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Meet the Staff

Bill Edelman, PA-C

Bill Edelman, PA-C

Bill Edelman, PA-C graduated as a Surgical Physician Assistant from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, one of the few such schools in the country, and joined our staff in 1998.

Bill Edelman (sometimes known as BOTOX Bill) is one of the most knowledgeable providers of BOTOX® Cosmetic in the Southeast. He is nationally known for his skill and technique and has over 11 years experience with BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers.

While many offer BOTOX® treatments, this does not necessarily mean they are informed on the proper ways to administer injectables. It takes someone with experience, a large patient referral base and the ability to make their patients comfortable in their surroundings to provide a first class treatment. Bill has administered over 12,000 treatments to patients from all around the world.

Due to his vast experience and the quality of injections, Destin Plastic Surgery has been distinguished as a Physician Trainer of Advanced Techniques in BOTOX®, Diamond Provider (Top 2% in the nation) and a Circle of Excellence facility (reserved for the top 200 practices).

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S. Leigh Diamond, PA-C, Ed.S.

S. Leigh Diamond, PA-C, Ed.S.

Leigh Diamond, PA-C, Ed.S. is a board-certified and state licensed physician assistant for Destin Plastic Surgery. She is experienced in a wide variety of non-ablative and ablative laser techniques and assists those wanting a non-surgical approach.

After receiving her undergraduate degree, Leigh attended the Physician Assistant program at University of South Alabama and also received her education specialist degree. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Education at the University of West Florida. She has a wealth of experience in the fields of pediatric surgery, internal medicine, urgent care medicine and now specializes in plastic surgery and laser services. Her skills have been a welcome addition to our growing practice.

In addition to assisting the doctors in the operating room, she directs our Sciton and Alma laser systems providing many options for laser resurfacing for fine lines and wrinkles, elimination of sun damage and hyperpigmentation, treatment of small vessels on the face and laser hair removal.

Leigh is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), American Society of Cosmetic Laser Surgery (ASCLS), and American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS). She enjoys spending her free time outdoors in her garden, on the beach or out with friends soaking up the Florida sun.

Leigh will assist you in outlining a plan to best suit your long term skincare goals and she is happy to provide a free consultation on any of our laser services including laser hair removal.

Contact Sarah, her scheduler with any questions.


Richard D J. Grisoli, M.D.

Destin Plastic Surgery welcomes the addition of Richard J. Grisoli, M.D. to their practice. Dr. Grisoli holds three board certifications in the specialties of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, and Phlebology. As the physician who administers all laser treatments, Dr. Grisoli has been working with medical lasers and intense pulsed light since 1995. He is a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery as well as the Society for Clinical and Medical Hair Removal.

Dr. Grisoli has also established his private practice Destin Vein Center on the Emerald Coast. Recognized for his treatment of all types of veins from tiny cosmetic spider veins to large varicose veins, Dr. Grisoli will recommend a treatment plan to help you achieve your goals. Medicare and insurance accepted for some vein treatments.

Dr. Grisoli will be happy to see you for a free consultation on laser hair removal or vein treatments.

Contact Sarah, his scheduler with any questions.

SAMUEL A. BUDNYK, M.D., Anesthesiologist

Samuel A. Budnyk, M.D. is the Medical Director of Destin Surgery Center and also serves as attending anesthesiologist for the surgical procedures performed at the Center for Destin Plastic Surgery. He is board certified in Anesthesiology by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Dr. Budnyk graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, followed by medical school at the University of Florida. Thereafter, he completed an internship in Internal Medicine, followed by a Residency in Anesthesia at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. He has experience providing a wide variety of anesthetics to many different types of patients undergoing a myriad of medical procedures.

Dr. Budnyk's goal is to provide the safest, most comfortable anesthesia experience for all patients at Destin Surgery Center.


Joan Pleat, BSN, RN

Joan Pleat, BSN, RN graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburg, PA, with a Bachelors degree in Nursing. After graduation, Joan worked at Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury, MD, in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Step Down Unit with critical care patients. Joan then moved to Baltimore, MD, where she worked in the OB/GYN and Newborn Nursery Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her critical care experience at Johns Hopkins and other hospitals allowed her to gain much medical experience and knowledge.

