Aesthetics is a branch of philosophy that explores and studies the nature and form of beauty, along with the creation and appreciation of beauty.
An Esthetician is a skin care specialist, that has been formally educated and trained in skin health and beauty. To become an Esthetician, one must obtain a specific amount of credit hours, typically around 600. Educational requirements, rules and regulations do vary by state. After graduating, an Esthetician will need to pass state board exams, which include a written and practical exam, to obtain a license. An Esthetician may work in a salon, spa, private studio, on location, med-spa or in a medical practice such as dermatology or plastic surgery. An Esthetician may also work as a makeup artist, as an educator or in sales. Many Estheticians obtain additional degrees, certifications or training. This may include things like laser certification, cosmetic tattooing, lash extensions, electrolysis, massage therapy, nursing, oncology esthetics, and holistic approaches.
Estheticians typical provide treatments such as facials, chemical peels, hair removal, makeup application and some body treatments. Estheticians may also be referred to as a facialist, because they specialize in facials. Estheticians are the go-to people when choosing skin care products, they study ingredients and skin care products extensively and can create a complete skin care regime appropriate for your skin. Although an Esthetician is trained to recognize some skin conditions, they do not diagnose or treat medical skin conditions. Many skin lesions closely resemble each other and need to be diagnosed by a dermatologist. Conditions like eczema, psoriasis, allergies or skin cancers, require medical attention.
Esthetician or Aesthetician
Esthetician and Aesthetician may be used interchangeably and both are correct, however the spelling on a license may differ by state. In Arizona, my license reads “Aesthetics” while my text book is Esthetician. Generally, the Esthetician spelling is used when describing someone who works in a spa environment, while Aesthetician is used to describe someone who works in a medical environment. There is no solid rule on which spelling must be used, both are correct.
The term “Holistic Esthetician” is not recognized by the State Board of Cosmotology as a specific license, it does however describe an Esthetician who uses a holistic approach, emphasizing the importance of the whole person, including mind, body and spirit. Holistic esthetics is typically associated with treatments and remedies that are more natural or integrative alternative therapies. Holistic Estheticians usually work with products that contain natural and/or organic ingredient. Some schools offer specific holistic-based esthetician training programs, however there is little difference compared to a general esthetician training, so many Estheticians opt for post graduate holistic eduction and may even obtain a Holistic Skincare Practitioner Certification. There are plenty of Estheticians who do not specifically identify themselves as a holistic provider, but incorporate some holistic approaches.
Medical Aesthetician and Laser Technician
An Aesthetician that works in a medical environment may have additional training or certifications, they may be referred to as a Medical Aesthetician, Paramedical or Clinical Aesthetician, Master Aesthetician or Aesthetician, CLT (Certified Laser Technician) or CMLT (Certified Medical Laser Technician).
Although the terms Medical Aesthetician and Paramedical Aesthetician are used to describe an Aesthetician who works in a medical setting, these terms are usually not recognized by most state boards and do not necessarily guarantee that a provider has met any additional requirements. A “Master Aesthetician” is generally someone who has obtained additional training and credit hours to include laser treatments and aesthetic treatments typically offered in a medical setting. Some states like Utah offer a Master Aesthetic license after completing 1200 credit hours plus additional apprenticeship hours. The majority of states, including Arizona require formal training and additional credit hours to obtain a Laser Technician certification through the state Radiation Regulatory Agency. This requires a minimum amount of credit hours to include didactic and practical hands on training. Usually, specific training and additional hours are required for each modality added to your certification. Laser technicians must work under the supervision of a medical director. In California a laser technician must be an RN or PA and in New Jersey only a Medical Doctor may perform laser treatments.
A Career in Aesthetics
If you are considering a career in the aesthetic industry, research the requirements required by your state. Do a little self-reflection and consider what aspect of the aesthetic industry you feel most passionate about and what things you might want to avoid. For example, if you can’t handle the sight of blood you probably shouldn’t work for a plastic surgeon. If your a “Little Miss Chatterbox” like myself, you should avoid the tranquil day spa. Are you obsessed with make-up, does your heart drive you to work with cancer patients, do you take a holistic approach to life, are you a social media genius or do you have the talent to be an educator. Would you prefer to work in a luxury spa environment, a medical practice, work in management or work as a sales representative. Do you have the discipline to be self employed or the entrepreneur spirit it takes to open your own spa or create a new product. Maybe your a trail blazer, who will create your own niche in the market. Evaluate the job opportunities in your area and inquire about the qualifications employers look for. Not everyone who goes to esthetic school will find success in the industry, but there are ever-growing possibilities. Consider Anastasia Soare, a woman who came to America and took a “waxing job” as an Esthetician. From her brow-shaping method, she built the global beauty empire Anastasia Beverly Hills.
