IECP Alumni

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Meet the IECP Alumni Faculty

Aliesh Pierce

Aliesh Pierce, LE is the author of Milady’s Aesthetics Series: Treating Diverse Pigmentation, a textbook educating estheticians about multi-ethnic protocols. She began her career in the beauty industry as a makeup artist in Milan. Moving back to the states, she attracted celebrity clients like Queen Latifah, India. Arie, Ming Na Wen, and the Obama family. However, when she wanted to get to the core of her client’s concerns, she turned to skincare and has been a licensed esthetician for 17 years.


Her aesthetics career includes holding positions as the Director of Education for DMK Skin Revision and Veria Ayurvedic Skincare, the Marketing Manager for R&E Cosmetics Labs, and the Product Training Specialist for Vitality Institute. She also had a hand in formulating products for Daily Concepts and the new Viola Rouge cosmetics line.


Aliesh has been the keynote speaker at conferences all over the United States, as well as Switzerland, Italy, and China.


She currently divides her time working as an independent consultant, creating courses for her e-learning platform AskAliesh.com, and offering transformative skincare services at her skin treatment studio in Philadelphia, PA.

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Raja Sivamani

Dr. Raja Sivamani is a board-certified dermatologist and practices as an integrative dermatologist at Pacific Skin Institute. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology at the University of California, Davis and Director of Clinical Research and the Clinical Trials Unit.He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the California State University, Sacramento and an Associate Professor of Dermatology at California Northstate University, College of Medicine.He engages in clinical practice as well as both clinical and translational research that integrates bioengineering, nutrition, cosmetics, and skin biology. With training in both Allopathic and Ayurvedic medicine, he takes an integrative approach to his patients and in his research.He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research manuscripts, 10 textbook chapters, and a textbook entitled Cosmeceuticals and Active Cosmetics, 3rd Edition with a passion for expanding the evidence and boundaries of integrative medicine for skin care.

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Richard Merrill

Richard Merrill is a results-driven Spa Business Consultant who specializes in mentoring and guiding spa businesses across the U.S on branding, marketing, sales, strategic planning and management systems. With over 15 years of experience working in the spa and beauty industry, Richard understands firsthand the nuances of building and operating a successful spa business, and focuses intensely on guiding spa professionals to accelerate success and grow their vision. Richard is a licensed esthetician, make-up artist, published author, educator and certified holistic health coach. In 2019, he founded Richard Merrill Consulting, LLC which provides business consulting, marketing services, digital media and printing solutions as a practical one-stop resource helping spa professionals build more profitable businesses. Richard lives in Washington State with his Maltipoo Coconut. They can be found traveling the US in their RV visiting a city near you!

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Peter Lio

Dr. Peter Lio is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, completed his internship in Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, and his Dermatology training at Harvard where he served as Chief Resident in Dermatology. Dr. Lio is the founding director of the Chicago Integrative Eczema Center and has spoken nationally and internationally about atopic dermatitis, as well as alternative medicine.

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Apple Bodemer

After finishing Medical School and Dermatology Residency at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Bodemer completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She was the first Dermatologist to be board certified in both Dermatology and Integrative Medicine and currently is the only Dermatologist to serve on the Integrative Medicine Board. She has authored academic texts and curriculum and has spoken widely on a variety of topics related to Integrative Dermatology. She has always been drawn to exploring how lifestyle choices impact skin health and disease and feels that the most powerful role a physician can play is as an educator and guide, empowering people to get healthy and stay healthy.

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Melanie Sachs

The pioneer of integrating Tibetan and Indian Ayurvedic wellness techniques into the spa and beauty industry, Melanie Sachs has worked steadily over the last twenty-five years to bring the deep benefits of this sacred healing art to her students and clients worldwide. Through these efforts, Ayurveda is now listed as one of the ten spa trends. It is fully accepted and respected as a precious gem capable of transforming the spa experience into a journey toward beauty through balance. Through her writing and teachings, Melanie explains that it is by eating a healthy diet, participating in suitable exercise and regular spiritual practices together with a natural skincare regiment that we all can reach our goal and discover our own personal happiness and lasting radiance; a quality in Ayurveda beyond inner and outer beauty known as our secret beauty.
Melanie works closely with her husband, Robert Sachs. Founding Diamond Way Ayurveda in 1996, together, they provide excellence in education and pure Ayurvedic products to complement their unique spa treatments. Melanie and Robert have created.

