DOCTORS & INSTRUCTORS

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RECAPTURING YOUR YOUTH

Dr. Ayers brings many years of experience as a cosmetic physician. He has performed medical injections for over 8 years and leads the largest Allergan practice in Utah. His students and clients love his artistic eye and incredible talent. Dr. Ayers is certified in cosmetic dermal fillers and neurotoxins. He is also certified in the use of cosmetic lasers for hair removal, skin resurfacing and all other non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Dr. Ayers instructs aesthetic students as well as professional students in the NIMA Injections courses.

Dr. Ayers, Cosmetic Physician

DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AESTHETICS EDUCATION
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ENHANCING THE NATURAL BEAUTY IN YOU
As a graduate of the University of Utah, Traci has been practicing for over 8 years, and we are thrilled to now have her talent, energy and fun-loving personality at NIMA. Specializing in a natural look, Traci’s clients rave about her soothing and gentle technique. Her talent extends beyond the medspa, as she frequently sings the National Anthem at local sporting events. She also loves gardening, flower arranging, golf and playing softball with her husband Kyle. Traci is an excellent injector and meets NIMA’s high standards for quality and client care. Traci is now accepting new clients.

TRACI PETERSON, MS, FNP-BC

MEDICAL SUPERVISOR AND INJECTIONS INSTRUCTOR
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Dr. Bitner is a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in the Salt Lake City, Utah area. Dr. Bitner graduated from Roland Franklin University/The Chicago Medical School and received a full-ride scholarship for his training. He achieved great success during medical school, graduating with a 4.0 GPA, ranked number one in his class and scored the highest USMLE step 1 board score in the history of the school. During medical school he earned both a PhD (physiology and biophysics) and MD degrees. He was selected as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) and medical honor society. NIMA is excited to have Dr. Bitner as a frequent lecturer on the topics of medical aesthetics, advanced skin care and facial plastic surgery.

DR. JOHN BITNER, PLASTIC SURGEON

GUEST LECTURER
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Julie graduated from Utah State University in the Weber State Nursing Program in 1992. Julie worked as an Emergency Room Nurse for 10 years and has worked in facial aesthetics and injections for the past eight years. Julie has received multiple certifications in advanced facial aesthetics through companies like Allergan, Radiesse, Medicis and more. Julie is known for her amazing technique and knowledge of the industry.

JULIE NIELSEN HALL, RN

GUEST INJECTIONS LECTURER
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Shari Quai received her BA in Nursing from BYU in 2006. As a nurse she worked in the Cardiac ICU at Utah Valley Medical Regional Center for 6 years, as well as providing injection services for the largest injection practice in Utah. In 2011 she advanced her degree becoming an Certified RN Anesthetist at Westminster College in SLC. She currently provides anesthesia services at local hospitals, in addition to maintaining her injectable practice at Elase Medical Spas. She now has been performing cosmetic injections for over 7 years, has received multiple certifications and advanced trainings, and is the National Injections Trainer at NIMA. Shari has successfully trained many RN's, NP's, PA's and Physicians in the art of cosmetic injections.

SHARI QUAI, NP

NATIONAL INJECTIONS TRAINER
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Kathy Davis-Rees has over 15 years of experience as a skin care product sales rep. Kathy’s unique experience helps our students refine their retail sales skills and prepares them for success in their careers. Kathy teaches the Eyelash Extension Course, the Micro-Needling Certification course, as well as the NIMA retail and customer service curriculum.

KATHY DAVIS-REES, LME, CNA, LICENSED INSTRUCTOR

EDUCATION DIRECTOR, PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS INSTRUCTOR
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Katrina brings over 9 years of experience to the students at NIMA. Katrina has a breadth of knowledge in the day spa industry. Katrina manages the Orientation program for both day and night schedules and proves to be one of the most talented and well-liked instructors of all time. Katrina does a great job helping new students feel welcome, comfortable, and ready to learn at the National Institute of Medical Aesthetics, and prepares our upcoming graduates well in her State Board Prep Class.

KATRINA TAYLOR, LME, LICENSED INSTRUCTOR

LEAD INSTRUCTOR, PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS INSTRUCTOR
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Wendy Thomsen is a Licensed Master Esthetican with more than 17 years experience in the esthetics industry. Her professional career has been a mix of working for Dermatologists in a Medical Spa setting, as a service provider with a loyal clientele in high end spas, as an esthetics school administrator working in recruitment and as a premier educator teaching the next generation of professionals. Wendy has always remained at the top of her craft by seeking personal education in her field, and then combining it with years of best practices learned from working with guests to delivering education and perspective to her students that is second to none.

