Sentient Lasers, a business solutions company and a leading pre-owned aesthetic laser company that buys, sells, warranties, and provides service contracts for aesthetic lasers and light devices, announced the addition of Ryan Haller as director of marketing and business development. In his new role, Haller will be responsible for spearheading marketing strategy, including helping the company merchandise their new, state-of-the-art headquarters and service and repair facility.
Haller joins Sentient Lasers with more than 20 years of experience in the medical laser industry. Haller has an extensive background in developing and expanding marketing campaigns, project management, strategic planning, and budget management.
“Sentient Lasers has worked closely with Ryan and TheLaserTrader for several years now,” said Chris Cella, CEO of Sentient Lasers. “Ryan is extremely knowledgeable about marketing and business development, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him join the team and lead our marketing and business development efforts, especially as we continue to grow, expand our services, and move into a cutting-edge facility.”
LivNordic, the spa brand founded by Raison d’Etre to encourage the Nordic art of wellness, announced the launch of a new collaboration with Sauna From Finland, to help spas and consumers discover the importance of authentic sauna practice. Together, Sauna From Finland and LivNordic will share their knowledge about the many benefits of the Finnish sauna and offer spa clients all over the world an authentic Finnish sauna experience. Bringing together LivNordic’s wealth of global spa industry knowledge with Sauna From Finland’s expertise on the truly Finnish sauna experience, this collaboration aims to encourage a higher standard of sauna in the global industry and raise awareness of the benefits of the practice. A traditional Finnish sauna is a perfect place to rest, relax, and focus on health and well-being. Taking a sauna reduces stress and improves quality of sleep. In the sauna, the mind and body are cleansed and find harmony. Raison d’Etre has been shaping the world’s finest spas for over 20 years, leading wellness businesses into world-class status and developing Scandinavian-inspired spas with LivNordic. By collaborating with Sauna From Finland, the global spa consultancy hopes to encourage a more traditional Finnish experience that will be taken on board by new and well-established spas. Sauna From Finland’s website shares the rating of saunas and services, with the Authentic Finnish Sauna Experience Quality Certificate marking the highest standard of sauna. The company also assists spas and businesses to design and implement the highest-quality sauna experience.
GlobalSkin Launches International Movement for Eczema Sufferers on First Ever Awareness Day
Today, the global eczema community unites to observe the first-ever Atopic Eczema Day to raise awareness and understanding of eczema and atopic dermatitis. Atopic Eczema Day brings together those affected by eczema or atopic dermatitis to share experiences and future aspirations and drive actions that improve lives all over the world.
To deliver that action, the International Alliance of Dermatology Patient Organizations (IADPO), also known as GlobalSkin, is unveiling AltogetherEczema, a new movement to elevate the urgent and unmet needs of the global eczema and atopic dermatitis community. Altogethereczema.org will serve as the central hub for people affected by eczema or atopic dermatitis, as well as patient leaders – providing resources, gathering insights, and seeking to empower collective advocacy.
“The inaugural World Atopic Eczema Day is a long-awaited chance to honor and empower those affected by eczema or atopic dermatitis and, finally, puts their needs in the spotlight,” said Christine Janus, CEO of GlobalSkin. “This community faces a huge range of challenges, whether physical or emotional, every single day. We hope by launching AltogetherEczema, we can kickstart a conversation within the community about what matters most. A clearer understanding of issues and priorities for those living with the condition will ensure that, together, we can work towards meaningful and relevant change.”
Globally, eczema affects up to 20 percent of children and 10 percent of adults. Atopic dermatitis is the most common – and chronic – form of eczema, which, typically, causes patches of dry, itchy skin that may worsen and can erupt into a rash when scratched. But, people also, often, experience a significant, negative impact on their emotional wellbeing – from an inability to sleep to associated feelings of social exclusion and depression or anxiety. It is this hidden, multidimensional burden that needs urgent attention.
AltogetherEczema urges the eczema and atopic dermatitis community to share their story and experiences of life with the condition, as well as their aspirations for the future. By doing so, the key issues faced globally can be investigated, utilizing shared knowledge and insight to inspire advocacy and a campaign for change.
On August 23 and 24, Repêchage CEO and Founder, Lydia Sarfati joined Stacie Bowie, master stylist and owner of Bowie Salon and Spa in Seattle, Washington for a series of exclusive events to introduce the new Repêchage Glow and Go Bar – a concept that combines customized facial massage and mask services.
