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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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