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Featured Guest Speakers & Panelists

This exclusive conference will be held in a private, safe, and socially distant environment bringing together leading aesthetic key opinion leaders for a full-day of educational curated content.

Dr. Shamban
Ava Shamban, MD

Cosmetic Dermatologist / Owner of Ava MD and Skin Five

Ava Shamban M.D., the renowned board-certified Dermatologist, is a true skin visionary, clinician, author, anti-aging expert, and prejuvenation proponent. Founder of Ava MD Dermatology and SkinFive, her curated, maintenance-focused medical spa concept, she also runs the Santa Monica based Ava T. Shamban Research Clinic, where she is the principal investigator on clinical trials for Allergan, Evolus, Merz, Galderma, Revance, and others engaged in the pipeline of future treatments, products, technologies, and protocols.  Most recently she launched The Box by Dr. Ava, the first and only seasonal subscription box

Dr. Ava, a master injector and Hollywood “go-to” for all cosmetic aesthetics is known as Dr. Pretty Pout. Her artistic prowess is also well known from her tenure as the Extreme Makeover resident dermatologist, a featured expert on the Emmy-winning daytime talk shows The Doctors, Steve Harvey, and the syndicated entertainment program Extra.  She is the author of a best-selling beauty book Heal Your Skin: The Breakthrough Plan for Renewal. Additionally, she hosted her own digital series for Condé Nast Entertainment, “Dr. Ava Says” as an Allure Insider.

Dr. Shamban is an Editorial Board Member for New Beauty Magazine and continues to be featured in publications including Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Elle, Good Housekeeping, Prevention, MSN, Yahoo, and others.

She is currently working on her second book focused on the physical and psychological aspects of the “signature feature” and developing her own television show where she will travel globally presenting people, protocols, ancient rituals and the latest experts in beauty.

Dr. Vivian Bucay
Vivian Bucay, MD, FAAD

Board Certified Dermatologist

Dr. Vivian Bucay, 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. Vic Ross
E. Victor Ross, MD

Dermatologic Surgeon / Board Certified in Dermatology

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.

Joie Tavernise
Joie Tavernise, LE

Licensed Aesthetician

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.

Dr. Michael Gold
Michael H. Gold, MD, FAAD

Board Certified Dermatologist / Cosmetic Surgeon / Medical Director / Clinical Assistant Professor 

Dr. Michael H. Gold is the founder of Gold Skin Care Center, Advanced Aesthetics Medical Spa, The Laser & Rejuvenation Center, and Tennessee Clinical Research Center located in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Gold is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Meharry Medical College, School of Medicine, which is also in Nashville. He is a Visiting Professor of Dermatology for Huashan Hospital, Fudan University in Shanghai, China (11/2006), Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital, Guangzhou, China, as well as a Visiting Professor of Dermatology at Number One Hospital of China Medical University (11/2008) in Shenyang, China. Dr. Gold is a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon who 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 a national and international reputation for providing patients with leading-edge technological advances and has expertise in all facets of dermatology and aesthetic care. The Tennessee Clinical Research Center is now one of the leading dermatologic research institutions in the U.S. Dr. Gold speaks on national and international fronts, focusing on dermatology issues related to the use of lasers and energy-based devices, as well as the use of fillers and toxins in aesthetic and cosmetic dermatology. He lectures in venues around the world and is a sought-after contributor to educational meetings globally.

Dr. Patricia Farris
Patricia Farris, MD

Board-Certified Dermatologist / AAD Fellow / Certified in Dermatology by the American Board of Dermatology

Dr. Patricia K. Farris is a board-certified dermatologist and leader in her field. She has chaired numerous committees and task forces for the American Academy of Dermatology and is an incoming member of the board of directors (2017-2021). Dr. Farris is also an active member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Women’s Dermatologic Society, and the prestigious American Dermatologic Association.

