Accomplished and respected United States based esthetician, Susanne Schmaling, is leading nearly all the hot conversations with regards to skincare and its rapidly changing trends. Her impressive resume features years of hands on technical expertise, including a Certified Laser Technician/Instructor, and a well-earned Master Esthetician license. Having spent nearly 25+ years in the skin industry, she has achieved many notable career accomplishments, including an IMDb credit for Makeup Artistry.
Susanne is also known for lending her reputable voice for advocating important legislation efforts within the skin-industry and serves as the current President of the Esthetics Council. With an impressive authorship of three book credits and more to come, Susanne's skin prowess is regularly featured in today's top skincare magazines and websites such as Skin Inc.
Terri A. Wiojak
Terri Wojak is a highly sought-after professional with over 20 years of experience in the aesthetic industry. Terri is the Education Director of GlycoAla and runs her own education company, Aesthetics Exposed Education. She is a respected authority on skin care in a medical setting, education, and business development on multiple levels.
Wojak has built 50 individual courses based on skin care in a medical setting. More than 100 articles by Wojak have appeared in a multitude of industry magazines and she has published two books, “Aesthetics Exposed: Mastering Skin Care in a Medical Setting & Beyond” in May 2014 and “Mastering Medical Esthetics” debuted in 2009. Terri has trained over 5000 estheticians and medical professionals on the importance of incorporating skin care into cosmetic medicine, ultimately helping patients and medical providers alike.
Toshiana Baker has served the spa, beauty, and wellness industries internationally as an esthetician and global educator for nearly 15 years. Applying her rich expertise from corporate spa, beauty and wellness executive roles, she founded SpaWorx in 2016, a consulting and training development agency to educate, enlighten, and empower spa, beauty, and wellness organizations, while supporting strategic growth in their financial performance. SpaWorx has happily served a range of clients - from solo estheticians to large global beauty corporations.
Toshiana is also founder of the Network of Multi-Cultural Spa and Wellness Professionals (NMSWP). NMSWP is a professional platform dedicated to the promotion, uplift and education of underrepresented spa and wellness professionals across all disciplines.
She is a subject matter expert and contributor to leading trade publications, such as Skin Inc. and DaySpa Magazine. She also volunteers as a Commissioner and Executive Secretary for the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), an organization that provides specialized accreditation for massage therapy and esthetics schools.
Kathleen Boniface is a highly respected aesthetician with techniques perfected over her 20 years of practice. Kathleen attributes her interest in continued education to her success as a practitioner.
Inspired during the pandemic, Kathleen innovated and collaborated with Architectural Plastics Inc. to create a PPE device for aestheticians working during COVID-19. She calls it the Boniface Aerosol Barrier (BAB), a beautifully designed acrylic protective device to aid in prevention of shared aerosols during treatments.
Mr. Lee serves as a Director of International Development at Dermaesthetics Beverly Hills, Inc. He began his career as a financial manager in 2001 leading him to Asia where he worked internationally as a Director of Operations negotiating contracts and directing marketing in the major markets of China, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan. Prior to joining Dermaesthetics, Lincoln has worked for various legal and financial institutions in the private equity and investment banking industry, Ministry of Legislation Republic of Korea, CGV Entertainment, and is currently the director of the Beauty MBA Program and Pacific States University, Los Angeles.
Mr. Lee also works with MUD, Cinema Make Up School and various Esthetic and Advanced Esthetic institutions across the world engaging in skin care topics and legal compliances. He is further experienced with the laws and statutory requirements of the Sarbanes Oxley Act and has been directly involved in implementations of SOX regulations. As a hobby, he enjoys researching new ingredients and extracting various nutrients from plants to infuse and combine with his love for cooking and food.
Aesthetician, Educator, Speaker, Biofeedback Therapist-Health Coach
Lillian Denmead-Miller is a clinically trained aesthetician with over 20 years experience in the advanced skincare industry. She has earned physician continuing education credits from industry leaders such as Nicholas Perricone and instructor training with NCEA and Miladys Masters of Education. She is a certified medical assistant CMA, and certified Biofeedback Energy Medicine Therapist-Health Wellness Coach. She has also continually practiced skin care, servicing a client base of high-profile men and women in the entertainment sports media and private sector.
