The IAFA is an honorary service organization whose goal is to offer healthcare professionals continued education, support, and resources within the facial aesthetics industry. Our organization is dedicated to advancing the aesthetics industry by bringing together the best expertise and resources available to provide members with complete fundamentals to provide the best and most comprehensive patient care.
The IAFA provides invaluable educational and networking opportunities, promoting the value of offering total patient care, and fostering professionalism and growth for healthcare providers.
Dr. Kian Karimi, MD, FACS
Dr. Kian Karimi is a highly skilled cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgeon, and is double board certified in facial plastic surgery and in head and neck surgery. His goal is to enhance that inherent beauty in a most harmonious way, whether it be through surgical or non-surgical means. Ultimately, Dr. Karimi believes that the outcome of any consultation, surgical, or non-surgical procedure should be to enhance his patients’ physical and emotional quality of life. He spends adequate time advising his patients of their options in order to create an individualized plan. Integrity and compassion are the center of Dr. Karimi’s practice. “I look forward to spending time with my patients to assess, discuss, and achieve their goals whether they be aesthetic, functional, or a combination of the two.”
Dr. Kian has been the national medical director for CosmoFrance since 2012 and has personally trained over 1,000 doctors in the latest techniques in facial aesthetics.He is actively involved in research in facial plastic surgery and has particular interest in rhinoplasty, minimally invasive facial rejuvenation, and ethics. Since Dr. Karimi decided to make Los Angeles his home, he has not only become a familiar face teaching and speaking at a broad variety of aesthetic medical meetings around the world. Dr. Karimi has also appeared on award winning TV shows such as EXTRA and the CBS TV show ‘The Doctors’, among many other media outlets. Dr. Karimi has quickly become a media favorite and has become part of the exclusive and secretive world of Hollywood.
Dr. Suneel Chilukuri, MD
Dr. Suneel Chilukuri is an internationally recognized cosmetic dermatologic surgeon. He is known for creating innovative techniques to fully restore and enhance the face and body without surgery. Dr. Chilukuri fellowship-trained in advanced dermatologic surgery, Mohs micrographic surgery, and laser surgery at Yale College of Medicine. He studied dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine where he was recognized as the Resident Teacher of the Year and chosen to be Chief Resident. Prior to Baylor, he trained in general and plastic surgery at University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Chilukuri has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks in addition to publishing two books. As a sought after speaker at both international and national conferences regarding cosmetic surgery, he has taught at more than 200 aesthetic seminars. He has served as a volunteer clinical professor for cosmetic, surgical, and reconstructive surgery at renowned academic institutions including Yale University School of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Baylor College of Medicine, and Albert Einstein Medical College. In addition to running a private practice in Houston, Dr. Chilukuri has taught over 10,000 plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, oculoplastic surgeons, and dermatologists advanced techniques in aesthetic surgery. He is a Key Opinion Leader for BENEV, Company Inc and a National trainer for companies including Allergan Cosmetics and others.
Dr. Stacy Chimento, MD
Dr. Stacy Chimento is a Board Certified Dermatologist in the highly coveted
Bay Harbor Islands in the Miami area. She has many years of experience
specializing in laser, cosmetic, surgical and aesthetic dermatology. Her
reputation as an expert in her field has grown alongside a distinguished
clientele that includes industry leaders, heads of state, entertainers, athletes
and international beauty moguls. Dr. Chimento is nationally recognized as an
expert resource in medical and cosmetic dermatology and is regularly
featured in broadcast media outlets and magazines such as New Beauty,
Allure, Haute beauty, and Southern living to name a few. Her knowledge of
the latest and greatest techniques in injectable aesthetics and lasers has
made her a nationally sought out speaker and trainer for other providers for
Galderma and Candela Laser Corporation.
Dr. Chimento is a fellow of numerous dermatological societies and has
authored a multitude of research studies and has spoken at national academic
meetings. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the
American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and the American Society
of Dermatologic Surgery. She has sat on multiple advisory boards for
Galderma, Candela Laser Corporation and Endo Aesthetics. She is
enthusiastic about teaching others about the art of injectable aesthetics and
laser combination treatments. Her particular interests include laser
resurfacing, body contouring and injectable cosmetics. Her love for skincare
has led to the creation of Chotte Peau luxury skincare that will launch next
year, where she serves as Founder and Chief Scientist.
She is a devoted wife and mother of two young children. She enjoys spending
time with her family, fishing, boating, camping and playing the drums.
