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Award-winning, licensed esthetician, Kelly Wolcott is passionate about granting a beautiful WISH: achieving Wildly Intense Skin Health. With over two decades at the forefront of the professional skincare industry, she is an entrepreneur, a student, an educator and a mentor.
Kelly developed two highly successful skincare salons and takes special pride in mentoring other estheticians in her employ. Her business success can be attributed to creating custom treatments by utilizing the most advanced cosmetic formulations and aesthetic technologies to maximize client results while offering carefully selected retail product lines. Her clients voted her “Best Esthetician” in 2016 and 2017 for Gwinnett Magazine.
Her impressive achievements would not be possible without a relentless pursuit of knowledge. Kelly is a self-professed education junkie, which has driven her to obtain numerous certifications and to continually seek out new learning experiences such as:
• CIDESCO Diplomat, world’s most prestigious qualification in esthetics and beauty therapy
• ITEC Certification, an international education standard recognized in over 40 countries
• NCEA Certification, the highest skincare credential in the United States
• Institut’ DERMed brand educator
• TSG2020 Player 1st in Age Management, 2nd in Acne and 3rd in Pigmentation categories.
• Currently the Director of Judges for The Skin Games
It is Kelly’s mission to educate, mentor, and share her esthetic journey to grant each client their unique skincare WISH and help other professionals achieve success.
Brooke Kennedy is a dedicated Master Esthetician with a passion for both her craft and her community. She is the proud owner of Suite B Hair & Skin Lounge, a renowned establishment nestled in the heart of Issaquah, Washington. Her unwavering commitment to excellence has earned her and her team prestigious awards and accolades.
Notably, in 2023, Suite B Hair & Skin Lounge was honored as the “Best in the Pacific Northwest” for their exceptional waxing services by the Seattle Times. Their reign of excellence continued with consecutive victories in the “Best of Issaquah” awards, securing recognition for their outstanding Spa & Hair Services, as well as their impeccable Customer Service, for two consecutive years.
Brooke’s leadership extends beyond the walls of her salon. She takes immense pride in guiding her team and serving as a skin revision therapist and sugarist. Her devotion to the local community is unmistakable, and she channels her efforts towards sustainability, actively seeking ways to reduce the carbon footprint of her salon company.
In the competitive world of esthetics, Brooke has proven herself as a force to be reckoned with. Since 2019, she has been an integral part of The Skin Games, consistently pushing the boundaries of her expertise. Her impressive track record includes winning the Holistic category three years in a row, as well as claiming top honors in the Acne and Open categories. Together with her partner, Alma, Brooke also triumphed at The Skin Boss Mastermind event in Las Vegas.
As she continues to leave her mark on the world of esthetics, Brooke Kennedy now takes on the role of a judge at this year’s Skin Games. She eagerly anticipates this opportunity to give back to the organization that she holds dear and that has played a significant role in her professional journey. Brooke’s journey is one of passion, excellence, and a relentless commitment to her craft and community.
Lincoln Lee serves as a Director of Global Operations at Dermaesthetics Beverly Hills, Inc. covering 20+ countries and education.
He began his career in finance, leading him to Asia where he worked internationally as a Director of Operations negotiating contracts and marketing ventures in China, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan. Prior to joining Dermaesthetics, Lincoln worked for various legal and financial institutions in private equity and investment banking, Ministry of Legislation, Republic of Korea, CGV Entertainment, US film industry, and was previously the director of the Beauty MBA Program at Pacific States University, Los Angeles.
He also works with MUD, Cinema MakeUp School, Riverside Community College, Santa Barbara City College, Loyola Marymount University, University of San Diego, UCI Medical Center, and various Esthetic and Advanced Esthetic institutions across the world, engaging in skin care topics and legal compliances.
He currently sits on various advisory boards for mobile start up technologies, emerging skincare and device companies, and consults for privately held beauty brands.
Zen Miller is a multifaceted healer who takes the holistic approach to whole body wellness. She specializes in mind/body structural integration, a somatic approach to bringing your body back into balance.Triple licensed in Florida and Washington State, Zen is a nationally certified massage therapist of 25 years with Intra-oral Endorsement. YoMa, her Signature Massage style, is heavily influenced by Thai, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Japanese and Ayurvedic techniques for chronic injuries and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Master Esthetician of 15 years. Specializing in “Age Management”, her innovative, cutting edge treatments and products will leave you looking and feeling your absolute best. Zen is a Group Fitness Instructor of 35 years, USAF Vet, Energy Worker, Judge at the The Skin Games International Skincare Competition and Continuing Educator. She has been featured on multiple podcasts and industry publications.
Tiffany A. Roy is a married mother of two children and has been an Esthetician for over 14 years. She began her career in the medical field after high school, working for nearly 10 years as a CNA, medical coder and insurance specialist, and activity director. Her passion has always been to help others feel good about themselves, so she decided to pursue a career in skin and attended Aveda Institute to become an Esthetician. She has been in business for 14 years and continues to further her education with new and innovative techniques for skin services. She looks for new ideas or services to add to her portfolio of current services on a yearly basis.
Pam Huck is the founder of MedSpa Distributors inc. established in 2005. The concept for starting her own distributorship was to not only make sales but help provide and share educational tips to her fellow estheticians to succeed in business. Prior to starting MedSpa Distributors, Pam was the Vice President of a skin care distributorship. Pam also holds experience as a medical spa director and has retained knowledge and experience from more than 20+ years as a licensed master esthetician. Over the years she has written multiple articles, CE courses, and training manuals on various skin care subjects. She also provides many lectures and classes on microdermabrasion, microcurrent, and award-winning product brand education.
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Darnell Wise is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of experience in the Aesthetic, Capital Equipment, Skin Care, and Practice Development sectors. His extensive network and sales and marketing expertise are recognized industry-wide.
Before joining Universal Companies, Wise served as Vice President of Sales at both DermaMed Solutions and Domina Skin Care. At DermaMed, he helped expand their skincare and aesthetic devices within the U.S market. At Domina, he built a national sales organization, launched the Italian brand in the U.S., and doubled sales in two years.
From 2012 to 2014, he was the Regional Manager for Renew Advantage, where he was a practice management consultant for the Cosmetic/Aesthetic medical industry. Prior to this, he was the National Sales Director for Light Age, Inc., leading a sales team that generated over $12 million in annual sales and increased the company’s sales by 39% from 2009 to 2012.
Wise’s career started in 1996 at NeoStrata Co., where he exceeded sales quotas as Director of Professional Sales. He is an alumnus of Philadelphia Biblical University, a Certified Trainer of Professional Selling Skills, and a Certified Professional Sales Coach.
He has received personal training from industry pioneers, holds certifications in several aesthetic procedures, and has won numerous industry awards. Besides this, Wise co-partners Electrolysis & Therapeutic Skin Care By Tracy in New Hope, PA.
Meet Jennifer Shires, LMT, LE, a warm and vibrant soul who believes in the power of authentic connections. Known affectionately as The Barefoot Boss, Jenni is a firecracker of infectious energy, always dreaming big and loving the sensation of the earth beneath her toes. With the soul of a wanderer and the heart of a dreamer, Jenni’s desire to help others see their inner strength and beauty has been at the heart of her journey. Her impressive career spans over three decades as a dual licensed Massage Therapist and Esthetician, multi-location Spa Owner, educator, mentor and coach.Fearlessly taking on the world, Jenni actively serves on industry boards and jet-sets to judge Spa competitions on a global scale. As a seasoned spa owner & educator, she has nurtured the talents of countless professionals, earning her a well-deserved reputation as an industry leader. Despite her remarkable accomplishments, Jenni remains down-to-earth, often sharing laughs and hugging total strangers like family. Her unwavering dedication to individual wellness and passion for empowering others have been the driving force behind her enduring success.After a transformative experience living in the British Virgin Islands, where she managed world-class spas, Jenni’s skills evolved into a true craft and a lifelong commitment. Returning to Seattle, her passion for the wellness industry led her to establish the award-winning Solei & Co., a full-service day spa that has been thriving for almost 15 years, with three locations and a dedicated team of over 60 employees. Solei has become a formidable force in the spa market, earning numerous accolades, including Best Day Spa in Washington, Best Day Spa in Auburn, and the prestigious MindBody Visionary Award.At her core, Jenni is genuine and passionate, firmly believing that everyone deserves a seat at the table. She cherishes every opportunity to journey alongside others, helping them open up and embrace their vulnerabilities. Jenni’s ultimate hope is to leave a lasting legacy of leading her company with her whole heart, never wavering even in the face of fear, and inspiring others to embrace their own true wellness from within.