Dr. Farris is a nationally recognized expert in anti-aging therapies who is known for her holistic approach. She is an expert cosmetic injector and national trainer who teaches others how to utilize the most up to date injection techniques for natural facial rejuvenation. Dr. Farris is an authority on cosmeceuticals and topical skin care and served as editor and contributor to the textbook Cosmeceuticals and Cosmetic Practice (Wiley Publishing 2014). She has influenced both product development and overall strategic direction by serving as a consultant to cosmetic companies including Revlon, Neutrogena, Nivea, and L’Oreal.

Her book The Sugar Detox (De Capo Press, 2013) offers a combined nutrition and skin care program designed to prevent premature aging, weight gain, and health problems that are caused by excessive sugar consumption. The Sugar Detox has been featured on Dr. Oz, Access Hollywood Live and Better TV, Great Day Houston, and Sirius XM Doctor Radio.

Dr. Farris is a media expert for the American Academy of Dermatology and has appeared numerous health-related television segments on dermatology including appearances on CNN, NBC News, The Tyra Banks Show, Good Morning America, and Sirius XM Radio. She is a regular guest and contributor for WWL Eyewitness Morning News (CBS affiliate). Dr. Farris has been quoted extensively in newspaper and magazines including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Allure, Prevention, O Magazine, Elle, Shape, W Magazine, In Style, New Beauty, Real Simple and Good Housekeeping. She has been chosen as one of America’s Top Doctors and voted by readers of New Orleans’ Gambit Magazine as Top Dermatologist in New Orleans.

She received her medical degree and completed residency training in dermatology at Tulane University where she served as chief resident. Dr. Farris is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and member of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, International Society for Cosmetic Dermatology, American Dermatologic Association and The Women’s Dermatologic Society. She has more than 30 years of clinical and research experience and is an active member of the teaching faculty at Tulane University.

Dr. Jason Emers
Jason Emer MD, FAAD

Board Certified Dermatologist

Dr. Emer is one of a select few surgeons in the United States to perform 4D (four-dimensional) body contouring/etching, in which he precisely and meticulously defines target areas to not only remove fat but also contour and define circum-ferentially. He uses this technique to “etch” six-packs and create highly defined musculature, such as the chest, buttock, breast, and calves. With the latest advances in fat harvesting with water-assisted removal, Dr. Emer can use your body’s own fat and platelet-rich plasma to contour the surrounding areas and define the underlying muscles. Harvested fat can be transferred to other areas to address concerns such as facial wrinkles and lack of volume, hand veins and aging, buttock and breast size and lifting, and the muscular size and bulk of the chest, biceps, calves, shoulders, and quadriceps. Cellulite and skin tightening are also addressed with each individual case and can be improved with a combination of surgery, lasers, fat transfer, and/or external heating/suction devices to get the ultimate results in body contouring procedures.

Dr. Emer is a leading expert in cosmetic surgery and laser dermatology who utilizes the latest advancements in non-invasive treatments for anti-aging. He utilizes combination treatments to get the ultimate results and customizes treatments to the patient’s skin type and long-term goals. Dr. Emer’s interests include acne and traumatic scars, abnormal pigmentation, burns, and anti-aging/rejuvenation comb-ination treatments. He personally treats all his patients to ensure the best results and doesn’t delegate to other staff in most instances.

Dr. Monica Bonakdar
Monica Bonakdar, MD

Cosmetic Dermatologist

Dr. Monica Bonakdar has been in private practice in Newport Beach, California for over 20 years. She has dedicated her entire practice to transforming her patients into younger and more self-confident versions of themselves with nonsurgical cosmetic dermatology solutions such as Botox Cosmetic, facial fillers,  laser skin rejuvenation and cosmeceutical skincare.

An Orange County native, Dr. Bonakdar proudly attended the University of California, Irvine for her Biological Sciences Bachelor of Science degree and the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine for her Medical Doctorate degree, graduating with Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa Honors. Dr. Bonakdar then completed her internship and residency training at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Returning to her beloved Orange County, Dr. Bonakdar established Bonakdar Aesthetics to provide Newport Beach and neighboring Orange County communities with new and safe cutting edge non-surgical cosmetic treatments for looking natural, youthful, and beautiful. She continues to be an early adopter of new and safe cutting-edge technologies in the ever-evolving world of cosmetic medicine.

