Garry R. Lee, MD, Executive Director
The American MedAesthetic Association
Cosmetic Injectable Filler and Microcannula Faculty Lecturer (Sponsor: Air-Tite)
Dr. Lee is internationally recognized for his advanced cosmetic techniques with minimal discomfort and downtime. He was the recent WINNER of The Aesthetic Award as The Best Facial Injectable Enhancement Physician in the USA–in the most prestigious national competition for clinical excellence among the country’s top plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and aesthetic physicians. He led the USA to take Second Place in the 2015 WORLD Competition for Best Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation among 31 of the Top Physicians from 5 Continents at the Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Medicine European Congress (AMEC) in Paris, France.
He lectured in the USA for The Aesthetic Show, The American Society of Cosmetic Physicians, The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, and Vegas Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetic Dermatology, The Canadian Association of Aesthetic Medicine, and most recently for The American MedAesthetic Association. Dr. Lee teaches physicians and nurses for Allergan (Botox/Juvederm), Galderma (Dysport/Restylane), Air-Tite (MicroCannula), and Eclipse Aesthetics (MicroPen/PRP/Skinfinity RF) and is the Air-Tite National Director of USA MicroCannula Physician Instruction.
Dr. Lee is the Author of the First Book of Aesthetic Microcannula for Cosmetic Fillers & Local Anesthesia (MILA), Amazon.com’s #1 HOT New Release and Best Seller for Medical Procedure. He is an internationally published author in the peer-reviewed PRiME: International Journal of Aesthetic & Anti-Ageing Medicine and his articles, case photos, and opinions are repeatedly published in MedEsthetics and The Aesthetic Guide Magazines for plastic surgeons and dermatologists throughout the USA. As an early proponent of the aesthetic use of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), Dr. Lee and Plastic Surgeon Gordon Sasaki co-authored an article on the application of PRP in the treatment of androgenetic alopecia in the September 2014 issue of MedEsthetics Magazine.
In July of 2016, Dr. Lee invented “The Lee Aspirator” Safety Attachment as part of the Osprey Design Group, which is US Patent Pending for the aspiration of syringes–with one hand–minimizing the risk of accidental injection into blood vessels which can lead to ulceration, necrosis, and blindness. Dr. Lee also invented the following advanced cosmetic injection techniques: MicroCannula Injected Local Anesthesia (MILA), The Long MicroCannula Double Cross-Hatched Fan (LeeXX), The Wiggle Progression, Accelerated Healing After Platelet-Rich Plasma (AHA-PRP), Accelerated Healing After Platelet-Rich Plasma Matrix (AHA-PRFM), and MicroCannula Bruise Reduction (MBR).
In 2017, Dr. Lee was appointed to the Allergan Medical Facial Aesthetics National Advisory Board. In 2016, he was honored as a Distinguished Doctor, reserved for only the TOP 3% of Physicians in the USA–and was also selected as the TOP 1% of America’s Most Honored Professionals in the USA. As an Allergan Black Diamond and Galderma Presidential Champion (Top 1% in the USA) Aesthetic Clinic, he was repeatedly voted The Patients Choice Award and The Compassionate Physician Award by his patients. He was on the Medicis Aesthetics Advisory Council and was the recipient of two Pinnacle Awards (#1 for Thermage RF), two Medicis Platinum Awards, People Love Us On Yelp, and the American Cancer Society Life Saver Award.
Jeffrey A. Rapaport, MD, PA
Opening Keynote Address (Sponsor: Eclipse Aesthetics)
Dr. Rapaport is Nationally Renown as a Leader and Lecturer on dermatology and cosmetic surgery and has been a featured expert on Good Morning America and The Doctors. He has one of the largest PRP practces in the USA, is the holder of three U.S. patents for dermatologic products, a Fellow of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. He is currently Emeritus Chief of Dermatology at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Certified by the American Board of Dermatology, Dr. Rapaport, is a Phi Beta Kappa recipient from Emory University and a graduate of the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. After internship at Emory, he completed his advanced training residency at Thomas Jefferson University where he served as chief dermatology resident.
The Medical Director and Founder of the Cosmetic Skin and Surgery Center, Dr. Rapaport has been a practicing dermatologist since 1981 and has been elected to Who’s Who in America. Dr. Rapaport’s articles/commentary appears in various Health and Beauty magazines including Castle Conelly as a TOP NY Doctor as well as a top Beauty Doctor by Savvy Magazine.
