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.
CEO / Chief Medical Officer & Co-Founder / Clinical Professor/ Marina Plastic Surgery / OrangeTwist / USC School of Medicine
Dr. Grant Stevens is the founder and Medical Director of Marina Plastic Surgery and The OrangeTwist 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. 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 (ISAPS).
He is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons. Dr. Stevens is an ASAPS and ISAPS Traveling Professor and has been an invited visiting professor at numerous U.S. and international universities.
Dr. Stevens has authored more than 90 articles and chapters on aesthetic plastic surgery. He has also lectured at numerous international, national and regional meetings. Dr. Stevens is a member of many medical societies, including the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, International College of Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, and American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery.
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.
Lori has spent over 39 years in medicine. Her first 24 years were as an ER and ICU nurse. She went on to become a Nurse Practitioner in 2004 and worked in Family Practice. She moved into the specialty of aesthetics in 2007 and has continued to grow and learn every day. She has become a sought-after speaker and international aesthetic educator. She serves on several advisory boards (6) and is on faculty with (8) different medical conferences. In 2012 she received the award for the U.S. National Aesthetic Nurse of the Year, then in 2015 the award for Southern California’s Best Aesthetic Nurse, and has been selected at America’s top 100 Best Aesthetic injectors 3 years in a row. Lori also has quite an interesting past as a Los Angles Country Deputy Sheriff Rsv. for 13 years, has won 4 National Championships racing Corvettes, and worked as the Medical Consult and Actress for ABC-TV General Hospital for 19 years.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Dr. DeWolfe earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina where he was President of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and received Salutatorian honors. He completed a residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals, followed by a fellowship in Microvascular Surgery specializing in head, neck, trunk, lower extremity and breast reconstruction. His comprehensive medical and aesthetic approach offers precise results and unparalleled quality of care. Dr. DeWolfe is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon associated with a variety of Chicago hospitals. He serves patients in the Southport Corridor and throughout the Chicago land area. Dr. DeWolfe’s surgical expertise continues to be sought out by patients both nationally and internationally.
Board Certified Dermatologist and Dermatologic Surgeon
Shino Bay 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.
Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Michael Somenek is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who practices in Washington, DC. Dr. Somenek completed an intensive fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery under the tutelage of world-renowned facial plastic surgeons Dr. J. Regan Thomas and Dr. Dean Toriumi at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He is now the owner of Somenek+PittmanMD and is considered one of the leading experts in rhinoplasty and facial rejuvenation. He is a trainer and teacher to other physicians across the country on all injectables and frequently sees patients that need an expert opinion. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and is often quoted in print and television media on cosmetic surgery issues. In addition to his clinical research, he is consistently invited internationally as a speaker at medical conferences to contribute his knowledge and expertise.
Dr. Troell is a Cosmetic Surgeon specializing in facial plastic surgery to include eyelid surgery, face and neck lift comprehensive procedures, rhinoplasty, lipo augmentation and facial volume replacement procedures, body contouring to include breast augmentation, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), high-definition liposuction, Brazilian Butt Lift, natural breast augmentation, hand rejuvenation, lower extremity rejuvenation & facial fat grafting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Troell completed his surgical residency and fellowship training at Stanford University Medical Center and continued on as a Clinical Professor from 1995-2001. He is currently Adjunct Clinical Professor at Touro University Nevada, Osteopathic School of Medicine. He is the leading physician delivering physician graduate medical education courses at Touro University.
Our goal is to achieve a natural appearing, optimal aesthetic service result or cosmetic surgical outcome utilizing the latest in non-invasive, injectables and surgical techniques. We provide an individualized patient assessment to ensure that each patient receives personalized care. We look forward to meeting you and discussing your aesthetic concerns to meet your expectations. Regenerative and Anti-Aging Medicine and a Weight Loss program provide comprehensive mind and body rejuvenation.
