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Beverly Hills Institute of Aesthetic Medicine is committed to training registered nurse practitioners and physicians in the science and art of aesthetic medicine. Our team consists of nationally-renowned experts from the aesthetic industry, including plastic surgeons, registered nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and business leaders. We aim to expand your existing knowledge base while providing fellowship opportunities to gain hands-on clinical experience.

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Under the supervision of our expert practitioners, you will have the opportunity to assess patients, curate personalized treatment plans, and execute a wide range of aesthetic services, including neurotoxins and dermal fillers. Whether you’re a novice or an established practitioner with several years of experience, we offer scalable modules catering to your specific level of expertise.

Jonathan Sykes, MD, F.A.C.S

Dr. Jonathan M. Sykes was the director of Facial Plastic Surgery at the University of California, Davis Medical Center for more than 30 years and an editor of six textbooks and has written over 200 scientific articles, book chapters, and other papers in the medical literature. He is also a highly sought after lecturer, having given over 1,000 lectures locally, nationally, and internationally. He has reviewed scientific papers for the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Laryngoscope.

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He has performed over 20,000 surgical procedures, and is an expert in rhinoplasty, aging-related surgeries such as facelift, browlift, and eyelid lift surgery. He has a special interest in Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS). He has instructed many people on the anatomy and injection technique for neuromodulators, such as Botox, and is an instructor for many filling agents such as Sculptra. He has been asked to perform live demonstration surgeries in over 15 countries.

In 2018, Jonathan Sykes expanded his practice to Southern California as the Director of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at The Roxbury Institute in Beverly Hills. Regarded as one of the top facial plastic surgeons in the nation, Dr. Sykes joins the elite team of medical, surgical and aesthetic specialists led by Founder and Medical Director Dr. David Amron.

Dr. Sykes is currently acting as the Chief Medical Director for Les Encres Threads and serves as a thought leader and educator in the cosmetic thread industry. Jonathan Sykes was also recently recognized as one of the Best Aesthetic Injectors in America for 2019-2020.

Blake Raggio, MD

Facial Plastic Surgeon
Montgomery, AL | Beverly Hills, CA

As the only fellowship-trained Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon in the Montgomery, AL area, Dr. Blake Raggio is an authority on facial cosmetic surgery and the best facial plastic surgeon in the region. He utilizes his unique and comprehensive training and artistic eye to create a more attractive, youthful, and natural-looking appearance to the face. Ever advancing, Dr. Raggio is continuously researching. He has authored over 40 medical journal articles and book chapters, educating his peers — both nationally and internationally — on various aspects of facial plastic surgery.

Brian Reuben, MD

Facial Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Reuben is medically qualified beyond any standard in plastic surgery. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is also a classically trained plastic surgeon having completed a 6-year general surgery residency at the University of Utah prior to embarking on his plastic surgery training at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Reuben was personally trained by top plastic surgeons in the fields of both reconstructive plastic surgery as well as cosmetic surgery. He was trained by Peter Rubin, the surgeon who designed, developed and wrote the textbooks on body contouring and lipo-shaping. In the area of breast reconstructive surgery, Dr. Reuben was trained by the surgeon who developed the procedure that allows women to use their own tissue to rebuild a breast after mastectomy. And Dr. Reuben was trained by Dr. Coleman, the world’s leading expert in fat grafting and fat transfer.

our staff

Amanda Friese, PA-C

Amanda Friese, PA-C, graduated in 2002 from University of Washington MEDEX Northwest. She has been an aesthetic PA injector with Synergy MedAesthetics since 2017. The best part of her job is teaching patients to take a multidimensional approach to skin care and facial aesthetics. She lives on a hobby farm in Kennewick WA with her husband and four sons.

Tabitha Carnevale MSN, FNP

Advanced Aesthetics Nurse Practitioner

Tabitha holds a Masters of Science in Nursing as well as Family Nurse Practitioner degree with over 20 years of experience and success as a Family Nurse Practitioner specialized in Aesthetic Medicine.

Her focus on the individualized characteristics and aesthetic goals of each patient is unlike any other. She strives for natural enhancement of each person’s unique facial features.

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Completed tenure as a Regional Clinical Trainer for Cynosure, Inc. in which instruction was provided on a wide variety of aesthetics platforms including laser, radiofrequency and intense pulse light devices. The training was comprehensive in nature and included laser physics and safety.

Her passion for optimal and safe individualized care has developed into a passion for teaching other medical professionals the art and ethics of the aesthetic industry. Consistently trains other medical professionals on variety of injectables including neuromodulators, dermal fillers and bio-stimulators, with an emphasis on evidence-based knowledge and safe practices, she is dedicated to the professional growth of fellow colleagues with an approachable demeanor.

Arielle Auston

Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner

Arielle is from Marietta, Georgia. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Auburn University in 2011. In 2014, she went on to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse and received her second bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Chamberlain College of Nursing. After working in cardiothoracic surgery and many other areas of nursing, she found her love and true passion for aesthetic medicine in 2017 and has since been committed to offering the highest quality of cosmetic services to bring out the best in her patients. In 2021, Arielle received her master’s degree as a Nurse Practitioner, and while continuing to provide top tier care to her patients, she also found a passion for educating other medical professionals in the field of aesthetic medicine as she highly believes in the concept of “collaboration over competition.”

Gretchen Thorner, PA

Gretchen Thorner is a licensed board-certified physician assistant. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA) of which she is a Diplomate. She has also completed additional training in Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine. She graduated from Touro University Nevada with a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies.

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Her career as a PA began at the University of Minnesota where she worked in General Surgery, Trauma Surgery, and Critical Care Medicine. After moving to New York City, Gretchen’s focus shifted to Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine. Ms. Thorner worked at an upscale Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology practice in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. She trained under and worked with Dr. Michael Eidelman, a well-respected Cosmetic Dermatologist. After 5 years, Gretchen and her husband moved back home to the Pacific Northwest in 2012. Gretchen worked in both Aesthetics and Dermatology at Valley Dermatology until 2016 and following this, transitioned her practice to purely aesthetics. Gretchen joined Synergy MedAesthetics in Yakima at the end of 2020.

Ms. Thorner has worked tirelessly to perfect her injection skills and techniques. She finds that one of the most fulfilling parts of being an aesthetic injector includes the opportunity to positively impact a patient’s self-confidence. She has taken multiple courses and trainings across the country. Her career now includes training other injectors. She enjoys training both novice and experienced injectors.

Ms. Thorner enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children. She loves the outdoors- running, cycling, and skiing.

Amanda Petersen MPAS, PA-C

Amanda Petersen MPAS, PA-C is a Physician Assistant and educator. She graduated with her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies in 2009 and spent many years working in emergency medicine and urgent care.

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She started working in aesthetics in 2018 and discovered her passion for the blend of artistry and science that this field provides. She is dedicated to providing natural and beautiful results for her patients through proper assessment and injection technique. She finds joy in helping people feel confident through the treatments she provides. She enjoys sharing this knowledge with others and has extensive experience with training both new and existing injectors. She currently works at Synergy MedAesthetics in Kennewick, WA and also travels in her role as a corporate trainer for Advanced Medaesthetic Partners. In her free time, you will find her hiking, traveling, snowboarding, wake surfing, or enjoying other outdoor activities.

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