The Cosmetic Skin & Surgery Center has the honor of being one of only a few training centers nation-wide approved by Allergan, the creators of Botox. Allergan has also given Dr. Rapaport the distinguished title of Physician Preceptor because of his extensive experience and expertise with Botox and Fillers.
Patrick Bitter, Jr., M.D., FAAD
AMAA Advisory Board–Ethics & Standards Chair
Skin Care & Laser Faculty Lecturer
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.
Byron M. Blasco, DMD
AMAA Advisory Board
Facial Anatomy for Cosmetic Injections Faculty Lecturer
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 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.
Robert H. Burke, MD, MS, DDS, FACS, FICS
Faculty Lecturer (2018)
Dr. Burke was the President of the American Association of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeons; Chairman on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeons; President of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacials Surgeons; President of the Washtenaw County Medical Society; and Section of Oral Surgery and Dentistry Chairman at the Department of General Surgery in St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.
A triple board certified surgeon and dentist, he has a worldwide professional reputation as a clinician, educator and journal editor. He is on the clinical faculty of the University of Michigan (Adjunct Clinical Professor) and Michigan State University (Clinical Professor).
- Regular contributor to the medical scientific literature and presenter at national meetings. His research findings “Permanent tattoo removal using a Ruby laser with a unique oval beam for removal of resistant green and blue colors” (Astanza laser) were presented this January at the AACS annual scientific meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
- American Association of Orthodontics Award of Special Merit for his research.
- Dr. Burke completed a 7 year study of the teardrop shaped saline breast implant and presented his final results at the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery annual scientific meeting in Orlando Florida.
- Researcher, FDA pre-approval study of cohesive gel silicone breast implants. A ten year FDA approved study of these implants has just been completed.
- Principal investigator of IRB approved pilot study of use of the cold Erconia laser for TMJ pain control.
Rebecca Gelber, MD
AMAA Advisory Board–Membership Chair
Faculty Lecturer (2018)
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.
Elizabeth Bahar Houshmand M.D., FAAD, FABIM , FASLMS
Microneedling & Platelet-Rich Plasma Faculty Lecturer (Sponsor: Eclipse Aesthetics)
Dr. Elizabeth Houshmand is a double board certified dermatologist specializing in cutaneous laser surgery and the dermatologic care of patients with a special interest in Cosmetic Dermatology, General Dermatology, acne, and skin cancer. She is an internationally recognized expert in Lasers and Cosmetic Dermatology. Dr. Houshmand’s completed her undergraduate degree as a specially selected Presidential Honors scholar from New York University and graduated from medical school with prestigious clinical distinction honors. She completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Georgetown University Hospital and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Dermatology.
Dr. Houshmand completed a two year intensive Dermatopharmacology fellowship under the guidance of leading medical dermatologist at Wright State University. Time was spent focused on conducting clinical trials on investigational treatments in general and cosmetic dermatology. Houshmand received several prestigious scholarships through the WDS and ASDS has trained with pioneers in the field of cosmetic skin treatments and dermatologic surgery. She was selected by the AAD as one of three dermatology resident recipients of the prestigious AAD International Grant.
Dr. Elizabeth Houshmand’s involvement in education, teaching, and research/clinical trials has facilitated a host of publications including case reports, review articles, and placebo-controlled clinical trials. Dr. Houshmand also has written book chapters in prestigious dermatology textbook.
Dr. Houshmand is double board certified. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Houshmand is also a member of several professional organizations – the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the Women’s Dermatologic Society, and The International Dermatology Society.
Jason D. Bloom, MD, FACS
Faculty Lecturer (2018)
Dr. Jason D. Bloom is an award winning, Ivy-League trained, double board certified facial plastic & reconstructive surgeon. Dr. Bloom has worked at some of the most elite and renowned institutions in the country. His extensive experience and reputable training provide the foundation for his excellent technical skills and surgical aesthetic. He is dedicated to the treatment of patients with both cosmetic concerns and reconstructive problems of the head and neck.
After growing up in Michigan, Dr. Bloom completed his undergraduate B.S. degree with high distinction in Biopsychology & Cognitive Sciences at the University of Michigan. He then attended the University of Michigan Medical School, a top ten rated medical school, where he received various awards and honors for his academic and clinical achievements, including the Alfred Barrett Neuroscience Award and the Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in Clinical Skills and the Art of Medicine. Dr. Bloom graduated from medical school Cum Laude and earned admission into the prestigious and elite medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), as one of the very top students in his class.
