Marsha Camillieri; from Certified Nursing Assistant to Spa Business Owner!

Marsha Camillieri is a business owner and full time esthetician. She and her husband opened A Spa to Remember, located in Chelmsford, MA and they have been in business for eight years. Prior to getting her start in the skin care industry, she was a Certified Nursing Assistant at a hospital, where she worked in Ambulatory Surgery for 7 years. The job was stressful and she wanted something better. She wanted to work in a more peaceful and positive atmosphere. The idea came to her when she had her very first facial prior to getting married. She loved the experience. She was relaxed and the facial made her feel great. Now this was a peaceful workplace! She decided to look into getting educated in esthetics and started her research. She discovered the Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics through word of mouth and her research found that the school was the best in the area. She first went on a tour and was taken in by the calming atmosphere. She met Catherine Hinds in person and was immediately impressed that the owner of the facility was so nice and inviting. She loved the setup of the institute and was excited to see that she could get hands on training within the clinic itself. It was the perfect place to get her education in esthetics and just a few short months after that first facial, she was enrolled at Catherine Hinds.

She learned so much more than she expected at the Institute. Marsha loved learning about the science part of esthetics. She says “I had great teachers that brought their own styles and techniques to the class.” She fondly recalls one of her instructors, Deb Larson, who taught one of her esthetics classes. It was there that she learned a technique about facial massage. She still uses this technique in her own business today and her customers love it. According to her clients, the technique is not used very often at other spas. It has become a simple, yet valuable offering that sets her apart from other spas.

Marsha graduated from Catherine Hinds in 1995. Her first job after graduation was at a local spa, where she was a manager for 10 years. Towards the end of her time there, she could see that the business was failing and noticed decreasing quality in the services. She knew it was time to venture out on her own and create a more secure career for herself. She had plenty of experience and she felt that she was ready to own her own business. So Marsha and her husband opened A Spa to Remember. She found that many of her previous clients followed her to her new business and from there her business grew to having around 4000 clients! She and her husband are completely dedicated to their business and have worked hard to market themselves, but have found that their website and word of mouth have been their best tools for growth.

Marsha has participated in extended training in oncology esthetics, Reiki master training and make-up artistry. Her specialties include ultrasonic facials, Solitone treatments, microdermabrasion treatments and anti-aging skin care. Skills that she learned at Catherine Hinds, such as facial massage and proper extraction, also helped in making her style unique compared to other skin care businesses. She believes that this has had a direct impact on her success and why she has such great following. In fact she advises current esthetics students to “learn everything you can so you can become different than other estheticians.” She has found that there is a lot of competition in this field of work and that business owners need to stand out from the crowd. “Stay on top of this ever-changing field because it changes quickly and you need to be up to date with new services and trends.”

Her hard work has paid off and her spa has won “Best of the Best” for skin care in Chelmsford and Billerica as well as the regional “Reader’s Choice Spa” award for all eight years that her business has been open. She loves what she does and is constantly inspired by her friends, family and her daily clients. She has learned from all of them which has only helped her to grow and become better at her job. “I am in a profession that I enjoy very much, that incorporates great satisfaction when your client leaves relaxed and happy with their results and glowing skin.” For that, she is thankful to Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics, where it all began.

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