This new menu of massages combined with express facial services was created by Sarfati as a way for salons and spas to capitalize on the rise of facial massage.
“There is a new popularity in facial massage boutiques and gyms available at airports and department stores,” Sarfati said. “These focus almost exclusively on massage. As aestheticians, we are licensed and have advanced knowledge in both skin care and facial massage, so we need to take advantage of these skills. The Repêchage Glow and Go concept allows aestheticians to offer a full facial massage and mask menu by pairing unique facial massage techniques that we’ve created with express sheet masks.”
Clients enjoyed a full-day event of skin analysis performed by Sarfati, followed by a service recommendation.
Bowie Salon and Spa has been a Repêchage partner since 2016, and Stacie Bowie is excited to add these facial massage and mask services to the spa’s menu.
“It is great to have quick services available for clients and for our hair department to be able to offer these services too,” Bowie said. “We like to think of the Glow and Go services as hair treatments for the face. The visibility that the Glow and Go concept will create for our spa treatments will help our spa department – and overall business – grow.”
On June 26, the Los Angeles Business Journal hosted the Women’s Council and Awards – a half-day event of inspiration, education, and recognition. The top business leaders in Los Angeles, California gathered to share their wisdom through a series of keynote speeches, dynamic panels, and workshops. The annual event honored the achievements made by powerful women who make a difference throughout Los Angeles. President of Altair Instruments, Brenda Acosta, won the prestigious “Entrepreneur Founder/Owner of the Year” award. With over 300 nominees, including Gillian Zucker of the LA Clippers, Christine Simmons from the LA Sparks, and Gold Medalist Jordyn Wieber, Acosta humbly accepted the impressive award. “It’s an honor to be among the most accomplished and distinguished female leaders,” Acosta said. Some could say this prestigious accolade could not have happened at a better time. DiamondTome will be celebrating its 20-year anniversary next year. Acosta has been working on the year-long marketing campaign to celebrate this anniversary.
RevitaLash® Cosmetics, a leader in the eyelash and eyebrow category, announced the launch of its new website, including added features for customer convenience, updated model and product imagery, new video content, and, for the first time, a look at the brand’s refreshed logo. Now offering consumers a more engaging brand experience, the new website is designed to authentically represent the brand’s iconic, luxury products and heritage. “We are thrilled to unveil this first phase of our new site, boasting more exciting features to engage and educate consumers,” said Lori Jacobus, chief marketing officer for RevitaLash Cosmetics. “This fresh look mirrors our revitalized vision for the brand moving forward. With our physician-led line of expert-developed, luxury cosmetics, this new website is reflective of our role as a leader in the beauty industry. As part of the overall new company branding, RevitaLash Cosmetics has revamped its logo; the new logo is elegant and eye-catching. We’ve incorporated the signature eyelash curve from our previous logo, now serving as the leg of the ‘R’.”
The Association of Holistic Skin Care Practitioners (AHSCP) will hold its 11th annual conference on Nov. 4 and 5 at Chicago’s Crowne Plaza O’Hare Hotel. It will feature extensive, hands-on learning opportunities and demonstrations, so registration will be limited this year. The AHSCP offers the latest protocols and trends in organic, non-invasive skin care, as well as continuing education for aestheticians and holistic skin care certification. Workshops and conferences sponsored by the AHSCP provide education on natural ingredients, demonstrations of European and Eastern methods for individualized skin care protocols, and networking opportunities.
Eminence Organics celebrated their largest annual business conference in July. This dynamic, yearly event united over 200 Eminence team-members from around the world for three days of education, knowledge sharing, and celebration. Held in Vancouver, British Columbia, the conference was designed to celebrate company wins and galvanize growth for the next 12 months.
BiON Skincare has announced a new Director of Sales and Education, Andrea Matczyszyn. Passionate about skin care, Matczyszyn has held an aesthetics license in Nebraska for six years. In 2011, after graduation, she moved to Colorado where she quickly became the lead aesthetician at the salon where she worked, due to her organizational and esthetic skills. After a few years in Colorado, she moved back to Nebraska so she and her husband could be closer to family. She decided to switch gears and work in business for a short time.
As a firm believer in BiON Skincare and its mission, Matczyszyn supports this family-owned and operated business by offering the same level of customer service that may customers have appreciated over the past 21 years.
