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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 2019 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 Is 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

Aline Braga, LPN

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @aestheticnursealine

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.

Aline Braga, LPN

PDO Max Trainer

Aline is an aesthetic nurse at Divine Beauty, one of...

Bianca Paraison, RN, BSN

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @the_luxe_dose_

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 cosmetic injectables and dermal filler, body contouring, and medical-grade skincare. She is highly trained in PDO Max Threads.

Bianca Paraison, RN, BSN

PDO Max Trainer

Owner and master trained injector Bianca Paraison RN, BSN has...

Stefanie Blake, NP

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @Stefanie.blake.np

Stefanie is a Nurse Practitioner from the Metro Detroit area. She graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with Bachelor of Science in Nursing and from Wayne State University with a Masters of Science in Nursing with a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner specialty.

Stefanie is an experienced Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse Practitioner; after 15 years of NICU critical care she broadened her scope of practice to include medical aesthetics. She loves the combination of science and artistry in medical aesthetics.

As an aesthetic practitioner, she combines multiple treatment modalities to customize treatment plans to help clients enhance their natural features to make them look and feel their best. She loves using full facial balancing to achieve natural results.

Stefanie is committed to continuing education; she regularly attends conferences and classes to refine her skills and technique. She loves teaching and her goal is to make PDO threads approachable for both clients and providers.

Stefanie Blake, NP

PDO Max Trainer

Stefanie is a Nurse Practitioner from the Metro Detroit area....

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Christina Delgado, FNP-BC

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @poshnp_

Christina is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner credentialed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Christina has a passion for education and providing aesthetic rejuvenation treatments. Under the direction of Dr. Lanna Cheuck DO, FACS she leads with hands on training and mentorship as the Director of Training at LC Medical Aesthetics. She is also the CEO of Posh Aesthetics & Wellness spa. Christina coaches medical professionals and provides the necessary tools to increase confidence, improve techniques and build your brand and business.

Christina Delgado, FNP-BC

PDO Max Trainer

Christina is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner credentialed by the...

Crystal Johns, RN, BSN

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @prettycrystalaesthetics

Crystal is a highly skilled and experienced registered nurse with over 25 years of experience in critical care and aesthetic medicine. In 1998 she graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. She earned a BSN in 2010 and currently attends Texas Tech where she will graduate from the FNP program with a Master’s Degree in 2025.

Crystal is the proud owner of Pretty Crystal Aesthetics in Fort Worth, where she combines her vast medical knowledge with her passion for aesthetics. Her commitment to excellence and attention to detail ensure that each client receives exceptional, personalized care. She offers multiple treatment options such as neuromodulators and HA fillers but her aesthetic vision has always been based on a regenerative approach. Crystal has achieved amazing results for her clients with the power of PDO Threads.

Crystal’s extensive experience in critical care and vascular nursing has equipped her with unique skills that are invaluable in her current role. Her ability to assess and prioritize patient needs, coupled with her meticulous approach to treatment, ensures that every aesthetic procedure is performed with the utmost precision and safety. Crystal’s dedication to ongoing education and passion for helping others is evident in the bonds she builds with her clients, colleagues, and trainees.

Crystal’s family & friends have always been her pillar of strength and support. She lives in Fort Worth with her husband, 15 y/o son, and two spoiled kitties. Her hobbies include running, playing with her plants, and traveling.

Crystal Johns, RN, BSN

PDO Max Trainer

Crystal is a highly skilled and experienced registered nurse with...

Dana Kilthau, RN, MSN, MBA

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @skin­_deep_facial_aesthetics

Dana Kilthau, RN, MSN, MBA, and owner of Skin Deep Facial Aesthetics, is a nurse injector who has a passion for aesthetics and is known for her integrity and for developing long-term relationships with her clients. She really cares about her clients and loves to see them embrace a new level of confidence and an enriched life because of the results of being her client. She has been a nurse for over 20 years, and with a passion for aesthetics, she opened Skin Deep Facial Aesthetics in 2017. She is compassionate, caring, knowledgeable, friendly, and always client focused. In aesthetics, she is known for being meticulous in her work and delivering amazing yet very natural results. She has a way of making it seem like you have known her for years and her clients feel extremely comfortable receiving aesthetic treatments from her– as they appreciate that she is a nurse, she’s talented, and puts their best interest first. She takes time to explain the treatments in a way that makes clients feel extremely comfortable and that they are in good hands!

Dana graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2001. She worked as an RN in various health care settings (med/Surg, oncology, orthopedics, same-day surgery, Infusion centers, home health). In 2011, she returned to school and completed her MSN, MBA. While, at the time, living in Scottsdale, AZ, she ran a large home health agency and later decided to move back to Colorado to be closer to family. Returning to the hospital environment, she managed a trauma call center and soon was promoted to manager of a large outpatient Internal Medicine office. In 2017, with a dream of being self-employed and a passion for aesthetics, she formed Skin Deep Facial Aesthetics, and she loves her work. She currently lives in Centennial, Colorado. In her free time, she likes to travel, go to the gym, and spend quality time with her family and friends!

Dana Kilthau, RN, MSN, MBA

PDO Max Trainer

Dana Kilthau, RN, MSN, MBA, and owner of Skin Deep...

Diana Daly

Position: V.P. of Marketing and Client Experience
Phone: 800-670-0225

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.”

