Skin Care Experts
Experience Something Extraordinary.
We are passionate about skin health, natural beauty and how it can become an integral part of your lifestyle. We are skin gurus and thrive on sharing our passion and knowledge. We give you the tools to make informed skin care decisions, all in an inspiring, safe and sustainable environment.
Dr. Mark LupinViolinist, Scientist & Giant
Our resident dermatologist and violin virtuoso, Dr. Mark Lupin holds a particular interest in photodermatology – the interaction of light and the skin – which he pursued at St. John’s Hospital in London, England. Regarding aesthetic medicine, Dr. Lupin shares Dr. McGillivray’s keen interest in advancing technologies and science. In fact, the pair began their careers in aesthetics as partners more than 15 years ago. While both physicians have independently founded successful practices – Dr. Lupin is also the director of Cosmedica Laser Centre in Victoria, BC – they come together now, over Project Skin MD, as long time colleagues and great friends.
Dr. Lupin began his educational pursuits at the University of Indiana where he studied violin under the tutelage of the great Jascha Heifetz. Following, Dr. Lupin completed a BSc “cum laude” in Applied Mathematics from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. His innovative work brought him opportunity with N.A.S.A. where he participated in the mathematical modelling of the Canadarm. It was, finally, at the University of Toronto that Dr. Lupin completed his medical degree and then went on to residencies in both neurology and dermatology at the University of British Columbia.
Active in research, education and training, Dr. Lupin is a Clinical Faculty Member of the University of British Columbia’s Department of Dermatology and Skin Science and a consulting member of the Vancouver Island Health Authority. Dr. Lupin is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology (AAD), Fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), Member of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) and past President of the Canadian Laser Aesthetic Surgery Society (CLASS).
For further information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lupin, contact Project Skin MD today. As a centre for dermatology, laser medicine and advanced skincare, we offer professional consultations to assess your skin projects and review optimal solutions.
Dr. Willliam McGillivrayArtist in Residence
Dr. William McGillivray doesn’t wear a wet suit to work each day so you are not likely to guess he was a champion windsurfer. His name tag reads Dr. McGillivray – not Dr. Shred – yet close personal friends rarely make the distinction. What cannot be seen on the outside are the qualities by which we are unique. After additional training in family practice at the University of Saskatchewan and diagnostic radiology at the University of Alberta, Dr. McGillivray has devoted his medical career to the advancement of aesthetic medicine through a synergy of artistry, science, innovation and integrity.
With a commitment to forwarding his industry, Dr. McGillivray is identified at the forefront of emerging technologies, speaking to his exceptional experience with such products as BOTOX® in Vancouver, BC. Along with Dr. Lupin, Dr. McGillivray was among the first Canadian physicians providing laser hair removal, Fraxel laser resurfacing, Thermage skin tightening and more. Recognized as a luminary educator, Dr. McGillivray travels the globe presenting and training on advanced applications for leading technologies including Fraxel®, Thermage®, BOTOX COSMETIC®, JUVÉDERM®, Teosyal®, Restylane® and Perlane®.
Media recognize the value of the expert. Dr. McGillivray, a Fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), is frequently featured in popular media relaying latest advancements and techniques in anti-aging skin science. Dr. McGillivray’s expert appearances include Beauty by Design, The Fanny Kiefer Show, CTV News, Global BC News, City TV,WTN and the Kid Carson Show.
On the path to Project Skin MD, Dr. McGillivray has founded some of BC’s most notable aesthetic centres including Whistler Laser, Lougheed Laser and co-founded Vancouver’s Pacific DermAesthetics.
Project Skin MD, Dr. McGillivray’s own final “project,” unifies the philosophies, best practices and desired faculties he’s collected on this journey into a singular, exceptional facility and experience. For further information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. McGillivray, contact Project Skin MD today. As a centre for dermatology, laser medicine and advanced skincare, we offer professional consultations to assess your skin projects and review optimal solutions.
