Skin Inc. magazine Celebrates 20 Years

A new year is always a good time for reflecting, and 2008 rings in a very special meaning for Skin Inc. magazine—this year, the magazine celebrates its 20th anniversary.
       We’ve grown right alongside the industry, starting as a quarterly publication in 1988, publishing bi-monthly a decade ago, and today, publishing 13 issues, in addition to supplying a twice-monthly electronic e-newsletter, hosting quarterly webinars and producing two industry-leading conferences and expos. And this list will continue to grow.
       In honor of this platinum anniversary, several of our 2008 issues will include a special anniversary column that will touch base with some of our industry heroes who have helped blaze the trail for others to follow.
       Of course our success would have been limited without the support and input we received from our 2006–2007 editorial advisory board members. On behalf of the Skin Inc. magazine team, I would like to thank the following members for their dedication and support during the past two years: Mary Blackmon, CEO and founder, Spa Addicts, Inc.; Roberta L. Hughes, president and director of operations, Avidere, LLC; Pat Lam, vice principal, Lam School of Advanced Esthetics; Sam Margulies, founder and president, Atmosphere Spa Design; Howard Murad, MD, CEO and founder, Murad, Inc.; Steve Pernetti, executive chef, Cal-a-Vie—The Spa Haven; and Denise Vitiello, spa director, Mandarin Oriental, New York.

2008–2009 editorial advisory board
       I am pleased to announce the new team of industry leaders who have agreed to lend their expertise to the pages of Skin Inc. magazine for the next two years. They are:

Bryan Durocher
Founder and President
Durocher Enterprises
Bryan Durocher is the founder and president of Durocher Enterprises. As a graduate of the Corporate Coaching Program at Corporate Coach University, he also is a committee chairman for special interest groups with the International Coach Federation. Durocher’s involvement with instruction and management for the past 13 years has resulted in a wealth of knowledge and resources in business and marketing.

Rebecca James Gadberry
President and Chairman of the Board
YG Laboratories

Rebecca James Gadberry is the president and chairman of the board of YG Laboratories, a manufacturer of professional performance private label skin and body care, based in Huntington Beach, California. She has been an instructor of cosmetic sciences in the department of math, sciences and social sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension in Los Angeles since 1986, and became one of the first licensed estheticians in California in 1977.

Laura J. Goodman
Skin Care Specialist
P&G Beauty Science

Laura J. Goodman has spent more than 10 years in skin care technology research and development at the Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati. She has designed and conducted research for the identification of functional cosmetic ingredients that exhibit skin benefits, specifically in the areas of anti-aging, pigmentation and tone. Goodman is an expert in biological target identification and assay development in both in situ and in vitro model systems, utilizing such tools as immunohistochemistry, genomics and proteomics. She also has experience in the design and placement of human clinical research studies for the evaluation of skin care ingredients and their biological effects on skin.

Sarah Kajonborrirak
Thai Heritage Spa Co., Ltd.

Sarah Kajonborrirak is the founder of Thai Heritage Spa Co., Ltd. in Bangkok, Thailand, a company that promotes and aids in the implementation of Thai spa practices in facilities throughout the world. For her work in adapting and modernizing Thai spa techniques, Kajonborrirah received the Foundation for the Thai Society’s Executive Woman of the Year award in 2003 in the category of “Best Innovative Organization.” She also was selected from a group of 16 competing spa companies to create and operate her signature facility, the Sivalai Spa at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club.

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

Until Next Time,
Melinda Taschetta-Millane
Editor in Chief


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