Medspa Business Academy Faculty
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Candace Noonan is a Licensed Esthetician and Master Trainer for DermaConcepts, exclusive distributor of Environ Skin Care in the USA, and hosts advanced trainings on this pharmaceutical grade line. She holds certificates for internationally recognized programs including Advanced Skin Analysis, Dermal Needling and Oncology Esthetics, and is a proficient public speaker at medical and skin care conferences throughout the USA. Her belief is to never stop learning, in hopes of sharing the knowledge gained by her continued studies. Born in South Africa, and having personal experience battling Melasma, she feels her passion for skin care is her biggest asset.
Cristin Mercer brings over 30 years of experience in the beauty & wellness industry as a licensed instructor of cosmetology and esthetics, spa director, spa & salon proprietor and as a business development consultant to international skin care brands and device manufacturers. Cristin excelled as the Program Director for the Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics, soon after which she founded Mercer Aesthetics & Spa Consulting (MASC). Through over 16 years with MASC she provided direct educational and business consulting to market-leading skin care organizations, state-of-the-art medical device manufacturers, individual salons/spas and dermatological/cosmetic medical practices. In this role Cristin has also written extensive medical esthetic curricula for schools of esthetics, continuing education programs as well as advanced protocols for patient-centered medical practices. Currently as Senior Business Development Manager, Cristin has partnered with Environ and DermaConcepts for 15 years to provide educational and business support to the national growth of the Environ® brand as well as to provide sales and education directly to the New England medical esthetic community.
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.
Shawna Wiesner, MLE, BFA,
Shawna Wiesner, MLE, BFA, is a master licensed aesthetician & owner of Medical Skin Care Consulting, Inc., specializing in advanced aesthetic education, training, and aesthetic practice business development. She has an extensive background as a medical aesthetician in the PNW and as an educator for international cosmeceutical companies, as well as, national aesthetic device manufacturers. A passionate and committed life-long student of aesthetics, Shawna has traveled the globe for her studies. In 2014, she had the privilege of meeting Dr. Des Fernandes in Cape Town SA. In October of 2016, she received private medical needling instruction, training, and certification from Dr. Matthias Aust in Bonn and Munich Germany. Shawna holds advanced aesthetics certifications from Pastiche, UCLA Cosmetic Chemistry Extension Programs, and is NCEA Certified. She has been a Sales Consultant and Educator for DermaConcepts since 2015.
Francis X. Acunzo
Francis X. Acunzo, Founder, Acara Partners is a 25-year veteran of the spa, retail, corporate healthcare, hospitality, beauty, wellness and fitness industries. With his wife and business partner, Colleen, the couple is recognized as the founders of the medical spa movement in the United States. Francis’ expertise in guiding clients’ growth is anchored in his entrepreneurial background. As a business owner, board member and investor, Fran has displayed a critical business perspective and an ability to provide visionary leadership. He has extensive experience with start-up and turnaround businesses, both of which require thorough guidance and personalized attention. He is known for his firsts in many industries: in 2010 he launched the digital division of Acara Partners to become the first full-service business consulting, marketing and digital agency focused on the cosmetic medical world; in 2005, he took the first corporate owned chain of medical spas out of bankruptcy and sold it within 18 months; in 1999, Francis had the vision to create the industry’s first consolidation of day spas, aggregating almost $50M in annual revenue through the acquisition of 24 of the best spas in top U.S. markets; in 1996, he launched the country’s first medical spa through a merger between his Boston spa company and Candela Laser, one of the leading Cosmetic Laser manufacturers in the U.S.; in 1991, he was the first day spa operator to put cosmetic lasers into spas; in 1985, he led the development of the first resort spa in the northeast at the Norwich Inn in Norwich, CT. Allyson
Jay A. Shorr, BA, MBM-C, CAC I-XIV
Jay A. Shorr, BA, MBM-C, CAC I-XIV is the founder and managing partner of Shorr Solutions, formerly known as The Best Medical Business Solutions, a Florida-based medical practice consulting firm assisting practices with their operational, administrative and financial health. Jay served as the Vice President of Operations and Practice Administrator for a leading Board-Certified Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon in South Florida until her passing in June 2012, and held partnerships in two leading South Florida plastic surgery centers in the past. A Temple University graduate, Jay has served as a professional motivational speaker for nearly a dozen industry organizations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, THE Aesthetic Show, THE Aesthetic Academy, the Medical Entrepreneur Symposium, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the American Society of Cosmetic Physicians, Vegas Cosmetic Surgery, Global Aesthetics, IMCAS and more!