Diana Daly

V.P. of Marketing and Client Experience

Diana is responsible for developing PDO Max’s marketing strategy to...

Dr. Annika Crosby

Position: PDO Max Medical Director
Instragram: @physskinserv_ammcro

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.

Dr. Annika Crosby

PDO Max Medical Director

Dr. Annika Crosby is a graduate of the University of...

Dr. Nicola Archie, DNP, MSN, FNP-C

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @dr.nicolaarchie

Dr. Nicola Archie DNP, MSN, FNP-C, is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 19 years of clinical experience. She completed her undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degree at the University of South Florida. She continues her affiliation with the University of South Florida as an Adjunct Faculty for Master’s and Doctoral students.

Dr. Archie has practiced in a variety of healthcare settings focusing on disease prevention, acute and chronic illnesses in level one trauma centers and throughout the Tampa Bay community. Her passion for wellness, skincare and making people look and feel their best has propelled her into the aesthetic industry. She is the proud owner, injector, and lead educator at Fraiche Medspa and Fraiche Academy. Her ultimate goal is to create “A Fresh & Rejuvenated You.”

Dr. Nicola Archie, DNP, MSN, FNP-C

PDO Max Trainer

Dr. Nicola Archie DNP, MSN, FNP-C, is a board-certified Family...

Ebonee Blackwood, APRN, FNP-BC

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @cutelooksmedispa

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.

Ebonee Blackwood, APRN, FNP-BC

PDO Max Trainer

Ebonee Blackwood, is a Medical Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner, and owner...

Esther Kang, MS, MSN, CPNP-PC

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: esthetique_np

Esther has 20+ years of RN and NP experience, including critical care, especially in Pediatric PACU, Pediatric ER and Urgent Care, and also in Pediatric Rheumatology and in Kidney Transplant. She is an active member of the following organizations: Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau. Outside the hospital, Esther discovered her love for Aesthetics Medicine. Esther has a deep passion for Aesthetics Medicine, appreciating and loving the combination of the science, medicine, and the artistry of aesthetics, helping her patients discover how to clinically enhance and restore their unique beauty, safely, seamlessly, and gracefully. She has keen and intuitive eye for detail and also a natural aesthetic eye. Esther has had advanced training in and continues to keep up to date with the latest education and training in injectables (neurotoxins, dermal fillers, Kybella, QWO, Sculptra, PRP/PRFM treatments), lasers, medical grade skincare, and PDO threads. Esther works full time at OVME in Fairfax, VA, right outside of DC, where she is an advanced injector and does PDO threads procedures with PDO Max threads.

Esther Kang, MS, MSN, CPNP-PC

PDO Max Trainer

Esther has 20+ years of RN and NP experience, including...

Giovanna McCarthy

Position: Founder of PDO Max & Rejuvn8 Aesthetics
Instagram: @pdomax_beautyauthority

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.

Giovanna McCarthy

Founder of PDO Max & Rejuvn8 Aesthetics

Giovanna McCarthy has been in the skin care business for...

Heather Koplin, RN, BSN

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @thedetailedinjector

Heather Koplin, RN, BSN is an expert Aesthetic Nurse Injector currently located at Spruce Aesthetics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Heather has been in the medical field for 15 years with a wide range of experience. She began her career in the neurological unit and has since worked in pediatrics, surgical, radiology, forensic, and travel nursing. She brings all her skills and experience into her current practice in aesthetic medicine having been employed in plastics and reconstructive surgery offices. Heather is passionate about continuing her education and attends conferences regularly. She has trained with some of the most respected in this industry and brings a proactive, detail oriented, and positive attitude with her. Heather’s approach to facial aesthetics is to enhance the client’s natural beauty. She does this by various procedures including dermal fillers, PDO threads, and neuromodulators. Heather believes that the restorative approach is the best way to create natural results. Providing safe and high quality results for her clients is among one of her greatest priorities.

Heather Koplin, RN, BSN

PDO Max Trainer

Heather Koplin, RN, BSN is an expert Aesthetic Nurse Injector...

Hula Castellon, NP, MSN

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @hulainjects

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.

Hula Castellon, NP, MSN

PDO Max Trainer

Hula is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner and an Aesthetic Specialist....

Jaclyn Luongo

Position: Director of Sales and Business Development
Phone: 800-670-0225
Instagram: @beautytomorrow

Jaclyn is the Director of Sales and Business Development. She is responsible for growing the firm’s revenues by managing PDO Max’s sales function in alignment with the organization’s strategic business goals. Luongo is eager to help PDO Max accelerate to the next level and says: “I am honored to join this amazing organization. I plan to inspire our team and customers to achieve their goals. I thrive in goal-oriented environments where I can lead from example and celebrate our success as we grow!”

Jaclyn is an accomplished industry veteran and recognized leader, Luongo brings more than twenty-four years of outstanding accomplishments to her position.

Jaclyn Luongo

Director of Sales and Business Development

Jaclyn is the Director of Sales and Business Development. She...

Jaime Brousseau, BSN, RN

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instragram: @TheBotoxBoss

Jaime is coming in with 12 years of critical care nursing, and 6 years of aesthetics under her belt. She is also the founder and owner of a Med Spa located in Seabrook, Texas, and is close to becoming a Nurse Practitioner. Jaime is no stranger to PDO MAX, first using PDO Threads in 2018, PDO Max in 2020, and has quickly advanced her skills through 3 separate advanced trainings with PDO MAX in one single year. Jaime has been teaching and training PDO Threads on a monthly basis with ESI since January of 2022.

