• We Heart IDI

    To celebrate our 30th anniversary here at The International Dermal Institute, we asked IDI team members from around the globe to tell us what they love most about working at IDI! We appreciate the hard work, dedication and intelligence of each of our team members, and we are so grateful to offer their expertise to our students. Find out what our beloved educators and staff had to say about working at IDI:

    “I had my first taste of IDI at a seminar held in South Africa in the mid-1990s and it changed everything for me. I had always felt that, whilst I enjoyed my work, there was a strange disconnect with other people’s perception of me. It was wonderful to hear Jane speak about our trade in a way that resonated with how I felt. I wanted others to recognize that there was far more value to what skin therapists could and do contribute to society, and it was reassuring to know that I could be so much better than this warped perception. A few years later I moved to the United Kingdom and joined the International Dermal Institute as an Educator. Every day since has been extraordinary – challenging, rewarding, and more connecting than I could possibly have imagined. The International Dermal Institute has not only given me the knowledge and experience I craved, but it has given me a sense of pride in my industry that is a reason to give my best every day. Beyond that I have had the privilege to forge friendships that will last a lifetime. After more than 20 years in the industry, I know I would do it all again in a heartbeat.”
    -Candice Gardner, Educator

    “When I started working for Dermalogica more than 10 years ago, I attended various IDI classes, some of them abroad. I was particularly impressed by the wealth of information and its scientific background. This was completely new to me, because so far my experience with courses in the cosmetics industry were far more superficial and more traditional in Germany. The absolute highlight for me, and one that I will never forget, was the visit by Ohashi, who provided much amazement – as well as a certain amount of amusement – at an IDI class on the subject of face and body reading. His apt and very humorous analysis of a participant just by his shoes was amazing! I never fail to be impressed by the holistic broader view with which the IDI classes are held.”
    -Bettina Zammert, Education Manager, Germany

    “I’ve been in the industry for 14 years, and IDI has played an integral part in my learning and development as a skin therapist and an employee. It takes the journey of knowledge beyond what you expect and motivates you to learn more and share your knowledge with other like-minded skin therapists. IDI has evolved over the years and now in Australia it’s very exciting and motivating to know that yearly, IDI supports an event where we get see and hear from leaders within our industry.”
    -Triska Stratulat, Education Operations Manager, Australia

    “When I first entered the beauty industry in 1995, I was told by many people that I would be bored and never be successful. These people obviously had never heard of IDI. I admit, when I left college I thought I knew it all! I was brought back to reality when I attended my first IDI class. That first day I transformed from a beauty therapist into a skin and body therapist and I’ve never looked back. Over the years the education I gained from the IDI team and other students while in class has greatly built my knowledge and hands-on skills in the treatment room, increased my sales, and ultimately given me confidence. The passion for learning and the industry as a whole was infectious and highly motivational, so much so that I have worked for IDI for the past 10 years. IDI has helped me continually grow and to travel the world while being part of our exciting and ever changing industry. Boring? No way. Successful? Absolutely. Thank you IDI, and happy anniversary!”
    -Claire Crouch: Corporate Training Specialist

    “My passion and excitement for education began with The International Dermal Institute, from attending every IDI workshop as a student to now teaching as an IDI trainer for Australia, New Zealand and Asia. IDI’s education has built my love of skin more than I could have ever imagined, and it has provided me with a fantastic opportunity to share this with skin therapists around the world! I am very proud to represent IDI and be connected to such a strong tribe that shares the same passion for the skin care industry.”
    -Charlotte Brockett, International Senior Instructor

    “I remember attending my first IDI class; it was Effective Skin Analysis just over 16 years ago. I remember being blown away by the pH test with the pH pencil; my boss purchased three at the end of class. The next day we started testing all the cleansers the business stocked and we were shocked by the results! I was hooked on IDI! I was very fortunate to have worked for a woman that believes education is the key to a successful business, so the entire team of therapists were sent to attend training at IDI on regular bases.