Shorr Solutions founders, Jay and Mara Shorr, have won the coveted Non-Physician Practice Management Innovator Award at the TAG! You’re IT! Aesthetic Awards during The Aesthetic Show 2018.
Nominated by their clients and voted on by a panel of our medical peers, they join an elite roster of winners, including:
The ceremony was held at the Wynn in Las Vegas on July 7.
The Institute of Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Massage recently started offering advanced classes at the school and they have been a huge success. They offered one-day courses in microneedling, eyelash extensions, and dermaplaning. They are excited to offer more classes in October.
Two of the school’s most recent CIDESCO students, Laura and Dasha, recently completed the aesthetics and manicure section of their course and are now moving on to massage.
The institute is also hosting a CIDESCO preparation class next month, September 17-21. This helps prepare individuals who sign up for the class for the CIDESCO international exam.
On August 6, the core students of Southeastern Esthetics Institute completed a variety of services – from miniature facials to makeup – on the residents of Harbison Hall, located in Columbia, South Carolina.
“We are forever grateful to those that have given us the opportunity to do something for others,” said Courtney Sykes, the institute’s chief administrative officer. “This is the core of what we try to instill in our students – to make a difference in peoples’ lives. We are always looking for opportunities to help them grow and be more well-rounded individuals. Moments like these are the chance to do just that.”
The residents enjoyed all of the pampering and the students learned a bit more about giving back to those in need. Southeastern Esthetics Institute is looking forward to visiting and pampering the next set of residents soon.
To inquire more about community service projects with Southeastern Esthetics Institute, please call 803-814-1772.
Saltability, a spa industry vendor that provides Himalayan salt stone treatments and products for resort, day, medical, and destination spas, announces that Christine Clinton has been named the company’s national trainer for Ireland.
Clinton has been at the forefront of the spa and wellness sector for more than 28 years, providing continuing education for massage schools, spas and professional organizations across Ireland, the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, and the Caribbean.
As Saltability’s national trainer, Clinton offers one-day workshops throughout the country to educate qualified therapists on the therapeutic use and benefits of Himalayan salt through salt stone massage and more.
Saltability was created by founder Ann Brown, who sought a better, and more environmentally-friendly, way to provide stone massage to clients. There is no water required for the treatment and product usage is minimal.
In her new role, Clinton will work closely with Saltability clients in developing bespoke treatments to enhance all spa menus featuring Saltability’s eco-friendly, International Spa Association (ISPA) Innovation Award-winning salt stone warmer.
Born from the earth’s primal sea and mined from the Himalayan Mountains, Saltability’s pure salt stones contain 84 naturally-occurring minerals and elements and benefit the body by stimulating circulation, detoxifying, improving sleep, reducing inflammation, calming the nervous system, and reducing the signs of aging.
“From the first time I was introduced to Himalayan salt stone massage, I have absolutely loved it,” says Clinton, who has worked extensively with basalt stones. “I’m thrilled to help other massage therapists improve their skills and learn about the value that this treatment brings to clients – how the benefits are far beyond your typical stone massage.”
Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, a wellness property in Miami Beach, Florida announced the appointment of respected spa-industry leader Tammy Pahel as director of spa. In her new role, Pahel manages a team of 100 professionals in the property’s integrated spa, fitness, salon, and wellness facilities.
“With nearly three decades of notable experience in the spa industry, Tammy Pahel is respected for the successful relationships she creates between spas and top wellness brands,” says Carillon Miami Wellness Resort Managing Director Paul Nash. “Pahel’s expertise in negotiating collaborations among wellness brands will continue to establish Carillon Miami Wellness Resort as the leader in elevating spa brands through strategic partnerships”
“At Carillon Miami, I am working on new, innovative partnerships,” Pahel said. “There are so many brands for which I have relationships that are interested in working with Carillon Miami. Together, we will create one-of-a-kind guest experiences that will elevate the property to the pinnacle of wellness resorts in the world.”
Pahel began her career in 1989 as executive director at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and led the property to a “Top Ten Spas” ranking by Conde Nast Gold List. She also led the spa operations for Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, The Spa at Caesar’s Palace, and Deer Lake Lodge and Spa.
Pahel is also the founder and principal of Spa Management Solutions, Inc., which she launched in 1999. Committed to having a prominent voice in the spa industry, Pahel served on the International Spa Association Board (ISPA) for four years and participated for an additional eight years on various ISPA committees.