Choosing an Esthetician
Not all Estheticians collectively agree on the best products, treatments or approach, so you should look for an Esthetician that fits your personal goals. If it is important to you, to have an all natural approach, then look for an Esthetician that is like minded. If you want to relax and be pampered in tranquil ambiance, then you may prefer a day spa setting. If you are seeking corrective or more aggressive result focused treatments, then a med-spa or medical practice may fit you best. When selecting an Esthetician, be sure to ask about there experience and training. What ever your goals and personal style is, there is an Esthetician for you.
Fractora is skin treatment, that delivers RF (RadioFrequency) energy to the dermal tissue of the skin through an array of tiny pins similar to micro needles. Fractora delivers improvements in the broadest range of symptoms of aging skin including sagging skin, improve definition, fine lines, deep lines, texture, even visible blood vessels in the face. It is also effective for addressing acne and reducing the appearance of acne scars.
How Does Fractora Work
Fractora uses tiny needle like pins to precisely deliver RF energy to various selectable depths in the skin. While laser resurfacing procedures work from the top down, Fractora works from the bottom up, allowing for safe treatment to deeper layers of the dermis. Similar to fractional laser treatment, fractora treats a “fraction” of the total surface area, so the untreated skin between the pins helps to promote faster healing of the treated tissue. As with all fractional treatments, more than one treatment is recommended. Typically 3 treatments are scheduled about 3-6 weeks apart.
Anti-Aging, Lines, Texture and Lax Skin
Fractora provides optimal collagen remodeling and skin tightening in the deep layers of the skin, causing lifting, tightening, smoothing skin texture and an overall improved appearance.
Acne and Acne Scars
Sometimes, a treatment that is originally designed to address one issue, can has the surprising benefit of addressing another. In this case Fractora, is effective at reducing acne lesions. Research suggests that this may be due to a temporary shrinking of the sebaceous (oil) gland. This is exciting news, because in the past we would want to have acne well-controlled before treating acne scars, and now there is potential to address both at the same time.
Broken Blood Vessels and Rosacea
Fractora has been shown to reduce visible vessels around the nose and on the face. Although, it has been shown to treat broken blood vessels I would not consider RF Needling as a rosacea specific treatment per se. However, Fractora is certainly an option to be considered for rosacea sufferes looking to also address acne that may be assosiated or signs of aging like fine lines.
Neck and Body
Fractora is commonly used on the face and neck, but body areas may be treated as well, including chest, arms, abdomen and thighs. It may be used to improve skin texture on non-facial skin or improve stretch marks or scars on the body.
The use of makeup may be prohibited or restricted after a cosmetic procedure or skin treatment such as laser resurfacing, fractional laser or chemical peels. Pure mineral cosmetics are recommended after cosmetic procedures, it may be worn sooner than traditional makeup and in many cases may be worn immediately after your procedure.
Get Your Post Procedure Cosmetics Before Your Procedure
It is best to be color matched before your procedure, as you may be pink or red after your procedure and not get an accurate match. You may schedule consultation with an aesthetician prior to procedure to be color matched and help you prepare for your procedure. If you purchase a mineral powder outside of your providers clinic, bring it with you to your consultation to verify that is okay to use after your procedure.
Pure Mineral vs Mineral Based
Ensure your mineral makeup is pure mineral and not just a mineral based makeup, which may contain ingredients such as talc or preservatives, that are contraindicated after certain cosmetic procedures. After resurfacing treatments, it is not recommended to use products that contain certain oils, chemical, fillers, preservatives, FD&C dyes or talc. Most cosmetic powder contain about 50% – 80% talc, which will exaggerate peeling or further dry skin after cosmetic procedures. Many aesthetic practices, cary lines like Jane Iredale that are a pure mineral makeup. Jane Iredale products use the highest quality ingredients available, pharmaceutical grade and certified organic. Most products are vegan and gluten free and are all are certified cruelty-free. Other options include, bareMinerals and Young Blood cosmetics.