Dr. Danya SeredaBrains & Beauty
Dr. Danya Sereda is a dermatologist with a special interest in acne and rosacea, general medical dermatology and aesthetic dermatology. She is passionate about helping people look and feel better by combining her knowledge and expertise with patient preferences to develop customized plans for optimal skin health. She is thrilled to be joining Dr. McGillivary and his exceptional team of skin care experts and was drawn to the culture of excellence, innovation and integrity at Project Skin MD.
Dr. Sereda received a Bachelor of Science in Honours Genetics from the University of British Columbia, graduating with the distinction of Science Scholar (awarded to the top 20 students in the Faculty of Science). She then completed a medical degree at the University of British Columbia, followed by a residency in the specialty of Dermatology in Montreal. In her fourth year of Medicine, she was the recipient of the Hamish Heney McIntosh Memorial Prize, awarded to the student in final year of Medicine who, in the opinion of the Faculty, is best qualified in every respect to practice his or her profession.
Dually certified in both Canada and the US, she is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology. Other memberships include the Canadian Dermatology Association, the Canadian Medical Association and the British Columbia Medical Association.
Dr. Sereda enjoys contributing to the education of dermatology residents as a Clinical Instructor at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Dermatology and Skin Science and frequently provides Continuing Medical Education programs to family physicians. During her studies in science and medicine, she gained experience in basic science and clinical research. She has presented at international meetings including the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting and the World Congress of Dermatology and has published articles in peer-reviewed journals. As a resident, she served as co-chair of the Canadian Dermatology Association Residents and Fellows Society.
Dr. Sereda calls Vancouver home and enjoys an active lifestyle. In particular, she loves skiing, hiking and practicing yoga. Growing up and throughout her medical training, she was also active in the performing arts and to this day enjoys attending concerts, plays and musicals.
Bev McGillivrayClinic Visionary
The saying goes: “behind every great man is a great woman.” Bev isn’t likely to take the credit but few would disagree she has been the driving force at the forefront and behind the scenes of Dr. McGillivray’s medical career.
No one title is big enough to fit Bev McGillivray as she has worn many hats over the years, both clinically and administratively. She is very clear, however, on the ‘vision’ for Project Skin MD and dedicated to creating a wonderful home for patients and team alike. Bev understands every patient has a choice and should they choose Project Skin MD, it is a privilege that we must not take for granted.
Bev’s studies – sciences at UBC and Dental Hygiene in Toronto – laid a foundation where patient care is instinctual. She was fortunate enough to work in one of the most clinically advanced practices in Toronto, learning revolutionary techniques and practices well ahead of their time. Bev’s early adoption of best practices was very much aligned with her husband’s principles of practice. So, in their case, partnership is a natural synergy – in life and in business.
Bev was instrumental in creating Lougheed Medical Clinic, Lougheed Laser Centre, Whistler Laser Centre and Pacific Dermaesthetics but never has she been more passionate about a project as with Project Skin MD – a product of lessons learned on a long and exciting journey.
PS: Bev has three other “projects” on-the-go named Liam, Hannah and Cameron. Never a dull moment, Bev aspires to boredom – a feeling she has become entirely foreign to!
Angela Haff, RNAesthetic Nurse Injector & CoolSculpting Specialist
Bringing a rare femininity and warmth to the Project Skin MD team, Angela Haff is preceded by a legendary reputation in the aesthetics industry. In a world dedicated to beauty and positive self image, she comes by her fame honestly. Angela began her career as a Critical Care Nurse and Medical Technical Advisor in the film and television industry. Life took a sharp turn when she went to work for one of the country’s most respected plastic surgeons, Dr. Richard Warren. Under the tutelage of this esteemed physician, Angela acquired valuable understanding of the importance of ethics and responsibility in aesthetic medicine.
Angela was one of Canada’s first Nurse Injectors with, now, over 24 years of experience. Her specialty led to a role as Clinical Nurse Specialist on the original launch team for the Restylane® family of facial fillers in Canada. In this role, Angela educated and trained many of Canada’s top physicians and nurses and mentored many of her U.S. counterparts. Eventually, her position developed into sales and training and, ultimately, into management for Medicis Aesthetics.