Mike Buckner has spent the majority of his career in the Dental technology field, specializing in maximizing technology to stay current with today’s communication trends. He was a Business Development Executive for a patient communication technology company for several years where he oversaw the strategic relationships and partnerships for the dental industry. He also spent some time as a Director of Business Development for a business analytics company, and is currently the Director of Business Development for Weave. Over the past several years, he has spoken across the country, helping offices and teams adapt to the generational shifts with communication habits to increase patient loyalty and overall efficiencies within practices. He is married to a Dental Assistant, and has 20 month old identical twin boys.
Kathryn F. Edgerton, ESQ., CIPP/US, CHPC
Kathryn F. Edgerton, Esq. is Partner with the Nelson Hardiman Healthcare Law Firm in Los Angeles, California. Kathryn has built a significant practice advising hospitals, physician organizations, medical spas, long-term and behavioral health providers, telemedicine providers, home health providers, and other health-related organizations on the complex transactional and regulatory issues impacting the healthcare industry. She is known for her pragmatic guidance on a large range of operational issues. She also regularly advises on HIPAA, HITECH, and state privacy and security laws and regulations, the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute, the physician self-referral and payments law (Stark Law), and other healthcare compliance matters. Kathryn has advised national organizations and start-ups on numerous first-of-a-kind telemedicine models, and the many healthcare laws and regulations implicated in these projects. Kathryn provides guidance beyond traditional legal advice and engages with regulators, clients’ strategic partners, and investors, enabling clients to achieve their business and financial goals. Kathryn is a Certified Information Privacy Professional in U.S. private-sector privacy laws and regulations (CIPP/US) and is Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC) by the Compliance Certification Board. Kathryn has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a Southern California Rising Star for past five consecutive years (2015 – 2019). She was also named to Super Lawyers’ 2018 and 2019 List of Top Women Lawyers.
Allyson A. Avila, Esq.
Allyson A. Avila, Esq. is a Partner at Gordon & Rees. Ms. Avila is one of only a few attorneys in the nation that has intimate knowledge of the aesthetic industry and the nuances of medical spa formation, licensing, and compliance with state and federal laws. Ms. Avila envisions, constructs and executes legal and regulatory strategies that drive business results. A strong relationship and alliance builder, she understands the importance of agreement and collaboration to help ensure that workable strategies are designed in a way that most effectively addresses the unique needs of each client to meet her client’s business objectives. Ms. Avila and her team deliver added value to clients by regularly visiting their facilities and presenting educational and risk management programs. She is a frequent lecturer at global aesthetic conferences.
Tim Sawyer is the President & Co-Founder of Inc. 500 Company Crystal Clear Digital Marketing - named Best Practice Marketing Company by THE Aesthetic Guide and Top Aesthetic Service Provider by Aesthetic Everything®. He is a highly regarded motivational speaker, author & practice management consultant within the modern medical/aesthetic industry. Currently Mr. Sawyer leads over 40 lectures a year, is a member of THE Aesthetic Guide’s Scientific Advisory Board, and is faculty for 28+ medical associations including the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), The Aesthetic Show, The Aesthetic Academy, the Medical Spa Show, Miami Cosmetic Surgery (MCS), and Vegas Cosmetic Surgery (VCS). His expert consulting has been implemented in hundreds of medical practices across the globe – further educating doctors & staff how to find, serve & keep more patients profitably.
