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!
Sam Black, PA-C
Sam graduated from SUNY Buffalo Magna Cum Laude in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology, a major she created. She went on to become a Physician Assistant, graduating in 2015 from Daemen College. Sam lived in Chicago for 4 years and was working in the cardiothoracic surgery prior to discovering her passion as an Aesthetic Injector in 2019. She has become Dr. Ben's mini-me in Buffalo.
Norman, Sam's french bulldog, is an SPCA therapy dog and is well known to the Buffalo community... Jim Kelly even gave Norman a shoutout in a Kelly for Kids thank you speech, which is where Sam earned her street cred.
Sam wears many hats at our Buffalo office: she's our painter, electrician, builder... but most importantly our injector. She prides herself on giving all of her clients a voice and a confidence that is reflected in their results. Sam will be your biggest fan and hype girl during your appointment and will leave you feeling ready for anything.
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.
Capri Mull, Office Manager
The glue that holds our office together! Capri has spent her entire career in the spa industry and can't imagine being anywhere else. When she came to Monroe MedSpa in 2019, we had no idea how much she was going to change how our business would run.
If you've ever called our Buffalo location, you've very likely spoken with Capri. She runs 3 locations including our Buffalo office, our Rochester location, and our sister company Preventive Esthetics in Syracuse.
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