Medical Professional Partners

AiRS works in partnership with physicians in the United States, providing the resources necessary to provide options for women who would not otherwise have access to breast reconstruction.  Our Professional Partners are physicians, medical and other professionals, who want to volunteer, donate services or reduce fees related to breast reconstruction or provide other resources for women in need.

For more information about becoming a professional partner with the AiRS Foundation, please contact us.

Laurence I. Arnold, M.D., F.A.C.S

Plastic Surgery of Asheville

Asheville, NC

Laurence I. Arnold, MD specializes in the area of plastic surgery of the face, breast and body including breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction and reconstruction after mastectomy.  Dr Arnold graduated from Loyola University of Chicago/Stritch School of Medicine, did his residency at Boston University/Lahey Clinic in Boston and is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He serves as President of the Small World Foundation, a 501c3 non profit organization whose mission is to provide reconstructive surgery for children in developing countries.

Jonathan Bank, M.D.

NYBRA Plastic Surgery

Great Neck, NY

Jonathan Bank, M.D. is a board-certified plastic surgeon with specialty training in microsurgery. His areas of expertise include breast and body contouring with a three-dimensional methodology, breast reconstruction, and reversal of lymphedema. A particular area of interest is sensory restoration of the reconstructed breast, in which Dr. Bank has one of the longest standing experiences in America. He performs all aspects of facial, breast, and body cosmetic surgery in the New York area.

Dr. Bank is passionate about supporting and empowering women through their breast reconstruction journey and helping them reclaim their identity after treatment. He created Project Reconstructed with Form to showcase an inspiring artistic approach to overcoming breast cancer. Stemming from his interests in autologous breast reconstruction and sensory restoration of the reconstructed breast, Dr. Bank created Breast Relief, a clinical and research initiative geared towards addressing Post-Mastectomy Pain Syndrome, which ultimately aims to shift paradigms in surgical breast cancer treatment.

Deniz Basci, M.D.

Dallas Premier Plastic Surgery

Dallas, TX

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Combining exceptional skill with her passion for aesthetics, Dr. Basci founded Dallas Premier Plastic Surgery to create a first-class practice based on outstanding cosmetic outcomes, discretion, and empathy. As a woman-owned business, the practice is uniquely positioned to understand patient’s goals and help them realize their dreams in a safe and supportive setting. At Dallas Premiere Plastic Surgery, patients are the priority, and Dr. Basci ensures that their safety and satisfaction are paramount.

Michael S. Beckenstein M.D., FACS

Alabama Breast Cancer Cooperative

Birmingham, AL

Dr. Beckenstein is certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and the American Board of Surgery and he’s a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). It’s important that your surgeon is ABPS-certified because it requires rigorous training and experience not matched by cosmetic surgery boards with names that sound official.  In addition, Dr. Beckenstein is an active member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), in which only 30% of plastic surgeons gain entry, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).  Dr. Beckenstein is the author or co-author of several articles published in peer-reviewed journals, as well as several textbook chapters on the subjects of breast, aesthetic, and reconstructive surgery. He also holds a U.S. patent on a medical device and he is a reviewer for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Eric G Halvorson, M.D.

Halvorson Plastic Surgery

Asheville, NC

My clinical practice and research have focused on improving outcomes in cancer reconstruction and plastic surgery of the breast.  I have written numerous journal articles and chapter, and I have presented my research at national and international conferences. I serve on the editorial boards of Annals of Plastic Surgery and the Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery. I am certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and I am an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Alexes Hazen, M.D.

NYU Plastic Surgery Associates

New York, NY

Alexes Hazen graduated from Brown Medical School in 1996 and went on to Residency in the combined General Surgery/Plastic Surgery program at NYU. After completing Residency at NYU she did a one year Microsurgical Fellowship at NYU.

In 2001 she began work as an Assistant Professor in Plastic Surgery at NYU and Bellevue Hospital. She is the Director of the NYU Aesthetic Center. In 2004 she became Chief of the Manhattan Veterans Administration in Plastic Surgery performing reconstruction on veterans.  She has done research focused on lipoaspirate and developed an animal model to study lipoaspirate, as well as an animal model to study radiation damage.  Her previous PSEF and National Foundation Grant focused on her work in examining the mechanism by which lipoaspirate alters the environment in which it presents.  She has done research on developing 3D animation and surgical simulation to help educate both patients and residents regarding surgical procedures. This Grant will focus on the evaluation of surgical simulation and 3D animation to educate surgical residents in specific procedures.

