Medical Spa Show Advisory Board
CoolSprings Laser Aesthetic and Skincare Center, Evolve Wellness and Aesthetics Center, Evolve Weight and Age Management, Skinsation Medical Spa and Rejuvenation Plastic Surgery
In late 2011, Matthew Billingsley saw a need in the Middle Tennessee area for a weight loss and hormone replacement therapy clinic with affordable pricing. In January 2012, Evolve Weight and Age Management opened its doors to the public. Due to this great success, clients started asking for cosmetic services to complement their new appearances. In early 2013, Evolve added its first laser to the clinic and, today, Billingsley heads up three independent brands: Evolve Weight and Age Management; CoolSprings Laser Aesthetic, & Skincare Center; and Skinsation Medical Spa. Billingsley’s staff of 32 industry professionals sees nearly 200 patients per day and has successfully performed more than 50,000 laser and aesthetic treatments and procedures. He also consults with and educates many new doctors and medical spa owners looking to enter the industry on how to run a successful medical aesthetics and anti-aging practice from his own experiences. He has dedicated his life and work to being a leader and innovator in medical aesthetics and anti-aging industry.
Shawna Chrisman, MS, NP, BC
Destination Aesthetics is the Sacramento, California, region's premier medical spa that specializes in non-surgical treatments for the face and body. Owner Shawna Chrisman graduated from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as a nurse practitioner and received her master's degree in 2002. After working in critical care for many years, she decided to pursue her passion for aesthetics with the goal of enhancing natural beauty in her patients. Starting with cosmetic injectables, Chrisman and her team elevated Destination Aesthetics into one of the fastest growing cosmetic practices in the United States achieving a top 20 ranking out of 18,000 accounts nationwide with Allergan, the manufacturer of BOTOX, in less than six years. In 2016, she opened the doors to a second location in Folsom, California, which will be expanding into a newly-renovated, 3400-square-foot space in the fall of 2018. According to Chrisman: "Eliminate the word vanity. Doing something for yourself that makes you happy is not being vain. It's simply empowering."
Rejuvenate Med Spa and Rejuvenate Injector Training
Oak Brook, Illinois
Christina Imes is the founder of Rejuvenate Med Spa and Rejuvenate Injector Training in based in Oak Brook, Illinois. Imes received her degree in communications from Loyola University, and recently graduated from Goldman Sachs’s 10,000 Small Business Program. She has extensive experience in studio/spa management. Her creativity, and entrepreneurial and leadership skills have greatly contributed to the expansion and success of Rejuvenate Med Spa and Rejuvenate Injector Training. Imes coordinates all client functions, injector and laser training, business operations, and marketing efforts. She is dedicated to staying at the forefront of the ever-changing aesthetics market and strives to keep clients happy.
Dr. Sheila Nazarian, MD
Private Practice Plastic Surgeon and Owner
The Skin Spot, Nazarian Plastic Surgery
Beverly Hills, California
Sheila Nazarian, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with a private practice in Beverly Hills, California. She has a master’s degree in medical management from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC), where Nazarian also serves as an assistant professor in plastic surgery and hand surgery. She serves as the co-chair of membership for the California Society of Plastic Surgeons, and is a committee member on the Electronic Communications Committee and the External Marketing Committee for the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). She is married to a neurosurgeon, has three children and also enjoys being an influencer in the aesthetic space: @drsheilanazarian on Instagram and Nazarian Plastic Surgery on Facebook.
Skin Body Soul Spa
Vagabond at heart, entrepreneur by choice, Brandon Robinson is the current founder and CEO of Skin Body Soul MedSpa, a multi-state multiple location medical spa based in Texas, Iowa and Washington. Robinson is also a partner with Dr. Grant Stevens's medical spa, Orange Twist, based in Los Angeles, CA. Robinson was a graduate of University of San Francisco in 2004 and started his first business in 2005. Since then, he has started and operates multiple businesses, sold medical devices in the aesthetic industry and helped consult for Groupon.com. Robinson currently lives in Sacramento, California, with his wife, Jennifer, a former industry council board member for American Society of Dermatological Surgery and current Sientra territory manager.
