Parvane Hashemi - President and Dean
Parvane Hashemi started as a cosmetologist. She then decided to focus her specialty into Skincare and Esthetics, which has always been her passion. 1976 – She became a licensed Esthetician and since then she has been working in the field of Esthetics and Skin care. 1992 – She started her own school and teaching became her second passion. 1995 – She received one the world’s most prestigious qualification in the field of esthetics and beauty therapy the CIDESCO International Diploma. Ms. Hashemi has been teaching and training hundreds of Students and Instructors in the field of Skin Care for over 30 years now – Standard, Master and Medical Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Permanent Makeup, Makeup, Nails and all other related courses including Laser Skin Care and Laser Hair Removal. Ms. Hashemi is Licensed and Certified in all above. Her favorite quote: “Our Skin Is Our Birth Certificate and a Knowledgeable Esthetician is an “Epidermatalogist” Who Can Really Cure 90% of Skin Problems”.
Katie Sellers - Assistant Dean ; Esthetician Instructor & CIDESCO Diploma Holder
Ms. Sellers joined The Esthetic Institute in 2010 as a licensed Esthetician from Columbus, Ohio where she graduated, with honors, from the Aveda Institute. As an Esthetician and an Instructor, and in practicing these techniques in both the traditional spa environment and in the educational arena, Katie’s love of teaching and sharing, combined with her knowledge of esthetics, brought her to The Esthetic Institute as an instructor. Having experienced many treatments and modalities that heightened her awareness of how and why proper esthetics and effective treatments are a vital part of skin care and overall health, her passion became helping others to understand the same. Katie brings with her an active understanding of treatment room management, operational and administrative experience at local Northern Virginia spas and a love and appreciation of the importance of the formative impact a quality education can have. Katie also holds a Managing Manicurist license and the prestigious CIDESCO International Diploma. She is the Assistant Dean of the Esthetic Institute.
Dunja Baricak - Student Services and Financial Aid Director
Graduating with a degree in Engineering Management from the University of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad Serbia, Dunja comes to the Esthetic Institute bringing her strong talent of organizational skills as well as her ability to handle the enormous amount of paperwork that all educational facilities have to deal with. As the Director of Administration Dunja is a valuable asset to the administration department where she provides our students with their financial information and assists in securing all the details needed to attend the Esthetic Institute.
Grace Fisher - Administrative Assistant & Admission
Grace has always loved skin care even since she was young. Deciding to pursue her passion she signed up for the Esthetics Course at the Esthetic Institute and later became part of the team as the Administrative Assistant due to her organization skills and background in administration. Grace is currently a college student working on her Associates in Social Sciences. She is a licensed Esthetician and has finished her Master Esthetics studies. She plans to continue her education in the field of esthetics, all the while providing exceptional customer service to the clients of the Esthetic Institute.
Jaqueline Seabra - Esthetician & Master Esthetician Instructor - CIDESCO Diploma Holder
Jaqueline first graduated from The French Institute of Estetique Mathis Paris in 1995. Originally from Brazil, she grew up in a family of beauticians and has always been involved in the beauty industry. She came to the United States in 1997 and began working at the European Hair Salon in Washington D.C. as a Brazilian wax expert. She began pursuing her esthetic license in 2004, and graduated from Ivonne de Vilar Scientific Skincare Institute. She has since gone on to acquire her Master Esthetics license as well as her Master Instructor’s license. Driven by her love for the industry and her desire to share her experiences with others, she began instructing at The Esthetic Institute in 2014. Jaqueline is very passionate about the skincare industry and balances her instruction time with in-treatment-room hours that are invaluable experiences she brings to the classroom environment. In addition to teaching both Standard Esthetics and Master Esthetics, Jaqueline also instructs a Brazilian Waxing Workshop at EI.”
Dominique Brandt - Esthetician & Master Esthetician Instructor - CIDESCO Diploma Holder
Dominique is an Air Force Veteran, Licensed Master Esthetician, Licensed Master Esthetician Instructor, and a CIDESCO Diploma Holder. In addition, she has a Bachelors of Business Administration and Associates of Restaurant, Hotel and Fitness Management. She began her career in esthetics at the Esthetic Institute in 2017. With esthetics being her new found passion, she decided to stay at the school and work as the full-time Clinic Supervisor while working part-time at a holistic spa. Dominique also works at a medi-spa practicing advanced facial and laser treatments, combining her basic and master skills to administer the ultimate experience for her clients and in turn for her students. She is an avid learner and is always expanding her skills and knowledge in the field. As the current Master Esthetics Instructor, she strives to teach future estheticians how to critically think about their treatments and emphasizes the importance of positive workplace relationships.
