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Meet the Staff of Dr. Sofonio

Kyle James

Kyle James

Surgical Coordinator

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 into 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

Candace Lee

Board-Certified Aesthetician

Being a part of the postoperative care of my patients is one of the most fascinating parts 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 downtime” skin rejuvenation and soft tissue tightening procedures. She also utilizes the Visia computer system to fully analyze the patient's 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

Jon Poling

PA

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 facelift. He has trained with the experts from around the world and some of the pioneers of these products.

Cindy Mc Elwian

Cindy Mc Elwian

RN

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

Patti Owens

RN, MHA, CMLSO

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 toward 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.

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

Nurse Shirley

RN

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 facelift, 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 alongside 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.

Kelly Wheeler

Kelly Wheeler

Aesthetician

Kelly is one of the Coachella Valley’s leading skincare experts, an educated and accomplished professional who is specifically trained to read your skin’s past, treat your skin’s present, and guide you to a healthy skin future.

I’m committed to you realizing your skin’s fullest potential through all of the latest advances in skin care, including cutting-edge products and state-of-the-art technology. I’ve been an aesthetician for almost 20 years after receiving my skin care license at Florida College of Natural Health. I was personally motivated by adult acne myself and have blossomed into Anti-aging as well as the overall health and vibrancy of the skin. Skincare is my passion and I’m dedicated to taking care of you.

I absolutely love what I do and who I do it for. I work for Dr. Sofonio, a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been featured as a “Top Doctor” in Palm Springs Life magazine for 13 years in a row and is the plastic surgeon the Coachella Valley residents trust the most. I am honored to be a part of this team and look forward to taking care of you.

Kay Ward

Kay Ward

RN
Doug Ortiz

Doug Ortiz

RN
John Gaciano

John Graciano

ST
Monica Alvarez

Monica Alvarez

RN
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Sheila Celaya

Jaclynn Kiefer

Jaclynn Kiefer

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Bri Graciano

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Elizabeth Hagger

Jacque Vaccaro

Jacque Vaccaro

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