Dr. Shino Bay Aguilera
Shino Bay Aguilera, MD

Board Certified Dermatologist and Dermatologic Surgeon

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.

Jennifer Stieber
Jennifer Stieber, NP

Nurse Practitioner

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.

Frankie Grande

Broadway Performer & Social Media Mogul

Frankie Grande is an activist, performer, producer, reality TV personality and social media mogul. He became known to the world as a stand-out finalist on the CBS series “Big Brother 16.” Frankie followed that as a judge on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew,” a houseguest on “Celebrity Big Brother” in the U.K., and a co-host on “Style Code Live.” He has guest starred on Nickelodeon’s “Henry Danger” and “Danger Force,” Netflix’s “Haters Back Off” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” He has co-starred in the film “Spree” and the comedy series “Indoor Boys,” for which he won the 2020 ‘Best Guest Actor – Comedy’ award at the Indie Series Awards. On Broadway, Frankie made his debut in the mega-hit, “Mamma Mia!” and starred as Franz in the closing cast of “Rock of Ages”, a role that he reprised in the Hollywood production. As a producer, he has worked with shows on Broadway including “Hamlet,” “LaBete” and “Born Yesterday.” Frankie is passionate about supporting the Los Angeles LGBT Center and volunteering at the Dodger Stadium COVID-19 vaccination site.

Kate Sandoval Box
Kate Sandoval Box

SHAPE Editorial Beauty Director

Kate Sandoval Box is a writer, editor, and cross-platform beauty expert with 15 years of experience at top national women’s brands. She is currently the editorial beauty director at SHAPE, Parents, and Parents Latina where she motivates her audience with a fresh, positive, and realistic voice while interviewing the nation’s top aesthetic experts and culling the beauty market for the most innovative products that deliver next-level results—many are included in SHAPE’s annual Skin Awards and Beauty Awards. At Parents, she pens a column called Beauty While Momming.

Previously, Sandoval Box held beauty editor roles at Self, Latina, Cosmopolitan, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Her skin content has been nominated for Skin Sense Awards and has won a media award from the Women’s Dermatologic Society, while her digital content has been featured on Yahoo Shine and Today. She has profiled celebrities such as Laura Dern, Jennifer Lopez, Kristen Bell, Eva Mendes, Gal Gadot, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas and has appeared as an expert on The Dr. Oz Show, Fox, CBS, and many news syndications across the country.

Sandoval Box graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara. She is originally from New Mexico and now resides in Hoboken, NJ with her husband and two children. You can follow her on Instagram @updatekate.

Jessica Chia
Jessica Chia

Beauty Editor

Jessica Chia is a beauty editor who has written in magazines like Allure, Women’s Health, Elle, and Prevention. Jessica has been named a 30 Under 30 Honoree by Folio magazine, which recognizes top talent in the publishing industry. She is also a certified aromatherapist, for which she studied ingredient chemistry and product formulation. When she’s not writing cover stories or features, Jessica studies finance and marketing as a full-time MBA candidate at the University of Southern California and works as a commercial and print model in Los Angeles, California.

Elise Minton Tabin
Elise Minton Tabin

Former Executive Beauty Editor
NewBeauty 

Elise Minton Tabin is an award-winning beauty journalist, editor, and beauty expert with more than 16 years of experience. She previously held the title of Executive Beauty Editor at NewBeauty magazine for 13 years, where she oversaw and reported on all things beauty, plastic surgery, anti-aging, health, and wellness. She was also instrumental in the launch and continual growth of beauty supplement brand, Hush & Hush.

A prolific content creator and trendspotter, Elise always knows what’s new, what works, and who’s the best to go to for treatments and procedures. She has been featured on Extra TV, WPTV, and WPLG, on satellite tours, and as a featured expert in Perricone MD infomercials. When she’s not unearthing the newest beauty trend, Elise spends her time consulting with beauty brands, freelance writing, and creating Instagram and Tik Tok content for both herself and beauty and wellness brands.

