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At 27 years old, Alexandra is both an international & local award winning paramedical skin specialist and owner of a thriving Skin Clinic in Castlemaine, Australia. Her passion for this industry comes from battling through her own acne journey and inspired her to help others bring back their confidence, encompassing a ‘whole’ approach to achieving transformative results – diet, lifestyle, stress, sleep & mindset combined with professional treatments & skincare.
She enjoy’s the challenge of building an empire as a business woman and facing new and different skin conditions everyday.
“Even though I have already achieved so much in my career, I still feel as though I’m just at the beginning & I am excited and hungry for what comes next!”
Amy is the Research and Education Coordinator for KM Herbals, manufacturer of aromatherapy and botanical personal care products. She is a licensed esthetician who specializes in holistic wellness and plant-based skincare. Amy studied herbalism and aromatherapy at the California School of Herbal Studies as well as cosmetic chemistry with Rebecca Gadberry at UCLA.
Chelsea Renae Ausland is happily married and a mother to three daughters. By trade, she is an international award-winning paramedical Esthetician and Makeup Artist. True to her zodiac sign, Sagittarius, she’s always chased adventure and creative outlets. The beauty industry keeps her interested, as it blends the lines between two seemingly opposite concepts: art and science. Chelsea began her skin care career in Florida and has since moved back to her Michigan roots. With 12 years in the beauty and skin care industry, Chelsea now can be found in Paw Paw, Michigan, as the proud Co-owner of Harvey House Salon. Her message is that knowledge with professional quality skin care practices lead to long lasting skin health and most importantly, self love.
Danielle Wachowski is a licensed esthetic expert with proven success in both consumer skincare sales and the professional esthetic industry. After becoming a licensed esthetician, Danielle’s clinical achievements were recognized by Sephora; who recruited her to lead their quality and beauty division. In addition to receiving top sales awards from leading professional brands, Danielle founded an education and equipment company and continues to write and lecture.
Having a passion for mentoring and inspiring Estheticians, Danielle has pioneered protocols for blending modalities safely and how to profit from them. Danielle welcomes the opportunity to connect with fellow Aestheticians and business owners on the art of the Aesthetics business and how to drive consumers to the professional.
Dr. Erin Madigan-Fleck
Heather Nicole Funk is a holistic Esthetician in California & Nevada offering nearly 2 decades of experience at luxurious Resort Spas, Medical Spas, and Plastic Surgery offices all over southern California. She approaches beauty and skincare from the point of view of health and wellness and is dedicated to finding and developing the most effective and healing beauty treatments available.
She is cutting edge and always ahead of the curve.
In 2001, Heather became licensed as an Esthetician and since then has worked in all facets of the industry, from resorts to medical spas to plastic surgery offices. She started Heather Nicole Advanced Integrative Skincare to help, motivate, and heal her clients to feel and look their most beautiful. Since then she continued to grow the business organically. Most of her business comes from referrals, which she considers a gift as it means her clients are happy!
“The best part of my job is being able to help people. A lot of people aren’t aware that some of the things they use or consume are causing real issues. I have clients who come in saying they have bad skin, but really they just need to make small changes in their routine or in their products.”
At Heather Nicole, we specialize and focus on skincare and wellness. Beauty from the inside out. We are known for our cutting edge combination therapy treatments, organic stem cell therapy, peels, and non-surgical facelifts. We seek out natural and organic products that yield great results. We stand behind all of the products we use – as we use them – and we always make sure the client leaves the spa relaxed and rejuvenated. Also, we love to arm our clients with tips and tricks they can use on their own so they can always feel and look their best.
Often you’ll find that a spa will offer either results or relaxation, but we like to provide both. We try to maintain an elegant yet zen vibe for our clients. We aim to make people feel comfortable, pampered, and gorgeous.
“LET BEAUTY BE YOUR GUIDE”
Heather Nicole Funk Master Esthetician 2001
Darcy began her career in product sales in 2005 where she discovered her passion for skincare and decided to become a licensed esthetician. She quickly discovered she had a desire to help those with problematic skin conditions. Her focus became individuals with scarring, rosacea, acne, psoriasis, pigmentation and other difficult to treat skin conditions.
