Every Master Esthetician at Glow Med Spa is devoted to glowing and radiant skin. Whether you are quickly popping in for our painless Brazilian wax or trying to get your skin in the best condition possible with a series of facials, our team of highly trained professionals will greet you with a smile and leave you with a glow.
Shia: Master Esthetician | Laser Technician | Owner
Shia has been working in the skin care industry for over 9 years, during which time she has gained knowledge and experience in all aspects of skin.
A graduate of American Spirit Institute, she continues her education with post graduate courses and seminars across America. To ensure that her clients are getting the latest in products and services, her ongoing studies include: Laser Technologies, Advanced Concept in Medical Skincare, Oxygen Technology, Advanced Treatments of Sun Damaged and Aging Skin, plus many other skin related categories.
As a skin care therapist, Shia feels that educating the clients on their skin is one of the most important aspects of her career. How can you know what to do, if you don’t understand what’s happening? She understands how pigmentation, adult acne and premature aging not only put your skin in jeopardy, but also your self esteem and confidence. Shia believes that by providing her clients with the knowledge and tools to correct the situation, she can help each individual client reach their skin care goal.
As a spa owner, Shia strives to set Glow Med Spa apart from the typical spa business model. She created a warm and welcoming place that the clients can walk into and feel their stressful everyday world melt away. On the Northside she worked with a Barksdale’s set designer to come in and create the amazing sights that encompass you as soon as you open the door – a mythical forest. The Northside location is the “Earth” element portion of the creative concept. And in Short Pump, she built Glow Med Spa “Fire”. Through continued tree incorporation in the entry to the elegant fire torches throughout the treatment area, clients can relax and leave worries at the door.
Shia also puts high importance on making services affordable to everyone. “You shouldn’t have to break the bank to have beautiful skin!” she says. You will find that Glow Med Spa prices are amazingly lower than other day spas, because Shia feels that it’s important to take care of your whole self. Thus, incorporating medical spa treatments to your life should be a consistent element, not a once in a while luxury. Think eating healthy vs. crash diets. Which one works better for you?
Whether you book with Shia or have the wonderful opportunity to book with another Glow Team Member, she knows that you will be amazed with the professionalism and skill of your therapist. All of Glow Med Spa’s Therapist are continuously furthering their knowledge base in order to provide excellent service and exquisite treatments that our clients will enjoy as they continue to return to Glow Med Spa.
Lisa Marie: Master Esthetician | Laser Technician
Lisa Marie is a graduate of American Spirit Institute and continues her education with post-graduate classes and seminars since joining the Glow Med Spa team in 2009.
Lisa chose Esthetics as her career after realizing her passion to help people feel good about themselves. Noticing how much women hide behind make-up, she decided to educate herself and help men and women improve the skin from within. This dedication to skin care leads to others learning how to care for their unique and beautiful skin, leading them to feel more secure with themselves. Thus, ladies using make up for highlighting their assets rather than hiding their imperfections.
Lisa’s expertise in Micro-Current Technologies, Medical Chemical Treatments, Photo Aging and Acne Scars and Advanced Skin Evolution all make her unique in the field. Whether she is providing a custom facial plan or a Brazilian and eyebrow wax, providing comfort and confidence to her clients as a skincare professional is of utmost importance to Lisa. She is excited to help her clients change and improve their appearance, and looks forward to their next visit as the an exciting step on their path to healthy, beautiful skin.
Sharon: Master Esthetician | Laser Technician
Sharon graduated from American Spirit Institute in 2007. She has been a wax technician since 2004 and prides herself on making your waxing as pain free as possible! She has extensive experience performing microdermabrasion, chemical peels, therapeutic facials, eyebrow design/correction waxing and full body waxing. Sharon enjoys working with different ethnicities and complexions. Her goal is to help each client achieve and maintain healthy skin. Her ongoing training, dedication and experience along with her friendly personality provide clients with an artistically versatile experience.
Sharon’s interest in skin care was driven by a desire to help people feel good inside and out, as well as look their best. Waxing, face brightening, clearing blemishes – all of these can bring confidence to a person. She works successfully with all skin types including acneic skin, scarring, sun damaged skin, aging skin and dull devitalized skin.
Sharon is a Master Esthetician and feels fortunate to have a profession that she really enjoys, whether it is a treatment that helps a client relax or a treatment that gives some much needed confidence. She is committed to providing her clients with only the best products and services.
Chelsea Martin is a graduate of Yvonne de Vilar Scientific Skincare in Vienna, VA. Since graduating five years ago, Chelsea has worked in several facets of skin care, gathering extensive knowledge and experience in the field.
After working as a Master Esthetician for three years, Chelsea joined the Glow family in 2009, when the Northside location was first opened. After a year of working with Glow Med Spa, she moved to Northern Virginia and worked for American Laser Center, where she gained valuable experience with laser treatments such as hair removal, skin tightening, pigment removal and skin rejuvenation. In October 2011, Chelsea moved back to Richmond to rejoin the Glow team as Head Esthetician for the new Glow Med Spa Short Pump location. Her extensive knowledge of skincare as well as her presence at the forefront of Glow Med Spa made her the perfect fit to help lead the Glow family towards expansion!
Chelsea’s interest in skin care is based on the results she saw when her mother was treated by an esthetician for rosacea and skin cancer. This is the foundation for which Chelsea based her love for treatment based procedures such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser. Chelsea’s passion for treatment based procedures is only matched by her passion for customer service and client satisfaction. Whether you’re coming in for one of Chelsea’s quick and efficient waxes or to start a series of treatments with laser, she will be sure to greet you with an open heart and big smile.