Always Buy From An Approved Provider!
I can not stress how important it is to purchase your products from an approved provider. It is tempting to purchase products online for the convenience and sometimes discounted price, but this comes at a risk. Manufacturing and selling counterfeit cosmetic and healthcare products is an industry in itself. Often counterfeit products contain ingredients that are harmful, or at best useless. There is also an industry for people who are “dumpster divers” that will pull products that have been discared by vendors and sell them on line. It is not worth compromising your results or risking your health. Counterfeit products are not just found online, they are also found in popular stores and in some cases even salons. The best way to be sure you are getting authentic product is to go to the products official website and use your zip code in the “find a store” or “find a provider” area provided.
I usually recommend a mineral powder rather than liquid minerals after resurfacing treatments, because it is the easiest to apply without much blending and doesn’t require any rubbing or tugging on the skin. Many liquid minerals cosmetics contain ingredients that are not recommended immediately post procedure, so be sure to check the ingrediants.
Hydration Spray: Look for a hydration spray that uses natural ingredients to calm, nourish and hydrate skin. Hydration spray is used to set minerals and help to conceal pores and fine lines . You may spritz your face with hydration spray as often as needed to hydrate skin feels tight or dry. *Hydration spray is strongly recommended for anyone undergoing laser resurfacing treatment.
Lips may become dry after treatment and should be protected from UV rays. Jane Iredale Lip Drink SPF 15 is a color less lip balm that moisturizes and protects lips. It does not contains petroleum-derived products that dry out the lips. Lip Drink offers broad band UVA/ UVB protection, made with an 8% edible zinc oxide and antioxidants green tea extract, Vitamin E and C to protect your lips. * Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Lipcolors and Lipsheres are hydrating, do not contain chemical dyes or preservatives and made with edible zinc oxide to protect your lips.
Eyes: Look for a mascara that is hypo-allergenic, mild and conditioning and does not contain lacquers,shellac or petroleum based products. If you have had the area around your eyes treated, look for pure mineral eye shadows that are highly pigmented and do not contain chemical dyes or preservative that may cause irretation.
Chemical peels can be performed at various depths to achive a variety of desired results. Typically a deeper peel involves more peeling, for a longer period of time and result in more correction. Although deeper peels may be needed to address specific concerns, light peels have their place too. Extremely superficial peels, do not require any down time, and there is generally not any actual peeling skin. Light peels work by excelerating skin cell turn over in the upper most layer of the skin and are typically well tolerated, even by those with very sensitive skin. Superficial peels smooth skin texture, reduce congested pores to clarify skin and brighten dull sallow skin.
The Epionce “Lite Peel:Refresh”, designed by the well respected dermatologist, Carl R. Thornfeldt, M.D., is gentle enough for almost all skin types, including those with rosacea, acne, hyper pigmentation, sensitive skin even peri-oral dermatitis. The Epionce Refresh peel is unique with its key ingredient being Malic Acid, an AHA that not only increases skin cell turnover, it enhances hydration and reduces surface bacteria. Willow bark is a key botanical in the Refresh peel, that is anti-bacterial, reduces inflammation and improves skin clarity. This lunch time peel is also formulated with a little Salicylic acid to boost penetration and further enhance results. Onion bulb extract has anti-inflammatory properties and is added to sooth and calm skin. The Refresh peel may be repeated as often as every 2 weeks in a series of 3-6 peels, or it may be combined with other in-office treatments to enhance results.
Dermalinfusion goes beyond a typical facial, microdermabrasion or even a hydrafacial, it is a comprehensive and fully customizable treatment designed to address a wide variety of skin concerns.
