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.…
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,…
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…
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…
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,…
"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…
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…
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…
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.…
Douglas Preston 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…
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…
Barbara Schumann 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…
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