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Spa Industry Leader Hubert Lam Passes Away

Pat and Hubert Lam, Skin Care Consultants

Posted: August 7, 2008

Hubert Lam, founder, owner, CEO and president of the Ontario, Canada-based Skin Care Consultants, passed away Friday, Aug. 1, 2008 after suffering a massive heart attack following a game of tennis.

Lam, a doctor of Oriental Medicine (OMD), acupuncturist, drugless practitioner, medical esthetician, massage therapist and aromatherapist, was originally from Trinidad and attended medical school in China. He immigrated to Toronto in 1974 and opened a massage therapy and skin care clinic as a drugless practitioner specializing in acupuncture and herbal therapy.

Joined by his wife Pat, a skin care specialist, four years later, the Lams grew the business to the founding of The Lam School of Advanced Esthetics, the first CIDESCO-accredited esthetic school in North America, where he served as principal, and also started the industry supply company Skin Care Consultants.

During the next 30 years, the company rose from its clinical origins to a prominent leadership role in the industry under Lam’s guidance. The company now includes the Lams’ daughter, Lara, and a host of other employees.

"The first time I met Hubert Lam was at the Face & Body Spa & Healthy Aging Conference and Expo. He shook my hand, sat me down, and proceeded to take a skin tag off my neck! And I had just met the man," said Bonnie Hunt, account executive with Skin Inc. magazine. "He was warm, charming, intelligent, funny and great to work with. He will be missed."