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SD Film Fest & Restore SD

12 Oct 2020

written by Cindy Matalucci

Friday October 2nd:

The Pulse Welcomed:

Tonya Mantooth the CEO & Artistic Director of the San Diego International Film Festival

We talked to Tonya about this years festival and what you can expect!

This year the festival is going virtual!

You must pre-register by noon Thursday, 10/8 to be admitted
into the Festival Virtual Village!

Be among the first to tour the Festival Virtual Village – home of the 2020 San Diego International Film Festival October 15-18! Get the inside scoop on the 2020 Festival and
join us for a look inside the Festival Virtual Village!

Thursday, October 8, 2020

6:00 PM
Virtual Mingling

6:30 PM
Festival Virtual Village Tour,
Festival Film Previews, Trailers and much more!

They have passes for everyone! VIP to one day passes!

A ten time Regional Emmy award winner with over 60 International Telly and ADDY awards, Tonya is perhaps the most highly regarded film producer based in San Diego. She began her career as an Executive Producer when she became the Director of Acquisitions for CRM Films. Tonya co-founded and was President of The Dakota Group, a highly regarded film and post production company in Southern California. Tonya has produced National TV Campaigns and award winning documentaries for Fortune 500 companies.

In 2007, Tonya launched Mantooth Studios and expanded her production scope to include Computer Generated (CGI) projects and Entertainment Projects. Under Mantooth Films, Tonya Executive Produced 4 feature films, including GRAVE SECRETS which became the pilot to the Nickelodeon Series, Dead Time Stories.

In 2012, Tonya and several colleagues took over the San Diego International Film Festival with a two-fold vision: To bring international cinema to San Diego and grow the San Diego International Film Festival as a significant contributor to San Diego’s economy. Today the San Diego International Film Festival has grown over 500%.

The spectacular six-day Festival features 120+ film screenings, parties and a red carpet Celebrity Tribute honoring actors such as Annette Bening, Adrian Brody, Geena Davis, Sir Patrick Stewart and countless others. She is steadfast in her belief that, in our increasingly complex and divisive world, cinematic storytelling gives us the opportunity to find common ground through our shared human experiences.

Tonya is a current Board member and past Board chair for SDX (San Diego Ad Club), a member of Patrons of the Prado and recently won the prestigious Advertising Community’s top SDX Brandiego Award, voted North County Empowered Women to Watch and received the Philanthrophy Award from The Ten Best. Tonya graduated from San Diego State University with degrees in Business and Music.

The Pulse welcomed back:

Plastic Surgeon and expert, Dr. Kat Gallus from Restore SD Plastic Surgery!

Kat spoke to us about some new technology in the laser world and how she is one of the only plastic surgeons in San Diego to have this technology!

Renuvion® Skin Tightening for Body
Dr. Katerina Gallus is the first and only female plastic surgeon to offer Renuvion in San Diego.


Most of us have areas that we wish could be tighter but are not ready to commit to extensive surgery or long scars. Instead, Renuvion® powered by J-Plasma is the latest technology that offers skin rejuvenation and tightening.

About Kat:

Dr. Katerina Gallus is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has over a decade of experience in cosmetic breast and body surgery, facial rejuvenation and, breast reconstruction. A trusted surgeon, her opinions are nationally respected, and she is a requested expert for meetings, panels, and journal articles.

After a successful career as a Navy plastic surgeon she founded Restore SD Plastic Surgery, where she had created a welcoming space that offers skin care, injectables, laser treatments, aesthetician services, and of course, surgery.

Dedicated to serving others, she began her education with a Bachelor of Science from Duke University while on academic and ROTC scholarships. She pursued her dream of becoming a doctor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland where she met and married her husband.

A Naval Academy graduate himself, the newly married couple set out for a career in Navy Medicine after completing medical school. After internship she served as a general practitioner with the Marines and traveled to many locations including Dubai, Singapore and Thailand in support of their mission. She returned to complete General Surgery Residency at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. Although achieving board certification in general surgery was a milestone, Dr. Gallus went on to pursue her dream of training in the field of Plastic Surgery. She completed her Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In 2006, Dr. Gallus returned to the Naval Medical Center San Diego double boarded in Plastic Surgery and General Surgery. She and her husband started their family in between multiple deployments. She deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom at a forward base in Afghanistan, providing immediate surgical trauma support to our wounded soldiers and sailors. Upon return from deployment in 2011 she had their third daughter and settled into senior leadership roles at the Navy Medical Center.

In addition to providing plastic and reconstructive care to our nation’s sailors, Marines, retirees, and their families, Dr. Gallus was the program director for the Transitional Year Residency, training nearly 100 young Navy physicians. A natural leader, she chaired the Plastic Surgery Department for three years and set a new standard as the Specialty Leader for the entirety of Navy Plastic Surgery.

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