Meet Jennifer Shires, LMT, LE, a warm and vibrant soul who believes in the power of authentic connections. Known affectionately as The Barefoot Boss, Jenni is a firecracker of infectious energy, always dreaming big and loving the sensation of the earth beneath her toes. With the soul of a wanderer and the heart of a dreamer, Jenni’s desire to help others see their inner strength and beauty has been at the heart of her journey. Her impressive career spans over three decades as a dual licensed Massage Therapist and Esthetician, multi-location Spa Owner, educator, mentor and coach.
Fearlessly taking on the world, Jenni actively serves on industry boards and jet-sets to judge Spa competitions on a global scale. As a seasoned spa owner & educator, she has nurtured the talents of countless professionals, earning her a well-deserved reputation as an industry leader. Despite her remarkable accomplishments, Jenni remains down-to-earth, often sharing laughs and hugging total strangers like family. Her unwavering dedication to individual wellness and passion for empowering others have been the driving force behind her enduring success.
After a transformative experience living in the British Virgin Islands, where she managed world-class spas, Jenni’s skills evolved into a true craft and a lifelong commitment. Returning to Seattle, her passion for the wellness industry led her to establish the award-winning Solei & Co., a full-service day spa that has been thriving for almost 15 years, with three locations and a dedicated team of over 60 employees. Solei has become a formidable force in the spa market, earning numerous accolades, including Best Day Spa in Washington, Best Day Spa in Auburn, and the prestigious MindBody Visionary Award.
At her core, Jenni is genuine and passionate, firmly believing that everyone deserves a seat at the table. She cherishes every opportunity to journey alongside others, helping them open up and embrace their vulnerabilities. Jenni’s ultimate hope is to leave a lasting legacy of leading her company with her whole heart, never wavering even in the face of fear, and inspiring others to embrace their own true wellness from within.
Faith Yanez, a highly accomplished esthetician, has a deep-seated passion for skincare. She has shaped a fulfilling career and life in this field, receiving numerous accolades for her work. In 2013, Faith transitioned from a long-term career as a Supply Chain Manager in the corporate world to become a successful entrepreneur. Since 2015, she has owned and operated Az Skin Rehab in Chandler, Arizona.
Committed to continuous learning, Faith has amassed a diverse educational background. She is a Mindy, Body Wellness Practitioner, Face Reality Certified Acne Expert, Master Life and Nutrition Coach, and holds a Master’s in Business Administration. She has also pursued advanced training in numerous skincare lines and methodologies.
From 2019 to 2022, Faith competed in The Skin Games, an event where she won several awards. In 2021, she was named Esthetician of the Year and achieved first place in the Acne, Compromised, Open, Open Medical, and Pigmentation categories. She also earned second place in Age Management and Selfie categories, and third place in the Holistic category. In 2020, she secured first place in the Pigmentation category, second place in the Holistic category, and third place in Compromised and Acne categories.
While Faith finds immense fulfillment in her career, she cherishes her time with family, which she considers her greatest joy.
Jessica Cooley is an international award-winning Esthetician and Licensed Esthetics Instructor in Columbia, South Carolina. She is the owner of Layers: Skin Journey in Lexington, SC and the founder and CEO of Skin Wand Pro. Jessica holds multiple advanced certifications in the medical esthetics world. She started her journey as a military spouse and mom of 2 and never had the chance to follow her passion until the Cooley family was able to move to Prosperity, SC. Once out of advanced esthetics school, she enrolled in an oncology esthetics class that took her to Atlanta, GA. Jessica believes that, we as Estheticians, form bonds with the whole person and not just the surface of their skins. Jessica’s credentials are unmatched! She is Oncology Esthetics trained and has been published in multiple beauty and lifestyle magazines for her work and expertise
Chelsea Renae Ausland is an award-winning paramedical esthetician and makeup artist. Chelsea was first licensed in Florida 14 years ago and has since moved back to Michigan with her husband and three daughters. In 2018 with the help of her partner, she opened Harvey House Salon, a full service salon and spa located in a historic 120-year-old mansion in Paw Paw, Michigan.
Since 2004, Lisa Esquivel-Clark has been a powerhouse in all aspects of the esthetic industry. Her therapeutic approach to every client’s condition garnered her a loyal clientele from New York to Wake Forest.
She was even instrumental in working with North Carolina to legalize Lash Lifts to help salons and spas increase long-term revenue. Lisa’s extensive experience makes her an all-around favorite educator and speaker. If you’re starting a business, wanting to learn new and unique esthetic skills or take your business to a higher level, be sure to hire Lisa. Each class will help to raise your income level by raising your standard of skill and service.
Traci Daly-Smith brings a wealth of experience with over 26 years as a Licensed Esthetician, 21 years as a Licensed Massage Therapist, and 13 years as a Licensed Esthetic Instructor. She has also been Oncology Esthetics Certified for 6 years and Oncology Massage Certified for 3 years.
Traci’s journey towards Oncology Esthetics was sparked by a personal experience. When a regular client suddenly stopped coming for her monthly appointments, Traci discovered that the client had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. The lack of readily available information on safe skincare treatments for cancer patients prompted Traci to undertake her own research. She started making home visits to provide her client with personalized and compassionate care. The client was deeply moved by Traci’s dedication and support during a challenging time when others found it hard to cope with her diagnosis.
Inspired by this experience, Traci decided to become a certified oncology esthetician and instructor. She also founded “A New Daly Beginning,” a non-profit organization in Georgia. Her non-profit is dedicated to providing cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers access to complimentary or low-cost, safe, and relaxing skincare, massage, and wellness therapies. Additionally, it offers educational resources to help them navigate life-changing experiences.
Shawna Rocha is the owner of Awaken Day Spa in California and Washington. She quickly developed a love for helping clients with compromised and sensitive skin and constantly strives to gain additional knowledge, and education. Since becoming an esthetician, she has completed multiple advanced courses in Oncology Esthetics, Immuno-Esthetics and has specialized training in sensitive skin and holistic therapies. Shawna holds several certifications, including a NCEA certification and has recently become the Director of Education for Hale and Hush Skincare. Shawna won two awards in the Skin Games 2018 (People’s Choice & Acne/Problematic Skin) and became a judge for two categories in 2019. Shawna’s current passion is writing blogs and articles regarding the skincare industry and has recently become a Dermascope Ambassador. She is truly loved by her clients and colleagues and her passion for the industry is apparent in all that she does.
Specializing in micro-current therapy and Clayton Shagal skincare, Robin has 30 years in the Esthetics industry.
Her drive to nurture and facilitate healing in others led her to nursing school, which in turn introduced the allure of the esthetics industry. After finishing esthetics school in 1991, she started her career working with a dermatologist and never looked back.
Robin built an incredible anti-aging business using the combination of Clayton Shagal and micro current therapy. After she trained her protégé to take over her committed clientele, Robin retired from practicing esthetics. She has first-hand experience in what it takes to build a successful long-term business in esthetics and the challenges facing new and rising estheticians.
With 30 years’ experience selling Clayton Shagal within her own practice, she was honored to be asked to distribute this line in the U.S. and train estheticians in Clayton Shagal protocols. With compassion, knowledge and experience Robin has reinvented herself. Transitioning from treating clients to training and guiding aspiring estheticians to experience the same success she found in the esthetics industry.
Gabby Abascal, also known as a Skin Coach, is an entrepreneur, business coach and an international award winning esthetician.
Twelve years into her corporate career she realized her current path was not working for her anymore. She then took a brave leap of faith – quit her job, enrolled in the Esthetic Program, and later opened her own skincare business in Upland, California. Since then she enjoys helping individuals regain confidence in their skin, coaches fellow estheticians to thrive in their solo practice, has placed first place in The Skin Games 2022 Competition, and is a thriving Latina-owned and operated business.
Her passion in skin care and business drives her to seek out new knowledge, grow and share what she learned with her clients and students.
Davianne Beepot, LE is an esteemed skin care professional and educator who has earned the respect of A-listers, influencers, and skin care enthusiasts. As a sought-after skincare expert, she has devoted the past decade of her professional career to esthetics.
Nadya, an esthetician, educator, and business owner with over 20 years of experience, is thrilled to be part of this community. She recently launched her own skincare product line under her business, Nadya’s Specialized Skincare.