Angela’s personal accomplishments are as impressive. Born in England, Angela eventually settled in Vancouver. She has ridden her bike through the hills of Italy and on the Road To Conquer Cancer. She is an avid reader and, to this day, still meets with the same great women of the book club she helped initiate over 19 years ago. While she describes her career path as ‘unconventional,’ Angela proves to be an artist at heart. She is passionate about design and travel, she thrives when exploring a new city or culture and if you ask her about her greatest accomplishment, she will quickly answer, “Raising my three children. Now adults, they remain my best work to date!”
As a specialized injector here at Project Skin MD, Angela is focused on building trusting relationships and providing great outcomes that preserve and respect the individual. What makes us each unique is, after all, what makes us beautiful. She believes in embracing age and the benefits that are inherent to it. As one of her favourite writers and humourists so succinctly said:
“Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” ~ Oscar Wilde.
There are few more adored or valued than Angela and our team is all the better for her. Our patients will benefit from an extraordinary talent and commitment to providing an exceptional level of care.
Jeannie KehoePatient Concierge
Jeannie has not always worked in aesthetic medicine yet we can tell you it was what she was born to do. She’d argue that ‘Princess’ would have been a finer title but we know that Patient Concierge suits her to a T!
Another Montreal-er (born and raised), Jeannie’s working life began in the financial industry. In 1991, she moved to Hong Kong where she dabbled in real estate and worked part-time for Cathay Pacific. Jeannie’s keen interest in the cosmetic industry led to training in facial aesthetics while in Hong Kong and also inspired an appointment with Dr. McGillivray in Whistler, BC. There sparked the connection that would soon lead to a new career in Aesthetic Medicine.
In early 2007, Jeannie relocated to Vancouver as a founding staff member of Pacific DermAesthetics with the McGillivrays. During that tenure, Jeannie found her professional calling and has become an invaluable wealth of knowledge and wisdom for her patients.
Project Skin MD, Dr. McGillivray’s ultimate project, would not be complete without Jeannie’s assistance and steadfast loyalty. Officially, Jeannie’s role is to guide and assist our patients as patient concierge. She will ensure you navigate our ever-increasing opportunities to unmatched outcomes. Unofficially (of course), Jeannie is known to many of us as a Life Advisor, always happy to give (unsolicited) advice. We are sorry to report that her advice is usually right on the money!
PS: In her leisure time (when we let her out of the office), you will find Jeannie on the ski slopes, bike trails and golf courses, telling everyone she meets to apply sunscreen.
Vanessa GrutmanBusiness Director
Our resident Frenchie, Vanessa moved from Montreal in 2009 just in time for the Winter Olympics. No, she did not come to compete, although she does hold a BSc in Kinesiology. Her formal training may be health and wellness oriented but it is the leadership, entrepreneurship, and business side where this gal shines!
As part of the L’Oreal team, Vanessa launched the SkinCeuticals brand in Western Canada back in 2010 and singlehandedly raised mammoth awareness in the medical arena for this scientifically accomplished, dermatological skincare line. Her in-depth knowledge led her to become a SkinCeuticals national trainer while growing the brand at an unprecedented rate. Dr. McGillivray and his wife Bev were one of her clients and together they envisioned the creation of the first SkinCeuticals Advanced Clinical Spa in North America – a unique patient-centred and fully integrated destination for long-lasting skin care results in Vancouver. Being congruent in ideals and principles, her entrepreneurial spirit called her to join Dr. McGillivray and Bev in creating what would become Project Skin MD.
Vanessa cares deeply about offering our clients the most innovative and empowering environment to learn about their skin health. In the clinic, she is mostly behind the scenes ensuring things are running smoothly on all levels. She thrives on injecting integrity, respect, trust and fun in everything she does. If you catch her around, she’ll likely be running from one meeting to the next, moving boxes in high heels or leading our PS Family.
PS: Our dynamo is a bit of a health nut. As a mom and wife, Vanessa takes the health of her family seriously, always looking for the next best thing. There is no such thing as the perfect work/life balance but she lives and breathes by her favourite mantra: “Dream Big, Live Simply”.
