2018 Faculty


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david goldberg

David J. Goldberg, MD, JD

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david goldberg Dr. Goldberg earned his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his dermatology residency and dermatologic surgical fellowship at New YorkUniversityMedicalCenter. He has served as President as well as Chairman of both the Ethics and International Committees of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS). Dr. Goldberg was the first ever recipient of the ASLMS Leon Goldman award named after the founder of laser medicine. He is past Chair of the Ethics Committee of both the AmericanAcademy of Dermatology and the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery. He has also been a member of the board of directors of both ASDS and ISDS. He was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Dermatology and as Secretary to the Board of Directors of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.


Dr. Goldberg is a Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Director of Laser Research of NY’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is also Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Chief of Dermatologic Surgery at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School He has published over 125 peer-reviewed manuscripts and is author of books on Laser Hair Removal; Ablative and Non-ablative Skin Rejuvenation; Photodamaged Skin, Complications in Cutaneous Laser Surgery, and most recently Dermal Fillers in Dermatology . Dr. Goldberg has performed pivotal research studies in the areas of laser hair removal, non-ablative skin treatments, dermal fillers and new botulinum toxins. He is on the editorial boards of the Lasers in Surgery and Medicine and Dermatologic Surgery. He is current Senior Chief-Editor of the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy. Finally, Dr. Goldberg is an attorney having graduated from NY’s Fordham University School of Law where he currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law and teaches a course entitled “Advances in Health Care Law.”

Krystie Lennox

Krystie P. Lennox, PA-C

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Krystie LennoxKrystie P. Lennox PA-C has a passion for education, evident in both her accomplishments and initiatives in the field of aesthetic medicine. She is a practicing physician assistant, trainer and consultant with more than a decade of expertise spanning aesthetics, skin care, laser and related products and services.

Ms. Lennox is the founder and co-director of the Aesthetic Extender Symposium, a conference designed to educate aesthetic physician extenders in cosmetic dermatology procedures, as well as the latest laser technologies. Ms. Lennox is also an aesthetic practice consultant through Lennox & Associates, LLC, as well as a laser instructor and consultant for Sciton and trainer on Allergan and Galderma products. She is a frequent lecturer, having spoken at conferences by the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), Galderma, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the International Master Course on Aging Skin (IMCAS), The South Beach Symposium and the Cosmetic Dermatology Seminar.

Ms. Lennox has authored numerous articles, published in leading medical journals, including Drugs in Dermatology, Cosmetic Dermatology, Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Journal of Dermatology for Physician Assistants, Plastic Surgery Pulse and Skin & Aging. In conjunction with plastic surgeon, Dr. Jason N. Pozner, and dermatologist, Dr. David J. Goldberg, she wrote a chapter on "Intense Pulsed Light" for Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. She also served as a Cosmetic Dermatology Department writer for Advance for Physician Assistants news magazine for years. Throughout her career, she has also contributed to clinical research by assisting respected physicians to study the safety and efficacy of a wide array of treatments.

Recognizing the tremendous opportunities for providing information through digital media, in 2011, Ms. Lennox developed the "Wrinkle Relaxers" smartphone application. The innovative app educates clinicians and enables consumers to make informed decisions about Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin®, the three botulinum toxins currently available.

Among her many honors, she was recognized with the ASLMS Nursing/Allied Health Excellence Award by the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery in 2010 for outstanding contributions and the advancement of joint practice in laser medicine and surgery.

Ms. Lennox currently works with a team of clinicians at Sanctuary Medical Center in Boca Raton, Florida. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Medical Sciences from Barry University and is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants.

Shino Bay Aguilera

Shino Bay Aguilera, DO

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Shino Bay Aguilera

Dr. Shino Bay Aguilera is a world multi award winning, renowned Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dermatologic Surgeon, Cosmetic Laser Expert and is Dual Board certified with a Fellowship in Dermatology from the American College of Osteopathic Dermatology.