After losing her father and best friend to cancer, she started a non-profit providing facials and skincare to those undergoing cancer therapies on a donation basis only. She has been a sought after trainer for both equipment and product companies over the past 10 years. Currently, Darcy provides business coaching to estheticians, sits on the Advisory Board of Paul Mitchell Schools Costa Mesa, and resides in Orange County, CA, where she operates her own skin revision clinic.
Ella grew up in the harsh, dry, cold climate of rural Southern Colorado. After receiving a BS in Business Management from Metro State University and working in industrial construction, Ella pursed a new career in esthetics. In 2009 she became an educator and product representative and enjoyed empowering other estheticians and industry professionals to understand skin care from an ingredient standpoint, rather than a product specific view. From there, she became a Certified Organic Formulator in 2016 and received her Organic Formulator Diploma in 2018.
Cannabidiol (CBD) was presented to her as an ingredient in 2015. She has spent hours and hours researching and understanding CBD, along with all cannabinoids and how they are relevant, essential and complimentary in skin care. In that, she has received certifications in Understanding the Endocannabiniod System, Cannabinoids for the Professional and Cannabis for the Consumer and, as well, holds a Key Employee Badge from the MED of the State of Colorado. Though cannabinoids are her current focus, she maintains a thriving skin care practice in Wheat Ridge, Colorado while continuing to educate professionals on many aspects of the industry. “Skin Care is not just my passion, but my life.”
BOHO Alternative Med Spa founder Holly Tanella is passionate about skin. Having graduated valedictorian in her final year at Ogle School in Texas, she began her career as a makeup artist where she fell in love with the idea of addressing imperfections people attempted to hide with makeup. Determined to help others solve their skincare challenges, Holly opened Top Spa (now BOHO) in 2014. As a licensed medical esthetician and self-professed “skin geek” with over ten years of skin experience, Holly greatly enjoys her working with her clients — especially those dealing with ‘problem’ areas like blemishes, acne scarring, rosacea and signs of age
Hillary is a South Jersey native who joins together her business degree from Drexel University with her passion for aesthetics as the Cosmetic Lead and Regional Practice Manager for a NJ based dermatology group. Hillary continues to practice as a licensed esthetician focusing on results-driven skincare. She specializes in customizing skincare programs which include home care and in-office procedures for her patients, utilizing various chemical peels, dermaplaning, microneedling, and the latest in technologies. Science based ingredient knowledge is of utmost importance to Hillary as she guides her patients in making skincare easy and effective.
She is a certified laser technician, experienced in body contouring, and works with her dermatology providers in recommending non-invasive cosmetic procedures.
Hillary’s approach to community engagement and cross promotions drives practice revenue and patient retention. She enjoys working alongside her team and has a hands-on management style, whether it is in the trenches on a busy day or providing continuous education sessions.
Outside of the office, Hillary spends time with her husband and two silly boys, who have grown to appreciate her constant use of home skincare devices and don’t seem to notice her wearing an Iron Man like LED mask anymore!
Jenna Kent is a Licensed Aesthetician, Licensed Aesthetician Instructor, Certified Holistic Health Coach and Acne Specialist, with 12 years in the industry and a lifetime of passion for corrective skin care. Winning second place internationally (first place nationally) in both Acne and Pigmentation Categories of The Skin Games 2019 has inspired her to share her journey with others.
Her career in skin care was inspired by her own struggle with acne and her desire to help people feel their best. Immediately upon graduating high school, she enrolled in the Esthiology program at The Aveda Institute Las Vegas where she learned holistic approaches to treating skin concerns. Since graduating and becoming a Licensed Aesthetician she has worked with different spas, including 8 years at the world famous Spa Bellagio Las Vegas.
Committed to investing in her education, she has continuously taken advanced education coursed, attended many seminars as well as training internationally, in France. She became a licensed Instructor at The Aveda Institute and was named Advanced Theory Educator. During this time, Jenna also became certified in Holistic Health Coaching.
She now integrates her background in holistic nutrition, ayurvedic wellness and clinical results oriented skin care to bring to life her very own practice Integrative Aesthetics where she enthusiastically works with her clients to achieve long term results for their healthiest skin ever.