Her expertise has been acknowledged with multiple accolades. In 2017 and 2018, she received the Lira Clinical awards for Best Anti-Aging Results and Best Brightening Results, respectively. Moreover, she has had the honor of being a Skin Games finalist.
Nadya’s passion for skincare continually drives her to expand her knowledge and skills, which she eagerly imparts to her students.
Outside of her professional life, Nadya enjoys reading classic literature, maintaining her vegetable garden, and dancing the Argentine Tango in her spare time.
From a young age, Angela developed an interest in cosmetics and skincare. However, a severe skin condition at 18 that left her with significant facial swelling and blisters sparked her fascination with skin functions and dysfunctions. With 35 years in the industry and an insatiable passion for skin education, she has turned her early interest into a nearly obsessive pursuit of skincare knowledge.
Angela’s diverse career includes managing high-end establishments in London and a five-year stint on cruise ships, where she met her husband. Despite the challenges of starting a skin clinic 23 years ago in a foreign language without a client base, she now runs a successful business specializing in advanced skin transformations.
In 2020, Angela took a bold step outside her comfort zone to represent Circadia Sweden in The Skin Games. She won the Compromised Skin category, secured second place in the Open category, and was a finalist in Age Management. In 2021, she achieved third place in the Compromised category.
Angela wishes all competitors in this prestigious competition the best of luck. She believes that the hard work invested will yield rewards that elevate one’s professional profile and are well worth the effort. She encourages everyone to “Go smash it!”
Andrea Snyder has been in the beauty industry over 25 years. She’s a Licensed Esthetician of 18 years, a licensed nail tech & certified Laser Technician. Andrea began her career working alongside a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, receiving credentials to assist in the OR for plastics as well as being the lead Esthetician for the MedSpa.
She has opened full service salon & spas, state of the art fitness center & boutiques over the years. Andrea began her journey as an educator in 2016, developing & writing curriculums. She has traveled the country teaching advanced techniques. She established her business, Advanced Aesthetics with Andrea in 2018 teaching licensed professionals about new products & modalities as well as business mentoring & consulting. She developed her product line, Skin Remedy, manufactured in South Korea and launched here in the states in 2021.
Jessica Johnson is an esteemed esthetician, permanent makeup artist, educator, and entrepreneur with a decade of experience in the beauty industry. Founder of Living Beautifully Spa, Academy, and Permanent Jewelry businesses, Jessica offers a wide array of services to her clients and students.
After graduating with honors from the Capital School of Esthetics Omaha in 2010, she worked as a medical esthetician at a prestigious Med Spa. By 2015, she established her own spa, Living Beautifully Spa in Omaha, which rapidly became a leading local beauty establishment. Jessica also offers advanced continuing education courses to licensed professionals, reinforcing her commitment to education.
Jessica specializes in anti-aging treatments and sun-damaged skin repair, guiding clients to invest in long-term skin health. She expanded her skills in 2017 by venturing into permanent makeup or cosmetic tattoo artistry, earning multiple certifications.
Her dedication to her craft was recognized in 2022 when she won second place in the Master Permanent Makeup category at The Skin Games International Competition. Now serving as an expert judge for the competition, Jessica continues to share her expertise with industry peers.
Beyond her professional life, Jessica advocates for those dealing with domestic abuse and mental health issues through volunteer work. A pageant winner and fitness enthusiast, she also enjoys crafting beadwork jewelry inspired by her Native American heritage in her spare time.
Alison O’Neil, a L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth honoree, is a pioneering figure in Medical Esthetics and Aesthetic Rehabilitation with over 35 years of experience. She is a partner in Biotechnology Business Solutions, identifying unique products and ingredients for the cosmetic and personal care industries. O’Neil has a B.S. degree in Mental Health and Human Services with an advanced specialization in The Psychology of Appearance and Clinical Skin Care.
As the founder of the first Dermatologic Rehabilitation Clinic at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, she has an active practice serving patients aged 8 to 108. She has spoken at numerous professional organizations and is a noted expert on WebMD and national media.
O’Neil served on the editorial board of Progressive Clinical Insights and has contributed to several publications. She served on the Georgia State and National Cosmetology board of Examiners, contributing significantly to the National Exam in Esthetics.
O’Neil is also the founder of the Beauty Becomes You™ Foundation, confronting social isolation in seniors and preventing Failure to Thrive Syndrome. Her foundation has served over 5000 seniors with over 15,000 in-kind services. O’Neil’s charity also launched the Circles of Light initiative, facilitating meaningful communication between volunteers and seniors.
She is the founder and president of Senior Select Seal, a certification that tests and certifies packages and products for ease of use for seniors and those with disabilities.
Jordyn is a licensed Cosmetologist & Aesthetician with over 10 years of experience in the industry. She has worked in many different spa settings including day spas, salons, acne clinics, wellness centers, a hospital & now her own studio. She became a solo Aesthetician in 2017 when she opened Jordyn Warren Esthetics, a skin & wellness studio focused on holistic skin healing modalities.
She has special certifications in acne treatment, non-surgical skin tightening, body contouring, and waxing. Jordyn is also an Oncology-trained Aesthetician through Oncology Spa Solutions and has worked with the non-profit, Looking & Feeling Fab inc since it’s infancy where she has the privilege of providing soothing skin treatments to cancer patients & survivors.
Elizabeth MacKenzie is a well-established aesthetician with almost 13 years of experience in the industry. She is known for her integrative approach that combines modern and holistic techniques to offer a wide range of services. Her expertise has been honed through working in various settings, including day spas, resort spas, and med spas. In addition, MacKenzie has owned two businesses and mentored numerous individuals in the industry.
She feels honored to be able to give back to the field that has given her so much and to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements and trends. Her involvement in the industry demonstrates her commitment to the ongoing development and success of esthetics.
MacKenzie has a passion for helping her clients look and feel their best. Her integrative approach to aesthetics draws on her extensive knowledge of both modern and holistic techniques. MacKenzie’s dedication to her craft has made her a respected figure in the industry, and her involvement as a TSG judge highlights her ongoing commitment to advancing the field.
Lesley has been a licensed esthetician and proudly working for 23 years. She was a regular contributor to a local magazine and was the first in her area to be a certified green spa by Eminence Organics.
After working for salon owners and renting rooms in salons, and salon suites, she opened her own store front in 2018 and has never looked back. With her extensive training, education and experience she loves to educate her clients while providing a relaxing experience, that delivers amazing results. She is passionate about the industry and skin care and loves to share her knowledge with others. Her goal is to help people feel good about themselves and help them understand how important it is to take care of their skin, and how easy it can be to do so. She loves being a part of the skin care community
Lyn is a skincare icon and successful entrepreneur that has created the Institut’ DERMed Method of innovative ingredients, practical techniques and easy to follow treatment processes for visible skincare results so you “love your skin when you look in the mirror”.
Lyn came up with the idea of developing her own skincare line based on her own experience of not feeling good about herself after struggling with acne skin as a teenager and on into adulthood.
Destiny would lead Lyn to becoming one of the first licensed estheticians in the United States, opening her Institut’ DERMed Spa in Atlanta in1989 – The very first MedSpa in the Southeastern United States.
Lyn has helped women, men and teens overcome skin conditions like acne, rosacea, and sunspots, using her non-prescription medical-grade skincare brand.
Lyn’s vision also included providing training on her advanced treatments and products to support other spa owners and estheticians.
She founded the Institut’ DERMed College of Advanced Aesthetics, an Esthetician Training Center for licensed skin care professionals.
Lyn’s vision now includes a premier MedSpa in Atlanta, Georgia, the Institut’ DERMed Clinical Skincare product brand, and an advanced training facility for skincare professionals.
Niki Mastros Breitigan is an esteemed Esthetician, recognized twice as a “Hometown Healthcare Hero” for her services to cancer patients, including 3D areola creation and complimentary facials for cancer survivors and their caregivers. She also received an ambassador award for removing tattoos from sex trafficking victims.
As the founder of Genesis Aesthetics (The Origin of YOU), Niki’s mission is to help clients achieve healthier, glowing skin safely. She leverages her extensive experience from working with a team of five plastic surgeons and managing a leading aesthetic center in the Harrisburg area.
Niki, a breast cancer survivor herself, was already a certified Oncology Skin therapist before her diagnosis. This personal experience further fuels her dedication to helping clients develop healthy skincare routines with non-toxic ingredients.
