Providers

Grace Liu, MD

Grace Liu, MD

Dr. Liu is our lead anesthesiologist. She provides general anesthesia for our lovely surgical patients. Dr. Liu was born and raised in Hawaii and went to UH Manoa for her undergrad and John A. Burns School of Medicine. She did her anesthesiology residency at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA. Dr. Liu loves animals. She has 4 fur babies at home: 3 pit bulls and a terrier. She and her husband just welcomed their daughter Addison James to the world in January 2019. She loves to run and attend yoga sculpt classes in her free time. Dr. Liu is inspired by the hardworking and committed team at Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery. She loves being a part of a driven and motivated staff that puts patient care as their utmost priority.

Dr. Liu’s Favorite

SkinMedica’s TNS Essential Serum is her must-have skincare product. It provides her skin with a youthful glow.

Rita Abreu, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Rita Abreu, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Rita is an aesthetic nurse specialist and board-certified esthetician with over 20 years in the aesthetic industry. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and she is studying to become a nurse practitioner. After beginning a career as a make-up artist, Rita decided to attend school to become a nurse injector. At our practice she merges her passion for beauty and science as an aesthetic nurse.

She focuses on anti-aging fillers, injectables such as BOTOX® and Dysport®, acne treatments, and laser procedures. Rita’s priority is to ensure patient safety while providing excellent aesthetic outcomes.

Words to Live By

“I’m extremely passionate about helping my patients feel more beautiful and confident on the outside, which builds them from the inside.”

Rita's Favorite

BOTOX and medical-grade skin care!

April Renee Patino, FNP, NP-C

April Renee Patino, FNP, NP-C

April Patino is a nurse injector and certified nurse practitioner with extensive background in the medical and aesthetics field. She is a native of South Florida and a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader where she appeared across the state at charity events representing the team organization's charities. She received her bachelor’s degree in science and a master’s degree in Nursing Science from the Florida International University of Miami. She graduated top of her class from the University and was the recipient of The Ruth L. Kirschstein-National Service Research Award.
 
She is board certified by The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is highly trained in general medical and cosmetic dermatology specializing in skin care and facial contouring. She is an aesthetic consultant dedicated to the treatment of dermatological and aesthetic conditions including scientific strategies in prevention of many skin conditions contributed to sun exposure including melasma.
 
Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Hawaii Nurse Association
  • The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health
  • National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners

Tera Embry, CST

Tera Embry, CST

Tera, our lead surgical technologist, has been assisting Dr. Ching in the operating room since 2014. She has been a certified surgical technologist for 24 years. Tera brings with her a great deal of experience in areas like cardiac trauma and general surgery, and now loves being able to put that experience to work for patients at Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery. Tera moved to Oahu from Kentucky in 2010 and is a proud mother of a doctor-in-training at Stanford Medical School. When not in surgery, she can be found binge-watching shows on Netflix and spending quality time with friends and family. Her favorite inspirational quote is by R.S. Grey: “She believed she could, so she did.”

Tera’s Favorite

She loves the TempSure Envi because the results are amazing and it’s also a very relaxing treatment.

Erin Faust, OR Nurse, BSN

Erin Faust, OR Nurse, BSN

As our lead operating room nurse, Erin provides quality care to patients before, during, and after surgery. She started as a Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) nurse at Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery in 2016 before transitioning to her current position.

Erin began her nursing career in 2006 as a licensed practical nurse. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, she practiced in many settings such as geriatrics, medical-surgery, telemetry, and intensive care. After her years of bedside care, she set her sights on plastic surgery.

Born and raised in Kaimuki, Erin enjoys spending time with her 2 dogs, a Doberman Pinscher and a Miniature Pinscher (she loves having the best of both worlds). Erin is newly engaged and excited to start her life with her soon-to-be husband, Scott.

Erin’s Favorite

PicoSure® laser

Nicole Navarro, RN, BSN

Nicole Navarro, RN, BSN

A member of Dr. Ching’s team since 2016, Nicole manages the overall function of our accredited ambulatory surgery center. Nicole has 15 years of nursing experience as a telemetry nurse.

Married with 3 children, Nicole and her family love to rescue animals. They currently have a dog, a cat, and a rabbit. On her days off, she enjoys hanging out with her family, including beach days and Sunday family dinners.

Nicole is passionate about caring for people in need and helping people feel as beautiful on the outside as they do on the inside.

Nicole’s Favorite

AquaGold Microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP)

“I love how my skin glows after this treatment.”