Managing Partner and Director
Lasky Aesthetics & Laser Center
Beverly Hills, California
Terri Ross is managing partner and director of Lasky Aesthetics & Laser Center, which she transformed from a $500,000 to a $2.5 million business in the span of 18 months. She was also a consultant for world-renowned plastic surgeon Garth Fisher, M.D. when he opened his medical spa in Beverly Hills and has been working with world-renowned facial plastic surgeon and host of the TV show Botched, Dr. Paul Nassif, since 2012. Her experience also spans the corporate world working for several leading medical device companies such. Her experience also spans the corporate world working for several leading medical device companies such as Zeltiq, Medicis, EMD Serono and Johnson & Johnson. Ross is also a consultant for Revance Therapeutics.
Medical Spa Show Faculty
Carmen Vanderheiden Brodie
Founder/CEO | The Finery, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania
Carmen Vanderheiden Brodie is the founder and CEO of The Finery, formerly known as Tataway. The company focused on tattoo removal exclusively for seven years before adding skin care services to its menu. The Finery has pioneered the Pico-second revolution and remains one of the most Pico-experienced facilities in the world. Brodie brings more than 15 years of experience and clinical management experience to The Finery team. The Finery has grown from a solo shop to four brick-and-mortar locations in four states and a mobile team that services another 30 sites in a five-state radius in just seven years. Brodie readily admits that all of this has not accomplished on her own. Her children and her husband are key components who share her passion for this newly developing marketplace.
Michael S. Byrd, JD
Founder/Partner | ByrdAdatto Law Firm
As the son of a doctor and entrepreneur, Michael S. Byrd, JD, has a personal connection to both business and medicine. As the father of five, he has learned the importance of listening closely and thinking creatively. Byrd has blended these life experiences to become a leading advocate for doctors and dentists throughout the United States. He routinely lectures at continuing medical education seminars on the various business and legal issues that medical professionals face. Outside of health care, Byrd has used these same skills to handle sensitive and complicated business matters for entrepreneurs, business owners, attorneys, CPAs, high net worth individuals, and public figures. Byrd has been named to Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Lawyers, published by Thompson Reuters, for multiple years (2009-2015) and recognized as a Best Lawyer in Dallas by D Magazine (2013). He is also active on the Board of Directors of the LEAP Foundation, an organization that provides pro bono medical services to those in need.
Renee E. Coover, JD
Associate| ByrdAdatto Law Firm
A trained opera singer, Renee E. Coover has always been an excellent oral communicator. From the stage, to the board room, in the courtroom, and even on a TED Talk platform, Coover is comfortable in front of any audience. She has a unique background, blending litigation with healthcare law. Coover’s practice focuses on representing business clients, primarily focusing on the health care industry. She assists doctors, dentists, and other medical professionals with their businesses and regulatory challenges. She routinely advises and counsels business owners in proper corporate formation, complying with specific state laws and regulations, and implementing proper employment policies and practices for their business.
Founder/CEO | Crystal Clear Digital Marketing
Adam DeGraide is a seasoned motivational speaker and practice management consultant within the modern medical, aesthetic and wellness industries. He is currently the CEO and founder of Crystal Clear Digital Marketing, and has consulted for more than 3,500 businesses across the globe. Crystal Clear was named a Top 10 Aesthetic Service Company by Aesthetic Everything and was also recognized as the “Best Practice Marketing Company” by THE Aesthetic Industry Awards 2016. DeGraide’s expert consulting has been implemented in hundreds of medical practices worldwide, further educating physicians how to successfully grow their business in a digitally driven world.
Founder/Owner | Durocher Enterprises
Bryan Durocher is the author of Wakeup Live the Life You Love in Beauty, and is the founder of Essentials Spa Consulting and Durocher Enterprises. Durocher was named one of the “Top 20 People to Know in the Beauty Industry” by Global Cosmetic Industry magazine, and provides coaching, consulting, global industry trends, and marketing solutions for medical spa, spa and industry professionals internationally. Durocher Enterprises has been published in many articles and has provided business education internationally at a variety of national and international industry events.
Owner | Frisina Consulting
Louis Frisina is a renowned biotechnology entrepreneur and aesthetics industry thought-leader. He is Harvard-educated, with more than 30 years of success discovering new markets, and founding, leading and building profitable $MM and $B biotech ventures for companies such as Fisher Scientific International, Collagenesis, Q- Med Inc., Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation, GynoPharma and Ares Serono. Frisina has been an advisor to several private equity and hedge funds for M&A and capital raise. He also discovered the aesthetic filler Restylane in Brazil, built the market and sold Restylane to Medicis for $160MM upfront, as well as another $100 MM for Perlane and other NASHA injectable products.