Pat Lam is a board-certified, anti-aging health practitioner, CIDESCO International Examiner, CIDESCO Gold Medal winner and diplomat, and co-founder and past president of CIDESCO Canada. She is also the co-founder and CEO of Lamskin™, a dedicated educator, an international speaker, and a prolific author of numerous industry articles, educational textbooks, and instructional videos. Lamskin, the company that Pat Lam co-founded with her late visionary husband, Hubert Lam, is a respected, pioneering, industry leader serving the aesthetics industry for over 40 years. Today, Lamskin is known for its highly advanced skin care technologies for the rapid and effective recognition and treatment of minor skin irregularities supported by specialized training and support.
Danielle Hughes is the Owner and CEO of Skinfaktor Australia who distribute the technology and skincare of leading European Technology Group, Dermia Solutions. Her career over the past 13 years in the aesthetics industry has included roles as Australian Education Manager and National Brand Manager for leading imported cosmeceutical brands and currently also includes an international role as Marketing Manager using digital communications for a new to market European Medical and Aesthetics provider with patented technology.
Her two current projects include bringing Skinfaktor and Australia’s premium plantceutical range, Botanical Extracts, to the States in 2020 and challenging the online hype that promotes DIY. She will be tackling the internet misinformation that globally undermines the professional industry with a new media platform, ‘The Aesthetics Channel . Online’. This channel will present the real benefits available from the Professional Industry. It will bridge the communication gap between manufacturers / distributors / practitioners to the end user market, providing easy access to genuine information / education about products, services, the benefits of professional care and where to get them.
Jennifer Shires, LMT, LE began her journey as a Massage Therapist and Esthetician over 25 years ago. A few years into her career as a Massage Therapist, Jenni and her new husband moved from Seattle to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, where they lived for 3 amazing years. Jenni managed world class spas on the islands of Tortola, Necker Island, and Virgin Gorda where she turned her skill into a craft and a life-long dedication.
Upon returning home to Seattle, her passion to create, educate and connect led her to open the award winning Solei + Co., a full-service day spa, which has been operating successfully for 10 years. Jenni also serves on the advisory board for Washington Massage/Esthetic schools, helping to ensure that the school’s training and equipment is current and relevant to occupational requirements, and that students are taught the skills required by employers. She is incredibly passionate about sharing her knowledge on the Massage and Skin Care industry and is excited to mentor, coach and learn from other therapists, whether in her own company or out in the field.
Joanne Berry brings over 25 years of professional international experience to the luxury and medical spa industry.
Joanne’s positions have focused on business management and education in many different segments of the spa industry including, cruise ships, multiple day spas, resort/destination spas and medical spas.
Joanne has conducted extensive training and product seminars, including training over 400 staff in all aspects of spa treatments and customer service while serving as the Education Manager with Steiner in San Diego. She also gained broad operations management experience overseeing spa services on 125 cruise ships. In addition, she also has a successful sales background with a history of consistently increasing sales and revenues.
Joanne substantially increased revenues as the Spa Director of La Jolla Spa MD. La Jolla Spa MD was awarded Medical Spa of the Year by American Spa Magazine under her leadership as Director of Spa Operations.
\In 2006, Joanne launched Spa Remedies, sharing her years of industry experience with others. Since launching Spa Remedies, she has travelled extensively and is highly regarded in the area of spa education, spa operations, and spa management. She is also an experienced presenter and public speaker with noted conference speaking engagements at the Aesthetic Medical Conference, Santi Spa Conference, and the Professional Beauty conference in the UK.
Joanne’s technique concentrates on gaining a full understanding of the day to day operations of the spas she has the opportunity to assist. She ensures that every client has the best experience possible. Focusing on client care, retail, spa operations, training of staff and customer service, Joanne brings to her clients a wealth of customized knowledge to implement into their own spa ensuring client success and customer satisfaction.