Dr. Bloom completed his residency training in Otorhinolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania consistently regarded as one of the top 5 programs in the country, with excellent specialized training in facial plastic surgery. During his residency, Dr. Bloom worked with many facial plastic surgeons in the greater Philadelphia area and was named Chief Resident. In addition to completing numerous research projects, book chapters, journal articles, lectures and presentations in the area of facial plastic & reconstructive surgery, Dr. Bloom continued to be formally recognized for his achievements and received the prestigious Dr. Paul Carniol Prize for Excellence in Facial Plastic Surgery Research, an American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery CORE Research Grant and an AAO-HNS/F Resident Leadership Grant.
After finishing his residency, Dr. Bloom sought out additional expertise and was chosen into the highly sought after and extremely competitive facial plastic & reconstructive surgery fellowship program at the New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center. During Dr. Bloom’s fellowship, he acted as an attending surgeon at NYU while also training under some of the most renowned facial plastic & reconstructive surgeons in the country, working at NYU Tisch Hospital, the famed Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, known by many at the center of plastic surgery in New York, and private practices on Manhattan’s prestigious Upper East Side. This subspecialty training provided Dr. Bloom with a chance to learn from his mentors as well as develop his own surgical skills and technique, blending multiple different innovative methods and experiences.
Dr. Bloom is one of the few surgeons in the country who has gone through such rigorous and prestigious training, including board certification from the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery and a fellowship and board certification with the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Bloom has comprehensive experience in face lifting, rhinoplasty, ear surgery, eyelid rejuvenation, brow and forehead aesthetic surgery as well as extensive training in non-surgical treatments including Botox, injectable fillers, and laser therapies.
Dr. Bloom has authored over 25 journal articles and book chapters, and has given numerous presentations at national and international conferences. Dr. Bloom continues to be academically involved with teaching residents, sitting on medical advisory boards for various companies, speaking engagements and performing research studies and clinical trials in the area of facial plastic & reconstructive surgery. These trials have led him to teach physicians, nurses and injectors for a number of the injectables, laser and medical device companies. Additionally, he is an active member of both the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) and American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS).
Charles Runels, MD
The “O-Shot” and “P Shot” Faculty Lecturer
Dr. Runels is internationally renown as the creator of the “O-Shot” (Orgasm) and the “P-Shot” (Priapus) as well as the Vampire Facelift, and has been featured repeatedly on national television and multiple publications.
He did his undergraduate work and received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Birmingham-Southern College. He worked for three years as a product developer & research chemist at Southern Research Institute.
He then completed medical school at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, after which he completed residency and became board-certified in Internal Medicine. During twelve years as an ER physician he founded the largest group of ER physicians in his state while also serving as the medical director of a hyperbaric chamber used for wound care. He then began medical practice and research in areas of endocrinology, wellness, cosmetic medicine, & sexual medicine.
He contributed to multiple peer-reviewed scientific publications in areas of hypertension, hormone replacement, immunology, & dermatology. His professional organizations include the Association of Clinical Research Professionals & the American Cosmetic Cellular Medicine Society. Based on his research, he authored a book for men, Anytime…for as Long as You Want, which ran for three years as the best selling sex manual on Amazon.com.
In cosmetic medicine, he designed a specific way of using growth factors to rejuvenate the face, commonly called the Vampire Facelift®, and founded the American Cosmetic Cellular Medicine Association to help promote further investigation in that area. His recent work includes research on urinary incontinence and sexual function in both men and women–resulting in his development of the O-Shot® and the Priapus Shot®. His innovative approach to sexual health made him a sought-after practitioner and lecturer. Over the past 10 years, he trained numerous physicians worldwide in the areas of cosmetic medicine and sexual health. After a breakthrough article he coauthored concerning the treatment of lichen sclerosus, he founded the non-profit Institute for Lichen Sclerosus & Vuval Health.
Anil Rajani, MD
Combination Therapy Faculty Lecturer (2018)
Dr. Rajani graduated medical school with honors from The University of Western Ontario after completing a Bachelor of Science from Dalhousie University. He is a board certified physician, surgeon and CEO of Style Aesthetics. In addition, Dr. Rajani is an assistant Professor of Medicine with a special interest in non-invasive cosmetic treatments.