Vanessa Hinton - Cosmetology, Esthetician & Master Esthetician Instructor, Permanent Cosmetics Artist
Vanessa has worked in the beauty industry for over 22 years, beginning her journey as a cosmetologist. After several years behind the chair, and her eagerness to help others, Vanessa began teaching cosmetology in a public high school where she is currently employed. She became passionate about skin care after attending a trade show in New York and decided to attend Yvonne DeVilar, school of European Aesthetics obtaining a license in 2006. After working in the industry and teaching, now for more than fifteen years, she realized her passion for skin care has now become an obsession. She is so intrigued by how complex the skin is, she was hungry for more knowledge about this amazing organ. Advancing her education, she obtained a master aesthetic license and instructor’s license as well as a license in permanent cosmetic tattooing from the Esthetic Institute. Her work experience includes; lash extension, makeup artistry, advanced skin care treatments, permanent makeup, haircare, nailcare and education. Vanessa is dedicated in providing exceptional customer-service, education, and result-oriented skin care treatments using innovative technology along with active plant-based products in a spa environment.“My skin passion is helping people feel better about themselves by treating their individual skin concerns through concentrated treatment protocols, education, product knowledge, and innovative technology”.
Viorica Gotty - Esthetician & Master Esthetician Instructor - Massage Therapy
Born and raised in Romania, Viorica initially studied nursing and worked as a registered nurse helping people predominantly with neurological issues. After immigrating to the USA at the beginning of the century, Viorica studied massage therapy at the American Institute of Massage Therapy in South Florida. Upon earning her massage license she honed her skills working in one of the top resort spas in South Florida where she served as Lead Massage Therapist. Viorica also studied and earned her license for Esthetician and earned a certification for laser treatments. Upon moving to Virginia, Viorica completed the additional hours required for her Master Esthetician license. With her nursing background providing a solid foundation for understanding the human body and her experience working in a resort spa, Viorica has many years of experience in combining superior techniques with a passion for providing exceptional customer service.
La’ Ketha “Elle” Prioleau - Esthetician & Master Esthetician Instructor - Certified Threader, Permanent Make Up Artist
La’ Ketha “Elle” Prioleau – Certified Threader, Esthetician, Permanent Make Up Artist & Master Esthetics Instructor
Elle began her career in esthetics as a spa business owner is 2013. Before finding her passion for “All things Skin” Elle served as an Acquisition Officer in the United States Army, where she earned a Bachelors in Political Science and Masters in Information Technology and Business Administration. Her teaching philosophy is creative and critical thinking and she is enthusiastic about education and training the future of the skincare industry on “how to think” not “what to think.” She believes an esthetician’s ability to critically think through skincare problems is the key to unlocking the mysteries of the skin and helping clients achieve their skincare goals. Elle endeavors to bring relevant industry application and realism to the classroom environment. In addition to teaching Standard Esthetics, Elle also instructs a Threading and Entrepreneurship Workshop.
Shadi Mojgani Peikari - Makeup Artist Instructor
A professional Makeup Artist, Shadi started in the makeup industry in high school. She managed a salon while in college and, after graduating, she earned her makeup certification and has been coloring the world around her ever since. Makeup has always been her love and passion. She studied business and communication at George mason university and makeup artistry with Esthetic Institute. She has worked with an array of cosmetic lines and with makeup artists from around the world in spas, salons, television, corporate events and theatre. Shadi offers classes in makeup looks such as bridal, glamor, fantasy, fashion, prom and theatre. Shadi continues to take classes and workshops regularly and encourages her students to do the same, believing that we never stop learning. She makes it a focus to build and maintain relationships with all of her students, sharing knowledge and experience well beyond the classroom.
Surekha Arya- Esthetician & Master Esthetician Instructor
Surekha is a knowledgeable and resourceful esthetician with Fifteen years of experience in providing the highest standard of esthetics. Academically, she holds a Master’s degree in Sociology. Before entering the field of esthetics, she taught Physics and also ventured into the IT industry. Surekha grew-up with the expertise of Threading and Sugaring. She started in a Medical spa under a Doctor’s supervision and moved into holistic spas. She has worked in an Ayurvedic spa (Dr. Deepak Chopra) and moved on to Aveda spas from there. Surekha served as a State Board Proctor for the Board of Cosmetology in Birmingham, Alabama. Throughout her career, her work has been featured in the Birmingham News, Fox 6 & articles in Baby Magazine. Currently she continues to work in a medi-spa practicing advanced chemical peels, laser and IPL treatments. Surekha is passionate about educating students and helping them pursue their career in esthetics. She strongly believes everyone can have a “Happy Skin” by following a healthy lifestyle.
Ranna Saeedi - Esthetician & Master Esthetician Instructor, CIDESCO Diploma Holder
Ranna Saeedi is a Master Esthetician, Master Instructor, CIDESCO Diplomat, and has worked in the field of Esthetics since 2013. Before entering the world of wellness and skincare, Ranna completed her Bachelors in Economics and her Masters in Sociology. However, her life remained lackluster until she discovered esthetics. Here, she found a purpose: she is passionate about education and helping young estheticians find their place in this ever-evolving industry. She strives to supply the tools necessary for students to be as successful as possible by providing excellent up-to-date education as well as career development best practices for their lucrative futures!