ABC’s The Bachelor & Bachelor in Paradise
Ashley Iaconetti is a TV personality most known for her appearances on The Bachelor franchise on which she met her husband, Jared Haibon. Ashley has been a guest on Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGenerous Show, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. She is a host for both The Almost Famous podcast with iHeart Radio and The I Don’t Get podcast with Wave Network. Ashley works as a correspondent for Access Hollywood and is a columnist for Cosmopolitan.com. Ashley has her Masters’s degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communication. She enjoys talking skincare and reenacting scenes from her favorite rom coms for her following of 1.1 million on Instagram.
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.
InStyle Beauty Director
Maya has made it her mission to inform, inspire, and shift the narrative of the beauty industry. She found her love for journalism as a young girl growing up in Portland, Oregon collecting magazines. She dreamed of seeing women who looked like her in articles and on covers but never found the representation she yearned for in the media. So, she decided to change that. She majored in Journalism at Howard University with a minor in African-American Studies and spent every summer starting her freshman year interning at major magazines in New York gaining reputable editorial experience from seasoned editors.
In 2015 she got a call from InStyle to work as a beauty intern. She spent several months working in the InStyle beauty closet before landing a job at Cosmopolitan as their digital Fashion & Beauty Editorial Assistant. She then went on to Byrdie Beauty as their Assistant Beauty Editor and Marie Claire Magazine, as their Beauty Editor where she wrote beauty, health, and wellness print and digital coverage to celebrate women from all walks of life. In September of 2020, a full-circle moment came into fruition for Maya, as she had the opportunity to re-join InStyle Magazine, the place her New York career began, but this time as the Beauty Director where she oversees all beauty coverage in the magazine.
With celebrity interviews with everyone from Naomi Campbell, JLO, Tracee Ellis Ross, Michael B. Jordan, Cardi B., and Gabrielle Union under her belt, she’s determined to produce genuine storytelling. She is most proud of her stories that celebrate diversity in the beauty industry and pushes the culture forward. Her work experience entails everything from creatively directing photoshoots, representing the magazine at national tv appearances, spearheading video content covering backstage beauty at fashion Week, writing long-form feature articles, and breaking beauty news in the industry. Her writing has appeared on many outlets and she’s received several distinguished awards for her work, including the honor of being the 2020 Hearst Magazines Spotlight Award recipient.
Paul Jarrod Frank, MD is one of the most sought after and successful cosmetic dermatologists in the world—often called the Beauty Guru by his celebrity and international patients. Renowned for his minimally invasive techniques and holistic approach to cosmetic rejuvenation and wellness management, he is regularly featured as a skin and aging expert in local and international media. In 2002, he authored his first book, Turn Back the Clock Without Losing Time: A Complete Guide to Quick and Easy Cosmetic Rejuvenation, and has since been a clinical investigator, brand ambassador, and consultant for numerous technology, pharmaceutical, and global skincare companies, including The Estée Lauder Companies. In 2017, he became a global skincare consultant to Madonna and MTG launching their product line MDNA Skin in North America. Over the past few years, Dr. Frank has broadened his practice in the aesthetics industry with PFRANKMD, a multi-provider and multi-disciplinary bespoke aesthetic healthcare brand, with several locations in New York, the Hamptons, and Miami. In the Spring of 2020, Dr. Frank launched his second book, The Pro-Aging Playbook, which emphasizes the importance of being proactive and positive in one’s attitude towards aging, as well as a guide for aesthetic rejuvenation. The book emphasizes being the best version of one’s self and discusses the history and trajectory of the beauty industry as a whole while providing guidance and expert advice from all disciplines in aesthetics and wellness. As an extension to the success of The Pro-Aging Playbook, Dr. Frank created, “The Pro-Aging Podcast”. Dr. Frank taps his network of leading experts to help navigate the latest beauty and wellness trends, technologies, and lifestyle choices so you can positively transform the way you look and feel at every stage of your life. As a board-certified dermatologist, he has lectured around the world and has authored several articles in both consumer and professional literature. Dr. Frank is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Allure Contributing 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.
Former Executive Beauty Editor
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.
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.
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.
Kara is an Executive Medical Practice Management Consultant, and the President of Aesthetic Practice Partners. 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.