November 11-13, 2017
Hickory Metro Convention Center
Hickory, North Carolina

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We are already working on a Class Schedule for 2017. Stay Tuned! In the meantime, here's a look at last year's choices.

Schedule of Classes - SSSC 2016


SC Licensees
All classes with a star (*) beside them have been approved for CE credits to those in the esthetics and cosmetology fields from South Carolina.
Please be sure to select your classes carefully prior to submitting your registration and payment. Once this fee is paid, you will be charged a $10 processing fee for any changes made.

Abhyanga Massage
Abhyanga is an ancient Indian Ayurvedic oil-massage therapy for healing and detoxifying the body, mind and spirit. This ayurvedic detox and stress-reduction therapy is performed using herbal oils. It incorporates a combination of aromatic oils prepared with specially blended herbs. A variety of ayurvedic techniques are applied to work in a synchronized manner along the energy channels of the body to restore the vital energy flow. Lymphatic stimulation with ayurvedic herbal oils helps squeeze out toxic accumulation from channels, detoxifying the body.
*Participants need to bring sheets and a towel.
*A model willing to have luxuriously oily hair is needed. Please call the Hickory Mart Shows office to volunteer.

Janet Blevins, HHP, LMBT, NCTMB, attended Mueller College of Holistic Studies, where she taught for three years. Currently, she is the owner of Sage Dragonfly in Greensboro, North Carolina. Janet has a vast understanding of Asian Holistic health and is also a Reiki Master. The 2007 recipient of the Esthetics International Humanitarian Award at the Southern Spa & Salon Conference, she has also been voted Best Massage Therapist in the Triad for the past two years.
Monday, 9:00 a.m. / Classroom G, 4 CE Hours – Massage Therapy(M900-G)


Advanced Exfoliation: How to Get the Best Results
Advanced exfoliation has quickly become a staple treatment in the skin-care profession. The quick, easy and visible results make it the perfect treatment for anti-aging, pigmentation, uneven skin texture, and fine lines and wrinkles. The best part is, you can combine these procedures to greatly increase results and profitability. This two-hour class covers the theory behind dermaplaning including: techniques, technical application, treatment protocols. We also give you hands-on practice using Theraderm’s complete back bar system and show how this integrates seamlessly into your practice. Also included is complete theory behind Jessner and Lactic Acid chemical peels, along with physiological impacts on the skin, treatment protocols and combination services. We will discuss, with hands-on training, the specifics of combining these peels in conjunction with other procedures and address contraindications, pre/post care, and home care for advanced exfoliation treatments.
Mallory McCombs is a practicing medical aesthetician and has a degree in marketing. She specializes in a variety of procedures including fractional micro-needling, ultrasonic skin resurfacing, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, chemical peels, cryotherapy and LED methods and treatments. Mallory, a Thermaderm sales representative, provides educational platforms to help other skin-care professionals achieve their goals.
Sunday, 1:30 p.m. / Classroom F, 2 CE Hours – Esthetics, Cosmetology (S130-F)


Advanced Speed Wax Techniques *
For both the esthetician and the client, waxing is one of the scariest services offered, 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. We’ll discuss client consultation and booking, and there will be a 15-minute leg-waxing demonstration.
*Attendees who took this class in 2015 are not eligible to receive CE credits for this class in 2016.
Lori Nestore is the CEO of Eva’s Esthetics. In addition to her waxing expertise, she has a vast knowledge of skin and skin care treatments. Known throughout the industry as The Wax Queen, Lori’s distinct style uses humor to make learning fun and memorable.
Sunday, 1:30 p.m. / Hall M, 2 CE Hours – Esthetics, Cosmetology (S130-G)


Age and Acne: Hormonal Influences *
Acne, the most common skin disease, is multi-factorial – hormonal, genetic, metabolic and bacterial. This lecture explores the hormonal component as a contributing factor in the genesis of acne. Learn the distinctions among teen, young adult and adult acne. Original research debunks myths on the etiology and composition of comedones. Results-driven treatment techniques include identification of functional ingredients to alleviate symptoms, diminish pigmentation, prevent scarring and improve appearance. All attendees will receive lecture handouts, a certificate of attendance and full-size product giveaway.
Michael Pugliese is the CEO of Circadia by Dr. Pugliese, Inc. He is responsible for the establishment of worldwide education and has opened product distribution in professional skin care practices in the United States and abroad.
Monday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall M, 2 CE Hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M900-M)


Approaches in Skin Assessment *
Skin analysis is a critical part of a facial. The esthetician determines the client’s skin type, identifies any skin conditions and starts the best course of treatment. Skin should be assessed using a methodical approach for its overall appearance. Attention should be paid to oily, congested skin with breakouts, dry, dull or aging skin, highly sensitive skin, and fine lines and wrinkles. This thought-provoking presentation involves systematic approaches in skin evaluation and assessment. Discussion will include the importance of both visual and tactile observations, how this can be done with and without assessment tools, and how devising effective treatments using assessment conclusions and product selection can offer the best results.
Dr. Erin Madigan-Fleck – NMD, LMC, LEI, CDT, CNHP, brings over 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. She has studied in France and Belgium and was the lead esthetician for the Center for Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, Georgia, which specializes in post-op care, esthetic 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.
Alexandra Zani is an industry strategist, as well as an advanced and technical 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 US and abroad.

