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Women in Energy-Based Devices Committee

Committee Charge:  Highlight the excellence of women involved in the ASLMS and implement strategies to advance networking and training opportunities. Promote the professional development of women using energy-based technologies at all career and training levels through teaching, mentoring and organization leadership. Open to volunteers.


kelly-kristen-mKristen M. Kelly, MD

Dr. Kristen M. Kelly is a board certified dermatologist and Professor at the University of California (UC), Irvine. She attended UC, Los Angeles as both an undergraduate and medical student. She completed an internship in internal medicine and a dermatology residency at UC Irvine. After residency, Dr. Kelly completed a fellowship in photomedicine and biomedical optics at the Beckman Laser Institute and then obtained an academic appointment in the departments of dermatology and surgery at UC Irvine. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of Dermatology and the Dermatology Residency Program Director at UC Irvine.  Her research has helped to optimize cutaneous vascular lesion treatment, evaluate cutaneous angiogenesis, and develop and evaluate novel dermatologic light based imaging and therapeutic options. She has given over 175 lectures at local, national and international conferences and events and has authored 97 scientific papers and 15 book chapters. Dr. Kelly is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and her research has been funded by the ASLMS, Sturge Weber Foundation, Dermatology Foundation and National Institutes of Health.  Dr. Kelly has been an active ASLMS member since 1998 and is a past President of the society.



Arisa Ortiz, MD

Arisa E. Ortiz, M.D. is Director of Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology, and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of California, San Diego. She received training in Mohs Micrographic Surgery at UC San Diego and also completed the prestigious cosmetic and laser fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Wellman Center for Photomedicine. Dr. Ortiz completed her dermatology residency training at UC Irvine and Beckman Laser Institute.

She has authored over forty publications and several book chapters. She has presented at international and national conferences and is an invited speaker at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS). She actively serves as a journal reviewer for the Journal of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine and the Dermatologic Surgery journal. She has won several awards including the ASLMS Best of Session Award for Cutaneous Applications, the ASLMS research grant, the ASLMS Best Resident in Cutaneous Laser Surgery Research Award, and the ASDS Cutting Edge Research Grant. Dr. Ortiz has also served as the President of the San Diego Dermatologic Surgery Society and Program chair of ASLMS and Co-Chair of the Masters of Aesthetics Symposium. Her research interests are in laser treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer.

waibel-jill-sJill S. Waibel, MD

Dr. Waibel practices as a board certified dermatologist specializing in general dermatology,  cutaneous laser surgery and cosmetic dermatology for adults and children. She is in private practice in Miami, Florida and Coral Gables, Florida. She is currently the medical director and owner of the Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute in Miami. Dr. Waibel is the subsection chief of Dermatology at Baptist Hospital. In addition Dr. Waibel serves as a Clinical Voluntary Assistant Professor at the University of Miami. She is a world-recognized leader in dermatologic laser surgery and lectures all over the world to train other physicians.

In her practice she has over 40 laser devices and treats a wide variety of cutaneous disease. Dr. Waibel is active in basic science clinical trials at the University of Miami and has a clinical trials division Miami Dermatology and Research. One of Dr. Waibel’s primary passions is the treatment of scars by applying today’s latest cutaneous laser technologies. She has successfully developed industry-leading procedures and techniques with lasers, received numerous awards for her contributions to medicine, and published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and several textbook chapters. She was named “Person of the Week” on ABC World News Tonight in 2015, and was recently granted a Cutting Edge Research Grant by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to medicine, including an award given by Surgeon General Koop. The 2016 JDD Humanitarian Award has been given to Dr. Waibel for her innovative work in using lasers to treat patients with traumatic burn injuries. Dr. Waibel lectures, collaborates and trains military physicians to help the wounded warriors. Dr. Waibel makes her home in Coral Gables with her husband and four children.

sakamoto-fernandaFernanda H. Sakamoto, MD, PhD

Dr. Fernanda H. Sakamoto, MD, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor in Dermatology at the Harvard Medical School, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a fellow of the AAD, fellow of the ASLMS, a member of the Société Française de Dermatologie; of the Brazilian Society of Dermatology, of the Brazilian Society of Dermatological Surgery, of the Brazilian Group of Melanoma and of the International Society of Dermoscopy. Dr. Sakamoto’s research interests include PDT, acne, skin cancer, wound healing and laser therapy. Currently her work is focused on the development of new light-based treatments of acne, specially PDT and lasers. She is on the editorial board of J. Investigative Dermatology, and has served on the ASLMS Education and International Committees.

davitt-sheetalSheetal Davitt

Sheetal Davitt is Senior Vice-President of Global Marketing at Thermi, responsible for worldwide marketing operations,  supporting a commercial plan for global growth and expansion  as part of  a shared vision for Almirall Aesthetics’ growth and expansion in the Aesthetics Market.

Sheetal has nearly 15 years of pharmaceutical and medical device experience in dermatology and aesthetics, both in marketing and sales, including pharmaceutical, biologics, orphan drug, medical device and injectables. She was previously the Senior Director of Marketing with Solta Medical, where she organized the marketing organization to deliver significant and disruptive marketing initiatives, product launches, and efficient processes.  Prior to that, she held multiple roles in large to small scale pharmaceutical and biotech companies.

Sheetal achieved a BA in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Delaware. She continue to be involved with the Women in Energy Based Device initiative with ASLMS and supports WDS (Women in Dermatology) strategic activities. She also volunteers time within her community to support children’s education, while partnering with humanitarian efforts to provide food, housing, and education to those in need.

saedi-nazaninNazanin Saedi, MD

Dr. Nazanin Saedi is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology at Thomas Jefferson University, and she serves as Director of Laser Surgery and Cosmetic Dermatology.  She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. She completed her medical education at The George Washington University School of Medicine, where she graduated with distinction and with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. Dr. Saedi completed her dermatology residency at the University of California, Irvine, and she completed her fellowship training at SkinCare Physicians in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Dr. Saedi has authored over 45 publications and book chapters, and she lectures nationally on laser surgery and cosmetic dermatology.

hammerling-susanSusan R. Hammerling, PA, MPAS

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery is the world’s largest scientific organization dedicated to promoting research, education and high standards of clinical care in the field of medical laser applications. It provides a forum for the exchange of scientific information and participation in communicating the latest developments in laser medicine and surgery to clinicians, research investigators, government and regulatory agencies, and the public.

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