team

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 practitioner at AVA MD Beverly Hills – formed their company, Skin Sisters of Beverly Hills, 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 of Beverly Hills, 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.