Meet Our Instructors

Edie Buckheister

Edie Buckheister

Edie was trained as a Cosmetologist at Boulder Valley Votech in Boulder, Colorado in June of 1971. She took this course during her high school years. Before she graduated from high school, she was already employed as a receptionist at an exclusive salon. This was the beginning of her career. In 1976 she received her Cosmetology Instructor’s License. Edie’s esthetics training was in 2006 in Tempe, Arizona at the Academy of Aesthetics Arts & Science. Edie also received her Laser Certificate in 2006 at Imaj and with Larry Helwig. She is trained in microneedling, dermaplaning, advanced chemical peels, Brazilian waxing, and makeup. Edie is very passionate about skin education. She became an educator because she has always loved helping others, seeing them advance in their careers, and teaching them about new products and techniques.

Licenses and Certifications

June 1971- Licensed Cosmetologist, Colorado

June 1976- Licensed Instructor, Colorado

State board of Colorado requires instructors to obtain 16 hours of training each year.

February 2006- Licensed Esthetician

April 2006- Laser Certified

 

CEU classes:

2009- Laser Continuing Education

2011- Pivot Point Methodology Training

2016- Certificate in Star Teaching Training I and II

Certificate in PCA Peels

Attended advanced classes in Dermaplaning and Micro-needling

Eyelash extensions

Lash Perming

Ear Piercing

 

Skin Care Certifications:

Rhonda Allison

Hylunia

PCA

Skin Scripts

Bio Elements

Circadia

Glo Minerals

Jane Iredale

Lotus Wei

 

Work Experience

J.C. Penny Beauty Salon

Rudy’s Beauty Salon

National Laser

 

Teaching Experience

Boulder Valley Vo-Tech

Wheatridge Beauty College

Lavonnes Beauty Academy

Arizona Aesthetics

Skin and Makeup Institute

Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics

Larry Helwig

Larry Helwig

Larry Helwig graduated from Arizona State University with a BSN degree and later graduated from Maricopa County General Hospital’s Emergency Nurse Practitioner Program. He has been using his medical background in the laser aesthetics industry for 20 years. After establishing Phoenix Medical, Inc. as a laser and aesthetic equipment sales company, he established Clearskin Institute of Laser Aesthetics as a “result oriented” treatment and training facility. For the last 20 years Larry has been training physicians, and their staff, in advanced techniques for skin and body consultations and the full body treatments that follow. In 2006 Larry developed and authored the CT3 protocol that treats color, tone, texture and tightening in each session. This protocol is used world-wide and helps generate faster results with little patient down-time. He is a well-known international speaker and educator providing advanced laser aesthetic training, and certification to physicians and their staff. Clearskin Institute is accredited by the state of Arizona to train and certify physician, nurses and aestheticians in the safe and proper use of lasers. His unique, insightful approach to educating has made Clearskin Institute the recognized advanced laser training facility in the country. He is a board member of the United Aesthetics Organization and the Arizona Board of Nursing, serving on the Scope of Practice Committee. Additionally, he volunteers much of his time to non-profit training.

Stefanie Heaton

Stefanie Heaton

Stefanie completed 600 hours of Esthetic Training from Carsten’s Institute in Tempe, Arizona in 2002. She worked in a day spa in Phoenix for 4 years as the Lead Esthetician. In 2006, she completed another 500 hours of training to become a Licensed Esthetics Instructor from Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics. She enjoyed teaching the beginner students for 5 years. Stefanie was also trained by Larry Helwig to become a Laser Technician in 2009. She has continued her education in the esthetician field by taking courses in facial reflexology, Chinese Women’s Health, nutrition, advanced skin analysis, LED light therapy, microneedling, dermaplaning, and advanced chemical peels. 

Licenses and Certifications

August 2002- Licensed Esthetician, Arizona

September 2006- Licensed Instructor, Arizona

November 2009- Laser Certified

 

CEU classes:

2002-2018 Attendance to the IECSC Conference in Las Vegas

2009- Advanced Chinese Medicine in Women’s Health, Chinese Face Reading

2010- Face Reflexology

2009, 2017- Certificate in Lightwave LED Training

2011- Certificate in Star Teaching Training I and II

2011- Pivot Point Methodology Training

2011- Holistic Nutrition- Cooking

2012- Holistic Nutrition

2004, 2008, 2010, 2011- Attended advanced classes in Dermaplaning and Chemical Peels- Rhonda Allison

2018- Acne Education- Mark Lees

2018- Leap Ahead Seminar- Medi-Spa and Spa Business and Website Education- InSPAration Management

 

Skin Care Certifications:

Jan Marini

Nelly De Vuyst

Rhonda Allison

Hylunia

Lotus Wei

ABI Dermaceuticals

Circadia

Glo Minerals

 

Work Experience

Cloud 9 Spa

Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics

Spa Consultant- Independent Contractor

 

Teaching Experience

Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics

Rhonda Allison classes

Volunteered in various Mesa Public Schools High Schools teaching skincare and skin fundamentals