Jaime’s expertise reveals itself in her patients that continually come back for her treatments and seek her professional guidance for their aesthetic goals. She is tenacious in her research to find the best treatments that will offer her patients the absolute best results and rejuvenation possible, and she believes PDOMAX hits that mark.

Jaime’s approach to aesthetics is individualized patient treatment plans that restore, refresh, and renew every aspect of a patient’s wants and needs. Jaime is extremely attentive to the safety of products she chooses to work with as to ensure the most stunning and healthy outcomes for her patients.

 

Jaime Brousseau, BSN, RN

PDO Max Trainer

Jaime is coming in with 12 years of critical care...

Jennifer DeMaio, RN, MSN, FNP-C, CANS

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @injectablesbyjen

A Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C) and Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS) in the State of New Jersey, Jennifer DeMaio possesses a unique combination of knowledge of facial anatomy, artistic talent, an ability to create strong provider-patient relationships, and a love of medical aesthetics. Attaining board certification with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Jennifer’s education, training, and experience afford her patients benefits that extend beyond those typical of other professionals performing medical aesthetics. Jennifer’s tenure as a post-operative recovery nurse at Morristown Memorial Hospital and critical care nurse at Overlook Hospital adds an extra layer of care, relatability, bedside manner, and clinical expertise that engenders feelings of safety and comfort for patients opting to participate in elective medical procedures.

Graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors, Jennifer earned a Master’s of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (Individual Across the Lifespan) from Drexel University in 2018. Working alongside the President of the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons and former Chief of Plastic Surgery at Morristown Memorial Hospital for four years, Jennifer’s foundational knowledge of the aesthetic aspects of plastic surgery originated during her time at the Premier Plastic Surgery Center of New Jersey.

The Founder and CEO of FACE Aesthetic Artistry, a medical aesthetics and medical-grade skincare practice with a mission extending beyond the regularities of both medical practices and medical spas, Jennifer encourages her patients to seek the subtle alterations, enhancements, and rejuvenation required for them to feel beautiful, confident, and empowered.

Jennifer DeMaio, RN, MSN, FNP-C, CANS

PDO Max Trainer

A Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C) and Certified Aesthetic Nurse...

Jessica House, RN, BSN

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @themodestinjector

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 House, RN, BSN

PDO Max Trainer

Jess has over 15 years of experience in the aesthetic...

Jessica St. Jean, NP-C

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @Jsjaesthetics

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 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.

Jessica St. Jean, NP-C

PDO Max Trainer

Jessica St. Jean is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and...

Juliana Ucchino Koval

Position: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: 800-670-0225

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.

Juliana Ucchino Koval

Chief Operating Officer

Juliana joined PDO Max in 2017, and it was her...

Kirsten Ziomek, BSN, RN

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @injectorkirsten

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.”

Kirsten Ziomek, BSN, RN

PDO Max Trainer

Kirsten Ziomek, BSN, RN is both an aesthetic injector and...

Kristine Krever, MD

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @source­­_medical_aesthetics

Dr. Krever is a board-certified family physician who specializes in aesthetic medicine. She earned her premedical undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and completed her medical training at Eastern Virginia Medical School in her hometown of Norfolk, Virginia. After marrying her college sweetheart, Dr. Krever moved to his home state of New Jersey where she completed a residency in the Virtua Health System, receiving intensive training under specialists in all aspects of medical care including general medicine, surgery, dermatology, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, and more. Inspired by her passion for women’s health and natural aptitude for detail-oriented medical procedures, she made the decision to pursue aesthetic medicine as a sub-specialty. Dr. Krever has devoted all of her professional energies to becoming an expert in the delivery of aesthetic medical care and procedures. At Source Medical Aesthetics, she promotes the physical and psychological benefits of graceful aging, addressing the effects of stress to our outward facade, and bringing out a healthy, radiant appearance.

Kristine Krever, MD

PDO Max Trainer

Dr. Krever is a board-certified family physician who specializes in...

Lisa Topham, RN, BSN

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @splitrockaesthetic

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.”

Lisa Topham, RN, BSN

PDO Max Trainer

Lisa Topham, RN, BSN, has over 35 years of experience...

Luis Aponte, APRN-C

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @theprince_np

My name is Luis Angel Aponte, APRN-C. Here is a little background on me; my journey began over 9 years ago when I first stepped into the nursing profession after completing my BA in Sciences of Nursing in 2013. I quickly discovered my passion for helping others and making a positive impact on their lives through healthcare. I have worked in various clinical settings including the Medicine Ward and the Intensive Care Unit where I gained valuable experience, honed my skills, and developed a deep understanding of patient care. Upon moving to Florida, driven by a desire to expand my scope of practice and provide more specialized care, I pursued further education and training by completing my Master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Nearly two years ago, I achieved my dream of becoming an aesthetic nurse practitioner, allowing me to combine my medical expertise with the art of aesthetics. In this role, I have been fortunate to work with a diverse range of patients seeking various cosmetic treatments to enhance their natural beauty and boost their self-confidence. Witnessing the transformative power of aesthetic procedures has been incredibly fulfilling, and I take great pride in helping my patients achieve their aesthetic goals while maintaining a strong focus on their overall well-being. I speak both English and Spanish and I consider myself an honest, confident and a respectful practitioner. I always give the same care to my patient as I would wish for myself while also being conscious of the individual needs of each one. I look forward to many more years of making a positive impact on people’s lives and empowering them to feel their best inside and out.