Dr. Gal Aharanov, MD
Dr. Gal Aharonov is a Facial Plastic Surgeon who is Double Board Certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as by the American Board of Head and Neck Surgery and Otolaryngology.
Los Angeles is Dr. Gal Aharonov’s home town. He attended UCLA before going to The Chicago Medical School. From there he returned to Los Angeles to train in general surgery at UCLA, and then moving to Richmond, Virginia to continue his training in Head and Neck Surgery, as well as in Facial Plastic Surgery at the Medical College of Virginia. He then performed a highly competitive accredited fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, one of only about 30 such fellowship positions in the world.
Once he started his practice, he realized the need for change and advances in the field of cosmetic plastic surgery. He pioneered multiple procedures intended to provide results that were by far superior to anything else available at the time. He continues to create novel procedures and techniques intended to provide natural, aesthetically superior results. He believes results should always look natural and balanced, and strives for such changes in all his patients. Privately, he lives a modest, simple life. He believes in dissociation from materialism, feeling that happiness should not be driven by material wealth, but by gratitude and humility. He believes that success should be measured by the amount of positivity and good one does, not by accumulated assets. This is what drives him personally and with his profession.
Dr. Chad Deal, MD
Dr. Deal is certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS), the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery (ABFCS), as well as the American Board of Surgery (ABS). With intense focus on cosmetic surgery, he has exceptional skill and artistic vision, which is illuminated in the outcomes of more than 4,800 cosmetic surgical procedures.
Dr. Deal’s extensive training, experience and passion are great assets to field of cosmetic surgery. Everything he does reflects his sincerity. He feels blessed to have the opportunity to help people make profound changes in their lives through cosmetic surgery. Since his arrival in southeast Tennessee, Dr. Deal has been publicly recognized for his work. He was selected as a finalist in Best of the Best awards for Best Cosmetic Surgeon from 2011through 2017, he won Best Cosmetic Surgeon in Chattanooga. He was also awarded the Patient’s Choice Award and The Most Compassionate Doctor Award on Vitals.com.
He is known for his extensive knowledge of the body anatomy and was the cadaver lab director at the New and Established Techniques in Breast and Body Contouring. Dr. Deal is on the faculty of Southern Surgical Arts’ American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery’s Fellowship Program, and trains talented surgeons from around the country every year. Dr. Deal is an ABCS Board examiner and is on the Written Exam Committee. In addition, he serves on the AACS Fellowship Committee, which focuses on establishing educational criteria for AACS Fellowships. He is also an active member of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc., the American Medical Association and the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Thomas Lobe, MD
Dr. Thom Lobe was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. It was during his early childhood that Dr. Lobe developed his life-long interest in learning about the complexities of medicine as well as its abilities to transform lives. He credits this to his battle with Legg-Calve’-Perthes, a disease of the hip which is still poorly understood today. The disease exposed him to a diverse range of doctors and hospitals, exposure an average child never acquires so early on in life. Not only did this experience ignite Dr. Lobe’s passion for the sciences, it also taught him patience and persistence for he had to learn how to walk again at the age of 5.
Dr. Lobe remained in the sciences and completed his undergrad in zoology at The George Washington University. His medical school years were spent at the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins, The University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard. He graduated Cum Laude from University of Maryland School of Medicine and received many additional honors for his distinguished studies.
Dr. Lobe completed his General Surgery training at The Ohio State University Hospitals and his Pediatric Surgery Training at The Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio (now called Nationwide Children’s Hospital). From there he took his first academic position at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas where he served as Chief of Service for 8 years and developed one of the earliest programs applying laser therapy to children’s disease. During that same time he worked as an attending surgeon at the Shriner’s Burns Hospital where he acquired a great understanding of advanced nutrition, metabolism, hormone therapy, skin care and regenerative wound healing.
Recognized early in his career for his remarkable work, Dr. Lobe was recruited to the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis to develop and lead the first pediatric surgery residency-training program in the Mid-South. During his 20 years in Memphis he trained over 40 surgeons from both the United States and around the world, many of whom stand as leaders in their field today. In addition to leading the residency-training program, Dr. Lobe was the Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital. There he continued to be an integral part of many innovations and advances in cancer care. One of his most recognized advances was his development of minimally invasive surgery for children in conjunction with the development of one of the leading programs in the country dedicated to perfecting the new method of surgery. Dr. Lobe was then recruited to Iowa to lead an advanced minimally invasive and robotics surgery program once more.
