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.

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 her fellow providers and team members. As the only Allergan® trainer in the state of Iowa, she trains providers from all over the Midwest in the latest, safest, and most effective laser and 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.

120 reviews

Featured Reviews

Relaxed atmosphere with caring and hospitable staff. Procedures virtually painless with great results.

Tawnya was able to see me regarding some moles causing me concern. She removed the moles and sent them to the lab. As soon as my results were posted, she contacted me immediately with the news that everything was ok. I will be seeing her for regular checkups.

Dr Stef was absolutely amazing and went above and beyond to help our daughter out with some skin issues. I can’t recommend this place enough!

The best dermatologist & nurses around! Everyone is so welcoming, they make you feel comfortable & really listen to your concerns! Dr. Stef & her nurse went above & beyond for my needs. I love revive & highly recommend them!

the results are impeccable ??

So welcoming and such a truly wonderful experience. Thank you!

Business Owner replied on Feb 9, 2022:

Thank you so much for your kind review! We can't wait to see you again!

My fiancé and I are new to the Ankeny Iowa area and I needed to see a dermatologist. First and foremost, it is a fantastic environment. Not cluttered, clean, professional and polite. I saw Nikki Roetman the first visit. She was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Very well versed outside of normal dermatology. The second visit I was blessed with the help of Dr Stef Gatica, she was very fun to work with. We were able to joke and have a good laugh. With the help of Aubrey I have had nothing but pleasant professional visits. Highly recommended to go hear and get taken care of the right way

Business Owner replied on Feb 9, 2022:

Thank you very much! It was a pleasure meeting both of you!

I saw Nikki at the clinic and she was so thorough and sweet! She makes you feel comfortable and goes over everything with you in detail. Highly recommend!

Business Owner replied on Feb 18, 2022:

Hi, Megan. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive experience. We truly appreciate it!

I’m an NP that recently did a Botox training with Dr. Stef. She is very knowledgeable and skilled-an excellent resource for all things skin! I learned so much. I appreciated the 1:1 training. The day was fast paced which allowed for several opportunities for me to inject but also personalized enough for me to gain the skills to inject independently. I highly recommend.

Business Owner replied on Feb 18, 2022:

Thank you Katie! I had a lot of fun with you and you did a great job! Can't wait to watch you grow in your skills!

Thank you Dr Stef for coming to our office to share your wealth of knowledge and skills. Your years of experience and technique methods that you offered during our training was amazing.

Business Owner replied on Feb 18, 2022:

Thank you Melanie! It was so nice to meet all of you!

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