Facial Feminization Surgeons

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The Team

Our FACIALTEAM family is an example of a truly multi-disciplinary approach to patient care. Every professional, not just the facial feminization surgeons, understands the importance of their role in supporting you in the FFS process.  In addition to the best possible surgical results, we are jointly focused on your well-being at every stage so that you too feel like a part of our “family”.

The Team

Surgical team

DR. LUIS CAPITÁN
MD, PhD, OMFS
CO-FOUNDER & CO-DIRECTOR
FFS EXPERT

With an undergraduate degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Granada (2000), he obtained the title of specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery via the exclusive MIR system (2006) after 5 years of residency at the University Hospital Virgen de las Nieves of Granada. Later he continued studies in Tissue Engineering, receiving his Master Degree in 2006.

Dr. Capitán then focused his specialization in Orthognathic and Craneofacial Surgery, completing fellowship at the Institute of Maxillofacial Surgery and Implantology of Clinica Teknon in Barcelona, as well as in the Unit of Craneofacial Surgery and Dento-facial Deformities at the Morriston University Hospital of Wales (U.K.).

Since 2007 he has centered his specialization on Facial Feminization Surgery, having operated more than 1,200 FFS patients together with Dr. Daniel Simon, developing new and pioneering techniques in this surgical field.

He is author and co-author of important medical publications in the field of Facial Feminization surgery and President of the FACIALTEAM FOUNDATION.

Registrations and Memberships:

  • Spanish Medical Council Registration Number 18/009978 (Colegio Oficial de Médicos de Granada).
  • Spanish Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (SECOM).
  • European Association for Cranio Maxillo Facial Surgery (EACMFS).
  • European and World Professional Association for Transgender Health (EPATH & WPATH).

Dr. Daniel Simon
DMD, MA Oral Surgery
CO-FOUNDER & CO-DIRECTOR
FFS expert

After achieving his Bachelor´s degree in Dental Medicine at Universidade Paulista (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and later specializing in Surgical Anatomy of the Face at the University of Sao Paulo (USP), Dr. Daniel Simon´s 4-year residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was completed in Sao Paulo from 2001 to 2004. Thereafter, Dr. Simon completed a Fellowship in Belgium for the Department of Oral and Craniomaxillofacial Surgery of the Eewfeestkliniek in Antwerp from 2005 to 2007, in which year he received his European DMD (Dental Medicine Degree) and corresponding Masters from the University of Gent (Belgium).

Since then he has centered his specialization on Facial Feminization Surgery, developing new and pioneering techniques in this surgical field, in particular in the area of oral surgery and techniques for jaw and chin recontouring.

He is author and co-author of important medical publications in the field of Facial Feminization surgery and Vice President of the FACIALTEAM FOUNDATION.

Registrations and Memberships:

Dr. Raúl Jiménez Bellinga
FFS Specialist
Aesthetic Department Director

With an undergraduate degree in Medicine from the University Complutense of Madrid (2004), he obtained the title of specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery via the exclusive MIR system (2010) after 5 years of residency at the University Hospital Ramón y Cajal of Madrid.

In 2009, he also qualified as a Specialist in Aesthetic and Cosmetic Medicine, with honors, at the Complutense University of Madrid and in 2010 he obtained the Diploma of Advanced Studies with the highest score in the Department of Surgery of the University of Alcalá de Henares.

Dr. Bellinga then focused his specialization in Rhinoplasty in Dallas (USA) and Mexico City, and Facial Cosmetic Surgery, completing a fellowship at the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel in Brussels (Belgium).

Since 2013 he has centered his specialization on Facial Feminization Surgery, completing more than 1,200 FFS procedures together with Dr. Capitán and Dr. Simon, developing new and pioneering techniques in this surgical field.

He is author and co-author of important medical publications in the field of Facial Feminization Surgery.

Registrations and Memberships:

  • Spanish Medical Council Registration Number 28/2858836 (Colegio Oficial de Médicos de Madrid).
  • Board Director of the Spanish Society of Facial Plastic Surgery (SECPF).
  • Spanish Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (SECOM).
  • European Association for Cranio Maxillo Facial Surgery (EACMFS).
  • European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery (EAFPS).

