The Piazza Center for Plastic Surgery and Advanced Skin Care
7900 Farm to Market Road 1826, Bldg 2, Suite 206
Austin, TX 78737
Phone: (512) 288-8200
Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Meet the Staff
The hard-working staff members at our cosmetic plastic surgery practice in Austin are the foundation of our success. They back up Dr. Rocco Piazza and Dr. Marcelo Antunes in all they do, providing expertise in the medical and business sides of the practice so we can all focus on giving our patients the best possible results and a pleasant experience from the first phone call to the final follow-up. Please read on to learn more about the staff who make up the backbone of our practice.
Teri Deabler, CMPE, COE
Teri recently joined The Piazza Center Team, but she is no stranger to medical practice management. She started her career in Philadelphia, where many of her family members still live, and where she met a surgeon who recruited her to manage his practice in California for many years, before eventually deciding Austin, Texas was where she belonged.
Teri has extensive experience working with highly skilled, medical/surgical teams where the focus is always on patient safety and satisfaction. She has also been involved with leading several construction projects to build beautiful and efficient medical facilities for her practice teams.
Teri enjoys doing rigorous fitness programs and loves spending time with her children and grandchildren (her daughter has two sets of twins). Most of the spring and summer she can be found out on Lake Travis on her pontoon boat with her husband Tom.
Jennifer Dorenkamp began her professional career in 2001 as a medical aesthetician in Tucson, Arizona. She has extensive training in medical skin care and laser treatments. Jennifer has also attended CoolSculpting® University in California and boasts years of clinical experience with this specialized device. Before transitioning to her role as surgical care coordinator, she worked closely with Dr. Piazza as his clinical assistant, caring for patients after surgery.
Jennifer has a true passion for making patients feel their best inside and out. She brings that enthusiasm to our patients here at The Piazza Center. She feels a commitment to each patient, helping guide each one through a plan that best fits his or her individual goals. This opportunity to connect with patients and build relationships along the way is what Jennifer enjoys most about her role.
Jennifer currently lives in Driftwood with her husband, 2 kids and 2 rescue dogs (Cash and Willie). She enjoys spending most of her weekends outdoors listening to live music, attending festivals or simply enjoying the city.
Jennifer Schechter is the licensed medical aesthetician and licensed intradermal cosmetic technician at The Piazza Center. She has been with us since 2014. Jennifer was born and raised in Austin, where she grew up surrounded by talented industry artists. She was mentored by her mother, who was trained in the 90s as an Anastasia master brow artist. This mentorship is what ignited her passion for makeup and the art of eyebrow sculpting. She’s taken eyebrow sculpting to the next level with micro-pigmentation using semi-permanent, hypoallergenic mineral pigment to achieve a natural appearance.
Jennifer’s philosophy is to educate patients on how to take care of their skin so they feel confident with or without makeup. She believes in customizing a plan for all patients based on their lifestyles, goals, and specific skin care needs. She understands that a skincare plan is ever-changing as a person’s skin goes through its normal yearly cycles. Jennifer lovingly calls herself a “personal skin care coach” who is there to cheer on her patients every step of the way.
Jennifer, along with her husband Ricky and her rescue dog Kona, has made Dripping Springs her home. Outside of the office, she enjoys hiking, catching the latest movies, and seeking out new adventures.
Alison Kothmann, RN, BSN
Aesthetic Nurse Specialist
Alison has been working passionately as a registered nurse for over 25 years. Alison became interested in Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery since a young age following a motor vehicle accident that changed her major from Business to Nursing. She graduated from Texas Christian University in 1995 with her Bachelors in Nursing and minor in General Business. She has logged over 100 hours in mastering injections. She most recently attended the Academy for Injection Anatomy in October 2019 where she is considered as part of an elite group of injectors who have taken this course to further their training.
She lives in the Austin area with her 3 children. She loves to volunteer her time with her children’s activities and introducing her children to volunteerism. She has previously been a member of the Junior League in Midland, TX. She is the former President of the Waco Panhellenic Council. In addition, she also served on the New Braunfels Symphony League as Silent Auction Co-Chair for the Debutante Ball. Her most treasured volunteer moment was taking her children to help clean up the debris and make room for pets following Hurricane Harvey in Rockport, TX. When Alison isn’t injecting and cheering on her children, you can find her running around Lady Bird Lake, exploring hiking trails, or paddleboarding.
Alison strives to provide one-of-a-kind service to her clients while continuously advancing her skills on the latest techniques and procedures. She prides herself in her ability to engage, connect with each of her clients, and build trust in order to design a customized treatment plan to meet their desired goals. Alison works hard to ensure that she is doing whatever she can to help clients achieve their aesthetic goals. Alison is very excited to join The Piazza Center where she is part of a team that has been specifically created to ensure safety, excellence, responsiveness, and long-term relationships with their patients.
Mellissa Honerlah, RN, BSN
Aesthetic Nurse Specialist
Mellissa recently relocated to Austin and is a new member of The Piazza Team. Mellissa is a native of Mississippi, but has been working in Maryland for the past 12+ years where her passion for skincare evolved. Mellissa graduated from Von Lee School of Esthetics in 2007, then went on to receive her Nursing degree in 2013.
Mellissa chose Esthetics as her career after realizing her love for helping people look and feel good, both inside and out. She believes skincare is always evolving and strives to stay educated with the latest technology and services. Her ongoing training, dedication, and experience, along with her friendly personality provide clients with all the tools they need to get the results they desire; leading to many lasting relationships.