JoElle Lee is a licensed celebrity esthetician, skincare specialist, speaker, author, educator, and mentor with over 20 years of experience in the skincare industry. She specializes in “No Downtime” Chemical Peel Treatments, Laser Treatments, HydraFacial Treatments, and Customized Corrective Facial Treatments. JoElle takes a natural, “inside out” integrative approach by combining non-invasive treatments and products without harmful chemicals to achieve healthy, beautiful skin. JoElle specializes in treating multicultural skin for the treatment of acne, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation (dark marks) and all signs of aging. She improves the physical and emotional well-being of her clients by achieving rapid and optimal results with her wholistic approach to skincare. JoElle’s motto is “Beautiful skin begins within.”
As a highly regarded expert in the field, JoElle has been a keynote speaker at beauty industry conferences, featured in national beauty and fashion magazines, and has been a featured guest on radio shows. She is most noted for being the Personal Esthetician to former First Lady Michelle Obama, and author of the best selling book, Multicultural Skin Treatments: Learn How to Effectively Skin of Color by Combining Chemical Peels and Laser Treatments
Kris Fisk is an award winning licensed master esthetician with over 7 years of experience working in the skin care industry. In 2012, at the age of 44, she graduated from esthetics school with honors and her NCEA certification. In 2013 she opened and operates Kris’ Skincare, a Paramedical Skin Revision Clinic in Royal City, Washington.
A big believer in continuing education, Kris stays informed of all the latest advances in skin care continually updating her education and skills with proven academic professionals, and doctors who really understand the nature of the skin’s barrier and how to regenerate, replenish and support it for the best results. Kris believes each client is individual and customizes holistic based treatments that are results driven. No Fluff! Results only!
In November of 2017 she was featured in Day Spa Magazine, and in June of 2019, Kris won 2nd place in the international skin competition The Skin Games in Compromised Skin. In December of 2019, Kris opened her second Paramedical Skin Revision Clinic in Moses Lake, WA.
As a Spiritual Medium, Healer and Coach, Lisa is in a class of her own.
I was born with abilities to become ONE with your energy. I intuitively empower you, as a very successful entrepreneur to reclaim your time, relationships, inner-game and energy so that you can live a fulfilling and happy life. Work is your passion, and you know you are here to ENJOY a life outside of work but you don’t know how to do that and keep scaling your income.
Since 2002, I have combined my intuitive abilities with healing and coaching. We get to the root of your Success Wound by releasing those fears, family patterns, beliefs, energies and other life experiences that have kept you stuck on a path that isn’t working. You’re ready to finally enjoy your success and be happy.
I limit my workload to three clients a day. I not only teach balance, but I live it.
Currently, Lisa lives in San Diego, California with her soul-mate husband, 2 teenage daughters and the family Golden Retriever.
Katie Gross has been in the beauty industry for 15 years. She is a trainer for Bella Lash, is a Senior International Journalist for Lash Inc Magazine, and is the Founder of The Lash Artist Box, a US based subscription box company for professional lash artists. She is also the owner of Suburban Lash & Beauty near Cleveland, OH and is a wife and mother of two small children. She was recently nominated for three NALA (National Association of Lash Artists) awards and The Lash Artist Box was named a Top 10 Box of 2018 by Cratejoy.
Katrina Yokoyama is an award winning, licensed esthetician. After eight years of working as an esthetician in day spas, she opened her own treatment facility in 2013, Trin Spa Skin and Wellness – a boutique luxury skin spa. She is passionate, knowledgeable and innovative in her approach to skincare. Katrina realizes that each of her clients require an individualized skin care regime & doesn’t fall prey to the latest industry trends. Instead, she forms lasting relationships with each client and develops customized treatment programs that considers their lifestyle and unique skin care need.
Katrina continues her education in the ever changing industry and with this experience has won 2 International Awards. She won two trophies for the categories of Pigmentation and People’s Choice in The 2017 Skin Games. Katrina continues to grow her passion for esthetics, she welcomes new clients and looks forward to introducing innovative techniques, products and ideas to her clients and peers.