Dr. Carlos Bailón
FFS Specialist
Technical Department Director

With an undergraduate degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Granada (2006), he obtained the title of specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery via the exclusive MIR system (2012) after 5 years of residency at the University Hospital Virgen de las Nieves of Granada. Later he continued studies in Tissue Engineering, receiving his Master Degree in 2013.

Dr. Bailón then focused his specialization in Orthognathic and Craneofacial Surgery, completing fellowship at the Institute of Maxillofacial Surgery and Implantology of Clínica Teknon in Barcelona.

He developed a fellowship with FACIALTEAM during 2012- 2013 and now Dr. Bailon is a surgical member of FACIALTEAM.

Registrations and Memberships:

Dr. Javier Gutiérrez
FFS Specialist
Comprehensive Care Consultant

Dr. Javier Gutiérrez achieved the Degree of Medicine & Surgery in the University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) in 2007. Afterwards, he obtained the Medical Specialization in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the Hospital Universitario Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona in 2013.

During his specialization, he performed several observerships on different centers abroad: Saint Jean Hospital (Brugge, Belgium; Dr. M. Mommaerts, 2011), R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center (Baltimore, USA; Dr. E. Rodríguez, 2012), Clínica Teknon (Barcelona, Spain; Dr. F. Hernández-Alfaro, 2012), Cosmetic Facial Surgery Clinic (Virginia, USA; Dr. J. Niamtu III, 2014), Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital (New York, USA; Dr. S. Aston 2014) and RinoFast Polanco (México DF, Mexico; Dr. H. M. Marín Méndez, 2016). His whole medical education has been focused on Orthognathics and Facial Aesthetic Surgery.

He has worked as a consultant in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in the Hospital Universitario Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona from 2013 to 2017, where he has been leading the Orthognathics and Craniofacial Deformities Unit. He also worked as a professor at the School of Medicine in Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona.

Dr. Gutiérrez has just accomplished a two-year period fellowship in Facial Feminization Surgery with FACIALTEAM and now he is a surgical member of FACIALTEAM.

Registrations and Memberships:

  • Spanish Medical Council Registration Number 29/0843588 (Colegio Oficial de Médicos de Málaga).
  • Spanish Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (SECOM).
  • Spanish Society of Facial Plastic Surgery (SECPF).
  • European Association for Cranio Maxillo Facial Surgery (EACMFS).

Partners

FACIALTEAM AFFILIATIONS

Grassyt González
Registered Surgical Nurse

Graduated as a Professional Nurse from the National University of San Augustin Arequipa in Peru (1990).

She previously completed her internship at the Burn Unit in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Hospital Workers of Arequipa in Peru (1989). She was later certified as a Nurse Practicioner in Europe by the Ministry of Education and Science in Spain (1993).

With extensive experience as a scrub nurse in Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery since 1995, she has pursued a successful career as an instrumentalist nurse in Maxillofacial Surgery at in the private large-scale hospitals of Marbella such as U.S.P. (2008-2012) and more recently with Quirón Hospitals in southern Spain. Grassyt has been the lead surgical nurse for FACIALTEAM since 2008.

Eva Gómez
Registered Surgical Assistant

Eva Gómez earned the title of Assistant Nursing Care Technician (TCAE) from I.E.S. González Cañadas (Madrid) in 2005. This included completing an internship as Nurse Surgery Assistant in the Gynecology and Obstetrics Unit of the USP San José Sanatorium (Madrid). She has since gained extensive profesional experience in operating theatres, developing her career mainly as a Nurse Assistant in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Hospital USP (2007-2012) and more recently at Hospital Quironsalud and HC International Hospital, both in Marbella (Málaga). Nurse Gómez has been a member of FACIALTEAM's surgical team since 2015, joining in the efforts to improve all aspects of facial gender confirmation surgery for transgender patients.

Antonia Ramirez
Registered Surgical Nurse

A 2015 graduate of the nursing school Facultad de Enfermería y Ciencias de la Salud, in Cádiz (Spain). She gained experience as a primary care nurse within the Andalucían Health Services (public sector) in the town of Conil de la Frontera. In the private area, she has been employed as a nurse in the operating theatre of Hospital Viamed Bahía de Cádiz.

