Anaheim: (714) 229-8246
Laguna Niguel: (949) 360-4400

Our Staff

All our professionals at Aesthetic Dermatology & Laser Center maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dermatology.

Edward M. Kramer, M.D.

Dr. Kramer specializes in a wide variety of Dermatologic procedures including skin cancer surgery utilizing Mohs surgery, mole removals, laser resurfacing of scars and wrinkles, laser removal of broken blood vessels, brown spots and stretch marks, laser hair removal, laser acne treatment, sclerotherapy for leg veins, Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse and Sculptra treatments for wrinkles, chemical peels and tumescent liposuction. Dr. Kramer has performed over 12,000 cases of Mohs surgery and is strongly committed to the comprehensive and optimal treatment of skin cancers, with a focus on achieving superior cosmetic outcomes.

We also offer CoolSculpting treatments to freeze away unwanted fat and are now performing ThermiTight for neck looseness, ThermiSmoothe for eyelid wrinkles and ThermiVa for vaginal skin rejuvenation.

These procedures are all performed in our office.

Group Practice/Hospital Affiliations
Mission Hospital, West Anaheim Medical Center, Lakewood Regional Medical Center

Office Hours:
Laguna Niguel: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Anaheim: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays: 9:00 am- 5:30 pm

Membership Status
Dr. Kramer is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Society for Mohs Surgery and the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery.


Edward M. Kramer, M.D., is a board-certified dermatologist with practices in Laguna Niguel and Anaheim, California. He received his B.S. and graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan. He then pursued research and graduate studies at the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, also at the University of Michigan. Dr. Kramer received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, graduating with class honors. He performed his internship also at Georgetown University in the Department of Internal Medicine. He completed his residency in Dermatology at George Washington University, serving as Chief Resident in his third year.


Gill SP, Bierwaltes WH, Ice RD and Kramer EM:  Localization of Radiolabeled Phosphates in Breast Carcinoma   AM ASSOC CAN RES 71:  106-107, 1976.

Rotman HH, Ikeda, Chiu CS, Kramer EM and Aminoff D:  Resistance of Red Blood Cell Membranes to Oxygen Uptake.  J APPL PHYSIOL 49(2):  306-310, 1980

Alam M, Gladstone HB, Nouri K, Spencer JG, Smith K, Murphy J and Kramer EM:  ASDS Guidelines of Care: Injectable Fillers   Dermatol Surg 2008;34:S115-S148

Associations and Fellowships

American Board of Dermatology  American Society for Mohs SurgeryAmerican Academy of Dermatology

American Society for Dermatologic SurgeryAmerican Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery


Jeffry M. Hick, M.D.


University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
Dermatology Residency, PGY 2-4Chief Resident, 2011-2012

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Preliminary Internal Medicine Internship, PGY 1

Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, NC
Medical Doctor Degree
                Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
                Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society 2007

Brigham Young University                                                     
Provo, UT
Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
                    Graduated magna cum laude, 3.93 GPA
                    Trustees Full Academic Scholarship
                    Cougar Club Scholar Athlete

Board Certification and Professional Licenses

Diplomate, American Board of Dermatology, 2012
Physician and Surgeon: The Medical Board of California
Issued 2009


Journal Articles:

Yentzer BA, Hick J, Reese EL, Uhas A, Feldman SR, Balkrishnan R. Acne vulgaris in the United States: a descriptive epidemiology. Cutis. 2010 Aug;86(2):94-9.

Yentzer B, Hick J, Williams L, Inabinet R, Wilson R, Camacho FT, Russell GB, Feldman SR. Adherence to a topical regimen of 5-fluorouracil, 0.5%, cream for the treatment of actinic keratoses. Archives of Dermatology. 2009 Feb; 145(2): 203-5.

Hick J, Feldman SR. Eligibility Creep: A cause for placebo group improvement in controlled trials of psoriasis treatments. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 2007 Dec;57(6):972-6.

Ma J, Shen J, Garrett JP, Lee CA, Li Z, Elsaidi GA, Ritting A, Hick J, Tan KH, Smith TL, Smith BP, Koman LA. Gene expression of myogenic regulatory factors, nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subunits, and GAP-43 in skeletal muscle following denervation in a rat model. Journal of Orthopedic Research. 2007 Nov;25(11):1498-505.


