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

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Schedule of Classes - SSSC 2017

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ABCD&Es of Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. This class will discuss the ways to identify the different classifications of possible skin cancer, so that you may refer your client to a dermatologist. You will also learn more about the protocols used to treat skin cancer, side effects and how to work with your client post-treatment.
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.
Sunday, 9 a.m. / Classroom H, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S900-H)


Acne. Causes, Pathway and Esthetic Treatment
In this class you will learn about the most common skin condition (acne) and the importance of the use of the proper and most effective active ingredients for a topical treatment that will address all acne factors. You will also learn about acne face-mapping to help your client avoid some acne breakout triggers.
*Due to a submission deadline, this class is not approved to offer CE hours to those attending from South Carolina.
Elizabeth Stankov has been working with DermaSwiss for over 6 years now, leading seminars and trainings, thanks to her experience as esthetician. She is often presented in beauty TV and radio to comment about the skin and beauty treatments. As the Director of Education for DermaSwiss, she develops and oversees the educational content that accompany DermaSwiss products, which are used in specialty skin centers, spas and salons worldwide. She also works in the R&D field on the creation and innovation of new products and protocols
Sunday, 9 a.m. / Classroom G, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S900-G)


Advanced Haircutting to Wow Your Clients
This information-packed training covers advanced haircutting that’s sure to be a brow-raiser. Your clients will love the volume, bounce, shape and ease this style of cut offers, as well as the benefit of being able to successfully style their own hair in the days after they see you. You can use this technique on wet or dry hair of any length. Demonstrations will use live models. Fine-tune your craft in an educational experience that can justify a price increase on your cuts.
*Due to a submission deadline, this class is not approved to offer CE hours to those attending from South Carolina.
Jayson Lacy has been training hair stylists since 2001 and currently owns Jayson Lacey Salon in North Augusta, S.C. He founded CE Training Courses Inc. in 2014 and now shares his knowledge through online training videos as well as on-site classes. He trains hairstylists in the latest color and cut techniques, and recently developed a user-friendly online salon-management system to help salon owners take control of their business.
Sunday, 5:00 p.m. / Classroom E, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology (S500-E)


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 2016 are not eligible to receive CE credits in 2017.
Lori Nestore is the 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.
Monday, 9 a.m. / Hall L, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M900-L)


Brazilian Bikini Wax Techniques
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 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.
*Attendees who took this class in 2016 are not eligible to receive CE credits in 2017.
Lori Nestore
Sunday, 1:30 p.m. / Hall L, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S130-L)


Bold and Panic-free Color
Your clients are looking for statement-making hair color. But there’s definitely an art to doing hair color well. This class, complete with demos on live models, will cover all the best techniques on offering your clients bright, bold colors such as pink, blue or green, yet never forgetting the basic laws of color that, when overlooked, can land you in “Correction Panic Mode.”
*Due to a submission deadline, this class is not approved to offer CE hours to those attending from South Carolina.
Jayson Lacy
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. / Classroom E, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology (S1000-E)


Camouflaging Techniques for Different Skin Conditions and Facial Applications
Camouflage can be a challenge when you don’t have the proper tools to make your skin look flawless. Explore how rich, pigmented minerals can help to disguise and camouflage while making the skin look natural. You also will learn which tools work best and specific tips on camouflaging skin conditions such as rosacea, acne, and pigmentation.
Alejandro Falcon is 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. Among them are Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Christy Turlington, and Jennifer Lopez. A native of Havana, Cuba, he currently lives in Miami, Fla., and has for most of his adult life.
Katy Hebert grew up in Ann Arbor, Mich., 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 corporate project manager at Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare in Evergreen, Colo.

Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall L, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S900-L)


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 more than 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, and was chosen as a panelist for the 2015 Alliance of International Aromatherapist Conference.
Sunday, 2:00 p.m. / Classroom G, 3 CE hours – Massage Therapy (S200-G)


Clinical Aromatherapy for Physical Issues and 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 class attendee will receive $60 in products.
George Cox
Monday, 9:00 a.m. / Classroom G, 3 CE hours – Massage Therapy (M900-G)


Color Science for the Eyes
Using a color wheel is a fun way to introduce the science of color to your clients by helping them understand the color strategies that true artists use whether painting a canvas or applying makeup. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn complementary color principles and how to use color professionally when applying eye makeup. In addition, you will learn the perfect color mate for each eye color and use color enhancement as a strategic tool to educate your clients.
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 by sharing her expertise.
Maria Babina was born in Russia. Her degree in interpreting and translation has given her the freedom to make women around the world beautiful. Maria currently works with Skin Perfect Oasis in Naples, Florida.

Sunday, 5:00 p.m. / Classroom F, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S500-F)


Core Concepts in Skin Assessment
This interactive workshop examines the scientific approach behind skin analysis. Prior to performing a skincare treatment, causative factors of a skin condition need to be established. This process requires an understanding of skin physiology and the recognition of skin conditions, as well as the underlying causes of both. Questions addressed include: How do you measure lipids, determine hydration levels and assess pigment? What are the steps for creating a skin-management program for your client? What is the importance of digital diagnostics during an assessment?
Dr. Erin Madigan-Fleck, NMD, LMC, LEI, CDT, CNHP, brings more than 30 years of experience to the aesthetic 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 Atlanta, Georgia’s 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.
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 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, 3:00 p.m. / Hall M, 4 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (SA300-M)


Cutting with Color and Texture
Scissors, clippers, razors… oh my! More clients than ever are embracing hair color and natural texture, so it is critical that the two work in harmony for a finished, high-end look. With an wide array of cutting tools and techniques at our disposal, it can be hard to decide what might serve your purpose best. This cutting class will help you understand how and when to utilize your scissors, clippers and razors to achieve today’s modern looks.
*Due to a submission deadline, this class is not approved to offer CE hours to those attending from South Carolina.
Kathleen Moats has invested over 30 years in our industry, currently serving as both a salon owner and educator/sales coach for I.C.O.N. Global Haircare Products. She has a passion for offering advanced training in cutting, coloring and client psychology.
Camile Aragon has been a licensed cosmetologist for over ten years, as well as a salon owner and master colorist specializing in vibrant hair color. With a commitment to education of her craft, Camile enjoys staying ahead of the curve by utilizing the newest techniques for the latest trends.

Monday, 12:30 p.m. / Classroom E, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology (M1230-E)


Elite Sports Therapy
This course will look at on-site sporting event work, injury prevention, injury rehabilitation and performance enhancement techniques. This training will set your work apart from the average sports massage therapist. It can pave the way for opportunities to work at international sporting events or even secure a career with your favorite professional sports team.
James Waslaski is an author and international lecturer who teaches 40+ seminars around the world every year. He served as 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 in 2015 received the honor of Teacher of the Year at the World Massage Festival.
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall N, 4 CE hours – Massage Therapy (S900-N)


Enchanting Essentials for Exceptional Skin
Essential oils work holistically to treat and correct imbalances in the body. However, we need to go further than just “skin deep” and explore the physical and emotional impact on the skin. Learn how to create blends to support our exterior and interior states for beauty and well-being. Carrier oils, as well as essential oils, will be discussed, along with safe and appropriate dilution rates. Recipes will be shared.
*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. The 2015 recipient of the Esthetics International Humanitarian Award at the Southern Spa & Salon Conference, Loving is also a lecturer and consultant to medical schools, hospitals, senior care facilities and hospices.
Sunday, 5:00 p.m. / Hall L, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Massage Therapy (S500-L)


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.
*Attendees who took this class in 2016 are not eligible to receive CE credits in 2017.
Lori Nestore
Saturday, 3:00 p.m. / Hall L, 4 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (SA300-L)


Facial Complexion Perfection
Makeup is not to be worn as a mask, but is simply to conceal any imperfections of the complexion while enhancing natural features. The key is having the right tools in your toolbox to perfect and enhance your client’s complexion. Learn why primers are a must to prep the face before makeup application and which formulas are best for each skin type. You also will learn to correctly choose the foundation shade for your client’s unique undertone, allowing every makeup color you use after that to blend effortlessly.
Jaclyn Peresetsky and Maria Babina
Monday, 9:00 a.m. / Classroom F, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M900-F)


