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Face to Face With Becky Kuehn
By: Gabriela Coix
Posted: May 1, 2013, from the May 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Kuehn then opened Evergreen SkinCare Solutions. Originally running out of her sister-in-law’s salon, it was during this time that Kuehn received e-mails about Oncology Esthetics: A Practitioner’s Guide (Alluredbooks, 2009; www.alluredbooks.com) by Skin Inc. advisory board member Mórag Currin. The book, which is a guide to using esthetics to help clients with cancer manage their skin concerns, provided her with a method to give back to a client base that meant so much to her personally. She bought the book and attended one of Currin’s courses on oncology esthetics and fell in love with the practice.
Kuehn took her education, her experiences in the field and the memories of her struggles with cancer, and went straight to a local hospital in Washington to pitch the idea of running her spa inside the hospital. For Kuehn it was about taking care of clients at a time when it was most needed.
“As estheticians, I believe we play a part in the circle of care for a client—especially one that is going through cancer treatments. We can help how they feel about themselves,” she says.
The success of Evergreen SkinCare Solutions at the first hospital prompted a new beginning at a second hospital. The company is funded through grants and fundraisers that allow Kuehn to charge at a reduced or free rate to her clients.
In the midst of running two spas, in 2010, Kuehn also earned the title of director and national educator in the United States for Oncology Esthetics, Currin’s company.