Our Staff

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Shelley Elam, Office Manager

Shelley has been a native of Newport Beach for over 50 years. She attended Newport Elementary, Newport Ensign, and Newport Harbor High Schools. She enjoys staying in touch with many of her classmates today who still reside locally. Shelley and her husband, Dr. Elam, have been working side by side for over thirty years! Shelley and Dr. Elam are members at Newport Beach Country Club where they enjoy weekly golf outings with their children Alexandra and Michael. Shelley has served on the board of many noted Orange County Charities and has chaired many fundraising events to help support the community she loves so much! After years of supporting children and the arts she is currently involved with SoCal Bulldog Rescue and her heart is in saving animals and helping to provide them a forever home full of love!


Doug Packer, O.R.T.

Doug Packer is a Certified Surgical Technologist who has been working along side Dr. Elam since 1984. Doug is certified in basic life support, central supply, and sterilization techniques, and he has received a certification in surgical technology. Doug is responsible for assisting in all surgical procedures and maintaining the quality and high standards of all equipment in their fully accredited operating facility.

Doug enjoys spending time outdoors either fishing or hiking in the beautiful California region. Doug is a loving father of two and is proud to call himself a grandfather. Born in Pennsylvania, Doug moved to the West Coast at the young age of five and has called it home ever since.


Jody Silvestri, Patient Coordinator

Recently joining Michael V. Elam, M.D. Cosmetic Surgery, Jody Silvestri has been in the plastic surgery industry since 2010. As a people person, her duty at Dr. Elam’s office is the patient coordinator. Her responsibilities include: assisting in prospective consultations; booking surgery appointments; and helping coordinate all preoperative appointments. Familiar with the Plastic Surgery field, Jody is an educator and guides patients through the entire process from the moment they enter the office until they leave the office with their new results.

Recently married, Jody is extremely happy living in Newport Beach where the outdoor activities are endless! Outside of the office, she enjoys soaking up the sun, boating, and rollerblading.


Mindy Rhodes, R.N.

Mindy has been a registered nurse for over twenty years. Mindy will be at your side throughout your entire procedure. She will be with you walking into the operating facility, she will be assisting your recovery in the recovery room, and she will be in charge of making sure your caregiver has no questions at your final discharge. Mindy is a highly qualified nurse with a Bachelor of Science and Nursing Degree from San Diego State University. Mindy has spent several years working in ICU and recovery nursing at Orange County’s top hospitals as well as furthering her nursing accomplishments with ACLS, PALS, and BLS certifications.

As an Orange County native, Mindy loves spending time outdoors and she also has a love of reading. Mindy has been happily married for sixteen years and has three wonderful daughters. In her spare time, Mindy frequently volunteers at charitable events through her church. The patients love her warm smile, angelic voice, and adorable dimples.


Vanessa Angulo, R.N.

A practicing Registered Nurse (RN) since 2008, Vanessa Angulo became part of the Michael V. Elam Cosmetic Surgery team in late 2012. On a daily basis Vanessa assesses the patients preoperatively and assists the certified operating room technologist and Dr. Elam by circulating during the surgery. Vanessa also spends a great deal of one-on-one time with the patients in the recovery room.

Recently married, Vanessa and her husband reside in Huntington Beach, but she would never give up an opportunity to vacation in Hawaii. Vanessa can be found hiking, or walking her golden retriever, Lani on the beautiful California beaches. Additionally, Vanessa works in a correctional facility nurse.


Lupe Ramos, Receptionist

Lupe Ramos, the valued receptionist at Michael V. Elam, M. D. Cosmetic Surgery is no stranger to the Elam family. Lupe has been working with the Elam family since 1986 and joined the office fifteen years ago. Lupe not only answers the phone with a friendly voice, she is also extremely helpful by creating charts and reports used in the office. Lupe is bilingual, providing assistance to Spanish-speaking patients through their consultations and surgeries.

Lupe is a loving and dedicated mother to her three beloved children. Outside of the office, Lupe likes to engage her creative side by decorating and spending time gardening. She enjoys preparing the weekly floral arrangements you see when you walk into the office.


Chelsea Dalton, Office Assistant

A life long resident of Newport Beach, Chelsea Dalton, has been working at Michael V. Elam, M.D. Cosmetic Surgery since 2012. Chelsea is an office assistant who is responsible for organizing the office and assisting others where help is needed in daily operations. Outside of the office, Chelsea is continuing her academic career remotely from Arizona State University and is graduating in the spring of 2014. Chelsea can be frequently found participating in outdoor activities such as volleyball, bike riding, and her new found love of golf. Chelsea also loves spending time with her family and friends.


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John Schwab, M.D., Anesthesiologist

John Schwab, M.D. is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and is a long standing team member at Michael V. Elam, M.D., Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Schwab has worked side by side with Dr. Elam for almost 20 years providing excellence in anesthesiology and patient care. Dr. Schwab attended medical school at University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas and finished his anesthesiology residency at Stanford Medical Center. Dr. Schwab has been happily married for 23 years to his wife Monica Aszterbaum, M.D., a Gynecological Specialist. They are the proud parents of two lovely daughters and a son who all attend Corona Del Mar High School. Their weekends are primarily spent driving to and from the many sporting events their children are involved in. However, in their spare time they enjoy cooking, entertaining, family dinners and especially their family vacations.


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Kari Reese, Back Office Medical Assistant

Kari Reese is a back office medical assistant who received certifications in front and back office medical and nursing assistance from North Orange County R.O.P. She is an integral member of our team, performing administrative and clinical tasks to support Dr. Elam. Originally from Napa, California, Kari has enjoyed living in Southern California for the past 10 years with her son.