Alexandra J. Zani is an international educator, speaker, author and researcher with a passion for higher learning. The scope of her career has included business ownership and management, technical consulting, product development, and authoring for textbooks and industry trade publications. She has received numerous advanced certifications both in the U.S. and abroad in dermal sciences, spa therapies, microcurrent, LED, and non-ablative laser. Her academic background includes cell biology and medical technology and she is considered one of the foremost educators in scientific esthetics. Her articles have been featured world wide and she has been sought after as technical consultant for spas, salons and corporations across the country. She was the lead author for Milady's Standard Comprehensive Training for Estheticians textbook in 2003, and has been a contributing author to the Advanced Professional Skincare - Medical Edition by Peter Pugliese (2005). Alex was also the general manager for an award winning and internationally recognized research physician supporting product development, technical writing, sales, marketing and education in Reading, Pennsylvania. Ms. Zani is NCEA Certified, has received certification in both Oncology Esthetics® and the famed Pastiche Method™ of Skin Analysis. She is a member of the educational board of the International Association of Corneotherapy (IAC) and was a key note speaker at the 2016 IAC Global Conference in Cologne, Germany. She received the Donn Kerr Esthetics International Humanitarian Award at the 2016 Southern Salon and Spa Conference. Alex maintains a clientele at her esthetic practice: the Aesthani Skincare Institute in Greenville, SC.
Pia is a Naturopath, holistic skin therapist & educator, yoga & Qi Gong instructor. She has worked as a skin therapist for over 25 years and has trained under some of the foremost educators and skin
therapists in the global esthetic industry. She is a passionate practitioner and an inspiring clinic leader at
the Inspiration Place Beauty & Wellness Center in Kew, Australia. She was awarded the prestigious
Beauty Therapist of the Year award from Dermaviduals in both New Zealand and Australia in 2018.
Pia’s work was published in the APJ journal and she has been a featured speaker at the APAN
Global conference. She combines high science with holistic principles for an integral approach to
skin health and uses the principles of corneotherapy to improve to improve the skin’s look, feel and
function. Pia holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in naturopathy, graduating from the
Southern School of Natural Therapies in Melbourne, Australia.
Her Recent Awards Include:
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OTI has, and continues to identify the need for advanced training in the salon/spa industry industry which shifts previous beliefs for those diagnosed with cancer. The training’s offered by Oncology Training International (OTI) have been revolutionizing the salon/spa industry since 2007; and OTI continues to be a driving force to change this approach. People living with cancer and other comorbidities need to be afforded the most current information for optimum benefits.
Training’s are offered in a number of variations: in-class; blended (online and in-class); and online. We take into considering most learning styles; budget and time restraints.
Image Recovery & Remedial Medical Camouflage application plays an important role in the recovery for patients who facial disfigurements, skin discolorations, scars, burns or have undergone plastic & reconstructive surgery. This on-line interactive class prepares the esthetic professional to offer this valuable service either in the spa or clinical setting.
Dr. Katerina is a scholar and skincare specialist based in the U.K. – Dr. Steventon is an international consultant with substantial experience of working at the clinical, commercial and research interface. She is a Senior Innovation Consultant for NBIC and runs an independent evidence-based skincare clinic in Beverly, East Yorkshire in the UK, addressing consumer needs in skin health and ageing, acne, skin barrier dysfunction, skin - brain connection in mental health and wellbeing. She holds an MSc in Clinical Biochemistry and a PhD in Transdermal Absorptions and sciences. Dr. Steventon has an in-depth knowledge of skin sciences in both healthy and diseased states, a comprehensive understanding of consumer perspective on personal care and the industry/academia engagement for translational research in the UK. She is a senior consultant to large and small skincare brands in product development; an international scientific speaker (in six languages) presenting at skin science and beauty conferences globally.
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The upper layers of our skin sense the environment and reflect the rhythms of our body. Darkness and light, warmth and cold, movement and rest are experienced differently by the skin. The cells receive a range of signals, such as light, sound and scent, and, at the same time, signals from the inside of our bodies, physical and emotional. We are visual beings and our skin can be “read” by others for signs of health and happiness, reflecting the strength of our immune system. People are innately aware of what is going on with us. A great skin feel, or the way we feel in our skin, is essential for reinstating our radiance and the sense of self. We can enhance the skin feel by products and gentle, powerfully effective techniques of their application. When stressed, we also intuitively touch our faces and working with these patterns soothes our skin, the pleasure comes from touching the right receptors in the right way.