Christine PalylykLaser Technician & Cosmetic Tattoo Artist
Christine is a 4th-generation Lower Mainlander and the newest addition to the Technical and Clinical team here at Project Skin MD. With 19 years’ experience in the beauty industry (graduating from Blanche Macdonald in 1996), Christine embodies a true passion for aesthetics and beauty with a keen eye for detail.
Fresh from seven years at the Vancouver Laser & Skin Care Centre under Dr. Martin Braun, a year at the Lougheed Laser Centre prior to that (where she first made acquaintance with Dr. McGillivray in 2007), combined with a seven-year stretch at MAC Cosmetics, Christine truly loves to apply her knowledge of the science of beauty. She is an enthusiastic team member with a thirst for knowledge and is constantly updating her artistic and technical skills. On the softer side of this skill set, her warm and personal demeanor helps her clients feel instantly at ease.
On her personal days, Christine can be found riding her sport bike, enjoying the beautiful scenery that western North America has to offer. To date, her longest ride was a 4000-km road trip with her dad, all the way down to Wyoming and back. In the winter, Christine is glued to our local ski hills. Her love of all things aesthetic applies to the home as well – she enjoys home design and decorating, as well as drawing and painting.
Jennifer MallockAssistant Manager
Jennifer, a born and bred Island girl, has a flair for all things beautiful. With years of experience in various beauty industries—from hair to aesthetics, and even a bit of interior design—she has an eye for trends.
After working with Dr. Lupin in his Victoria office, Jennifer’s experience has made her an integral and invaluable part of the team at Project Skin MD. Her passion and commitment are obvious to her co-workers and patients alike, and she certainly shines in her role as Assistant Manager.
When she’s not caring for patients, our gal can usually be found near the water – surfing, paddle boarding, or just sipping coffee with a view of the ocean, and usually in the company of her loving hubby and teenagers.
PS: Jennifer is also passionate about food—from cooking and eating, to trying new restaurants and cookbooks—so if you’re looking to swap recipes, she’s your girl!
Lindsay LeePatient Care Administrator
Lindsay’s story begins here in Vancouver where she was born and raised. Her friendly, warm personality and desire to help others drew her to reception work at a prominent downtown medical clinic. She further honed her admin skills with time employed at UBC, before leaving to pursue her passion for aesthetics.
Besides the knowledge acquired from her Body Spa diploma at John Casablanca (top of her class), Lindsay gained a wealth of expertise working as a skin care specialist/facialist at local spas. She is extremely excited to be able to combine her two passions — patient/client relations and skin care — at Project Skin. Nothing makes her happier than assisting people in feeling welcome, relaxed, and beautiful.
PS: Lindsay has a voracious appetite for good food! She loves checking out new restaurants in town — so if you’re looking for a food recommendation at your next appointment, don’t hesitate to ask. After all, you need somewhere to show off your radiant skin!
Svetlana ShikanSkincare Consultant
From Russia with love, Svetlana immigrated to Canada 15 years ago. She instantly fell in love with this green city and its wet weather (you’re likely to find her strolling in the rain). When she’s not tending to her orchids or cycling around the city, she’s grounding herself in the company of her loving son – or minding the SkinCeuticals Advanced Clinical Spa!
Svetlana comes by her role as senior skincare advisor honestly; she holds diplomas in cosmetology and hairdressing plus food and nutrition. She was raised on homemade masks and lotions; from a very early age, Svetlana enjoyed mixing up kitchen skincare with her mom. This instilled Svetlana’s love of learning and of researching skincare lines and new beauty technologies.
She believes every woman is uniquely beautiful and understands radiant, smooth skin starts with the right daily routine. Svetlana is known for her personal investment in her patients’ success. By her own account, her greatest reward is to see the positive changes that come from great skincare…her patients’ joy as they feel more confident in their own skin.
In the community, Svetlana is a dedicated volunteer for the Look Good Feel Better foundation, helping women with cancer address their skin concerns and sharing makeup tips and skincare education to improve self-image and emotional wellbeing.
PS: It’s easy to see how Svetlana spreads positivity and is so uplifting to her patients and colleagues. She truly wishes to make people happy and we truly hope you’ll meet her soon!
