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Dr. Sara Wasserbauer is  located in the Bay Area, outside of San Francisco, in Walnut Creek, California.

She completed her undergraduate studies with a B.A. in Classical Archeology and minors in Chemistry, Biology and Psychology at the prestigious Dartmouth College. She then went on to earn her medical degree from the renowned Medical College of Ohio where she was designated Class Leader. After finishing her training in Internal Medicine, Dr. Wasserbauer discovered she had a natural aptitude and eye for aesthetic surgery.

Dr. Wasserbauer believes in a holistic approach to treating her patient’s. “I want to understand their cosmetic goals and create very customized treatment plans that will accomplish their objectives and fit their lifestyle.  There is no reason to treat patients with a cookie cutter, one size fits all approach.”

Dr. Wasserbauer is a member of:

  • American Medical Association
  • American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
  • California Medical Society
  • Solano County Medical Society

Sara Wasserbauer, MD


Our Staff

Dr. Suzanne Gokel


Dr. Gokel is a board certified family physician with advanced training in esthetic medicine. Here at the Laser Center of Walnut Creek, she provides treatments for Botox, Dermal Fillers, Laser Hair Removal, IPL, Fraxel, and Ulthera. Dr. Gokel also offers free skin care consultations for ongoing skin management and optimizing treatments to help you look great. This includes evaluating each patient and customizing skin care programs with the use of products and medical treatments.

Dr. Gokel’s philosophy is to partner with her patients to take an active role towards a healthy, happy lifestyle. She encourages patients to “Take care of yourself and feel good and then your energy can be focused on your home, family and work!”

Outside of Laser Center of Walnut Creek, Dr. Gokel also practices primary care at Stanford University Health Care Center where she is on faculty. In her spare time, she enjoys staying active and spending time with her family and three kids.

Pamela Branchini, RN


Pamela is a highly skilled cosmetic Nurse injector with an extensive training in a wide variety of lasers and soft tissue fillers. Over the past 10 years she has been chosen to attend very advanced training classes from recognized experts from all parts of the world. She is known for her artistic talent and individualized approach to each patient listening to their concerns and working on a comprehensive plan that meets their specific needs.

Pamela is known for her gentle techniques, honest assessment and an outcome that enhances a patients natural beauty while diminishing the effects of aging. Known for her advanced skill set and a love for her work has patients seeking her out worldwide.

Having a background in cosmetic surgery, intensive care, labor and delivery, and management, has served to provide a strong foundation.

Her passion for embracing the comprehensive total care of her patients is evident as she guides and educates them to enhance and maintain a youthful appearance after each and every treatment.

Geraldine Gatewood, RN


Geraldine Gatewood RN is one of those medical professionals who has technical expertise AND an artistic flair. She has gained her over 10 years experience from both cosmetic surgery operating rooms and injecting chairs, but when she started her nursing career she leaned heavily toward the more technical side of medicine. As a Bay Area local, she worked as a nursing assistant at Valleycare/Stanford while going to nursing school. She received her nursing degree from Chabot College in 2003 and was offered a job in the same facility as an RN in the medical-surgical/telemetry unit. In 2005, she branched out and started to develop her cosmetic aptitudes working under Dr. Friedman an both an OR nurse and nurse injector. She also maintains her more technical nursing skills as a staff nurse (level III) with Kaiser in Fremont’s ambulatory Surgery Center.