Shim Ching, MD: Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery
1401 South Beretania Street #888
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 585-8855
Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Staff – Temp
The dedicated team supporting Dr. Shim Ching is a big part of what makes our plastic surgery practice in Honolulu, Hawaii, exceptional. Meet the experienced staff members who create a courteous, professional experience for the men and women who visit our office.
Meet Our Team
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.
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.
Lerin, our director of practice operations, keeps the office running like a well-oiled machine. She has been working for Dr. Ching since 2006. After graduating from KCC in the medical assisting program, she began specializing in dermatology and cosmetic and plastic reconstructive surgery. Lerin was born and raised on the Windward Coast of Oahu. She is happily married and busy at home with 2 wonderful sons (#boymom). In her spare time, Lerin loves to create new memories with her family and friends and enjoys cooking and hosting barbecues at her house. Lerin says, “What keeps me going is starting each day with a grateful heart.”
Her favorite skincare product is the SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser because it gently scrubs away dead skin, improving the appearance of her skin tone and texture.
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.”
Her favorite skincare product is the SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub along with her bi-yearly treatment of Ultherapy.
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.
Erin Chai, RN
Erin, a clinical registered nurse, has been working for Dr. Ching since 2018. Erin’s goal is to establish lasting relationships with patients, providing them with quality, safe, and satisfying care. Erin’s understanding of the diversity of treatments offered coupled with her professional knowledge makes her an asset to our practice. Known for her calm and gentle touch and clinical expertise, she is the total package when it comes to patient care. Born and raised in Honolulu, Erin graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with her BSN in nursing in 2009. Being a telemetry RN for 8 years, she found a passion for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery at Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery. A mommy of 4, Erin is kept busy. In her spare time, she loves cheering at her sons’ football and basketball games and her daughters’ wrestling and volleyball matches—she’s a very proud mother. Spending time with family is always an important part of her life. Her children are her inspiration and her constant positive force that keeps her going every day. Erin says, “Every day is a new beginning. Take a deep breath, smile and start again.”
Her favorite treatment is the HydraFacial; she loves that it rejuvenates and restores the skin. Its instant gratification makes her skin feel amazing and healthy. Adding on the HydroJelly mask seals the deal, finishing it off with a cool, clean feeling on your face at the end of your treatment.
Trisha Pereira, RN
Trisha is our lead operating room nurse and our patients’ advocate during surgery. She strives to keep the operating room running smoothly, safely, and efficiently. Trisha graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 2008 and then started full time as an RN at the Queens Medical Center–Punchbowl in the oncology unit. Her nursing background includes 10 years in oncology in both inpatient and outpatient settings administering chemotherapy. Trisha enjoys the challenge in the ever-changing field of cosmetic surgery. She was born and raised in Kahalu’u and currently lives in Waimanalo. She married her husband, Jayson, in 2009 and has 4 daughters. When not working, Trisha enjoys lifting weights, boxing, and going to the beach with her family. She also enjoys traveling with her husband, baking, and eating Hawaiian food (poke and sushi). Trisha says, “What inspires me every day are my husband and daughters. I start each day by giving them a hug and telling them that I love them. I live an active and healthy lifestyle so I can be around longer to live life with them.”
Trisha’s favorite skincare product is SkinMedica’s TNS Essential Serum because it keeps her skin tight and supple. Her favorite treatment is the PRP Vampire Facial which has created a major improvement under her eyes.
Stacy Muse, RN
Stacy, an aesthetic nurse specialist, has over 12 years of expertise with cosmetic injectables and skin therapies. After working as an intensive care nurse for many years at UCLA, she decided to move on and work with top physicians in the plastic surgery field and completed advanced skincare courses. When not helping our patients look beautiful, she has the eagerness to travel. She believes the world has many lessons to be learned and getting out there to a different part of it with others is the greatest teacher. We are all different but the same in so many ways. She instills this in her daughter, Kaia, too! Stacy says, “Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14
Stacy loves any and all injectable fillers all day, every day. She loves how it can replace lost volume from our youth and it also hydrates.
Juanita Chang, APRN
Juanita, an aesthetic nurse specialist, has over 20 years of nursing experience. She earned her BA and Master of Science in nursing at USC. Nita, as she prefers to be called, specializes in cosmetic injectables, microneedling, and Ultherapy treatments. She is a dedicated mother of 2 awesome boys, loves reading, practicing yoga, and enjoys a good cup of coffee. Since joining our team in 2014, Nita has brought a sense of serenity and understanding to not only her patients but her co-workers as well. She is devoted to enhancing your natural beauty and confidence. Nita’s favorite inspirational quote is, “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”-Coco Chanel
Her go-to product is the SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical Sunscreen.
Medical esthetician Awa graduated from the International School of Beauty and Esthetics College in 2011. She joined our team in May of 2012 eager to learn all of the state-of-the-art technology we have to offer. When Awa is not holding a laser handpiece, you can find her enrolled in a hot yoga class and cuddling with her miniature Dachshunds, obviously not at the same time. She is an adventurous foodie who loves traveling the world with her husband in search of the next best dish. The most enjoyable part of her job is going on the journey with her patients to achieve the results they want no matter what the treatment is. Awa is passionate about the work she does and truly cares about her patients’ needs.