Rebecca Gadberry, LE, MFSCC, is a legendary skincare pioneer valued as one of the global skincare industry’s preeminent ingredient authorities. At the forefront of many of our most popular skin care trends (AHAs, barrier repair, multi-antioxidants, retinols, vitamin C’s, pollution protection, free-from lists, blue light protection, peptides, microbiome, epigenetics, bespoke, and on and on) as well as the original beauty ‘myth-buster’, she has received numerous awards for her work as an educator, journalist, skin researcher, and product developer. During her 55-year career, she has been a leader in the growth of skincare from a luxury reserved for the rich to a must for anyone with skin. She has developed over 1400 cosmetic products sold nationally and internationally in the spa, medical, on-air, direct, and natural product channels, published over 600 articles in consumer and professional journals, and taught the ground-breaking cosmetic science program at UCLA to thousands of industry professionals worldwide for thirty-eight years. Retiring in 2015, this passionate truth-teller has come back to address the exorbitant amount of misinformation plaguing the cosmetic sector, online and off, professionals and consumers, in her podcast, Facially Conscious. Along with a board-certified dermatologist, master esthetician, a highly educated consumer, and their guests from all walks of the cosmetic and dermatology fields, you’ll go on an eye-opening behind-the-scenes tour into all things skin.
Rebecca is also the founder and senior expert at the Facebook community, Skin Care Ingredient Experts - an open platform with almost 1300 members where estheticians, cosmetic chemists, beauty mavens, marketers and editors, and other industry professionals interact and share data about skin, ingredients, new technologies, regulations, myths, and hot topics in the media. In 2015, she founded the Facebook community, Trends in Cosmetic Sciences – an open platform with almost 900 members in the skin care development arena who want to learn more about epigenetics, microbiomics, proteomics, synthetic biology, green chemistry, and other science trends effecting skin care research and development.
DR. MARK LEES Ph.D., M.S. is a multi-award-winning speaker, master clinical skin therapist, and product developer of Mark Lees Skin Care products, specializing in acne, sensitive, and aging skin, and author of Skin Care: Beyond the Basics, the Skin Care Answer Book, and his latest book Clearing Concepts: A Guide to Acne Treatment. His line of products for acne-prone, sensitive, and sun-damaged skin is available at finer salons and clinics throughout the United States.
Dr. Lees has been interviewed and quoted by NBC News, The Associated Press, The Discovery Channel, Woman’s World, Glamour, Self, Teen, Shape, and many other publications.
He is both a Licensed Cosmetologist (Florida and Washington State) and a Licensed Master Esthetician in the State of Washington. He also holds a CIDESCO International Diploma.
His professional awards are numerous and include Esthetician of the Year from American Salon Magazine, the Les Nouvelles Esthétiques Crystal Award, the Dermascope Legends Award, and the Esthetics International Humanitarian Award from The Southern Spa and Salon Conference. Dr. Lees has also been inducted into the National Cosmetology Association’s Hall of Renown.
Dr. Lees is former Chairman of EstheticsAmerica, the esthetics education division of the National Cosmetology Association (NCA), and has served as a CIDESCO International Examiner. He has also served on the national Board of Directors of the NCA.
Dr. Lees is former Chairman of the Board of the Esthetics Manufacturers and Distributors Alliance, and is a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists.
Although he has always been involved in professional skin care and product development, Dr. Lees has extensive experience in health-related research. As an undergrad at University of Florida, Dr. Lees studied animal science and was a veterinary technician for several years. He also studied and assisted in a toxicology research team that developed heartworm preventative for dogs. After he began his skin care practice, he decided to go to graduate school and was accepted into the University of West Florida’s Health Graduate School. Going to school 4 nights a week for several years, while still practicing skin care, Dr. Lees eventually was awarded a Master of Science in Health, and then later a Ph.D. in Health Sciences. Although he primarily focused on skin care research, the University’s core requirements also focused on general health and medical research, cardiovascular wellness, exercise physiology, community health, healthcare delivery systems, research procedures, and nutrition.
In addition to his practice and product development company, Dr. Lees has also consulted for major pharmaceutical companies, universities, and numerous state boards of cosmetology. He has authored chapters for 2 medical/dental school texts, and also a chapter in the cosmetic chemistry “bible” Harry’s Cosmeticology Volume 3 (Chemical Publishing). He has also taught continuing education in nursing for several hospitals.