Sisu Clinic appoints beauty veteran to spearhead US scale-up

Sisu Clinic has ambitious plans to take America’s wellness market by storm.

Pat Phelan-led cosmetic medicine chain Sisu Clinic has appointed a US vice-president of operations as part of its plans to scale rapidly in the US market.

Cristina Kennedy has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the beauty sector, spanning 20 years. Most recently she served as Vice President of Operations at beauty industry disrupter Drybar.

“Cristina’s passion for the industry, as well as her ample experience will prove very valuable as we move forward with our US plans”

During her almost seven years at Drybar, Cristina was responsible for leading the company’s rapid store expansion and operational strategies, spearheading national talent retention, and serving as a member of the executive team that successfully led Drybar’s franchise acquisition earlier this year.

Earlier in her career, Cristina served as a store operations leader for several companies in the beauty and wellness industry, including MiniLuxe and Bumble & Bumble.

Go West


Sisu was created in 2018 in collaboration between veteran tech start-up entrepreneur and CEO Pat Phelan, with brothers Dr James Cotter and Dr Brian Cotter.

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Cristina Kennedy, US vice-president of operations, Sisu Clinic

“Cristina’s passion for the industry, as well as her ample experience will prove very valuable as we move forward with our US plans,” said Pat Phelan, CEO and co-founder of Sisu Clinic.

“Cristina will be responsible for helping bring the Sisu vision to life in the United States beginning with our first location opening in Miami in just a few short weeks. It is a very exciting time for the company, and we are delighted to be joined by people, like Cristina, who look to propel Sisu Clinic to the next level”, said Pat Phelan, CEO and co-founder. 

Since inception in 2018, Sisu has grown hard and fast, now having 14 clinics across the island of Ireland, with the most recent opening in Terenure in March 2022.

Setting their sights stateside, Sisu Clinic hopes to open their doors to customers across the US this year, kicking off on the East Coast. Sisu Clinic will be unveiling their first stateside storefront in mere weeks in Miami. 

John Kennedy
Award-winning editor John Kennedy is one of Ireland's most experienced business and technology journalists.