Awa’s favorite treatments include PicoSure and Revlite lasers because they have excellent results in removing pigmentation and improving skin texture.
Christina, one of our estheticians, joined Dr. Ching’s team in 2016. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge in the world of aesthetics. Graduating from one of the top cosmetology institutes in the country guided her to starting a very successful aesthetic clinic to launch her career. As a self-described lifelong learner, she is always trying to find ways to improve by broadening her knowledge of aesthetics. Christina’s love for her children is undeniable. While in her chair, you will enjoy stories about all of their adventures together, but she also cares deeply about you, your story, your health, and your adventures. Building a relationship, trust, and an effective, results-driven treatment plan for all patients is Christina’s #1 goal.
Her must-have skincare product is SkinMedica’s Essential Defense Tinted Sunscreen, and her can’t-live-without treatments are chemical peels and monthly HydraFacials. Christina says, “It’s not hoarding if it’s skincare!”
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 loves the RevLite Laser treatment because it helps target her melasma, evens her skin tone, and produces collagen for an anti-aging glow.
Shayna, an esthetician, provides skin-loving treatments to our patients. As of April 2019, Shayna has been an esthetician for 15 years with a specialty in holistic skin care. She is a mommy of 6 including her fur baby named Mauka. Shayna enjoys any and everything outdoors and looks forward to spending weekends on a beach or in the backyard with family and friends. Shayna says, “Always give more than take.”
The HydraFacial treatment is her favorite service to provide for her clients. She also loves her own personal results with the TempSure Envi.
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.”
She loves the TempSure Envi because the results are amazing and it’s also a very relaxing treatment.
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.”
Her go-to product is the SkinMedica Lytera 2.0, which gives her a radiant and vibrant complexion.
Jennel Membrere, CMA
Medical assistant Jennel is our one and only ThermiVa Technician and CoolSculpting® 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.”
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.
Medical office assistant Katrina is not only the voice behind the telephone line but is the quintessential assistant for Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery. She was born and raised on the beautiful island of Guam and has been living on Oahu since 2008. When Katrina isn’t putting in time at the office, you can catch her training at the UFC Gym. She enjoys having a couple of drinks with friends, exploring new foods around the city, and when given the chance, travel! Her favorite quote is, “A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.”
HydraFacials are her all-time favorite treatment. They clean out all the dirt and keep her face glowing. Don’t forget the awesome SkinMedica Essential Defense Tinted Sunscreen–a must-have here in Hawaii.
Sophie is our administrator and is responsible for the management and operations of our accredited ambulatory surgical center. She has been with Dr. Ching since 2010 and is proud to belong to an organization that continues to bring cutting-edge innovations, exceptional surgical skills, and an artistic vision to patients worldwide. In Sophie’s spare time, she enjoys exploring the island with her husband and adventure-seeking daughter and son. They also have a German shepherd who loves to fetch and a husky who loves to snuggle. She enjoys time at the gym as much as she loves food! Sophie and the team at Asia Pacific Surgery are passionate about patient care and committed to continuously improving their services to their patients.
Despite wearing sunscreen daily and limiting sun exposure, Sophie is prone to sun spots and uneven skin tone. She couldn’t live without our state of the art PicoSure laser treatment. Not only has it safely and effectively targeted her dark spots, but it has also restored a smooth and even skin tone and texture.
Patient coordinator Hekili is one of our newest additions to the practice in this role. Joining us at the end of 2018, she brought with her more than 11 years of sales experience in cosmetic dentistry and plastic surgery. Her eagerness to constantly learn new things, along with her contagious laughter, makes it a joy to work with her. Hekili is not shy about meeting new people and will always start a conversation. Travel and every form of the arts keep her interests piqued. Healthy living is high on her list, as well as spending time with her 3 children, along with family. Hekili’s favorite quote is, “Stop looking for happiness in the same place you lost it.”
Her favorite skincare product is the Environ Vita-peptide C-Quence Serum.
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.
You will almost always find Keri outdoors with her family, but not without her favorite SkinCeuticals Sheer Sunscreen.
Shanelle Carlos, CMA
Lead medical receptionist Shanelle is the commander-in-chief of the front lobby. Upon graduating as salutatorian for her class at Med Assist School of Hawaii, Shanelle started her journey here at Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery. She was born and raised in Honolulu (a proud Kalihian to be exact) and is also a proud mommy to her blessing in disguise, Drayden. Her favorite quote is, “Remind yourself nobody’s built like you. You design yourself.”
A treatment that she can’t live without is lip filler. Lips were always a big insecurity of hers, and now she gets tons of compliments on them. It is not the most comfortable, but beauty is pain, as she likes to say. Shanelle’s holy grail product is the Sebu Wash Gel Cleanser from Environ. Not only does it smell good, but it cleanses away every ounce of gunk on her sensitive, but acne-prone skin.
Leslie Fay Agustin
Leslie is one of our receptionists and works together with our lead receptionist Shanelle. Leslie 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.
She is excited to experience our HydraFacial treatment and get herself on an excellent custom skincare regimen.