Dr. Andrew B. Menkes
Dr. Menkes was born and grew up in Toronto, Canada. A happy, normal childhood began embedding in his character the values that would lead to a life of caring for others. Growing up in the same neighborhood with the same friends and extended family, even though his college years, instilled in him a sense of security and self-understanding that helped form a personality dedicated to service.
Many mentors along the way, including a dedicated mother and industrious father, influenced his ideas and evolution. One such mentor stands out in his thinking. While completing his internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto’s Wellesley Hospital, he met and worked with a resident physician whom he attempts to emulate to this day. Dr. Menkes describes him with an attitude of deep respect and admiration.
“He set a high standard of excellence that I felt determined to achieve. Aside from performing an intelligent, efficient analysis of a patient’s medical problem, he always listened intently to the person behind the patient and then exercised his extraordinary instincts to prescribe the best treatment. Aside from applying his consummate medical skill, he practiced patience, humility, and respect-all with a compassionate human touch. Never did I see him misuse his authority with those in his care.”
Another major influence in the life of Dr. Menkes took place after he completed his internship. Although pleased with the nurturing benefits he gained from remaining in the same community all his life, he felt the need to explore other vistas. This prompted him to take a year and a half off and embark on a life-changing adventure, a trip around the world. Traveling through Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and Australia, he found his mind and heart opening to the diversity and richness of other people, languages, and cultures.
This profound and expanding experience helped him examine fresh ideas and consider new career options. While traveling, he enrolled in a residency-training program in General and Orthopedic surgery at Australia’s University of Sydney. Returning home, his residency training in Internal Medicine continued at the University of Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital, but he quickly moved on for more of the same preparation at Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.
At the end of those experiences and other explorations, he decided that a Dermatology practice would best serve his personality and interests. Once again, he found himself in residency training, this time in Dermatology at the University of California in San Diego, followed by the completion of a Laser and Photobiology Fellowship in the Department of Dermatology at Harvard University. He then set up his private practice of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery in Mountain View, California. While building his practice, he also worked periodically as an Emergency Room Physician at Redwood City Sequoia Hospital, an experience he considers critical in rounding out his medical knowledge and skills.
Today, Dr. Menkes enjoys the satisfaction of having built an outstanding practice in Mountain View since 1984. Aside from an enduring passion for his craft, he enjoys skiing, golf, music, and theater. In addition, he applies the depth and breadth of his extensive background and training with great humility, believing that a physician’s schooling never ends.
His vision of the future for The Menkes Clinic & Surgery Center, filled with great anticipation, encompasses challenges and opportunities he trusts will lead to a higher standard of excellence in comprehensive skincare, one characterized by uncompromising principles, ethics, and quality. New technology, treatments, and breakthroughs reinforce his belief in the promise that Dermatologic and Cosmetic Medicine holds to enhance the lives of the patients he serves. He looks ahead to the evolution of his practice with the same exhilaration he felt when embarking on his adventure around the world many years ago.
Dr. Lillian Soohoo
Her goal is to provide the highest level of dermatologic care to patients in a friendly, comfortable environment.
- 1985 A.B., with honors, Human Biology, Stanford University
- 1989 M.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
- 1989-1990, Internship, Pediatrics, UC San Diego School of Medicine
- 1990-1992, Resident in Dermatology, University Hospitals of Cleveland
- 1992-1993, Chief Resident in Dermatology, University Hospitals of Cleveland
- 1993-1994, Private Practice, Seattle, Washington
- 1993-1994 Clinical Instructor, Department of Dermatology, University of Washington Children’s Hospital and Harborview Hospital, Seattle, WA
- 1996-present, Clinical Adjunct Clinical Faculty of Dermatology, Stanford University School of Medicine
- Board Certified, Dermatology
- Board Certified, Pediatric Dermatology
- Fellow, American Academy of Dermatology
- Fellow, Society for Pediatric Dermatology
- Member, Santa Clara County Medical Association
- Member, San Francisco Dermatologic Society
Dr. Krystle Wang
Dr. Wang’s areas of interest include cosmetic and general dermatology. She is an Allergan Medical Institute Faculty Member, selected to a cohort of experienced physician injectors who train other providers in the use of cosmetic facial injections and other aesthetic procedures. She has co-authored chapters in cosmetic textbooks detailing laser treatments and articles in journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery, Cutis, and SkinMed Dermatology for the Clinician. She has also presented at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. More recently, she worked with a medical device company as a co-investigator in a clinical trial to investigate the laser treatment of stretch marks.
Dr. Wang is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and American Medical Association. She is also a member of the Chinese Health Initiative Physician Network at El Camino Hospital. She is fluent in English and Mandarin.
Outside of work, Dr. Wang enjoys traveling, kickboxing, spinning, yoga/pilates, and trying new experiences.
