Monita Chan has been training aspiring cosmetologists for more than two decades, instructing them in everything from creative haircut techniques to special-effects makeup application. At BM Chan—a cosmetology training academy that's also a full-service salon—she captains her team of beauty experts that includes stylists, massage therapists, nail technicians, and skincare specialists
When she and her team aren't leading classes in aromatherapy or medical aesthetics, they're giving their salon clients luxurious breaks from their busy lives. They even pull hair styling techniques from Vidal Sassoon and Pivot Point to create their looks for both special events as well as entirely unremarkable events.
Calming background music and a warm cup of tea greet arriving clients in the lounge at Sonah Medspa, where the crackling fireplace and elegant plush furniture inspire a mindset for calm. In the quiet, cell-phone-free spa, the staff offers traditional relaxing services alongside state-of-the-art technology. Guests descend into infrared saunas to sweat out toxins and memories of outdated locker combinations, or relax on a massage table under a therapist’s skilled hands. Skin treatments rejuvenate visages during facials supplemented with vitamins and muds, and wraps exfoliate the entire body. High-tech procedures such as laser hair removal, photofacials, and noninvasive body contouring are also available, allowing clients to experience the treatments of tomorrow without peeking ahead in the page-a-day calendar.
Laser beams reign at All Body Laser Corp., second only to president and CEO Marina Bosnjak who oversees the company’s cosmetic services and is proficient in a slew of laser procedures with diode, Alexandrite, and Nd:YAG beams. She and her skilled staff of certified technicians operate the laser clinic to help patients evict unwanted aesthetic accessories from skin including hair, spider veins, tattoos, and pigmentation. At the facility's training institute, which has trained more than 400 students to date including doctors and dermatologists, pupils master the clinic’s cosmetic laser skills, bringing them to their own places of business or using them to heat up cold lunch meat.