Face Shape-enhancing Beauty 101
Throw out your tape measure and pick up your cosmetic tools! A better understanding of facial structure is essential to properly highlight and contour the face. In this class, you will learn how to identify face shapes using four simple measurements that will enhance every face shape through the strategic application of light and dark. Believe it or not, makeup is basic geometry, allowing you to enhance or detract from certain features. Learn the magic of math and beauty combined!
Jaclyn Peresetsky and Maria Babina
Monday, 4:15 p.m. / Classroom G, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M415-G)


Forearm Massage: Save Your Hands and Save Your Career
Do you love your job, but question how much longer you can do it? Learn to give a full body massage using your forearms as the primary tool.  These techniques can be used for both deep tissue work and light circulatory massage.  By using the forearms as the primary tool, students will be able to work deeper and longer with less wear and tear on the more fragile joints of the hands.  The workshop will cover body mechanics, how to use body weight instead of muscular force to engage the tissue, speed of strokes, developing sensitivity in the forearms, and simple Qi Gong exercises for better posture while working. This four-hour workshop will cover the back.
Shari Auth is a holistic health practitioner who blends a host of traditional bodywork and herbal practices. The author of “Auth Method: A Guide to Using the Forearms,” and producer of two best-selling instructional DVDs, she currently is pursuing a doctoral degree in Acupuncture and Chinese medicine. With more than two decades of experience, Shari commonly treats pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, digestive complaints, PMS, infertility, pre-natal issues, menopausal symptoms and postural issues. She offers “well sessions” to manage stress, fatigue and boost immunity. She is a licensed massage therapist and acupuncturist, as well as a faculty member of the Swedish Institute’s Continuing Education Department. Shari is also guild certified in the Rolf Method of Structural Integration.
Sunday, 2:00 p.m. / Hall N, 4 CE hours – Massage Therapy (S200-N)


Forearm Massage: Side-lying Position
Side-lying position is for much more than pre-natal massage. Therapists often treat the body as though it has two sides: a front and a back instead of a front, back, left and right side. It’s the muscles along the sides of the body that often give clients the most trouble. Side-lying position is great for medical massage and working out pain in the shoulder and hips. It is also the best way to access the psoas and other vulnerable muscles. Learn techniques that will put your massage ahead of the pack. This four-hour workshop will cover the inner and outer legs, hips, back, shoulders and neck.
Shari Auth
Monday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall N, 4 CE hours – Massage Therapy (M900-N)


Global Skin Tones
Servicing clients who have mixed heritage can be challenging for today’s esthetician. In this class, we will discuss the migration of skin tones over the past three decades, as well as the importance of conducting a thorough consultation, which includes ancestry and cultural customs. Additionally, you will learn techniques to correctly skin type, choosing the best treatment and protocols for your clients.
*Due to a submission deadline, this class is not approved to offer CE hours to those attending from South Carolina.
Margaret LaPierre is a Licensed Master Esthetician and Master Esthetics Instructor in Virginia. She is the former owner of Skin Therapy of Virginia (a holistic skincare practice), holistic health practitioner and certified aromatologist. She also teaches clinical aromatherapy and holistic health to esthetics and massage students. LaPierre is a professor in the Spa Management program at American College of Healthcare Sciences, has a B.S. degree in Health and Wellness, and is on the Regulatory Board for Barbers & Cosmetology (which includes esthetics) in Virginia.
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. / Hall K, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S100-K)


Holistic Skincare Approach: Procedures and Nourishing Ingredients to Heal and Repair the Skin
In this class, you will learn procedures that help to heal the body on a holistic level, leading to the overall improvement of many conditions that affect the body and skin. You will discover how fungal activity from unhealthy diets can lead to inflammation, causing skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema. You will also learn how to remove toxins from the body, which will help heal and restore overall health and arrest the aging process.
Alejandro Falcon and Katy Hebert
Saturday, 3:00 p.m. / Classroom H, 4 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (SA300-H)


Hormones: Their Impact on the Skin
Hormones impact every part of the body and play a role in how the skin ages. At every stage of life, hormones impact hydration, elasticity, acne, and hyperpigmentation. Learn techniques to recognize these changes and discover how best to help your clients.
*Due to a submission deadline, this class is not approved to offer CE hours to those attending from South Carolina.
Margaret LaPierre
Monday, 1:00 p.m. / Classroom H, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M100-H)


How to Blur the Lines of Aging with Makeup
This class covers strategic makeup tricks to teach your clients how to look years younger. With the social media craze and the opportunity for your client to compare herself to every superstar or friend, it is more important than ever for you to know how to help your client visibly age well. Your personal advice and services will allow for a connection not found on a computer screen. Learn how to create an “aging well workshop” in your spa or salon where you can share these important tips, increasing traffic and revenue.
Jaclyn Peresetsky and Maria Babina
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. / Classroom F, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S100-F)


Inflammation and Aging
Inflammation can be identified as a contributing factor to many diseases, but what does it have to do with skin health and aging? This session will define and explain the various steps in inflammation and relate this process to intrinsic aging. Cellular and molecular mechanisms will be addressed, including: NF Kappa b, glycation, UV radiation, generators of oxidative stress and free radical formation. The process will be explained step by step so that the importance of inflammation in skin care can be fully appreciated.
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.
Sunday, 1:30 p.m. / Hall M, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S130-M)


Intro to Acupressure
Learned a little in school about acupressure, but can’t remember? Here’s an opportunity for a great refresher! This class will discuss the 12 major meridians and what correlates in the body when they are out of balance. Major acupressure points that work for different conditions will also be reviewed.
*Bring Massage Table, Sheets and Note Supplies.
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, N.C. 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 been voted Best Massage Therapist in the Triad for the past five years.
Monday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall O, 4 CE hours – Massage Therapy (M900-O)


Intro to Tuning Forks
Like adjusting a piano, your body can be tuned to achieve optimal physical balance. Learn to apply musical tuning forks using different notes on the meridians and acupressure points to bring the nervous system, muscle tone and organs into harmonic balance. Stress will be instantaneously reduced, blood flow increased, and immune response enhanced.
*Bring Massage Table, Sheets and Note Supplies.
Janet Blevins
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall O, 4 CE hours – Massage Therapy (S900-O)


Layered Peels = Faster Results
Whether you are treating the signs of aging, acne, or hyper-pigmentation, layering different peels will enable you to customize treatments for your clients, achieving results in a shorter time frame. This class discusses acids and their molecular weight, as well as the difference between self-neutralizing and non-neutralizing peels. Levels of peels and peeling agents and depth will all be covered, along with how to create a customized step-by-step checklist on which peel to use for your clients. The class time includes two full peel demonstrations.
Shalee Schweich is a medical esthetician and senior educator with Skin Deep Pharmaceuticals. She prides herself in training other skincare professionals how to build a happy clientele with healthy skin.
Monday, 9 a.m. / Classroom E, Personal Development (M900-E)


Manual Therapy to Eliminate Multiple Compression Pattern of the Upper Body
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 these conditions will have nerves chronically compressed in multiple areas between the brain, spinal cord, neck, shoulder, and arm. This dynamic multi-media presentation will highlight our cervical, shoulder and arm work to eliminate Multiple Nerve Crush Phenomenon. Therapists will learn specific tests such 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 rib 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 meridian nerve, and tests such as 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 that will forever eliminate the musculoskeletal causes of each area of nerve compression between the brain and the fingertips. In addition, therapists will learn life-changing techniques to eliminate complicated frozen-shoulder problems.
James Waslaski
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall N, 8 CE hours – Massage Therapy (SA900-N)


