Our Leadership Team

Own Your Beauty From The Inside Out

Meet Our Executives


Mary has been in the medical field for over 13 years. She grew up in Nashville, TN where she received an associate degree in nursing followed by a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from East Tennessee State University. She worked in the Neurosurgical ICU at Vanderbilt University before attending the University of Tennessee to pursue her Master’s degree in Nurse Anesthesiology. After receiving her degree in 2016, she began practicing in the operating room as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologist and continues to do so today. Mary now lives in Nashville with her two beautiful children and loving husband. She has worked and trained as an injector for over 5 years.

Mary is an experienced and accredited aesthetic injectables trainer and educator with certifications from many of the top training programs in the world. She is 1 of 500 faculty injectable trainers for Allergan Medical Institute, a prestigious position with the largest manufacturer of neurotoxin (Botox), dermal fillers (Juvéderm), and other medical aesthetic and cosmetic products. She has also received private trainings from Dr. Steve Weiner on ultrasound guided injections, Julie Horne’s masterclass on advanced lip injections, cadaver courses with international trainer Dr. David Sadaat, among trainings with several other nationally recognized trainers. Her own trainings are accredited by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and Boards of Nursing and she hosts nationally recognized trainers at the Smiley Aesthetics training facility in Nashville, TN. She is an accredited speaker and faculty member for the Aesthetic Next 5.0 2023 conference, The Medical Spa Show 2024, and for Dr. Sadaat’s cadaver courses. She has also spoken for the 2022 CRNA Entrepreneur Mastermind Summit and for the Indiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists. She continues to advance her aesthetic education and practice on a daily basis. Pricing for training includes all supplies and products.

Carla Pierson, DNP, MBA, RN

Carla is an experienced injector who has been in the medical field for over 12 years! She grew up in Nashville, TN where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing followed by a Master of Science in Nursing Administration, a Master of Business Administration with a Healthcare focus, and, finally, a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. She worked in a variety of critical care and trauma settings before entering into Nursing Leadership roles. Her experience in hospital operations, healthcare business, and extensive knowledge of regulatory and other state statutes and laws gave this business a leg up in getting up and running and ensuring smooth operations from the moment of launch.  She is a published author in the national American Nurse Journal on business system and processes proving her expertise in the operations of business.  She is on faculty for the Aesthetic Next 5.0 2023 conference speaking on aesthetic business.

Carla believes in taking care of yourself fully and enhancing your natural beauty. She also believes aesthetics is a Nursing business and is passionate about helping all nurses get their business off the ground! She believes there are more than enough faces to go around and with proper training, we can all be master aesthetic injectors. She believes in health and wellness to support your skin, hair, nails, joints, and body from the inside while using injectables to enhance your natural beauty on the outside. Her passion is helping people grow and empowering nurses to have a better understanding of the business and professional opportunities that are out there beyond the acute care setting as well as training nurses to safely and compliantly perform beautiful aesthetics!

Courtney D. Walker, Esq

Courtney D. Walker, Esq

Courtney has been practicing law in Tennessee for 4 years.

Courtney received her undergraduate degree in agribusiness management from Tennessee Technological University. Prior to beginning law school, she worked in the office of Governor Bill Haslam. Courtney received her Juris Doctor degree from Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law, where she was Valedictorian. Upon receiving her law degree, Courtney began developing her practice as a corporate attorney in a prestigious midsize law firm. Courtney lives in Knoxville with her two children and husband.

Courtney is passionate about equipping entrepreneurs with the knowledge and tools to succeed while remaining compliant with all federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations. Courtney recognizes that navigating the legal compliance process without the assistance of a skilled attorney is a cumbersome and daunting task. In addition to her role as Chief Legal Officer of Smiley Aesthetics, Courtney maintains a robust corporate transaction practice and welcomes new clients who, like Smiley Aesthetics, want to provide inclusive, convenient, and compliant aesthetic care to their patients.

Meet Our Vice Presidents

Lori Smiley 

Vice President of Administration

Lori Smiley is a seasoned professional with an impressive career spanning over 40 years in the field of Information Technology within the public sector. As the Vice President of Administration at Smiley Aesthetics, Lori brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our organization, making her an invaluable asset since she joined our team in June 2022.

She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Cumberland University. Prior to joining Smiley Aesthetics, Lori held the prestigious position of Chief Information Officer for the City of Gallatin, Tennessee.

Lori Smiley’s dedication, experience, and leadership continue to be instrumental in shaping Smiley Aesthetics into the thriving and dynamic organization it is today.

