2022 program

From thought-provoking keynote presentations and panel discussions, CUCF 2022 will be a weekend to remember. A detailed program including specific topics and speakers will be available soon.




8:00am – 9:00am


9:00am – 9.15am

Welcome and introduction to moderators: Ashish Bhatia, Michael Somenek, Greg Goodman and Shobhan Manoharan.

EXCEL V+ Moderated by Ashish Bhatia and Greg Goodman

9.15am - 9.45am

V is for Vascular, + is for Performance (Introduction to the platform and Technology)

9.45am - 10.30am

excel V +, The Platform Dermatologists use

10.30am - 11am

1 year on - How excel V+ has enhanced my clinical outcomes

11am - 11.15am

Morning Tea

11.15am - 11.45am

Dual Clinics, Dual Wavelengths and a delightful little Dermastat

11.45pm - 12.10pm

excel V+ Pre recorded Demo

12.10pm - 12.30

Panel Discussion and Q&A

12.30pm - 1.15pm


TRUBODY Moderated by Ashish Bhatia and Michael Somenek

1.15pm - 1.45pm

trubody The Total Body Transformation Solution

1.45pm - 2.15pm

How truBody is taking over the media - My clinic, my clients, my results, my rewards

2.15pm - 2.45pm

30 mins to a Better Body

2.45pm - 3pm

Afternoon Tea

3pm - 3.45pm

Shape, Strength, Stamina and Buns of Steel - How to build a successful Body Only Business – Combining truSculpt Flex with Orthopaedic Surgery Recovery

3.45pm - 4pm


4pm - 4.30pm

Panel Discussion and Q&A

Panel: All above speakers

4.30pm - 5pm

Marketing in Partnership with Cutera to grow my practice



ENLIGHTEN Moderated by Ashish Bhatia and Shobhan Manoharan

8.30am - 9.00am

enlighten – Tech, Tatts and Pigment Perfection

9.00am - 9.30am

Treating Melasma and Scarring in Dark Skins

9.30am - 10.00am

Post Sclero Staining – How enlighten III and excel V compliment a Phlebology Clinic

10.00am - 10.30am

Total Face Rejuvenation – enlighten and excel V + – The Perfect Partners

10.30am - 10.45am

Morning Tea

10.45am - 11.20am

enlighten III Pre-recorded Demo

11.20am - 11.45am

Panel Discussion and Q&A

XEO Moderated by Michael Somenek and Greg Goodman

11.45am - 12.15pm

XEO - The ideal multi modality platform. A perfect starting point for any clinic

12.15pm - 12.45pm

A platform for boosting business - Easy to delegate, uncompromised outcomes

12.45pm - 1.45pm


1.45pm - 2.15pm

My first Cutera device and how it has set me up for the business that I am today

2.15pm - 2.45pm

Pearls of Wisdom – Pearl and Pearl Fractional – Xeo is more than a just a pretty face

2.45pm - 3.15pm

Panel Discussion and Q&A

3.15pm - 3.30pm


Brett Elliott


Although relatively new to the world of aesthetics, Brett has a proven track record in building high performing teams, businesses, and cultures across multiple industries. Brett has been a senior leader with Global entities such as Pfizer and Alcon before joining CUTERA 4yrs ago. Through his strong leadership and ability to identify, attract and retain key talent, Brett has transformed CUTERA ANZ into a world leading, customer centric organization focused on developing mutually rewarding and sustainable partnerships with customers through CUTERA’s advanced technology and premium customer support.  


Dr Ashish Bhatia

Oak Dermatology

Dr. Ashish Bhatia is a Board-certified and fellowship trained dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon. Dr. Bhatia received his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honors society and earned awards for both achievement and service. He completed his residency in Dermatology at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals where he served as Chief Resident. Subsequently, he completed an intensive fellowship in Mohs Surgery, Cutaneous Oncology, Reconstruction, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery at SkinCare Physicians in Boston, MA under the direction of the leaders in the field from Boston University, Harvard University, and Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Bhatia is an internationally recognized expert in dermatologic surgery and cosmetic surgery. His expertise includes facial and body aesthetic surgery, skin cancer therapy, Mohs and reconstructive surgery, laser surgery, and skin resurfacing procedures including scar reduction and revision. He has contributed to the advancement of techniques in facial reconstruction, scar revision, fat reduction, and the use of purified neurotoxins and fillers and published extensively in journals and textbooks, and is a sought after teacher, speaker, and instructor both nationally and internationally.

Goodman, Greg


The Dermatology Institute of Victoria

Professor Greg Goodman AM is an Australian dermatologist and holds academic appointments as Clinical Professor at Monash University, Melbourne and as an Associate Professor at the University College of London, is head of taskforce for the Australasian College of Dermatologists in higher education in Cosmetic Dermatology, president of the Australasian Society of Dermatologists (ASCD) and one of Heads of Faculty Allergan Medical Institute.

Professor Goodman holds a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) in post-acne scarring and a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology (GradDipClinEpi) from Monash University.

