Dr. Ava Shamban | Founder
“We designed SKIN FIVE around the ‘greatest hits’ principle in choosing our most favored skin-renewing technologies.”
Dr. Ava Shamban is a board-certified dermatologist who believes that appearance and self-esteem are one in the same. She dedicates herself to helping patients worldwide heal their skin to live happier lives. A California native, Dr. Ava graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and earned her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She is currently a member of the ASDS, the AAD and serves on the editorial board for The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. In addition to her practices in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades and Century City, Dr. Ava is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the UCLA-Geffen School of Medicine, lectures internationally and serves as a principal investigator on many clinical and FDA trials. She is the author of Heal Your Skin: The Breakthrough Plan for Renewal (Wiley, 2011), makes regular television appearances on CBS’s The Doctors and ABC’s Extreme Makeover, and is a frequently quoted health and beauty expert in magazines all over the world.
Christine Nell, FNP | Managing Partner
“Our success here is an accessible skincare venue with streamlines, yet still derm-quality, services that many people can enjoy.”
SkinFive managing partner and co-owner Christine Nell, F.N.P., Christine Nell, F.N.P., has worked with Dr. Shamban since 2000. A nurse since 1997, she graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certificate in 2002 from Azusa Pacific University. During graduate school, she was mentored by Dr. Shamban and in 2007, partnered with her to open Ava MD Beverly Hills. In 2016, she and her sister KarriAnn Khalil – also a top practioner at AVA MD Beverly Hills – formed their company, Skin Sisters, whose ﬁrst enterprise was launching SkinFive alongside Dr. Shamban. Christine believes that truly effective treatment requires personalized programs monitored with great care. By combining the best of both medical dermatology and aesthetics, Christine is able to offer her patients unsurpassed results.
KarriAnn Khalil, FNP | Managing Partner
“Doing what we do requires a keen eye, steady hand, lively intellect and a big heart.”
KarriAnn Khalil was born and raised in Wisconsin and received her undergraduate B.A. in History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She worked as a behavioral therapist for autistic children followed by three years as a psychiatric nurse, which were incredibly rewarding. KarriAnn’s always insatiable interest in dermatology and science only grew when she started her internship with Ava MD in 2008 while ﬁnishing up her studies. A member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing, she became a permanent part of the AVA MD team in 2010. In 2016, KarriAnn and Christine Nell formed their company, Skin Sisters, teaming up with Dr. Shamban to launch SkinFive. So she couldn’t be happier to deliver the most transformative skin services to patients at AVA MD and SkinFive.
Liz Romero | Office Manager
“Dr. Shamban, Christine Nell and KarriAnn Khalil and our amazing team do a great job in educating both staff and clientele.”
As SkinFive Office Manager, Liz Romero brings elegance to enterprise and logistics at every level. Born and raised in Mexico, she attended high school in Los Angeles and went on to study business at USC. Starting as a receptionist at AVA MD ten years ago and excelling at her integral role, Liz was promoted to manager where she became known for her knowledgeable, friendly disposition. Dr. Shamban, Christine and KarriAnn knew from the beginning that they wanted Liz on board when launching SkinFive, where she gives clients an elevated experience from the moment they arrive.
Viktoritya Kostikian, BSN, RN | Provider
“I have always had a love for skincare and a passion for making people feel good about themselves.”
Viktoriya Kostikian was born in Russia and moved to Los Angeles with her family when she was just five years old. She attended The College of International Esthetics in Arvada, Colorado and became licensed in 2008. She quickly realized she wanted to deepen her knowledge of skin physiology while still honing her aesthetics skills. Knowing she wanted to work in the dermatology field, Viktoriya went back to school at West Coast University in Los Angeles and graduated in April 2016 with a BS in Nursing. She has since received certifications in CoolSculpting and Botox training with Allergan. In September 2016, she joined the AVA MD and SkinFive teams and has built a loyal following among clients who resonate with her skilled and savvy approach.
Kerry Stirling | Administrative Assistant
“The many moments of connecting and creating relationships with our clients are what I’ve always wanted in a career.”
After graduating from Crossroads High School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica, where she discovered a passion for art and design, Kerri majored in Fashion at Otis College of Art & Design. As it turned out, fashion design did not fulﬁll Kerry’s penchant for helping others and she decided to pursue a career that would allow for more personal connection. She found her perfect match at SkinFive, where she has assumed the role of front desk maestro, handling the phones, scheduling, product sales and customer service with exceptional attention to detail. Kerry not only keeps our office running in tip top shape, but having growing up just steps from our Palisades location with a prominent dermatologist father, knows the neighborhood and skincare equally well.