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Denise Malavé-Hand, BS

Denise Malavé-Hand, BS

Practice Manager

Denise is the practice manager at VIVIFY plastic surgery & medspa. She was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area, fluent in both English and Spanish. Her academic background includes a bachelor's degree in Biology with a Pre-Medicine concentration. However, her passion for the beauty and aesthetic industry led her down a different path. Denise’s journey in plastic surgery commenced in 2013 when she started as a Patient Care Coordinator in Fort Myers. Over time, she has honed her skills in patient-centered care, helping individuals achieve their transformation goals, be it surgical or non-surgical, as a Marketing Director, Patient Care Coordinator, and now, Practice Manager.

What draws Denise to this industry is the beautiful collaboration of art and science. Witnessing the transformational journeys of individuals and empowering them to lead a life with renewed mental health and confidence fills her with immense joy. Her interests beyond work are varied and include spending quality time with her loved ones, exploring new areas of knowledge and learning new skills, indulging in the companionship of her furry friends, traveling, volunteering, advocating for mental health awareness, visiting theme parks, animal rescue, and content creation.

Jessica Shefman, BS

Jessica Shefman, BS

Patient Care Coordinator

Jess graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a minor in Behavioral Sciences. After years of customer service jobs and two years of working in operating rooms with orthopedic surgeons, she came to the conclusion that patient care is her passion. Jess loves being a part of her patient's aesthetic journey! Helping patients be more comfortable and confident in their skin is the reason she absolutely loves what she does. Think of her as your concierge, your advocate, your advisor, and your biggest fan! Outside of work, Jess loves working out and spending time with her two doggos.

Gia Sangosti, BS

Gia Sangosti, BS

Patient Care Coordinator

Gia is our newest Patient Care Coordinator who just recently moved back to the Sunshine State! She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management and was able to fulfill her lifelong aspiration of being part of a nationally ranked collegiate cheerleading team … GO KNIGHTS! Throughout her professional career, she has had the privilege of working alongside some of the most talented ENT surgeons, Ophthalmologists, Dermatologists, & Plastic surgeons in the industry. After many years of providing technological support to providers and working for two major aesthetic laser companies, she realized that her passion is for helping patients look good & feel good! Speaking from her own experience, Gia has a deep understanding of the life-changing impact that cosmetic procedures can have on your self-confidence and your emotional well-being. She finds true happiness in helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals and will be there to support you during your entire journey … she will without a doubt be your biggest cheerleader, literally! During her free time, Gia enjoys working out, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with her beloved fur baby, Cooper. Whether she’s out walking on the Riverwalk, catching a Lightning game, or soaking up the sun at the beach, you can always count on her to be living her best life!

Marlie Marino, BA, LME, CCE, CME, LSO

Marlie Marino, BA, LME, CCE, CME, LSO

Practice Coordinator

Marlie is a little bit of everything at VIVIFY plastic surgery and medspa. She started her higher education at Florida Atlantic University in South Florida, where she first became enamored with the aesthetics industry. After moving to Tampa to be closer to family, she graduated from the University of Tampa with a Bachelor’s in Communications. She worked in customer service for many years before deciding that aesthetics was where she wanted to be. Marlie returned to school to become a Medical Aesthetician and graduated with her laser and electrology licenses from The Beauty and Health Institute. After many different roles in the medspa space, she has learned that her passion lies with the patients. She aims to help her patients feel their best. Whether that is helping them choose the best treatment to meet their goals, holding their hand during injections, or answering questions about their prescriptions, she wants to be there. Outside of work, Marlie thrives on family time with her husband and their German Shephard, Mya. She spends all her days off with her sister doing some form of circus art, and if it’s sunny, you’ll never catch her inside.

DeeDee Tschuor

DeeDee Tschuor

Front Office Coordinator

DeeDee brings over 20 years of customer service experience to her role. Originally from Indiana, DeeDee graduated from Ball State University before embarking on her career in customer service.

DeeDee has thoroughly enjoyed learning about the latest advancements in plastic surgery and meeting the patients at VIVIFY, which she believes are the best due to the exceptional care provided by the doctor. As the Front Office Coordinator, DeeDee is responsible for ensuring that patients receive a warm welcome and that their appointments are handled efficiently and effectively.