Jeff Cohen, Esq.
Jeff Cohen, Esq., Founder and President of the Florida Healthcare Law Firm in Delray Beach, FL has over 30 years of healthcare law experience with expertise in transactional healthcare and corporate regulatory matters. He is board certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in health law, and leads a firm with a reputation for being an industry leader in the field of laws that affect all types of healthcare providers and businesses, including physicians and group practices, surgery and imaging centers, toxicology labs, drug & alcohol treatment facilities, medical spas, and many others. Prior to founding The Florida Healthcare Law Firm, Mr. Cohen was the in-house counsel for the Florida Medical Association and served for thirteen years as a partner in a respected law firm in South Florida. He is equally knowledgeable about corporate law, and all of the specific federal laws and compliance regulations that relate to healthcare businesses. These regulations include Stark, Anti-Kickback, fraud and abuse and HIPAA. An AV-rated attorney, he has developed a reputation for providing exceptional legal services and ethical counsel to startups and established healthcare businesses alike.
Chase Howard, Esq.
Chase Howard, Esq. is an Attorney at the Florida Healthcare Law Firm and has focused his legal practice on health law, medical malpractice defense, business law, and contracts. He deploys crucial skills gained through hands-on business experience in the medical tech world to service clientele such as medical spas, medical practices, medical technology businesses, healthcare business entities, physicians, chiropractors, and dentists. Chase’s experience working in University of Miami Health System’s Risk Management Department provided him with a strong understanding of legal compliance in the healthcare world as well as experience in liability assessment, prevention and defense. With his multi-specialty background, Chase’s practice focuses on all aspects of transactional Health Law, MedSpa Start-up and consulting, general business law, and MedTech. As a leader in the Florida MedSpa legal world, Chase has presented on the “Business of Starting A Medical Business and Medical Spa” at the ACE Symposium hosted by Syneron Candela.
Milan Roy is the Managing Partner at One Source HR and Risk Solutions. He supports his clients as a strategic, results-oriented HR professional with more than 20 years of diverse business experience. Working for Fortune 500 companies (including Bank of America, Chase, and CNA) and holding key positions for entrepreneurial, start-up, and small to mid-sized companies has given him a unique perspective in leading teams across varied departments and industries. Always looking to grow teams, impact change, improve performance, and build programs, Milan has steered HR, operations, and sales teams to success across a variety of industries (including banking, credit card, insurance, medical, and telecom). His goal in providing top-notch consulting support and project management is to help clients maximize their most important asset — human capital — while minimizing risk. With the intuition, skills, and experience to understand a client’s needs, Milan Roy delivers business-focused, value-added HR solutions.
Mara Shorr, BS, CAC II-XIV,
Mara Shorr, BS, CAC II-XIV, is a partner and vice president of marketing and business development for Shorr Solutions, bringing more than a decade of marketing and communications experience to Shorr Solutions’ clients. She is a Level II through XIV Certified Aesthetic Consultant utilizing knowledge and skills from her previous positions in marketing for two separate leading dermatology, cosmetic and plastic surgery practices located in South Florida. No stranger to the startup world, Mara founded and ran The Leone Company, a marketing and communication relations firms based in Orlando, until she joined Shorr Solutions in 2012. Focusing on both internal and client strategies in traditional and new media, Mara is a public speaker, having served on faculty for the American Society of Cosmetic Physicians, the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the International Master Course on Aging Science, Vegas Cosmetic Surgery, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, THE Aesthetic Show, THE Aesthetic Academy, The Medical Entrepreneur Symposium, and THE Aesthetic Show’s Certified Aesthetic Consultant program.
Lara Compton, Esq.
