Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Vivian Bucay
Bucay Center for Dermatology & Aesthetics
Dr. Vivian Bucay is a Board Certified Dermatologist in private practice since 1991, is recognized for her expertise in minimally invasive facial rejuvenation through the combined use of neuromodulators, fillers, and energy based devices. Dr. Bucay’s credentials span a wide scope of biomedical research, patient care, and medical education. Dr. Bucay practiced in Mexico City from 1991-1999 before relocating to San Antonio with her husband and three daughters.
Licensed in both the United States and Mexico, she is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, completing her undergraduate studies in 1983 while serving as a research assistant at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center. She earned her MD in 1987 from Houston-based Baylor College of Medicine. After completing an internship in pediatrics in 1988, Dr. Bucay began a residency in dermatology at The University of Miami School of Medicine, which she then completed at Baylor College of Medicine in 1991.
Dr. Bucay serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. Dr. Bucay serves as faculty on several continuing medical educational initiatives in the USA and internationally. She is sought for speaking engagements and has been featured as a keynote speaker across the globe on a wide scope of topics ranging from innovations in facial aesthetics to the science of skin care to cancer survival.
Passionate about skin wellness, Dr. Bucay serves as a consultant to many companies and has been featured as a skin expert in numerous publications, including New Beauty, Allure, Good Housekeeping, Elle, More, Marie Claire, Shape, Men’s Health, Prevention, and Fitness. She is the author or co-author of many peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and has been involved in several studies evaluating emerging cosmeceuticals. Since 2004, Dr. Bucay has been recognized yearly as a “Texas Super Doctor” in Texas Monthly magazine.
Dr. Gregory Buford
Dr. Gregory Buford is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon specializing in non-invasive and cosmetic plastic surgery procedures that empower you to look and feel your very best. A nationally recognized expert and trainer in the safe and effective use of injectables, Dr. Buford is renowned for his expertise in breast enhancements, including Denver breast augmentation and breast lift, abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck), liposuction, facial and hand rejuvenation, along with his revolutionary Before Baby Body program for moms looking to regain their pre-pregnancy bodies and confidence. Developing personalized cosmetic plastic surgery and non-invasive services such as Botox® and Juvederm®, including the new Voluma XC, Dr. Buford matches your specific needs and desires to the service best suited to deliver results. Dr. Buford has a proven reputation and the qualifications to match. As an experienced authority in the area of primary as well as secondary breast revision surgery, Dr. Buford has performed more than 4000 breast-related procedures over his career and has worked with patients from all the world. Given his background, he has been asked to participate in an advisory role to top breast implant manufacturers such as Mentor and Allergan where he has worked with other key opinion leaders to help educate medical professionals as well as provide feedback to industry to help improve existing implant options as well as develop potential new devices.
Dr. Zoe Diana Draelos
Zoe Diana Draelos MD is a research and clinical Board Certified Dermatologist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She is in solo private practice in High Point, North Carolina, and a Consulting Professor of Dermatology at Duke University. In 1988, she founded Dermatology Consulting Services, PLLC, to initiate and perform research in aging skin, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, actinic keratoses, eczema, and aesthetic procedures in the cosmetic, OTC drug, and pharmaceutical arenas. Prior to pursuing a medical career, Dr. Draelos completed an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and was elected a Rhodes Scholar. A member of Sigma Xi research honorary and Alpha Omega Alpha medical honorary, she is author of 14 books including Cosmetics in Dermatology and Hair Cosmetics and Cosmetic Dermatology: Products and Procedures, as well as the editor of Cosmeceuticals, now in its third edition and translated into 5 languages. She has contributed chapters to 38 textbooks, written 78 posters, served as the principle investigator on 621 studies, written 541 published papers, delivered 318 oral presentations, served on or contributed to 38 journal editorial boards, functioned as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology for 10 years, and was a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. She was Vice-President of the American Academy of Dermatology. She is recognized as a pioneer in cosmetic dermatology and received a lifetime achievement award from Health Beauty America for her research and the 2008 DermArts award for her contributions to dermatology. In 2010, she received the Albert Kligman Innovation Award and in 2016 she was awarded a Presidential Citation from the American Academy of Dermatology for her research contributions to advance the specialty. She received the prestigious Maison deNavarre award from the Society of Cosmetic Chemists for her contributions to the art and science of cosmetics in 2017.
