Flawless Face Using the Art of Light and Shadow

Minimize shadows and maximize healthy, radiant skin by learning how to play with the application of light and shadows. Learn the secrets of TV and movie makeup artist pros. They are the masters of industry techniques to highlight their clients’ best features to ensure an award-winning appearance and performance. Learn the tricks of the trade and let your client be the true star!

Jaclyn Peresetsky, owner of Skin Perfect Spas in Ohio and Florida, is a noted color expert, makeup artist, master esthetician, author and speaker. She enjoys helping others in this industry become leading beauty experts.

Abbigail Tarr, a licensed managing esthetician, started her career in 2011. She is a certified makeup artist and skincare specialist with Sephora, where she received five years of extensive makeup and ingredient training. The love of skin health and confirmation of her career path came about in her childhood. She had dealt with cystic acne for years and was never able to find a solution. In her teens, while working in her teens, at her family’s fitness center, she began to realize all the factors that contribute to the health and esthetic of one’s skin —  energy, stress, food, etc. From that moment on, Abbi took on a holistic lifestyle and began research on how to become the best skin therapist for each individual client. She loves the unique diversity of all skin types and solving skin problems through extensive research.

Saturday, 4:30 pm/ Classroom G, 2 CE Hours-Esthetics, Cosmetology (SA430-G)

Facial Mapping

Facial Mapping is an ancient technique based on the belief that what is happening on the surface of your skin is a reflection of what is going on internally. It suggests that certain skin conditions  can be related to other organs and imbalances in the body. Suggestions on how to recognize the signs and help maximize skin health and overall well-being will be the focus. Broaden your horizons and learn how this ancient art can be incorporated into your practice.

Gayle Praechtl has more than 30 years of experience as both a massage therapist and esthetician. Highlighting her knowledge base is a substantial career as a clinical esthetician for renowned plastic surgeons, medical spas and wellness centers. She has trained medical and esthetic professionals throughout the United States and abroad. She works as a medical esthetics industry consultant, educator and sales representative with Image Skincare, in addition to having her own consulting business, Aesthetic Wise.

Saturday, 9:00 am/ Hall K, 2 CE Hours- Esthetics, Cosmetology-( SA900-K)

Extractions 101

This class discusses different techniques for extracting without any metal implements. From the process of prepping the skin to doing extractions using lancets and cotton swabs, these tips will help you to achieve better extractions.

Lisa Esquivel-Clark believes spa services should be part of a healthy lifestyle rather than an occasional luxury. As founder of the Skin Spa of Wake Forest, she offers an array of therapeutic, esthetic and cosmetic services in a serene, relaxing atmosphere and at affordable prices. In 2007, she moved to North Carolina with her family to take a job as an esthetician for Latria, one of the Triangle’s top day spas. There she built a solid client base with many who are still with her today. The opening of her own business in 2010 allowed her to meld knowledge of therapeutic esthetics with her impeccable customer service skills. Today she transforms a client’s visit into an extraordinary experience where inner peace is realized.

Sunday, 4:30 pm/ Hall M, 2 CE Hours- Esthetics, Cosmetology (S430-M)

Essential Oils: The Good, The Bad, and Everything in Between

The Field of Aromatherapy is changing rapidly. With all the talk of ingestion and millions of recipes on the Internet, how do you know which is good, bad and where the truth lies in between. Topics will include how to know when to use an essential oil, absolute, CO2 extraction, or hydrosol and how to learn the difference between them. Safety concerns will be discussed in conjunction with frequency and methods of use. How to choose therapeutic quality products as well as questions to ask your supplier will also be addressed. Proper research techniques will be discussed. Come learn when, where, and how to use your aromatic tool kit in a safe manner.


Amber M. LaBoarde is a clinical aromatherapist at Loving Scents Aromatherapy, a private practice in Greensboro, N.C., specializing in integrative therapies. She was first introduced to aromatherapy in 2012 and began classes toward her degree in aromatherapy and herbalism with the American College of Healthcare Sciences in 2014. Her teaching/education specialties include Fertility/Reproductive Issues, Children, Perfumery and Custom Blending, as well as Cleaning with Essential Oils and Herbs. She has a passion for education and teaching clients how to use aromatherapy in their everyday lives alongside other holistic practices to reach their goals of a healthy, happy lifestyle.