Over the past 20 years, Dr. Rajani has been involved in treating skin conditions and for several years he has worked with leading renowned cosmetic centers in the Northwest, as well as clinics throughout Europe and Canada. Dr. Rajani specializes in administering as well as training health care professionals in laser procedures, injectable treatments, skin rejuvenation techniques and topicals. He has helped countless patients avoid or delay surgical procedures and helped optimize his patients skin through combining the latest in cutting edge technologies. He is one of the few doctors providing the longest lasting Liquid Facelift procedure combining Artefill
Dr. Rajani has been recognized as one of Liquid Face Lift’s esteemed doctors, an invitation-only group of market-leading soft tissue augmentation physicians. Dr. Rajani has performed over 60,000 procedures with liquid face lift products including BOTOX® Cosmetics, Dysport® and advanced dermal fillers including ArteFill®, Juvederm®, Perlane®, Restylane®, and Radiesse®. He has been recognized as a Diamond Elite Artefill Provider, Platinum Plus BOTOX® Cosmetic Provider by Allergan, a Platinum Restylane® and Sculptra Provider by Medicis, as well as a Radiesse® Gold level Provider by BioForm, signifying extensive experience with products used in a liquid face lift procedure. Dr Rajani is a trainer for Allergan, the makers of Botox and Juvederm, Suneva Medical, the makers of Artefill and Cosmofrance, the makers of the revolutionary Dermasculpt MicroCannulas
Dr. Rajani has been featured on ABC, CBS and FOX affiliates speaking on the advances in cosmetic medical procedures. He can be heard on local Northwest radio stations, his Youtube Channel, various patient education forums and teaching at medical conferences.
Phil Hong Nguyen, MD
AMAA Advisory Board–Education Chair
Aesthetic Practice Success Faculty Lecturer
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.
Robert Seik, CEO, Founder, President of PMD University
Hormone Replacement Therapy & Concierge Medicine Faculty
Robert Seik, PharmD, FAARFM, is a national lecturer for The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M). He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a compounding pharmacist and principal owner of Partell Specialty Pharmacy, a Las Vegas-based compounding pharmacy. Robert is a fellowship-trained member of The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) and has a successful consultative practice in hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, and metabolic optimization. Robert also frequently lectures to medical practitioners on evidence-based approaches to natural hormone replacement as well as nutritional intervention for the treatment of chronic disease.
Robert began a drug industry career in pharmaceutical sales detailing products for the treatment of type II diabetes. During most of his ten-year industry career, Robert worked in the biotech industry where his research focused on immunology and infectious disease. He managed over thirty clinical trial sites for antiviral biologics in the western U.S. working for companies such as InterMune and Valeant Pharmaceuticals as a Senior Medical Science Liaison. An entrepreneur’s spirit and the desire to help people heal with diet, functional nutrition and exercise propelled the launch of his unique pharmacy business and fueled a passion for educating medical practitioners on non-drug treatments for chronic disease, disease prevention, and optimal health and wellness. Robert’s research background also helped him study hormone replacement therapy, drug-induced nutrient depletion, and nutrient depletions in athletes. Robert has lectured to medical practitioners on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, hormone replacement therapy using subcutaneous pellet implants, managing insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome, and identifying and treating over-reaching and over-training syndromes in athletes. Robert is currently adjunct faculty for The Metabolic Medical Institute, which manages the curriculum for George Washington University’s integrative medicine program as well as the fellowship program for The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
Concierge Medicine Faculty
Serving as President of the Nevada Business Journal from 1996 to 2000. During his 4 years running NBJ, it went from 2 employees, 16 pages, 20,000 readers and $100K revenues to 10 employees, 100 pages, 70,000 readers and over $1M in revenues.
Inspired by his experience taking Nevada Business Journal public, in 2000, founded a management consulting firm focused on helping growth-stage companies access the public capital markets through an innovative process he developed called “The Stairstep IPO”. As the business grew, he saw the need to provide educational materials to help entrepreneurs successfully grow their companies and learn how to make best use of the various capital options available. This initiative became Pubco White Papers, Inc., a library of over 150 educational white papers that served growth-stage business owners and financial executives. During its lifetime, 25,000+ Pubco visitors purchased and downloaded over 100,000 white papers. He received the following licenses from NASD and the SEC:
- SEC Registered Investment Advisor
- State Registered Investment Advisor.