Nichelle is an award winning North Carolina board certified aesthetician and certified laser technician. Nichelle was a finalist in the international skin competition -2018 Skin Games for Acne Management, and she won the 2019 Skin Games in the Age Management Category. She owns Queen City Beauty Group and Wellness in Charlotte, NC. She is the inventor of the Queens Cloth, a daily gentle, reusable exfoliating mitt. Nichelle is developer of her own private label, Lazy Queen Skin Care, and she has a new product line out in 2020, Queen City Beauty Co!
Nichelle’s expertise in skin care products has also seen her consulted multiple times by O, Oprah Magazine!
Nichelle specializes in treating diverse skin tones with life changing results. Nichelle sees esthetics as a way to celebrate our differences, and empower her clients to be their most confident! Nichelle’s clients seek her expertise with hyper-pigmentation, sun damage, acne, rosacea, anti-aging, or just some self care.
At Queen City Group, Nichelle’s focus is providing professional, results-oriented treatments. Nichelle enjoys educating her clients on how to maintain continued results and she takes pride in exceeding her clients’ expectations.
Peter J. Fitschen
Peter J. Fitschen, PhD, CSCS
Peter is the owner of FITbody and Physique, where he works full time as a contest prep coach. His combination of education and experience are unique in the sport of bodybuilding. He has a PhD in nutritional sciences from the University of Illinois, a master’s degree in biology with a physiology concentration, and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse. As a researcher, Fitschen has co-authored 21 peer-reviewed publications, including several directly related to bodybuilding contest preparation. Peter also recently co-authored his first book, “Bodybuilding: The Complete Contest Preparation Handbook,” with Cliff Wilson. He is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has been competing in natural bodybuilding since 2004, won his natural pro card in 2012 and recently wrapped up his 2020 contest season.
Lisa Nunes is the owner of Skin Enthusiast, a holistic beauty treatment room at The Blissful Heart Wellness Center in Bend. Lisa became a massage therapist and discovered a love for Reiki practitioner over 17 years ago. Shortly after moving to Bend in 2005, she enrolled in Phagan’s cosmetology school and became an esthetician. Deciding to focus solely on skincare, she spent a few years in the Medical Spa Industry and studied nursing at COCC. Realizing her passion for skin and entrepreneurship, she began practicing as an independent contractor in 2010 and made the leap to follow her passion and build her own business. Through hard work, passion, education and talent, her efforts have evolved a concept into a modern, welcoming space where beauty thrives.
An impassioned student of the skin, Lisa dedicates her time to extensive and diverse education. Trained in Dien Chan Multireflexology, a relaxing and ancient Vietnamese practice that balances the Yin and Yang aspects of the body through points in the face. “A great facial treatment is the basis of skincare; it should encompass an experience that invites harmony and balance back into our being.” Lisa also specializes in micro–current and was trained extensively under Neurotris for their SX-3800 machine, one of the best on the market and American made. Micro-current strengthens the muscles of the face and neck, delivering the client a true anti-aging method rather than chemical injections that wear off.
You will only find plant-based skincare at Skin Enthusiast, retail includes Tuèl, Cosmedix and Samaya Organics. Lisa is her authentic self and is passionate about taking care of the individual needs of her clientele. She is also a wife and loving mom to two boys: a curious, energetic 6 year–old and a sweet 17 month–old.
Follow her @skinenthusiastlisa on Instagram.
Michael has been in the cosmetic and skincare industry for over 30 years with the mission of making people feel better about themselves. His career started behind a cosmetic counter and quickly escalated to working with many industry leaders such as Bobbi Brown, Borghese, Chanel, Lancôme, and Nars.
In 2000 Michael became an Esthetician, and later partnered his make up talents and love for Skincare by founding Simply Moore Make up Artistry and Skincare studio. Since its conception, Simply Moore Garnered National Recognition as being one of the industries leaders and authorities of make up and skincare.
Moore has decided to take his vision to the Internet with MooreForLife.com and Online Transformational Company. The site helps people feel better about themselves on their own terms. Moore also works with ColorLab Private Label cosmetics helping individuals define their vision of what they want to be known for in the world of make up and esthetics.
