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Glynis Ablon, M.D. 

Glynis Ablon, MD is a board-certified dermatologist who completed her training at Baylor School of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  Dr. Ablon is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCLA.  She is active in clinical research and the first published author in the United States in mesotherapy. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Academy of Liposuction Surgery, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.  As director of the Ablon Skin Institute and Research Center, an independent clinical research site specializing in dermatology clinical trials, she is involved in clinical research relating to innovative skincare, cosmetic and laser procedures, and the next generation of dermal fillers and botulinum toxins. She has published over forty articles, three books (including What’s Stressing Your Face), lectured at multiple medical conferences, and appeared on numerous television shows including: The Doctors Show, KTLA News, E! Entertainment, Inside Edition, Lifetime, and more

Dr. Tess Mauricio  

Dr. Tess Mauricio is a Board Certified Dermatologist, Founder and CEO of M Beauty Clinics in Beverly Hills and San Diego. She a graduate of Stanford Medical School and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of University of California San Diego. Dr. Tess is a Past President of The San Diego Society for Dermatologic Surgery. She the recipient of the very first UCSD Warren College Distinguished Alumni award and Hollywood Daytime Beauty Award for Outstanding Achievement in Medicine. She is a favorite medical expert on TV with regular network appearances on NBC’s California Live, The Dr. Oz Show, The Talk, The Real, Dr. Phil, The Rachael Ray Show, Fox News, and The Doctors. Dr. Tess stars also in her reality show, “All In The Family with Dr. Tess”.  

Philip B. 

Philip B. is an American hairstylist and entrepreneur who founded the Philip B. hair and skincare company. The luxury botanical beauty label includes treatment and styling products for the hair and scalp as well as body treatment products. Philip B. began his professional hair styling career as a teenager in his home state of Massachusetts. In 1984, he moved to Los Angeles and found work in salons frequented by Hollywood celebrities. Finding that commercial treatments were inadequate for healing over-processed hair common to movie actresses, Philip B. experimented with botanical blends of his own. His first commercial formula, Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil, was first sold at Fred Segal in Los Angeles in 1992. His venture went nationwide a year later with placement at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. Today, Philip B. treatment and styling products are also sold online and in countries from Europe to the Middle East to Asia. His role as CEO, product creator and educator for the company have been written about in publications such as Vogue, Elle, Glamour, In Style, and many international magazines, newspapers and beauty blogs. His products have been used by a number of prominent clients including: Nicole Kidman, Idris Elba, Gwyneth Paltrow, and The Rolling Stones.  

Dr. Ben Talei 

As a native of California, Dr. Benjamin (Ben) Talei graduated from the University of California, LosAngeles (UCLA) with a degree in Physiological Sciences receiving both College Honors and Departmental Honors. While studying at the University of Menedez Pelayo in Spain, Dr. Talei worked for the Sisterhood of Blood Donors and the Red Cross promoting blood donations in Andalucia, Spain. He then received his Medical Degree atone of the nation’s top medical schools, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine (UCSD). Dr. Talei completed his residency training in Head & Neck Surgery at Columbia University and Cornell University Medical Centers, New York Presbyterian Hospital. There he worked with the Greats of Facial Plastic Surgery included his primary mentor Dr. Steven Pearlman. He then served as Chief in his residency at Columbia and Cornell and served as a fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center also in New York City. Following his residency training, Dr. Talei became one of the only surgeons in the country to complete two separate fellowships in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. First, he completed one of the most revered and prestigious fellowships in the country at the New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery. Simultaneously, he offered his skills and training while serving as voluntary staff and teacher for the Resident Head & Neck Surgeons of the Albert Einstein School of Medicine. Dr. Talei then furthered his training at the Vascular Birthmark Institute of NewYork, a part of Lenox Hill and Manhattan Ear, Eyes, and Throat Hospitals.  Integrated fully into the Beverly Hills community, Dr. Talei is a member of the Beverly Hills Health & Wellness Committee. He is also on staff at UCLA Ronald Regan Medical Center, Santa Monica UCLA MedicalCenter, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Dr. Talei frequently accommodates visiting surgeons in order to teach them more advanced surgical techniques. He is most well known for his rapid healing times, very natural, long-lasting results and impeccable facial aesthetic. Several times a year, he travels on various surgical missions to less fortunate countries in order to treat those patients who can’t receive the help they need. Dr.Talei has volunteered with Operation Smile, HUGS (Help Give Us Smiles), and Healing The Children on Cleft Lip & Palate and Microtia missions in Honduras, Ecuador, and Colombia. 

