Spa 10 and The Esthetician Mentor
San Francisco Institute of
Esthetics and Cosmetology (SFIEC)
Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness
REBECCA JAMES GADBERRY
University of California, Los Angeles
MARK LEES, PH.D.
Mark Lees Skin Care
ERIN MADIGAN-FLECK, N.M.D.
Tranquility Spa & Wellness Center
PETER T. PUGLIESE, M.D.
Circadia by Dr. Pugliese
Schmaling Education Group
& COMTA Commissioner
Skin Smooth Pro
JENNIFER WILD, DO
True U Esthetics
On January 15, we as a nation celebrated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister whose leadership and voice helped inflict change on a broken civil rights outlook. What Dr. King
did to end segregation and combat racial inequality was noble and inspiring,
but also moving was the way in which he did so—peacefully.
Turn on the news on any given day, and you will see an onslaught of
violence in this country. Individuals consumed by hate feel compelled to hurt
and even kill innocent strangers because of their religion, race, gender, sexual
orientation or sometimes for no reason at all. It seems to be getting worse,
but there is always hope.
One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King is, “Darkness cannot drive out
darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can
The spa industry is made up of healers with genuine interest in the
well-being of their clients. Sure, we are able to improve their skin or help
them relax, but it is so much more than that. Spa practitioners are gifted not
only with the power of touch but also uninterrupted moments of personal
connection. Use it to help spread light and love to others.
In this issue of Skin Inc., we address a topic that we have never covered
before—treating the transgender client. On Page 54, Danné Montague-King
discusses not only proper terminology, but also popular treatments and
approaches. According to Montague-King, a transgender client’s journey is
a lonely one, and inclusion and understanding can do more than make that
client comfortable, it can ensure a client for life.
On February 14, we will celebrate the day of love, Valentine’s Day.
Many associate the day with greeting cards, chocolates and gifts; however,
did you know that St. Valentine himself was an activist fighting against
persecution? History has it that Valentine of Rome performed marriages
for young soldiers despite the decree by Claudius II that soldiers should
be unmarried to fight better. He also was said to help Christians escape
religious persecution by the Romans.
This Valentine’s Day, follow the examples of these two great men and
spread a message of equality in your workplace to both colleagues and
clients. Then, carry on this message of light and love all year long to
everybody around you, and watch them pay it forward.
Light and Love
Yours in Peace,
Senior Managing Editor