Meet the Team

Dr. Yael Halaas

Amaira’s Clinical Director is none other than Dr. Yael Halaas, considered one of the top facial plastic and cosmetic surgeons in New York City. She specializes in facelifts, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, hair restoration, and a full range of injectables.

Dr. Halaas is a trailblazer in the field of cosmetic surgery, and her artistic background and Ivy League medical training – combined with nearly two decades of experience – have helped her become a highly sought-after surgeon.

In addition to surgical treatments, Dr. Halaas and her highly skilled team offer a deluxe selection of nonsurgical treatments, including laser therapy, innovative skin care solutions, fillers, botox, stem cell therapy, facials and more.

Dr. Halaas and her expertly trained team are also key opinion leaders, trainers, technical advisors, speakers, and researchers for leading companies such as Syneron Candela, Viora, Quanta, Inmode, BTL, Thermi, Aerolase and Alma, among others. She has also been featured numerous times on TV, and in national and international publications.

Dr. Halaas Quick Facts

  • Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon.

  • National expert in aesthetic medicine with 18+ years of experience.

  • Ivy League-trained at Columbia College and Cornell Medical School.

  • Nationally recognized in the top 5% for most injectable procedures performed.

  • Performs 2X the number of facial surgeries than the national average.

  • Participates in international trainings, advisory boards, and speaking engagements for physicians and companies.

  • Key opinion leader for NeoGraft, a leading manufacturer of hair transplant equipment.

  • Highly sought-after on-air expert who has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show.

  • Harvard trained, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery

  • American Society of Plastic Surgery

     

  • “I have always been a perfectionist… so when I found plastic surgery, I knew it was the perfect fit.” ~Dr. Michael Frederick

Michael J. Frederick, MD

Dr. Frederick demonstrates a dedication to his work that is evident from the moment he shakes your hand. Patients know instantly that they have met a special, caring, and uniquely talented surgeon who will listen to their needs and work with them to meet their cosmetic surgery goals.

On a journey that began on a 60-acre avocado farm just north of Santa Barbara, California, Dr. Frederick grew up building fences, driving tractors, and picking fruit. He spent most of his free time in the water: swimming, playing water polo, lifeguarding, scuba diving, and sailing. He decided to major in marine biology at UCLA, but after his older sister Stacey, a mezzo-soprano for the Los Angeles Master Chorale, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, he shifted plans and began exploring medicine as a way to have a major life impact.

After graduating Summa Cum Laude from UCLA with a 3.97 GPA, he attended medical school at the prestigious University of California, San Francisco, ranked third in the country. There, he was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship and received research grants to study transplant immunology, which would help him later in life as he participated in two of the world’s first face transplantations as part of the plastic surgery team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

He attended Harvard University for his plastic surgery training, and was selected by the faculty to serve as the first Chief Resident at the renowned Massachusetts General Hospital. While there he authored several articles, including book chapters and publications in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Annals of Plastic Surgery. He also was invited to speak on novel surgical techniques at several national plastic surgery meetings.

In addition to his training at Harvard, he studied at The Pitanguy Clinic in Rio De Janiero, Brazil, learning the most advanced techniques in aesthetic surgery. ‘Cookie cutter plastic surgery just doesn’t work anymore,’ says Dr. Frederick. ‘Modern concepts have completely changed the approach to plastic surgery from strictly excisional (taking away) to now sculpting, shaping and transforming bodies, much like Michaelangelo. “The most important thing to me is listening to the patient, understanding what their goals are and then creating that vision.”

Outside of the operating room you’ll find Dr. Mike at the beach, scuba diving, playing racquetball or spending time with his German shepherd Whinnie and his golden retriever Murphy. He often volunteers at local breast and ovarian cancer fundraisers in memory of his sister who carried the BRCA 2 gene. He also enjoys helping others through humanitarian missions to repair cleft lips and palates in Brazil and Colombia, a passion further complemented by the fact that he is part Colombian and speaks fluent Spanish.

As with everything he does, Dr. Frederick brings a constant pursuit of perfection to his surgeries. He loves plastic surgery because of its powerful effects on self-esteem, self-confidence, and overall well-being. His patients love plastic surgery for the same reasons. They may not realize it before surgery, but they definitely do afterwards.

Caroline Dondi
Nurse Practitioner

Caroline was born and raised in Ft Lauderdale, FL. She is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in medical aesthetics, injectables and anti-aging. Caroline earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. After six years of trauma/surgical ICU experience, Caroline obtained her Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Miami.

After graduating, Caroline dove into the world of aesthetics by joining a General dermatology practice where she learned the basic fundamentals of aesthetics including the art and expertise of nonsurgical treatments including Botox, Dysport, Juvederm, and Restylane. Wanting to advance her knowledge in aesthetics, anti-aging, facial anatomy, and body contouring, Caroline joined the Amaira team where she works alongside world-renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Halaas, an expert in aesthetics and anti-aging.

Caroline has been trained by some of South Florida’s most well-respected plastic surgeons, dermatologists and anti-aging medicine specialists. She has a passion for life-long learning, and has traveled internationally to stay on top of the latest techniques and technologies.

Courtney Smith
Aesthetican

For over a decade Courtney Smith has pursued a successful career in medical esthetics. Courtney has had the privilege of being mentored and working with world-renowned plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and skin care professionals.

She is a member of the Associated Skin Care Professional Association. Courtney graduated from the Aveda Institute before spending four additional years attending nursing school, she credits this additional education to helping her assess the skin better and target deeper treatments.
Courtney enjoys treating skin from the inside out and puts her clients on incredible transformational paths when they start treatments with her.

Courtney holds certifications and trainings in laser, medical skin care, body sculpting and in depth facial massage. Some of her training has been through Lumenis, Syneron, Palomar, BTL aesthetics to hone in on procedures such as Emsculpt NEO, Coolsculpting, Morpheus 8, SkinPen, Plasma Pen, Diamond Glow, Ultherapy, Hydrafacial, dermaplaning, and chemical peels. Courtney loves to combine treatments and modalities to treat skin most efficiently. Her extensive knowledge allows her to treat all skin types, although anti-aging is her favorite.

Product lines she has worked with include

  • Alastin Skincare

  • Skinmedica

  • ZO SkinHealth

  • Revision

  • Epionce

  • Skinscriptrx

  • Skinceuticals

  • PCA skin

  • DMK therapy

  • Eminence

  • Obagi

Frequently Asked Questions

A Medical Spa, or med spa, combines the relaxing qualities of a day spa with advanced treatments that can only be performed by a licensed medical provider. Med spa treatments include everything short of surgeries that require general anesthesia, and can involve radiofrequency heat, medical-grade lasers, injectables and other techniques.

Treatment preparations vary. For some treatments, we direct patients to avoid sun exposure for a period of time before and after treatment. For others, like laser hair removal, we ask that you arrive shaved, or for many face-related treatments, we prefer that you arrive without makeup. During the consultation phase, your practitioner will provide detailed instructions on how to prepare for your specific treatment(s).

Each state has different requirements, but legally speaking, most states consider anything that “affects” living tissue to be a medical treatment. As a client, you can be 100% certain that all treatments at Amaira are administered by an appropriately qualified professional. Feel free to ask us anything about our licensing and training.

Please arrive for your appointment by the scheduled time, but feel free to arrive early if you would like extra time to settle in before your treatment. We want you to feel as relaxed and ready as possible once your procedure begins.

Amaira accepts all major credit cards and U.S. currency. If you would like to arrange special financing, please let our team know so we can discuss your options with you.