Nurse Antonia joined FACIALTEAM in January 2018. Since she was little, her passion has been to take care of people and she is veryenthusiastic about her work as it sources her intuitive caring skills.

Hair Transplant Unit

Dr. Antonio J. Alcaide
MD, Dermatology. Hair Transplant Specialist

Dr. Antonio Alcaide obtained his degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Malaga (1998-2005), where he graduated with one of the best academic records. Between 2006 and 2010 he got his specialization in Dermatology and Venereology in the University Hospital Virgen de la Victoria, where his interest in the study of hair and scalp diseases started, with special emphasis on alopecia and its medical and surgical treatment.

Since then, he has taken part in many national and international conferences of Dermatology and, especially, of Trichology, and he has done lots of courses and seminars. He has performed many scientific communications and published a significant number of scientific papers in prestigious journals. He is a member of several scientific societies: Spanish Academy of Dermatology, European Academy of Dermatology and Trichology Spanish group.

Dr. Alcaide is, together with Dr. Meyer, the head of the FACIALTEAM Hair Transplant Unit, performing hair transplant procedures in the context of facial feminization surgeries, responding by this way to a growing demand of patients who require this type of hair restoration procedures

Dr. Teresa Meyer
MD, MA Dermatology. Hair Transplant Specialist

Doctor Teresa Meyer took her degree in Medicine and Surgery at the Medical University of Malaga. Her expertise in Dermatology was further developed at the University Hospital Virgen de la Victoria in Malaga and at the College of Physicians and the University of Barcelona where she completed her Masters in Laser and Light Therapy Aesthetic Dermatology and Pathology.

Doctor Teresa Meyer developed her interest in hair transplant through specializing in burns and diseases of the scalp and studying various reconstructive techniques, also having a paper published in the Spanish Journal of Dermatology on the use of Body Hair into scalp scar tissue.

Her interest brought her to BHR Clinic where she has learned and master hair transplant technics since 2008 with medical excellence and artistic design and a is a member of the ISHRS -International Hair Transplant Society for Surgeons-.

Her experience has brought the development of FACIALTEAM Hair Transplant Unit and the evolution of the treatment in Hairline Feminization and Simultaneous Hair Transplant (SHT).

Dr. Ana Mota Burgos
MD, Dermatology. Hair Transplant Specialist

Ana Mota Burgos studied Medicine at the University of Malaga (2003-2008) before focusing on Dermatology and Medical-Surgical Venereology at the University Hospital of Malaga. She began her professional career at Vithas Xanit International Hospital where she first became interested in studying and specializing in the field of Hair Transplant and Trichology, working at the BHR Clinic Spain under Dr. Teresa Meyer and Dr. Antonio Alcaide.

A member of the Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (AEDV), she has actively participated in a number of national and international meetings and conferences on Dermatology, Trichology and Hair Transplant.

Hair transplant technicians

Miriam Rodríguez
Carlos Montiel
Sara Ruiz
Gloria Cortés
Sandra Contreras
Raquel Peragón

Anaesthesiology Unit

Dr. Darío Ballesteros
Dr. Raimundo Escudero
Dr. Daniel Rodríguez
Dr. Francisco Robles
Dr. Ricardo González

Research & Development

Dr. Fermín Capitán Cañadas
R&D Director

Dr. F. Capitán obtained both his undergraduate degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and his MSc in Molecular and Cellular Immunology at the University of Granada, Spain. In 2009 he obtained a research contract to conduct a PhD in the field of Biomedicine, successfully completing his Thesis in December 2013.

Dr. Capitán Cañadas has published his research in international peer-reviewed journals and co-edited several book chapters, as well as presented several scientific posters and oral communications at national and international conferences. During the predoctoral stage, he built strong collaborations with biotech companies and liaised with KOL and other experts in the clinical medicine and drug discovery field. Dr. Capitán Cañadas was awarded two internships at renowned international research centres in Europe: firstly at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) of the University of Edinburgh, UK, and secondly at the Core Facility for Germ-free Research of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.

Among the formal recognitions received is the “Official College of Pharmacists of Granada Award” granted by the Royal Academy of Medicine and Surgery of Eastern Andalusia in 2013 and the “Dr. Modesto Laza Palacios Award” to the Best PhD Thesis granted by the Official College of Pharmacists of Málaga in 2015. He is proud to have been granted several fellowships for attendance to courses, seminars and other scientific events, attending more than 35 congresses and specialization courses.

