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Skin Inc. magazine Celebrates 20 Years

By Melinda Taschetta-Millane
Posted: April 10, 2008, from the January 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Michelle Kleist
Executive Director
Destination Spa Group

A self-proclaimed health nut, Michelle Kleist feels as though she was destined to be a part of the spa industry. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from the University of Wisconsin–Stout, currently holds a certification in personal training and is a registered dietitian. Kleist’s spa career began at Birdwing Spa in Litchfield, Minnesota, where she worked for four years as the director. Within this position, she taught all fitness classes, facilitated health seminars and discussions, developed cooking classes and several new spa cuisine recipes, created Birdwing’s first Web site, developed the Spa Lifestyle Wellness program and managed the Birdwing staff. Since 2000, Kleist has led the Destination Spa Group as executive director. Working together with several nutrition and wellness experts from destination spas, she helped to create the Components of Spa Lifestyle Cuisine and the Destination Spa Lifestyle Pyramid.

Heidi Lamar
The Lamar Everyday Spa
Heidi Lamar’s business card bears the title “Day Maker” because she says it best describes her daily spa goal. As the ‘Lamar’ behind The Lamar Everyday Spa, one of Arizona’s largest privately owned resort-style day spas, she has a lot of opportunities to fulfill that goal. The 14,000-square-foot spa, which features a steam room, sauna, pool,  whirlpool and locker facilities, is staffed by 50 passionate spa team members who greet nearly 15,000 guests each year. In the first three years Lamar owned the spa she tripled its size and revenue, adding a hair salon, dance studio and meeting facilities. Lamar draws on her real estate background for marketing ideas and empowers her spa team to make many of the spa’s product and protocol decisions. Lamar’s management style of “inspiring passionate professionals and then staying out of their way” helped the spa to place #7 on the “Best Places to Work in Phoenix” list in 2007.

Peter T. Pugliese, MD
Founder and President
Circadia by Dr. Pugliese

Peter T. Pugliese, MD, is a biomedical consultant to the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. His major research interest in normal skin physiology and the mechanisms of aging led to the development of his professional skin care line, Circadia by Dr. Pugliese. Pugliese received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and he is the author of several books, including Physiology of the Skin II: An Expanded Scientific Guide for the Skin Care Professional (Allured Publishing, 2001).

Stella Yfantidis
Whatever … the Yoga & Healing Space

Stella Yfantidis is a businesswoman, yoga teacher, holistic therapist and founder of Whatever, a holistic lifestyle centre in Singapore that incorporates a New Age bookstore, vegetarian cafe, yoga center and healing space. Before Whatever, she was managing director at the Christopher Chen Centre for Reproductive Medicine Pte Ltd in Singapore for 10 years. Yfantidis also organized the International College of Surgeons Biennial Congress Singapore 2000, and is a partner of the Singapore Company, ideator, a brand management and communications consultancy. She is currently franchising her business concept to other markets and is increasing Whatever’s product offerings to include spa consultancy services and holistic retreats. Yfantidis is also representing international healers and inspirational speakers.

Network in Chicago
  It is going to be an incredible year. The Skin Inc. magazine team is in high gear to move forward with this rapidly evolving industry, and has hit the ground running in 2008. I encourage all of you to call or e-mail me at any time to share your thoughts, ideas and industry concerns. Let’s network and continue to unveil the intricacies of this fascinating industry. In addition, be sure to register today for America’s Expo for Skin Care & Spa®, to be held March 1–3, 2008, at McCormick Place in Chicago. Details about this show can be found at