Melissa Juried Kriebel
A Brea man was charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors for impersonating a medical doctor and performing procedures on primarily Spanish-speaking women.
Elias Renteria Segoviano, 61, was arrested last month at his business, Botox in Anaheim, located at the Phenix Salon Suites at 935 S. Brookhurst St. in Anaheim. Multiple businesses rent out space in the suites, including Segoviano, where investigators believe he worked alone, Orange County District Attorney spokesperson Kimberly Edds said.
Segaviano allegedly performed Botox injections, lip and face fillers, and thread-lift procedures on numerous women, despite never having been licensed as a medical professional in the United States. His business website also advertises BBLs, rhinoplasties, and “mommy makeovers.”
He is accused of performing invasive procedures and injecting victims with potentially counterfeit Botox, fillers, anesthetics, and other medical drugs.
Segaviano used various aliases including “Dr. Elias,” “Dr. Elias Renteria,” “Dr. Elias Renteria M.D.” and used “ELIASMD” on his vehicle license plate, officials said. His Instagram account has over 1,600 followers and reposts videos from his TikTok account of his procedures, some of which are narrated in Spanish. He also has a Facebook page and other social media accounts.
In addition to practicing in Anaheim, since 2019, Segaviano used various business names for his unlicensed practice including “Botox in Anaheim,” “Botox in Anaheim- Health and Beauty,” “Neurotoxina Botulinica- Massage Service,” “Threads in Anaheim,” “Threads La Habra,” “Botox La Habra,” and “OC Threads, Botox & Fillers,” according to prosecutors. One other location for his business was 339 La Habra Boulevard in La Habra, they said.
Segaviano was charged with one felony count of the unauthorized practice of medicine, a felony count of false indication of a medical license, and a felony count of perjury. He has also been charged with one misdemeanor count of the following: misrepresenting self as a licensed medical practitioner, representation of license not issued to him, misrepresentation of qualifications, and impersonating a professional nurse or pretending to be licensed to practice nursing.
He has pleaded not guilty to all counts. If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum sentence of five years and four months in state prison. He is currently being held on $1 million bail.
The license of all medical professionals performing procedures, including cosmetic surgeries, can be verified with the Medical Board of California. Anyone with information regarding the case or who was treated by Sergaviano can contact Investigator T. Hoang at the Orange County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation at 714-834-6538.