Total Dermatology Office and Medical Support Staff
Total Dermatology Team Members
Mariah Dannenhold – Practice Manager
Mariah joined Total Dermatology in 2009. She has found success in many of her endeavors starting in athletics.
Mariah was honored as the first player to get two consecutive MVP awards in 1996-1997 at Golden West Community College. She was then offered a full-athletic scholarship at the top Volleyball program in the country, Cal State University Long Beach. Her first year, the team had an unprecedented success, being the first team to win the Division 1 Championship undefeated.
She graduated in 2001 and was awarded the prestigious Todd Hart award for exemplifying courage for undergoing 3 major knee surgeries while staying committed to her team and to her scholastic responsibilities.
Mariah took her team building skills into her business management career. She was promoted to the Director of Sylvan Learning Center and after only being there a year, was honored as “The Center of the Year” out of over 1,200 centers in the country.
“In my 25 years experience in a competitive team environment, I have found that success comes from a commitment from all the players to be the best at their role. Our staff is well educated, truly passionate about skin care and committed to being the best at what they do.”
Jayci Miyamoto – Assistant Manager
Jayci initially joined our practice as our photo technician/videographer and quickly demonstrated her ability to pretty much do everything! She has become a key member of our team, routinely training new employees, managing schedules, assisting with patients and juggling all the tasks with what can only be described as boundless energy, perpetual enthusiasm and total competence.
Growing up in Hawaii provided an abundance of inspiration for Jayci’s interest in Photography. Following high school, she moved to California to attend Cal State Long Beach where she acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography.
“I love working with the patients. And I especially love the reactions as they compare their original baseline photos with the way they look after their procedures. Sometimes the changes are pretty remarkable and seeing them so excited about their new look is exciting to me too.
We’re branching into video media now and although it’s a challenge, video is a wonderful way to learn about all the various components of skin treatments. I think one of the most unique benefits of my job is learning so much about skin and how it can be treated to look healthier and prettier (or more handsome if you’re a man!)”
Aileen Sagun – R.N.
Aileen Sagun is a registered Nurse (RN) in the state of California. Prior to working with Dr. Pilest, Aileen practiced as a licensed vocational nurse in a convalescent hospital, providing care and compassion to the sick and elderly. She is excited to continue her career by practicing as an RN in the field of dermatology and aesthetic nursing.
“I am very happy to be working in the exciting field of dermatology and look forward to helping patients achieve their goals and seeing their smiling faces as they see the difference in results from their treatment plans. Dr. Pilest is not only an amazing doctor who is sensitive to patient needs, but also a wonderful teacher and mentor.”
Liz Cummaro – R.N.
Liz Cummaro recieved her R.N. BSN at USC School of Nursing. She has over 25 years of cosmetic skin care experience and expertise as an active status Board of Registered Nursing member.
Liz is a certified SkinCeutical professional, certified PCA Skin professional, and certified Thermage professional. She is extremely knowledgeable about various skin irregularities and assessing the right treatment that can be provided so that a beautiful, healthy outcome can result.
Her practice has given her clientele and presence in the cosmetic skin care circuits of Newport Beach and Los Angeles.
Liz is a well respected member of the pageant community. She has judged 5 major pageants, including the National Miss United States Pageant 2015 in Washington D.C, the Miss Newport Coast Pageant 2015, and Miss Los Angeles and Inland counties 2016. In addition, she has sponsored several pageants throughout southern California.
Sandra Turner – LVN
Sandra Turner, our Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), has brought some exceptional experience to Total Dermatology – 6 years in Vascular and General Surgery, 12 years in Plastic Surgery and 4 years in Hospice Care.
Her combined experiences have given her unique skills in skin care, post surgical care and even therapeutic massage.
Her passion is helping others – a passion she used to build a multi-county hospice and home care agency.
“I love working with a great team and a compassionate doctor like Dr. Pilest who really listens to his patients, yet educates and informs them well. I love helping our patients meet their skin care needs and goals”.
Sandra’s life philosophy centers around doing her best every day – honoring both the gift of life and the privilege of being in a postion to help others improve the quality of their lives.
We are indeed lucky to have Sandra as part of our team.
Jessica McCullough – LVN
Jessica first joined our team as part of the front office, utilizing her medical esthetician background to help patients make informed decisions about their skin, while occasionally performing extractions and chemical peels. Her interest in skincare first stemmed from her own struggles with acne, leading her to obtain her esthetician license, and thereafter working in both day spa and medical clinic settings.
Recently, she took a short leave from our office to focus on furthering her education, and enrolled in an accelerated nursing program at Stanbridge University. In a program where less than half of the students finished to completion, Jessica graduated at the top of her class, while remaining on the Dean’s List throughout her entire enrollment.
She has since rejoined the team as an LVN, and in addition to her original roles, has begun assisting Dr. Pilest in the back office. Jessica feels having both her esthetician licence and nursing degree has made her more well-rounded and confident, and she is excited to further her career in an industry she truly loves.
