Leading the Pack
Forty years ago, Normajean Fusco founded Equibal Labs. She was inspired by the childhood influence of her nature-loving grandfather. Nufree® was originally developed for use on patients prior to cosmetic surgery, but was brought to the professional beauty industry at the request of spa and salon owners whose clients needed a superior alternative to waxing.
Rachael Pontillo is the bestselling author of "Love Your Skin, Love Yourself" and co-author of "The Sauce Code." She is an AADP and IAHC Board Certified International Health Coach, licensed aesthetician, certified Nutritional Aesthetics Practitioner®, a natural skin care formulator and educator, and a holistic business mentor. Pontillo is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Holistic Life Counseling and holds additional certifications in metaphysical science, detoxification, acupressure, Reiki, Chinese facial diagnosis, and Ayurveda. She is an avid herbalist, self-professed skin care ingredient junkie, and lifelong learner.
Pamela Taylor was born and raised in New York and her canvases are the faces of top models, politicians, professional athletes, and musicians. Her work has been featured in top fashion magazines and editorials, including Rolling Stone, Vogue, and Cosmopolitan, along with books such as "Crazy, Sexy, Cool" and the autobiography, "Life," by Keith Richards. She has also been a keynote speaker on makeup techniques that are published worldwide. Taylor is an innovator in the cosmetic industry, creating new ideas and exciting new trends.
Originally from Denmark, Louise Marchesin grew up all around the world and, after graduating with her MBA, settled in London in her mid-twenties, where she integrated the Estée Lauder Companies. Spending 15 years at that company allowed her to build a wealth of knowledge in both luxury branding and brand management within a number of product categories. Now Global Head of Marketing for Skinade, Marchesin is helping to educate consumers about the importance of caring for their skin from the inside.
Max Recone has been involved in the professional beauty industry with brands such as Jhirmack Professional Hair & Skin Care Products, Banana Boat Skin Care, California Tan Skin Care, and MR International Skin Care. Lipo-Light North America is based in Long Island and is the North American importer for slim-light body sculpting systems.
Jacqui Dunal's determined approach to finding the finest skin care and health products for her own well-being led to her discovering fish-derived, biologically active, collagen-hydrate products that truly penetrate the skin's multiple layers to replenish collagen-depleted cells due to aging. After five short years in the cosmetics industry, in 2014, viewers on five continents and more than 500 accomplished industry professionals voted Dunal a leader in the skin care industry and the winner of Multi Media Productions' prestigious and highest award, the Silver Telly.
Michelle D'Allaird-Brenner is a licensed aesthetician, cosmetologist, CIDESCO diplomat, and the owner of Aesthetic Science Institute (ASI), based in Latham, N.Y. She has over 25 years of experience in the skin care and beauty industries, including teaching, curriculum and test development, speaking, and writing. D'Allaird-Brenner is also the director of education for Aesthetics International Association and a member of Professional Beauty Association and American Association of Cosmetology Schools. Her experience, expertise, and motivation has positioned her as a world-renowned skin care expert, providing education and training in over 30 countries.
Boldijarre Koronczay, recipient of the ISPA Visionary Award, is an icon of the spa industry. After surviving leukemia during his childhood in Hungary, Koronczay moved to Vancouver, Canada with his brother to follow their dreams. Today, Éminence Organic Skin Care is an internationally recognized brand. Koronczay has personally trained over a quarter of a million skin care professionals in the past two decades.
With a passion for excellence and the gift of inspiring others, Lina Kennedy has become a leader in the skin care industry. As a top 10 finalist for Professional Beauty Association’s national Beauty Pitch and a nominee for the 2015 Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Kennedy has been featured in numerous beauty, spa, and aesthetic magazines and is a sought-after guest speaker for beauty tradeshows across North America.
Elizabeth Cardarelli pioneered the field of medical aesthetics 25 years ago with the top plastic surgeons and dermatologists in Philadelphia, Penn. to educate, inspire, and serve as a trusted, personal navigator to patients in becoming the healthiest, best version of themselves. With integrity, intent, and a focus on the perfect combination of wellness, science, and nature, Cardarelli continues to lead the pack as a worthy trailblazer.
Maribeth Melton has been in the industry for 3.5 years. She is a licensed aesthetician and has an Associate's Degree in Aesthetics. She is also a sugar practitioner, certified eyelash extensionist, and an American Volume extensionist. She is incredibly honored to be the winner of the 2016 Novalash Lashoff Melton tries to expose herself to all aspects of the aesthetics industry by attending tradeshows, reading industry publications, and interacting with other business owners and aestheticians.
