Pati Vargas


Front Office Concierge

Pati is a native from Watsonville, California who has worked in the beauty industry since 2011.  As an avid mixed media artist, Pati creates new art pieces utilizing a fusion of painting, photography/video, sculpting, and jewelry making.

“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.”


Omaira Duran


Front Office Supervisor

Omaira is a San Francisco native who is a proud family-oriented Mexican American. Along with her Associates in Political Science from City College of San Francisco, she has worked 10+ years in retail/beauty customer service.  Traveling brings her close to her love of the outdoors, fine cuisine, and discovering new cultures.

“I take pride and enjoyment in making our patients feel welcome and at ease.”


Heather Roheim, RN


Esthetic Nurse, Laser Specialist

Heather received her nursing degree from Napa Valley College in 2009. Prior to studying nursing, Heather worked in retail sales and customer service. She enjoys traveling, art, fashion, and home improvement projects. She is passionate about her work and loves helping people feel and look their best.

“Making patients feel comfortable and helping them get results is what makes my job rewarding.”


Craig Shishido


Skin Esthetic Director

Craig has become one of the most recognized names in medical skin esthetics in the Bay Area and beyond. Prior to opening Gentle Star, he was the Lead Clinical Esthetician with internationally renowned cosmetic surgeon Dr. James J. Romano where he was responsible for the pre & postoperative care and service of cosmetic surgery patients. Since 2002, Craig has been creating and developing skin care protocols that ensured long-term correction and preservation of skin health and beauty.

The broad ethnic diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area allowed for extensive experience in Asian, African-American, Caucasian, Latin, and Mediterranean skin types with conditions such as hyper & hypo-pigmentation (spots), acne, acne scars, rosacea, fine lines & wrinkles, and sun damage. An MBA from University of Southern California with 20+ years in the medical industry – including positions with Merck & Company, B. Braun and McKesson – Craig has been a visiting lecturer at the San Francisco Institute of Esthetics (Paul Mitchell Partnership school) as well as the Cinta Aveda Institute in San Francisco.

“I discover and create beauty.”


Thomas Ellis, MD


President, Medical Director

Dr. Ellis is one of the most recognized and respected non-surgical esthetic physicians in the Bay Area. It was by pure chance when he met a successful fellow medspa anesthesiologist from Arizona who pointed out that anesthesiologists were uniquely qualified and skilled at site specific injections. As many of today’s physicians are broadening the scope of their practices, Dr. Ellis’ successful evolution into esthetics was uniformly encouraged by his growing patient population who quickly recognized his skill and more importantly his artistry.

In addition to being a well-respected esthetic physician in San Francisco, Dr. Ellis is a board-certified anesthesiologist in the state of California who practices at the San Francisco Surgery Center. Previous to this, he was the Director of Anesthesia at Webster Surgery Center in Oakland, a leading outpatient surgical facility in the Bay Area specializing in cosmetic and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Ellis was also the Director of Cardiac Anesthesia at Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley. As a resident at Stanford University Medical Center, he was voted Outstanding Resident of the 1997 graduating class and received the Outstanding Teacher Award as voted by Stanford medical students. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan.

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