly educate her clients. Some of her favorite treatments include Hydrafacial, microneedling, and microcurrent technology. These procedures weave in beautifully to Dr. Zelken’s facial plastic surgery practice.

She is naturally likeable and completely dedicated to providing her clients with world-class care. Lori’s facials are all medical grade and based on scientific evidence to ensure lasting results and smooth radiant skin.

Jennifer Churchill, L.V.N.

Jenn is a Licensed Vocational Nurse specializing in Aesthetics since 2012. She has a true passion for helping others and making positive difference in other people’s lives. Jennifer has trained and operated with the top Plastic Surgeons and Hair Restoration Surgeons in the industry. She incorporates her formal Scalp Micropigmentation training with years of medical and surgical experience to ensure that all procedures are performed to the highest standard of care and sterility. Coming from a cosmetic background, Jennifer has a unique eye when it comes to Aesthetics and a meticulous attention to detail. She embraces Scalp Micropigmentation as an art form and incorporates the “ideal ratio of symmetry theory” to create the most attractive results for every client. She also assists Dr. Zelken in the operating theater from time to time.

Tavania Gulla, Patient Liaison

As a Patient Liaison, Tavania feels it is an honor to be a part of each patient’s transformation. Her past experience as a Patient Care Coordinator in the field of plastic surgery and as a Production Manager for television commercials, lends her skills to execute all levels each patient undergoes from consultation to recovery. She is truly passionate about each and every patients experience and in achieving their goals. Originally from Texas, she received her B.A. in Sociology from Arizona State University and resides in Irvine, Ca. Outside of work, Tavania enjoys her time with her daughter, son and their dog Gracie.

Kristy Gulla

Kristy will likely be the first person you come in contact with at The Zelken Institute and is the go-to for patient’s needs as she fields all calls and schedules appointments. With more than ten years of customer service experience, she is dedicated to helping others and making your experience at The Zelken Institute exceptional. Kristy oversees operational services and office administration and is devoted to patient care and happiness, above all else. When she’s not sharing her bright smile at the practice, you can find Kristy at the beach with her husband, daughter and their sweet puppy.

Debbie Miller, CPCP

With over 16 years of experience dedicated exclusively to the cosmetic and Para-Medical Tattooing Industry, Debbie Miller has become one of the orange county’s most well respected techinicians. After many years of experience in the cosmetic and medical fields, the perfect combination of skills culminated in my specialty practice of permanent cosmetics and para-medical tattooing. It is my goal to safely and artistically re-create the look of natural daytime makeup, hide imperfections and restore lives affected by a variety of traumas, injuries and illness. As a full time practitioner, teacher, lecturer and industry leader, I am dedicated to excellence and to providing each and every client with an exceptional experience. From your detailed and thorough consultation, through your completed procedures, my staff and I pride ourselves on our commitment to client satisfaction and beautiful results.

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