Sunday, 1:00 p.m. / Hall K, 2 CE Hours – Esthetics, Cosmetology (S100-K) 


Aromatherapy: An Extra Touch for Client Satisfaction *
Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. It seems to be rampant in today’s society, affecting the physical and emotional wellbeing of many individuals. Touch is a powerful tool that can create emotional connection, trust and increased enjoyment. Add the delightful smell of an essential oil and our clients can become calmer and happier about their experience with our interaction. Come learn how to mix caring touch and essential oils that can counteract stress and elevate mood, supporting our clients while also enhancing our own wellbeing.
*Please do not wear any scented products in this class.
Cynthia Loving, LMBT and Clinical Aromatherapist, is the founder of Loving Scents Aromatherapy and is an international instructor of clinical aromatherapy and craniosacral therapy. She is also a lecturer and consultant to medical schools, hospitals, senior care facilities and hospices. Kimberly Seymour is a Clinical Aromatherapist with a background in herbalism. She offers classes and lectures on the many facets of aromatherapy.
Monday, 1:30 p.m. / Hall K, 2 CE Hours – Esthetics, Cosmetology, Massage Therapy (M130-K)


Aromatherapy & Skin: A Perfect Blend *
When most people talk about aromatherapy, the first things they think of are the highly aromatic essential oils. But wait — there is another component to this field. Maybe not quite as glamorous but 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 inhalation of some of nature’s most powerful healing tools and the luxurious feel of emollient vegetable oils from around the world.
*Please do not wear any scented products in this class.
Cynthia Loving
Sunday, 5:30 p.m. / Hall K, 2 CE hours – Esthetics, Cosmetology, Massage Therapy (S530-K)


Asian Sports Massage
Effective stretching to increase flexibility is an essential part of massage therapy. It can provide exceptional results in the rehabilitation of many chronic-pain conditions. Once thought only important for athletes, stretching increases flexibility to create a general feeling of wellness in everyone. This hands-on class will include stretching techniques from both Western and Eastern modalities. The class is great for the professional athlete and the “weekend warrior” alike.
*Bring a massage table, fitted sheet and bolster.
Janet Blevins
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. / Classroom G, 4 CE hours – Massage Therapy (SA900-G)


Barbering With Ben: Transitional Fades & Beard Trim *
Want to increase your clientele and your bottom line? Join us for I.C.O.N.’s unique barbering class. We will teach you two new men’s cuts using transitional fades, show how to trim a beard and provide great tips on building your business and becoming more comfortable with the fastest-growing segment in cosmetology today — barbering. Don’t get left behind. Knowledge is power.
Ben Parker is a master cosmetologist. He has been licensed and cutting hair since 2009. He specializes in men’s haircuts and has a great passion for the barbering side of the industry. Ben works and resides in Calhoun, GA, and is married with a five year old son.
Monday, 1:00 p.m. / Hall L, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology (M100-L)


Basic Facial 101
Whether you’re fresh out of esthetics school or a seasoned professional, you need to constantly refresh and refine your skills. For example, learn the importance of making a good first impression and make sure your intake form asks the right questions. This class will address these topics, as well as telling how to drape a client for both comfort and modesty, how to know how much time is enough time for each procedure, and how to decide between enzyme and peel.
You’ll learn what constitutes proper skin analysis, how to identify pressure points and their locations, and how to improve your ability to give a great hand massage. We’ll also discuss ways to keep your energy level high, and talk about the possibility of incorporating Japanese massage techniques into facials. Come to this hands-on, interactive class with freshly cleaned hands and short nails, as we’ll be practicing massage skills. This practical learning experience will leave you encouraged, energized and eager to incorporate new skills into your practice.
Sandy Plass
Sunday, 5:00 p.m. / Classroom E, 2 CE hours – Esthetics, Cosmetology (S500-E)


Brazilian Bikini Wax *
Lori Nestore will calm your fears, answer your questions and address your issues in this biggest moneymaking service in esthetics. She will teach you how to remove hair from every crevice on any gender in a professional and efficient manner.
*Both male & fe male 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. *Attendees who took this class in 2015 are not eligible to receive CE credits in 2016.
Lori Nestore
Monday,1:00 p.m. / Hall M, 2 CE hours – Esthetics, Cosmetology (M100-M)