    Next came Paraffin Therapies and then I worked my way through every IDI class and Guest Speaker Event that was on offer. With each IDI workshop I attended I used the information to educate my clients about their skin, and I performed the techniques learnt to enhance the treatments I gave. I believe IDI has been a key in assisting me to become a therapist that is well-skilled and knowledgeable.

    IDI ignited my passion for learning to become the best skin therapist I could possibly be, and it helped me make a very easy decision on what direction my career should take. I have just celebrated my 12 year anniversary with the company and am fortunate to be part of the IDI team. Thank you IDI and happy anniversary!”
    -Dennille Ludenau, Corporate Training Manager, Australia

    “I get as excited today when I log onto the IDI website and have at my fingertips the most incredible and valuable source of information to support, strengthen and develop any industry professional as I did 20 years ago when I joined IDI as an educator. It has, and remains, an incredible fountain of knowledge.

    To me IDI is more than simply an education provider, it is a community of like-minded people across the globe who share a common passion, skin/body health and wellness, delivered through the most up to date business practices and outstanding customer service. Whether it is face to face learning in a workshop or symposium, through live webinars, videos or the written word, IDI is our industry’s guiding light; it equips us with the tools to face the future challenges head on and reap the rewards of success. Happy anniversary IDI, here’s to the next 30!”
    -Emma Hobson, Education Manager, Asia, Australia & New Zealand

    “Over the course of several years I took every IDI course I could to not only build my scientific knowledge base on skin, but also to learn and apply new skills to my practice. I quickly found work in a medical clinic and was eventually asked to partner in a medical spa venture and act as their Esthetics Director.

    Because of my exposure to the Dermalogica line while taking practical courses at IDI Minneapolis, I made the easy decision in my first business to carry Dermalogica. Clients absolutely loved the versatility and results of the product line and I felt supported in my continuing education with Dermalogica!
    Throughout my career I frequently sought the advice of my instructor, Holly Stoviak. My professional relationship with Holly provided a secure and supportive mentorship that I continue to value to this day. She steered me clearly on so many decisions and provided wonderful insight into the advancement of my career.

    My time at IDI and Dermalogica as a student facilitated countless networking opportunities, continuously reignited my passion for the industry, kept me competitive as a skin therapist, and provided a trusted and respected ‘home away from home’ through the compassion and professionalism of exceptional instructors and staff.

    IDI broadened my horizons and scope of practice and shaped me into a professional that has gone on to direct cosmetic laser divisions of two medical practices, manage three medical spas, orchestrate an entire build-out on my first business, provide freelance consulting for physicians seeking to open medical spas, and train others in my craft.

    These adventures in my career would NOT have been possible without my continued post graduate education at The International Dermal Institute.”
    -Danielle Spak, Instructor, The International Dermal Institute

    We are pleased to provide skin therapists with the best education possible to ensure success in their skin therapy careers.

  • I Heart IDI

    In honor of our 30th anniversary here at The International Dermal Institute, we asked students at IDIs across the world to share what they love most about their experience with us. When we received the success stories and testimonials, we were overjoyed by the response! See for yourself what the students had to say:

    “My name is Lanell ‘Lanie’ White and I have been an esthetician for 19 years. I have enjoyed taking several IDI classes, but the Acids, Peels and Exfoliants class changed my professional life. I had a young man, about 17 years old, who suffered from large and painful acne break outs. After the class I was able to use more aggressive exfoliants on him, along with a six-treatment peel, and it helped to not only eliminate his acne scarring, but his skin became healthy and acne free. He loves the way his skin looks now and is using the hygiene techniques I taught him to keep his razor and other products that touch his face bacteria free. What a wonderful gift to give someone – clearer skin and less breakouts, on the way to none at all. Thanks IDI.”
    -Lanie White, Independent Consultant/Esthetician

    “The education I’ve received at the International Dermal Institute has greatly boosted my confidence. I’m comfortable explaining product ingredients, skin conditions and types, electrical modalities, and recommending products and treatment plans.”
    -Terrius Gaines, Terrius Gaines Skin Care Inc.

