Meet Our Team
Owner and founder of Manhattan Dermatology, Dr. Ashley Magovern believes in providing genuine, honest, and expert dermatologic care, and is proud to practice traditional medicine using the most advanced techniques and technologies. She has assembled an amazing team to provide her patients with the ultimate in care, kindness, and skill, and wants everyone to truly enjoy their experience at Manhattan Dermatology.
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Dr. Nina Desai joins us from New York City, where she practiced in a private practice setting on Park Avenue and in Tribeca, specializing in medical and cosmetic dermatology. After earning her MD from Brown University, Dr. Desai went on to train at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Medical Center in New York City where she was elected Chief Resident for the Department of Dermatology. Throughout her career, Dr. Desai has conducted dermatological research at Harvard University and Cornell University and has authored numerous journal articles. Her philosophy is simple: to help all of her patients achieve healthy, beautiful skin so they can look and feel their very best every day. On a personal note, Dr. Desai’s husband grew up in Laguna Beach, and after 10 years in New York, she was excited to raise her two young sons on the west coast.
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We are pleased to introduce our newest physician, Dr. Courtney Phillips. She received her medical degree and completed her dermatology residency at University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. She was awarded the Madeline Boccuzzi Award for excellence in dermatology, and served as Chief Resident during her final year. Dr. Phillips has extensive training in general, pediatric, and cosmetic dermatology as well as dermatologic surgery. She has a particular interest in acne, psoriasis, skin cancer screenings, and cosmetic dermatology. A new resident of Manhattan Beach, Dr. Phillips enjoys running on the strand, boxing, or cycling in the front row at Soul Cycle.
A board-certified physician assistant who takes great pride in giving her patients the ultimate in professional and personal care, Angelyn England always takes the extra time to listen to and educate her patients. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Studies from DeSales University in Pennsylvania, then went on to earn her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies.
Angelyn has extensive training in both general and cosmetic dermatology. She has worked in the field for 12 years, gaining valuable experience helping dermatology patients of all ages. Her expertise includes treating acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, warts, and rashes, as well as performing skin exams to screen for skin cancers. She is skilled in performing biopsies and excisions, and has also worked in dermatology research and assisted in Mohs surgeries. Her cosmetic experience includes injectable fillers, Botox, Dysport, sclerotherapy, chemical peels, and various laser treatments.
A board-certified physician assistant who has been practicing in the medical field for over 11 years, Jackie Tran grew up in Orange County and graduated from University of California, Irvine, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She went on to become a physician assistant and received her Master of Science from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, IL. Jackie rotated at Manhattan Dermatology as part of her PA program, and after seeing Jackie in action, Dr. Magovern knew she had to have her on the team some day! So, after a few years practicing in Chicago, Jackie has enthusiastically returned to officially join the team at Manhattan Dermatology. Jackie is dedicated to the practice of medical dermatology as well as preserving and improving the quality of her patients’ skin health, integrity, and youthfulness. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with her amazing fiancé and beloved American bulldog, Briggs.
Laser + Injectable Specialist
Lizette Ludwig is a board-certified registered nurse and holds numerous certifications in the medical esthetic field. Lizette began her nursing career as a surgical nurse at Torrance Memorial Hospital where she worked with a world-renowned surgeon specializing in bariatric patients. Through continued education, Lizette was introduced to the medical aesthetic field and found her niche—her passion and natural gift for the field became evident.
Lizette brings over 10 years of experience in cosmetic procedures, including lasers, chemical peels, and injectables. She keeps her professional skills finely tuned with continued education courses, always striving to learn new techniques and developments in her field. One of her most important objectives is to provide her patients with high quality professional care while meeting and surpassing their cosmetic goals.
Dani Bostwick has dedicated over 12 years to aesthetics and is certified by the California State Board. She is extremely passionate about skincare and takes pride in her profession. With her dazzling personality and extensive knowledge of skincare, she is a great contributor to our medical practice. She specializes in HydraFacial MD and chemical peels. When not in the office, Dani enjoys camping with her children, husband, and her beloved dog Stella.
Director of Operations
With a degree in Public Relations and extensive experience in the medical field, Monica Bowen is enjoying the transition into her role as Director of Operations. Growing up in Florida, she learned quickly about the sun’s impact on our skin and the importance of sunscreen. Monica’s fascination with the outdoors and skincare led her to pursue a career in cosmetics, where she strives to outsmart the sun and its harmful rays. In her spare time, this adventurous gal likes to run on the sand, paddleboard, hike, and travel abroad.
Yet another South Bay local, Carrie Demarse has 14 years of experience as a medical assistant. Her experience in plastic surgery and dermatology, paired with her great passion for both the medical and the aesthetic aspect of the practice, makes her a valuable asset to Manhattan Dermatology. A jack-of-all-trades, she assists in all areas of the practice. Carrie's warm, fun-loving personality and passion for patient care makes your experience as personal and comfortable as possible. Don’t be surprised if you see her singing and dancing in the hallways of Manhattan Dermatology—she cracks us all up!
Front Office Coordinator
Jody Licup is a long-time resident of the South Bay who has worked in the medical field for over 11 years. She is incredibly knowledgeable about all things front office, and provides patients with a wealth of information about everything from our procedures to insurance details. Jody truly enjoys working with patients and helping them meet their healthcare needs. When Jody’s not at work, you can find her at the park or beach playing with her son, Calvin, and her husband.
Front Office Coordinator
Kimberly Ducille is a new addition to our team. She relocated from sunny Florida to take on the California lifestyle, trading her retail background for a new and exciting journey into the world of skincare and cosmetic beauty. Kimberly is passionate about customer service and ensuring that every patient has an amazing experience here at Manhattan Dermatology.
Amanda Alba has been working in the field of dermatology for several years and is a vital part of the Manhattan Dermatology team. Her knowledge of dermatologic procedures and skin care make her a great resource for our patients—everyone loves her! Besides dermatology, Amanda loves working out, shopping, and cheering for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
With a passion for medicine, skin care and cosmetics, Amber Jana is a dynamic member of our back office team. Amber is a certified medical assistant and was awarded the Perfect Attendance Award at SCROC, where she attended the medical assistant program. We were lucky to have her join our team at Manhattan Dermatology! Amber’s passion for learning mirrors her love for helping patients look good and feel good. When Amber is not at work, you can find her working up a sweat at kickboxing.
Nancy Nunez’s passion for patient care and giving back is exemplified by her remarkable administrative skills. With over seven years in the medical field as an LVN, this go-getter occupies her time off by volunteering, writing inspirational blogs, running along the California coast, reading non-fiction, and unwinding with her family. See why we adore her?!
Leticia Gomez recently joined our practice with previous experience in dermatology. As one of our newest additions to Manhattan Dermatology, she is a tremendous benefit and value to our patients' experience. Leticia is currently going to school to further her education and fulfill her goal of becoming a registered nurse. In her free time, Leticia enjoys being outdoors and camping with her family and friends.
Raquel Ahumada has over 23 years as a medical assistant. New to the field of dermatology, she has developed a passion for skin care and is eager to learn more. Patient care is always a priority for her. Raquel has two children in college and in her free time, she enjoys sitting at the hockey rink watching her youngest play hockey.
Photography by Lauren Pressey Photography.