Meet the Staff

Dr. Folk could not be more proud of her staff. Their level of skill, compassion, common sense, and dedication is unparalleled in this field. As a group we constantly strive to provide exceptional care so that your experience can be as smooth as possible.

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Stephanie Paoli

Patient Coordinator/Aesthetician

Stephanie began “training” Dr. Folk in 1997 and has her schedule running with amazing efficiency. As a surgical coordinator, she works tirelessly helping patients so that their experience is impeccable. Stephanie is also a licensed aesthetician and helps patients with their skin care needs, education, treatments, and support. She is an avid cook (her rum cake is Dr. Folk’s kryptonite), loves to exercise, and has raised two wonderful children.  She is also unique in that she does not have a mean bone in her body. We know. We did X-rays.

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Heather Palmer

Registered Nurse

Heather received her BSN from the University of Iowa in 1986, and spent the next 14 years doing really simple things, like being the clinical coordinator for the Cardiothoracic Surgery Division at C.U. Dr. Folk hired her in 2000 and considers working with Heather as a match made in heaven. Her clinical judgment is exceptional, and she has become the in office laser guru. Heather sets the bar for patient care and also provides the full spectrum of aesthetic procedures.

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Tawney Collins

Registered Nurse

Tawney received her BSN From University of Northern Colorado in 1995, began aesthetics in 2008, and joined Dr. Folk in 2011. She loves to express her artistic talents through injecting and stays up to date with the latest and greatest, training at every opportunity. Tawney provides compassionate patient care (watch out, she is a “hugger”), and has an outrageous sense of humor that keeps us in stitches. Outside of work she is devoted to her husband, two biped daughters and a 3-legged dog.

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Tula Caputto

Certified Physician Assistant

Tula, a Denver native, received her undergraduate and Master’s degree from the University of Colorado. She began her career as a PA in dermatology in 2004, and began specializing in Plastic Surgery in 2006 while living in Chicago. She returned to Denver, and joined Dr. Folk in 2012.  Tula performs injectables, lasers, minor procedures, and patient care before and after surgery. She has also received advanced training in performing Thermi procedures. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, skiing, running, traveling, and avoiding gluten. How a person can always stay so adorable and cheery has the rest of us stumped!

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Valerie Fenton

Registered Nurse

Val received her nursing degree at Cayuga College, New York in 2004, and is currently furthering her education at Regis University in Denver. She began working with Dr. Folk in the operating room at Rose Hospital in 2006, where she quickly became the Plastic Surgery team leader. In 2014 we essentially stole Val from the hospital because of her tremendous untapped potential, and couldn’t be happier! She now provides full time patient care, and has become amazingly adept at performing many aesthetic treatments and procedures.

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Denise Gamboa

Surgical Assistant

Denise is a Denver native who began working with Dr. Folk as a Surgical Technician at Rose Hospital in 2008 and then transitioned to the office in 2009. She continues to assist with procedures, consultations, and keeps the clinical side running smoothly. She has also received specialized training at Coolsculpting University, and has become our resident expert in all things that get cold and melt fat.

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Jill White

Certified Physician Assistant

Jill first rotated through our office as a student, and formally joined the practice in 2008 after graduating from the Red Rock’s Physician Assistant Program in Colorado. While she spends most of her time assisting Dr. Bateman (Dr. Folk’s partner), she also loves to do aesthetic procedures and has had extensive training with Dr. Folk. Jill has that special gift of always making things look easy (including her pregnancies) and provides wonderful care. You can almost hear the gears cranking through that fabulous hair any time she tackles a problem.

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Carrie Kreft

Patient Coordinator, Billing Specialist

Carrie has been working with Dr. Folk since 2002, and is the go-to person for insurance and billing questions. She is a certified coder, member of the AAPC, and helps patients navigate their way when dealing with insurance companies. She is also Dr. Folk’s sister, which makes for some pretty humorous stories and blurring of professional boundaries.

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Virg Burneikes

Surgical Assistant

Virg is a fully trained Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who emigrated from Lithuania to the United States in 1999. Rather than repeating his residency he continued his work in Plastic Surgery as the world’s most overqualified Surgical Assistant. He has been assisting Dr. Folk since 2005, and is adored and valued by everyone. He and his extremely over-achieving family humbles us all.