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Our Care Providers & Staff
At Primera Plastic Surgery outside Orlando, everyone on our team takes great pride in their work. Dr. Edward J. Gross has hand-picked each member of his medical crew and holds them to the same high standards he has set for himself. Our staff is not only known for their vast training and knowledge of the cosmetic surgery field, but they are also known for their compassion and warmth toward each of our patients. Our exceptional results make our patients very happy, but it is the care provided by our staff that keeps them coming back.
When you come to Primera for a procedure, you will undoubtedly be impressed by how qualified, professional, and comforting each person on our team will be.
To get to know our medical team personally, schedule a consultation with us. Request your appointment online, or call our office at (407) 333-3040.
Our Care Providers
Eileen Swenson, Certified Physician Assistant
Hello, I'm Eileen Swenson, and I'm proud to be part of the team here at Primera. A little bit about my background: I went to the University of Florida, where I graduated with honors with a bachelor's degree in health science. I continued on at the same school to earn my master's degree in physician assistant studies, and I've been practicing since 2011.
My time with patients at both our Winter Park and Lake Mary locations is focused on their needs and goals for treatment. I perform many of our cosmetic treatment sessions for injectables, including BOTOX®, Dysport®, Restylane®, JUVÉDERM®, and RADIESSE®. I also work with patients for laser skin treatments and other skin care regimens.
Outside of the practice, I'm a gardener and I try to stay active. I was born and raised in Florida, and I'm fluent in both English and Spanish. I love music, traveling, and spending time with my family.
I look forward to meeting you soon at our practice!
Melissa Overton, Certified Medical Assistant
Hello! My name is Melissa Overton and I am a Certified Medical Assistant. I graduated from Sanford Brown Institute where I earned my diploma in Medical Assisting in 2011 and became certified through NCCT. I have 3 years' experience in family practice, spinal surgery and now, proudly adding plastic surgery. It has been an honor joining such a talented and supportive team here at Primera Plastic Surgery.
I was born and raised here in Central Florida. I currently live in Oviedo, which was voted in Family Circle Magazine as one of the "Top Ten" cities to raise a family in the United States. My greatest life accomplishment would be my two daughters. They have changed my world forever and are my motivation for everything I do.
Dr. Gross is a very gifted surgeon and I am honored to work with him as we welcome all patients to the practice. I know that your visit to Primera will be an everlasting memory and will always leave you wanting more of the Primera experience. I will be here every step of the way from your initial consultation with Dr. Gross to your second consultation that prepares you for a life-changing experience. Always feel free to contact me with any question or concerns. I look forward to meeting you!
Sara Goins, Practice Administrator, MBA, CMPE
Hello! My name is Sara Goins, and I am proud to be the Practice Administrator at Primera. I am excited to be working with such a wonderful and dedicated team, led by Dr. Gross. I am delighted to bring my 20+ years of medical practice management experience to Primera. My personal goal is to make sure that each patient has an excellent experience with every contact and visit with us.
I received both my Bachelor's degree in Accounting and my MBA from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and I have achieved my Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) credential. I am active in numerous professional associations and enjoy giving back to both my community and my profession.
I am married and have 2 teenage children who both play competitive soccer at the high school and club levels. In my spare time, I enjoy golfing, reading, spending time with my family, and I am always up for a DIY project around the house.
I look forward to meeting you and ensuring that you have an excellent experience at Primera.
Nicole, Front Office Coordinator
Hello! I'm Nicole Evangelista, a proud member of the Primera family. As a Florida native, I grew up in Daytona Beach and currently reside in Lake Mary.
With a career primarily in the management/administrative field for nearly 20 years, I shifted my focus by training at the International Academy of Hair Design for massage therapy. There I began to cultivate my passion for the cosmetic/spa industry, which led me to Primera! I love making people smile, so my position at Primera comes highly regarded. I strive daily to create a pleasant and positive experience for every patient. Happy to be a part of such an amazing team, with dedication to Dr. Gross and his vision, I look forward to serving you for many years to come!
Hello! I am Sara Schaefer, Registered Nurse. I graduated from Valencia College in 2006 with my Associate Degree in Science. I began my nursing career in critical care at Winter Park Memorial Hospital, where I stayed for 6 years. In September 2012, I found a home at Primera working in the O.R. closely with Dr. Gross to give our patients the best care. I really enjoy helping people to look and feel their best. I am proud to work in a place that does so many things for the community.