Elise currently lives in Boca Raton, FL with her husband, daughter and dog, Franklin.

Kayla Greaves

Senior Beauty Editor
InStyle

Kayla A. Greaves is an award-winning journalist and senior beauty editor at InStyle. She was previously the fashion & beauty features editor at Bustle and a lifestyle editor at The Huffington Post. Her work has appeared in BuzzFeed, Teen Vogue, ELLE, FASHION magazine, and more. Kayla has interviewed the likes of Academy award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, supermodel Naomi Campbell, TIME 100’s Most Influential People and women’s rights activist Jaha Dukureh, Viola Davis, Chaka Khan, and many more.

She has been invited as a speaker to share her expertise on topics such as colorism, beauty, fashion, and being a woman in media at Harvard, McMaster University, York University, Create & Cultivate, Manifesto Festival, Burson Cohn & Wolfe, the Caribbean Tales Film Festival, and other places.

In 2016, Kayla won a Canadian Online Publishing Award for her work with The Huffington Post. In 2017, she was named on the “Top 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada,” list, and was also recognized by the CBC as one of 150 black women making Canada better. She was most recently nominated for the “Best Online Journalist of 2019” prize at ByBlacks.com’s annual People’s Choice Awards.

April Franzino

Beauty Director
Good Housekeeping

April Franzino is the Beauty Director at Good Housekeeping, part of the Hearst Women’s Lifestyle Beauty Group. She produces and oversees all beauty editorial content, including pitching, reporting, writing, editing, and market work, culminating with the magazine’s yearly Beauty Awards special. April also oversees the beauty content of Woman’s Day and Prevention magazines. She represents them on television, radio, and online, having appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America, NBC New York Live, PIX11 News, and Today.com. April has also held positions as the Beauty Editor at SELF, Associate Beauty Editor at Fitness, Assistant Beauty Editor at Good Housekeeping, and as a Beauty Freelancer at People StyleWatch. Franzino received a Bachelor of Arts from New York University’s journalism school, during which time she logged internships at Glamour, Allure, Good Housekeeping, Lucky, and Jane. When not happily engrossed in all things beauty, April can be found with the people she loves, reading, spending time outdoors, traveling, seeking out great food, baking, and listening to music—especially live. She is based in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Jessica Cruel

Content Director
Allure

Jessica Cruel is the content director at Allure, where she works to develop multi-platform editorial content for print, digital and video platforms, as well as on brand projects including the Allure PodcastAllure Beauty Box subscription program, and the Readers’ Choice Awards and Best of Beauty Awards franchises.

Prior to joining Allure, Jessica served as deputy beauty director at Refinery29, and has also held editorial roles at SELF MagazinePopSugar, and New York Magazine. Throughout her decade-long career in the beauty media industry, she has extended her experience to hosting podcasts, speaking at events and appearing in live television segments. 
 
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in multimedia journalism and sociology, Jessica currently resides in Newark, New Jersey. 
Brian Underwood

Beauty + Wellness Director
Oprah Daily

Brian Underwood is the beauty director of _O, The Oprah Magazine. Underwood is a New York-based journalist with more than 13 years of experience covering beauty and style for dozens of national publications. He was the launch Beauty Director of Dr. Oz THE GOOD LIFE, the magazine partnership between Hearst and Dr. Mehmet Oz, establishing the “True Beauty” section as a highlight of the magazine’s editorial package. After joining the brand prelaunch in 2013, Underwood used his smart, astute editorial eye to help the DOTGL achieve record success: In just 10 issues, it became the number one selling-women’s health and lifestyle title on American newsstands and one of the top ten best-selling American magazines on newsstands overall. Work that he commissioned for the magazine received multiple industry accolades, including recognition from the Skin Cancer Foundation and the Fragrance Foundation, which awarded a piece he edited the 2016 Editorial Excellence Award in the Short Article category—the first time a non-fashion magazine was recognized by the Foundation in nearly 30 years. Underwood has held editorial positions at Fitness, Organic Style, Good Housekeeping, Life & Style Weekly, and Woman’s Day and has written for Women’s Health, Self, Shape, Seventeen, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and many more. As beauty director, Underwood combines his passion for beauty and lifestyle journalism with a keen sense for hard-nosed reporting and a commitment to uncovering science- and evidence-based solutions for O’s diverse readership.

