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Physician Training

Dr. Walter Tom places a high priority on surgical education and offers interested physicians an opportunity to learn cosmetic surgical techniques in a personalized, safe and secure learning environment.


Dr. Walter Tom is both a proud Diplomat of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery as well as board certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery. Dr. Tom has over 30 years of combined Cosmetic and General, Vascular and Transplant surgical experience.

Dr. Tom has been a speaker for the National Society of Cosmetic Physicians, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons, and the American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery. He has also lectured internationally.


Workshops consist of 2 days of “hands on” surgical education dedicated to one specific cosmetic surgical procedure. All surgeries are performed under tumescent anesthesia without IV sedation.

These sessions are generally limited from 1-2 physicians to maximize the hands on learning surgical experience.

The following workshops are offered by procedure type:

  • Laser Liposuction
  • Fat Grafting (Facial, Body and Breast)
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Endovenous Laser Ablation and Phlebectomy

CME Accredition

CME credit hours are offered through our relationship with the National Society of Cosmetic Physicians.

Registration and Further Information

To arrange a customized surgical training workshop please contact practice administrator Dionne Foster.

  • Phone: (707) 542-8346 ext. 305
  • Email: dionnef@laserandvein.com

For RNs and Cosmetic Medical Physicians

1 day Hands On Workshops are offered

  • Fillers and Botox/Dysport injections techniques (Basic and Advanced)
  • Sclerotherapy of varicose and spider veins

CEU/CME credits are offered through the National Society of Cosmetic Physicians.

Testimonials of Previous Physician Participants

To say that I was impressed with Dr. Tom’s fund of knowledge and skillful application of the procedures would be an understatement.

His facility and staff are nothing short of remarkable, and I would consider this one of the greatest training courses I have ever attended. It serves as an exceptional springboard for moving forward, both from a knowledge and skills standpoint. The course skillfully wove together the didactic portion with an impressive amount of hands-on training and direct supervision. Dr. Tom is adept at teaching novices and seasoned practitioners and tailors the course to his students.

I hope that this is helpful…I would do anything for you guys!

Be good, and let’s stay in touch! Happy Valentine’s Day!


Gerard J. Stanley, Jr., M.D.
Medical Director
SCULPT: Contemporary Cosmetic Surgery



Aloha from Maui…I just wanted to thank DR. Tom and his fantastic team for the recent hands-on workshop, Advanced AWAKE Laser Liposuction and Fat Grafting held on Feb 20-21, 2010.

The course was packed with great hands-on experiences and learning opportunities.

The course has given me the education, experience and confidence to pursue Laser Liposuction in my office.

I also greatly appreciate the assistance from DR. Tom and his team after the course to insure that I stay “on-track” as I pursue this endeavor. This added assistance has been much needed and much appreciated.

Thank You Dr. Tom and Team for all that you have done.



Brian Stolley, MD



Dr Tom, Patty and the rest of your staff…The workshop was also a great experience for us . We were also delighted with the time spent in Santa Rosa.

You really took great care of us . We feel very fortunate that we have been trained by such a great team of health professionals and compassionate people. We will definitely recommend your workshop to others without reservation we also hope we can attend to other workshops in the future and look forward to see you in Vegas on the next convention . Sincerely,


Dr. Peraza and Marisol
Sahara Medical Institute



I attended a workshop in awake laser liposuction with facial fat grafting with Dr Walter Tom at Aesthetic Laser and Vein Center of the North Bay in Santa Rosa, CA on February 20-21, 2010.

The workshop was excellent. I had plenty of “hands on” surgical training under Dr Tom’s direct supervision. I left with examples of protocols and consent forms that are making my life much easier.

The office and surgical staff at Aesthetic Laser and Vein Center are highly professional and extremely friendly and willing to share their knowledge. I would highly recommend Dr Toms’ workshops to any physician currently performing or interested in performing “awake” cosmetic procedures.


Jacqui Fisch, MD-OB/GYN
Atlanta, GA



Dear Dr. Tom and Staff…I wanted to take a moment to say “thank you” for your recent liposuction and autologous fat grafting workshop.

It was without a doubt, the single most useful and informative course I have taken to date. Dr. Tom displayed an in depth understanding of not only the basic sciences, but the artistic application of the technology and the science. The amount of time spent in both a didactic and hands-on instruction was unparalleled. Dr. Tom’s staff was exceptional and really created an environment in which learning was fun and unfettered. I can recommend, without hesitation, this course for anybody who is looking to introduce fat grafting or liposuction into their existing practice. Thank you for you tutelage.


G. J. Stanley, Jr., M.D.



I was invited as a visiting surgeon to Dr. Tom’s surgery center to observe and train in a very unique surgery, AWAKE Breast augmentation (WITHOUT general anesthesia). The intention is to keep a patient pain free through out surgery without “knocking them out” , therefore avoiding serious complications and prolonged recovery associated with general anesthesia. This is a major advancement in a surgery typically assumed to need general anaesthesia. After observing 3 separate surgeries both above and below the muscle, using both silicone and saline implants, Dr. Tom amazingly proformed this procedure without his patients experiencing pain one would expect without general anaesthesia, with complete precision and artistry. Besides being impressed by Dr. Tom’s precise and elegant surgical skills, I was equally impressed with the quality of his operating room which provided one of the highest in quality care and patient safety I have seen anywhere. We saw the patients the next day and amazingly they had LESS pain than those who receive general anesthesia and even more impressive was they were sharp and alert, not drugged or cloudy. Their recovery was amazing. I will definitely introduce this technique in my practice for my patients. Thanks to Dr. Tom for helping to advance the art and science of Medicine.


Mehdi D.
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA