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Industry professionals weigh in on beauty trends 

Alexandra Trait

At 27 years old, Alexandra is both an international & local award winning paramedical skin specialist and owner of a thriving Skin Clinic in Castlemaine, Australia. Her passion for this industry comes from battling through her own acne journey and inspired her to help others bring back their confidence, encompassing a ‘whole’ approach to achieving transformative results –  diet, lifestyle, stress, sleep & mindset combined with professional treatments & skincare.

She enjoy’s the challenge of building an empire as a business woman and facing new and different skin conditions everyday.

“Even though I have already achieved so much in my career, I still feel as though I’m just at the beginning & I am excited and hungry for what comes next!”


Chelsea Renae Ausland is happily married and a mother to three daughters. By trade, she is an international award-winning paramedical Esthetician Chelsea Renae Auslandand Makeup Artist. True to her zodiac sign, Sagittarius, she’s always chased adventure and creative outlets. The beauty industry keeps her interested, as it blends the lines between two seemingly opposite concepts: art and science. Chelsea began her skin care career in Florida and has since moved back to her Michigan roots. With 12 years in the beauty and skin care industry, Chelsea now can be found in Paw Paw, Michigan, as the proud Co-owner of Harvey House Salon. Her message is that knowledge with professional quality skin care practices lead to long lasting skin health and most importantly, self love.


Clinton Brock is an educator who specializes in embracing natural beauty. A musician turned make-up artist, he is best known for his charismatic teaching style. His work has been featured on numerous beauty campaigns, as well as newspapers, store openings, and television broadcasts including CNN, FOX, Good Morning America and the Stellar Awards. Brock was a speaker at the IMATS NYC, IBS NYC, Bronner Bros, Philly Beauty Expo, and Howard University.

Clint has worked for Multi-Million Dollar Companies creating and assisting in development of new and innovative Products that are sold internationally. Clint also created curriculum and training materials for brands that he has worked with and has a hand in creating new brands. He hopes to create and inspire new artistry with every class he teaches.

Danielle Wachowski

Danielle Wachowski is a licensed esthetic expert with proven success in both consumer skincare sales and the professional esthetic industry. After becoming a licensed esthetician, Danielle’s clinical achievements were recognized by Sephora; who recruited her to lead their quality and beauty division. In addition to receiving top sales awards from leading professional brands, Danielle founded an education and equipment company and continues to write and lecture.

Having a passion for mentoring and inspiring Estheticians, Danielle has pioneered protocols for blending modalities safely and how to profit from them. Danielle welcomes the opportunity to connect with fellow Aestheticians and business owners on the art of the Aesthetics business and how to drive consumers to the professional.


Darcy began her career in product sales in 2005 where she discovered her passion for skincare and decided to become a licensed esthetician. She quickly discovered she had a desire to help those with problematic skin conditions.  Her focus became individuals with scarring, rosacea, acne, psoriasis, pigmentation and other difficult to treat skin conditions.

After losing her father and best friend to cancer, she started a non-profit providing facials and skincare to those undergoing cancer therapies on a donation basis only. She has been a sought after trainer for both equipment and product companies over the past 10 years. Currently, Darcy provides business coaching to estheticians, sits on the Advisory Board of Paul Mitchell Schools Costa Mesa, and  resides in Orange County, CA, where she operates her own skin revision clinic.


Ella grew up in the harsh, dry, cold climate of rural Southern Colorado. After receiving a BS in Business Management from Metro State University and working in industrial construction, Ella pursed a new career in esthetics. In 2009 she became an educator and product representative and enjoyed empowering other estheticians and industry professionals to understand skin care from an ingredient standpoint, rather than a product specific view. From there, she became a Certified Organic Formulator in 2016 and received her Organic Formulator Diploma in 2018.

Cannabidiol (CBD) was presented to her as an ingredient in 2015. She has spent hours and hours researching and understanding  CBD, along with all cannabinoids and how they are relevant, essential and complimentary in skin care. In that, she has received certifications in Understanding the Endocannabiniod System, Cannabinoids for the Professional and Cannabis for the Consumer and, as well, holds a Key Employee Badge from the MED of the State of Colorado. Though cannabinoids are her current focus, she maintains a thriving skin care practice in Wheat Ridge, Colorado while continuing to educate professionals on many aspects of the industry. “Skin Care is not just my passion, but my life.”


