Faculty & Panelists
Board Certified Dermatologist
Dr. Vivian Bucay completed her dermatology training at the University of Miami and the Baylor College of Medicine. She serves as volunteer faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Texas Health Science Center and is faculty on several other continuing medical education initiatives in the US. In addition to lecturing nationally and internationally, and publishing papers in peer reviewed journals and writing book chapters for dermatology textbooks and publications. Dr. Bucay has also been recognized as a Texas Super Doctor yearly since 2004.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
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. 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.
Most recently, Dr. Buford has been named a Castle Connolly Top Doctor for 2022. This award is a recognition that only goes to the top 7% of all US board-certified physicians. Dr. Buford is proud to have won this award in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and now in 2023. And above all, he holds extensive client testimonial support, illustrating his ability to connect not only with media and industry power brokers, but everyday patients like you.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
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.
Chief Executive Officer
Development Engineering Sciences
Dr. Robert Kellar is an Associate Professor at Northern Arizona University in the Center for Materials Interfaces in Research Applications (¡MIRA!), Biological Sciences, and Mechanical Engineering. During his academic career, Dr. Kellar has secured over $12.3M in research funding. He serves as the CEO for Development Engineering Sciences, Chief Science Officer for Axolotl Biologix, and the Chief Technology officer for NEXT Life Sciences. Dr. Kellar has over 21 years of experience in the development and regulatory approval of medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and biologics, including cell-based products and regenerative medicine and tissue engineered technology. He has over 161 scientific abstracts, 42 peer-reviewed publications, and 7 issued US patents, and has raised over $100M in capital to support various start-ups. He received his PhD from the University of Arizona in 2001.
Dr. Kellar currently serves on the Board for Leonhardt Ventures, the Scientific Advisory Board for Aesthetics Biomedical, and the Advisory Board for the California Stock Exchange. Dr. Kellar has helped to co-found a number of companies including Development Engineering Sciences, a biomedical consulting firm; Protein Genomics, a protein polymer company; Flagship Biosciences, a digital pathology company; Elevated Manufacturing, a contract manufacturer; KMP Global, a technology holding company.
Dr. Kellar’s previous roles include: Past-President of the Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation, VP of Research and Development at Histogen, Inc. in San Diego, CA, Product Specialist at W.L. Gore and Associates in Flagstaff, AZ, and Lead Scientist and Project Manager at Advanced Tissue Sciences, Inc. in La Jolla, CA.
Honors and Awards:
Jay N. Cohn New Investigator Award, Heart Failure Society of America, Sept. 11, 2001 Outstanding Professor Appreciation, Northern Arizona University, February 25, 2010 Faculty Louie Award Nominee, Northern Arizona University, 2012 Faculty Member of the Year, (Order of Omega, Northern Arizona University), 2012 Pearson’s One Professor Project, August 18, 2015 Nominee, College of Engineering, Forestry & Natural Sciences, NAU, Teacher of the Year Award, 2016 Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Department of Biological Sciences, NAU, 2016 Finalist, BioAcell Solutions Challenge (Scorpion Pit), 2016 Global Health & Pharma’s “Most Innovative Regenerative Medicine Research Company – USA”, 2018 Finalist, Phoenix Business Journal’s Health Care Hero Awards, 2018 Arizona Business Magazine’s Healthcare Leaders Award, 2019 Nominee, Research and Creative Activity (RCA), Northern Arizona University, “Most Significant Innovation in Technology Transfer of Commercialization”, 2019 Arizona Business Magazine’s Healthcare Leadership Awards, Researcher of the Year, 2019 Awardee, Research and Creative Activity (RCA), Northern Arizona University, “Most Significant Innovation in Technology Transfer of Commercialization”, 2020 Moonshot Shoemaker Entrepreneur Award, June 17, 2022
Board Certified Dermatologist
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.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
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.
Board Certified Dermatologist
Dr. Kristine Romine is very pleased to offer the most scientiﬁcally-based formulations in her KRMD Advanced Medical Skin Care. Everything she has done for decades as a Board-certiﬁed Dermatologist and Mohs surgeon is to promote the health and beauty of skin. Research with world-renowned scientists has inspired Dr. Romine to create the most advanced skincare available.
Every ingredient has a purpose, either to promote health or rejuvenate the skin. We use advanced formulations, promoting delivery to targeted cells. Dramatic results are achievable with dedicated use. We will customize your regimen to your personal skincare needs and aspirations.
Dr. Romine is passionate about creating extraordinarily beautiful and natural results with injectables and lasers, which are enhanced with her KRMD Advanced Medical Skin Care. We trust that you will love your personalized care and outstanding results as much as her many followers do.
Board Certified Nurse Practitioner
Jennifer Rosenfeld, a seasoned Nurse Practitioner, boasts extensive expertise spanning clinical and aesthetic dermatology. Her specialization lies in the art of rejuvenating the aging face and body through minimally invasive, natural methods. Her philosophy revolves around selecting proven products and services that enhance your appearance and well-being. Jenniferis renowned for her perfectionism, dedicating herself to crafting a personalized, results-oriented approach tailored to each patient’s unique desires. What truly sets her apart is her commitment to transparency and honesty, ensuring an authentic experience for every individual she serves.
