Meet our providers and the team at MAI

Joseph H. Chang, MD
Founder of MAI

Dr. Joe Chang, founder of MAI, is a Board Certified ophthalmologist who gained prominence as an oculoplastic surgeon at his highly regarded Empire Eye and Laser Center. He is also Clinical Instructor of Ophthalmology at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute where he completed his residency, after receiving his undergraduate and medical degrees from Emory University.

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Shannon Loar-Cote
Makeup & Eyelash Artist

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Shannon Loar-Coté of Blush + Lashes
is Santa Barbara's premier makeup artist. She offers a full range of services at MAI including makeup and eyelash extensions for special events, print, television, film and weddings. Her work has graced the cover of Santa Barbara Magazine as well as national women's magazines and book covers. Shannon also gives make-up lessons and makeovers for adults and teens.

Sara Joseph

With over thirty years experience in Women's Health care, seven years in the field of Medical Aesthetics, along with a 2 yr internship in Dermatology, Sara brings expertise and a gentle touch to patient care. When injecting Botox, Dysport, Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse or Perlane, or doing Laser treatments for Hair Reduction or Facial Rejuvination, Sara provides confidence and artistry to the client. Her listening skills assure the client that they receive what they ask for. A life long passion for health, nutrition, 30 year yoga practice, and ongoing learning keep her excited about helping others look and feel their best.


Joanne Benda-Chew

Joanne is a registered nurse with over six years of experience in the specialty of aesthetics. Her expertise includes the injection of Botox®, Dysport®, Juvaderm®, Restylane® and Perlane®. She also has a strong background with multiple types of lasers designed for hair removal and skin rejuvenation. Joanne brings to MAI her clinical expertise and artistic ability. Her patients appreciate her personal touch in helping them to meet their unique
skin care goals.

Dawn Erickson
Licensed Esthetician & 
Massage Therapist

Dawn joins the MAI team with over 17 years in the health and wellness industry.   After obtaining both a Massage and Esthetician license,  Dawn went on to work at two of Santa Barbaras most luxurious resort spas, and is now looking forward to bringing that pampering five star experience to our MAI clients.
 Dawn has a professional yet soothing demeanor and possess a sincere desire to make a difference in the lives of those she touches - whether helping relieve pain or stress through massage or helping clients reveal their true beauty through personalized skin care.

Natalie DeForrest
Clinical Assistant

Natalie brings to the business over 6 years of retail management experience, priding herself in customer satisfaction. In addition to excelling as our front desk manager, she also assists our Nurse's to ensure excellence in customer care and service.