I am a firm believer that the road takes you where you need to be. My road on adulthood started as a teenager. I became a mom at 16 and again at 18. Those early days challenged me. Sometimes I think I learned as much from them as they have from me. They inspired me to do whatever it took. Sometimes that took several jobs, less sleep and probably fewer meals than other moms but we did it. I've learned things in a way that few others experience. A priceless education in life and love. The three of us met my amazing husband and in 1989 we became a blended family.
In the late 80's I trained as an EMT. I applied that training to medical coding and compliance. I've worked for private practice physicians and at MUSC. I love the medical environment. It was challenging. I grew tired of insurance company rules and red tape. The restraints it puts on time patients spend with doctors and care givers.
I wanted to spend more time caring for people in a personal way. I obtained my esthetics license in 2009. I was committed to my new career path and accepted a position with a national brand as a sales, education and management consultant. I received specialty training in product ingredients, product formulation, chemical peels, makeup artistry and spa management. I developed a territory from nothing to top 5 in the company in about 4 years. I accepted a promotion and managed an amazing group of women on the east coast. This increased my travel and my work load. I loved my job and it was an amazing time for me professionally.
Breast cancer changed my focus in 2013. I had to make some decisions about treatment and what was best for me and my family. We opted for very aggressive surgery and natural reconstruction. This took well over a year to fully recover from several surgeries. My family rallied around me and I was healing. Cancer has a way of showing you your path in a new way. Cancer shows you what's important and what isn't so important. Second chances can't be squandered. I was more aware of how I spent my time. I saw things differently. I followed my intuition.
I left a large salary and demanding schedule to work as an independent sales and training representative with Everything Esthetic. I met formulators, entrepreneurs, nurses, doctors, and some amazingly talented estheticians. I received training in advanced chemical peels, LED light therapy, cryotherapy, radio frequency, and micro-needling. I expanded my knowledge on growth factors, PRP and product formulation. I also completed training in oncology esthetics. I was excited about work again. I was spending more quality time with clients and with my family. Life was good and I believe the exposure I had to these amazing people has really shaped my career. I found that I was on the road less but it made sense to look into a space for training and allow professionals to try several different therapies at once. Putting things together in the way that would best enhance their practices.
My husband and I decided to open the studio in 2016. I quickly realized a skincare practice of my own was a big passion. I started with no clients and we both worked hard to create this "dream come true". I am thrilled with how the studio is growing and evolving. I love coming here everyday. I enjoy the relationships I make with clients and staff members. I've learned a little more balance.
I continue to improve my education. I love micro-current and received specialized training in fascia release, lymphatic drainage and acne treatments. I use my experience to develop results driven treatments to improve the appearance of skin concerns. I like combination treatments that balance exfoliation with healing.
I believe in balance, purpose and results. I love technology and clinical research. How you feel about your skin is important. SkinPro is not a day spa or a medical spa. We are a hybrid of the two. Clinical treatments in a comfortable and relaxing environment. Beauty is reflected in everything we do, give and receive.
Hello 2020, you are something I never expected. In some ways 2020 has been a high anxiety experiment in survival. I was forced to close the studio by order of the government. All of my professional clients were in the same situation. There was a level of fear and anxiety that remains. Hank and I invented The Facial Guardian System to provide additional confidence in therapists and clients sitting less than 12 inches from each other. We have never "made" anything before. The manufacturing experience has been a cascade of lessons learned. The Facial Guardian is a great success and we are pleased to be patent pending. The Facial Guardian is not a COVID product but a barrier device to allow for close contact for extractions, immune compromised clients and/or therapists. Hank and I can add inventor to our list. We provide support to clients who purchase the system for their practices via FaceTime or Zoom if they have questions or need additional help with implementation.
My well traveled road is a winding adventure and I couldn't be happier with the view. I am exactly where I am supposed to be!
Meet Hank Munn
I've completely changed gears. I spent over 30 years in the automotive industry and more than 15 of those in sales and business management. I like people and helping people. I've always enjoyed working on challenging projects and resolving problems. I think that's why I like esthetics so much. It's personal. The client is placing trust in you. This means a lot to me. Trust. I don't "sell" things but solve problems or correct pain points for people. We believe if you give more than people expect it creates a relationship. It's a way to make a difference to the customers we serve and the vendors we work with.
I've always loved being a part of Liz's "dream come true" and did what I could to make things happen. Liz and I worked together on the decor of the studio, the vision for growth and all the planning that goes into a business. We knew after creating the Facial Guardian that the business itself had outgrown one person. It was a leap of faith to leave a salaried job and move in this direction. Sometimes it's scary, sometimes it's amazing. I think that's what all entrepreneurs face. This is our dream now. We make it work together. There isn't a day that I don't learn something new about this industry and i LOVE that! Liz and I could not be happier. I've been her "go to guy" of over 30 years now this is our natural next step. I'm happy to be on this adventure with her.