Train with the best
To be your best

Train with the best
To be your best

Train with the best
To be your best

Train with the best
To be your best

Our CORE Team

Gregory A. Buford MD FACS PCEO

Founder
Meet Dr. Buford. He is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, published author, and nationally recognized Key Opinion Leader in the Aesthetic Medicine space, with over 20 years of experience. As a global speaker, Allergan MASTER Trainer, and best-selling author, he brings a wealth of wisdom and experience to the next generation of aesthetic practitioners. Since beginning his practice in 2001, he has been involved in almost every launch of facial injectables in the United States. He continues to consult the industry on releasing new and emerging products and technologies.

Lauren Voss Mitschrich PA-C DMSc

Clinical Director and Co-Founder
Meet Lauren. She is a Board Certified Surgical Physician Assistant with nine years of experience in aesthetic medicine, dermatology, and plastic surgery. She has served patients in New York City, San Francisco, and Denver with a special focus on natural injectables. She was named in the Top 100 Best Aesthetic Injectors in 2019 and has traveled the world to train with some of the most prestigious practitioners in the field. In our trainings, she shares pearls of wisdom and top techniques worldwide.

Keeley Shields MBA

Marketing Director and Course Coordinator
Meet Keeley. One of the co-founders here at Core Aesthetics Training Insitute and founder of Marketing For Medical, a digital platform created to make marketing easy for our Medical Aesthetics Community. She joins our team with over 10 years of experience in the Digital Marketing and Branding space. If you've taken a course here at CATI, you know she is your point of contact for all things class related. Keeley also provides incredible value through our Business Development and Marketing courses, by teaching our students the power of Social Media and other tips and tricks she has learned throughout her career in the industry. She looks forward to meeting you soon and setting goals for your marketing and your career as a Medical Aesthetics professional.

Meet Our Medical Advisory Board

At Core Aesthetics Training Institute (CATI), our commitment to providing an exceptional learning experience to our students is unwavering. We achieve this through the invaluable support and expertise of our esteemed Medical Advisory Board, consisting of some of the leading experts in the field of medical aesthetics. With their guidance and insights, we stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in medical aesthetics, ensuring that we provide our CATI family with the most innovative and effective teachings available. Their contributions help us deliver a comprehensive and relevant curriculum that prepares our students for success in the dynamic and constantly evolving field of medical aesthetics. We are grateful for the exceptional individuals on our Medical Advisory Board who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and expertise with the next generation of Medical Aesthetic Injectors.

Train with the best. To be your best. 

At Core Aesthetics Training Institute (CATI), our commitment to providing an exceptional learning experience to our students is unwavering. We achieve this through the invaluable support and expertise of our esteemed Medical Advisory Board, consisting of some of the leading experts in the field of medical aesthetics. With their guidance and insights, we stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in medical aesthetics, ensuring that we provide our CATI family with the most innovative and effective teachings available. Their contributions help us deliver a comprehensive and relevant curriculum that prepares our students for success in the dynamic and constantly evolving field of medical aesthetics. We are grateful for the exceptional individuals on our Medical Advisory Board who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and expertise with the next generation of Medical Aesthetic Injectors.Train with the best. To be your best.
At Core Aesthetics Training Institute (CATI), our commitment to providing an exceptional learning experience to our students is unwavering. We achieve this through the invaluable support and expertise of our esteemed Medical Advisory Board, consisting of some of the leading experts in the field of medical aesthetics. With their guidance and insights, we stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in medical aesthetics, ensuring that we provide our CATI family with the most innovative and effective teachings available. Their contributions help us deliver a comprehensive and relevant curriculum that prepares our students for success in the dynamic and constantly evolving field of medical aesthetics. We are grateful for the exceptional individuals on our Medical Advisory Board who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and expertise with the next generation of Medical Aesthetic Injectors.Train with the best. To be your best.
At Core Aesthetics Training Institute (CATI), our commitment to providing an exceptional learning experience to our students is unwavering. We achieve this through the invaluable support and expertise of our esteemed Medical Advisory Board, consisting of some of the leading experts in the field of medical aesthetics. With their guidance and insights, we stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in medical aesthetics, ensuring that we provide our CATI family with the most innovative and effective teachings available. Their contributions help us deliver a comprehensive and relevant curriculum that prepares our students for success in the dynamic and constantly evolving field of medical aesthetics. We are grateful for the exceptional individuals on our Medical Advisory Board who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and expertise with the next generation of Medical Aesthetic Injectors.Train with the best. To be your best.
At Core Aesthetics Training Institute (CATI), our commitment to providing an exceptional learning experience to our students is unwavering. We achieve this through the invaluable support and expertise of our esteemed Medical Advisory Board, consisting of some of the leading experts in the field of medical aesthetics. With their guidance and insights, we stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in medical aesthetics, ensuring that we provide our CATI family with the most innovative and effective teachings available. Their contributions help us deliver a comprehensive and relevant curriculum that prepares our students for success in the dynamic and constantly evolving field of medical aesthetics. We are grateful for the exceptional individuals on our Medical Advisory Board who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and expertise with the next generation of Medical Aesthetic Injectors.Train with the best. To be your best.
At Core Aesthetics Training Institute (CATI), our commitment to providing an exceptional learning experience to our students is unwavering. We achieve this through the invaluable support and expertise of our esteemed Medical Advisory Board, consisting of some of the leading experts in the field of medical aesthetics. With their guidance and insights, we stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in medical aesthetics, ensuring that we provide our CATI family with the most innovative and effective teachings available. Their contributions help us deliver a comprehensive and relevant curriculum that prepares our students for success in the dynamic and constantly evolving field of medical aesthetics. We are grateful for the exceptional individuals on our Medical Advisory Board who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and expertise with the next generation of Medical Aesthetic Injectors.Train with the best. To be your best.