Luis Aponte, APRN-C

PDO Max Trainer

My name is Luis Angel Aponte, APRN-C. Here is a...

Megan Mooney

Position: Customer Relationship Manager
Phone: 800-670-0225
Instagram: @megan.pdomax

Megan Mooney is the Customer Relationship Manager at PDO Max. Reporting directly to Jaclyn Luongo, Director of Sales and Business Development, Megan assists in expanding sales of PDO Max products and ensuring exceptional customer satisfaction.

Megan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Mount St. Mary’s University and is a licensed esthetician. Her experience includes working with prestigious brands such as Jan Marini, Hydrafacial, and Jane Iredale. Megan is known for her dedication to educating others and delivering the best customer experience possible.

Megan Mooney

Customer Relationship Manager

Megan Mooney is the Customer Relationship Manager at PDO Max....

Michael Fauth, BSN, RN

Position: PDO Max Trainer

Nurse injector with 14 years of nursing experience. Currently work in Plastics practice and specialize in Neurotoxin, Filler, Microneedling, IV Therapy and Threading. Enjoy working out and playing Tennis, Golf and Basketball. Married with two children aged 18 and 27.

Michael Fauth, BSN, RN

PDO Max Trainer

Nurse injector with 14 years of nursing experience. Currently work...

Pam Chaney, RN, BSN, MEPC

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @pamchaneyaesthetics

Pam Chaney is the founder, owner, and director of Pam Chaney Aesthetics located in Elkhart Indiana. Pam is a Registered Nurse, BSN, MSN, Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist, and Medical Esthetic Practitioner Certified. 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 cutting-edge technology by furthering her education daily. She is well known for her expertise with facial balancing, utilizing all tools in an aesthetic injectors toolbox: fillers, toxins, and PDO Max threads. Known as the “Davinci” with a syringe, she combines artistry with science and beauty.

Pam Chaney, RN, BSN, MEPC

PDO Max Trainer

Pam Chaney is the founder, owner, and director of Pam...

Rachel Polazzi, CRNA

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @ultrasound_aesthetics

In 2007, Rachel Polazzi, CRNA was first introduced to ultrasound utilization in regional anesthesia. At the time, it too was a new field of study, and since then ultrasound guided regional anesthesia has continued to grow as a tool in many practitioner’s toolboxes.

In 2020, Rachel entered the field of aesthetics and quickly found ultrasound was once again making a debut in a new field of medicine-facial aesthetics. It first appeared as a rescue tool for vascular occlusions. However, it is rapidly becoming another tool for providers to not only visualize anatomy, but improve all aesthetic facial treatments with precision. The use of ultrasound in every possible manner of aesthetics is still not fully peaked. New literature is still forthcoming and promising for improved outcomes.

Today, Rachel continues to teach other providers how to incorporate ultrasound use into their practice which includes PDO thread placement. She is passionate about contributing to this exciting new field and enjoys teaching others as well.

Rachel Polazzi, CRNA

PDO Max Trainer

In 2007, Rachel Polazzi, CRNA was first introduced to ultrasound...

Sheila Surdu, RN, BSN, CANS

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @injectorsheila

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.

Sheila Surdu, RN, BSN, CANS

PDO Max Trainer

Sheila received her BA in business from Central Michigan University...

Sherrine Richmond, APRN-C

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @beautywellbalance

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!

Sherrine Richmond, APRN-C

PDO Max Trainer

Sherrine Richmond APRN-C is double board-certified in Family and Women’s...

Sonja Growcott, MSN, FNP-C

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @nurse.sonja

Sonja began her nursing career in behavioral medicine and the operating room before finding herself dedicated to the field of aesthetics. She was mentored by physicians in both plastics and dermatology practices for over 15 years before opening her own practice.

She resides in Fresno, California and is founder and owner of BloomRx. Her goal for the patient is full face rejuvenation and helping them see their beauty.

She is also a trainer for Allergan Medical Institute and Revanesse. She enjoys teaching the fundamentals of treating the aesthetic patient, including assessment, anatomy, beautification principals and patient safety while tailoring instruction to the learning style and skill level of the provider.

Trainees have commented they find Sonja knowledgeable and very patient in her teaching style. In her free time, she loves travel, yoga, reading and spending time with her husband and furbabies Winston and Tobi.

Sonja Growcott, MSN, FNP-C

PDO Max Trainer

Sonja began her nursing career in behavioral medicine and the...

Tashia Prince-Lacombe, NP

Position: PDO Max Trainer

Tashia K Prince-Lacombe is a dual certified adult-gerontological and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Boston Medical Center (BMC). Ms. Prince-Lacombe is also an instructor of Medicine at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. She received her Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2016, and completed the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Master’s Certificate Program at Regis College in 2018. Ms. Prince-Lacombe specializes in genitourinary oncology.

Tashia Prince-Lacombe, NP

PDO Max Trainer

Tashia K Prince-Lacombe is a dual certified adult-gerontological and psychiatric...

Victoria Presley, RN

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @toxpresley

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!

Victoria Presley, RN

PDO Max Trainer

Victoria Presley, RN, is an expert Aesthetic Nurse Injector and...