Manual Therapy to Eliminate Multiple Nerve Crush Phenomenon of the Lower Body
Based on myo pain studies presented at Harvard Medical School, and research dating back to 1946, participants will learn new techniques that will change the way they approach myofascial pain and nerve entrapment pain in the lower extremities. Too often, clinical diagnosis focuses too much on the area of clinical symptoms when dealing with peripheral nerve entrapments, without freeing up proximal nerve entrapments that feed the peripheral nerves. Aligning the spine is simply not enough in many cases. Manual therapists must remove the soft tissue restrictions causing stress on discs and fixating joints onto nerves. Ninety percent of patients suffering from disk injuries in the low back do not require surgery. These innovative structurally oriented routines offer pain-free, multi-modality methods for achieving immediate and permanent results for nerve entrapments throughout the kinetic chain of the lower extremity. We must look beyond things such as disk herniation, compression of lumbar nerve roots, and spinal stenosis. You cannot treat clinical conditions such as sciatica, tarsal tunnel, or Morton’s neuroma if you do not free up the multiple fascial nerve adhesions and entrapments feeding from the spinal cord. 3D functional anatomy and human dissection models will be incorporated to support a multi-disciplinary approach for assessment, treatment and correction of multiple nerve entrapment pain. Revolutionary techniques to release advanced-stage hip capsule problems will be highlighted in this presentation.
James Waslaski
Monday, 2:00 p.m. / Hall N, 4 CE hours – Massage Therapy (M200-N)


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
Saturday, 6:30 p.m. / Hall O, 3 CE hours – Massage Therapy (SA630-O)


Melanogenesis
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.
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 and educator, in addition to having her own consulting business: Aesthetic Wise.
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall K, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S900-K)


Multi-dimensional Healing: Bodywork and Essential Oils
It is well known that healing involves emotional and physiological wellbeing. Touch is vital in order to truly thrive. Adding aromatherapy to your practice can support good health, improve the immune system, lower blood pressure, and calm or elevate the mood of your client and yourself. The class will explore various essential oils, their safe and proper use, and benefits to address pain, promote lymph and blood flow, ease tension, improve physical appearance, and promote client satisfaction.
Cynthia Loving
Saturday, 3:00 p.m./Hall K, 4 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Massage Therapy (SA300-K)


One-day Peel Class
Acids are widely used in professional skincare, but confusion still exists regarding what acids are and how they affect the physiology of the skin. This comprehensive seminar addresses the relationship between PH and the strength of peeling acids. You will leave with a better understanding of the concepts behind percentages, as well as the buffering and PK values that will take your results to the next level. The benefits and drawbacks of lactic, glycolic, salicylic, and mandelic acids will be covered, along with the physiological responses to their application. This class — a must for all professionals, from beginner estheticians to seasoned professionals — includes a live demonstration.
Michael Pugliese
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall M, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S900-M)


Peel Away the Years
Delve into the science of the skin and advanced resurfacing solutions. This class will cover the basics of skin histology and the process of change as the skin ages. Learn how to use professional peel solutions to address these changes and peel away the years to youthful skin.
Dawn Clifford has been a licensed esthetician for more than 30 years and has spent the last 18 years of her career focusing on medical esthetics and clinical education. She has a background in clinical treatment applications and product development and has worked with world-renowned plastic surgeons and dermatologists. She is the senior director of education for Image Skincare.
Monday, 1:00 p.m. / Classroom F, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M100-F)


Pharmacology Primer: How Does Medication Affect the Skin?
As the health landscape changes, the likelihood of clients taking multiple medications has increased. The skincare specialist should become familiar with some of the medications most frequently prescribed by physicians, dermatologists, and plastic surgeons. This class identifies the potential complexities, interactions, and responses of the skin during the use of medications and the potential skin and systemic reaction rationale.
Alexandra Zani and Dr. Erin Madigan-Fleck
Monday, 1:30 p.m. / Hall M, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M130-M)


Retail Selling: Finding the Dollars in Retail Selling
Relax. This is a stress-free approach to generating more cash in your spa. This Zen-like class goes beyond the fundamentals of retail sales. It will leave you and your team feeling empowered. You will be given the keys you need to create an exceptional customer experience, overcome objections with ease, and increase sales in your spa.
Gayle Praechtl
Monday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall K, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M900-K)


Sensitive Skin / Gluten-free Facials
It is important to look at all the skin challenges a client has prior to treating the client for various skin conditions. Sensitivities need to be dealt with differently, depending on which challenges are causing the sensitivity. Gluten issues are on the rise and many spas are offering treatments and products to appeal to the person looking for a gluten-free facial, or one that offers relief to sensitive skin.
Kris Campbell
Monday, 9:00 a.m. / Classroom H, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M900-H)


Skin Disorder Primer: A Study of Common Skin Diseases and Disorders
This highly informative lecture presents the most common and problematic skin conditions aestheticians encounter in the treatment room – the etiology, identification management, and contraindications for treatment will be presented. Leaving this class, the student will have a better understanding of when to refer a client to a physician.
Alex Zani and Dr. Erin Madigan Fleck
Sunday, 5:00 p.m. / Hall M, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S500-M)


Superior Safe Peels
You do not have to torture the skin to get a result when offering peels to your clients. Noticeable results can be achieved without the risk of burning, irritation, hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation problems, and without the downtime normally seen with many other peels. Cool peels, with low concentration and low PH, can offer effective results without the risks. They remove the skin’s outermost layer while maintaining its waterproofing barrier qualities. They assist in the treatment of many skin conditions, including photo-damaged, rough, wrinkled, irregular textured, and acneic/problematic skin. The results are dramatic, measurable and impressive. These peels can be used on all types of skin on the Fitzpatrick Scale, including ethnic skin.
Gayle Praechtl
Sunday, 5:00 p.m. / Hall K, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S500-K)


The Ingredient Revolution: Advanced Ingredients and Penetration Systems and How They Work
As the body’s largest organ, the skin is a fascinating, complex structure. A benefit of its design is that it protects us from external harms. That same defense mechanism can also make it a challenge for active ingredients to penetrate and be absorbed by the skin. Join us as we examine the innovation and sophistication of advanced delivery systems that help specific result-driven ingredients be more effective.
Dawn Clifford
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Classroom F, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S900-F)


The Science of Beautiful Skin
Learn about the four major ingredients the skin needs to turn back the hands of time and rejuvenate itself. Discover the science behind the technology of each ingredient and how it functions with the body to repair, protect, and restore the skin’s vitality.
Alejandro Falcon and Katy Hebert
Monday, 1:00 p.m. / Hall K, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M100-K)


Three Stages of Hormonal Skin
Understanding a woman’s life cycle and its relationship to hormones is critical in determining various professional treatments. This class will show how to recognize the different hormonal stages, use proper intake forms and discuss other hormonal health challenges.
Kris Campbell
Sunday, 5 p.m. / Classroom H, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S500-H)


What is Cosmetic Chemistry?
This class is designed to provide the aesthetician with an in-depth understanding of the ingredients in cosmetic products, how they are formulated in the laboratory, and how products are manufactured. You will learn about basic laboratory equipment, how ingredients are weighed and measured, the use of the PH meter, and how to design a formula. Emulsions technology, creams, and gel serums also will be discussed.
Michael Pugliese
Saturday, 3:00 p.m. / Classroom G, 3 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (SA300-G)


You Have What? Dermal Aromatics
More and more people are looking for natural, effective ways to address a wide variety of skin challenges. Essential oils and their companion, vegetable oils, are being sought out as safe and effective alternatives to drugs and harsh chemicals. This class will share how to build and use an aromatic tool kit to safely and effectively address five common skin issues.
Cynthia Loving
Monday, 1:30 p.m. / Hall L, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Massage Therapy (M130-L)



All Esthetics and Cosmetology Classes are approved for continuing education credit by the NC Board of Cosmetology
and the SC Board of Cosmetic Arts unless otherwise noted.


