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AAFE Clinical Faculty

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Dr. Louis Malcmacher, President, Magd :

Dr. Louis Malcmacher, President, MAGD

Dr. Louis Malcmacher maintains a cosmetic and general practice in Bay Village, Ohio. He is an internationally recognized lecturer and author, known for his entertaining and comprehensive teaching style. He has vast experience in total facial esthetics and has taught tens of thousands of healthcare professionals in the areas of smile design esthetics and facial injectable therapy. He has also lectured at many major medical and dental meetings throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. Dr. Malcmacher has also been extensively featured in the general media. His interviews have been seen on CNN, Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, 20/20, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Jane, Shape, Washington Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Detroit Free Press, GQ, Edge, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, and Men’s Health. Dr. Malcmacher is a master of the Academy of General Dentistry, a fellow of the International Association of Dental Facial Esthetics, a fellow of the World Clinical Laser Institute, and a visiting lecturer at a number of universities.

Dr. Malcmacher reports no conflicts of interest.

Jill Charles, Np :

Jill Charles, NP

Jill Charles is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and full-time faculty member at The American Academy of Facial Esthetics.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio in 2010. Following the completion of her undergraduate program, she worked as a Registered Nurse at Cleveland Clinic in Colorectal Surgery.

In 2015, she completed her graduate program at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio where she received a Master of Science in Nursing degree. Jill worked as a Nurse Practitioner in Rheumatology at the Cleveland Clinic for almost 4 years before making the transition to Aesthetics.

Jill has found a true passion in aesthetics as her practice allows for the perfect blend of science, creativity and direct patient care. She also enjoys sharing her excitement and expertise with other health care professionals in her faculty role.

Crystal Wilson, Msn, Cnp :

Crystal Wilson, MSN, CNP

Crystal is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner and is a full-time faculty member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics in Cleveland, OH. She received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from Youngstown State University in 2015 and worked at the Cleveland Clinic in Colorectal Surgery for 5 years. She received her Master’s in Nursing in early 2020. She always knew throughout graduate school that her end goal was to end up in aesthetics. She landed into the arms of the AAFE and completely fell in love. Now she gets to work full time teaching and injecting patients where she can combine her love for education, science and creativity.

Sydney Gatta, Rn :

Sydney Gatta, RN

Sydney is a registered nurse working as a clinical team member at the American Academy of Facial Esthetics’ Training Center in South Euclid, Ohio.


Sydney is a proud Cleveland native, born and raised in the heart of the city.  For college, Sydney moved to Cincinnati where she received her Bachelors in Nursing from University of Cincinnati’s College of Nursing.  Following graduation, she worked in emergency medicine providing care for veterans.  She then returned home to work in labor and delivery at The Cleveland Clinic, where she spent the next four years.  Sydney is passionate about women’s health and found this field to be very fulfilling.


Sydney’s path lead her to the AAFE, where she works full-time teaching courses nationwide and injecting patients.  The dynamic and ever changing culture of the aesthetic industry is a perfect fit for her creative, engaging, and energetic personality.  Sydney has officially found her forever home here in Aesthetic Medicine.

Brigid Mckee, Bsn :

Brigid McKee, BSN

Brigid is a board certified Registered Nurse and full-time clinical faculty member at The American Academy of Facial Esthetics.

She is originally from Columbus, OH and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2019. Following graduation, she worked as a Registered Nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She cared for all ages, ranging from newborns to adults, in critical condition while also being a preceptor to many newer nurses. 

Brigid's true passion has always been in aesthetics and now she is able to blend her love for education and aesthetics.

Elizabeth Stewart, Rn :

Elizabeth Stewart, RN

Elizabeth is a Registered Nurse and is a full-time faculty member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics in Cleveland, OH.

She received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from Ohio University and worked at the Cleveland Clinic on an ICU/Stepdown unit. Here she gained experience working with patients in many phases of medicine. She was able to build therapeutic relationships with patients and their families in their most vulnerable state. After the pandemic, she made the choice to move into medical esthetics where she is able to express her creative side. Elizabeth’s path led her to the AAFE, having found her passion in aesthetics and now is able to share this passion with everyone she teaches.

Arianna Bankovich, Rn :

Arianna Bankovich, RN

Arianna, a Cleveland native, is a board-certified Registered Nurse who worked at the Cleveland Clinic's Main Campus in their Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit where she gained valuable experience working with various disease processes and patients.  Arianna found her passion in esthetic nursing and has found her forever home with AAFE where she is eager to share her love for aesthetics with every AAFE attendee!  She is a now full time a clinical team member at the American Academy of Facial Esthetics AAFE Training Center in Cleveland.