Dr. Michael Gold
Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and servicing the Middle Tennessee community since 1990, Dr. Michael Gold is the Founder and Medical Director of Gold Skin Care Center, Advanced Aesthetics Medical Spa, The Laser & Rejuvenation Center, and Tennessee Clinical Research Center. Dr. Gold is a Board Certified Dermatologist and Dermatologic Surgeon and oversees the various facets of the Center’s operations; a combination of medical and surgical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, aesthetic services and research endeavors. Dr. Gold has earned worldwide recognition for providing patients with leading edge technological advances in dermatology and aesthetic skin care. He plays an integral role in the development of new pharmaceutical products and medical devices through his clinical research, and presents the results regularly at national and international dermatology and cosmetic meetings.
Dr. Gold has authored over 300 published scientific articles, 35 textbook chapters, and has edited two textbooks on Photodynamic Therapy. He serves on most major dermatology journal boards and is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.
Dr. Robert Kellar
Dr. Kellar is an Associate Professor of Practice in Biological Sciences and the Center for Bioengineering Innovation. He is the Co-Director of the Bioengineering PhD Program, the Co-Director of the Imaging & Histology Core Facility (IHCF), and an adjunct faculty member in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Kellar’s academic laboratory is called the Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine (TERM) Laboratory. His lab focuses on biomaterials, biocompatibility, cell & tissue culture, stem cell biology, and wound healing.
Dr. Kellar is the Founder and President of Development Engineering Sciences, LLC, a biomedical consulting firm. He has over 15 years of experience in the development and regulatory approval of medical devices, cell-based products, and tissue engineered technology. Previously, Dr. Kellar was VP of Research and Development at Histogen, Inc. where he led multi-functional project teams for all aspects of product development. Prior to Histogen, Dr. Kellar was a product specialist for the first FDA-approved thoracic endograft at W.L. Gore and Associates where he served a lead role in development, regulatory, clinical trials, marketing, sales, and business for the thoracic device and the product portfolio. Previous to this position, Dr. Kellar was a product specialist for the Global Oral Health Business at W.L. Gore & Associates (both Gore-Tex® Regenerative Membranes and the entire resorbable membrane portfolio). Prior to Gore, at Advanced Tissue Sciences, Inc. he led cardiovascular research programs and managed the Anginera® program.
Dr. Kellar previously served on the Scientific Advisory Board for Theregen and the Advisory Board for Flagship Biosciences, a digital pathology company he helped co-found. He currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for MyoStim, the Board of Directors for the Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation, the Advisory Board for Protein Genomics, and the Advisory Board for the California Stock Xchange. He earned his Ph.D. in Physiological Sciences from the University of Arizona in the Biomedical Engineering Laboratory of Dr. Stuart K. Williams.
Dr. E. Victor Ross
E. Victor Ross, MD, is a Dermatologist specializing in laser surgery of the skin. He uses a broad array of technologies to reduce red and brown skin lesions, wrinkles and unwanted hair, improve spider veins of the legs and improve the appearance of scars, including acne scars. Other newer noninvasive skin tightening and fat reduction tools are also available in the practice. Dr. Ross also provides a variety of injectables and fillers to relax upper face lines and replace lost volume of the lower face.
In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Ross conducts research on novel approaches to skin rejuvenation. With access to the latest technologies, he is able to conduct research on fractional lasers for acne scars, use of a novel radiofrequency device for stretch mark reduction and the use of novel intense pulsed light for the reduction of red and brown spots on the face, chest and extremities. Presently, Dr. Ross and colleagues are conducting a trial that studies laser tattoo removal with fewer treatment sessions and less pain.
Throughout his career, Dr. Ross has achieved many accomplishments. He was the first Navy-sponsored fellow in photomedicine and lasers at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he conducted research and clinical trials in photodynamic therapy and novel laser applications. He was honored with the prestigious Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Award for Excellence in Military Medicine. He was elected president of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in patient care. He was also elected to the Board of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. He was recognized by the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) with the Caroline and William Mark Memorial Award, as well as the Leon Goldman Award, for his lifetime contributions to research.
Presently, he is the Director of the Scripps Clinic Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology Center and a frequent lecturer at national and international meetings on cutaneous laser medicine. He also serves on the editorial board of two major dermatologic journals.
Dr. Ross is committed to delivering laser and cosmetic rejuvenation procedures that are effective and based on a strong scientific foundation, with an emphasis on safety and comfort.
