Meet Our Team
Emily Eads – Patient Services Coordinator
Similar to Dr. Atagi, Emily is a lover of the arts, and originally moved to Colorado in 2007 to attend the Art Institute of Colorado and pursue her dream of becoming a photographer. Needless to say this has made her a perfect fit at Atagi Plastic Surgery and Skin Aesthetics with our aesthetic mentality toward medicine. As Patient Services Coordinator since 2012, Emily is able to combine her passion for the arts with years of impeccable customer service and management experiences in order to satisfy all patient needs. In her spare time, Emily enjoys running her photography business, playing cello, and spending time with her husband, dogs, family, and friends.
Mary Matte – Patient Services Coordinator
Originally from Bemidji, Minnesota, Mary has worked in the greater Denver area for more than 30 years. With over 26 years of residential property management experience, Mary is no stranger to problem solving and has a passion for helping others. Mary joined the Atagi team in 2015 and brings a warm, positive, and compassionate influence to the office. When not at work Mary enjoys white water rafting, hiking, zip lining, watching movies, and spending time with her two boys.
Cami Kobbe – Medical Assistant
Cami’s first job in the medical field came in the winter of 2000 as a receptionist for a small ENT clinic. It was here she discovered her passion for working with people, and the pride she took in caring for patients in a medical environment. It was this experience that compelled Cami to obtain her Medical Assisting Certificate in 2012, which would allow her to further support patients. Cami joined our team in 2015, and her spirit and congeniality as a Medical Assistant is an extremely important asset to all of us!
Cami is a Colorado native and enjoys spending time with her three beautiful daughters. When she’s not rushing from soccer practice to choir concerts, Cami enjoys relaxing with a good book.
Susan Eichorst, PA-C, MMSc – Physician Assistant
Susan has been a part of the Denver medical community since attaining her degree from Emory University in 1999. Before arriving at Atagi Plastic Surgery and Skin Aesthetics, Susan gained experience in a variety of different fields, including plastic surgery, general surgery, urology, ophthalmology, and dentistry, giving her a diverse outlook on cutting edge medical techniques and methodology. She is a strong believer in personalized and individualized treatments for each patient. Susan joined our team in 2015 and is our full time bio-identical hormone replacement and wellness provider. In her spare time, Susan enjoys hiking, golfing, attending concerts, and international travel.
Becky Barkey – Nurse Practitioner
Becky received her nursing degree from Bethel College in 1994, and has been a Nurse Practitioner since 2001 after attaining her graduate degree from Regis University in Colorado. Becky specializes in the field of women’s health, specifically the management of high-risk pregnancies. Becky has been with us since 2014 and works closely with Susan in the bio-idential hormone replacement and wellness side of the practice. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching volleyball, assisting on medical mission trips, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Tami Frazzini – Certified Medical Assistant
Back in 2010, Tami began her career as an intern at Atagi Plastic Surgery. Her hard work and commitment has paid off, as she is now a permanent member of the team. Tami has over 10 years of customer service experience working for a major airline, and her enthusiasm for helping others is unparalleled. Tami assists Susan and Becky with the wellness and hormone balancing side of the practice. She is married with a son and two daughters and enjoys all the hectic activity of motherhood, but likes to unwind with travel and a good book.
Brittany Otto, Registered Nurse
Brittany is a dynamic Registered Nurse with years of experience in both critical care and aesthetics. After receiving her nursing degree from Indiana University in 2010, Brittany went on to the National Laser Institute to broaden her expertise and become a Certified Laser Technician—and her education didn’t stop there. Brittany moved to Colorado in 2014; it was there she discovered her love for aesthetic medicine and skin care, achieving an advanced certification in Botox® and dermal filler treatments. It’s this incredible versatility that makes Brittany such a crucial asset to our team, not to mention she’s such a friendly person!
During her free time, Brittany enjoys spending her time outdoors. She goes hiking and snowboarding every chance she gets!
Karen Van Essen – Registered Nurse
Karen Van Essen is a registered nurse with over 24 years of experience working in critical care units and emergency rooms.
A member of our team since 2008, Karen is our resident Denver injectable and skin rejuvenation expert, with advanced training in treatments such as Botox®, Xeomin®, Juvéderm®, Radiesse®, Voluma®, and Sculptra®, as well as advanced training for our physician-grade skincare products. Her incredible sense of aesthetic style works wonders, producing beautiful, age-defying results for all patients. After living on a ship that traveled around the world, she has acquired a passion for travel, and also enjoys scuba diving, biking, volleyball, and spending time with her daughter.