Dr. David Kimmel, Dabam :

Dr. David Kimmel, DABAM

Dr. David Kimmel is a general dentist in Bayonet Point, Fl. After demonstrating an expertise in advanced treatment techniques utilizing Botox and various dermal fillers, he was granted diplomat status with The American Board of Aesthetic Medicine. As an instructor for the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry, he routinely lectures on laser physics and teaches laser and esthetic procedures. He has a unique practice integrating laser dentistry and facial aesthetic enhancements. His passion is sharing the art and science of facial aesthetics by teaching the relationship of combining anatomy, materials, techniques and patient’s desires.

Dr. Kimmel reports no conflicts of interest.

Dr. Brianna Leigh Schraw :

Dr. BriAnna Leigh Schraw

Dr. BriAnna Schraw graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Dental Medicine in 2002.  She practices general and cosmetic dentistry in Ft. Mill, SC, and enjoys tailoring her practice around the motto, “anxiety patients welcome, we cater to chickens” that she became known for, almost a decade ago.  To that end, botox and dermal fillers have been  fun and rewarding additions to her practice, which also focuses on CAD/CAM “one-visit dentistry”, sedation, and TMJ therapeutics.  A member of the ADA, SCDA, DOCS and AAFE, Dr. Schraw is committed to learning and providing the latest in technology.

Dr. Schraw reports no conflicts of interest.

Dr. Jen Pérez :

Dr. Jen Pérez

Dr. Jen Pérez is a graduate of The Ohio State University School of Dentistry. A Venezuelan native, Dr. Pérez comes from a family of loving and caring doctors and dentists who taught her the importance of health care at a very young age.  


Dr. Jen Pérez has made it her mission to constantly search for new ways to better serve her patients with individualized treatment plans to achieve their goals. She offers treatment plans for all aspects of general and cosmetic dentistry, facial esthetics, smile design, implant restorations, ad TMJ/myofascial pain therapy. Dr. Jen Pérez uses cosmetic dentistry in combination with neurotoxins, dermal fillers and PDO threads to enhance the patient's total facial esthetics.

Dr. Peter T. Harnois :

Dr. Peter T. Harnois

Dr. Peter Harnois runs two very successful esthetic practices at One Magnificent Mile in Chicago, and in suburban Hinsdale, IL. He is a nationally recognized leader in minimally invasive total facial esthetic techniques. He was an assistant professor of Oral Diagnosis at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and is an active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Harnois has instructed thousands of healthcare professionals through both lecture and hands-on courses and is an outstanding instructor.

Dr. Harnois reports no conflicts of interest.

Charley Cheney, Dmd :

Charley Cheney, DMD

Charley Cheney, DMD, is a highly skilled and dedicated dentist providing dental esthetics and facial esthetics treatment.  Dr. Cheney graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston.  After graduating, he spent 11 years serving in the United States Army, where he saw active duty as a general dentist at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was also deployed to Baghdad, Iraq.

Dr. Cheney went into private practice after completing his military commitment. In his practice, Dr. Cheney treats every one of his patients with compassion, actively listens to their needs, and strives to develop trust in order to provide high-quality esthetic and therapeutic treatment.  He loves teaching and helping fellow healthcare professionals deliver the best in esthetic and therapeutic treatment for their patients.


Laura Hala Rn, Bsn :

Laura Hala RN, BSN

Laura Hala is dually licensed as a Registered Nurse and Cosmetologist. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan and has extensive education as an Esthetician. Laura has been the recipient of multiple service excellence awards as well as had the honor of being mentioned in the book “14 days, a memoir” for her exemplary care and compassion in the field of nursing. With a combined twenty years of experience in the medical and esthetic fields, in 2018 Laura became a co-founder of ATD Medspa where she currently works as an outstanding esthetic injector. Her real world experience combined with her infectious enthusiasm enhances her talents as an AAFE faculty member.

Dr. Tanya Shores :

Dr. Tanya Shores

Dr. Tanya Shores DMD, practices family and cosmetic dentistry in Augusta, GA. She has been a healthcare professional for over 20 years, first as a dental hygienist and then as  a general dentist. She is a pioneer in cosmetic dentistry and facial esthetics, opening the first dental spa in Augusta, GA. Her love for continuing education has honed her skills using injectable therapy for smile enhancement and total facial esthetics, as well as applying these agents for TMJ/orofacial pain trigger point treatment.   She enjoys sharing her passion by helping to teach the art and science of facial esthetic enhancements.