Dr. Michael Somenek
Dr. Michael Somenek is a Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon who practices in Washington, DC. He is the Founder of Somenek+PittmanMD, whose practice offers the latest in surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Somenek is the author of many peer-reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters, contributing extensively to his field as he routinely lectures on procedures for facial rejuvenation and developing new nonsurgical innovations worldwide. Dr. Somenek got an undergraduate degree in microbiology at the University of Miami and a medical degree at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He stayed on at this prestigious institution for 5 more years of postgraduate training in otolaryngology, or the study of the head and neck. He then completed an intensive fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery under the tutelage of world-renowned facial plastic surgeons Dr. J. Regan Thomas (past president of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) and Dr. Dean Toriumi at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Somenek is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. As an author of multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, textbook chapters, and presentations at national meetings, he has contributed extensively in his field.
Dr. Grant Stevens
Dr. Grant Stevens is the Founder and Medical Director of Marina Plastic Surgery and The Institute; A Medical Spa in Marina Del Rey, California, as well as Medical Director of Orange Twist Brands, offering multi-location non-invasive and minimally invasive aesthetic treatments. He is also the Chairman of the USC-Marina Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship and the Director of the USC Division of Aesthetic Surgery.
Dr. Stevens graduated with honors from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis where he was awarded the Senior Prize in Surgery. He completed his general surgery training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, then returned to Washington University-Barnes Hospital where he completed a Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with Dr. Paul Weeks, Dr. Leroy Young, Dr. Tom Mustoe, Dr. Jeffrey Marsh, and Dr. R. Christie Wray. He is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons. He was appointed by the governor of California to the Medical Board of California Medical Quality Review Board. Dr. Stevens is an ASAPS Traveling Professor and has been an invited visiting professor at numerous U.S. and international universities.
Dr. Stevens is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and is Chairman of the Media Relations Committee and the Exhibits Committee. He is an active member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) and he is on the Board of Directors and one of the International Traveling Professors.
Dr. Stevens has authored more than 60 articles and chapters on aesthetic plastic surgery. He recently completed a chapter on mastopexy and mastopexy augmentation in Grabb and Smith. He has also lectured at numerous International, National and Regional meetings. Dr. Stevens is a member of many medical societies, including the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the International College of Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery.
Dr. Stevens is the past Chairman of the California Medical Association Advisory Panel on Plastic Surgery. He received the California State Assembly and the California State Senate Certificate of Recognition. He has also received the Special Congressional Certificate of Recognition and the Distinguished Service Citation from the Medical Board of California.
He has been interviewed for articles that have appeared in USA Today, People, The Wall Street Journal, Beauty, Forbes, Glamour, Vogue, Allure, Cosmetic Surgery Times, Business Week, Men’s Fitness, LA Times Magazine, Longevity, Cooking Light, Discovery, and numerous newspapers. He has appeared on over 125 television programs including CNN, Discovery, 60 Minutes, MSNBC, The Learning Channel, Sonia Live, Leeza, Nightline, CBS News, 24 Hours, Extra, Hard Copy, American Journal, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Lifetime – New Attitudes, PBS Nightly Business Report and many other TV and radio interviews.
Dr. Emil Tanghetti
Center for Dermatology & Laser Surgery
Dr. Tanghetti is a Board Certified Dermatologist and a Fellow in the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. He is currently listed in the “Best Doctors in America” Pacific Region and recognized as “Top Doc” by his peers in Sacramento Magazine. Dr. Tanghetti has received the “Hero In Health Care” award for his volunteer work in removing tattoos for the California Youth Authority. Dr. Tanghetti has been active in clinical studies for over a decade. His research interests have focused on laser surgery, psoriasis, actinic keratosis, photo-aging, and acne vulgaris.
He attended U.C Davis where he excelled in his studies and received early admission to UCLA School of Medicine after only three years of undergraduate studies. Upon completing his medical studies and a 1-year pathology fellowship Dr. Tanghetti graduated first in his class and received the Dean Warren medal for academic excellence. After finishing residencies in internal medicine at Stanford University and dermatology at Harvard School of Medicine, he completed a photo-medicine fellowship at the Wellman labs at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
His work has been published in journals such as Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, Journal of Dermatologic Surgery, the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, and Cutis. Dr. Tanghetti has presented data at the meetings of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and the American Academy of dermatology as well as Laser Innsbruck and is an internationally recognized speaker and consultant. He is a fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and a member of the California Medical Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Dermatology.
Dr. Robert Weiss
Director and Founder of CT ENT Sinus Center, Hearing & Balance, Dr. Robert Weiss has created one of the preeminent medical practices in Fairfield County, CT. Dr. Weiss is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon, Fellow of American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA), and serves as an affiliate member of the American Institute of Balance (AIB) and the American Rhinologic Society (ARS). He is also a part of 7 preeminent medical associations and societies and is associated with Norwalk Hospital.