Dermalinfusion uses medical grade diamond-tips with pneumatic pressure to gently lift and evenly exfoliate dry, dull layers of skin while simultaneously infusing condition specific serums directly into the epidermis to plump up fine lines and minimize pigmentation, while it is also extracting impurities to clarify pores. The serums are infused into the tissue using pneumatic pressure in a closed vacuum loop. The diamond tip is recessed in the hand-piece, and the vaccume pressure brings the skin up into the hand-pieces, where it is exfoliated, while simultaneously the pores are opened, so that the serums may be infused at the base of the pores and into the surrounding epidermal tissue. This deeply hydrating treatment volumizes the epidermis up to 70% and can also be performed over lips, around eyes and on non-facial skin.
Dermalinfusion Silk Peel treatments may be further enhanced by adding dermaplaning, enzyme or glycolic peel and treatment specific facial masks.
A patented technology provides superior exfoliation with a wet-vacuum process that is more gentle than dry microdermabrasion. This controlled depth, technique is designed to give a uniform, even and precise exfoliation to smooth skin texture and brighten skin.
Vacuum pressure flushes skin surface and pores to deep clean, removing dirt, debris and bacteria to clean and clarify pores.
Specialized Pro-infusion serums are delivered deep into the skin and address specific skin conditions, such as acne, hyper pigmentation, sun damage and aging. This infusion also provides deep hydration and plumps skin by increasing epidermal volume for up to 72 hour.
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It is a rare individual who becomes successful without help. I am an aesthetician and laser technician who has been in the industry for nearly 17 years. Throughout my entire career, I have experienced the importance of networking with other skin care professionals. I began to network while still in aesthetic school, leading to a job offer, before I even got my license. At this stage in my career, I still appreciate being able to call or text other skin care professionals for advice. We should be networking throughout our careers. Networking with other industry professionals works to improve the industry as a whole.
It is not always what you know, but who you know! Networking with other skin care professionals is the best way to learn of employment opportunities and possibly gain an introduction, or even a recommendation. This is also true for those looking to hire.
A few years ago I was involved in a private aesthetic group, and one of the biggest topics that came up in the forums had to do with compensation and benefits. It is natural to not want to discuss our exact income, but when we open up about pay structure and benefits, we help each other to negotiate a better income and benefits package. It behooves us all to raise the standard income for our industry. According to the BLS, skin care specialists made a median salary of $29,050 in 2014. The highest-paid 10 percent in the profession earned $58,880, while the lowest-paid earned $17,680 that year.
Peer Input About Purchases
Adding new equipment, treatments, and product lines can be risky business. Vendor reps are in the business of selling their product, not giving impartial advice. Receiving input from others in the industry is invaluable. Anytime we are looking to add something new, I call other aestheticians that use that particular product or device, and gather their thoughts on it. This type of networking empowers us as aestheticians, in the same way online reviews empower consumers. Vendors will work harder to take care of us if they realize the value of our opinion among peers.
Know What Is Going On In The Industry
Networking has helped me to learn more about products, new treatments, and treatment protocols. I have learned about regulation changes in my state, as well as regulation differences in other states. I have also inquired about upcoming events, trade shows, training workshops, seminars, and on-line training.
Smart people surround themselves with smarter people. I don’t care how experienced, educated, or smart you think you are, you can always learn from an alternate perspective. Sometimes we have blind spots or get lost in our own ideas. In our industry, there is always a new study, a new treatment, new protocol, or new information, and it is impossible for anyone to know everything. I have attended many classes and workshops over the years and I ALWAYS find that someone will pick up on something I missed, and vise versa. If I attend a class, I will share what I have learned, and my aesthetician friends will share with me what they learned at another class. This sharing of information has been very helpful. Even the best aesthetician or laser technician will encounter a complication at some point and someone else may know just the solution to your problem. Even things like a challenging client or issues with co-workers can benefit from another perspective.
None of us offer every service, or are experienced with every specific need. We all have our talents and limitations. Sometimes we are limited by our tools, and sometimes by our experience or training. Sometimes, we are even limited by location. I have had clients who have moved out of state, and they want to know if I can recommend someone. It is our job to do what best serves our client, even if it means referring them to someone else.
