Denise Dubois has always been the type of business owner who keeps her eyes on the prize. “I’ve never been the kind of person who focuses on the ‘what ifs,’ ” she says. “I always try to figure out what we need to do, make a plan and then do it. I still function that way.”
Now the owner of Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness in Albany, New York, Dubois started out her skin care career in the early 1980s focusing on makeup artistry. After taking a cosmetics course at the Christine Valmy International School in New York, she became more intrigued with the skin care aspect and started attending esthetic shows. It was then that her love for esthetics was stoked. “I’ve always had a very strong focus on wellness for the skin,” Dubois explains.
Because New York state laws at the time dictated that she would need a cosmetology license to practice skin care, Dubois next studied at the Europa School of Cosmetology near Albany, then moved on to further education at Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics in Woburn, Massachusetts, developing a dedication and style in her techniques and attitudes about skin care.