Dr. Weiss graduated Summa Cum Laude from Adelphi University and attended Penn State College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center before serving in the United States Air Force as a Major in the Medical Corps.
Dr. Weiss has been featured on News12 CT and WTNH News Channel 8 as a medical expert. He has made several trips to Ethiopia for medical missions where he utilizes his expertise to help remote underserved populations.
“Combining patient-centered care with the latest technology has helped to create a world-class experience for our patients. We are proud to be one of the nation’s leading in-office sinus centers to offer minimally invasive procedures to treat chronic sinusitis, including balloon sinus dilation (BSD),” says Weiss. “Our recent investment in the Fiagon image guidance system allows us to perform these procedures more efficiently with an added layer of safety.”
The CT ENT Sinus Center team recently participated in several multi-center trials for a drug-eluding sinus implant and is currently engaged in another multi-center study looking at in-office sinus procedures.
Dr. Shino Bay Aguilera
Shino Bay Cosmetic Dermatology & Laser Institute
Shino Bay Aguilera is Board Certified with a Fellowship in Dermatology from the American College of Osteopathic Dermatology. Dr. Aguilera has over 20 years of advanced training in lasers and aesthetics and is the owner of Shino Bay Cosmetic Dermatology & Laser Institute. A published author, clinical researcher, international Key Opinion Leader, and trainer. NOVA University, Assistant Professor of Dermatology and four other universities. An international keynote speaker on the newest laser advances and cosmetic techniques, he participates in FDA clinical trial studies for a leading global, laser manufacturer.
Dr. Kathleen Behr
Dr. Kathleen Behr is a renowned Board Dertified Dermatologic Surgeon specializing in aesthetic dermatology, laser therapy, and Mohs micrographic surgery. She completed a residency in dermatology at UCLA and was chosen to be chief resident during her last year of residency. She then completed fellowships in Mohs micrographic surgery and cosmetic surgery at UCLA. In 2003, Dr. Behr opened her own dermatology practice in Fresno. Due to her top priority of providing patients with the highest standard of care, her practice grew rapidly, and she moved to a bigger office 4 years later, opening Behr Laser & Skin Care Center soon after. Dr. Behr is known for her Evening of Beauty events that she holds once a year to educate patients and offer special promotions. These events grew to hosting 1700 patients in one day! She is a published author, a national trainer and lecturer, and performs clinical research. She is recognized as one of New Beauty’s Top Beauty Doctors (2015-2020). Her office has received Allergan Top 25 status in the country for 2016, 2017, and 2020.
Dr. Richard Brown
Dr. Brown is Double Board Certified and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and his medical degree from The Chicago Medical School. He then completed his General Surgery residency at Northwestern University in Chicago.
While at Northwestern, Dr. Brown joined Dr. Thomas Mustoe’s lab and spent one year dedicated to wound healing and scarring research. During that year, he wrote and published papers in one of the top Plastic Surgery Journals, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He then graduated and became certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery. Dr. Brown completed his residency training in the field of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha.
Dr. Richard J. Brown founded his practice, Brown Plastic Surgery in 2009 with the vision of creating a complete and personal plastic surgery experience focused on patients’ overall health and wellbeing. He provides procedures for cosmetic body enhancements and breast reconstruction after breast cancer. In addition to being a skilled surgeon, Dr. Brown is a published Author of the book The Real Beauty Bible: Navigating Your Journey Through Plastic Surgery. His book is a comprehensive guide to body rejuvenation, and is a must read prior to having your procedure.
Kelly DeWolfe APN, MS
Kelly DeWolfe is a Board Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and an Advanced Practice Nurse in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She is associated with a variety of Chicago hospitals and serves patients in the Southport Corridor and the Chicagoland area. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Kelly earned a Master of Science degree in nursing at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has focused her career on all elements of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with a special interest in breast reconstruction, injectables and non-invasive aesthetic treatments.
Dr. Sanjay Grover
Dr. Grover is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon whose finely-honed surgical expertise and elegant demeanor immediately put patients at ease and gives them the confidence that they will receive exceptional surgical care. Dr. Grover specializes in aesthetic surgery of the face, nose, breast and body and is well-regarded for both his meticulous nature and for the individualized attention, care and time that he personally devotes to each one of his surgery patients.
