Our Story

Dr. Ben Tracy, M.D.

Allergan Master Trainer

Member, American Med Spa Association

Member, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine

Syneron Candela KOL for NY State eLos Plus

Cutera Luminar for NY State truSculpt iD

I often get asked how I got into doing cosmetic dermatology with injectables like Botox and Fillers when I completed residency in a completely different field.

So here is the story. For those of you who do not know how a doctor gets into residency, it is through a horrible process called "The Match." Basically every medical student in the world who wants a U.S. residency submits a lists of programs that they are interested in and every program submits a list of medical students that they are interested. Yadda yadda yadda, it gets put into some fancy supercomputer somewhere and voila, you MATCH!

 

There is a whole ceremony and day to celebrate (or possibly cry) for all the students that match which is usually sometime in the middle of March. I knew what specialty I wanted to go into (PM&R which stands for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) and was fortunate to match into one of my top choices.  

It wasn't until after match day had been celebrated and I had committed to my chosen specialty that I started my private practice rotation with a Pain Neurologist. On my first day I arrived at his practice extra early like a good little medical student should and when he finally rolled in over an hour later (fashionably late, of course) he took me into his office and gave me a brief introduction to his practice. I remember my shock and skepticism when he told me that at this point in his practice he was doing probably 75% cosmetic dermatology. Of course I knew that Botox existed and that a doctor could inject it but what I didn't realize until I started doing it at his practice was how much I would LOVE doing it!  And so by blind luck, fate, or whatever you may choose to call it was was introduced to injectables. By this point it was way to late too change my specialty and to be honest...fungal rashes kinda freak me out so it's probably for the best. Now I get to practice doing what I love without the fungal rashes. 

 

My experience working with Botox and fillers stuck with me until after going through advanced injectable training I decided to open my own practice.  And now a years later, I'm so thrilled to have opened Monroe MedSpa!!  

Can't wait to meet you! 

-Dr. Ben

Michelle Dore, R.N. 

Compassionate, and dedicated to personalized patient care, Michelle is a Registered Nurse, and state certified Critical Care Nurse with a background in Trauma care for over five years with Rochester General Hospital.  Michelle is committed to growing professionally, while bringing that knowledge, and experience to educate her clients, and providing the utmost quality services.  She prides herself on being meticulous, and attentive to her clients, and their specific needs.   Michelle has developed an eye for detail, and an ear for her clients’ concerns through practicing care with compassion. 

 

Michelle has received her extensive training through the hands of her partner, and mentor Dr. Ben Tracy becoming proficient in Botox, Dysport, Microneedling, and Laser crafts.  She has spearheaded our IV Hydration services, and vows to cure every hangover, and common cold this side of the Mississippi.  You can find Mychelle running around our office with her Rosie the Riveter bandana smilingly wielding her “WE CAN DO IT” attitude, while listening to David Bowie. 

 

 

All of the following are facts about Michelle EXCEPT for one (you’ll have to stop in to find out which is false):

 

  • She grew up in Chicago, but has Oregon and Texas tattooed on her ankles

  • She once lived in Australia riding horses and herding cattle in the outback

  • She accidentally spent two nights at Ozzy Osbourne’s house

  • Her plane had a lay over in Fiji for two months

  • She has a tattoo on her left butt cheek of Matthew McConaughey eating a taco

  • She plays harmonica, but not the fiddle

Christy Salafia, N.P.

Christy is a board certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner who’s primary area of practice has been in the area of cardiac surgery.  She started her medical career as a patient unit technician and worked her way up as a nurse in the ICU at Strong while completing her masters at the University of Rochester.  She spent 2 years of her NP career at Rochester General Hospital in the OR working with vascular surgery as well as in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. She completed additional training and became an RNFA. 

Christy then returned to the area she has always loved, cardiac surgery. She has spent the last 7 years working in cardiac surgery and was very excited to be able to expand her role as a nurse practitioner. She is now very excited to be entering into the area of medical aesthetics and cosmetic procedures. Currently her primary focus is Botox and fillers however she is looking forward to growing in the field and offering services new to the Rochester area and to the industry in general. 

Christy lives in Rochester and left only to complete her Bachelors degree at the University of Buffalo. She is married with two little princesses and loves spending her free time with her family and gardening. 

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