Medical Spa Show 2020 Advisory Board
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Shawna Chrisman, MS, NP, BC
Destination Aesthetics is Northern California's premier medical spa that specializes in nonsurgical treatments for the face and body. Shawna Chrisman graduated from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as a nurse practitioner in 2002 and opened Destination Aesthetics in 2011, elevating it into one of the fastest growing cosmetic practices in the United States, achieving a top 10 ranking out of 18,000+ accounts nationwide with Allergan in less than seven years. In October 2018, Destination Aesthetics opened its third location and was voted Sacramento's Best Medical Spa by Sacramento Magazine.
Justin Harper, MD
New York, NY; Columbus, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Fort Lauderdale, FL
In 2014, Justin Harper, MD, founded Juvly Aesthetics as a small, single-provider practice while he was still a dermatology resident at the Ohio State University. Just more than three years later, Juvly has five full-scale clinics and is one of the fastest-growing aesthetic practices in the nation. Dr. Harper is one of only a few medical practitioners that have been invited to sit on the 2017 Allergan Facial Aesthetics National Advisory Board, and is a master of client interaction and expectation management. This dedication to education and aesthetic expertise has given Juvly a 200% growth rate year-over-year.
Rejuvenate Med Spa and Rejuvenate Injector Training
Oak Brook, Illinois
Christina Imes is the founder of Rejuvenate Med Spa and Rejuvenate Injector Training 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, and 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 founder and CEO of Skin Body Soul MedSpa. Robinson is also a partner with Dr. Grant Stevens's medical spa, Orange Twist, with locations in California, Texas, and Washington State. Robinson was a graduate of the 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 of Lasky Aesthetics & Laser Center, which she transformed from a $500,000 to a $3.5 million business in the span of three years. She is also the CEO of Terri Ross Consulting, providing high-level practice management consulting services and sales training to a number of high-profile physicians, including world-renowned plastic surgeon, Garth Fisher, MD, who started Extreme Makeover, and world-renowned facial plastic surgeon and host of the TV show Botched, Dr. Paul Nassif. Ross is an advisor for Revance Therapeutics, speaks for many companies, and works with venture capital firms to help start up medical spas. Her experience also spans the corporate world, with more than 16 years working as a sales director for several leading medical device companies, such as Zeltiq, launching Coolsculpting in the United States and Canada; Medicis (now Galderma); EMD Serono; and Johnson & Johnson.
Medical Spa Show 2020 Faculty
Fran X. Acunzo, CEO and Founder
Francis X. Acunzo, key opinion leader and industry luminary, is credited as the founder of the aesthetic medical industry, owning the first ever medical spa. Since then, he and his teams have developed 40 medical spas, owned 27 of their own, and operated more than 85 spas and medical spas. Acunzo has secured over $85M in capital to finance his projects, and has executed more than 20 successful acquisitions to grow and expand businesses.
Bradford E. Adatto, JD, Founder and Partner
ByrdAdatto Law Firm
Bradford E. Adatto is partner at the law firm of ByrdAdatto, a national business and health care boutique law firm with offices in Dallas and Chicago. Adatto and his firm represent medical spas and medical practices in the spectrum of issues that arise on the business side of medicine. He helps specifically with setting up medical practices, medical spas, MSOs, other ancillary entities; and structuring partnership transitions, employment agreements, other contracts, and federal and state regulatory compliance. Adatto lectures throughout the country for medical conferences, including speaking frequently for the American Med Spa Association (AmSpa). He also routinely speaks at academic institutions, including, UT Southwestern School of Medicine and Baylor School of Medicine.
Carmen Vanderheiden Brodie, Founder and CEO
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 was not accomplished on her own. Her children and her husband are key components who share her passion for this newly developing marketplace.
A. Jay Burns, MD, Medical Director
EpiCentre and Dallas Medical Skin Solutions
Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Jay Burns is well-respected in the medical community as he has engaged in clinical practice and industry research over his 30+-year career. After graduating with high academic honors and being Fellowship-trained at Harvard, Dr. Burns has honed in great skills in plastic surgeries to achieve outstanding outcomes in surgeries of the face, breast, and body. He is board certified through the American Board of Plastic Surgery and licensed through the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners. He is the Founder of the DFW Vascular Anomalies and Birthmark Clinic at Children’s Medical Center, and he also serves as the Medical Director of EpiCentre and Dallas Medical Skin Solutions. Today, Dr. Burns leads one of the largest plastic surgery practices in the country, where he offers his patients cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries of the face, breast, and body and nonsurgical aesthetic treatments.
