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Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery - Our Team

Quality, exceptional care and trust encompass the essence of Dr. Karam’s strong vision for a building a center of excellence in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He has put together a team of experienced, intelligent and compassionate people that help make each patients experience truly exceptional.

Amir M. Karam, MD, Founder/Director

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Dr. Amir Karam is a San Diego native and a board certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with a distinguished academic and clinical background. Dr. Karam’s strong commitment and passion for aesthetic and reconstructive facial surgery dates back over 13 years. Dr. Karam has always recognized the value and importance of the face and its impact on our self-image and self-confidence. He firmly believes that the best way to provide the highest care possible with the best outcome is through specialization and maintaining a narrow scope of practice.

As a result of this paradigm, Dr. Karam’s entire medical and surgical training has been focused on Facial Plastic Surgery. The practice focuses only on state-of the art surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation and rhinoplasty (nose shaping) procedures. This is one of a small number of practices in Southern California devoted exclusively to Aesthetic and Reconstructive Facial Plastic Surgery. This very limited scope of practice translates to excellent and consistent outcomes and customized patient care.

Dr. Karam is a leader in his field and has contributed to many innovative research and clinical technologies.

Dr. Karam is on the academic clinical faculty at UC San Diego and staff surgeon at the San Diego VA Medical Center, where he trains surgical residents and medical students in the operating room on a regular basis.

He has published over 20 original research articles in prestigious peer reviewed journals such as the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, Lasers in Medicine and Surgery, Archives of Otolarynogology-Head and Neck Surgery. He serves as a reviewer for the journal Lasers in Medicine and Surgery. His work has been presented at over 40 national and international scientific meetings. He has written numerous textbook chapters on various facial plastic surgery topics, and has co-authored two books (one medical text and one consumer-based) on cosmetic plastic surgery and facial rejuvenation (Facial Rejuvenation: a New Paradigm). He has received numerous awards and Honors for his research and clinical activity. He is frequently invited to speak on various facial plastic surgery topics to professional, university, and community groups. He serves on several national leadership committees for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, including Face to Face, a philanthropic organization focused on helping treat victims of domestic violence.

Dr. Karam is on the National Training and Speakers Panel for Allergan (makers of Juvederm, Latisse, and Botox), where he trains physicians and allied health professionals throughout the country on safe and effective uses of these cosmetic treatments.

About our Providers!

Charity Ponce

Patient Care Coordinator

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Dr. Karam has brought Patient Care Coordinator, Charity, onto the team to assist our patients in coordinating their surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments . As a patient care coordinator she works directly with patients helping understand their goals and build a path to feel like the best versions of themselves.

Charity has been in the aesthetics industry for nearly half a decade and has a strong background in advertising, business development and marketing with a Bachelors of Arts from Hawaii Pacific University. She has a warm demeanour and a contagious laugh which helps our patients feel at ease throughout their consultation process.

In her off-time, Charity loves traveling with her husband, reading a good book, and spending time with her family.

"I am so lucky to get to work with such an amazing team and witness such revolutionary surgical results by Dr. Karam."

Carolann Berman, BSN, RN

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Carolann joined the Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery team in 2016. She works in the Operating Room alongside Dr. Karam. She has been a nurse since 1990 and has previously held positions in both the Operating Room and Intensive Care Unit. Carolann received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Michigan State University in 1990. Carolann has extensive experience both pre- and post-operative and in the operating room. Carolann loves working at Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery and enjoys working with patients and families ensuring that all involved have a positive surgical experience.

Carolann loves what she does, looks forward to coming to work and most importantly, making a positive difference in the lives of her patients.

Stacie Kennerly, RN

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Stacie is one of the registered nurses here at CVFPS, She has been working in the aesthetic industry for five years. Stacie has a bachelor's degree in business management from California State University of Fullerton, as well as a nursing degree most recently.

She works with patients in the surgical side of the office from arrival to finish and has expressed how working in aesthetics has been less of a "job" and more of a fun and rewarding journey.

"I love working with each client to help make every aspect of their beauty enhancement experience as comfortable and effortless as possible".

Ingrid Jansson, RN

Operating Room Nurse

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Ingrid is a Registered Nurse taking care of pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care of all patients having surgical procedures.

Having been a Registered Nurse for over 20 years, I have worked in many different areas of the healthcare continuum. I am proud to say that I have been working for Dr. Karam for over 5 years; A true testament to his excellent surgical skills, dedication to making his patients a priority, and the amazing team I have the good fortune of working with.

