Meet the ATAI team

We believe a passion for the industry is paramount to becoming tomorrows leader

ATAI Lecturer


Laser Trainer / Micro Needling / Skin Peels

Nearing two decades of experience in the aesthetics sector, Emma brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. Qualified for a broad range of therapies including facial peels, micro needling, laser hair, vascular, skin rejuvenation. Emma is the proprietor of Zest Skin Clinic, a Director of ATAI, and a columnist for Irish Beauty magazine. Emma maintained CPD throughout her career accumulating over 60 brand and industry-specific qualifications. Skin health is a major area of interest. Diagnosed with coeliac disease and IBS, Emma has a vested interest in the role of diet and FODMAPs with IBS. Moreover in the broader interaction of diet and environmental factors and how they influence chronic skin conditions and acne.

Dr Rory Kelly, LRCP & SI, MB, BCh

Injectables Trainer

Dr Kelly is a qualified physiotherapist and medical doctor. Having gained his degree in physiotherapy from UCD, Rory spent a number of years as a physiotherapist treating children and adults with severe to profound disabilities, both physical and intellectual. Since subsequently obtaining a medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland he has worked as a doctor in several areas including neurology and ophthalmic surgery. Dr Kelly then moved into the aesthetics sector where he now operates his own aesthetics practice. A passion for aesthetics and education Dr Kelly is also employed as a medical educator at UCD.

Iwona Lopaciuk, RNG, M.Ed, Dip.ITEC

Laser Trainer / PRP / Micro Needling / Skin Peels

A qualified theatre nurse with over 24 years experience and a masters in education, Iwona extended her knowledge to the aesthetics sector. Iwona has a strong interest in new developments in the aesthetics industry as well as a passion for education and ensuring best practice methodologies are maintained in the treatment pathway.

Detta Melia, PhD, MBA, M.Sc

Guest Lecturer / Train the Trainer / Teacher Training & Education

A current lecturer at DIT, Detta brings a lifetime of experience in the education sector.

  • Managing Training and Development (Train the Trainer)
  • Communications
  • Customer Care Management
  • Performance Management and Measurement

Dr Melia served on the DIT wide Part-time Programme Committee: the committee that make policy recommendations and offers advice and recommendations regarding the coordination of part-time programme activity to stakeholders and to the Directorate of DIT.


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