Dr. David Arpin :

Dr. David Arpin

Mari Rodriguez, Rn :

Mari Rodriguez, RN

Mari Rodriguez is a Registered Nurse in Arizona with over 15 years of experience. Her nursing background is diverse which includes Burn Center, Emergency Room, Medical- Surgical, and Oncology.  Mari graduated with honors from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona obtaining her Master’s Degree in Nursing Leadership. She is currently pursuing her Post-Certification Nurse Practitioner degree.  Mari’s desire to help others and bring innovative approaches to wellness is what drove her career in esthetics. She loves to train healthcare providers with AAFE and keeps up with the latest trends to bring safe, effective treatments to her patients in Queen Creek, AZ and to all the AAFE members that she has the pleasure to train.


Dr. Pauline Le :

Dr. Pauline Le

Dr. Le was born in Hawaii but grew up in Jacksonville, FL. She is a graduate of University of North Florida & earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University.

When Dr. Le began college, she explored multiple health fields, shadowed several dentists, & happily realized her passion is the interaction with her patients.

Through this passion, Dr. Le thrives by helping patients achieve their goals -big or small -in and out of the office. Her priority is providing the most advanced dental care in a comfortable and pleasant atmosphere. She emphasizes on practicing preventive and conservative dentistry by educating, encouraging, and empowering her patients to make lifestyle changes.

Her commitment to being a lifelong learner led her to choose the AAFE as she embarks on her injectable journey and she hasn’t looked back since! Dr. Le proudly shares AAFE’s focus on anatomy and safe techniques. She has found the sweet spot in her dental office for injectables and it allows her patients to look at dentistry in a different light.

On her time off, Dr. Le loves to travel & try all kinds of food. She has a 11-year old pomchi who has been alongside her throughout her career. When she’s not riding her bike at Jacksonville beach, she’s snowboarding in the Colorado mountains.

Dr. Victoria Nassif :

Dr. Victoria Nassif

Victoria Nassif, DDS, has been practicing general dentistry for over 20 years in Cleveland, Ohio.  She is a graduate of John Carroll University and Loyola University Dental School.  Dr. Nassif is an accredited member and mentor for the AAFE.  She is a volunteer faculty member at Case Western Reserve Dental School. The addition of Botox, dermal fillers and TMJ therapeutics to her practice has been exciting and rewarding. Dr. Nassif has been actively involved in her community for many years. The service project most near to her heart is the soup kitchen she and her family run once a month.

Dr. Nassif reports no conflicts of interest.

Tammy Phillippi, Rn :

Tammy Phillippi, RN

Tammy earned a BS in Business from Bowling Green State University in 1988. After working in business for a few years she realized her passion was in medicine. Tammy graduated from Kettering College of Medical Arts in 1993 with her nursing degree. After graduation she worked  in the bone marrow transplant unit at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. In 1998 Tammy completed the Physician Assistant Program at KCMA and went to work for Wright State University in the family medicine department.

In 2010 her husband purchased a dental practice in Dayton. After a few years of practice they both realized that orofacial pain was a common theme in the practice. They both started taking courses with the AAFE and had private training in their office. Since then they have opened a medical spa in the dental practice. Tammy has continued her training with the AAFE and is honored to help mentor courses.

Tammy Phillippi, RN reports no conflicts of interest.

Susan Benesh, Agnp-C :

Susan Benesh, AGNP-C

Susan Benesh is a Nurse Practitioner in private practice focusing on Integrative Medicine. She earned Post-Masters from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Science from University of Oklahoma. She holds a Fellowship in Functional and Metabolic Medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, a Fellowship in Wilderness Medicine, and is a Forensic Nurse, and Legal Nurse Consultant. She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society of Nursing. She certified in Hormone Replacement, Neuromodulators, Dermal Fillers, Mesotherapy, Sclerotherapy and Smooth and Lifting Threads.

She is a faculty member in the Nurse Practitioner program at Purdue University Global. She is the author/editor of books and articles, and is a national speaker on a wide variety of healthcare topics. She has owned several successful businesses and has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, and on local and national media including CNN. Ms. Benesh is an avid outdoor enthusiast, with a special interest in working with Combat Veterans with PTSD through long distance kayaking and off-grid camping.

Dr. Marina Funtik, Ms, Facp :

Dr. Marina Funtik, MS, FACP

Dr. Marina Funtik is a successful esthetic healthcare professional with two private practices in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  She is a Board Certified Prosthodontist and specializes in treating complex and comprehensive cases of dental and facial esthetics and therapeutics.  She began her facial esthetics career from the ground up with the AAFE and is now a full AAFE faculty member.  Dr. Funtik  serves on the board of the American Heart Association as a demonstration that whole health and esthetics is personally important to her overall treatment philosophy.