Karen SeddonSkincare Advisor
Growing up in a small seaside town, Karen could almost always be found by the beach – or at home with her makeup, trying out new looks and practicing technique. Not much has changed since then — she still lives in that same seaside town, and her passion for cosmetics and skin care is more apparent than ever.
Before joining our team, Karen spent years honing her makeup skills and building her extensive skincare knowledge while working at Shoppers Drug Mart. Today, her experience serves her well; she shines in her role as Skincare Advisor in our SkinCeuticals Advanced Clinical Spa.
Outside of work, Karen will undoubtedly be found with her family: seeking adventure on the ocean with her two young girls or scouting new and exciting places to scarf some yummy food. She loves to cook, almost as much as she loves her work, especially since a little “chef” can almost always be found by her side in the kitchen.
PS: Karen’s true passion lies in helping ladies look and feel their best… and she sure is good at what she does.
Stephanie had just returned to her native Victoria when, fortunately (for us), Project Skin MD coaxed her back once again to our glorious city! Her extensive sales and customer service background, together with her nurturing and compassionate personality, make Stephanie a perfect and congruent fit with the Project Skin MD team.
She feels privileged to share her passion and knowledge of advanced skincare and cosmetic treatments, particularly because of her belief in the exceptional product lines and services Project Skin MD has to offer. After a few years observing Dr. McGillivray in action, she now has made the switch to be on his side and work with patients during their treatment. Stephanie’s bright smile and engaging manner will put you at ease for a smooth and positive experience.
PS: Stephanie loves Vancouver city life – be it dining at new restaurants, walking along the seawall or exploring local fashion designers. Oh dear – South Granville shopping will be a tad dangerous for this fashionista!
Born and raised in Victoria, Jennifer has dipped her toes into many professional pools. From an adrenaline-dominant career as a paramedic, to working in the fantastic world of hospitality at several 5-star hotels and resorts, and even a stint as a food writer with her own monthly magazine column, our girl is dedicated to whatever she does.
Now a Blanche MacDonald graduate, Jennifer’s passion for Aesthetics, and for helping people feel their very best, is what brought her to Project Skin MD. When she’s not making her patients feel relaxed and at ease, she’s no doubt making all those around her laugh.
PS: Jennifer is a health and wellness nut, and (as evidenced by her magazine column) a huge foodie. She loves to cook, and has even been lucky enough to personally meet some of the world’s most renowned chefs.
Jessica BertoMedical Aesthetician and Skincare Advisor
Vancouver born and raised, our lovely Jessica knows just how to help her patients feel special; a visit with her promises to be good for your skin, and your soul.
When she graduated from Aesthetics school in 2005, she knew she had found her true passion—and boy are we glad she did. After working in a high-end spa for eight years, and helping to lead the team there to new heights and challenges in the skincare industry, she set her sights on smaller boutiques and “feels like home” environments. Jessica has spent the last four years really focusing on guest care, developing and nurturing relationships, and targeting skin concerns and regimes.
In her free time you can find this beauty on the trails with the trees, tending to her plants, reading with a cup of tea, or attempting to cook new recipes.
PS: Jessica is a lover of the classics and truly believes that, as Audrey Hepburn would say, “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible’”.
Gwen De La CostaMedical Aesthetician
This local girl has what it takes to make you feel great about your skin. A graduate of Blanche Macdonald (2000), Gwen has worked and managed for some of Vancouver’s most prestigious hotel spas. She is results driven and renown for her magic touch – your skin will glow and your mind will rest through her customized facials.
Over the past three years, Gwen has owned a private esthetics practice and is now loving every minute of her position with Project Skin MD. She is truly passionate about skincare and dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for her patients. All who meet her understand Gwen is as modest as she is talented; she is one of Vancouver’s most notable estheticians not least of all for her warmth. Her energy and attention make every professional maintenance treatment a completely rewarding experience – you’ll have to take our word for it but you’ll be singing her praises too!
