Recognizing Excellence

The skin care industry is bursting at the seams with top-rate, professional product lines. Like never before, professionals have a smorgasbord from which to choose when selecting the products to sell in their spas. While retail counters from California to New York are sampling from this diverse array of brands, it is hard to deny that there seems to be a select few that stand out among the rest – the crème de la crème that spas across the United States just can’t seem to get enough of. Yes, through hard work and a whole lot of gusto, there are companies clearly distinguishing themselves as leaders in the industry. And while their names line the shelves of spas near and far, the late nights, long flights, hours of perfecting formulas, and time away from home go unseen. These giants sacrifice much to make inspiring, game-changing contributions to the industry and DERMASCOPE Magazine wants to tell their stories; we want to recognize excellence.

 

ABOUT RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE

With three new, unique categories – Breaking the Mold, Leading Lines, and The A-List – DERMASCOPE's 2018 Recognizing Excellence special section features companies that are making waves in the industry and standing out from competition. In Breaking the Mold, get a glimpse at which companies are changing expectations in aesthetics and what sets them apart. With Leading Lines, find the industry’s hottest, best-selling professional product lines. And finally, check out 2018’s A-List to discover an awe-inspiring collection of the industry’s top, must-know innovators and their brands that help shape this industry.

 

SELECTION PROCESS

The companies represented within 2018’s Recognizing Excellence section were selected on the merits of their contributions to the aesthetics industry – from exceptional product development to impressive educational efforts. These companies were vetted for high standards, significant industry presence, and status as role models for aesthetic professionals across the country. Those that made it into 2018’s Recognizing Excellence section are a group that DERMASCOPE can proudly say is paving the future of aesthetics.

 

The Queen of Peels Rhonda Allison is the founder of Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals and RED Method. She is highly respected worldwide for her innovative work with acids and chemical peels…
THE HONEST INNOVATOR Kathleen Angiolet began working in cosmetics behind a counter in 1986. A positive can-do attitude helped her to move up through the ranks and rise to an…
THE MOTIVATOR Karen Asquith is the national director of education for G.M. Collin Skin Care, developing innovative skin care training programs to elevate the aesthetician’s professional expertise. For the past…
THE BEAUTY ARCHITECT Patricia Boland has nearly two decades of experience in the beauty and cosmetic industry. She is currently exhibiting that expertise within the Colorescience team as the vice…
THE AESTHETICS AMBASSADOR Michelle D’Allaird-Brenner is a licensed aesthetician, cosmetologist, CIDESCO diplomat, and the owner of the Aesthetic Science Institute. She has over 30 years of experience in the skin…
THE HOLISTIC PROFESSIONAL Elina Fedotova is the founder and formulator of Elina Organics. An award-winning aesthetician and cosmetic chemist, she combines the intelligence of nature with modern science to help…
THE REVOLUTIONIZER Sara Fulton, president and co-founder of Vivant Skin Care, is among the most influential figures in the skin care industry. She was one of the first women to…
THE REGENERATOR Christine Heathman is an aesthetic pioneer and was nominated as a Legend in American aesthetics. Her name is synonymous with age management. Heathman is a powerful speaker, world-wide…
THE LIGHT THERAPIST Patrick Johnson is the CEO of BioPhotas and the inventor of the award-winning Celluma Series of light therapy devices. He is a seasoned executive with profit and…
THE SUGAR MASTER Lina Kennedy is the president and CEO of Alexandria Professional, a worldwide leader in body sugaring epilation. Kennedy is the pioneer of professional body sugaring and a…
THE GREEN COMPANY Attila Koronczay grew up in Budapest, Hungary until he and his brother moved to Vancouver, Canada in 1996 to pursue their dreams and bring natural, organic, and…
THE ANGEL IN CHARGE Becky Kuehn, the leading educator for oncology training in the United States had cancer when she was 18-years-old. It shaped the course of her life and…
THE DERMAPLANE TRAINER Rikki Kusy is an ASU College of Education and Barrett Honor’s College graduate with over 25 years of experience in training and education. She holds aesthetics licenses…
THE SKIN CARE CONSULTANT Pat Lam is a board-certified, anti-aging health practitioner, CIDESCO International Examiner, CIDESCO Gold Medal winner and diplomat, and co-founder and past president of CIDESCO Canada. She…
THE FORMULATOR Janel Luu has enjoyed over 35 years of experience int he global cosmetics industry as an international educator, outward-looking researcher, and master skin care formulator. Her extensive background…
THE WELLNESS GURU Wallace Vigo Nelson, N.D. is a holistic health expert and the foremost authority in the field of beauty nutrition. A second-generation naturopathic doctor, Nelson has followed in…
THE SKIN SAVANT Manon Pilon has conducted seminars internationally, educating medical specialists, aestheticians, dermatologists, nurses, plastic surgeons, and professionals spanning several other medical fields. She is an author, spa consultant,…
THE IMAGING INNOVATOR Austin Podowski is an elite marketing specialist, serving as an A-to-Z business development executive since his youth, with several successful launches in his portfolio, spanning from digital…
THE THIRD GENERATION Michael Q. Pugliese, B.S., L.E., is an informed educator, writer, and asset to the skin care industry. He became the third-generation CEO of Circadia by Dr. Pugliese…
THE PROBLEM SOLVER Lyn Ross, L.M.E., is the founder and CEO of the Institut’ DERMed family of companies. Working closely with Atlanta, Georgia’s top cosmetic dermatologists and plastic surgeons, Ross…
THE EUROPEAN BEAUTY SAGE Bella Schneider leads more than 150 aesthetic professionals in her Silicon Valley spas. She travels globally to bring the best in aesthetic science to her formulas…
THE EQUIPMENT EXPERT David Suzuki, president of Bio-Therapeutic, has been an active and licensed member of the medical aesthetic industry for over 30 years. He is a leading authority and…
THE LASER GUY Louis Silberman, CEO of National Laser Institute, pioneered the cosmetic laser training industry. He launched health4her.com out of his garage in 1998, which became the sixth most…
THE DREAM MAKER Aleks Vranicic is a product development principal, master trainer, and vice president of sales and technical training at Vitelle Labs. Originally from Croatia, he is a third-generation,…

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