He has over 17 years of ongoing advanced training in lasers and Aesthetics and is a clinical researcher, publisher, former Chief Medical Director of the Dermatology Residency program at NOVA University, and Assistant Professor of Dermatology for four other Universities.

A top-requested International physician trainer and keynote speaker for Cynosure, Dr. Aguilera travels the world teaching physicians the proper use of the newest laser advances and cosmetic techniques. He has won "One of the World's Top Aesthetic Dermatologists Award" by Leading Physicians of the World, Best Non-Surgical facial Enhancement from THE AESTHETIC Academy 2 years in a row and Hottest Aesthetic Doctor in the USA and is consistently the number one in volume top injector of Sculptra aesthetic in the entire United States.

He is on the Advisory board for MERZ, Allergan, Galderma and many leading aesthetic product manufacturers, participates in FDA clinical trial studies for a leading global, laser manufacturer and is called upon to determine the best treatment protocols to maximize the safety and efficacy of emerging energy and cosmetic technologies. Dr. Aguilera is also a speaker and trainer for Obagi and Solta.

He is considered a main thought leader by many of the world’s largest aesthetic companies.

Leslie Baumann, M.D.

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Leslie Baumann, M.D. founded the University of Miami Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute in 1997- the first academic institute in the US dedicated to cosmetic dermatology. She served as Professor of Dermatology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine until 2006 when the Institute became independent from the University and the name changed to the Baumann Cosmetic and Research Institute.
Dr. Baumann is the author of 3 bestselling books: Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practice (McGraw-Hill 2009), Cosmeceuticals and Cosmetic Ingredients (McGraw Hill 2014), and The Skin Type Solution (Bantam 2005).
Dr. Baumann has been involved in the Phase 3 FDA clinical research trials of the most notable products procedures in cosmetic medicine including Botox®, Dysport,® Emervel®, Juvederm®, Kybella® Restylane Silk®, Sculptra®, and Voluma®.
She earned her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and completed her residency in Dermatology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She is a board certified dermatologist, member of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and a Fellow of the prestigious American Dermatological Association (ADA).

Patrick Bitter, Jr., MD

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Patrick Bitter, Jr., M.D. 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. Dr. Bitter is regarded as the pioneer in the use of pulsed light technology for skin rejuvenation. He is the developer of the acclaimed FotoFacial procedure using pulsed light to rejuvenate aged skin. 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. Dr. Bitter has been featured as a celebrity dermatologist on ABC’s Extreme Makeover. 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 is dermatologist for the San Jose Sharks National Hockey League Team. He is a former USA Triathlon National Champion and two-time Hawaiin Ironman Triathlon finisher.

Michael Gold, MD

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Dr. Michael H. Gold is the founder and medical director of Gold Skin Care Center, Advanced Aesthetics Medical Spa, The Laser & Rejuvenation Center, and Tennessee Clinical Research Center in Nashville, TN. He is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon and oversees the various facets of the center's operations — a combination of medical and surgical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, aesthetic services and research endeavors which began in 1990. Dr. Gold has earned worldwide recognition for providing patients with leading-edge technological advances in dermatology and aesthetic skin care. He plays an integral role in the development of new pharmaceutical products and medical devices through his clinical research, and presents the results regularly at national and international dermatology and cosmetic meetings. Dr. Gold has authored over 300 published scientific articles, 28 textbook chapters, and has edited 2 textbooks on Photodynamic Therapy. In addition, Dr. Gold helped establish the Tennessee Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (TSLMS), a group of health care providers interested in the distribution of information and proper training for those in the cosmetic arena. The TSLMS puts on an annual meeting known as SCALE, or Symposium for Cosmetic Advances & Laser Education, now in its 12th year. Dr. Gold also help start two international groups: the Dermatologic Aesthetic Surgery International League (DASIL) which aims to create a global community for the open exchange of knowledge and innovation by physicians specializing in Dermatologic and Aesthetic Surgery and has become one of the most prominent and important international dermatology groups which showcases meetings all over the world; and 5-Continent-Congress (5CC), one of the world’s leading conferences on Dermatologic and Aesthetic Surgery.

