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Our Faculty

Meet Our Professional Staff

Empire is honored to have the following individuals comprise our faculty. We believe these individuals have helped distinquish Empire Medical Training as the leaders in Medical and Aesthetic Training.

Our faculty represent the vey best in Medicine with credentials that are unparalleled. Before deciding on where you get your training, be sure your Instructors are Physician Specialists, are experienced teachers and have the patience, willingness and desire to ensure that each attendee will master these new technical skills.

Below is a partial list of Empire Medical Training’s Faculty Members:

Stephen Cosentino, D.O.
President of Empire Medical Training, Inc.

Dr. Cosentino is a dominant figure in the medical seminar Industry and the Medical Director of Empire’s Medical Training which began in 1995.
Dr. Cosentino began his career as a solo family practitioner until he acquired a small Pain Management office where he dedicated his focus. As the owner of the Center for Pain Management he decided to share his new found knowledge of pain management with other primary care physicians and subsequently started working for Empire Medical Training as a Medical Director. Over the past 17 years, Dr Cosentino has dedicated himself to the field of medical and aesthetic education and also consults privately with physicians to help them set up their aesthetic practices. Dr Cosentino and Empire Medical Training work directly with hospital systems throughout the United States training their member physicians in procedures and providing CME to help maintain licensure. Empire Medical Training is a global leader in CME and procedure training with training programs held every weekend in large cities throughout the US and ASIA.

Credentials:
DO: Nova Southeastern University
Internship: Mt Sinai, New York City
Family Practice Residency: Mt Sinai, New York City
Board Certified Family Medicine

"Shino Bay" Aguilera, D.O.
Dermatologist, Dermatologic Surgeon

Dr. Aguilera remains a favorite speaker and internationally recognized expert in Aesthetics. Dr. Aguilera is a frequent speaker for Allergan, Galderma, Cynosure, and he is the highest level injector worldwide of Botox and Dermal Fillers. This is a “don’t miss” lecture on how he approaches the Aesthetic patient giving them the results they are looking for. Dr Aguilera is a world renowned, multi-award winning Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dermatologic Surgeon, Cosmetic Laser expert and is Dual Board Certified with a Fellowship in Dermatology . Dr. Aguilera is a top requested physician trainer for Sculptra and he has trained thousands of physicians in his injectable techniques. He is the keynote speaker of the leading premier laser manufacturers, and his cosmetic center has been officially certified as on one of the worlds Prestigious Laser Center of Excellence and advanced Physician training centers for the entire USA and Latin America. Dr. Aguilera is the key opinion spokesperson, trainer, and speaker for industry leaders MERZ, Galderma, Allergan, Cynosure, Sculptra, OBAGI, Skin Ceutical and L’oreal.

Dr. Aguilera has had plenty of media exposure and continues to contribute to various media outlets including Med Aesthetic magazine, CBS, NBC, MegaTV and Telemundo television and he has been consecutively awarded the prestigious national Best Non Surgical Facial Enhancement for the Aesthetic Academy. To learn more about Dr. Aguilera's treatments, follow him on Instagram and Facebook.

Anne Roberts, MD
Clinical Instructor

Dr. Roberts is a renowned physician in Ohio and has been a primary instructor for Empire Medical Training for over 10 years. Dr. Roberts is a dual board-certified physician and graduate of the prestigious Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Roberts is the Medical Director of a thriving medical spa and regenerative medicine spa in Springfield Missouri.

Education:

MD – Yale University School of Medicine
B.S. – John Hopkins University
Residency – Mayo Clinic, St. Paul, MN
Board Certified – Internal Medicine

Credentials:
Founder and Medical Director of MediSpa, Springfield, MO
Member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine

Luis Soro, D.O.
Dermatologist, Dermatologic Surgeon

Dr. Luis Soro is affiliated with one of the most sought after destinations for the latest and best in Aesthetics -- Shino Bay Cosmetic Dermatology, Plastic Surgery and Laser Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In addition to Dr. Soro’s expertise delivering the full complement of today’s most popular cosmetic enhancement procedures, he is well-known for developing “proprietary” techniques to create personalized results that help his patients look and feel their best.

