Dr. Erin Madigan-Fleck is an educational icon known for her decades of experience and expertise in dermatological skin sciences, holistic & integrative esthetics, and natural health.
She is licensed in Georgia as a master cosmetologist, (aesthetician) aesthetic instructor, holds a certificate as a dermatology tech, and is licensed as a naturopath. She serves on the Educational Board for the International Association of Applied Corneotherapy based in Germany, and as an advisory board member for Skin Inc. Magazine. Dr. Erin holds certification Internationally as a Certified Corneotherapist, Oncology Esthetics by OTI International and the NCEA. Her standing memberships include NCEA, the American Society for Nutrition, the American Naturopathic Medical Association, The Society of Complimentary Alternative and Holistic Practitioners, the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, International Association of Applied Corneotherapy, the Society of Dermatological Skin Care Specialists, and the Association of Holistic Skin Care Professionals. She entered the medical aesthetics arena early in the 1980s as a remedial camouflage makeup artist after working with Marvin Westmore in Hollywood. As one of the early medical estheticians in Atlanta, she rapidly became a consultant and educator for plastic surgery practices in camouflage makeup, microdermabrasion, & medical aesthetics. She was featured frequently as a guest lecturer for the United States Plastic & Reconstructive Surgical Nurses Association annual conventions and other clinical presentations. In 1997 she became the lead esthetician for the Center for Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, GA. working with plastic and reconstructive surgeons providing specialty remedial camouflage and image rehabilitation to burn patients. Her work in this area continues today - she is a member of the British Association of Skin Camouflage and serves on the faculty of Oncology Training International offering camouflage training and image rehabilitation.
Her passion for esthetics is centered at the heart of education, academia, and research. Her articles have appeared in publications for over 20 years both nationally and internationally for esthetic, cosmetic chemistry and wellness publications including Skin Inc., Les Nouvelles Esthetique, Euro Cosmetics, and Dermascope Magazines. As a licensed esthetic instructor, she has taught at esthetic schools for over 35 years, is a former school director of education, developed fully accredited curriculum programs, and has served as an advisor for the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology. As an advanced esthetic educator,she has taught thousands of estheticians, massage therapists, cosmetologists and medical professionals at schools, trade shows, and institutes as well as being a recognized CE provider in several Southern States.
Dr. Erin has been featured as a free-lance educator for Nelly De Vuyst, Kryolan, Jurlique, Slimtone Microdermabrasion, Environ, Hale & Hush, Jetclear, LightStim, Elina Organics, Oncology Training International, Tama Research, and Dermaviduals.
She entered the natural health field in 2001 to develop and present her advanced conceptual practicum in naturopathic dermatherapy. Her clinical and medical aesthetic experience, combined with her years of formal education in naturopathy, holistic nutrition, and alternative medicine had conceptualized her unique métier that many now emulate. She has earned wide recognition as a visionary, innovator and early pioneer by integrating esthetics, natural health, and functional nutrition long before holistic esthetics gained it ’s trending popularity.
In 2003, Les Nouvelles Esthetique Magazine published her work: "The Whole Picture on Holistic Esthetics” and “Back to Nature -The Healing Power of Naturopathy”. Her groundbreaking presentation: “Nutritional Influences on Skin Disorders” drew high acclaim at the International Congress of Esthetics in 2004, introducing functional nutritional concepts and skin health to the esthetic industry. In 2014, she developed and presented the first Holistic & Integrative Esthetics 5- day certification training course for United States estheticians.
Dr. Erin’s naturopathic concepts and approach to working with problematic and compromised skin became her unique trademark after completing her formal holistic medical training and receiving her certification as a dermatology tech. Dr. Erin established her naturopathic practice in 2000- Naturophoria, located in Atlanta, GA. She has acquired decades of academic and practical training in natural health, nutrition, medicine, naturopathy, dermatology, dermatological skin care, and alternative medicine. Dr. Erin received her Naturopathic Doctoral Degree from the University of Arts, Sciences and Technology Medical School - Magna Cum Laude, and was nominated by the Naturopathic department at USAT for the Hippocrates Award for Community Outreach & Literary Education of Naturopathic Medicine in 2014. She served a three-year clinical residency and an internship at Progressive Medical Center in Atlanta, GA. under physicians, nurses, and practitioners in all areas of holistic medicine including nutrition and physiotherapy. She is the owner and lead educator of DermaEducationTV Post Graduate Esthetic Training and the creator of the Scientific Esthetics Symposium™. She formed DermaEducationTV as a platform to raise the bar in post-graduate education through higher learning. DermaEducationTV is a leader in scientific esthetic education that also features a collaboration of the United States and International esthetic professionals who network together and are committed to advanced education in esthetics.
