Dr. Caridi is the owner and founder of Westlake Plastic Surgery and the Austin Gynecomastia Center. He has practiced plastic surgery for over 30 years and is considered a senior surgeon.
At this juncture in his career, he practices only cosmetic plastic surgery with a focus on senior level procedures including rhinoplasty (nose job), gynecomastia surgery, breast lift with implants and mommy makeover. Dr. Caridi has an international practice with patients who seek his services from all over the world. His frank and honest approach with patients is refreshing and current. His focus on patient safety and natural results has contributed to the success of his patients for decades. Read Dr. Caridi’s full bio here.
Dr. James Wilson is Westlake Plastic Surgery’s board certified anesthesiologist. Dr. Wilson graduated from high school in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He completed his undergraduate education at Baylor University from 1976 to 1980, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry.
Dr. Wilson attended medical school at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston from 1980 to 1984, where he earned his medical degree. He completed his anesthesia residency at The University of Mississippi. After teaching at Ole Miss, Dr. Wilson took his first private practice job in Athens, Georgia, where he held the position of Director of Cardiac Anesthesia for eleven years. He left that position to cofound a new anesthesia group in Asheboro, North Carolina. In 2012, Dr. Wilson returned to Texas to serve as Director of Anesthesia and Medical Director of the Operating Rooms at Seton Medical Center Harker Heights. Dr. Wilson met Dr. Caridi in 2015 and eagerly accepted his invitation to join him at Westlake Plastic Surgery. Dr. Wilson is honored to provide the highest quality anesthesia for all surgical patients and serves as Facility Director for the Operating Room.
Lacy Stewart, Registered Nurse, is a native Texan who came to us from Wichita Falls. Lacy attended Midwestern State University where she pursued a degree in psychology. It was on this pursuit that she realized her true passion: nursing.
She went on to receive her nursing degree at Vernon College. She is certified in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Since her start with us over 10 years ago she has pursued advanced training as a RNFA (registered nurse first assist) and has received her CNOR certification. Lacy has honed her skills to a high level under the mentoring of Dr. Caridi, and she serves as the chief nurse at WPS. She is responsible for the clinical operations of the office and can be found in surgery, in the recovery room, and caring for patients during office hours. Lacy is also an aesthetic nurse injector and performs neurotoxin injections, dermal fillers and micro needling. Lacy has a Texas-friendly personality and our patients warm up to her immediately as she assists them in each area of the Westlake Plastic Surgery experience. She possesses an easy smile, a warm personality, and a sensitivity to the needs of our patients. She has developed into a first-rate plastic surgery nurse who will never forget the primary role of all nurses — to take wonderful care of their patients.
Maria Basurto, Registered Nurse, is a true Austinite who grew up in the hills of Westlake. It was Maria’s lifelong dream to become a nurse. Maria fulfilled that dream when she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Maria is certified in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. She enjoys caring for patients at each stage of the surgical process, from pre-operative and post-operative and from consultations to the recovery room. Maria enjoys working with our patients and has a passion for providing quality, patient-centered nursing care. You will always see her with a smile on her face. Maria is one of five kids. In her free time, she enjoys running the town lake trail, listening and dancing to music, and spending time with her family and friends.
Christi is a native Texan who grew up in Miles (near San Angelo). Christi received her bachelor’s in Kinesiology from San Angelo State University and went on to receive her Master’s in Exercise and Sports Science from Texas State University.
After running a corporate wellness program for several years, she began pursuing her nursing degree and graduated in 2012 from Austin Community College. She holds certifications in Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support. Christi has over 10 years of experience in the surgical setting. You can find her in the OR and assisting patients from the time they arrive for surgery until they leave the recovery room. Christi has two boys and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling (anywhere she can surf, dive or snowboard) and running with her dog, Reign.
Cherri Hill joined the Westlake Plastic Surgery team 17 years ago, bringing along many years of experience in the healthcare industry. She is the “mama bear” of the practice and oversees all email correspondence and online consultations.
She is an avid Longhorn fan and attended the University of Texas in Austin along with Dr. Caridi, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in social work. Growing up in a military family has made it easy for her to form relationships with patients from all walks of life. Cherri truly cares for our patients and wants you to feel like family while she assists you throughout your journey. While her roles within the practice have evolved throughout the years, her goal has remained the same which is to educate and support you throughout the process. She is passionate about hospitality and committed to caring for your needs. Cherri has deep roots in Austin and much love for the hill country of Central Texas. Currently she is working remotely, and you will likely communicate with her via email.
Michelle Contreras originally joined the Westlake Plastic Surgery team in 2009 as a Medical Assistant and Patient Coordinator. She recently returned after taking some time off to be a stay at home mom. Michelle has 12 years of experience in both plastic surgery and dermatology. She oversees all aspects of our front-end operations.
Michelle enjoys helping patients navigate through their surgical journey from start to finish. She is known for being compassionate, gentle, calm, and kind-hearted. Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, interior design, organizing and cooking.
Dennise is our new Patient Coordinator. She is originally from Houston, Texas and moved to Austin in 2020. Dennise earned her bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Houston in 2019. Although she has a passion for teaching, she has always been interested in the beauty industry and recently earned her certification in lash extensions.
You will be greeted by Dennise with a bright smile when you walk into our office. She is excited to build her knowledge in Plastic Surgery and is ready to help answer your questions when you call. On her free time, she enjoys working out and keeping up with the social media trends. She is super charismatic, sweet, and fun to be around. We are so lucky to have her on our team!
Heather joined the team in 2019. She is Texas born but grew up in Las Vegas, NV. Heather is an Army Veteran who attended Tacoma Community College, Clover Park Technical College, and Western Governors University graduating with her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN).
She holds certification in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Heather has over 9 yrs of nursing experience and has worked as a Medical Surgical Nurse and in Obstetrics and Gynecology in both outpatient and inpatient settings. She circulates in the OR, and assists in the recovery process from start to finish. Heather has always enjoyed the operating room and has a love for plastic surgery and the way it changes lives for the better. Heather enjoys her opportunity to help out when needed. She always has a smile on her face and can brighten up any room. When she’s not helping patients, she loves spending time with her friends and family. Heather also enjoys attending live music events and running in her spare time.
When it comes to improving your life, there’s no time like the present. The decisions you make today about your skin health, your body, and your beauty will impact you for the rest of your life. For more than three decades, Westlake Plastic Surgery has made the future brighter and more beautiful for patients just like you. Schedule your consultation today to begin your aesthetic journey at Westlake Plastic Surgery.Schedule An Online Consultation