A graduate from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science Degree, Dr. Grover then earned his Medical Doctor Degree from the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. He proceeded to complete both his General Surgery and Plastic Surgery residency training from Stanford University Medical Center which is considered by many to be the premier plastic surgery training program in the country. Following his training at Stanford University, Dr. Grover completed an additional elective fellowship in Aesthetic and Oculoplastic Surgery at the prestigious Paces Plastic Surgery Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Holly Gunn
Dr. Gunn offers dermatology care for all ages and specializes in medical, surgical, cosmetic and laser dermatology. She recently served as assistant professor of Dermatology and Director of the UAB Dermatology Cosmetic and Laser Clinic. Dr. Gunn is from Alabama. She graduated in biochemistry at the University of Maryland. She then attended medical school in her hometown at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and was elected to the prestigious Alpha Omega Honor Society as a medical student. She moved to Pennsylvania with her husband and completed an internal medicine internship, skin cancer prevention research fellowship and dermatology residency at Penn State University Hershey Medical Center. She also obtained a Masters in Public Health Sciences during her residency and fellowship years. She is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology. During her residency she became skilled at diagnosing and treating skin diseases of all ages and ethnicities. She also received a Women’s Dermatologic Society Mentorship Award to pursue her interest in pediatric dermatologic surgery at Northwestern University. She is passionate about skin cancer prevention and has published articles in dermatology and psychology journals for her research and experience in dermatologic diseases. She also has a special interest in cosmetic dermatology. During residency she organized a cosmetic training clinic allowing her to practice, teach and develop her expertise in treating acne scarring, wrinkles, sun spots, and other signs of aging. She also taught residents as the Cosmetic Dermatology Director at UAB.
Dr. Johnny Franco
A graduate of Beloit College with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Dr. Franco earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
Dr. Franco served his residency in Plastic Surgery at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. There, he was chief resident from 2010-2011. In 2011, he completed additional training at Chan Gung Hospital in Taiwan with a focus on microsurgery primarily in cancer reconstruction, followed by a fellowship at Gent University Hospital in Belgium where he specialized in breast reconstruction and fat transfer.
Dr. Franco has an impressive history of publications and presentations and has received many academic achievement awards including the Walter S. Haven Prize, Elizabeth W. Souter Award and the Merck Index Award.
He is currently Clinical Faculty at The University of Texas Dell Medical School. He also is a reviewer for the Aesthetic Journal and Annals of Plastic Surgery where he reviews the articles for publication from other plastic surgeons around the world. He is an active member of the Austin Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. He is also an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeon and American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Franco has been featured in TV show such as “Ask the Doctors,” magazines such as Miami Shoot and the Miami Herald for his expertise in aesthetic surgery while in Miami. Since returning to Texas he has been featured on the Dana Cortez Show on 98.5 the Beat multiple times.
Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank
Born and raised in Manhattan, and with offices in New York City, the Hamptons, and Miami, Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank has become one of the most renowned cosmetic dermatologists in the world. Dr. Frank received his medical degree from New York Medical College. He was trained in Internal Medicine at New York’s Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and completed his Dermatology residency at NYU Langone Medical Center before going into private practice in 2000. His first book, Turning Back the Clock without Losing Time: A Complete Guide to Quick and Easy Cosmetic Rejuvenation, was published by Random House in 2002. In 2005, Dr. Frank launched PFRANKMD™ Skincare, his private label line of products for the consumer market.
Dr. Marie Hayag
Dr. Marie V Hayag is a Board Certified Dermatologist who practices on the Upper East Side of New York City. She specializes in cosmetic and medical dermatology and is known for her aesthetic and caring touch by her patients in the tri-state area. Dr. Hayag’s expertise can help guide patients from simple topical maintenance treatments to cutting-edge procedures. She believes in natural results while achieving her clients’ goals. As an Assistant Clinical Professor at Mount Sinai Hospital she also teaches in the Dermatology Department’s Surgery clinic. Dr. Hayag is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and is a member of many medical and professional organizations.
Allison Lester PA-C
Allison Lester, PA-C is a perfectionist with a steady hand, a warm bedside manner, and who delivers transformative results, Allison Lester, PA-C, is a nationally Board Certified and New York State licensed Physician Assistant specializing in Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology. Allison has over 10 years of experience, having administered 15,000+ injections (from Botox to Restylane, Juvederm, and more), and now is working with and mentored by Dr. Neal Schultz, one of the world’s leading dermatologists. By combining the best of both medical dermatology and aesthetics, Allison consistently delivers outstanding results that are completely natural-looking. She has quickly gained a loyal following thanks to her expert knowledge of facial anatomy, as well as her advanced injection techniques and her innate ability to highlight the uniquely beautiful characteristics of each of her patients. Allison prioritizes her patients by first educating them, so they clearly understand their treatment options and likely outcomes, and then by collaboratively developing a treatment plan, which she looks forward to doing with you.
