Denise Merdich of Florida Aesthetic Training Institute

Florida Aesthetic Training Institute

  • Address:
    4905 34th St S
    PO Box 158
    St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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    (888) 391-4190

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Florida Aesthetic Training Institute

The Florida Aesthetic Training Institute is dedicated to providing best-in-class educational CE accredited courses to medical professionals looking to expand their skills and practices.

About Denise E. Merdich

Denise E. Merdich, the president and founder of FATI, is an acclaimed clinician and international injectable trainer. She has successfully trained thousands of practitioners over the last 15 years in both mainstream and advanced techniques for all neurotoxins, dermal fillers and laser.

Merdich has worked with numerous renowned Florida plastic surgeons incorporating medical aesthetics as a natural extension to plastic surgery. She has been a national trainer of the top leading companies in the industry, including Allergan (a world leader in aesthetics and the maker of Botox) and Merz Aesthetics, for over 10 years. She is a multi-specialty trainer for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and dental practitioners.

Performing nearly 10,000 procedures per year in her aesthetic practice, Merdich continues to stay in the forefront of aesthetics technology. She has been published in plastic surgery journals and has been recognized by local media as being a leader offering new aesthetic procedures. Her passion for teaching and injecting techniques have earned her international recognition status.

Merdich’s undergraduate training was in Ohio specializing in Nursing. She continued on with a Masters in Nursing at University of Florida and University of South Florida. She also serves on an International American Academy Dental Board.


University of South Florida, College of Nursing, Tampa, Fl
M.S.N./ A.R.N.P.- Nurse Practitioner – 2002

University of Florida, College of Nursing, Gainesville , FL 2000
M.S.N./ ARNP studies then transferred to USF

Malone College, College of Nursing, Canton, OH. B.S.N. – 1998

Walsh University, College of Nursing, Canton, OH. A.D.N. – 1994

Clinical Education Experience:

Denta-Spa Seminar faculty speaker & clinical trainer to date

Faculty speaker for Allergan /CME Scholar for 7 years

Laser instructor for two laser companies for 5 years

Assisted and coordinated with initial medical spa set up and training staff

15 years injectable experience & proficient with the following modalities: All dermal fillers & toxins, mesotherapy, and sclerotherapy

Memberships and Associations:

2002-2013 Active member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
2000-2007 Active member of Association of Operating Room Nurses
1997-2012 Certified BLS, ACLS, and PALS
1994-2013 Active member of Florida Nurses Association
1994-2013 Active member of Tampa Bay Advanced Practice Nurses Council
1997-1998 President of Nurse Practice Council Committee: Columbia Medical Center

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing – Active

Awards and Recognitions:

Development and facilitation of policies and procedures to ensure compliance with JCAHO accreditation
Project manager for JCAHO accreditation renewal process
Revised policy and procedures in order to maintain current accreditation
Quality Assurance and Improvement Director

Management Accomplishments:
Increased laser utilization by 50% in 3 months, 300% in 9 months
Decreased operating room costs by 30% monthly
Negotiated medication cost decrease by 50%
Increased surgical practice revenue by $600,000 in 9 months
Increased practice efficiency by implementing and coordinating office resources and staffing
Implemented quarterly reports that included: monthly surgical budget, monthly revenue generated from surgical and non-surgical modalities, ARNP monthly generated revenue, product inventory, and monthly practice statistics
Responsible for practice growth resulting in hiring new team members


Procedures performed using all or in combination:
Neurotoxins include BOTOX®, Dysport®, Xeomin®.

Fillers include RADIESSE®, VOLUMA®, Restylane® Lyft, Restylane® Silk, Restylane® Defyne, Restylane® Refyne, JUVÉDERM®, JUVÉDERM® VOLLURE, Sculptra® Aesthetic, BELOTERO BALANCE®, PDO (Polydiaxanon) Threads.

* Liquid Lift – Turn back the clock 5 years
* Chemical brow lifts
* TMJ massaster treatment
* Migraine treatment
* Nefertiti neck lift
* Slimming of jawline
* Asymmetry facial correction
* Non-surgical neck lift
* Peri-oral antiwrinkle treatment
* Tear trough deformity correction
* Lip augmentation
* Nose augmentation
* Gummy smile correction
* Fine line filling
* Hand augmentation
* Laser rejuvenation
* IPL rejuvenation
* PRP- platelet rich plasma
* Masseter 2
* PDO non-surgical thread lift


“You MUST train with Denise Merdich. As a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, I have a very busy face-lifting and filler practice. I travel the country teaching and training, and Denise Merdich is by far one of the best trainers I have ever worked with. I keep coming back to her because she is always teaching me new techniques and has the highest of standards for quality and patient care!”
– Dr. Rich Castellano

“Denise is the best. Can’t ask for a better trainer in aesthetics. She is very qualified, has amazing teaching skills, her techniques are awesome. My experience with Denise Merdich has made me such a more qualified and diverse injector. My patients love it.”
– Eddie A. Ariss, MD

“Denise has injected my botox and fillers for facial lines and I have been very satisfied with the results. Plus, I have now attended her botox and dermal filler courses and would love to attend future classes of hers. Denise knows how to give excellent injections for better patient comfort and outcomes. I was able to apply and incorporate all course materials the next week after the course. I highly recommend her courses to anyone who wants to incorporate botox and dermal fillers into their practice. She is excellent in conveying all the correct information as not to overwhelm you and she has great techniques and skills. I will continue to take her courses and learn for years to come.”
– Springhill NP

“Passion is not something that can be taught. And it’s not something that can be borrowed from another individual. Passion comes from within. More than the words you delivered in your talk, the manner in which you delivered it was what really counts. As I write this thank you letter, already I am receiving dozens of text messages and social media shout-outs from doctors who attended the weekend. They left feeling inspired by your words, eager to implement your teachings into their daily practice. On behalf of all of our attendees, I want to thank you for being such an integral component to the weekend’s success. To say that your talk is changing lives is not fanciful fiction or hyperbole. It’s the real and true fact. Clearly the weekend’s record-breaking attendance and the wealth of positive feedback are due in large measure to faculty members like you! Helping doctors believe in themselves, while equipping them with the tools they need to succeed in implant dentistry, is what the International Dental Implant Association is all about. And to borrow from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, “if you don’t believe in yourself why is anyone else going to believe in you?”

Thank you for helping our attending doctors feel inspired. I’m confident your engaging lecture will be discussed online and off line for many weeks to come.”
– Dr. Arun K. Garg, DMD

“Her injection techniques are among the best that I have seen. She has an excellent knowledge of all the injectable products as well as various injection techniques. Aside from her aesthetic skill she is extremely pleasant and professional. I cannot think of anyone more proficient in aesthetic injectable training techniques than her. Her techniques have brought my injectable practice to a new level.”
– Stanley P. Gulin, MD

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