I was born in South Korea, raised in Canada, and started my family in San Francisco. I have lived in Maine on and off since 1988, making it my home permanently in 2008. I am an adult adoptee, starting a new life with my American family at the age of 7 months. I like to joke I am rediscovering my native culture through my two favorite things, food and skincare. Married since 2005, I have an 11-year-old son and a 100-pound black lab mix.
I am a Maine licensed aesthetician with advanced training in Oncology Aesthetics, Aromatherapy, and Medical Aesthetics. I am Board certified in Massachusetts in Dermaplaning and Manual Lymphatic Drainage. I trained classically as an actor, both with Rod Umlas at Beloit College and through Studio A.C.T. at the American Conservatory of Theatre in San Francisco. I have a B.A. in French and have also studied Spanish and ASL.
My interest in skincare began early and never went away. I talked my father into buying me my first lipstick when I was 5. As a preteen my mother could drop me off in the skincare and cosmetics section of the local pharmacy while she ran errands. When she came back I would still be there, reading labels, comparing claims, trying whatever samples were available. In high school I haunted the local department store cosmetic counters, spending most of my babysitting money on expensive skincare. Pre-internet I read books on the cosmetics industry and read the few dictionaries on skincare ingredients available for the layperson.
I know what it feels like to be embarrassed to leave the house because of how your skin looks. I struggled with acne as a teen. I had a bad peel in my 20s, with scabs across my cheekbones for weeks. Having clear skin or nice eyebrows is not going to cure cancer or create world peace, but it can brighten your day or change how you feel about yourself. Sometimes a change on the outside can reflect - or inspire - a change on the inside.
I know I cannot give every client great skin, because unfortunately not everyone can have great skin. But we can all have great skincare. We can all do our best with what we have, where we are.