Jean-Marc Sirop has been in the aesthetics industry for over 15 years. He originally started with L’Oréal’s Mass Market Division and then moved into the professional beauty sector with the Thalgo Group, a prominent, professional, product-manufacturing company in France. Although he initially began his career as a marketer, he eventually took the position of development manager with the Thalgo Group. He also defends the industry through various boards by representing the French professional union and their beauty salons.
Howard Kaminsky, president of B. Kamins, with the scientific expertise of his father, Ben Kaminsky, a world-renown pharmaceutical chemist and director of Odan Laboratories in Montreal, and his savvy business acumencreated B. Kamins.
In August 1979, after more than three years of rapidly declining health, Linda Nelson was left nearly disabled by pain, fatigue, and depression.
Johnnette du Rand, a Greet The Day co-founder, a program offered for people nearing completion of cancer treatment, is an oncology therapist and educator in hospital, hospice, and spa settings. She is a board member for the International Society of Oncology Estheticians and a charter member for the Society of Oncology Massage.
Bioline Jato’s founder and owner, Clara Corradini, got her start in skin care at the only professional beauty school in Bolzano. Shortly after, she received a two-year specialization master’s degree at the school’s headquarter in Bologna and then moved on to manage one of the school’s local branches in Trento. Corradini successfully bought that branch and started her own school and beauty center next door. Years later, she was presented the opportunity to start her own skin care line with her husband, Marco.
Barbara Panagos has been in the cosmetics industry since 1975, starting as a buyer and top salesperson for a retail operation involving three stores. When the opportunity arose, she started Brush Up with Barbara, a cosmetic and aesthetic brush company, followed by Mineral Mine Inc., a line of high quality, United States-made mineral makeup with added vitamins and lavender aromas. She has since added the branded lines as Barbara Panagos Cosmetics and Wundercover concealing cream. With world-class customer service, she is currently celebrating 27 years in business.
Vivant Skin Care's president and co-founder Sara Fulton has dedicated over 40 years to producing ground-breaking skin care. She started her career in research while obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree at Drexel University inPhiladelphia, Penn. She was one of the first women to own and operate an FDA-approved manufacturing facility.In addition, she managed 20 dermatology clinics throughout the United States and abroad. She continues to be a pioneer in the skin care industry.
Guy Ehring and Mariet van der Starre are CEO and national training director, respectively, of Thalgo America. Ehring, whose background includes manufacturing, distribution, and consumer services, decided to join the high-end skin care industry and purchased majority ownership. Starre, from the hospitality industry, joined him a few years later. Both have been working together managing the business ever since.
Kris Campbell, L.E., C.O.E., is brand manager and national educator of Tecniche® LLC, a skin care line dedicated to those with very sensitive skin caused by persistent health issues like cancer and diabetes or periodic issues like cosmetic irritation. Campbell trains on awareness and ingredients, writes for trade publications, and speaks at trade events about the many conditions that arise with the aesthetic management of health – challenged skin, including oncology implications. Having previously worked for a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cosmeceuticalmanufacturer, Campbell also conceptualizes product development for Tecniche.
April Zangl has been HydroPeptide’s CEO and co-formulator since 2004 and works closely with HydroPeptide's Scientific Advisory Board in researching new peptides and their benefits.
Margarita Saian is a state-certified educator, ambassador of the Aesthetic International Association, and founder and president of SAIAN LLC Natural Clinical Skincare. She has been in the skin care industry for over 20 years and has studied aesthetics and mesotherapy in the United States and France. In addition to being a licensed aesthetician, she is a certified medical assistant (CMA)/cardiac technician, national certified phlebotomy technician, certified electrocardiogram (ECG), and certified nutrition and wellness consultant. She has had the honor of training skin care professionals, nurses, and doctors worldwide. Saian is constantly researching new ways to raise industry standards and improve her company’s product line! She actively practices a healthy lifestyle and is an advocate of natural living, positive thinking, and endless possibilities.
Michael Q. Pugliese is the owner of Circadia by Dr. Pugliese, Inc., a leader in professional skin care products and education. His lectures blend scientific principles, new research into aging mechanisms, and advanced product knowledge. Founded by his grandfather, Peter T. Pugliese, M.D.,
Circadia is dedicated to enhancing the competence of skin care professionals worldwide. Pugliese publishes frequently on the use of performance raw materials and shares innovations in new treatments and home care.