Mary Beth Hagen

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Mary Beth Hagen has worked in the aesthetic field for more than 13 years, first with Medicis (Galderma) and then Allergan. Holding roles in Sales, Sales Management, Product Management (BOTOX® Cosmetic) and National Accounts, she has a wealth of experience and perspective to help guide physicians and aesthetic injectors in business development, staff training and outcome assessment. This year, she founded TITAN Aesthetic Recruiting and specializes in screening, training and placing new and experienced aesthetic injectors into reputable cosmetic practices.

Patti Owens, RN, BSN, MHA, CMLSO, CNOR

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Patti Owens provides consultation services in the areas of aesthetic and medical safety programs along with in-office management services. She has been the Nursing/Allied Health Chairperson of ASLMS and in 1999 and 2014 received the Nurse Excellence Award. She served a three year term as the ASLMS Nursing-Allied Health Representative and Laser Safety Representative to the Board. Patti was the co-chairman of the 2017 Nursing Allied Health workshop at ASLMS and serves as an ASLMS Online Education Material reviewer. Patti is a national consultant for a variety of laser companies and professional organizations including appointment as the principal medical and aesthetic instructor for Rockwell Laser Industries. Patti is an active member on the ANSI Z136.3 committee where she has been appointed as the acting secretary. She also serves as a member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC 76 WG4 and WG12. She serves as the Communication Chairperson for the International Council on Surgical Plume (ICSP). Presently accredited as a Certified Educational Provider of Contact Hours per the State of California.

Patti Owens is presently working with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon as a surgical, aesthetic and PACU nurse in Rancho Mirage, CA. Patti’s previous employer for 11 years was with a Dermatologist in Olympia, WA. Patti managed the laser/aesthetic and marketing program along with performing a variety of cosmetic and aesthetic laser, light and RF procedures. She was also acting as the facility’s Laser Safety Officer. She has been a clinical investigator in the planning and initiation of various FDA studies.

Patti’s past employment includes 13 years as the Laser Manager at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA. Her responsibilities included program development and supervision of 13 laser systems, implementation of the laser perioperative role, development of an aesthetic laser in-house and mobile program, and enforcement of safety policies as the facility’s acting LSO.

Patti received her BSN from the University of Colorado in 1976 and graduated with her Master’s degree in Health Administration from Chapman University in 1996. Her co-authored book with Pamela Hill, Milady’s Aesthetician Series, Laser and Light Therapy, was published in 2009 by Cengage Learning.

Tanya Patron, PA-C

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Tanya Patron, PA-C is the lead Physician Assistant with Miami Plastic Surgery and MPS Med Spa with 3 locations located throughout Miami, Florida. While studying at Barry University’s PA Program, Tanya launched the school’s first Plastic Surgery rotation, where she met, and studied under Drs. Carlos Wolf and Michael Kelly.
Tanya is a member of ASLMS (American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery) and APSPA (Association of Plastic Surgery Physician Assistants) as well as AAPA and FAPA.
Tanya helped launch the first Facebook LIVE for the practice and plays a major role in working with local bloggers and influencers to help educate the public on aesthetics procedures. She also continues to film for educational videos for her patients and colleagues for both YouTube and other social media outlets.
She enjoys educating and sharing her knowledge and techniques with others as well as learning new and innovative ways to help bring recognition to all aesthetic extenders. She has attended the Aesthetic Extender Symposium since she was a student, and continues to stay on top of the newest aesthetic techniques and learning from her experiences and mentors.

