Meet Our Family

Donna Hartwiger, LPN, CST

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Donna Hartwiger has worked in the medical field as an LPN for over 30 years. She then furthered her education and trained to be a Certified Surgical Technician (CST), graduating in 1995. Donna has worked with Dr. Castor since he began his practice at the Watson Clinic and Lakeland Surgical and Diagnostic Center in 1999. She works as a scrub nurse and surgical assistant, helping Dr. Castor to perform all types of surgeries. Sterility of the procedure, patient comfort and patient safety before, during and after the procedure are Donna’s utmost priorities. When not working with Dr. Castor, Donna enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with her family and their two dogs.

Michele Ridenhour, R.N.

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Michele Ridenhour, R.N. is our operating room and recovery room nurse at Artisan Aesthetics. Michele is originally from Waycross, Georgia. She has over 25 years of nursing experience working mainly in the operating room in hospitals and outpatient surgical centers in Texas, Washington, D.C., Georgia and Florida. Her job is to make sure your procedure goes smoothly and safely. Michele will check you in on your procedure day, stay with you during your entire operation, and then make you comfortable and pain-free in the recovery area until you are ready to go home. Michele is a married army wife and has two daughters, Madeline and Lauren, who attend the University of Alabama. In her spare time, she likes to shop, go boating and to the beach.

Nicole "Nikki" Favata, Surgical And Patient Care Coordinator

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Nikki Favata is our Surgical and Patient Care Coordinator. She came to us in February 2018. Nikki is dedicated to making each patient’s experience a positive one, from beginning to end, and the level of customer service in addition to her dedication to our patients is extraordinary. Much of Nikki’s expertise came from working with her father, a local Tampa plastic surgeon, as a surgical coordinator and office manager. Her 20 years of customer service in the medical and educational fields are now invaluable to Dr. Castor’s practice. From your initial phone consult to recovery, Nikki is here to guide you through the surgical process. She is a Tampa Native and enjoys the beach, reading and spending time with her two children, her parents, and their six dogs.

Richard Hartwiger, Certified Surgical Technician

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Richard Hartwiger has 35 years experience as a Certified Surgical Technician with a BS in Health Sciences. Richard is responsible for securing and preparing all supplies required for surgeries. He also works directly with Dr. Castor during many surgeries. He is married with three sons. While not at work, Richard dedicates his time to coaching high school soccer and tennis.

Melissa Morales, Registered Medical Assistant

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Melissa Morales is our Registered Medical Assistant. She is the second face you will see when you enter Artisan Aesthetics Plastic Surgery Center. Melissa has worked as a Medical Assistant for 5 years and joined our team after working for multi-specialty offices. Melissa is responsible for administrative as well as clinical tasks, such as maintaining patient records, preparing patients and rooms for examination, assisting Dr. Castor with patient exams, and performing front-desk tasks. Melissa was born and raised in Bayonne, New Jersey and came to Tampa in June of 2020. In her spare time, she enjoys spending most of her time with her family and son, Ethan, trying different restaurants, and going to the beach and amusement parks.

Roxanni (Roxy) Farinas, Front Office Administrator

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Roxanni Farinas is our Front Office Administrator and the first friendly, smiling face that you see when you enter Artisan Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Laser Center. Roxy joined our team after working the front desk for 5 years at The Women’s Center. She schedules appointments, greets all incoming patients and performs administrative responsibilities. She also speaks Spanish. Roxanni keeps the office running smoothly while her attention to detail and warm personality will make your experience at the office a personable and comfortable one. Roxy was born in Cuba and came to Tampa at the age of 3. In her spare time, she enjoys spending most of her time with Family and her Son, Miguel, either at the beach, riding dirt bikes or canoeing. Yo hablo español.

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