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facultyDr. John J. Corey

John J. Corey is an aesthetic plastic surgeon who has practiced in Scottsdale, Arizona, since 1993. Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, he was Chief of Plastic Surgery at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix from 1994-1999. Dr. Corey performs all types of cosmetic surgical procedures. He lectures at Arizona State University and is an Affiliate Assistant Professor at Midwestern University. He is one of the most respected and sought-after faculty members at the Osler Institute, which provides hands-on review for practicing plastic surgeons nationwide who are preparing for their own Board certification.

In 1998, Dr. Corey was voted one of the top doctors in plastic surgery by Maricopa County physicians in a CBS Channel 5 poll. Dr. Corey’s approach to plastic surgery draws on his training here in the United States as well as Brazil. After graduating from the University of Utah School of Medicine and fulfilling prerequisite training in general surgery at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, he entered the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta to begin his plastic surgery residency sculpting the form and creating the curve and lines of the feminine shape.

Dr. AngobaldoDr. Jeff Angobaldo

Dr. Angobaldo is a plastic surgeon who is licensed in the state of Texas. Board certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Medical Association, he provides services in cosmetic and plastic surgery. His outstanding services have helped him earn the NIH Summer Research Award in 1999 and a National Medical Fellowship in 2001. As a spokesman for the SlimLipo treatment, he trains fellow doctors on this breakthrough procedure as well as performs this treatment on clients, in addition to various other cosmetic procedures.

Dr. Angobaldo is also known for providing his services to charities, such as Partners of the Americas and the trauma center in Haiti. He has published many scientific journals and papers that can be found in the Journal of Urology and issues of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. Dedicated to his clients, he truly cares about each and every individualized treatment they request. His credentials include attending and graduating from University of Michigan in 1996, Wayne State University in 1997 for his Masters in Biomedical Science, and University of Michigan School of Medicine in 2002.

Dr. Bill DafnisDr. Bill Dafnis

Dr. Bill Dafnis, or “Dr. Bill” as we adoringly call him, has been in private practice since 2004. After working in a group practice, he became the assistant program director at John C Lincoln’s Family Medicine Residency program for several years before returning to private practice. Dr. Bill has been practicing aesthetics in an outpatient setting for over 6 years and has served as an instructor for over 4 years. He has taught hundreds of doctors, nurses, and dentists during this time and finds teaching others the art of aesthetics to be a very rewarding experience. Dr. Bill specializes in BOTOX®, Dermal Fillers, and Sclerotherapy and has spent extensive time over the years traveling across the country as an instructor for other CE/CME courses.

facultyDr. Betty Davis

Dr. Betty Davis offers a wealth of practical knowledge and research experience as the head instructor of National Laser Institute’s continuing education courses. Dr. Davis is a Board Certified Dermatologist who specializes in Cosmetic Dermatology and MOHs Surgery for Skin Cancer. She currently practices at Arizona Medical Clinic in Sun City. Dr. Davis completed the Mohs and Procedural Dermatology Fellowship with Dr. Gary D. Monheit and Dr. Christopher B. Harmon in Birmingham, Alabama. She is a member of the American College of MOHs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology; The American Medical Association; The Arizona Medical Association; The American Society for Dermatological Surgery and is a Fellow of The American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Davis also formerly served as Chief Resident of Dermatology in Colombia, Missouri and was awarded the most outstanding student and seminar in plastic surgery.
facultyDr. Jennifer Linder
Dermatology and Mohs Skin Cancer SurgeryAs a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs skin cancer surgeon, Dr. Linder is dedicated to compassionate patient care, skin cancer awareness, and skin care education. She serves as Chief Scientific Officer for PCA SKIN®, a medical skin care company and as one of the foremost experts on Sculptra (the filler facelift alternative) and is a national educator for BOTOX®, JUVEderm™ and Restylane®. She trained at Washington University, University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University and continues as a Clinical Instructor at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Linder has been quoted in O (Oprah), Elle, Fitness, Shape, W, Parenting, New Beauty and Prevention, 3-TV, NBC-12 and regularly featured on ABC-15’s Sonoran Living.

