Who We Are

The Aestra Institute is dedicated to providing best-in-class, educational CE accredited courses to medical professionals looking to expand their skills and practices. Our mission statement is to provide intimate training seminars to gain confidence with medical aesthetics. We strive to achieve excellence in both skills and knowledge base within both didactic and clinical application. We perform at a 2:1 ratio with expert key leaders in the industry. Hands on educational seminars that offer comprehensive skill building in a small class size with exceptional key leaders with over 10 years as aesthetic international instructors.

The primary training site is located in the Tampa Bay area, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Classes are conducted at a well established plastic surgery office. It is nestled 2 miles from St. Petersburg Beach, shopping, and restaurants. The clinical hands-on portion is done in our state of the art med spa which offers a one of a kind coastal feel. We also provide private training at your facility upon request.

Our Tampa Bay facility is located 15 minutes from Tampa International Airport. Here you’ll be able to focus on your training in facilities that are state-of-the-art in an environment that is second to none for professional learning. And all in a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing environment. It offers 10 injection rooms and an elegant, well-equiped lecture hall. Video cameras in each room allow students to learn necessary concepts easily and comfortably.

Denise Merdich, ARNP

President and Founder

Denise E. Merdich, ARNP, the president and founder of Aestra Institute (formerly Florida Aesthetics Training Institute), 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.

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Jessica Bull, LE, RMA

Clinical Director

As the Clinical Director for Aestra Institute, Jessica assists during training day to oversee the clinical flow and assure consistent patient care. Actively performs the scheduling of patient to doctor ratio and creates the time blocks for hands-on session.

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Jeff Merdich

Business Development Director

Jeff Merdich is Business Development Director/ CFO at Aestra Institute, with responsibility for marketing programs, brand management. Develop customer retention and additional penetration by focusing on building strong relationships, customer education, and value added service to continuously bring new solutions goals. Dynamic 28 years sales career marked by progressive advancement and achievement of strategic objectives.

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Yaz graduated with a BSN in Nursing from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro while being a Division I athlete. She moved back to Florida and is now a fulltime Cardiothoracic Nurse. Her plan is to continue her study for Nurse Practitioner Master’s Degree later this year. She currently works part time for Aestra Institute as clinical assistant.



Charissa graduated with bachelors in nursing in 2008 and is continuing her education for a Master’s Degree this year. She has a diverse nursing background including critical care, optimizing electronic health care records, and infection prevention. She has an interest in aesthetics and skincare and works part time for Aestra Institute as a clinical assistant. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with family.