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Aesthetic Mentor

The Aesthetic Mentor team includes highly qualified board certified plastic surgeons and in-practice educators. Our team is passionate about sharing their skills and industry experience in a supportive and caring environment.

Dr. Joseph Russo - The Aeshtetic Mentor

Joseph A. Russo, M.D.

Founder & President

Board-certified and Harvard-trained Plastic Surgeon Dr. Joseph Russo has spent 25 years and counting in private practice outside Boston, always intrigued by the ever-growing ways to provide non-surgical options, which eventually became the aesthetic medicine we know today.

Dr. Russo facilitated improvements to the initial generations of lasers in the late 1990's and was one of the earliest adaptors to cosmetic neurotoxins and dermal fillers in the Northeast. Unlike other surgery practices, Dr. Russo expanded his to include nurse injectors, laser technicians, and delegated ancillary staff to use a myriad of lasers and rejuvenative offerings, creating a true cosmetic center. Just half way through his career, Dr. Russo realized he was a surgeon whose future would bring him far beyond the OR.

Around 2010, the medical aesthetics industry started to explode and consequently brought not only a new frontier for medical professionals but also a level of lawlessness. People started practicing without proper credentials, training, or support, putting patients at risk and defaming the budding trade. Dr. Russo knew there had to be a better way to pioneer this boom. He had the knowledge and loved seeing the surfacing talent, especially among nurses, so he founded the Aesthetic Mentor (AM) in 2013 to train new injectors on the art of using cosmetic neurotoxin and dermal fillers in safe and clinically sound ways.

Dr. Russo found training these medical professionals was not enough. He felt that if he was going to teach them, it was his obligation to make sure they were practicing safely and legally. He dedicated himself to building a compliant practice of NP's, PA's, and RN's by simultaneously collecting a team of masterminds to cultivate the cause.

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Technology and telemedicine would become the keys to this success. After collaborating with another visionary plastic surgeon who had developed the first cloud-based EMR system specifically for the cosmetic industry, Symplast, Dr. Russo launched Medical Aesthetics Associates (MAA) in 2017. With MAA, medical aesthetic professionals in Massachusetts could now practice with compliance and malpractice assurances like never before, getting clinical orders from authorized prescribers in real time, maintaining a direct connection to the physician, and being held to high personal and industry standards thanks to innovation and collaboration.

Dr. Russo is both humbled and proud to guide others toward their aspirations in medical aesthetics, and he is honored to be creating a legacy that will make this industry better for future generations.

Dr. Barry DiBernardo - The Aesthetic Mentor

Barry DiBernardo, MD

Aesthetic Mentor & Device Expert

Dr. Barry DiBernardo is recognized as a leader in plastic surgery and has been named one of the best plastic surgeons in America from the New York City metropolitan region.

Dr. DiBernardo is the Medical Director of New Jersey Plastic Surgery® in Montclair, NJ, past President of the New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgeons (2005-2006), an Associate Clinical Professor in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery at UMDNJ, and is currently is on the board of directors of the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation. He also serves on the Advisory Board to many of the leading skincare and injectable technology companies worldwide.

A 1984 graduate from Cornell University Medical College, Dr. DiBernardo received the school's Charles H. Horn Prize for outstanding leadership and service to the medical community. He spent five years as a general surgeon at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida, before embarking on a two-year residency in Plastic Surgery at the Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in N.Y. In 1991, Dr. Barry DiBernardo began his work in private practice.

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Also in 1991, he received the Leo M. Davidoff Award for teaching distinction at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and, a year later, the American Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons' National Scientific Exhibit Award, in Washington D.C.

New Jersey plastic surgeon Dr. Barry DiBernardo was named among one of New Jersey's best doctors in the 2012 Top Docs issue of New Jersey Magazine. 647 New Jersey doctors were chosen from among 20,000 doctors in 57 specialties. New Jersey Monthly commissioned an independent survey of 21,532 New Jersey-based doctors, who were invited to give their recommendations for this year's list.

Dr. Barry DiBernardo is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and is the Certified International Instructor for multiple laser and light based systems as well as skin care modalities.

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Victor H. Mourre, M.D.

Director of Clinical Education

Kristen Callanan, RN

Allison Daly, NP

Brianna Donaghy, NP

Lindsay Gillooly, NP

Bree Evarts, RN

Brandon Hyatt, RN

Allison Jenkins, RN

Brittani Filonow, NP

Courtney McDonald, NP

Valerie Blathras, RN

Jenny Erickson, RN

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Andrea Finn, RN

Christina Garcia, NP

Greta Hall, RN

Dottie LaBouef, RN

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Jennifer Thielen, RN


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Student Advisor

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Grants & Accreditation

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