Dr. Jonathan Sykes, MD, F.A.C.S.
Chief Medical Director
Jonathan M. Sykes, MD, FACS is professor emeritus and former director of Facial Plastic Surgery at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. He is editor of 6 textbooks and has written over 200 scientific articles, book chapters, and other papers in the medical literature. He is a highly sought after lecturer, having given over 1000 lectures locally, nationally, and internationally. He has reviewed scientific papers for the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Laryngoscope.
He has performed over 20,000 surgical procedures, and is an expert in rhinoplasty, aging related surgeries such as facelift, browlift, and eyelid lift surgery. He has instructed many people on the anatomy and injection technique for neuromodulators, such as Botox, and is an instructor for many filling agents. He has been asked to perform live demonstration surgeries in over 15 countries.
Dr. Sykes has a passion for children and enjoys surgery for cleft deformities and craniofacial surgery. He has gone on over 25 humanitarian missions to many countries including the Phillipines, El Salvador, Honduras, Russia, Bolivia, Brazil, and China.
He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for 10 years, having been Western Region Vice President, VP of Education, and most recently, elected President of the AAFPRS in 2010. He recently co-chaired the Many Faces of Giving campaign for the AAFPRS and helped raise over $4 million for FPS education, humanitarian efforts, and research.
He has been awarded the prestigious William Wright teaching award by the AAFPRS and has been awarded the 1887 award for community service and humanitarian missions by this organization.
Dr. Sykes is most proud of his teaching, having contributed to the training of over 75 residents and personally training 28 fellows in facial plastic surgery.
Denise Merdich, APRN, MS
Medical Review Board Advisor
She began her career 20 years ago working with renowned plastic surgeons, dermatologists and physicians as she continued to develop and perfect the techniques and approach that she is so well known for today. As a leader with new injection techniques, she is frequently asked to speak for special events with a focus on cosmetic rejuvenation. In addition, she serves as a mentor and inspires other aesthetic medical professionals desiring to advance their careers.
In 2009, Denise formalized her role as a national trainer with aesthetic giants Merz and Allergan. She played an integral role in bringing Belotero and Xeomin, two of Merz’ powerhouse aesthetic products to market. In the past 15 years, Denise has trained thousands of multi-specialty practitioners in advanced techniques in all FDA approved neurotoxins, dermal fillers, PRP and PDO Threads. Most recently, Denise has been retained by New Life Regenerative Medicine to expand their market through teaching and advancing state-of-the industry aesthetic techniques. Her passion for teaching has earned her international recognition.
As a practitioner, Denise performs nearly 10,000 procedures per year in her personal aesthetic practice. She serves a large, loyal patient base in Tampa, FL and the surrounding areas. Many of Denise's patients are physicians, professionals and clinical peers. Always one to pursue continuing education, her attentiveness to the latest medical developments finds her researching, reading and attending seminars to stay on the forefront of best practices. Denise believes the key to building relationships with her patients is through strong communication. She is compassionate to individual concerns and encourages patients to ask questions, know their medical needs and understand treatment plans. Along with Denise’s lifetime commitment to health and wellness, her expertise and professionalism paired with her artistic aesthetic vision and approach has earned her a solid reputation within the industry. She has created a warm, inviting environment with a focus on enhancing her clients’ natural beauty with non-surgical injectable techniques.
Denise earned her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the University of Southern Florida where she was inducted into the prestigious International Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing and completed her undergraduate training at the Malone College of Nursing, in Canton, Ohio.
Denise has been published in the prestigious American Society of Plastic Surgery Journal as well as the Journal of Surgical Dermatology. She has been recognized by local media, including ABC news and local TBT Magazine and most recently, Denise won finalist in the “Best Non-Surgical Rejuvenation Award” honored by Aesthetic Everything 2018. She is an active member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners; the Dermatology Nurse Practitioner’s Society; and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
Stacey Knopp, BSN, RN
Stacey’s career is grounded in the belief that bringing the mind, body, and spirit together improves quality of life. Through improved health and wellness and providing quality products and care, she wants to help patients successfully achieve their goals. It brings her great joy and satisfaction to bring your inner beauty to the surface. As a perpetual student of life, she is currently finalizing her degree as a Nurse Practitioner. During Knopp’s career, she has worked as a staff nurse, charge nurse, and in management.
