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Expert in Cosmetology, Spa/Med Spa, Fashion Industries (Expert Witness, Consultant, Author, Educator, Entrepreneur)

Expert ID: 735903 California, USA

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Expert is a legal Expert Witness in the field of Cosmetology and Med Spas. Her case experience spans 26 years and she holds three California licenses including Cosmetologist, Esthetician, and Manicurist. She has served as an Expert Witness in more than 45 cases, 43% plaintiff and 57% defense, and serves all 50 states.

Objective: To provide investigative work, expert opinions and consulting services to salon and med spa professionals, the legal community, and to provide expert testimony to the courts.

• Cosmetology standards of care and practice
• State cosmetology regulations
• Salon/spa policies, protocols, processes and procedures
• Salon/spa technical service policies and employment policies
• Salon/spa safety practices
• Salon/spa safety manuals, procedure guidelines, manuals, and handbooks
• Salon/spa sanitation
• Manicuring /pedicuring, artificial nails
• Skin care, facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, eyelash extensions, waxing/ hair removal, makeup/airbrush, permanent makeup
• Body care, body wraps, massage therapy, tanning, far infrared therapy, light therapy
• Hair services including:
Cutting, styling, cleansing and conditioning
Bleaching, lightening, coloring/dyeing and corrective color
Permanent waving
Straightening/relaxing, keratin treatments and smoothing treatments
Hair extensions, hair integrations, wigs and hair replacement

Ms. Expert is an accomplished cosmetologist, esthetician, manicurist, spa therapist and industry entrepreneur with 40 years of experience. She has researched, formulated and created a full line of skin, hair and body care products for the discerning consumer. Ms. Expert began her career as a runway, print and TV model in the United States and Europe. She has extensive academic and real-world knowledge of esthetics, makeup, manicuring, hair styling and salon and day spa management. Ms. Expert was responsible for the creation of the policies, procedures and daily practices of her salon and day spa operations. Her keen interest in natural products with a focus on alpha hydroxy acids and their effect on skin lead to the development a full line of botanical based skin care products used in her salons for 33 years.

In 2001 to 2005, she presented a weekly TV educational segment on beauty and makeovers on ABC’s News 10 in Sacramento, CA. Public Television then invited Expert to co-write and host an educational series on how to use fruits, vegetables and kitchen staples to prepare natural beauty care that would deliver results that compete with top selling skin care brands and high-end salon treatments. In 2003 her show, debuted on PBS and was nominated for an Emmy Award. Random House Publishing commissioned Expert to author a comprehensive how to book using the same natural ingredients. Expert's book became the most popular beauty book on Amazon in 2003. In 2005 Random House released her second book, and Expert launched a patented, plant infused formulation make-up line on America’s Store and Home Shopping Network. Ms. Expert has been recognized for her accomplishment with editorial features in numerous beauty publications and she has served as a Beauty Ambassador and Media Spokesperson for Maybelline, Covergirl, Waterpik, Venus and Appearix. She is currently the founder and President of her company that produces beauty products and provides consulting and expert witness services for the salon and day/med spa industry.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Huntington Beach, CA - -

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1978 Degree: Subject: Music Performance Institution: California State University at Northridge

