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Meet Our Team

TRU Aesthetics is proud to present a highly trained team with diverse abilities working collectively to generate beautiful outcomes for our patients in Brandon, FL. To help you achieve the look you desire, we get to understand you personally to completely recognize your desires and concerns and form a treatment plan that adequately takes care of them. Every staff member highly appreciates their relationships with the people under their care.


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Tess Gates, Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner

Meet Tess Gates, a board-certified nurse practitioner and owner of TRU Aesthetics. The Brandon, FL native is a graduate of The University of Tampa, specializing in aesthetic medicine. Tess has been in the medical field for over 15 years and spent the start of her career in the Emergency Room at Tampa General Hospital. She carries dual certifications with AAI and AMET in neurotoxins and dermal fillers. She is also certified in laser physics, safety, and tissue interaction. Tess has attended numerous national conferences and advanced training seminars to hone her skills. 

Tess believes in the philosophy "look better, feel better, do better" and the power confidence can bring to a person's life. Her objective is to enhance a patient's natural beauty by focusing on subtle adjustments to facial proportions while respecting the patient's facial characteristics. The goal should be to look better, not different!

Tess is a proud wife of a firefighter and enjoys spending time with their blended family of 5 children. She loves to travel, enjoys the outdoors and anything involving the water. She has worked for the NFL, is a self-proclaimed Peloton junkie, and captain of an American Heart Walk team. Her sense of humor is unmistakable and her positive energy is contagious. 

Tess is a proud member of the following professional organizations:

  • American Nurses Association
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • American Med Spa Association

James P. Gillen, M.D., FACEP

Dr. James P. Gillen is Director of Medical Education for the USF Emergency Medicine Residency Program and Clinical Associate Professor with the University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine. Dr. Gillen has been involved in academic medicine for the past 37 years, teaching both medical students and residents. Over the years he has developed an interest in Aesthetic Medicine and is now the Medical Director at TRU Aesthetics. In his spare time, Dr. Gillen enjoys spending time with his wife, Marlene, who is a cardiology nurse practioner at Tampa General Hospital.

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1218 Millennium Parkway Ste 2-14

Brandon, FL 33511

Call: 813-696-1710

Trusted, Proven

very friendly and very knowledgeable about the products she uses the office is very clean and inviting

L.K. Google

Always a wonderful experience with Tess! She’s the best !

A.B. Google

Loved working with Tess! Super honest and knew exactly what I needed. Appreciated her knowledge when I comes to my face! She was confident and knew exactly what to do and it turned out perfect :)

M.S. Google

I would like to Thank Tess! She was great, took a lot of time and explained everything. Very professional, I left feeling like I finally have a plan. So happy with my results.

K.N. Google

Tess is great and she’ll make you laugh!

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