Dr. Madigan-Fleck brings over 30 years of experience to the aesthetic and natural health industry – she is a licensed esthetician / master cosmetologist, licensed esthetic instructor, and a certified dermatology technician. Dr. Madigan-Fleck has studied esthetics in France and Belgium and was the lead aesthetician for the Center for Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, GA providing pre & post op care, esthetic care for oncology patients, and rehabilitative camouflage makeup for plastic surgery and burn patients. Her work in this area continues as a distinguished member of the British Association of Skin Camouflage in the UK.

She received her Naturopathic Medical Doctoral Degree (NMD) from the University of Science, Arts & Technology College of Medicine. In 2015 she was nominated for the Hippocrates Award from USAT for her work involving the educational outreach of natural medicine and sharing knowledge to advance the practice of holistic medicine.  Dr. Madigan –Fleck served her clinical naturopathic residency at Progressive Medical Centers of America in Atlanta, GA. She is an advisory board member at Skin Inc. Magazine, a member of Society of Dermatology Skin Care Specialists, NCEA certified, and the Southeast Director of the Association of Holistic Skin Care Practitioners. Dr. Madigan-Fleck is the CEO & lead educator of DermaEducationTV Postgraduate Esthetic Training. She holds a private practice in Atlanta, GA, Naturophoria.


​BOHO Alternative Med Spa founder Holly Tanella is passionate about skin. Having graduated valedictorian in her final year at Ogle School in Texas, she began her career as a makeup artist where she fell in love with the idea of addressing imperfections people attempted to hide with makeup. Determined to help others solve their skincare challenges, Holly opened Top Spa (now BOHO) in 2014. As a licensed medical esthetician and self-professed “skin geek” with over ten years of skin experience, Holly greatly enjoys her working with her clients — especially those dealing with ‘problem’ areas like blemishes, acne scarring, rosacea and signs of age.


Jenna Kent is a Licensed Aesthetician, Licensed Aesthetician Instructor, Certified Holistic Health Coach and Acne Specialist, with 12 years in the industry and a lifetime of passion for corrective skin care.  Winning second place internationally (first place nationally) in both Acne and Pigmentation Categories of The Skin Games 2019 has inspired her to share her journey with others.

Her career in skin care was inspired by her own struggle with acne and her desire to help people feel their best.  Immediately upon graduating high school, she enrolled in the Esthiology program at The Aveda Institute Las Vegas where she learned holistic approaches to treating skin concerns.  Since graduating and becoming a Licensed Aesthetician she has worked with different spas, including 8 years at the world famous Spa Bellagio Las Vegas.

Committed to investing in her education,  she has continuously taken advanced education coursed, attended many seminars as well as training internationally, in France. She became a licensed Instructor at The Aveda Institute and was named Advanced Theory Educator.  During this time, Jenna also became certified in Holistic Health Coaching.

She now integrates her background in holistic nutrition, ayurvedic wellness and clinical results oriented skin care to bring to life her very own practice Integrative Aesthetics where she enthusiastically works with her clients to achieve long term results for their healthiest skin ever.


JoElle Lee is a licensed celebrity esthetician, skincare specialist, speaker, author, educator, and mentor with over 20 years of experience in the skincare industry. She specializes in “No Downtime” Chemical Peel Treatments, Laser Treatments, HydraFacial Treatments, and Customized Corrective Facial Treatments. JoElle takes a natural, “inside out” integrative approach by combining non-invasive treatments and products without harmful chemicals to achieve healthy, beautiful skin. JoElle specializes in treating multicultural skin for the treatment of acne, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation (dark marks) and all signs of aging. She improves the physical and emotional well-being of her clients by achieving rapid and optimal results with her wholistic approach to skincare. JoElle’s motto is “Beautiful skin begins within.”

