PDO Max Threads
It was back in 2014 after spending time in Italy alongside top plastic surgeons that founder Giovanna McCarthy recognized that PDO Threads are an innovative procedure that would fill a void in the U.S. aesthetic market. It was then that she began conducting substantive research and review of literature to determine the best thread and barb designs and formed PDO Max in 2017. She searched high and low to partner with an ISO certified manufacturing plant in South Korea to create her thread designs.
It was in January 2020 that PDO Max became one of a few companies who had a fully FDA cleared PDO thread-in-cannula device, which are designed and manufactured in-house. PDO Max offers one of the least invasive products to help reposition sagging skin while also stimulating collagen and elastin production to give patients defined features while maintaining a more naturally youthful look. With over 20 varieties of barbed-, smooth-, ciclone-, and multi-thread options, There’s a Thread for That™ has become our motto because they can reposition or smooth out skin texture for almost any area of the face and body. “We are always listening to the needs of our customers and try to design products that are not only safe, but both effective and convenient, so that practitioners can perform the procedure with more ease,” says Giovanna.
PDO Max threads is the trusted provider of hundreds of medical practices utilizing its proprietary FDA cleared Polydioxanone (PDO) threads in their medical aesthetics practices. FDA-cleared PDO Max threads (K190245), can help you grow your practice with training and device support. PDO Max offers both group and individual instructional courses, which cover the application of PDO techniques. Our focus is on the science of beauty, and the most effective ways to restore the indicators of health, using minimally invasive techniques that offer stunning results.
Meet the Team
Giovanna McCarthy has been in the skin care business for over 30 years. She is a Licensed Cosmetologist with Esthetic Medical Certifications and is certified and licensed in the use of all commercially available laser systems for skin care.
Ms. McCarthy is a visionary entrepreneur and has always been ahead of the curve. After several successful hair styling businesses and mergers, she began to envision the Day Spa concept long before the industry took off to universal acclaim. In 1990 she designed and built the first Day Spa of its kind in Syracuse, NY, combining medical aesthetic clinic procedures with popular spa services.
Ms. McCarthy has collaborated with plastic surgeons and dermatologists in the greater Syracuse area for the past 15 years. With her expertise in skin care and her unique ability to educate, Giovanna has become a trusted liaison between patient and physician.
PDO Max builds on this experience and knowledge to introduce the best non-invasive aesthetic medical devices to providers and patients. Most recently, Ms. McCarthy has branched out into the Medical Device market with PDO Max PDO Threads and Lipofilling kits. She travels around the world offering best-in-class PDO Thread, Lipofilling, Sharplight Laser training and MedSpa Consulting. She has collaborated with Esthetic Skin Institute in Fort Lauderdale on their PDO Thread training and also teaches their Medical Esthetics Business Course.
Dina BenDavid is an industry pioneer in the field of aesthetic medicine. She is a board-certified nurse practitioner, holds both Masters and Doctoral degrees, and is a professor of nursing and clinical trainer in medical aesthetics. Dr. BenDavid has trained alongside the world’s leading industry experts and is founder and owner of Divine Beauty + Wellness—a renowned aesthetics practice and destination spa on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.
Over the last decade, Dr. BenDavid has become a sought-after aesthetic provider, with clients from all corners of the country. Dr. BenDavid has developed signature techniques to lift and contour facial tissue using PDO threads and was among the first providers in the U.S. trained and certified to use them. Recognizing her keen artistic eye and talent for manipulating threads, Dr. BenDavid has become one of the most sought-after PDO thread trainers in the country.
Dr. Annika Crosby is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and has worked in Internal Medicine since 1993. She did her Internal Medicine residency, including an additional year as a Chief Medical Resident, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Her work in the medical field includes experience in a medical clinic, more than 15 years as a hospitalist caring for acutely ill patients, and ongoing work in post-acute care for medically ill patients. Dr. Crosby has received extensive training in dermal fillers, neuromodulators, and laser treatments in the U.S. and Canada, and has teamed with prominent dermatologists to publish research in the field of dermatology. She specializes in pre-operative history and physicals for elective surgeries, working closely with several plastic surgeons to coordinate care.
Juliana joined PDO Max in 2017, and it was her enthusiasm for customer support and operational excellence that has helped shape the company ever since. Juliana’s career in customer service and business management spans over 15 years, and it is in her role as Vice President of Operations, that she oversees product management, quality control, and documenting all company procedures. She ensures that the company provides outstanding service to practitioners while also resolving complicated operational issues, and special projects.