Jennifer’s influence extends beyond her practice; she has spent the past five years as a distinguished speaker and trainer, educating hundreds in the field of injectables and neurotoxins. Today, she proudly owns and operates her own med-spa, thriving in the fiercely competitive landscape of Newport Beach, California.
Board Certified Dermatologist
Dr. E. Victor Ross is a dermatologist in San Diego, California He received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 28 years. Dr. Ross uses a broad array of technologies to reduce red and brown skin lesions, wrinkles, unwanted hair, spider veins of the legs and improve the appearance of scars, including acne scars.
In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Ross conducts research on novel approaches to skin rejuvenation. Most recently he has conducted studies on novel fractional radiofrequency devices and co-authored a comprehensive review of basic science and applications for microneedling radiofrequency devices. In over 100 peer-reviewed articles and over 20 book chapters, Dr. Ross has written on a large range of topics, from skin tightening to the use of accessory diagnostic devices to optimize laser skin rejuvenation.
Dr. Ross 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 is past president of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in patient care.
Presently, Dr. Ross 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.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon | Host & Founder ‘The Technology of Beauty’ Podcast
Dr. Grant Stevens is the founder and Medical Director of Marina Plastic Surgery and The Orange Twist Institute; A Medical Spa in Marina Del Rey, California. He is also a Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Southern California; Chairman of the USC-Marina Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship and the Director of the USC Division of Aesthetic Surgery. Dr. Grant Stevens also brings you The Technology of Beauty. On this podcast, Dr. Stevens gives listeners a look into his world, through exclusive interviews with the doctors, founders, inventors, and scientists who are shaping the future of aesthetics.
He has been elected by his peers into the “The Guide to Top Doctors” and Castle Connolly’s “Top Doctor Guide” recognizing him as one of the best plastic surgeons in America and is one of the select few to be featured in “Plastic Surgery: The World’s Top Surgeons & Clinics.” Dr. Stevens is an active member at Marina Del Rey Hospital, where he is the past Chairman of the Department of Surgery, the Chairman of the Liposuction Committee, and the Medical Director of The Breast Center. He is also on staff at St. John’s Medical Center, the Marina Outpatient Surgery Center and USC. Dr. Stevens is on the board of directors of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, serving as president elect. He is also third vice president and on the board of directors of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Joie Tavernise founded JTAV Clinical Skincare with a simple belief: No two faces are exactly alike; therefore, no two treatments are exactly alike. Although she is trained in the most advanced aesthetic treatments and procedures, this basic principle has guided her to create a signature experience for every client—one that unites modern technologies with traditional approaches and incorporates a whole body/whole life perspective. Joie has an eye for what makes every client agelessly beautiful, and her bespoke treatments cater to each client’s unique needs.
Joie is a firm believer that whether you’re a man or woman, caring for skin is not one size fits all. A technique or routine that works for one person may not work well for another’s skin. Joie’s customized, sometimes “less-is-more” approach begins with an intimate analysis of skin composition, lifestyle, and treatment goals. 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 respect for the traditions of skincare are essential to Joie’s approach.
Joie’s philosophy is that no matter your age or gender, clean skin is the foundation of beautiful skin. That’s why all her services begin with an extraction. While it may be time-consuming, an extraction is a best practice that makes everything else that comes after more effective—from in-clinic treatments to at-home skincare products.
Former Partner Manager & Growth Strategist, Beauty
Ann Buenaobra is a skilled communication specialist with expertise in creative copywriting and partnerships management. With a strong intuition for current culture and a deep understanding of the beauty and fashion industries, she thrives on crafting compelling stories that resonate with audiences. As a former Creative Copywriter at e.l.f. Cosmetics, Ann demonstrated her ability to bring brands to life through persuasive and engaging copy. In her most recent role as a Partnerships Manager – Beauty & Lifestyle Content at TikTok, she excels in forging strategic collaborations and enhancing brand presence.
Head of Sales
With 15-plus years of professional sales experience and
extensive knowledge of sales and marketing, Tommy is
currently the Head of Sales Operations for RepeatMD,
with a client roster of 3,000+ aesthetic & wellness
practices in the US & Canada.
Operations + Marketing Manager
Kimberly Ducille relocated from sunny Florida to take on the California lifestyle, trading her retail background for a new and exciting journey into the world of skincare and cosmetic beauty. Kimberly is passionate about customer service and ensuring that every patient has an amazing experience here at Manhattan Dermatology. Since joining our team two years ago, Kimberly has now moved into managing our marketing, social media, special events, retail products, and brand partnerships. She takes pride in ensuring that both our mission statement and brand message is represented in a genuine and authentic way.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
MaryAnn Guerra has a career-long passion for bringing technology to market, accelerating innovation from the lab into commercial businesses and providing an incomparable client experience. As co-founder of Aesthetics Biomedical®, she understands the importance of designing experiences that create results. As a client of her own company, she values the opportunity to feel her very best at any age using leading-edge, FDA-cleared technology and treatment serums and recovery agents that truly make a difference. It is her privilege to advance these innovations through a network of respected doctors and med spas to make an impact on the battle against aging for men and women.
