Jory N. Kaplan, M.D., F.A.C.S., and his wife, Julie Bass Kaplan, MSN, RN, CPSN, CANS, HCMT, PHN, established Disappearing Act Laser & Skin Rejuvenation in 1999. Disappearing Act was the very first cosmetic laser center in Redding. Their highly trained Physicians  & Aesthetic Nurse Specialists have many years of experience and have truly made a difference for numerous happy patients in the North State.

Jory and Julie take pride in purchasing only the finest medical aesthetic lasers, staying on the cutting-edge of this exciting field of medicine.  Disappearing Act added Vaginal Rejuvenation services in 2016 and welcomed Dr. Sam Van Kirk to our team of Medical Directors.  All procedures are performed under the medical supervision of Dr. Jory N. Kaplan and Dr. Sam Van Kirk.  Disappearing Act has multiple state-of-the-art laser and light wavelengths.

Julie Bass Kaplan


Aesthetic Nurse Specialist, Certified AMI Trainer

Julie is a Co-Founder of Disappearing Act. Julie has been injecting fillers and neurotoxins since 2001. She enjoys the artistic aspect of her career and strives for a very natural look for each of her patients. Julie began her aesthetic career in 1990.   She worked in the operating room as a certified surgical technologist (CST) and certified first assistant (CFA).


Julie completed her Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN), her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN), her Public Health Nurse Certification (PHN), her Health Care Management (HCMT) Certification, a Certification for Plastic Surgical Nursing (CPSN),  her Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS), and her Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN). She is currently attending Sonoma State University's Family Nurse Practitioner program and will graduate in May, 2019.


When Julie is not working at Disappearing Act, she travels to teach the art and safety of medical aesthetic injectables.  She holds a certification for Allergan Medical Institute as a speaker and trainer.  In addition, Julie is a faculty member for P.A.L.E.T.T.E. Resources, which holds injectable workshops across the US.  In addition, Julie is a consultant for CosmoFrance and teaches MicroCannula injection techniques to Aesthetic Practitioners.  In addition, Julie founded JBK Aesthetics, for private training and consulting.

Jory N. Kaplan

M.D., F.A.C.S.  Otolaryngology

Head, Neck, and Facial Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Jory N. Kaplan has worked with lasers for over 30 years in his specialty area - ear, nose, throat and facial plastic surgery.  Dr. Kaplan grew up in Los Angeles and is a UCLA alumni.  He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.  He completed his otolaryngology residency at the University of Washington and remained on the faculty there for three years.  He was in private practice in Orange County, California specializing in facial plastic surgery and head and neck cancer for many years before moving to Redding in 1992.  He was a founding member of the Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Kaplan is the proud father of five children and loves spending time with them and his wife.

Wendy Van Kirk


Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist

Disappearing Act is proud to have such a talented, full-time Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist, Wendy Hill.  Wendy was born and raised in Redding and joined Disappearing Act in 2015. She began her nursing career after graduating from Shasta College at age 19. Wendy enjoyed nursing careers in orthopedics, blood banking and labor and delivery as a staff nurse and a hospital administrator. Wendy earned her Bachelor's degree at Simpson University. She spends her free time hiking, running, wine tasting, enjoying the lake and doing Crossfit- now that her two sons are grown.

Cristie Vericker

BSN, RN, BS Dietetics, 

Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS)

Cristie is a former graduate of SFSU where she obtained a BS in Dietetics, only to follow by acquiring an additional bachelor’s degree in her first love, Nursing. Cristie has worked in both plastic surgery and medical aesthetic nursing industries since 2004. She spent several years as a US Clinical Trainer for an elite laser device company. Cristie truly enjoys the combination of patient education, clinical practice and artistry. Her favorite pastimes include traveling and hanging outdoors with her husband and two sons, who are always drumming up good fun.

Stephanie Moravec


Aesthetic Nurse Specialist

Stephanie Moravec began her career as a Registered Nurse in 1989 in Shasta County.  She has thoroughly enjoyed working in the exciting world of Aesthetics since 2004.  She has traveled to Guatemala for over 2 decades to volunteer for surgical mission trips and enjoys every moment she can with her family.  Stephanie enjoys the creativity of the medical aesthetic nursing field! 

Sam Van Kirk

M.D., F.A.C.O.G., OB/GYN

Dr. Van Kirk was raised in Colorado and spent much of his youth backpacking, fishing and playing outdoors. His undergraduate and graduate education was in Mechanical Engineering at UCSB and Stanford.  He went to medical school at USC and later moved to Portland for seven years for residency in OB/GYN and private practice.  He has enjoyed the privilege of living in Redding since 2010.  Dr. Van Kirk joined our team to provide non-surgical options for vaginal rejuvenation. We are thrilled to have Dr. Van Kirk's clinical expertise at Disappearing Act!

Ashlee R. Smith


Medical Aesthetics

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Ashlee R. Smith, D.O. FAAP was born and raised in Beckley, West Virginia. She attended West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV. In 2012 Ashlee completed a residency in pediatrics at West Virginia University and remained there an additional three years and finished a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal medicine. Ashlee made the cross-country move to California in 2015, looking for new opportunities and adventures. She currently works  as a neonatologist at Mercy Medical Center, Redding and is excited to expand her talents with Aesthetic Medicine at Disappearing Act.

Denise Pearson


Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS)

We are excited to introduce Denise as our new nurse practitioner here at Disappearing Act. Denise’s first career was a Cosmetologist but her love of medicine inspired her to make a career change and in 1994 she graduated from Shasta College as a Registered Nurse. That same year she married the love of her life John and moved to Redding where they have lived ever since, raising their two children, now grown.  While at CHW she specialized in ICU/CCU medicine. She deciding to advance her career and  returned to school, graduating in 2003 as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Stanford University. She has specialized in Women’s Health for the last 15 years and continues that practice at Greenville Rancheria in Red Bluff. As evidenced by her first career choice she has always been interested in the idea of beauty and helping people feel their best and became an Aesthetic Nurse Specialist in 2017. She loves to travel, both for personal pleasure and to support many women’s and children’s charities all over the world. Her favorite pastimes involve good food and wine, reading and spending time with her family.

Rebecca McAbee 

Practice Manager

Born and raised in Redding, Rebecca loves spending time on the lake, riding her American Paint horse, or just spending time outdoors with her husband and two children.  Rebecca brings 10+ years of administrative experience to the Disappearing Act team.  Working as an administrator for a large corporation in the past, Rebecca appreciates the family dynamic and intimate setting that Disappearing Act provides. 

Disappearing Act

Laser & Skin Rejuvenation