Dr. Anabel Sánchez García
Scientific Advisor

Dr. Anabel Sánchez García obtained her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Córdoba, Spain, in 2004. After completing her studies she worked as a researcher at the Dpt. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the same university during one year. In 2005, she started her MSc in Pharmacology and Therapeutic at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) and was granted with a postgraduate scholarship in Programa Nacional de Formación de Profesorado Universitario (FPU-2005) by the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain. In 2015 she obtained her PhD in the field of Biomedicine with the highest score.

During her predoctoral stage she collaborated with several pharmaceutical laboratories in the screening of new molecules to be potential drugs and she performed two predoctoral stays in the prestigious Dpt. of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology of the University College London (UCL), London, United Kingdom. She has presented several scientific posters and oral communications at national and international conferences and has participated in the publication of several scientific papers.

Dr. Anabel Sánchez also performed a Master’s degree in Clinical Research Monitoring in 2010. She has worked as Clinical Research Associate in the Pharmacy industry during the last 5 years, monitoring clinical trials in phase II-IV in different medical areas (Oncology/Hematology, Renal Transplant, Allergy, Dermatology and Cellular Therapy areas), gaining extensive medical knowledge in them.

Dr. Anabel Sánchez García is now dedicated to scientific advising and medical writing in FACIALTEAM.

Administration

Milagros Herrera
Office Manager
Laura Herrera
Administrative Assistant
Camila Simon
Financial Manager Sao Paulo

Patient Coordination

Ana González
Patient Coordinator Manager
Isabel Osuna
Patient Coordinator

Patient Relations

Carmen Benítez
Patient Relations
Laura Benítez
Patient Relations

Marketing & Institutional Relations

Lilia Koss
Director of Marketing & Institutional Relations
Curra García
Webmaster & IT Management
Julia Simon
Media Coordination
Amparo Puchades
Marketing Assistant

Comprehensive Care

Marina Rodríguez
Postoperative coordinator

An experienced therapist, she holds a degree in psychology (University of Málaga in 2006) and a master's degree in sexology and sex therapy with a specific gender approach, earning also a postgraduate degree in social and community intervention in 2009. She specialized in Systemic Family Therapy during the years 2009 to 2012 and has been a member in good standing of the Official College of Psychologists of Eastern Andalusia since 2006.

She began work under the public administration in 2007, focusing on disadvantaged groups and later in clinical psychology. In 2010 she began providing services to patients in private practice at Quirón Hospital in Málaga. In regards to professional development, she has amplified skills in therapy for transgender patients and their families, including earning credentials from the Official College of Psychologist in "Mental Healthcare for Transgender & Gender Non-conforming people". She actively collaborates with other professionals (endocrinology, speech therapy, and ear-nose-throat specialists) in the aim to offer comprehensive care for these patients.

She has been FACIALTEAM´s principal therapist since 2016, leading the growth of the postoperative care department in which she is now the coordinating psychologist. She became a WPATH member in 2017.

Sonja Rehr
Postop coordinator & German Patient Coordinator

An experienced therapist, she holds a degree in psychology (University of Málaga in 2006) and a master's degree in sexology and sex therapy with a specific gender approach, earning also a postgraduate degree in social and community intervention in 2009. She specialized in Systemic Family Therapy during the years 2009 to 2012 and has been a member in good standing of the Official College of Psychologists of Eastern Andalusia since 2006.

She began work under the public administration in 2007, focusing on disadvantaged groups and later in clinical psychology. In 2010 she began providing services to patients in private practice at Quirón Hospital in Málaga. In regards to professional development, she has amplified skills in therapy for transgender patients and their families, including earning credentials from the Official College of Psychologist in "Mental Healthcare for Transgender & Gender Non-conforming people". She actively collaborates with other professionals (endocrinology, speech therapy, and ear-nose-throat specialists) in the aim to offer comprehensive care for these patients.

She has been FACIALTEAM´s principal therapist since 2016, leading the growth of the postoperative care department in which she is now the coordinating psychologist. She became a WPATH member in 2017.