ABCD&Es of Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. This class will discuss the ways to identify the different classifications of possible skin cancer, so that you may refer your client to a dermatologist. You will also learn more about the protocols used to treat skin cancer, side effects and how to work with your client post-treatment.
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.
Sunday, 9 a.m. / Classroom H, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S900-H)


Acne. Causes, Pathway and Esthetic Treatment
In this class you will learn about the most common skin condition (acne) and the importance of the use of the proper and most effective active ingredients for a topical treatment that will address all acne factors. You will also learn about acne face-mapping to help your client avoid some acne breakout triggers.
*Due to a submission deadline, this class is not approved to offer CE hours to those attending from South Carolina.
Elizabeth Stankov has been working with DermaSwiss for over 6 years now, leading seminars and trainings, thanks to her experience as esthetician. She is often presented in beauty TV and radio to comment about the skin and beauty treatments. As the Director of Education for DermaSwiss, she develops and oversees the educational content that accompany DermaSwiss products, which are used in specialty skin centers, spas and salons worldwide. She also works in the R&D field on the creation and innovation of new products and protocols
Sunday, 9 a.m. / Classroom G, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S900-G)


Advanced Haircutting to Wow Your Clients
This information-packed training covers advanced haircutting that’s sure to be a brow-raiser. Your clients will love the volume, bounce, shape and ease this style of cut offers, as well as the benefit of being able to successfully style their own hair in the days after they see you. You can use this technique on wet or dry hair of any length. Demonstrations will use live models. Fine-tune your craft in an educational experience that can justify a price increase on your cuts.
*Due to a submission deadline, this class is not approved to offer CE hours to those attending from South Carolina.
Jayson Lacy has been training hair stylists since 2001 and currently owns Jayson Lacey Salon in North Augusta, S.C. He founded CE Training Courses Inc. in 2014 and now shares his knowledge through online training videos as well as on-site classes. He trains hairstylists in the latest color and cut techniques, and recently developed a user-friendly online salon-management system to help salon owners take control of their business.
Sunday, 5:00 p.m. / Classroom E, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology (S500-E)


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 2016 are not eligible to receive CE credits in 2017.
Lori Nestore is the 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.
Monday, 9 a.m. / Hall L, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M900-L)


Brazilian Bikini Wax Techniques
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 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.
*Attendees who took this class in 2016 are not eligible to receive CE credits in 2017.
Lori Nestore
Sunday, 1:30 p.m. / Hall L, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S130-L)


Bold and Panic-free Color
Your clients are looking for statement-making hair color. But there’s definitely an art to doing hair color well. This class, complete with demos on live models, will cover all the best techniques on offering your clients bright, bold colors such as pink, blue or green, yet never forgetting the basic laws of color that, when overlooked, can land you in “Correction Panic Mode.”
*Due to a submission deadline, this class is not approved to offer CE hours to those attending from South Carolina.
Jayson Lacy
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. / Classroom E, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology (S1000-E)


Camouflaging Techniques for Different Skin Conditions and Facial Applications
Camouflage can be a challenge when you don’t have the proper tools to make your skin look flawless. Explore how rich, pigmented minerals can help to disguise and camouflage while making the skin look natural. You also will learn which tools work best and specific tips on camouflaging skin conditions such as rosacea, acne, and pigmentation.
Alejandro Falcon is 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. Among them are Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Christy Turlington, and Jennifer Lopez. A native of Havana, Cuba, he currently lives in Miami, Fla., and has for most of his adult life.
Katy Hebert grew up in Ann Arbor, Mich., 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 corporate project manager at Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare in Evergreen, Colo.

Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall L, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S900-L)


Color Science for the Eyes
Using a color wheel is a fun way to introduce the science of color to your clients by helping them understand the color strategies that true artists use whether painting a canvas or applying makeup. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn complementary color principles and how to use color professionally when applying eye makeup. In addition, you will learn the perfect color mate for each eye color and use color enhancement as a strategic tool to educate your clients.
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 by sharing her expertise.
Maria Babina was born in Russia. Her degree in interpreting and translation has given her the freedom to make women around the world beautiful. Maria currently works with Skin Perfect Oasis in Naples, Florida.

Sunday, 5:00 p.m. / Classroom F, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S500-F)


Core Concepts in Skin Assessment
This interactive workshop examines the scientific approach behind skin analysis. Prior to performing a skincare treatment, causative factors of a skin condition need to be established. This process requires an understanding of skin physiology and the recognition of skin conditions, as well as the underlying causes of both. Questions addressed include: How do you measure lipids, determine hydration levels and assess pigment? What are the steps for creating a skin-management program for your client? What is the importance of digital diagnostics during an assessment?
Dr. Erin Madigan-Fleck, NMD, LMC, LEI, CDT, CNHP, brings more than 30 years of experience to the aesthetic 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 Atlanta, Georgia’s 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.
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 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, 3:00 p.m. / Hall M, 4 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (SA300-M)


Cutting with Color and Texture
Scissors, clippers, razors… oh my! More clients than ever are embracing hair color and natural texture, so it is critical that the two work in harmony for a finished, high-end look. With an wide array of cutting tools and techniques at our disposal, it can be hard to decide what might serve your purpose best. This cutting class will help you understand how and when to utilize your scissors, clippers and razors to achieve today’s modern looks.
*Due to a submission deadline, this class is not approved to offer CE hours to those attending from South Carolina.
Kathleen Moats has invested over 30 years in our industry, currently serving as both a salon owner and educator/sales coach for I.C.O.N. Global Haircare Products. She has a passion for offering advanced training in cutting, coloring and client psychology.
Camile Aragon has been a licensed cosmetologist for over ten years, as well as a salon owner and master colorist specializing in vibrant hair color. With a commitment to education of her craft, Camile enjoys staying ahead of the curve by utilizing the newest techniques for the latest trends.

Monday, 12:30 p.m. / Classroom E, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology (M1230-E)


Enchanting Essentials for Exceptional Skin
Essential oils work holistically to treat and correct imbalances in the body. However, we need to go further than just “skin deep” and explore the physical and emotional impact on the skin. Learn how to create blends to support our exterior and interior states for beauty and well-being. Carrier oils, as well as essential oils, will be discussed, along with safe and appropriate dilution rates. Recipes will be shared.
*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. The 2015 recipient of the Esthetics International Humanitarian Award at the Southern Spa & Salon Conference, Loving is also a lecturer and consultant to medical schools, hospitals, senior care facilities and hospices.
Sunday, 5:00 p.m. / Hall L, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Massage Therapy (S500-L)


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.
*Attendees who took this class in 2016 are not eligible to receive CE credits in 2017.
Lori Nestore
Saturday, 3:00 p.m. / Hall L, 4 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (SA300-L)


Expressions of Color
Today’s hair color is more than just a trend; it is an accessory used to make an independent expression of self. Whether a bodacious blonde or a vibrant violet, your client wants to express a unique style through hair color. This class will teach you tricks and techniques to give your clients’ hair color its voice. We will also discuss how to talk to your clients about maintenance and the importance of care for their beautiful statement of color.
*Due to a submission deadline, this class is not approved to offer CE hours to those attending from South Carolina.
Kathleen Moats and Camile Aragon
Sunday, 2:00 p.m. / Classroom E, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology (S200-E)


Facial Complexion Perfection
Makeup is not to be worn as a mask, but is simply to conceal any imperfections of the complexion while enhancing natural features. The key is having the right tools in your toolbox to perfect and enhance your client’s complexion. Learn why primers are a must to prep the face before makeup application and which formulas are best for each skin type. You also will learn to correctly choose the foundation shade for your client’s unique undertone, allowing every makeup color you use after that to blend effortlessly.
Jaclyn Peresetsky and Maria Babina
Monday, 9:00 a.m. / Classroom F, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M900-F)


Face Shape-enhancing Beauty 101
Throw out your tape measure and pick up your cosmetic tools! A better understanding of facial structure is essential to properly highlight and contour the face. In this class, you will learn how to identify face shapes using four simple measurements that will enhance every face shape through the strategic application of light and dark. Believe it or not, makeup is basic geometry, allowing you to enhance or detract from certain features. Learn the magic of math and beauty combined!
Jaclyn Peresetsky and Maria Babina
Monday, 4:15 p.m. / Classroom G, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M415-G)


