My vision for the future of our College is change that is consultative with the Fellowship, and change which is collaborative and innovative. Change that aims at making our College the voice of cosmetic medicine. I want to see our College as the go-to source of information for public and government.
But that is not what is going on in our field right now. And, with the help of you all, I hope to help change that.
I believe I can bring the experiences I have gained of building two successful practices from zero in two capital cities, to the table to help achieve these goals. But, like any business, it takes a long time to gather these experiences and often pathways lead to dead ends. Until now. Innovation, persistence and self-belief are the keys, I have found.
Presently I am inventor and Assistant Investigator with UWA in 3D facial analysis systems in conjunction with the Australia Research Council. I am co-author (along with notably Dr Keturah Hoffman et al) of a land mark paper on BDD (published RANZ College of Psychiatry which has more than 60 citations in other papers), co-author of technical papers on 3D technology, published article on Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation, a literature review on liposculpture, an unusual case of DVT in Medical Journal of Australia, an appointed KOL in Coolsculpting from the original developers Zeltiq, now owned by Allergan, and a formative inaugural member of CPSA. Past office bearer as VP of the CPSWA and previously elected as Treasurer and as a previous (and unenviable) member of the Board of Censors of the ACCS. I have given a number of presentations at our conferences, including topics on Retinal Artery Occlusion complications arising from dermal fillers, Coolsculpting, fractional laser thermolysis, the difficult patient, and many more. I have a successful practice in Adelaide built from the ground up with 9000 active patients. I previously practised in Perth until 2002 when I sold my practice, also built from the ground up, for the sum of $1.25m, and my present practice is of similar value from almost zero since 2005 by rejecting practises that do not fit the medical model.
Before medicine I was one of the primary Diving Instructors for Perth Diving Academy, and have taught hundreds of people to stay safe in this sport. Today, my social interests are my wonderful loving wife Janelle who is presently formalising a post-grad Diploma in Dermal Science, and consistently achieving High Distinctions. We are excitedly expecting Janelle’s first grandchild. We have a cover band ‘Ferguson Avenue’ with five members and we play at private functions of 100 to 200 people. Me, lead guitar/vocals, Janelle a supersonic bass player. I continue to play mid to high level competitive squash and our season Grand Final, which my team will win, is next Tuesday.
Dr David Kosenko
Dr David Kosenko graduated with MBBS from Monash University in 1987 and attained his Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 1993. He became a Director of Ti-Tree Family Doctors in 1994, started performing cosmetic procedures in 2007 and founded Impress Cosmetic Medicine in 2010.
He has a diverse experience ranging from acupuncture and injection sclerotherapy in the 1990s to Diving and Underwater Medicine and more recently an interest in general practice dermatology, skin cancer and cosmetic medicine. He has been an examiner to the RACGP, is a current member of the Medical Advisory Committee to Beleura Private Hospital and a clinical supervisor for the Eastern Victorian General Practice Training Program.
He was a member of the CPSA and is a founding member of the CPCA.
He prides himself in honesty and integrity and believes that success comes through doing things to the highest standard, as demonstrated by Ti-Tree Family Doctors being awarded the General Practice of the Year.
He sets up Impress Cosmetic Medicine as a small, bespoke cosmetic practice that specializes in injectable treatments and skin care but his interests in cosmetic medicine are much broader. He is passionate about his work and about cosmetic medicine in general and is horrified by the way that cosmetic medical procedures are at times, portrayed as simple beauty treatments that can be performed without medical supervision.
Dr Sean Arendse
Dr Sean Arendse graduated from King College London in 1996, moved to Australia in 2000 and grew his career as an Emergency Physician. Currently, he continues his role as a senior emergency physician and past Director of Emergency Medicine Training at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.
He is the medical director of Flawless Rejuvenation Skin Clinics, and national trainer and regular speaker for Galderma. He also speaks regularly for both Lumenis and Cutera.
Sean completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology with Queen Mary's College, University of London in 2016, and his special interests include safety in the Aesthetic industry which prompted him to develop the Emergency in the cosmetic Practice course.
