International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses (ISPAN)

Gerrie Obi, MSN, ARNP, RN, CPSN, ISPAN – F

My goodness how times have changed over the past 35++ years of being involved in the field of medicine and specifically, Plastic Surgery. Back in the early 1980s, advertising for medical procedures was not even heard of, except maybe in the Yellow Pages. Fast forward to today and you can find ads for a plethora of medical procedures, especially those involving aesthetic treatments and surgeries. According to We Are Social Ltd. (2019) 30% of daily time spent online by individuals is focused around social media. This trend has led to a change in the marketing game and it doesn’t and is projected to only continue to increase in the future (We Are Social 2019). More

Aurelie M. Alger, JD
ISPAN, Executive Director

A Message from Your Executive Director A warm spring hello to all of our ISPAN members! Spring is always a wonderful time for us to reflect on new beginnings and renewals. It's always a pleasure for our team to work with the ISPAN Board of Directors, Committees and Liaisons on our Society newsletter. For this issue, we also wanted to begin a feature where part of your ISPAN Staff Team has the opportunity to update the membership on ISPAN developments and programs. I am starting this with an introduction to our ISPAN Team - the many wonderful people here at the staff offices who serve our members on a daily basis. More

Editor's Pick

Kathleen Mortl RN, CPSN, CANS
Editor, The ISPAN Newsletter

Georgia Elmassian
Congratulation Georgia! This proves we can achieve our dreams! On May 10, 2019, Georgia Elmassian received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Ferris State University with Highest Distinction. Georgia has been an active member of ISPAN for over 17 years and has been actively involved with various ISPAN committee and leadership roles for the majority of that time span. Georgia's most recent ISPAN position was that of President from 2016 until 2018 and her current role is ISPAN Immediate Past President. Congratulations, Georgia!

Burn Out

Kristi Elliott, RN, FNP-C, CPSN
Secretary - Treasurer

Healthcare is in a strange place right now. Hospitals are being bought by corporations and turned into huge systems. Insurance companies dictate the medications and treatments that patients can have. Talking about burnout is all the rage. I'm all for change and innovation and improvement but I'm not sure having profit be the main focus of hospitals and insurance dictating treatments are the way to go. Yes, burnout is a thing. It's a bad thing, and it's all around. I think that talking about it constantly without any real solutions being offered is helping, and may make it worse. Many of us are fortunate to work in private practice environments which aren't subject to the regulations of an academic institution but the effects of government regulation and electronic records are far reaching. I recently saw a job posting for an "EMR Nurse Practitioner". I am sad that much of what I do revolves around the EMR. I miss clinic and I miss patients. I feel burned out because I spend so much time on the phone in front of a computer screen. I wonder how much more of healthcare will be automated. I love academia and want to give my best to my patients. What do those of you in academic institutions do to cope with these issues?


Kathleen Mortl RN, CPSN, CANS
PSNCB - Director

PSNCB Corner Please prepare several months in advance for certification and re certification. Read Read Read the instructions and if you have any questions regarding the application process reach out to us. What is frustrating for both the member and reviewer are the applications that are missing content, non-Core Medical Director Letter, and downloading non-accredited contact hours. We spend hours going through each applicant's submissions and want everyone to succeed. Please be diligent and prepare. Now you can start early and submit a download when you achieve it - like record keeping! I love this! More


Connie Brennan, RN, CPSN, CANS, ISPAN - F

2019 ISPAN Annual Meeting

Why should you attend the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses (ISPAN) meeting this fall? In September 2019, ISPAN will host their annual meeting in San Diego. The weather in San Diego is always beautiful and the plastic and aesthetic nurses are energetic and eager to learn. More


Calling All Fabulous ISPAN Members! We are working on a video montage for the ISPAN 2019 meeting in San Diego, CA and want YOU to be a part of it. What better way to let the world know how wonderful ISPAN is than from our AMAZING members? More