Over the years, Dr. Lobe’s strong interests in nutrition, metabolism, wound care, and regenerative medicine continued to expand. He is recognized internationally in his field and has been honored with lifetime achievement awards on three continents. Dr. Lobe has over 250 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, and books to his credit. He continues to lecture and teach around the world and has completed his advanced fellowship, receiving his boards in anti-aging, regenerative and functional medicine.
Dr Lobe is currently a Professor of Clinical Surgery at the University of Illinois – Chicago.
Dr. Lawrence Rifkin, DMD
Highlighting Dr. Rifkin’s role as a luminary in the field of aesthetic medicine is the fact that he is among the few dentists who—being recognized as an aesthetic leader even beyond the field of dentistry—can claim the honor of being selected for membership to the prestigious American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
Combining cosmetic surgery principles with dentistry is a rare passion. Doing it exceedingly well for the better part of 40 years is a legacy. As a renowned international lecturer, Dr. Rifkin addresses dental and cosmetic surgery academies all over the world.
Dr. Young Cho, MD
Dr. Young Cho is a Board Certified plastic surgeon, as well as the Director of Integrated Aesthetics, located in Spring, TX. Dr. Cho is dedicated to providing patients with the latest in surgical and non-surgical options to help them along their aesthetic journey. He also keenly focuses on helping patients with lifestyle procedures that treat sexual wellness and urinary incontinence.
Dr. Cho’s passion for learning and teaching affords him many opportunities to educate the professional aesthetic and wellness community throughout the United States. He is a national trainer for Allergan (the manufacturers of Botox, Kybella and Juvederm family of injectable fillers), as well as Galderma (manufacturers of Dysport, Sculptra and the Restylane family of injectable fillers). Dr. Cho teaches suture suspension techniques using InstaLift by Thermi, and advance off-label injection techniques for face and body. He is also an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Cho founded Integrated Aesthetics Academy to help address the growing need for education available to aesthetics and wellness providers. He personally teaches all of the vampire procedures, including the O-Shot, Vampire Facial, Vampire Facelift, Vampire Breast Lift and the Priapus Shot. He offers individual coaching, small group teaching and larger group seminars to help those advance their own journey as aesthetic and lifestyle providers.
His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada; a PhD from Cambridge University in Cambridge, England; an MD from Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Ct.; and completed his plastic surgery residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
Dr. Anil Rajani, MD, PC
Dr. Anil Rajani, MD, is a sought after international lecturer and trainer who specializes in minimally-invasive aesthetic Medicine. Dr. Rajani has participated with the leading cosmetic centers in the United States and abroad and has over 15 years of experience in the aesthetic field.
Dr. Anil Rajani Specializing in the training of healthcare professionals from around the globe in the use of combination procedures and injectable treatments with an eye towards a natural look. His patients have been able to defer or even avoid surgical procedures altogether after receiving treatment with his Liquid Facelift procedure, combining fillers, collagen stimulators, PRF, PDO Threads and now PlasmaSculpt.
Dr. Rajani, founder of RajaniMD and PlasmaSculpt, is recognized among his colleagues as being an expert in minimally-invasive cosmetic treatments. He is an early adopter of the MicroCannula injection technique and has performed thousands of liquid facelift procedures using combination therapy.
He lectures at various medical conferences and has been features on ABC, CBS, and FOX affiliates speaking on the advances in cosmetic medical procedures.
Dr. Mariano Busso, MD
Dr. Mariano Busso is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Dr. Busso was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he received his medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine. He graduated top of his class with Honoris Diploma.
He studied molecular biology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach while making major contributions in the field of AIDS. He completed his Fellowship in Dermatology at the University of Miami. As a Dermatology resident, Dr. Busso received the highest awards a resident can receive, the George Ioannides Teaching Award and the Upjohn Research Award. He then became an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UM Department of Dermatology.
Dr. Busso was Chief of Dermatology at Mercy Hospital in Miami, FL and currently remains a Senior Medical Attending.
He is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in cosmetic fillers as acknowledged by the president of the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. C. William Hanke, in the prestigious Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
He was honored to be a part of the FDA advisory panel developing national guidelines for the use of cosmetic fillers.
He has made many breakthrough discoveries throughout his career with multiple contributions in the research field such as developing treatment protocols for Ultherapy, Vanquish ME and
He participated in multiple clinical trials as a Clinical Investigator for Artefill (Bellafill),
Radiesse, Luminex, EMSCULPT and EMTONE.