Karen Fox – Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant
Karen has worked in the Department of Surgery and the Emergency Department for over 11 years, joining the Atagi Plastic Surgery team in 2006 with advanced training in Botox, laser skin rejuvenation, and skincare. As a certified registered nurse first assistant, Karen helps with pre-operative preparations, assists Dr. Atagi during the surgical procedure, and provides post-operative care. Needless to say Karen’s commitment to aesthetic beauty and a comfortable patient experience make her an integral part of our team. When she is away from the office, she enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her dogs.
Melissa Cruz, RN, BSN, CCRN, CNRN – Registered Nurse
With over 14 years of highly specialized nursing experience, Melissa’s dedication to patient care and exceptional knowledge of the field has proven invaluable to Atagi Plastic Surgery and Skin Aesthetics since she joined our team in 2015. Her wide-range of experiences include being charge nurse in the Intensive Care Unit, a wound care liaison, and an educator with certifications in Neurological nursing and Critical Care. Melissa’s fun-loving personality and natural confidence will put you at ease. In her time off, she enjoys traveling.
Francisca “Fran” Valdiris – Medical Assistant, Aesthetician, Ultherapist and Laser Technician
With training in a wide range of medical specialties, Francisca is Atagi Plastic Surgery’s jack-of-all-trades. Her years of experience as a bilingual medical assistant, aesthetician, licensed laser technician, and ultherapist have proven to be invaluable to our practice. Francisca has been with our team since 2014 and has always been an advocate for the personalization of treatments. She specializes in skincare analysis, Ultherapy, and laser treatments based on individual patient needs for the safest and most effective possible results. Francisca was born and raised in Colorado, and is passionate about gourmet cooking and spending time with her husband and their two children.
Caitlin Massa – Aesthetician
A New Jersey native, Caitlin launched her aesthetics career after graduating from Jersey Shore Beauty Academy Cosmetology School and learning top-of-the-line skincare techniques at the Make-Up Designery in New York City. It wasn’t until she reached Colorado that she discovered her calling was aesthetic skincare. Caitlin completed esthetic training at the School of Botanical and Medical Aesthetics and became a certified aesthetician. Caitlin became a member of our team in 2015 and provides a broad range of age defying services including chemical peels, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, and micro-needling. In her off time, she enjoys snowboarding, camping, and traveling with her fiancé and Australian Sheppard.
Angela Stanley – Patient Coordinator
Angela is a medical professional with over 17 years of experience, specializing in the areas of Dermatology and Oral and Facial surgery. Since joining the Atagi Plastic Surgery and Skin Aesthetics team in 2014, she has assumed a pivotal role in the office as a Patient Coordinator. Angela understands the large role self-esteem plays in plastic surgery procedures, and has dedicated her career to helping patients to feel good about themselves and love their transformation. Her hobbies include boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, and all other outdoor activities Colorado has to offer, as well as spending time with her family.
Trish McIntyre – Patient Coordinator
Originally from Nebraska, Patricia has been living in Colorado since 1968. She has years of experience in the plastic surgery field and enjoys making each patient’s experience as comfortable and satisfying as possible with her can-do attitude and positive energy. We have been lucky to have Patricia as a member of our team since 2011. Patricia enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Kathryn Staples – Patient Services Coordinator
Whether through a visit or a phone call, Kathryn has a knack for creating great relationships with our patients. She is an ideal example of what customer service should be as she works hard to ensure a satisfying experience for every patient, every visit. As one of our Patient Services Coordinators since 2006, Kathryn can give you the answers to all your product or service-related questions. Kathryn has lived in Colorado since 1978 with her husband and three children. Her hobbies include travel, reading, knitting, and gardening.
Laura Oliver – Office Manager
Laura has been working with Dr. Atagi since 2001, and can often be found performing multiple jobs simultaneously within our office. Laura has a degree in Organizational Development and has extensive experience in almost all aspects of the practice, including patient services, billing, scheduling, and now, office management. Her lighthearted personality, problem-solving expertise, and commitment to cultivating an environment of compassion and professionalism is truly the backbone of Atagi Plastic Surgery and Skin Aesthetics. In her spare time, Laura enjoys outdoor activities with her husband, as well as traveling and gardening.
Pam Peppard, CMT – Lymphatic and Therapeutic Massage
After graduating from Wichita State University with a degree in fine arts and spending twenty years as a graphic designer, Pam decided to go in a different direction. Pam chose to merge her love of working with her hands and helping people to become a truly incredible masseuse. She has performed pain-releiving therapeutic Lymphatic treatments with the Atagi Plastic Surgery and Skin Aesthetics team since 2007. Pam enjoys gardening, reading, home renovations, and spending time with her family.