facultyDr. Jeanette Jacknin

Dr. Jeanette Jacknin is a well-respected Dermatologist, author, and clinical skin care expert. In 1983, Dr. Jacknin received her medical degree from Medical College of Virginia where she remained to complete her Dermatology Residency and later serve as their Chief Resident. Dr. Jacknin is Arizona Board and Licensed and has served as a consultant to the Department of Dermatology at Maricopa County Hospital. Dr. Jacknin is among the country’s top clinical experts in both conventional and alternative skin care therapies and cosmetic Dermatology.
In 2001, she wrote the first and only comprehensive book on traditional and alternative skin care therapies for best-selling publisher, Penguin Putnam titled Smart Medicine for Your Skin. She has been featured in popular magazines such as Readers Digest, Men’s Health, Women’s World Magazine, and Better Homes and Gardens, and has appeared on radio shows such as Health Talk, The Deborah Ray Show, and Wealth of Health Nutrition Hour. Her expertise has also been referenced for articles in publications such as Beacon News Health Bookshelf to Health, Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) Journal, The Herald Journal, and more.

 

facultyDr. Sonja Pettersen

Sonja Pettersen, N.M.D. is licensed in Arizona to practice primary care medicine specializing in natural therapeutics. She received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR in 1998 and completed a year of residency in 1999 at the same college. She is currently certified in the aesthetic arts of laser hair removal and BOTOX® injections. Dr Pettersen is one of the medical directors and a laser instructor at National Laser Institute.

Dr. Pettersen’s practice harmonizes the Vis Medicatrix Naturae, or the healing power of nature with the modern day demands of her patients. Her practice exemplifies a holistic approach to patient care through a variety of modalities, including Frequency Specific Microcurrent, European Drainage, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, I.V. therapy including chelation, homeopathy, functional medicine, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, Ortho Bionomy, and mind-body techniques. She is also a Certified Hypnotherapist and Neuro Linguistic Programming practitioner. 1997 Dr. Pettersen has trained over 300 health-care practitioners in Frequency Specific Microcurrent, a revolutionary technique for healing damaged tissue through frequencies.

facultyJan Treinen, RN

Jan is a Registered Nurse and Certified Laser Technician, holding a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. She brings her many years of experience in the health care field and personal success as a spa owner to help teach students and share her passion for this industry. Her current work as Western US Clinical Training Manager for one of the largest national laser companies in the country takes her across the US to educate and train on all aspects of light and laser physics, skin resurfacing and rejuvenation, hair reduction, and photofacials. She is also certified in all aspects of aesthetic medicine, including microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and injectables. Her interest and experience in business start up and marketing allow students to benefit from her personal and professional experience as well as her clinical expertise. At National Laser Institute, Jan takes pride in helping all students follow their dreams and achieve their goals.

facultyMary Sullivan-Bryan, RN

Mary Sullivan-Bryan, RN and owner of her own medical spa, attended Northwestern University and worked for 15 years in critical care before starting her aesthetic practice in Las Vegas five years ago. She is certified by Inamed (the manufacturer of Collagen and Captique) as a Dermal Filler Specialist. Upon specific request of Allergan, the BOTOX® manufacturer, Mary is currently teaching exclusive Advanced BOTOX® Injection technique seminars, called “Injecting with Confidence.” She serves as a trainer and consultant for one of the largest publicly traded laser companies. Mary also is a faculty member/clinical educator of P.A.L.E.T.T.E. whose activities are supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Allergan, Inc.

facultySharon Epting, R.N., CLT

Sharon, a Registered Nurse, has been a health care professional for over twenty years. She transitioned into the aesthetic arena in 2000, where she discovered her passion. She is a Laser Certified Technician as well as instructor for National Laser Institute. Her expertise is Laser Hair Removal, Photofacial, and Cellulite Reduction. Sharon has performed countless treatments, as well as managed medical spas in California and Arizona. She is currently a partner in a Arizona medical spa.

