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Hey there!  My name is Jess and I have been a Licensed Managing Esthetician since 2014.  I opened my own Esthetics Studio in Columbus, Ohio March of 2022 and love being able to serve the residents around me.  My passion for Esthetics began with an initial interest in makeup.  When I was around 12 years old, I read an article from an established makeup artist in a magazine who said that no matter how great your makeup application is, if the client's skin is problematic, the final look will not be as great as it could be.  There began my deep dive into what creates healthy, beautiful skin, and my love for all things skincare.  I finally pulled the trigger and went to Creative Images in Vandalia, Ohio near my hometown of Dayton.  I graduated November 2013 and was licensed January 2014.  I began my career by working in an Ayurvedic setting and progressed to working for a Plastic Surgeon.  These opportunities broadened my scope of practice and I learned about different modalities, product formulations, and how they affect the skin. I now apply this experience and education to my business and my clients and hope to help continue to share my knowledge with all of you.  I look forward to meeting you to help you along your journey into this wonderful world of skin!


Director of Operations/Instructor

Hi! My name is Gabriela Thompson.
I have been a Licensed Advanced Esthetician since 2012 and Licensed Esthetics Instructor since 2020. I started my journey in Illinois, attending CIDESCO accredited school - New Age Spa Institute and absolutely loved my time spent there. I felt prepared for my State Board testing and the start of my career. 
Shortly after I got certified, we moved to Ohio and I was working for a couple of very upscale Spas and a Medical Spa in Columbus. I always wanted to be a teacher and my dream was fulfilled when I got a position in one of the local Esthetics Schools. Shortly after I was hired I decided to open The Art Of Skin Academy and provide students with the same experience and sense of support and education I had at NASI.
I am very passionate about this fun, changing industry and all the aspects it has to offer. I hope to meet you soon!


Lauren Dunbar

Makeup Instructor

I have been a makeup artist for 13 years. I started off by doing my friends makeup when we
were in college, which grew to dances, then to photo shoots, Highball, which then grew to bridal
applications. I went to the Aveda Institute in Columbus, Ohio to study esthetics. I graduated in 2013 and
immediately received my license. Since then, I have worked in a couple of day spas. I enjoy teaching my
clients about their skin and how to treat it. Makeup is my way to be creative and help my clients feel
and look beautiful.

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