Meet the Staff of Dr. Sofonio

Meet the Staff

From left to right: Shirley Wolfe, Doug Ortiz, Elizabeth Hagger, Jon Poling, Candance Lee, Kyle James, Mary Jane Dante, Dr. Mark Sofonio, (front- Caroline Sofonio) Liza Figueroa, Patricia Owens, Sheila Celaya, Becky Gardner, Kelly Wheeler, Jacque Vaccaro, Cindy McElwian

Kyle James, Surgical Coordinator

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Kyle James is the surgery coordinator and office manager for Dr. Mark Sofonio, and has been working with Dr. Sofonio for nearly 10 years.

For her, it is all about personal empowerment and transformation in her personal and professional life. Kyle’s professional journey began 30 years ago in the cosmetic industry with two major manufacturing companies responsible for product distribution and sales training / motivation of 11 western states.

Kyle’s path of self-empowerment and her joy of assisting others to obtain their own personal goals led her to her own business, K.J. Events, providing meeting planning and special events for network marketing companies. This business path eventually brought Kyle to the desert.

Today Kyle enjoys her professional success and believes the harder she works, the luckier she gets. Instilling in her staff the knowledge of how they can be the best at what they do, she encourages them to focus on being women of value and quality. Kyle’s many years of involvement in the beauty world allowed for a natural progression info the field of plastic surgery.

When we have something on our exterior that inhibits us on the interior and we are empowered enough to do something about it, then we can transform our bodies like a butterfly, Kyle says.

Candace Lee, Certified Aesthetician

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Being a part of the postoperative care of my patients is one of the most fascinating part of my job, says Candance Lee.

Candace is a Certified Aesthetician with over 30 years in the beauty industry. She has previously worked at several prestigious centers and has been with Dr. Sofonio almost 10 years. She specializes in “no down time” skin rejuvenation and soft tissue tightening procedures. She also utilizes the Visia computer system to fully analyze the patients skin care damage and progress once treatment has begun.

As an aesthetician she has always been interested in clinical skin care and working with Dr. Sofonio provides her the best avenue to express her talents.

Jon Poling, PA

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Jon Poling, PA, has been a Physician Assistant for 36 years, 20 of which he spent specializing in Cosmetic Dermatology. He graduated from the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1975. He practiced in the USAF until 1988. Following this he established a private practice in 1989. He has been practicing in the valley for 22 years.

His experience lies in the use of Botox and Dysport, cosmetic fillers including Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm and the volumizer Sculptra for use as a liquid face lift. He has trained with the experts from around the world and some of the pioneers ofthese products.

Cindy Mc Elwian, RN

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Cindy is a seasoned surgical RN with 30 years experience in patient care before, during and after surgery. She is also a fully trained recovery nurse. In addition, over the last year she has been trained in the use of Ultherapy, the first focused ultrasound therapy available in the United States.

I love seeing the results of Ultherapy. The patients have no downtime, require no recovery, have no incisions and have immediate results. It kind of seems like magic.

Patti Owens, RN, MHA, CMLSO

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Patti’s experience includes 20 years as a surgical nurse, educator and laser manager at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA. She also managed the laser / aesthetic program along with performing a variety of cosmetic and aesthetic laser procedures for 13 years in a dermatology clinic in Olympia, WA. In addition, Patti is a national consultant for a variety of laser companies and organizations with a focus towards aesthetic and medical safety education. She graduated with her Master’s degree in Health Administration from Chapman University in 1996. Her co-authored book with Pamela Hill, Milady’s Aesthetician Series, Laser and Light Therapy, was published in 2009 by Cengage Learning.

I am passionate about my work in order to enhance my patients’ experience and help them achieve their rejuvenation goals.

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On April 4, 2014, Patti Owens RN, MHA, CMLSO received the coveted Excellence in Laser Nursing / Allied Health Award in Phoenix, Arizona. The American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) promotes excellence in patient care by advancing the medical application of lasers and other related technologies worldwide.

The Excellence award was established in 1991 to recognize outstanding nursing and allied health contributions to ASLMS and the advancement of joint practices in laser medicine and surgery. The award recipient must have demonstrated expertise, consistent professional conduct, active involvement and exceptional standards of practice. Patti has been a dedicated member in ASLMS for the last 23 years and has obtained “Fellowship Status”.

As a faculty member and instructor, published author, and the safety representative to the ASLMS board, Patti fulfilled the criteria twice. Patti first received this award in 1999 and now she is the only nurse to be nominated twice in ASLMS history for this distinguished award.

Patti Owens is presently employed at Mark Sofonio MD, F.A.C.S. plastic surgery office in Rancho Mirage. Patti also provides private consulting advice through her own safety consulting company, AestheticMed Consulting International.

Nurse Shirley, RN

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Shirley Wolfe, RN is on staff at the office of Dr Mark Sofonio in the Kiewit Building #407 on the Eisenhower Medical Center Campus in Rancho Mirage.
Nurse Shirley, brings over 25 years of experience in aesthetic medicine to the practice of Dr Mark Sofonio. Nurse Shirley has worked with many of the top plastic & cosmetic surgeons in Southern California. She is certified in Dialysis from Scripps, Laser Treatments from Cutera, and Facial Rejuvenation through programs conducted by Saint Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals, Allergen, and Merz. Nurse Shirley has held positions in the OR, ICU, Trauma, Oncology, and as Director of Nursing for a Cosmetic and Plastic surgery center.

Nurse Shirley is an artist in her free time, which has developed her eye for providing a uniquely personalized cosmetic result for each of her patients. She customizes her approach to each individual’s facial aesthetic needs. From improving lines in the forehead, to a full liquid face lift, Nurse Shirley is an expert in her field. She considers her self a facial sculptor. Most of her patients marvel at how easy, and how much fun Nurse Shirley makes facial injections.

Nurse Shirley has injected along side some of the finest injectable physicians and nurses in the world sharing techniques at the highest level. She has demonstrated advanced techniques at a master level injectable course to both Nurses and Physicians. She continually studies with Physicians who sit on the boards of Allergen and Merz and who speak at worldwide conferences on facial global rejuvenation.

Nurse Shirley makes it her business to stay on the cutting edge of advancements in her field of facial aesthetics.

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