Meet the NLI Med Spa Staff
|Dr. John J. Corey
John J. Corey is an Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon who has practiced in Scottsdale, Arizona, since 1993. Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, he was Chief of Plastic Surgery at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix from 1994-1999. Dr. Corey performs all types of cosmetic surgical procedures. He lectures at Arizona State University, and is an Affiliate Assistant Professor at Midwestern University. He is one of the most respected and sought-after faculty members at the Osler Institute which provides hands-on review for practicing plastic surgeons nationwide who are preparing for their own Board certification. In 1998, Dr. Corey was voted one of the top doctors in plastic surgery by Maricopa County physicians in a CBS Channel 5 poll.
Dr. Corey’s approach to plastic surgery draws on his training here in the United States as well as Brazil. After graduating from the University of Utah School of Medicine and fulfilling prerequisite training in general surgery at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, he entered the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta to begin his plastic surgery residency, “sculpting the form and creating the curve and lines of the feminine shape.”
|Dr. Jeff Angobaldo
Dr. Angobaldo, a board-certified plastic surgeon licensed in the State of Texas, provides cosmetic and plastic surgery services. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1996. He then attended Wayne State University where he received a Masters in Biomedical Science in 1997. He graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan School of Medicine in 2002. Dr. Angobaldo completed a 6 year integrated plastic surgery residency program and was thoroughly trained in all facets of cosmetic as well as reconstructive plastic surgery.
Dr. Angobaldo speaks throughout the country about laser liposuction and trains doctors nationally on the SlimLipo technology. He was featured on Good Morning Texas and is a national spokesman for the SlimLipo laser liposuction technology. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Medical Association, His fellowships include NIH Summer Research Award in 1999 and a National Medical Fellowship in 2001. Dr. Angobaldo has also authored multiple scientific papers covering many areas of plastic surgery.
|Dr. Sonja Pettersen
Sonja Pettersen N.M.D. is licensed in Arizona to practice primary care medicine specializing in natural therapeutics. She received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR in 1998 and completed a year of residency in 1999 at the same college. She is currently certified in the aesthetic arts of Laser hair removal and Botox injections. Dr Pettersen is one of the medical directors at Physician’s Skin Institute and a Laser Instructor at National Laser.
Dr. Pettersen’s practice harmonizes the Vis Medicatrix Naturae, or the healing power of nature with the modern day demands of her patients. Her practice exemplifies a holistic approach to patient care through a variety of modalities including Frequency Specific Microcurrent, European Drainage, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, I.V. therapy including chelation, homeopathy, functional medicine, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, Ortho Bionomy and mind-body techniques. She is also a Certified Hypnotherapist and Neuro Linguistic Programming practitioner. 1997 Dr. Pettersen has trained over 300 health-care practitioners in Frequency Specific Microcurrent, a revolutionary technique for healing damaged tissue through frequencies.
|Jan Treinen, RN BSBA
Jan is a Registered Nurse and Certified Laser Technician, holding a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. She brings her many years of experience in the health care field and personal success as a spa owner to help educate students and share her passion for this industry. Her current work as Western US Clinical Training Manager for one of the largest national laser companies in the country takes her across the US to educate and train on all aspects of light and laser physics, skin resurfacing and rejuvenation, hair reduction and photofacials. She is also certified in all aspects of aesthetic medicine, including microdermabrasion, chemical peels and injectables. Her interest and experience in business start up and marketing, allows students to benefit from her personal and professional experience, as well as her clinical expertise. At National Laser Institute, Jan takes pride in helping all students follow their dreams and achieve their goals.
|Sharon Epting, R.N., CLT
Sharon a Registered Nurses has been a Health care professional for over twenty years. She transitioned into the aesthetic arena in 2000, where she discovered her passion. She is a Laser Certified Technician as well as instructor for National Laser Institute. Her expertise is Laser Hair Removal, Photo Facial, and Cellulite Reduction. Sharon has performed countless treatments, as well as managed Medspas in California and Arizona. She is currently a partner in a Arizona medical spa.