Meet the Team

Giovanna McCarthy

Position: Founder of PDO Max & Rejuvn8 Aesthetics
Instagram: @pdomax_beautyauthority

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.

Giovanna McCarthy

Founder of PDO Max & Rejuvn8 Aesthetics

Giovanna McCarthy has been in the skin care business for...

Dr. Annika Crosby

Position: PDO Max Medical Director
Instragram: @physskinserv_ammcro

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.

Dr. Annika Crosby

PDO Max Medical Director

Dr. Annika Crosby is a graduate of the University of...

Juliana Ucchino Koval

Position: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: 800-670-0225

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.

Juliana Ucchino Koval

Chief Operating Officer

Juliana joined PDO Max in 2017, and it was her...

Diana Daly

Position: V.P. of Marketing and Client Experience
Phone: 800-670-0225

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.”

Diana Daly

V.P. of Marketing and Client Experience

Diana is responsible for developing PDO Max’s marketing strategy to...

Aline Braga, LPN

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @aestheticnursealine

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.

Aline Braga, LPN

PDO Max Trainer

Aline is an aesthetic nurse at Divine Beauty, one of...

Bianca Paraison, RN, BSN

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @the_luxe_dose_

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 cosmetic injectables and dermal filler, body contouring, and medical-grade skincare. She is highly trained in PDO Max Threads.

Bianca Paraison, RN, BSN

PDO Max Trainer

Owner and master trained injector Bianca Paraison RN, BSN has...

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Christina Delgado, FNP-BC

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @poshnp_

Christina is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner credentialed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Christina has a passion for education and providing aesthetic rejuvenation treatments. Under the direction of Dr. Lanna Cheuck DO, FACS she leads with hands on training and mentorship as the Director of Training at LC Medical Aesthetics. She is also the CEO of Posh Aesthetics & Wellness spa. Christina coaches medical professionals and provides the necessary tools to increase confidence, improve techniques and build your brand and business.

Christina Delgado, FNP-BC

PDO Max Trainer

Christina is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner credentialed by the...

Ebonee Blackwood, APRN, FNP-BC

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @cutelooksmedispa

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.

Ebonee Blackwood, APRN, FNP-BC

PDO Max Trainer

Ebonee Blackwood, is a Medical Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner, and owner...

Esther Kang, MS, MSN, CPNP-PC

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: esthetique_np

Esther has 20+ years of RN and NP experience, including critical care, especially in Pediatric PACU, Pediatric ER and Urgent Care, and also in Pediatric Rheumatology and in Kidney Transplant. She is an active member of the following organizations: Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau. Outside the hospital, Esther discovered her love for Aesthetics Medicine. Esther has a deep passion for Aesthetics Medicine, appreciating and loving the combination of the science, medicine, and the artistry of aesthetics, helping her patients discover how to clinically enhance and restore their unique beauty, safely, seamlessly, and gracefully. She has keen and intuitive eye for detail and also a natural aesthetic eye. Esther has had advanced training in and continues to keep up to date with the latest education and training in injectables (neurotoxins, dermal fillers, Kybella, QWO, Sculptra, PRP/PRFM treatments), lasers, medical grade skincare, and PDO threads. Esther works full time at OVME in Fairfax, VA, right outside of DC, where she is an advanced injector and does PDO threads procedures with PDO Max threads.

Esther Kang, MS, MSN, CPNP-PC

PDO Max Trainer

Esther has 20+ years of RN and NP experience, including...

Hula Castellon, NP, MSN

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @hulainjects

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.

Hula Castellon, NP, MSN

PDO Max Trainer

Hula is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner and an Aesthetic Specialist....

Heather Koplin, RN, BSN

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @thedetailedinjector

Heather Koplin, RN, BSN is an expert Aesthetic Nurse Injector currently located at Spruce Aesthetics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Heather has been in the medical field for 15 years with a wide range of experience. She began her career in the neurological unit and has since worked in pediatrics, surgical, radiology, forensic, and travel nursing. She brings all her skills and experience into her current practice in aesthetic medicine having been employed in plastics and reconstructive surgery offices. Heather is passionate about continuing her education and attends conferences regularly. She has trained with some of the most respected in this industry and brings a proactive, detail oriented, and positive attitude with her. Heather’s approach to facial aesthetics is to enhance the client’s natural beauty. She does this by various procedures including dermal fillers, PDO threads, and neuromodulators. Heather believes that the restorative approach is the best way to create natural results. Providing safe and high quality results for her clients is among one of her greatest priorities.

Heather Koplin, RN, BSN

PDO Max Trainer

Heather Koplin, RN, BSN is an expert Aesthetic Nurse Injector...

Jennifer DeMaio, RN, MSN, FNP-C, CANS

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @injectablesbyjen

A Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C) and Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS) in the State of New Jersey, Jennifer DeMaio possesses a unique combination of knowledge of facial anatomy, artistic talent, an ability to create strong provider-patient relationships, and a love of medical aesthetics. Attaining board certification with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Jennifer’s education, training, and experience afford her patients benefits that extend beyond those typical of other professionals performing medical aesthetics. Jennifer’s tenure as a post-operative recovery nurse at Morristown Memorial Hospital and critical care nurse at Overlook Hospital adds an extra layer of care, relatability, bedside manner, and clinical expertise that engenders feelings of safety and comfort for patients opting to participate in elective medical procedures.

Graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors, Jennifer earned a Master’s of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (Individual Across the Lifespan) from Drexel University in 2018. Working alongside the President of the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons and former Chief of Plastic Surgery at Morristown Memorial Hospital for four years, Jennifer’s foundational knowledge of the aesthetic aspects of plastic surgery originated during her time at the Premier Plastic Surgery Center of New Jersey.

The Founder and CEO of FACE Aesthetic Artistry, a medical aesthetics and medical-grade skincare practice with a mission extending beyond the regularities of both medical practices and medical spas, Jennifer encourages her patients to seek the subtle alterations, enhancements, and rejuvenation required for them to feel beautiful, confident, and empowered.

Jennifer DeMaio, RN, MSN, FNP-C, CANS

PDO Max Trainer

A Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C) and Certified Aesthetic Nurse...

Jaime Brousseau, BSN, RN

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instragram: @TheBotoxBoss

Jaime is coming in with 12 years of critical care nursing, and 6 years of aesthetics under her belt. She is also the founder and owner of a Med Spa located in Seabrook, Texas, and is close to becoming a Nurse Practitioner. Jaime is no stranger to PDO MAX, first using PDO Threads in 2018, PDO Max in 2020, and has quickly advanced her skills through 3 separate advanced trainings with PDO MAX in one single year. Jaime has been teaching and training PDO Threads on a monthly basis with ESI since January of 2022.

Jaime’s expertise reveals itself in her patients that continually come back for her treatments and seek her professional guidance for their aesthetic goals. She is tenacious in her research to find the best treatments that will offer her patients the absolute best results and rejuvenation possible, and she believes PDOMAX hits that mark.

Jaime’s approach to aesthetics is individualized patient treatment plans that restore, refresh, and renew every aspect of a patient’s wants and needs. Jaime is extremely attentive to the safety of products she chooses to work with as to ensure the most stunning and healthy outcomes for her patients.

 

Jaime Brousseau, BSN, RN

PDO Max Trainer

Jaime is coming in with 12 years of critical care...

Jessica House, RN, BSN

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @themodestinjector

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 House, RN, BSN

PDO Max Trainer

Jess has over 15 years of experience in the aesthetic...

Jessica St. Jean, NP-C

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @Jsjaesthetics

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 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.

Jessica St. Jean, NP-C

PDO Max Trainer

Jessica St. Jean is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and...

Kirsten Ziomek, BSN, RN

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @injectorkirsten

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.”

Kirsten Ziomek, BSN, RN

PDO Max Trainer

Kirsten Ziomek, BSN, RN is both an aesthetic injector and...

Kristine Krever, MD

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @source­­_medical_aesthetics

Dr. Krever is a board-certified family physician who specializes in aesthetic medicine. She earned her premedical undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and completed her medical training at Eastern Virginia Medical School in her hometown of Norfolk, Virginia. After marrying her college sweetheart, Dr. Krever moved to his home state of New Jersey where she completed a residency in the Virtua Health System, receiving intensive training under specialists in all aspects of medical care including general medicine, surgery, dermatology, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, and more. Inspired by her passion for women’s health and natural aptitude for detail-oriented medical procedures, she made the decision to pursue aesthetic medicine as a sub-specialty. Dr. Krever has devoted all of her professional energies to becoming an expert in the delivery of aesthetic medical care and procedures. At Source Medical Aesthetics, she promotes the physical and psychological benefits of graceful aging, addressing the effects of stress to our outward facade, and bringing out a healthy, radiant appearance.

Kristine Krever, MD

PDO Max Trainer

Dr. Krever is a board-certified family physician who specializes in...

Lisa Topham, RN, BSN

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @splitrockaesthetic

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.”

Lisa Topham, RN, BSN

PDO Max Trainer

Lisa Topham, RN, BSN, has over 35 years of experience...

Sheila Surdu, RN, BSN, CANS

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @injectorsheila

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.

Sheila Surdu, RN, BSN, CANS

PDO Max Trainer

Sheila received her BA in business from Central Michigan University...

Sherrine Richmond, APRN-C

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @beautywellbalance

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!

Sherrine Richmond, APRN-C

PDO Max Trainer

Sherrine Richmond APRN-C is double board-certified in Family and Women’s...

Victoria Presley, RN

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @toxpresley

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!

Victoria Presley, RN

PDO Max Trainer

Victoria Presley, RN, is an expert Aesthetic Nurse Injector and...

Stefanie Blake, NP

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @Stefanie.blake.np

Stefanie is a Nurse Practitioner from the Metro Detroit area. She graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with Bachelor of Science in Nursing and from Wayne State University with a Masters of Science in Nursing with a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner specialty.

Stefanie is an experienced Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse Practitioner; after 15 years of NICU critical care she broadened her scope of practice to include medical aesthetics. She loves the combination of science and artistry in medical aesthetics.

As an aesthetic practitioner, she combines multiple treatment modalities to customize treatment plans to help clients enhance their natural features to make them look and feel their best. She loves using full facial balancing to achieve natural results.

Stefanie is committed to continuing education; she regularly attends conferences and classes to refine her skills and technique. She loves teaching and her goal is to make PDO threads approachable for both clients and providers.

Stefanie Blake, NP

PDO Max Trainer

Stefanie is a Nurse Practitioner from the Metro Detroit area....