He received his MD degree from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL, and competed his dermatology residency at the Lehigh Valley Health Network in PA.

 

Azza Halim, M.D.
Board Certified Anesthesiologist

Dr. Halim’s is a Board certified Anesthesiologist as well as Aesthetic Medicine, Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine Physician. Dr. Halim’s medical training began at Northwestern University in Chicago.

First Dr. Halim did a research fellowship in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, she then went on to do her internship in internal medicine. Dr. Halim did residency in anesthesiology, along with subspecialty training in critical care/trauma and pediatrics at Northwestern University.

Dr. Halim has diverse background and is known for her artistic eye when it comes to developing individualized treatment plans to enhance one's appearance. She focuses on the objectives, health and needs of the patient, rather than attacking only one specific obvious problem. Her aim is to create and implement an overall plan that will enable the patient to achieve a complete lasting rejuvenation.

 

Dr. Ti Jo "TJ" Tsay
Chief Medical Officer - Empire Medical Training

After a highly successful career in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Tsay enrolled in Empire Medical Training classes in July 2015 and opened his own practice in November 2015. He is not just an incredible Empire student success story, as Empire’s Chief Medical Officer he is also one of the driving forces of new training program innovations and topics for several Empire accredited CME education and training workshops. Moreover, Dr. Tsay is an incredible physician educator and inspiration for his physician colleagues who are also looking to make a career change or expand their current Aesthetics practices.

Dr. Tsay is the founder and medical director of AGELESS MD, one of the most desired destinations for discriminating women and men seeking to defy the laws of gravity and eliminate wrinkles, lines and other telltale signs of aging. His practice has a global following and is the go-to Southern California medical spa for aesthetic medicine and noninvasive cosmetic procedures.

He is one of Allegan’s top ranked injector in the country. Dr. Tsay grew up in the deep South in Atlanta, Georgia and received a full academic deans scholarship from Emory University where he received his B.S. and M.S. in quantum chemistry within four years and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He then attended Medical College of Georgia on an academic tuition scholarship. Dr. Tsay moved to Los Angeles where he completed his residency training in Compton South Central Los Angeles treating the most critical medical patients including some of the worse trauma cases in the country. He is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine physician, practicing for more than 17 years before devoting his career to full-time Aesthetics.

As one of our nation’s premiere Aesthetics’ physicians, Dr. Tsay has made it his life’s work to bring minimally invasive treatments to his clinic that reflect his experience with the most common (and sometimes uncommon) cosmetic surgery procedures that he learned about through his time spent in Hollywood as a child actor, medical school, and dedicated patient care. His specialty is complete facial sculpting utilizing the most cutting edge technologies such neurotoxins, dermal fillers and collagen stimulators, as well as autologous fat transfer and PDO threads to lift and re-drape skin. He is also skilled in the latest laser technologies.

1994 Emory University BS, MS Deans Scholarship
1998 Medical College of Georgia MD Full Scholarship
1998-2001 Emergency Medicine Residency - King/Drew Medical Center- Compton, California
2002. Board Certified Emergency Medicine
2015 Medical Director Ageless MD

Robert Bader, MD
Board Certified Dermatologist and Surgeon

Robert S. Bader, M.D. is an Ivy-League trained physician and surgeon who is a board-certified Dermatologist & Mohs’ Surgeon. Aside from having training in Internal Medicine and Dermatology, Dr. Bader completed a fully accredited fellowship in Cosmetic Surgery under the auspices of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. He moved to South Florida in June 1999. Shortly thereafter, he formed R.S.B. Dermatology in Deerfield Beach, FL.

Dr. Bader has written several book chapters on cosmetic procedures and has authored numerous articles in well-respected medical journals. Dr. Bader has been an invited speaker at several national medical meetings and has shown his remarkable procedures on major television networks. In 2005, Dr. Bader was invited to be the official team Dermatologist and Dermatologic Surgeon for the Florida Panthers NHL Hockey Team. Recently, Dr. Bader was named “One of America’s Best Physicians” every year since 2004.