Lorene Glisson, RN

Lorene Glisson, RN

Lorene, also known as Lo, is the director of nursing here at Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery. Her primary role is the management of all clinical operations of the surgery center to ensure that all general anesthesia cases are done safely and effectively. Lo has been with Dr. Ching since the beginning of 2012. She has been a nurse for more than 15 years, with experience working in telemetry, ICU, ER, and perioperative settings. With her many specialties, the surgical arena has always been her passion. Lo was born and raised in Waimanalo, on the Windward Coast of Oahu, and currently resides in Pearl City. She married her husband in 1998 and has 3 adult children and 2 beautiful grandchildren: a grandson and granddaughter. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandbabies. When she is not working at our surgery center, she helps her husband run a successful rain gutter business. Lo has the innate ability to care for others without hesitation and with unconditional compassion. Her inspiration comes from her faith in God and always remembering to attend to others as if they were family because, in her eyes, everyone is special in their own unique way and deserves the best possible care.

Lo’s Favorite

Her favorite treatment is the Soprano Laser Hair Removal because since she was a child, she has dealt with excessive, unwanted hair on her face and legs. Not anymore! Her face and legs are not only silky and smooth, but the laser treatments have improved her skin’s overall appearance by decreasing the size of the pores.

Jennel Membrere, CMA

Jennel Membrere, CMA

Jennel is a Medical Assistant and our one and only ThermiVa Technician, and CoolSculpting® and truSculpt Specialist. She rejuvenates lady parts and lavishes everyone with a slimmer summer body—all year long.  She’s been working at Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery since 2015 and has treated many of our patients with expert care and outstanding results. Prior to that, she attended Heald College and received her associate degree in medical assisting in 2009. She previously worked at a skin cancer dermatology office where she gained knowledge in skin care and cosmetic laser treatments. In her spare time, Jennel enjoys shopping for great deals, going on food adventures, and binge-watching Netflix and reality T.V. shows. Jennel says, “No worry, no rush, just flow. Rushing things ruins things.”

Jennel’s Favorite

Her favorite product is the SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator because it leaves her face and lips feeling amazingly smooth, like silk! It smells great too! She mentioned that applying hyaluronic acid will help plump your skin and make any fine lines less visible.

Mie Miyazaki

Mie Miyazaki

Mie is one of our estheticians and a patient coordinator for our Japanese-speaking patients. She has been working for Dr. Ching since 2007. Mie was born and raised in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. She moved to Hawaii in 1999 and has a son in high school. Mie says that she has a sweet tooth. She loves to eat chocolate, donuts, cookies, and cake. To balance her diet, she packs a healthy salad and fruits for lunch every day. She gets through every day by going with the flow. She believes in doing what you need to do and your wishes will come true.

Mie’s Favorite

Mie loves the RevLite Laser treatment because it helps target her melasma, evens her skin tone, and produces collagen for an anti-aging glow.

Joleen Carmichael, Esthetician

Joleen Carmichael, Esthetician

As one of our top-notch estheticians, Joleen pursues her passion for skin care and other esthetic treatments. She brings self-discipline, a thirst for knowledge, and an unwavering attention to detail to our Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery team. She’s motivated each day by seeing the simple joy that radiates from the faces of her happy patients. She’s continually learning about the latest procedures and techniques.

Traveling is another of Joleen’s passions, and she’s both inspired and humbled by exploring new cultures. At home she enjoys the beach (slathered in sunscreen, of course!), getting lost in a good book, working out, and making jewelry. As a self-proclaimed foodie, Joleen doesn’t hesitate to take on a crab Oscar-style porterhouse steak.

Words to Live By

“Taking care of your skin is more important than covering it up.”

Joleen’s Favorites

Laser hair removal & Skinceuticals® Physical Matte UV Defense Sunscreen

Sunny Kim, Esthetician

Sunny Kim, Esthetician

Sunny has attended UH Manoa and received her Bachelor's degree originally pursuing medical school. Her love for skincare and the beauty industry led to a different education at one of the best laser programs in the country at Washington Laser Institute. Working in Bellevue, Washington, one of the most sought after areas for medical spas in the country, and Seoul, South Korea, the leading skincare industry in the world, she brings 4 years of experience and detail from the best. She is also fluent in Korean.

Sunny’s Favorite

Her favorite product is SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic and favorite procedure is RadioFrequency Microneedling.

Kristine Vadisirisak, CMA

Kristine Vadisirisak, CMA

Kristine, our lead surgical technician, has been with Dr. Ching since 2016. Kristine wears many hats; she is his right-hand woman when it comes to all minor surgeries and regularly makes appearances to assist with general surgeries as needed. When she is not handing Dr. Ching a scalpel, she is at his side documenting his work via social media. Kristine is a graduate of Honolulu Heald College with an Associate of Science degree. She is a mother of 1 son who is the light of her life that brings her joy and laughter. Kristine enjoys spending time with family and relaxing in the comfort of her home. As the saying goes, “Life is like a camera; you focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t work out, take another shot.”