In her precious free time, she relishes her family. Two young sons and a loving hubby keep her busy and grounded. Her guilty pleasures include traveling and great food. A year in Paris and Munich after high school sparked her obsession with skin care and the hunt for great new restaurants ensues whenever she can find a sitter.
PS: Gwen will help you change the way you feel about your skin…just let her get her hands on you!
Nashina MeraniMedical Aesthetician
Nashina – formerly the friendly face welcoming you to the second floor Project Skin MD clinic. Now in her role as Skin Care Strategist, we guarantee, her warmth will envelop you and make you feel right at home! Whatever your ‘project,’ she will be your ‘project’ manager, ensuring you are well informed, scheduled appropriately and deployed on a well-advised route to long-term results. Nashina instills confidence and clarity to the patient experience at Project Skin MD.
Nashina has a 12-year history in aesthetics including as an instructor at a medical training institute for cosmetic technologies – the girl knows her stuff! Her teaching curriculum included laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, photorejuvenation and advanced dermal skincare – specifically the function, condition and repair of skin. Her extensive knowledge is secondary only to her patient care abilities; Nashina loves people and has a knack for building quality, long lasting relationships. A fully certified medical aesthetician, Nashina’s passion for working one-on-one with patients has called her back to performing treatments such as chemical peels and consulting on maintenance strategies.
PS: Trust is key to Nashina’s greatest professional reward… watching patients’ confidence and self-esteem grow. Her leading goal at Project Skin MD is to ensure you come in and leave smiling – a day well spent!
Stephanie SkazlicPatient Care Administrator
Stephanie is a late and GREAT addition to the opening cast of Project Skin MD and when they say “better late than never,” we couldn’t agree more! As the self-proclaimed “paperwork Queen,” we all benefit from her mastery of organization. In fact, if there was a degree for Advanced International Professional Organizer, Stephanie would hold it.
Born in Vancouver but raised in Mexico City, Stephanie returned to Vancouver and seeded a fascination with healthcare while working for the BC Children’s Hospital. Throughout her career in medicine, she has worked in both family and surgical practices as well as in MRI. Lucky for us, her kind and generous spirit, strong work ethic and desire to be part of a cohesive team led her straight to the welcoming arms of the Project Skin MD team. We are so thrilled to have her.
As a patient, you will hear her warm, gentle voice when calling the clinic and experience her eager and dedicated service during your visits. If you need her, she will always be there to help with compassion and kindness.
PS: Stephanie’s best kept secret is that she is a very talented artist (painting) – the reason she finds beauty in the simplest of things. When she has free time (between work at Project Skin MD or raising two boys), Stephanie loves cycling through the mountains with the love of her life.
Gillian YoungSocial Media Coordinator
Gillian was born and raised in Vancouver but has spent the majority of her life wanderlusting around the world. She holds a degree in Broadcast Journalism but her curious nature has taken her career in several directions – from producing documentary series for the Discovery Channel, to travel writing, to working as a private chef and cooking class teacher and leading excursions around Paris – this young woman does not believe in limiting her dreams.
It was her love of health, beauty and wellness that pulled Gillian home to Vancouver, where she has become a key skincare advisor at the Skinceuticals Advanced Clinical Spa and the Instagram guru for Project Skin MD. While her heart has recently pulled her South to California – she remains a part of the PS Family writing the new PS Lifestyle Magazine and bringing life to our Instagram.
PS. When Gillian is not writing, you’ll find her in a gym pushing her boundaries as a fitness competitor and eating a protein bar (or peanut butter or boiled eggs!!).
Nenita AguilarSenior Bookkeeper
Nenita is one of our ‘behind the scenes’ gals, but her contribution to PS is front and centre of our success. Modest by nature, she won’t agree but she is indeed our numbers guru, our accounting genius and admired greatly by the entire PS crew. She has been on Dr. McGillivray’s journey for many years, leading all the way to Project Skin MD. We couldn’t be more blessed or grateful for her service all these years and, like it or not, she cannot retire until we say so!
PS: When Nenita isn’t crunching numbers, she will be found with the apple of her eye, her grandson Lucas, and the other love of her life, her beautiful daughter Katrin.