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Aesthetic Business Institute is your educational hub for all business intelligence as it pertains to medical aesthetics. As a member of ABI, you will have continuous access to the latest master classes, research, trends, and more. Gain the insights, knowledge, information, and best practices you need to succeed.

 

ABI Advisory Board


Francis Acunzo
CEO,
Acara Partners
Branford, CT

Francis Acunzo is the CEO of Acara Partners and Reach Beyond Marketing, and serves as the chairman of the Aesthetic Business Institute’s Advisory Board. He and his wife and business partner, Colleen, are recognized as the founders of the medical spa movement in the US. Fran is a 30-year veteran in entrepreneurial ventures in the spa, retail, corporate healthcare, hospitality, beauty, wellness, and fitness industries.


Karen Albright
Owner,
BodyLase
Raleigh, North Carolina

Attorney Karen Albright is the owner of BodyLase, a medical spa with two locations in the the “Research Triangle” area of North Carolina. With her husband, Dr. Daniel Albright, Karen opened BodyLase in 2002 and has grown the company into a business with annual revenue of over one million dollars. She practiced law with a large firm in Connecticut for several years and has also taught legal writing at the University of North Carolina School of Law and Duke Law School.


Judy Alexander
Practice Owner,
Skin Care Institute
Tulsa, OK

Judy Alexander has been the owner and executive director at Skin Care Institute (SCI) Medical and Wellness Spa in Tulsa, OK, since 1999, partnering with her husband, Dr. Jeff Alexander. SCI was the first medical spa to open in Oklahoma, and is also the leading provider of CoolScupting in both Oklahoma and Arkansas.


Aaron Burton
Chief Operating Officer,
Sciton
Dallas, TX

Aaron Burton is the Chief Operating Officer of Sciton, one of the leading laser and light technology companies in the aesthetic medical industry. Prior to this position, Aaron served as general manager and vice president of The Women’s Health Group at Sciton, as well as several other leadership positions with the company since 2011.


Robbi Grayson
Senior Business Consultant,
Acara Partners
Branford, CT

Robbi Grayson is the What. She has been active in the aesthetic medical industry in leadership roles for over 30 years as an owner, educator, consultant, and distributor. Having touched all aspects of the industry including manufacturing, property development, and management, she is recognized as an industry pioneer in the US market.


Dr. Terrence Keaney
Founder & Director, Dermatologist,
Skin DC
Arlington, VA

Dr. Terrence Keaney is a dermatologist at Skin DC in Arlington, VA, and is Assistant Clinical Faculty of Dermatology at George Washington (GW) University and Howard University. He has spearheaded numerous studies in skincare, cosmetic injectables, and the latest laser technology, and currently is focusing his research on how gender impacts aesthetic and dermatologic treatment.


Dr. Jared Mallalieu
Cosmetic Surgeon,
Laser Center of Maryland
Severna Park, MD

Dr. Jared Mallalieu is a board certified general surgeon specializing in cosmetic surgery. After completing a five-year surgical residency at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, MD, he moved to California and was a fellow with the Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgical Group. Since graduating from his fellowship, Dr. Mallalieu has continued to hone his surgical and laser skills, specializing in laser assisted liposuction and body sculpting. He is also a Sciton Luminary and leads training sessions for this renowned laser company.


Dr. Sarah Mess
Plastic Surgeon,
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Columbia, MD

Dr. Sarah Mess is a board certified plastic surgeon, and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. A graduate of Georgetown University Hospital, the University of Maryland Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania, she is affiliated with the Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, Northwest Hospital in Randallstown, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and Montgomery General Hospital in Olney. She is also a part-time instructor at Johns Hopkins and was named Plastic Surgery Section Chief at Howard County General in 2014.


Terri Ross
Director & Managing Partner,
Lasky Aesthetics & Laser Center
Beverly Hills, CA

Terri Ross brings more than 20 years of sales and management experience, having managed more than $20 million in revenue. She frequently lectures on a variety of topics within the aesthetic medical field, including at events sponsored by AmSpa, BTL Aesthetics, Vegas Cosmetic Surgery, and Revance Therapeutics. Her areas of expertise include business development, office re-engineering, revenue growth, strategic growth planning, sales and marketing, patient consulting, and staff training.


Jeff Routledge
President & CEO,
MedResults Network
Huntington Beach, CA

Jeff Routledge is the president and CEO of MedResults Network, based in Huntington, CA, the largest buying network in the aesthetic medical industry serving over 3,000 practices and med spas. He has over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, business development, regional and national operations, market analysis, marketing, and product/service development.


Rob Trow
Co-owner,
Environ USA/Derma Concepts
Delray Beach, FL

Rob Trow has owned Environ Skin Care–DermaConcepts for over 25 years, the exclusive distributor of Environ’s state of the art products in the United States. Trow has published over 100 articles focusing on the science of skin care and the business of operating a skin care practice. In addition, he is a regular speaker at national and international meetings, focusing on emerging topics in the industry.


NJ Wazaney
Vice President of Commercial Development,
Merz North America
Pompton Lakes, NJ

NJ Wazaney serves as vice president of commercial development for Merz North America, where oversees the entire aesthetic portfolio. He is also responsible for accessing and evaluating various companies, products, and services for strategic partnerships. Prior to this appointment, he served in senior leadership roles with Symplast, Ulthera, Bard Peripheral, Ballard Medical, Kimberly-Clark, CardioDynamics, Cardiva, TYRX, and MCI/Worldcom.


Paula Young, BS, RN
Director of PR & Marketing,
Young Medical Spas
Center Valley, PA

Paula Young, BS, RN, is a registered nurse, certified laser operator/aesthetics, and the director of public relations and marketing for Young Medical Spa in Landsdale and Center Valley, PA. She is part of the faculty with The Aesthetic Show in Las Vegas, NV, a multidisciplinary medical education conference focused on the rapidly expanding field of aesthetic medicine. Paula received an international award of “Aesthetic Nurse of The Year” in the 2016 The Aesthetic Awards at The Aesthetic Show, and a “Top 10 Nurses” Award from the 2016 Aesthetic Everything Award.


Erica Collins
Executive Director,
Aesthetic Business Institute
Branford, CT

Erica Collins was named the executive director of the Aesthetic Business Institute in November of 2018. She comes to this role at ABI after years of leadership positions in the aesthetic medical industry, specifically with Cynosure. Most recently, she served as the senior customer marketing program manager, where she oversaw a highly successful and innovative customer marketing program and support team.


John Powers, PhD
Director of Education and Research,
Aesthetic Business Institute
Branford, CT

John Powers, PhD, serves as the director of education and research for the Aesthetic Business Institute (ABI) and also is a senior communication consultant at Reach Beyond Marketing. Dr. Powers also teaches as an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University’s School of Communication and School of Health Sciences. Prior to working with the Acara family of businesses, he served as director of public affairs at Yale University School of Nursing, director of communications at Adelbrook Behavioral Services (formerly The Children’s Home), and media specialist at Midstate Medical Center (formerly Meriden-Wallingford Hospital).