Kristine’s Favorite

Her go-to product is the SkinMedica Lytera 2.0, which gives her a radiant and vibrant complexion.

Taylor Gatdula, Esthetician

Taylor Gatdula, Esthetician

Taylor Gatdula was born and raised here in Oahu, Hawaii. Coming from a musically talented family, piano started her journey into wha is now her passion of aesthetics. She began her career as a permanent makeup artist specializing in microblading. Ms. Gatdula scholastically grew and graduated from the top of her class at The Skin Institute Internationale where she was offered a teaching position. Taylor Gatdula has since dedicated her aesthetic role at Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery by improving her beloved patients' skin with medical-grade skincare and advanced laser treatments. She finds immense happiness in helping people feel more confident in their own skin and while establishing a bond and connecting with her patients.

When she is not caring for her patients, she's with her fur babies at the beach or jamming out on the drums and microphone.

Taylor's Favorites:

ZO's wrinkle texture repair, Laser Hair Removal, and Enlighten Peel.

Shayna Sanidad, Esthetician

Shayna Sanidad, Esthetician

Shayna Sanidad comes from a deep rooted aesthetics background. From growing up in her Grandmother’s beauty salon, she was always surrounded by beauty and wellness. Influenced by this and fueled by a passion for skin health, she attended the Skin Institute Internationale and became a licensed aesthetician in 2018. Since then Ms. Sanidad has held multiple prominent positions, such as working in a world renowned hotel spa and other med spa practices. Shayna brings care, compassion and a gentle touch to each patient experience. Her warm nature, passion for helping others to lead happier lives, and her reputation for going above and beyond has made Shayna a valuable addition and asset to the Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery team.

Shayna is an adventurer at heart and enjoys being outdoors, skydiving, and being with her fur babies exploring new places, creating lifetime memories.

Shayna’s Favorites:

Picosure laser and Enlighten peel.

Office Staff

Maria Arceneaux, Director of Revenue & Operations

Maria Arceneaux, Director of Revenue & Operations

Maria, our director of client services, has been with the practice since 2014. With decades of successful experience in hotel sales and marketing, she also has a knack for developing internal campaigns for team building in the workplace. Maria is an avid recreational reader and novice writer. She enjoys a good Netflix binge but also has the bug for traveling abroad. This self-proclaimed whiskey connoisseur also enjoys a few rounds on the craps table when in Vegas. Maria is full of sayings, but her favorite is, “Stay focused and extra sparkly.”

Maria’s Favorite

Her favorite skincare product is the SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub along with her bi-yearly treatment of Ultherapy.

Noel Gittleman, Practice Director

Noel Gittleman, Practice Director

Noel, who joined Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery in 2019, has more than 20 years of experience in the medical field and is extremely proud to be part of such an amazing team. She specializes in dermatology and has also worked in oncology and internal medicine. Noel’s goal is to provide the best possible environment for both patients and staff members.

Originally from Oahu, Noel grew up in Norway. As a Bikram and Vinyasa yoga teacher, Noel is often found in a hot yoga room. She enjoys exploring the island with her friends and family and loves exercising, traveling, health, wellness, and a great cup of coffee.

Words to Live By
“Stop creating a life that you need a vacation from. Instead, move to where you want to live, do what you want to do, start what you want to start, and create the life you want today. This isn’t rehearsal people. This is your life.”

Some of Noel’s Favorites

  • ZO Skin Health Products
  • Opus Plasma Skin Resurfacing Laser
  • IPL with Fractional Laser Treatment

Keri Choy

Keri Choy

Patient coordinator Keri has been with Dr. Ching since 2013. Early on, Keri realized that she had a passion for uplifting and motivating others which led her to pursue a BA degree from the University of Colorado and obtained a certification as a wellness consultant. Upon returning home to Hawaii, Keri decided to use her acquired knowledge and experience in sales and marketing. She is a devoted mother of 2 but still stays true to her guilty pleasures of dark chocolate and travel. The crème de la crème of her existence is to build lasting memories with her husband and family. Keri believes that life is an adventure.

Keri’s Favorite

You will almost always find Keri outdoors with her family, but not without her favorite SkinCeuticals Sheer Sunscreen.

Leslie Fay Agustin

Leslie Fay Agustin

Leslie is our lead receptionist and brings with her many years of customer service experience. She was born and raised in Kalihi and loves outdoor activities, especially hiking. Leslie also enjoys socializing with her friends and meeting new people. We recently welcomed Leslie to the practice and we are thrilled that she has joined our team. Her mother is her number one inspiration because she taught her to never give up on what you love to do.

Leslie’s Favorite

She is excited to experience our HydraFacial treatment and get herself on an excellent custom skincare regimen.

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