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Douglas Ballesteros | Lauren Ransom | Nina Reynolds | Kelli Sanders | Courtney Toogood |
Cheryl Vivo


Doug BallesterosDr. Douglas Ballesteros MD

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

Dr. Ballesteros joined O.C. Medical Aesthetics Inc, DBA South Coast MedSpa as a regional medical director in 2012. Dr. Ballesteros took over as the Chief Medical Director in 2015, and continues to serve in that capacity.

Dr. Ballesteros is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician and has been practising medicine since 1999. His interest in aesthetics has lead him to pursue the role with South Coast MedSpa. His continued education includes manufacture trainings, CME as well as keeping up on medical journals and papers in the area of cosmetic laser medicine.

Dr. Ballesteros supervises the medical treatments of laser hair removal, laser skin resurfacing treatments, laser tattoo removal and skin rejuvenation treatments.

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 bachelor's 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.

Courtney Toogood PA-CCourtney Toogood, PA-C

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.

Nina ReynoldsNina Reynolds, PA-C

Nina 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 2019 and treats patients in the Newport Beach office.

Born and raised in Orange County, Nina went on to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2013. After graduation, she worked at a dermatology office in Beverly Hills for 3 years until starting her physician assistant program at Touro University, California in 2016. There, she completed the 3 year program and received her dual Master's degrees in Physician Assistant Studies and Public Health in 2019.

Nina has always had a passion for aesthetic dermatology and loves to help her patients achieve their skin goals. Her favorite treatments to perform include acne scar resurfacing with the profractional laser and microlaserpeel. When she is not at SCMS, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, including her husband, Lucas, and their pug, Maurice.

Lauren Ransom PA-C, MSPAS, MPH Lauren Ransom PA-C, MSPAS, MPH

Lauren Ransom PA-C, MSPAS, MPH is a Board Certified Physician Assistant. Lauren pursued her medical education at Touro University California where she earned dual masters degrees, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and Master of Public Health. Upon graduating from PA school, she worked in the urgent care setting for two years before transitioning to dermatology and aesthetics.

Lauren completed her undergraduate degree at Occidental College where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. She also competed as a four-year athlete on the college’s swimming and water polo teams.

Lauren specializes in dermatological laser aesthetics at South Coast MedSpa. During PA school, she chose dermatology as her elective clinical rotation where she fell in love with the specialty. Her training and attention to detail helps her provide personalized and effective treatments for her patients. Lauren enjoys getting to know her patients and helping them achieve their skin goals.

Kelli Sanders, RNKelli Sanders, RN

Kelli is a registered nurse licensed with the California Board of Nursing. She has nearly 20 years of experience in various clinical and non-clinical nursing fields. Having several years of aesthetic experience working with lasers, she joined the South Coast team in 2020.

Born and raised in Kentucky, Kelli relocated to sunny San Diego in 2006. She genuinely has a desire to help others, and loves getting to know her patients while helping them achieve the results they desire. When she isn't tending to her patients at South Coast, you will most likely find her relaxing by the ocean or enjoying one of San Diego's many excellent restaurants.



Cheryl VivoCheryl Vivo, RN

Cheryl is a Registered Nurse who graduated with her Bachelors Science of Nursing from West Coast University in 2012 and graduated with her Masters in Counseling from Grand Canyon University in 2019. She has worked on the medical surgical unit in an inpatient hospital setting for 6 years, and has worked in aesthetics for the past 3 years, specializing in laser hair removal treatments and laser skin rejuvenation (BBL).

Her favorite part of being a nurse the past 9 years has been establishing a connection with her patients, and establishing an individualized plan of care that ensures that each and every patient feels comfortable and taken care of.






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