Teresa Barroca, MSN, RNM, ISPAN - F

I am sure that many of you are familiar with the comments made by Washington State lawmaker, Sen. Maureen Walsh recently, regarding nurses "probably playing cards for a considerable amount of the day". The State Senator made the remarks on the Senate floor on April 16 in response to a proposed bill that would allow nurses to get mandatory uninterrupted meal and rest breaks. The backlash from the nursing community country wide was swift and fierce. An online petition was even started to ask Ms. Walsh to spend a day shadowing a nurse so she could gain a deeper understanding of what a typical nurse deals with in her day to day job. Many memes and viral videos regarding nurses playing cards popped up, but these comments were no joke to most of us. More


Pamela Messina, BSN, RN, CPSN, CNOR

Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is a rare and uncommon form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that typically occurs in the capsule and peri-prosthetic fluid of textured breast implants. If diagnosed early it is considered curable. More


Shanna Concepcion, RN, CANS

Polydioxanone (PDO) Thread lifting has been around since Cleopatra it rumored that she had gold threads placed in her face, but in modern times we are using non absorbable PDO thread. Contrary to what we used in the past the Non-absorbable thread such as the APTOS Threads and Polypropylene. Polypropylene threads are permanent non-absorbable threads. They were pulled from the market in 2007. We want threads that are absorbable and make collagen. There are many manufactures of PDO threads all over the world and many different types of PDO threads. More


Marilyn Cassetta, RN, BSN, CANS, CPSN

Marilyn's career has encompassed the scope of Plastic Surgical Nursing: with almost a decade specializing in Burn Intensive Care and Burn Liaison Nurse to several Bay Area Burn Units and later, in 1986, was privileged to become one of the first Collagen Nurse Injectors, working with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in San Francisco.

PSNF Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away a group of long-standing ISPAN nurse leaders recognized that the time had come to create a Plastic Surgical Nursing Foundation with the primary purpose of offering scholarships for continuing education within our specialty of plastic surgical nursing.

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PSNF Scholarship Awardees

Kerri Holloway, CRNP, CANS
Kerri Holloway, CRNP, CANS
Sharon Ann Van Wicklin, PhD, RN, CNOR, CRNFA(E), CPSN-R, PLNC, FAAN, ISPAN-F
Sharon Ann Van Wicklin, PhD, RN, CNOR, CRNFA(E), CPSN-R, PLNC, FAAN, ISPAN-F
Maria Gagliardi, CANS
Maria Gagliardi, CANS
Jenny Cajucom RN, BScN, BA, CANS
Jenny Cajucom RN, BScN, BA, CANS

