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Steven J. Pearlman, MD FACS

Steven J. Pearlman, MD FACS is a passionate surgeon. He is the medical director and founder of Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery, and an authentic medical confidant who will help you become your best YOU. Dr. Pearlman is dual board certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and in Head and Neck Surgery, and a past President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has extensive clinical and academic backgrounds in both fields, and lectures around the globe to the other leaders in the field especially for rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty. He is a true specialist for facial surgery, performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery exclusively from the neck up also including facelift, brow lift, blepharoplasty and facial lasers. He provides his patients with a unique, highly focused expertise in the cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the nose, face, and eyes. Patients come to him from all corners of the globe, whether it’s for a quick fix with BOTOX® Cosmetic, facial fillers, or an elaborate surgery with complex reconstruction. Dr. Steven Pearlman and his team can make anyone look as young as they feel naturally. His elegant and approachable staff is top-notch and extremely tuned-in to patient needs, providing patients with the safest and most comfortable environment possible including a state-of-the-art office and on-site certified operating room for facial plastic surgery. Dr. Steven Pearlman has a wide and continuously evolving range of professional credentials. His professional resume can be viewed here.


Our Staff Members

About Our Staff | Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery

Heather Rypien, BSN, RN, CANS

Heather Rypien is one of only 5 nurses in the entire New York City region to hold the title of Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS), which is a prestigious recognition awarded by the American Academy of Plastic Surgical Nurses. As a trusted member of this elite group of nurses, she has mastered the art of injecting Botox and every filler currently on the market. Heather is frequently asked, “What should I do with my face?” And her reply is always, “We are partners in this together so I’m going to explain your options and make my recommendations.” With her warm smile and Southern charm, she puts patients immediately at ease and knows how to enhance their beauty instantly. Heather has also mastered several innovative injection techniques such as HDTox™, the Nefertiti lift, and Dermasculpt cannulation method of injecting. Heather currently holds positions as both a national and international advisory board member for Allergan and Galderma, the largest manufacturers of injectable products. Her keen eye for aesthetics has made her a sought after national trainer for Cosmofrance, Allergan and Galderma and she has been licensed as an “Artistic Restoration” provider. Heather has been a successful aesthetic nurse injector for nearly 12 years, licensed to inject in 26 states. She has the unique expertise of using the Golden Ratio for proportionality when injecting. The Golden Ratio is the union of science, math, and art in aesthetics; and its unique phi ratio (3.14159265) identifies specific facial zones that require attention, measuring length and height of the brow, forehead height, length of nose, width and depth of the lips, the apex of the cheek and much more. The technical skill and science with which Heather measures proportions will unleash your most exquisite beauty potential. Personally, Heather’s favorite procedure is Sculptra for full pan facial rejuvenation, including those areas that cannot be addressed with traditional fillers.

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Christine Ross, RN

Christine Ross, RN, has been in the nursing profession for over 10 years. Her experience includes a variety of functions such as travel nursing as well as a medical mission to Haiti. Originally from New Hampshire, Christine ultimately settled in New York City in 2010 to pursue her career as part of Dr. Pearlman’s well-regarded team. Christine meets the surgical patient, makes sure they are ready for surgery, expertly navigates all necessary paperwork, reconciles medications, answers questions, allays fears, and makes certain each patient is properly prepared for surgery. She is a true advocate for our surgical patients, before, during and after surgery.

She makes certain our operating room, equipment, personnel, implants, disposables, medications and every other detail are ready. She oversees that everything is checked twice, that everything is documented properly and that the proper surgery is performed on the right part every time. She ensures that we do everything right, every time, with no exceptions. Christine makes certain that every sponge, needle, gauze, blade, and specimen are properly accounted for. She operates directly with Dr. Pearlman. Christine also recovers patients from anesthesia and surgery, gives wound, medication and discharge instructions, and helps transfer patients home safely.

In her spare time, Christine enjoys playing competitive volleyball, yoga and playing with her energetic 2 year old dog, Jameson “Jamo.” Her favorite procedure is Cupid’s Bow Lips.