Michael S. Byrd, JD, Founder and Partner
ByrdAdatto Law Firm
Michael S. Byrd is partner at the law firm of ByrdAdatto, a national business and health care boutique law firm with offices in Dallas and Chicago. Byrd and his firm represent medical spas and medical practices in the spectrum of issues that arise on the business side of medicine. He helps specifically with setting up medical practices, medical spas, MSOs, other ancillary entities; and structuring partnership transitions, employment agreements, other contracts, and federal and state regulatory compliance. Byrd lectures throughout the country for medical conferences, including speaking frequently for the American Med Spa Association (AmSpa). He also routinely speaks at academic institutions, including UT Southwestern School of Medicine and Baylor School of Medicine.
Renee E. Coover, JD, Senior Associate
ByrdAdatto Law Firm
Renee E. Coover is a senior associate at the law firm of ByrdAdatto, a national business and health care boutique law firm with offices in Dallas and Chicago. Coover and her firm represent medical spas and medical practices in the spectrum of issues that arise on the business side of medicine. She has years of experience setting up medical practices, medical spas, and MSOs; structuring partnership transitions; counseling clients on employment matters; and navigating complex federal and state regulatory compliance issues. Coover lectures throughout the country on the laws and regulations affecting the aesthetic industry, including speaking frequently for the American Med Spa Association (AmSpa).
Joshua Davis, RN, BSN
Joshua started his nursing career in critical care, including Trauma ICU & Multi-Specialty Critical Care. After exiting the hospital scene, he was introduced to the world of facial aesthetics while working in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Aesthetics/Cosmetic Dentistry. He has been Practice Manager/Nurse Injector for one of the top Cosmetics Dentists in the country, bringing a combination approach for full facial aesthetic goals in the dental field. With almost a decade of nursing experience, seven of those being in Aesthetics and Management, Joshua began his nonsurgical injectable practice, Davis Aesthetics, in Franklin, TN, under the direction of Dr. Barrett Conner. He has become a social media influencer in the aesthetic world and is involved with a Social Media Network Group with some of the top social media influencers in the industry.
Bryan Durocher, Founder/Owner
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.
Louis Frisina, Owner
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 has been an advisor to several private equity and hedge funds for M&A and capital raise.
Gary Fundem, PhD, Professor of Plastic Surgery
Dr. Gary Fudem is a professor of plastic surgery with 38 years of clinical practice during which he trained and educated students and residents at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Washington. Having recently retired from academic surgery to devote more time to longstanding research and clinical interests, he is focusing on skin normalization to transform scarring and abnormal pigmentation, to increase skin immunity to cancer and to improve elasticity in aging skin.
Rebecca Gelber, MD, Owner
Tahoe Aesthetic Medicine
Incline Village, NV
Rebecca Gelber, MD, 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 Tahoe Aesthetic Medicine and also offers specialized training to other providers.
Scott Gerrish, MD, CEO
Bellini Salon and MedEsthetics
Scott Gerrish, MD, is the CEO of Gerrish & Associates and the owner of Bellini Salon and MedEsthetics in Vienna, Virginia. Named the “Best Medical Spa” by the Washington City Paper Readers Poll, Bellini Salon and MedEsthetics offers a variety of service. Gerrish is a trainer for several companies. His extensive experience with non-invasive cosmetic medical techniques has led him to work directly with energy-based companies to help them advance their technologies.
Emerald Gutierrez, RN, RNFA, CNOR
AmSpa RN Correspondant, Glam RN Beverly Hills
Los Angeles, CA
Emerald Gutierrez has been a registered nurse for 18 years. Her experience includes emergency deptartment, in-and outpatient OR/recovery room, plastics, oncology, women’s health, GI, nurse educator, and director of nursing. She began her role as Beverly Hills cosmetic nurse/nurse consultant when she moved to Los Angeles to obtain her RNFA degree (registered nurse first assist), and her CNOR (certified nurse operating room) from UCLA. Since then, she has received training from some of the top prestigious and world renowned cosmetic surgeons, with many of them appearing on “Dr. Oz”, “The Doctor’s”, “Botched”, and “E Entertainment.”
