Former Chief Executive Officer of Quanta Aesthetic Lasers
Mr. Carlton is passionate about technology leadership, the safe & clinically efficacious use of medical technology and building deep customer intimacy. He currently serves as the Finance Chair and Board Member for the Cosmetic Surgery Foundation. Mr. Carlton has repeatedly led teams that delivered strong growth and profitability that outperformed the market. On multiple occasions, his teams have doubled revenue organically within three years.
Prior to leading Quanta, Christopher was President, North America for the largest energy-based device company in medical aesthetics. Under his guidance, the company successfully integrated a major acquisition, enjoyed revenue growth of 30-50% CAGR, and in his final year with the company, was approximately 200% of its profitability target.
Over the past 25 years, Mr. Carlton has served as Vice President and Global General Manager – Interventional Oncology at Covidien, LTD, was CEO of NASDAQ-listed SRI Surgical, President of Dräger Medical, and in positions of progressively greater leadership responsibility over eleven years with GE Marquette Medical Systems.
He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering (With Honors), a Graduate Diploma in Management, and a MBA. He is a graduate of the GE Management Development Institute- Crotonville, and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.
Patrick Bitter, Jr., MD
AMAA Advisory Board–Ethics & Standards Chair
Patrick Bitter, Jr., M.D. is regarded as THE Pioneer in the use of pulsed light technology for skin rejuvenation as the developer of the acclaimed FotoFacial procedure to rejuvenate aged skin and has been featured as a celebrity dermatologist on ABC’s Extreme Makeover.
Dr. Bitter is a board-certified dermatologist specializing in non-surgical treatments to improve skin health and delay aging and anti-aging medicine. He is the founder of Advanced Aesthetic Dermatology and maintains medical practices in Los Gatos, CA and Beverly Hills, CA. He graduated from the University of California with highest honors in Biology. He received his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his dermatology residency at Stanford University School of Medicine in 1986.
He has authored several ground-breaking scientific papers on the use of pulsed light for skin rejuvenation. He is a sought after lecturer and teacher and has taught over four thousand physicians world-wide in the use of pulsed light. He is a member of several professional societies including Fellowship in the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Bitter has been a consultant to the medical laser device industry and to nutritional and anti-aging companies. Dr. Bitter is dermatologist for the San Jose Sharks National Hockey League Team. He is a former USA Triathlon National Champion and two-time Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon finisher.
Lisa Marie Wark, MBA
Internet Business Consultants, Las Vegas NV
Lisa Marie Wark, MBA & Assoc., is a uniquely designed boutique media and practice management agency dedicated to medical and dental professionals. Founder and principle, Lisa Marie Wark has spent over twenty years in the medical and aesthetics management field, where she has gained an expertise and perspective that has proven to be invaluable to her clients.
January 2012- Current: Lisa Marie has been an owner/operator of a highly regarded medical aesthetics and women’s wellness clinic, and the vice president of marketing for an integrative cancer center. She has served with distinction over the last decade on the Nevada Board of Dental Examiners as well as the American Board of Dental Examiners. Lisa Marie Wark sits on the Practice Management Faculty at the Vegas Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetic Dermatology Conference as well as a regular lecturer on contemporary marketing practices at the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. This, along with her successful career in producing business and marketing plans for health and medical industry startups, enables her to approach every aspect of a practice with a common sense, expert analysis of how to take the practice to the next level.
Byron M. Blasco, DMD
Dr. Byron M. Blasco, DMD, Ltd.
Dr. Byron M. Blasco is an internationally renowned dentist in the Las Vegas community and focuses his practice on a combination of cosmetic, restorative, preventative, and implant dentistry. He is currently serving as the President of the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners, has taught alongside the most respected members in the dental profession, and is a featured national speaker. In his pursuit of knowledge and keeping abreast of dental and technological advancements, Dr. Blasco has thousands of hours of continuing education and assists in the development and elevation of the other dental practice environments by teaching restorative and cosmetic techniques, comprehensive treatment development, and state of the art technologies, including CEREC Cad/Cam and VelScope Cancer Detection.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Dr. Blasco is a supporter and player of ice hockey. After completing undergraduate studies at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, he moved to Boston to attend the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, only to later return to Las Vegas. A father of four and grandfather of five, Dr. Blasco’s entire family are proud members of the Las Vegas community. It is his goal to ensure every patient has a warm and welcoming experience that will enable the achievement of the best smiles and health possible.