He was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) in the general division January 2021.

Professor Goodman lectures in Australia and internationally on skin ageing, skin care, cosmesis and complications of treatments. He has published widelyon acne, acne scarring, and cosmetic dermatology, Professor Goodman reviews for many local and overseas journals and is an International Contributing Editor of the Journal of Dermatologic Surgery.




A Specialist Dermatologist and Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists, Dr Ryan De Cruz completed his medical degree at The University of Melbourne, undertaking his residency at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne and advanced training at St. George’s Hospital NHS, London.

With experience working in hospitals across Melbourne and the UK, Dr De Cruz has been appointed Consultant positions at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and The Skin Health Institute.

With a keen interest in the areas of eczema, acne and rosacea, psoriasis, skin cancer management, laser treatment and hair loss disorders, Dr De Cruz is passionate about providing holistic dermatological care and in sharing his knowledge with fellow industry professionals.


Dr Clair McCartney

Sanctum Medical Aesthetics

Dr Clair McCartney is a Cosmetic Physician and Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She has a passion for skin and has worked in laser and aesthetic medicine for 8 years.  She is the Director and co-owner of Sanctum Medical Aesthetics, Hobart, a boutique clinic that specialises in a natural aesthetic to ageing and cosmetic treatments. Dr Clair McCartney has a special interest in laser resurfacing and intimate rejuvenation and enjoys seeing how laser medicine can transform peoples’ lives.

Michael Somenek

Dr Michael Somenek

Somenek MD - Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery

Dr. Michael Somenek is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon who practices in Washington, DC. Dr. Somenek got an undergraduate degree in microbiology at the University of Miami and a medical degree at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He stayed on at this prestigious institution for 5 more years of postgraduate training in otolaryngology. He then completed an intensive fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery under the tutelage of world-renowned facial plastic surgeons Dr. J. Regan Thomas and Dr. Dean Toriumi at the University of Illinois in Chicago. 

Dr. Somenek is the author of many peer-reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters, contributing extensively in his field as he routinely lectures on procedures for facial rejuvenation and developing new nonsurgical innovations worldwide.



Flawless Rejuvenation Skin Clinics

Dr Sean Arendse graduated from King’s College London and has a background as an emergency consultant at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. He founded Flawless Rejuvenation Skin Clinics in 2007, and enjoys working across both the fields of Emergency medicine and Aesthetic medicine. He is currently a member and on the Board of the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australia, and 2018 completed a postgraduate diploma in clinical dermatology with Queen Mary’s College London. He has a keen interest  in the use of both energy based devices and non energy based treatments in achieving the best aesthetic result for his clients, and is a KOL for a number of injectable and device companies. He has a special interest in Cosmetic medical emergencies which he has published on and is an advocate for safety in the Aesthetic industry.


Emma Wallace RN

Sun Sculpt Body Contouring

Emma Wallace is a Registered Nurse with a special interest in body contouring and aesthetics. Her career spans over 30 years; training in Brisbane, Queensland then working around Australia, she moved to Canada and continued her career in Montreal. Emma transitioned into aesthetics in 2017 after having completed the ACMAS Diploma of Cosmetic Injecting for Doctors and Nurses and opened her own successful clinic.

In 2020, she discovered the Cutera truSculpt ® devices and, with her partner Dr Allan Clarke, opened Sun Sculpt Body Contouring, in Maroochydore, Queensland.

Emma enjoys her aesthetic work, but also liaises with Dr. Clarke in designing muscle strengthening plans for his patients. She is excited at what the truSculpt technology can provide, both in aesthetics and muscle rehabilitation.


Dr Allan Clarke

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Allan Clarke qualified as an Orthopaedic Surgeon in 1991. He holds specialist certification in Orthopaedic Surgery from the College of Medicine of South Africa (FCS), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS).

Dr Clarke commenced private practice in Canada in 1991. In 2001 he relocated to Australia and was appointed as Director of Orthopaedics for the Sunshine Coast Health Services District before commencing private practice at the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital in 2005, with his main interests being shoulder, knee and hip surgery.

Dr Clarke has also performed over 2000 hip, knee and shoulder replacements and over 10000 shoulder and knee arthroscopies.

He has been a speaker and surgical instructor at local and international Orthopaedic meetings.

As a strong patient advocate, Dr Clarke believes that patients should have a clear understanding of their orthopaedic problem and specific goals of treatment in order to be an active and effective participant in their rehabilitation program. He is currently using the truSculpt Flex to augment and accelerate the rehabilitation of his patients.


