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Boutique Aesthetic Spa & Body Contouring Specialist located in Santa Monica, CA

Check in with Self Care LA and recharge from the inside out. We offer in-depth consultations with Dr. Kothakota and his personally trained staff for each service. Find out about our specialized treatments and experience our exclusive boutique atmosphere.

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Dr. Bharat Kothakota

Dr. Bharat Kothakota is a board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. A native of Washington, DC, Doctor K (as he is frequently known) returned to the east coast to attend medical school at Howard University after completing his undergraduate study at Washington University in St Louis. Following med school, he completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Lincoln Medical Center in the South Bronx before moving to Los Angeles.

Prior to becoming the medical director at Self Care LA, Doctor K was the medical director at Olympia Medical Center and Sollis (a concierge ER) in Los Angeles. As a balance to the fast pace of the ER, Doctor K decided to start a career in medical aesthetics because his wife said to him one day, “Can you do my Botox for me?” Subsequently, she became his first patient nearly 4 years ago, and that kicked off Doctor K’s aesthetics career. Since then, he’s performed hundreds of procedures and spent countless hours perfecting his craft in medical aesthetics.

Fun facts about Doctor K:

  • He’s a watch, sneaker, and car enthusiast – don’t be surprised to see him sporting his sneaker collection at Self Care LA!
  • Prior to going to med school, he was a consultant for Accenture and worked at the Pentagon.
  • Doctor K also has a Master’s in Public Health and spent a semester in Kenya working on a vaccination program.
  • He lives in the community, as a fellow neighbor and an owner of a small business in the same town he lives, which is important.
  • In his spare time, Doctor K likes to spend time with family and friends, travel, and spend time at Leo Carillo Beach with his dog Baxter. You’ll also find him at many of the restaurants on Montana Avenue!
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Marine Maldonado

Marine has been in the medical aesthetics industry for 7 years; with her wealth of experience, she is here to make our patients feel comfortable and confident while in the treatment rooms. As a native Angeleno, Marine is deeply committed to helping people achieve their desired aesthetic goals – her favorite thing is to see patient’s emotional reactions to their procedures. That happy and emotional reaction warms her heart.

Fun facts about Marine:

She loves sports, and even played soccer during middle school and high school. Loves to travel, LOVES dogs (love for animals is a theme at Self Care LA!). Her favorite movie is The Notebook. Foodie!

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Allie Sams- Office Manager/Certified Nutrition Coach

Allie's warm demeanor and extensive knowledge make her a trusted resource for all your self-care needs. In addition to managing our clinic she is also a certified nutrition coach, with 15+ years of experience in the medical field, she's passionate about helping patients understand the services offered at Self Care LA and find the perfect fit for their goals. Whether you have questions about nutrition, weight management, or other self-care options or simply need a friendly face, Allie is here to ensure a positive and empowering experience.

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1426 Montana Avenue, Suite 2, Santa Monica, CA 90403

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