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Anusha Dahanayake, NP, MSN – Founder and Clinical Director

Anusha is a nationally board certified nurse practitioner with 15 years’ experience in anti-aging aesthetics and three decades in the field of medicine. A graduate of UCLA and UC Irvine, she brings a results-oriented approach to her practice. Her patients appreciate her strong grounding in science, her aesthetic artistry, and her warm and compassionate personal style.

Specializing in the non-surgical “BEAUTIPHICATION” method of assessment and treatment developed by Montreal surgeon Arthur Swift, MD, Anusha designs a precise, highly individual plan for each patient, using injection treatments to restore symmetry and balance.

“I start by paying attention to the proportions of a patient’s face. It’s not about folds and wrinkles, it’s about balance, harmony, and looking natural to maximize each person’s beauty potential.”

Born in Sri Lanka, Anusha spent her teenage years in Zimbabwe and Hong Kong before moving to Los Angeles. She worked in emergency medicine for 18 years at multiple Los Angeles hospitals. She has a deep commitment to global public health, taking a year off to volunteer in Zimbabwe and co-founding the non-profit Global Health Access Program to help ease the refugee health crisis on the Thailand-Burma border. It was there she met Southern California surgeon Richard Hahn, MD, who encouraged and mentored her in cosmetic dermatology.

Facial aesthetics quickly became an area of fascination for Anusha, and she founded Skin Specifics in 2003, opening a second location in 2006. Specializing in the latest injectable treatments and methods, she brings a global perspective to aesthetics, and trains with top dermatologists, plastic surgeons and injection specialists in California, Europe and Asia. Anusha is also the creator of a line of custom-formulated skin care products, available at our two Skin Specifics locations.

Beyond her clinical expertise, Anusha loves the artistry of aesthetics and helping her patients discover how to enhance and restore their unique beauty.

“The foundation of my practice is helping my patients reach their aesthetic goals while facilitating safe, healthy and graceful aging. It’s really about treating the whole person. When I see patients whose confidence has soared because they see results, and feel restored and refreshed; it’s so powerful.”

Anusha is a global traveler and committed to a healthy, fit lifestyle. She loves to explore the outdoors, gardening, hiking, camping and rock climbing with her family and their Aussiedoodle, Luna.


Dr. Richard Hahn MD –  Medical Director

Dr. Richard Hahn MD is a general and vascular surgeon with 50 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Hahn graduated from the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine in 1972. Dr. Hahn and Anusha Dahanayake NP, met in 2001 while working internationally in south east Asia. Besides being a surgeon, Dr. Hahn also does aesthetic Medicine including neurotoxins, dermal fillers and lasers. Anusha was first introduced to aesthetic Medicine in 2001 by Dr. Hahn who taught her many of his techniques .  Anusha began and continued to work along side Dr. Hahn before launching Skin Specifics in southern California. Dr.Hahn has been a mentor and integral part of Skin Specifics acting as medical director and guiding Anusha and Skin specifics to its current standing.


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Theresa Ferrari

Theresa brings years of experience working with clients providing on-site support, answering medical procedure questions, and booking appointments for our clients.