Guerra also serves as Chairman of the Board, CEO, and co-founder of BioAccel, a non-profit organization with the mission to turn medical device breakthroughs into successful commercial ventures. Guerra has spent much of her career operating successful and progressive health, science, technology and start-up businesses. Guerra served as President of TGen Accelerators, LLC and Chief Operating Officer at TGen. Guerra has also had an impressive career at the National Institutes of Health, having held senior level positions, including: Executive Officer, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and Deputy Director of Management & Executive Officer at the National Cancer Institute.
Her never-ending quest to challenge her team, question the status quo and pursue innovation with an eye for making a difference at the highest level of quality is what drives her every day.
Chief Marketing Officer
Sheldon Larson is a creative at heart with the ability to bring concepts and innovative ideas to market with a distinctive ability to deliver highly effective and measurable strategies that drive significant revenue growth, consumer loyalty and demand, brand awareness and reputation. His extensive knowledge and belief of merging beauty, aesthetics, and technology provides a clear vision for his brands.
Sheldon’s effective strategies are instrumental as Chief Marketing Officer for Aesthetics Biomedical® Inc. (ABM), starting with the company since its launch in 2016, he and his team have led the company through global expansion and was a driving force behind its growth to a multimillion-dollar valuation. His approach to converting leads into patients for physician and aesthetic practice partners across the country has earned him a high reputation as a digital marketing guru generating well over 500,000 treatments performed across the nation.
Sheldon has demonstrated success overseeing all aspects of B2B and B2C digital marketing and strategy, analysis, implementation and optimization, experience design, creative, consumer touch points, influencer and celebrity relations, live events and activations, earned and paid media, public relations, and brand communications and development. His leadership and skillful navigation of the media have led to billions of impressions building impactful digital footprints.
He has formed partnerships with industry brand partners, celebrities, and brand ambassadors to establish brand credibility and consumer demand. By building one of the most sought after brands in the aesthetic industry, an empowering treatment experience, his vision resonates with his targeted audiences worldwide in a meaningful way that has, in turn, generated millions of dollars and a dedicated and loyal physician network. As Sheldon would say, aesthetics is engrained in his DNA.
Director of Clinical Training
Dr. Anna Mkrtchyan is a board certified Naturopathic Medical Doctor specializing in non-invasive cosmetic rejuvenation and reconstruction as well as anti-aging.
Dr. MK graduated from Penn State University with a BS in Biology and Psychology and attended Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she initially specialized in pediatrics. She then went on to complete training in anti-aging, laser procedures and cosmetic rejuvenation for the face and body.
Dr. MK enjoys seeing women and men elevate their natural beauty and treats each person as a work of art who needs individual treatments and attention. She uses many modalities to help inspire health and beauty from the inside out.
Dr. MK focuses on non-surgical facial revitalization, hair restoration, as well as hormone replacement therapy with weight loss and nutritional IV therapy. She has worked in the corporate medical field as a VP of Medical Affairs and Corporate Trainer and continues to be a Medical Director and educator, training on various cosmetic procedures.
In addition to her private practice, Dr. MK is the Director of Clinical Training at Aesthetics Biomedical®, where she oversees all training needs for Vivace®, Vivace Ultra™ and SoME® PRP Skincare customers and providers.
In her spare time, Dr. MK loves spending time with her family, including 2 children and a puppy named Mia. She also is an avid reader and enjoys taking international trips.
Aesthetics Biomedical® Inc.
Director of Marketing
Chloe Webb, a graduate of Gonzaga University with a degree in Business and a specialization in Marketing (2017), began her career as a Social Media Specialist at RealSelf. There, she developed a deep understanding of the industry and honed her skills in content creation, influencer marketing, and live events. In 2020, Chloe joined Aesthetics Biomedical® as a Social Media Manager and quickly advanced to the role of Marketing Manager, contributing significantly to the company’s marketing strategies. Today, as the Director of Marketing, Chloe collaborates closely with the Chief Marketing Officer to drive the company’s marketing efforts to new heights.
Aesthetics Biomedical® Inc.
Director of Innovation & Design
Shaun Wootten is a biomedical engineer and biochemist in the Phoenix Valley that has a passion for innovation within the medical device and biotechnology sectors. His current role is Director of Innovation and Design at Aesthetics Biomedical, Inc (ABM). He currently oversees R&D, service, and manufacturing operations at ABM.
Shaun has invented and developed several cosmetics including the first ever cosmetic serum to preserve PRP from the patient, SoME Skincare. He has also invented and developed the first ever RF microneedling device with ultrasound guidance, Vivace Ultra. These innovations have been covered by ELLE, Good Housekeeping, Allure, NewBeauty, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Shape, RealSelf, and other prominent media outlets.
Shaun has been awarded 5 issued patents with several pending, has been co-authored in 7 manuscripts, and has been the co-author for two chapters within the textbook titled “Cosmetic Dermatology: Products and Procedures.