“It is my philosophy that each student is a unique individual, and should be treated as such. My goal is to provide students with the knowledge and experience I have acquired, as well as assist each student in achieving confidence with treatment modalities”.
|Shana Yates, CMLT, LSO, LE
Shana has over 22 years of experience in the cosmetic/aesthetic/medical industry. She has over 2000 hours of advance diploma certificate courses in paramedical aesthetic training. Shana is the national educator for Ultraceuticals and trained for 3 years for them internationally. She is a board certified instructor and trainer for various equipment modalities and an ARRA approved laser instructor. Many years of industry work include owning and operating a medical spa in California, putting together curriculums for esthetic schools and writing protocols and presentations for various cosmeceutical companies.
|Tara Sissel, CLT, LE
Tara has been a licensed medical aesthetician for over 10 years. She has also owned and operated a successful salon and spa for many years, as well as worked for a top dermatology and plastic surgery group here in the Phoenix valley. Tara has been an instructor at NLI for nearly three years. She is also a laser technician in the NLI medspa, and her specialties include Intense Pulse Light modalities and Acne treatments.
“Watching my clients self esteem and confidence grow from their treatments is a beautiful thing. I love my job!”
|Shelley Cook, CLT
Shelley Cook, a California native is now a resident of Cave Creek Arizona, and has lived in the valley for 14 years. In addition to bearing the credentials of Laser Tattoo Specialist and Certified Laser Technician, Shelley is one of the only tattoo removal specialist in the valley that is also a Clinical Laser instructor at the nationally recognized National Laser Institute. On a monthly basis she teaches doctors, nurses, aestheticians and others how to perform safe and effective laser treatments. Shelley continues to teach as she has a passion for education, helping others and staying at the forefront of the industry. Shelley’s customers feel like they are in great hands knowing their tattoo removal technician is also a current instructor of laser procedures. Shelley is also about to start training for one of the fasted growing publicly traded Laser Manufactures to train doctors, nurses, aestheticians and laser technicians how to perform tattoo removal procedures.
“When I made the decision to have my tattoo removed, I wanted it to be done by a professional and well known establishment. On my first visit I was nervous, but Shelley was so bubbly and kind that all my fears were alleviated. I just finished my third laser session and my husband is amazed at how faded it is already. It will be wonderful to wear sleeveless shirts to work, especially living in Arizona, and not have to worry about anyone looking at me differently.”
|Brooke Bangart, CLT, LE, LC
Brooke has 20 years combined experience as a licensed cosmetologist, aesthetician, medical aesthetician and laser and light-based technician; with 8 years experience managing and providing services in a successful salon and spa in Seattle, Wa where she grew up. After riding out the rain for 40 years in Emerald City, Brooke decided to dry out here in North Scottsdale where she currently teaches at NLI and resides as lead laser and light technician for a busy dermatology practice.
|Laura Simonton, CLT, LSO
Laura Simonton received her Bachelors of Science in Biology in 1997 from Northern Arizona University. Building on that degree, as well as a minor in Business Administration and a CLS certification, she started her laser career in 2005 by founding her own aesthetic laser business. In 2007 she was recruited by Arizona Skin Specialists, a cosmetic Dermatology practice in Phoenix, to be their laser safety officer and Certified Laser Specialist. She is currently operating as an independent contractor at Physicians Skin Institute. Being a practitioner as well as an instructor at National Laser Institute, keeps her at the forefront of the industry.
Laura has been performing laser services with Nd:YAG and Alexandrite lasers and specializes in hair removal on ethnic skin, sun damage minimization as well as collagen stimulating facials. She has a passion for this field and loves teaching others about the industry, equipment and client care in a fun and energetic environment. These seemingly “cosmetic” procedures can change lives and she is excited to encourage all the students to pursue a career in this rewarding field.
“I wore a low neck blouse for the first time in seven years while I was in London – all due to the dramatic results I experienced from your work. I’m thrilled. ”
|Debbie Schechner, CLT
Debbie is both a Certified Laser Technician and instructor for National Laser Institute. She displays, quite evidently, her enthusiasm and passion for teaching, as well as continuing her own education in the many facets of skincare through the use of the latest technologies available.