Sonja Growcott, MSN, FNP-C

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @nurse.sonja

Sonja began her nursing career in behavioral medicine and the operating room before finding herself dedicated to the field of aesthetics. She was mentored by physicians in both plastics and dermatology practices for over 15 years before opening her own practice.

She resides in Fresno, California and is founder and owner of BloomRx. Her goal for the patient is full face rejuvenation and helping them see their beauty.

She is also a trainer for Allergan Medical Institute and Revanesse. She enjoys teaching the fundamentals of treating the aesthetic patient, including assessment, anatomy, beautification principals and patient safety while tailoring instruction to the learning style and skill level of the provider.

Trainees have commented they find Sonja knowledgeable and very patient in her teaching style. In her free time, she loves travel, yoga, reading and spending time with her husband and furbabies Winston and Tobi.

Sonja Growcott, MSN, FNP-C

PDO Max Trainer

Sonja began her nursing career in behavioral medicine and the...

Jaclyn Luongo

Position: Director of Sales and Business Development
Phone: 800-670-0225
Instagram: @beautytomorrow

Jaclyn is the Director of Sales and Business Development. She is responsible for growing the firm’s revenues by managing PDO Max’s sales function in alignment with the organization’s strategic business goals. Luongo is eager to help PDO Max accelerate to the next level and says: “I am honored to join this amazing organization. I plan to inspire our team and customers to achieve their goals. I thrive in goal-oriented environments where I can lead from example and celebrate our success as we grow!”

Jaclyn is an accomplished industry veteran and recognized leader, Luongo brings more than twenty-four years of outstanding accomplishments to her position.

Jaclyn Luongo

Director of Sales and Business Development

Jaclyn is the Director of Sales and Business Development. She...

Crystal Johns, RN, BSN

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @prettycrystalaesthetics

Crystal is a highly skilled and experienced registered nurse with over 25 years of experience in critical care and aesthetic medicine. In 1998 she graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. She earned a BSN in 2010 and currently attends Texas Tech where she will graduate from the FNP program with a Master’s Degree in 2025.

Crystal is the proud owner of Pretty Crystal Aesthetics in Fort Worth, where she combines her vast medical knowledge with her passion for aesthetics. Her commitment to excellence and attention to detail ensure that each client receives exceptional, personalized care. She offers multiple treatment options such as neuromodulators and HA fillers but her aesthetic vision has always been based on a regenerative approach. Crystal has achieved amazing results for her clients with the power of PDO Threads.

Crystal’s extensive experience in critical care and vascular nursing has equipped her with unique skills that are invaluable in her current role. Her ability to assess and prioritize patient needs, coupled with her meticulous approach to treatment, ensures that every aesthetic procedure is performed with the utmost precision and safety. Crystal’s dedication to ongoing education and passion for helping others is evident in the bonds she builds with her clients, colleagues, and trainees.

Crystal’s family & friends have always been her pillar of strength and support. She lives in Fort Worth with her husband, 15 y/o son, and two spoiled kitties. Her hobbies include running, playing with her plants, and traveling.

Crystal Johns, RN, BSN

PDO Max Trainer

Crystal is a highly skilled and experienced registered nurse with...

Dr. Nicola Archie, DNP, MSN, FNP-C

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @dr.nicolaarchie

Dr. Nicola Archie DNP, MSN, FNP-C, is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 19 years of clinical experience. She completed her undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degree at the University of South Florida. She continues her affiliation with the University of South Florida as an Adjunct Faculty for Master’s and Doctoral students.

Dr. Archie has practiced in a variety of healthcare settings focusing on disease prevention, acute and chronic illnesses in level one trauma centers and throughout the Tampa Bay community. Her passion for wellness, skincare and making people look and feel their best has propelled her into the aesthetic industry. She is the proud owner, injector, and lead educator at Fraiche Medspa and Fraiche Academy. Her ultimate goal is to create “A Fresh & Rejuvenated You.”

Dr. Nicola Archie, DNP, MSN, FNP-C

PDO Max Trainer

Dr. Nicola Archie DNP, MSN, FNP-C, is a board-certified Family...

Rachel Polazzi, CRNA

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @ultrasound_aesthetics

In 2007, Rachel Polazzi, CRNA was first introduced to ultrasound utilization in regional anesthesia. At the time, it too was a new field of study, and since then ultrasound guided regional anesthesia has continued to grow as a tool in many practitioner’s toolboxes.

In 2020, Rachel entered the field of aesthetics and quickly found ultrasound was once again making a debut in a new field of medicine-facial aesthetics. It first appeared as a rescue tool for vascular occlusions. However, it is rapidly becoming another tool for providers to not only visualize anatomy, but improve all aesthetic facial treatments with precision. The use of ultrasound in every possible manner of aesthetics is still not fully peaked. New literature is still forthcoming and promising for improved outcomes.

Today, Rachel continues to teach other providers how to incorporate ultrasound use into their practice which includes PDO thread placement. She is passionate about contributing to this exciting new field and enjoys teaching others as well.

Rachel Polazzi, CRNA

PDO Max Trainer

In 2007, Rachel Polazzi, CRNA was first introduced to ultrasound...