Dr. Mariano Busso continues to investigate and create new cosmetic procedures like facial threalifting with BussoLyft.
Physicians from all over the US and the world have been trained by Dr. Busso in fillers, Botox and PDO thread techniques.
He has now expanded his practice to Beverly Hills, CA to better serve his celebrity clientele
Dr. Jennifer Levine, MD
Dr. Jennifer Levine is an award-winning, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, world-renowned beauty expert and steadfast innovator.
When she started her surgical residency at Lenox Hill in 1995, she was the only female among 20 men, and prior to her career as a cosmetic surgeon, she was a professional calligrapher — proving that not all doctors have bad handwriting.
From an early age, Dr. Levine has had a profound appreciation for beauty, precision and mathematics, solidifying her future career in aesthetic medicine. She believes that beauty is both a science and art — and prides herself on her proprietary “Art of the Assessment.” Her patients know that when they’re in her office, they’re in the presence of mastery — the ultimate expert in symmetry.
In addition to running her Manhattan private practice, Dr. Levine is an attending plastic surgeon at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital and Lenox Hill Hospital.
Dr. Levine’s passion for innovation earned her recognition from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, who named her Vice Chairman of the Board for Emerging Trends in Technology in the Cosmetic Industry and Co-Chair at the 2021 Masters of Facial Plastic Surgery. Earlier this year, Dr. Levine was invited to join an esteemed cohort of fellow female physicians as part of Merz Aesthetic’s BeHer empowerment collective. In 2021, Dr. Levine was named Castle Connolly Top Doctor for the fifth year in a row, as well as one of New York Magazine’s Best Doctors.
When she’s not transforming her patients’ lives, you can find Dr. Levine on the Upper East Side with her family (and usually an almond latte in-hand), on Broadway catching the latest musical or attending a hot yoga class.
Dr. Greg Chernoff, BSc., M.D., F.R.C.S.(C)
Greg Chernoff, M.D., F.R.C.S.(C) is a Triple Board Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in practice for over 25-years in Indiana and California. After medical school, Dr. Chernoff completed a five-year residency followed by three years of intensive fellowship training in Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, Laser Therapy, Breast Rejuvenation and Body Contouring. This training provides him with comprehensive expertise matched by very few.
Dr. Chernoff is an international researcher, lecturer, and thought leader featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, Dateline, and TIME. Dr. Chernoff received AMERICA’s TOP Doctor Award for four consecutive years. Dr. Chernoff is a National Institution of Health (NIH) certified researcher. Dr. Chernoff has expanded his research and treatment that includes an office in China.
Dr. Chernoff has authored numerous scientific papers and medical laser textbook chapters. He has given over 700 lectures to physicians around the world on both surgical and non-surgical therapy. Dr. Chernoff is the founder of the Survivors of Violence Foundation providing reconstructive surgery and scar treatment for people who have been injured or disfigured.
Dr. Chernoff combines meticulous surgical techniques with the latest non-surgical therapies to give his patients consistent rejuvenation results. For close to 25-years, Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery has brought state-of-the-art procedures and exceptional care to patients in Indiana, California, and around the world.
Dr. Chernoff offers all cosmetic treatments and is among the largest and experienced laser centers in the United States. Dr. Chernoff conducts investigational and clinical research with projects that include regenerative medicine, skin improvement, cellular medicine, health improvement, acne reduction, and scar improvement.
Dr. Chernoff’s laser research has been instrumental in developing and refining accepted laser techniques utilized by physicians worldwide. His centers provide alpha and beta testing for the major cosmetic laser, radio frequency, and ultrasound companies. Dr. Chernoff was one of the original clinical investigators for injectable fibroblast therapy. His ongoing research in the exciting field of cellular medicine is providing insight into expanded treatment indications. Dr. Chernoff has been featured on news programs to discuss the latest advancements in cosmetic surgery.
Dr. Chernoff has perfected the art of facial injections and teaches physicians and nurses in the art of meticulous injection techniques. Dr. Chernoff is known best for his down to earth personality and genuine caring approach.
Dr. Chernoff offers a trademarked procedure called Your Natural Best® that involves unique and individualized treatments, expertly and exclusively developed by Dr. Chernoff to provide patients with natural, lasting results. This procedure utilizes his extensive experience and capabilities, to develop a surgical, non-surgical, or combination approach suited to patients’ individual needs.