Dr. Terry Maffi
A highly skilled and innovative Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Maffi is committed to outstanding results. Trained in all aspects of aesthetic surgery, his specific emphasis is facial rejuvenation, breast, and body contouring.
Dr. Maffi completed his plastic surgery fellowship training at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He joined Dr. Jack A. Friedland, an internationally recognized plastic surgeon in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Maffi also performed facial reconstruction on trauma and burn patients, working with one of the premier facial reconstructive surgeons in the nation. These experiences further advanced his expertise in facial anatomy and the intricacies of facial surgical techniques.
In 2007, Dr. Maffi launched Maffi Plastic Surgery, his private practice in the heart of Paradise Valley, Arizona. Recognizing that surgery is just one component of facial rejuvenation, Dr. Maffi dedicated himself to gaining expertise in both the surgical and non-surgical components of aesthetics. Building upon this knowledge, he expanded, establishing a comprehensive practice that focuses on all aspects of aesthetic medicine. His practice was renamed Maffi Clinics and includes 5 specialized aesthetic clinics: Surgery Clinic, Injection Clinic, Laser Clinic, Skin Clinic, and Men’s Clinic.
Dr. Ashley Magovern
Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Ashley Magovern earned her MD from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She completed her medical internship at Stanford University, and her dermatology residency at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Before opening her private practice in Manhattan Beach, California, she worked alongside world-renowned dermatologist Howard Murad at the Murad Inclusive Health Medical Group. Dr. Magovern is also the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles. In addition to treating her Manhattan Dermatology patients with skill and a smile, Dr. Magovern is thrilled to serve as the medical director of Dermstore, where she uses her exceptional knowledge of skin care products to help people choose their perfect, personal skin care regimen. She regularly contributes to online articles, gives insight into skin conditions, and provides comprehensive, unbiased reviews. Deeply passionate about skin care, Dr. Magovern’s ultimate goal is to help you feel confident in your skin.
Katie Mann NP
Katie Mann NP is the Founder and Lead Nurse Practitioner and Aesthetic Specialist at Curated Medical Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona. She decided to become a nurse practitioner and aesthetic specialist because she loved the opportunity to combine science and art in her career. She finds it very rewarding to help patients in this way, and many clients come back and tell her that after their treatment, they feel rejuvenated, and they look the way they feel on the inside. For Katie, it’s not about changing your appearance but helping you be your best self. Katie earned her Bachelor of Science in dietetics from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. She went on to earn a second Bachelor of Science in nursing from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. She continued on this path to earn her Doctor of Nursing Practice and her Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She has also completed extensive training in advanced injectables and continues to attend aesthetic conferences, seminars, and cadaver labs every year where she is able to learn from other experts in this field. Her favorite procedure to perform is full face restoration using a combination of Botox/Dysport, filler (Juvéderm, Restylane, Sculptra), PDO threads, laser, and skincare. This creates a subtle, natural yet rejuvenated appearance and can help provide contour, lift, slim the face and provide an overall youthful appearance.
Dr. Sheila Nazarian
Dr. Sheila Nazarian is an Emmy nominated, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with a private practice in Beverly Hills. She has a Masters in Medical Management from the Marshall School of Business at USC. She also serves as Assistant Professor in Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Southern California. She is the founder of Nazarian Plastic Surgery, Spa26, The Skin Spot e-commerce site, and the Nazarian Institute where she brings thought leaders to teach business owners in the luxury space to Think BIG – Branding, Innovation, Growth. Dr. Nazarian is the star of the Emmy Nominated Netflix Original Series, Skin Decision: Before and After. She is married to a neurosurgeon, Dr. Fardad Mobin, has three children. She also enjoys being an influencer in the digital space: @drsheilanazarian, @themodelsurgeon, @spa26.official, @theskinspotbeverlyhills, @thinkbig on Instagram and Nazarian Plastic Surgery on Facebook/YouTube.
Dr. Sacha Obaid
Dr. Obaid quickly developed a local, national, and international reputation for his work and skill. He has been asked to write educational texts on rhinoplasty, non-operative facial rejuvenation, abdominoplasty, thigh lifts, mandible reconstruction, pediatric facial reconstruction, and more. Check out a list of his publications below!
He has also had the honor of speaking in front of the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Cleft Palate Association, and more, traveling from Texas to other hubs of plastic surgery like Brazil. Read on for more information about the presentations he’s given.