Global Skin Tones
Servicing clients who have mixed heritage can be challenging for today’s esthetician. In this class, we will discuss the migration of skin tones over the past three decades, as well as the importance of conducting a thorough consultation, which includes ancestry and cultural customs. Additionally, you will learn techniques to correctly skin type, choosing the best treatment and protocols for your clients.
*Due to a submission deadline, this class is not approved to offer CE hours to those attending from South Carolina.
Margaret LaPierre is a Licensed Master Esthetician and Master Esthetics Instructor in Virginia. She is the former owner of Skin Therapy of Virginia (a holistic skincare practice), holistic health practitioner and certified aromatologist. She also teaches clinical aromatherapy and holistic health to esthetics and massage students. LaPierre is a professor in the Spa Management program at American College of Healthcare Sciences, has a B.S. degree in Health and Wellness, and is on the Regulatory Board for Barbers & Cosmetology (which includes esthetics) in Virginia.
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. / Hall K, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S100-K)


Holistic Skincare Approach: Procedures and Nourishing Ingredients to Heal and Repair the Skin
In this class, you will learn procedures that help to heal the body on a holistic level, leading to the overall improvement of many conditions that affect the body and skin. You will discover how fungal activity from unhealthy diets can lead to inflammation, causing skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema. You will also learn how to remove toxins from the body, which will help heal and restore overall health and arrest the aging process.
Alejandro Falcon and Katy Hebert
Saturday, 3:00 p.m. / Classroom H, 4 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (SA300-H)


Hormones: Their Impact on the Skin
Hormones impact every part of the body and play a role in how the skin ages. At every stage of life, hormones impact hydration, elasticity, acne, and hyperpigmentation. Learn techniques to recognize these changes and discover how best to help your clients.
*Due to a submission deadline, this class is not approved to offer CE hours to those attending from South Carolina.
Margaret LaPierre
Monday, 1:00 p.m. / Classroom H, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M100-H)


How to Blur the Lines of Aging with Makeup
This class covers strategic makeup tricks to teach your clients how to look years younger. With the social media craze and the opportunity for your client to compare herself to every superstar or friend, it is more important than ever for you to know how to help your client visibly age well. Your personal advice and services will allow for a connection not found on a computer screen. Learn how to create an “aging well workshop” in your spa or salon where you can share these important tips, increasing traffic and revenue.
Jaclyn Peresetsky and Maria Babina
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. / Classroom F, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S100-F)


Inflammation and Aging
Inflammation can be identified as a contributing factor to many diseases, but what does it have to do with skin health and aging? This session will define and explain the various steps in inflammation and relate this process to intrinsic aging. Cellular and molecular mechanisms will be addressed, including: NF Kappa b, glycation, UV radiation, generators of oxidative stress and free radical formation. The process will be explained step by step so that the importance of inflammation in skin care can be fully appreciated.
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.
Sunday, 1:30 p.m. / Hall M, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S130-M)


Melanogenesis
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.
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 and educator, in addition to having her own consulting business: Aesthetic Wise.
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall K, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S900-K)


Multi-dimensional Healing: Bodywork and Essential Oils
It is well known that healing involves emotional and physiological wellbeing. Touch is vital in order to truly thrive. Adding aromatherapy to your practice can support good health, improve the immune system, lower blood pressure, and calm or elevate the mood of your client and yourself. The class will explore various essential oils, their safe and proper use, and benefits to address pain, promote lymph and blood flow, ease tension, improve physical appearance, and promote client satisfaction.
Cynthia Loving
Saturday, 3:00 p.m./Hall K, 4 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Massage Therapy (SA300-K)


One-day Peel Class
Acids are widely used in professional skincare, but confusion still exists regarding what acids are and how they affect the physiology of the skin. This comprehensive seminar addresses the relationship between PH and the strength of peeling acids. You will leave with a better understanding of the concepts behind percentages, as well as the buffering and PK values that will take your results to the next level. The benefits and drawbacks of lactic, glycolic, salicylic, and mandelic acids will be covered, along with the physiological responses to their application. This class — a must for all professionals, from beginner estheticians to seasoned professionals — includes a live demonstration.
Michael Pugliese
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall M, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S900-M)


Peel Away the Years
Delve into the science of the skin and advanced resurfacing solutions. This class will cover the basics of skin histology and the process of change as the skin ages. Learn how to use professional peel solutions to address these changes and peel away the years to youthful skin.
Dawn Clifford has been a licensed esthetician for more than 30 years and has spent the last 18 years of her career focusing on medical esthetics and clinical education. She has a background in clinical treatment applications and product development and has worked with world-renowned plastic surgeons and dermatologists. She is the senior director of education for Image Skincare.
Monday, 1:00 p.m. / Classroom F, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M100-F)


Pharmacology Primer: How Does Medication Affect the Skin?
As the health landscape changes, the likelihood of clients taking multiple medications has increased. The skincare specialist should become familiar with some of the medications most frequently prescribed by physicians, dermatologists, and plastic surgeons. This class identifies the potential complexities, interactions, and responses of the skin during the use of medications and the potential skin and systemic reaction rationale.
Alexandra Zani and Dr. Erin Madigan-Fleck
Monday, 1:30 p.m. / Hall M, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M130-M)


Retail Selling: Finding the Dollars in Retail Selling
Relax. This is a stress-free approach to generating more cash in your spa. This Zen-like class goes beyond the fundamentals of retail sales. It will leave you and your team feeling empowered. You will be given the keys you need to create an exceptional customer experience, overcome objections with ease, and increase sales in your spa.
Gayle Praechtl
Monday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall K, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M900-K)


Sensitive Skin / Gluten-free Facials
It is important to look at all the skin challenges a client has prior to treating the client for various skin conditions. Sensitivities need to be dealt with differently, depending on which challenges are causing the sensitivity. Gluten issues are on the rise and many spas are offering treatments and products to appeal to the person looking for a gluten-free facial, or one that offers relief to sensitive skin.
Kris Campbell
Monday, 9:00 a.m. / Classroom H, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M900-H)


Skin Disorder Primer: A Study of Common Skin Diseases and Disorders
This highly informative lecture presents the most common and problematic skin conditions aestheticians encounter in the treatment room – the etiology, identification management, and contraindications for treatment will be presented. Leaving this class, the student will have a better understanding of when to refer a client to a physician.
Alex Zani and Dr. Erin Madigan Fleck
Sunday, 5:00 p.m. / Hall M, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S500-M)


Superior Safe Peels
You do not have to torture the skin to get a result when offering peels to your clients. Noticeable results can be achieved without the risk of burning, irritation, hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation problems, and without the downtime normally seen with many other peels. Cool peels, with low concentration and low PH, can offer effective results without the risks. They remove the skin’s outermost layer while maintaining its waterproofing barrier qualities. They assist in the treatment of many skin conditions, including photo-damaged, rough, wrinkled, irregular textured, and acneic/problematic skin. The results are dramatic, measurable and impressive. These peels can be used on all types of skin on the Fitzpatrick Scale, including ethnic skin.
Gayle Praechtl
Sunday, 5:00 p.m. / Hall K, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S500-K)


The Ingredient Revolution: Advanced Ingredients and Penetration Systems and How They Work
As the body’s largest organ, the skin is a fascinating, complex structure. A benefit of its design is that it protects us from external harms. That same defense mechanism can also make it a challenge for active ingredients to penetrate and be absorbed by the skin. Join us as we examine the innovation and sophistication of advanced delivery systems that help specific result-driven ingredients be more effective.
Dawn Clifford
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Classroom F, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S900-F)


The Science of Beautiful Skin
Learn about the four major ingredients the skin needs to turn back the hands of time and rejuvenate itself. Discover the science behind the technology of each ingredient and how it functions with the body to repair, protect, and restore the skin’s vitality.
Alejandro Falcon and Katy Hebert
Monday, 1:00 p.m. / Hall K, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M100-K)