She grew up in the beauty industry, and prior to joining PDO Max, was the operational manager of a local med spa and a licensed cosmetologist. Juliana understands the needs of small to mid-sized businesses and enjoys elevating PDO Max to the highest standard of excellent customer service and operations.
Diana is responsible for developing PDO Max’s marketing strategy to create awareness of the company’s business activities and bring heightened awareness to the growing demand for PDO Max products, as well as assisting in the overall onboarding and relationship management of practitioners using the PDO products and trainings. Diana produces valuable content for the company’s online presence, editorial design and organizing the company’s publications to help reach a national audience of medical practitioners and their clientele.
Diana has been passionate about marketing since the beginning of her career over 15 years ago and has honed her skills most recently as Head of Product Relationships for Atria Wealth Solutions, a financial firm based in Manhattan, where she collaborated with strategic partners promoting the value of the firm and the various product solutions for financial professionals.
“When I think about the value that PDO Max brings to the aesthetic marketplace, I know it is about quality, innovation, and red-carpet customer service. PDO Max’s vision for their client-base is unrivaled in this industry. I look forward to developing the brand and strategy to continue to elevate the customer experience and bring our products and trainings to new heights.”
Aline is an aesthetic nurse at Divine Beauty, one of the leading medical spas in New England. Born and raised in South America, Aline has a diverse understanding of ethnic aesthetics and is sought after for her multicultural diligence. Aline has worked alongside some of the top experts in aesthetic medicine, including her mentor and our lead trainer Dina BenDavid (@thethreadauthority). Aline is now training internationally with Dina on all things threads.
Owner and master trained injector Bianca Paraison RN, BSN has 10 years of experience as a Registered Nurse in a Boston teaching hospital. After specializing in ear, nose, and throat, oral maxillofacial surgery, neurosurgery, and cardiac surgery, she broadened her scope of practice to Aesthetics.
After training with Dr. Micheal Lum of the Esthetics Skin Institute, as well as extensive training with industry leaders Galderma and Allergan, she has brought her advanced nursing and aesthetics skills to her very own practice in Belmont, MA. At her storefront, The Luxe Dose, she specializes in botox, dermal filler, body contouring, and medical-grade skincare. She is highly trained in PDO Max Threads.
Bill Joy, RN, has worked in aesthetic skin care for the past 20 years. He has received extensive training in the U.S. and abroad, holds innumerable training certificates in aesthetic skin care, and has been involved in the development of cosmetic skin care products.
His commitment to exceptional customer service and keen attention to details has resulted in a loyal following of clients not only locally, but throughout the U.S. Bill is highly regarded throughout the U.S. as one of the top injectors in the country, and is always current on the latest technology and procedures.
Brandy Henson, PA-C, is a master trained, expert aesthetic injector. She’s worked as a physician assistant in Emergency Medicine for 12 years as well as Aesthetic Medicine. Graduating from PA school in 2009, she also obtained her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies in Education and Leadership from AT Still University in Arizona.
Brandy does a variety of procedures in her practice. She is an expert at lifting and smooth threads, facial contouring injections of all types using Hyaluronic acids, CO2 laser resurfacing, microneedling, use of PRP and PRF, Botulinum Toxin injections, and skin disorder treatments.
Brandy has a keen eye for what looks right and tries to restore a patient’s natural beauty from their youth. Being an artist at heart, she is able to help patients look their best and knows what treatments work best for different skin and body types. Brandy is also very personable, getting to know her patients one-on-one and creating a trusting relationship that has built her practice up by word of mouth. In her spare time, you can find Brandy at the gym working on fitness goals, traveling, crafting, or with her husband and two daughters having family time.
Ebonee Blackwood, is a Medical Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner, and owner of Cutelooks Medipsa a Luxury Medipsa located Boca Raton Florida.
Ebonee graduated with Honors Cum Laude from Nova Southeastern University and received her Master’s as an Family Nurse Practitioner. She is also a license an Esthetician Skin Specialist and very passionate about skincare.
Ebonee has had a longstanding experience in health and wellness and has personal experience in Aesthetic Medicine for over 20 years throughout South Florida. She is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner who has devoted her career to Aesthetics, Cosmetic Medicine, Anti-aging, Skincare, and Nephrology.
Ebonee provides professional expertise and is certified in multiple Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation procedures as well as injectables, and PDO THREADS.
