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Meet The Staff

Tara Hopkins
Medical Assistant

Originally from Colorado, Tara moved to Tampa, Florida in 2011 after her husband was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base. Together they have a daughter named Aamayiah who was born in 2008. Tara is a Certified Medical Assistant and has been working with Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery since 2009. She enjoys exercising, boating, reading, movies, and especially family time!

Nicole Sink
Front Office Assistant

Nikki was born in Texas, raised in Virginia and moved to Florida in 1994. She is very excited for the opportunity to be working with Dr. Aya-ay at her new practice. For fun Nicole likes to spend time with her dogs, family and friends.

James Aya-ay

James is a former biomedical scientist for Shriner’s Hospital and Moffitt Cancer Center and currently teaches biology and coaches at Sickles High School. He manages the financial duties of Dr. Aya-ay’s practice. He is happy to support his wife, Dr. Melanie Aya-ay is this new endeavor of her medical career. James enjoys running, hunting, teaching. and spending time with family.

Anita Watts
Medical Assistant

Anita moved to Tampa from Cincinnati, Ohio in 2004 with her husband and daughter. She has been working in the medical field for over 20 years and is currently a Certified Surgical Technologist and Surgical Assistant. Anita enjoys reading, watching professional soccer, traveling with her husband and spending time with her family.

Aubrey Wenzel
Front Office Staff / Patient Coordinator

Aubrey moved to Florida in 1999 to attend the University of Tampa where she studied Criminal Justice. Originally from Long Island New York, Aubrey returned home after college to pursue a different career path. In 2005 Aubrey graduated from the New York Institute of Beauty as a Medical Aesthetician. Returning to Tampa shortly after, Aubrey has worked in the field of Plastic Surgery ever since. Aubrey enjoys playing tennis, horseback riding and traveling with her husband.

Gladys Gonzalez
Medical Assistant

Gladys was born in Cuba and moved to Tampa with her family in 1995. In 2011, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from the University of South Florida. Gladys is a Medical Assistant who is currently enrolled in Nursing school. She has been working with Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery since 2011. In her free time, Gladys enjoys cheering for her son at his little league baseball games, reading, traveling and spending time with her family.

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