Meet Our Team of Elite Plastic Surgeons – Dr. George Sanders and Dr. Stephen Bresnick
Meet Dr. George Sanders, MD
George Sanders, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is one of the best-known plastic surgeons in Southern California. Born and raised in Texas, Dr. Sanders earned his undergraduate degree Phi Beta Kappa from Rice University. He then went on to complete his medical degree at Harvard Medical School. After graduating, Dr. Sanders trained in general surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles and then finished his general surgery training as chief resident at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he earned the coveted Leo Rigler Award for surgical excellence. Dr. Sanders then completed his plastic surgery fellowship at UCLA, where he trained alongside some of the top cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons in the world. He was aggressively courted by a number of plastic surgery practices, but chose Encino because of his love for the area and its residents.
Dr. Sanders is a member of the prestigious American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, which allows him to stay abreast of the latest advances in plastic and reconstructive techniques and technology. He has published widely in the field of plastic surgery and participated in multiple courses and workshops over the years. Dr. Sanders was also one of the first surgeons to explore the use of laser technology for cosmetic eyelid surgery.
Dr. Sanders has now been in practice for over 30 years. Maintaining a busy surgical practice, he has personally operated on over 10,000 patients as he performs various plastic surgery procedures for men and women, including facelift, rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, liposuction and tummy tuck, all with excellence. He also specializes in laser skin resurfacing for wrinkles and sun damage. His online reviews bear testimony to his expertise delivered with a warm and caring bedside manner.
Meet Dr. Stephen Bresnick, MD
Stephen Bresnick, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has over twenty years of experience practicing plastic surgery in Los Angeles. A native to Los Angeles, Dr. Bresnick earned his undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. He then went on to complete his medical degree at the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Bresnick is considered to be one of the country’s most extensively trained plastic surgeons, having trained in some of the nation’s top institutions. He completed his surgery internship, surgery residency and a three-year plastic surgery residency at Stanford University. Dr. Bresnick was named Chief Resident in Plastic Surgery at Stanford in 1996. He then completed a Craniofacial Plastic Surgery fellowship at the University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where he was named Clinical Instructor in Plastic Surgery from 1996 to 1997. In 1997, Dr. Bresnick was appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery at USC. For the next five years, Dr. Bresnick taught and lectured extensively as full-time faculty, both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Bresnick has received numerous awards during his illustrious career. An authority in plastic surgery, Dr. Bresnick has published nine books, and over 20 articles that have appeared in plastic surgery journals and other medical journals. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Bresnick has performed thousands of successful plastic surgery procedures on both men and women. His specialties include cosmetic breast surgery, body contouring, tummy tuck, liposuction, facelift, eyelid surgery, facial laser skin resurfacing for wrinkles and sun damage, as well as innovative specialized procedures for the face and body.
Lisa Arnold, Aesthetician
Lisa Arnold is an aesthetician with 15 years’ experience. She has worked for the past 10 years in medical aesthetics within the plastic surgery field. Lisa specializes in post-procedure skin care treatments as well as microdermabrasion, micro needling, peels, oxygen infusion, stem cell protein infusion, led light therapy, and customized skin care treatments.
She is a graduate of Paul Mitchell Skin Academy 2003, and has advanced her education with many additional skin care courses, and educational training programs.
Lisa has a unique, compassionate way that she listens to her patients’ needs. For every individual patient, she combines her beautiful touch with a medical aspect to communicate and achieve the optimal result. She truly cares and values each person that she consults and treats.
“Through the years as an aesthetician, I have leaned toward the medical aspect and I am loving it! With skin care advancing at such a fast pace from products, technology, and laser treatments, I believe that everybody can achieve a beautiful complexion. While educating the patient on their individual skin care needs, with a team of doctors, durses and aesthetician’s that truly care, we can help you obtain brighter, healthier skin.” -Lisa
Abel Navarro, RN
Abel is the newest member of our team and has an extensive background in beauty and medical aesthetics. Starting out as a makeup artist, Abel developed an eye for symmetry and facial aesthetics. He performed makeup services for various private clientele and celebrities. Abel discovered his new-found passion with perfecting skin and facial contour with makeup.
After successfully completing aesthetics school, Abel started working in one of the hottest medical spas in the Los Angeles area. He received mentorship and experience from working directly for a celebrity Cosmetic Dermatologist as the lead medical aesthetician where he learned a lot more about skin, lasers and injectables.
With a goal in his heart, Abel moved to Las Vegas, where he was able to receive hands on experience with laser treatments and injectables while completing nursing school. Within three months of working at the medical spa, Abel got promoted to office manager and lead technician where he performed a variety of laser treatments, body contouring procedures and facial aesthetics. In addition, Abel worked at the Bellagio Hotel Salon as a resident makeup artist. Abel eventually found his new home at Silk, A Medical Spa. With the guidance of Dr. Stephen Bresnick and Dr. George Sanders, Abel has become a well-versed beauty expert.
Jane Paavola, RN
Jane is a Midwest transplant, originally from Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Wayne State University and has been working as a registered nurse for twenty-two years, sixteen of which were concentrated in the aesthetic world. Jane is an expert in lasers and has been certified on over fifty different types of lasers including: IPL, radio-frequency, laser hair removal, and nano-fractional just to name a few. Being a highly-dedicated and well-rounded practitioner, Jane is also proficient with Botox, fillers, micro-needling and all types of aesthetic skin care needs.
In addition to being an aesthetic nurse, Jane also has experience nursing in the plastic surgery field which gives her a unique understanding to both sides of the aesthetic world.