Stacey has served on numerous advisory boards, committees, and emergency response teams as well as achieved an advanced certification (RNC). She is also certified in cosmetic injectables, threads, body contouring, hormone replacement therapy, and feminine rejuvenation. With a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hawaii Pacific University, Knopp has over 22 years’ experience with a background in Trauma, Operating Room, and Women's Services (high-risk OB and Neonatal ICU) and she continues to provide care at one of the Nation's Top 5 hospitals for Women's Services. As a veteran, Stacey’s foundation in fitness, nutrition, wellness, and dedication to excellence came at the hands of the U.S. Army's elite Military Police Corp.
"My goal is to maintain the highest standards in medical grade aesthetics using the latest, research-based techniques while providing the best quality care and results for patients. Thank you for trusting me with your care. I consider it a privilege and an honor.”
Kristina Kitsos, BA
Kristina Kitsos is a multi-specialty trained Registered Nurse with over 15 years of experience working in some of the most renowned practices in the field of minimally invasive aesthetic medicine.
Highly respected, Kristina is one of the most sought-after practitioners in the field and has worked extensively with many of the world’s leading practices in Beverly Hills, New York, and Miami. She is a medical cosmetic expert who has built her reputation by refining the complexions of her clients with innovative procedures, advanced devices and non-surgical techniques. Her detailed eye and extensive knowledge allow her to use an art approach to medical aesthetics.
A graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Kristina went on to earn her MBA and RN degrees. She is a licensed Registered Nurse in the states of California and New York. Kristina is constantly pushing boundaries and always seeking advanced education and training in the U.S. and Europe for continuous improvement in her field.
Recognized for delivering cutting-edge treatments and providing patients with the upmost customized effective care, Kristina is a master injector. Kristina’s vast depth of knowledge and years of experience make her a natural and set her apart from others.
As the daughter of an accomplished plastic surgeon, Kristina's insights into the field began when, at age of 10, she would observe surgical procedures in her father’s operating room. Raised in a family of doctors and nurses, she grilled her father and mentors about medical procedure techniques and was determined to understand what she calls the “Architecture of the Skin.”
Rio Calvert, BSN, RN
Rio Calvert obtained her Nursing License and Bachelor of Science Degree in 1996. She has worked in all areas of the Medical field from Emergency to Palliative care to Medical Aesthetics. Regardless of the specialty, Rio has always made it a point to master her skill to then move into the role of educator and trainer.
Her most recent experience prior to becoming a clinical trainer for Venus Concept was as the Lead Medical Aesthetic Nurse at a progressive and innovative MedSpa in Southern Orange County. She not only performed injectables, laser treatments, non-surgical facelifts using PDO Threads, and a variety medical aesthetic procedures, but she also was responsible for training and mentoring new medical staff while expanding the Medical Aesthetic Practice.
Rio has extensive experience in consulting Medical Aesthetic practices on how to grow and enhance their business from the consultation process to pricing and packaging, upselling and marketing. Rio has a passion for teaching and empowering others to be successful and reach their highest potential.
Founder and CEO
Ms. Stacey Reynolds began her professional career in the health and wellness industry, training and certifying over 800 fitness professionals throughout the U.S. With an innate desire to thrive, she transitioned into sales, stepping out of the training and facilitation world and into the Spirits industry.
In 8 short months, she was solely responsible for growing annual promotional sales from $1400 to over $80,000 for Badger Liquor. This caught the eye of the third largest liquor supplier in the world, Beam Global, who quickly brought her on as the Minnesota Channel Manager of Sales. Stacey’s team management and coaching skills were showcased in this role and positioned her for growth with the organization. After two years in field sales management, she was asked to take on the role of Sales Training Manager for the U.S. During that time, she trained over 400 employees, developed a comprehensive suite of learning modules and coached the international brand ambassadors on presentation skills, delivery and message organization.
Post-acquisition from an international company, Beam Suntory offered Ms. Reynolds the opportunity to create a comprehensive onboarding program for the most aggressive commercial hiring initiative in the history of the spirits industry. She was able to partner closely with their HR and OD teams to define business outcomes, design complete learning experiences, deliver performance-based sales training, and drive transfer of knowledge through strategic planning sessions.
Through a third company re-organization, Stacey found a new, full-time home in Organization Development. Her sole focus was to develop high-performing Directors into future C-Suite leaders. After a fourth and final re-org, Stacey began her search for a more stable work environment to diminish her 80% travel schedule and focus on her own professional growth and stability with a consistent and steady organization.
Ms. Reynolds will act as Les Encres’ Chief Executive Officer, applying her fortune 500 corporate experience along with intensive, hands-on experience managing the day-to-day operations of an existing cosmetic suture company.