Dr. Ava Shamban  

Ava Shamban M.D., renowned board-certified Dermatologist, is a true skin visionary, clinician, author, anti-aging expert and prejuvenation proponent. Founder of Ava MD Dermatology and SkinFive Medical spas in Southern California, she also runs the Santa Monica based Ava Shamban Research Clinic, where she conducts clinical trials for Allergan, Evolus, Merz, Galderma and others engaged in the pipeline of future treatments, products, technologies and protocols. Dr. Ava, a master injector and Hollywood “go-to” for all cosmetic aesthetics, her artistic prowess is also well known from her tenure as the Extreme Makeover resident dermatologist, a featured expert on the Emmy-winning daytime talk shows The Doctors, EXTRA and Steve Harvey.  She is the author of a best-selling beauty book Heal Your Skin: The Breakthrough Plan for Renewal.  Additionally, she hosted her own digital series for Condé Nast Entertainment, “Dr. Ava Says” as an Allure Insider.   Dr. Shamban continues to be featured in publications including New Beauty Magazine, Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Elle, Good Housekeeping, Prevention, MSN, Yahoo and others. 

Dr. Kay Durairaj 

Dr. Kay Durairaj is an internationally recognized facial plastic surgeon and head and neck surgeon practicing in Pasadena, CA. Specializing in both surgical and nonsurgical facial rejuvenation, Dr. Kay completed her surgical training at UCLA and is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. Voted one of the United States’ Top 100 Injectors, publications such as Allure Magazine and New Beauty have highlighted Dr. Kay’s expertise in neurotoxins, dermal fillers, and biostimulators, such as Sculptra. Dr. Kay is the CEO of KD skincare and is a popular social media figure, with an Instagram following of 248,000 and a TikTok following of 100,300. Her podcast, Beauty Bytes with Dr. Kay: Secrets of a Plastic SurgeonTM premiered at No. 2 on the Apple Podcasts Fashion & Beauty Charts. Dr. Kay also educates others injectors through her conference, Modern Aesthetic Theory and Artistry, as well as her online modules.

Jamie Greenberg  

Jamie Greenberg has made a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s most indispensable makeup artists and is a highly sought-after beauty personality. Her work is seen on red carpets, advertisements, and entertainment throughout the years. Some of her most frequent clients include: Kaley Cuoco, Rashida Jones, Jessica Alba, Chelsea Handler, Lizzy Caplan, Elisabeth Moss,  Jordana Brewster, Joey King, Kristen Stewart, Julie Bowen, Angelique Cabral, Jane Levy, and many other amazing women. Eternally excited and ready for new challenges, Jamie brings warmth and vitality to every assignment and enhances each of her clients with her playful and optimistic sense of beauty. JAMIE MAKEUP, Follow on Instagram, Like on Facebook Subscribe to her YouTube.

Mai Quynh  

Mai Quynh is a Los Angeles-based makeup artist. She began her career assisting top makeup artists such as Stephane Marais, Paul Starr, and Frank B. Today, her celebrity clientele includes Daisy Ridley, Scarlett Johansson, Saoirse Ronan, Chloe Moretz, Alison Brie, Paris Jackson and Tessa Thompson. She has contributed to top publications like Vogue, Glamour, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, The Cut, The Edit andNylon. She has collaborated with elite photographers like Patrick Demarchelier, Annie Leibovitz, Max Vadukul, Sofia & Mauro, Alix Malka, Alexei Hay, and James White. Quynh has worked with international brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, L’Oréal Paris, H&M, and Bongo. 

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Jennifer Hollander  

Jennifer Hollander, MSN, NP-C is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with nine years of experience working in both clinical and cosmetic dermatology. Prior to working in dermatology, Jennifer obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of San Francisco and began her career as a bedside nurse with acutely ill patients at Cedar Sinai Medical Center. While working at the hospital, Jennifer chose to further her knowledge and completed a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Azusa Pacific University. Jennifer’s transition from bedside nursing to aesthetic medicine stems from her personal challenges with acne and her desire to help patients of all ages with their skin. Jennifer is a best-kept celebrity secret and skincare expert and her approach is best described as passionate and holistic. She appreciates the association between outward appearance and self-esteem and brings her clinical expertise and guidance in natural beauty to her practice. She believes in improving her patients’ best features and using them to bring balance and harmony to all areas of the face. Having worked in Beverly Hills for the past nine years, she has worked with many high-profile celebrities and has learned to administer cosmetic injectables both artistically and naturally. Jennifer is certified in ArqueDerma®️Artistic Restoration Lift®️a patented FDA technique that she offers to her clientele to create a youthful, aesthetically-pleasing look that highlights the person’s natural beauty. With her extensive background in dermatology, Jennifer specializes in treating acne, surgical scars, acne scarring, melasma, and hyperpigmentation. Jennifer also has experience working very closely with the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community and aids in the transitioning process using laser and facial feminization procedures. She is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). 