Meet Our Medical Advisory Board

John P. Fezza MD is a Board Certified Oculoplastic Surgeon and the director of cosmetic and skin services at Center for Sight in Sarasota, Florida since 1998. He has been a lecturer, master trainer and consultant for several companies including Allergan and Palette. He is the author of numerous articles appearing in medical journals such as Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in addition to numerous text book chapters. He has also been featured in other magazines such as Elle Magazine and Cosmetic Surgery Times. Dr Fezza has been a guest and medical expert on several T.V. shows on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX networks.

John Fezza MD

Neekan Rivera is a Certified Physician Assistant with advanced experience and knowledge in both clinical and cosmetic dermatology. She specializes in full-facial rejuvenation and passionately provides a wide variety of aesthetic treatments for her clients. Neekan serves as a trainer for Allergan Medical Institute, Galderma and PDO Mint Threads and spends much of her free time traveling around the country training other injectors.

Neekan Riviera PA-C

Wendy W. Lee, MD, MS, is a Board Certified Oculoplastic Sugeon and Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Dermatology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She serves as director of the Bascom Palmer Aesthetic Center and co-director of the university’s Cosmetic Medicine Group, a multidisciplinary group comprised of the ophthalmology, dermatology, ENT, and plastic surgery departments. Dr. Lee also serves as a key opinion leader for many aesthetic and functional companies, has lectured around the world, and her work has been published extensively, both in peer-reviewed journals and in teaching textbooks. In addition, she serves as chief medical editor for FacialAestheticsCE and as a section editor for Ocular Surgery News.

Wendy Lee MD

Dr. Jonathan M. Sykes is a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon and one of the most highly respected Plastic Surgeons in the United States, having performed over 20,000 Aesthetic + reconstructive surgeries. He was the director of Facial Plastic Surgery at the University of California, Davis Medical Center for more than 30 years, 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, giving over 1,000 lectures locally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Sykes has reviewed scientific papers for the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Laryngoscope and is a respected thought leader and educator in the cosmetic thread industry.

Jonathan Sykes MD

Erika Barry is a Certified Nurse Practitioner and an influential leader in the Aesthetics space as well as being known for building a strong digital presence and results with her team at Moksha Aesthetics, a premier medical spa in Potomac, Maryland. Barry was the first internationally recognized injector to start a virtual-learning platform for fellow injectors and medical providers looking to enter the industry, making aesthetics education accessible and affordable.

Erika Barry NP-C, MSN, CCRN

April Harrison is a Certified Physician Assistant with over 20 years of experience in dermatology and facial aesthetics. A graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch, she has practiced medical and cosmetic dermatology since 2001. April spent the last 17 years at one of Houston’s leading cosmetic dermatology practices perfecting her art. April’s approach to aesthetics is to enhance each person’s unique beauty, whether by using neuromodulators and fillers to restore volume loss and smooth wrinkles, lasers to reverse sun damage and fine lines, or skincare products to brighten and refresh the skin. April loves the artistry of aesthetics and helping her patients enhance and restore their unique beauty. She specializes in facial balancing with dermal fillers and neuromodulators to achieve natural, transformative results using the safest and most proven injecting methods.