Andrea Oismueller is the CEO of Spiller U.S., the exclusive United States distributor of Dr. Spiller Pure Skin Care Solutions. Oismueller was born in Atlanta, Ga., but lived in Austria for 34 years before returning to the United States to found her company in 1996. She has served in the spa industry for over 25 years as a spa director, aesthetician, international instructor, distributor, and manufacturer.
Janel Luu's extensive background in cosmetic development has benefited many major brands for American, Asian, and European clients and has created the solid foundation of her own premium skin care brands. Luu’s innate love for formulating and her expertise in anti-aging cellular technology have also inspired her to teach more than 25,000 skin care professionals and physicians.
Carl R. Thornfeldt, M.D., is a practicing dermatologist with over 30 years of skin-research experience and 22 United States patents granted. Thornfeldt has published over 40 scientific articles, including chapters in eight textbooks, focused on cosmeceuticals, drug delivery, natural products, and dermatology treatments. In 2010, his first full-length textbook was released. Thornfeldt presents regularly at international, national, and regional scientific meetings. In 2003 and 2005, Thornfeldt was selected as one of the top 50 doctors in the United States by The Sinatra Health Report. He was the only dermatologist on the list.
Chris Kolodziejski is the founder of Chella Skin Care, a line of efficacious anti-aging skin care products and also the Chella Brow Bar, a concept which focuses on eyebrow makeovers and using the Chella Brow & Eye Collection products to complete fantastic eyebrow makeovers for its customers. His approach to building Chella is empowering his retailers with proven sell-through concepts that focus not on opening orders, but rather the drivers that ensure sell-through success so there are consistent re-orders.
I am a passionate chemist and a loving father and husband, and in both arenas I do my best to be both dedicated and inquisitive. Being able to change and learn is one of life’s greatest gifts, so any time I can discover something new, whether it is in the laboratory or on a trip with my family – I am very grateful. If you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life. I am lucky to be one of those people who gets to do what I love, and because of that, I have been able to be excited about not only finding the latest and most impressive ingredients that help my business and dreams succeed, but I get to be excited about helping other people reach their dreams too.
Upon her graduation from Berkeley, Bella Schneider launched her first spa − thereby introducing European skin care to San Francisco and eventually expanding to the Silicon Valley. Today, she is a clinical and European aesthetician, a trainer and educator, a product formulator, a manager, a sales person, a consultant and a CEO. She has a global understanding of the industry given the many hats she wears.
Dr. med. Christine Schrammek-Drusio was born in Poland. At the age of 11, she relocated to Essen, Germany, where her mother, Christine Schrammek, laid the foundation for the company. Inspired by her mother, Christine graduated from her medical studies with a focus on dermatology. She then worked in a skin clinic for several years before opening her own practice. During that time, she was already collaborating with her mother, and that is where the desire was born to combine dermatology with cosmetics.
Melanie and Robert Sachs are sought worldwide as experts in how to apply the bodywork methods of Indian and Tibetan Ayurveda for the spa and beauty worlds. Both published authors, Robert Sachs is the author of Tibetan Ayurveda. Melanie Sachs is the author of Ayurvedic Beauty Care, the premier text for Ayurveda in the spa and beauty industries. She and Robert co-wrote the book Ayurvedic Spa, which outlines Ayurvedic treatments and how to create an authentic Ayurvedic spa. Melanie and Robert are co-directors of Diamond Way Ayurveda and work as therapists, product developers, and teachers.
Christine Cowheard was born in Germany at a time when the country itself was experiencing a vast rebirth. For generations, her family has respected their surroundings and realized the importance of nature’s offerings, accumulating a wealth of knowledge in plant-based curatives and remedies. Growing up with this holistic atmosphere, Cowheard’s formulations have always been based as close to nature as possible while engaging bioengineering for better, faster results.
Cherie Dobbs grew up in Newport Beach, California. At the age of 10, Dobbs knew that she wanted to be connected to the aesthetic industry. Inspired by her mom, a hairdresser, Dobbs would ride her bike after school and visit her mom at the salon. She loved going to the salon to help clean and listen to all the women talk about their concerns. Occasionally, the suppliers would come in drop off samples and everyone would get excited about the new products. Everybody took turns in sharing them while Dobbs would read the product labels. Growing up, Dobbs starting playing Mad Scientist and decided to make her own lip gloss. Her first lesson – do not to put metal in the microwave!