Rachael Pontillo is a holistic skincare innovator, author, and educator. She is the bestselling author of the book Love Your Skin, Love Yourself, The Nutritional Aesthetics Practitioner® Foundational Curriculum textbook, and co-author of The Sauce Code. She’s a functional nutrition practitioner, AADP and IAHC Board Certified International Health Coach, licensed aesthetician; and natural skincare formulator and educator. She’s the president and co-founder of the Nutritional Aesthetics® Alliance, and creator of its Certified Nutritional Aesthetics Practitioner® Training Program. She is also the creator of the popular skincare and healthy lifestyle blog, Holistically Haute™, as well as the much-loved online course, Create Your Skincare®, and its exclusive Skin Sequencing® Method. Rachael also holds additional certifications in metaphysical science, detoxification, cosmetic chemistry, acupressure, Reiki, Medical Qi Gong, Chinese Facial Diagnosis, and Ayurveda. She’s an avid herbalist, skincare ingredient connoisseur, and lifelong learner.
Richard Edward Maher is an award-winning massage therapist and esthetician with near 15 years of expertise in beauty, wellness, and education. Currently residing in Orange County, California, he serves as LightStim’s National Educator, assisting in the formation of their advanced curriculum and supplementary programs. Backed by hands-on knowledge in diverse disciplines including skin care, anatomy, and creative modality integrations, Richard is driven by a passion for creative, solution-based training with a holistic approach. This drive shines through in the heartfelt delivery of his seminars.
My name is Ralph Cole and I’m a Master Esthetician. In March 2020, I graduated the Master Esthetician program at Clover Park Technical College. I was the only male student, but I can say that it was definitely an amazing learning experience. I’d like to get a running start into the world of skin care and aesthetics, and not only build my own business but create opportunities for other skin care professionals.
Be sure to follow me on my journey to building my new career in Durham/Raleigh, NC at Skin With Ralph Cole.
Before she even graduated high school she was registered in her local massage school. Not long after she landed her first gig taking care of all the sore muscles in her area, the hair gals she worked with encouraged her to further her career by getting into skin care.
Really she was just interested in waxing. Once she was in school, she realized that not only did she like everything about skin care, she was sort of good at it. While in school, she learned how to wax from videos from Lori Nestore (the Wax Queen). Rose made sure to do everything the wax queen did to a T.
While Rose grew into the driven spa lady she is today, she started small. She started One Woman Spa, a small solo studio. After years of working alone, she decided to expand in 2012 to a four treatment room, 1,200 square foot spa. Still calling it One Woman Spa. Currently, Rose focuses on skin care and waxing and education. She now works closely with her one time industry hero, and now mentor, Lori Nestore as an educator for both Tu’el skin care and Berodin Wax.
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Tazeem Jamal, is a highly respected & passionate spa industry professional. She has been in the industry for over 30 years as an award winning Master Esthetician, spa business coach, retail sales catalyst, writer and an international speaker. Her mission is to raise the bar & to inSPAire others to use their passion to build rocking businesses!
Tazeem worked as Brand ambassador/Blogger for Tedx in Vancouver, Canada for four years. She has also been featured in multiple books and is an Amazon best seller contributing author.
In addition to 1:1 coaching for spa owners, she offers online group coaching programs. She believes in giving back, and has volunteered on various Spa Industry boards, in Canada & the USA, including Skin Inc. Her love for skincare, still keeps her in the treatment room, part time, in her boutique business Skindulgence Spa in Port Moody, BC, Canada.
Since the idea to go to “beauty school”, Tenisha “Isha” Hicks (owner of Isha Esthetics And Wellness) has wanted to do nothing but help people feel good about themselves, no matter what GOOD meant! Tenisha is a Licensed Esthetician located in Murray, UT is a certified Sculptice specialists since 2017. Her skill set and proficiency in body treatments has not only earned her a place as one of the honored few SculptICE Specialist Trainers, but the honor of winning “Player of the Year” in the Open Category for the 2019 The Skin Games. Her hopes are to continue learning and growing in her area of expertise and hopefully helping others do the same as her both her clients and friend.