Mellissa’s years of practice has provided her with knowledge and understanding in all aspects of skincare. She recognizes how difficult skin conditions can impact your self-esteem and confidence. As a skincare specialist and nurse, Mellissa feels that educating her clients on their skin is one of the most important aspects of her career. Mellissa loves customizing a plan that meets the needs of each individual client. Her motto is “Love the skin you’re in” and her dedication and passion for skincare has gained her the loyalty of all her clients.
Mellissa recently moved to Lakeway with her husband, Hans. When she isn’t working you can find her hanging out with her family and friends on the lake, hiking, or traveling.
Clinical Nurse & Operating Room Assistant
Heather Fontenot, RN, LSA, CSFA, has been working in the operating room for nearly 2 decades. Although she has surgical experience in many specialties, cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery are her passions. Since 2012, she’s been assisting Dr. Piazza. She is a licensed nurse, licensed surgical assistant, and a certified first assistant.
Heather officially joined tour team in December 2015 after earning her nursing degree with honors from Central Texas College. She continued her education and earned her bachelor’s degree, also with honors, from the University of Texas.
Heather received training as an assistant from the Meridian Institute for Surgical Assistants in conjunction with Vanderbilt College. She was licensed by the State of Texas Medical Examiners in 2011 and certified by the National Board of Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assistance in 2007. She is also a member of the Association of Surgical Assistants, as well as the Association of Surgical Technologists.
Heather is currently working toward her Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR) certification, which will further validate the specialized knowledge and skills she regularly uses as an operating room nurse. After obtaining this certification, she will then go on to earn her Certified Plastic Surgery Nurse (CPSN) certification, which will improve the proficiency of her practice in the specialty of plastic and reconstructive surgical nursing.
Camille Rodriguez, LVN
Licensed Vocational Nurse
Camille joined The Piazza Center in July 2019, bringing over seven years of nursing experience in a variety of fields such as primary care, orthopedics and corrections, but with plastic surgery being her greatest passion. As a nurse, Camille has always made it a priority to treat and care for patients as if they are her own family. She truly values the trust that is gained from patients and enjoys being part of the positive patient experience The Piazza Center gives. Camille is pursuing her Bachelors in Science of Nursing.
Camille lives with her husband, three kids, dog Sarge and cat Riley, just south of Austin. She loves spending time with her family and friends, enjoys tubing down at Canyon Lake in the summer, and during fall season is a faithful fan to Texas Longhorn volleyball and football games.
Lauren Lipari Gendelman, RN, BSN
Surgical Nurse Navigator
After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Lauren began her nursing career in oncology. She worked in Chicago as an oncology nurse for over ten years, obtaining her oncology nurse and chemotherapy certifications, and later specializing in gynecologic oncology. She held a Lead RN position leading a team of nurses for many years at the Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center in Chicago.
Lauren took some time off to raise her two daughters and relocate to Austin. She always had a passion for plastic surgery and was thrilled to have the opportunity to become part of The Piazza Center in March 2019. Lauren was able to take her vast knowledge and experience in oncology and apply it to her current practice. Patient education has been a long-time strength and here at The Piazza Center she provides one-on-one educating to patients and family members prior to any procedure. It is important to her that all patients’ concerns and questions are addressed prior to any procedure, ensuring the patient feels confident and at ease going forward. Lauren feels that patient education will not only improve a patient’s health, but their surgical outcome as well.
Lauren currently lives in the Hill Country with her husband, two daughters and dog Roxy. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, fitness, the outdoors, music and more.
Non-Surgical Business Development Manager
Alyson joined The Piazza Center Team in January 2020 after being a loyal patient and fan for years. She has degrees in Psychology and Communications with a Master’s degree in Interior Architecture. She planned, launched and ran her first furniture store and interior design business before she was 30. With over 15 years of experience in sales management and business development, she brings her entrepreneurial spirit and connection-building skills to The Piazza Center to help create truly exceptional experiences for their patients. She is beyond excited to help curate a premier line-up for advanced skin care and medical aesthetic products to meet our client’s individual needs.
Alyson lives in Dripping Springs with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys live music, sunshine, great food and working on her fitness.
Lynsie is a new addition to The Piazza Center family. She joined The Piazza Center in February 2019 and is a recent graduate from Howard Payne University with a degree in Kinesiology. After college, Lynsie moved back home to Houston where she had the amazing opportunity to work for the Houston Astros as a Shooting Star! In her role as an Ambassador between the Astros organization and the Houston community, she realized her passion for connecting with people. Lynsie truly loves meeting new people and learning about their interests and goals.
Lynsie has a passion for aesthetics and plastic surgery, but especially customer service. She works closely with both Dr. Piazza and Dr. Antunes to educate patients on all of the non-surgical and surgical options The Piazza Center has to offer. Lynsie’s goal is to make sure every patient has a comfortable and empowering experience.
Lynsie lives in South Austin with her dog Sammy, and loves to explore the city, especially all of the outdoor spaces. When not working with patients, you can find her at the gym, barbecuing with her family on the weekends, or at a Round Rock Express game.
At The Piazza Center, we believe that beautiful surgical results are enhanced by leading a healthy lifestyle. Our aim is to help you achieve your cosmetic goals and desires. Our reputation for personalized care and excellent results attracts plastic surgery patients from San Antonio and beyond. If you would like to get to know us in person, you can request an in-person or virtual consultation online, or call our office at (512) 288-8200.