David Light, M.D.

New York Breast Reconstruction & Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Great Neck, NY

David Light, MD is a fellowship trained, board certified plastic surgeon with a dual practice, focused on breast reconstruction and aesthetic surgery. Dr. Light approaches aesthetic and reconstructive patients with a commitment to compassionate, personalized care that delivers beautiful, natural-looking results.

Dr. Light completed his plastic surgery residency at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. He went on to the University of Pennsylvania and Fox Chase Cancer Center to complete a reconstructive microsurgical fellowship.  He has expertise in microsurgical breast reconstruction techniques, including DIEP flaps, surgical treatment of lymphedema and sensory restoration of the reconstructed breast. Dr. Light has a special interest in helping those who were either not offered reconstruction or are unsatisfied with their current reconstruction. He performs delayed and complex revisionary breast reconstructions for patients who were previously refused, both regionally and nationally. Dr. Light also performs all forms of implant-based breast reconstruction.

Dr. Light has authored numerous peer reviewed articles and lectured on breast reconstruction nationally. He is a contributor to BreastReconstruction.org and Outcomes4me, and serves on the American Cancer Society Long Island Board of Advisors.

Christopher Newman, DO

Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Christopher Newman completed his medical school at the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, now named Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2001. He studied General Surgery completing a five year residency at South Pointe Hospital of the Cleveland Clinic Health System. Dr. Newman continued his surgical training completing a residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Doctors Hospital of Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and is Board Certified in both General Surgery and Plastic Surgery by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery. As a Double Board Certified Surgeon, Dr. Newman has met the requirements that demonstrate his exceptional expertise in both specialties of General Surgery and Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Newman then entered private practice offering Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in both Columbus and Mansfield, Ohio, until he relocated to his hometown state of Florida and established a new practice, Florida Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Clearwater and St. Petersburg, Florida. Dr. Newman enjoys riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle, playing guitar, and flying aircraft out of St. Petersburg/Clearwater airport.

Binh Nguyen, M.D.

TriHealth Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Cincinnati, OH

As a sculptor and painter, Binh Nguyen, MD, calls on his creative side when solving challenging problems with plastic surgery. He finds it rewarding to help people work through the process of recovery, restoring both form and function taken by disease.  Dr. Nguyen specializes in aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, treating youth and adults. He places an emphasis on aligning with the patients’ goals and expectations before surgery, making them feel comfortable as they work together to achieve the desired results. With a background in research and publishing, Dr. Nguyen continues to stay abreast of new technologies in the field and employs the most advanced plastic surgical techniques in caring for his patients.  Originally from Vietnam, Dr. Nguyen grew up in Texas, coming to Cincinnati to complete a fellowship in plastics. He and his wife fell in love with the city and the people, making this their home to raise their two sons. In addition to a passion for arts, he also enjoys reading, sports, traveling and culinary adventures, both through restaurants and cooking.

Panacea Plastic Surgery

Nour Abboushi, M.D. & Kimberly Singh, M.D.

Atlanta, GA

With a particular interest in patient safety, Dr. Abboushi has devoted much time to developing parameters for improved care during facial rejuvenation procedures. As a result of his efforts, he was recognized with the distinguished Gaspar W. Anastasi Award for Best Scientific Paper at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons during 2011′s meeting in Boston.  Dr. Abboushi has broad interests in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. He is particularly interested in all facets of breast reconstruction, as well as facial cosmetic surgery and body contouring procedures for those patients who have experienced massive weight loss.  Dr. Abboushi is Board-Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Kimberly Singh is a native of Indiana. She completed her undergraduate training at Columbia University in New York with a degree in biomedical engineering. Dr. Singh obtained her medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was inducted into the AOA medical honor society. During medical school, she spent a year at the National Institutes of Health studying immunology.  She continued her training at Emory where she completed a combined general surgery and plastic surgery fellowship. She received the prestigious Lyndon Peer Award and spent a year at Georgia Institute of Technology doing plastic and reconstructive surgery research.  She has a keen interest in reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery. She also specializes in body contouring and facial rejuvenation. Despite her many credentials, it is her quality of care and attention to detail which define Dr. Singh. As her patient, you will always feel respected and listened to, and never rushed.  Dr. Singh is Board-Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

PRMA Plastic Surgery

San Antonio, TX

The surgeons and staff of PRMA strive to provide top quality, personalized care and results beyond expectations for all patients seeking reconstructive or cosmetic plastic surgery.  PRMA is one of the leading breast reconstruction practices in the world, routinely welcoming out-of-state and international patients.