Joan moved with her family to Rockville, MD, to assume a position as the head surgical nurse for the Podiatric Surgical Center. She also worked in the Community Health and Maternal Child Units at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital where she taught classes in childbirth, breastfeeding and American Heart Society Life Support training. Joan is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

In the fall of 1995, Joan moved to Destin prior to Hurricane Opal. Dr. Burden was looking for a nurse with an advanced degree in nursing, as well as, someone with comprehensive experience. He wanted to have medical staff that would complement his experience and enhance the knowledge of the facility. Joan joined Dr. Burden within two months of starting his now world famous practice and she has had an adventure ever since.

During her 28 years of nursing experience, Joan made time to raise four children: Candace, Nicholas, Austin and Cassandra. If you want to make her day, let her know how young she looks or ask about her four children. In the office, Joan will assist Dr Burden in obtaining your medical health history to ensure that you are properly prepared for your planned surgery. She will also arrange your pre-operative and post-operative care with the proper medications, garments, and supplies, in addition to your instructions to assist in a smooth recovery.

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Lisa Thurston, RN

Lisa Thurston, RN moved to the beautiful Emerald Coast from her home state of New Jersey in 2002. It is in Santa Rosa Beach that her husband opened his chiropractic clinic and it's the place they now call home. Any one that knows Lisa knows she is an avid animal lover and she can be seen out at Crab Island on any given weekend!

Lisa has been in the medical field for over 10 years. She joined the staff of Destin Plastic Surgery in 2005. With her extensive medical background, Lisa will assist you through every step of your pre- and post-operative journey. She is known by her patients to "go the extra mile" and make your experience as easy and pleasurable as possible.

"As a patient myself, I understand the anxieties and concerns many of our patients face. I make sure everyone is treated as an individual and with the utmost respect, as we are not all the same and we don't want to run an "assembly line for surgery". I'm so thankful for Dr. Burden and Dr. Ennis for the opportunity to be a part of such a successful practice and I will continue to do my best to exceed all of your expectations."

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Pam Moore

Pam Moore

Pam Moore is the transcriptionist for Dr. Burden and Dr. Ennis and the medical records manager for Destin Plastic Surgery. She joined the practice in March of 2004 bringing with her over 15 years of hospital, emergency room, and medical office experience and management.

Pam graduated at the top of her class from Pima Medical institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with a degree in Radiologic Technology. She was a Registered X-ray Technologist for many years before joining the staff at Destin Plastic Surgery.

A native of Memphis, Pam lived throughout the United States with her Air Force husband and three children, eventually choosing to make the incomparable Emerald Coast their permanent home.

Pam is known around the office for her organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail, ensuring accuracy in all aspects of patient charting and reporting.


Machelle Hale

Machelle Hale is a native of the Destin area and joined Destin Plastic Surgery in 2000. For the last 19 years, she has worked in patient scheduling and finance and is very customer service oriented. When you meet Machele you are taken in by her warmth, mannerism and friendliness. However, when it comes to dealing with insurance companies, you want her in your corner.

"Since joining Destin Plastic Surgery, my main priority has always been to professionally work with the patient to make their scheduling process as easy for them as possible. No matter what the purpose is for your visit to our office, I want you to be fully satisfied with the level of customer service you receive."

Machele will coordinate the scheduling of your surgery and your preoperative and postoperative care making it as smooth as possible. She will also explain the cost of your procedure, including the surgeon's fees, the anesthesia fee and the facility fee. Prior to scheduling your procedure, Machele will work directly with you to obtain the necessary approvals from your insurance company.

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Sarah Powers

Sarah Powers joined our staff February of 2007. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana Sarah attended The University of Southern Mississippi. Always a southern girl, Sarah's hospitality is appreciated by fellow peers and patients.

She has been with Destin Plastic Surgery for over 2 years and in this time she has developed special relationships and bonds with people who visit our clinic. In some cases, Sarah is a part of our patient's journey from the initial consultation phone call throughout their recovery. It is these personal relationships our staff develops with our patients that make this facility truly one of a kind.

She manages our Doctor's Clinic and will be more than happy to answer any questions regarding Botox® Cosmetic, dermal fillers and laser procedures. She also manages the ordering process of our online store, This site will make it easier to get your products without leaving the house!

Sarah can also assist you in setting up a surgical consultation. She will send you more information about our practice and procedures that may interest you. Whether by email or phone, Sarah will stay connected with you to answer any and all questions you may have leading up to your appointment.

