Becoming a Certified Professional
Electrologist & Laser Technician
In 2004 I decided to explore other service areas and I went to California to start my training for certification in electrolysis because there is no licensing for electrology in the state of Pennsylvania. After completing my electrologist training, I enrolled at Dectro International in Canada for other types of electrolysis and laser services. As my service menu began to grow, so did my client list. Expanding seemed like the next logical step.
With the number of new clients I was receiving, it seemed appropriate to continue my electrology studies to better serve a broader community. I took the National Boards through the American Electrology Association in early 2010 to confirm my status as a CPE. The new clients kept coming, and because I was in the bigger space, I decided to grow my service menu. In the second half of 2010, I chose to continue my education and enrolled in Gold Laser Institute (now Canadian Laser Institute) to complete my certification as a laser technician. GLI is where my interest in skincare really blossomed. With a growing service menu, my client list also began to grow. My laser service menu attracted not just people looking for hair reduction, but many clients came to me looking for post surgical scar correction and skin rejuvenation.
Skincare continued to fascinate me and there were so many avenues for me to explore, and that exploration took me back to cosmetology school to obtain my Pennsylvania Esthetics License. I had numerous clients undergoing chemotherapy and I was researching services to offer them while they were receiving cancer treatments. When I received my license in 2012, I completed my oncological skin care certification, and my business changed forever.
As an oncological skincare provider I was seeing an increase in clients undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Many of these clients had reconstructive surgery and were looking to have 3D areola reconstruction. With a comprehensive background in dermal anatomy and an education on removing pigment, I started to research the tattooing process to achieve the realistic nature of areola re-pigmentation. I wanted to better serve my breast cancer survivors and clients looking for scar correction or camouflaging. To better understand paramedical tattooing, the depositing of pigment into the skin, color theory, and scar correction, I decided to take a course in permanent makeup.