Doral spa owner accepts plea deal after botched injection
Viviana Ayala to serve 5 years of probation
DORAL, Fla. – A Doral spa owner accused of performing a botched procedure that left a woman's face severely swollen accepted a plea deal Monday and will serve five years of probation.
A Miami-Dade County judge also ordered Viviana Ayala to stay away from the victim, Isabel Gonzalez.
As part of the deal, Ayala pleaded no contest to one count of practicing medicine without a license. She had been ordered not to practice medicine and will have to complete community service.
According to an arrest report, Ayala injected Gonzalez's face with a substance in June 2012 that Ayala said were vitamins at Viviana's Body Secrets Spa.
Attorney Diana Santa Maria said Gonzalez didn't know what she had injected into her face.
"She didn't provide that information, which seriously prolonged the treatment and the damages and the injuries and the effects on her health," said Santa Maria.
"I went there and got two injections and I came out looking like this," said Gonzalez.
Ayala has said Gonzalez only received facials at her spa.
Gonzalez has since filed a lawsuit against Ayala and the spa.
"The damages will be all her past medical bills, all her future medical bills, her pain and suffering, for her lost capacity to enjoy life, for the physical disfigurement," said Santa Maria.
The City of Doral shut down Viviana's Body Secrets Spa and revoked Ayala's certificate of occupancy for conduct that is contrary to the public health.
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