Meet Dr. Stef Gatica

Dr. Stef Gatica, DNP, is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and the primary provider at our dermatology clinic and spa. At our Ankeny location near Des Moines, IA, Dr. Gatica goes above and beyond to deliver exceptional results while providing a safe and uplifting treatment experience.

Bilingual in Spanish and English and with nearly 30 years of medical experience, Dr. Gatica is devoted to educating patients and fellow providers on the latest and best treatments and techniques. Her passion for creating a positive difference in each of her patients’ lives is at the heart of all she does here at Revive.

Training & Experience

Dr. Gatica has been in the medical field for almost 3 decades in a variety of settings, including the emergency room, urgent care, pediatrics, aesthetics, and dermatology. After obtaining her Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Graceland University, she continued her education at the University of Alabama, where she received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

Dr. Gatica was fortunate to receive a 3-month dermatology residency in West Des Moines with a prominent dermatologist. She then managed a medical and cosmetic dermatology clinic in Beaverdale for more than 7 years, where she was the sole provider. She has been doing aesthetic injections for 18 years. 

After leaving a robust practice to spend more time with her family, Dr. Gatica began to teach online for Walden University. There, she soon moved up to the Family Nurse Practitioner Program Coordinator position. Today, Dr. Gatica brings a wealth of experience to Revive, where she dedicates her time to teaching others and creating the refined results her clients want.

A Commitment to Education

When she isn’t working with clients, Dr. Gatica spends her time training injectors at Revive, as well as traveling to many different states. She is often sought after to be a guest trainer. As the only Allergan® trainer in the state of Iowa, she trains providers from all over the country in the latest, safest, and most effective aesthetic injection techniques.

“Dr. Gatica assisted with my BOTOX training; she and her staff are excellent. They provide high-quality, personalized treatments and are very knowledgeable in the world of aesthetics. Her experience and passion are priceless.”

—Emily W Google review

Dr. Gatica’s Top Treatments

While Dr. Gatica only offers treatments and procedures she loves and stands by 100%, she does have a few favorite specialties:

As a medical dermatology specialist as well, she creates close relationships with her patients facing skin cancer, providing them support and a friendly face to count on during their treatment journeys. 

Outside of the Office

Dr. Gatica has been married for 30 years and has 3 children: Jayden, Devin, and Haley. She spends most of her free time traveling, watching softball, and enjoying her family. She begins and ends most of her days relaxing with her loved ones on her patio, taking in views of the beautiful Iowa skies.

Meet With Dr. Gatica

If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gatica, either virtually or in person, please request a consultation online or call (515) 965-5677.


Our Patients Say It Best

Don’t take our word for it! As you search for the best dermatology practice and med spa in the Des Moines, Iowa, area, trust what real people have shared about their experiences at Revive.

5 Over 156 Reviews
I have been going to Revive for over a year now after Dr. Stef came highly recommended from a dear friend. I have never been happier with my results! Not only do each and every one of the staff greet me with a smile, call me by my name and make me feel extremely comfortable but they all truly care and only want the best outcomes for their patients! Dr. Stef and her staff are extremely knowledgeable and professional! I am so pleased and would recommend them to anyone! ❤️
Dr. Stef is amazing and has a great thing going. She made me feel comfortable during my botox and filler. She is so knowledgeable and really cares about the outcome. I love my results and will only return to her for additional filler.
I would highly recommend them for any service they offer. They explain everything step by step and the best staff around.The atmosphere is relaxing and beautiful.

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