Gregory A. Buford, MD F.A.C.S
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Denver, Colorado Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Gregory Buford specializes in non-invasive and cosmetic plastic surgery procedures that empower you to look and feel your very best. A nationally recognized expert and trainer in the safe and effective use of injectables, Dr. Buford is renowned for his expertise in breast enhancements, including Denver breast augmentation and breast lift, abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck), liposuction, facial and hand rejuvenation, along with his revolutionary Before Baby Body program for moms looking to regain their pre-pregnancy bodies and confidence.

Developing personalized cosmetic plastic surgery and non-invasive services such as BOTOX® and JUVÉDERM®, including the new VOLUMA XC, Dr. Buford matches your specific needs and desires to the service best suited to deliver results. Dr. Buford has a proven reputation and the qualifications to match.

Rebecca Gelber, MD
Clinical Instructor

Dr. Rebecca Gelber graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1993 and completed her residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. After eight years as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of California Davis Medical Center, she decided to make her home in Tahoe, where since 2000 she has practiced at Renown Medical Center and teaches at University of Nevada at Reno Medical School.

Education:
B.A., Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in Music and Biology, College of William and Mary, VA
M.D., The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Residency in Emergency Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PA

Credentials:
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Clinical Teacher of the Year, UC Davis Medical Center
Clinical Assistant Professor University of Nevada, Reno
Diplomate of American Board of Emergency Medicine
Member, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
Affiliate, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
Physician Trainer for Sciton Laser

Karen Soika, MD
Clinical Instructor

Education:
Residency: General Surgery, George Washington University, Washington, DC
Internship: General Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC
Medical School: SABA University School of Medicine, Netherlands, Caribbean
Masters Degree: New York University, NY

  • Endocrine Physiology
  • Minor: Biochemistry

Credentials:
Owner/Medical Director: Cosmetic Medic, Greenwich, CT
Member: American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
Fellow: American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery
Fellow: American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery

Naveed Ahmad Qureshi, MD
Managing Director: European / Middle East Regions

Education:
NP Training: School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge – UK
BA: Harvard Medical School, Harvard University
Canadian Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, ON, Canada  1998-2003

Credentials:
Research Fellow: College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, NY  1988-1990
President/Founder: New Life Institute
Chairman: New Life Pharmaceuticals USA
Professional Memberships

  • International Society for Laser Surgery & Medicine
  • General Council of Naturopathy (GNC), London
  • Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (ANP), London
  • American Association of Integrative Medicine (AAIM), Diplomate, Fellow.
  • British Medical Laser Association (BMLA), London
  • Numerous Post Graduate Certifications & Clinical Trainings in Anti-Aging Medicine, Aesthetic Medicine & Non-Invasive Laser Surgery

Dr. Qureshi holds numerous degrees, active licenses, and registrations internationally throughout Europe, United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.  He also has various lifetime appointments in various medical schools and professional associations as well as a number of honors and awards for distinction of service and contribution to healthcare.
Dr. Qureshi is a Canadian Citizen with residences in Switzerland, UK, Washington DC, New York, and al-Madina al-Munwarra KSA.

Willam McMunn, D.D.S, M.D.
Clinical Instructor, Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

Dr. McMunn is among the pretigious, highly competitive group of MD/DDS, with only 650 members worldwide. Most of these physicians are accomplished trauma and facial plastic surgeons. Dr. McMunn is not only a renowned Facial Plastic and Trauma surgeon, he is a sought after speaker and dynamic instructor as well.  He now teaches exclusively for Empire Medical Training and is instructor at most all Empire Aesthetic programs. This includes the Comprehensive Botox, Dermal Filler, Facial Aesthetics, Cosmetics Laser, and other aesthetic programs. We are proud to be working with Dr. McMunn and believe he has enhanced our programs and will continue to do so.