Dr. Funtik reports no conflicts of interest.

Dr. Shannon Galinis :

Dr. Shannon Galinis

Dr. Shannon Galinis DMD, is a very successful general and cosmetic dentist for 22+ years in Palm City, Florida. She is a proud graduate of Clemson University and the University of Florida, College of Dentistry.

Dr. Galinis blends her Dental Reconstructions and Smile Makeovers with her passion for Botox and Injectables, offering patients Total Facial Esthetics & Therapeutics.  She absolutely loves the ability to blend science and art in creating beautiful faces.  Teaching has always been her passion and she is excited to be part of the AAFE Faculty Family.

Dr. Galinis is a member of the ADA, FDA, AGD, Seattle Study Club (national & local chapter), Aesthetic Advantage Alumni, the AAFE and many other organizations.  She is committed to continued learning and remaining on the cutting edge of Dentistry and Facial Esthetics.

Dr. Shannon Galinis reports no conflict of interest.

Dr. Melissa Amos :

Dr. Melissa Amos

Dr. Amos’s passion for dentistry, facial esthetics, and patient care goes back to when she began working in her grandfather’s dental practice at the age of 13. Wanting to be able to treat not only someone’s smile, but everything around a smile led to her involvement with the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. Being able to combine dentistry and facial esthetics has given Dr. Amos the ability to transform her patient’s lives and increase their confidence in themselves.


Dr. Amos and her husband like to keep themselves busy. They enjoy hiking with their three dogs, Thor, Cooper, and Tucker. They also love to cook and take on home improvement projects.

Dr. Laurene Grabill :

Dr. Laurene Grabill

Dr. Laurene Grabill has been an esthetic dentist and healthcare professional since 1997 and has been providing injectable therapy for over 10 years.  She is a distinguished AAFE faculty member who has dedicated her practice and professional life to providing her patients with the best treatment outcomes possible with the latest technologies.  Dr. Laurene Grabill is an outstanding AAFE educator with her passion and commitment to total facial esthetics.

Dr. Barbara Preussner :

Dr. Barbara Preussner

Dr. Barbara Preussner has a restorative and cosmetic dentistry practice where she incorporates her passion for facial esthetics and recently expanded her practice by opening "For A New You Medical Aesthetics & Laser". She believes that the same skills that define an excellent dentist, such as attention to detail, knowledge of anatomy and function, and a gentle hand along with an aesthetic eye, are also the paramount skills of an aesthetic clinician. Dr. Preussner is a firm believer in advanced learning and extends her passion to teaching attendees and sharing her skills and knowledge with the American Academy of Facial Esthetics.

Dr. Karishma Patel :

Dr. Karishma Patel

Dr. Karishma Patel provides her patients with the best comprehensive care possible with an emphasis on cosmetic, restorative and facial aesthetics. She believes that dentistry and facial aesthetics go hand in hand and complement each other perfectly and loves teaching clinicians how to successfully integrate this into their practices.  Dr. Patel is a perpetual student and loves to learn and teach the latest techniques to achieve the best esthetic and therapeutic outcomes.

Dr. Bridget Sweeney :

Dr. Bridget Sweeney

Dr. Bridget Sweeney is proud to own an office with a high focus on smile design, facial esthetics, and orofacial pain.

Dr. Sweeney’s passion for education, both as student and teacher, led her on the path to AAFE membership in 2018 and she feels fortunate to be amongst a group of such incredible mentors and leaders in the field.

Her favorite part of being a dentist is spending quality time getting to know her patients, meeting their families, and listening to their stories. When she’s not at the office, you can find Dr. Sweeney biking around Buffalo, cheering on the Bills, mastering a jigsaw puzzle, or tending to her 70+ houseplants.

Dr. Vesna Sutter :

Dr. Vesna Sutter

For the past twenty years Dr. Vesna Sutter has prided herself on changing people’s lives. A smile is the strongest most genuine thing people can share with one another and she has dedicated her life to helping as many people as she can achieve the smile of their dreams. She is a 1986 graduate of Loyola Dental School and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois Champaign- Urbana. The field of dentistry is constantly changing and in order to provide her patients with the best opportunities to change their lives Dr. Sutter has taken over 500 hours of continuing education in Implants, Sedation, Orthodontics, TMJ Disorders, Cosmetic Dentistry, Facial Esthetics, and Sleep Disorder Breathing Dentistry. She is an active member of many organizations.