With over 35 certifications in the Esthetic field, Niki’s expertise spans various areas, including laser technology, Plasma Fibroblast Treatments, Microdermabrasion, PRP treatments, Reiki, and more. As a professional makeup artist, she also specializes in 3D areola tattoos and offers a range of skincare treatments, from medical-grade skincare and chemical peels to natural skincare. Her services extend to lash lifts/tints, brow lamination, hair rejuvenation with PRP, and tattoo removal.
In addition to her practical skills, Niki holds a degree in Marketing and the prestigious NCEA certification. She was also awarded the Marquis Who’s Who for 2023. As a passionate advocate for continuous learning in her field, Niki shares her inspiring journey as a motivational speaker, encouraging others to strive for excellence.
Naikia Simone Vereen is a highly skilled licensed aesthetician with expertise in corrective skincare. With years of experience working under renowned dermatologists in South Florida, she has honed her skills and developed a deep understanding of various skin concerns. Specializing in multi-cultural skin, Naikia is recognized as an expert in delivering tailored treatments.
As the owner of Art of Aesthetics Skin Studio and Esthetics Academy, Naikia combines her passion for skincare with a commitment to education. Her holistic approach goes beyond surface-level treatments, empowering clients to care for their skin holistically. She is an 8x award winning competitor in the International Skin Games for her case studies in acne, pigmentation, and holistic and open medical categories.
Naikia’s dedication extends to aspiring estheticians, as she provides comprehensive training and mentorship through her academy. Her goal is to equip professionals with the skills and expertise needed for success in the industry.
With a reputation for delivering remarkable results and a commitment to continuous growth, Naikia Simone Vereen is a trusted aesthetician and mentor. Her expertise, combined with her passion for empowering others, has solidified her position as a respected professional in the field.
Owner & founder of Skincare by us and GLOW StockholmMeet award winning Therese “Tess” Mathisen from Sweden. She is a licensed Cidesco esthetician, who has been active for more than two decades. Her career started at Steiner cruise ships, building global knowledge within different massage techniques, sales and management. Becoming a solo practitioner before expanding to what now is one of Stockholms more high end salons. Since owning the exclusive rights for Circadia, G.M Collin, DermaplanePRO och Dermalux LED, Tess spends most of her time coaching other salons in treatment tactics, retail and product knowledge.Today she is a highly requested instructor, lecturer and influencer within her field. She is a board member for one of Sweden Cidesco Shool and has for the last two years, won Best professional Product within SHR, the Swedish Trade Association for estheticians. Besides her highly professional knowledge she is a passionate and innovative person, always ahead, as a great inspiration for others.
Lynn Laporte has a diverse background in skincare, holistic healing, and customer service. Lynn is a licensed esthetician, esthetics instructor, reiki master teacher, nationally certified reflexologist, and shamanic practitioner. Lynn’s path was inspired by her personal struggle with sensitive, reactive skin, which led her to explore skincare ingredients and ultimately find her calling in the skincare and wellness industry.Lynn is currently working on her Nutritional Aesthetics certification with Rachael Pontillo and is enrolled in the Color Code Training Certification. Outside of her professional life, Lynn enjoys living on a small farm in Massachusetts with her husband, dog, 2 horses and chickens. Lynn has two sons and two grandchildren. Lynn had the unique experience of being an extra in the movie “The Finest Hours,” which was filmed in her home state of Massachusetts on Cape Cod, written by a childhood friend.Lynn’s passion for helping people live longer stronger in body, mind, and spirit shines through her diverse skill set and holistic approach to wellness and skincare.
Jenny Tryon has loved to help people feel extraordinary about themselves her entire life. It is truly a passion of hers and she believes that it shines through in not only the services she provides, and in the relationships, she has built with her clients. Everyone deserves to feel amazing, and that is what she wants to help you achieve. Jenny feels that the skin care and massage therapy that she provides truly benefits your mind, body and soul.
With this inherent passion comes a strong drive to stay up to date and knowledgeable about the best practices and products in the skin care industry. Jenny Tryon believes that she can only remain at the top of her field, with continuing education in the most innovative skin care practices.
She received her Clinical Esthetician’s license from San Jose State in 1999, and since, has received more than 20 additional certifications. She opened her private practice in 2000, and ultimately landed her dream location – Jenny’s of Los Gatos. 360 Village Lane, Los Gatos CA 95030
Jenny believes in a personalized approach to skincare and spa services – this is not your normal, everyday spa experience. Not only will you feel pampered, Jenny will also do her best to educate you about your skin type, and best practices for optimal personal skin care. Each person has a unique chemistry, and hormones, sleep, stress, diet and lifestyle in general, all have a significant impact on our skin. She understands each client’s specific skin type, how it changes over time, and prefers to customize her skincare treatments to suit specific individual needs.
Jenny is a very results-driven professional. She is inspired by “her own history” of skin troubles. She feels a strong sense of motivation to help people look and feel their best, and therefore her clients enjoy instant gratification. Her goal is that you will learn about your own skin, and how best to care for it at home so you can always look incredible.
Katrina Yokoyama has been a licensed esthetician since 2005, having practiced throughout the Fresno area she has obtained experience and knowledge that benefits both herself and her clients. Katrina had extended her education in courses throughout California, New York, Chicago and Hawaii.
In 2013 Katrina opened Trin Spa Skin and Wellness, as a solo boutique specializing in luxury skin spa treatment(s). Katrina has created a space that incorporate’s her energy and spiritual practice(s) with her esthetic services. She has certifications in sound therapy, past life regression, chakra clearing, essential oils and is knowledgeable in crystals and their subsequent energy. Katrina is intuitive in her craft of esthetics and spirituality and feels her passion for both has contributed to her success. Katrina is also certified in Gua-Sha Facial and Lomi Lomi Facelift, incorporating the teachings of Eastern touch acupressure, jade facial scraping techniques and Native Hawaiian Island(s) energy in these specialty facial services. It was shortly after bringing these specialty services into her practice in 2010, that her clients began relating to her/their feelings of something more then just a relaxing service, it was a feeling of peaceful calm and balance after their service. This led Katrina to incorporate more of her spiritual teachings and techniques into her treatment(s) and the entire spa. Katrina is well versed in the practice of discerning negative energy from positive energy and has honed her skills of creating a balanced and calm space for her clientele, this ability has given her the opportunity to go beyond just specialty services to enhancing her spa and services as an oasis of peace and balance of spirit in a fast evolving world.
Katrina is an educator for California Skin Care Supply, traveling nationwide to educate and inspire other skin care professionals and spa owners in the every changing esthetics industry. She has received the benefit of not only practicing esthetics but also forging many long lasting relationships with her clients and peers through these experience’s. Katrina is passionate, knowledgeable and innovative in her approach to her practice and is eager to have her clients reap the benefit of her expertise. She realizes that each and every one of her clients require an individualized skin care regime and treatment should be based on the needs of the client and not the current trend in skin care. Therefore Katrina takes great time in getting to know her clients, their lifestyle and individual skin care needs to give them the very best safe and effective skin care treatment(s) possible. This approach has enabled her the versatility in treating a variety of skin disorders, as well as meeting a clients positive needs at times. Katrina approach’s her clientele with the intent of getting to know the client’s lifestyle and personality, designing a customized regime for her/him based on her knowledge, along with a natural approach to esthetics, thereby blending science and nature.
Katrina continues to educate herself in the esthetics industry and has been presented as an International Award Winning Esthetician for The Skin Games 2017. It was here she gained two trophies in the categories of Pigmentation and People’s Choice. Katrina continues to grow her passion for esthetics and looks forward to introducing new techniques, products and ideas to her clients and peers. Katrina as a former International Award Winning Esthetician, was welcomed back as a Lead Judge for The Skin Games 2020.
Watch Katrina’s Award Winnings Facials https://youtu.be/F8lK7BbBaZo?list=PL3mGg_B78i2-TPVrc_J9tdDQA0DpNXQz
Trin pronounced as (Treen) is short for Katrina.
Katrina is no longer taking new clients for waxing services, however will consider taking new client(s) who are serious in improving the condition of their skin for the better. To be considered a client, one will be put on a specific at home skin care regimen designed by Katrina purchased at Trin Spa Skin and Wellness. Once the client has been on a skin regime for a minimum of 8 weeks, then may proceed with a facial appointment with Katrina. This program insures each facial appointment will receive ultimate results. Clients may also be on a designed home care program by Katrina without receiving in service treatments. Katrina works with many clients with diverse skincare needs, shipping product orders nationwide.
