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 Lisa Cunningham, MB Bch BOA MCEMUK

Aesthetic Doctor | Injectable Mentor

Dr Cunningham is an emergency medicine doctor and has a passion for teaching and the aesthetics sector. Lisa is not only an experienced aesthetics practitioner but also for the medical use of botulinum toxin. Lisa shares her passion for medicine with her passion for the GAA and Mayo, and her heart belongs to Mayo even when away. Lisa is also a member of the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps with the rank of Commandant and Dame. The Order of Malta Ambulance Corps is a voluntary ambulance and first aid organisation with over 4,000 volunteers involved in over 80 units across the Island of Ireland.

Dr Orla O’Leary, Mb Bch BAO MICGP

Aesthetic Doctor | Injectable Mentor

Dr O’Leary is a general practitioner and highly experienced in injectable cosmetics. Trained in advanced fillers and complex anti-wrinkle injection technique. Orla specialises in producing the natural look, enhancing features and producing a natural facial symmetry.

Dr Jennifer Owens - The Glow Clinic

Dr Jennifer Owens BDS, MSc

Aesthetics Educator

Dr Owens is passionate about skin health, and the aesthetics sector in general. With a masters in aesthetic medicine, and well versed in advanced techniques, Jennifer brings her wealth of experience to ATAI. Beauty and wellbeing have always held great interest to Jennifer, with a background in yoga, makeup artistry and having worked for Lancôme, aesthetics is central to her passions. Recently Jennifer opened the Glow Clinic in the prestigious Merrion Square. Subtle, harmonious results are her forte, including liquid lifting, profile balancing and facial rejuvenation.  Jaw slimming and facial pain related to bruxism are particular interests of hers, and she is a member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine.

Dr Sarah Marie Nicholson, MB BCh BAO (Hons), LRSCI & LRCPI, MRCPI

Subject Matter Expert

To date teaching across the board has always appealed to me. I have found during my medical training that this has only strengthened. I have particularly come to enjoy teaching in the more practical aspects of medicine. My experience in partaking in and teaching of skills and drills courses has been extremely enjoyable. I also enjoy using methods that are somewhat outside the box, which I believe keeps students (or peers) interest, rather than powerpoint presentations, although there is clearly a need for both in the whole picture. For example, in my last sepsis tutorial, we structured the teaching as a quiz, which worked well. I have really enjoyed my time as a tutor thus far and would love to continue on this path throughout my career.

Laura Martin, RN

Dermal Filler Clinic  / Learner Oversight /

Laura is an ED nurse with a passion for the aesthetics sector. Qualified in dermal filler you will find Laura overseeing the injectables clinic and also performing dermal filler procedures.

Schira, RN

Dermal Filler Clinic / Learner Oversight /

Schira provides oversight in our dermal filler clinic, performs dermal filler treatments and is an ED nurse qualified in dermal filler.

Dr 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.