- Broker Dealer for Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Placements, and Reverse mergers under licenses 7, 24, 63 and 65 (inactive as they are not needed for the healthcare market)
In 2004 the three companies were merged under the umbrella of Public Company Management Corp which became a public company and had a market valuation of $40 million. During its operation, PCMC served 55 companies, and helped 40 enter the public markets. It was also involved in asking the SEC to reconsider the compliance burden on smaller public companies. More recently, Mr. Brock was working while under the Concierge Program since 2004 and helped Physician practices manage their conversions to a Concierge and Personal Medical program for members from 2010 to 2014.
Linda A. Bell
Webmaster Faculty Lecturer
Webmaster, Linda A. Bell has more than 25 years of marketing, project management, and design experience in the areas of print, web, and multimedia communications. Her area of expertise is analyzing her clients’ market visibility and showing them how to deliver their messages more effectively.
Topics covered will include understanding the necessity of having a well branded website, how to build targeted email communication segments, how to automate the process of upselling and follow up in to book more sales, how to achieve a higher conversion rate from split-testing, and how to ingrate your scheduling, billing, events, and appointments so you can leverage your growth. Most importantly, you will learn how easy it is to use these tools to convert more visitors into customers, and customers into repeat buyers.
Renier Van Aardt, MD
SUCCESS in Aesthetic Medicine Faculty Lecturer (2018)
Dr. Renier van Aardt is the current President of the Canadian Association of Aesthetic Medicine (CAAM) and is among the Top 25 Injectors of more than 1,000 Allergan Accounts in Canada.
Opening a Medi-Spa was a natural extension of Dr. van Aardt’s passion for medicine, beauty and helping people. He began practicing family medicine in Canada in 1993, and now spends much of his time in the practice of cosmetic medicine. Dr. van Aardt has a broad base of clinical experience and expertise to draw on. He’s been offering dermatological laser treatments to patients since 2000. Dr. van Aardt graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa in 1991, with degrees in Medicine and Surgery and is board certified in Family Medicine. (TBC) He is licensed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and South Africa. Prior to basing his practice in Truro, Dr. van Aardt held privileges at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital and was Chief of Staff at Twillingate Hospital in Newfoundland. He also has 10 years of emergency room experience.
Dr. van Aardt believes in learning and teaching. He regularly attends conferences and educational workshops, and credits his own teachers and mentors with much of his success. He is a sought-after speaker on Aesthetic Medicine, as well as having authored two chapters in the popular medical text Procedures in Primary Care, Elsevier.
- Allergan Canada Inc (Botox) – Preceptor and Consultant, Educator for physicians
- Coherent AMT (Laser company) – Preceptor, Educator for physicians
- Laser Plus Clinical Esthetics and Cosmetic Medicine training – Director and Educator
- Leenyx – Hylacorp ® – Preceptor, Educator for physicians (South Africa)
Other Professional Associations
- American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery – Fellow
- The College of Family Physicians of Canada – Certified Member
- Sybaritic USA – Member of the Medical Faculty
- European Institute of Scientific Anti-Aging Medicine – Anti-Aging Medicine Specialization
- Advisory Board Member – Maschera Skin care Inc.
Ernest William Rau, II
Information Technology Faculty Lecturer
Ernest Rau is the President of Tech Solutions Group, Inc., a Nevada Corporation formed in 2003 and wholly owned by Mr. Rau. His clientele has grown to the point where he is highly selective of who he will work with–including Major Corporations and Billionaires.
Ernest was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, the son of US Air Force parents, and was reared in Dayton, Ohio through elementary school. He attained a scholarship to the Phillips Exeter Academy from which he graduated with High Honors with one of only four Classical Diplomas awarded. He also won three Lamant-Gavit cash prize awards for excellence in Latin and Greek and the New England Independent Schools Association championship in wrestling while he was at Exeter.
Ernest then attended college at Harvard University concentrating in Economics and Mathematics and graduated with High Honors and a Cum Laude degree in General studies. In 1978 he was assigned the position of Law School proctor at the Ames Hall dormitory for International students during the summer school session. Afterwards he traveled to Tehran, Iran for a business venture that terminated when martial law was declared during an uprising against the Shaw.