Elizabeth: Master Esthetician | Laser Technician
Elizabeth knew she wanted to be part of the skin care industry from an early age. Growing up as the only girl and youngest of 3 children, she loved being a girly girl and embraced the joy of beauty while also being intrigued by the science behind beautiful skin. After Elizabeth got married, she pursued a career in skin care and enjoys a dedication to the well-being of those wanting skin health, guidance and support.
Not only is she a highly trained Master Medical Esthetician, but Elizabeth also brings to her work a multi-faceted interest and knowledge in progressive skin care techniques. Along with medical knowledge, she has a holistic view regarding the role diet and nutrition play in skin health. Trained at two highly reputable schools, American Spirit Institute in Williamsburg, Virginia, and the International Dermal Institute in Washington, DC, Elizabeth has received both her Postgraduate degree and Honors degree in Esthetics.
With these honors, Elizabeth has joined the ranks of elite Estheticians who are recognized as setting the highest caliber of standards for professional skin therapy in the Richmond area. She has built up a loyal client following, as well as a reputation for excellence in the beauty and skin care industries.
As a dedicated skin care expert and waxing specialist, Elizabeth seeks to educate others about proper skin care, appropriate product selection, and customized regimens. She truly enjoys client interaction and can be found dispensing advice on the best types of peels for your skin type to counseling clients on the effects of stress on skin complexions.
Denise: Esthetician | Waxing Technician
Born in Brazil, Denise began working as a Waxing Technician when she was 20 years old. Filled with engaging emotion, she connects quickly with clients and makes them at ease.
As an Esthetician, she believes every person deserves the most beautiful skin possible. No matter what your skin has been through, Denise knows that it can be improved with the proper treatment and attention. Her skin care practice is dedicated to providing superior skin care services to men and women of all ages. Her goal is to help each client achieve and maintain healthy skin.
Olga: Master Esthetician | Waxing Technician
Originally from Russia, Olga grew up as the middle daughter of three. She found herself in the perfect environment to shape her passion for esthetics with her combination of teachings from her father who was a doctor and believer in conventional medicine, and her mother who was a beauty-driven believer that all healing came from within.
She decided to dedicate her education and career to helping people fight life-changing skin conditions after realizing her younger sister lost her chance to continue her modelling career due to adult acne flare ups.
Olga is a graduate of American Spirit Institute and continues her education with post graduate classes and seminars in microdermabrasion, chemical peels and dermaplaning.
She feels fortunate to follow her passion as an esthetician because “There is no better feeling than knowing you made a difference in another persons life”.
Angela: Esthetician | Waxing Technician
Angela graduated in 2000 from the Northwest College of Cosmetology with a license in esthetics. She has been working in the skin care industry in many different capacities ever since. Her interest in esthetics began at a young age, as she was raised by a mother who loved to create beauty and encouraged her to find not just a career but rather a purpose and passion. Growing up she also witnessed her older brother lose all his self-esteem due to his struggle with severe acne. Thus, her mission became to understand skin and why it works the way it does. She believes in treating the whole person, body, mind and spirit. Many times clients will ask her what do you love best: facial treatments, waxing, laser? She loves it all! No matter if you come in to see her for a thorough facial treatment or stop in for a quick wax, you will feel better about your skin, yourself and just life in general.
Having recently moved to Virginia from her home state of Oregon, she did her research before she arrived, and quickly realized that the only place in Richmond she wanted to work was Glow Med Spa. She is thrilled to be one of the newest members of the team! Besides having advanced education in chemical peels, speed waxing, and laser treatments, she is also certified in Reiki and Yoga, and continues her education at American Spirit Institute.
Cody: Waxing Technician
Cody, currently enrolled at the American Spirit Institute, recently moved to Virginia from Wilmington, North Carolina. Skincare has always been an important part of Cody’s life, hence the nickname “The Potion Queen” given to her at a young age. She became interested in what products to use, but why she should use them. Learning the science of active ingredients in products became a hobby for her.
Cody became the main source of research and education for skincare for her friends. She loved helping others solve their skincare concerns. Always being a people person, she realized that her passion for helping people and her passion for skin care could go hand in hand for a career she would love.
During her education at Glow Med Spa, Cody stumbled upon an unexpected new passion-Waxing! She began training as a waxing technician, and she found a challenge she loved. “I am all about instant result!” Cody will say. And boy, she will make that happen with each of her waxing clients! Her motto is “No hair left behind (that you do not want)”. If you want a good laugh and a fun conversation during a waxing experience, then Cody is the waxing technician for you.
Nakisha: Waxing Technician
Nakisha’s love for Glow Med Spa and her passion for education lead her to tap into another aspect of the spa industry. She decided in 2013 to further her education and attend and received her certificate from the American Spirit Institute for the wax technician program. This allows her to not only make people feel great with massage, but also look great with Glows awesome waxing technique. With her background as a massage therapist she sets a fun, calming, and relaxing experience in the waxing room. Nakisha plans to one day become a master esthetician to provide a 360 service at Glow Med Spa.
(Photo coming soon!) Justine: Master Esthetician
Justine began her esthetics career in 2008. She is a Master Esthetician who graduated from Career Training Solutions and Avi Career Training in northern Virginia. She has sought after diversity in her career and has a passion for nurturing people at a young age. Her dedication to treating all skin concerns keeps her constantly pursuing new knowledge, as every case is unique, like the person she is helping.
Justine is certified in many skin care lines, laser hair removal, microdermbrasion, advanced medical peels, derma planning, advanced skin care lasers and many more modalities.
She is currently studying the holistic aspects such as rekei to incorporate in her services. Justine believes the power of touch is transforming.
All of Glow Med Spa’s therapists are continually furthering their knowledge base in order to provide excellent services and exquisite treatments. We enjoy providing a soothing environment and sharing skin care tips and recommendations with every visit.