Dr. Short and her staff work closely and cohesively as a team coordinating, advising and utilizing a host of modalities to benefit every patient in their care and quest for understanding using compassion, gentleness, and open communication.

Our team concept allows patients to look as good as they can, regardless of age, while still maintaining a natural result. Dr. Short’ philosophy and passion for plastic surgery whether its surgical or non-surgical options is evident with each member on the Gillian Institute team.

Melissa Mahmoud



Melissa Mahmoud is a licensed Medical Assistant with both a degree in Medical Assisting and Business Administration. This allows Melissa to bring the best of both worlds to our practice as our Clinical Coordinator. Melissa, having once been a patient, can empathize with the wants and needs of our patients. Since Melissa began at our practice, she has been training with Dr. Short to perform Botox and Juvederm injections. She is also certified by Allergan, the makers of Botox and Juvederm, to perform these injections. Melissa is also certified to perform Ultherapy.

“I have had so many great opportunities at The Gillian Institute. I am very lucky! I absolutely love my job. I enjoy everything from talking to the patients on the phone, to meeting them at the consultations and following them through their surgery and post-op care. I love making our patients feel beautiful.”

Jackie Smith



Jackie is a Certified Surgical Technician and Phlebotomist. She has gained a wealth of knowledge working directly with Dr. Short the past 7 years. Jackie is a great listener and always does her best to make sure we understand your goals. She works with our patients to educate them on surgical procedures, and what to expect both pre and post operatively.

“I love having the opportunity to be a part of our patients journeys. It is extremely rewarding to help people gain confidence in themselves.”

Amber Aiman



Amber has been with The Gillian Institute for over 4 years as an Injector Specialist, and has worked in Plastics for over 20 years. She has an eye for detail and loves to help our patients understand their options for achieving their goals. Amber is also certified in Micropigmentation and Coolsculpting, and has a wealth of knowledge in the Plastics industry. She is available for consultations and treatment at our north office.

Danette Waymire



Danette came to us with a wealth of experience in both dermatology and medical aesthetics. She has been an aesthetician for over 14 years and continues to keep up with this ever-changing and exciting field. Danette has excellent technical skills as well as the ability to apply new knowledge efficiently. Danette works at both our north and downtown offices, to accommodate the needs of her patients.

Keila Mendoza



Keila is the beautiful face that greets you when you come to our office. She loves the Plastic Surgery industry and enjoys learning about different procedures to better educate our patients. She is bilingual and does a great job accommodating our Spanish speaking patients.

Shaaron Gonzales



Shaaron is a Certified Surgical Technician, who works with Dr. Short in surgery. She loves to make our patients feel comfortable and relaxed both pre and post operatively. She is extremely knowledgeable and adds a lot of value to our practice. Shaaron is bilingual and able to accommodate our Spanish speaking patients.