Business Development, Sales and Marketing: How to Increase Your Income
Sales ability is an important skill for estheticians. When using products during treatment, the esthetician is in a position to make recommendations that may be beneficial. To ensure the success of their business, estheticians must do their best to encourage new business and keep existing clients loyal. Understanding the importance of marketing and promotion to build and sustain clients is necessary for all estheticians, whether sole proprietor, employee, or a team member in a spa. Being part of a successful business adds a sense of accomplishment and professionalism at all levels.
Gayle Praechtl has over 30 years of experience as both a massage therapist and esthetician. Her knowledge base is highlighted by a substantial period of her career as a clinical esthetician for renowned plastic surgeons, medical spas, day spas and wellness centers. Gayle has trained medical and esthetic professionals throughout the US 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.
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Classroom H, 2 CE hours – Esthetics, Cosmetology (S900-H)


Clinical Aromatherapy for Mental and Emotional Issues
Depression, stress, PTSD, anxiety, and ADD/ADHD are becoming more and more prevalent in today’s society. All of these issues can be helped in many ways by using essential oils. Issues where depression, stress and/or anxiety are also present are even harder to treat. Combining massage with aromatherapy can produce spectacular results. Each attendee will receive $60 in products.
George Cox has taught aromatherapy for over 20 years in seven states, and has presented at several AMTA conferences. He is the director of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy in Ohio. He has been chosen as a panelist for the 2015 Alliance of International Aromatherapist Conference.
Monday, 1:30 p.m. / Classroom G, 3 CE hours – Massage Therapy (M130-G)


Clinical Aromatherapy for Physical Issues & Pain
Attendees will experience 17 essential oils that address physical pain and issues including arthritis, restless-leg syndrome, muscle cramps, fibromyalgia, RSD, MS and Parkinson’s Disease. Topics will cover how pain is transmitted and how essential oils can help. Emphasis is on how to use these oils along with massage to achieve the desired results. Each attendee will receive $60 in products with the class.
George Cox
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Classroom G, 3 CE hours – Massage Therapy (S900-G)


Creating Beautiful Skin with Chemical Peels *
A chemical peel smoothes the texture of the skin by removing the damaged outer layers and is one of the least-invasive ways to improve the appearance of the skin. It is important for the esthetician to understand how to effectively use chemical-peel solutions with comprehensive skin analysis and cosmeceutical ingredients. This course will educate regarding common skin concerns including acne, aging, hyperpigmentation, dehydration and rosacea. It also will discuss ingredients to help improve the look and feel of the skin.
Tina Zillman is a nationally acclaimed entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience is esthetics. As founder of Advanced Rejuvenating Concepts and Skin Rejuvenation Clinique, Inc., Zillman strives to help others achieve their beauty goals with progressive education, clinical skin care products and treatment protocols that deliver results.
Monday, 9:00 a.m. / Classroom E, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M900-E)


Creating Essential Oil Blends for Bodywork
Aromatherapy is one of the fastest-growing integrative medicine modalities in the world. Our ancestors used it to address pain, calm the nerves, promote circulation, ease respiration and so much more. We will discuss what essential oils can be used to promote the wellbeing of body, mind and spirit as well as the safe and effective uses for your clients and you. Prepare to witness the power of the plants.
*Please do not wear any scented products in this class.
Cynthia Loving
Saturday, 2:00 p.m. / Classroom G, 4 CE hours – Massage Therapy(SA200-G)


Essential Knowledge of Vitamin Performance *
This lecture will familiarize the esthetician with the biological functions of vitamins A, C, D, and E and the roles they play in skin care. The presentation will discuss available forms and sources as well as the synergistic roles and the interactive relationships of these powerful ingredients. The class also will detail effective percentages designed to optimize visible results. All attendees will receive lecture handouts, a certificate of attendance and full-size product giveaway.
Michael Pugliese
Sunday, 5:00 p.m. / Hall M, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S500-M)


Esthetic Success in Business *
No one succeeds by accident. If you don’t take your business seriously, no one else will either. This fun, informative class offers a combination of both business and techniques for a successful esthetic practice. The class features everything from skin analysis and a facial demo to making the most of appropriate sales opportunities. Workbooks and sample packets will be provided.
Lori Nestore
Saturday, 3:00 p.m. / Hall M, 4 CE hours – Esthetics, Cosmetology (SA300-M)


Focus on Kryolan Professional Foundations and More
A good foundation is everything. This class - which is not an artistry class - provides an overview of all Kryolan professional primers, foundations, finishing powders and sprays. It will un-complicate applications for your clients so they feel confident that they can recreate that look at home and will actually want to buy product. This seminar includes an end-of-class drawing for a Kryolan gift pack.
Anne Newman is the National Sales Manager for Kryolan Professional Make-up USA. She has been in the direct sales and retail industry for 40 years, 10 of which has been spent as part of the Kryolan Family.
Monday, 1:00 p.m. / Hall N, Personal Development (M100-N)


