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  • Augmentation

  • Lift

  • Reconstruction

  • Female Reduction

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  • Liposuction
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Mommy Makeover
  • Brazilian
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  • Face Lift
  • Vampire Face Lift
  • Forehead Lift
  • Neck Lift
  • Eye Lid
  • Nose
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  • Arm Lift
  • Bra Bulge
  • Thigh Lift
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  • Neck Lift
  • Ab Sculpting
  • Pectoral Implants
  • Male Breast Reduction
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  • Botox & Fillers
  • Face & Skin Resurfacing
  • Make Up Enhancement
  • Skin Care Enhancement
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Achieve The Look You’ve Always Desired!

Plastic surgery is not about procedures, it’s about choices. Just like no two pieces of artwork are alike, each individual is unique, with different life experiences, dreams and desires. When you choose to make a change to your appearance, or perhaps restore the look of youth, LA Plastic Surgery & Dermatology can provide options and answers to help you make an informed decision specific to your desired outcome.

LA Plastic Surgery & Dermatology is led by Board-Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Melinda Lacerna. LA Plastic Surgery & Dermatology has two convenient locations to serve Sarasota and Bradenton. The practice has become a top choice for aesthetic rejuvenation from surgical alternatives to less invasive techniques, in order to help you achieve the look you’ve always desired! In addition to a full spectrum of head-to-toe cosmetic surgery options, we also provide customized diagnostic aesthetic care, using the latest technology in the advancement of skin care.

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Dr. Melinda Lacerna

Dr. Melinda Lacerna is a trusted female plastic surgeon who has extensive experience in all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery, with special interests in aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, tummy tucks, mommy makeovers and body contouring after massive weight loss.

She is involved in numerous charitable activities, both locally and internationally, and has treated children with cleft lip deformities in the Philippines and burn victims in Ghana, West Africa. She lives in Bradenton, Florida with her husband, Dr. Brian Kimbrell, Director of Trauma at Blake Medical Center, and their son. She is also an accomplished artist and oil painter, and enjoys travel, gourmet foods and scuba diving.


Shelley Thatcher

Director of Operations

Shelley Thatcher has demonstrated success in the healthcare field as both an administrator and a clinician for over 23 years.  In that time, she has worked in single and multi-specialty practices, primary care, surgical groups and academic medical centers.  She has lead with a very hands-on approach to the daily operations of these organizations and has developed proven strategies in the management of billing, personnel, budgeting, marketing, contracting, accounts receivable, accounts payable and strategic planning. Her initial introduction to healthcare began as a clinical manager in medical practices, where she ultimately managed a private medical clinic in Oregon.  She later moved on to work with practices ranging from solo practitioners to groups of 40+ physicians, and has used that experience to develop strategies that are key to the billing operations of Healthcare Services.


Crystal Pion

Patient Coordinator

Crystal joined our LA Plastic Surgery and Dermatology team in November 2015 as our Patient Coordinator. She comes with 17 years of medical experience and has specialized in Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery for the past 10 years.

She offers her excellent cosmetic skills to each patient she comes into contact with and will be there for you throughout your entire cosmetic surgery experience, from the very first step of booking your consultation appointment, to surgery and beyond.

Not only is she extremely knowledgeable in cosmetic surgery, but also our laser treatments, cosmetic injectable treatments and skin care.


Tamara Venditti, L.E. C.P.M.

Skin Care Specialist

Tamara specializes in clinical skin care treatments, and has practiced as a licensed esthetician in Manatee County for over 17 years. She received her certification in Advanced Para-medical Esthetics from the Fashion Focus Academy of Facial & Skincare Technology. A few years later, she completed additional training through You’Nique, in Clinical Micro-pigmentation techniques.

Tamara has established an impressive permanent make-up practice, and an outstanding reputation as one of the premier areola tattoo artists for breast cancer reconstruction patients in Manatee, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. In addition, she has successfully completed product knowledge certification classes in the medical-based product lines SkinMedica TM and ZO Zein Obagi, M.D. TM.


Vanessa Bennington, MA, A.R.N.P.

Hormone and Cosmetic Specialist

Vanessa has been treating patients with hormone replacement therapy in Sarasota for the last five years. She has has focused her growing practice on the use of bio-identical hormone therapy (testosterone, estrogen and progesterone), in order to help patients regain a healthy hormone balance, improve energy and libido and decrease fatigue and depression. Evaluating all aspects of each patient’s lab work, nutrition and adrenal issues, Vanessa develops a personalized, comprehensive plan to address their unique issues and needs.

A native of Louisiana, she received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2006. Following several years practicing at Arlington Memorial Hospital, in the cardiovascular intensive care unit, Vanessa pursued her master’s degree in nursing at University of Texas, Arlington, graduating in December 2010.



We are just a call away when you need us!

(941) 954-4500

1274 North Palm Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236
4701 Manatee Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34209

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