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Aesthetic Nurse Specialist: Karen Gallagher

Currently Licensed in: NY, CT, MA 
Member of American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses


Advanced use in:
  • Injectibles:

    • Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, Voluma and Radiesse

  • Carboxytherapy

  • Lasers / Equipment

    • Thermage and other radiofrequency skin tightening and contouring devices, Cynosure MPX Elite for treatment of veins, fungus, hair removal, Lumenis One, multiple Intense Pulsed Light for skin rejuvenation, Fraxel Restore, Candela Smoothbeam; Multiple Diode lasers for hair removal, Sciton fractional and ablative (to 40 micron) resurfacing laser, Microdermabrasion, Zerona, iLipo, Electrolysis, Medical grade chemical peels and supportive products

  • Advanced Botox Techniques

  • Advanced Dermal Filler Techniques

  • Sclerotherapy

  • Laser Safety Officer

  • Thermage

  • ViPeel

  • Viora Reaction


B.A., Psychology and Sociology - Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL. - 1982

A.A.S., Nursing - State University of New York, Suffern, NY. – 1997


Registered Nurse Injector & Aesthetics Experience:

2006 - Present


Registered Nurse - Director of Aesthetics Laser Touch Aesthetics – Garden City, New York

11/2012 – 1/2014

Recruited by company founders to open their fourth location (SoHo, Midtown, Westchester) in Garden City NY. Helped to update protocols and systems, select and train new staff, establish presence in community, build clientele base, drive sales while delivering all services until present staff established.


Registered Nurse - Aesthetic Nurse Specialist Catania Hospitality Group – Hyannis, MA

10/2010 - 10/2012

Properties under management include: Cape Codder Resort & Med-Spa, Daniel Webster Resort & Med-Spa, John Carver Inn & Med-Spa. (Hyannis, MA., Sandwich, MA., Plymouth, MA., respectively) As a registered nurse injector, I supported three resort med-spas by providing their guests and local clients with aesthetic services; including injectibles, dermal fillers, as well as laser services and advanced skin care services. Working closely with the spa’s owner, I introduced new products and services, while also helping to promote Beach Plum Spa’s through engaging consultations, local networking, referral networking, special events and radio shows.


Registered Nurse - Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (Per Diem - Consulting) Sorgente Medical Spa, Hyannis, MA

5/2010 – 3/2011

Provided development consulting and strategic planning to Dr. Lucia McNabb for the and successful launch of her new 5600 sq. foot state of the art surgical and medical Spa located in the Dr. McNabb Medical Center. As the only RN, I supported growth efforts by delivering aesthetic and laser services and consultations to Dr. McNabb’s existing patient base, while developing the practice by securing new patients using strategic marketing, advertising and local networking programs and initiatives. I improved and expanded the Spa’s product lines and services menu while leveraging personal relationships with leading drug companies, industry experts and trainers and specialty providers.


Registered Nurse - Aesthetic Nurse Specialist Eye Health Services, Quincy, MA Cape Cod Eye Surgery & Laser Center, Sandwich, MA

5/2009 – 5/2010

Eager to move to Cape Cod, I joined the leading and largest group of ophthalmologists, under a joint partnership between, Eye Health Services (EHS) and Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston (OCB). I teamed with Dr. John Mandeville, MD, PhD, a Cosmetic and Reconstructive Eye Plastic Surgeon, and head of the aesthetic services group within EHS. Working in concert with Dr. Mandeville, I provided initial consultations and the delivery of injectibles, dermal fillers and laser services to EHS patients; while I also trained personnel and supported the development and growth of the firms overall aesthetic practice across 7 of their 12 offices throughout Southeast MA. New scheduling efficiencies were able to lighten an excessive workload, and freeing the doctor to schedule more delicate surgeries and increase revenues.


Registered Nurse - Aesthetic Nurse Specialist Doctors' Cosmetic Laser Center, Stamford, CT

10/2007 – 3/2009

Working under the Medical Director, Dr. Tulin Koparan, functioned as the practice’s Laser Safety Officer. Certified in Advanced Dermal Filler Techniques, Advanced Botox Techniques, treating patients as needed with dermal fillers and or Botox injections. Certified in Fraxel, Thermage, Lumenis Diode Laser for laser hair removal in Fitzpatrick skin types I through VI; Certified in Quantum IPL for skin rejuvenation; Versapulse Laser for treatment of vascular and pigment reduction.


Registered Nurse Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeons, Greenwich, CT.,

3/2006 – 5/2007

Provided support to Dr. Ian Rubins and Dr. Steven Fern with in-office procedures; prepared patients physically, emotionally and mentally for various treatments; and provided post-procedural care, teaching and support. Treated patients with dermal fillers and Botox injections to achieve desired outcomes and post procedural consultations and discussion. Delivered services using Lumenis IPL for skin rejuvenation and hair reduction, Aura Laser in treatment of vascular and pigment reduction, and well versed in medical grade skincare lines such as Obagi, SkinCeuticals, Skin Medica, LaRoche Posay, Vivite, and Clinique Medical.

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