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Our Faculty

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:

Rebecca Gelber,
Instructor in Aesthetics

Anne Roberts, MD
Instructor in Anti-Aging and Weight Mgmt. Medicine

Stephen Cosentino, D.O. & Earn Romane, MD
Instructors in Aesthetics & Pain Mgmt. (Respectively)

Rebecca Gelber,
Instruction in complications to avoid Eye Ptosis.

Anne Roberts, MD

Clinical Instructor

MD - Yale University School of Medicine

B.S. - John Hopkins University
Residency - Mayo Clinic, St. Paul, MN
Board Certified - Internal Medicine

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

James Avellini, M.D.

Clinical Instructor

BA - CUNY / State University of NY - Brooklyn
MD Training - State University of NY / Health and Science Center, Brooklyn, NY
Certified Cosmetic Surgeon
Medical Director Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY
Clinical Instructor of Surgery at the Kings County Hospital Center and State University of New York / Health and Science Center, Brooklyn, NY
Affiliated with several other Medispas in the New York and New Jersey area.

Stephen Cosentino, D.O.

Medical Director 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.

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

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.

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
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

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

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

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
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.

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.

Elias Benhamou, MD

Board Certified Anesthesiologist

Elias Benhamou, MD practices as an Anesthesiologist in Houston, TX

University of Paris Val-De-Mame, Uer De Creteil, Creitel, France
Baylor College of Medicine
Saint Vincent Medical Center, New York City
Anesthesiology Fellowship
United Hospital Medical Center, New York City
Hospital Affiliations
West Houston Medical Center
Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospiral
Houston Anesthesiologists, Houston, TX
Additional Offices in Bellaire, Victoria, and Baytown, TX
Compassionate Doctor Recognition: 2010
Patients’ Choice Award: 2008-2011

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.

MD- Columbia University
D.D.S.-  University of Texas
BA in Biology- University of Texas
Residency in Facial Cosmetic Surgery- Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxilofacial Surgery
Diplomat of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery

Burt Greenberg, M.D. FACS

Clinical Instructor

MD - Syracuse University
B.S. - Cornell University

General Syrgery & Plastic Reconstructive Surgery Residency-University of Pennsylvania
Advanced Aesthetic Surgery & Microsurgery Training-Harvard Medical School
Professor at NYU School of Medicine
Guest Lecturer - Cornell University

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

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

Jessica Talbott, CPC

Medicare coding, reimbursement and documentation specialist.

Ms. Talbott has served in a management role for various state and major insurance carriers and has been actively involved in the revisions and proposed changes to Medicare and Medicaid. Ms. Talbott is a prominent Medicare coding specialist and instructor and has been active in the health care industry for over (20) twenty years. She maintains membership in numerous professional organizations and serves on a number of advisory boards in relation to Medicare reform. Ms. Talbott frequently conducts speaking engagements throughout the country and serves as consultant and faculty member for Empire Medical Training, providing ongoing support to physicians.

Steven V. Nelligar, D.C., P.T., L.M.T.

Marketing Director

Dr. Nelligar is the President of Physicians Marketing Solutions, Inc. and the author of several marketing books, videos, and audio programs including The Ultimate Physicians Marketing System™.

With over ten years of experience in developing turn-key marketing programs for both pain management and cosmetic centers throughout the United States, Dr. Nelligar now teaches physicians his easy-to-create, two-part marketing system for developing waiting-list-only cosmetic and pain management practices.  

His unique automated marketing system takes the headache out of promoting your new revenue center, allowing you to easily and affordably attract high quality cases to your practice while you simply relax and concentrate on practicing medicine.

Irvin M. Wiesman, M.D.

Clinical Instructor

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

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

MD - Loyola Medical School, Chicago
MS - Loyola Medical School, Chicago
B.S. - Washington University, St. Louis

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

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
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

Richard Radnovich, D.O.

Clinical Instructor

DO - Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency - St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, OH.
Board Certified in Family Practice
Board Certified in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
Board Certified in Sports Medicine
Member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the International Spinal Injection Society and the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine.

Ayyaz M. Shah, D.O.

Clinical Instructor

Dermatology Training:
Advanced Dermatology and Laser Center/ Universal Medical Center; Quad Cities, IA/IL, July 1997- July 2000
Family Practice Residency:
Massapequa General Hospital/ Wyckoff Heights Medical Center/ N.Y. Hospital/ Cornell University Medical Center; Long Island/Brooklyn/Manhattan, July 1995- June 1997
St. Barnabas Hospital/ N.Y. Hospital/ Cornell University Medical Center;
Bronx/Manhattan, June 1994-1995
Medical School:
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine; Old Westbury, N.Y.
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, May 1994
Lehman College of the City University of New York; Bronx, N.Y.

Medical Advisory Board of Norvartis, Medicis, Glaxo-Smith Kline, Galderma and Steifel Pharmaceuticals
Dermatology Instructor and Preceptor for Family Practice Residency Program of the Northeast Iowa Family Practice Education Consortium; Waterloo, lA
Dermatology Instructor and Preceptor for Nursing and Nurse Practionors at Allen College of Nursing; Waterloo, lA
Dermatology Instructor and Preceptor for Undergraduate Premed Students and Medical Students for various medical institutions in Florida and across the US and overseas
Member of the American Medical Association
Member of the American Osteopathic Association
Member of the American Association of Physician Specialists
American Association of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
Served as consultant dermatologist at five hospitals including serving as a member of the medical executive committee at Allen Memorial Hospita l; Waterloo, lA


Faculty Disclosure Statement

Empire Medical Training Inc. in accordance with accreditation requirements will disclose any significant financial interest or other type of relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services discussed in an educational presentation and with any commercial supporters of this activity.