Dr. Sutter reports no conflicts of interest.

Dr. Jill Lezaic :

Dr. Jill Lezaic

Dr. Jill Lezaic is a Board Certified Family Physician who opened a very successful aesthetic practive, Laser Skin Solutions Jacksonville, in Jacksonville Beach, Florida in 2008 after having served as a medical director of Laser Skin Solutions since 2004. Dr. Lezaic is a frequently requested and nationally recognized speaker, expert panelist and trainer at many conferences where she has led audiences in advanced demonstrations of lasers, botox and filler injections. Dr. Lezaic is especially well-known for performing thousands of advanced laser techniques, utilizing the most state of the art technologies available in combination with advanced Botox and Dermal Filler techniques to achieve dramatic non-surgical results. She is a Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and a Luminary speaker for various aesthetic companies.

Dr. Lezaic reports no conflicts of interest.

Dr. Amber Wiebe, Fagd, Ficoi, Fidia :

Dr. Amber Wiebe, FAGD, FICOI, FIDIA

Dr. Amber Wiebe maintains a successful facial aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry practice near Destin, Florida. She is a Fellow of the American College of Dental Sciences and is an active member of the AACD, AGD, and ADA. Dr. Wiebe is also a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Florida College of Dentistry. As an avid health, fitness and nutrition enthusiast, she appreciates the importance of facial aesthetics in overall healthy appearance for her patients.

Dr. Wiebe reports no conflicts of interest.

Jami Nelson, Rn :

Jami Nelson, RN

Jami Nelson started her career in the medical field in 1991 when she began employment as a Certified Surgical Technician. For over a decade she worked in many specialties and quickly developed a passion for the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery. In a very busy practice, Jami works as the leading facial esthetic clinical nurse delivering non-surgical minimally invasive treatments using injectable therapy. She has advanced certification in non-surgical esthetic and therapeutic facial injectables and other minimally invasive procedures. Jami is committed to sharing her years of knowledge in educating others and share her passion for total facial esthetics.

Ms. Nelson reports no conflicts of interest.

Dr. Olinga Hargreaves, Daboi, Faaid :

Dr. Olinga Hargreaves, DABOI, FAAID

Dr. Olinga Hargreaves maintains a cosmetic and general dental practice in Denver, Colorado with a heavy emphasis in oral surgery and IV sedation. She received her DDS degree with Honors from
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1999 and completed the General
Practice Residency Program in 2000. Dr. Olinga has hospital privileges at Rose Medical Center
where she is currently the Chief of the Dental Division in the Department of Surgery. She is a
Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology, Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantology, Fellow of Misch International Implant Institute, and Fellow of Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Hargreaves reports no conflicts of interest.

Dr. Mason Miner :

Dr. Mason Miner

Dr. Mason Miner is a general dentist in Durango, Colorado. He is a graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry. His practice has an emphasis in laser dentistry, facial esthetics as well as the surgical placement and restoration of implants. He has laser Mastership Certification with the World Clinical Laser Institute (WCLI). Dr. Miner served 2 terms on the Colorado Dental Board. Outside the office, Dr. Miner enjoys traveling and the outdoors.  He enjoys sharing his knowledge at AAFE courses and watching professionals reach their full potential.

Dr. Neal Vallins :

Dr. Neal Vallins

Dr. Neal Vallins is an accomplished periodontic surgeon with a surgical and cosmetic practice on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Dr. Vallins has successfully used Botox, fillers, and PDO threads for over 10 years for both therapeutic and esthetic treatments with explosive growth in his practice. His background on pioneering minimally invasive periodontic procedures led him to deeply appreciate non-invasive injectable treatments and what they can do to improve patient’s lives. He loves teaching and sharing his knowledge at AAFE live patient training courses and often hosts AAFE courses in his private practice.

Dr. Caron Glickman :

Dr. Caron Glickman

Caron Glickman, DDS, has been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry for over twenty-five years in the Seattle area.  She attended Mills College in Oakland, CA and obtained her dental degree from the University of Washington Dental School, where she also completed post-graduate training in care for medically compromised and disabled patients.  In the last couple of years, she has expanded the scope of her practice to include TMJ therapeutics, and facial esthetics with Botox, Dermal Fillers and Kybella,. Dr. Glickman is a member of the WSDA, ADA, and the AAFE.  She divides her time between Duvall, WA and Calgary, Alberta, and is active in both communities. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering and traveling with her husband.

Dr. Glickman reports no conflicts of interest.