The International Association for Applied Corneotherapy (I.A.C.)
is a registered, non-profit association with primary purposes
and objectives of the advancement of scientific research and
practical applications in the realm of Corneotherapy and related
Dr. Madigan-Fleck is the lead educator for dermaviduals® US training- educating dermaviduals® US esthetic pros in skin sciences, corneotherapeutic philosophy and product knowledge.
Dr. Madigan-Fleck has been affiliated with Skin Inc. since 2014. Skin Inc. magazine is the leading industry publication for the professional skin care industry, providing timely information about business solutions, skin science, and treatment techniques.
Awe is a feeling that one may experience when one encounters something extraordinary. The awe of learning can be exhilarating when we feel a sense of happiness through an experience that connects us with something bigger than ourselves. Awe connects you to the vastness of the universe, the unknown through exploration with an open mind as it exhilarates our emotions and our senses. The act of learning prompts us - if not for but a few moments...to venture beyond in our minds what is routine, troublesome, or even stressful. Scholars on the subject of neuroscience have explained the connection between our good hormones and the process of learning. Learning helps us to experience positive feelings, competency, growth, and a sense of accomplishment.
The Greatest Weapon Against Stress is Our Ability to Choose One Through Over Another
Although there are many theories regarding providing education and knowledge to others, the educational process is methodical in its approach and should include several aspects:
Like any successful project, teaching methodology must have a blueprint and a plan. The plan should have a "call to action" and address all learning disciplines. Traditionally, educators are driven by a passion to share knowledge, and most will agree that there is nothing that can compare to face-to-face human interaction to substantiate communication. Albeit I am a huge fan of virtual training, there are topics in the esthetic arena that must command in-person guidance, visual assurance, dexterity coaching, and the aspect of human interaction via eye contact and hands-on exercise. Online learning brings a new paradigm to educators with the importance of approaching revised learning disciplines and technology communication skills.
Motivation is the key to maintaining interest in a class - if training is motivational, it should engage the interest of the learner. If the participant is not engaged- the plan is missing active parts, or the student is not wanting to engage or participate, they may unintentionally be preoccupied.
IDENTIFICATION OF SUBJECT MATTER
This factor is a confirmation of what "is known and not known". This segment implies that the educator should not assume that their audience is to a level of extensive experience. Nor should time be spent on the rudimentary repetition of fundamental topics that is a commonality. The design of the class will permit these opportunities to be known by asking questions, supplying documents, short repeats on key points, and evaluating. The skill and knowledge base of all students is to be aligned so that all are inquisitive, motivated, and engaged - or at the very least showing interest.
We live in a society today with an interdependency on technology, and much of the traditional presentation methods of teaching have been substituted for fast-driven video content, and the mental stamina of the contemporary student to match. There is an increasing tendency to bypass integral aspects of critical thinking and problem-solving in lieu of attaining a "faster result". Although this approach may be appropriate in many instances, the process of research involving factual information, research data, historical accounts, and empirical research warrants time and consideration. If we ignore these educational processes, we may lose information that may be vital to the outcome.
ASSESSMENT AND REFLECTION
We learn by doing – no truer is this statement as it applies to almost everything that we do in life. The educational process always involves the gathering of information and demonstrates research, anecdotal evidence, and historical accounts. It is facilitated by the organization of cohesive components to impart knowledge of the subject matter to others. Educational concepts will always evolve and although specific aspects of concepts may remain constant; educators will always quest for a new approach, concept, or theory while striving to inspire and deliver the best possible outcome. Even if it involves re-writing an entire class or course.
“Focus on Progress – Not Perfection” – Bill Phillips