Dr. Obaid lives in Westlake with his wife, Dr. Deborah Larrison–Obaid, who is a board-certified Head and Neck Surgery Specialist. They have six children (five girls and one boy) named Gaviana, Liliya, Alaire-Jolie, Lyra-Rose, Solene Bleu and Sacha Croix–James Obaid.
Dr. Obaid’s skills in reconstructing and rejuvenating the face and body, along with his unique training from Harvard, UT Southwestern, and NYU, are an asset to his patients in Southlake, Plano, and the surrounding areas.
In addition to being board-certified, compassionate, and caring, Dr. Obaid’s techniques are advanced. He has embraced breast augmentation with fat transfer and technologies like Crisalix 3D simulation and 3D virtual reality that allow patients to have an astoundingly realistic image of their results before they step into surgery.
Dr. Christine Petti
Dr. Christine Petti is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who is highly trained and experienced in all aspects of aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. She proudly provides the full range of state-of-the-art surgical and non-surgical aesthetic services to her patients, and is considered a trendsetter in the field. In the 1990’s Dr. Petti established one of the first state-licensed and certified on-site ambulatory plastic surgery facilities and medical day spas in California. She also served as the Medical Director for both the plastic surgery center and med spa. In 2020, Dr. Petti’s thriving practice joined the California Skin Institute—a prestigious and expansive private practice plastic surgery and dermatology group. Dr. Petti specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery, laser surgery, and the most contemporary non-invasive, aesthetic surgical treatments.
Dr. Petti completed her undergraduate education at Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame—majoring in biology, minoring in chemistry, and graduating summa cum laude. Next, Dr. Petti was accepted into the Pharmacology PhD program at Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and received both a National Institute of Health (NIH) grant and stipend to financially support her education. After two years of study at Georgetown, Dr. Petti felt confident that she should and could pursue a career in medicine and decided to attend medical school at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Drexel School of Medicine. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1981 and chose to remain at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Drexel School of Medicine for a five-year general surgery residency, which she completed in 1986 with the honor of “Best Surgical Resident”. Inspired by an independent plastic surgery rotation at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and a specialized breast oncology rotation at the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Petti directed her career toward the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery. She completed her plastic surgery residency at the prestigious University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 1988, training under world-renowned Professor, Chief of the Section of Plastic Surgery, Chief of the Department of Surgery, and Dean of the School of Medicine Thomas J. Krizek, MD, FACS.
Dr. Rachel Reyes-Bergano
Dr. Reyes-Bergano, owner of Contempo Aesthetics, is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is an Allergan Trainer (AMI) and Consultant. She completed her medical residency at USC Family Medicine at California Hospital in Downtown Los Angeles. During her residency, she pursued extensive education and training in neuromodulators, dermal fillers, and laser procedures. Dr. Rachel founded Contempo Aesthetics (Pasadena, CA) in 2015 with an emphasis on patient experience and outcomes that enhance one’s natural features. Additionally, in 2022 Dr. Rachel was selected by SkinCeuticals to be the spokesperson and medical key opinion leader for the debut of Phyto Corrective Essence Mist.
Dr. Ava Shamban
Dr. Ava Shamban is a Board Certified Dermatologist who believes that appearance and self-esteem are one in the same. She dedicates herself to helping patients worldwide heal their skin to live happier lives. A California native, Dr. Ava graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and earned her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She is currently a member of the ASDS, the AAD and serves on the editorial board for The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. In addition to her practices in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, Dr. Ava was also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the UCLA-Geffen School of Medicine. She lectures internationally and serves as a principal investigator on many clinical and FDA trials. She is the author of Heal Your Skin: The Breakthrough Plan for Renewal (Wiley, 2011), makes regular television appearances on CBS’s The Doctors and ABC’s Extreme Makeover, and is a frequently quoted health and beauty expert in magazines all over the world.
Dr. Howard Sobel
Dr. Howard Sobel has been recognized by New York magazine and Castle Connolly Top Doctors as one of the best dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons in New York City. He is the Director of Sobel Skin, his thriving practice on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and a true pioneer of the union of dermatology and cosmetic surgery.
A born and bred New Yorker, Dr. Sobel employs a unique and hyper-personalized approach to his practice that extends far beyond your appointment booking. He built Sobel Skin on the guiding principle that everyone is a person-first, patient-second, and number-never.
Dr. Sobel has been an Attending in Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery for more than 20 years at both Lenox Hill Hospital and Beth Israel Medical Center. He received his degree in medicine from the Albert Einstein School of Medicine and completed his residency in dermatology and dermatologic surgery at Emory University School of Medicine.