Dr. Chernoff is the founder of the Survivors of Violence Foundation providing reconstructive surgery and scar treatment for people who have been injured or disfigured.
Dr. Adrian Gaspar, MD
Dr. Adrian Gaspar, MD is an industry pioneer who specializes in Aesthetic Medicine and Laser Surgery. He has dedicated his career to the research and teaching of lasers in aesthetics and gynecology and has developed many laser techniques and protocols for various companies including Fotona. Over the last 15 years, he has also collaborated with various universities around the world and published various notable papers.
Dr Gaspar is the owner and director of the Prima Piel Clinic in Mendoza, Argentina. He has performed postgraduate research on body contour treatments and reconstructive and aesthetic medicine.
He is a member of several eminent medical societies and as well as director of the Argentine Institute of Aesthetic Medicine and Laser Gynoplasty, director of the Chilean College of Reconstructive and Aesthetic Medicine, and associate professor at the Argentine School of Aesthetic Medicine (AICER) in Buenos Aires.
Professor Dr. Marcel Wainwright
Dr. Marcel Wainwright is an international speaker and educator who specializes in Full Face Rehabs using Botox, dermal fillers and dentistry. Together with the Swiss firm Teoxane he helped develop a Hyaluronic Acid (HA) to treat gingival problems (Periodontitis and Gingivitis) and black triangle between teeth (gum recession). Dr. Wainwright is a fellow of the IADFE (International Academy for Dental and Facial Esthetics, NY) and President of the Swedish DIFNE (Dental International Filler and Neurotoxin Education).
Dr. Wainwright has published more than 60 articles and scientific papers, contributed his works to public books and was part of the dental olympic team 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London. He is a visiting professor of the Universities of Guangzhou, Dalian, Mahidol, Leuven and Chapel Hill. His courses cover topics such as, soft tissue management with BTX and dermal fillers. His research focus is based on minimally invasive ultrasonic surgical procedures and intra-oral application of cross linked hyaluronic acid.
Francine Young, RN, MEP-C
Jenya Titova, MHS, PA-C, National Injectables Trainer
Jenya Titova, MHS, PA-C is a national injectables trainer, who is highly experienced in the fields of cosmetic fillers and neurotoxins, laser medicine and cosmetic dermatology. She has more than 13 years of experience managing the growth of aesthetic treatments at several highly reputable, distinguished dermatology, aesthetic medicine and plastic surgery facilities.
In the arena of aesthetic medicine, Jenya is highly skilled in the use of all dermal fillers, to include all types of Juvederm fillers, Restylane family, and Radiesse. Basic and advanced techniques of injecting Botox, Xeomin and Dysport are also within her skill set. Passionate about aesthetics, she enjoys teaching both the fundamental and advanced injectable techniques to doctors nationwide. In addition to teaching clinically, she has led many medical conference roundtable discussions and presentations on new and current medical advancements in her field for both Physicians and Physician Assistants.
Jenya also specializes in laser resurfacing, pigment and texture correction of various conditions, and vaginal health devices, among many others. Sclerotherapy for treating spider veins is also offered, as well as PRP for facial rejuvenation and hair restoration. Jenya’s heritage enables her to offer patient care in Russian and Ukrainian languages, as well as her “European touch” and vision of beauty and health. Jenya’s philosophy is that the main key to any medical or aesthetic success is to actually take time and thoroughly listen to her patients desires and concerns first. Then offer the professional advice and integrate the two together. As she states, “With good communication, optimal, natural results are easy to accomplish. With that, I know my patient is sure to leave happy and satisfied.”
Jenya is currently a consultant for the International Academy of Facial Aesthetics. She graduated with Alpha Eta and Summa Cum Laude Honors, in the top one percent of her class from Drexel University in Philadelphia. Since that day, her passion has alone grown to helping patients reach their health and beauty goals.
Shanna Concepcion, RN, CANS, National Injectables Trainer
Shanna Concepcion, RN, CANS, received her nursing degree in Indiana and has been a Registered Nurse for over 21 years. She has experience in women’s health prior to transitioning to aesthetic nursing. She has been an aesthetic nurse for over 11 years and has extensive training and experience in performing state of the art laser treatments for face and body, Botox and dermal filler injections, body contouring, skin tightening, photo facials, and has a vast knowledge of medical grade products.
