Meet The Team
All of Beauty & Body staff attends yearly esthetic conferences and receive regular hands on
education to perfect their crafts in order to provide a safe, natural and pleasing result.
Dr. Barry S. Handler, MD, FACS
Dr. Barry Handler, M.D. is a board certified plastic surgeon in San Diego, California. He graduated from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 1989 and has been in practice for 30 years.
St. Louis University Health Sciences Center
August 1985-May 1989
Doctor of Medicine, May 1989
Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery, March 27, 1999
Certified, American Board of Surgery, June 1996
Certified, Candela Tunable Dye Laser, Sclerolaser
Certified Coherent Ultrapulse CO2 Laser
Certified, Agee Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release System
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery
Member, San Diego Plastic Surgery Society
Member, California Society of Plastic Surgery
Member, California Medical Association
Member, San Diego Medical Society
CAROLYN HUYNH - CCRN, MSN, NP
Carolyn Huynh CCRN, MSN, NP (Board certified) is a Nurse Practitioner who completed her undergraduate work at SDSU and her postgraduate work from the University of Cincinnati. Carolyn has over 13 years of critical care experience and is very passionate about making her patients look and feel their very best, while providing professional, effective and safe treatments. She strongly believes that her artistic skills will bring her patients back to a youthful and attractive state. Carolyn ‘s goal is not to just fill in the lines; she believes there must be a noticeable improvement after procedures that patients recognizes and appreciate.
Genya Liff - FNP, BCNP
Genya Liff, is an FNP, and BCNP, with 20 years of rich experience in diverse areas of medicine. Upon completing her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing Genya worked as a registered nurse in multiple hospital settings and departments, always providing exceptional patient care. Genya continued her education and successfully completed her Master’s degree in Nursing in 2002. She subsequently worked in areas of primary care, women’s health, and pain management. She was always passionate about helping people address signs of aging and well-being which brought her into her current area of specialization, aesthetic medicine. Genya has become an expert injector and has performed hundreds of laser treatments, micro-needling, fractional co2 laser and many other aesthetic procedures. Genya enjoys working closely with her patients to help them achieve their goals and takes great pride in seeing their visions come alive. She strives to educate and inform her patients at every step of the process to make sure they are completely comfortable and aware of what to expect from each procedure.
CHI NGUYEN - PRACTICE MANAGER, NURSE PRACTITIONER
Chi grew up in Canada and moved to San Diego in 1992 where she obtain her Cosmetology and Massage Therapy license. She worked as a hairstylist, esthetician/makeup artist and massage therapist at various salons,resort and dermatology offices. It was when working as an esthetician in a dermatologist office that she found her passion and interest in esthetic medicine. That lead her to return to school to get her BSN degree in 2007 and she has been an esthetic RN since then. She feels that her experience in the beauty industry has helped her become a better injector and skin care provider. She enjoys helping her clients look better not different and believes that continuing education is important as new and emerging techniques are being develop each year. All Med Lounge staffs attend yearly esthetic conference and receive regular hands on education to perfect their crafts in order to provide a safe, natural and pleasing result.
STEPHANIE - Esthetician, Front Desk
Stephanie is originally from the Bay Area and made San Diego her home in 2010. She was immediately drawn to the Cosmetic and Beauty industry. Starting out as a receptionist at a salon, she knew she wanted to further her career but was more interested in the Skincare aspect of the industry. She graduated from Palomar Institute of Cosmetology in 2014 and has been a licensed Esthetician and front desk receptionist since. She loves the diversity of helping clients at the front desk and also in the treatment room. Working at Beauty and Body Med Lounge has been a great learning experience and has furthered her education in different skincare treatments.
Sara Smith - RN
As an experienced RN with more than 12 years in a Burn Intensive Care Unit at UCSD, Sara always knew she wanted to pursue her passion as a nurse in Medical Aesthetics. Sara is from Kentucky and obtained her BSN in 2005 and worked at Vanderbilt University, then moved to San Diego in 2007. Since beginning Aesthetic Nursing at BBML, she has become a Certified Injector for Toxins and Dermal Fillers, and loves to perform skin rejuvenating procedures with various laser devices. Sara enjoys meeting all her cosmetic patients and providing them with a unique combination of personal attention, knowledge, and technique in order to help create an improved natural version of themselves. Together with the excellent BBML team of Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses, Sara is continually learning the newest skin care treatments and modalities to achieve your aesthetic goals. As a wife and busy mom of two children, Sara still finds time to continue to learn and advance in aesthetics. She is committed to bring a smile to every patient while providing personalized procedures with a safe and effective outcome!
