The owner/managers of Zena Day Spa and three of their employees are facing felony charges in Los Angeles County Superior Court as the result of an investigation conducted by “Operation Safe Medicine,” a task force within the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation Health Quality Investigation Unit whose mission is to investigate unlicensed activity and unsafe practice of medicine. The spa, which was located on Sepulveda Boulevard in Culver City, is now closed.
Fouad Nouri, a physician, allegedly aided and abetted the unlicensed activity of Mikhaiel Ayad Mikhaiel, the spa’s owner. After Mikhaiel’s death, his wife Reda Fakery Mikhaiel, aka Reda Mikhiael, a cosmetologist, managed the spa and allegedly allowed employees to perform cosmetic procedures, including Botox and intense pulsed light laser treatments, on patients who had not received an examination by a doctor or nurse practitioner. The investigation was initiated after a patient complained of third degree burns and scarring to her face after receiving intense pulsed light laser treatments at the spa in 2013.
The investigation and undercover operations showed that registered nurses Darla Sheree O’Brien and Jhoanna Maria Gando Pereja, and esthetician Rula Abusnaineh, were illegally performing medical procedures.
Mikhaiel and Abusnaineh were each charged with one felony count of unlicensed practice of medicine. Mikhaiel’s cosmetology license is currently on probation by the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology as the result of a prior investigation. Mikhaiel and Abusnaineh will return to court on January 18.
O’Brien was charged with two felony counts of unlicensed practice of medicine. She pleaded no contest to one count and is scheduled to be sentenced on January 5. Nouri was charged with one felony count of aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine. He pleaded no contest and is scheduled to be sentenced on January 10. On November 8, 2016, the Medical Board of California obtained an order limiting Nouri’s practice of medicine and barring him from having ownership interest in any medical day spas or performing cosmetic procedures for the duration of the criminal proceeding.
Pereja has been charged with two felony counts of unlicensed practice of medicine and a warrant has been issued for her arrest. She is believed to be out of the country.
The Accusation against Nouri can be read here:
The Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, Board of Registered Nursing and the Medical Board of California will pursue disciplinary action, as appropriate, against their respective licensees.