I remember my first breakout like it was yesterday...
I woke up when I was 10 to what felt like millions of bumps on my forehead and a t-zone full of clogged pores. I couldn't recognize myself and I wanted to shrink away for the next 11 years. If you would have told me at 10 years-old that those breakouts were going to be the best thing that happened to me I would have laughed in your face. But the truth is that my experience of struggling with acne and other health issues since age 10, led me to educate myself on how to balance inflammatory conditions from the inside out. And at 18, I decided to take the unconventional path by dropping out of college and pursuing a career in esthetics.
After receiving my license in Esthiology in 2006 at the Institute of Beauty and Wellness in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I have delved into the skin care industry with a love for holistic health care, a need for constant education/growth, and most importantly, an open heart. I have spent years crafting my skills so that you will walk away from her treatments luxuriously relaxed, enthused about your own beauty rituals, and gorgeously glowing-the way you deserve to be.
A turning point for my career was at age 27, when one day, I started to feel feverish and decided to go to the doctor. To my shock, I had shingles. This is a virus that was slowly shutting down my nervous system. This made giving several facials a day painful and utterly impossible. I couldn't feel my hands, and my ability to heal and connect with clients was rapidly compromised. After seeking the help of an acupuncturist, and taking 5 daily prescriptions for nearly a month, I learned that I had an over-stressed liver partly due to years of conventional skincare:
"Our skin absorbs everything we put on it within seconds. The constant absorption of chemicals from skin care products was affecting my health so quickly and I thought I was going to have to quit esthetics. This broke my heart."
This roadblock quickly became the catalyst for the change I needed. After taking a hard look at the industry I loved, I decided to turn a minor setback into a driving force to refocus my role as the Therapeutic Skin Coach™.
Having been trained by some of the best plastic surgeons in the world, along with my background for holistic care, I have developed the intuitive ability to find the root of most skin care issues. Not only will you feel more knowledgeable about your overall health and well-being, you will get continued support and guidance post treatment. Combating inflammatory based conditions, determining root imbalances, and establishing a long-term practice for any individual are my strengths:
"My in-depth consultation and health history analysis does set me apart but I am also committed to on-going conversations with all of my clients. I make sure to know what they are using and how their skin is recovering at every stage. From hormonal imbalances to major dietary overhaul, I continuously support and guide you towards finding your best skin health. I do this by giving you the power to be the expert on your own skin. Education is a big part of our process."
What is a therapeutic skin coach™?
"I developed the term ‘therapeutic skin coach’ as my title because esthetician or facialist seemed to really restrict me from what I truly do. I coach and guide people beyond their skin care treatments to truly help transform their skin. Half the battle is knowing someone is there for you and has the willingness to support the ups and the downs."
The most important thing to my practice is creating an environment that is not wasteful or harmful to the Earth/You by using 100% non-toxic products. As an environmentalist, I strives to do everything possible to keep the Earth as beautiful as possible.
For my self-care, I very much enjoy the simple things in life. My husband James and I love to cook, hike, do yoga, watch movies (I'm quite the movie buff) and play with our husky, Josie. We currently reside in Los Angeles but love to travel and fall in love with all parts of the world.
I'm a licensed esthetician, facial reflexologist, Reiki practitioner, and writer/educator in the state of California. I have previously been licensed in Wisconsin and Texas.