TAVA - Esthetician, Front desk
Tava is a native San Diegan and has been a licensed Esthetician since 2011. After experiencing her own major improvements from having acne and sensitive skin, she was inspired to help others with her knowledge and own personal experience. Before making the career change to the spa industry, she worked as a restaurant manager. While there, her dedication to customer service easily transferred over to a new position as the front desk Receptionist at Beauty and Body Med Lounge. Today, she still enjoys helping clients at the front desk as well as helping clients with their skincare and waxing needs
MICHELLE - Esthetician
Michelle was born and raised on the Central Coast. She graduated from San Marcos school of Cosmetology in 2008. Skincare has always been a personal priority for her that she’s been able to bring to others with a focus on darker skin tones and acne. Along with all skin care, she has a fondness for full body waxing and specializes in Brazilians. She found Beauty and Body Med Lounge shortly after in 2011 and has been her home every since.
His career started in 1982 working as a protege for Allen Benfield Bush who was inducted into the Vidal Sassoon Hall of Fame as one of the top hair educators in the world. He has worked an many hair shows across Southern California as have been a hair care educator for major hair care manufacturers. Denny opened his own salon, Citadel salon, in 1986 and in 1998. I opened Salon Forte that is now Beauty and Body Med Spa and Salon. Over 36 years in the business, Denny continues to take classes to stay sharp with the current styles. He specializes in precision haircutting using volumetrics.
Lisa has been a hairdresser for 22 years specializing in color and cutting. She taught hair cutting classes for two years with Tony & Guy and is a certified Loreal Colorist. Lisa is also certified through Peter Coppola to do Keratin smoothing treatments. With plenty of experience, Lisa is confident in making your hair look great!
She has been in the business and a color educator for over 30 years. Debbie has worked with incredible companies such as Toni & Guy and Loreal. She is passionate about her work and even a better friend to her clients. She loves being a stylist who is not afraid to take risks and try new ideas.
April has been doing hair for 15 years. She attended Great Lengths Academy in Beverly Hills and specializes in Great Lengths Extensions. April loves to use her artistic talents in color and cutting. In her spare time, you can find her rescuing parrots and educating the public on how to care for our feathered friends.
Brett been working in San Diego has a hairstylist for the past 11 years. She specializes in color, blondes and hi-lites, short haircuts, long sexy layered cuts, men’s cuts, and styling. She also offers the Cezanne smoothing treatment. Brett is a San Diego Girl who loves working behind the chair. “I have been beyond blessed with the most amazing clients who make me thankful every day for my career”.
Angela is a California State Licensed Esthetician since 2004. She earned her national Master Esthetician status, Dr. Vodder Manual Lymphatic Drainage certification, and is a Clinical Herbalist. While she has a background in medical aesthetics, her philosophy is integrative with a holistic approach. She is a specialist in lymphatic drainage both post-operatively and for routine skin maintenance.
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NICOLE MONTES - Front Desk & Social Media Manager
Nicole is originally from El Paso, Texas and has called San Diego, California home for the past year. Nicole has been a part of the Beauty and Body team since August of 2019 and has loved every minute. She works as a front desk receptionist and as the medical spas social media manager. Nicole has an Associates in Business Management from El Paso Community College and has been doing social media since 2016. Nicole likes spending her days off with her husband and 2 dogs outside enjoying beautiful San Diego or cuddled up inside watching Netflix.
ANNA WILSON, RN - Aesthetic Nurse
Anna has a passion to enhance the beauty of the clients she sees with her aesthetics skills. She has worked in the aesthetic field as a medical assistant and now a registered nurse. She enjoys meeting the clients, listening to their needs, and working together to provide the best possible care and positive outcomes. She is happy to be part of the BBML family.
Zoey has been a receptionist at Beauty and Body for a year and was also previously the receptionist at the Solana Beach location for about 6 years before the ownership change. She grew up within the salon industry and has always loved interacting with clients and watching people leave happy and feeling beautiful. She has also enjoyed learning more about medical spa treatments. Zoey also is a yoga therapist, exotic bird trainer, and full-time biology student. In her free time, she enjoys skateboarding, art, hiking, and spending time with her animals.
She has been in the business and a color educator for over 30 years. Irene has worked with incredible companies such as Toni & Guy and Loreal. She is passionate about her work and even a better friend to her clients. She loves being a stylist who is not afraid to take risks and try new ideas.