Meet Dr. Fernando Burstein’s Medical Team
at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C.

Kalyani Pandya, MMSc, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant

Kalyani Pandya, MMSc, PA-C

Dr. Burstein’s Physician Assistant, Kalyani Pandya interacts with patients in both a clinical and diagnostic setting and directly assists Dr. Burstein in the operating room. She enjoys having the chance to personally interact with and educate patients and their families and finds it particularly fulfilling when she can help patients “attain confidence through aesthetic or reconstructive surgery.”

Kalyani has an extremely cosmopolitan background. Born in Gujarat, India and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, she is fluent in English, Gujarati, and Hindi. After completing her undergraduate studies at Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, she went on to Mercer University, where she obtained her Masters of Medical Science and specialist training as a Physician Assistant. Some day she hopes to use her medical training during mission trips, and so looks forward to learning surgical techniques from “a surgeon like Dr. Burstein who is truly a master in his field.” Kalyani is an avid reader, so you’re likely to find her re-reading the Harry Potter series, and she also enjoys traveling, tennis, and spending time with her family, particularly her young nieces and nephews.

Michelle Coppenger, RN

Aesthetic Consulting Imaging Specialist

Michelle CoppengerMichelle Coppenger received her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Delaware. She has worked in the Atlanta Plastic Surgery offices and operating rooms for over 20 years. Serving as Dr. Burstein’s Aesthetic Consulting Imaging Specialist, Michelle photographs patients before their procedures and then shows them the potential results that cosmetic surgery can accomplish based on each patient’s goals through imaging software. Coppenger’s work also helps Dr. Burstein because he uses the images as a reference during surgery. Along with surgical imaging, Michelle Coppenger also performs non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments like Matrix RF™ non-laser skin resurfacing and Ultherapy® non-surgical facelift.

Michelle’s favorite part of her job is interacting with patients and showcasing what can be achieved through cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. When she’s not in the office, Coppenger spends time with her teenage daughter, playing tennis and working with her favorite outreach groups like the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, National Charity League, Community Action Center in Sandy Springs, and Foster Care Support.

Lisa Merlino

Patient Care Coordinator and Administrative Assistant

Lisa MerlinoLisa has worked the last 10 years for Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. As Dr. Fernando Burstein’s Administrative Assistant, she specializes in facilitating plastic surgery consultations, surgical scheduling, and treatment. A native of New Zealand, Lisa knew she wanted a career in patient care from a young age and spent her first years after graduation assisting in a dentist’s office. Lisa’s favorite part of working in aesthetic medicine is interacting with patients and watching individuals reach their cosmetic and reconstructive surgery goals. Outside of work Lisa enjoys volunteering with Atlanta Boxer Rescue and spending time with her two boxers, Davidson and Brutus.

Veronica Flores

Administrative Assistant

Veronica FloresVeronica joined Dr. Fernando Burstein’s medical team in April 2012, but has been working with Atlanta Plastic Surgery since 2006. As Dr. Burstein’s Administrative Assistant, Veronica handles insurance claims, appointment scheduling, and surgical approvals and referrals. Fluent in English and Spanish, Veronica is able to efficiently communicate with Dr. Burstein’s diverse patient base. Originally from Fresno, California, Veronica moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1995 and later attended the Georgia Medical Institute. There, she received a Medical Administrative Assistant’s degree and became a Registered Medical Assistant.

A mother of two young children, Veronica enjoys working with Dr. Burstein’s pediatric patients. She says Dr. Burstein is very generous with the children he operates on and is very passionate about his work. She loves seeing the transformations that plastic and reconstructive surgery can have on individuals’ lives. Outside the office, Veronica’s hobbies include running, reading, and spending time vacationing with her family.

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