Doctors commonly refer patients to other doctors, even within their own specialty. Why should any of us have such an ego that we elect not to refer a client to another aesthetician, if we cannot provide what that client needs? If it is not ego, it is fear. We are fearful someone will steal our clients. It is shameful that we cannot trust each other. Are we all a bunch of thieves and back stabbing cheats? I don’t think so! It is possible to refer your clients to another aesthetician for a specific service or product and have them return to you as a regular client. I have a network of aestheticians that refer clients to me if I provide a service which they do not. If I know that a client was sent to me from another aesthetician, I will always speak well of who ever referred them. I will not try to steal that client, or sell them services, that I know the referring aesthetician can provide. I do this because I want that aesthetician to continue to refer clients to me. I also want to be able to refer clients to these aestheticians and trust they will not “bad mouth” me, or steal my client. We have established a mutual trust and respect for each other. Plus, it’s the right thing to do! Never pull a robbery when someone has trusted you with a referral.
Having friends to trade services with and make you pretty is an industry benefit. Having friends with common interests makes life better. Having friends in the industry makes your work more fun and feel less like work. Having friends that you can learn from and trust makes you a better aesthetician.
I recommend to start networking with people you already know in the industry, and branch out from there. You can network with vendor reps, educators, aesthetic providers (such as doctors and nurses), and obviously other aestheticians. Trade shows, training workshops, and seminars are all great networking opportunities. You can use social networking sites to find a local group. There are aesthetic groups and forums online, of which I will share a few links below. If you have found a networking group that you recommend, please share in the comments below.
Chlorophyll is a pigment found in green plants, which is vital for photosynthesis allowing plants to absorb energy from light. Chlorophyll, or more specifically the natural derivative, Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin offers many promising skin benefits.
Sodium Chlorophyllin Copper Complex can be found in topical enzymatic medications used for healing-debriding wounds. Chlorophyllin Copper Complex Sodium, expedites the healing of wounds by slowing the growth of certain bacteria on the skin, controls local inflammation and aids in the promotion of healthy granulations. It works to inhibit the inflammatory properties of protein degradation products in the wound, including the products of enzymatic digestion.
Hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in the human body. It has the ability to bind to and hold about a thousand times it’s weight in water. In the dermal layers of the skin it provides moisture, plumpness, firmness and suppleness to the skin. With age, the production of hyaluronic acid in the skin declines progressively. Hyaluronic acid is degraded by the natural occuring enzyme, hyaluronidase. Sodium copper chlorophyllin has been shown to inhibit hyaluronidase and thus inhibit the breakdown of hyaluronic acid.
Phytochromatic MD® is a unique Sodium copper chlorophyllin in a liposomal complex, that has been shown to effectively penetrate skin. Skin care products containing Phytochromatic MD™ Complex have been shown to have anti-aging, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, reduce redness, inhibit the breakdown of hyaluronic acid in the skin, and aid in improved wound healing. Phytochromatic MD® is currently found exclusively in MD Rejuvena skin care products.
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The RS2 Facial is designed specifically for any dry skin with micro-circulation or vascular skin conditions, not just Rosacea. It is also ideal for anyone suffering from severe sensitivity, broken capillaries even hot flashes.
The RS2 Rosacea Facial features an alleviating Pevonia French Rose thermal clay mask, which provides soothing relief and visible results to dilated capillaries, congestion, blotchiness, and irritability. Comforting and healing ingredients such as: Rose, Green Tea, Chamomile and Liquorice, combine to properly decongest and calm your skin for an even, healthy appearance. These powerful natural ingredients known to help rosacea, Green Tea which is healing and anti-bacterial, Chamomile which has a calming and distressing effect on the skin and French Rose essential oil, which calms redness and reduces stress with its light, natural fragrance.
This treatment can be customized to include dermaplaning for gentle exfoliation, extractions and blue light therapy to kill bacteria for those who suffer with acne rosacea.
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April has been designated as “Rosacea Awareness Month” by the National Rosacea Society (NRS). Rosacea is a progressive skin disorder commonly characterized by flushing and persistent redness on the central portion of the face and visible blood vessels. It has been estimated more than 16 million Americans are affected by Rosacea. The effects of Rosacea can go beyond this visible symptoms, often causing discomforts such as stinging and burning. For the majority of rosacea suffers it effects self esteem, going as far as to effect professional interactions.