As a highly regarded expert in the field, JoElle has been a keynote speaker at beauty industry conferences, featured in national beauty and fashion magazines, and has been a featured guest on radio shows. She is most noted for being the Personal Esthetician to former First Lady Michelle Obama, and author of the best selling book, Multicultural Skin Treatments: Learn How to Effectively Skin of Color by Combining Chemical Peels and Laser Treatments

Katie Gross Lipgloss And AftershaveKATIE GROSS

Katie Gross has been in the beauty industry for 15 years.  She is a trainer for Bella Lash, is a Senior International Journalist for Lash Inc Magazine, and is the Founder of The Lash Artist Box, a US based subscription box company for professional lash artists.  She is also the owner of Suburban Lash & Beauty near Cleveland, OH and is a wife and mother of two small children. She was recently nominated for three NALA (National Association of Lash Artists) awards and The Lash Artist Box was named a Top 10 Box of 2018 by Cratejoy.


Katrina Yokoyama is an award winning, licensed esthetician.  After eight years of working as an esthetician in day spas, she opened her own treatment facility in 2013, Trin Spa Skin and Wellness – a boutique luxury skin spa. She is passionate, knowledgeable and innovative in her approach to skincare. Katrina realizes that each of her clients require an individualized skin care regime & doesn’t fall prey to the latest industry trends.  Instead, she forms lasting relationships with each client and develops customized treatment programs that considers their  lifestyle and unique skin care need.

Katrina continues her education in the ever changing industry and with this experience has won 2 International Awards.  She won two trophies for the categories of Pigmentation and People’s Choice in The 2017 Skin Games. Katrina continues to grow her passion for esthetics, she welcomes new clients and looks forward to introducing innovative techniques, products and ideas to her clients and peers.


Kris Astroff has a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Olaf College and is currently pursuing a biotechnology management certificate from Harvard University. As a licensed esthetician, she is trained in oncology esthetics, as well as corrective and airbrush makeup techniques.

Kris is an educator for Oncology Spa Solutions, the country’s top oncology training program for estheticians. Additionally, Kris works on Circadia’s national team as an educational ambassador. Recently, Kris was awarded the honor of best new esthetician in an international competition.

Kris also writes and develops oncology skincare curriculums for medical industry giants like MD Anderson and UT Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center. Kris did an eight-week study on the impact of oncology esthetics on tissue being radiated. Kris designed the protocol with approval of the patient’s radiation oncologist. As a result of this work Kris won an international competition as the best new esthetician.

Her background and training in both the beauty and biology fields give her a deeper understanding of how products, ingredients and treatments interact. This understanding enables her to provide safe, effective treatment options for a wide variety of clients’ skin care and makeup needs.


Kris Fisk is an award winning licensed master esthetician with over 7 years of experience working in the skin care industry. In 2012, at the age of 44, she graduated from esthetics school with honors and her NCEA certification. In 2013 she opened and operates Kris’ Skincare, a Paramedical Skin Revision Clinic in Royal City, Washington. 

A big believer in continuing education, Kris stays informed of all the latest advances in skin care continually updating her education and skills with proven academic professionals, and doctors who really understand the nature of the skin’s barrier and how to regenerate, replenish and support it for the best results. Kris believes each client is individual and customizes holistic based treatments that are results driven. No Fluff! Results only!

In November of 2017 she was featured in Day Spa Magazine, and in June of 2019, Kris won 2nd place in the international skin competition The Skin Games in Compromised Skin. In December of 2019, Kris opened her second Paramedical Skin Revision Clinic in Moses Lake, WA.


Krissa Gordon is a medical esthetician, educator, Reiki master and corporate consultant for skin technologies at Satin Smooth. At 40 years old, Krissa left a successful career in communications and marketing to become an aesthetician and instructor.

Now she shares expertise and perspective gleaned from her eventful career and personal journey through, public speaking, writing, technical training and communications consulting. As a trade-off for traffic and high-speed internet, Krissa lives peacefully on the side of a mountain in rural Northwest Arkansas with her husband, dog and cats.

Lisa Gornall HeadshotLISA GORNALL

As a Spiritual Medium, Healer and Coach, Lisa is in a class of her own.

I was born with abilities to become ONE with your energy. I intuitively empower you, as a very successful entrepreneur to reclaim your time, relationships, inner-game and energy so that you can live a fulfilling and happy life. Work is your passion, and you know you are here to ENJOY a life outside of work but you don’t know how to do that and keep scaling your income.

Since 2002, I have combined my intuitive abilities with healing and coaching. We get to the root of your Success Wound by releasing those fears, family patterns, beliefs, energies and other life experiences that have kept you stuck on a path that isn’t working. You’re ready to finally enjoy your success and be happy.