“With a passion for esthetics and a desire for making others feel their best, this industry will forever have my heart. Being a laser technician for 10 years and an esthetician for 9, I’ve started a new journey with permanent makeup. What an immediate satisfaction it provides! Like my success with esthetics, I have a subtle and conservative approach with permanent makeup- we can always add more. I’m extremely greatful for education & being well rounded in this industry!
A cosmetic chemist for 14 years, Jo Ann Diaz made the transition into esthetics in 2009. She now owns Palm Beach Skincare and practices with Handal Plastic Surgery in Boca Raton, Florida. A 2018 Skin Games winner in the Open Medical category, Jo Ann specializes in scar revision and medical esthetics. Ms. Diaz teaches classes in advanced modalities to improve the level of education for those in the industry focused on results-oriented treatments. Other areas of expertise include permanent makeup and laser treatments.
Katrina Yokoyama is a licensed esthetician since 2005, having practiced at spa’s throughout the Fresno area, obtaining experience and knowledge. She opened Trin Spa Skin and Wellness, a boutique luxury skin spa, in 2013. Katrina is also 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. Katrina 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.
Katrina continues to educate herself in the esthetics industry and with this experience 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 looks forward to adding new clients and relationships to her career as well as Trin Spa Skin and Wellness.
Holly Brown is the Executive Director / Founder of a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Public Charity called Looking and Feeling FAB, Inc. that offers skin care services through a varied number of programs for those suffering with ALS, Cancer, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease. Looking and Feeling FAB, Inc. is the first successful nonprofit of its kind in the country, currently holding five locations across Massachusetts.
Holly graduated with an Associates Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix in 2011. She then pursued a career in Aesthetics by attending SpaTech Institute in Plymouth, MA where she graduated in 2012 and received her Massachusetts Aesthetic License. In 2013 She attended Oncology Esthetics® training in Arizona and became certified, recertifying in 2015 in Atlanta Georgia. Holly began volunteering with the American Cancer Society and became certified as a program facilitator in 2013. Holly attended Manual Lymphatic Drainage training through The Vodder School International in Chicago and received certification in Basic Head and Neck and Advanced Head and Neck in 2014. In 2015, Holly received the Myra Kraft Community MVP award by the New England Patriots, was chosen as the “Bad Ass Chick” of the week by AMP 93.3 FM and selected as the Volunteer of the Year in Massachusetts by the American Cancer Society Look Good Feel Better Program. She has continued her work through the local cancer centers and hospitals by offering presentations on skin care and cancer.
Tracy A. Lacina – Licensed Esthetician since 2009 and Oncology Trained since 2010. I own and operate Skin Deep Salon & Spa in Coralville, IA. We are a full-service day spa with a special interest in caring for those whose lives have been affected by cancer. We have a private wig room and a post mastectomy boutique.
In 2016 I became the Midwest Regional Trainer for Oncology Spa Solutions and since then have taught over 100 estheticians how to safely care for those living with a cancer diagnosis. I spent part of my week providing specialized skincare to the residence at our local hospice home, (The Bird House – Hospice Home of Johnson County). I also work at the Helen G Nassif Community Cancer Center where I provide skincare services and hold monthly classes to help educate newly diagnosed patients with skin regiments to ease the side effects of cancer therapies.
In 2019 I attended my first Skin Games as a player in the Compassionate Category and am so pleased to announce that I did win first place and the $20,000 was donated to The Bird House where the funds were used to help pay for our patients care.
I am honored to return to The Skin Games as a judge this year.
Renee Harvey is a registered nurse practitioner, licensed esthetician and makeup artist working to help her clients achieve and maintain beautiful, youthful looking skin. In addition, she is a massage therapist with additional specialized training, and a postgraduate esthetic trainer.
Renee specializes in using non-invasive modalities to help reverse signs of aging, sun damage, acne and uneven skin tone. She works with each client to help maintain their results with professional treatments and effective products that fit their lifestyle. She is passionate about making positive changes in the skin to enhance her client’s level of confidence in their appearance.
Owner and Operator of South Bay Beauty, Skin Rejuvenation.
Founder of the AngelNetworkSBB, a gratuitous charity, forwarded to end stage life caregiver support.