Nancy Rodriguez Holberg boasts an impressive 23-year tenure as an esthetician, coupled with 16 years as an esteemed instructor in the field. With her oncology certification and expertise in diverse modalities, Nancy is a passionate advocate for educating aspiring professionals entering the beauty industry. Her comprehensive approach encompasses not only the art and science of esthetics but also essential business skills vital for success in this dynamic field.
Melissa McDonald has been a licensed esthetician for over 20 years. She began working at a medical spa specializing in aggressive chemical peels, lasers, and microdermabrasion. Too often she saw her clients with red, burning faces and created her blend of soothing and healing essential oils. Skinessence was born.
Melissa subsequently left the medical spa and opened her own day spa, FAB Face and Body, which was chosen as the “Best of Braintree Day Spa” by Wicked Local two years In a row. She sold her business in 2017 to focus more on Skinessence and other interests. Shortly thereafter, Melissa became a certified yoga instructor and began working with the charity Looking & Feeling FAB, Inc. where she offers skin care services to those undergoing treatment for cancer. Through the charity, Skinessence essential oils have helped hundred of oncology clients alleviate and treat many of their skin conditions, specifically by calming red, inflamed, irritated skin and regenerating and healing damaged skin cells. Skinessence was also highlighted for minimizing the skin side effects of radiation in the study, “Physiological Renormalization of Skin in Traumatic, Radiation, Autoimmune, and Aging Conditions using S2RM Stem Cell Released Molecules Enhances Healing and Reduces Pain” which is peer-reviewed and published in the Dermatological Journals.
In addition to her esthetic career, Melissa holds a master’s in public policy from the McCormack Graduate School of Public Policy and Global Studies. Along with her work with Skinessence, she works as an Assistant Clerk Magistrate for the Superior Court in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Anyone that has ever met Merissa can tell she has a passion for the industry and loves to share her knowledge with others. Since 2006, when starting her career in beauty, she has always been eager to mentor other professionals and share her experiences. She is a licensed esthetician and Nail technician from Connecticut
She is a full time entrepreneur that is very active in the esthetic community. When she is not seeing her clients, you can find her educating the latest brow and lash techniques with Elleebana. As an Elleebana USA educator and distributor she keeps very busy. She loves teaching classes, traveling and educating at trades shows around the country.
Her passion for the industry does not stop there. You can also find her working hard to help others in their businesses. In 2020 she opened Face & Body Institute of New England. An advanced education center for licensed professionals. She wanted to create a space for beauty professionals to get quality education and have access to professional only supplies, and help entrepreneurs like her further their career.
Since opening she continues to grow with new classes and more educators to help others learn a variety of treatments in the beauty industry. Seeing her vision come to life has been a dream come true and she is thankful everyday to do something she truly loves and enjoys every day.
Elaine Crossan is a dedicated triple-licensed skincare professional, Esthetics instructor, Massage therapist, and Esthetician. As the founder and proprietor of Crossan Skincare Academy and Crossan Skincare products, Elaine provides a holistic and medical approach to skincare and education, embracing the healing power of touch and the knowledge to guide skincare professionals.Hailing from Ireland, Elaine’s journey into the beauty industry was seeded by her mother’s encouragement to explore beauty not just as a career but as a purpose and passion. Her early exposure to the Jewelry business alongside her father instilled in her strong business skills and the art of communication, a gift she carries into her multifaceted career today.With life’s twists and turns, Elaine came to America to study Skincare and Massage Therapy, for many years she taught esthetics, and advanced training in a private school where she discovered her profound gift for teaching, then birthing the vision of an online advanced academy and skincare products.Elaine’s true essence lies in her passion. A storyteller at heart, she infuses every class with tales of confidence and self-love, recognizing that beauty is more than skin-deep. She has witnessed firsthand the profound effect this dynamic field has on people’s lives, and it’s what fuels her unwavering commitment to the industry. She is not just an instructor; she is a guiding light, using her knowledge to steer aspiring estheticians toward success.If there was one word to describe Elaine it would be Passionate!
I started my Master Esthetician journey when I was 23 years old. I opened my first beauty studiowhen I was 29, it’s a company called Arch Brow Studio LLC. I had no business education orexperience but a craft that I knew my community would appreciate.Our esthetic department specializes in clinical skincare on acne management and anti-agingtreatments.Our company is racially diverse and we are 15 minutes away from Fort Lewis military base. Thisallows us to meet people from all around the country and address different skin concerns. I lookforward to meeting other estheticians from around the world and seeing the results they produce.
My name is Melissa Charter and I am currently a Business Development Manager in New England for Dermaconcepts/Environ Skincare. I have my esthetics license from both Massachusetts and Connecticut.
My love for skincare ignited when I was an at-home consultant working in the beauty industry. In 2011, I decided to attend esthetics school and became a Licensed Esthetician. Once school was finished, I opened my own small business, and worked as a skin specialist until 2020. During that time, I also taught at Paul Mitchell The School North Haven, participated in The Skin Games for two consecutive years, and took multiple skincare and makeup classes to continue my education. My most recent experience was working as a model for Pearls and Camo where I truly enjoyed being creative with the clothing designer and photographer on set, as well as helping other models prepare their skin for the photoshoot.
I have been passionate about esthetics since I received my very first facial on a cruise and always wanted to work in the beauty industry. I strive to continuously learn, evolve, and grow both personally as well as professionally. My goal for this role is to provide extraordinary support to the participants while becoming a valuable esthetician in The Skin Games community.
Geralyn O’Brien, a licensed esthetician and cancer survivor, specializes in oncology-focused skincare. She saw firsthand the impact of cancer treatments on skin health, which led her to complete her Esthetician training and multiple oncology trainings. Geralyn’s subsequent experiences with cancer deepened her commitment to making all salons and spas oncology-safe.
Geralyn provides facials and skincare consultations at the Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center in Aurora, Illinois. Here, she co-developed a program called “Simply Beautiful” to educate women on safe skincare, makeup, and hair loss management while enhancing their natural beauty.
In addition to her work at Waterford Place, Geralyn is a trainer and ambassador with Oncology Spa Solutions. She is actively involved in local esthetic schools in Illinois, spreading awareness about the specific skincare needs of cancer patients. Geralyn contributes to the Integrative Cancer Review online journal, and she believes in the importance of ongoing education and mentorship in advancing cancer care.
As the winner of The Skin Games Compassionate category in 2020, Geralyn generously donated her prize money to Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center. This year, she takes on the role of Judge for the same category, eager to support and promote other estheticians and beauty industry professionals making significant contributions.
Moto moved to the United States from Japan in 1994, After becoming an accountant and working as an International Tax Consultant, he realized he would be happier helping people feel better on the inside and out. Moto is an Arizona licensed esthetician and an instructor at IMAj Institute in Scottsdale, AZ..Moto’s goal is to ensure that all students have the knowledge and guidance needed to pass their state board examination and be successful in their professional career. In addition to owning Moda Pelo Salon Spa in Phoenix, AZ. His passion is to be a great educator and to help create our future industry leaders.
Jamie Renee Nelms, LMT, LE is a 1998 graduate of The Wellness Skills Inc and 2009 graduate of Ogle School of Hair, Skin, and Nails. Jamie has been an Esthetician Instructor since 2015, educating part time at the local Esthetics college.
Jamie is based out of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas where she has owned Your Body’s ReTreat since 2003. She has specialized in full body sugaring for both women and men since 2010. Jamie has been teaching and certifying in Sugaring hair removal since 2012.
Jamie was awarded 2nd place in The Skin Games 2019 Hair Removal category where she competed alongside sugarists and waxers alike.
With a strong passion for sugaring and hoping to edify and support fellow colleagues in the Sugaring world, Jamie established Sugaring Source in 2012. Sugaring Source is “The crème de la crème of all things Sugaring”, a network referral system of the world’s absolute best professional sugaring gurus. This includes sugaring manufacturers, educators, and professional sugarists. Jamie is now a brand neutral, freelance educator for several manufacturers, representative of Sugaring Source.
For fun, Jamie has a hobby of dancing, attending dance festivals and congresses whenever she can. Other playtime includes traveling anywhere there is a beach and rum!
My name is Dalia Wagley and I am a Licensed Esthetician and Manicurist. I have been in this industry for over sixteen years and continue to find this work exciting and rewarding. I currently own businesses in this field and appreciate the hard work it takes to manage a successful business and a home life. I am the proud Mom of a sassy beautiful toddler who is the joy of my life.