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2013 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Owner, President, Master Hairstylist, Esthetician, Manicurist Department: Responsibilities: Master Hairstylist, Make-up Artist, Esthetician, Manicurist and President providing personal service to private clientele and manufacturing of Expert's products including the management of two online storefronts.
Years: 2011 to 2013 Employer: KE Salon Title: Independent Master Stylist, Esthetician Department: Responsibilities: Independent Contractor in Master Hairstyling and Esthetics for private clientele evaluating customer needs in advanced color and chemical services including extensions and custom hairpieces, skin analysis, manicuring, product recommendations, airbrush makeup, red carpet hairstyling, paramedical makeup applications and technical training.
Years: 2005 to 2010 Employer: Self Employed Salon & Day Spa Title: Owner, Salon President, Master Stylist, Esthetician, Spa Therapist Department: Responsibilities: Owned and managed salon and day spa operations and products including training and licensing apprenticeships for the State of California. Salon operations included 8 hair stations, 4 manicure/acrylic nail stations. Day Spa operations included 2 pedicure whirlpool stations, 3 esthetic and massage suites and 2 makeup stations. Personally performed advanced esthetic services including chemical peels, phyto peels, microdermabrasion, acne treatments, body wraps, waxing and hair removal, manicuring and master hair services.
Years: 2002 to 2004 Employer: Riverdance, The Show, U.S. Tour Title: Celebrity Hair Stylist for Michael Patrick Gallagher Department: Responsibilities: Designed and created lead dancer’s image and line dancers’ styles including color, extensions and headpiece attachments. Responsible for traveling to monthly venues and maintaining the hair color and styles for the lead, ensemble dancers and production staff.
Years: 1995 to 2005 Employer: Self Employed Salon & Day Spa At The Hyatt Title: Owner, Salon President, Master Stylist, Esthetician, Spa Therapist Department: Responsibilities: Owned and managed Sacramento’s largest salon and day spa operations for the premier location at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento earning the right to have the Hyatt in our business name. Salon operations included 6 hair stations and 4 manicure/acrylic nail stations. Day Spa operations included 3 pedicure suites, 4 esthetic and massage suites and 2 makeup stations. Daily operations required extended hours, 7 days a week servicing a diverse clientele of hotel and convention guests as well as the State Capital and legislative/lobbying community. Personally performed advanced esthetic/spa services including body wraps, massage, chemical peels, phyto peels, microdermabrasion, acne treatments, waxing and hair removal, manicuring and Master hair services. Hosted the ABC Monday Makeover, PBS Natural Beauty and Home Shopping network series with a full line of Expert Hair, Skin and Body products. Responsible for the creation, development, production and marketing of Expert's signature products including sales, inventory management and distribution.
Years: 1990 to 1997 Employer: Self Employed Salon At The Pavilions Title: Owner, Salon President, Esthetician, Manicurist, Spa Therapist Department: Responsibilities: Managed and operated Sacramento’s first salon and day spa fully supervising operations in the field of cosmetology including proper and safe handling of customers including facials, extractions, hair coloring, bleaching, cutting, thermal styling, extensions, manicuring, pedicuring, artificial nails facials, makeup, massage, body wraps hot stone therapy and spa services. Performed advanced esthetic services including massage, body wraps, chemical peels, phyto peels, microdermabrasion, acne treatments, manicuring, waxing and hair removal. Developed natural skin and hair treatments and launched the Expert's Hair, Skin and Body line. Designed and launched company website for strategic marketing and e-commerce.
Years: 1986 to 1990 Employer: Self Employed Artistic Grooming Title: Owner, Salon President, Esthetician, Manicurist Department: Responsibilities: Managed daily operations of salon and performed manicuring, esthetics services and introduced a natural line of skin care featuring botanical extracts and alpha hydroxy acids.
Years: 1981 to 1986 Employer: Mannikin Manor Salon Title: Independent Manicurist Department: Responsibilities: Provided nail services for salon clientele including manicures, pedicures, acrylic nails and extensions.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
California Cosmetology Association
Professional Beauty Association
Salon Spa Professional Trade Association
Sacramento Chamber of Commerce
Roseville Chamber of Commerce
California Chamber of Commerce
Better Business Bureau
Licenses / Certifications
1981 Manicurist, State of California, License
1987 Esthetician, State of California, License
1999 Cosmetologist, State of California, License

Elite Academy, Sacramento, CA, Cosmetologist Certification 1999
Federico’s Academy, Sacramento, CA, Esthetician Certification 1987
Kenneth’s Beauty College, Sacramento, CA, Manicurist Certification 1980
Awards / Recognition
PBS, Host and Co-writer, National Tour and Nominated for an Emmy Award
Publications and Patents Summary
Author of two books published through Random House
TV Credits: PBS, ABC, Home Shopping Network, America's Store Network, ABC Extreme Makeover
Publications: 28

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert Witness Cases to date: 30
Consulting Cases to date: 8

She has expert witness experience supporting attorneys representing both plaintiffs and defendants in more than 12 states. The salon and med-spa industry is sometimes highly technical requiring an understanding of how injuries occurred and/or if they occurred through negligence. Expert can help navigate the technical aspects including incident reconstruction and de-coding industry lingo. She believes it is important for attorneys on either side to understand what did, or didn't happen in the salon or spa.
Training / Seminars
Acrylic Nail Design, Creative Nail Design
Sculpted Nail Design, OPI
Advanced Skin Technologies, Dermalogica
Advanced Skin Peeling, 5-Star Formulations
Bio Med Seaweed Body Wrap
Dr. Haushka Spa and Wraps
Color Corrections, Schwartzkoph
Color and Style, Paul Mitchell Academy
Lash Extensions and Perming, Mei Che
Airbrush Techniques, Temptu
GiGi Advanced Waxing Technique
Men’s Hair Color Technique, Goldwell
Professional Color, Loreal
Level 3 Critical Color Replacement, Primary Synergy
Master Class Hair Replacement, Mark Barrington
Certification Brazilian Blowout Expert
Redken Shades EQ Master Class

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