What It Is
Byrdie’s Beauty and Wellness Board is a team of renowned experts—like dermatologists, nutritionists, gynecologists and psychologists—who ensure our content is accurate, comprehensive, true and reflective of the latest industry research. We strive to be the most trusted source in your beauty and wellness journey and our Board serves an important purpose along the way.
We’ve carefully selected our Byrdie Beauty and Wellness Board members based on their extensive experience and industry know-how. All of our Board members bring years of experience working as leaders in their respective fields. Each member reviews relevant sections of our library of content to make sure the information is factually accurate, backed by science, and reflects the most up-to-date studies and findings. If they find something that’s incorrect or out-of-date, they flag it to our team of editors, who update and edit the article based on their precise feedback. Look for a “Reviewed by” note at the top of an article, after the author’s name. That’s how you’ll know that the information you’re reading—whether it’s about a new FDA-approved filler or tips on keeping your body and mind in tip-top shape—has been reviewed and approved by one of our experts.
Dr. Obioha is an L.A.-based board certified medical and cosmetic dermatologist and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, as well as a member of the Skin of Color Society. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and completed medical school at UCLA. She completed her dermatology residency training at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NYC, where she served as chief resident during her final year. She specializes in skincare, skin of color, cosmetic procedures, hair loss, acne, and hyperpigmentation.
Dr. Morgan Rabach is a board-certified Dermatologist and Co-Founder of LM Medical PLLC, a Dermatology and Facial Plastic Surgery practice that she started with her sister, Dr. Lesley Rabach. In addition to her private practice, she is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Rabach's expertise has been featured in hundreds of print and online publications, as well as on podcasts and TV.
An Ivy League-educated and fellowship-trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Liotta, MD, FACS is dedicated not only to her own practice, but to continued education, research, and innovation in the field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Liotta performs a wide variety of facial cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, including laser treatments, BOTOX® Cosmetic, facial fillers, and cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Rachel Nazarian, MD, FAAD is a cosmetic and medical dermatologist practicing in Manhattan, and has spoken at multiple medical conferences nationally. She serves as a faculty member at Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Department of Dermatology, where she completed her dermatology residency. While completing her medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine, Dr. Nazarian was awarded a grant from the Women’s Dermatology Society. Dr. Nazarian is a board certified dermatologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Dr. Dendy Engelman, MD, FACMS, FAAD is a highly sought after dermatologic surgeon and lecturer both in the U.S. and in the global arena. She has been featured in hundreds of publications and regularly provides expert advice on television shows like ABC 7 and The Today Show. She consults with multiple beauty brands, and treats and advises many of the leaders, contributors, and experts in the beauty space. In recognition of her achievements, Dr. Engelman recently served as the Director of Dermatologic Surgery at New York Medical College, where she trained future Mohs surgeons and dermatologists.
JoElle Lee is a skincare expert, educator, author and celebrity esthetician with over 20 years experience in all aspects of the skincare industry. She is most noted for being the former personal esthetician to First Lady Michelle Obama and for co-authoring the bestselling book, Multicultural Skin Treatments: Learn How to Effectively Treat Skin of Color Using Chemical Peels and Laser Treatments. With comprehensive knowledge and experience as a medical esthetician and skincare specialist, JoElle is a highly regarded expert in the field of esthetics.
Rhea Souhleris Grous is the founder of La Suite Skincare at Union Square Dermatology and an aesthetics specialist with more than two decades of skincare experience. Rhea trained with the top estheticians in Melbourne, Paris, Boston and New York and spent ten years as the head—and most requested—esthetician at Bliss Spa in Manhattan. She opened the doors to La Suite Skincare at Union Square Laser Dermatology in 2018, introducing a refreshed aesthetics space with cutting-edge services and new talent.
Victoria Veytsman, DDS started a practice in her hometown of New York several years after graduating with a dentistry degree from the New York University College of Dentistry. With a background in art, her vision was merging health and beauty in a way that made going to the dentist office a completely different experience. The practice is now bicoastal with locations in both NYC and Beverly Hills. She is an advocate for female entrepreneurs and giving back on a larger scale.
Christine Bullock has been teaching fitness and working in the beauty business around the world for over two decades. Christine is the creator of Evolution 20®, a 60-day fitness and nutritional program, Super Shred, and Body Reborn Post-Natal DVD Series. She can be seen as trainer and judge on Netflix’s “Fit for Fashion” reality show. Christine combined her knowledge of the body and nutrition to develop the award-winning body care brand, KAYO Body Care. Christine holds certifications in Yoga, Pilates, General Fitness, Pre & Post Natal Fitness and Nutritional Counseling as well as has a B.A. in Psychology and Education .Christine is a go-to wellness expert and can be seen on E!, Netflix, Bravo, Hallmark Channel, VH-1, Star TV, California Life, and HSN.