Garrett JP, Sierpinski P, Ma J, Burnell J, Lee SJ, Hick J, Smith TL, Koman A, Atala A, Van Dyke M. Peripheral Nerve Regeneration through a Nerve Conduit Using a Self-Assembled Keratin Hydrogel Matrix in an Animal Model. Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery. 2006; 22 DOI: 10.1055/s-2006-955159. 

Scientific Presentations:

Hick J. “Cosmetic Correction of HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy”. Cosmetic Surgery Forum. Las Vegas. December 1, 2011.

Hick J, Park J. “Bullous Mastocytosis”. Los Angeles Metroderm Society, Los Angeles, CA. November 15, 2011

Hick J, Hick R. “Dendritic Cell Neurofibroma with Pseudorosettes: A Distinct Histological Variant” American Society of Dermatopathology, Seattle, Wa. October 20, 2011.

Hick J, Compoginis G. “Erythema Nodosum Leprosum” California Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, San Diego, CA. September 17, 2011.

Hick J, Takahashi S. “Cocaine-induced Vasculitis” Los Angeles Metroderm Society, Los Angeles, CA. February 22, 2011.

Hick J. Ram, R. “Primary Congenital Lymphedema” Pacific Dermatology Association. Pasadena, CA. August 15, 2010.

Hick J. DeClerck B, Kim G, Peng D. “Nasal-type NK/T Cell Lymphoma” Caribbean Dermatology Symposium.  Fajardo, Puerto Rico. January 21, 2010.

Hick J. DeClerck B, Kim G, Peng D. “Nasal-type NK/T Cell Lymphoma” Los Angeles Metroderm Society. Los Angeles, CA. November 24, 2009.

Hick J. “Telangiectasia Macularis Eruptiva Perstans” Coastal Dermatology Symposium. San Diego, CA. October 2, 2009.

Lauren Balbas, PA-C

Lauren Balbas is a Board Certified Physician Assistant and specializes in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology.  Her compassionate nature and medical training makes Lauren a vital member of the Aesthetic Dermatology & Laser Center team.

Lauren has expertise in treating patients for acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, hair loss including alopecia areata, skin cancer, skin infections, rashes, and warts.  She is highly skilled at mole removal and skin cancer surgery.  Lauren is a member of Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants.

Cosmetic procedures that Lauren provides include CoolSculpting for non-invasive fat removal, laser hair removal, laser treatment for hyperpigmentation including sun spots and rosacea, Botox injections, ThermiVa for non-invasive vaginal rejuvenation, and ThermiSmooth for skin tightening and collagen stimulation around the eyes, cheeks and mouth.

Lauren has a strong passion for skincare and strives to make each patient she is fortunate to treat feel important and at ease during their visit to our office.  She earned a Masters in Physician Assistant studies from Western University in Pomona, California and currently resides in Mission Viejo with her husband and border collie, Zoe.

Office Hours:
Laguna Niguel: Tuesday, Wednesday, every-other Thursday, Friday: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Anaheim: Monday, every-other Thursday: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Lauren is available one Saturday per month at each office.

Jacque Thomas, Medical Aesthetician

Jacque has been closely involved with the medical field and the world of beauty for over forty years. She has dedicated her professional life to helping women attain a more beautiful appearance. She has taught workshops and seminars in skin care, chemical peels and microdermabrasion in major cities around the United States as well as Europe, Singapore, and Australia. She has written articles for magazines related to finding the right plastic surgeon and skin care. Only the highest quality medical-grade skin products are used in her treatments to help each client obtain the best skin possible. Some of the series offered are: Dermafile / Microdermabrasion, Purifying Acne Facials, Oxygen Therapy, Resorcinol Peel (sometimes called the "model's peel"), Permanent make-up, as well as a fabulous make-up line. One of the favorite treatments is the Dermaplaning. It removes the outer most layers of dead skin cells leaving the skin immediately smooth, supple, and vibrant. It also removes the little velour hairs, another reason the skin is so much and glowing. And, no, the hairs do not grow back thicker. It is physiologically impossible for your velour hairs to grow back thicker.One of our more recent treatments we have added and is a major favorite, with no downtime is the HydraFacial. Great for all skin types, the HydraFacial treatment helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve elasticity and firmness, even skin tone and vibrancy, improve skin texture, helps with hyperpigmentation and photo damage, helps oily congested skin and enlarged pores, plus advanced signs of aging. 
Please come in for a complimentary consultation and treatment plan. Jacque wants to make one thing clear......Your Skin! 

Jacque Thomas is in the Laguna Niguel office Monday through Friday, and one Saturday per month.

Our Staff