Get Out of the Box—REF Inspired Blondes
Latte mixed with hues of coffee and cream and variations of rich honey and caramel blondes result in head-turning results. This class will address techniques to achieve the perfect blonde blends. We’ll teach you how to use our bond-rebuilding, re-strengthening PROPLEX to help you advance to the next level of signature blondes. Join us as we challenge you to create stunning, believable, multi-dimensional results every time.
Karen Stevenson, a national artist with Ref, is a master stylist who has provided education in cities such as New York and Chicago. Her innovative techniques are driven by the passion she relays on stage creating styles that are forward thinking and ahead of the curve. Karen’s enthusiastic insights also address such topics as how to increase your income with proven results.
Stephanie Robinson is a master color artist and educator for Reference of Sweden with over 25 years of experience. She has advanced training in the latest coloring techniques and is certified in the Kertain Smoothing System by Coopola as a master technician.

Monday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall L, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology (M900-L)


Hair Challenges and Holiday Cheer *
Is it frizz or untapped curl potential? Not all curl is created equal. This class will discuss how to identify, encourage and enhance natural curl potential. Because clients want something special for holiday celebrations, we’ll teach you quick party-hair tricks that can add a little jingle to your pocket without putting a time crunch in your busy schedule.
Kathleen Moats has invested over 30 years in the cosmetology industry. She spent six years educating with Graham Webb and is a salon owner, now bringing her love of hair and education to ICON.
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall L, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology (S900-L)


Hormones: Exploring the Endocrine System and Its Relationship to the Skin *
Female life expectancy has increased dramatically over the years while the age of menopause onset has remained stable at around 50 years of age. This means more and more women live in a hormone-deprived state, a relatively new phenomenon in human existence. This informative class will review the endocrine system and explore the effect various hormones have on our bodies and, more specifically, our skin. We will take a closer look at a variety of the hormones that affect us throughout our lives. If you want to feel more confident in understanding the cause for many of your clients’ concerns, this class is just the ticket.
Alison Newton, BA, LMBT, NCTMB, is the owner of Anew Vision Academy, Institute of Skin & Spa Sciences in Newton, NC. She is a dedicated school owner, instructor and practitioner.
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall K, 2 CE hours – Esthetics, Cosmetology (S900-K)


Integrated Manual Therapy & Orthopedic Massage for Complicated Cervical Conditions
Imagine if you could restore normal muscle resting lengths to the major muscle groups in the cervical area of the body and facilitate perfect alignment of the cervical spine. This dynamic multimedia presentation will give you a user-friendly approach to evaluate, treat and custom- design a client self-care program that can eliminate complicated cervical conditions forever. You will learn functional assessment and special tests, myofascial and neuromuscular techniques, myoskeletal alignment techniques, scar tissue mobilization protocols, and specific stretches and therapeutic exercises to eliminate both the underlying cause and clinical symptoms of cervical pain and associated upper-extremity numbness. We will specifically cover Atlas/ Axis mobilization, whiplash, cervical sprains and strains, facet joint dysfunction, spinal stenosis, cervical shearing forces, joint capsule adhesions, degenerative disc conditions, bulging discs, and joint arthritis. We’ll share cutting-edge clinical research to support our unique approach to myofascial pain and muscle-tendon strain pain. 70% hands-on training.
James Waslaski is an author and international lecturer who teaches 40+ seminars around the world every year. He served an AMTA Sports Massage Chair and FSMTA Professional Relations Chair. He has developed eight orthopedic massage and sports injury DVDs and written manuals on advanced orthopedic massage and client self-care. His new book, Clinical Massage Therapy: A Structural Approach to Pain Management was published in 2011. James is a certified personal trainer with NASM. He presents at state, national and international massage, chiropractic and osteopathic conventions, including keynote addresses at the FSMTA World of Wellness New England Regional Conference, the World Massage Festival, and Australian National Massage Conventions. His audience includes massage and physical therapists, as well as athletic trainers, chiropractors, osteopaths, nurses and physicians. James received the 1999 FSMTA International Achievement Award and was inducted into the 2008 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame. He was awarded Massage Therapist of the Year at the Canadian Massage Conference and received the honor of Teacher of the Year in 2015 at the World Massage Festival.
Saturday, 2:00 p.m. / Hall N, 4 CE hours – Massage Therapy (SA200-N)