Three Stages of Hormonal Skin
Understanding a woman’s life cycle and its relationship to hormones is critical in determining various professional treatments. This class will show how to recognize the different hormonal stages, use proper intake forms and discuss other hormonal health challenges.
Kris Campbell
Sunday, 5 p.m. / Classroom H, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S500-H)


What is Cosmetic Chemistry?
This class is designed to provide the aesthetician with an in-depth understanding of the ingredients in cosmetic products, how they are formulated in the laboratory, and how products are manufactured. You will learn about basic laboratory equipment, how ingredients are weighed and measured, the use of the PH meter, and how to design a formula. Emulsions technology, creams, and gel serums also will be discussed.
Michael Pugliese
Saturday, 3:00 p.m. / Classroom G, 3 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (SA300-G)


You Have What? Dermal Aromatics
More and more people are looking for natural, effective ways to address a wide variety of skin challenges. Essential oils and their companion, vegetable oils, are being sought out as safe and effective alternatives to drugs and harsh chemicals. This class will share how to build and use an aromatic tool kit to safely and effectively address five common skin issues.
Cynthia Loving
Monday, 1:30 p.m. / Hall L, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Massage Therapy (M130-L)



All Esthetics and Cosmetology Classes are approved for continuing education credit by the NC Board of Cosmetology
and the SC Board of Cosmetic Arts unless otherwise noted.


ABCD&Es of Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. This class will discuss the ways to identify the different classifications of possible skin cancer, so that you may refer your client to a dermatologist. You will also learn more about the protocols used to treat skin cancer, side effects and how to work with your client post-treatment.
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.
Sunday, 9 a.m. / Classroom H, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S900-H)


Acne. Causes, Pathway and Esthetic Treatment
In this class you will learn about the most common skin condition (acne) and the importance of the use of the proper and most effective active ingredients for a topical treatment that will address all acne factors. You will also learn about acne face-mapping to help your client avoid some acne breakout triggers.
*Due to a submission deadline, this class is not approved to offer CE hours to those attending from South Carolina.
Elizabeth Stankov has been working with DermaSwiss for over 6 years now, leading seminars and trainings, thanks to her experience as esthetician. She is often presented in beauty TV and radio to comment about the skin and beauty treatments. As the Director of Education for DermaSwiss, she develops and oversees the educational content that accompany DermaSwiss products, which are used in specialty skin centers, spas and salons worldwide. She also works in the R&D field on the creation and innovation of new products and protocols
Sunday, 9 a.m. / Classroom G, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S900-G)


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 2016 are not eligible to receive CE credits in 2017.
Lori Nestore is the 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.
Monday, 9 a.m. / Hall L, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M900-L)


Brazilian Bikini Wax Techniques
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 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.
*Attendees who took this class in 2016 are not eligible to receive CE credits in 2017.
Lori Nestore
Sunday, 1:30 p.m. / Hall L, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S130-L)


Camouflaging Techniques for Different Skin Conditions and Facial Applications
Camouflage can be a challenge when you don’t have the proper tools to make your skin look flawless. Explore how rich, pigmented minerals can help to disguise and camouflage while making the skin look natural. You also will learn which tools work best and specific tips on camouflaging skin conditions such as rosacea, acne, and pigmentation.
Alejandro Falcon is 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. Among them are Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Christy Turlington, and Jennifer Lopez. A native of Havana, Cuba, he currently lives in Miami, Fla., and has for most of his adult life.
Katy Hebert grew up in Ann Arbor, Mich., 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 corporate project manager at Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare in Evergreen, Colo.

Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall L, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S900-L)


Color Science for the Eyes
Using a color wheel is a fun way to introduce the science of color to your clients by helping them understand the color strategies that true artists use whether painting a canvas or applying makeup. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn complementary color principles and how to use color professionally when applying eye makeup. In addition, you will learn the perfect color mate for each eye color and use color enhancement as a strategic tool to educate your clients.
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 by sharing her expertise.
Maria Babina was born in Russia. Her degree in interpreting and translation has given her the freedom to make women around the world beautiful. Maria currently works with Skin Perfect Oasis in Naples, Florida.

Sunday, 5:00 p.m. / Classroom F, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S500-F)


Core Concepts in Skin Assessment
This interactive workshop examines the scientific approach behind skin analysis. Prior to performing a skincare treatment, causative factors of a skin condition need to be established. This process requires an understanding of skin physiology and the recognition of skin conditions, as well as the underlying causes of both. Questions addressed include: How do you measure lipids, determine hydration levels and assess pigment? What are the steps for creating a skin-management program for your client? What is the importance of digital diagnostics during an assessment?
Dr. Erin Madigan-Fleck, NMD, LMC, LEI, CDT, CNHP, brings more than 30 years of experience to the aesthetic 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 Atlanta, Georgia’s 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.
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 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, 3:00 p.m. / Hall M, 4 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (SA300-M)


Enchanting Essentials for Exceptional Skin
Essential oils work holistically to treat and correct imbalances in the body. However, we need to go further than just “skin deep” and explore the physical and emotional impact on the skin. Learn how to create blends to support our exterior and interior states for beauty and well-being. Carrier oils, as well as essential oils, will be discussed, along with safe and appropriate dilution rates. Recipes will be shared.
*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. The 2015 recipient of the Esthetics International Humanitarian Award at the Southern Spa & Salon Conference, Loving is also a lecturer and consultant to medical schools, hospitals, senior care facilities and hospices.
Sunday, 5:00 p.m. / Hall L, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Massage Therapy (S500-L)


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.
*Attendees who took this class in 2016 are not eligible to receive CE credits in 2017.
Lori Nestore
Saturday, 3:00 p.m. / Hall L, 4 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (SA300-L)


Facial Complexion Perfection
Makeup is not to be worn as a mask, but is simply to conceal any imperfections of the complexion while enhancing natural features. The key is having the right tools in your toolbox to perfect and enhance your client’s complexion. Learn why primers are a must to prep the face before makeup application and which formulas are best for each skin type. You also will learn to correctly choose the foundation shade for your client’s unique undertone, allowing every makeup color you use after that to blend effortlessly.
Jaclyn Peresetsky and Maria Babina
Monday, 9:00 a.m. / Classroom F, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M900-F)


Face Shape-enhancing Beauty 101
Throw out your tape measure and pick up your cosmetic tools! A better understanding of facial structure is essential to properly highlight and contour the face. In this class, you will learn how to identify face shapes using four simple measurements that will enhance every face shape through the strategic application of light and dark. Believe it or not, makeup is basic geometry, allowing you to enhance or detract from certain features. Learn the magic of math and beauty combined!
Jaclyn Peresetsky and Maria Babina
Monday, 4:15 p.m. / Classroom G, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M415-G)


Global Skin Tones
Servicing clients who have mixed heritage can be challenging for today’s esthetician. In this class, we will discuss the migration of skin tones over the past three decades, as well as the importance of conducting a thorough consultation, which includes ancestry and cultural customs. Additionally, you will learn techniques to correctly skin type, choosing the best treatment and protocols for your clients.
*Due to a submission deadline, this class is not approved to offer CE hours to those attending from South Carolina.
Margaret LaPierre is a Licensed Master Esthetician and Master Esthetics Instructor in Virginia. She is the former owner of Skin Therapy of Virginia (a holistic skincare practice), holistic health practitioner and certified aromatologist. She also teaches clinical aromatherapy and holistic health to esthetics and massage students. LaPierre is a professor in the Spa Management program at American College of Healthcare Sciences, has a B.S. degree in Health and Wellness, and is on the Regulatory Board for Barbers & Cosmetology (which includes esthetics) in Virginia.
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. / Hall K, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S100-K)


Holistic Skincare Approach: Procedures and Nourishing Ingredients to Heal and Repair the Skin
In this class, you will learn procedures that help to heal the body on a holistic level, leading to the overall improvement of many conditions that affect the body and skin. You will discover how fungal activity from unhealthy diets can lead to inflammation, causing skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema. You will also learn how to remove toxins from the body, which will help heal and restore overall health and arrest the aging process.
Alejandro Falcon and Katy Hebert
Saturday, 3:00 p.m. / Classroom H, 4 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (SA300-H)