When she is not working, DeeDee enjoys practicing yoga, reading, and taking long walks with her dog. She is also a proud grandmother and loves traveling back to North Carolina to spend time with her grandsons. DeeDee has been married for 39 years and feels truly blessed to have such a wonderful family and career.

Kristin Drake, CST

Kristin Drake, CST

Surgical Assistant

Kristin graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Surgical Technology from Keiser Career College in St. Petersburg. Every aspect of surgery has always fascinated her since she was in elementary school. For 13+ years, Kristin has assisted in different surgical specialties, but plastic surgery has always been her strength and passion. Then she met the best surgeon she had ever worked with and decided to operate with him full-time! Besides her job, Kristin loves ALL animals, hip-hop music, and anything that sparkles. Her hobbies include biking, walking her doggies, watching sports with her husband, and loving on her beautiful cat, Killa.

Lex Diotallevi, RN

Lex Diotallevi, RN

Registered Nurse

Originally from New York, Lex graduated with her bachelor's degree in media studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lex decided she wanted to get more directly involved with patient care and enrolled at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, TN. She is following in the footsteps of a long line of nurses in her family, including her mom and sister! She is currently continuing her education at Vanderbilt to obtain her Nurse Practitioner degree. The plastic surgery and aesthetics field is Lex’s dream nursing job – it perfectly combines her creative love for the arts with her passion for science. She loves seeing people walk out of the office with a newly found boost of confidence, inside and out. Outside of work, Lex loves baking, beach days, and all things reality TV. She enjoys Pilates/barre and grew up doing ballet. On the weekends, you’ll find her cuddled up with her two dogs, Nella and Mayer, and checking out local St. Pete coffee shops with her fiancé.

Alexandra Morales, LE

Alexandra Morales, LE

Medical Assistant

In high school, Alex suffered with bad skin, which catapulted her interest in skincare. She loved trying new products and learning what did and didn't work. Alex was soon hooked on skincare and was very dedicated to learning. It was her goal to help educate others and herself. She wanted to give confidence through treatments to anyone that needed help with their skin.

Alex attended esthetician school after high school to further her education. After receiving her esthetics license, she was fortunate enough to get an esthetician position in the plastic surgery industry. Over time she found herself wanting to become more involved with patient care. So, she became a medical assistant and found her passion in supporting patients’ needs. It gives her enjoyment to make others smile and make them happy. Her hobbies outside of work include anything active! Alex loves going to the dog beach with her little big-boy Belgian Malinois. They are like two peas in a pod!

Ashley Mitchell, BS, MS

Ashley Mitchell, BS, MS

Medical Assistant

Ashley is our newest medical assistant from Nashport, Ohio. She graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Biology from The Ohio State University. She then continued her education and research as she obtained her Masters of Science in Biomed from Nova Southeastern University. She is in the process of applying to medical school currently. She enjoys learning everything she can from Dr. Buchanan and Michelle to gain knowledge for her future. She has always been interested in plastics and aesthetics, so this job fits her perfectly. She loves seeing patients feel good and look good. She has lots of experience in the medical field as she was an anesthesia tech at a children's hospital, an anatomy and physiology adjunct professor for nursing students, and led her own research project as a graduate student. Ashley is involved in volunteering and enjoys helping and caring for others in the surrounding communities. Ashley can be described as our biggest book nerd and is fascinated with all things science and medical. She enjoys spending her free time exploring new cities and restaurants. Ashley enjoys going to Orange Theory and spending time with her fiancé and her dog, Ollie.

Words from our patients

Brenda Lee

First and foremost Dr. Buchanan is the best plastic surgeon. I needed my implants to be removed and had other consultations, but no one was making me feel comfortable enough to proceed. Until I found Vivify! I called and left a message for a call back from the...

Joanne Giorgetti

I felt confident from my first consultation that Dr Buchanan was the plastic surgeon I needed to do my procedure. He and his staff took the time to explain to me my options and made recommendations on what they thought would be best for me. The entire process ...

Mary Gleason

Dr. Buchanan and his staff are amazing! I researched several different doctors and facilities to have my breast augmentation done, but knew after my consultation that this was the place for me. I can be very indecisive at times but he was not only patient with...