With a deep dedication and passion for this field she naturally gravitated to perfecting her craft. She is dedicated to helping clients achieve the best possible outcomes of non-surgical aesthetic enhancements through her extensive medical background, and training from prestigious aesthetic training courses. Ebonee’s prior experience in Critical Care has made her extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of healthcare. She is driven to educating and providing excellent evidenced-based practice care and knowledge. An appointment with her will provide you with an abundance of information as well as a piece of mind that you are in the right hands.
Fiona is a highly respected and nationally Board-Certified Nurse in the Boston area specializing in anti-aging aesthetics. She was one of the first Aesthetic Nurses in Massachusetts to be C.A.N.S certified and has had extensive training by world renowned injectors. Fiona has patients traveling from all over New England to seek her expertise in aesthetic injectables. Both an injector and a business owner, she brings a results-oriented approach to her practice with a strong grounding in science and aesthetic artistry. Her understanding of what makes a face youthful, proportional, and natural allows her to deliver uniquely crafted, unflawed results. Her ever-evolving knowledge of the latest innovations in beauty, combined with her personable demeanor make her a leader in the industry.
Hula is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner and an Aesthetic Specialist. Hula graduated top 10% with a BSN from the University of Michigan and received her Master’s in Nursing from Florida International University. Hula has a diverse clinical background including, med surg, oncology, ER, CCU, stroke unit, cardiac institute, and women’s health but her passion lies in Aesthetic Medicine and Cosmetic Dermatology.
Hula worked with best recognized Beverly Hills physicians and treats celebrity clientele. Hula brings experience and a trained aesthetic eye. She strongly believes in a synergistic approach to aesthetics and rather than focusing on one isolated area, her favorite approach is to perform full facial rejuvenation by incorporating various treatment modalities such as dermal fillers, neurotoxins, PDO threads, Sculptra, PRP and lasers for the best possible outcomes.
What Hula loves most about aesthetic medicine is the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives, regardless of their background. Her philosophy is everyone deserves to look and feel their best. If you look good you feel good; if you feel good you do well in life. With the patient’s best interest in mind, Hula believes effective communication and trust between the patient and the provider leads to the best outcomes.
Hula is very passionate about education and research. She serves as a sub investigator for Galderma studies. She is regarded as a lead injector at her practice Skin Medix and a resource/mentor for many injectors in her area. She is a faculty assistant with Allergan Medical Institute and is widely recognized as an expert injector and PDO threads expert in Los Angeles area.
Jess has over 15 years of experience in the aesthetic field, first as an aesthetician and then pursuing her Bachelor’s in Science of Nursing at West Coast University in Los Angeles, California. Jess was raised in Los Angeles where she began her aesthetic injector career. With over six years as a full time injector she is also currently the lead instructor at a well known school teaching Doctors and Nurses injectables and more. When Jess isn’t working she spends her time with her husband and two children.
Jessica St. Jean is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and since 2004, she has spent her nursing career at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, caring for patients post Thoracic Surgery. Her experience as a nurse also inspired her to begin a second career as an aesthetic injector, launching her own business Beauty On The Go By Jessica, now re-launched as JSJ Aesthetics.
At JSJ Aesthetics in Methuen, MA, Jessica performs a full range of nearly 10 of the most in-demand cosmetic injectable services including Botox, Dysport, Juvederm and Restylane, and she was recognized as a RealSelf Most Loved Injector in 2017. She also offers skincare services including chemical peels, and is a certified provider of: body contouring services CoolSculpting and CoolTone, collagen induction therapy via Platelet Rich Plasma, sexual wellness and urinary incontinence treatment Viveve, skin tightening treatment Ulthera, and PDO Max Thread Lifts.
Jessica was selected as a trainer for PDO Max where she teaches the art of thread lifting and collagen building. Jessica has also served as a clinical instructor at the Aesthetic Institute of Massachusetts, where she received her Neurotoxin and Dermal Filler advanced certifications.
Kirsten Ziomek, BSN, RN is both an aesthetic injector and a Certified Laser Technician and she has performed over 50,000 injectable, medical aesthetic and laser treatments. She graduated cum laude from Grand Canyon University with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2012.
Beginning her career, Kirsten worked within an adult neurological stroke unit, as well as with pediatrics. She explored nursing outside of the hospital and quickly discovered her passion for facial aesthetics and has fully committed herself to the field for over 7 years.
Kirsten loves to assess all her patients from a global approach. In her own words, “I am not here to create a face that isn’t yours. Instead, I want to help bring back the youthfulness and joy into your appearance. It matters most that we match the reflection in the mirror to your inner beauty.”