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New Members

Marissa Abdo - Beverly Hills, CA
Miriam Alvarez - Peach Somerton, AZ
Martha Barreto - Reveal Medical Aesthetics, Inc, Bakersfield, CA
Pamela Beard - Seychelles Med & Laser Spa, The Woodlands, TX
Patricia J. Bhama - Pacific Rejuvenation, Honolulu, HI
Brenda Blagg - Ayala Plastic Surgery, San Antonio, TX
Rebekh B. Buchanan-Mitchell - Vitality Ageless Center, Duluth, GA
Kimberly D. Calhoun - Skintastic Esthetics, PLLC, North Little Rock, AR
Dawn Chadwick - Leonard Medispa, Salem, OR
Pamela R. Chaney - Younique Medispa, Middlebury, IN
Ashley Curtis - Admire Plastic Surgery, Scottsdale, AZ
Tara J. Delle Chiaie - Cosmetic/Concierge Medicine, Hampton, NH
Aubrey Dewey - Ascension Providence Rochester, Rochester, MI
Katelynn Donaldson - The Skin Retreat, Little Rock, AR
Elise M. Dupuy - Carolina Dermatology, Columbia, SC
Melissa Duran - Salinas Valley Plastic Surgery & Association, Salinas, CA
Rowina Fernandes - John Fawkner Private Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
Priscila Ferrand - Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery, Newport Beach, CA
Lisa M. Frommelt - La Marie Beauty, Madison, WI
TracyFye Fye - Dr Joseph A Russo MD, Newton, MA
Adriana D. Garza - El Paso Cosmetic Surgery, El Paso, TX
Sheilla Gastelum - Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ
Stephanie Gaston - Aesthetic Surgery Centre and MedSpa, Tacoma, WA
Desha I. Gelles-Soto - University of Miami, Miami, FL
Pamela Geocaris - Plastic Surgery and Skin Specialists, Green Bay, WI
Lesley F. Gier - Kaiser Permanente Plastic Surgery, Denver, CO
Donna Gleason - SkinDeep Health & Wellness, Phoenix, AZ
Leann Griffin - Vixen Aesthetics, Shelby, MI
Jodi Harlow - Beachwood Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa, Beachwood, OH
Amy Henderson - Canyon Ranch, Tucson, AZ
Ashley Hilmes - Vega Vitality, Boston, MA
Jessica House - Laseraway, Southlake, TX
Victoria Hunter - Saving Face, Austin, TX
Braidee Ireland - Aqua Medspa, Webster, TX
Allison Jenkins - Fresh Medical Aesthetics Inc., Plymouth, MA
Lillian Johnston - Richmond Surgical Arts, Richmond, VA
Stefanie A. Kuerschner - Summit Aesthetics, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ
Tamika Lindsey - Exclusively Radiant MedSpa, Pearland, TX
Jaclyn Locke, RN - Luxe Aesthetics, Tempe, AZ
Shelley Lynch - Alda Aesthetics, Hanover, MA
DeAnna Maher - Aneu Med Spa, McFarland, WI
Audrey May - Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery, Louisville, KY
Lisa M. McMillan - Juvly Aesthetics, Cincinnati, OH
Cheryl M. Mennella - Women's Institute of Cosmetic and Laser Surgery, Geneva, IL
Chi Nguyen - Beauty & Body Medlounge, San Diego, CA
Ashley R. Noeth - MidAmerica Plastic Surgery, Glen Carbon, IL
Kristine Olson - The Sakura Clinic, Eau Claire, WI
Lindsay E. Osgood - Vega Vitality, Boston, MA
Brittany Otto - Atagi Plastice Surgery and Skin Aesthetics, Lone Tree, CO
Danielle Oyasu - ModernMed Recovery, Park Ridge, IL
Rachel Pangilinan - Skin By Lovely, Portland, OR
Jennifer Phipps - Central Texas Dermatology, Austin, TX
Colleen Poole - Rejeuvine Medical Spa, Carlsbad, CA
Holly Post - Hollyday Med Spa + Aesthetics, Kansas City, MO
Giulianna R. Rau - SouthWest Weightloss, Scottsdale, AZ
Diane Rigdon - Bella Lei Aesthetics & Optimal Wellness, Fleming Island, FL
Lisa M. Roberge - Dermapure, Vancouver, BC
Taylor S. Rock - Pima Dermatology, Tucson, AZ
Allison C. Rojas - NYU Langone Health, New York, NY
Mary Rosen - The Clinic for Medical Aesthetics, Minneapolis, MN
Linda Sancetta - Smartnurse, LLC, Manchester, NH
Joey G. Seson - The Ferguson Clinic, Honolulu, HI
Debbie Shafran - Lafayette Medical Services, Woodmere, NY
Christina Sirera - Venus and Venom Medispa, Blauvelt, NY
Melisse Smith - MSmith NP, Sherwood Park, AB
Waylon Steele - Lawlor Dermatology, Reading, PA
Kaley Stouffer - Savannah Plastic Surgery, Savannah, GA
Cristal Tope - Westmed Medical Group, White Plains, NY
Ronni Trapanese - California Skin Institute, Brentwood, CA
Shannon K. Valliant - The One-Clinic of Aesthetics, Toronto, ON
Cristie Vericker - Disappearing Act, Redding, CA
Carolyn C. Webb - Rejeuvine/Dr. John Alexander, Carlsbad, CA
Shonra A. Weiss - Paul Stallman, MD, Pismo Beach, CA
Jasmine Wheeler - Cool Springs Plastic Surgery, Brentwood, TN
Kelsey N. Williams - Indiana University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN
Sarah Wilson - AZ
Charis Wipfler - Grace Medical Aesthetics, Southbury, CT
Lynn Wojton - Center Aesthetic & Dermatology, New York, NY