team

Dr. Ava Shamban

Founder
“We designed SKIN FIVE around the ‘greatest hits’ principle in choosing our most favored skin-renewing technologies.”

Dr. Ava Shamban is a board-certified dermatologist who believes that appearance and self-esteem are one in the same. She dedicates herself to helping patients worldwide heal their skin to live happier lives. A California native, Dr. Ava graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and earned her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She is currently a member of the ASDS, the AAD and serves on the editorial board for The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. In addition to her practices in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades and Century City, Dr. Ava is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the UCLA-Geffen School of Medicine, lectures internationally and serves as a principal investigator on many clinical and FDA trials. She is the author of Heal Your Skin: The Breakthrough Plan for Renewal (Wiley, 2011), makes regular television appearances on CBS’s The Doctors and ABC’s Extreme Makeover, and is a frequently quoted health and beauty expert in magazines all over the world.

Christine Nell, FNP

Managing Partner
“Our success here is an accessible skincare venue with streamlines, yet still derm-quality, services that many people can enjoy.”

SkinFive managing partner and co-owner Christine Nell, F.N.P., Christine Nell, F.N.P., has worked with Dr. Shamban since 2000. A nurse since 1997, she graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certificate in 2002 from Azusa Pacific University. During graduate school, she was mentored by Dr. Shamban and in 2007, partnered with her to open Ava MD Beverly Hills. In 2016, she and her sister KarriAnn Khalil – also a top practitioner at AVA MD Beverly Hills – formed their company, Skin Sisters of Beverly Hills, whose first enterprise was launching SkinFive alongside Dr. Shamban. Christine believes that truly effective treatment requires personalized programs monitored with great care. By combining the best of both medical dermatology and aesthetics, Christine is able to offer her patients unsurpassed results.

KarriAnn Khalil, FNP

Managing Partner
“Doing what we do requires a keen eye, steady hand, lively intellect and a big heart.”

KarriAnn Khalil was born and raised in Wisconsin and received her undergraduate B.A. in History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She worked as a behavioral therapist for autistic children followed by three years as a psychiatric nurse, which were incredibly rewarding. KarriAnn’s always insatiable interest in dermatology and science only grew when she started her internship with Ava MD in 2008 while finishing up her studies. A member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing, she became a permanent part of the AVA MD team in 2010. In 2016, KarriAnn and Christine Nell formed their company, Skin Sisters of Beverly Hills, teaming up with Dr. Shamban to launch SkinFive. So she couldn’t be happier to deliver the most transformative skin services to patients at AVA MD and SkinFive.

Elen Costa, RN

SKIN FIVE Pacific Palisades

Elen has been an RN at Providence St. John’s pre-op surgery units for over 25 years and has been a practicing nurse for 43 years. She raised four beautiful daughters in Pacific Palisades where she still lives. Elen was delighted to join the esteemed practice of SKIN FIVE four years ago and loves the satisfaction her clients experience from her attention and technique. Elen may look familiar to some, as she also played a nurse on the TV series “Untold Stories of the ER”.

Elisabeth Dzhandzhikyan, RN

SKIN FIVE Century City

Elisabeth is a Registered Nurse at our SKIN FIVE Century City location. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she has always had a passion for aesthetics. Her vision arises from the perfect balance of nursing, beauty, artistry and science. Elisabeth’s goal is to bring light to each individual’s inner selves by enhancing her clients’ own beautiful natural features. Elisabeth is currently earning her masters degree, with a focus in Family Nurse Practitioner. Call our office today to schedule with Elisabeth, she looks forward to meeting you!

Rada Leese, RN, CANS

SKIN FIVE Pacific Palisades

With over 20 years of experience in cosmetic dermatology, Rada is a highly regarded certified aesthetic nurse specialist. Known for her artistic eye and acute attention to detail, she is recognized for her ability to provide natural-looking results. To date, Rada has performed over 30,000 aesthetic treatments including: numerous dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, RHA), Sculptra and Radiesse for face and body, neuromodulators (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, Jeuveau), IPL/BBL, various lasers (Lumenis, Sciton, Solta, Sofwave), PRP, Microneedling, and radio-frequency skin tightening procedures (Thermage, Scarlet RF Microneedling, Accent, Vivace). Having trained numerous nurses in the aesthetic field, Rada is renowned for being thorough, caring and very passionate about her work. She takes the time to listen to her patients and understand their goals in order to determine their best possible treatment plan. Her goal is to help every patient feel beautiful on the inside and out.

Monica Materson, NP

SKIN FIVE Century City

Monica Masterson is a board-certified nurse practitioner in Los Angeles, who specializes in cosmetic dermatology and cutaneous laser surgery. She graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University working in critical care and surgery. Monica also worked at the first skin laser surgery center in the world in Washington, D.C. where she served as a provider to the White House, Congress, and Foreign officials and mentored other nurses and physicians. She has also participated in clinical studies with companies such as Solta, Sente, and Revance. In addition to her high level of experience and talent, Monica is a compassionate and energetic provider who finds joy in helping SKIN FIVE patients achieve their aesthetic goals. Contact SKIN FIVE Century City to schedule a consultation with Monica!

Alexis York

Practice Manager

With several years of experience in the aesthetic industry, Alexis is the Practice Manager for both of our SKIN FIVE locations. Having always desired to work in the business side of the medical industry, Alexis moved to Los Angeles from Nebraska to pursue her bachelors degree in Health Administration many years ago. From daily office interactions, patient events, community involvement and staff education, Alexis is always working behind the scenes to ensure the best possible patient experience at SKIN FIVE.

Kate Spare

Patient Coordinator (Pacific Palisades)

Kate is our Patient Care Coordinator for SKIN FIVE Pacific Palisades, but started with our company in 2018, when she helped open the new Century City location. A huge fan of Dr. Shamban and the Skin Sisters, Kate takes great pride in being a member of the SKIN FIVE family. Her ambition is to help new and returning clients reach their aesthetic goals. Kate is also a working actress, so she knows what it is like to be in front of the camera and wanting to look your best! It’s no surprise her favorite part of the patient experience is facilitating consultations with our providers and to help educate every patient on a custom skin care routine. Call the Palisades location with any questions and booking needs, and Kate will happily assist you!

Murron Wake

Patient Coordinator (Century City)

Murron is our Patient Care Coordinator at our SKIN FIVE Century City location. She has been in the beauty industry for over 8 years, which inspired her to earn her estheticians license in 2016. After earning her B.S. degree in Marketing in 2020, she moved to Los Angeles to follow her passion for skincare which led her to SKIN FIVE. She loves helping patients put together effective skin care routines and educating patients on our face and body treatments. Call our office today and Murron will be happy to help schedule your next appointment!