Experienced, Licensed & Certified Plastic Surgeon & Laser Specialists
Offering Advanced, State-of-the-Art Technology & Unmatched Experience

What makes us Special?

At Plastic Surgery Specialists & The Medical Spa, we provide a broad spectrum of surgical and non-surgical procedures. These treatments require experience, training, knowledge, artistry, and advanced surgical techniques in order to correct or enhance one’s appearance and achieve your desired goals. 

Dr. Merkel takes pride in putting together a team of knowledgeable professionals and support staff to give you, our patient, the very best care possible. It is our goal to make you feel comfortable and at-home with our staff. We truly care about you and your goals. 

Meet the team!

Marcia Gavigan

Marcia is our Surgery Coordinator and will take you from your first decision to schedule, to the day when your surgery is taking place. She is there to answer surgical and financial questions so you can feel comfortable and confident in your decision. She is the liaison between you and Dr. Merkel. We are pleased that Marcia has been with us for over 19 years!

Christy Barlow Gourley

Christy is a Certified Medical Aesthetician and Certified Laser Specialist. Christy has specialized in aesthetics for over 14 years and been with our practice for over 9 years. She is dedicated to providing corrective laser skin rejuvenation, non-surgical skin tightening, advanced peels, microderm-abrasion acne treatment, and skin anti-aging therapy. Christy is dedicated to continuing her knowledge and skillset to offer a wide spectrum of the latest treatment options.

Lisa Meyers

Lisa is a Certified Medical Aesthetician and Certified Laser Specialist.  Besides having 20+ years of experience, she was a freelance make-up artist to the stars in Hollywood!  Lisa has extensive experience in radio- frequency, intense pulsed light laser therapy, body contouring, microdermabrasion, micro-collagen induction, laser hair removal, medical skin care and more. Lisa’s committed to continuing education in her field to stay up-to-date on cutting-edge anti-aging and skin care technology.

Joan Hettinger, RN, MSN, FNP-BD

Joan is a Certified Nurse Practitioner who, for forty years, has had the privilege of caring for patients across their lifespan. Joan’s practice emphasizes age management medicine and balanced bio-Identical hormone replenishment. She is the director of our Anti-Aging/Bio-Identical Hormone Program and is an experienced provider with advanced knowledge in this exciting field. Joan has studied hormone therapies and taken numerous advanced courses. Joan has been with our practice for 13 years.

STAFF PICKS: The top three services we offer that make our clients jump with joy!

1. Breast Augmentation
When breast size and shape is an issue, many women turn to breast augmentation to increase their confidence and look better in their clothes. 

2. Lipoplasty/Body Contouring 
It is no secret, many of us have areas that simply don’t look as good as we want. We can fix it for you so you feel your best.

3. Sublative  This treatment is effective for so many patients in tightening the neck, around the mouth and smoothing around the eyes. 

Our Office

Our clinic and JCAHO accredited operating room are equipped with a state-of-the-art technology designed for patient comfort, convenience, complete privacy, and safety. The environment is highly professional and we value quality medical & surgical care.

Call (970) 242-9127 for a consult.