April Harrison PA-C

Dr. Steven G. Yoelin is a board-certified ophthalmologist with a private practice in Newport Beach, CA. Since the early 2000s, Dr. Yoelin has expanded his practice to include facial aesthetics using injectable neurotoxins, dermal fillers and collagen stimulators. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Yoelin conducts research in various FDA- and investigator-initiated clinical trials pertaining to facial injectables and has been the lead investigator on several pilot studies and trials, including one that led to FDA approval of a new aesthetic product at the end of 2008. Dr. Yoelin has established a nationwide reputation as an expert in the field of facial injectables. He speaks at professional events and conferences across the country, including every major ophthalmic meeting and is highly respected by other physicians as a teacher of injectable procedures as well as a trusted advisor on integrating facial aesthetics into an ophthalmology practice.

Steve Yoelin MD

Julie Bass Kaplan is a Nurse Practitioner who has devoted her career exclusively to aesthetic medicine. She has a special interest in teaching safe injection techniques. Julie is a faculty speaker for Palette Resources, a speaker/trainer for Allergan Medical Institute, and has the honor to sit on Allergan & Revance’s Advisory Boards. Julie is a published author for several medical journal articles and loves to speak at various international conventions.

Julie Kaplan NP

John P. Fezza MD is a Board Certified Oculoplastic Surgeon and the director of cosmetic and skin services at Center for Sight in Sarasota, Florida since 1998. He has been a lecturer, master trainer and consultant for several companies including Allergan and Palette. He is the author of numerous articles appearing in medical journals such as Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in addition to numerous text book chapters. He has also been featured in other magazines such as Elle Magazine and Cosmetic Surgery Times. Dr Fezza has been a guest and medical expert on several T.V. shows on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX networks.

John Fezza MD

Neekan Rivera is a Certified Physician Assistant with advanced experience and knowledge in both clinical and cosmetic dermatology. She specializes in full-facial rejuvenation and passionately provides a wide variety of aesthetic treatments for her clients. Neekan serves as a trainer for Allergan Medical Institute, Galderma and PDO Mint Threads and spends much of her free time traveling around the country training other injectors.

Neekan Riviera PA-C

Wendy W. Lee, MD, MS, is a Board Certified Oculoplastic Sugeon and Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Dermatology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She serves as director of the Bascom Palmer Aesthetic Center and co-director of the university’s Cosmetic Medicine Group, a multidisciplinary group comprised of the ophthalmology, dermatology, ENT, and plastic surgery departments. Dr. Lee also serves as a key opinion leader for many aesthetic and functional companies, has lectured around the world, and her work has been published extensively, both in peer-reviewed journals and in teaching textbooks. In addition, she serves as chief medical editor for FacialAestheticsCE and as a section editor for Ocular Surgery News.

Wendy Lee MD

Dr. Jonathan M. Sykes is a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon and one of the most highly respected Plastic Surgeons in the United States, having performed over 20,000 Aesthetic + reconstructive surgeries. He was the director of Facial Plastic Surgery at the University of California, Davis Medical Center for more than 30 years, 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, giving over 1,000 lectures locally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Sykes has reviewed scientific papers for the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Laryngoscope and is a respected thought leader and educator in the cosmetic thread industry.

Jonathan Sykes MD

Erika Barry is a Certified Nurse Practitioner and an influential leader in the Aesthetics space as well as being known for building a strong digital presence and results with her team at Moksha Aesthetics, a premier medical spa in Potomac, Maryland. Barry was the first internationally recognized injector to start a virtual-learning platform for fellow injectors and medical providers looking to enter the industry, making aesthetics education accessible and affordable.

Erika Barry NP-C, MSN, CCRN

April Harrison is a Certified Physician Assistant with over 20 years of experience in dermatology and facial aesthetics. A graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch, she has practiced medical and cosmetic dermatology since 2001. April spent the last 17 years at one of Houston’s leading cosmetic dermatology practices perfecting her art. April’s approach to aesthetics is to enhance each person’s unique beauty, whether by using neuromodulators and fillers to restore volume loss and smooth wrinkles, lasers to reverse sun damage and fine lines, or skincare products to brighten and refresh the skin. April loves the artistry of aesthetics and helping her patients enhance and restore their unique beauty. She specializes in facial balancing with dermal fillers and neuromodulators to achieve natural, transformative results using the safest and most proven injecting methods.