Hormones: Their Impact on the Skin
Hormones impact every part of the body and play a role in how the skin ages. At every stage of life, hormones impact hydration, elasticity, acne, and hyperpigmentation. Learn techniques to recognize these changes and discover how best to help your clients.
*Due to a submission deadline, this class is not approved to offer CE hours to those attending from South Carolina.
Margaret LaPierre
Monday, 1:00 p.m. / Classroom H, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M100-H)


How to Blur the Lines of Aging with Makeup
This class covers strategic makeup tricks to teach your clients how to look years younger. With the social media craze and the opportunity for your client to compare herself to every superstar or friend, it is more important than ever for you to know how to help your client visibly age well. Your personal advice and services will allow for a connection not found on a computer screen. Learn how to create an “aging well workshop” in your spa or salon where you can share these important tips, increasing traffic and revenue.
Jaclyn Peresetsky and Maria Babina
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. / Classroom F, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S100-F)


Inflammation and Aging
Inflammation can be identified as a contributing factor to many diseases, but what does it have to do with skin health and aging? This session will define and explain the various steps in inflammation and relate this process to intrinsic aging. Cellular and molecular mechanisms will be addressed, including: NF Kappa b, glycation, UV radiation, generators of oxidative stress and free radical formation. The process will be explained step by step so that the importance of inflammation in skin care can be fully appreciated.
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.
Sunday, 1:30 p.m. / Hall M, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S130-M)


Melanogenesis
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.
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 and educator, in addition to having her own consulting business: Aesthetic Wise.
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall K, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S900-K)


Multi-dimensional Healing: Bodywork and Essential Oils
It is well known that healing involves emotional and physiological wellbeing. Touch is vital in order to truly thrive. Adding aromatherapy to your practice can support good health, improve the immune system, lower blood pressure, and calm or elevate the mood of your client and yourself. The class will explore various essential oils, their safe and proper use, and benefits to address pain, promote lymph and blood flow, ease tension, improve physical appearance, and promote client satisfaction.
Cynthia Loving
Saturday, 3:00 p.m./Hall K, 4 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Massage Therapy (SA300-K)


One-day Peel Class
Acids are widely used in professional skincare, but confusion still exists regarding what acids are and how they affect the physiology of the skin. This comprehensive seminar addresses the relationship between PH and the strength of peeling acids. You will leave with a better understanding of the concepts behind percentages, as well as the buffering and PK values that will take your results to the next level. The benefits and drawbacks of lactic, glycolic, salicylic, and mandelic acids will be covered, along with the physiological responses to their application. This class — a must for all professionals, from beginner estheticians to seasoned professionals — includes a live demonstration.
Michael Pugliese
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall M, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S900-M)


Peel Away the Years
Delve into the science of the skin and advanced resurfacing solutions. This class will cover the basics of skin histology and the process of change as the skin ages. Learn how to use professional peel solutions to address these changes and peel away the years to youthful skin.
Dawn Clifford has been a licensed esthetician for more than 30 years and has spent the last 18 years of her career focusing on medical esthetics and clinical education. She has a background in clinical treatment applications and product development and has worked with world-renowned plastic surgeons and dermatologists. She is the senior director of education for Image Skincare.
Monday, 1:00 p.m. / Classroom F, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M100-F)


Pharmacology Primer: How Does Medication Affect the Skin?
As the health landscape changes, the likelihood of clients taking multiple medications has increased. The skincare specialist should become familiar with some of the medications most frequently prescribed by physicians, dermatologists, and plastic surgeons. This class identifies the potential complexities, interactions, and responses of the skin during the use of medications and the potential skin and systemic reaction rationale.
Alexandra Zani and Dr. Erin Madigan-Fleck
Monday, 1:30 p.m. / Hall M, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M130-M)


Retail Selling: Finding the Dollars in Retail Selling
Relax. This is a stress-free approach to generating more cash in your spa. This Zen-like class goes beyond the fundamentals of retail sales. It will leave you and your team feeling empowered. You will be given the keys you need to create an exceptional customer experience, overcome objections with ease, and increase sales in your spa.
Gayle Praechtl
Monday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall K, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M900-K)


Sensitive Skin / Gluten-free Facials
It is important to look at all the skin challenges a client has prior to treating the client for various skin conditions. Sensitivities need to be dealt with differently, depending on which challenges are causing the sensitivity. Gluten issues are on the rise and many spas are offering treatments and products to appeal to the person looking for a gluten-free facial, or one that offers relief to sensitive skin.
Kris Campbell
Monday, 9:00 a.m. / Classroom H, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M900-H)


Skin Disorder Primer: A Study of Common Skin Diseases and Disorders
This highly informative lecture presents the most common and problematic skin conditions aestheticians encounter in the treatment room – the etiology, identification management, and contraindications for treatment will be presented. Leaving this class, the student will have a better understanding of when to refer a client to a physician.
Alex Zani and Dr. Erin Madigan Fleck
Sunday, 5:00 p.m. / Hall M, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S500-M)


Superior Safe Peels
You do not have to torture the skin to get a result when offering peels to your clients. Noticeable results can be achieved without the risk of burning, irritation, hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation problems, and without the downtime normally seen with many other peels. Cool peels, with low concentration and low PH, can offer effective results without the risks. They remove the skin’s outermost layer while maintaining its waterproofing barrier qualities. They assist in the treatment of many skin conditions, including photo-damaged, rough, wrinkled, irregular textured, and acneic/problematic skin. The results are dramatic, measurable and impressive. These peels can be used on all types of skin on the Fitzpatrick Scale, including ethnic skin.
Gayle Praechtl
Sunday, 5:00 p.m. / Hall K, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S500-K)


The Ingredient Revolution: Advanced Ingredients and Penetration Systems and How They Work
As the body’s largest organ, the skin is a fascinating, complex structure. A benefit of its design is that it protects us from external harms. That same defense mechanism can also make it a challenge for active ingredients to penetrate and be absorbed by the skin. Join us as we examine the innovation and sophistication of advanced delivery systems that help specific result-driven ingredients be more effective.
Dawn Clifford
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Classroom F, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S900-F)


The Science of Beautiful Skin
Learn about the four major ingredients the skin needs to turn back the hands of time and rejuvenate itself. Discover the science behind the technology of each ingredient and how it functions with the body to repair, protect, and restore the skin’s vitality.
Alejandro Falcon and Katy Hebert
Monday, 1:00 p.m. / Hall K, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (M100-K)


Three Stages of Hormonal Skin
Understanding a woman’s life cycle and its relationship to hormones is critical in determining various professional treatments. This class will show how to recognize the different hormonal stages, use proper intake forms and discuss other hormonal health challenges.
Kris Campbell
Sunday, 5 p.m. / Classroom H, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (S500-H)


What is Cosmetic Chemistry?
This class is designed to provide the aesthetician with an in-depth understanding of the ingredients in cosmetic products, how they are formulated in the laboratory, and how products are manufactured. You will learn about basic laboratory equipment, how ingredients are weighed and measured, the use of the PH meter, and how to design a formula. Emulsions technology, creams, and gel serums also will be discussed.
Michael Pugliese
Saturday, 3:00 p.m. / Classroom G, 3 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics (SA300-G)


You Have What? Dermal Aromatics
More and more people are looking for natural, effective ways to address a wide variety of skin challenges. Essential oils and their companion, vegetable oils, are being sought out as safe and effective alternatives to drugs and harsh chemicals. This class will share how to build and use an aromatic tool kit to safely and effectively address five common skin issues.
Cynthia Loving
Monday, 1:30 p.m. / Hall L, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Massage Therapy (M130-L)




All Massage Therapy Instructors are approved by the NCTMB


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 more than 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, and was chosen as a panelist for the 2015 Alliance of International Aromatherapist Conference.
Sunday, 2:00 p.m. / Classroom G, 3 CE hours – Massage Therapy (S200-G)