Dr. Ethan Levin
Ethan Levin is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon. His training and education include:
- Bachelor of Science in Biology summa cum laude, Cornell University
- Medical Doctorate, Washington University in St. Louis
- Internal Medicine Internship, Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Hospital
- Dermatology Residency and Clinical Research Fellowship, University of California San Francisco
- Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis
Dr. Levin specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery and reconstructive surgery for skin cancer. He has advanced training in cosmetic dermatology and laser procedures, including the treatment and revision of scars, removal of benign skin lesions, botox injections, fillers, and Kybella. Dr. Levin further specializes in the management of psoriasis, eczema and other inflammatory skin disorders using phototherapy, excimer laser, biologics and injectable medications.
Dr. Levin has published more than sixty peer-reviewed journal articles and textbook articles encompassing dermatologic surgery, psoriasis, and phototherapy. He is an editor of the two-volume textbook, Mild-to-Moderate Psoriasis (Third Edition) and Moderate-to-Severe Psoriasis (Fourth Edition).
In his free time, Dr. Levin enjoys cooking, gardening and all things Buffalo Sabres. He lives in San Francisco with his husband and their dog Lily.
Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Walt Sweeney, a face and body aesthetic plastic surgeon, comes to Golden State Plastic Surgery from an internationally-renowned practice in Beverly Hills. With attention to detail and an artistic eye, Dr. Sweeney provides outcomes that restore and enhance the face, breast, and body. Utilizing his vast experience and skill, he works with his patients to understand their aesthetic goals before creating a customized procedure plan. Dr. Sweeney’s goal is to help patients look and feel their best through innovative procedures and advanced surgical techniques.
Dr. Sweeney attended the United States Air Force Academy and subsequently proudly served in the Air Force. He received his medical degree from the Cleveland Clinic and completed his plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, one of the premier plastic surgery training institutions. He has published numerous articles keeping on the cutting edge of plastic surgery. Dr. Sweeney's areas of expertise include:
- Breast Lift
- Breast Lift with Impant
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Revision
- Breast Reduction
- Male Breast Reduction
- Neck Lift
- Arm Lift
- Thigh Lift
- Scar Revision and Removal
- Tummy Tuck
- Abdominal Body Shaping and Sculpting
- Mommy Makeover
Patient Care Coordinator
Karen applies more than 10 years of extensive and diverse experience in the field of cosmetic/aesthetic dermatology to her work at The Menkes Clinic & Surgery Center. Forming working partnerships with patients to help them make wise and informed decisions about their skin care needs drives a major part of that work.
From the initial consultation, through the actual procedure and post-treatment checkups, she stays with patients to ensure their goals are met. This close working relationship helps them remain informed about their options and alleviates the apprehension that sometimes accompanies cosmetic treatment.
It all begins with the complimentary consultation she offers and results in a personalized skin-rejuvenation program tailored to each individual’s requirements. The information and care Karen provides builds the patient’s trust and comfort level which is so essential before any procedure. She is truly a valuable asset to the clinic’s mission.
Kim Rufkahr, RN
Kim Rufkahr, RN has trained hundreds of medical professionals across the U.S. and Canada in the use of lasers and injectibles. Patients choose Kim for her attention to detail and highly personalized care. Kim has more than 15 years of experience in aesthetic services and is an active member of the Dermatology Nurses Association and the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery. Kim’s areas of expertise include
- Laser Hair Removal
- Intense Pulse Light (IPL)
- Tattoo Removal
- Wrinkle Fillers
- Lip Augmentation
Shawna has been in the beauty industry for over 7 years. Her personal approach to skin care and her belief that every skin type deserves personalized attention is the hallmark of her unique treatments. Shawna’s passion for skin care began with her own experience with chronic acne. She brings her expertise, caring, and strong educational background to work at The Menkes Clinic & Surgery Center.
Meredith brings over 15 years of dermatology experience as well as 4 additional years of medical experience to her role as Practice Manager at the Menkes Clinic. Her experience in healthcare varies and includes emergency medicine, women’s health, pediatrics, and Lyme disease.
Meredith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior from UC Davis. This strong educational background in science and medicine, along with her diverse experience in patient care, has proven to be a strong foundation for her management role at the Menkes Clinic.
With a fantastic team to work with, Meredith is able to realize her goal of constantly improving our patients’ experience. The Menkes Clinic team is a collaborative one that Meredith is proud to contribute to and be a part of.
Tara brings 20 years of experience working in medical clinics to her job at The Menkes Clinic & Surgery Center. As a talented person, she functions in a number of areas; in the front as office receptionist, in the back office as a medical assistant with dermatology patients and in the Operating Room as an OR Tech where she assists Dr. Menkes in performing cosmetic procedures.
She is also a Mohs Tech and assists Dr. Menkes with Mohs surgical procedures.Tara appreciates the collaborative approach and teamwork environment that Dr. Menkes has built with his staff. She is passionate about being a member of the team and believes that our patients have a positive experience when they are the recipients of the caring and helpful attitude displayed by the staff.
In her free time, Tara loves spending time with her husband and 4 children.
Medical Billing Specialist
Jennifer’s 10 years of experience in the medical industry has perfected her organizational skills in the billing department. She expertly helps patients tackle their complicated questions and resolves problems efficiently. When she’s not attending San Jose State University, she enjoys word searches, trying new restaurants, and being surrounded by people that make her laugh.