Thomas T. Jeneby, MD
Private Practice | San Antonio, Texas
Thomas T. Jeneby, M.D. is one of the most reputable plastic and cosmetic surgeons in San Antonio, Texas. In recognition to his performance as one of the most competent cosmetic surgeon, Jeneby was appointed a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 2003 and has handled several intricate San Antonio plastic surgery cases. Jeneby holds state medical board licenses in the states of Texas, Arkansas, California, Pennsylvania and Florida and was awarded “Top Doctor of Texas” by Cosmopolitan magazine. Jeneby was also selected as a “Top Plastic Surgeon” for the years 2007-2016 by the Consumer’s Guide magazine.
Rebecca Gelber, DO
Tahoe Medical Spa Regenerative Center
Dr. Rebecca Gelber graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1993 and completed her residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Since that time, she has completed a preceptorship in aesthetics, liposculpture and stem cell therapies, as well as specialized training with luminaries across the country in BBL and laser therapies, Botox, dermal fillers, and thread lifts. She founded and owns the Tahoe Medical Spa Regenerative Center and also offers specialized training to other providers. In 2016, Dr. Gelber was awarded Best Overall Facial Rejuvenation at THE Aesthetic Show.
Jonathan Kaplan, MD
Dr. Jonathan Kaplan is a board-certified plastic surgeon based in San Francisco, CA and founder/CEO of BuildMyBod Health, an online marketplace for health care services that allows consumers to determine cost on out-of-pocket procedures, purchase non-surgical services, and in exchange, the healthcare providers receive consumer contact info.
J. Timothy Katzen, MD
Private Practice | Beverly Hills, CA
J. Timothy Katzen, MD, holds a board certification by the esteemed American Board of Plastic Surgery and is an active member in good standing of several prominent professional associations. Katzen has received a number of awards, including “One of the Top 10 Best Plastic Surgeons for Client Satisfaction” in 2015 by the American Institute of Plastic Surgeons and the “American Top Physicians Award in Plastic Surgery for 2004-2005” by the Consumer Research Council of America. Katzen believes in the continual pursuit of knowledge and the power of education, and takes pride in keeping abreast of all the latest technological developments and surgical trends in the fields of cosmetic and plastic surgery.
Maegen Kennedy, PA
Windermere Dental & Medical Spa; Fleek Brows | Windermere, Florida
Maegen Kennedy is a Board Certified PA, who earned her Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistant from Nova Southeastern University. Maegen founded Fleek Brows microblading training and Windermere Dental & Medical Spa located in Orlando, FL. Maegen believes eyebrows are underestimated in facial rejuvenation. A proper eyebrow placement and shape can improve one’s first impression. Aesthetic medicine fulfills her dreams to instantly improve one’s self-esteem by restoring facial harmony. Rejuvenation looks best when it is subtle, recognized subconsciously and not overdone or “frozen.” She received her clinical training at one of the top 25 Allergan and Galderma accounts in the nation located in Austin, Texas. Maegen travels around the country to collaborate with top plastic surgeons, dermatologists and industry leaders.
David B. Mandell, JD, MBA
Principal | The OJM Group, LLC
David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, is an attorney in the Law Office of David B. Mandell, P.C. and principal of the wealth management firm The OJM Group, LLC. Mandell is an author of more than ten books, including For Doctors Only, Wealth Protection Planning for Dermatologists, Wealth Management Made Simple, Wealth Secrets of the Affluent and the Category I CME monograph Risk Management for the Practicing Physician. Mandell has spoken at numerous regional and national medical conferences, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and many others. He has also appeared as an authority on television, including Fox and Bloomberg TV. Mandell holds a bachelor's degree, with honors, from Harvard University. His law degree is from the UCLA School of Law, and he also earned an MBA from UCLA’S Anderson School of Management.
Michael McKenna, Vice President of Sales
Michael McKenna is a seasoned business leader with more than 20 years of sales expertise within the health care and pharmaceutical industries and has a proven track record of successfully developing and implementing fundamental sales programs. As vice president of sales, McKenna is in charge of spearheading business development, initiating strategic sales plans and positioning the company for continued growth and increased customer satisfaction. Previously, he was the Vice President of North American Sales and Operations at Suneva Medical, where he successfully led strong sales revenue growth over a short period of time and directed the rapid development of Suneva's customer service group and inside sales force to support its expanding needs. Prior to that, Michael progressively accomplished 14 years at Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. in various leadership positions, where he consistently exceeded annual company sales goals during his tenure.
