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…
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…
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