Patrick Johnson, CEO
Patrick Johnson is the CEO of BioPhotas and the inventor of the award-winning Celluma Series of light therapy devices. He is a seasoned executive with P&L leadership in turnarounds, startups, emerging companies, as well as companies challenged with mature product life cycles. With a history of repeatedly growing sales and gross margins at double-digit growth rates, he has provided leadership in strategic planning, sales, marketing, corporate branding, product positioning, and operations. Johnson is a senior executive with 25 years of experience leading manufacturing companies in diverse industries including medical, dental, aerospace, and motorsports.
Maegen Kennedy, PA-C, Founder
Fleek Brows Microblading & Training and Windermere Dental & Medical Spa
Maegen Kennedy, PA-C, is the founder of Fleek Brows Microblading & Training and Windermere Dental & Medical Spa and is a board-certified physician assistant (PA) and master tattoo artist. She is returning to The Medical Spa Show after last year's successful, sold-out microblading training workshop. Kennedy was hand-selected by Galderma to be a national GAIN trainer for injectables. She travels the country training other health care professionals on her signature techniques. She believes eyebrows are underestimated in facial rejuvenation.
Wendy Lewis, Founder/President
Wendy Lewis & Co. Ltd. Global Aesthetics Consultancy
Wendy Lewis is the founder and president of Wendy Lewis & Co Ltd Global Aesthetics Consultancy since 1997, a marketing communications and social media boutique in New York City. An award-winning writer, she is the author of 12 books, including America’s Cosmetic Doctors & Dentists (Castle Connolly Medical), and founder and editor-in-chief of Beautyinthebag.com since 2008. She is on the editorial board of Prime International Anti-Ageing Journal, and a contributor to many publications and websites, including Aesthetic Society News, Practical Dermatology and Modern Aesthetics.
Jill Lezaic, DO, Owner
Laser Skin Solutions
Jill Lezaic, DO, is a board-certified family physician who has been specializing in aesthetic and laser medicine since 2002. Lezaic is a Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), a luminary speaker for various aesthetic companies, and one of the lead trainers for the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE), offering her expertise to physicians, physician assistants and nurses throughout the nation.
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.
Phillip Marandola, Marketing Manager
Phillip Marandola is a hermit and marketing manager in that order. Phil currently focuses on digital marketing and expansion strategy for The Finery, a laser tattoo removal and laser skincare company based in Boston, MA. By virtue of being a hermit, Phil is required to partner with content creators and others that have social influence to project his brand message.
Cristin Mercer, Senior Business Development Manager
Environ Skin Care/DermaConcepts USA
Cristin Mercer brings over 30 years of experience in the beauty & wellness industry as a licensed instructor of cosmetology and esthetics, spa director, spa & salon proprietor and as a business development consultant to international skin care brands and device manufacturers.
Cristin excelled as the Program Director for the Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics, soon after which she founded Mercer Aesthetics & Spa Consulting (MASC). Through over 16 years with MASC she provided direct educational and business consulting to market-leading skin care organizations, state-of-the-art medical device manufacturers, individual salons/spas and dermatological/cosmetic medical practices. In this role Cristin has also written extensive medical esthetic curricula for schools of esthetics, continuing education programs as well as advanced protocols for patient-centered medical practices.
Currently as Senior Business Development Manager, Cristin has partnered with Environ and DermaConcepts for 15 years to provide educational and business support to the national growth of the Environ® brand as well as to provide sales and education directly to the New England medical esthetic community.
Jean Moody, AVP/Regional Director—Western United States
Jean Moody is a business development pro with more than 24 years of experience on both the practice side and the financial services side. After 14 years in practice management with a LASIK Vision Correction Center, Moody joined CareCredit in 2007 as a practice development manager working with LASIK, plastic surgery and med spa practices. For the past three years, she has been AVP/Regional Director for CareCredit in the Western United States.