I limit my workload to three clients a day. I not only teach balance, but I live it.

Currently, Lisa lives in San Diego, California with her soul-mate husband, 2 teenage daughters and the family Golden Retriever.

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Michael has been in the cosmetic and skincare industry for over 30 years with the mission of making people feel better about themselves. His career started behind a cosmetic counter and quickly escalated to working with many industry leaders such as Bobbi Brown, Borghese, Chanel, Lancôme, and Nars.

In 2000 Michael became an Esthetician, and later partnered his make up talents and love for Skincare by founding Simply Moore Make up Artistry and Skincare studio. Since its conception, Simply Moore Garnered National Recognition as being one of the industries leaders and authorities of make up and skincare.

Moore has decided to take his vision to the Internet with MooreForLife.com and Online Transformational Company. The site helps people feel better about themselves on their own terms. Moore also works with ColorLab Private Label cosmetics helping individuals define their vision of what they want to be known for in the world of make up and esthetics.

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Nichelle is an award winning North Carolina board certified aesthetician and certified laser technician. Nichelle was a finalist in the international skin competition -2018 Skin Games for Acne Management, and she won the 2019 Skin Games in the Age Management Category. She owns Queen City Beauty Group and Wellness in Charlotte, NC. She is the inventor of the Queens Cloth, a daily gentle, reusable exfoliating mitt. Nichelle is developer of her own private label, Lazy Queen Skin Care, and she has a new product line out in 2020, Queen City Beauty Co! 

Nichelle’s expertise in skin care products has also seen her consulted multiple times by O, Oprah Magazine!

Nichelle specializes in treating diverse skin tones with life changing results. Nichelle sees esthetics as a way to celebrate our differences, and empower her clients to be their most confident!  Nichelle’s clients seek her expertise with hyper-pigmentation, sun damage, acne, rosacea, anti-aging, or just some self care.

At Queen City Group, Nichelle’s focus is  providing professional, results-oriented treatments. Nichelle enjoys educating her clients on how to maintain continued results and she takes pride in exceeding her clients’ expectations.


Rachael PontilloRachael Pontillo is a holistic skincare innovator, author, and educator. She is the bestselling author of the book Love Your Skin, Love Yourself, The Nutritional Aesthetics Practitioner® Foundational Curriculum textbook, and co-author of The Sauce Code. She’s a functional nutrition practitioner, AADP and IAHC Board Certified International Health Coach, licensed aesthetician; and natural skincare formulator and educator. She’s the president and co-founder of the Nutritional Aesthetics® Alliance, and creator of its Certified Nutritional Aesthetics Practitioner® Training Program. She is also the creator of the popular skincare and healthy lifestyle blog, Holistically Haute™, as well as the much-loved online course, Create Your Skincare®, and its exclusive Skin Sequencing® Method. Rachael also holds additional certifications in metaphysical science, detoxification, cosmetic chemistry, acupressure, Reiki, Medical Qi Gong, Chinese Facial Diagnosis, and Ayurveda. She’s an avid herbalist, skincare ingredient connoisseur, and lifelong learner.

Richard Maher HeadshotRICHARD MAHER, CMT, LE

Richard Edward Maher is an award-winning massage therapist and esthetician with near 15 years of expertise in beauty, wellness, and education. Currently residing in Orange County, California, he serves as LightStim’s National Educator, assisting in the formation of their advanced curriculum and supplementary programs. Backed by hands-on knowledge in diverse disciplines including skin care, anatomy, and creative modality integrations, Richard is driven by a passion for creative, solution-based training with a holistic approach. This drive shines through in the heartfelt delivery of his seminars.


Before she even graduated high school she was registered in her local massage school. Not long after she landed her first gig taking care of all the sore muscles in her area, the hair gals she worked with encouraged her to further her career by getting into skin care.

Really she was just interested in waxing. Once she was in school, she realized that not only did she like everything about skin care, she was sort of good at it. While in school, she learned how to wax from videos from Lori Nestore (the Wax Queen). Rose made sure to do everything the wax queen did to a T.