Marina Peredo, MD

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Dr. Peredo is an associate clinical professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Dr. Peredo received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine internship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and her dermatology residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Peredo's expertise in advanced laser technology, laser assisted liposuction and skin rejuvenation techniques make her a national trainer for aesthetic procedures. She has appeared as a guest on national news shows, including The View, Telemundo and was featured on the British Broadcasting Company. Her editorial credits include such publications as New Beauty Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Good Housekeeping and Prevention Magazines. She has published in peer reviewed journals and lectures regularly at Medical Symposia, nationally and internationally.

Jason N. Pozner, MD, FACS

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Co-owner
Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center
Boca Raton, FL
Adjunct Clinical Faculty
Cleveland Clinic Florida, Department of Plastic Surgery
Weston, FL
Affiliate Assistant Professor
Florida Atlantic University, College of Medicine
Boca Raton, FL

Jason Pozner M.D., FACS can truly claim aesthetic surgery and skin care as his life’s work. The son of the owner of a successful health spa and diet center in New York, Pozner is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and American Board of Surgery, Dr. Pozner is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the most prestigious organization of its kind, and is a respected authority on surgical laser procedures.

Dr. Pozner graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine with a Distinction in Research, where he trained for five years in an intensive general surgery residency. After becoming Chief Resident in 1992, he completed his Plastic Surgery residency at New York’s Downstate Medical Center as well as two fellowships in Microsurgery and Aesthetic Surgery at Maryland’s esteemed John Hopkins Hospital.

The founder of the Aesthetic Science Institute in Boca Raton, Florida, Dr. Pozner and his partners offer a full range of cosmetic surgery procedures, laser treatments, varicose vein therapies, weight loss assistance, and clinical age management. The nearly 5000-square foot facility serves an international clientele that appreciates being treated like family. Dr. Pozner is widely experienced in the latest and most effective cosmetic procedures, and is credited for inventing the fast-healing ArticPeel skin procedure. Dr. Pozner is licensed in Florida, New York, and New Jersey. He has been invited to speak around the world to share his knowledge with other physicians and surgeons on behalf of Sciton Laser Co.

Charles Runels, MD

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Before medical school, Dr. Runels worked as a research chemist. After medical school, he contributed to peer-reviewed scientific publications in the areas of hypertension, endocrinology, immunology, sexual medicine, & dermatology. His professional organizations include the Association of Clinical Research Professionals & the Cellular Medicine Society (which he founded). In cosmetic medicine, he designed a specific way of using growth factors to rejuvenate the face (Vampire Facelift®). His recent research involves urinary incontinence and sexual function in both men and women--resulting in his development of the O-Shot® and the Priapus Shot®. He’s trained hundreds of physicians in over 20 countries.

Ilanit Samuels, PA-C, MCM

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Ilanit Samuels, PA-C, is a physician assistant who was born and raised in Miami Beach. She is a licensed physician assistant by the Florida Department of Health and certified by the National Commission of Physician Assistants. Ilanit obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Biology with honors, Magna Cum Laude, from Yeshiva University in 2003. She then went on to graduate with a Masters of Clinical Medical Science from Barry University. Ilanit has been a physician assistant to Dr. Leslie Baumann at the Baumann Cosmetic and Research Institute since 2009. She is an expert in toxin and filler injections, lasers and skin tightening procedures. Ilanit has also served as a trainer and lecturer for companies such as Suneva Medical, Merz, and Allergan.

Cheryl Staurowsky, LE

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Cheryl began her career in aesthetic skin care 25 years ago. As the skin care industry grew over the years, she began to see the importance of the clinical side of skin care and watched it evolve into what has now become a big part of aesthetic medicine. She spends her days at Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center in Boca Raton Florida, specializing in treatments for skin conditions such as sun damage, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, melasma and post laser care. Cheryl also shares her time as an Advanced National Educator for PCA Skin, certifying various plastic surgery and dermatology practices across the country in chemical peeling, advanced treatment protocols, post procedure care and marketing of retail products.