Integrated Manual Therapy & Orthopedic Massage for Complicated Elbow, Forearm, Wrist or Hand Conditions & Multiple Crush Phenomenon
Based on myofascial pain studies presented at Harvard Medical School and tendonitis vs. tendinosis research dating back to 1946, the new techniques covered in this class will forever change the approach to myofascial, trigger-point, nerve-compression, and tendon pain. These innovative structurally oriented routines offer pain-free, multi-modality methods for achieving immediate and permanent results for medial and lateral elbow pain, muscle tendon strains, nerve entrapments, pronator teres syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, progressive joint arthritis, and trigger finger. You will also take a detailed look at multiple crush phenomenon: the role cervical, thoracic and elbow conditions play on numbness, weakness and tingling in the arms, hands and fingers. The class will incorporate 3-D functional anatomy and human dissection models to support the multi-disciplinary approach for assessment, treatment and self-care of each condition. This dynamic multimedia presentation entails theory, real case studies, and 70% hands-on training.
James Waslaski
Monday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall N, 4 CE hours – Massage Therapy (M900-N)


Integrated Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage for Complicated Shoulder Conditions & Multiple Crush Phenomenon
Based on myofascial pain studies presented at Harvard Medical School and tendonitis vs. tendinosis research dating back to 1946, the new techniques covered in this class will forever change the approach to myofascial, trigger point and tendon pain. These innovative structurally oriented routines offer pain-free, multi-modality methods for achieving immediate and permanent results for rotator cuff injuries, shoulder impingement, bursitis, pectoralis minor tendinosis, bicipital tendinosis, rhomboid pain, and thoracic outlet. Participants will also take a detailed look at multiple crush phenomenon: the role that cervical conditions play on weakness, numbness and tingling into the shoulder, arms and hands. Groundbreaking frozen shoulder corrections will highlight this interactive workshop, which incorporates 3-D functional anatomy and human dissection models to support a multi-disciplinary approach for assessment, treatment and self-care of each condition. This multimedia presentation entails theory, real case studies, and 70% hands-on training.
James Waslaski
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall N, 4 CE hours – Massage Therapy (S900-N)


Integrated Manual Therapy to Eliminate Multiple Nerve Crush Phenomenon (New, Highlighting Cervical, Shoulder & Arm Work)
The current medical system so often confuses severe clinical conditions such as thoracic outlet and carpal tunnel syndrome. That is because almost every patient treated for either of these conditions will have nerves chronically compressed in multiple areas between the brain, spinal cord, neck, shoulder and arm. This dynamic multimedia presentation will highlight cervical, shoulder and arm work to eliminate multiple nerve crush phenomenon. Therapists will learn such tests as the Spurling Test indicating spinal nerve root compression, the Adson’s Maneuver Test indicating scalene involvement on nerve and vascular compression between the first and second ribs and clavicle, the Wright Abduction Test indicating the role of the pectoralis minor on the brachial plexus of nerves, the Pronator Teres Test indicating the role of the pronator teres on the median nerve, and tests such as the Phalen’s Test, Tinel’s Test, and the Tethered Median Nerve Stress Test indicating true and rare carpal tunnel problems. The highlight of this seminar will be hands-on techniques to forever eliminate the musculoskeletal cause of each area of nerve compression between the brain and the fingertips. In addition, therapists will learn life-changing techniques to alleviate complicated frozen-shoulder problems.
James Waslaski
Sunday, 2:30 p.m. / Hall N, 4 CE hours – Massage Therapy (S230-N)


Integrating Esthetics into a Medical Practice
European spas have always been medical, where treatment was and still is prescribed and monitored by a physician. Spas established in this country’s early history were also used for medicinal purposes, but a transition occurred in the mid-20th century, phasing out medicine and focusing almost entirely on beauty treatments. American spas are now coming full circle, returning to their roots of integrative wellness. Having an esthetician on staff can help prolong the results of medical procedures and increase patient satisfaction, in addition to increase the number of times a patient enters the medical facility. This class discusses how esthetics services are a natural fit for the medical practice. It covers the very latest in medical spa treatments such as PRP, microneedling, and other advanced skincare services.
Grace McLaurin, PA-C, is the owner of Vitality Anti-aging Center and Med Spa in Hickory, NC. She received her training as a physician’s assistant from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine. Grace has years of experience in performing procedures such as Botox, Restylane, dermal fillers, mesotherapy and multiple non-invasive laser treatments.
Sunday, 1:30 p.m. / Hall O, 2 CE hours – Esthetics, Cosmetology (S130-O)


Internal and Topical Solutions for Acne, Rosacea and Sensitive Skin *
This class covers a modern and Holistic way of treating most skin conditions by assessing the condition of the skin and what may be happening in the body. By rebalancing all aspects internally and topically, you will learn how to alleviate and resolve many afflicting skin conditions.
Alejandro Falcon is the Artistic Director and Corporate Educator for Osmosis Skincare. As an esthetician, he has worked with some of the nation’s top dermatologists and plastic surgeons. As a professional makeup artist, he has been recognized internationally for his work with celebrities in the fashion and music industries, including Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Christy Turlington, and Jennifer Lopez. A native of Havana, Cuba, he currently lives in Miami, FL, and has for most of his adult life. Katy Hebert grew up in Ann Arbor, MI, where she first discovered her passion for the beauty industry. She found herself exploring education and practicing a different side of beauty care by becoming involved in the skincare market, where she developed skills in corporate management for projects in marketing, trade shows, product development and operations. Katy is currently Corporate Project Manager at Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare in Evergreen, CO.
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall O, 2 CE hours – Esthetics, Cosmetology (S900-O)