Mary Van is a highly trained and nationally renowned makeup artist who is dedicated and passionate about all things natural. Van is devoted to her Mineralogie and Demaur Cosmetic’s team and, more importantly, to each client. Her desire to bring natural and nourishing makeup to women’s complexions led her to create a successful international corporation, which features a high quality, 100 percent mineral makeup that is distributed and sold in over 12 countries. Her mantra is the backbone of the company, “Protect, nourish, hydrate and love your skin – just don’t forget to add some color. Take care of what you have from the inside out”. Embracing the beauty and benefits of color theory and mineral makeup changed my life and career path.
Gregg Hanson was born and raised in South Eastern Pennsylvania. Over the years, he has resided in Miami, Florida, Coronado, California, and New York, only to come full circle and reside in Pennsylvania once again. His education is in marketing and chemistry, having spent nearly 10 years in a prominent marketing agency prior to exercising his compounding/chemistry background. His wife, Colleen, and he have two children, Gregg Jr. and Gracie, who have appeared in DERMASCOPE’s publication over the years. As the president of Renu Labs, Inc., Hanson has over 23 years of knowledge in formulating and manufacturing skin and body care products, escalating to a respected over the counter (OTC), FDA inspected laboratory.
As a pioneer in the field of clinical cosmetology, Ottmar Stubler co-established state-approved advanced training seminars for nurses, aestheticians and cosmetologists to prepare them for employment in the medical field in the early 1990s. Stubler founded PFB Vanish Inc. in 2000. PFB Vanish is a pre- and post-hair removal solution which can be used as a first line of defense for shaving, waxing, tweezing, electrolysis and laser hair removal. I have been in the beauty industry for 28 years. Prior to getting my aesthetic license in 1985, I had been involved in multi-level skin care marketing with a variety of product lines. I realized early on that, regardless of the economy, women would always budget for creams and makeup. I began my career working at the front desk in a small salon and assisted in preparing treatment rooms.
Kathryn Leverette has been a licensed aesthetician, acne specialist, ethnic skin expert, consultant, and industry educator since 1987. In addition to acne, ethnic and sensitive skin, she specializes in hyperpigmentation and scar reduction. Her clientele is generally 85 percent African-American (40 percent of which are men), with a 15 percent mix of African, Hispanic, Caucasian, Asian, West Indian, Asian Indian, Pacific Islander and Native American clients. Leverette is best known in the professional skin care industry for developing the first internationally-recognized programs to successfully treat razor bumps and acne keloidalis (scalp bumps and scars). She was one of the first skin care professionals to utilize and write about the alpha hydroxy acids in the late 1980s, and the first to introduce the use of alpha hydroxy acids in Europe.
Rhonda Allison founded Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals more than 25 years ago. Today, the company is a leader in the professional skin care industry and a globally recognized name. Allison is respected worldwide for her innovative work with acids and chemical peels, and is a highly regarded speaker, author and educator. Through her experience as an aesthetician, she observed the importance of utilizing active ingredients and treatments to produce real results for clients. This set her on a mission to develop products that would forever change the landscape of skin care for countless aesthetic professionals and discerning consumers. I have been in the aesthetics industry for more than 30 years.
Over his 50 year career, Maurice Stein's Academy Award-winning (Planet of the Apes, 1969) makeup artistry has touched the faces of some of the brightest stars of film, television, commercials and even three United States presidents. He has worked on over 200 films and television shows and has more than 4,000 commercials to his credit. Stein was the first makeup artist inducted to the California Cosmetology Association Hall of Fame and is also included in the National Cosmetology Association Hall of Renown. In 1984, after retiring as a professional makeup artist in the entertainment industry, Stein founded a small cosmetics and special effects supply company in California.
Sonia Boghosian has been involved with the spa industry since 1984. It is due to her continuous support of the aesthetics industry that cell therapy, DNA therapy, and the use of ultrasound and microneedling are now available to aestheticians and their clients. Boghosian is the president and CEO of Bio Jouvance Paris, Europro Equipment, and the International College of Beauty Arts and Sciences. She has also owned and operated many spas. She conducts yearly conferences and expositions for skin care professionals and is a guest speaker for multiple industry-leading tradeshows worldwide. Boghosian is also an active contributing editor to industry magazines and co-editor of many informative articles.