Dr. Sobel is frequently called on for his expert opinion and knowledge by national and local media, television programs, magazines and print news outlets. He has appeared on or been quoted in the Today show, 48 Hours, The Dr. Oz Show, CNN, CNBC, Anderson Cooper 360, CBS News, ABC News, NBC News, Fox 5, Vogue, Elle, W, Glamour, New Beauty, Marie Claire, Allure, The New York Times, the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Daily News. In 1991, he developed DDF (Doctor’s Dermatologic Formula), one of the first dermatologic therapeutic skincare lines, which he later sold. Now, with nearly 30 more years of experience, he’s re-entering the at-home skincare market with Sobel Skin Rx, the next generation of anti-aging skincare.
Jennifer Stieber NP
Jennifer Stieber is an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and expert in the science of aging. She began her career in New York City as a biochemist conducting vaccine and cancer drug research. But her passion for helping others eventually led her out of the laboratory to become a nurse practitioner. While living in NYC, the fashion and beauty capital of the world, Jennifer’s career in science and nursing found a natural transition into the world of aesthetic medicine.
Jennifer’s aesthetic medicine experience includes working at the celebrity dermatology practice of Dr. Brandt in New York City and leading all of LaserAway’s New York City clinics as their regional clinical director. Jennifer has worked with patients of all backgrounds and skin types, including many of the most well-known celebrities. She has also trained over a dozen nurses and nurse practitioners in injectables and lasers. Encouraging nurses to become masters of aesthetic medicine and empowering patients to become experts in their own skin health is Jennifer’s mission.
Born a dual citizen of the Philippines and USA, Jennifer also hopes that her international influences will allow SLK to deliver the best methods and technology from all corners of the world.
Jennifer earned her degree in biochemistry from Virginia Tech, followed by her Masters of Science in Nursing at NYU and a degree in public health management from UC Berkeley. She completed her clinical training at NYU Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Jennifer was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and although Nashville is home base now, she and her husband spend a lot of their time in New York, Manila, and internationally.
Holly Tanella LE
Holly Tanella is an international award-winning aesthetician and business owner with over 10 years of experience in the aesthetics industry. She was named the 2019 Top International Holistic Esthetician at the Skin Games and has owned BOHO Alternative Medical Spa in Allen, Texas since 2015. Tanella is a wife, mother of five, and a skin fanatic whose personal mission is to help her clients create healthy, glowing skin through alternative methods.
Joie Tavernise LE
Joie Tavernise is the Founder of JTAV Clinical Skincare, located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Joie is a member of the Society of Plastic Surgery Skincare Specialists; National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations; and Society for Medical & Clinical Hair Removal and has been a practicing esthetician for 18 years. Through her many years of hands-on experience as an esthetician and business owner, Joie has created a signature method that focuses on a customized experience for every client; one that unites modern technologies with traditional approaches and incorporates a whole body/whole life perspective. Joie and her team then develop a treatment plan centered on both leading-edge non-invasive procedures and time-honored techniques that often get overlooked in today’s future-obsessed climate. Balance and a respect for the traditions of skincare are essential to Joie’s approach. Joie is a member of the Society of Plastic Surgery Skincare Specialists; National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations; and Society for Medical & Clinical Hair Removal and has been a practicing esthetician for fifteen years.
Dr. David Vasily
Aesthetica Cosmetic & Laser Center
David B. Vasily, MD has nearly 40 years of experience as a practicing, board certified dermatologist and is the founder and President of Lehigh Valley Dermatology Associates, Ltd. and Aesthetica Cosmetic & Laser Surgery Center in Bethlehem, PA. Dr. Vasily is a recognized thought leader in the field of cosmetic dermatology and has been involved in the development of many innovative breakthroughs in laser technology. He has served as a luminary and consultant to numerous cosmetic laser surgery companies and has published over 30 scientific papers. Dr. Vasily has patented a device used to read human skin color and has multiple patents issued and pending on skincare and acne products in Cosmetic Dermatology. Dr. Vasily received his undergraduate degree in Biology at Moravian College in 1971, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He went onto S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo School of Medicine graduating in 1975. He did advanced training in dermatology at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville from 1976-1979. He returned to his hometown to start his medical dermatology practice, Lehigh Valley Dermatology, in 1979. Aesthetica Cosmetic & Laser Center, his cosmetic practice, followed in 1997. In addition to his two private practices, he serves as the team doctor for the wrestling team at Lehigh University and is on the affiliated staff at St. Luke’s University Health Network.