Makeover Mania—REF Gives Back
This class will help you take charge of your consultation and elevate your clients to new heights of self-esteem and excitement. REF will empower stylists to perform foolproof transformations. We’ll walk you through consultations, cuts to compliment facial shapes, color transformations, and finish styling.
Karen Stevenson and Stephanie Robinson
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. / Hall L, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology (S100-L)


Makeup for Today’s Woman: Tips on Using Safe, Healthy Products That Look Good on the Skin *
Many cosmetic products on the market can be harmful or clog the skin. Several products offer long- wear ability but compromise the health and impact the process of the skin’s natural functions. Learn what ingredients are healthy and better understand the differences between “organic” and “natural”. You will be able to see what works best on the skin and the benefits it can provide.
Alejandro Falcon
Sunday, 5:30 p.m. / Hall O, 2 CE hours –Esthetics, Cosmetology (S530-O)


Massage Ethics
A course on ethics can be a dry, boring lecture but Janet Blevins makes this class both interesting and insightful. The class includes role-playing, so put your actor’s cap on and be prepared to laugh. Ethics can make exceptional massage therapists stand out in the field. Topics discussed will include dual and multi-relationships, transference, counter-transference and sexual boundaries.
Janet Blevins, LMBT
Sunday, 5:30 p.m. / Classroom G, 3 CE hours – Massage Therapy (S530-G)


Microdermabrasion Certification *
This introduction to microdermabrasion focuses on the fundamental mechanics, physics and operation of the microdermabrasion machine. A PowerPoint presentation covers the operation, mechanics, maintenance and objectives for application, with several formats and types of equipment presented. The class addresses application techniques, safety and maintenance of microdermabrasion machines. Topics include legalities, insurance issues and troubleshooting situations. Students will be paired for supervised practice with specific attention on handling equipment, sanitation, safety and technique. Focus will be on machine selection for the client’s specific needs and desired application technique.
*This certification class is offered for an additional $80 to registered attendees. It does not count as part of the eight hours received in the conference fee.
Jennifer Young had the desire to enter the esthetic field in her early teens with a strong admiration for beauty and fashion. She entered the esthetics industry in 2004 with a desire to enrich the education process in esthetics schools and advanced esthetic training programs. Jennifer considers herself a lifelong learner and energetically develops programs to inspire students, using a variety of instructional methodology. Jennifer is from Mobile AL, having attended college at UAB in Birmingham, AL.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. / Classroom H, 8 CE hours – Esthetics, Cosmetology (SA900-H)


Over the Rainbow: Technical Hair Color Class *
Do your clients want to be “playfully bright” or rich and shiny like stained glass? You don’t need rose-colored glasses to see the vibrant hues in this technical color class. Join us as we explore the creativity, freedom and bold color statements found in today’s hair fashions. Trendsetting is easy with I.C.O.N. Colors.
Kathleen Moats
Saturday, 3:00 p.m. / Hall L, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology (SA300-L)


Overview of Inflammatory Skin Diseases *
The vast array of intrinsic and extrinsic factors contributing to premature aging and inflammation of the skin are abundant and may impact all levels of esthetic treatment. This class will present the key aspects of “skin stress” as well as an overview of some of the most inflammatory skin diseases encountered by estheticians in the treatment room.
Dr. Erin Madigan-Fleck and Alexandra Zani
Monday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall K, 2 CE hours – Esthetics, Cosmetology (M900-K)


Product Ingredients: 7 Keys to Building the Ultimate Regimens
To understand what products to use and when to use them, it is important to know the basics as well as the latest in product formulations. A knowledge of product ingredients and their function in skin-care products is an asset when discussing products and building regimes for client home care, as well as proper selection during treatment.
Gayle Praechtl
Monday, 1:00 p.m. / Classroom H, 2 CE hours – Esthetics, Cosmetology (M100-H)


Pumpkin-n-Spice Peel Solutions for Global Skin
Bring the sass back to skin with Lira Clinical’s Pumpkin Plus. Indulge in lush pumpkin, spicy retinol, and posh pomegranate for a healthy glow. Brighten, tighten, and hydrate skin without the inflammation and irritation of last year’s chemical peel. Discover the next level of skin correction and age prevention your clients will want all year round. Learn the perfect retail products for holiday-ready skin and increased profitability in this exciting education experience!
Tiffany McLauchlin has been a master esthetician and licensed instructor for nearly 20 years. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Utah. As a successful esthetician, trainer, and consultant, she understands the needs of educational institutions, medical offices, and spas. Through her career, McLAuchlin has developed custom treatments, manuals, and school programs for various professional skincare lines. As an experienced presenter and published author, her diversified skin set has allowed her to successfully market and develop new skin care lines internationally. Tiffany is currently the Director of Education at Lira Clinical.
Sunday, 4:30 p.m. / Classroom H, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S430-H)


