Zakery A. Koban
Both an ARTAS patient and provider, Zakery is an expert in the hair restoration process. He attended the Physician Assistant Program at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in May of 2009 with a Bachelor of Health Science. He achieved his Masters of Physician Assistant Sciences in May of 2010. He has worked closely with Dr. Brian Vassar Heil at Premier Plastic Surgery since September 2010. Zakery is nationally certified by the NCCPA and licensed to practice medicine in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Association of Plastic Surgery Physician Assistants (APSPA). Here at the Center for Hair Restoration, Zakery specializes in hair consultations, before & after procedure care, graft extraction, platelet rich-plasma injection and medicinal management of hair loss.
Zakery attended the Physician Assistant Program at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in May of 2009 with a Bachelor of Health Science. He achieved his Masters of Physician Assistant Sciences in May of 2010. He has worked closely with Dr. Brian Vassar Heil at Premier Plastic Surgery since September 2010. Zakery is nationally certified by the NCCPA and licensed to practice medicine in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Association of Plastic Surgery Physician Assistants (APSPA). Here at Premier, Zakery specializes in surgical care, injectable treatments and hair restoration surgery.
Carey B. Steinmetz
A Cranberry native, Carey was born and raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. She attended the University of Pittsburgh for her undergraduate degree and received her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from the New York Institute of Technology in 2014. Carey has a background in Vascular and Neurosurgery. She joined our Plastic Surgery team in August 2019.
Dennis & Jospeh Hernandez
Joseph and Dennis Hernandez are invaluable members of our hair restoration team. Hair transplantation surgery literally "runs in their family." These brothers from Houston are highly skilled grafting technicians from the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. Joseph has over 17 years of experience in hair restoration surgery and was the lead training technician for Medical Hair and the Hair Club for Men. Dennis trained at Bosley, worked as a training technician with HISHRS, and has over 11 years of experience in hair transplant surgery. They have been members of our Hair Restoration Team since 2013. At the Center for Hair Restoration, Joseph and Dennis specialize in graft extraction, inspection, site-creation and implantation.
Dennis & Joseph Hernandez
A Pittsburgh native, Karen worked as an office manager for State Farm Insurance for 28 years. In 2009, she moved into the surgical field after graduating from the Community College of Allegheny County as a Certified Surgical Technician. Karen has worked side-by-side with Dr. Brian V. Heil in the operating room for over a decade. She spent five years "scrubbed" into surgery at UPMC Passavant Hospital before finding home at Premier Plastic Surgery in 2014. Demonstrating outstanding commitment and invaluable work ethic, Karen continues to operate regularly with Dr. Heil while managing patients at the Center for Hair Restoration. Karen specializes in controlling the ARTAS robotic user interface during hair transplantation surgery.
Christina M. Romano
Christina hails from New York City. She graduated from Wagner College in 2002 with her degree in Physician Assistant Sciences. She joined the Plastic Surgery Team at Premier in May 2011, operating side-by-side by Dr. Brian Vassar Heil.
Andrea K. Chamberlain
Andrea graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010 with undergraduate degrees in Business Management and Economics. She later went on to achieve her Masters of Physician Assistant Sciences in 2017 from Marywood University. Andrea is nationally certified by the NCCPA and licensed to practice medicine in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Her focuses at Premier Plastic Surgery and Acqua Blu Medical Spa include surgical care, injectable treatments, laser therapy and feminine rejuvenation.
As a passionate healthcare provider, Richard-Tyler Jones has helped raise awareness and donations in support of ending breast cancer, SIDS, scleroderma and other rare diseases, and has lobbied to increase care for patients suffering from rare diseases. A graduate of Westminster College and Duquesne University, he has worked in multiple emergency rooms throughout Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire, including providing life-saving care throughout the COVID-19 global pandemic. Throughout his years in practice, he has cared for several thousand patients of all ages from pediatric to elderly populations (his youngest patient was one week old, his oldest, 105 years.) As a former ER Physician Assistant and no stranger to high-action environments, Richard makes a great addition to our team and provides best-in-class patient service.
About Dr. Brian V. Heil
Dr. Brian V. Heil founded Premier Plastic Surgery more than 18 years ago right here in Pittsburgh. With a strong educational background and board certification, he has the knowledge and skills to help you the best.
Doctor Heil has authored or co-authored more than 50 papers, abstracts, and presentations on plastic surgery related topics and has presented at numerous national and regional plastic surgery meetings. He is certified as a Surgical Laser Specialist and serves as a national trainer on the use of state-of-the-art light and laser systems, cosmetic injectables (Botox & Fillers), minimally invasive procedures, and medical spa management.
Doctor Heil founded Premier Plastic Surgery in 2001, which has grown to be one of the largest plastic surgery practices in Western Pennsylvania. Dr. Heil then expanded operations to create Acqua Blu Medical Spa and Skin Care Center, the embodiment of his fully integrated, multi-site, medical spa vision.