Pam is the founder, owner and director of Pam Chaney Aesthetics located in Elkhart Indiana. She is a National Trainer and faculty member for Galderma, on the advisory board for Evolus, as well as a PDO thread trainer. Pam takes pride in educating others on the safety and efficacy of her procedures. Pam’s journey in aesthetics first started when working alongside plastic surgeons, and out of this, her passion for aesthetics was born. Her social platforms have grown exponentially, and she has received numerous awards in the industry as well as the top 100 Best Aesthetic Injectors in America, for three years in a row. She was featured in USA Today in 2016 and continues staying abreast of innovative technology by furthering her education daily. She is well known for her expertise with facial balancing, utilizing all tools in an aesthetic injector’s toolbox: fillers, toxins, and PDO Max threads. Known as the “Davinci” with a syringe, she combines artistry with science.
Lisa Topham, RN, BSN, has over 35 years of experience as an Aesthetic Nurse. She received her BSN at the University of Bridgeport and became a Board-Certified Plastic Surgical Nurse early on in her career as the new and innovative field of Aesthetic Nursing became her passion.
Lisa worked for a prominent dermatologist who introduced her to Zain Obagi, MD, one of the early pioneers in the facial and aesthetic field. Lisa trained under Dr. Obagi in his Beverly Hills office and became an expert in both his entire line of facial products as well as TCA Peels.
After 17 years as a Practice Manager and assisting in the operating room where she mastered facial anatomy, Lisa started her injecting career. In 2004, she became the first nurse to open and own an Aesthetic Practice in Connecticut under her well-respected name.
For the past 12 years, Lisa has been affiliated with Dr. Neil Gordon, a world-renowned facial plastic surgeon with offices in Wilton and Greenwich, Connecticut. Lisa has countless aesthetic technique certifications and travels nationally and internationally to train and teach new facial and body beauty techniques. She is available for private training regarding lip and facial injection techniques, Sculptra, PDO facial and neck threads, also referred to as the “Instant Non-Surgical Face Lift.”
Sheila received her BA in business from Central Michigan University before returning to school and receiving her BSN from Wayne State University. Sheila has over 17 years of experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery and Aesthetics and has had the opportunity to work with some of the most respected plastic surgeons in both Virginia and Michigan. She has also had extensive training in the use of cosmetic lasers, injectables and PDO Max threads and is known for her advanced techniques and artistry and her ability to produce a natural, rejuvenated appearance. Sheila is passionate about continuing education and has trained with some of the most well-respected leaders in the industry. She is committed to staying abreast of the most up to date procedures and techniques in order to produce the best, safest results for her patients. Sheila works at Moksha Aesthetics in Potomac, MD, where she is also an injection and PDO Max trainer.
Sherrine Richmond APRN-C is double board-certified in Family and Women’s Health. She is the owner and founder of Your Will Wellness, an integrative practice specializing in wellness education, hormone balancing, and aesthetics. Her vast healthcare experience ranges from caring for fragile infants in the Newborn ICU to educating future nurses.
Sherrine began her work in aesthetics under the tutelage of Dr. Gerald Pierone, a nationally renowned expert in injectables and PDO threads, with whom she continues to collaborate.
Her patients make note of her gentle touch, which she attributes to years of working with premature infants. Her proficiency and striking outcomes with PDO threads made her a clear choice to train for PDO Max.
Sherrine and her clients are delighted by the results she achieves with PDO Max threads and she is eager to share these powerful tools and techniques with fellow clinicians. You may even catch her doing her “thread dance” in the corner!
Victoria Presley, RN, is an expert Aesthetic Nurse Injector and has an array of nursing experience, from travel Critical Care to Trauma Charge Nurse at Vanderbilt University’s Level 1 Trauma Center. Victoria, with her keen eye to detail, is someone you can trust with any of your aesthetic needs. Victoria’s expert technique and personalized approach reflects her innate understanding of how to look better, naturally. Victoria’s personal approach to facial aesthetics is to enhance a client’s natural beauty, inside and out, all while maintaining the uniqueness that makes you YOU! Whether it’s by restoring volume loss with dermal fillers, or reversing those pesky wrinkles with Xeomin, Victoria will help you achieve your aesthetic goals. In her spare time, she is an avid traveler, who loves to spend time in the gym working on her physical health. She also has an artistic eye for flower arrangements where she creates beautiful works of art alongside her mother at Geny’s Flower & Bridal, a family owned shop run by her mother. She has a rescue greyhound named Sturgess Barrington Presley that is simply the cutest!