What is Rosacea
Rosacea is a progressive skin disorder with symptoms including flushing, redness, visible blood vessels, burning, and stinging. Rosacea can also cause acne like symptoms, such as little bumps called papuals, often refereed to as Acne Rosacea. In more severe cases, there is a thickening of the skin and the nose can present as bulbous with irregular nodularities and enlargement, known as Rhinophyma. There is also a subtype of Roscacea, known as Ocular Rosacea, where eyes are red or bloodshot with burning and stinging. Rosacea is a progressive disorder and, left untreated, will worsen in severity with time. Those with Rosacea often experience flare-ups, which can last for months. Only a doctor can diagnose Rosacea. If you suspect you have Rosacea, see a dermatologist.
What causes Rosacea
The exact cause of Rosacea is not completely understood. Suggested possibilities include auto-immune disease or defects in the nervous system which effects blood vessels or Demodex mites. It may be something there is a genetic predisposition to. What we do know is that there is a strong vascular component to Rosacea. We also know that there are “triggers” such as heat or spicy foods that can trigger flare-ups.
It is important to understand that there is not a cure for Rosacea, but it is something that can be treated to reduce severity and symptoms. First, those with Rosacea should work to understand what their specific triggers are. Avoiding triggers can reduce the frequency and severity of flare-ups. Finding skin care products that do not aggravate rosacea can be tricky. Consult with a Dermatologist and Esthetician for skin care recommendations appropriate for Rosacea skin.
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) remains the most effective treatment for addressing the redness and visible dilated blood vessels seen with Rosacea. Vascular lasers, such as a KTP or Yag, can be used to treat facial veins that are well visible and can be traced. Typically, 3-6 treatments are needed, scheduled about 3 weeks apart. Because there is no cure for Rosacea, a series of treatments may need to be repeated annually, depending on severity.
Botox injections have been shown to be effective when injected superficially in very dilute concentration to reduce the redness and flushing of Rosacea. Redness may be reduced for 3-6 months after injections. This treatment is currently considered “off-label”.
Facials will not correct any vascular component of Rosacea, but the appropriate facial can calm and sooth skin. Consult with your Esthetician Facialist for recommendations.
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The Skin Games is a national competition where Estheticians compete for the title of “Best Skin Care Profesional” or for those new to the industry “Best New Artist”.
I was excited to participate in the skin games, this year. It is great for Estheticians, like myself to have this platform to showcase our talents. It has also been a learning experience, to see the methods used by other professionals. After seeing all the treatment videos, I look forward to meeting the other Estheticians at the live show, this April. To up the cool factor, this years show will be hosted by Bobby Brown and Athena from “Ex-Wives of Rock”. Sharise Neil and Blue Dixon from “Ex-Wives of Rock” will also be at the red carpet event, that will be after the award show. You do not have to be a player or even an Esthetician to attend the live show, during the day there will also be an all day event with vendors, live demonstrations and beauty swag. What a great excuse for a girls trip, …. industry guys trip too. As a finalist in this years games, I hope to see some of my Esty friends at the live show.
How To Play
Estheticians may enter in the categories of Hyperpigmentation, Anti aging, Acne / Problematic Skin or Best New Esthetician. The catch is you have to abide by the laws governing the state of California. Regulations differ by state, and in many of the states outside of California, Estheticians do laser and energy based treatments if they have an additional certification or if they are a Master Esthetician. The good news is, for those of us who work in Medical Esthetics, there is an “OPEN” category where Estheticians can follow the scope of practice governed by your state rules and regulations. Medical Esthetics is such a huge part of our industry, with Estheticians working in med-spas or for dermatologists, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, even gynecologists. I have no doubt that expanding The Skin Games to include Etheticians in the med-spa industry will attract a lot of Estheticians to compete and draw a lot of exciting vendors to the live show.
Each player selects a model,puts together a treatment plan, then submits 8 short videos, one per week to document treatments. Players also submit before and after photos of model to show results. A panel of judges will determine the winner based on photos, treatment plan and results. Friends,family and clients can also vote for their favorite player, the “Peoples Choice” award.
The Live Show
The live show is in San Ramon, California on April 23rd. Players will be awarded during the live show. Before the show, Estheticians can enjoy the beauty festivities with treatment demonstrations and check out the vender booths from various skin care lines. This is also a good opportunity to socialize and network with other professionals in the industry. If you are at this years show, please stop and say hi to Kristy Harris.