Over the last sixteen years, I have developed a passion for hair removal and skin care. After attending cosmetology school, I opened my first Spa at the age of 22. Hair removal and skin care management have been one of my primary areas of focus to find the best hair removal method possible and refine the techniques used. As I have developed this expert knowledge, I found that the best way to share with other esthetic professionals this effective and gentle way of hair removal was to become an educator and consultant. I have been an Esthetics educator and consultant for the last twelve years. I find immense value and satisfaction in teaching others and certainly enjoy sharing my knowledge through social media platforms.
I consider my passion for esthetics as an investment in my client’s health that can last a lifetime. I take my work seriously and have spent countless hours working and collaborating with scientists and chemists to develop a gentle and effective ingrown hair serum, soaps, and other body products for my clientele. Hair removal and skincare are about using the best products and the right techniques. I take pride in keeping current with the latest trends in skincare and certainly product knowledge. It is essential that I invest in my knowledge so that I am able to provide exceptional care to all the clients I serve as well as the students I teach.I am super excited to be a judge in the sugaring category and look forward to growing the sugaring category. I am eager to see what the contestants will present during the competition. I know that contestants have put in a lot of hard work, dedication, and commitment in preparing for this opportunity. Let us all make this competition as sweet as sugar!
Jarratt began her journey in cosmetology and esthetics after a stint in the world of nutrition research left her unfulfilled and longing for something different. A generous friend gave her the opportunity to just “get away” and reception at her salon while looking for another avenue of science, where she accidentally fell in love with the industry and never looked back. Her career began in cosmetology, offering hair services and waxing, but one experience with a sugarist in a neighboring salon left her begging to learn the technique. Since that fateful sugaring appointment, Jarratt completely shifted her focus to esthetics—sugaring and airbrush tanning—and took the risk of opening the first sugar hair removal salon in Louisiana in early 2015. To this day, Sugar & Bronze is the authority, with clients traveling hours and across state lines to be sugared by her incredibly knowledgeable and skilled staff.After almost a decade in the industry and growing her salon to over 6000 clients, Jarratt shifted her focus once again to educating the community on the benefits of sugar hair removal and developing other esthetics professionals. She began educating in 2015 and became the Director of Education with Ke Kō Botanicals in May of 2020. Educating with the Ke Kō Ohana allowed her to travel the world and experience new cultures and challenges while sharing her passion. When the opportunity arose for Jarratt and her husband, Mike, to take over Ke Kō in 2022, they jumped at the opportunity to continue a legacy of sugaring excellence in education and product.Her best advice? Go for it. Risks are scary, but on the other side comes either incredible success or invaluable lessons learned. And either experience will give you new tools to tackle the next great thing coming your way.
With nearly 20 years of experience in the treatment room, Rasheedah has established herself within the beauty industry as a Skin Therapist, Master Sugarist, and Cosmetic Formulator. She is the CEO and Founder of Naturals’Republic® and CaribbeanCandy® Professional Sugaring, a manufacturer and supplier of body sugaring products.Her San Francisco Bay Area salon has been named “Best in the Bay” East of the Bridge by SF Magazine and “Best Sugaring Salon 2022” by Oakland Magazine and is undoubtedly a client favorite of Bay Area residents. During its inception stages, Rasheedah envisioned CaribbeanCandy® to be more than just the manufacturer and supplier of sugar paste, or even simply an educational resource. She envisioned it to be a catalyst that amplifies the careers of other tenacious beauty professionals. Through the launch of the CaribbeanCandy® Professional Body Sugaring Academy in Oakland, CA, she offers training/certification, employment opportunities, and business coaching to the community through her apprenticeship program.Her philanthropic deeds in the form of tuition matches and scholarships to her Sugaring Academy also provide an opportunity to give back, which remains a core component of her business model. Both of her brands, CaribbeanCandy® Professional Sugaring and Naturals’Republic®, can be found in treatment rooms across the country, and distributed on select Caribbean islands.Today, Rasheedah travels throughout the U.S. and internationally along with her team of certified educators to facilitate hands-on training for Day Spas, Salons, Cosmetology Schools, and licensed beauty professionals who wish to learn the art of body sugaring.With a continual pursuit of knowledge and passion for natural skin treatments and all things sugaring, she moves forth as a forever student, Educator, and Mentor to many.
Brooke Kennedy is more than just a fresh-faced beauty queen from Sequim, WA; she’s got ambition and brains and a profound passion for the health and wellbeing of people and the environment. She learned much of her adult regimens and character qualities from her mother, who taught her from a young age the importance of skin care, and from her father, who owned a restaurant and demonstrated hard work and excellent customer service.
After attending the University of Washington, where Brooke studied molecular cell biology, dance, and French, and was an active member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, she decided that medical school was not going to be her path, and she began to pursue other avenues while supporting herself in the food and beverage industry. Along the way, she also spent time in the electrical industry developing business and sales, and working in project management.
In 2012 Brooke graduated from the Euro Institute of Skin Care and opened Bliss by Brooke Skin Care in 2013 in a 7 ½’ x 8 ½’ made-over closet of a hair salon. Since then she has continuously improved her knowledge base and skill set as an aesthetician by completing courses in advanced skin analysis (with Florence Barrett-Hill of Pastiche) and acquiring an oncology esthetic certificate, which is a personal passion for Brooke.
Skin care, for Brooke, feels like a perfect combination of serving others, creating a memorable guest experience, and using the latest scientific advancements. She works hard and believes that life is too short not to love what you do!
Ashley Davis, owner of BeYOUtify LLC in Kansas City, MO. I began my sugaring journey in 2009 in Los Angeles, California trained by Alexandria Professional. I worked at their flagship salon as well as an educator for their brand. I moved back to Kansas City in 2015 where I opened my very own storefront. In 2021 I was introduced to The Skin Games and won sugarista of the year! I am now an educator for Tamara’s and I am very excited to add judging for The Skin Games to my resume. I love how this event brings people in our industry together. As a solo esthy, I sometimes miss the aspect of coworkers and I get such a charge out of being around everyone at this event. Looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new, and having all the fun!
Monique Waters is a rising star in the Southern Florida business scene largely because of her irreverence for convention. Her intellectual curiosity combined with her strong work ethic as a forever student has set the stage for professional success in the business realm. Her company, WU Aesthetics has emerged as a pioneer in the beauty industry. Under Monique’s leadership, this enterprise brings breakthrough advanced aesthetic trainings and products to the market. Monique’s creativity is the driving force behind WU Aesthetics’ popular ingrown hair serum, Restore Serum, her luxury film wax Emerald Gold and industry-best pre and post wax oils. A self-starter in every sense of the word, she takes pride in serving the local Stuart community, creating jobs, and stimulating the economy. Whether you are looking for aesthetic treatments or interested in establishing a mutually beneficial connection with a rising business star in Southern Florida, you will enjoy the time you spend with Monique.
Tara Whitaker is a licensed cosmetologist for 17 years and an esthetician for the last 8, with over 20 years of experience in the beauty profession. She has been a Platform Artist & Educator for numerous Professional products & brands. She proudly holds The Skin Games Best Leg Waxer Of the Year, Brazilian Wax Player of the Year, & Wax Artist of the Year titles for 2021-2022 and is the 2x Reigning #1 International Brazilian Wax Artist of the year for the Year 2021-2022 & 2022-2023. She has earned her spot as 1 of the Best Of The Best in the World of Waxing and is the owner of The Waxing Spa located in Jacksonville, Fl.
Tanya Sanders-Kelker is a successful entrepreneur, CEO of Body Party Wax & Beauty Studios, intimate skincare product developer, and business strategist. She is also a well-known esthetic trainer, podcast producer and host, speaker, brand manager, licensed esthetician, and experience curator. She is a wife and mother, and her unique approach to business has earned her the nickname “BAE” – The Beauty Accountant for All Beauty Industry Professionals and Entrepreneurs.
Tanya has dedicated her career to helping beauty professionals transition their mindsets and businesses from pros to CEOs, and achieve the freedom they desire. She develops business strategies that increase profits, implement systems, tools, and teams for business growth. Her focus is on the integrity, respect, and importance of intimate area skincare and proper waxing techniques, particularly during Brazilian and bikini waxes for both men and women. This has prompted her to trademark products, create her own studio, and offer classes and training centers.