Education:
MD- Columbia University
D.D.S.-  University of Texas
BA in Biology- University of Texas
Residency in Facial Cosmetic Surgery- Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center

Credentials:
Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxilofacial Surgery
Diplomat of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery

Carlos M. Aquino
DEA Inspection Instructor

Since January 2009, Carlos M. Aquino has served as President and Founder of a compliance consulting firm where he assists DEA registrants in the handling of controlled substances and regulated chemicals, with compliance of federal laws and regulations that are enforced by DEA through the Office of Diversion Control. This is done through a “Mock” audit and inspection equivalent to a DEA Diversion on-site inspection.  The firm also provides in-service training on various areas pertaining to compliance with federal laws and DEA regulations for handling controlled substances.

Consultant Carlos M. Aquino brings 36 years of experience on handling illicit and pharmaceutical controlled substances and regulated chemicals. This includes 12 years with the Philadelphia DEA Diversion and 24 years with the Philadelphia Police Department. During the last 10 years, he was assigned to the Philadelphia DEA Task Force as a street supervisor and an undercover agent investigating the distribution of illicit drugs and the diversion of pharmaceutical drugs.

Burt Greenberg, M.D. FACS
Clinical Instructor

Education:
MD – Syracuse University
B.S. – Cornell University
General Surgery and Plastic Reconstructive Surgery Residency-University of Pennsylvania
Advanced Aesthetic Surgery and Microsurgery Training-Harvard Medical School
Professor at NYU School of Medicine
Guest Lecturer – Cornell University

Credentials:
Founder and Medical Director of The Great Neck Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Facility
Plastic Surgery practice since 1986
Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Member of American Association for Hand Surgery

Gayle Hucks, RHIA
Certified Professional Coder

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management
Senior Associate/Consultant/Coder
Her focus of expertise lies in compliance issues, coding and documentation of medical necessity,
in addition to reimbursement guidelines and insurance company requirements.

Credentials:
Member of the American Health Information Management Association and the
Oklahoma Health Information Management Association.

Irvin M. Wiesman, M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Education:
MD – University of Illinois – Chicago Schhol of Medicine, Chicago
BS – University of Wisconsin, Madison
Board Certified, American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Board Certified, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Fellowship, Hand/Microvascular Surgery – Washington University, St. Louis

Credentials:
Boards, American Board of Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery
Residency, General Surgery – Columbus/St. Joseph Hospitals, Chicago
Residency, Plastic Surgery Residency – SUMMA Health Systems

 

Gary G. Wiesman, M.D., FACS
Clinical Instructor

Education:
MD – Loyola Medical School, Chicago
MS – Loyola Medical School, Chicago
B.S. – Washington University, St. Louis

Credentials:
Board Certified, American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Board Certified, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Fellow, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
Fellow, American College of Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery
Residency, Northwestern University

Joel D. Stein, DO, FAAO, FAOASM
Medical Consultant

Dr. Stein has provided non surgical and Pain Management Services to the South Florida community for over 10 years. He has received numerous board certifications from the Board of Family Practice, Osteopathic Board of Sports Medicine, and the Board of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. Dr. Stein has held numerous academic appointments such as serving as Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Miami School of Medicine, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Assistant Professor for the Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Davie, Florida and numerous other academic appointments.

Dr. Stein has also held numerous political appointments including past President of the Broward County Osteopathic Medical Association. He has also held various esteemed positions for the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association. Dr. Stein is recognized as an experienced Pain Management physician and is proficient in academic medicine as well. Dr. Stein now serves as a consultant and faculty member for Empire Medical Training.

Gary Cole, M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Education:
B.A. – University of California, Los Angeles
M.A. – University of California, Los Angeles
M.D. – University of California, Los Angeles
Residency in Dermatology – University Of Oregon Health Sciences Center

Credentials:
Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology
Adjunct Professor of Dermatology, University of California, Irvine
Program Director, Dermatology Residency, University of California, Irvine
Member of the American Academy of Dermatology
Member of the Society for Investigative Dermatology
Member of the Dermatologic Society of Orange County

 

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