Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon - Phone 949.759.3284

Meet The Staff

Kristine Taylor, R.N., BSN

Kristine takes her title as Medical Aesthetic Nurse Specialist with pride. She graduated with honors with her BSN from the California State University of Sacramento in 1991 and comes to us from the Northern California with over 20 years of acute clinical nursing experience where she specialized in Cardiac, Critical care and PACU (post anesthesia care unit). Simultaneously, Kristine started perfecting her skills in aesthetics and laser medicine in 2002 at a well-accredited medical spa for a plastic surgeon.   She transferred her accomplishments and passion for medical aesthetic nursing to Southern Cal in 2010 and continued to perfect her traits.

Kristine has trained extensively in advanced aesthetic techniques and is certified in Botox, dermal fillers, state-of-the-art lasers and overall skin rejuvenation . With her high level of expertise in anti-aging techniques combined with her extreme artistic eye for detail, Kristine is able to transcend her clients into a more youthful appearance. Due to her absolute passion and dedication in making her clients feel beautiful, Kristine brings her gifts of warmth, compassion and respect to each and every client she encounters. Her utmost priority is building a nurse-client relationship based on trust and confidence.

Kristine has now found her permanent residence in Newport Beach and is happily married.  She and her husband live a healthy lifestyle. They have a passion for cycling, weightlifting, walking, skiing, interior design, fashion, cooking and adoring their chihuahua, Bella.

Amy Hansen Cardona, RN, B.S.N.

Amy received her Nursing Degree with Honors in 1996 from Long Beach State University.  She started her nursing career at UCI Medical Center where she advanced to become a critical care nurse.  Amy entered the Aesthetic Field of Nursing in 2003 and over the years has worked at a number of institutions perfecting her Aesthetic skills.

Amy is a Certified Laser and Injectable Specialist, she received her training through Allergan in Botox and Filler injections.  In 2006, Amy joined Dr. Ackerman and his team at The Newport Beach Laser and Plastic Surgery Center. Here, she has assisted Dr. Ackerman in surgery as well as working under his guidance in perfecting her Aesthetic medi-spa skills.  She has built a large patient following with her expert treatments and caring approach to her patients.
Amy and her family live in Orange County.  She is successfully balancing her professional career and raising two athletic children.  In addition to working in Aesthetic field, Amy is a Triage/ Charge Nurse at Whittier Presbyterian Inter-Community Hospital where she works in Neonatal ICU.  Amy also serves as an educator to NICU staff and is lead trainer/preceptor to all new NICU nurses.

Heather Bruening Esthetician

Heather has been a practicing esthetician for over 19 years.  She has worked with plastic surgeons, salons and day spas.  Following her graduation from cosmetician school in 1993, heather pursued extensive continuing education with Skin Ceutical, Obagi, Physicians Choice and many other product lines.  Heather has been working under direction of Dr. Ackerman since 2010, specializing in chemical peels and medical-grade facials.  She is loved  by her clients for her caring attitude and her effectiveness in achieving the desired results.