In her free time, Jessica enjoys hiking and camping with her husband, as well as spending time in her new Lake Forest home cooking with friends.
Iveta Albee – Medical Assistant
Iveta graduated from American College of Technology in 2006, leaving with the highest GPA and her name on the school’s Presidents List. She has over eight years experience in the Dermatology field and loves working with and caring for patients. She has always had a heart for helping others and enjoys getting to know the patients. Iveta loves to spend time with her family. Her biggest pride is her son David. She also enjoys walks at the beach with her little pug and is a lover of yoga, skiing and nature.
“I was fortunate to learn early after I graduated from my medical school that my career passion was working in dermatology field, where learning, compassion, kindness and helping others are naturals for me. I began my career in Dermatology eight years ago and here I am, following a similar path today. I am very happy to be a part of such a gratifying practice. I loved every minute of it!”
Maria DeZonia – Back Office Assistant
Maria is our Physician-Mentored Front and Back Office Administrator. Maria has worked side by side with Dr. Pilest for over 20 years after switching gears from a pursuit in the Dental field to Dermatology. Her long term experience makes her an invaluable asset and patient advocate. Maria’s fluency in Spanish is a tremendous advantage for Spanish speaking patients.
Maria is in charge of administrative duties relating to patient records, scheduling, prep and assist for Dr. Pilest and patient procedure follow through. Skilled and very knowledgeable from her long time duties with Dr. Pilest, Maria has special expertise in answering patient questions; prepping for procedures and helping patients understand the post-procedure regimens associated with their treatments..
She is always the one we count on to be the “bright spot” on even the most hectic days, with a kind word and smile at the ready for everyone. As a mom, she has that extra cup of patience that keeps everyone in their best mood.
In her own words, “I come from a large family of 8 children and my parents instilled an invaluable thought process in each of us – that it is important to be happy everyday as if each were our last.”
Ana Rudela – Back Office Assistant
Ana is one of newest member of the Total Dermatology team. She recently moved to California from Washington DC where she garnered extensive experience at a distinguished cosmetic medical practice. Her passion for dermatology spans over a decade and was ignited during her elective cosmetology course in high school. She has since decided to further her education and has continued to complement her studies to obtain a Physician Assistant certification with relevant work experience at Dr. Pilest’s practice.
Her passions include fashion, searching for new restaurants and blogging. “My personal struggle with skincare motivated me to seek out alternative skincare options. This has since further cemented my passion for the cosmetic dermatology industry and in aiding others who are also seeking to enhance their own beauty. The best advice I can give is always wear your sunscreen.”
Laura Bielecki – Patient Care Coordinator
Laura joined the Total Dermatology team in December of 2016. As a licensed esthetician, her passion for skincare and beauty has remained a driving force throughout the entirety of her career. Laura also has experience managing a salon and spa in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona, where she honed in on the ability to provide a great client experience from beginning to end.
Her extensive background in customer service and the beauty industry facilitated a seamless transition into her Patient Care Coordinator role, and is readily apparent in her interactions with our patients.
Laura is an avid rock climber, and loves spending time outdoors with her husband and their dog, Karma.
Sarah Pilest Hashemi – Social Media Manager
Sarah, Dr. Pilest’s daughter, began working for her father back when she was in college. Sarah started the first Total Dermatology webpage with her own two hands. She continued working as a Marketing Consultant and now is responsible for all Social Media advertising and marketing. Sarah attended USC, and enjoys her new married life here in Orange County.
Larisa Albers – Patient Care Coordinator
Larisa can be found at the front office desk greeting patients as they walk through the door. Studying Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, Larisa is a very busy and hardworking student. She enjoys working in a close environment with all of Dr. Pilest’s patients while gaining valuable and pertinent experience towards her degree.
Larisa plans to pursue her career in the nursing field to obtain a BSN degree. She is always excited to come to work so that she can see all of Dr. Pilest’s patients leave the office with a more happy and confident spirit. Larisa’s passion is to help make Dr. Pilest’s patients feel beautiful, confident and feel comfortable in their own skin.
Although Larisa is a busy student, she enjoys attending cooking classes, watching movies, and hiking with her dogs in her free time. She loves nature and the outdoors and loves camping trips. Her favorite quote is one that she believes is very important in both her work here at Total Dermatology and in life: “Beauty is about living your life and being happy with yourself inside and out.”
Camille Wilson – Patient Care Coordinator
Camille’s passion for dermatology started in 2002 as a loyal patient. She would get regular facials and microdermabrasion and found out firsthand how much her skin benefited from these treatments. When a job opened up at this office, she eagerly jumped at the opportunity and was hired. She has been in the field ever since, taking just a short break to raise her two youngest children. She is so excited to be a part of this team and work with such a capable and talented Doctor.
“Dr. Pilest is truly the best at what he does. He even gave my daughter, who is Pre-Med, an opportunity to intern at our office. She is very excited to learn from the best – and so am I.”