Behind the Brand

Shelley Marleen Hess | Entrepreneur and Holistic Aesthetician

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…

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Joseph Contorno | Entrepreneur and Chief Excutive Officer

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,…

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Pamela Taylor | Lecturer, Practitioner, Author, Entrepreneur

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…

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Ohashi | Lecturer, Practitioner, Author, Entrepreneur

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…

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Linda Bertaut | Makeup Artist, Image Consultant, Reiki Master Teacher, Author, and Entrepreneur

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…

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Christine Heathman, CME, LMT | Master Esthetician, Educator, Author, Entrepreneur & Speaker

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…

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Lyn Ross, L.M.E. | Master Aesthetician, Educator, Author, and CEO of Institut’ DERMed

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…

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