AmSpa Aesthetic Safety Council

The AmSpa Aesthetic Safety Council (AASC) consists of medical aesthetic industry professionals from different practice levels, including physicians, APRNs/NPs, PAs, RNs, and owners who will guide AmSpa to ensure that it is helping to make the medical aesthetic industry more legally compliant and ultimately safer for patients. The AASC will also provide insight, feedback and "in the field" leadership for AmSpa.

The overarching goals of the AASC are to do the following in the medical aesthetic industry:

AmSpa is also collaborating with the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses (ISPAN), as well as the Plastic Surgical Nurses Certification Board (PSNCB), who will be represented by three professionals on the AASC.

The AASC is critical for future safety, compliance and community of the medical aesthetic industry. Along with AmSpa Founder and CEO, Alex R. Thiersch, JD and AmSpa COO, Cathy Christensen, the following are the members of the AASC.

The formation of the AASC is a fluid process, and the individuals presented here who have already accepted positions do not necessarily represent the complete council. We will update our members when the roster of council members has been finalized.

AmSpa Aesthetic Safety Council Members

George Baxter-Holder, ARNP, DNP, CANS

Council Chair

George Baxter-Holder, ARNP, DNP, CANS, has first-hand knowledge of how beauty-obsessed today’s Hollywood actors are. As a child actor in Hollywood he played the role of a genetically perfect boy on Star Trek: The Next Generation...

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Alexander Blinski, MD

Alexander L. Blinski, MD, known to many as “Dr. B,” has been practicing cosmetic medicine since 2011; previously, he trained with his father—plastic surgeon Darryl J. Blinski, MD—and in general surgery/primary care through his residency. Blinski...

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Jay Burns, MD

A. Jay Burns, MD, has enjoyed a prestigious academic career and has operated a successful, busy clinical practice during the last 30 years. He has had his work featured on Oprah Winfrey’s Medical Miracles show and...

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Nicole Chiaramonte

Known for her business philosophies of “profits with integrity” and “profit optimization through collaboration,” Nicole Chiaramonte is CEO of TWG Consulting Corp., founder of Synergy MedAesthetics, co-founder of Aesthetic Investments, LLC, and a private investor in...

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Warren Danforth

Warren Danforth entered the medical spa industry in 2006 excited about the emerging opportunity of delivering elective cosmetic medical services in a consumer-oriented retail environment. Spa 35 was selected as the name based upon the premise...

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Joshua Davis, RN, BSN

Joshua Davis, aka “Tox” Josh, received his bachelor of science in nursing from Belmont University, and a bachelor of musical arts degree from Vanderbilt University. Past experiences include multi-specialty critical care, trauma intensive care, cardiac critical...

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Leslie E. Harmon, BSN, RN, CANS, CPSN, PSNCB Board Member

Leslie E. Harmon, BSN, RN is a Certified Plastic Surgery Nurse, a Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist, and serves on the Plastic Surgery Nurse Certification Board (PSNCB). Leslie is an active member of the International Society of...

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Erin Hennessey, APRN, DNP

Erin Hennessey is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Case Western University with a doctor of nursing practice degree. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked for 12 years treating trauma and burn patients in...

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Lynn Heublein

Lynn Heublein is the CEO and co-founder of SkinSpirit Holdings, LLC. Heublein launched SkinSpirit in 2003 with Dr. M Dean Vistnes, MD – a Stanford-educated, board-certified plastic surgeon – as the first of its kind to...

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Maegen Kennedy, PA-C

Maegen Kennedy has more than 11 years of experience in integrative family medicine, medical and aesthetic dermatology. Kennedy has a unique approach to aesthetics that focuses on “facial micro-optimization,” where minor changes are made to improve...

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Grace McLaurin, PA-C

Grace McLaurin, PA-C, has 23 years of experience as a physician assistant, and has extensive experience in internal medicine, women’s health, bio-identical hormone replacement, thyroid disorders, and non-surgical aesthetics. She founded Vitality Anti-Aging Center in 200...

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Gerrie M. Obi brings more than three decades of plastic and aesthetic experience. She earned a master’s degree in nursing with a specialty in adult and geriatric primary care. Gerrie is a master level injector and...

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Stanley Okoro, MD, FACS

Internationally renowned double board-certified Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. Stanley Okoro, graduated from Meharry Medical College, completed surgical training at Emory University, then an additional three-year training in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Texas...

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Marria Pooya

Founder and CEO of Greenwich Medical Spa, Marria Pooya has grown the company from a two-person operation founded in 2005 to employ more than 30 staff members. Pooya attributes the success of all four Greenwich Medical...

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Susanne Schmaling

Susanne Schmaling is the President & Founder of the Esthetics Council, an education and advocacy organization for licensed estheticians. She is also licensed master esthetician, certified laser technician, and accomplished instructor with more than 28 years’...

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Chris C. Surek, DO, FACS

Dr. Surek is a board-certified plastic surgeon and internationally recognized facial anatomist. He is an assistant professor of anatomy at Kansas City University and clinical assistant professor of plastic surgery at the University of Kansas Medical...

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Hermine Warren, DNP, APRN, CANS

Hermine Warren, a doctor of nursing practice (DNP), has been in nursing since 1974, with an advanced practice degree since 1980. She is also a certified aesthetic nurse specialist (CANS) in Southern California, an educational/clinical trainer...

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Terri Wojak, LE

Terri Wojak is a medical aesthetic professional with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. She is the education director of GlycoAla and runs her own education company, Aesthetics Exposed Education. She is a...

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Steven Yoelin, MD

Steve Yoelin, MD, is an ophthalmologist who practices in Newport Beach, California. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Davis, and graduated with a medical degree from the University of California, Irvine, where...

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