25 years of experience in the medical field as a medical technician.
20 years focused on tending to the health of your skin.
Specializing in Acneic prone skin as well as compromised skin.
Proud alumni of The Skin Games Compassionate Category 2018
Debbi Fink is a licensed Esthetician, Licensed Manicurist, Certified Massage Practitioner, Esthetician Instructor and the Northern California Regional Trainer for Oncology Spa Solutions. Debbi also owns her own business, My Garden Salon & Day Spa in Concord, CA. Her business is located inside a senior living community and while most of her personal customers are outside clientele, the focus of the salon is on serving the residents within the community.
Debbi has been a licensed Esthetician for 16 years and has continued to seek out educational opportunities allowing her to grow her business by offering new and varied services. Having trained in so many modalities allows her to offer full body services from massage to wraps to body treatments.
Debbi has worked with several charities and organized several charitable events including raising money for uniforms for a Lacrosse Team, a silent auction and luncheon for a coworker who faced a life threatening illness, a fundraiser to provide a Christmas Party and Christmas gifts for a group of Veterans in an inpatient treatment program for PTSD in Menlo Park. She also organized the donation of four computers and printers for the Veterans, who previously had to share one computer for fifty Veterans.
Debbi is currently working on creating a Non Profit Organization that will provide skin care services, massage, reconstructive tattooing and makeup for people suffering from skin issues brought on by Cancer and other health related issues that affect the skin as well as providing care for Veterans or others who suffer from PTSD.
Holistic approach to skincare and lifestyle.
Celebrate harmony in your life.
I was fortunate to be my grandmother‘s little helper in Germany. Her garden filled with herbs and healing plants was my sandbox. After years in the business world I found my way back to the world of healing through nature and touch. It is in giving that we shall receive.
Candace Holyfield is a certified Medical assistant, holistic practitioner, retired massage therapist, CEO of her personal spa boss tribe, author of the first Black Spa magazine, creator of the first Black Spa Expo Awards, and motivational speaker. Candace strives to exemplify excellence while educating, empowering, and uplifting spa professionals across the globe.
Candace holds the title of award-winning spa owner of, “I love Candy Spa Parties”. As a prized spa owner, Candace has secured a clientele base of over 15, 000 since she began in 2011. Spa services offered by Candace include: massages, facials, lash extensions, body waxing, teeth whitening and v-steams. The services of “I love Candy Spa” have been featured within celebrity lounges held at the highly anticipated annual Essence festival and have been deemed as “The Best Spa Services” for two consecutive years.
Furthermore, Candace is an author of over 30 eBooks written specifically for spa professionals in order to upsurge their entrepreneurship knowledge and revenues. Candace has devoted her time to helping over 500 spa professionals build, grow and launch their own successful businesses. Her continuous efforts and international involvement have been spotted in the American Spa Magazine two years in a row, Fox 13 News and Fox 54.
Melissa Cundiff has 35 years experience in the aesthetic industry, with a Cosmetologist
Instructors license in Alabama and licensed in Florida. Melissa’s career began in 1985 as a
fragrance model in cosmetic departments which led into the spa industry and equipment sales.
Melissa‘s passion for the industry in 2002, led to her vision of opening Skinactics School of
Aesthetics; inc. in Birmingham Alabama. Skinactics was the first advanced 1500 hour state
board approved esthetician program. Daphne, Alabama was the second esthetician program
and South Alabama’s First Esthetician School. Melissa‘s passion and dream was accomplished
with 100% pass rate for state board testing with scores in the high 90s. Melissa later opened
and founded Skintrenzixs Spa and SkinSchool in 2012 located in Birmingham Alabama.
Skintrenzixs was eventually relocated to Fort Walton Beach, Florida after completion of all of
Skintrenzixs Esthetics graduates in 2016. Melissa now works with clients by appointment only at
Skintrenzixs. During Melissa‘s first year in the Florida panhandle she was voted and won
Destins Best Esthetician in Destin VIP magazine 2018. In addition, Melissa started Skintrenzixs
skincare and make up line in 2015. She is also a distributor for zero gravity and an independent
sales representative for Procell.