    “No matter how I am feeling, about life, work, my boss – whatever – every single time I come to class, I feel reinvigorated and inspired to do a better job. The way you teach classes here is so easy to follow, learn from and implement.”
    -Karen Crosby, ULTA

    “IDI sets the bar in the industry for excellence in skin care education. As a Skin Therapist, IDI gives me the resources for knowledge and confidence for continued success. I really do greatly appreciate the entire team, including Heather, Misty and Christy.”
    -Sharie, Professional Skin Therapist

    “Dear Jane,
    It is an honor to congratulate you for IDI’s 30th Anniversary. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving to us “The International Dermal Institute,” a source of inspiration, a hub for learning, a place for practice, a fountain of knowledge, a forum for skin care professionals who share their wisdom and expertise, and for The Lisa White Spiering Legacy Scholarship. In a few words, it is “The Skin Care Therapist Oasis,” for it is a place for growth and to reach excellence as a PST.

    The knowledge shared in the training and the tools provided online for skin care techniques, products, treatments, best practices, market trends, customer service, new technology, research, development, products, knowledge on ingredients, specific skin conditions and so much more, has increased my confidence, my level of expertise and is opening many opportunities to me.

    I believe in the power of knowledge and how education is a great investment for the future. I am constantly taking classes at IDI, classes that become alive in my work when I apply the knowledge I learned at IDI. The results can be seen when I transform the health and look of my clients’ skin and I provide effective education on the importance of skin care maintenance. My growing experience and knowledge has taught me that skin care is not only for looking good and feeling good, but for a healthy skin, and this translates to my customers as I do care for them from the inside out. The results… priceless.

    Thank you Jane for providing to all of us at IDI “an oasis for the skin care therapist.” I am grateful for all the support from IDI, transforming me to Excellence in the skin care field. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
    -Monica Betancourt, Awarded the Lisa Spiering Scholarship 2012

    “IDI has truly been a force in my education! I started in the industry as a cosmetologist and my esthetics background was marginal at best. After attending several hundred hours at IDI and Dermalogica trainings along with self-study, I feel competent in my esthetics career. I believe that competence is knowledge + confidence, and IDI has given me huge doses of both!

    Thank you for the chance to learn, grow and develop in such a wonderful environment! I love that no matter what IDI you go to, you feel welcome, warm and like you belong. The trainers are always top notch and I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate whenever I get to be there.”
    -Mary Hess, IDI student

    “I love being at IDI, all the instructors are very knowledgeable and are just a pleasant to be around. One day I was at IDI taking a class and the new instructor Danielle came up to me and let me know that she passed my name along to a new account that was looking for talented skin therapists. I was shocked because I hadn’t talked to Danielle a whole lot and hadn’t known her for very long, but I was very honored that she saw me as a talented therapist. Needless to say, I got the job (and I absolutely love it)!

    With being hired, I set up a time to take my expert practical so I would be set before the new salon opened. I passed the practical with flying colors and Danielle boosted my confidence even more with all the things she said about me during the test. She also gave me a few pointers that will help me during my treatments. Overall, I am very thankful for the wonderful ladies (Danielle, Holly, Brenda) at the MPLS IDI. I owe my current job to them and look forward to taking more classes in the future. They are my go-to ladies for any skin questions and are always able to help me out or find the information I need.”
    -Alicia Reilly, IDI student

    “Education through The International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica has helped me in my profession by teaching me quality products along with amazing treatments. My confidence level has increased by being better informed of products, how they work together, and the amazing results clients receive.”
    -Christine Stramaglio, Essence Salon and Day Spa

    It is our absolute pleasure to provide skin therapists with the best education possible to ensure success in their skin therapy careers, and we appreciate the support of our students in return!