Joe Proctor – Founder & President
Joe Proctor is the President and CEO of Bellus Medical. With more than 15 years in medical aesthetics technologies and progressive sales development and training, Joe saw the opportunity to use his breadth of experience to create a company that could provide innovative, cutting edge technology to meet – and even exceed – the needs of the medical practices it serves. That company is Bellus Medical.
As a strong influencer in the medical aesthetics industry, Joe leads by example through Bellus Medical by offering products of the highest quality and safety standards, and providing best-in-class customer service and education.
Joe has earned awards and distinctions through his executive leadership and is highly regarded for his keen foresight, innovation and proven sales strategy.
Thomas Hitchcock – Acting CSO/VP Clinical and Medical Affairs
Dr. Thomas M. Hitchcock brings more than 15 years of research experience to Bellus Medical. This includes experience in basic science, proof-of-concept, pre-clinical and clinical research across several therapeutic areas such as Cardiology, Oncology, Gene Therapy, Plastic/Facial plastic surgery, Dermatology, and Aesthetic medicine.
In his role, Dr. Hitchcock oversees the clinical/medical educational and regulatory materials, as well as the clinical direction for Bellus Medical’s new products.
Dr. Hitchcock is the Founder and CEO of Xycrobe Therapeutics, Inc., where he is exploring a patent-pending process for developing therapies using genetically modified microbes. Previously, Dr. Hitchcock was Director of Clinical and Medical Affairs at Ulthera Inc., where he directed the medical information and medical science liaison teams and was actively involved in R&D efforts for current and future device indications. He has also managed Medical Affairs at Suneva Medical.
Prior to this, Dr. Hitchcock performed academic research in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine at Yale University. During this time, he was first to successfully implant a tissue-engineered human small-diameter artery into a living host.
Dr. Hitchcock earned his Ph.D. in Genetics from Clemson University and completed postdoctoral trainings at Duke University and Yale University in Biomedical Engineering, Vascular Biology and Therapeutics. He also served as a consultant for Boehringer Ingelheim and Bayer and performed research at Weill Cornell Medical College where he studied multiple myeloma genetics. His findings have been published the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences and, most recently, a chapter on energy-based devices in Clinics in Plastic Surgery.
Pascal Garbani – Vice President of Finance
Pascal Garbani brings to Bellus Medical 30 years of accounting and finance experience building adaptive organizations that not only excel in the fundamentals but that also embrace higher-value activities to support innovation, growth, agility, and decision-making excellence.
Pascal’s experience is primarily with manufacturing and high-tech companies (mergers, acquisitions, integration): 3M, Siemens, and Nokia.
Pascal attended Bentley University – Economics & Finance; and the University of Massachusetts Lowell graduate school – Regional Economics and Social Development.
Michael McKenna – Vice President of Sales
Michael McKenna is a seasoned business leader with more than 20 years of sales expertise within the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries and has a proven track record of successfully developing and implementing fundamental sales programs. As Vice President of Sales, Michael will be in charge of spearheading business development, initiating strategic sales plans and positioning the company for continued growth and increased customer satisfaction.
Previously, Michael was the Vice President of North American Sales and Operations at Suneva Medical, where he successfully led strong sales revenue growth over a short period of time and directed the rapid development of Suneva’s customer service group and inside sales force to support its expanding needs. Prior to that, Michael progressively accomplished 14 years at Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. in various leadership positions, where he consistently exceeded annual company sales goals during his tenure.
Michael has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration Management from Auburn University.
Brad Cope – Sr. Director of Marketing
Brad helps companies get the word out. Through strategic and hands-on marketing, he has worked with organizations of all sizes – from small to Fortune 500 in business-to-business (B2B), business-to-consumer (B2C), and business-to-government (B2G) markets – to drive revenue growth, brand awareness, and other key performance measures.
Over 10+ years in marketing, he has directed content marketing at Southwest Airlines, lead generation and digital marketing at the healthcare technology company HMS, as well as customer engagement at Panera Bread.
Jennifer Block – Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs
Jennifer Block is the Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs for Bellus Medical. With more than 12 years of industry experience, Jennifer has a diverse background in Medical Device, OTC and Cosmetic manufacturing, and Regulatory Affairs.
Jennifer is a member of the Dallas chapter of ASQ (American Society for Quality), and helps to ensure that Quality and Regulatory needs of Bellus Medical are her top priority.