My Training

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.

I studied with the world's top health and wellness experts including: 

  • Joshua Rosenthal, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
  • Dr. Andrew Weil, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Deepak Chopra, MD, leader in the field of mind-body medicine
  • Dr. David Katz, MD, MPH, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center
  • Dr. Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, chair of nutrition at Harvard University
  • Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Gabrielle Bernstein, bestselling author and life coach
  • Susan Blum, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Mark Hyman, MD, founder of The UltraWellness Center
  • Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating
  • David Wolfe, raw food leader and nutrition expert
  • Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
  • Mark Bittman, food writer for the New York Times and bestselling author
  • Joel Fuhrman, MD, family physician and leading expert on nutritional healing
  • and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities
My education has equipped me with extensive, cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and skin care. Drawing on my expertise, I work with clients like you to help make lifestyle changes and choose health-promoting ways that produce real and lasting results. You will develop a deeper understanding of food and lifestyle choices that work best for you, improving your energy, balance, health, and happiness.  As a skin care expert I will partner with you to create the most dynamic, functional and results oriented treatment plan that works with your lifestyle, skin type and goals.

As a health coach each session will leave you feeling inspired and motivated. We will talk about things beyond food, seeking to bring balance to important elements of your life such as love and relationship as well as career and money. I will personally and carefully guide you to make simple, small changes that transform your life.  And your skin.
Unused Content: