||Meet the Staff
Meet the Staff2019-06-03T18:39:14+00:00

Meet the Staff

At Viva Wellness, we pride ourselves by employing the best of the best to ensure excellence in patient care

Our team’s diverse backgrounds, education, training and experience sets us apart and allows us to relate on both a personal and professional level. Knowing the importance of having effective communication, we provide our patients with services in the following languages: English, Spanish, Russian, Tagalog, Mandarin, Arabic and American Sign. Thank you again for choosing Viva Wellness for your health and wellness needs, now let’s meet the team!

Dr. Michael Tachuk

Dr. Michael Tachuk has been a Director for the California Academy of Cosmetic Surgery for 6 years. He has been active in the medical community as well as giving back to the greater San Diego community for over 30 years.

Prior to opening his present practice in Point Loma, Dr. Michael had a family medicine practice with over 20,000 patients in El Cajon. His focus was weight loss and minor cosmetic procedures. The local paper wrote him up at the time as the busiest family doctor in the city.

19 years ago, Dr. Michael opened Viva Wellness specializing only in weight loss and cosmetic procedures. Since then he has regularly attended cutting edge specialized training workshops on the latest in cosmetic, weight loss and anti-aging procedures and medicine.

Dr. Michael has trained with top Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeons from Beverly Hills, to New York and Rio De Janeiro (the legendary Dr. Ivo Pitanguy). He also keeps in contact with some of the most well-known national authorities on weight loss, anti-aging and stem cell medicine.

Dr. Michael is associated with the American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine, The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, The San Diego County Medical Society, The California Medical Society and the American Medical Association. Dr. Michael has been chosen by the Consumers Research Council of America as one of the Top Physicians in America for a number of years.

Dr. Michael speaks Italian and Russian and can do a work around in Spanish. When he can he likes to spend time with his children, as well as reading, boating and fishing.

MarciExecutive Assistant and Accounting
Marci, a native of Vista, has been with the Viva Wellness family for 6 years, bringing with her 14 years of extensive knowledge and experience in accounting and financial operations. Working side by side with Dr. Michael, she ensures his mission to provide the best possible care for his patients is delivered. Marci is the heart and soul of our practice and it’s felt by both employees and patients. She has a passion for work, family, sports and spending time with her husband and beloved niece, Malaina. When not working, you will most likely find Marci at Petco Park cheering on her beloved San Diego Padres!
InnaSpa Manager
Inna, a native of Russia, has been a valuable member of the Viva Wellness team for over 15 years. She enjoys leading our experienced spa team with education on state-of-the-art procedures, advanced skin care knowledge and creating an outstanding patient experience. Inna thrives on helping patients achieve their weight loss and cosmetic goals and in return, patients love the positive energy she brings to our team. She also specializes in Camouflage™ which helps patients reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars. Inna is the face and voice of our practice and is always here to welcome our patients with a warm, friendly smile. Outside of the office, you’ll find Inna enjoying all that San Diego has to offer with her daughter and family.
Sally, a native of China, has been a loyal member of the Viva Wellness team for the past 8 years. She is a Licensed Esthetician and specializes in non-surgical skin care treatments such as Microdermabrasion, Infini, Microneedling, chemical peels and various facial regiments. Her philosophy is to create a personal approach to skin care. After she carefully analyzes her patient’s skin, she is able to customize a treatment plan based on the patient’s specific skin care concerns and needs. Sally has a passion for improving skin and regularly attends cosmetic seminars with Dr. Michael to stay up to date with the most advanced, state-of-the-art procedures available to our patients.
AnaEsthetician and Medical Assistant
Ana, a San Diego native, has been a part of the Viva Wellness team for 4 years, bringing with her 13 years of Medical Assisting and Esthetician experience. Ana assists our medical doctors with all procedures, including Cool Sculpting and Liposuction and also performs non-surgical treatments, Thermi, Infini, Microdermabrasion, Microneedling, facials and chemical peels. Ana thrives on working one-on-one with patients and customizing skin care treatment plans to support them, in attaining their aesthetic goals. Our patients love Ana’s passion for health and wellness and are inspired by her. In her spare time, Ana enjoys working with animals and currently has three rescue dogs that complete her family’s home.
AliciaMedical Assistant
Alicia, a San Diego native, brings over 3 years of MA experience to the Viva Wellness team. As a graduate of Bright Wood College, she has been trained in various non-surgical procedures including, Ultherapy, ThermiVA, ThermiSmooth and ThermiTight. She assists Dr. Michael with pre-and post-op visits for Liposuction as well as educating patients on various surgical and non-surgical treatment options. What she loves the most about her career is seeing her patients achieve their goals and our patients just adore Alicia’s kind-hearted and calming nature. In her spare time, Alicia enjoys spending time with her two children and plans on continuing her education and training in the medical field.
BrynnLead Certified Medical Assistant
Brynn, a New York native, graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.S. in Kinesiology and Mathematics and has been with the Viva Wellness team for over 2 years. Brynn performs various non-surgical treatments including, ThermiVA, ThermiSmooth and conducts pre and post op visits. She also assists our medical doctors with surgical and minimally invasive procedures, including Cool Sculpting, Liposuction, ThermiTight and PDO MediThread. What Brynn loves the most about this specialty is treating patients for elective procedures and treatments with positive outcomes. In her spare time, Brynn focuses on furthering her education and aspirations to become a Physician Assistant.
MaritesMedical Assistant
Marites, a native of the Philippines, began her career at Viva Wellness with 3 years of experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Following her CNA schooling, she pursued an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts with an emphasis in Baking and Pastry. When she graduated, she worked her way up to head pastry chef at Wild Thyme catering. Finding herself still interested in the health profession, she went back to school to continue her education at Brightwood College and graduated Cum Laude with a Diploma in Medical Assisting. For Marites every day in the health profession brings a new challenge and a resulting reward in personal satisfaction. Both our patients and team admire her personable nature and how she always goes above and beyond to exceed our patient’s expectations. Marites loves traveling to the Philippines to visit family with her husband and 2 children, cooking, and going out with friends to explore the ever-changing restaurant scene in San Diego.
ReemMedical Assistant
Reem, a native of Iraq, began her career at Viva Wellness 7 months ago after graduating from the Medical Assistant Program at Bridge Career Education. She is also a nutrition student at Grossmont College and will be transferring to San Diego State University to get her B.S. in Nutrition. What Reem enjoys the most about her career is communicating with our patients and hearing how happy they are with their cosmetic treatment results and the amount of progress they are achieving with their weight loss program. Outside of work, Reem loves spending time with her family.
VanessaMedical Assistant
Vanessa, a San Diego native, began her career at Viva Wellness 6 months ago as an Intern and after graduating from the Medical Assistant program at U.S. College, came onboard full time. What she loves the most about her position is being able to take the time to educate patients on our treatment options and how she can help them achieve their goals – both weight loss and cosmetic. Vanessa’s warm personality makes the patients feel comfortable and confident, knowing she is with them on their journey with us. Her greatest joy outside of Viva Wellness is spending time with her family and friends.
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