Owner | Beauty Marx, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Bryan Munshower is a tech world alum who managed multinational operations teams, ran startup projects and was directly involved in closing sales of billion dollar enterprise customers. After the medical spa that he helped his wife launch out of their home gained a foothold, he left his career to focus full-time on their business. Bringing that outside experience to bear has provided their medical spa new processes and strategies that have helped achieve a remarkable 400% growth in revenue.
Suzanne Munshower, RN
Owner | Beauty Marx, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Suzanne Munshower is a highly skilled aesthetic RN and licensed cosmetologist with more than 15 years of experience in the beauty industry. As an avid trendspotter, she has put her medical spa, Beauty Marx, on the map in her area by being first to market new modalities and introduce novel combination therapies to her rapidly growing client base.
Director of Education | Environ Skin Care/DermaConcepts
Candace Noonan is a licensed esthetician and master trainer for DermaConcepts, exclusive distributor of Environ Skin Care in the United States, and hosts advanced trainings on this pharmaceutical- grade line. She holds certificates for internationally recognized programs, including Advanced Skin Analysis, Dermal Needling and Oncology Esthetics, and is a proficient public speaker at medical and skin care conferences throughout the United States. Her belief is to never stop learning, in hopes of sharing the knowledge gained by her continued studies. Born in South Africa and having personal experience with battling melasma, Noonan feels her passion for skin care is her biggest asset.
Stanley A. Okoro, MD, FACS
CEO/Medical Director | Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Amachi MedSpa, Asuch Surgery Center and Abuja Plastics | Atlanta, Georgia
Internationally renowned plastic surgeon, Stanley A. Okoro, MD, FACS, is a double-board-certified plastic surgeon who offers customized cosmetic plastic surgical procedures at his private practice locations in Atlanta, Georgia and Lagos, Nigeria. He is certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and American Board of Surgery. He has an extensive experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, breast and body. Okoro is currently the CEO and medical director of Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Amachi MedSpa, Asuch Surgery Center and Abuja Plastics. He has received multiple awards, authored many topics in plastic surgery books and journals, and presented at several local, regional, national, and international plastic surgery conferences. He has been featured in many national and international media outlets, such as CNN, NBC, CBS and Punch. In addition to his academic accomplishments, Okoro is a philanthropist. He has served as the executive director of Imo Medical Mission, Inc., a non-profit charitable organization. He organizes and participates in an ongoing volunteer medical and surgical mission to undeveloped countries twice yearly since 2003. He has also served as the Georgia Chapter Chairperson of Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA). He participates in an ongoing surgical missions with ANPA. Okoro is a member of the many prestigious and exclusive organizations, such as American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), American College of Surgeons (ACS), Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (SEPRS), and International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).
Patti Owens, RN, BSN, MHA, CMLSO, CNOR
Owner | AestheticMed Consulting International LLC and Online Laser Training USA LLC
Patti Owens, RN, BSN, MHA, CMLSO, CNOR is the owner of AestheticMed Consulting International LLC and Online Laser Training USA LLC, and provides consultation services and e-learning in the areas of aesthetic and medical safety compliance. Owens is a national consultant for a variety of laser companies and professional organizations, and is the principal medical and aesthetic instructor for Rockwell Laser Industries. She has served as the ASLMS Nursing/Allied Health Chairperson and Safety Board representative and has twice received the Nurse Excellence Award. Owens is an active member on the ANSI Z136.3 committee, where she has been serving as the acting secretary. She also serves as a member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC 76 WG4 and WG12 addressing international medical and aesthetic laser safety compliance. Owens also works with Dr. Mark Sofonio, board-certified plastic surgeon, as an aesthetic nurse and perioperative consultant in Rancho Mirage, California. Owens also co-authored the book Laser and Light Therapy from Milady’s Aesthetician Series with Pamela Hill.
