I am a licensed esthetician and skincare specialist from Marshfield, Missouri. I graduated from Missouri College of Cosmetology, and I'm a proud member of the Associated Skin Care Professionals association (ASCP). Skin care and beauty have been a passion of mine for many years, and now that my three boys are grown, I'm finally able to follow my passion and serve clients in the Springfield, MO area to the best of my ability. I enjoy traveling and meeting people, and I look forward to sharing my experience and expertise with you!
My Skincare Story
Like many of you, I’ve experienced troublesome skin conditions. Mine began in my teenage years and resurfaced in my thirties. I began to research these conditions and to educate myself about how to take proper care of my skin. I became a skincare professional, an ingredient specialist, and an acne solutions specialist so that I could help people with their own struggles and allow them to feel good about their appearance once more. I am pleased to be able to share what I've learned along the way with those who come to me for help.
When I was a teenager, my skin was pretty terrible. I was fortunate that my mother worked at a day spa in Telluride. I would occasionally get facials, and I loved it. I was about thirteen years old when I first met an esthetician. For years, I was approaching my complexion problems by doing all the wrong things. I was prescribed antibiotics by my doctor. I was using multiple over-the-counter applications that included active ingredients such as Acetylsalicylic acid, and it was making things 10 times worse.
I spoke with dermatologists, but my experience was not to my satisfaction. Don’t get me wrong: Dermatologists play an invaluable role in the medical community because they help identify and treat conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and most importantly skin cancer. Teenage acne, however, isn't a terribly pressing issue. I was prescribed antibiotics and topical medications such as Retin-A (tretinoin). While I understand the importance and value of those types of prescriptions, I learned that so much more can be done to help alleviate acne problems.
The estheticians I met asked me about my skincare routine, what my environment was like, if I had allergies, what I was eating, and what my personal hygiene habits were. This was a huge turning point for me. I struggled for so long just not knowing what to do and desperately wanting to find a fix for my problems. I wish someone had approached me with these questions much sooner. Working with these estheticians made me passionate about proper skin care and drove me to want to learn more. I got a formal education as an esthetician and begin sharing information with those who were having the same struggles as I did.
What I've learned through the years is that skin care doesn't have to be a struggle, and solutions are often simple. I've learned that estheticians examine skincare problems and skin issues from a slightly different perspective. They look at the cause of skin conditions and not just the symptoms that are troubling the patient. They use their knowledge, education, and experience to discover more appropriate treatments for skin conditions.
It's so gratifying to see the effects and benefits when a patient's skin is transformed. The patient is so happy, and there's no better feeling in the world than to have helped somebody feel more comfortable and confident in their own skin. If your skin issue is an actual medical condition, I will recommend that you see a physician. That's an important part of my job as well.