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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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,…
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…
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.…
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