Denise E. Merdich, is President and founder of AESTRA Institute. She began her career 20 years ago working with renowned plastic surgeons, dermatologists and physicians as she continued to develop and perfect the techniques and approach that she is so well known for today. As a leader with new injection techniques, she is frequently asked to speak for special events with a focus on cosmetic rejuvenation. In addition, she serves as a mentor and inspires other aesthetic medical professionals desiring to advance their careers.
In 2009, Denise formalized her role as a national trainer with aesthetic giants Merz and Allergan. She played an integral role in bringing Belotero and Xeomin, two of Merz’ powerhouse aesthetic products to market. In the past 15 years, Denise has trained thousands of multi-specialty practitioners in advanced techniques in all FDA approved neurotoxins, dermal fillers, PRP and PDO Threads. Most recently, Denise has been retained by New Life Regenerative Medicine to expand their market through teaching and advancing state-of-the industry aesthetic techniques. Her passion for teaching has earned her international recognition.
As a practitioner, Denise performs nearly 10,000 procedures per year in her personal aesthetic practice. She serves a large, loyal patient base in Tampa, FL and the surrounding areas. Many of Denise's patients are physicians, professionals and clinical peers. Always one to pursue continuing education, her attentiveness to the latest medical developments finds her researching, reading and attending seminars to stay on the forefront of best practices. Denise believes the key to building relationships with her patients is through strong communication. She is compassionate to individual concerns and encourages patients to ask questions, know their medical needs and understand treatment plans. Along with Denise’s lifetime commitment to health and wellness, her expertise and professionalism paired with her artistic aesthetic vision and approach has earned her a solid reputation within the industry. She has created a warm, inviting environment with a focus on enhancing her clients’ natural beauty with non-surgical injectable techniques.
Denise earned her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the University of Southern Florida where she was inducted into the prestigious International Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing and completed her undergraduate training at the Malone College of Nursing, in Canton, Ohio.
Denise has been published in the prestigious American Society of Plastic Surgery Journal as well as the Journal of Surgical Dermatology. She has been recognized by local media, including ABC news and local TBT Magazine and most recently, Denise was named one of the Aesthetic Medicine’s Best Non-Physician Nonsurgical Innovators of the Year. Top awards for 2019 included “Best Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner” and “Top Aesthetic Training Institution” received from the prestigious Aesthetic Everything organization. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners; the Dermatology Nurse Practitioner’s Society; and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
Websites and social media include: Faces by Denise and Aestra Institute
Services offered: Injectables and laser service detailed below
Neurotoxin (Botox, Xeomin, Dysport, Jeaveau)
Dermal fillers- All USA FDA dermal fillers and bio-stimulating dermal fillers
C02 laser, Fraxel, IPL treatments, Pico laser,
PDO/ PCL Asorbable Thread lifting
Exosome Therapy for Hair Restoration and Face Rejuvenation
• 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
Denise is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners; the Dermatology Nurse Practitioner’s Society; and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
Denise was named one of the Aesthetic Medicine’s Best Non-Physician Nonsurgical Innovators of the Year presented by Dr. Andrew Ordon -The Aesthetic Show 2019". And “Best Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner” and “Top Aesthetic Training Institution” received from the prestigious Aesthetic Everything organization 2019.