Dr. Jake T. Hester :

Dr. Jake T. Hester

Dr. Jake Hester is a graduate from the University of Florida practicing in Naples. He is an active member of the Collier County Dental Association as well as the ADA, FDA, AGD, and most recently the AAFE. For over three years, Dr. Hester has been a volunteer faculty member of the University of Florida. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of Gulf Coast Runners and volunteers much of his spare time to many service organizations and charitable causes.

Dr. Hester reports no conflicts of interest.

Dr. Michael Troop :

Dr. Michael Troop

Michael Troop, DDS is a general dentist of 32 years who practices in Centennial, Colorado. He became interested in Facial Esthetics and took the AAFE Level I and II courses in 2010, followed by the Level III course in 2011. Through internal and external marketing, his Facial Esthetics practice has grown rapidly. He began mentoring for AAFE in 2012 and enjoys helping other doctors develop their injecting skills, and feels fortunate for having a part in the AAFE to teach injectables for increased success in dental esthetics cases.

Dr. Troop reports no conflicts of interest.

Dr. Elizabeth Slocum :

Dr. Elizabeth Slocum

Elizabeth Slocum, DMD, has been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry for over twenty years in Cartersville, Georgia.  She is a graduate of Radford University and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.  In the past several years she has expanded the scope of her practice to include TMJ therapeutics, dental sleep medicine, and Botox and dermal fillers. Dr. Slocum is a member of the AGD, AADSM, and the AAFE.  She has been actively involved in her community for many years and spends her spare time serving on the board of directors for many local service and charitable organizations.

Dr. Slocum reports no conflicts of interest.

Dr. David J. Martin :

Dr. David J. Martin

Dr. David Martin maintains a successful facial aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry practice Totowa, New Jersey for the past 40 years. He is a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry and is an active member of the ADA, IICMO and IAPA. Dr. Martin understands healthy smiles and facial esthetics can serve you with lifelong comfort, confidence and happiness. Dr. Martin has taken extensive courses at the world renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), a leader in cosmetic dentistry techniques and smile design. His studies there focused on neuromuscular dentistry and aesthetic reconstruction. He has been involved with facial esthetic courses at AAFE programs since 2009. This has allowed for a integration of neurotoxins and dermal fillers to complete the treatment of many patients.

Dr. Martin reports no conflicts of interest.

Dr. Linda Gordon, Acnp, Bc, Dnp :

Dr. Linda Gordon, ACNP, BC, DNP

Linda Gordon is a graduate of  the University of Pittsburgh Doctor of Nursing Practice with dual certifications in Acute Care as well as Adult Care. Linda is board certified by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. Wellness and Therapeutic Lifestyle interventions centered around cardiovascular health have been a core focus of her practice. The addition of esthetics was a natural fit. Patients who feel good about their appearance tend to take better care of their total health. The AAFE has been a wonderful organization providing on going education and valuable forums for discussion in her practice development.

Dr. Paul Lombardo :

Dr. Paul Lombardo

Dr. Lombardo is a General Dentist who has advanced training in reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry. He takes great pride in his ability to offer complete care in a comfortable setting.

He received Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Psychology from the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Lombardo then earned his Doctorate in Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) from Boston University School of Dental Medicine. He completed an externship at Hanscom Air Force Base focusing on oral surgery, general and cosmetic dentistry. He is fully licensed in conscious and nitrous oxide sedation. In addition to private practice Dr. Lombardo was a Clinical Instructor at Boston University School of Dental Medicine. He continuously advances his professional education attending courses in all specialties of dental medicine.

Dr. Lombardo reports no conflicts of interest.

Dr. Lance Culley :

Dr. Lance Culley

Dr. Lance Culley is a periodontist who graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and completed his residency in periodontics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Birmingham VA Medical Center.  His private practice focuses on surgical reconstruction of the jawbones for dental implants, surgical placement of dental implants, periodontal plastic surgery, and facial esthetics. He has a natural passion for aesthetics, and in continuing his quest to enhance overall aesthetic results for his patients, he found the American Academy of Facial Esthetics AAFE.

Dr. Culley has developed advanced techniques such as the Sanguine Gum Rejuvenation™ where PRP is used in periodontal plastic surgery to help rebuild lost gum tissue, eliminating a second surgery.  Dr. Culley’s love for facial esthetics extends to his creation of the Aesthetic-Facial and Body Rejuvenation Medspa which is a full service MedSpa offering a wide range of cosmetic services where he is joined by his daughter, Julianna, who is the lead medical esthetician. 

Dr. Culley has no conflicts of interest.

