Medical Assistant & Laser Technician
Maria joined Reno Sparks MedSpa in March of 2018. She graduated from Career College of Northern Nevada in 2016 with an associate degree in medical assisting. She is trained and certified on many laser and radiofrequency machines including many different Syneron and Candela devices, our Lutronic Infini RF machine and our PRO-NOX nitrous oxide self-administered anesthetic gas machine. She has had more than 22 hours of dedicated training in Candela, Syneron and Infini RF equipment and our PRO-NOX system. She takes histories, does ECG and spirometry studies and gives injections. She assists the doctor with joint and PRP injections, skin biopsies, Pap smears, sclerotherapy, endovenous laser ablation, skin cancer treatments and nonsurgical procedures. Her favorite is assisting with mole removal. She enjoys interacting with the patients and performing various procedures. She has personally had many procedures done in our office on herself and can tell patients what to expect. She is very kind. She is fluent in Spanish and English. She is married, has a son and enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs when not working.
Lynne worked at Reno Sparks MedSpa 2010-2012 and returned in 2018. She taught adult education and English as a second language for 33 years for Washoe County Schools, retiring in 2015. Her teaching experience has been helpful with her HR duties at Reno Sparks MedSpa. She is responsible for hiring employees, bill paying, banking, collaborating with the marketing team and accountant, planning and hosting educational seminars, scheduling team training and other important tasks. She is very organized and gets a lot done. Lynne is a no-nonsense manager that believes how you treat people matters. She holds others accountable but shows care and compassion. Lynne is a valuable team leader at Reno Sparks MedSpa. She has had just about every procedure we do performed on herself at least once. She speaks good English and some Spanish. In her spare time, she likes to travel and spend time with her family.
Carolina Cardona started working for Calvin H. Van Reken, MD at the Reno Sparks Med Spa in May 2021. She particularly loves being in a position to help people. Being a medical assistant provides her the opportunity to care for others. She assists the doctor with sclerotherapy, mole removal and all the other medical procedures done in the office. Carolina is a very kind person and speaks both English and Spanish. In her free time, she likes to travel and enjoys spending time with her family.
Medical Assistant & Laser Technician
Carol started working at Reno Sparks Medspa in early 2012. Her duties include scheduling, handling phones, chaperoning, helping with procedures and others. She is the master of lasers and does her procedures carefully and competently. She is trained and certified on all our cosmetic equipment including the Cosmopen Microneedling Pen, ELOS Plus Ematrix radiofrequency, ELOS Plus IPL (intense pulsed light), Lutronic Infini radiofrequency, Cynosure Medlite C6 laser platform, Syneron CO2RE Intima and CO2RE Aesthetic CO2 laser, (Syneron/Candela Gentle YAG PRO laser hair removal system, Candela Vbeam Perfecta pulsed dye laser, Cynosure PicoSure laser and our varicose vein 1470 laser leg vein ablation system. She has over 80 hours of laser and other procedure training and extensive laser experience. She is very experienced at performing Infini Radiofrequency procedures for skin tightening and acne scar as well as PDT (photodynamic therapy) for acne and sun damage. She draws blood for platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection. She can perform HydraFacials. She loves our patients and clients and the patients really like her as well. She is a kind, caring person who is a good team leader. She has a sweet personality with a great sense of humor and she’s usually either laughing or smiling. She makes a killer cup of coffee. She is fluent in English and Spanish. At home she has two kids, her boyfriend and her extended family.
Licensed Aesthetician & Lash Extension Technician
Livia Jepsen is a licensed esthetician and lash extension technician that started working for Dr. Calvin Van Reken, MD at the Reno Sparks Med Spa in May 2021. She is a very friendly Brazilian-American citizen, living in the USA for 19 years. Livia speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish . Before moving to America, Livia was a veterinarian in Brazil, with post-graduation in Orthomolecular Medicine. In this country, she changed careers to esthetics and she loves the work that she does. Livia provides amazing facials, peels, Hydrafacials, eyelash extensions and relaxing facelift massages.
In her spare time, Livia enjoys singing, swimming, hiking and boating with her husband at their house by Lake Tahoe. She started studying music when she was 6 years old in Brazil. She has sung backing vocals for Latino icon Jon Secada on live television and for 2 inspirational movie soundtracks in that country.
Nowadays, she is a higher admin of a large online singing group for 5 years, where they do projects and events singing in different languages such as English, Portuguese, Tagalog, Bisaya, llocano, Bicolano, French, Spanish, Japanese, Bahasa among ot hers. She is also considered a social media influencer in Brasil, known as the “Angel Lady’, with more than 401000 followers. She has written a book, magazine columns, done live webinars and hosted radio shows talking about angels for the razilian community online. Her angel stories have been published in a book from best-selling author Doreen Virtue PHO.
Oscar joined Reno Sparks Med Spa in September 2020 he has been in the medical field for about 3 years and counting . Oscar is currently a medical receptionist and helps out in any area needed. Oscar has worked in customer service since the age of 17. He has done management work, customer relations, collections, and more. He is very kind, respectful and eager to learn. He is fluent in Spanish and English. Oscar is very family oriented and enjoys spending his free time with family and friends and his dog, Chai.