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Dr. Naissan Wesley is an Advanced Aesthetic and Surgical Dermatologist and the Director of Mohs micrographic surgery at Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills. Board-certified and fellowship-trained in cosmetic, surgical dermatology, and Mohs surgery, Dr. Wesley graduated magna cum laude with high honors in biology and art history from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). As one of the top college graduates in the nation, she was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Dr. Wesley completed her medical school and residency at University of California San Francisco (UCSF), where she also graduated at the top of her class and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. At UCSF, she was recipient of the Chancellor Award for Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership (awarded to only one student annually among all graduate schools) and the National Medical Association’s Emerging Scholar Award. She completed her Mohs, cosmetic and surgical dermatology fellowship at Skin Care Physicians in Boston, MA.
Dr. Wesley is a Clinical Instructor of Dermatologic Surgery at UCLA. She has over 20 honors and awards, authored over 40 publications in leading medical journals and has been quoted in magazines and news outlets nationwide. Dr. Wesley is recognized as a monthly invited journalist for the aesthetic section of Dermatology News since 2009. She was also the guest editor of the first ethnic skin issue of Seminars of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery.
Dr. Wesley has been an investigator in numerous research studies that have contributed to many of the most cutting-edge procedures performed today in cosmetic dermatology, including Juvederm Voluma, Kybella, Xeomin, Dysport, Ulthera, Coolsculpting, Thermage, Velashape, Artefill, and Miradry.
Dr. Wesley is sought after for her aesthetic skill and ability to rejuvenate faces and skin. From a family of artists and physicians, and with an art background, Dr. Wesley’s approach is that of an artist and a scientist, creating extraordinarily natural results that do not appear overdone. She feels that patients should look natural, revived and refreshed, the best version of themselves (“you, only better”). She has a keen interest in integrative and holistic medicine and dermatology. Dr. Wesley performs Mohs surgery, Botox, Filler, Kybella and PRP injections, Laser procedures, sclerotherapy, scar revision, and more. Her outside interests include loved ones/family, pilates, yoga, beach cruisers, hiking, photography, travel, and philanthropic efforts for animals, children, and the earth to help make it a better place.
- Diplomate, American Board of Dermatology (Board-Certified)
- Clinical Instructor of Medicine, Dermatology division, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles
- Fellow, American Academy of Dermatology
- Fellow, American College of Mohs Surgery
- Member, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
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As the Founder of Veda Holistic Health, Vasu's work integrates the ancient science and wisdom of Ayurveda targeting the mind and body to address the challenges of modern living. Clients and students experience learning about their unique metabolic and psychological profiles, how to eat for your body type, how to alkalize the mind to support a life of vibrant health, creating value systems and structures where happiness and well-being are the natural outcome, annual physical and mental detoxes and therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC). He believes Ayurveda is the missing link to western medicine providing individualized wellness with time-tested preventative applications. His unique knowledge and skills have been gained through years of study with highly accomplished teachers, service and practical experience. He has curated and led a number of events and workshops around the sciences Ayurveda in service to families, tastemakers and high profile people. Vasu travels around the US and overseas giving inspirational talks on Ayurveda and leading life-transforming retreats.
Jennifer Chwalek, M.D. is a board certified dermatologist and a fellowship-trained dermatologic surgeon specializing in mohs micrographic surgery for the treatment of skin cancer and cosmetic dermatology.
Dr. Chwalek graduated with honors from Vassar College majoring in Art History. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine where she was elected to the national medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Following medical school she spent a year at the University of California, San Francisco studying hair biology and researching treatments for the most common causes of hair loss. She returned to the University of Maryland to complete her residency in dermatology. During residency she discovered her passion for cutaneous surgery, reconstruction and laser procedures, which led her to pursue a specialized fellowship in skin surgery and cosmetic procedures with one of the leading laser and cosmetic practices in the country. Her interests include injectables (botox, fillers, PRP), surgical and non-surgical treatments for scars, laser treatments for vascular lesions and birthmarks, laser tattoo removal, as well as minimally invasive procedures for facial and body rejuvenation.
She is a Clinical Instructor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center where she teaches the latest cosmetic and surgical techniques to dermatology residents and fellows. Dr. Chwalek lectures regularly at national conferences and serves as an editor for major dermatologic surgery and cosmetic journals. She has published numerous articles and book chapters and has been asked to lecture on laser resurfacing, body contouring and complications occurring from these procedures. In addition, Dr. Chwalek is a regular contributor to national skin care and beauty media, including Glamour, Allure, Brides, Soul Cycle, Shape, In Style and New Beauty.
