Meet The Team
When you place your trust in Dr. Lapuerta, you are in good hands—many of them! Dr. Lapuerta has a team of professionals that share his commitment to excellence. From your first phone call to your last visit, each one of these educated, skilled professionals is committed to meeting your personal needs and ensuring well-being, as their highest priority. Our practice is focused on you!
Front Office Coordinator
Sonia is one of the first friendly faces you see when you enter our practice. She ensures every patient is greeted with a warm welcome and that they have a pleasant experience at the Plastic Surgery Institute. She is responsible for communicating with new and established patients to help them register and schedule, as well as answer all of their questions. Sonia has worked with Dr. Lapuerta and his team for two years and counting. She admires Dr. Lapuerta’s passion for his profession, his excitement for helping others, and his continual efforts to create a patient-centered environment. In her downtime, Sonia enjoys outdoor activities with her sweet daughter.
Brenda is one of our Patient Coordinators at the Plastic Surgery Institute, as well as a Skin Care Specialist. She has been working as a part of the team with Dr. Lapuerta for 6 years. She is dedicated to assisting Spanish speaking patients and ensuring they receive phenomenal care and feel comfortable during their time with us. Brenda is highly committed to helping guide patients in making educated decisions regarding their surgical and non-surgical options. What Brenda enjoys most about Dr. Lapuerta is his intelligence in surgical and clinical practice, his sense of humor and caring nature. In her spare time, she loves taking vacations with her husband and two, lovely children.
Patient Coordinator, Office Manager
Brandi has been a part of the team with Dr. Leo Lapuerta for over 10 years. As a patient coordinator, she works very closely with Dr. Lapuerta to guide patients through their journey at the Plastic Surgery Institute. From the patient’s first phone call to our practice to the last post-operative visit, Brandi is involved every step of the way. She oversees the daily operations of the practice to ensure patient care exceeds all expectations. Brandi admires Dr. Lapuerta’s passion for his work, his humility and his devotion to each individual patient. Being a part of a patient’s life transition and transformation is what she loves most about working with our team. She believes that if a patient feels comfortable about their appearance, then their confidence soars and the sky is the limit. Brandi is a wife and mother to 2 beautiful children. She enjoys spending time outdoors, bike riding and watching her son play baseball.
Back Office Coordinator
Jennifer is the last smiling face you will see while checking out at the Plastic Surgery Institute. Her role includes managing daily procedures by scheduling new and existing patients, working with insurance verification and making sure each patient has a great experience with us. She comes from several years of a customer service background and is truly passionate about helping others. She enjoys Dr. Lapuerta’s sense of humor and ability to make patient’s feel comfortable and at ease when consulting before any type of surgery. In her free time, she likes spending time outdoors. Jennifer and her husband participate in soccer, volleyball and also hike around the Houston area. When she has the opportunity she also loves volunteering at Houston Pets Alive.
Shelby is a warm and enthusiastic member of our team! Shelby was born in Austin but grew up in Sugarland and Louisiana and is happy to be back in Houston! She is responsible for assisting Dr. Lapuerta during surgery and ensuring a safe and sterile environment for all surgeries and minor procedures. She ensures that our operating room facility is kept up to the highest standards for sterility and patient safety. She also is a friendly face you will see during clinic. When Shelby isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her yellow Lab, Dooley, listening to live bands and spending time kayaking the Bay.
Registered Nurse, OR Manager
Kim is our Registered Nurse and has received certification as a Critical Care RN (CCRN). She is well equipped to handle anything our patient’s need! You will first meet Kim during your pre-operative appointment where she will review your medical history, provide in depth education regarding your procedures and post-operative care and, answer any questions before surgery. She ensures you are well prepared for your big day in surgery and after, when you are home recovering. She is always just a phone call away to answer your questions and lend a supportive ear. She is a skilled, caring, compassionate nurse who you will find to be warm and reassuring. When she’s not working, she enjoys hiking, photography and gardening as well as spending time with her husband and three boys.