Shelby Miller, RN, Owner
RUMA Medical Aesthetics
Shelby Miller, RN, is a skilled cosmetic injector and trainer with experience using all Allergan and Galderma products including: Botox, Dysport, Sculptra, Kybella, and Dermal Fillers. Miller also has experience injecting and micro-needling platelet rich plasma (PRP). She is proactive, detail-oriented, and has a positive and outgoing personality. Miller is constantly trying to learn, grow, and improve her aesthetic skills. She loves working in this industry and has a passion for helping her patients become the best form of themselves. Miller takes pride in treating her patients with kindness and respect. In addition to owning and working full time at RUMA Medical Aesthetics, Miller is also working towards a doctorate degree through Gonzaga University where she will graduate as a nurse practitioner in May 2019.
Bryan Munshower, Owner
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
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.
Audrey Neff, Marketing Director
Crystal Clear Digital Marketing
Audrey Neff is the marketing director for Crystal Clear Digital Marketing, which provides progressive software, marketing, and consulting solutions for 400+ aesthetic practices worldwide. Crystal Clear has been named Top Practice Marketing Company 2016 - 2017 by THE Aesthetic Guide and Top Aesthetic Service Provider 2016-2017 by Aesthetic Everything.
Alexa Nicholls Costa, NP, Owner
Alexa Nicolls Costa is a board-certified nurse practitioner and one of the leading ladies of Boston-based LexRx and Inject With Lex. She brings personality, intelligence, motivation and passion to the ever-changing field of medicine. Her background and passion allow her to expertly blend art and science to deliver impeccable results for her clients. In the fall of 2018, Alexa will be named Course Director for one of the first university-based/co-sponsored injectables training programs at Northeastern University through the Northeastern University School Health Academy.
Candace Noonan, Master Trainer
Environ Skin Care/DermaConcepts USA
Candace is a licensed esthetician and master trainer for DermaConcepts, exclusive distributor of Environ Skin Care in the USA, 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. Born in South Africa, and having personal experience battling melasma, she believes 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
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. In addition to his academic accomplishments, Okoro is a philanthropist. Among other philanthropic efforts, he has organized and participated in an ongoing volunteer medical and surgical mission to undeveloped countries twice yearly since 2003. 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).
Vic Owoc, Founder and CEO
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Vic Owoc has been in the anti-aging industry for 16 years. He started his career as the founder of Ageless Research and creator of the skin supplement, Dermavio and the anti-aging secretagogue Ageless Growth. He holds utility and design patents for his SYLA™ (Sleep Your Lines Away) invention. In 2006, Victor and his wife Erin Owoc, ARNP, founded Ageless Medical in South Florida, where they have helped over 10,000 patients look as young as they feel.
Samuel E. Peek, Founder and CEO
Samuel E. Peek is the founder and CEO of Incredible Marketing, a full-service digital marketing agency in health care, dental, legal, and finance. Peek launched the company in 2008 in Orange County, California. With more than a decade of industry leadership, he has become well known in the health care marketing space for his results-oriented digital communication strategies and frequently speaks at industry meetings in the United States, Australia and around the world.
Marria Pooya, Managing Partner
Greenwich Medical Spa
As managing partner of Greenwich Medical Spa in Greenwich, Connecticut, Marria Pooya has grown the company from a two-person operation founded in 2005 to employ more than 23 staff members. Greenwich Medical Spa treats 18,000+ satisfied customers and has earned accolades, such as being one of the Top 1% of BOTOX and Fillers providers in the country, and the Top Provider of CoolSculpting in Connecticut. Under Pooya’s direction, Greenwich Medical Spa has developed a private label skincare line, ArieedMD, as well as the hair growth formulation, Re:Activate. Pooya looks to the future and plans to expand the practice into additional locations and other states. Within the next 5 - 10 years, she expects to have as many as 10 locations in the Northeast market.
Dianne Quibell, MD
Dr. Dianne Quibell, MD is a board-certified internist, world-renowned cosmetic laser surgeon, and aesthetic physician. She is the vice president of the American Board of Laser Surgery (since 2008) and Fellow of The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. Quibell has lectured nationally and internationally since 2001 and is also assistant clinical professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She has privately trained more than 500 clinicians in aesthetic laser procedures, BOTOX®, fillers, and laser assisted lipolysis.