MaryAnn Guerra
MaryAnn Guerra

Aesthetics Biomedical®
President 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.

Sheldon Larson
Sheldon Larson

Aesthetics Biomedical®
Chief Marketing Officer

Sheldon has seven years of experience in creating and driving marketing initiatives and building aesthetic brands in the marketplace. As a highly talented professional and performance driven individual, he practices a streamlined and intuitive approach to handling every task, which rests on efficiency, and astute problem solving. Sheldon effectively handles various digital marketing planning, implementation, analysis and optimization, while ensuring successful campaigns and high ROI. His major strength is his ability to create and implement innovative promotional strategies, while maintaining high levels of service delivery. This has earned him several commendations and a high reputation within the industry.

He is ambitious, charismatic and self-motivated, always bringing his energy, knowledge and commitment of excellence to accomplish his aspirations.

Lawrence Rheins Ph.D

Aesthetics Biomedical®
Chief Science Officer

Lawrence A. Rheins, PhD. has spent his career in all aspects of skin science and business, developing a unique combination of strong science and business acumen. Dr. Rheins brings 30 plus years of academic and industry experience to the cosmetic, over the counter, prescriptive, contract research, and cosmetic dermatology (aesthetics).  Dr. Rheins currently serves as Chief Scientific Officer at Aesthetic Biomedical® Inc.  Prior to Aesthetics Biomedical®, Dr. Rheins served as President/CEO for Makucell Inc., a USC spin-off focused on stem-cell derived skincare products for the physician dispensed market. In 2008, Dr. Rheins served as President for Histogen Aesthetics Inc., a regenerative medicine company utilizing neonatal cells to develop a growth factor rich cultured medium for use in physician dispensed skin and hair growth products, ReGenica.

Dr. Rheins founded and served as CEO for Dermtech International, a biotechnology company focused on the development of non-invasive biopsy technology for use in all areas of dermatology. He is the co-inventor of the “Pigmented Lesion Assay” for rapid melanoma detection. During his early career, he served as Director at Advanced Tissues Sciences as well as a Divisional Toxicologist for Procter & Gamble. Dr. Rheins holds several patents and has authored more then 80 articles and book chapters on immunology, toxicology, cosmetics, and dermatology. He received his MS, and PhD degrees (immunology) from the University of Cincinnati.

Kara Schell McClanahan, CMPE
Kara Schell McClanahan, CMPE

Aesthetics Biomedical®
Director of Practice Development

Partnering with physicians and practice leadership, her role is to facilitate strategic business planning and practice development. Kara works with her partner practices to develop innovative strategies that differentiate them in the increasingly competitive aesthetic market. She assists her practices in developing customized strategies to increase practice performance, implement systems that drive increased revenue and build strong teams to create synergistic and effective change.

Kara has worked as an executive in healthcare administration for over 21 years and in all facets of operational management and executive leadership. Her career has spanned the fields of neurology, primary care, dermatology and plastic surgery; with the last 13 years dedicated to the cosmetic and aesthetic space. She has served in roles such as: Vice President of Operations for a national healthcare company with 57 practices, Practice Administrator in both Cosmetic Dermatology and Plastic Surgery private and group practices, and as a private Practice Management Consultant. Kara has obtained a prestigious advanced certification, and is one of only a handful of “Board Certified Medical Practice Executives” by the American Medical Group Management Association and holds educational degrees in Healthcare Administration, Business Administration and Marketing.