I pride myself on making the patient feel as comfortable and safe as possible during each surgical experience. I truly look forward to my work and ultimately the relationships formed through the process of helping people be their best self.

Katherine Kou


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Katherine is a Medical Assistant and Surgical Assistant here at Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery. Katherine, who we lovingly call Kat, has been by Dr. Karam's side in the operating room for over 5 years. Her invaluable diligence allows for smooth management of preparing the operating room for surgery, assisting Dr. Karam in surgical procedures, ensuring patient safety, and keeping track of inventory. Patients appreciate Katherine’s ability to provide compassionate and attentive patient care throughout the surgical process. Her 10 years of experience give Katherine the knowledge and expertise that is crucial to provide a safe and comfortable environment during and outside of surgery.

“Dr. Karam has the eye for rejuvenating the aging face. I believe in his artistic views for a natural and youthful look, and I feel incredibly lucky to be part of his team.”

Tonia Cohn

Aesthetic Registered Nurse

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Tonia is our Aesthetic Registered Nurse with over 7 years of experience in the Facial Plastic Surgery setting . The healthcare world has always been Tonia’s passion and prior to her career in aesthetic nursing Tonia worked in Cardiology at UCSD and in acute care at Scripps Memorial Hospital. Trained directly under Dr. Karam, Tonia provides our patients with expert advice and treatment with skincare, lasers, microneedling, injectable dermal fillers and Botox. She is grateful every day she comes to work and is able to help our clients feel better about the way they look and feel. With her gentle touch and natural approach, Tonia enjoys using her advanced training with injectables and laser technologies to create youthful and refreshed results with minimal downtime.

Hilary Heiman

Surgical & Skin Care Specialist

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Hilary, our Surgical & Skin Care Specialist, always knew she wanted to be in the beauty industry ever since she was a little girl. From beauty magazines to making homemade facemasks, it was a given she would turn her passion into a career. Now, after years of learning and keeping her passion alive, she is the Perioperative Specialist at Dr. Karam's office, also specializing in facials and CoolSculpting.

Specializing in all things in the world of cosmetic aesthetics, she our patient's resource in their pre-operational and post-operational stages of their treatments and procedures. Hilary's warm, enthusiastic and empathetic demeanor help our patients feel at ease and excited about their decision to move forward with Dr. Karam.

Also, being a graduate from CoolSculpting University, Hilary is very knowledgeable and confident in her sculpting skills. She has created noticeable and positive results for many patients at the practice, which brings her infinite meaning and joy. She loves making a positive impact in people’s lives and looks forward to continuing her journey with Dr. Karam and staff for years to come.

“I love working at such a beautiful place with the best coworkers and best patients. I truly believe you attract the energy you keep, and I feel like Dr. Karam has created such a positive vision and environment, which continuously brings happiness through the door. I love this industry and everything it does for people. There is something so wonderful about a person wanting to be the best version of themselves!”

Alejandra Franco

Medical Assistant

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Alejandra is one of our Certified Medical Assistants. Alejandra specializes in many different areas throughout the practice, assisting both Dr. Karam and our Aesthetic Nurses. Her focus is to help our providers create the most effortless and smooth experience for their patients. You may meet Alejandra when you are getting your pre-treatment photos taken or helping you pick the best skincare product for your needs.

Alejandra is very approachable, bilingual and has a passion for helping others. She is a patient-satisfaction driven employee who goes out of her way to ensure our patients feel welcome and well taken care of. Alejandra strives to grow and to continue to be a very special part of Team Karam.

Jordan Burke

Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner

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Jordan Burke is our Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner. She joins our team with several years experience and has spent the majority of her career in the surgical and post-operative setting. In addition to training directly under Dr. Karam, Jordan brings prior aesthetic experience and a passion to help others age gracefully. She has a notable academic background with a Master of Science in Nursing and a dedication to providing her patients the highest quality of care through continuous education and training. Together with Dr. Karam, Jordan oversees the care of our post-operative patients and also performs non-surgical procedures. She is highly disciplined in the precautions of administering injectables and the use of laser therapies. She is committed to delivering these services with a gentle and artistic touch. Jordan is thrilled to join Dr. Karam's team and continue her career in helping patients look and feel their absolute best!

Dr. Karam, who is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology, offers services in San Diego County including San Diego, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Encinitas, Rancho Bernardo and La Jolla in Southern California.

If you are ready to schedule an appointment with Dr. Karam, contact us today.

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