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 I was introduced to cosmetic injectables. By this point it was way too late to 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 years later, I'm so thrilled to have opened Monroe MedSpa!!
Can't wait to meet you!
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. 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, becoming proficient in Botox and Dysport, fillers, Kybella, and more. You can find Michelle running around our office with her Rosie the Riveter bandana, smiling and singing, wielding her “WE CAN DO IT” attitude, all 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 whose primary area of practice has been in the area of cardiac surgery. Christy's medical career path has blossomed from patient unit technician at Strong, to receiving her masters from UofR and working as a NP in the OR and Surgical ICU at Rochester General. She spent 7 years working in cardiac surgery and was very excited to be able to expand her role as a nurse practitioner.
As much as she loved working in cardiology, Christy was ready for a challenge. So she was excited to enter the field of medical aesthetics and cosmetic procedures. Her primary focus is Botox and fillers, however she also enjoys performing our radiofrequency procedures. And ask her about her own journey with sun damaged skin!
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.
Lindsay Collins, Licensed Esthetician
Lindsay started her career in her study of esthetics at Shear Ego. With almost 20 years of experience in the industry, Lindsay has been Rochester's go-to girl for anything skincare related. She had a long career in the corporate spa world, but decided in 2012 to branch out and leave the "name brand" spa life to pursue something more custom and personal.
At Monroe MedSpa, Lindsay spends her days performing Hydrafacials, VI Peels, Vivace and Morpheus treatments, as well as body contouring procedures such as truSculpt. Outside of her time at our office, she is passionate about makeup, and is also our go-to girl for expert microblading in the Rochester area. Her honest approach to skin health (and her infectious laugh) are why we love her so much.
Linda Moore, Licensed Esthetician
Kahley Kirisits, Licensed Esthetician
Kahley Kirisits is a NYS Licensed Medical Esthetician of almost 10 years. She joined Monroe MedSpa in Buffalo and Rochester in February 2021. She is a mom of two little ones, and has a love for all things beauty. She graduated from St. John Fisher College in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Childhood & Special Education. She is also an alumnus of The Salon Professional Academy of Buffalo Aesthetics Program Class of 2012.
After being diagnosed with Thyroid Disease in 2009 and seeing its effects on her own skin, she turned to Aesthetics and she has never looked back. Kahley is a firm believer that the skin is an indicator of your overall health and wellness. She has over 5 years of experience working in dermatology medical spa, where she gained an expertise in medical grade skincare and treatments. She also brings a thorough knowledge of skin conditions, diseases, and customized treatments plans for each client.
Kahley is certified in the Diamond Glow Facial, HydraFacial, ZO Medical Facials, Microneedling, Vivace RF Microneedling, Morpheus RF Microneedling, VI Peels, Laser Therapies, and Coolsculpting/TruSculpt treatments.
Miranda Vander Horst, R.N.
Miranda is a bachelor's prepared Registered Nurse; board certified in cardiovascular nursing. She has practiced nursing for six years at Strong Memorial Hospital, specializing in acute adult care. She has experience working in Medsurg, Cardiac, and Surgical ICU care. With her desire to advance her career and continue learning, Miranda is currently attending St. John Fish College for her master’s degree in Family Nurse Practitioner. With graduation on the horizon, August 2021, she is excited to be entering her Nurse Practitioner career focusing on Aesthetic medicine.
Miranda is a Rochester native, and lives locally with her husband and fur baby, Callie. She loves to spend time with her family, working out, traveling, and being artistic. She has always loved drawing and painting and is an artist at heart. She is excited to have the ability to combine her love of medicine and art into one while helping people with their medical aesthetic needs.
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