I also continue to work part time at Orlando Health, caring for critically ill patients. I am married and a proud mother of a little boy and girl, and that's where I spend my time when I'm not with my Primera family. I love what I do and look forward to meeting you!
Doug, Certified Registered Nurse AnesthetistFL License # ARNP 1453122
Hello. My name is Doug Deszell, and I am an Anesthetist at the Primera Plastic Surgery Center.
My job is to ensure that during your surgery, you will be safe, comfortable, and completely asleep while under the anesthetic. I will remain with you throughout your surgery, monitoring vital signs and titrating the anesthesia to make certain that all goes well.
I have been a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist since 1983. I attended the St. Vincent Hospital School of Anesthesia for Nurses in Toledo, Ohio. I am a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and certified in advanced cardiac life support.
More than 15 of my 25-plus years of working as an anesthesia NP have been devoted exclusively to working with plastic surgery patients having outpatient surgery. When not doing plastics, I have done anesthesia for most other types of surgery, including open heart, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, OB/GYN, robotic assisted, urology, major vascular, endoscopy, and most other inpatient and outpatient surgeries.
It is a pleasure to work at the Primera Surgery Center, where everything is so organized and runs smoothly, both for the medical team and the patients.
Debbie, Medical Aesthetician
Florida License # FB 0715208
Hello, my name is Debbie Safra, a licensed Aesthetician since 1997. Over the years I have received advanced medical training resulting with certifications in Chemical peels, Microdermabrasion, advanced medical skin rejuvenation treatments, and I am a Certified Nova Lash Extension artist. In 2007 I became a Nationally Certified Aesthetician (Master Aesthetician) through the NCEA (National Coalition of Estheticians) and a Subject Matter Expert. The NCEA represents the highest skincare credential available in the United States. Some of my professional affiliations are with the Society of Dermatology Skin Care Specialist, The Esthetic Association of Florida, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American Society of Nutrition (ASN). I am passionate about education as I continue my studies towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Helping you achieve healthy, younger looking skin is my goal at Primera along with providing an enjoyable and relaxing experience.
My leisure time is spent playing tennis, gardening and reading. I look forward to serving you.
Tami, Medical Aesthetician
Florida License #FB 0717330
Tami Lindner is the Medical Aesthetician at Primera Med Spa in Winter Park. Tami has been making a difference in skin care for over 14 years. She specializes in microdermabrasion, chemical peels, deep pore cleansing and facial and body waxing, including Brazilian. She also performs hyperpigmentation and anti-aging treatments as well as a variety of skin rejuvenation procedures to meet your aesthetic needs.
Tami's approach is one that encompasses all of her technical knowledge with a relaxing and soothing touch. She has completed advanced hands-on training and is certified with Pevonia®, DDF® Skincare, Medicalia®, Obagi, Environ™, DermaQuest® and SkinCeuticals.
Tami is affiliated with The National Coalition of Estheticians Association (NCEA), Aesthetics International Association (AIA), National Rosacea Society (NRS) and the Esthetic Association of Florida (EAF).
Shalyn Murray, PE Cosmetic Coordinator
Hello! My name is Shalyn Murray and I am excited to be a team member of Primera Plastic Surgery. I have been in the cosmetic industry for over 10 years, starting as a Paramedical Aesthetician, helping patients achieve healthy, radiant skin. I've assisted Doctors, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants with various cosmetic and medical treatments such as Injectables, Laser Treatments and Outpatient Surgical Procedures. As well as coordinating events, marketing and acting in an administrative lead role throughout my career.
This clinical, aesthetic, marketing, and administrative expertise in the cosmetic industry, where my passion to help facilitate and assist patients with the surgical and cosmetic enhancements they desire, has given me a well-balanced ability to act as "Concierge" to my patients at Primera Plastic Surgery.
My strengths include compassion, self-motivation, loyalty, accountability, and enthusiasm for my work. My high level of integrity and professionalism comes through in the long lasting relationships I have built and continue to help maintain as the Cosmetic Patient Care Coordinator. Coupled with continued education and experience as a proponent for beauty, I plan to further myself in this field as a strong advocate to our patients, as well as a valuable contributing team member of our practice, as this industry changes and grows.
In my personal time, I enjoy travel, beach lounging, reading, yoga, volunteer work and sharing it with family, friends and my dog, Jax, who is my baby.