Redefine by REF—Extreme Color Techniques
Cosmetologists need to stay at the forefront of the latest color trends. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just finishing cosmetology school, staying up on current trends is essential to growing your business and having your clients come back for more. This very technical class covers cutting-edge color techniques, offering varieties of applications with dimensional color, multiple tools and supplies, and enhanced and complimentary colors for any hairstyle.
Karen Stevenson and Stephanie Robinson
Sunday, 4:00 p.m. / Hall L, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology (S400-L)


Rock Star Retailer
Not your typical business class, Rock Star Retailer offers an interactive, hands-on approach to sales and career management. The first 30 minutes of the class provides insight and selling techniques as well as listening and consultation skills in a motivational format using interactive role play to build skills and confidence. You will learn how to communicate an effective home-care and service plan to your client. Bring your toughest questions or worst problems and we’ll solve them together.
Liz Munn has worked in spas, medical spas and sales. She opened SkinPro Studio in Charleston, SC, to allow her to spend more time in the treatment room, provide a venue for education and support The Point, a charity in Charleston, SC, benefitting women and children in need, which receives 30% of each pregnancy and oncology treatment fee. Liz has a passion for providing education to advance the knowledge and skills of estheticians at all phases of their careers.
Monday, 9:00 a.m. / Classroom H, Personal Development (M900-H)


Seasonal Treatments and Additional Services to Build Your Bottom Line *
In this fun and beneficial class, we will evaluate why you should offer additional services and seasonal treatments and determine the types of services your clients desire. We will explore a variety of seasonal and everyday additional services that can increase the money in your pocket. We also will consider ways to make your services more memorable and discuss some simple add-ons that will impress your clients.
This fast-paced, entertaining class will show you haircuts, color, consultation techniques and numerous ideas on how to fill your books.
Alison Newton
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. / Classroom H, 2 CE hours – Esthetics, Cosmetology (S100-H)


Skin Care Professionals Marketing 101
Whether you are just graduating from aesthetic school or have been in practice a number of years, in order to have a thriving, successful business, marketing is key. But not just any type of marketing -- we are talking about smart, strategic marketing. This two hour class will teach you the basics of how to get new clients while keeping your regular clients coming back for more. You will learn the importance of keeping in touch with your current and potential clients through various channels of communication -- including how to know what channel is best for your business. Social media is one of the least expensive ways to market to your audience, but only if you know how to use it and measure your ROI. You will learn how to know your demographic, where they are spending their time and how to reach them along with best practice guidelines for each platform. We will teach you what measurement tools are out there so you know exactly what is working so you can keep doing it and what is not working so you can save your time.
Paige Mahoney has over 25 years of experience in corporate sales, training and recruiting. Not only is she able to teach the science behind the products, but she also teaches the science of selling the products. Paige is a sales representative and new clinic development director for Theraderm Skin Health where she has, in the last year, personally grown her territory by 35%.
Monday, 1:00 p.m. / Classroom F, 2 hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M100-F)


Stem Cell Ingredients Demystified *
Stem cell technology has become one of the hottest topics emerging from the skin-care market. However, many questions still surround the function and validity of claims being made on these intriguing materials. This session will detail the origin and function of human stem cells. It will also cover several key ingredients currently available, discussing their sources including plant, animal and human, as well as what they are designed to do. All attendees will receive lecture handouts and there will be a full-size product giveaway.
Michael Pugliese
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall M, 2 CE hours – Esthetics, Cosmetology (S900-M)


The Mighty Keratinocyte and Friends / Extrinsic and Intrinsic Influences on the Skin *
Recent research has shown that the epidermal keratinocyte rules when it comes to building a strong skin-barrier function, and also plays a key role in wound healing and the skin’s ability to recover from stress. The health of the keratinocyte is paramount to a healthy functioning skin. This class will discuss how intrinsic and extrinsic factors affect cell function, choosing treatment and/or products, how a keratinocyte communicates, what nutrients it requires, and what solutions are necessary in order for it to be healthy.
Dr. Erin Madigan-Fleck and Alexandra Zani
Saturday, 3:00 p.m. / Hall K, 4 CE hours – Esthetics, Cosmetology (SA300-K)