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PAIGE HUNTER, Skincare Manager

Paige Hunter

Paige Hunter, Skincare Manager joined our front desk staff in September 2013 when her and her husband moved to the beautiful Florida coast. Originally from south Alabama, she is no stranger to the beach life. Paige attended the University of Alabama where she became an avid football fan. She brings with her years of customer service experience and loves building relationships with everyone she meets.

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Sally Surgnier, RN

Sally Surgnier, RN started her career as a Registered Nurse in 1978. In 1997, she received her Skin Care Specialty Licenses in the States of Florida and Alabama. She has completed a 600-hour course and is a certified "medical" esthetician. Sally has worked at the Anti-Aging Clinic of Destin since 2003, and is dedicated to the plastic surgery and skin care industry.

With over 12 years of skin care and make-up experience, her desire is to help others attain healthy skin through results oriented therapy such as facials, peels and clinical grade cosmeceuticals.

Sally is a skilled professional who attends advanced level education and training to stay current with the latest technology and treatments in aesthetics. Sally is certified in advance product line and is also a member of the Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists (SPSSCS), an organization dedicated to the promotion of safe, quality clinical skin care that is available only to medical aestheticians working with physicians certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

With her experience as a plastic surgery nurse, she has extensive knowledge of preoperative and postoperative skin care, corrective treatment for acne, sun damage and all other aspects of skin rejuvenation.

Sally works with the physicians as a team to provide the patient with the knowledge and treatments necessary. She is confident she can assist you in choosing the appropriate treatment with the careful selection of products and will develop a unique plan customized to meet you individual goals. Sally is your next best thing at the Beach.

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Patricia Sgobba

Patricia Sgobba, known to her clients as "Trish," has spent over 14 years as an esthetician. You will recognize her voice the minute you meet her. Her distinct British accent has made her the well-known radio voice of Destin Plastic Surgery and the Anti-Aging Skincare Clinic.

Trish began her extensive 3-year training in her hometown of Basingstoke, England. After completing her training, she worked using her skills not only for her clients' esthetic benefits, but also using micro current stimulation to help stroke victims increase their facial muscle strength. She found this very rewarding.

Before settling down, Trish was determined to travel and use her career to learn from experts from around the world. She joined Steiner of London, the world's largest spa provider. Through her tenure at Steiner's, she traveled to over 50 countries. Eventually, Trish met her husband Jason, and moved to the United States. Since her arrival stateside, she has worked as a skincare trainer and consultant. She has also provided treatments for the demanding skincare needs of celebrities.

"I've been fortunate to work with amazing people and in wonderful places. Destin Plastic Surgery and the Anti Aging Skincare Clinic are no exception. I feel very privileged to work with Dr. Burden and Dr. Ennis. I am very grateful to Pam Burden. She took me under her wing when I joined the practice. With her extensive knowledge of medical skincare, I was able to expand my knowledge base. We have an amazing team of individuals who work together to give you the best results in a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility."

Since joining the Anti-Aging Skincare Clinic in 2006, Trish has gained a popular following of clients. They will be the first to tell you, they love her calming bedside manner and attention to detail. She strongly believes in providing her clients with personalized care resulting in the most effective treatment that fits their budget.

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Melissa St John

Melissa St John

Melissa St John has been a licensed Esthetician since 2005 and has most recently been voted Best Esthetician of the Emerald Coast for 2012 and 2013. She gained her experience working for one of the top rated Resort Spas in the state of Florida before transitioning to the exciting clinical side of skincare. She has a true passion in the skincare industry, helping her clients achieve optimal results through clinical grade procedures and products. She is also a certified Xtreme Lash Extension stylist offering lash extensions and fills.

"The best part about my job is the fact that I love making a difference in the appearance and health of my clients' skin. Nothing is more rewarding to me than seeing my clients' skin rejuvenate into something beautiful while also improving their self esteem."

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Born in New Iberia, Louisiana, Melissa moved to the area in 1994 and feels so blessed to call this beautiful town of paradise "home." Melissa is happily married to her high school sweetheart Chris and enjoys spending her free time at the beach and watching as many sunsets along the beautiful Emerald Coast as she can.

Melissa's sweet and bubbly personality will surely make your experience at Destin Plastic Surgery's Anti-Aging Clinic a pleasant one.

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