“It is my philosophy that each student is a unique individual, and should be treated as such. My goal is to provide students with the knowledge and experience I have acquired, as well as assist each student in achieving confidence with treatment modalities.”

facultySue Thomas, RN, FNP-C

Sue has more than 17 years of advanced experience in nursing, as both a nurse practitioner and cosmetic nurse. Her life’s passion is to provide exceptional injectable services and skin care management, helping people from the inside out through aesthetics. As an experienced medical instructor, she has been involved in Baylor University’s Nurse Practitioner program through teaching, lecturing and precepting.

facultyCarolyn Craft, RN

Carolyn is a dedicated Registered Nurse specializing in non-surgical aesthetic services. She has extensive experience with the aesthetic arts of which injectables and lasers are her passion. She has worked side by side with both top dermatologists and plastic surgeons in the Dallas. She prides herself in working with her clients individually; developing comprehensive, result oriented programs that leave them looking and feeling their best.

Carolyn has received thorough training and continually strives to keep up with the latest techniques and services

facultyAmi Montague, LVN, LE, LSO, LHRP

A native of Northern Idaho, Ami Montague has been in the skin care industry since completing nursing school in 1998. A licensed nurse (LVN) and aesthetician (LE), she spent nearly 5 years in San Diego, CA working for a top spa and plastic surgeon performing peels, microdermabrasion, facials, and assisting with surgeries. In early 2002, she returned to Idaho and began her career in laser therapy, specializing in hair removal, rosacea, leg vein treatments, and anti-aging treatments. Ami spent the next 8 years in the medical spa industry where she was not only the lead laser technician, but also excelled in spa management. In 2005, she became Allergan-certified to perform cosmetic injectables, thus adding another skill set to her repertoire.

Ami joins the National Laser Dallas team as an instructor and Laser Safety Officer (LSO), as well as our lead laser technician and injector. She holds the highest level of certification for laser hair removal in the state of Texas (LHRP). Although she is skilled in all areas of light-based therapies, she is especially passionate about treating sun damage and rosacea. Ms. Montague believes that cosmetic injectables should be used to enhance each client’s features in a subtle, natural way and uses her artistic eye to bring balance to each face she treats.

“I love building relationships with my clients & helping them age gracefully over the years. Skin is an ever-changing organ, and I truly consider myself a ‘therapist,’ recognizing that the skin ‘issues’ a client had a year ago might be completely different from those he or she has today. I am blessed to have the power of cutting-edge laser and light therapies, as well as the best cosmetic injectables at my disposal. Being a part of this industry is truly rewarding!” – Ami

facultyShana Yates, CMLT, LSO, LE
Shana has over 22 years of experience in the cosmetic/aesthetic/medical industry. She has over 2000 hours of advance diploma certificate courses in paramedical aesthetic training. Shana is the national educator for Ultraceuticals, and she trained for 3 years for them internationally. She is a board certified instructor and trainer for various equipment modalities and an ARRA approved laser instructor. She has had many years of industry work that include owning and operating a medical spa in California, putting together curriculums for aesthetic schools and writing protocols and presentations for various cosmeceutical companies.

facultyTara Sissel, CLT, LE

Tara has been a licensed medical aesthetician for over 10 years. She has also owned and operated a successful salon and spa for several years, as well as worked for a top dermatology and plastic surgery group here in the Phoenix valley. Tara has been an instructor at National Laser Institute for nearly three years. She is also a laser technician in the National Laser Institute med spa, and her specialties include Intense Pulse Light modalities and acne treatments.

“Watching my clients self esteem and confidence grow from their treatments is a beautiful thing. I love my job!” – Tara

facultySandra Nash, CLP, LE, LSO

Sandra entered the medical aesthetic field like many NLI students, as a career changer. For 20 years she worked in financial and human resources administration. Fourteen years ago, she became a Licensed Massage Therapist, training at Oregon Health Science University Hospital and through Sloan Kettering, she specialized in Oncology Massage. Sandra is also a Licensed Aesthetician and became the spa director for the L Spa at Baylor University Medical Center. She worked under Ben Tittle, M.D. as the Lead Medical Aesthetician and the Director of Education and Training for a medical spa in Dallas. She is a certified laser professional as well as a Laser Safety Officer.

Sandra is one of the original teachers at National Laser Institute in Dallas, beginning in June of 2011. In October of 2011, she became the spa and school manager.