Sunday, 9:00 am, Classroom H, 2 CE Hours- Esthetics, Cosmetology, Massage Therapy ( S900-H )

Equipment Technologies: A Journey Through Light and Technology

Electrotherapy remains a staple in the esthetic arena and is an integral part of the modalities presented in the salon, spa or clinical setting. Evolutionary research and esthetic integration in the clinical community have necessitated electrotherapy training for the modern esthetician to become more advanced, particularly with the newer technologies, devices, protocols and products. The class will include a review of the general electricity principals, electrotherapeutic components and devices, various electrical currents and uses in salon, spa and clinical settings.

Alexandra Zani is an industry strategist as well as an advanced educator. She is an international speaker and researcher with a background in cell biology and medical technology with numerous advanced certifications in dermal sciences, spa therapies, microcurrent, LED, and non-ablative laser in the United States and abroad. Along with Dr. Erin Madigan-Fleck, Zani was the 2016 recipient of the Esthetics International Humanitarian Award at the Southern Spa & Salon Conference.

Saturday, 5:00 pm/Hall L, 2 CE Hours-Esthetics, Cosmetology (SA500-L)

Do No Harm: Spa Guests With Health Challenges

Servicing clients with health challenges is more important than ever for today’s spa professional. Many things must be considered so as to “Do No Harm”. This class will discuss understanding what a health challenge is, knowing your scope of practice. Attendees will learn how to use an intake form and other sources to get the answers needed to provide clients with safe facial treatments. This lecture will also discuss how to provide a proper spa room environment and types of products and treatments for your sensitive client.

Kris Campbell is the founder and managing director of Hale & Hush, a skincare line dedicated to sensitive and health-challenged skin. She trains, writes for trade publications, and speaks at trade events on a variety of subjects including ingredients and health challenges. She has worked for an FDA cosmeceutical lab and helped clients in creating their brands.

Saturday, 5:00 pm/Classroom E, 2 CE Hours- Esthetics, Cosmetology (SA500-E)

Brazilian Bikini Wax Techniques

Lori Nestore will calm your fears, answer your questions and address your issues regarding this biggest moneymaking service in esthetics. She will teach you how to professionally and efficiently remove hair from every crevice on any gender. Both male and female models are needed. If you are attending the class and wish to model, please call 800-765-7497, or email lori@evasesthetics.com for more information.

Lori Nestore

*Attendees who took this class in 2017 are not eligible for CE credits in 2018.

Saturday, 9:00 am/Hall N, 2 CE Hours- Esthetics, Cosmetology (SA900-N)

Beyond Coconut: Exploring the Synergies of Carrier Oils

When most people talk about aromatherapy they first think of the highly aromatic essential oils. Maybe not quite as glamorous but a factor that is just as important are the plant-based vegetable oils known as carriers. Each one has its own therapeutic value and is used to dilute highly concentrated essential oils for the ideal response. This experiential class will include how to create synergies with the luxurious feel of emollient vegetable oils from around the world. The class will cover conditions of the skin and discuss choice of carrier or blend of carriers.


Kimberly S. Seymour is a clinical aromatherapist at Loving Scents Aromatherapy. Kimberly has a passion for teaching and counseling clients to help them reach their goals of optimal health, happiness, and finding their own awesomeness.

Saturday, 2:00 pm/ Classroom H, 2 CE Hours- Esthetics, Cosmetology, Massage Therapist ( SA200-H )

Anti-acne and Anti-aging: A Real World Update

This class by Mark Lees Skincare covers several successful case studies and real-world concepts in treating clogged-congested and acne-prone skin, including our new back-acne system. Watch a live pore-softening extraction treatment and get an update on combining ingredients for both “birthday” aging and sun-damaged skin. Don ‘t miss this opportunity to take home truly effective protocols that will help many of your clients.

This product-specific class focuses on the use of Mark Lees Skin Care products and treatment protocols. It does not offer continuing education credits, but will be included in the count for the 8 hours in the basic registration fee of $100 for professionals and $75 for students. At the end of the class, you will be given a $25 gift certificate for use in the Mark Lees Skin Care booth during the Southern Spa & Salon Conference.

Mark Lees, Ph.D.,M.S. is an award winning speaker, master clinical skin therapist, and product developer of Mark Lees Skin Care products, specializing in acne, sensitive, and aging skin. He is the author of Skin Care: Beyond the Basics, the Skin Care Answer Book, and his latest book, Clearing Concepts: A Guide to Acne Treatment.

Kyle Mull brings 18 years of body and skin therapy experience into the classroom  to develop current and future skin therapists. Kyle is a certified instructor, has extensive experience as a school director, and currently is Director of Education and Professional Relations for Mark Lees Skin Care.