We are dedicated to promoting an environment of compassion, concern and support for every patient regardless of social or economic status or type of insurance. We will strive to not only support the patient and their family but also to support each other as the ever-changing field of medicine becomes more complex.

Honesty and Integrity, Compassion and Caring, make up the foundation of PRMA and at no point shall these principles be compromised.

Silvia Rotemberg, M.D.

S Rotemberg Plastic Surgery

Miami, FL

Dr. Silvia Rotemberg M.D. is a cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon in South Miami, Florida. She is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a world leader in her industry having worked at the highest levels of plastic surgery, including the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic where she practiced for many years.  Through her focus on individualized procedures, efficient recovery, and organic results, Dr. Silvia Rotemberg’s plastic surgery South Miami office has become a highly sought-after location for tasteful cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures.

Dr. Silvia Rotemberg believes plastic surgery is both a science and an art. Dr. Silvia Rotemberg’s passion for aesthetics is demonstrated through her artistic eye as well as a wealth of scientific know-how.

Fares Samra, M.D.

Samra Plastic Surgery

Holmdel, NJ

Dr. Fares Samra attended medical school at New York University School of Medicine where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He then returned to the University of Pennsylvania for his plastic surgery residency. There, Dr. Samra worked at several prominent institutions including the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), home to the highest volume microsurgical free flap breast reconstruction center in the US. Dr. Samra continued his education with fellowship training in reconstructive microsurgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He performed over 200 free flaps, mastering the latest techniques in breast reconstruction, head and neck reconstruction, and lymphedema surgery.
 
Dr. Fares Samra offers the latest in reconstructive breast surgery including DIEP flap breast reconstruction, lower extremity/thigh-based tissue transfer, advanced breast implant techniques, and fat grafting. He is one of the select surgeons in the U.S. performing breast neurotization with Resensation, an advanced surgical technique designed to restore sensation after mastectomy. He also offers reconstructive procedures for trauma and cancer-related defects of the body as well as aesthetic surgery of the face, breast, and body.

Hani Sbitany, M.D., FACS

Mount Sinai Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

New York, NY

Dr. Sbitany received his medical degree from Columbia University in 2005. He went on to complete residencies in general surgery and plastic surgery at the University of Rochester-Strong Memorial Hospital, followed by a fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011.

Dr. Sbitany specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery, particularly in post-mastectomy breast reconstruction which incorporates microsurgical free tissue transfers, implant-based techniques, and fat grafting. Being trained in reconstructive microsurgery, he has expertise in the most advanced procedures to restore form and function after breast cancer surgery. Dr. Sbitany is internationally recognized for helping to define new, less-invasive procedures for post-mastectomy breast reconstruction (prepectoral breast reconstruction).

Denton Watumull, M.D., FACS

Regional Plastic Surgery Center

Dallas, TX

Dr. Denton Watumull is the founding physician of Regional Plastic Surgery Center. Dr Watumull has held multiple positions of leadership in the medical community, including Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at local hospitals. He is renowned as an exceptionally gifted breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck and facial plastic surgery specialist including rhinoplasty and face lift.

Dr. Watumull was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and graduated with academic honors from Punahou High School as an All-American athlete in water polo. He graduated from Claremont McKenna College Magna Cum Laude and received the award for the top science student of the college. He graduated from University of Hawaii Medical School as member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha academic honor society. His entire residency was at the top ranked University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He completed training programs in General/Trauma surgery, Plastic Surgery and Hand/Microvascular surgery (his residency was 9 years after medical school!).

Whitten Wise, M.D.

Center for Restorative Breast Surgery

New Orleans, LA

Dr. Whitten Wise is part of a world renowned team pioneering revolutionary breast reconstruction techniques at the St. Charles Surgical Hospital and Center for Restorative Breast Surgery.