Dr. Chwalek is particularly interested in how lifestyle factors interact with genes and affect skin aging. She is a Vinyasa and Kundalini trained yoga instructor, and has extensively studied meditation and Ayurveda with some of the most respected practitioners.
She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American College of Mohs Surgery, and the American Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine.
Michelle is a fourth year medical student at CNUCOM in Elk Grove, CA. She is currently a Regional Coordinator of the American Academy of Family Physicians, volunteers at a student run clinic in Sacramento, and is involved with her school’s Walk with a Doc program. In her free time Michelle enjoys competitive powerlifting, meditation, and cooking new recipes.
Dr. Rohit Kakar (@drrohitkakar) is a Board Certified, Fellowship-trained Cosmetic Dermatologist, Laser Surgeon, and Melanoma expert. He earned his Bachelor of Science with Distinction from the University of Michigan and his Medical Doctorate from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Kakar completed his dermatology residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and completed a fellowship in Melanoma and Cutaneous Lymphoma at Georgetown University Washington Hospital Center. He completed an additional fellowship (accredited by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery) in Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery at Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills, with cosmetic dermatologists Dr. Derek H. Jones and Dr. Naissan Wesley, world-renowned for their pioneering work on injectable fillers, botulinum toxin, and laser medicine. Dr. Kakar has published numerous articles and contributed to multiple academic volumes, with a specific focus on cosmetic dermatology.
Dr. Aunna Pourang is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine Medical Honors Program and is board-certified in family physician (Mayo Clinic) and integrative medicine (Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine).
Dr. Pourang is currently a research scholar in the Department of Dermatology at the University of California- Davis with a research focus on the gut-skin axis and microbiome. Her other interests include integrative dermatology, global and preventive health, and antibiotic-stewardship.
Ardalan Minokadeh, MD PhD, is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship trained cosmetic dermatologist. He completed a highly competitive and rigorous ASDS (American Society of Dermatologic Surgery) accredited fellowship at Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills. During this year long fellowship, he worked one-on-one with hands-on training from mentors Drs. Derek Jones and Naissan Wesley and has since joined the practice as an associate.
Dr. Ardalan's passion for medicine started during his time at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience. He was subsequently accepted into 1 of the 2 positions in the competitive tuition-free Physician Scientist Program at the Tulane University School of Medicine after which he obtained both his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. Dr. Ardalan's Ph.D. research in neuropeptides was conducted at the University of California, San Diego, for which his research was supported by funding awarded to him from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Dr. Ardalan chose to stay in New Orleans, LA, at Tulane University to complete his dermatology residency training along with an internship in Internal Medicine. In his last year of training, he served as Chief Resident of Medical Education.
As a physician and scientist, Dr. Ardalan is committed to advancing the field of dermatology, and in this light, has authored many peer reviewed publications in leading medical journals, has authored several textbook chapters and presented scholarly lectures at national and international dermatology meetings. He has also served as an investigator for clinical trials in cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Ardalan is a member of many relevant organizations including the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.
Sandra is an acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist, and the founder of Treatment by Lanshin. In practice for over a decade, she focuses on treating skin disorders and skin rejuvenation because she believes the future of skin health will greatly evolve with the unique approach of Chinese medicine. Specially trained in dermatology, she uses Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture to resolve common skin problems like acne, rosacea, dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis.
Through her many years of correcting pain and tension patterns of the body, Sandra has developed a deep understanding of structural and tissue relationships that she now applies to her work rejuvenating skin and face. Using acupuncture, facial gua sha, cupping, and other Chinese medically derived techniques, she has developed methods of correcting tissue tension patterns that she believes lead to common aging concerns like sagging skin, premature wrinkling, etc.
Providing education to clients is of key importance to Sandra’s work in helping them create lasting patterns of health and vitality. Teaching self-care and home practices have become an increasingly larger aspect of her work for this reason. Currently, Sandra teaches Facial Gua Sha Self-care workshops at home and across the country and plans to continue adding new classes to her roster.
Ryan C. Kelm is a current PGY2 Dermatology resident at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He completed his undergraduate training at The University of Oklahoma, graduating with a B.S. in Chemical Biology and a minor in Entrepreneurship. During his time in medical school, he took a year off to pursue research in the Department of Dermatology clinical trials unit at Northwestern in Chicago, IL. Throughout this appointment, he published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and gave presentations on his research at national meetings. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health and Sciences Center Medical school as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. His interests are procedural dermatology and skin cancer. In addition, he is interested in learning how artificial intelligence will impact healthcare and applying these models and innovations to healthcare systems.