Fran Ortiz
Nocturnal Health Assistant

Fran Ortiz was born in Malaga where he began his studies as a Technical Assistant in Nursing Care in Marbella. He completed a residency at the Costa del Sol Hospital Emergency Unit, completing qualifications in 2009. His thesis presentation received the award “ Hygiene in Marbella” from the dental school Unión Denticale for it´s work in local schools educating on new techniques in oral hygiene.

Sonja Rehr, born in Germany, has 12 years of experience in the clinical sector, joining FT in 2016 as a German patient coordinator. She quickly proved her patient relations abilities as a fluent speaker of English, Spanish and French, (plus a lot of Italian), making her the ideal representative at many of FACIALTEAM's international events. In the Psychology, Aftercare & Quality Assurance Dept., Sonja´s role as the Postop Coordinator helps assure personalized and thorough aftercare. With a passion for patient wellbeing and an eternal smile, her position as the patient care liason involves facilitating a timely and detailed response with advice or instructions on behalf of the surgical team.

Antonio Romero Moreno
Physiotherapist

Antonio Romero Moreno obtained a diploma in Physiotherapy from the Alfonso X el Sabio University in Madrid in 2008 and is a registered member of the Andalusia Association of Physiotherapists. After becoming interested in bodywork, he obtained a degree in Chiromassage in 2004 prior to his advanced studies. In 2009, he obtained a master’s degree in Manual Therapy from the European University of Madrid and a second master’s degree in Manual Lymphatic Drainage that same year.

His interest in the treatment of the human body using manual therapies led him to train as a Pilates instructor and personal trainer and obtain a master’s degree in Nutrition and Sports Dietetics in Madrid. At the same time, he held internships with the Principe Felipe Sports Complex in the special needs and high performance physical therapy unit and with the Ability Center in Madrid.

After completing his education, he worked for the Therapy Center at HC Marbella International Hospital and operated his own government-registered clinic.

Dr. Manuel (Lolo) Jiménez Fernández
Specialist in Clinical Neurophysiology & Medical Acupuncturist

Professional Accreditations

A graduate in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Granada’s Medical School, Dr. Jiménez specialized in Clinical Neurophysiology at the Virgen de las Nieves Hospital in Granada. He has a Master of Advanced Studies (doctoral coursework/research proficiency) also from the Granada Medical School and a master’s degree in Sleep, Physiology and Medicine from the Pablo de Olavide University in Seville. He has diplomas in Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Craniopuncture and Auriculotherapy from CML Lasvi College in Madrid and in Lifting with Acupuncture from two schools, IEN El Vergel, working under Jason Smith, and CML Lasvi.

Professional Experience

Specialist in Clinical Neurophysiology, Head of Clinical Neurophysiology Area, Neurosciences Clinical Management Unit; Jaen Hospital Complex, Andalusia Health Service.
Specialist in Clinical Neurophysiology and Medical Acupuncturist, M Clinic, Jaen.

Scientific Associations

Spanish Society of Clinical Neurophysiology (SENFC)
Andalusia Society of Clinical Neurophysiology (SANFC) (member of the Board of Directors and the Scientific Commission)
Andalusia Epilepsy Society (SADE)

FACIALTEAM FOUNDATION

Tamara Blanco
FACIALTEAM FOUNDATION Project Manager

Business Mentoring

Jorge Laguna
Business Mentor

Initiating with a Bachelor’s in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Seville, Jorge Laguna continued his training at the San Telmo International Institute, obtaining a diploma in Business Management. Impressively, in the same period he simultaneously earned a Master of Business Administration (ESNA) and a Master in Financial Management (ESIC Business and Marketing School).

To highlight his professional career, most notably as General Director of the real estate groups J.J.C. and Garasa, professor at the School of Business of Andalusia (Master in MBA, Human Resources, Marketing and Sales Management) as well as professor of the MBA and MADEM of the ESIC Business and Marketing School. In 2009, Mr. Laguna began work as an accredited business mentor as well as a personal and professional COACH for business executives (Mentoría).

Since 2014, Jorge Laguna has been an essential part of FACIALTEAM, advising decision-making, patiently training members with dedication and affection, an integral element for the cohesion, motivation and continuous improvement of the team.