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 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.

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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