“My life at National Laser Institute is never boring. I get to manage an amazing staff, teach students who are eager to learn medical aesthetics and how it can change lives, and still create relationships treating and serving clients. My favorite part is how it is always evolving. There is always something new to learn, and I can pass that knowledge on to students and clients. Working at NLI, there is such a huge choice of state of the art equipment to teach and treat with. I consider myself very fortunate to be a part of this family and to get to share my passion with so many.” – Sandra

facultyShelley Cook, CLT

Shelley Cook, a California native who is now a resident of Cave Creek Arizona, and has lived in the valley for 14 years. In addition to bearing the credentials of Laser Tattoo Specialist and Certified Laser Technician, Shelley is one of the only tattoo removal specialist in the valley that is also a clinical laser instructor at the nationally recognized National Laser Institute. On a monthly basis she teaches doctors, nurses, aestheticians and others how to perform safe and effective laser treatments. Shelley continues to teach as she has a passion for education, helping others, and staying at the forefront of the industry.

Shelley’s customers feel like they are in excellent hands knowing their tattoo removal technician is also a current instructor of laser procedures. Shelley is also about to start training for one of the fastest growing publicly traded laser manufactures to train doctors, nurses, aestheticians, and laser technicians how to perform tattoo removal procedures.

“When I made the decision to have my tattoo removed, I wanted it to be done by a professional and well known establishment. On my first visit I was nervous, but Shelley was so bubbly and kind that all my fears were alleviated. I just finished my third laser session and my husband is amazed at how faded it is already. It will be wonderful to wear sleeveless shirts to work, especially living in Arizona, and not have to worry about anyone looking at me differently.” – Kathy J.

facultyLaura Simonton, CLT, LSO

Laura Simonton received her Bachelors of Science in Biology in 1997 from Northern Arizona University. Building on that degree, as well as a minor in Business Administration and a CLS certification, she started her laser career in 2005 by founding her own aesthetic laser business. In 2007 she was recruited by Arizona Skin Specialists, a cosmetic dermatology practice in Phoenix, to be their laser safety officer and Certified Laser Specialist.

Being a practitioner, as well as an instructor at National Laser Institute, keeps her at the forefront of the industry. Laura has been performing laser services with Nd:YAG and Alexandrite lasers and specializes in hair removal on ethnic skin, sun damage, minimization, as well as collagen stimulating facials. She has a passion for this field and loves teaching others about the industry, equipment and client care in a fun and energetic environment. These seemingly “cosmetic” procedures can change lives and she is excited to encourage all the students to pursue a career in this rewarding field.

“I wore a low neck blouse for the first time in seven years while I was in London – all due to the dramatic results I experienced from your work. I’m thrilled.”
- Victoria Sweeney (after receiving skin tightening and sun damage minimization treatments)

“There was a visible change after my first collagen stimulating facial (LaserFACIAL), but after a few more, the results were very noticeable. My crow’s feet have been greatly reduced and many of the fine wrinkles on my face have completely disappeared, giving me a renewed confidence in my appearance. I couldn’t be more pleased! This is exciting technology that really works!

- Lee Ann Lankford, age 57

facultyBrooke Bangart CLT, LE, LC

Brooke has 20 years combined experience as a licensed cosmetologist, aesthetician, medical aesthetician, and laser and light-based technician–with 8 years of experience managing and providing services in a successful salon and spa in Seattle, WA where she grew up. After riding out the rain for 40 years in Emerald City, Brooke decided to dry out here in North Scottsdale, where she currently teaches at National Laser Institute and resides as lead laser and light technician for a busy dermatology practice.

facultyEvee Jackson, CLP, CLI, LSO

Evee has been in the laser business for 7 years. She began working for a vascular surgeon in Amarillo at Amarillo Laser and Vein Clinic. She assisted in venous vein closures and specialized in vein reduction. She is also trained in many laser modalities and has been teaching for NLI for 2 years. Her favorite procedures are vein reduction and Pro Fractional resurfacing.

facultyMelissa Guerry, CLP, CLI, LSO

Melissa is a career changer with over 6 years of experience in the aesthetic laser industry. Melissa began her career with assisting a physician in opening a laser center within his medical practice. She is now a professional laser trainer and instructor specializing in multiple modalities. Her favorites are teaching advanced resurfacing and tattoo removal. When she is not teaching she loves spending her time with her beautiful 10 year old daughter.