Dr. Kristina Keturka :

Dr. Kristina Keturka

Dr. Kristina Keturka FAGD, FAAFE, FSCDA

Dr. Kristina Keturka graduated from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. After graduation she completed a General Practice Residency at the University of Colorado, where she received advanced training in oral surgery and endodontics. She has continued her post doctoral education further and earned a Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry ,a Fellowship from American Academy of Facial Esthetics and a Fellowship from Special Care Dentistry while continuing advanced training in dental implantology through the ICOI, GDIA and AAID. Dr. Keturka is passionate about teaching and her faculty position with the AAFE where she teaches courses on Botox, dermal fillers, threads and other facial esthetic procedures designed for dentists, physicians, and nurses throughout the US.

Dr. Kristina Keturka reports no conflict of interest.

Dr. Kathleen F. Olender, Ms, Ficoi :

Dr. Kathleen F. Olender, MS, FICOI

Dr. Olender completed her undergraduate studies at Bucknell University, Lewisberg, Pa and received a BS and DDS degree from the University of California, San Francisco. She earned both a specialty certificate in Endodontics and a masters degree in Radiology from the University of Louisville,KY.  Dr. Olender trained in orofacial pain under Daniel B. Green and worked in UCSF pain clinic for many years. She has utilized Botulinum toxin and trigger point injections in the treatment of facial pain for almost thirty years. Dr. Olender has held faculty positions at UCSF, University of Louisville, and Tufts Univ, Boston.and lectured for  UNR GPR program and UNLV.  She has also lectured on Endodontics, pain, bone physiology, and dental implants both nationally and internationally since 1993. Dr. Olender has been in private practice in San Francisco and practiced the last 24 years in Las Vegas. Her Las Vegas practice is dedicated to Endodontics, Implantology, pain, and facial aesthetics. She has participated in organized dentistry and has held chair positions in the AAE, been a delegate for the NDA, and is a fellow of the ICOI.  She is an accomplished equestrian and enjoys competitions in her spare time.

Dr. Olender reports no conflicts of interest.

Dr. Caroline Thomas :

Dr. Caroline Thomas

Dr. Thomas graduated from Clemson University and then received her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She furthered her training in St. Petersburg, Florida by completing a one-year residency program where she gained invaluable experience with cosmetic and implant dentistry, occlusion, TMJ disorder, as well as complex full-mouth dental care. Dr. Thomas greatly values the importance of continually learning, spending many hours each year as a student herself, and she also writes articles for major dental publications and travels nationally teaching.

After wonderful advanced training with the AAFE, Dr. Thomas began the facial injectables side of her practice - The Aesthetic Collective. She greatly appreciates how the art and science of dentistry and facial esthetics work to enhance each other. Dr. Thomas’ focus is on truly listening to the patients’ goals and desires while providing a comfortable experience and safe, therapeutic treatment.

Dr. Edwin Giron :

Dr. Edwin Giron

Dr. Giron is a General Dentist in private practice in northern New Hampshire with a focus on restorative and cosmetic dentistry. He is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and a Master of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. Dr. Giron is the owner of Fresh Face Studio, a medical spa where he provides comprehensive non-surgical facial esthetics services including injectables, skin care and energy device treatments. He has a passion for teaching the best practices in facial esthetics treatment and is an expert in anatomy and the use of ultrasound technology.

Dr. Rubi Montejano :

Dr. Rubi Montejano

Born in Mexico, Dr. Rubi Montejano studied dentistry at The Autonomous University of Baja California Mexico where she worked as a dentist for several years.  Dr. Montejano attended Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at The University of Southern California, where she was recognized and awarded for her achievements in Restorative Dentistry and Periodontology Awards.

Dr. Montejano has a private practice and has served as an adjunct faculty member at USC for six years, teaching dental morphology, function and esthetics.  She has been a member of the AAFE since 2019 and loves to share her knowledge in teaching AAFE attendees on how to achieve the best esthetic and therapeutic outcomes.

Her hobbies include working out, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and having fun with her social media.

Dr. Brandy Greco :

Dr. Brandy Greco

Dr. Brandy Greco received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Indiana University. Dr. Greco practices general dentistry in Evansville, Indiana with an emphasis on Comprehensive Care including full-mouth reconstruction, cosmetics, and TMJ disorder. Dr. Greco started her facial injectable side of her practice, Beyond the Smile, after receiving advanced anatomy-based training through the AAFE. Adding facial esthetics to her practice has allowed her to expand and elevate her Comprehensive Care for her patients.

