As a licensed aesthetician, certified laser technician and health coach I have trained under many dynamic and accomplished leaders and experts in their respective fields. I owe a debt of gratitude to these professionals who have taken time with me to thoroughly share their professional knowledge and scope of expertise in the ever evolving worlds of beauty and wellness.
Being a self prescribed 'nerdy laser girl' has helped me to artfully and meticulously transform patient's skin and create a plan that leads them to achieving their goals for skin health and beauty. I was a resistant laser technician at first, feeling that true talent for any classically trained aesthetician lied in the ability to manipulate skin through touch primarily in the way of European style aromatherapy facials. However, I eventually realized that I could train my way in to 'laser excellence' by embracing current modern technology which has swept the aesthetics field in the last fifteen years. Some of the main laser technologies I am certified are in and the light based ranges of 520nm to 1540nm, with my current favorite being the CO2RE which goes up to 2950nm. Silly as it sounds, I have named my favorite lasers ('Vivian', 'Priscilla' and 'Faith' for instance) and they have become my tool box, much in the way a builder or artist has their favorite tools they use to get 'certain jobs done.'
My aesthetics training includes graduating from one of the last aesthetics programs taught by the veteran instructor Louise Fondaw at Tennessee Technology Center, who recently retired after teaching for almost fifty years. I am very thankful to have had such a great experience in school and being her 'inventory manager' was not only my honor but were where my training wheels on my professional journey learning budgets and planning began. In addition to my formal aesthetics training I have more than fifteen laser certifications, numerous product certifications and countless medical grade chemical peel certifications.Laser Certifications:
'Thermage' and 'Fraxel' by Solta Medical, Cynosure Palomar 'Starlux 500' IPL, Laser Hair Removal & 1540 'Fractional' Laser System, 'V-Shape' by Alma, Syneron Candela 'VBeam Perfecta', 'Alex TriVantage', 'GentleLASE', 'GentleYAG' and 'CO2RE' systems and 'VelaShape' as well as 'Reaction' by Viora. Microdermabrasion and devices:
“Pristine” Microdermabrasion by Viora, “Diamond” microdermabrasion, “Skin for Life”, “Dermaglide” and “Smart Peel” microdermabrasion systems. Vectra Imaging Camera, BluLight for Levulan (PDT), Ultrasound therapy, 8 in 1 machine, E2000, telangitron and UV skin scanning devices.
Chemical peel and advanced exfoliation procedures include:
Micro Peel and Dermaplaning by Biomedic La Roche Posay, Microneedling and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) with RejuvaPen and Aqua Gold Solutions, Hydra Facial MD by Edge Systems, VI Peel, Skin Medica Illuminize, Vitalize and Rejuvenize peels, Theraplex peels, Melanage by Young Pharmaceuticals, Vivite glycolic peel, Image Skin Care and Jessner’s peels. Product Certifications:
Skin Medica, Teoxane, BrandMD, Neova, Topix, Neocutis, IS Clinical, Vivite, Image Skin Care, Young Pharmaceuticals, Biomedic & LaRoche Posay, NuCelle, Jan Marini, MDFormulations, CA Botana, Dermalogica, Eminence, Sundari, DDF, Dr. Eris, MDSkincare, Yon-Ka and Skinceuticals.Mineral Makeup Certifications:
GloMinerals, Jane Iredale and La Bella Donna
In 2015, I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
where I learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories; Ayurveda, gluten-free, Paleo, raw, vegan, macrobiotics, and everything in between.