Ayurvedic Beauty Care, Ayurvedic Spa (both books with Lotus Press), educational DVDs, and numerous articles for magazines. Melanie teaches worldwide, training individuals and spa teams in standard and signature Ayurvedic treatments using their organic essential oil blends, powdered herbs, and specialized Ayurvedic spa equipment they personally designed. She has designed both in-person and home study programs in all Diamond Way Ayurveda techniques, which have been instrumental in Ayurvedic therapies gaining acceptance and respect from AMTA ( American Massage Therapy Association) and NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork).
The name “Diamond Way” comes directly from the Tibetan tradition and means that our path to the highest joy is through helping others. It is this core belief is the fuels the energy behind this determined individual. 

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Chandra Bredel

At age 16, geek4beauty founder Chandra Bredel began her journey in the beauty industry. It took less than a moment and she knew this was the start of something pivotal!


As an apprentice makeup artist working with drag stars and performers in the Manhattan cabaret scene, life was about covering up and enhancing “the look” vs. proper skincare to achieve the ultimate natural beauty. Hours of makeup application became the literal foundation of her knowledge – seeing the result of endless layers of stage makeup without proper skincare was the edge that she needed to propel and further her interest in the world of beauty – specifically the science of skin and ultimately skincare! 


Within the multi-channeled beauty industry and its’ every changing landscape, Chandra knew that education was her guiding principle and the key to her future success. Esthetics to her was not just an art, it was an art of science and skin. She continued her studies with the wellness movement and was one of the pioneers evangelizing the concept of blending eastern and western methodologies in the treatment room for ultimate results.


Over the next 30 years, Bredel studied science and skincare formulation while honing her esthetic skills in the treatment room with some of the most sought after dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons – a dynamic career in the beauty industry was in the making. Today she is an accomplished esthetician, international esthetic educator, published author, product development consultant and connoisseur of all things beauty - from ingredients and formulation to final product- she is known as an the Esty’s best friend and the Geek4Beauty in the social circles.

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Pamela Springer

Pamela Springer’s knowledge has given her the recognition as a leader in aesthetics education. She is highly sought after professional speaker for TV, medical conferences and aesthetics tradeshows. She has appeared on Oprah, as well as a skincare expert on local stations, such as FOX, NBC and ABC affiliates.


Pamela began her career in the beauty industry as a National Training Director for a major skincare company. She soon discovered the industry’s lack of information on the skin care needs of the ethnic market. This encouraged her to complete her licensing goals as an Aesthetician and also, as an Aesthetics Instructor.


Though her initial training in aesthetics allowed her to know the skin and its treatments of various skin conditions, there was no training in the nuances of ethnic skins.


Searching for this training, she was introduced to a well-known board certified dermatologist and medical school professor who specialized in Ethno Dermatology and was given a 9-month internship. Pamela realized the importance of this untapped market and founded The Skin & Makeup Institute of Arizona, offering studies in the anomalies seen in skin of color.


In 2009, Springer introduced Global Skin Solutions, a corrective PRO skin care product line. Global Skin Solutions is formulated to reflect the unique challenges consumers face in today’s diverse ethnic market. For more information or a personal consultation, send an email to info@globalskin-solutions.com.


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Ashlesha Raut

Vaidya Ashlesha Raut is a third generation Vaidya (Ayurvedic Physician) practicing Ayurveda for 20 years and has been an integral part of the Global Holistic healing community with a mission towards providing a Holistic Path for Wellness and Optimal Health through Ayurveda and integrative medicine. Dr. (Vaidya) Ashlesha Raut is passionate about teaching and has taught in various Ayurvedic colleges in multiple states in the USA and continues to serve as faculty in various universities.

She strongly believes spreading Ayurveda consciousness is a global need today for achieving “Health For All” and this can be seeded and spread through research. Currently, as a founder and Director at Ayurveda For Healing Inc., Vaidya Ashlesha Raut maintains an Ayurveda Wellness and Panchakarma center where she practices Ayurveda in Bloomington, Chicago, IL and the Midwest region.

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