Meet Our Doctors

Douglas Ballesteros | Chester Griffiths | Julia Jowett | Kian Karimi | Ritvik Mehta | Amber Rangel | Courtney Toogood

Doug BallesterosDr. Douglas Ballesteros MD

Chief Medical Director for San Diego, LA, and Orange County

Dr. Ballesteros joined the South Coast Medical Spa and assumed the role of Regional Medical Director of the San Diego offices in August of 2012.  Dr. Ballesteros is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician and has been serving patients since 1999.

Dr. Ballesteros was born in Riverside, California and been a permanent resident of Southern California.  Medicine has forever been a career choice of his and the sciences have intrigued him from a young age. 

For his undergraduate studies, he attended the University of California San Diego, where he earned his bachelors degree in Microbiology.  He was then accepted into the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.  Dr. Ballesteros completed Medical School in 4 years, and earned his Medical Degree from USC in 1999. 

He was then accepted into the elite Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center.  Here he trained under the country’s leading ER Physicians, and was exposed to a multitude of cultures and pathology.  Dr. Ballesteros completed his USC Emergency Medicine Residency in 2003, and immediately joined an ER Physician Group in San Diego.  He has been working at local underserved community hospital emergency departments for the past 9 year before joining the South Coast Med Spa team in 2012.

Kian KarimiDr. Kian Karimi MD, FACS

Regional Medical Director, Newport Beach & LA

Dr. Karimi is a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon / head and neck surgeon. Originally from Indiana, Dr. Kian received his medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine and graduated at the top of his class, earning him membership into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Dr. Kian completed his head and neck surgery residency at the University of Florida and fellowship in facial plastic surgery at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Kian has served sixth years as one of the team plastic surgeons for the Los Angeles Kings Hockey organization. He is a volunteer lecturer and clinical instructor for UCLA medical students and residents. Dr. Kian is internationally recognized and is featured regularly in the media in shows such as EXTRA!, and he is a recurring guest on CBS 'The Doctors' for his cutting edge, minimally invasive aesthetic techniques. He has taught his specialized techniques in many countries around the world.

Dr. Kian is actively involved in training other physicians in the latest techniques in facial aesthetics and has trained hundreds of aesthetic professionals in his career. He is actively involved in research in facial plastic surgery and has particular interest in rhinoplasty, minimally invasive facial rejuvenation, and ethics.

Areas of Speciality

  • Rhinoplasty
  • Minimally Invasive Skin Rejuvenation
  • Rejuva
  • Bodytite body tightening
  • Rhinoplasty
  • SculpSure fat reduction
  • PicoSure skin revitalization
  • INMODE face and neck tightening

Chester GriffithsDr. Chester Griffiths MD, FACS

Regional Medical Director, Los Angeles

Dr. Griffiths is a Double Board Certified by the American Board of Otolarynogology, Head and Neck Surgery and the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Griffiths is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese and has been active on the medical staffs of St. John’s Medical Center and Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Centers.

Since entering Private Practice, Dr. Griffiths has volunteered at the Venice Family Clinic Treating the uninsured both as a consultant and performing surgical procedures pro-bono. He feels compassionate about offering access to medical care for the indigent and working poor. In recognition of his service, Dr. Griffiths received the Morton K. Rubenstein Award for Outstanding Volunteer Physician in  1995. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Venice Family Clinic striving to continue the access for the uninsured to receive healthcare. Dr. Griffiths also served as the Chairman of Department of Surgery at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center for 10 years, and Vice Chief of Staff for 3 years.

Dr. Griffiths resides in Malibu with his wife Christine and their two children. His interests outside of Medicine are in surfing, salsa dancing, languages and playing ice hockey. He is one of the team physicians for the Los Angeles Kings Hockey Team performing maxillofacial and plastic surgery for players.

Areas of Speciality

  • Rhinoplasty
  • Minimally Invasive Skin Rejuvenation
  • Rejuva
  • Bodytite body tightening
  • Rhinoplasty
  • SculpSure fat reduction
  • PicoSure skin revitalization
  • INMODE face and neck tightening

Ritvik MehtaDr. Ritvik Mehta MD

San Diego

As a Harvard trained, triple board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Mehta’s credentials are impeccable. However, his warmth, sincerity, and genuine passion for your well being is what is most memorable about your visit with him.

Dr. Mehta is a conservative facial plastic surgeon and strongly believes in a minimally invasive approach to facial rejuvenation. His utmost goal is to provide a natural restoration of youthful features without major surgery. In fact, 90% of Dr. Mehta’s facial rejuvenation procedures are performed under local anesthesia in the office setting achieving the same results as you would with much longer procedures under general anesthesia.

