The Carney Center Staff


Martin J. Carney, M.D., F.A.C.S., has been providing high quality cosmetic surgery in Hampton Roads since 1986. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify plastic surgeons. Dr. Carney lives in Virginia Beach with his wife, Nadia, and their four children.


Nadia Carney has been with The Carney Center since its inception in 1992. She received her BA in communications from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Her long time commitment to and knowledge of the cosmetic and plastic surgery industry has contributed greatly to the overall expansion and success of the company. In her administrative role, Nadia acts as patient coordinator, educating patients about all aspects of surgery and other procedures so they are fully informed and prepared for what to expect. She serves clients as their main point of contact from beginning to end, answering any questions along the way. Whether your visit is for skin care or surgical services, Nadia helps ensure that your experience is positive and comforting.


Elaine West-Watson, RN, BSBA, received her degree from Roanoke Memorial Hospital in 1977 and began her career at Johns Hopkins Hospital in pediatric intensive care. Today, she has a total of more than 33 years of experience in intensive care, long term care, and in OR. After many years of service in Maryland, Elaine moved to Virginia and joined The Carney Center in 2003 as clinical coordinator, assisting Dr. Carney with surgical procedures and consultations. Elaine is responsible for all clinical and quality improvement activities for both the Newport News and Virginia Beach offices. Having worked in various areas of the medical industry, she particularly enjoys the field of cosmetic and plastic surgery.


Sandy Morris received her degree as a certified operating room technician in 1971 from Riverside Regional Medical Center. She began her career early on as a surgical technician at Riverside and other local hospitals and then joined The Carney Center in 1992. Sandy assists Dr. Carney with all surgical procedures and consultations in both the Newport News and Virginia Beach offices. She is a partner with her patients from beginning to end and enjoys leading everyone through a positive surgical experience.


Lisa Childress joined our office in October 2005 to address our incredibly growing demand for skincare services. Prior to joining us, Lisa worked at Sentara Bayside Hospital as a Registered Nurse on the Intensive Care Unit for two and a half years. Lisa earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also has extensive experience in the skincare field, performing procedures such as micro-peels, microdermabrasion and dermaplaning.


Mary He is The Carney Center’s micropigmentation makeup specialist. She received her degree in cosmetology from the Lobonke Institute of Technology in Japan and has more than 25 years of experience in her field. Mary specializes in the careful application of pigment into the skin for eyebrows, eyeliner, lip liner, complete lip shape reconstruction, birthmarks, the areola (after reconstructive surgery of mastectomy patients), scar camouflage for hypo and hyper-pigmented scars (including burn victims and vitiligo patients), spider veins, and hair simulation (alopecia patients). Contact Mary for more information on how micropigmentation makeup can help you enhance your looks and feel better about yourself. She is ready to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.


Carol Whitehurst has been with The Carney Center since 2001. She coordinates all business operations including patient scheduling, patient accounting, marketing and public relations. Her expert leadership skills keep everything at the office running smoothly and efficiently on a daily basis. Chances are, if you’ve called The Carney Center, you’ve spoken to Carol…her top priority is to serve you!


Wanda Wyatt has been with The Carney Center since 2008. She is the first “face and voice” that most of our clients see or talk to. She handles much of the scheduling and organization of each day. With a strong medical and clerical background, Wanda is essential and an integral compenent to the day to day running of our offices!


Margaret “Maggie” Penix graduated from Roanoke Memorial School of Nursing in 1980, and began her career at Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters in Norfolk, VA, working on the Infants and Toddlers Unit and Post Anesthesia Care Unit. Taking time off from nursing to raise a family of 3 children, she returned to nursing 4 years ago, and has been working part time at The Carney Center for the last 2 &1/2 years. She also works full time as a school nurse with the Virginia Beach City Schools. Maggie will be our resident blogger as well as working as a nurse here at The Carney Center. And no, you aren’t seeing double. Elaine and Maggie are sisters!


Sommer Nadelstein, LE, has been a licensed aesthetician since 2005, receiving her training from Virginia Institute of Esthetics. In the past, she has owned her own skin spa, “Skin Studio,” and is now thrilled to bring her passion for skin care to The Carney Center. Sommer is well versed in many of the latest innovative facial rejuvenation techniques including dermaplaning and microneedling, and also performs chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, Pixel Fractional skin resurfacing and IPL Photo facials. When not at the Carney Center, she loves spending time with her husband and little boy out on the water boating, as well as cooking and teaching a Zumba class or two.


Lauren Ricapito, LME, has been a licensed aesthetician since 2012, receiving her training from the Chrysm Institute of Esthetics. She has extensive expertise in all aspects of clinical skincare and body sculpting. Lauren has a unique perspective on the importance of superior patient care, which allows her to create customized treatment plans. Lauren performs chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, Pixel Fractional skin resurfacing and IPL Photo facials. In addition, Lauren is a certified CoolSculpting specialist.

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