She is also trained in providing informative consultations to clients seeking customized treatments. She is dedicated to helping clients achieve their aesthetic goals with safety in mind. She has been an AMI trainer for Allergan for over 8 years and has trained some of the top Dermatologists, Plastics Surgeons, and Health Care providers all over the United States and Canada. She is one of the first nurses to train on PDO sutures for soft tissue re-approximation, and PRF in the United States and Canada.
Limor Weinberg, Board Certified Nurse Practitioner
Limor Weinberg is a board certified nurse practitioner specializing in aesthetics. Limor began her journey into aesthetics in 2005 and since then has become one of the most respected and sought-after aesthetic injectors in the country, making the top 100 list in both 2019 and 2020. Her areas of expertise include various neurotoxins, facial fillers and of course lips, specifically Lip Mapping and M shaped lips.
Limor has always had a passion for teaching and with over 20 years of experience in the aesthetics field and in early 2021, opened The Clinic USA; a training facility in Miami, Florida. where she can share her passion and knowledge about anything and everything related to anti-aging treatments and skin care. She received her master’s in nursing from the University of Miami.
Melissa Gibbens, BSN
Melissa Gibbens, BSN, (“Missi”) has worked in aesthetics for over 20 years. She currently owns SkinScriptions by Melissa Gibbens in Houston, Texas where she has been a practitioner for the last 7 years. Prior to opening her practice, she worked as clinical trainer for Merz Aesthetics. She is considered an expert in the aesthetic industry. She was recently recognized as one of the “Top 200” injectors in the nation by Evolus. She also serves as the President for the Texas Aesthetic Nursing Coalition. Melissa was the first practice in Texas to use Neogen. She has successfully treated hundreds of patients with Neogen Plasma specializing in scar revision therapy on the face and body.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas. She also holds Bachelor of Science in Wellness Promotion from Texas State University. She is currently studying to become an Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner at Purdue University.
Ilanit Samuels, PA, National Injectables Trainer
Ilanit Samuels, PA-C, is an expert trainer and provider of toxin and filler injections, lasers, Kybella and skin tightening procedures. Since 2009, Ilanit has been a physician assistant to Dr. Leslie Baumann at the Baumann Cosmetic and Research Institute since 2009. In addition to her teach role at DentaSpa, Ilanit has also served as a trainer and lecturer for companies such as Suneva Medical, Merz, and Allergan.
Ilanit was born and raised in Miami Beach. She is a licensed physician assistant by the Florida Department of Health and certified by the National Commission of Physician Assistants. Ilanit obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Biology with honors, Magna Cum Laude, from Yeshiva University in 2003. She then went on to graduate with a Masters of Clinical Medical Science from Barry University.
Adherbal Neto, PA, National Injectables Trainer
Dr. Adherbal “Herb” De Souza Neto, DNP, WHNP-BC, MEP-C, one of DentaSpa’s expert medical trainers, carries over 20 years of experience in the healthcare field – more than 15 of those years specializing in medical aesthetics.
Herb attended UFJF (Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora) and Faculdade Ibero Americana in Brazil where he received his undergraduate certificate in Chemistry and Bachelor’s degree in Education in English translation-interpretation (ESL). He has instructed in public, private, and foreign language institutes in Brazil and the United States of America. Upon moving to the United States, Herb attended North Idaho College where he received his A.D.N. in 1992.
Prior to his focus on aesthetics, Herb worked in several area hospital ICU’s, home health care, and infusion companies. In early 2001 he was trained in Botox®, Sclerotherapy, and medical esthetics by the Eclectic Skin Institute. He later expanded his aesthetic services by receiving certification in dermal fillers and volumizers, mesotherapy/lipodissolve, carboxytherapy, Microdermabrasion, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and advanced skin care therapies with the Esthetic Skin Institute. He also provides skin rejuvenation, skin tightening, and hair removal services with the most current laser, IPL, and radiofrequency procedures. Herb’s latest accomplishment is receiving certification in non-surgical facelift and facial contouring using polydioxinone (PDO) threads from institutes in South Korea and Canada.
In 2001, Herb created Shining Way Esthetics, a small-business-owned medical spa in Houston, Texas. Since then, Shining Way Esthetics has expanded to provide services throughout the tri-county region of south Florida from West Palm Beach to Miami while continuing to maintain a strong clientele base in Houston, Dallas, and Beaumont, Texas.
