My Vision and Goals
Clean products & Wellness focused services are both a thriving evermore growing Beauty sector, and a desired compliment to other Beauty treatments.
Healthy skin, inside and out, is the foundation for long term Beauty and delayed aging. I believe one of my gifts is having the vision for where things are trending and what clients are desiring next, while always remaining true to what is most optimal in delivering results.
I have not only believed that the future is clean products alongside advanced technology in promoting the most youthful skin, but have advocated and built my career around such a vision. Since moving to our community here in the Tri-Cities, I have observed the many medical spas offering and thriving in our Beauty market. I could not be more excited to be part of this community, and add my unique vision as an offering in the Beauty/Wellness space.
In 2019 our family moved cross country, and subsequently I closed my beloved studio of almost 20 years. Not ready to jump into work, I took a creative educational sabbatical. One that took me back to my roots in all thing’s wellness. At just fifteen, I worked an after school job in our local health food store. 35+ years later I've never stopped wanting to learn about health & wellness. In this moment where Beauty & Wellness are merging more than ever, I believe these synonymous fields can align and thrive as one modality in an even more substantial way. I call my latest treatment evolution a study in "Beauty through the Body Systems" I arrived at this understanding after spending countless hours attending webinars, online Health Wellness summits and online courses to study the fundamental systems of our body and how they affect our beauty.
These primary systems that affect our skin are:
The lymphatic system and the detoxification of our body.
The nervous system and how it affects our skin including the study of meditation and mindfulness.
The muscular system and the aging process.
Neuroplasticity, how our mind and thoughts affect our Wellbeing/Aging process.
All leading me to the foundation of what my work will be grounded in moving forward.
It is the philosophy and focus of addressing the root of where beauty is created and supported; ultimately giving us Glowing Healthy Youthful Skin for Life. Decades before becoming popular I was one of only a few aestheticians advocating for Organic Beauty as essential in skincare. Now I find myself desiring to advocate for working our Beauty from the inside out, its exactly the new passion and purpose I desired to find!
On the side I’ve also invested time to volunteer regularly, to homeless youth in the Tri-cities, teaching them meditation journaling and confidence building skills.
Owner Studio Pilar
January 2012–January 2019
Opened first Organic facial spa and retail boutique in the DC metro area. Studio Pilar grew out of my desire to grow my retail and service offerings in all things Organic.
I built this next Studio with expanded services such as reflexology and more advanced medical equipment such as microcurrent LED therapy. My boutique was proud to represent more than two dozen skin care lines, some of which have become the largest in the organic sector, a perfume bar, clean makeup bar, as well as a hair and body section.
Bellini Salon and Med Spa,
January 2012–January 2015
Master Aesthetician performing facials, advanced peels, light laser modalities. I brought my client base into this thriving medical aesthetic practice. Once again, I was excited to align my holistic offerings with the most advanced medical aesthetic treatments.
Today, Doctor Gerrish, owner of Bellini Salon and Med-Spa is now on INC. top 5,000 fastest growing businesses in the US.
Owner Studio Organics
Goldberg & Krieger Plastic Surgeons, Fair Oaks Hospital, Fairfax, Virginia
Master Aesthetician for Plastic surgery practice. Dr Krieger & Goldberg Plastic Surgery was a highly esteemed plastic surgery practice offering the full spectrum of plastic surgery options with an emphasis on breast reconstructive surgery. With their practice I was trained on all forms of laser technology. From veins and capillaries removal, pigmentation, scar revision, to advance peels, microdermabrasion, and even trained as a tattoo artist specializing in areola work. Their practice was famous in the industry for leading the reconstructive movement post breast cancer surgery and allowed me to put the finishing touch in the healing process through the areola tattooing.
Yvonne de Vilar Aesthetic School, Vienna, Virginia
An Shen Holistic Centre - Holistic Aesthetician, Vancouver, Washington
Aesthetician moved my independent practice located within a prominent acupuncture clinic. My facials became complimentary services to the more advanced acupuncture facelifting treatments, which were just starting to be offered in the industry. These cutting-edge services allowed my love of Wellness Beauty & Healing to be aligned and create a more complete holistic skin care experience.
Pilar’s Skincare Therapy, Vancouver, Washington
Aesthetician / Owner of my first sole proprietorship. Joined a busy downtown salon and was awarded first local recognition. I created customizable facials with unique offerings and received my first recognition for my services in a local paper.
Sylvie Day Spa –
One of 14 businesses named in Great Day Spas
Named Best Facialist in the Washington Metropolitan area 2013, 2018, 2011, 2007 & 2006
Local blog article praising Studio Organics and the facial received by the writer
Featured article on products carried at salon
Aesthetic License – Aesthetic
Institute, Portland, OR, 1996
Masters Aesthetic License –
Yvonne de Vilar
Aesthetic School, Vienna, VA, 2002
Prescott College in Flagstaff, AZ
Interdisciplinary studies program
Naropa College in Boulder, CO
Philosophy Art & Wellness studies
VCU Richmond Virginia
Double major in Sculptor and Art History minor in Business
Reiki Level 1
Laser Training on IPL Hair Removal
Attended the International Congress
every year since 1995 to gain knowledge from experts in the field, as well as to view the latest products and techniques.
Attended the Indie Beauty Expo in NY
since its debut in the fall of 2016
The first venue of its kind to showcase the Indie Beauty movement through products and educational speakers.