Dr. Blasco is an active member of the American Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Nevada Dental Association and the Southern Nevada Dental Society.
Phil Hong Nguyen, MD
AMAA Advisory Board–Education Chair
Dr. Phil Nguyen is ranked in the TOP 20 of More Than 30,000 Allergan Practices in the USA. He has been a licensed physician in the state of Colorado for the past 18 years. He also holds licenses in the states of Indiana and California. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1998. He has been doing cosmetic/ aesthetic procedures since 2001. Dr. Nguyen prides himself in being an artist and minored in Fine Arts Studio for his undergraduate studies. He paints, draws and sculpts. Thus, he naturally gravitated to the cosmetic/ aesthetic field of medicine. Dr. Nguyen trained in family practice and did his internship at the University of Colorado Swedish Medical Center.
Dr. Phil takes great pride in giving his patients a natural looking appearance, and has had over 14 years experience performing injectable procedures. He personally sees about 1000 faithful patients a month, making him one of the most experienced and sought after cosmetic physicians in the country. He has grown Happy Clinic Denver from startup to the #19 largest purchaser of Allergan products in the nation. “We are all just a few millimeters away from looking like Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt,” and “Anyone can stick a needle into you, but it takes an artist to make it look good!” are two of his favorite quotes.
Dr. Phil speaks English and Vietnamese fluently, and knows enough of Spanish, French, Thai and Mandarin to be dangerous. He is a world traveler and foodie, with his favorite place to visit being Southeast Asia. Dr. Phil is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
Rebecca Gelber, MD
AMAA Advisory Board–Membership Chair
Dr. Rebecca Gelber is the founder and active medical provider running Tahoe Aesthetic Medicine, a practice devoted to obtaining the maximal nonsurgical results for patients through combinations of light and laser therapy, thread therapy and a wide range of injectables. She also offers regenerative cell therapies.
She graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and since that time has taught medicine at both University of California at Davis and University of Nevada at Reno. She now teaches both nationally and internationally on aesthetic topics to help clinicians improve their technical skills and office success.
She has completed the A4M aesthetic fellowship and been awarded both Clinical Teacher of the Year in Emergency Medicine at UC Davis and also Best Overall Facial MakeOver at THE Aesthetic Show in 2016. She continues to advance her own training with the aim of providing the highest level of medical experience to share with both patients and students.
AMAA Chief Marketing Officer
Conference Executive Director
Lydia Zaffini brings over 25 years experience in sales, marketing and operations to the organization and is responsible for the strategy and delivery for all marketing activities. Throughout her career, she has run sales and marketing organizations, developed and produced events ranging in size from hundreds to thousands; and helped create and implement the business strategy for early stage companies, new and existing lines of business, geographic and offerings expansions, and acquisition targets.
Her background includes sales management positions at Motorola, sales and marketing management positions at Apple, sales and services operations management positions at IBM, executive positions at various early stage software and services companies, and line of business management at Technology Services Industry Association. She currently also serves as a marketing director for Sutherland Global Services, an integrated business processing outsourcing firm.
David Bindrup, Esq., CPA, LL.M.
AMAA Corporate Attorney
David L. Bindrup, JD, CPA, LL.M. is the founding attorney of the David Bindrup Law Firm. David is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has a Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Taxation.
David studied Accounting at Brigham Young University, ranked #2 in Accounting programs nationwide at the time. After graduating from Brigham Young University, David was recruited by the international accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP, and worked there for several years in California and Nevada, where he received an early promotion to Senior Accountant and was on the fast-track to Partner.
David left Ernst & Young to attend law school so that he could pursue his love of estate planning. While attending law school in Michigan at the Thomas Cooley School of Law, David had the opportunity to participate in the elite Sixty Plus Clinic, a pro bono clinic that provides estate planning services to low income seniors. But most importantly, this experience reassured David’s passion for estate planning.
David not only graduated with his Juris Doctorate (Cum Laude), but also passed all four parts of the CPA exam while attending law school full-time and finished at the top of his class with his Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Taxation.