During the summer of 2017, Tanya pursued her passion for bringing non-traditional beauty spa services to the Metro Jackson, MS area through her day spa, Body Party Wax and Beauty Studios. Within 90 days, she was able to open and begin operations. Her blueprint for success has earned recognition including several awards, and her studio went from 0 clients to half a million dollars in revenue in just two years.
Tanya is a member of Facebook Leaders Network, and her beauty and business podcast has gained a following. To inquire about Tanya Sanders-Kelker speaking or facilitating a workshop at your event, you can visit her website or contact her directly via email.
Abigail Ottley-Cumberbatch is a licensed esthetician and the owner/founder of Esthetician University and Abbeauté Studio & Spa in New York. She is an award-winning spa instructor and serves as a chapter leader for Spa Boss Tribe. In addition, Abigail is a certified mentor for a non-profit organization that assists small business owners in starting up and growing their businesses.
Abigail is widely recognized for her elite spa coaching programs that help start-up and established spa businesses elevate their operations. Her goal is to help spa professionals create multiple streams of income, ensuring they never have a shortage of cash flow or passive income. She offers estheticians and spa professionals unique opportunities to achieve this.
Abigail is committed to creating generational wealth for herself and her family. She is married and has two beautiful children, and this priority is reflected in her work, where she focuses on helping her clients achieve financial stability and growth.
Melissa Black is a highly experienced Master Aesthetician, Aesthetics Instructor, and PMU artist with over 30 years of experience in the industry. She is the owner of Bombshell® Salons and Candy Coat Beauty™, which have locations in Richmond, VA, Las Vegas, NV, and West Hollywood, CA. Melissa has dedicated her extensive knowledge to building brands and developing techniques with a proven track record of success in the world of Aesthetics and business. As a keynote speaker and frequent contributor to industry magazines, she is highly sought after for her expertise.
Melissa’s mastery of waxing and development of techniques has propelled the Bombshell brand to the apex of the field. Her partnership with key industry influencers and decades of customized spray tanning experience have also landed her in Hollywood as an official tanner and make-up artist for prestigious events such as Dancing with the Stars and the Oscars.
Melissa created the Bombshell brand in 2009, and within seven years, it expanded to four locations, including one on the Las Vegas strip. In 10 consecutive years, Bombshell has been awarded the title of “Best Salon” in Virginia Living, Richmond Magazine, and Style Weekly, a remarkable achievement that speaks to Melissa’s dedication and expertise.
Overall, Melissa Black is a highly accomplished and respected figure in the Aesthetics industry. Her commitment to developing techniques, building brands, and sharing her knowledge with others has earned her a reputation as a leader and innovator in her field.
Tori Hylton has proudly been a licensed esthetician for 16 years. Her commitment to the beauty industry and her community are unparalleled. She is an educator and mentor to many in her area. Tori regularly guest teaches at her local beauty colleges showcasing her waxing skills and breaking the stigma surrounding brazilian waxing at the same time. She is no stranger to the beauty competition world. Tori began competing in 2010 and holds titles from The Makeup Show LA, Best of Bakersfield and The Skin Games. She has an impressive 11 titles from The Skin Games and is recognized as the 2023 Waxer of the Year. Born and raised in Bakersfield, CA Tori can always be found giving back to her community. She uses her large clientele and connections to other leaders in the industry to organize multiple fundraisers to help out where it matters most, home. Her passion for helping others is genuine and radiates from her from the second you meet her. When Tori is not working in the studio she can be found spending time with her 2 children.
Lauren Cruz is a multi award winning eyebrow artist with a decade of experience. Lauren is the owner of a medical spa that specializes in full service eyebrows and they’ve thrived with brow services alone. With the launch of her pro eyebrow line that includes a series of precision pencils, highlighters, brow balms and tools… she teaches aspiring eyebrow specialists proper eyebrow waxing, shaping and styling techniques to increase their revenue in a booming market. Lauren offers virtual, hands on and group trainings for licensed professionals and salons.
Tiaja Pierre is an internationally known and internationally published makeup artist. Makeup is her passion and she has won many awards. She was crowned in 2020 as the Skin Games Makeup Artist of the Year. The team which she did makeup with, won the coveted 2018 NAHA North American Hairstylist Team of The Year. In 2020 the team also won the Hairbrained Best Haircut Video and Video Of The Year, which she did makeup with. In addition she is a two time (2020 & 2018) NAHA North American Hairstylist of the Year finalist in the Makeup category. She has been doing makeup professionally for over ten years and has had her work on may covers as well as featured in many Industry Trade Magazines such as: Makeup Artist, American Salon, Estetica USA, Modern Salon, Beauty Underground, Denver Colorado Luxury Magazine, ELife and Fashion West, just to name a few.
Tiaja’s passion and skills has taken her backstage to IMG NYFW New York Fashion Week where she did makeup for various designers. As well as traveling internationally to do makeup for The International Hair Awards catwalk in Spain and to The United Kingdom for The Alternative Hair Awards catwalk. Tiaja is also part of The Beauty Underground, Makeup Division. She is also the co-founder of the fashion show, Fashion West with her colleague, friend and Mentor (Hairdresser) Charlie Price.
Tiaja often collaborates with other industry greats for various photo-shoots, videos and fashion shows, doing makeup.
In addition to makeup, Tiaja’s passion for skin is endless. When she is not doing makeup and traveling, she can be found in her studio giving her clients the 5-star treatment. In 2022 Tiaja was a finalist in the Skin Games Compromised and Anti-aging. Being oncology certified, she gives gratis facials to those who have been affected by cancer. She placed second in the 2022 Skin Games Compassionate Category.
You can follow Tiaja Pierre @tiajamasiondebeaute
Jaclyn Peresetsky founded Skin Perfect Spas in 2007, Colore Me Perfect in 2010 and Skin Perfect Academy in 2019. She is an accomplished color expert, makeup and permanent makeup artist, master esthetician, author, and speaker. She is certified as a national micropigmentation instructor to certify professionals who would like to learn the craft of permanent makeup and microblading. She mentors and coaches’ estheticians and cosmetologists all over the country in advanced esthetics, eyelash treatments and color theory. She recently developed an online advanced esthetic bootcamp training program to raise the bar of esthetic training. Jaclyn is featured on Good Day Columbus on Fox 28 in Columbus, Ohio and Spectrum News.She is a keynote speaker and delivers live trainings for spa and color industry professionals at national conferences like the International Congress of Esthetics and Spa and Spa and International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference. Jaclyn has been featured in Capital Style magazine, Business First, Columbus CEO, Buckeye Magazine, The Drenda Show, iVillage.com, Leaf TV.com, SheKnows.com and many other beauty blogs.She is the owner of Colore Me Perfect Cosmetics, Skin Perfect spas in Columbus, Ohio and Naples, Florida and Skin Perfect Academy.Jaclyn is the author of the book, Discover the Power of YOUR Colors, showing you how to transform your life through color. Jaclyn is available for keynotes, workshops, media interviews, and color consultations: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 239-262-5110
Jessica Lynch is a Celebrity MUA & Nurse Esthetician at Make Me Ova Beauty Bar in Brandon, MS. Her top services are makeup artistry, brow waxing, and spa facials. She’s specialized in photography makeup by Atlanta’s Celebrity Makeup Artist “Makeup by Barbee” She also worked with reality TV celebrity Brandon Myers and his nieces ,Angela and Angel, from “The Dancing Dolls” Hit Show “Bring It!” She’s the 2021 recipient of Makeup Artist of the Year with the global company “The Skin Games”. Her mission is to impact lives with a touch of a brush….
After two decades of studying the art of beauty therapy, lashes, brows, cosmetic chemistry and personal care formulation, Otto Mitter and his team at Elleebana currently produce and supply lash & brow enhancement ranges and education programs to distributors and salon professionals in over 60 countries across the globe.
Otto’s dedication to education has seen him as a guest speaker and educator at the world’s most prestigious beauty and lash events, learn from the world’s best lash masters and is a regular judge at leading global beauty & lash competitions.