Dr. Lily Talakoub's decade is medicine and dermatology was molded as she began her career in the Office of the US Surgeon General. As a Washington DC insider she developed her career as a leader and expert in the saturated world of skincare and beauty. As one of the youngest CEO's in her field she grew her skincare mecca 10 fold in 5 years. She is known as a industry leader in skincare having influence over the development and branding of some of the top beauty products in the world. Dr. Lily is a leading expert on the board at Frontline Media where she has written over 100 articles on skincare and cosmetics, Dr. Talakoub is a name media insiders trust. She is a regular expert on the news, has over 150 written media pieces in magazines such as INStyle, New Beauty, Cosmopolitan, Allure etc and is a national trainer and lead injection expert for Allergan.
Board-certified in dermatology, Dr. Jones received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, and completed his dermatology residency at Columbia University in New York City, where he served as Chief Resident. In 1999 he founded Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills, where he is the Director. Dr. Jones is currently Director of an American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Cosmetic Fellowship, and for 20 years prior was Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Jones is an internationally regarded key opinion leader and researcher on cosmetic injectables. He is frequently an invited speaker at national dermatology meetings and has delivered over 300 scholarly lectures internationally.
Dr. Jones is a widely published author, with more than 110 publications in leading peer-reviewed medical journals. He has written several textbook chapters and is Editor of the textbook Injectable Fillers: Principles and Practice (Wiley-Blackwell), and the upcoming Injectable Fillers: Facial Contouring and Sculpting (Wiley-Blackwell). Dr. Jones is an Assistant Editor for Journal of Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Jones served as the lead investigator on the Juvederm Voluma® and Kybella trials that led to FDA approval. He has been a principal investigator on many clinical trials in facial aesthetics, including the trials that led to FDA approval of Juvéderm® , Latisse®, Belotero®, Xeomin®, Restylane Refyne® and Radiesse® for hands, as well as 2 other Phase 3 studies of novel neurotoxins. Dr. Jones is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and ASDS, and has filled numerous leadership roles for ASDS, including 3 years on the Board of Directors.
Dr. Raja Sivamani is a board-certified dermatologist and practices as an integrative dermatologist at Pacific Skin Institute. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology at the University of California, Davis and Director of Clinical Research and the Clinical Trials Unit.He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the California State University, Sacramento and an Associate Professor of Dermatology at California Northstate University, College of Medicine.He engages in clinical practice as well as both clinical and translational research that integrates bioengineering, nutrition, cosmetics, and skin biology. With training in both Allopathic and Ayurvedic medicine, he takes an integrative approach to his patients and in his research.He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research manuscripts, 10 textbook chapters, and a textbook entitled Cosmeceuticals and Active Cosmetics, 3rd Edition with a passion for expanding the evidence and boundaries of integrative medicine for skin care.
A visionary and thought leader in the field of minimally invasive aesthetics, Dr. Amelia K. Hausauer is the Director of Dermatology for Aesthetx, a premier plastic surgery and dermatology practice located in the heart of Silicon Valley. She is an innovator and rising star in the world of platelet rich plasma (PRP) and microneedling, spearheading several research trials on these subjects in addition to lecturing and training other healthcare providers across the country. Dr. Hausauer is also the chief editor and major contributing author to the upcoming medical textbook, PRP and Microneedling in Aesthetic Medicine, and has written multiple pieces on neuromodulators (i.e. Botox® cosmetic) and dermal fillers. She has served as an investigator on trials for Allergan, Merz Aesthetics, Revance Therapeutics, and ThermiGen LLC. Dr. Hausauer earned a Bachelors of Arts with the highest honors in Human Biology from Stanford University and her medical doctorate at University of California San Francisco (UCSF,) receiving multiple competitive awards/ scholarships from each university. She was awarded one of only a few highly-coveted, advanced cosmetic dermatology training positions in the United States, groomed by one of the world’s masters in filler, botox, and laser. She then completed the prestigious American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Future Leaders Network training, intended to cultivate the newest class of procedural dermatology leaders. Dr. Hausauer now sees patients in Northern California where she has helped build a unique, multidisciplinary aesthetic medicine practice that seamlessly blends minimally invasive as well as surgical techniques to provide highly customized, full-service patient care from board-certified core practitioners.
Dr. Tin is a board-certified dermatologist from Manila Philippines and has been in private practice and in government service since she finished her Dermatology residency training in Makati Medical Center, one of the few training institutions accredited by the Philippine Dermatological Society. She also serves as the Medical Director of Nisce Skin Medispa. As a doctor who majored in Psychology in her undergrad, she has always been inclined to help in the transformative journey of patients, giving lectures on health in different fora. In the past few years she became a practitioner of Functional Medicine, and in 2021 she became the first dermatologist from the Philippines to complete the Integrative Dermatology Certificate Program of LearnSkin.