MAI Specialists
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Joseph H Chang MD

Oculoplastics Surgeon Eyelid and Facial Aesthetic Specialist

Joseph H Chang MD is a respected board-certified Ophthalmologist with over 20 years of experience in Oculoplastic Surgery and Facial Aesthetics. His journey began in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he graduated valedictorian from Farragut High School. At Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia, he was both an Emory Scholar and a Phi Beta Kappa honoree. He completed his medical training at the prestigious Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA Medical Center, specializing in Ophthalmology and Oculoplastic Surgery.

Known for his skill and precision, Dr. Chang has successfully performed thousands of surgical procedures. He leads a dedicated team, providing patients with world-class care and the latest technologies. He is also recognized for his exceptional attention to aesthetic detail, ensuring a comfortable environment for his patients.

Beyond his practice, Dr. Chang actively contributes to his community as the founder and past president of the Advanced Center for Eye-Care in Bakersfield, California. He has served on numerous boards, both public and private. A partial list includes CSUB School of Arts and Humanities, Arts Council of Kern, Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art.

Dr. Chang’s philosophy is rooted in attention to detail and adherence to world-class standards. He’s a leader in his field, illustrating the perfect balance of skill and care, making a significant difference in the lives of his patients.

"I count the number of procedures I perform on one hand. I don’t do many different things, but what I do, I do at a very refined level, and I do a lot of it!"

"For many years I’ve been a consultant for Galderma, one of the leading manufacturers of injectable products in the country (including Dysport®, Restylane®, and Sculptra®). They send me to various locations regularly to train other doctors and nurse injectors to improve their techniques. Sometimes I give presentations to a room full of very experienced providers; this kind of professional interaction is extremely valuable to help me to stay abreast of the latest developments in our field. If there’s any new procedure, I don’t have to be the first to try it, I can consult trusted colleagues and get relevant opinions. But for my patients, I stick with what’s proven safe, effective, and time-tested.

Alissa Goodman

Aesthetic Registered Nurse

Alissa began her journey as a registered nurse 9 years ago, with a strong focus on making her patients comfortable, healthy, and happy. It was no surprise that she quickly realized her journey would land in the amazing world of medical aesthetics. Alissa made an early commitment to extensive training in this industry. She has dedicated the last six years to mastering the art of injectable fillers, neurotoxins, skin contouring and collagen remodeling with various types of microneedling, advanced chemical peels, all modes of lasers, and more. Her focus will forever be on safety and efficacy with all devices and treatments. She recently completed an advanced cadaver program, where she learned the newest anti-aging techniques from some of the top injectable trainers in the industry. Dr. Chang immediately recognized her passion and natural talent, which made her the perfect fit as an aesthetic provider for his practice.

Alissa is extremely committed to her patients. After an extensive evaluation of their concerns, needs and anatomy, she will help develop a comprehensive treatment plan incorporating the perfect combination of procedures and products to meet their expectations.  Her positive energy and contagious smile is like a “gift with purchase” for MAI’s patients, it’s nearly impossible to not have fun with Alissa in the room. Great results are always important, but Alissa truly understands that feeling beautiful and happy on the inside is every bit as important as what is seen in a mirror.

Outside of MAI, Alissa continues to spread her smile and laughter with the world. She loves living life to its fullest with her family, soaking up every moment of fun and happiness at music festivals, boating, sporting events, and more.


Robyn Surgener

Aesthetic Patient Coordinator

Robyn came to MAI with several years experience in the aesthetic medical industry using ZO Skin Health. Dr. Chang’s vision for MAI always included ZOSH as the exclusive anchor brand for achieving amazing results for his patients, but he also understood that skin health is a journey that requires a dedicated professional to help his patients every step of the way. Robyn’s passion for beautiful, healthy skin is unmatched in the Bakersfield area. She has dedicated countless hours to training with ZOSH’s top educators, and has traveled to ZO’S corporate training center multiple times to train directly with Dr. Zein Obagi and Serene Obagi, RN. She completed a 30+ hour advanced training certification program, making her a member of the elite certified ZO Expert team. Robyn will evaluate your skin, and develop a customized protocol using Dr. Obagi’s principles of skin health to achieve healthy, functioning skin at the cellular level. She is dedicated to every moment of her patient’s transformation, and makes herself available at almost any hour to answer questions, make adjustments to protocols and give words of encouragement. In an effort to provide accessible, convenient care to all patients, Robyn has helped to develop our incredible virtual patient program, which is the first of its kind in the Bakersfield area. Regardless of your age, skin type, skin color or skin condition…Robyn will be able to help you achieve the best results using ZOSH.

Outside of MAI, Robyn enjoys spending time with her beautiful children and loving husband. She is a Bakersfield girl at heart, and loves giving back to her community by supporting local business. Be sure to follow our Instagram page for more details about our skincare process with Robyn.

Gaby A.

Practice Manager

Gaby’s professional journey with Dr. Chang began in 2018, initially serving as a tech. Her diligence and dedication saw her rise to the position of his scribe shortly after. Upon the inception of Modern Aesthetic Institute, Gaby assumed the vital role of Practice Manager, displaying stellar leadership and managerial skills. However, Gaby’s versatile role doesn’t stop at managing the practice. Occasionally, you may catch a glimpse of her at the front office warmly welcoming patients or escorting them in preparation for their treatments, embodying the spirit of our patient-centered care.


Away from the hustle and bustle of the office, Gaby is a family-oriented individual who loves soaking in precious moments with her loved ones. Her free time often consists of thrilling weekend trips and delightful shopping sprees with her daughter, creating memories to last a lifetime.

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Kristin D.

Assistant Manager

In the office, Kristin is our jack-of-all-trades. From manning the front desk to prepping patients for their procedures, Kristin does it all with a smile on her face.

Kristin loves spending time with her husband, her dog, and the rest of her family when she’s not at work. She’s an adventurer at heart, always excited to try new foods and experiences.

Hannah W.


Hannah is our go-to scribe. She’s the one making sure all our patient interactions are accurately recorded. You can always count on her for that.

If Hannah isn’t at work, you can usually find her having a BBQ or cheering on her favorite team during game season. She also loves vibing at reggae concerts and just hanging out with her family.


Lupe E.

Medical Assistant

Alicia, or Lupe as most of us around here call her, is the magic behind our medical team. As our go-to Medical Assistant, you’ll usually find her running around helping our nurses or working side by side with Alissa, lending a hand wherever needed.

Off the clock, Lupe likes to be at home with her family and her two super-cute pugs. She’s also a big fan of travel and loves hitting the road to discover new places.

Melissa R.

Surgery Scheduler

Melissa, is our Surgery Scheduler, she has been the one keeping our surgeries running smoothly for the past year and a half, and has been a crucial part of our team since 2019, always bringing her A-game and helping us be the best we can be.

Outside of work, Melissa is a supermom of two, you can find her watching movies with her family, or in the park with her kids. Melissa knows it’s the simple things in life that matter most.


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