April Harrison PA-C

Dr. Steven G. Yoelin is a board-certified ophthalmologist with a private practice in Newport Beach, CA. Since the early 2000s, Dr. Yoelin has expanded his practice to include facial aesthetics using injectable neurotoxins, dermal fillers and collagen stimulators. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Yoelin conducts research in various FDA- and investigator-initiated clinical trials pertaining to facial injectables and has been the lead investigator on several pilot studies and trials, including one that led to FDA approval of a new aesthetic product at the end of 2008. Dr. Yoelin has established a nationwide reputation as an expert in the field of facial injectables. He speaks at professional events and conferences across the country, including every major ophthalmic meeting and is highly respected by other physicians as a teacher of injectable procedures as well as a trusted advisor on integrating facial aesthetics into an ophthalmology practice.

Steve Yoelin MD

Julie Bass Kaplan is a Nurse Practitioner who has devoted her career exclusively to aesthetic medicine. She has a special interest in teaching safe injection techniques. Julie is a faculty speaker for Palette Resources, a speaker/trainer for Allergan Medical Institute, and has the honor to sit on Allergan & Revance’s Advisory Boards. Julie is a published author for several medical journal articles and loves to speak at various international conventions.

Julie Kaplan NP

GUEST TRAINERS

Hillary Ching PA-C, brings nearly a decade of experience to the CATI team as a highly experienced expert injector. As the founder and president of the Colorado Aesthetics Mentorship Program, Hillary invests her time, energy, and resources into helping elevate the entire field of aesthetics. She can't wait to bring her skills and knowledge to you!

Hillary Ching, PA-C

Kendall Peterson PA-C, has specialized in Plastic Surgery and aesthetic injectables for the past 7 years, which allows her to bring a unique anatomy perspective for facial balancing to the CATI team. She has trained with industry leaders across the US and internationally and is a National trainer for leading Medical Aesthetic brands.

Kendall Peterson, PA-C

Lauren "Lo" Hilton, RN BSN, is an experienced Medical Aesthetics Injector who joins CATI from the BEAUTY By BUFORD team. She prides herself on her attention to detail and on creating natural results for her patients. Her gentle approach deeply focuses on facial balancing, patient safety, and treating each patient uniquely.

Lauren Hilton, RN BSN

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Hillary Ching PA-C, brings nearly a decade of experience to the CATI team as a highly experienced expert injector. As the founder and president of the Colorado Aesthetics Mentorship Program, Hillary invests her time, energy, and resources into helping elevate the entire field of aesthetics. She can't wait to bring her skills and knowledge to you!

Hillary Ching, PA-C

Kendall Peterson PA-C, has specialized in Plastic Surgery and aesthetic injectables for the past 7 years, which allows her to bring a unique anatomy perspective for facial balancing to the CATI team. She has trained with industry leaders across the US and internationally and is a National trainer for leading Medical Aesthetic brands.

Kendall Peterson, PA-C

Lauren "Lo" Hilton, RN BSN, is an experienced Medical Aesthetics Injector who joins CATI from the BEAUTY By BUFORD team. She prides herself on her attention to detail and on creating natural results for her patients. Her gentle approach deeply focuses on facial balancing, patient safety, and treating each patient uniquely.

Lauren Hilton, RN BSN

Hillary brings nearly a decade of experience to the CATI team as a Certified Physician and expert injector. As the founder and president of the Colorado Aesthetics Mentorship Program, Hillary invests her time, energy, and resources into helping elevate the entire field of aesthetics.

Hillary Ching, PA-C

Kendall Peterson, PA-C, is a board-certified Physician Assistant who has specialized in Plastic Surgery and aesthetic injectables for the past 7 years, which allows her to bring a unique anatomy perspective for facial balancing to the CATI team. She has trained with industry leaders across both the US and internationally and is a National trainer for leading Medical Aesthetic brands.

Kendall Peterson, PA-C

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Meet Our Medical Advisory Board

At Core Aesthetics Training Institute (CATI), our commitment to providing an exceptional learning experience to our students is unwavering. We achieve this through the invaluable support and expertise of our esteemed Medical Advisory Board, consisting of some of the leading experts in the field of medical aesthetics. With their guidance and insights, we stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in medical aesthetics, ensuring that we provide our CATI family with the most innovative and effective teachings available. Their contributions help us deliver a comprehensive and relevant curriculum that prepares our students for success in the dynamic and constantly evolving field of medical aesthetics. We are grateful for the exceptional individuals on our Medical Advisory Board who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and expertise with the next generation of Medical Aesthetic Injectors.

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