Dr. Ashley Whetsell :

Dr. Ashley Whetsell

Dr. Ashley Whetsell is a proud graduate of the West Virginia University School of Dentistry.  After her very first AAFE course years ago, she grew a passion for improving her patients’ confidence with esthetic non-surgical facial treatments with botulinum toxin and dermal fillers and strives to offer her patients modern and safe techniques that she learned from the AAFE.  She loves sharing her knowledge with AAFE attendees to get the best esthetic results!


Dr. Karmen Massih :

Dr. Karmen Massih

Dr. Karmen Massih is an orthodontist in the Los Angeles area. She believes that orthodontics is more than just straight teeth, which is why she enjoys incorporating dentofacial esthetics, including fillers and neuromodulators, into adult orthodontic treatment. Since she started offering injectable treatment a few years ago, Dr. Massih has found it very fulfilling to help patients with orofacial pain find relief and make patients feel good and look great! She enjoys teaching and sharing her passion for optimal patient outcomes and is honored to be a part of the AAFE faculty.

Dr. Patricia Oyole :

Dr. Patricia Oyole

Dr. Patricia Oyole is an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon born and raised in Brazil and is the 4th generation of healthcare professionals in her family. Dr. O. is a surgeon trained in micro-surgery and in non-surgical injectable therapy by the AAFE.  Dr. O is the Founder of the Craniofacial Study Center, an internationally known anatomist, and is passionate about sharing her knowledge for anatomy, complications management, and safety in  injectable therapy.

Nicole Mumford, Cnp :

Nicole Mumford, CNP

Nicole Mumford is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She has found her love for aesthetics and the joy of teaching the AAFE courses to be a perfect combination. In her practice she specializes in hormone replacement, has laser certifications for a variety of skin treatments, and performs beautiful non-surgical minimally invasive skin treatments using the injectable therapies of neuromodulators and facial fillers. She wholeheartedly thanks the AAFE for the wonderful opportunity that they provide for continuous growth, support and the ability to share her passion and knowledge with other healthcare professionals.

Dr. Brittany Brown :

Dr. Brittany Brown

Dr. Brittany N Brown is a general and cosmetic dentist practicing in the windy city of Chicago, Illinois.  Dr. Brown has served as a clinical preceptor at the University of Michigan. As a clinical faculty member, she was able to serve within the public health. Dr. Brown is passionate about patient education, which includes blending facial esthetics with full mouth rehabilitation.  She loves designing comprehensive treatment plans for patients that involve therapeutic and esthetic interventions using Botox and dermal fillers to obtain her patient’s personalized end goal!  Dr. Brown is excited to be a faculty member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics and she delighted to share her experience and knowledge with new injectors across the country!

Dr. Michele Taylor :

Dr. Michele Taylor

Dr. Taylor maintains a practice in Newcastle, WA that is heavily focused on cosmetic dentistry and facial esthetics. Dr. Taylor enjoys continuing education to advance her skills and services to meet all of her patients’ needs. She holds accreditation in implantology, occlusion, and facial esthetics.  Dr. Taylor incorporated facial esthetics into her practice in 2013 and has been involved with learning about new products and services since. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and helping professionals grow to their full potential in esthetics. 


Dr. Kanesha Scott Cole :

Dr. Kanesha Scott Cole

Dr. Kanesha Scott Cole is a caring and compassionate doctor whose goal is to help improve the lives of her patients. She serves with a focus on treating patients from birth throughout adulthood, building family and patient relationships for her community.  Dr. Cole brings that same passion to teaching facial esthetics and orofacial pain therapy and Dr. Cole strives to be a confidence builder and difference maker for every AAFE attendee.

Dr. Kevin Ortale :

Dr. Kevin Ortale

Dr. Kevin Ortale uses his skills to change the lives of his patients in Phoenix, AZ. He loves restoring natural beauty with total facial esthetic treatment, and treating chronic pain in orofacial pain cases. In the past 5 years, he earned his AAFE Fellowship and teaching these skills to others brings his passion for learning and teaching full circle. Dr. Ortale served in The US Air Force. where he lived in both Nebraska and Germany. He has practiced for 25 years and joined the AAFE in 2018.

Dr. Ben Jump :

Dr. Ben Jump

Dr. Ben Jump is the founder of Bella Facial Esthetics, which provides facial cosmetic services and is committed to higher education within the realm of facial cosmetics. He recently successfully completed the Fellowship Examination for the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE) In addition, he is also a Faculty Member for the AAFE, training dentists, physicians, nurse practitioners and nurses from around the world on the use of injectables for both cosmetics as well as pain management. Dr. Jump loves to share his passion and commitment to improving patient’s lives every day and sharing his knowledge with AAFE attendees so they can enjoy their careers now more than ever.