Brianna

Dr. Buchanan is amazing! He is extremely comforting and gave me exactly what I wanted. He really took the time to answer all my questions and took care of all my needs post surgery. Everyone here is so nice, they treat you like family. Best decision I ever mad...

Megan Goldich

As a nurse in the healthcare field I know the signs of a good surgeon when I see one. After consulting with a few others and by word of mouth (from a few other nurses who used him) I decided to meet Dr. Buchanan. Finding a good surgeon who is also personable i...

Jislayne Harrison

Dr.Buchanan is the Top Notch all around!! From the first appointment, to surgery and follow up his services and care was A+! Dr. Buchanan cares and listens carefully. He will give you all your options and is very detailed, so you will have all the information ...

Kara Mize

Dr. Buchanan is an excellent surgeon as well as a very caring doctor. He is very supportive, friendly, knowledgeable and has a very efficient clinic and office staff that are kind, extremely helpful, and incredibly professional. They all made my experience won...

M R

I'd like to say Dr.Buchanan is an awesome surgeon he did my Breast implant removal and left and I am pleased with My results He also did an upper lip lift on me In which I love the result of my lips looking Beautiful, not thin anymore up top. I am having to do...

Kendra Stevens

Dr. Buchanan and his staff were so incredible to me, from start to finish throughout my surgery process. When I first called to set up my consultation, the patient coordinator, Jessica, went beyond to answer any questions that I had and provided a clear overvi...

Bri Atchison

Cannot recommend Dr. Buchanan and his staff highly enough. Not only extremely helpful but also knowledgeable - PLEASE do your research on surgeons and if they are actually board certified. I came to Dr Buchanan years after surgery with a widely known surgeon b...

Jeanna Parker

Dr. Dallas and his team are simply the best. They are so nice and welcoming to me and my husband whenever we visit. My surgical journey has been stellar. After losing weight, I chose Vivify Plastic Surgery to help me on the next step of my journey which was th...

Jo Kennedy

Dr. Buchanan did an breast implant removal and a lift on me. I had absolutely no problems of any kind and the results exceeded my expectations. He is a very kind and professional surgeon. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending him to anyone. All o...

Erica Augello

Dr. Buchanan and his staff are absolutely wonderful! I have been debating about undergoing a cosmetic procedure for years and have consulted with several practices in the Tampa Bay Area. Not until I met with Jess and Dr. Buchanan did I feel confident and comf...

Jordyn T_Fit

I had the absolute pleasure of working with Dr. Buchanan. Right from the start him and his staff were so welcoming, so willing to answer any and every question I had, & overall made me feel comfortable to the second I did my consultation to my follow up appoin...

Holly Miller

To say that I am in LOVE with Michelle Buchanan’s work would be an understatement. She has helped me look more like myself, only 10 years younger. I have Botox and filler and I am always receiving compliments on how youthful, but natural I look. We always begi...

Kailey Harman

I always come back to Florida to see my family and Michelle Buchanan’s Office is always the first stop on my trip. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. I have received Botox and micro needling at the office and both were quick and painless with amazing res...

S.H.

This was my first time getting any “work” done so I was a little anxious but from the moment I stepped in the door, Dr. D, Michelle, Jessica, Denise and Lindsey set my mind at ease! Michelle has the best bedside manner…must be that Alabama southern drawl! She ...

A.S.

I went to see Michelle for microneedling and Jeuveau - my first time for both! Michelle and the entire Vivify team are so wonderful. They really took time to answer my questions and make sure I was comfortable with everything before moving forward. My skin has...

K.C.

First time getting fillers / any work done and my experience was better than I expected. Michelle and staff were awesome.

Laura M.

Michelle did a perfect job with my Dysport! She was very calm and patient and took her time to make sure I got the desired results. Everyone in the office was very warm and friendly. I’ll be back!!

Kathy Wise

Michelle and her staff are awesome! This was my first time for any kind of facial laser treatments. Everything was explained thoroughly before and Michelle was great at letting me know what was happening during the procedure. She answered all my questions and ...

Alexis Ben

Michelle is the best!!! I have had my lip filler done with her several times and recently had HALO laser done for my skin complexion. Michelle was very thorough in explaining what I could expect during and after my treatments and made me super comfortable with...

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