Luis Aponte, APRN-C

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @theprince_np

My name is Luis Angel Aponte, APRN-C. Here is a little background on me; my journey began over 9 years ago when I first stepped into the nursing profession after completing my BA in Sciences of Nursing in 2013. I quickly discovered my passion for helping others and making a positive impact on their lives through healthcare. I have worked in various clinical settings including the Medicine Ward and the Intensive Care Unit where I gained valuable experience, honed my skills, and developed a deep understanding of patient care. Upon moving to Florida, driven by a desire to expand my scope of practice and provide more specialized care, I pursued further education and training by completing my Master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Nearly two years ago, I achieved my dream of becoming an aesthetic nurse practitioner, allowing me to combine my medical expertise with the art of aesthetics. In this role, I have been fortunate to work with a diverse range of patients seeking various cosmetic treatments to enhance their natural beauty and boost their self-confidence. Witnessing the transformative power of aesthetic procedures has been incredibly fulfilling, and I take great pride in helping my patients achieve their aesthetic goals while maintaining a strong focus on their overall well-being. I speak both English and Spanish and I consider myself an honest, confident and a respectful practitioner. I always give the same care to my patient as I would wish for myself while also being conscious of the individual needs of each one. I look forward to many more years of making a positive impact on people’s lives and empowering them to feel their best inside and out.

Luis Aponte, APRN-C

PDO Max Trainer

My name is Luis Angel Aponte, APRN-C. Here is a...

Tashia Prince-Lacombe, NP

Position: PDO Max Trainer

Tashia K Prince-Lacombe is a dual certified adult-gerontological and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Boston Medical Center (BMC). Ms. Prince-Lacombe is also an instructor of Medicine at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. She received her Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2016, and completed the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Master’s Certificate Program at Regis College in 2018. Ms. Prince-Lacombe specializes in genitourinary oncology.

Tashia Prince-Lacombe, NP

PDO Max Trainer

Tashia K Prince-Lacombe is a dual certified adult-gerontological and psychiatric...

Michael Fauth, BSN, RN

Position: PDO Max Trainer

Nurse injector with 14 years of nursing experience. Currently work in Plastics practice and specialize in Neurotoxin, Filler, Microneedling, IV Therapy and Threading. Enjoy working out and playing Tennis, Golf and Basketball. Married with two children aged 18 and 27.

Michael Fauth, BSN, RN

PDO Max Trainer

Nurse injector with 14 years of nursing experience. Currently work...

Pam Chaney, RN, BSN, MEPC

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @pamchaneyaesthetics

Pam Chaney is the founder, owner, and director of Pam Chaney Aesthetics located in Elkhart Indiana. Pam is a Registered Nurse, BSN, MSN, Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist, and Medical Esthetic Practitioner Certified. 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 cutting-edge technology by furthering her education daily. She is well known for her expertise with facial balancing, utilizing all tools in an aesthetic injectors toolbox: fillers, toxins, and PDO Max threads. Known as the “Davinci” with a syringe, she combines artistry with science and beauty.

Pam Chaney, RN, BSN, MEPC

PDO Max Trainer

Pam Chaney is the founder, owner, and director of Pam...

Dana Kilthau, RN, MSN, MBA

Position: PDO Max Trainer
Instagram: @skin­_deep_facial_aesthetics

Dana Kilthau, RN, MSN, MBA, and owner of Skin Deep Facial Aesthetics, is a nurse injector who has a passion for aesthetics and is known for her integrity and for developing long-term relationships with her clients. She really cares about her clients and loves to see them embrace a new level of confidence and an enriched life because of the results of being her client. She has been a nurse for over 20 years, and with a passion for aesthetics, she opened Skin Deep Facial Aesthetics in 2017. She is compassionate, caring, knowledgeable, friendly, and always client focused. In aesthetics, she is known for being meticulous in her work and delivering amazing yet very natural results. She has a way of making it seem like you have known her for years and her clients feel extremely comfortable receiving aesthetic treatments from her– as they appreciate that she is a nurse, she’s talented, and puts their best interest first. She takes time to explain the treatments in a way that makes clients feel extremely comfortable and that they are in good hands!

Dana graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2001. She worked as an RN in various health care settings (med/Surg, oncology, orthopedics, same-day surgery, Infusion centers, home health). In 2011, she returned to school and completed her MSN, MBA. While, at the time, living in Scottsdale, AZ, she ran a large home health agency and later decided to move back to Colorado to be closer to family. Returning to the hospital environment, she managed a trauma call center and soon was promoted to manager of a large outpatient Internal Medicine office. In 2017, with a dream of being self-employed and a passion for aesthetics, she formed Skin Deep Facial Aesthetics, and she loves her work. She currently lives in Centennial, Colorado. In her free time, she likes to travel, go to the gym, and spend quality time with her family and friends!

Dana Kilthau, RN, MSN, MBA

PDO Max Trainer

Dana Kilthau, RN, MSN, MBA, and owner of Skin Deep...

Megan Mooney

Position: Customer Relationship Manager
Phone: 800-670-0225
Instagram: @megan.pdomax

Megan Mooney is the Customer Relationship Manager at PDO Max. Reporting directly to Jaclyn Luongo, Director of Sales and Business Development, Megan assists in expanding sales of PDO Max products and ensuring exceptional customer satisfaction.

Megan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Mount St. Mary’s University and is a licensed esthetician. Her experience includes working with prestigious brands such as Jan Marini, Hydrafacial, and Jane Iredale. Megan is known for her dedication to educating others and delivering the best customer experience possible.

Megan Mooney

Customer Relationship Manager

Megan Mooney is the Customer Relationship Manager at PDO Max....

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