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.
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.
Sofia is the director of wellness division at Zelken Institute for Aesthetic Medicine. She is a board-certified nurse practitioner, specializing in family practice. Sofia earned her doctorate degree from Brandman University, and she graduated as part of the top percent in her cohort. Sofia’s passion on motivation and wellness have led her to publish a research study on behavioral weight loss management during her academic journey.
In addition to leading the wellness division, Sofia assists with both surgical and nonsurgical procedures. She has always been interested and passionate medical aesthetics, its artistry, and how it can deeply improve a person’s life whether providing or receiving the treatment. Sofia’s curiosity in this field and high quality work are some of her traits that she will never compromise. She acquired certifications on nonsurgical medical aesthetic procedures from training courses and accredited workshops since 2018. She continues to receive more intensive training from Dr. Zelken on a daily basis.
Sofia obtained her college degree in nursing from West Coast University where she is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and Honor Society of Nursing. She graduated in 2016 with Cum Laude honor and received the Greg Jarvis scholarship award for being the most outstanding student in her cohort. After acquiring her BSN, Sofia worked as a critical care nurse before practicing her DNP degree.
Jamie is the Patient Care Coordinator at The Zelken Institute for Aesthetic Medicine. She is a healthcare professional with more than 15 years’ experience. With a decade of that time dedicated to Operations Management she has become an expert in the many facets that go into providing patients with the highest quality experience. Jamie’s management experience in breast care and wellness uniquely qualifies her to be able to answer all questions you may have.
Heather Bruening comes to us from a dermatologist to compliment the nonsurgical division with her 28 years of experience in esthetics. Her past practices include plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and med spas. Following cosmetician school she continued education with renowned companies such as Skinceutical, Skinscience, Reve, Neova and cosmetic chemist from UCLA, Rebecca James. Heather dedicates meticulous attention to detail not only with skincare but with her relationships with her clients as well. Her wide product knowledge offers versatility to various skin types. From acne facials to Hydrafacials, Heather covers a broad array of facial techniques applicable to any skin concern. However, facials are not her only speciality as she practices chemical peels, dermaplaning, and microneedling.
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