Dr. Ben Johnson started his career in 1997 when he opened one of the first medical spa chains with various locations in the United States. Johnson later founded and formulated his first skin care line, Cosmedix, with a strategy that was unique at the time – creating medical-strength results using all natural and chirally correct ingredients. Johnson developed Osmosis Skincare with the goal of changing the direction of skin care away from excessive exfoliation and focusing on dermal remodeling. The product range has created a great deal of excitement in the beauty industry thanks to its unique action and outstanding results.
In 1976, Shelley Hess wanted to become a medical researcher to find a cure for acne. Even with Johns Hopkins medical studies, Hess’ career path took a turn, leading her to being mentored by a Tibetan doctor on holistic practices. For 11 years she was guided into the skin care career she currently holds. Although Hess did not become a doctor, she found a way to assist thousands of men, women and children by handling many skin care problems and giving back a sense of confidence to those who found difficulty in feeling content about their appearance. I have been in the aesthetics industry for 37 years. Throughout those years, I have been an educator at various skin care schools in New York, Maryland, Florida and California;
Joseph Contorno is an entrepreneur with technology and banking as his educational and vocational background. In 1992, he married Elaine Linker and together they sought a new beginning. As part of that exploration, they decided to leap into the newly exploding field of aesthetics, eventually creating the brand Doctor’s Dermatological Formula (DDF). With the help of partners, venture capital, and dedicated, loyal employees and co-workers, Joe and Elaine grew DDF and in 2007 they were successful in the sale of the business to Proctor & Gamble.
Pamela Taylor is one of New York City’s most sought after makeup artists and educators, who works in film, television and editorial print. A favorite with top fashion and celebrity photographers, Taylor has worked with many known photographers and directors in the industry. Known for her Hydration Technique, Taylor’s makeup applications have unique water painted quality. Her work is often featured in fashion and beauty editorials.
A pioneer in holistic health care, Ohashi has practiced and taught his unique method of bodywork all over the world. He is the world-renowned director of the international Ohashi Institute, a cultural and educational non-profit organization. As teacher, practitioner, and pioneer of Oriental medicine, Japanese martial arts, human movement and philosophy, Ohashi has trained thousands of graduates and certified Ohashiatsu® instructors worldwide. He has lectured widely (including for L'Oreal in Italy, for the International Dermal Institute, and at many aesthetic conferences in the United States), authored six books, published in many languages, including Do It Yourself Shiatsu, 1975, Ohashi's Book of Oriental Diagnosis, 1991, and Beyond Shiatsu, 1996.
Anne Willis has been part of the aesthetic industry since 1976. As a young woman, she suffered from cystic acne, which set the course for her future career in aesthetics. As she searched for ways to heal her skin, she knew that whatever the outcome she would one day be of service to others that suffered from skin ailments. From adversity she was able to launch a career as one of the first clinical aestheticians to work with physicians. Anne developed disciplined strategic protocols that enhanced skin recovery for thousands that had undergone plastic surgery procedures and became highly regarded by prominent physicians who would rely on her expertise for skin therapeutics.
Linda Bertaut's interest in cosmetics and skin care started when she was 12 years old when she would admire her mother's beautiful clothing, jewelry and makeup. A year later she took a John Robert Powers modeling course and learned about makeup in addition to poise and good grooming habits – things that have stayed with her for life. Her first career was working in the fashion industry for 10 years. Then, she went on to become an Image Consultant which eventually introduced her to makeup artistry. In 1986, Linda went to cosmetician school to get her license so she could legally 'touch and charge' for her services.Thus, her new beauty industry career was born. After 25 plus years in our industry, she feels fortunate to be able to share her voice in magazines, to be able to speak at tradeshows, and to be a contributor in the Milady textbook.
Christine Heathman CME, LMT is a licensed Master Aesthetician, aesthetic pioneer and nominated Legend in American Aesthetics who has practiced clinical skin care for over 25 years. Christine is a powerful speaker, world-wide lecturer, educator, author of many skin care manuals, has written hundreds of skin science editorials, innovator in the research and development of unconventional and progressive skin care and protocols used in the most prestigious skin care spas, schools and medical clinics all over the world. A leader in her industry, Christine steps out of the box to challenge the traditional by developing methods for skin care success that gets results to build a successful aesthetic business.