Kelly George RN

Kelly George Aesthetics

Kelly George is a Registered Cosmetic Nurse and the Founder of Kelly George Aesthetics, a medical cosmetic clinic based in Tamworth, NSW. Kelly’s career in medical aesthetics began in 2006, when she worked for Allergan Australia.  Since then, Kelly’s passion for helping her patients achieve great skin and natural results has been the driving force behind what is now one of the most successful anti-ageing clinics in Australia. In 2018, Kelly won The Plastic Surgery Hub’s “Australia’s Favourite Injector” award, and in 2019 was named among the Ultimate 100 Global Aesthetic Leaders, by My Face My Body. In 2019 Kelly also launched KGA Body – Australia’s first full range of active skincare designed specifically for the body. Kelly has spoken at a variety of events over the years both within Australia and Internationally. Finally, Kellymanages a successful coaching and mentoring business, helping clinic owners get the most out of their aesthetic businesses. 


DR Shobhan Manoharan

Director - Brisbane Skin & Founder - Dermatology Education

Dr. Manoharan is one of Australia’s leading laser dermatologists. He specialises in the use of energy based devices for both medical and cosmetic dermatology. Based in Brisbane, Australia, he is the Medical Director of Brisbane Skin and the founder of training organisation,

He was previously the Managing Director of Westside Dermatology and Sweat Free Clinics. He is also past Director of Training for the Australasian College of Dermatology (QLD). He has a special interest in combination treatments for complicated scars (acne, traumatic, surgical and burns), pigmentation, laser rejuvenation, and surgical & non-surgical skin cancer management.

Dr. Manoharan studied medicine at the University of Queensland, worked in the United Kingdom and Australia, gained extensive laser and surgical experience in Australia and the United States, and has sub-specialised in cosmetic and laser dermatology.


Dr Paul Thibault

Sclerotherapy Society of Australia & Australasian College of Phlebology (ACP)

Dr Paul Thibault has worked in the fields of Phlebology and Cosmetic Medicine since1988. In 1993 he founded the Sclerotherapy Society of Australia and was then Founding President of the Australasian College of Phlebology (ACP) in 2000.

Dr Thibault is currently Associate Editor of the international journal, “Phlebology”. He has written many peer reviewed articles in medical journals in the fields of cosmetic medicine and phlebology and has contributed to major textbooks on venous diseases. Dr Thibault is known for his pioneering work in the non-surgical treatment of varicose and spider veins, the use of duplex ultrasound to assess venous disease, the technique of ultrasound guided sclerotherapy to treat major varicose veins and dermatologic laser treatment for superficial vascular and pigmentary disorders. His recent research has been the diagnosis and manifestations of chronic cerebrospinal venous obstruction which includes the management of rosacea.


Dr Heather Jenkins

Cosmetic Physician

She is a dedicated Doctor with over 40 years of experience. She is the founder and CEO of The Skin Lab, and she takes pride in offering high-quality services and caring treatments to her loyal client base. She is passionate about skin health and enjoys working with her patients to assist them in achieving both healthy and beautiful skin.

She opened The Skin Lab in April 2010, after working with consultant dermatologist Dr Godfrey Wagner at Brisbane’s Terrace Dermatology clinic since 2002. Dr. Jenkins performs skin surgery, assessment of skin problems and a wide variety of cosmetic procedures to enhance the appearance and health of the skin.

She has undertaken extensive laser training and holds a full user license under Queensland Health Radiation Safety Act 1999. She has years of hands-on experience with the use of lasers and utilises the latest technologies in laser and cosmetic medicine She also personally trains the Dermal Therapists that work with her to ensure a high standard of patient care. She is a proud member of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australia.

Previously, Dr Heather Jenkins worked for 28 years in general practice with a particular interest in the management of skin disease. She graduated from the prestigious Melbourne University, where she gained her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with honours. Outside of work she is a daughter, Wife, Mother to 3, Step-Mother to 2 and Grandmother to four and relishes every moment of family time. She love cooking, gardening, travelling, reading and knitting.



Owner and founder of Clinica Lase

Crystal Patel is CEO and owner of Clinica Lase cosmetic skin & laser clinics, with locations in Carlton and Ballarat. A qualified nurse, and with almost two decades of experience, Crystal is a well-respected and renowned industry expert in clinical laser and treatments. Never satisfied with the status quo, Crystal is always keen to help push the industry forward utilising the latest technology, methods and equipment in her clinics. When not in the clinic, Crystal can often be spotted at other clinics and practices across Australia conducting training for Cutera Inc in the best practice use of their state of the art laser and aesthetic machines and equipment. Outside of work, Crystal will usually be found creating culinary delights in the kitchen, walking her two adorable human-size dogs or with her head buried in the books as she studies a Bachelor of Food and Nutrition.



Laserclear Cosmetic Clinic

Grania is a highly qualified registered nurse with a specific interest in cosmetic nursing and has over 20 years’ experience in the aesthetic industry, initially as a trainer and educator for medical grade lasers and dermal filler, pioneering the use of both in aesthetics in Ireland over 20 years ago.

She moved to the beautiful Central Coast of Australia in 2007 and worked with renowned Plastic Surgeons and Cosmetic Physicians on the Central Coast, Newcastle, and Sydney as a medicosmetic nurse.

She founded and opened Laserclear Cosmetic Clinic in East Gosford in July 2016 and as the name suggests the clinic specialises in laser treatments, both ablative & non ablative.