Born in Pennsylvania to a military family, I was often faced with navigating new situations. New states, new schools, new friends, and new cultures. It was both exciting and terrifying. I was outgoing, but feared rejection. I became the self-conscious new kid, trying to be myself but wishing to fit in. My comfort was found in the world of arts where I could be creative: dancing, singing, doodling images on the pages of my notebooks, and any craft I could get my hands on! I clung to things that gave me the freedom to express my inner thoughts. My mother, a teacher, often told me I was a free spirit, and although I generally was a rule follower, schedules were always a struggle. I really just wanted to explore.
pure. simple. love.
One thing I am often asked
“How did you become a holistic esthetician?”
During the summer of 2013, I decided to head back into the workforce part time. I wanted a change from the usual administration positions I qualified for, so I enrolled at Creative Images in their Nail Technician course. A few weeks in, I knew where my heart really belonged… ESTHETICS! I added their Advanced Esthetics program and graduated with a dual license. I also took additional courses in Relaxation Massage and am certified by the state of Ohio to perform this as well.
There are many career paths in Esthetics. I knew during school that I wasn’t passionate about the heavy use of machines and chemical peels. I’ve always held the belief that ‘less is more’ and perked up during our brief studies of Ayurveda and essential oils. I knew I wanted to dig deeper and explore a more natural route. I longed for something that connected the skin with the body and soul. I felt blessed with the gift of touch but was unsure how to fully use it.
In 2014, I was led to a kindhearted esthetician named Angela Peck (Wholistic Skin + Care, Capitola CA), who together with another practitioner created a group to mentor those like me who were also searching. I immediately knew this was my tribe and began soaking up everything I could. It was through Angela’s gentle guiding that I learned how important lymphatic movement is. Healthy lymph flow promotes healthy skin. Angela spoke my language, “Beauty in Simplicity” and introduced me to ideas that were never taught in school. She is a pioneer in the deep green* movement. My world was opened up to whole plant organic skincare, which uses 100% organic, raw, unrefined plant materials and never any lab created synthetics. This led me to Laurel’s beautiful skin line (see my Laurel facial here). I am honored to have the opportunity to offer something so pure, yet so active but without force. Angela continues to inspire me to deepen my studies, and is currently expanding the group to offer the members training that would be unreachable without her. She truly has guided me in my journey and because of her efforts, I have met so many like-minded peers, many who have become supportive friends. I am forever grateful that our paths crossed.
the beauty of slow beauty
To say this was a smooth path would be far from the truth. In 2016, while working in a lovely Aveda Spa, I began to feel an overwhelming amount of weakness after services. I was constantly fighting fatigue, aches and pains. It became a struggle to stand and support my own weight. Over the years my conventional doctors kept increasing the dose of my synthetic thyroid medication but I couldn’t figure out why my health was continually declining. Recognizing that my body was out of balance, I knew I needed to take action.
I sought the help of an integrative physician and learned I had been living with an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. With her help, I weaned off of synthetics and started natural thyroid therapy. I learned how to listen to my body and began to make changes that supported me, both inside and out. I cut gluten, dairy and soy from my diet, which reduced an extreme amount of inflammation. Slowly I felt alive again and began to connect the dots between my passion for skincare and my own health.
The connection between beauty and wellness is magnificent. The more I study the human body, the more fascinated I become. The body is so complex that no scientist, physician, or engineer can put it together from scratch. Our largest organ, the skin, is only millimeters thick yet a multi-layer design with the perfect combination of strength, flexibility, and durability. This amazing protective covering is alive and continually repairing and renewing itself. Skin is often called the window to our internal health. Many times we’ll see changes in the texture of our skin before other signs of imbalances in our health.
I created Pure & Simple with the intention to help us shift our perspective and fully enjoy self-care. I purposely designed an intimate studio nearly free of machines, a space filled with skin to soul wellness. My hope in this peaceful environment is to inspire and nurture the well-being of the whole person, to provide relaxation and stress relief, and to develop a trusting relationship with my clientele.