“I’m excited to be part of an ever-evolving science, and strive to maintain my expertise in the latest, cutting-edge advancements in skin tightening, wrinkle reduction, cellulite reduction, Photofacial (IPL), Laser Hair Removal and any other effective “niche” procedures! Not only do I love to pass on my passion to my students, but I love to introduce our clients at the medspa to new treatments that will improve their appearance, attitude and overall well- being!”
|Ami Montague, LVN, LE, LSO, LHRP
A native of Northern Idaho, Ami Montague has been in the skin care industry since completing nursing school in 1998. A licensed nurse (LVN) & aesthetician (LE), she spent nearly 5 years in San Diego, CA working for a top spa & plastic surgeon performing peels, microdermabrasion, facials, & assisting with surgeries. In early 2002, she returned to Idaho and began her career in laser therapy, specializing in hair removal, rosacea, leg vein therapy, & anti-aging treatments. Ami spent the next 8 years in the medical spa industry where she was not only the lead laser technician, but also excelled in spa management. In 2005, she became Allergan certified to perform cosmetic injectables, thus adding another skill set to her repertoire.
Ami joins the National Laser Dallas team as an instructor & laser safety officer (LSO), as well as our lead laser technician & injector. She holds the highest level of certification for laser hair removal in the state of Texas (LHRP). Although she is skilled in all areas of light-based therapies, she is especially passionate about treating sun damage & rosacea. Ms. Montague believes that cosmetic injectables should be used to enhance each client’s features in a subtle, natural way & uses her artistic eye to bring balance to each face she treats.
“I love building relationships with my clients & helping them age gracefully over the years. Skin is an ever-changing organ & I truly consider myself a “therapist”, recognizing that the skin “issues” a client had a year ago, might be completely different than those he or she has today. I am blessed to have the power of cutting-edge laser & light therapies, as well as the best cosmetic injectables at my disposal. Being a part of this industry is truly rewarding!” – Ami
|Tasha Sizemore, CLT, LSO
Tasha Sizemore is a licensed medical aesthetician & certified senior laser technician that has been in the industry for 9 years. In that time, she has had the privilege of directing & managing a world renowned Med Spa in Nashville, TN, along with a variety of others across the United States. Her time spent, has yielded in-depth knowledge in performing various forms of laser procedures and building exceptional client report. Her passion lies in being able to relieve people of their skin insecurities and helping people feel confident in the way they look. At our new and beautiful Dallas location, she is not only managing the Med Spa, but also instructs NLI students to become well-skilled in an assortment of procedures.
“Being happy in your skin, that’s what it’s all about” – Koo Stark
CEO and Co-Founder
Louis J. Silberman, CEO and Co-Founder of National Laser Institute, is an entrepreneur known for starting Health4her.com, a women’s health and beauty retailer. Louis launched Health4her.com out of his garage in 1998, and it quickly became one of the only profitable online retail health companies and the sixth most visited pharmacy site in the world with 500,000 visitors per month, beating out both CVS and Walgreens. Louis is also the author of Make it Happen…Online sold at amazon.com and “Make It Happen”, a motivational DVD helping individuals turn their passions into a business.
Louis has created and successfully marketed a variety of skin care and nutritional products over the years. He is a nationally recognized medical aesthetics expert, and a contributing editor for some of the country’s largest skin publications, including Skin Inc., Dermascope and Les Nouvelle. He is both an industry and motivational speaker at large venues nationwide.
Louis is also Co-Founder of Illuma Studios, a full service television and music recording studio where countless health and beauty ventures have been created. Louis has been written up in many publications including Entrepreneur Magazine, Business 99, The Business Journal, Internet Retailer, Woman’s World, E-merging Business, The Arizona Republic, Skin Inc. and Fortune Small Business.
Matthew Gould, Co-Founder of NLI is an attorney who has had a distinguished career in both law and business. Gould has utilized his entrepreneurial and marketing skills to build several successful companies. In Natural health and beauty based products. In 2004 the partners created Physicians Skin Institute, a full service medical spa; National Laser Institute, a nationally recognized medical aesthetics trade school and Illuma Studios, a full service advertising agency and production studio for both music and film. Gould and Silberman were recently featured as two to watch by Arizona Business Magazine.