Shirley is an award-winning esthetician, writer, and brand representative.
She’s based in Sunny Southern California, which means she lives most days in the bright and beautiful sun.
Richard Merrill is a results-driven Spa Business Consultant who specializes in mentoring and guiding spa businesses across the U.S. on branding, marketing, sales, strategic planning, and management systems.
Shawna Rocha is a compassionate and driven esthetician who has busted into this industry with full force. She quickly developed a love for helping clients and constantly strives to gain additional knowledge, education and insight to bring to her treatment room.
In a relatively short time since becoming licensed in California, she has completed multiple courses in Oncology Esthetics, has advanced training in holistic therapies, has received her NCEA certification and has also obtained her esthetics license in Washington State.
Shawna’s motivation and talent won her two awards at the Skin Games in 2018 (People’s Choice & Acne/Problematic Skin). In turn, she became a judge of this international skin competition in 2019.
Shawna has recently become an educator with iSugar University and continues to be an advocate and educator for Hale & Hush Skincare. Shawna enjoys being part of the educating team for Hope & Beauty Chemo Companions and works with cancer doctors and nurses for effective and efficient skin treatments for cancer clients. You will also find her education videos on the Associated Skin Care Professionals website highlighting the importance of caring for compromised and sensitive skin.
Shawna currently helps manage and train at two spa locations (Nirvana Face & Body) in California’s Central Valley and is one of the top producers in her region. She is truly loved by her clients and colleagues and her passion for the industry is apparent in all that she does. Shawna is the co-founder, researcher, and content creator for The Esthetician’s Guide to Skincare
Stephanie is, “just a small town girl, livin’ in a skin care world,” from Winona, MN. She has been an Aesthetician for ten years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience into her treatment room to obtain transformational skin care results on her clients. She looks beyond the physical appearance of the skin to treat her clients as a whole. Working with the client’s lifestyle, dietary choices, professional treatments and professional home care products help to gain the stunning transformations that have resulted in winning numerous International Awards including Aesthetitian of the year.
Stephanie owns Brilliant Bodywork Medspa in Onalaska, Wisconsin. Stephanie specializes in acne, anti aging, laser therapies, Reiki, oncology aesthetics and makeup artistry. In her free time, Stephanie is an avid volunteer with La Crosse, WI Oktoberfest and The Shriners Hospital for Children which has resulted in being awarded the presidential Point of Light Award and a Jefferson Award. She also enjoys traveling and nightly cuddles with her three dogs.
Joining M.A.D Skincare with more than 16 years experience in the esthetics industry, Christopher’s understanding and deep passion for teaching encompasses a unique view of skin, protocol, and product synergistically working together.
Christopher’s career started as an Office Coordinator at a South Florida Medical Spa. During this time, he also finished a degree in Business Administration. It was clear to him esthetics was his passion and so he decided to complete the necessary schooling to become a licensed aesthetician. After years working with clients, experiencing various product lines and modalities, he entered the manufacturer side of the business, honing in on education and spa sales. Christopher’s focus on training includes skin physiology, protocols, procedures, and ingredient technology. He has since had the pleasure of training thousands of licensed esthetics professionals all over the United States. In 2020, Christopher took on global trainings with M.A.D. Skincare, and has been delighted to work with licensed professionals in countries such as Trinidad and Tobago, South Korea, Canada, and the UK, as he continues to full and spread his passion for esthetics.
Owner of The Nail and Wax Room is an Award-Winning Licensed Esthetician, Nail and Lash Technician.
Melissa is a 2003 graduate of Gal-Mar Academy of Cosmetology. She has worked as a licensed esthetician, salon and spa manager, day spa owner, esthetics educator as well as a leader and mentor to many.
She is a 2018 & 2019 Award-Winning Esthetician and international finalist at THE SKIN GAMES. Her specialties include body waxing and clinical skincare treatments.
Jay Williams has over 25 years of experience across a wide variety of disciplines. He has held numerous roles including: general manager, vice president, divisional manager, regional manager, facilitator, keynote speaker, principal, senior manager, and executive communications and dialogue coach.