Lyn Ross is a Licensed Master Esthetics Instructor accredited through the Georgia Board of Cosmetology with over 30 years of experience in the field of professional aesthetics. Institut’ DERMed Clinical Skin Care encompasses a 3,000 square foot medical spa, “College of Advanced Aesthetics,” an extensive line of natural cosmeceutical skin care products and mineral-based cosmetic line. A true medical spa pioneer, Lyn has written numerous articles, co-authored text books and appeared on radio and television shows highlighting professional aesthetics. She is dedicated to sharing her passion, knowledge, and years of in-clinic aesthetic experience. Lyn provides skin care professionals with clinical and medical treatment protocols, products, and the education that guarantees client results and spa business success.
Jennifer Linder, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist and a fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic skin surgeon, serving as Chief Scientific Officer for PCA skin®, guiding all product development and clinical trials for the company. She is one of the foremost U.S. experts in the use of the cosmetic filler, Sculptra®, and is also on medical advisory boards for Botox® and Juvéderm®. She holds a clinical faculty position in the Department of Dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Linder has also written chapters on chemical peels and cosmeceuticals in medical textbooks, authoring multiple articles for industry journals annually.
Michelle D'Allaird-Brenner has been in the beauty business since 1988; as a licensed cosmetologist, aesthetician and CIDESCO diplomat she has pooled all of her knowledge and expertise into education and raising the bar for professional aestheticians around the world. Michelle is the owner of Aesthetic Science Institute, a NYS licensed aesthetics school in Latham, N.Y. She is a regular contributing author for DERMASCOPE and Les Nouvelles Esthetique & Spa magazines, a speaker and host for aesthetics conferences across the U.S. and has co-authored two major industry textbooks. Michelle is a consultant for an International cosmetic company having provided education in over 18 countries around the world.
"Excellence in Education… One Student at a Time" has been the guiding principle of Annette Hanson, president of Atelier Esthétique® Institute of Esthetics in New York City. Her professional experience spans 30 years, making her a renowned skin care expert and published author in industry periodicals, as well as a sought after lecturer at leading professional conferences worldwide. Annette was instrumental in the development of the 600-hour curriculum for the New York State aesthetics license and she was appointed by New York's Secretary of State to serve as educator on the Appearance Enhancement Advisory Committee for aesthetics, nails and cosmetology.
Catherine Atzen was introduced to facials by an aesthetician in France when she was 13, suffering from acne and sensitive, dehydrated skin. She inspired Catherine to care for her skin and thus Catherine’s passion was born. Years later, while working in aesthetic medicine doing research on skin care for burn victims, she was at the forefront of the skin care industry by developing the first ATZEN formulas with DNA. She is a sought after industry expert who serves as a consultant to industry leaders and brands in several countries, as well as being a founding member of the International Medical Spa Association (IMSA).
Before coming to the U.S. from Russia in 1991, Elina Fedotova transformed her acne prone skin into a glowing example of the power of natural healing. She is now the CEO of Elina Organics with clinics in Chicago, Ill. and Kalamazoo, Mich. Her products are available in spas and medical offices across the U.S. and abroad. Elina is the founder of the Association of Holistic Skin Care Practitioners and makes regular TV appearances with Elina Skin Cuisine segments. "Good face cream should be like a fresh meal for your skin!" says Fedotova, "More and more research shows it might end up into your bloodstream, and I believe in skin care products formulated from food grade ingredients."
Alexandra J. Zani is an international educator and speaker with a background in biology and medical technology. She holds an instructor license in cosmetology/aesthetics, is NCEA certified, and has received advanced certifications both in the U.S. and abroad in the dermal sciences, spa therapies, non-ablative laser, LED and microcurrent. Zani is an independent technical and scientific advisor and mentor for postgraduate studies in the medical spa industry, including cosmeceutical development. She presents education for advanced aesthetic technology, is a specialist in longevity, including the affects of nutrition, lifestyle and the mind/body connection. As an author and technical writer, she has written over 70 articles, technical manuals and has created a recent webinar series.
Aesthetician, Business Consultant, Educator and Lecturer
Douglas Preston is a business consultant and frequent lecturer in the day and medical spa industry. Preston's business articles frequently appear in DERMASCOPE Magazine, Spa Management Journal, American Spa, MedicalSpa Magazine, Les Nouvelles Esthetiques, and others. Preston is a past-president of Aesthetics International Association (AIA), and served as committee chairman for The Day Spa Association (DSA). He was named The Day Spa Association's "Spa Person of the Year" in January 2006 and received the distinction of "Favorite Spa Consultant" in American Spa Magazine's 2006 readers' poll. As consultant to spa owners, physicians and practicing aestheticians he has taught and mentored thousands of skilled professionals worldwide and continues to do so. Preston has owned and operated Preston Private Label Products, a provider of fine skin care for the spa/medical industry, since 1996. In addition, he has maintained a California aesthetician's license since 1982 and is also licensed in the state of New Mexico.