Jen Polzak, MES, ACE CPT, PN is a senior manager of fitness, overseeing two large non-profit facilities in Manhattan. She has been in the fitness industry for over a decade, specializing in nutrition coaching, personal training, post-rehabilitation exercises, and weight loss. Jen stays on top of fitness and diet trends, as it is ever changing. She is a runner, a USAPL Powerlifter, a CrossFit athlete, and coach.
Joe Masiello, CSCS, MES is the co-founder of Focus Integrated Fitness, a private personal training company based in New York City and Focus Personal Training Institute, a state-licensed and nationally accredited institution for the training and education of personal trainers (also in New York City). He has been featured in numerous media outlets including Woman's Health, Cosmopolitan, SELF Magazine, Star Magazine, Men's Fitness, DailyMail.com, Entrepreneur, Fitness Magazine, BetterTV and Fox 5.
Brooke Alpert, MS, RD, CDN is a certified holistic cannabis practitioner, a nationally recognized nutrition expert and a best-selling author. She has been writing and contributing to publications as a nutrition and cannabis expert since 2007. Brooke received her Masters of Science at New York University and completed her training at Mount Sinai Hospital in affiliation with NYU. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Brooke completed The Holistic Cannabis Academy’s program to become a cannabis practitioner in 2018.
Nigella Miller learned the artistry of hairstyling and barbering from an early age and currently services a vast of array of clientele at her hair studio in Brooklyn, NY. Her service is focused on hair care, cutting, barbering, and styling. Having over 13 years of editorial and clientele work, she's gained the knowledge and experience to work on various hair textures, lengths, and styles. She was the creative director of hair for the Fall 2019 Pyer Moss Show. Nigella has also worked on major campaigns for brands such as Estée Lauder, Burberry, DVF, Urban Outfitters, American Eagle, Pony, Original Penguin, Chnge, Pyer Moss, Guess, and Sprayground.
Sara Twogood, MD is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist working and living in Los Angeles for more than a decade. She did her internship and residency at Los Angeles County and University of Southern California and subsequently practiced medicine at Keck Medicine of USC while serving as an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a Los Angeles Magazine "Top Doctor" and has a passion for educating the public about female health and wellness.
Sanam Hafeez, PsyD has been practicing as a licensed (neuro)psychologist in New York City in varying capacities, from clinician to teaching and supervising faculty, at various institutions since 2004. In that time, she founded a center for assessments and evaluations, Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, based in Queens and Manhattan.
Hafeez is a sought-out media expert by reputed publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post. Her topics of interest and contribution range from the effects of social media on brain function to ADHD, depression, and beauty and wellness and the role of psychological processes.
With a lifelong passion for female wellness and plant-based medicine, Kiana has been building her practice in the field of sexual wellness, birth work, and holistic health for over 10 years. She is a woman’s health advocate, doula, somatic sex educator, Chief Brand Educator at Foria, and a mother. Her quotes and expertise have appeared on Byrdie, as well as O, The Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Shape, and Betches, and many others.
Hope is an aromatic healer, essential oil formulator, teacher, and writer who has been working in the wellness space for over 35 years. She began her professional career as a dancer and choreographer until she got injured and turned to the healing arts and aromatherapy for her cure and professional certification. In 1980, she established her private practice in the healing arts in New York City and has held faculty positions at Harvard and Boston Universities advanced theater programs. In 2008 she launched her brand H. Gillerman Organics to spas and wellness outlets.
Jodi Shays has been a licensed esthetician in California for 20 years. She is the owner of Queen Bee Salon & Spa in Culver City.
Evelyn Lim is a nail expert with over 18 years of experience and currently serves as the Chief Educator of Paintbox, a top nail studio in NYC.
Cozmo Faris is a professional piercer with over 12 years of experience. In addition to piercing and jewelry services, he handles membership applications for The Association of Professional Piercers (APP), contributes to the @safepiercing Instagram account, and teaches technique courses both online as well as at the annual APP conference.
Kenneth Soh is a London-based makeup artist. Growing up in Asia, Kenneth studied art and fashion before relocating to London to focus on makeup. There, he honed his skills under fashion legends Val Garland, Lucia Pieroni, and Pat McGrath. He works with clients such as Cara Delevingne and Naomie Harris, and his work has appeared in the pages of Vogue, ELLE, and more.
Jeremy Tardo is a bi-coastal hair colorist and a member of Byrdie's Beauty & Wellness Board. He has served as Color Department Head, Educational Director and Salon Director in New Orleans, San Diego, and Beverly Hills. Today, he works with clients such as Miley Cyrus, Jared Leto, Miranda Kerr, Helen Hunt, and Florence and the Machine, and sees clients at Salon Benjamin in Beverly Hills.
Sky Kim is a Korean-American hairstylist and visual artist who made her way to NYC via Seoul, Los Angeles, and Colorado. Starting in a boutique salon in SoHo as a stylist, Sky continued her development as an apprentice (and now full-time stylist) at Serge Normant at John Frieda under the mentorship of DJ Quintero. Outside of the salon, she has also worked on shoots for Maybelline, Allure, Numero magazine, and more, and worked with designers such as Daniel Silverstain and Jonathan Simkhai.
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