Dr. Grace Goar Vershinina   

Dr. Grace Goar Vershinina is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Dental School, one of the eight private universities known as the Ivy League, and she is also a post-graduate of UCLA Advanced Educational General Dentistry. Before attending dental schools in the United States, Dr. Vershinina’s background was in Prosthodontics-Periodontics in Moscow, Russia. Currently, a Biological Dentist and owner of Beverly Hills BioDental, where metal-free and toxic-free dentistry along with the most high-tech equipment and dentists’ expertise help patients achieve optimal health. Dr. Vershinina helps her patients by diagnosing and removing chronic silent infections and replacing past metal and leaking restorations with pure biocompatible materials. She stopped placing titanium implants several years ago and now works only with zirconia implants because she truly believes that our health starts from our mouth, and that we need to be vigilant about how we choose our teeth to be restored. 

Dr. Dale Prokupek    

Board-certified internist, Dr. Dale Prokupek earned his undergraduate degree with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and completed his medical education at the Medical College of Wisconsin. His internal medicine residency was completed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. He finished his training with a gastroenterology fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Prokupek is a staff physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and an associate clinical professor of medicine at UCLA as well. Dr. Prokupek is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is also a member of the American Association of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery, the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine, and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. 

Dr. Prokupek is a top-rated aesthetic professional and owner of Aesthetic Body Solutions in Beverly Hills, California where he is highly experienced in making his patients look and feel their best. At Aesthetic Body Solutions, Dr. Prokupek offers his years of experience specializing in aesthetic procedures, including CoolSculpting, BOTOX, dermal fillers, laser treatments, diagnostic testing for hormonal imbalances, and wellness services. He also has medical privileges at the Soma Surgery Center in Beverly Hills, California for the placement and removal of the Orbera gastric balloon for medically supervised weight loss.

Cynthia Franco    

Cynthia Franco is a leading aesthetician revered for her advanced therapies for face and body. She offers a well-rounded routine of healing, nurturing, and results-oriented treatments specially tailored to each client. Cynthia began her beauty career in 1990 working for Shu Uemura Atelier in Los Angeles and opened and managed a counter at Nordstrom in San Francisco. She eventually worked as an artist for M.A.C. and went on to become a freelance makeup artist in television, video, fashion shows, print, and weddings. With the birth of her daughter in 2003, Cynthia entered into the alternative health field by training at California Healing Arts in Santa Monica, California, graduating in 2005. There she learned and perfected her technique for relaxation massage, deep tissue, Swedish, Shiatsu, Usui Reiki, Reflexology, Polarity, Oscillation, Sacred Stone Massage, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point, Lymphatic Massage, and Pre-Natal Massage.

While training under a top chiropractor, Cynthia grew more curious as to how the body works and how it can benefit from muscle-specific bodywork, entering a year-long NMT (Neuromuscular Therapy) program in Georgia. She graduated in 2009 with honors in neuroscience, anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and technical skills receiving over 1450 hours in this program alone. She worked for a prominent aesthetician in Los Angeles and realized her love for skincare as well. With a focus on healing always at the forefront, Cynthia implements cutting-edge technology, treatments and products designed for anti-aging and healing skin conditions.

"I have ventured into alternative therapies for my own path and in doing so was able to conceive and bring into the world an amazing daughter. I whole heartily believe in an integrative, holistic approach to one’s own health and beauty. My own path has sparked a passion within me to be in this field, and continue to learn and grow in order to be of service as a healer, massage therapist, bodyworker, licensed esthetician and now energy work. I continue my education in all areas of these modalities. I work from the space in my heart which guides me intuitively through your body and skincare’s specific needs, together we can attain the very best results you desire.”

Crystal Wright 

Crystal Wright is an author, business coach, and educator. HerbookThe Hair Makeup & Fashion Styling Career Guide is regarded as the industry bible by renowned makeup and hair artists worldwide. 

Her foray into beauty began with the launch of the crystal Agency for Makeup Hair and Wardrobein Los Angeles. As a celebrity styling agent, she negotiated television, film, magazine, and advertising agreements for her artists who regularly worked with A-list celebrities including Halle Berry, Kerry Washington, Pink, Will Smith, Janet Jackson, Jim Carrey, Tyra Banks, Simon Baker, and Charlize Theron to name a few.