With a focus in delivering exceptional client satisfaction, Jay has helped numerous clients achieve “MY GIFT WILL NOT BE KNOWLEDGE. YOU CAN GOOGLE ANYTHING I SAY. MY GIFT WILL BE NEW THINKING, DIFFERENT THINKING, AND DEEPER THINKING.” desired business outcomes through his leadership and contributions in the areas of sales, client services, and executive coaching.
He has significant experience in sales process transformation, managing and driving change, and designing and tracking to customer needs. He also has proven expertise in creating alignment among executives and leaders to ensure clarity and focus on strategic priorities, process analysis, and values, ultimately improving profitability.
Jay has worked for world-class hair brands, thriving distributors, educational institutions, and one-on-one with thousands of leaders. Jay created an experience that reveals an entire lifetime of insight. Jay examines the role of the leader using a blend of art+ science. Jay is also the author of the book Leave Your Mark…the thinking, skills and behaviors of influencers. A frequent speaker at industry events, Jay’s warm and humorous…and at times irreverent style engages audiences in a way that keeps them on the edge of their seats, gives them confidence, and shifts their thinking. He understands their challenges and opportunities from their point of view and draws on his rich experience to help them unlock their potential and fuel their passion.
Samantha Castro-Naughton. Owner of Samantha Madison Esthetics medical spa, DMK Paramedical Dermal Technician, and Licensed Esthetician specializing in moderate to severe acne and reactive skin disorders. Going on my fourth year of business independently, I focus my practice in holistic + results driven treatments to ensure every part of the body is treated equally. I have a love for biology and physiology, which compliments my genuine love for my career. Located in the Central Valley in California, my spa is where science meets holistic healing!”
Trisha Kinderman is a licensed esthetician and owner of Hibrou Spa. She’s a trainer for Epilfree, permanent hair reduction serum. She’s a former competitor in The Skin Games.
You may recognize Nicole from one of our IESCS trade show booths; she was a rockstar support for us!
Nicole is Registered Nurse, Licensed Esthetician and the spa manager at LifeSpa a brand ambassador for Circadia and an esthetic educator.
Her IG account will inspire you, motivate you and simply make you smile every morning with her motivational posts. We love you Spa Girl Nicole! @spagirlnicole
Elisa Levey is an Esthetician and Educator based in New Jersey and is the In-House Esthetician at DermaMed Solutions. Blending her experience in Ayruvedic skin care, medical aesthetics, wellness, education, and yoga has allowed her to create an integrated approach to skin health.
Hi, I’m Jewellee! The face behind Crown Jewel Esthetics. I hail from the city of Philadelphia, where I was born and raised. Yes, in west Philadelphia too, if you felt inclined to sing the song! However, instead of spending most of my days on the playground, I spent most of my days playing in my Mom’s Avon makeup bag, as I’m sure many 90’s babes can relate.
My love for beauty started very early on, from watching my Mom (who sold Avon on the side) get ready for work every morning, never leaving the house without eye-shadow and lipstick (still to this day), to making sure her hair and nails were/are done every two weeks. My mom showed me the importance of self-care and self-maintenance, and despite all the hours she worked, she still found time to make sure she looked and felt good — all while dealing with me at the same time. Bless her! Seriously. Read More About Jewellee…
Brianna Gibson has a degree in Education and has worked as a first grade elementary school teacher. She has a lifelong love of skin care and is thrilled to channel that passion as the Sales and Marketing Administrator at DermaMed Solutions.
Aliesh Pierce is the founder of AskAliesh and the author of the textbook Treating Diverse Pigmentation. She’s an educator and brand strategist who entered the beauty industry over 30 years ago to establish myself as a celebrity makeup artist.
While holding the position of personal makeup artist to India.Arie, Yolanda Adams, and R.Kelly, she became interested in skincare. Upon obtaining her license, she began writing for trade magazines and was invited to collaborate on a project for Burn Survivors Throughout the World. This experience fueled her desire to offer the same quality of service to all clients, regardless of their ethnicity or the severity of their skin issues.