Clinical Aromatherapy for Physical Issues and 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 class attendee will receive $60 in products.
George Cox
Monday, 9:00 a.m. / Classroom G, 3 CE hours – Massage Therapy (M900-G)


Elite Sports Therapy
This course will look at on-site sporting event work, injury prevention, injury rehabilitation and performance enhancement techniques. This training will set your work apart from the average sports massage therapist. It can pave the way for opportunities to work at international sporting events or even secure a career with your favorite professional sports team.
James Waslaski is an author and international lecturer who teaches 40+ seminars around the world every year. He served as 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 in 2015 received the honor of Teacher of the Year at the World Massage Festival.
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall N, 4 CE hours – Massage Therapy (S900-N)


Enchanting Essentials for Exceptional Skin
Essential oils work holistically to treat and correct imbalances in the body. However, we need to go further than just “skin deep” and explore the physical and emotional impact on the skin. Learn how to create blends to support our exterior and interior states for beauty and well-being. Carrier oils, as well as essential oils, will be discussed, along with safe and appropriate dilution rates. Recipes will be shared.
*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. The 2015 recipient of the Esthetics International Humanitarian Award at the Southern Spa & Salon Conference, Loving is also a lecturer and consultant to medical schools, hospitals, senior care facilities and hospices.
Sunday, 5:00 p.m. / Hall L, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Massage Therapy (S500-L)


Forearm Massage: Save Your Hands and Save Your Career
Do you love your job, but question how much longer you can do it? Learn to give a full body massage using your forearms as the primary tool.  These techniques can be used for both deep tissue work and light circulatory massage.  By using the forearms as the primary tool, students will be able to work deeper and longer with less wear and tear on the more fragile joints of the hands.  The workshop will cover body mechanics, how to use body weight instead of muscular force to engage the tissue, speed of strokes, developing sensitivity in the forearms, and simple Qi Gong exercises for better posture while working. This four-hour workshop will cover the back.
Shari Auth is a holistic health practitioner who blends a host of traditional bodywork and herbal practices. The author of “Auth Method: A Guide to Using the Forearms,” and producer of two best-selling instructional DVDs, she currently is pursuing a doctoral degree in Acupuncture and Chinese medicine. With more than two decades of experience, Shari commonly treats pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, digestive complaints, PMS, infertility, pre-natal issues, menopausal symptoms and postural issues. She offers “well sessions” to manage stress, fatigue and boost immunity. She is a licensed massage therapist and acupuncturist, as well as a faculty member of the Swedish Institute’s Continuing Education Department. Shari is also guild certified in the Rolf Method of Structural Integration.
Sunday, 2:00 p.m. / Hall N, 4 CE hours – Massage Therapy (S200-N)


Forearm Massage: Side-lying Position
Side-lying position is for much more than pre-natal massage. Therapists often treat the body as though it has two sides: a front and a back instead of a front, back, left and right side. It’s the muscles along the sides of the body that often give clients the most trouble. Side-lying position is great for medical massage and working out pain in the shoulder and hips. It is also the best way to access the psoas and other vulnerable muscles. Learn techniques that will put your massage ahead of the pack. This four-hour workshop will cover the inner and outer legs, hips, back, shoulders and neck.
Shari Auth
Monday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall N, 4 CE hours – Massage Therapy (M900-N)


Intro to Acupressure
Learned a little in school about acupressure, but can’t remember? Here’s an opportunity for a great refresher! This class will discuss the 12 major meridians and what correlates in the body when they are out of balance. Major acupressure points that work for different conditions will also be reviewed.
*Bring Massage Table, Sheets and Note Supplies.
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, N.C. 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 been voted Best Massage Therapist in the Triad for the past five years.
Monday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall O, 4 CE hours – Massage Therapy (M900-O)


Intro to Tuning Forks
Like adjusting a piano, your body can be tuned to achieve optimal physical balance. Learn to apply musical tuning forks using different notes on the meridians and acupressure points to bring the nervous system, muscle tone and organs into harmonic balance. Stress will be instantaneously reduced, blood flow increased, and immune response enhanced.
*Bring Massage Table, Sheets and Note Supplies.
Janet Blevins
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall O, 4 CE hours – Massage Therapy (S900-O)


Manual Therapy to Eliminate Multiple Compression Pattern of the Upper Body
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 these conditions will have nerves chronically compressed in multiple areas between the brain, spinal cord, neck, shoulder, and arm. This dynamic multi-media presentation will highlight our cervical, shoulder and arm work to eliminate Multiple Nerve Crush Phenomenon. Therapists will learn specific tests such 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 rib 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 meridian nerve, and tests such as 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 that will forever eliminate the musculoskeletal causes of each area of nerve compression between the brain and the fingertips. In addition, therapists will learn life-changing techniques to eliminate complicated frozen-shoulder problems.
James Waslaski
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. / Hall N, 8 CE hours – Massage Therapy (SA900-N)


Manual Therapy to Eliminate Multiple Nerve Crush Phenomenon of the Lower Body
Based on myo pain studies presented at Harvard Medical School, and research dating back to 1946, participants will learn new techniques that will change the way they approach myofascial pain and nerve entrapment pain in the lower extremities. Too often, clinical diagnosis focuses too much on the area of clinical symptoms when dealing with peripheral nerve entrapments, without freeing up proximal nerve entrapments that feed the peripheral nerves. Aligning the spine is simply not enough in many cases. Manual therapists must remove the soft tissue restrictions causing stress on discs and fixating joints onto nerves. Ninety percent of patients suffering from disk injuries in the low back do not require surgery. These innovative structurally oriented routines offer pain-free, multi-modality methods for achieving immediate and permanent results for nerve entrapments throughout the kinetic chain of the lower extremity. We must look beyond things such as disk herniation, compression of lumbar nerve roots, and spinal stenosis. You cannot treat clinical conditions such as sciatica, tarsal tunnel, or Morton’s neuroma if you do not free up the multiple fascial nerve adhesions and entrapments feeding from the spinal cord. 3D functional anatomy and human dissection models will be incorporated to support a multi-disciplinary approach for assessment, treatment and correction of multiple nerve entrapment pain. Revolutionary techniques to release advanced-stage hip capsule problems will be highlighted in this presentation.
James Waslaski
Monday, 2:00 p.m. / Hall N, 4 CE hours – Massage Therapy (M200-N)


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
Saturday, 6:30 p.m. / Hall O, 3 CE hours – Massage Therapy (SA630-O)


Multi-dimensional Healing: Bodywork and Essential Oils
It is well known that healing involves emotional and physiological wellbeing. Touch is vital in order to truly thrive. Adding aromatherapy to your practice can support good health, improve the immune system, lower blood pressure, and calm or elevate the mood of your client and yourself. The class will explore various essential oils, their safe and proper use, and benefits to address pain, promote lymph and blood flow, ease tension, improve physical appearance, and promote client satisfaction.
Cynthia Loving
Saturday, 3:00 p.m. / Hall K, 4 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Massage Therapy (SA300-K)


You Have What? Dermal Aromatics
More and more people are looking for natural, effective ways to address a wide variety of skin challenges. Essential oils and their companion, vegetable oils, are being sought out as safe and effective alternatives to drugs and harsh chemicals. This class will share how to build and use an aromatic tool kit to safely and effectively address five common skin issues.
Cynthia Loving
Monday, 1:30 p.m. / Hall L, 2 CE hours – Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Massage Therapy (M130-L)



Layered Peels = Faster Results
Whether you are treating the signs of aging, acne, or hyper-pigmentation, layering different peels will enable you to customize treatments for your clients, achieving results in a shorter time frame. This class discusses acids and their molecular weight, as well as the difference between self-neutralizing and non-neutralizing peels. Levels of peels and peeling agents and depth will all be covered, along with how to create a customized step-by-step checklist on which peel to use for your clients. The class time includes two full peel demonstrations.
Shalee Schweich is a medical esthetician and senior educator with Skin Deep Pharmaceuticals. She prides herself in training other skincare professionals how to build a happy clientele with healthy skin.
Monday, 9 a.m. / Classroom E, Personal Development (M900-E)