Mary Nielsen

Executive Director

Mary has a unique perspective in providing laser and aesthetic service training. In the healthcare industry since 1978, Mary has an in-depth history of the evolution and changes in the aesthetic market. As former owner of Flourish Skin and Laser, a thriving skin and laser clinic, Mary has worked as a technician and nurse, providing services to aesthetic clients. She was instrumental in the introduction of lasers and aesthetics beyond cosmetic surgery to that practice and helped in its expansion to two locations.

Since 2006, Mary has worked as a clinical trainer for Cutera lasers, providing education and training confidence to new laser operators in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. Her point of view and experience as a business owner has built successful management and marketing tools that she can share to help you prosper. She is the owner and a primary educator at Spectrum. She is a licensed esthetician in Oregon, Master Esthetician in Washington, Licensed Esthetic Instructor in Oregon and a Licensed Practical Nurse. Mary was selected to the Oregon Board of Cosmetology Rules Advisory Committee for Esthetics. She serves on the Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians.

She is the author of A Compendium for Advanced Esthetics, A Guide for the Master or Advanced Esthetician, as well as several policies and procedure manuals for medical spas, and a contributing author to Milady Pro, Day Spa magazine and Skin Inc. She is also the founder and Executive Director of Fearless Beauties, Skintelligent Resources, and Cascade Aesthetic Alliance.

In her spare time, she enjoys being a grandma, hiking, fishing, and camping with her hubby and family.

“I am especially proud of our instructional staff. Educators have gone the extra mile to receive the Milady Master Educator certification. This means that they not only technically skilled with real-life experience in what they are teaching, but they have also received additional education in ‘how to teach and passed an exam to demonstrate their teaching abilities. Each instructor is personally dedicated to helping students achieve success. They are committed to our mission of doing the right thing and embrace our values of Inclusivity, Community, Teamwork, Passion, Respect, Integrity, Positivity, Progressiveness, Humor, Consistency, Honesty and Flexibility. Success is because of their partnership with students.”