Dr John Mahony
Dr John Mahony studied Medicine at Sydney University 1980-1984 graduating early 1985. Internship and residency years followed in the Illawarra, covering general medical and surgical terms, paediatrics, O&G, ICU, psychiatry, emergency, etc, until the end of 1990. In 1991 he travelled: through South America, North America, cycled through Europe and visited Gallipoli.
After a range of locum general practice postings including Coonabarabran and Grenfell he took over Newtown Medical Centre in 1993 and remained as practice principal for ten years. The practice was busy, employing up to six other GPs under Dr Mahony’s supervision.
Then, after further training with various cosmetic physicians and cosmetic surgeons, and upon passing the relevant exams, Dr Mahony was admitted as an inaugural Fellow of the Faculty of Medicine of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery in 2002 and opened Peach Cosmetic Medicine, in Paddington in 2003.
Dr Mahony has since worked exclusively in Cosmetic Medicine, full time in Paddington, growing the practice largely by word-of-mouth amongst inner Eastern Suburbs locals. His cosmetic interests run to the whole gamut of the field, but there is a particular focus on wrinkle injections, fillers, IPL and laser treatments, and liposuction.
In 2010 Dr Mahony delivered a paper at the Annual Conference of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery on safety in office surgical procedures, reviewing the literature and legislation and regulations pertaining to such procedures, and introduced the concept of mixing prophylactic antibiotic into the tumescent anaesthetic used in liposuction. This ensures high levels of antibiotic are delivered precisely where the suctioning occurs, without relying on the poor and variable delivery that otherwise occurs to fat from IV or PO administration, especially in the presence of adrenaline. Dr Mahony has never had infection complicate a liposuction procedure.
Dr Mahony has also delivered lectures in various fora on topics such as laser and IPL hair removal, wrinkle injection treatments, various fillers, and anti-ageing medicine using certain hormones.
After having spent some time on the Board of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery as a non-executive Director in 2013-2014, now in 2015 Dr Mahony is excited to have been elected as inaugural Treasurer of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia.
Dr Keturah Hoffman
Dr Keturah Hoffman has been active in medical politics since the 1990s, being the Inaugural president of the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia and having been advisor to the Medical Board of Western Australia, run cosmetic medical conferences and serving on the board of the CPSA for over a decade.
She has nearly 30 years experience in cosmetic and vascular medicine and continues to maintain an active teaching and administrative role in the specialty.
Her experience in running Day Spas and formulating and manufacturing skincare products as well as medical politics and health administration brings a wide range of contacts and skills in business and people management and she continues to have a keen interest in improving regulation and delivery of medical services in Australia.
Dr Naomi McCullum
Dr Naomi McCullum joined the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia (CPSA) in 1999. When the CPSA became the CPCA in 2015, Dr Naomi was admitted as a Fellow.
Non-surgical cosmetic medicine was Dr Naomi's career choice from when she completed her internship.
Dr Naomi opened her first cosmetic clinic in 2002 in Paddington, in Sydney's Eastern suburbs. She is the founder of The Manse Clinic in Sydney, which has a team of 5 cosmetic doctors. The clinic caters to Australia's most serious beauty achievers.
Dr Naomi is a social media expert and writer, and started one of the world’s first Cosmetic medical blogs in 2011. Her Instagram accountis the most followed in the cosmetic medical industry in Australia, and in the top 10 internationally.
Dr Naomi is also a Fellow and board member of ACAM.
Dr Csilla Novak
Dr Csilla Novak is a medical practitioner specialising in Aesthetic Medicine. After completing 4 years of dermatology training in 1997 she has focused her practice entirely on aesthetic and laser medicine. She is a Fellow and Queensland representative of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia, and is the owner and principal at Elysium Skin Centre in Brisbane. Dr Csilla performs all injectable and light-based therapies and is particularly passionate about the role of energy-based devices in aesthetic medicine.