During law school in Michigan, David worked for the well-respected Lowe Law Firm, assisting in complex estate planning, business planning and tax planning. Prior to joining Grant Morris Dodds, David also worked at Gerrard Cox Larsen, another estate planning, asset protection and probate law firm. In 2012, David chose to leave Grant Morris Dodds to open his own estate planning firm, in part to ensure that his clients continue to receive the highest quality of service at reasonable rates.
As an Attorney and CPA with an LL.M. in Taxation, David specializes in the areas of estate planning, business planning and entity formation, asset protection and probate. David speaks frequently to the public, civic groups and professional associations, including National Business Institute (largest continual education provider for attorneys) where he teaches local attorneys how
to draft estate plans for large estates.
Since the beginning of 2009, David has help hundreds of clients with their estate plans. What makes David unique from most estate planning attorneys is regardless of whether David is working with one of his multi-millionaire clients, or a modest estate, David’s attention to detail is provided to all of his clients, regardless of their net worth.
David’s JD, CPA and LL.M. degrees not only distinguish David from most estate planning attorneys in Nevada, but his ability to apply his knowledge of tax to each client individually enhances the quality of service his clients are provided.
Regional President, Bank of Nevada
Daline Januik is Regional President, Bank of Nevada. She joined the bank in 1996 and assumed her current role in 2007, which focuses on management of the Henderson region.
Ms. Januik is an active community leader and is currently a board member of Las Vegas Heals. Previously she served as a board member for the nonprofit Southern Nevada Gymkhana Association. Ms. Januik received her certification from AIB Commercial Lending Certificate Program, and she graduated from the Western States Banking School Commercial Lending Program in 1995.
Lisa Gulcher, MD
AMAA Membership Vice-Chair
Dr. Lisa Gulcher is the founder and owner of AMA (Advanced Medical Aesthetics) Med Spa in Deer Park, Illinois. Her medical spa is devoted solely to minimally invasive cosmetic procedures and has grown over the past ten years to be one of the largest medical spas in the country. She recently expanded to a second location in Gurnee, Illinois.
Dr. Gulcher has brought to aesthetic medicine a diverse background of experiences, which she attributes to her success. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire in 1988 with a bachelor in science & nursing (BSN), specializing in Hematology and Oncology. She worked at several major academic institutions including NYU Medical Center, Yale Medical Center, Tufts New England Medical Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Northwestern Medical Center and the University of Chicago. Dr. Gulcher then pursed her medical degree at Northwestern University Medical School. During her training, she was honored to be ambassador to Harvard’s prestigious Health, Science & Technology (HST) Program in which she was able to learn from world-renowned educators in the field of medicine, science & technology. After her training, she embarked on a career in genetic diagnostics with DeCODE Genetics, a population-based genetic research company located in Reykjavik, Iceland. After her return to the United States, she founded Concierge Medicine & Medical Spa in Lake Zurich, Illinois in 2006. She was recognized as not only a leader in the development of the practice of concierge medicine, but also the first female concierge medicine provider in Illinois.
Over the past 10 years, Dr. Gulcher has become nationally recognized as a thought leader and innovator in the field of aesthetic medicine. She has played a key role as an advisor, speaker, educator and trainer for Galderma, Allergan and SkinMedica. She continues her passion for teaching others and is excited to be part of the AMAA organization.
Tatiana Alexeev, NP
AMAA Education Vice-Chair
Tatiana Alexeev is a Board Certified nurse practitioner specializing in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures and striving to achieve great naturally looking results for her patients.
Tatiana has been working for more than 5 years at Advanced Medical Aesthetics in Chicago area, which ranks 52nd among the 30,000 Allergan practices in the USA. She is an experienced injector with an artistic eye and a gentle touch. She has been trained with the latest techniques by the leading injectors from the USA, Canada, Switzerland, Italy, and Brazil. She is passionate in natural beauty, quality of work, and teaching.
She is passionate about education and has been crucial in spearheading more in-depth educational possibilities for aesthetic professionals through training companies such as Allergan USA, Inc and American Institute of Aesthetic Medicine. Tatiana has developed a CME course for the American MedAesthetic Association on the subject of Botulinum Toxin.
Tatiana has a very diverse background experience: she has been a business attorney in Russia, a registered nurse in a Chicago-area hospital oncology unit, and continues to be a loving mother and wife. She received her undergraduate degree at Chamberlain College of Nursing and graduate degree at University of Cincinnati.