Our Staff
Larry Helwig

LARRY HELWIG

President & CEO
Clearskin Institute of Laser Aesthetics / Phoenix Medical, Inc.

Larry Helwig graduated from Arizona State University with a BSN degree and later graduated from Maricopa County General Hospital’s Emergency Nurse Practitioner Program. He has been using his medical background in the laser aesthetics industry for 20 years. After establishing Phoenix Medical, Inc. as a laser and aesthetic equipment sales company, he established Clearskin Institute of Laser Aesthetics as a “result oriented” treatment and training facility. For the last 20 years Larry has been training physicians, and their staff, in advanced techniques for skin and body consultations and the full body treatments that follow. In 2006 Larry developed and authored the CT3 protocol that treats color, tone, texture and tightening in each session. This protocol is used world-wide and helps generate faster results with little patient down-time. He is a well-known international speaker and educator providing advanced laser aesthetic training, and certification to physicians and their staff. Clearskin Institute is accredited by the state of Arizona to train and certify physician, nurses and aestheticians in the safe and proper use of lasers. His unique, insightful approach to educating has made Clearskin Institute the recognized advanced laser training facility in the country. He is a board member of the United Aesthetics Organization and the Arizona Board of Nursing, serving on the Scope of Practice Committee. Additionally, he volunteers much of his time to non-profit training.

Dr. Watwood

DR. ANN ELIZABETH WATWOOD

Medical Director
Clearskin Institute of Laser Aesthetics / Phoenix Medical, Inc.

Dr. Ann Elizabeth Watwood is a naturopathic physician who specializes in cosmetic dermatology, anti-aging medicine, and women’s health. As the Medical Director for Clearskin Institute of Laser Aesthetics, her mission is to help our clients look and feel their best.

Dr. Watwood helps patients achieve optimal health and wellness by “treating the cause and not just the symptoms” when it comes to healthcare. After struggling herself for many years in the traditional healthcare system to no avail, she decided to take her health into her own hands. She sought out Naturopathic Medicine, applied to Naturopathic Medical School, and began on her own journey of self-discovery. Today she shares her passion for health by helping patients overcome their health obstacles in the safest and most effective way possible. By addressing all aspects of a person’s life in the treatment, she can help people to increase their health so they feel better, look better, have more energy, and are happier.

Dr. Watwood is a graduate from Arizona State University with a BA in Anthropology and received her medical degree from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is a member of the Naturopathic Board of Aesthetic Medicine in the State of Arizona.

Jessica Meders

JESSICA MEDERS

Laser Technician and Trainer

Jessica Meders, Certified Laser Technician and Instructor for Clearskin Institute of Laser Aesthetics has been an aesthetician for over 13 years, and laser certified for more than six years. Living in the Hawaiian islands as a teenager and young adult, Jessica was a constant beach-goer and paid little attention to the dangers of sun damage until she read the chilling story of a young girl who was dying from skin cancer. Jessica’s days of baking in the sun came to a screaming halt and she decided to attend Spa Luna’s holistic school of aesthetics, where she expanded her knowledge of skin care and the importance of quality ingredients in products.

After moving to the Phoenix area in 2006 with her husband Jacob, who was then pursuing his Master’s degree at ASU, Jessica began working for Clearskin and gained her certifications as a Laser Technician and Instructor. Jessica has taken advanced courses in combination laser therapy, skin and body consultation, micro-needling, PRP, body contouring and skin tightening. Anyone who knows her can see the passion she has for helping her patients achieve their skin care goals and keeping their skin looking its best. Jessica loves seeing the incredible results quality skin care products and laser technology can have on her patients’ skin, and helping her patients look and feel their best is the ultimate reward for her. Jessica uses her passion and clinic experience to help students get the most out of their training program.

Dr. Shuell

Dr. Shuell is a highly experienced and well-respected surgeon, with over 33 years’ experience as a gynecologic surgeon and 18 years as a cosmetic plastic surgeon. He is Certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery in the Specialty of Breast, Body and Extremities; he is also Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology for the practice of surgery of the female reproductive system.

Patients are pleasantly surprised that we value their personal time and their concerns as our highest priority. We approach each consultation personally and have patient-friendly appointments–offering generous ‘face time’ directly with Dr. Shuell. Quite often, our patients are in consultation for more than an hour. This open-ended approach lies at the very heart of our “Boutique” practice philosophy. And, with the completion of your surgical procedure, your emergency after-hours contact number is Dr. Shuell’s personal cell phone number!

A note about anesthesia: Dr. Shuell has had extensive training to be able to offer local tumescent anesthesia choices instead of general anesthesia. The safety profile of your planned surgery is significantly improved by eliminating a general anesthetic; this also has the benefit of reducing or even completely eliminating some of the unpleasant side-effects associated with general anesthetic agents. Our patients can look forward to a recovery marked by the near-elimination of nausea & vomiting, fatigue, and temporary disorientation.

Dr. Ali Redwine

Dr. Ali Redwine was born and raised in Western Washington State. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology with Minors in Psychology and Microbiology from Washington State University, in July of 1999. Her post-graduate education continued at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, where she received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine in July of 2003. Dr. Redwine currently operates a successful aesthetic medical practice in Flagstaff, AZ and has provided Medical Direction and specialty aesthetic treatments at numerous facilities throughout Arizona for more than a decade. She is proud to be an instructor at Clearskin Institute of Laser Aesthetics, where she lectures medical professionals and laser technicians in laser physics and safety, histology of the skin, & various skin disorders. She is passionate about helping others with their aesthetic needs gracefully, by combining her love of art and science. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and spending quality time with her family, friends and her pets!

Dana Smith

LSO, CMLT, Certified Laser Educator

Dana is an inspiring Laser Safety officer and Certified Laser Trainer. She feels passionate about empowering laser technicians to be confident in their work by applying the art of making her trainings extremely thorough and fun. In 2001 she began as a Practice Consultant in the Orthodontic field. For 11 years she oversaw new patients, treatment plans, as well as setting and exceeding monthly goals. In 2011 she became Director of Education for Clear Skin Institute. She oversaw the entire education department including teaching multiple different courses, student relations, scheduling, and course development. She has traveled around the country working with hundreds of students and has been featured on TV. She loves to be active (mixed martial arts is her favorite) and is a master at challenging her 2 kids to dance dance revolution.

Amy Aranda

LE, LMT, LSO, CALT, Certified Laser Trainer

Amy is an experienced Laser Safety Officer & Certified Laser Trainer who is passionate about education and helping others achieve their professional goals. Amy helps students feel confident in the hands-on application of cosmetic laser devices by engaging each student to find out where their individual needs are and working to ensure those are met.

Amy is an experienced aesthetician, massage therapist and laser technician with over 15 years’ experience. She operates a successful skincare spa in Flagstaff Arizona. She has managed salon and spas in Arizona since 2002 and has provided practice management consultation services to various successful spas across the Southwest. Amy begin teaching at Clearskin Institue of Laser Aesthetics in 2015 and absolutely loves the thrill of seeing professionals advance their careers.
If she isn’t at her spa or teaching, Amy is probably gallivanting through the woods or hanging out with her husband, three daughters, new grand-son and three dogs.