Lara Compton, Esq. is Of Counsel with the Nelson Hardiman Healthcare Law Firm in Los Angeles, California. Her experiences working on a wide variety of matters instilled such deep versatility that colleagues describe Lara as the “Swiss Army Knife” when it comes to solving healthcare problems. Her versatility extends to advising clients on business planning and structuring, contract negotiations, and the broadest range of reimbursement and regulatory compliance and strategy. Lara has advised some of the largest technology companies in the world on HIPAA and other health data security and privacy matters. She has led HIPAA breach investigations and counseled on reporting requirements. She also has advised extensively on Anti-Kickback, Stark (self-referral), and other federal and state fraud and abuse issues. She regularly counsels clients in day-to-day operational risk and cost control management as well as creating, evaluating and implementing internal policies, compliance programs, and marketing and training initiatives. Lara has represented traditional healthcare service providers (including physician organizations and IPAs, medical foundations and clinics, hospitals, and medical spas), health plans, as well as health information technology and telehealth companies. Her life sciences experience includes work for medical device and pharmaceutical companies. At Nelson Hardiman, Lara plays a leadership role in the firm’s regulatory practice, guiding clients not only on risk avoidance but also on essential challenges of growth, including the transition to value-based care arrangements and the development of new health technology and digital health-related products and services.
Mark Hardiman, Esq.
Mark Hardiman, Esq. is the founder and Partner of Nelson Hardiman Healthcare Law Firm in Los Angeles, California. Mark has more than 15 years of experience representing healthcare providers, hospitals, medical groups, medical spas, and clinical laboratories in complex litigation matters, including federal and state criminal investigations, false claims and other civil lawsuits, and administrative proceedings before federal and state agencies. He also regularly advises clients on regulatory compliance issues, including with respect to internal investigations, voluntary disclosures of overpayments, and possible violations of the False Claims Act (“FCA”), federal anti-kickback statute and the Stark Law. Before co-founding Nelson Hardiman, Mark was a partner at a law firm dedicated solely to the representation of healthcare providers and suppliers, where he focused on the defense of healthcare criminal and civil fraud actions and investigations. Mark was recognized by Best Lawyers in America (Health Care Law) the last four consecutive years and is a four-time Southern California Super Lawyers honoree, including from 2015 – 2019. He is also the recipient of Attorney General Janet Reno’s John Marshall Award, the United States Chief Postal Inspector’s Special Award, and twice received the United States Department of Justice Special Achievement Award.
Risa Goldman Luksa
Risa Goldman Luksa is founder and president of Goldman Marketing Group, a professional consulting firm exclusive to the aesthetic medical space and specializing in consulting, branding/design, website development, content marketing, email marketing, social media marketing, online reputation management, and lead generation. Risa has been working in medical sales, marketing and business development for almost 20 years, including pharmaceutical sales, product management, business development, medical education sales and publishing. She has been published in Skin & Allergy News, Currents by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, SURGE by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, The Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, Family Practice News, Front Line Medical Communications, Vein Magazine, Medical Association of Georgia Journal, Nursing Consult and Clinical Psychiatry News, and lectures on marketing at medical conferences around the world.
Audrey Neff is the Marketing Director for Inc. 500 company, Crystal Clear Digital Marketing, and is seasoned in the development and execution of fully-integrated marketing strategies. Audrey actively contributes continuing medical education throughout the aesthetic arena and is a faculty speaker for the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), Age Management Medicine Group (AMMG), American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), The Aesthetic Academy, The Aesthetic Show, Vegas Cosmetic Surgery Conference (VCS), the Medical Spa Show, and the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM).
Franck Joly, L.Ac. MTOM Dipl.OM
Franck Joly, L.Ac. MTOM Dipl.OM, is Environ’s West Coast Director of Training. Franck is a top educator and is a physician of Oriental Medicine specializing in cosmetic acupuncture. Franck spent multiple years alongside Dr. Fernandes, founder of Environ Skincare, and even performed all his clinical trials.
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.