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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

Our Staff, Dr. Karam

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!

Nalani Kowalski

Operations Manager

Our Staff, Dr. Karam

Nalani is one of the front desk administrators at Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery. With over 10 years of experience in the customer service industry Nalani’s specialty in one on one customer care puts patients at ease as soon as entering our facility. With the innate ability to effectively communicate and provide patients with a sense of security she immediately makes patients feel at home. Nalani’s main goal is to ensure that all office appointments and interactions run as smoothly as possible so that our patient’s time at Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery will be a truly unforgettable one. Her self driven and good natured presence adds structure to our dynamic team.

“I feel very fortunate to be part of something so special and rewarding. I love helping people achieve their goals and seeing patients continually return rejuvenated and as natural as can be demonstrates Dr. Karam’s true artistry. “

Danielle Scott

Surgical Patient Coordinator

Our Staff, Dr. Karam

Danielle is our Surgical Patient Coordinator and one of our CoolSculpting Specialists at Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center. Her passion for beauty, aesthetics and innovative treatments and procedures make her a great fit for the team.

Danielle is one of the first people our new patients connect with when considering surgical treatments in the practice. Whether you have questions about surgical procedures, injectables, lasers, facials, skincare or body contouring, Danielle is a thoughtful and knowledgeable resource.

With a Bachelor's Degree in Communication from the University of Southern California, a background in Mindfulness Studies from UCSD and a graduate of CoolSculpting Univeristy's Advanced Treatment to Transformation Program, Danielle makes patients feel at ease during phone calls and during in-person consultations. Danielle is always open to testing new procedures and products, engaging in new ideas throughout the practice and contributing to the growth of the team.

During her free time, you can catch Danielle in a yoga class, wine tasting or spending time at the beach with her husband (wearing her sunscreen, of course!)

“I am so grateful to be in an industry that I absolutely love and feel so passionate about. I truly wake up every morning, excited to come to the practice and to work beside our incredible team and patients. The knowledge that has been shared by Dr. Karam, our Aesthetic Team and our patients make my role not only fun but so fulfilling.”

Carolann Berman, BSN, RN

Our Staff, Dr. Karam

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

Our Staff, Dr. Karam

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".

Katherine Kou


Our Staff, Dr. Karam

Katherine is a Medical Assistant/Surgical Assistant here at Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery. 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 6 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.”

Hillary Heiman


Our Staff, Dr. Karam

Hilary, our office Esthetician, 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 Esthetician and CoolSculpting Specialist at Dr. Karam’s office.

Specializing in all things beauty, she is the go-to girl for skin care consultations, facials and everything in between. 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!”

Christopher Absher

Med Assistant

Our Staff, Dr. Karam

Christopher is our back office specialist and crucial to the support of the healthcare team. He not only takes care of our postoperative patients, but assists in our injectable clinics, and ensures that every process runs smoothly. He enjoys educating our patients on the various treatments and the after care. Christopher exhibits a highly versatile skill set and is an important extra set of hands for our physician, nurse, and surgical team. Our patients really appreciate his calm demeanor and reassurance

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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