Why Would You Want Anyone Else to Perform Your Injections?
- As patients themselves, they recognized the importance of lowering discomfort and shortening recovery times.
- With seven times the average exposure, training and knowledge base, they are supremely qualified to individualize a treatment plan for you.
- Trained by Dr. Bucky and other leaders in the field, our highly qualified Nurse Injectors regularly teach other physicians and nurses the art and science of BOTOX® Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM®, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC, BELOTERO BALANCE®, Restylane®, Restylane® Lyft, RADIESSE® and Sculptra®.
Our Nurse Injectors
Lisa Holloway, BSN, RN, CPSN
A Certified Plastic Surgery Nurse, Lisa Holloway has worked with Dr. Bucky since 1996. She has an extensive and unique relationship with our practice. Lisa first met Dr. Bucky as a patient. After developing a relationship of trust with Dr. Bucky and our staff, Lisa felt personally invested in our practice. Already a nurse, she became eager to be a part of our practice.
Lisa works very closely with our breast cancer patients. “I spend a lot of time with these women. As a nurse, I want to nurture.” In addition, Lisa prepares cosmetic and reconstructive patients for surgery. She worked as a cardiac nurse before joining Dr. Bucky’s practice and is comfortable providing careful safety measures to a patient’s program.
A graduate of the University of Virginia, Lisa is a certified nurse-injector with an extremely active BOTOX® Cosmetic and facial filler practice. She is regionally recognized as a leader in BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dermal Fillers. “Developing a patient’s trust during BOTOX® injections is a significant responsibility; if the appropriate assessment and time is taken, it is a pleasant experience for both the patient and me. Small changes for many people translate to big changes in how they feel about their appearance.”
One of the most rewarding aspects of Lisa’s work is the close relationships she develops with our patients. She recalls, “Sometimes a patient will call and say, ‘Hi Lisa, it’s me!’ I have to giggle. That says to me that I’ve done my job—I’ve connected with the patients. We’re so comfortable, like friends and family.”
Lisa sees patients in our Main Line – Ardmore office.
Valerie Daily, BSN, RN
Valerie has worked with our board-certified plastic surgeon as a registered nurse since 2006, and is the Director of Clinical Nursing as well as a highly skilled nurse injector. Valerie has worked side by side with Dr. Bucky in all aspects of the surgical practice. This has allowed to her have excellent knowledge of surgery as well as understand the natural aging changes of the face and body. Valerie is known for her calm nature as well as her gentle touch. “It’s important to me that when patients leave our office, their questions are answered.”
Valerie understands plastic surgery from the patient’s perspective which makes her a great advocate. She will meet with you at your consultation with Dr. Bucky, help you to prepare for your surgery, and take very specialized care of you following surgery. She will be there for you through your whole process. She notes the enjoyment that she derives from seeing plastic surgery improve the patient’s appearance as well as their self-esteem.
Valerie joined the Dr. Bucky team in 2006 from the University of Pennsylvania Hospital where she specialized in cardiology. She graduated from Drexel School of Nursing in 1992 and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.
Valerie has a thorough understanding of facial aesthetics. She is considered a leader in aesthetic injections and was personally picked to be an ACE trainer for Allergan, Inc, the makers of BOTOX® Cosmetic, JUVEDERM®, and LATISSE®. This entails training doctors and nurse injectors on how to improve their injection technique. Only those providers who have shown the highest level of expertise and have demonstrated a true understanding of facial anatomy and aging are able chosen for this program. She was also hand-picked to assist the world renowned Dr. Mauricio DiMaio for Allergan Master Course in Injectable Training. Valerie is known for her knowledge of facial aging and a natural result.
Val sees patients in our Washington Square location.
“I like injecting to make people feel more beautiful and confident.”
Kim Ragone, BSN, RN
Kim Ragone has worked with Dr. Bucky since 2000. Kimmi is the Director of Skin Care and Injectable Services, as well as being a clinical nurse. Her extensive plastic surgery experience provided her with the foundation to become a superb nurse and nurse injector. She led our OR team in caring for cosmetic and reconstructive patients during their surgical experience.
Kim transitioned from the operating room to the office setting and became a clinical aesthetician. She treated patients with a wide variety of techniques including microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser resurfacing. Armed with expertise in the entire spectrum of plastic surgery, she became certified as a clinical nurse injector for BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers. Her plastic surgery and skin care education—combined with her ‘aesthetic eye’ and her soft touch—have made her ideally suited to be an excellent injector. Kimmi has developed advanced techniques under the guidance of Dr. Bucky and other leaders in the field. Her background with both surgical and non-surgical procedures provides the basis for expert consultations.