While Rose grew into the driven spa lady she is today, she started small. She started One Woman Spa, a small solo studio. After years of working alone, she decided to expand in 2012 to a four treatment room, 1,200 square foot spa. Still calling it One Woman Spa. Currently, Rose focuses on skin care and waxing and education. She now works closely with her one time industry hero, and now mentor, Lori Nestore as an educator for both Tu’el skin care and Berodin Wax.


Shannon O’Brien has over 18 years of experience working as a licensed esthetician. Her passion and knowledge for this dynamic industry, keeps her fascinated with latest in skincare and hair removal.  Bringing over 20 years of experience working in a teaching capacity, she is a born leader who loves to share her business acumen and teaching the art of Body Sugaring with everyone. 

She is the founder of Love2Sugar.com which includes her training academy iSugar University and her podcast The SugarShow.  She has achieved great success with her savvy team as the owner of SugarMama’s Studios in Folsom, California.


Shawna Rocha is a compassionate and driven esthetician who has busted into this industry with full force. She quickly developed a love for helping clients and constantly strives to gain additional knowledge, education and insight to bring to her treatment room.  

In a relatively short time since becoming licensed in California, she has completed multiple courses in Oncology Esthetics, has advanced training in holistic therapies, has received her NCEA certification and has also obtained her esthetics license in Washington State. 

Shawna’s motivation and talent won her two awards at the Skin Games in 2018 (People’s Choice & Acne/Problematic Skin). In turn, she became a judge of this international skin competition in 2019. 

Shawna has recently become an educator with iSugar University and continues to be an advocate and educator for Hale & Hush Skincare.  Shawna enjoys being part of the educating team for Hope & Beauty Chemo Companions and works with cancer doctors and nurses for effective and efficient skin treatments for cancer clients. You will also find her education videos on the Associated Skin Care Professionals website highlighting the importance of caring for compromised and sensitive skin.   

Shawna currently helps manage and train at two spa locations (Nirvana Face & Body) in California’s Central Valley and is one of the top producers in her region. She is truly loved by her clients and colleagues and her passion for the industry is apparent in all that she does. Shawna is the co-founder, researcher, and content creator for The Esthetician’s Guide to Skincare


Stephanie is, “just a small town girl, livin’ in a skin care world,” from Winona, MN. She has been an Aesthetician for ten years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience into her treatment room to obtain transformational skin care results on her clients. She looks beyond the physical appearance of the skin to treat her clients as a whole. Working with the client’s lifestyle, dietary choices, professional treatments and professional home care products help to gain the stunning transformations that have resulted in winning numerous International Awards including Aesthetitian of the year.

Stephanie owns Brilliant Bodywork Medspa in Onalaska, Wisconsin. Stephanie specializes in acne, anti aging, laser therapies, Reiki, oncology aesthetics and makeup artistry. In her free time, Stephanie is an avid volunteer with La Crosse, WI Oktoberfest and The Shriners Hospital for Children which has resulted in being awarded the presidential Point of Light Award and a Jefferson Award. She also enjoys traveling and nightly cuddles with her three dogs.



Tazeem Jamal, is a highly respected & passionate spa industry professional. She has been in the industry for over 30 years as an award winning Master Esthetician, spa business coach, retail sales catalyst, writer and an international speaker. Her mission is to raise the bar & to inSPAire others to use their passion to build rocking businesses!

Tazeem worked as Brand ambassador/Blogger for Tedx  in Vancouver, Canada for four years. She has also been featured in multiple books and is an Amazon best seller contributing author.

In addition to 1:1 coaching for spa owners, she offers online group coaching programs. She believes in giving back,  and has volunteered on various Spa Industry boards, in Canada & the USA, including Skin Inc. Her love for skincare, still keeps her in the treatment room, part time, in her boutique business Skindulgence Spa in Port Moody, BC, Canada.


Since the idea to go to “beauty school”, Tenisha “Isha” Hicks (owner of Isha Esthetics And Wellness) has wanted to do nothing but help people feel good about themselves, no matter what GOOD meant!  Tenisha is a Licensed Esthetician located in Murray, UT is a certified Sculptice specialists since 2017. Her skill set and proficiency in body treatments has not only earned her a place as one of the honored few SculptICE Specialist Trainers, but the honor of winning “Player of the Year” in the Open Category for the 2019 The Skin Games. Her hopes are to continue learning and growing in her area of expertise and hopefully helping others do the same as her both her clients and friend.

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