In addition to providing medical spa services, Herb, since 2003, is a member of the teaching and training faculty for the Esthetic Skin Institute, one of the most sought out training and certification institutions for medical esthetics in the United States. Additionally, Herb annually attends several medical aesthetic conferences and workshops both domestically and internationally.
In his never-ending pursuit for self-improvement, Herb received his board certification as a nurse practitioner in women’s health from the University of South Alabama in December of 2012. In May of 2015, Herb graduated from Chatham University with his doctoral degree in nursing. His doctoral capstone focused on bruising management and prevention in aesthetic medicine. Herb is currently working to achieve publication for his work in several renowned medical and dermatological publications.
Currently, Herb is working to obtain certifications with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) as he pursues the incorporation of anti-aging and wellness therapies into his practice.
Herb is a member of the Intravenous Nurse Society (INS) and was chairman of the Houston chapter in 1997; Houston Interpreters Translations Association (HITA); Society for Clinical and Medical Hair Removal (SCMHR); is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society in Nursing; and is a member of the Zeta Gamma chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing. In September of 2015, Herb was elected as President of the American Academy of Medical Esthetic Professionals (AAMEP). In October of 2016, Herb was invited to join the International Nurses Association.
Olga Modlinska, International Injectables Trainer
Olga is an internationally certified aesthetic nurse injector, trained by top doctors in the USA and Europe. She attends international trainings on a regular basis in order to stay with up to date protocols and techniques. She began her career as an injector in 2015, and combined methods and top techniques from the United States, Russia and Europe. After graduating nursing school, she trained with top doctors in Russia and Turkey, as well as attended numerous trainings in the US.
Based in New York, Olga is working with the most popular clinics nationwide alongside of being a co-owner of two clinics. Her focus is the liquid face contouring, face beautification with dermal fillers and PDO thread lifts. Few of the top treatments at her practice are Botulinum toxin injections, lip augmentation and brow lift. Olga is a perfectionist and passionate about providing training to healthcare professionals, both on beginner and advanced levels. Born and raised in Ukraine, Olga came to the United States at the age of 12. “I love working with injections and facial fillers and am happy to have a chance of helping people feel and look beautiful. With just a few subtle enhancements one’s self-perception and self-esteem can go to higher levels. Knowledge of facial balance and paying attention to detail are very important skills that I would like to emphasize both in my practice and when providing trainings.”
Ana Delgado, Executive Director
Ana Natalie Delgado is an entrepreneur, educator, and national speaker who, since 2006, has organized and executed countless aesthetic clinical programs and conferences worldwide. In 2011, she founded the International Academy of Facial Aesthetics (IAFA) to bring together world-class clinicians and the best resources under one roof for multi-specialty aesthetic providers. Ana also founded DentaSpa Seminars in 2010, which today stands as a leading national CE provider for facial injectables in dentistry. Today her entrepreneurial efforts have helped thousands of providers worldwide implement various beneficial and lucrative aesthetic treatments into their practices. In addition to organizing her own small and large-scale seminars across the country, Ana is also a sought out speaker at various industry conferences and offers private consulting services to aesthetic practices nationwide. She has been recognized with the prominent Stevie Award for Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year, and is involved in charities such as Faces of Chance, which she launched in 2013, Women of Tomorrow and the Virtue Foundation.
Kristina Centnere, Senior Aesthetics Business Consultant
Kristina Centnere has a unique combination of business development and marketing experience that helps her clients not only market themselves smarter, but grow in a sustainable way. Founder and CEO of national digital marketing company, SocialCow, LLC, Kristina has spent a decade growing her agency while serving as a marketing consultant to medical practices, majority of them in the aesthetics field. Working nationally, Kristina and her team recognize the importance of hyperlocal marketing and take into account how local markets perceive information when formulating a unique strategy for each practice. This is one of the reasons why practices who work with Kristina and are able to not only generate more revenue, but create an internal change that makes growth sustainable.
Movita Sanchez-Hernandez, Senior Spa Consultant
As one of CosMedic and DentaSpa’s senior spa business consultants, Movita Hernandez brings over 20 years of industry expertise to help practitioners incorporate a lucrative aesthetic business within their practice. With experience implementing successful developmental strategies, She assists aesthetic providers with various aspects of developing their aesthetic businesses, including branding, operations, staffing and training, menu development, and execution of proven marketing and patient programs.