Areas of Speciality

  • Face Lift
  • BeautiLift (Mini Facelift and Neck Tightening)
  • Eyelid Surgery (Upper and Lower Eyelids)
  • Rhinoplasty (Nose Reshaping)
  • Platysmaplasty (Corrects Necks Bands)
  • Chin / Cheek Augmentation
  • Facial Scar Revision
  • Lip Augmentation
  • Ear Lobe Surgery (Torn Earlobe Repair, Earlobe Reduction)
  • Otoplasty (Corrects Prominent Ears)
  • Eyebrow Lift
  • Skin Cancer Defect Reconstruction
  • LimeLight IPL Photo Facial
  • Pearl Fracational Laser Resurfacing
    • Eye Lid Resurfacing
    • Upper Lip Resurfacing

Julia JowettJulia Jowett, MSHS, PA-C

San Diego

Julia is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and is licensed by the Physician Assistant Board of the Medical Board of California. She began working at South Coast MedSpa in 2013 and serves patients in the San Diego clinic.

Originally from the east coast, Julia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia in 2007. She then returned to her home town in Florida to pursue her interests of working in the medical field. She began working as a Certified Nursing Assistant and realized her dream was to become a Physician Assistant. She was accepted into the prestigious George Washington University PA Program and completed the rigorous 2 year program with a Master of Science in Health Sciences and Physician Assistant Studies Certificate in 2012.

Julia is passionate about aesthetic dermatology and enjoys helping SCMS patients on their journey towards better skin. Her attention to detail, calm and gentle bedside manner, and warm personality shine through in every procedure she performs. When she is not practicing at SCMS, she enjoys spending time with her rescue chihuahua, Max, boyfriend Pete, and riding her beach cruiser.

Courtney Toogood PA-CCourtney Toogood, PA-C

Newport Beach

Courtney Toogood PA-C is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant's (NCCPA) and is licensed by the Physician Assistant Board of the Medical Board of California. She joined South Coast MedSpa in the beginning of 2010 after undergoing an extensive hands-on training program supervised by our highly trained medical staff.

Courtney was born and raised in Southern California and at an early age she realized her desire to help others and was determined to have a career in the medical field. Before graduating high school she knew she wanted to become a Physician Assistant so that she could truly focus on the health and wellness of others. She attended the University of California, Irvine and earned her bachelors degree in Biological Sciences in 2006. She was then accepted into the Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) program at the College of Allied Health Professions at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Ca. After completing the rigorous 2 year academic and clinical curriculum, she earned her Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2009. During her clinical training, Courtney developed a love for the dermatological field and chose to further her experience in dermatology by completing multiple elective rotations with leading Dermatologists in both Orange and Riverside counties. Throughout this training she expanded her knowledge and hands-on experience in both medical and aesthetic dermatology. This eventually led her to South Coast MedSpa where she has enjoyed spending the last few years helping people to feel more comfortable and confident about their skin and themselves.

Amber Rangel, PA-C

Los Angeles

Amber Rangel Amber Rangel B.S., PA-C is NCCPA Board Certified and licensed by the Physician Assistant Medical Board of California. After three years of study she graduated from USC’s Keck School of Medicine with a degree in Master of Physician Assistant Practice. Soon after graduation she began working for South Coast Medical Spa at our Los Angeles location where she specializes in dermatological aesthetic laser procedures. Each of our providers undergo extensive medical training and supervised hands-on practice with highly qualified medical staff prior to treating patients on their own; Amber is no exception to this. Additionally, she has attended conferences and training by our laser manufacturers to enhance her knowledge of laser aesthetics while staying current with advances being made in this field.

Amber is a Southern California Native born and raised in the heart of West Los Angeles. Since childhood she had a passion for medicine which grew during her Freshman year of college when she discovered the PA profession. Amber went through a multitude of internships while completing her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Medicine at California State University Northridge. As she prepared for PA school she continued to work and volunteer at local clinics in multiple settings from physical therapy rehabilitation clinics to dermatology clinics. Initially when Amber began PA school her focus was on Orthopedic Surgery which she spent many rigorous hours learning proper surgical techniques while under the tutelage among the best and most skilled at USC in that field. Later, her focus began to shift towards Dermatology, and more specifically aesthetics. Her keen attention to detail from many years in surgery has been useful in giving each patient nothing but the best of her abilities in the medical procedures she performs today. Amber truly enjoys helping her patients on their journey to achieve confidence and feeling great about the skin they are in.




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