The Transitional Esthetician
The esthetics industry is constantly changing, so to offer superior client care, you have to be constantly learning. Successful estheticians know that the education acquired in school serves only as a foundation for expanding and improving skills — necessary for transitioning into a real business professional. This class is for recent esthetics school grads, as well as veterans who may have hit a slump. It covers topics not taught in esthetics school. For example, it will tell you how to answer a client who says, “I found your product on the Internet for $7 less. Will you split the difference with me?” Or “Should I sell products to my clients, or will I seem pushy?” Or, “Should I discount services in order to grow my client base?” The class also will discuss understanding personalities when working with “difficult” clients.
Sandy Plass
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. / Classroom E, 2 CE hours – Esthetics, Cosmetology (S100-E)


The Wonderous Potential of the Male Client
Cosmetic procedures for men continue to climb, even while 75% of men are not yet using skin-care products. Understanding physical and psychological differences between women and men can help you increase your client base and revenue while impacting a demographic at risk for skin conditions resulting from improper care. A man gets his car detailed, so the same goes for his complexion. That’s a comparison to which a man can relate. Once he understands his esthetician is his advocate and not his adversary, he will look forward to and appreciate regular “detailing”. This fun and educational class will include a facial demonstration and help you become an expert in providing five-star treatment for the important male demographic.
Sandy Plass
Monday, 1:30 p.m. / Classroom E, 2 CE hours – Esthetics, Cosmetology (M130-E)


Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
This course is designed to help participants identify signs and symptoms associated with thoracic outlet syndrome, as well as structures and musculature involved. Participants will observe a treatment protocol as well as perform supervised palpation/treatment trades on one another.
Russell T. Sanders, BS, LMBT, is a massage instructor with a degree is Exercise Science / Kinesiology from Norfolk State University and massage training through Southeastern Institute in Charlotte, NC. His focus is on pain relief, with the understanding that pain is an alarm signal that sounds when the body is out of balance.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall N, 3 CE hours – Massage Therapy (SA900-N)


Treatment Blending: Peels, Microdermabrasion, and Ultrasonic *
This class will help you understand the best principles and practices to follow for common skin concerns and how to effectively rejuvenate the skin with viable esthetic technology, chemical peels and advanced skin analysis. It will educate estheticians about different types of technology available and teach a beneficial protocol combining a chemical peel, crystal-free microdermabrasion and ultrasonic techniques.
Tina Zillman
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Classroom E, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S900-E)


Understanding and Treating Skin Conditions *
In order to properly and successfully treat different skin conditions you first must understand them. This class will cover aging skin, hyperpigmentation, acne and rosacea. You will learn the facts about these conditions, different triggers and causes, and the best ingredients to use during treatment. It also will cover the importance of home care and involving your client in the treatment process. Knowledge is the power you need to successfully and safely treat skin.
Whitney Nelson is a national educator for Glymed Plus. She is a licensed cosmetologist, master esthetician, and esthetics instructor. She has worked in the beauty industry for over seven years, with experience working in salons, medical spa, and was an educator at one of the top esthetics schools in Utah. She is a certified laser technician and loves to help her clients achieve results.
Monday, 9:00 a.m. / Classroom F, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M900-F)


VacuTherapies — Vacuum Manual Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis
Learn to easily address the common condition of plantar fascilitis using vacuum manual therapies and micro-cup magnets. This presentation will explore the causes of PF and compensatory effects this painful and restrictive disorder initiate, along with the PH/polarity of injured tissue and applications of micro-cup magnets in vacuum manual therapies. The class includes a full demonstration of successful techniques using a variety of vacuum tools, as well as hands-on trade time so students can explore performing and receiving the techniques.
Anita Shannon has been licensed in massage therapy and cosmetology since 1983. Serving as an educator since1990, she appears at national chiropractic, massage and spa conventions and currently presents workshops on ACE Massage Cupping “TM” and MediCupping “TM” internationally. After having many articles published and creating five videos, she was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2011.
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Classroom F, 2 CE hours – Massage Therapy (S900-F)


WellnessFusion Facial by Pevonia
Wellness is an increasing industry trend among men and women. Learn about the rise of wellness services, gain treatment and retail insight, and discover how to incorporate wellness into all your existing services. Discover Pevonia’s unique wellness ritual featuring an invigorating and uplifting massage technique promoting anti-aging, enhanced circulation, and pressure-point techniques. This service-elevating concept delivers a spa experience exceeding the demands of the most discerning client. The WellnessFusion Ritual is a spa sensory technique that targets body, mind and spirit to promote an elevated state of restoration. The experience combines scientific and holistic modalities to elevate treatment and impact your revenue.
Mellissa Morris has been a licensed skincare specialist since 2004. She received her skincare diploma from Artistic Beauty Academy in Brandon, FL. She has sinced worked with some of the nation’s most renowned physicians, plastic surgeons, dermatologic surgeons, wellness experts, nutritionists and trainers in the industry.
Sunday, 1:30 p.m. / Classroom G, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics – (S130-G)