About the UPMC Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center
As one of the first academically-based skin health centers in the nation, the UPMC Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center gives patients access to state-of-the-art technology, the latest research, and an unparalleled commitment to patient safety and quality outcomes.
Our commitment to providing safe and quality care is demonstrated by our accreditation by The Joint Commission for Office-Based Surgery. This accreditation means we have agreed to have our care monitored, evaluated and measured on an ongoing basis, and consistently make an effort to improve all aspects of our care and service.
We offer a broad range of cosmetic surgery and skin care services including traditional aesthetic services, such as chemical peels and facials; non-invasive cosmetic procedures, such as BOTOX® and dermal fillers; ablative and non-ablative laser procedures; and minimally invasive cosmetic surgery procedures.
- Director, UPMC Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center
- Assoicate Professor of Plastic Surgery
- Associate Professor of Dermatology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
- Past Vice President, American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
- Past President, Board of Cosmetic Surgery Foundation
- Board certified by the American Board of Dermatology
and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
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- Olga Bunimovich, MD - General Dermatology
Dr. Bunimovich is a board-certified dermatologist. Her specialties include cosmetic procedures, dermatologic surgery, and general and pediatric dermatology. She studied biometry and statistics at Cornell University and then went on to obtain her medical degree from UCLA. Dr. Bunimovich completed her dermatology training at SUNY Buffalo. Dr. Bunimovich has a broad range of clinical expertise and practiced in both New York and Los Angeles before joining the UPMC Cosmetic Surgery Center.
- Alaina James, MD - General and Cosmetic Dermatology
Dr. James, board-certified in dermatology, specializes in medical dermatology, skin cancer, and minor surgery. Upon graduation from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, she attended Baylor University, where she earned both her medical degree and doctorate. Dr. James completed her residency at the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as a faculty assistant professor. Dr. James is currently a member of the Women’s Dermatology Society and American Academy of Dermatology.
- Vanita Kapoor, MS, PA-C
Vanita Kapoor, MS, PA-C, is a physician assistant who treats a broad range of skin diseases and is skilled using various laser techniques as a treatment option. Prior to joining UPMC, she worked at the University of Cincinnati treating patients referred for rare skin diseases. Vanita obtained a Masters in Science from Rosalind Franklin University in Chicago. She is a member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. With eight years of experience in general and cosmetic dermatology, her goal is to help patients feel confident about their skin and provide education about skin health.
- Mistica LaBrasca, MPAS, PA-C
Mistica LaBrasca, MPAS, PA-C, specializes in skin care, the treatment of scarring, and the use of lasers, Botox®, and soft tissue fillers. After earning her Master of Physician Assistant Studies at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Mistica joined the Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center. She went on to practice at Hillman Cancer Center where she focused on melanoma and sarcoma and took part in several successful melanoma and sarcoma clinical trials. Mistica recently rejoined the Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center and specializes in general and cosmetic dermatology. She is a fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants.
As an integral part of our team, our aestheticians are skincare specialists who work with our patients to improve facial appearance. They provide a variety of services, procedures, and consultations that contribute to maintaining the health of your skin.
- Keri Goldinger-Valasek
Keri is a medical aesthetician with over 14 years of experience in health, beauty and wellness industries. She has practiced esthetics nationally and abroad, holding several active skin care licenses.
- Melissa Janoski
Melissa is a medical aesthetician with several years of experience in the health and beauty industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Thiel College, a master’s degree in education and training from The University of Phoenix, her esthetician license, and several certifications specific to the medical aesthetic industry.
- Lynn Sullivan
Lynn is a medical aesthetician with 28 years in the beauty industry, with more than a decade at UPMC. She has practiced in both Pittsburgh and New York City, and holds several certifications and licenses specific to the health and beauty industry.