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ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices

Bringing together the extraordinary mix of women that are a part of ASLMS

ASLMS recognizes and honors women in energy-based devices. Our focus is women from all specialties involved in ASLMS which includes scientists, clinicians and allied health practitioners.


Juanita J. Anders, PhD founded the ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices group in 2015. Dr. Anders is affiliated with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences as a Professor of Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics and Professor of Neuroscience. She served as ASLMS President from 2014-2015.

The goals of this group are to:

  • Highlight the excellence of women involved in ASLMS
  • Address the challenges women may confront in academic and other professional settings
  • Advance networking and training opportunities for ASLMS women
  • Educate ASLMS members about gender-bias
  • Encourage young women to choose STEM careers especially those involving energy-based technologies


Juanita J. Anders, PhD



Featured Articles


Kristen M. Kelly, MD
Women in Energy-Based Devices Committee Chair

Dr. Kristen Kelly reflects on ASLMS and the mentorship she received

I attended my first ASLMS meeting in San Diego in 1998. I presented a multi-center study in the Cutaneous session. At the time, the audience seemed quite large. Ken Arndt and Jeff Dover were running the session and helped me feel welcome on the podium. My mentor for the project was J. Stuart Nelson and working on this project allowed me to work with other prominent laser surgeons including Gary Lask and Roy Geronemus. I loved the meeting and the science that was presented. I made sure to ask questions and to attend the events so I could interact with some of the leadership. Each year after 1998, I became a little more involved in the Society until last year when I had the honor of serving as the Society president. The ASLMS has given me many opportunities and has provided me mentors and colleagues that I consult throughout the year. My career would not be the same without the ASLMS.


Nazanin Saedi, MD
ASLMS 2017 Co-Chair & Women in Energy-Based Devices Committee Member

Celebration of ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices

At this year’s meeting, we had the third annual Celebration of Women in Energy Based Devices. This is a wonderful event to celebrate all of the women clinicians, scientists, allied health providers, and industry members. This year Rox Anderson, MD was the featured speaker. Dr Anderson is always inspirational and has truly shaped the field of laser surgery.

The event also featured Dr. Anderson; Fernanda Sakamoto MD, PhD; Jill Waibel, MD; and Kim Phuc in a question and answer panel.  It was an honor to have Kim Phuc to share her experiences and see how far she has come from that photo we all remember in the National Geographic. Her strength and persistence are an inspiration to all of us.

We also celebrated the recipient of the ASLMS Leadership, Mentorship & Public Advocacy for Women in Medical Science Award, Dr. Jill Waibel.

We look forward to the fourth Celebration of Women in Energy Based Devices in Dallas.


ASLMS Leadership, Mentorship & Public Advocacy for Women in Medical Science Award

Jill S. Waibel, MD was the recipient of the 2017 ASLMS Leadership, Mentorship & Public Advocacy for Women in Medical Science Award. The award was presented to Dr. Waibel during the Celebration of ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices event at the 2017 Annual Conference on April 6. The award honors an individual who has significantly promoted the professional development of women in specialties using lasers and/or energy-based devices, through teaching, mentoring, organizational leadership, or public advocacy.


Jill S. Waibel, MD


2017 Award Recipient
Jill S. Waibel, MD

Dr. Waibel practices as a board certified dermatologist. She is currently the medical director and owner of the Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute in Miami. She is a world-recognized leader in dermatologic laser surgery and lectures all over the world to train other physicians. 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.


Featured Video 

Industry Panel
Sheetal Davitt (left) and Wendy Frydrych, PhD led the Industry Panel discussion

At the Celebration of ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices 2016 event, a panel of industry members discussed bias in the workplace for women and minorities and the importance of mentorship in our careers.

Directors: Wendy Frydrych, Sheetal Davitt
Panelists: Vlad Paul Blanc, Jhung Won Vojir, Marina Kamenakis, Gloria Janata, Kalia Mendel, Constance Wittig


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