Dr. Wise graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and received his Medical Degree from University of South Alabama in Mobile. He served both his internship and residency in general surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center, followed by an additional residency in plastic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

Dr. Wise has performed over 2500 advanced microsurgical and other reconstructive and aesthetic procedures in the New Orleans region since 2005. Dr. Wise has served as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center and as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Tulane University Health Sciences Center. He oversaw the development and implementation of the plastic surgery curriculum at both LSU and Tulane, directed several programs for residents at LSU Health Sciences Center and the School of Medicine, as well as served as Site Director for the Interim LSU Public Hospital, LSU Plastic Surgery Residency Program.

Dr. Wise is a member of the Association of Academic Chairmen in Plastic Surgery and the Cohn-Rives Society. He has presented numerous papers and lectures at seminars and national conferences, and published book chapters, journal articles and abstracts.

Asaf Yalif, M.D.

Y Plastic Surgery

Alpharetta, GA

Dr. Asaf Yalif established a boutique plastic surgery practice in 2011 to provide patients with an unsurpassed level of personal care in an upscale yet comfortable environment. A triple board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Yalif is considered by many to be the area’s best plastic surgeon. In Alpharetta, Roswell, and Woodstock, GA, Dr. Yalif and his team offer a range of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery and nonsurgical procedures.

 Dr. Yalif devotes much of his time to help women understand their breast reconstruction options following lumpectomies or mastectomies. Dr. Yalif works on the Wellstar North Fulton Hospital’s STAT Breast Cancer Care Team, seeing breast cancer patients weekly. He says helping breast cancer patients—and volunteering in other ways—is a fundamental part of his practice.“Giving back to the community is very important to the heart and soul of Y Plastic Surgery,” says Dr. Yalif. “We always want to educate, enrich, and help the best that we can. Through running, raising funds, and engaging the community, we can bring about great change.”

Ancillary Professional Partners

Diana DeMasi

Diana DeMasi Tattoo

Dallas, TX

I have been in the beauty and fashion industry for over 40 years which includes professional esthetician services, permanent makeup for brows, eyeliner, lips and scar camouflage. My expertise is 3D nipple and areola tattooing.  It is my passion to make you feel better about yourself and to provide the upmost professional service that you deserve.  My ultimate satisfaction is for you to walk away from any of my services with a smile.

Robin Hays

About Face

Chattanooga, TN/Atlanta, GA

Robin Hays, CPCP has started medical tattooing in 1993 after studying art at The American Institute in Atlanta, GA. She did her training at The  McCullough clinic in Birmingham, Alabama and completed an 18 month apprenticeship. After that, she opened up About Face Inc in Chattanooga Tennessee and Atlanta, GA. In 1998 she joined Shire Facial Plastic Surgery and Paces Plastic Surgery which later became The Emory Aesthetic Center. Robin continues to travel to many plastic surgery offices to complete areola tattooing procedures and currently works with Aya med spa in Atlanta which is affiliated with Atlanta Plastic Surgery as well as still maintains her practice in Chattanooga and Dalton. Robin specializes in 3D tattooing and scar revision as well as cosmetic tattooing.

Jilleen Hoffman

Salon and Spa on Main

Mt. Holly, NC

With over 25 years practicing aesthetics in medical offices, I now specialize in micro pigmentation for brows, scars and breast to create a natural outcome without a “tattoo” look.  For brows, I offer 3 techniques which will be discussed during your visit; we will then determine which method is best for you. As with all tattoos, these procedures will require touch ups over the years to maintain results, so it’s important to consider this before having a procedure, especially on the face.

Suzanne Moe

SUMA Ink Paramedical Restorative Tattoos

Miami, FL

Healing, Transformational and Empowering Tattoos!
I’ve been a licensed professional tattoo artist since 1997. I love helping women reclaim a sense of wholeness and completion after a long journey and am honored and humbled to do this work. I’m able to replicate and restore the natural look of a nipple and areola for women who have undergone mastectomy by custom-mixing pigments to match individual skin tones, and then gently tattooing over scars to create the appearance of a realistic nipple/areola, complete with light, shadows, textures and dimension. This specialized trompe l’oeil technique is also known as a 3D Nipple Areola Tattoo. I work with plastic surgeons offices in Miami, from my private studio in Homestead and with The Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health. 