Jay D. Reyero, JD, Partner
ByrdAdatto Law Firm
Jay D. Reyero is partner at the law firm of ByrdAdatto, a national business and health care boutique law firm with offices in Dallas and Chicago. Reyero and his firm represent medical spas and medical practices in the spectrum of issues that arise on the business side of medicine. He helps specifically with setting up medical practices, medical spas, MSOs, other ancillary entities; and structuring partnership transitions, employment agreements, other contracts, and federal and state regulatory compliance. Reyero lectures throughout the country for medical conferences, including speaking frequently for the American Med Spa Association (AmSpa).
Jenny Robinson, Co-founder/Owner
Skin Body Soul
A recovering medical sales rep turned entrepreneur, Jenny Robinson has worked in the medical aesthetic industry since 2011, while owning and operating a multi-location, multi-state medical spa company, Skin Body Soul. She is a former industry council board member for the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery and a current board member of Inspire Midtown, a professional women’s group in Sacramento, CA. Her professional passion lies in marketing and believes strongly in the power of branding. Robinson is a Sacramento, CA, native who’s traveled to 30+ countries with her loving husband, Brandon, with whom she owns Skin Body Soul. The Robinsons have created and operated numerous businesses together and have no plans of “settling down.” The Robinsons also run a successful travel blog called Roaming Robinsons.
Alexandra Rogers, NP, Owner
Alexandra Rogers is a board-certified nurse practitioner and one of the leading ladies of Boston-based LexRx and Inject With Lex. Prior to attending graduate school, Rogers worked at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in the Adult and Pediatric Urgent Care Center, and then transitioned to managing her own urgent care clinic. While urgent/emergency medicine remains a passion of Rogers’s, she found excitement and potential in the avenue of aesthetic medicine as a specialty that allows providers to both empower and promote self-confidence in clients’ overall well-being—thus the forefront of LexRx practice. In the fall of 2018, Rogers will be joining Alexa Nicholls Costa, as the duo takes the podium to teach one of the first university-based/co-Sponsored injectables training programs at Northeastern University through the Northeastern University School Health Academy.
Avron Rubin, CEO
Clarity Multi Location Platform
Avron Rubin is the driving force behind the award-winning technology platform ClarityMulti whose cloud software enables aesthetic medical practices to manage all aspects of their business. After his studies, he developed a passion for operational process design and worked in the field for five years. Rubin identified the medical aesthetics sector as one with great opportunity for growth through improved process and design. He moved into consulting to some of the leading business in the sector globally, one of these went on to become one of the biggest medical aesthetic providers in the Southern Hemisphere.
Tim Sawyer, 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.
Danielle Smith, MSN, NP-C
Danielle Smith MSN, NP-C, is an aesthetic nurse practitioner located in Miami, Florida. She attended the University of Miami where she completed her bachelors of nursing science degree with honors and as a student athlete. She then started her nursing career at the University of Miami Hospital where she worked on a Step-Down ICU Surgical ENT unit to recovery care in Plastic Surgery. It was in this role that Smith first experienced her true passion for facial aesthetics. She decided to pursue this skill by obtaining her Master’s Degree as a Nurse Practitioner from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. During her time in the Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics fields Danielle has had the opportunity to work with some of the best surgeons and dermatologist in the fields; all providing her with valuable insight and guidance in developing her craft. After graduating, Smith teamed up with the world-renowned plastic surgeons, Dr. Christopher Low and Dr. Micheal Cheung to launch smith & popov. She is a member of the American Society for Plastic Surgery Nursing, the American Society of Perianesthesia Nursing, and the American Academy of Critical Care Nurses.
Dori Soukup, Founder/CEO
Dori Soukup is the founder and CEO of InSPAration Management, a firm specializing in spa and salon business development, advanced education, and BizTools. 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.
Nicole Strothman, JD, General Counsel and Director of Franchise Operations
Nicole Strothman, JD, is a strategic thinker with more than 15 years of broad-based corporate and executive management experience. She has a background many areas of the law and is currently the head of legal and franchise operations at Ideal Image, a 130+ multi-state medical spa. She has been involved in nearly every aspect of the operational growth of Ideal Image, from strategy to store design. In addition, she has been involved on the buying and selling of medical spa businesses and has completed more than 60 acquisitions.