Over the last few years Otto has been recognised in the industry from his peers by being presented with some of the most sought-after industry awards:
2017 Educator of the Year at the ABIA’s – Australian Beauty Industry Awards.
2018 Educator of the Year at NALA – National Association of Lash Artists.
2019 Product Integrity Award at NALA – National Association of Lash Artists.
2020 Lash Brand of the Year – Lash Open Australia.
2020 Innovative Product of the Year at NALA – National Association of Lash Artists.
2021 Finalist, Educator of the Year –– Australian Beauty Industry Awards
2022 Finalist, Runner up 2nd Place – Best Speaker – Artistic Fur Awards
2022 Finalist, Artistic Fur Awards categories – Best Judge and Best Brand
2022 Winner of Readers Choice Award at ASCP Awards – USA
Otto has a passion for continuing education, working with leaders in the industry and dedicating his time to help up and coming beauty therapists, lash artists and educators develop their profiles and careers.
Marcy has been an esthetician for 20+ years. She has worked in many settings including doctors offices, resort & destination spas, cruise ship spas, wellness centers, day spas & med spas. She has been lead esthetician and a spa director in several cities/ states around the USA & the UK. She has been instructing esthetics (skin care, waxing, and spray tanning for 10+ years). She has also worked as a sales representative, account manager, and educator for clinical skin care lines, waxing lines, and spray tanning lines, and currently in partnership with 4 advanced skin care education academies throughout the USA. Marcy currently owns and operates skin clinics in Cleveland Ohio and Orlando Florida. She teaches and speaks at conventions; her most current was The Skin Games in Jacksonville in February 2022 where she was also an expert panel judge. She also owns and operates her own advanced education company, Go Bare Aesthetics, along with a professional distribution company for Eon MD skin care (exclusive distributor) and natural waxing products and supplies. Some of the companies she has worked for include; Canyon Ranch Living, The Venetian Spa, Marriott Relache Spas, Cunard, The Queen Mary 2 Spa Club at sea, Massage Envy, the Palms South Beach Aveda Spa, Environ skin care, Eon MD skin care, Norvell Tanning, Beauty Image, South Seas Skin Care, Eminence, True U Education (now Aesthetics Exposed), Inkology Academy, and Relax N Wax. In her spare time Marcy enjoys performing music and entertainment !
Kileigh grew up around women who were in the beauty industry and were so inspiring to her. As she grew older into her teenage years, she started to picture herself as a beauty professional as well. When Kileigh graduated high school she worked as a Receptionist at a Luxury Spa in Tacoma, WA. She fell in love being in the atmosphere of the spa. While working here she learned how to do Spray Tan’s and did makeup applications for clients from time to time. Two years later in 2014 Kileigh graduated her Esthetics Program top in her class from The Bellus Academy in San Diego, CA. She moved to Las Vegas after graduating and started working at Sephora.
She elevated the store’s skincare knowledge in so many ways being a licensed professional as well as being passionate about education. She worked with Perricone MD, Clarisonic and Control Corrective Skin Care as a freelance artist and all of these different brands instilled the importance of education and she knew that long term she wanted to be an educator. In 2016 Kileigh then began working for one of the busiest and well-respected Lash Lounges in the Vegas area and received an amazing foundation of knowledge of Classic and Volume lash extensions. Kileigh moved back home to Tacoma, WA to be closer to her family and work for a popular waxing studio that was expanding where she branded their lash extension line exclusive for the salons use. For more flexibility and time with her family she started her own business in 2018 specializing in lash extensions, lash lifts, brow shaping and body waxing. It was around that time she discovered Elleebana and fell in love with the brand. Fast forward to 2022 Kileigh is the Master Trainer at the USA Headquarters Office, and is so excited to see her passion for education grow further in this important role and inspiring many others along the way. She teaches courses in Lash Lifts, Lash & Brow Lamination, Brow Henna and Lash Extensions.
Reid Ryan is an award winning brow and lash artist, the owner of Polymorph Beauty, founder of Bow and Beam Basics, Reiki Master Practitioner, and Certified Trainer for Elleebana USA. Over her career, Reid trained extensively with, and for brands such as Aveda, L’occitane, Loreal Professional, Benefit Cosmetics, Smashbox, and Dermalogica. During this time, she worked with over 400 salons, department stores, and held trainings for over 800 salon and retail employees.
After 15 years of training/account management in the cosmetics and salon industry, Reid left the corporate life to start a new career path. She had one goal- perfecting brows, lashes, and skin for anyone and everyone she met. Thus, Bow and Beam Basics beauty studio was born.
Reid firmly believes that our passion for our industry drives us all to become better artists. She brings this passion and philosophy to every service and class that she trains.
Mindy is a highly experienced and accomplished individual in the beauty industry. She has been a licensed esthetician since 2014 and has owned two lash studios, specializing in lash extensions, lash lift, and brow henna. Mindy’s expertise also extends to being a trainer and distributor for Elleebana courses and products. Currently, she serves as the COO of Elleebana USA headquarters in Chicago, working under the direction of Otto Mitter, Elleebana’s founder and director at Elleebana’s global headquarters on the Gold Coast in Australia.
Mindy is passionate about health and safety in the beauty industry and believes that these aspects should never be compromised, whether in the salon or in competition. She has held several lash certifications and was the first member of NALA (National Association of Lash Artists) in Illinois. Unfortunately, a hand injury has since prevented her from continuing to perform treatments.
Beyond her professional life, Mindy finds joy in being an ultra-marathon runner and finds fulfillment in her roles as a wife and mother of two children. She also shares her life with a Giant Schnoodle named Traeger. Mindy’s dedication to her work and her commitment to uplifting the beauty industry are among her highest values. She firmly believes in the importance of striving for growth even in the face of challenges, as it is what makes life truly great.
Andrea was born and raised in Colorado, and is the owner of AM Aesthetics in Denver, CO. With 13 years practicing in esthetics, Andrea has an enormous passion for empowering women. Through her business, beauty enhancing treatments are offered, including permanent makeup, laser, and physician-grade skin care treatments. Along with running her business, Andrea is a business coach with Pretty Rich Bosses/Sheila Bella assisting beauty entrepreneurs all over the world with building their beauty businesses. AM Aesthetics regularly volunteers facial & hair days at a local organization, the Women’s Bean Project, employing chronically unemployed women. Having been a previous player with the Skin Games, and now serving as a judge the 4 previous years, Andrea is excited to see and learn what 2024 players are bringing to the games!
Karla has been in the health and beauty industry for almost 20 years. For fifteen years she was co-owner of an award-winning, internationally published salon and frequently featured in “Ask the Expert” columns of various magazines. While hair is what led her into the beauty industry, her passion for permanent makeup and skincare led her to found Microblading Bay Area. She is an educator, LPC, PMU artist and aesthetic nurse whose passion is in skin and hair rejuvenation. A firm believer that learning never stops, Karla is always seeking to expand and improve her knowledge while also helping others expand their skill set.
Leading American master in the PMU and Microblading techniques. Julianna has perfected the art of creating perfect symmetry using the Golden Ratio Shaping Technique, and realistic hair strokes using the manual needles.
Julia has trained extensively in Asia, Europe, and Africa and is now proud to bring this new, cutting-edge techniques to the United States.
She is the founder and head of the illustrious Brow Design International®, the leading American academy for Microblading training and certification.
“Named New York’s Microblading Guru by ABC’s Good Morning America and Marie Claire Magazine”
Julia Anne Milin lives the mission of HydroStain Lips™. She is a natural-born artistic soul with the internal instinct to innovate.
Julianna has become one of the nation’s most widely respected permanent makeup artists and instructors. Known for her cutting-edge artistry and one-of-a-kind techniques, Julia Anne Milin continues to set the bar within the aesthetic beauty realm of the beauty industry. Her distinctive precision and innovational procedures are notably praised. She is labeled as the pioneer of microblading. Being the first microblading clinical offices to open within New York and Texas, Brow Design International is recognized as the sole entity responsible for putting this new state-of-the-art procedure on the map. Since the birth of Brow Design International, and later Brow Design Microblading Academy, Julia Anne continues to shape the future of microblading techniques as she consistently reinvents her craft, while simultaneously magnifying the industry standards.
Sherah Juarez is a certified micropigmentologist with 20+ years of experience, and owner of Ink Boutique Houston. She specializes in 3D areola tattoos, which provide realistic looking nipples and areolas to predominately breast cancer survivors. This service can also benefit individuals who have lost their nipples to reconstructive surgery. Sherah works in Houston at 7 major hospitals in 28 doctor’s offices. During her career, she has tattooed over 20,000 nipples. Sherah hosts in-person paramedical trainings at her facility at Lake Livingston, but she also offers a wide range of paramedical training courses available online. Sherah loves to travel to conferences where she is able to educate attendees while sharing her passion with others.