Saturday, 9:00 am/ Classroom F- Pro- Spec (SA900-F)

Altered States: The Pathobiology of Skin in Distress

The prevalence of individuals in the United States claiming symptomology of both problematic and inflammatory skin has become more commonplace over the last two decades. The various types of diseased and “stressed” states of skin experience numerous physiological modifications in addition to exhibiting often predictable psychosocial impact in various age groups. The pathobiology of some of the most prevalent and problematic skin conditions presents well-demarcated characteristics from clinical and visual perspectives. However, it is the subclinical changes and pathobiologocal aspects of the skin that remain somewhat of an enigma. The various phases of initiation, infection, inflammation and healing present details that provide insight into the complexities  of these disorders. This presentation will include aspects of the pathobiology involving acne, rosacea, sensitive skin syndrome and other inflammatory skin conditions, and will show how the esthetician may evaluate an approach for treatment and recommendations for home care.

Dr. Erin Madigan-Fleck, NMD,LMC,LEI,CDT,CNHP, brings more than 30 years of experience to the esthetic and natural health industry. She is a licensed master cosmetologist and esthetics instructor in Georgia, holding certification as a dermatology technician. She has authored many articles for the esthetics industry’s top trade magazines and frequently serves as a guest lecturer and educator at natural health and esthetics institutes. Madigan-Fleck has studied in France and Belgium and was the lead esthetician for the Atlanta, Ga. Center for Plastic Surgery, which specializes in post-op care, aesthetic 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.

Sunday, 9:00 am/Hall L, 2 CE Hours- Esthetics, Cosmetology (S900-L)

Advanced Speed Wax Techniques

For both the esthetician and the client, waxing is one of the scariest services, but a clear understanding of how to approach all situations comfortably and confidently can make a big difference. This lecture and demonstration will cover many aspects of waxing, including proper pricing, body positioning, home care and maintenance. Consultation and booking will be discussed, and there will be a 15-minute leg- waxing demo.

*Attendees who took this class in 2017 are not eligible to receive CE credits in 2018.

Lori Nestore is CEO of Eva’s Esthetics. In addition to her waxing expertise, she has a vast knowledge of skin and skincare treatments. Known throughout the industry as The Wax Queen, Lori’s distinct style uses humor to make learning fun and memorable. She was the 2014 recipient of the Esthetics International Humanitarian Award at the Southern Spa & Salon Conference.

Sunday, 9:00 am/ Hall N-2 CE Hours- Esthetics, Cosmetology (S900-N)

Abuse and Domestic Violence Recognition in Esthetics

Domestic violence affects approximately 4.7 million women annually. This epidemic presents estheticians with a strong likelihood of encountering a victim at some point during their careers. That being the case, it is important for skin therapists to recognize signs of abuse when they appear during consultation, analysis, treatment, and other service components. Understanding how this serious issue presents itself in esthetics not only informs a professional’s therapeutic choices for skin treatment, but also the approach to client safety and advocacy of total wellness.

Eli Jones is the host of The DermaNerd channel on YouTube, an advisory board member of the National Aesthetic Spa Network( NASN ), and an esthetician currently practicing in Arkansas. His years of experience have led to roles in state board education, beauty publication contribution, conference speaking, and skin health advocacy. Eli is a licensed esthetician  and educator, recipient of multiple international certifications and a CIDESCO diplomat.

Sunday, 1:30 pm/ Classroom H, 2 CE Hours- Esthetics, Cosmetology (S130-H)

A Physiological Approach to Peels

Acids are widely used in professional skincare, but some confusion still exists regarding which acids and exactly how they affect the physiology of the skin. This comprehensive seminar will address the relationship between pH and the strength of peeling acids. Understanding the concepts behind percentages, buffering and PK values will take your results to the next level. Dive into the benefits and drawbacks of lactic, glycolic, salicylic, and mandelic acids and the physiological responses to their application. This class is a must for all professionals, from beginner estheticians to seasoned professionals.

Mona Green is a licensed esthetician and esthetics instructor and has received certification in medical esthetics from Corpus Christi Medical Aesthetics. Over the last 15 years she has worked as a medical esthetician, esthetics instructor, CMM instructor, and free-lance writer on esthetics. She currently is an educator for Circadia Advanced Professional Skin Care Products.

Sunday, 9:00 am/ Hall M, 2 CE Hours- Esthetics, Cosmetology (S900-M)

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