LA Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
Achieve The Look You’ve Always Desired!
Bradenton and Sarasota's Top Choice for Plastic Surgery
The decision to have a plastic surgery procedure is an individual life choice. Just as no two pieces of art are the same, no two people have identical life experiences and personal goals. That’s why when you make the choice to restore a youthful appearance for yourself, you should turn to someone who can help you safely and effectively obtain the look you desire.
Dr. Melinda Lacerna is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon and Reconstructive Surgeon, and the leader of LA Plastic Surgery & Dermatology. With two convenient locations to serve you in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, she specializes in Body & Butt Sculpting, Breast Surgery, Face, Neck, Arms and Legs procedures and various treatments for women and men. Dr. Lacerna’s practice has become one of the top choices in the state for aesthetic rejuvenation, from surgical alternatives to less invasive techniques, and with good reason—her artistry, skill and professionalism set her apart.
To learn more about LA Plastic Surgery & Dermatology’s cosmetic surgery options, as well as their customized diagnostic aesthetic care, contact Dr. Lacerna today.
Plastic Surgery and Skin Care Services
Dr. Melinda Lacerna and her Medical Team
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.
Director of Operations in Sarasota and Bradenton
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 led with a 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 strategy.
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.
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.