Meet Our Team
About Our Board Certified Doctors
The Laser & Skin Surgery Center of Northern California is proud of its reputation as one of the world’s most comprehensive laser centers and strives to provide state-of-the-art skin laser surgery and industry-leading research in a warm, caring environment.
We believe in putting our patients’ comfort as our highest priority. Our qualified staff is dedicated to meeting your individual needs in a supportive environment. To ensure that your visit is a positive experience, our staff is prepared to listen to and answer any questions or comments you may have in a confidential manner, and work with you to achieve optimal results.
Suzanne L. Kilmer, M.D.
Dr. Suzanne Linsmeier Kilmer is the Founder of the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Northern California, Clinical Professor at the University of California, Davis and past president of ASLMS. She completed her M.D. degree and dermatology residency at U.C. Davis Medical Center, then moved East for a laser surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Wellman Laboratories of Photomedicine. She remained at Harvard as a faculty member for two more years, researching the use of Q-switched lasers for treatment of tattoos and pigmented lesions and the rapidly pulsed CO2 lasers now popular for resurfacing.
Vera A. Chotzen, M.D.
Dr. Chotzen, Associate Director of the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of Northern California, began her education with a Diplome d’Excellence from the Leo Marchutz Ecole d’Art in France. She holds three degrees from the University of Hawaii, is board certified in dermatology, and laser fellowship trained.
Susan K. Silva, M.D.
Dr. Silva is a board certified dermatologist specializing in minimally invasive rejuvenation with natural results. She graduated with Honors and a BS in Chemistry from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, followed by a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of California, Davis, where she served as President of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. As a student, Dr. Silva received awards for outstanding clinical expertise, surgical skill and research, including excellence in Plastic Surgery.
Marla McClaren, M.D.
Dr. McClaren earned her M.D. degree from the University of California, Davis. She completed her dermatology residency at UCLA, and was honored with the Outstanding Dermatology Resident Award. She conducted basic science research, for which she received the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Student Research Fellowship, the Edward C. Gomez Award for Outstanding Dermatologic Research and the American Dermatologic Research Fellowship.
Anne R. Zhuang, M.D., FACMS
Dr. Anne R. Zhuang graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Economics. She earned her Medical Degree from Duke University, where she received a full-merit scholarship. She then returned to California and completed her Dermatology residency at the University of California, San Diego, where she acted as a Chief Resident during her final year. After residency, Dr. Zhuang went on to pursue advanced fellowship training in Mohs micrographic surgery at the University of California Davis, as well as in cosmetic and laser dermatology with Dr. Suzanne Kilmer at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Northern California.
Rebecca L. Sprague, NP-C
Rebecca earned her nurse practitioner/physician assistant certificate at the University of California, Davis. She is involved in peer and public education and speaks at professional organizations. A past Botox® Cosmetic field trainer for RNs and midlevel practitioners, she is a member of ASLMS (American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery), the Dermatologic Nurses Association, the Society of Dermatologic Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Alison S. Kang, M.D., FACMS
Dr. Alison S. Kang is a board-certified dermatologist specializing in cosmetic/laser dermatology and skin cancer surgery. She attended Johns Hopkins University, where she majored in both Public Health Studies and Spanish. She then received her medical doctorate at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, where she graduated as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, a highly selective medical honors society, for her excellence in scholarly achievement and leadership.
About Our Board Certified Nurses
Kathy Keys RN
18 years of experience at Laser & Skin
Member of ASLMS since 2004
2021 Excellence in Laser Nursing/Allied Health Award
Judy Witte Romero RN
16 years of experience at Laser & Skin
Member of ASLMS since 2004
Linda Coward RN
15 years of experience at Laser & Skin
13 years of experience at Laser & Skin
Katrina Heckley RN
2 years of experience at Laser & Skin
Judy Phelps RN
20 years of experience at Laser & Skin