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.
Robert Trow, Founder
Robert Trow began his career in higher education and holds two masters degrees and did his doctoral studies at Harvard University. He then rose to the position of president of a $500M privately held company. After a very brief retirement, he joined his wife, Carol, to found DermaConcepts USA., exclusive United States distributors of Environ Skin Care, and subsequently founded ROCASUBA to bring to market RapidLash. Together, Rob and Carol they have published more than 100 articles and Rob has been a featured speaker at a myriad of national and international conferences on both the science and business of cosmeceuticals.
Emily Tryon, RN
Emily Tryon, RN and founder/CEO of Esthetic Solutions, LLCi s a passionate entrepreneur within the medical aesthetic and wellness industry. For more than 20 years her commitment to helping people feel and look their best has never wavered. A native of South Carolina, she trained at the Esthetic Skin Institute in both Florida and California. Specializing in Vascular and Aesthetic Medicine. Emily has advanced training and certification in Dermal Fillers and neuromodulators and is highly skilled in injectable procedures. In addition to her extensive medical and business knowledge in aesthetic medicine, Tryon is highly regarded as an inspirational speaker and cosmetic business coach, always sharing her passion for transforming people. Her business Esthetic Solutions generated $1M in revenue from injectables alone, with a single chair provider, before its 5th year. Her business has grown to employ 4 full time team members and she was recently made an honorary member of the 2018 Million Dollar Women's Master Class in NYC.
Jason Tuschman, CEO/Co-founder
Red Spot Interactive
Since 1997, Jason Tuschman has developed digital marketing and consumer acquisition channels for some of the nation’s leading brands such as GEICO, Netflix, T-Mobile, Sony, and many more. Tuschman started Red Spot Interactive with the intention of providing elective health care practices with the same ROI driven customer acquisition and automation capabilities that Fortune 500 clients utilize, but accompanied by an affordable price. Tuschman has a JD/MBA from The University of Toledo (1997) and a B.A. from The Ohio State University (1992).
Steven F. Weiner, MD, Founder
The Aesthetic Clinique/IVbar30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Dr. Steven F. Weiner is a pioneer in the field of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. After a career that started at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Facial Plastics/Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Weiner "laid down his scalpel" in 2005 to concentrate his efforts on the burgeoning field of lasers, dermal fillers, and body contouring, and created The Aesthetic Clinique in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. His practice was just recently awarded The Best Aesthetic Practice in the U.S. at The Aesthetic Show 2018. Dr. Weiner is an international lecturer, physician trainer, and researcher for Galderma, Suneva, and Lutronic. In August 2017, IVbar30A was established as a subsidiary of his clinic.
Terri A. Wojak, Director
True U Education
Terri Wojak is a sought-after expert in the aesthetic industry with more than 17 years of experience. Her areas of expertise include skin care in a medical setting, education and business development. She has developed 30 individual courses relating to skincare in a medical setting and has more than 40 published articles in industry magazines, as well as two books, Mastering Medical Esthetics (2009) and Aesthetics Exposed (2014). Wojak is a frequent speaker at skin care seminars, medical conferences, trade shows, and aesthetic symposiums internationally. She has trained more than 1,200 estheticians and medical professionals on the importance of incorporating skin care into cosmetic medicine.
Edward M. Zimmerman, MD
Las Vegas Laser & Lipo
For nearly 2 decades, Dr. Zimmerman has cared for the cosmetic needs of the people of Las Vegas, performing in-office laser and liposuction procedures along with other cosmetic procedures. He has previously held faculty appointments at the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State Hershey and is currently a faculty member of the Touro University School of Osteopathic Medicine. He has lectured nationally and internationally for nearly three decades, published articles and chapters on the use of Lasers, Light and Toxins, is a co-author of the comprehensive Study Guide of the American Board of Laser Surgery and he has hosted hundreds of physicians for preceptorships in the state of the art office that he helped design. He is a life-long student, teacher and innovator with a passion for Cosmetic Surgery.