In her role as a business coach and mentor, Crystal gets artists stuck by helping them to build confidence, establish and market their brand and connect the dots in their careers toward stronger professional relationships with clients, photographers, and celebrities.

As a beauty business educator, she is focused on building self-reliance and resilience in artists. Her 12-week online course, the Win Now Mentorship Program is the perfect complement to a career in motion and serves artists who are ready to level up and live their dreams.

Dr. Susanne Bennett   

Dr. Susanne Bennett is a holistic chiropractic physician with over 30 years of clinical experience and advanced study specializing in allergies, clinical nutrition, environmental and longevity medicine. 

Dr. Susanne is also the CEO and Founder of PURIGENEX, a skin care company with the only Type I Collagen available that penetrates the skin without any injections. They are dedicated to creating non-invasive products and cutting-edge formulations to help prevent premature skin aging, rejuvenate and restore optimal skin health. Her philosophy is that “healthy skin leads to better health.”

She’s the #1 bestselling author of The Kimchi Diet- Revive your Gut, Get Lean, Live Longer; Mighty Mito: Power Up Your Mitochondria for Boundless Energy, Laser Sharp Mental Focus and a Powerful Vibrant Body; and The 7-Day Allergy Makeover: A Simple Program to Eliminate Allergies and Restore Vibrant Health from the Inside Out.

Sharing simple health strategies to help you start feeling better today is one of Dr. Susanne’s passions, and she’s the dedicated talk show host of Wellness For Life on iHeartRadio and RadioMD

 As a mentor and lecturer, Dr. Susanne frequently speaks to professional and consumer audiences globally. Her work has been featured in numerous television outlets and publications, including ABC Family Channel, Fox News with Dr. Manny, Extra NBC, Good Day LA, Marie Claire, First for Women, Woman’s World Magazine, Women’s Health and OK Magazine. 

Dr. Susanne lives in Pacific Palisades with her husband George and her pup Lola and loves organic living, snorkeling with whale sharks and eating kimchi!

Jaleesa Jaikaran    

Jaleesa Jaikaran is a Makeup Artist, Content Creator and Beauty Business Coach. She primarily works with brands on campaigns, content creation & product development projects. Her work has been featured in publications like Elle, Glamour, Essence, Instyle, and Teen Vogue. She is the host and creator of The Life of a Makeup Artist podcast, a beauty podcast that gives you a real insider look (with no filters!) on how artists really live. She shares everything from beauty talk to business chats with industry insiders and founders.  

Sarah Villafranco   

Sarah Villafranco, MD, is a graduate of Georgetown University Medical School and did her training in Emergency Medicine at the George Washington School of Medicine. She was in the ER for ten years, where she witnessed a broad spectrum of health issues—along with an unsettling trend of resistance to treating the root causes of disease. Not long after Sarah relocated from the East Coast to Carbondale, Colorado, her mother was diagnosed with cancer, and she was gone just over a year later. With two young daughters of her own, Sarah was mourning the loss of her mom, but newly inspired to create a unique and meaningful path in her own life. On a whim, she signed up for a local soap making class.

In 2012, after a few years of research and development, Sarah launched her skin health brand, Osmia, with one simple mission: to energize people to engage in their own wellness through skin health and sensory experience. All Osmia products are made with the highest quality natural ingredients, consciously-sourced and organic whenever possible. Her hope is that when people use a gorgeous soap, a velvety body oil, or a nourishing lip balm made with effective, wholesome ingredients, a tiny seed gets planted:  “I can have a positive, joyful effect on my own wellness, every day.”

That’s some powerful medicine.

Gina Marí    

Recognized as an elite expert with a unique approach to skincare renewal, Gina Marí is at the forefront of the newest skincare technologies and advanced science. Praised for giving clients a flawless, radiant, no make-up look, Gina provides a program designed for long-term skin maintenance and a lifestyle of healthy skin preservation. With an exclusive, high-profile, A-list clientele and a reputation for being meticulous, compassionate and delivering immediate results, Gina Marí continues to break new ground in skin research and preservation.

Gina first became aware of her passion and gift for skincare when she developed adult acne in her late 20’s. Determined to find the solution for her own skin, she became a licensed esthetician. Inspired by the developing science of skincare, she continues advanced research and applies cutting-edge technologies in her skincare programs. Gina constantly discovers new treatment options in the battles against aging, acne, rosacea, scarring, and melasma.”