WLCO features a management team of multi-talented, smart, switched on individuals who have their fingers on the pulse of the global aesthetics industry.
Wendy Lewis’ career in the world of aesthetic medicine spans over two decades. She founded Wendy Lewis & Co Ltd Global Aesthetics Consultancy in 1997, and her client list includes private individuals, physicians, medspas and surgery centers, as well as an elite roster of pharmaceutical, cosmetics, skin care and medical device companies in the US, Canada and Europe. She is a well recognized expert in the field with an excellent reputation among industry leaders as well as physicians across all specialties.
Wendy Lewis is the author of 11 books including America’s Cosmetic Doctors & Dentists (Castle Connolly Medical), Plastic Makes Perfect (Orion), and Cosmetic Surgery Over 50 (Vibrantnation). In 2008, she founded Beautyinthebag.com and has served as Editor in Chief of this international cosmetic beauty forum.
She is a prolific writer for consumer publications and trade journals, and serves as a Contributing Editor for Plastic Surgery Practice, on the Editorial Board of Prime International Anti-Ageing Journal, Beauty & Skincare Columnist for Healthnewsdigest.com, and columnist for the Aesthetics Journal. She is also a contributor to New You, Modern Aesthetics, Practical Dermatology, Soap Perfumery & Cosmetics, Body Language, Medesthetics, Surgical Aesthetics, Aesthetic Medicine, Aesthetic Medical Practitioner, and many other publications and websites.
A frequent speaker at many international medical congresses and cosmetic industry meetings including IMCAS, ASAPS, AAFPRS, FACE, AAWC, Vegas Cosmetic Surgery, and many others, Wendy is on the Advisory Board for HBA Global Expo, and a popular course instructor and lecturer at industry conferences in the US and Europe. Wendy has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, Today New York, BBC, GMTV, VH1, MSNBC, Discovery Channel, 60 Minutes, Fox TV, and many other television and radio broadcasts. She has published more than 500 articles in consumer magazines, newspapers and professional journals on two continents and is frequently quoted in the media in the US and EU.
Wendy received her B.A. cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University and attended Cornell University, University of London for undergraduate coursework, as well as Fordham University Graduate School of Business.
Her special expertise in social media has earned her a strong presence across a network of influential platforms. She is currently working on her next book for CRC Press on aesthetic practice marketing.
Director of Client Services
Kate has led a diversified career as a senior marketing executive, having served on both the client side and the agency side. With an extensive record of devising successful strategic plans and creative customer-centric programs, she has significantly contributed to achieving revenue and profit goals at a variety of innovative healthcare organizations.
Her most recent position was at Carling Communications, Inc. in San Diego, Calif. where she served in the role of Partner & Senior Vice President, Client Strategy. While at Carling, she was responsible for strategic management for the client services team, providing insight and leadership for various clients in the aesthetics space, including Merz Aesthetics and Cosmederm Bioscience. Her previous position was as Vice President of Marketing and member of the Executive Leadership Team at Suneva Medical. Kate successfully grew Suneva’s ArteFill sales across multiple specialties, including dermatology, plastic surgery and facial plastic surgery, and managed the launch of the Regenica skin care range and Refissa pharmaceutical product.
Among her previous positions, Kate served in the roles of Sr Director of Product Management & Communications and Director of International Marketing at Thermage and subsequently at Solta Medical. She successfully led worldwide marketing efforts, managing teams in the US and abroad, and grew the business via creative strategy and promotional efforts through distribution channels to the end-consumer, including public relations, business development, physician marketing and direct to consumer marketing initiatives. Kate has over two decades of experience working with physicians and assisting them to enhance their practices.
A native of the UK., Kate holds a BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences from the University of Warwick, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the UK.
Media & PR Consultant
Melissa is a seasoned communications professional and principal of Melissa Kelz Communications, Inc., based in Chicago and New York. She has over 15 years of experience in the fields of beauty, consumer products, eCommerce, healthcare and corporate communications with a proven track record of generating visibility through coverage in national and regional media.
Melissa is an award-winning writer and has earned a reputation for being a results-driven professional. She was a Vice President at Behrman Communications in New York City where she directed consumer health and beauty accounts, including the launch of the NoNo professional hair removal system, Age-Less 15 from Cellex-C featuring Joan Collins, and SmoothShapes for Eleme Medical. Melissa earns regular placements for her clients on popular television outlets including, The View, The Today Show, Fox National News, Telemundo, and in top newspapers and magazines including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, Newsweek, W, Vogue, Elle, More, Allure, Women’s Health, Prevention, and many more.
Melissa was previously an Associate Vice President at Euro RSCG Magnet in New York City where she managed media relations and corporate communication for clients including Vichy USA, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (AAFPRS), the Skoll Foundation, Yahoo! HotJobs, and Stryker Corporation. Melissa was also an account director with IMS – Chicago where she managed public relations for ORTHOsoft, Inc., VIVUS, Smith & Nephew, Hollister. She has held communications and public relations positions at CIGNA HealthCare, Fleishman Hillard, and CorSolutions.
Melissa earned her M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications from the Medill School at Northwestern University, and her B.S. in Social Policy from Northwestern University. She spent time in Spain studying at Universidad de Salamanca. She is a Board Member of Face the Future Foundation through the University of Illinois Hospital.
Ran leads a team of web design and marketing professionals at Webtools Group in the US, Europe and Israel who provide clients with advanced Search Engine Optimization (SEO) solutions, online advertising management platforms, website designs, eCommerce solutions, online marketing consulting, e-newsletter systems, GUI design and other capabilities.
Webtools has consulted with many consumer products, medical device and healthcare brands, including Ben & Jerry’s, The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Dello Russo Laser Vision, ECI Telecom, Coca Cola Israel, Cryoshape Ltd, Ellman International, Invasix, and many other global corporations. Under Ran’s direction, Webtools also manages highly successful web marketing campaigns for some of the leading physician practices and clinics, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, oculoplastic surgeons, and facial plastic surgeons, as well as medspas and clinics in the US and the UK.
Prior to founding Webtools, Ran gained significant technical and business expertise working withing the Israeli venture capital community and helping to develop the EZPC computer learning system. He has served as an Internet and IT specialist in the Israeli Defense Forces, and is fluent in Hebrew as well as Spanish.
He earned a B.B.A. degree in Finance, Summa Cum Laude from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College and subsequently earned an M.B.A in Management and Entrepreneurship.