Kimmi received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Thomas Jefferson University and sees patients at our city office. Over the last two years, Kim taught other nurses and physicians the art and science of clinical injection techniques. Kimmi has instructed the Penn Plastic Surgery residents on the art and science of fillers and Botox®. She has also been an invited lecturer for the Society of Plastic Surgical Skincare Specialists on Advanced Injection Techniques and the Pearls and Pitfalls of Injecting.
“The thing I like best about injecting is the wow effect—I love it! The immediate result the patient can appreciate from the treatment chair is amazing. The patient walks out of the office feeling and looking good.”
Kimmi sees patients at the Rittenhouse Square location.
Michele Petrillo, BSN, RN
Michele Petrillo joined Dr. Bucky in 2008 as a nurse injector. She brings over 30 years of nursing experience and expertise to our surgical practice. Michele has worked with Dr. Bucky and injectors from around the world in an effort to “learn from the best.” She has developed her own unique injection techniques. Michele has an active injectable practice and has earned the respect of physicians and colleagues in her field. “What I enjoy most about working with Dr. Bucky and our staff is our team commitment to providing excellent patient care in a relaxed and professional environment. One of the benefits of watching my practice grow is building relationships with my patients. There is a comfortable trust between us.”
Michele received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Villanova University. While she has practiced in a variety of clinical settings for the past seven years, she has found Facial Aesthetics to be her “niche” and finds it both challenging and rewarding.
Michele sees patients for BOTOX® injections and Fillers in Main Line – Ardmore on Monday and Tuesday.
“What I enjoy most about working with Dr. Bucky and our staff is our team commitment to providing excellent patient care in a relaxed and professional environment. One of the benefits of watching my practice grow is building relationships with my patients. There is a comfortable trust between us.”
Rachel Bria, BSN, RN
After graduating from California State University, Chico with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, Rachel began her career as a labor and delivery nurse in Newport Beach, CA. Four years later, she decided to move east to take on a new adventure as a sales representative for medical devices. Despite her success in sales, Rachel always felt there was something missing – a personal connection with patients. This love for patient care is what eventually drove her to pursue an opportunity in the field of aesthetics.
Rachel joined our team as a nurse injector and Sculpt360 Coordinator in 2013. “I knew I wanted to work for the best; a practice that took great pride in putting their patients first, gave exceptional care, and delivered unbelievable outcomes,” she says. Shortly after her start, Rachel became one of a select few to undergo comprehensive, hands-on training at CoolSculpting University, a unique educational opportunity put on by Zeltiq (creator of CoolSculpting®). In addition, she is one of the first in the Philadelphia area to provide miraDry® for underarm sweating, she has also received extensive training from Dr. Bucky in the art of injectables. Holding patient safety in the highest regard, she is able to administer non-invasive miraDry® procedures as well as BOTOX® Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, and numerous other injectable treatments with the utmost comfort, skill, and precision.
Her outgoing personality and nurturing demeanor are key factors in Rachel’s ability to develop long-term relationships with patients, and she is always striving to positively impact every individual she treats. “The reason I am a nurse is to accept people where they are at that very moment you meet them, give them extraordinary care, and hopefully touch their life in a positive manner.”
Rachel sees patients at our Mainline – Ardmore and Rittenhouse Square locations.
Kate Gaio, RN
Kate Gaio, RN earned her Associates of Science in Nursing from Gwynedd Mercy College and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Design and Merchandising from Drexel University. Since 2009, Kate has worked in the field of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, aesthetic skincare procedures and dermal fillers. In addition, she is a Bellafill® specialist, which is a revolutionary injectable treatment designed to minimize the appearance of acne scars and various other cosmetic facial concerns.
Aesthetic skincare and laser therapy treatments have become the perfect specialty for Kate, combining her appreciation of the fine arts and enthusiasm for science. She is extremely passionate about her work, and her commitment to providing the highest level of patient care is demonstrated not only through the strong relationships she has built with patients, but also in the quality of results she has helped them attain. “I love getting to know patients on a personal level,” she says. “To see the positive transformation of their self-confidence and esteem after receiving aesthetic care – and to be there throughout every step of that process – is truly gratifying.”
Kate is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses, and she presented at the ASPSN 2014 National Meeting in Chicago. She maintains her certification as an Aesthetic Nurse Specialists (CANS)and was voted “Best of Bucks Nurse 2014” by The Intelligencer.
Kate sees patients at our Mainline – Ardmore and Washington Square locations.
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