Our Business Is Your Pleasure!

From the moment you arrive you will see that we have taken every measure to ensure you feel relaxed and at ease. Before you meet us in person, take a glance at some of our staff and our wonderful Dr. Palmer. We look forward to meeting you!
Our Doctor

Russel Palmer, M.D., P.A.

Dr. Palmer was born and raised in New York City, where he attended Benjamin Cardozo High School and graduated at the age of 15. After graduating, he then moved to Florida, where he attended the University of Miami and received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1976.

Dr. Palmer then attended the University of Miami Medical School until 1980. He became the first graduate from the University of Miami to be accepted into a Harvard Surgical Residency program. He completed his internship and general surgery residency at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School in 1985 where he was appointed and served as the surgical chief resident.
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My mission is to make patients look and feel their best to improve their self-esteem and quality of life.
Russel Palmer, MD
our team

Meet our team of professionals.

James D. Stern, M.D., F.A.C.S.


James D Stern MD. FACS grew up outside of Pittsburgh, PA.  After high school, he entered the prestigious Six-Year Combined Liberal Arts Medical Education Program at Boston University, earning a BA/MD degree with honors.  After general surgical training, Dr. Stern studied plastic surgery in London, England, at Mount Vernon Hospital and Temple University Health Science Center in Philadelphia, PA.  He then completed a fellowship in cosmetic plastic surgery with the internationally renowned plastic surgeons Thomas Baker and Howard Gordon in Miami, FL.  Dr. Stern is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Stern has been in continuous private practice in Hollywood, FL, since finishing his training in 1995. He holds several leadership positions in the community and is currently the Chief of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood. He is a past president of the Broward County Society of Plastic Surgery, a fellow of the America College of Surgeons, a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and a long-standing member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Stern's philosophy is that in order to achieve great results, a surgeon must listen to the patient's desires and goals, and together, they must formulate a personalized surgical plan.  Realistic expectations on the part of well-informed patients lead to satisfying results.  Dr. Stern and our entire staff strive to preoperatively educate our patients about their chosen procedures, thus optimizing their potential for satisfaction.

Russel Palmer, MD

Ramona Stewart


Ana Bolivar

Patient Care Coordinator

Christina Kerns

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

Christina Kerns is the CRNA at Palmer Cosmetic Surgery. A graduate of Florida State University (BSN) and Florida International University (MSN). She brings over five years’ experience in anesthesia. Her role at Palmer Cosmetic Surgery includes pre-operative evaluation, administration of anesthesia and patient monitoring during surgical procedures and during the recovery period. Christina works closely with Dr. Palmer ensuring that patients are safe and comfortable throughout the surgical procedure.

Jen Kantis

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Ed.D, FNP-C

Dr. Jennifer Kantis holds a degree as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse from Florida Atlantic University and is certified in Family Practice through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Additionally, she has received a doctoral degree in Adult Education, specializing in Healthcare from Nova Southeastern University. 

She has been teaching nursing at a local college in South Florida since 2002, while practicing family and cosmetic dermatology since 2006.  Jennifer has been trained in the administration and preparation of cosmetic injectables, peels, lasers, sclerotherapy, as well as other modalities. Her extensive experience in Family Practice and Cosmetic Dermatology allows for the highest level of safety for her patients.

Marlyce Murphins

Registered Nurse BSN

Marlyce Murphins has assisted Dr. Palmer in surgical procedures for the past 21 years. A native South Floridian, Marlyce has received both her Surgical Technician and RN licenses here in Florida.

Marlyce also assists our operating room manager with recovering patients. When she is not assisting with surgeries in our center, she can be found at Memorial Regional Hospital and Memorial Same Day Surgery Center West.

Jen Huggard

Registered Nurse BSN

Heather Drouin


Sarah Lopez

Registered Nurse MSN
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