Rhonda Policandriotes, RN, BSN, CANS
Rejuvenate Med Spa and Rejuvenate Injector Training | Oak Brook, Illinois
Rhonda Policandriotes began her nursing career in the ICU, where she practiced for more than 20 years. During her role as a hospital nurse, she became educated and trained in aesthetic medicine, which she found to be her new passion. As one of the top-requested injectors and trainers in the Chicagoland area, Policandriotes is a master of full-face correction, face design and aging intervention. She empowers her clients with her education-based approach, and she places safety and efficacy in the highest regard when when caring for her patients. Policandriotes received her nursing degree from the University of St Francis and her medical aesthetic training at The Aesthetic Advancement Institute. She has studied with many of the top plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and master injectors throughout the United States, as well as international pioneers in aesthetic medicine. She recently earned her Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS) certification through the American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses (ASPSN). Policandriotes has additional certifications in sclerotherapy and PRP (platelet rich plasma) treatment for facial rejuvenation and hair restoration and in laser physics and safety. She has achieved certification by several pharmaceutical companies for her experience and skillful injection techniques, and provides training to physicians, nurses and other medical professionals in cosmetic injection techniques and procedures with Botox, dermal fillers and advanced techniques including cannulas.
Landon Pryor, MD, FACS
Owner | Transformations Plastic Surgery | Rockford, Illinois
Landon Pryor, MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon and has extensive training and experience in cosmetic surgery of the face, breast, and body. Transformations Plastic Surgery also offers a wide array of non-surgical and minimally invasive services through their comprehensive Medical Spa and Wellness Center. Combining the best of surgical precision with an artistic balance, Pryor skillfully improves a patient’s natural appearance and helps them boost their self-confidence. Pryor is triple-fellowship-trained and Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Other professional associations he is a member of include the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Clef Palate-Craniofacial Association, the Rhinoplasty Society, the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons, the Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Chicago Society of Plastic Surgeons. Pryor’s goal is to provide individualized aesthetic treatment recommendations, customized for each patients’ unique priorities and goals.
President and Co-founder | Crystal Clear Digital Marketing
Tim Sawyer is a highly regarded motivational speaker, author and practice management consultant within the modern medical aesthetic industry. He currently is the president and co-founder of Crystal Clear Digital Marketing, named “Best Practice Marketing Company of 2016” by THE Aesthetic Industry Awards and “A Top 10 Aesthetic Service Company of 2016” by Aesthetic Everything. Sawyer speaks nationwide for several prominent associations, and educates doctors and staff how to find, serve and keep more patients profitably.
Tamra Schue-Garberg, DNP, FNP-C
Tamra Schue-Garberg is an ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center USA) board-certified doctor of nursing and family nurse practitioner specializing in cosmetic dermatology. Bringing together the art and science of cosmetic dermatology, Schue-Garberg uses FDA-approved products and clinically studied noninvasive procedures to rejuvenate skin and remove unwanted hair, rosacea, small blood vessels, sun damage, age spots and wrinkles. She prides herself on delivering customized, noninvasive patient plans for skin rejuvenation and personally administering appropriate medical procedures to restore skin to a healthy, natural and radiant glow. She conducts a variety of noninvasive skin rejuvenation procedures.
Founder/CEO | InSPAration Management
Dori Soukup is the founder and CEO of InSPAration Management, a firm specializing in spa and salon business development, advanced education, and BizTools. Throughout the past 15 years, Soukup has contributed to the success of spa companies worldwide; her passion is developing innovative, effective educational programs and business strategies leading to exponential growth and profits. She is the recipient of the American Spa Preferred Educator award and is a sought-after global speaker within the spa and medical spa industries. She is a published author, with articles and insights featured in national and international trade publications and, her book Spa Business Secrets to Increase Profits on Amazon. Soukup is also is the host of SpaBizTV.com an online source for spa and salon professionals to tap into bite-sized training that is easily implemented.
Owner | AestheticCare and Mint Aesthetics | Leawood, Kansas
Matt Taranto's Kansas City-based AesthetiCare medical spa exceeds $4 million in revenue per year offering all injectables, and 33 FDA cleared aesthetic devices including lasers, radio frequency, cryotherapy, ultrasound, microwave, and acoustic wave technologies. His practical and technical training firm, Mint Aesthetics, has worked with approximately 1,000 clinics across North America.
Alex R. Thiersch, JD
Founder/Director | American Med Spa Association (AmSpa)
Alex R. Thiersch, JD, is a Chicago health care attorney who represents medical spas, plastic surgeons, and aesthetic medical professionals. He is the founder and director of the American Med Spa Association (AmSpa), which was created for the express purpose of providing comprehensive, relevant and timely legal and business resources for medical spas and medical aesthetic physicians throughout the United States. Thiersch is also a partner at ByrdAdatto Law Firm. For more information about becoming a member or to learn about AmSpa’s upcoming events, log on to www.americanmedspa.org. Alex can be contacted at email@example.com.