Inspired by her desire to share her philosophy with the next wave of master estheticians, she created the AskAliesh e-learning platform to share her expertise in skin physiology, cosmetic chemistry, product development, and brand strategy.
At the ongoing request of her peers, she also offers hands-on master aesthetics classes, where she train estheticians on the proper use of chemical peels, advanced skin analysis, and electrical modalities. In addition, she continues to support marketing and sales teams seeking to build personal care brands that serve the multi-ethnic population.
Our mission at Beauty Business Conference is to equip and inspire young entrepreneurs to be resilient and profitable in their areas of passion and interest. We believe that you can create a life full of only things you love and make money!
Rebecca Daughdrill is an NCEA certified master esthetician with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology which she took in Norway. She attended Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics in Atlanta, Georgia, and became state boarded in 2014. She later became state boarded and Florida and Louisiana. Rebecca is the owner of MASKD with headquarters in Jacksonville Florida. She travels to Naples and Miami Beach where she sees clients. Born and raised in Norway, Rebecca moved to California and worked as a social worker until she decided to follow her passion. Rebecca’s aunt Anne Mette Hovland is a CIDESCO diplomat esthetician and always encouraged Rebecca to become an esthetician. Rebecca is second generation DMK Paramedical skin therapist, following her aunt’s lead.
Rebecca is interested in expanding the boundaries of esthetics and challenge traditional views that esthetics only belong in spa environment. NeuroEsthetics was developed in 2021 with Dr. Prosje. Rebecca is developing a network called VitalTrust, where she has identified therapists and service providers who work with transgendered individuals.
Esthetics was never meant to be for the few of us. It’s a gift to everyone. Estheticians can’t change the world, but we can make you feel good; so you do good in the world.
Justin Kovash is the founder of Dermaki Skincare. He has been in the skincare industry for 15 years and has formulated several skincare lines. He decided it was time to create his own skincare line which falls in-between natural and organic and an acid line. Dermaki Skincare is truly one of a kind “Where Nature Meets Science”.
For more than thirty years, Arlene has been actively involved in the skincare industry as a business executive, consultant, and educator. From owning and operating medical and full-service spas to traveling the U.S. helping skincare technicians become experts in their field, Arlene understands the science and the business of skincare.
It’s from that background that Professional Skincare Training was launched. With access to an entire video library of content, downloadable PDF step-by-step instructions, and 1-on-1 coaching sessions available, Professional Skincare Training believes “the best keep learning.” For Arlene White, that’s more than just a motto. It’s a way of life.
Co-Founder, Sales and Education Director of DermaJEM, Elizabeth began her career in beauty while in college at Florida State University. She began working in makeup with MAC cosmetics and, after she graduated, moved back home to Miami and continued her career in the makeup industry with private clients, print, and fashion shows.
After getting her esthetics license, her career took her into professional spa product sales and training, spending the majority of her time making connections with other estheticians and business owners, helping them to grow their knowledge in both the business of owning a spa and in new treatment training. Finding a passion for empowering others with the tools and focus to grow their own businesses into thriving local and destination spas.
Victoria Tabak is the CEO of NATPURE® Clinical Skin Care. She is a two-time international award-winning licensed esthetician, oncology trained, a published skin and wellness expert, and a nationally recognized skincare educator. She has more than 20 years of experience in the beauty industry along with a Master’s Degree in Business, minor in chemistry. She has worked with other estheticians, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and cosmetologists to formulate and revolutionize a holistic approach to beauty that people love, alongside her father, a distinguished scientist.
Kurnita was literally born into the beauty industry. Her mother and grandmother were both cosmetologists. From a young age, she was obsessed with skincare. She wanted to find a way to make people feel on the outside what they were feeling on the inside; which was beautiful. This led her on the path to becoming an Esthetics Educator and later on a Laser Hair Reduction Specialist.
Kurnita’s beauty and wellness career spans 18 years. This includes being featured in publications such as Voyage Phoenix and American Spa. She was a featured panelist on a mental health forum sponsored by CVS Pharmacy.
Kurnita is a wife to Darryl, a mother to Diara and Austin, YaYa (grandmother) to Maddox and Marley, and a Selfcare Coach to everyone.