Physician Assistant – Certified
Cynthia Villacis, a licensed, board-certified physician assistant, supports Dr. Tjelmeland in various clinical and surgical settings, including new consultations, pre- and post-operative care. Cynthia also maintains staff privileges at Seton Hospital, Brackenridge Hospital, St. David’s Hospital, South Austin Hospital and Heart Hospital of Austin, which enables her to assess patients at time of consultation, provide inpatient care, and perform hospital rounds.
In addition, Cynthia is trained to perform in-office procedures such as ProFractional Laser Therapy, Botox injections, Fillers and vein sclerotherapy.
Born in South Carolina, Cynthia moved several times throughout her childhood as her father served in the military. Always fond of the state of Texas, she returned in 1998 to attend college at Baylor University in Waco where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with a concentration in Pre-Health Care in 2002, followed by a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 2005. During elective clinical rotations, Cynthia discovered she could combine her interests in aesthetics and medicine in the specialty of plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Cynthia is a member of the Association of Plastic Surgery Physician Assistants, American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Central Texas PA Society. Prior to working with Dr. Tjelmeland’s practice, she provided patient care in the field of Endocrinology, also as a certified physician assistant.
Stefanie is Dr. Tjelmeland’s Esthetician at Meridian Skin Care Clinic. She is pleased to offer a vast array of knowledge on skin care, anti-aging, products, lasers, chemical peels and more to her clients. She also lends support to both the administrative team and the surgical staff as needed. Stefanie has a warm and outgoing demeanor. That along with her knowledge, skill and sincere interest in helping others, makes patients and staff feel at ease on a daily basis.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Stefanie attended Louisiana State University. After18 years in the airline industry, she had a strong desire to pursue a career in the field of aesthetics. She received her certification in 2002 and relocated to Austin in 2005. She joined the Meridian team in 2010, and eagerly continues to expand her knowledge on skin care, products and laser treatments.
Sarah Ameliya Morales
Ameliya is the scheduling coordinator for Meridian Surgery Center. She interacts with doctors’ offices on a daily basis to coordinate surgeries and also acts as the patient contact, answering general patient questions and performing EKGs as needed.
Born and raised in South Texas, Ameliya relocated to Austin to pursue a degree in Audiology at the University of Texas. Upon graduating in 2005, she worked in the field of audiology for a short period, but had always been interested in plastic surgery. Ameliya joined the Meridian Surgery Center team in the summer of 2006 and is extremely pleased to be able to extend our high level of care to every patient.