WENDY THOMSEN, LME, LICENSED INSTRUCTOR

ADVANCED CORE INSTRUCTOR; COSMETIC LASERS & INJECTIONS
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Cassandra’s background working as a seasoned CIDESCO certified Master Esthetician on international cruise ships and in the resort spa industry makes her another favorite of new students at NIMA. She has an excellent touch for spa procedures and helps our students get a well-rounded education that focuses on providing top-notch customer experiences in every treatment.

CASSANDRA BUZIS, LME, CIDESCO LICENSED INSTRUCTOR

INTERMEDIATE CORE INSTRUCTOR
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Christa comes to NIMA with almost 20 years experience in the industry. She is a well published author of 4 books and has been featured in a variety of magazines. She has been invited as a guest speaker at numerous professional events and is one of the top eyelash extension educators in the industry. Christa is a well rounded educator as a licensed spa manager and also a seasoned instructor and is well loved by her students.

CHRISTA MCDEARMON, LME, LICENSED INSTRUCTOR

INSTRUCTOR
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Halley Spitzer loves education, teaching is her passion. Currently, she has completed her Medical Assisting Certificate with an Associates in Science degree, and her Master Esthetician Instructors License. As a Master Esthetician she brings a strong background in anatomy, physiology, permanent cosmetics, and skin science, as well as experience with facial plastic and reconstructive surgery since 2006. She is known for, and gives personal attention to, the unique needs of her clients and develops individualized plans to meet their cosmetic goals.

HALLEY SPITZER, LME, LICENSED INSTRUCTOR

PERMANENT COSMETICS INSTRUCTOR
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Dawn Robinson is Lead Master Esthetician at Serenity Spa in Park City Utah. She is also certified as an esthetics and yoga instructor. She has years of experience in the Spa and Yoga industry. She is thrilled to be involved in the art of Spa Mastery because she can help clients heal through personal connection and therapeutic touch. She believes that learning the art of special treatment and pampering is a must in the spa industry no matter what the students focus is, be it Hospitality, Day Spa or medical field.

Through her instruction she gives empowerment through knowledge of treating the client attentivly with kindness, relaxation and respect. Through doing this, it gives clients the ability to go out in the world and put others first at home, work and in everyday life. This is what has clients coming back for more.

DAWN ROBINSON, LME, LICENSED INSTRUCTOR

INSTRUCTOR: SPA MASTERY
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Tia’s great personality and extensive knowledge in advanced facial treatments such as Chemical Peels and Micro-Needling makes her a student favorite. Her attention to detail and hands-on approach to training helps develop our students into in-demand NIMA graduates.

TIA PASWATERS, LME, LICENSED INSTRUCTOR

ADVANCED CORE INSTRUCTOR; CHEMICAL PEELS
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ALYSSA MATTHEWS, LME, LICENSED INSTRUCTOR

750 TRACK MASTER AESTHETICS INSTRUCTOR
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M’Lisa Hansen is a professional MUA and LME based out of Utah. While receiving a Bachelor’s of Art in Theatre Arts: Makeup Design at BYU, M’Lisa also completed the Master Esthetics program at NIMA. Her makeup repertoire includes film, television, stage, bridal and events, and photography. She has designed several theatre productions, award winning short films, and participated in many photo shoots and live events. She is currently working as a makeup artist for BYU Broadcasting and is the owner of Rocky & Revelie Spa and Makeup Artistry. She is also an adjunct faculty member at BYU, teaching the Beginning and Advanced Makeup classes.

M’LISA HANSEN, LME, LICENSED INSTRUCTOR

PRO MAKEUP ARTISTRY INSTRUCTOR

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Jennifer brings almost 10 years of aesthetics experience to NIMA. She is a licensed Master Esthetician and licensed instructor in both Utah and Idaho. Her background includes serving as a National Educator for a professional skin care line where she was the keynote speaker at several trade shows though out the United States, and gained a passion for skin care ingredient knowledge. Jennifer loves continuing her education by attending additional classes and reading about the newest trends in the beauty industry.

JENNIFER PARIS, LME, LICENSED INSTRUCTOR

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Deanne brings over 10 years of experience to NIMA. Her background includes working in variety of spa and medical facilities in Utah, North Carolina and the Washington D.C. area. As an experienced esthetician and instructor, she brings real world knowledge and training to the classroom and enjoys teaching with a hands on approach. Deanne's attention to detail helps students to develop essential techniques and to focus on providing the best treatments possible for clients.

DEANNE JARVIS, LME, LICENSED INSTRUCTOR

LICENSED INSTRUCTOR