Jessie Cheatham, BSN, RN, CCN

Vice President of MedSpa Operations & Development

Jessie is our seasoned RN Aesthetic Injector Trainer. With certifications from both Allergan and Smiley Aesthetics, she’s dedicated to advancing her knowledge and skills in the world of aesthetics every single day. Notably, Jessie has had the privilege of receiving personalized training sessions from none other than Mary Ford, our esteemed founder. You can find her performing her artistry at our Nashville West location. For those seeking top-tier training, Jessie offers private, small group, and large group advanced sessions. With Jessie, you’re on the path to aesthetic excellence.

Cira Monnig, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Vice President of Training & Clinical Services

Cira graduated with her BSN in 2007 and AANP in 2014. She worked in a variety of settings as a Family Nurse Practitioner including Family Practice, Pulmonary, and Urgent Care. During some of that time she began gaining experience as an aesthetic injector. Cira is now an experienced aesthetic injector/trainer with certification by American Medical Educators Training and our very own Smiley Aesthetics Advanced Training program. She also offers wellness services including Vitamin Infusions and Medical Weight Loss.
Cira is married with three children who are very active in sports and different activities. In her free time she enjoys spending family time at home or traveling. Cira loves treating her patients from a holistic approach. She enjoys truly listening to what her patient wants so that she can best meet them where they are. Just as our beauty originates from the inside moving outward, Cira believes our health starts on the inside moving outward as well. By practicing aesthetics and wellness in a safe and effective manner she strives for excellence for her patients.

Adriane Rohrer, MSN, APRN, AGAC-NPBC

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Clinical Services

Adriane is a dedicated healthcare professional with a rich and diverse background in the field of nursing and aesthetics. Having embarked on her nursing journey in 2014, she initially specialized in emergency room care, honing her skills and gaining valuable experience in high-pressure healthcare environments.

In 2019, Adriane took a significant step in her career by becoming a Nurse Practitioner graduating from Grand Canyon University, further expanding her knowledge and expertise. Her specialization in Advanced Wound Care allowed her to provide essential care and support to patients dealing with complex skin issues and concerns.

Adriane’s journey into the world of aesthetics marked a turning point in her professional life. As an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, she delved into the realm of aesthetics, where her passion truly flourished. At Smiley Aesthetics, Adriane has found her niche, combining her medical proficiency with the artistry of aesthetics.

One of Adriane’s favorite aspects of her role at Smiley Aesthetics is witnessing the growth and development of injectors under her guidance. She takes pride in nurturing their skills and knowledge, continuously exploring new techniques to remain at the forefront of aesthetic advancements.

Adriane derives immense joy from witnessing individuals pursue their passions and witnessing their personal growth. She is always eager to lend her support and expertise to help others achieve their goals. With her unwavering dedication and commitment, Adriane is a valuable asset to the Smiley Aesthetics team, and she is ready to contribute in any way she can to promote the well-being and success of both her colleagues and clients.

Meet Our Directors

Mercedes Hester ,RN, CEN, CPEN, AMB-BC

Director of Training & Strategic Initiatives

Mercedes is an accomplished aesthetics trainer and registered nurse with certifications from both Allergan and Smiley Aesthetics. Her extensive experience includes private training sessions with Mary Ford and a role as a mobile injector for Smiley Aesthetics, primarily stationed at their Mount Juliet location.

With over 12 years of nursing practice, Mercedes has dedicated more than 5,500 hours to training both new and experienced nurses, much of which occurred during her time in the Emergency Room. Her commitment extended to serving as a traveling TNCC instructor and providing essential clinical rotations to nursing students during the COVID-19 pandemic while in a telephone-triage position. Mercedes’ unique blend of teaching passion and aesthetic appreciation makes her an invaluable addition to the Smiley Aesthetics team, enriching their training sessions with a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Kirsten Trumbull

Director Of Marketing

Kirsten, our accomplished Director of Marketing, embarked on a journey that led her from the sunny shores of Destin, Florida, to the scenic landscapes of Tennessee. Her initial aspirations in the field of Aesthetics took an intriguing turn, guiding her towards the dynamic realm of marketing.

Having earned her degree from the prestigious Aveda Institute, Kirsten possesses a deep understanding of skincare, underpinned by a fervent desire to uplift individuals, helping them achieve their optimal selves. Her venture into social media emerged as a captivating and artistic avenue to extend her expertise, enriching the lives of others.

Beyond her role as the creative force behind our content, Kirsten passionately delves into various pursuits. Her love for writing manifests on her blog, where she shares her insights and experiences. Nature beckons her adventurous spirit, and she can often be found hiking amidst the natural beauty of Tennessee. A true bibliophile, she also finds solace and inspiration in the pages of books.

Kirsten’s multifaceted talents and unwavering dedication make her an invaluable asset to our team.