Ernest became involved in information technology during his undergraduate years at Harvard and earned money for writing software programs for professors at the Harvard Business School. He studied Event Driven Language and PXS programming for the IBM Series 1 in San Francisco under Alan Hochschild before starting United States Executive Software in the early 1980s. After selling his company he established Tech Solutions Group and is currently working as an IT consultant primarily, but occasionally as a programmer and network administrator for a select few business entities in the Las Vegas area and southwestern United States.
Having seen, and participated in, the evolution of information technology from 300-BAUD modems to the current fiber optic and satellite integrated networks, Mr. Rau will discuss the pluses and minuses of different IT systems in a constantly evolving business environment.
Search Engine Optimization Faculty Lecturer
Robert Doyle is ranked in the Top 30 SEO Companies in the United States. He has 15 years experience as an internet marketer and SEO professional. An expert in all areas of “on-page” and “off-page” organic search engine optimization strategies as they pertain to the ranking algorithym. Certified as an SEO professional (SEOCertification.org) and a member of SEMPO (search engine marketing professional organization). For the last 6 years, Bobs SEO dominates the Las Vegas, NV market in Google search results for all SEO related search terms.
Topics that will be covered; “On-Page” SEO including: search friendly URL’s, title and description tags, heading tags. “Off-Page” SEO including one-way link building and citations. Site structure and architecture.
Lisa Marie Wark, MBA
AMAA Advisory Board
Social Media Faculty Lecturer
Founder Principle: 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.
Jane M. Benedict, ARM, WCCP
Aesthetic Medicine Malpractice Insurance Faculty Lecturer
Jane M. Benedict, Medical Division Manager of JRS Risk Services and the CEO of her own company, has 32 years of insurance and risk management experience. She worked for Marsh, a global insurance broker when she attained the two top professional designations in risk management and insurance and has specialized in medical malpractice for physicians for the last 13 years. Her particular focus is in the subspecialty of medical aesthetics and medical weight loss leading to exceptionally strong relationships with insurance carriers in these areas.
Her business philosophy is to provide customized, personal client service, above and beyond expectations.
Victor Beyer, L.T.R.S., L.S.O.
Laser Tattoo Removal Faculty Lecturer
Victor Beyer was featured in the motion picture d’inked as THE renowned expert in laser tattoo removal and is constantly traveling world-wide as a leading instructor in his field. He teaches laser tattoo removal for Quanta Lasers in the USA, lectured for The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and is the owner of Rethink The Ink Laser Tattoo Removal. He is remarkable as one of the few non-physician technical experts in the entire cosmetic laser industry. As the founder of A Laser Academy laser tattoo removal school, he has teaching centers in Nevada, Colorado, and Rhode Island. He is a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the Winner of Best Tattoo Removal Clinic in Denver (Channel 7 ABC News Denver), and was featured on tattoo removal for ESPN Radio.
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.
Richard M. Goldfarb, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Faculty Lecturer (2018)
Richard M. Goldfarb, M.D., F.A.C.S., established the Center for SmartLipo & Plastic Surgery in 2007. He has assembled a team of Board Certified Surgeons, including a Liposuction and General Surgeon, a Facial Plastic Surgeon, a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, and Aesthetic Laser Specialists. As a medical practice, they are unequaled in their ability to provide you with comprehensive consultative and treatment options to achieve your aesthetic goals.
Dr. Goldfarb graduated from University of Health Sciences / Finch University, The Chicago Medical School with top honors in Surgery. He completed his surgical training at Northeastern Ohio College of Medicine. He did additional training in cosmetic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Plastic Surgery and Yale University. Dr. Goldfarb’s combined 30 years of experience in General, Vascular, and Cosmetic Surgery provides his patients with the surgical expertise they are seeking.
Dr. Goldfarb is a highly sought after Surgeon who lectures and trains physicians both nationally and internationally on numerous cosmetic, surgical and aesthetic laser topics.
Dr. Goldfarb is a faculty member and is on the Board of Directors of The National Society of Cosmetic Physicians, where he recently had the honor of chairing their annual meeting, which hosted hundreds of physicians from around the world. He also is a faculty member and lecturer for THE Aesthetic Show, a training organization for physicians in the field of Cosmetic Surgery, Laser and Aesthetic Medicine. Other memberships include The American Society of Lasers in Medicine, American Academy of Liposuction Surgery, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and a member of the Medical Advisory Board of American Cryostem. Dr. Goldfarb is a longtime, proud Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
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.