Vinnie Myers Team

Finksburg, MD

Since this endeavor began, our team has successfully tattooed thousands of women. Our 3D nipple and areola tattooing techniques provide clients with the most realistic representations of lifelike nipples and areolas available. Vinnie’s exposure to such a large number of breast reconstruction recipients, has provided him with an unmatched level of experience tattooing the vast differences in skin each client’s particular case presents. Vinnie has trained his staff in his proven methodology to help Breast Cancer survivors complete this final step in reconstruction. Rest assured the entire team is ready to provide the highest level of service people have come to expect. Our hope is to help women to reach some sort of closure to the arduous journey they have undertaken.

Marnie Rustemeyer

MediInk

VA, PA, WV and NYC

After having a double mastectomy and multiple reconstructive surgeries, Marnie was inspired by her own experience to help women and men affected by breast cancer feel whole again through areola restorative tattooing.  She is certified by the most prestigious program for areola tattooing and scar camouflage and is constantly enhancing her skills by keeping up with the most modern tools and techniques to create the best outcome for her clients. Marnie’s objective is to give survivors realistic looking areola restorative tattoos to match their skin tone, breast and body type. She’s worked with clients who have had radiation, necrosis, scarring, and other conditions of the skin that only a highly trained and skilled artist should work on.  She is a member of the Society for Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, a board Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional and a member of the ART Team. Marnie specializes in 3D nipple and areola tattooing, scar camouflage and collagen induction therapy (micro-needling) for breast reconstruction patients. She works with several plastic surgeons in West Virginia, The Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, VA, Dermagrafix in Doylestown, PA and Sobel Skin in New York City.

Christina Siegel, RN

Living Story Medical Tattoo and Aesthetics

Columbus, OH

Creating the most realistic, natural areolas and 3 dimensional nipples as possible, I’m honored and humbled to be a part of each woman’s journey to regain restore her femininity and regain confidence after enduring so much.  This is my motivation to seek out learning and to refine my skill and technique so I can be the best at what I do.

Nikki Tardibuono

BeautyKult

Westfield, NJ

As a young girl my first real interest was art. My love of all things art and beauty continued into high school and college where I received my degree in Fine Arts.

Today and with many licenses and certifications under my belt I am a Permanent Costmetic Artist. Additionally, I am also a Licensed Esthetician and Professional Makeup Artist.

I am the owner and operator of BeautyKult where we specialize in 3D Areola Tattooing along with Permanent Eyeliner, Scar Camouflage, Scalp Micropigmentation and Microblading.

What pushed me to be so passionate about Areolas and Breasts… My best friend is a two-time breast cancer survivor. Both times I stood by her side for all the ups and downs and witnessed her unbreakable strength as she endured her fight with great fortitude. After all the surgeries and treatment she was left with bare breast mounds and scars. I wanted to help her feel like herself again. The look on her face when she saw her new “boobs” for the first time made it all worth it for me.

My goal is to help as many women as possible feel that same way. I know how difficult this journey has been for you and I would welcome the opportunity to assist you in your final step of the reconstruction process. I want you to feel whole and complete and have your very own mile-wide smile!

Tara Williamson

Pink Ink Tattoo

NC, MS, & TX

Tara Williamson,  Internationally recognized and Certified Areola Complex, 3D Nipple and Scar Camouflage tattoo artist. She is an 8 year Breast Cancer Survivor, 20 year medical professional with a degree in Nursing.

After her bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction that included areola tattooing she knew survivors deserved more, they deserved the best, so she left her nursing career  and Founded Pink Ink Tattoo in 2014. She vowed to give her fellow survivors  exactly what they desire; whatever color or size they request, providing a realistic appearance. Tara knew that this was her calling. She knew she could  take her 20 years of medical knowledge and her personal breast cancer experience to help other survivors complete their breast cancer journey, helping them feel whole again.  Tara is based in Raleigh, North Carolina and travels to multiple plastic surgeons offices and Cancer Centers across North Carolina, Mississippi and Texas.

Tara is an activist for early detection, self advocacy and very active in the breast cancer community.