As a dynamic, enterprising professional who consistently capitalizes upon a proven track record of producing strong operational results for top luxury brands, Movita began her career in the spa industry in September 2001 at the prestigious five-star, Peninsula Hotel and Spa, in New York City. In 2005, her success led to her position as Opening-Spa Director for the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, I -SPA, in Washington DC, where she played a crucial role in establishing thw hotel as a world class and landmark still standing today. In 2007, after the successful launch of the Willard Hotel spa, Motiva became the Spa Director for the beautiful ocean front Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort, Mandara Spa, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In 2009, she was invited to join a team of hospitality professionals as Director of Spa Operations at the luxurious Five Diamond, Ritz Carlton Spa, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In 2011, Movita pursued another wonderful opportunity and became the Spa Director at the Four Star and Four Diamond, Mokara Hotel and Spa and sister property, historical Omni La Mansion del Rio San Antonio, Texas. Presently, in addition to her role at DentaSpa and CosMedic, Movita oversees the daily Spa operation of the Serenity by the sea Spa at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort, located along the pristine emerald coast on the Gulf in Destin, Florida.
Through a successful 20-year history in the fitness and spa Industries, Movita has developed a proven track record in spa management and operational development. With a meticulous focus on critical details, she has helped some of the most respected business brands develop new operational and employee service standards, including spa treatment brochures, selection of exclusive retail and signature skin care lines to strategically increase annual revenue performance and outstanding customer satisfaction. Movita’s unparalleled passion and ability to mentor, coach and impact businesses’ success, makes her an incredible resource for dental practitioners who are determined to implement a successful aesthetics and/or spa business venture within their existing practice, or as an additional practice entity.
A native of Belize, Movita brings a combination of knowledge with studies focused in biology and emergency medical care for basic life support, with licensing received from Department of Health via La Guardia Community College, New York City. Her passion for fashion and merchandising led her to through a continuing education program at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City and most recent, her desire to grow in business management with a focus on marketing, led to online program with Kaplan University on line.
Movita believes that the spa industry provides a lifestyle that offers everyone the opportunity to look and feel better each and every day. Her personal philosophy and mission is to bring wellness to forefront, allowing people to invest in themselves to achieve the rewards of living a balanced life.
Elizabeth Canler, Spa Consultant
Elizabeth is one of South Florida’s most sought out aestheticians. For the past 5 years, she has owned Miami Skin Boutique & Spa, one of Miami’s top luxury spas. In 2012, she was voted to have the best facials and Best of Spa’s in Miami by Allure Magazine.
Elizabeth began her journey by educating herself at Florida College of Natural Health in 1996 almost by accident, as she was at the time interested in becoming a massage therapist. Life had other plans for her, and as she toured the school and was taken through the skincare clinic, she immediately saw her calling and a better way to treat her ongoing issues with acne that dermatologists only seemed to mask and treat rather than dig down deeper into every pore the way facials do… and so her love of skin care and facials began.
Elizabeth took control of her skin and many others by working in big name hotels and spa’s like The Four Seasons & Delano on South Beach. Once she realized that pampering hotel facials were not enough in treating problem skin, she worked in a few day spa’s on south beach and Coral Gables, mastering the art of building a local clientele and working with top professional products found only in reputable day and med spa’s.
It was only natural for Elizabeth to then work for a renowned plastic surgeon in Aventura, at a time when Laser Hair Removal was just introduced and IPL treatments to treat sun spots, unwanted hair and scars. She was able to treat pre and post surgical skin through photo facials, microdermabrasion and oxygen facials that were all fairly new in the world of aesthetics.
Elizabeth then went on to manage a very popular massage spa in Miami Beach, and helped implement skin care by creating a menu of different facials through their chosen skin care line Dermalogica. She did the same for a brand new med spa that opened on south beach where she brought in medical grade products along with make up and assisted in creating their website and list of services.
Amidst her experience, she was also an educator for celebrity aesthetician Sonya Dakar of Beverly Hills, where she traveled extensively to exclusive resort spa’s through out the south east region and the caribbean, training therapists on the products of Sonya Dakar and their protocols.
Elizabeth has zeroed in on effective products that bring results and sales. She has the ability to work within budgets assigned, based on the spa’s needs and it’s customer base. Her friendly personality, energy and enthusiasm for skincare is contagious and transmittable. Elizabeth is passionate about her consultant role at CosMedic and DentaSpa Seminars, where she has the opportunity to share her wealth of knowledge to help grow spa and aesthetics in dental practices worldwide.