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Maria C. Moreno MD

Maria C. Moreno MD is an Outpatient Anesthesia Specialist, and has been working in the operating room with Dr. Pearlman since 2002. She is originally from Cuba, is bilingual for Spanish, and has lived in New York City since 1969. Dr. Moreno has dedicated the past twenty-five years to the ambulatory surgery field, which makes her especially sensitive to the needs of the cosmetic surgery patient. Dr. Moreno is a co-founder of Accreditation Now, a consulting firm that prepares ambulatory facilities for accreditation in New York state. She is also Director of Anesthesia Services at New York Cardiovascular Associates, and a proud member of Dr Pearlman’s team. “I respect him as a surgeon and as a person,” she says. “He combines great skill with attention to detail and patient safety; while showing great empathy for his patients.”

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Ali Pearlman

Writer and marketing executive Ali Pearlman hails from Beverly Hills, California, and spent years traveling abroad absorbing a variety of cultures. Her divergent energies have been put to use through a vital New York journalism and communications career covering fashion, lifestyle, health and nutrition, cosmetics, and beauty. Her book Cooking Your Way to Gorgeous (HCI, 2013) was an Amazon bestseller in the naturopath category, and features many insider secrets on everyday foods to use in and on your skin for anti-oxidant health and a radiant complexion. Ali has an instinct for style, an eye for beauty, and a knack for keeping it real. She is the Communications Manager at Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery, and mother of twin girls. Ali has a healthy obsession with Micropen treatments, and is newly obsessed with BBL/Halo.

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Mina Bouthavong

Mina Bouthavong is our Executive Business Administrator. She hails from Providence, Rhode Island. Mina has worked in the aesthetic industry for over 5 years and is currently studying Operations Management at Baruch College. She has always been intrigued with plastic surgery and enjoys watching patient transformations. Her exceptional organizational skills keep the team at Pearlman Aesthetic surgery on time, and on point. No sticky note gets misplaced or goes un-attended to under her watchful gaze! She is a spreadsheet master and multi-tasking maven. Mina coordinates our patient’s international travel program, offering concierge service for Park Avenue tastes. Mina’s favorite procedure is Micropen.

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Kenneth Joseph

Kenneth Joseph completed his accreditation as an Operating Room Technician in 2002

  • Prepare and Provide appropriate instruments and supplies needed during surgery
  • Plans, Prepares and Maintains a sterilized field before and during surgical procedures
  • Senior Surgical Orthopedic Specialist at Lenox hill Hospital
  • Has worked with numerous top orthopedic surgeons in NYC
  • Has worked with the Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery team for 10 years and has obtained a unique stand of experience and excellence working Dr. Pearlman
  • He plays an important role in assisting and teaching residents and fellows the details and techniques in aesthetics surgery learned from Dr. Pearlman
  • Facilitates Reconstructive and Plastic Surgeries

Experience in:

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Facial plastic surgery
  • Spine surgery
  • And many other specialties

He has experience Working at a level 1 Trauma hospital in NYC as a Surgical Technician. He works as part of a healthcare team that assists with direct patient care activities during medical procedures and ensures a a safe environment.

  • 2 Medical Missions to Dominican Republic 2004/ 2006
  • Work experience with numerous Top Plastic Surgeons in NY

Managerial skills, experience in most surgical procedures, strong interpersonal skills, team player, proud father of two beautiful girls, wonderful husband, has passion for classic car and is also an amateur photographer.

About Our Staff | Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery

Juan Rivera

Juan Rivera, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, has been an Orthopedics Surgical Specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital since 2011. In 2013, he was introduced to Dr. Pearlman and given the opportunity to work with him every Tuesday, on his day off from the hospital. “It’s a different experience working at his office,” says Mr. Rivera. “It’s a more personal work environment where one’s work is appreciated and acknowledged,” says Mr. Rivera. “At Dr. Pearlman’s office, the care for the patient and experience they have is more intimate than other places where I have worked,” he says. Mr. Rivera graduated from the Long Island University Surgical Technology Program in 2003. He trained at Maimonidies and Brooklyn Hospital, and was certified by the NBSTSA. He worked at St. Vincent’s Hospital Level 1 Trauma for several years, where he learned a variety of services including Orthopedics, Cardiac, Plastics and Neurology. He is a member of AST, since 2004.

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Starr Oge

Starr Oge is our multi-disciplined Media Specialist, born and raised in New York City. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship from the Fashion Institute of Technology, which shines through in his interests in the Arts, Tech, Fashion, and Health communities. He is a self-taught graphic and web designer, oscillating between production and project management, incorporating a global sensitivity to the changing market of beauty. With today’s ever-expanding media platforms, Starr creates captivating content to develop impactful experiences. His goal is to help communicate the professionalism, authenticity, and personalities of the Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery team through all media.