Q. What inspired you to pursue a career as an aesthetician? I have always loved skin, makeup, hair, beauty since I was a kid. I can remember as a small child playing with my mother’s rouge and will forever love the smell of Noxzema.
Q. What are your specialties? Skincare - It is always a great feeling when I am able to help a patient transform their skin. My patient rapport, education and passion for what I can offer my patients, drives me to perform effective facial treatments and design appropriate skin care regimens for home use. This is all accomplished in a relaxed spa-like setting, where the patient’s needs and comfort come first. I have an abundance of treatments available to customize for all patient concerns.
Makeup - Training with Jane Iredale mineral cosmetics has given me the ability to enhance my patient’s beauty while nourishing and protecting their complexion from UV and free radical damage. My passion for creating a look is evident whether we are doing a natural everyday application or giving the little extra oomph!
Q. What are some of the highlights of your career? Working in the salon and spa industry gave me the opportunity to expand my career into Makeup Artistry. I have worked with many brides creating their most important look for their special day, everyday women who want to enhance their beauty through cosmetics and free-lanced events around Southwest Florida for Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics. Some of the best highlights would be the shows I have done from traditional fashion shows to extreme hair and makeup shows.
Q. What is the most important thing a patient can do to maintain healthy skin? Sun protection is the most important thing a patient can do to maintain a healthy complexion. On a daily basis, I prefer to use and recommend the EltaMD Daily or Clear Tinted for the face and EltaMD Lotion for the body. If water resistance is needed my favorite is the EltaMD Sport and if chasing after your kids is your challenge the EltaMD Aero (spray and water resistant) is great!
When it comes to anti-aging and overall balancing the skin, I feel it is best to seek a professional opinion on different facial treatments and home regimens for each individual skin type.
Q: Do you have advice for preventing the signs of aging without spending a fortune? Preventing signs of aging doesn't have to cost a fortune. I feel that antioxidants are very important when talking about prevention. Although antioxidants may be pricey to purchase, if they are stable, quality products, then they will be worth the cost. With that being said, when purchasing anti-aging products be sure to do your research to make sure you are getting the best for your skin.
Q. What are the most common procedures you perform? What are the ones you most commonly recommend? The most common procedure I do is a SkinCeuticals Micropeel with Dermaplaning. This is a great treatment because it combines multiple exfoliating procedures along with Antioxidant therapy and a wonderful massage that relaxes contracted muscles, improves blood and lymphatic circulation, eases sinus pressure and headaches and leaves you with a rested, radiant look!
Q. What inspires you most in life? What inspires me most in life? Lilly and Jaelyn!! My children. I strive every day to not only provide for them but to show them how strong and successful you can be if you continue to work hard and go after what you want in life.
Q. What do you like to do for fun? Family time is most fun for me. I love playing with the kids, boating, hiking, cooking etc. And for just "me time" I like to go to the gym!
Q. What do you like most about working at The Woodruff Institute? There are so many reasons I love working for The Woodruff Institute. I have always wanted to work with a distinguished dermatology practice. I was very warmly welcomed into this team and everyday is a learning experience. The talent is very widespread in our offices and the patient service is top notch!