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About Rita Medical Elite

About Us

Rita Medical Elite in Sarasota is your first choice if you are looking for the best practitioners that are experienced, proven successful and highly recommended.  

Choose wisely when looking for an aesthetic specialist to perform facial enhancement procedures. With 100% Customer Satisfaction - choose Rita Medical Elite. 


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3847 S. School Ave

Sarasota, FL 34239

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Our Team



Physician Associate

Master Injector

Rita J. Altman received her Physician Associate degree from Emory University in 1986 after attending Michigan State University for her undergraduate work. Her first 20 years were spent in the surgical arena where she perfected a technical skill and eye for beautiful skin closure. She worked alongside some of the top surgeons in Atlanta & San Francisco and was given accolades from them all.

Since 2006, Rita has dedicated her practice to facial re-contouring via non-surgical injections. She has performed over 100,000 procedures with the goal of recapturing and retaining a youthful, natural appearance through artistic injection placement on clients ranging from 21 – 91 years old. Whether it is lip enhancement, cheek augmentation, diminishing wrinkles caused by over-animation, or the deflation and gravitational pulls that aging causes; she will develop a plan of action to meet your goals.

She has trained hundreds of practitioners in the art of injecting.  The science is the easy part, but the art of looking natural both at rest and in animation results from the skill and experience of a seasoned provider.  

Rita's work ethic is impeccable, her dedication unprecedented and her gentle touch make clients flock to her from near and far also attracting other practitioners to receive their treatments. In her free time RIta is a Yoga Instructor and has taught fitness for over 40 years. She enjoys skiing, hiking, pickleball, walking Jesse & traveling. 

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Nurse Practitioner

Master Injector & Laser Specialist

After receiving her BA in Psychology from USF, Vanessa went on to obtain her nursing license & subsequently her Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Tampa. She has spent the last 10 years providing exceptional patient service & compassionate care within various environments.

            Vanessa has trained and supervised high performance nursing teams and has excellent communication and leadership skills. She has such passion for natural beauty and sees the inherent beauty in each and everyone. Vanessa has become a master injector in tox & fillers and loves injecting lips & cheeks. She doesn’t stop there because the health of the skin is just as important as the underlying structure. Laser, RF, Plasma lifting, & Microneedling devices allow her to expand your treatment outcomes & help in your journey to flawless beauty. In her off time, Vanessa is an amazing artist, just ask to see some of her paintings and sculptures. .


Hannah Lipsch, PA-C

Master Provider, Master Injector

Hannah Lipsch, PA-C holds her Master’s degree from Florida State University College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program in Tallahassee, FL, and her Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences from the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg. Prior to joining us as our Master Provider and Injector, Hannah had a wealth of clinical experience in Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Women’s Health, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry. She also worked as a Patient Care Technician in a Progressive Care Unit.

Hannah is passionate about providing a comfortable environment where patients can come to seek treatments that will make them feeling like the best versions of themselves. She is compassionate, trustworthy, and fully dedicated to helping patients gain confidence and function better through every stage of life.

Outside of the office, you'll find Hannah enjoying time with friends, family, and her two Golden Retrievers, trying out new coffee shops, or enjoying time at the beach.



Nurse Practitioner, Master Injector


Jessica is a licensed and board certified Nurse Practitioner with over 14 years experience in the medical field. She is certified by the American Nurse’s Credentialing Center as well as the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. She strives for a wholistic approach to wellness offering natural enhancements to balance ones beauty internally and externally. She is a member of the American academy of facial esthetics always staying up to date in current practice and offerings. Jessica is excited to offer her skills in esthetics at Rita Medical Elite specializing in Botox, Fillers and skin rejuvenation.  In her time off from working at SMH and RME she loves being a mom to her 2 amazing boys and spending date night with her police officer hubby.


Dr. Karen Chapman

Medical Director

Dr. Chapman is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist with fellowship training in Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Surgery and Diseases of the Orbit. She has practiced in Sarasota, Florida since 1997.



 Part-time Concierge

Cara is our part-time Office Concierge. Cara makes sure our website stays

up-to-date with the newest treatments and products we have to offer, as well as managing our social media platforms.

 Cara has an Associates of Science degree in Radiologic Technology. She comes to us with 12 years of clinical and administrative experience in an urgent care setting. Cara is also a Florida native and she enjoys spending time with her 19-year-old son, her family and friends.



Pet Therapy

Jesse is a 5 year old Bichon, Cocker Spaniel, Shitzu, and Poodle mix who Rita rescued from Underdog Rescue. He comes to work everyday and can provide a calming element to clients who may be feeling nervous about their treatment. Jesse is in training, so when you arrive for your appointment, you will see some information at the front desk about how to greet him when entering the treatment room. 

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