With a career that has spanned from working at an airline pilot school, a thoroughbred racing farm, and ultimately as regional operations manager at Photography Corporation of America, Jeannette Kravitz found her creative voice through visual arts, events and music. Through her international travels and volunteering in places like Romania, working for HIV/AIDS orphans and NGOs globally, she has gained perspective by asking herself the ultimate question, "What is my purpose?" In 2000, she founded sponsorKIDs® Charities Peace Journey and now with her newly created ECOChallenge2020.org she continues to increase her charitable efforts with the help of her newly created natural-botanical-cosmeceutical skin care line which provides a base revenue stream allowing her to continue on with her philanthropic aspirations.
Author, Lecturer and Educator
Gracefully blending biology and cosmetology, Barbara Schumann has been sculpting the world’s most vital works of art – the masterpiece that waits within all men and women. A graduate of Florida College of Natural Health, Barbara was the recipient of The Golden Touch Award. She also has a Bachelors in Architecture, a Masters in Traditional Town Planning, and is currently working on her Doctorate in Psychology with a focus on health and wellness. As a licensed skin therapist and skin care line developer since 1991, she has made it not only her business to bring out the best in people, but also her calling. As the German-raised daughter of compassionate skin revitalization pioneer Wilma Schumann, Barbara brings all of the bedrock knowledge she has learned and takes it to another level.
Aleks Vranicic | Aesthetician
Since moving to the U.S. in 1985 from the Island of Hvar, Croatia; Aleks Vranicic has been groomed in the aesthetic profession by both his mother and grandmother. Since graduating in 2002, Aleks has been involved in the professional skin care market and in 2004 gained his aesthetic license in the state of California. Over the last six years, he has worked with Vitelle Dermatology Labs, Inc., the manufacturer of YUM Gourmet Skincare. Now, as the director of sales and technical advisor, he is focused on the growth and further development of the YUM brand enabling him to develop an interactive and exciting method of teaching aesthetic and spa management practices through technical training seminars that reflect a European standard of excellence in aesthetics which is both informative and inspiring.
Lori Nestore | Waxing Specialist and Educator
Lori Nestore is the CEO of Eva's Esthetics. She is a cosmetologist, an aesthetician, a waxing specialist, and a highly sought after educator who lives in California. She was first recognized for her superiority in waxing treatments and training 30 years ago and continues to lead the American waxing world today. Nestori now shares her "secrets of the trade" with waxing professionals around the world.
Aesthetician and Educator Master trainer hailing from Budapest, Hungary; Boldijarre is a dedicated trainer, lecturer, herbalist, and master of European aesthetics and massage. Educating clients on how to use natural ingredients in skin care to bring wellness and balance into their busy lives is Boldijarre’s passion and an award-winning mandate for his company Éminence Organic Skin Care.
Tina Zillmann | Expert Aesthetician and Educator
Tina owns Skin Rejuvenation Clinique® and Skin Rejuvenating Concepts™. She is a licensed aesthetician, a sought after educator, and published author who lives in San Antonio. Through the success of both her companies, she was awarded the prestigious 2004 “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” by the National Association of Women Business Owners. In 2007, Tina was appointed as Board Member to the Central and South Texas Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and later that same year, she was appointed as Vice President of Aesthetics International Association (AIA) and in 2008 the Presidency.
Kathleen Carney | Aesthetician and Educator
Kathleen is the founder and CEO of Skin Blends LLC, The Advanced Skin Care Training Academy, and a licensed aesthetic instructor. She has a degree in Home Economics Education from Wayne State College in Nebraska and attended Graduate school at the University of Arizona. Kathleen’s passion is to help aestheticians profitably do what they love by teaching them how to customize treatments and products simply and effectively.
Pierce Mattie | Expert in Media Relations
Pierce owns Pierce Mattie Public Relations, which represents the industry’s best spas, salons, resorts, and beauty products. He is a graduate of New York University, a licensed aesthetician, and published author who lives in Manhattan. His firm is ranked by O’Dwyer's as the North American leader in beauty and fashion media relations.