Discover the stories that make up our Blanche World.
Once a certified nursing assistant in California, Jas Sahota's move to Canada was truly transformative. Not only did she find a new city to call home, but she also discovered a new calling. Initially a client at Surrey's Beautiful Canadian Laser & Skincare clinic, Jas was inspired by clinic owner Dr. Shah to consider a career in Esthetics. 8 years later, Jas, a graduate of our Esthetics program, is still a fixture at Dr. Shah's clinic—only now she's the face behind the laser.
Tomoko Tajima's journey into the spa industry has been unlike any other. Touched by the kindness of Estheticians who provided joy to her family at their weakest point, Tomoko resolved to do the same for others. She left her career behind to become a Spa Therapist centred on compassion. Now she owns a thriving esthetics studio, Trinity Facial Spa, in Miyazaki, Japan.
Shortly after her arrival in Vancouver from Vietnam, Michelle St Denis began dreaming of owning a medi spa. With experience as a Laser Technician, Michelle was well aware of joy she felt from helping clients with their skincare concerns. Now, after graduating from Blanche Macdonald’s Esthetics program, Michelle has established ST Medi Laser and Skincare, where she lives out that dream on a daily basis.
For Michelle Dubois, what started as a casual interest in skincare and a curiosity for science quickly developed into a full fledged passion for medical esthetics. Now Michelle is the face behind the laser at Pacific Derm—one of Vancouver's most prestigious Medi Spas.
Inspired by a life-long love for TV & Film, modelling, and all things beauty, Mika enrolled Blanche Macdonald’s Makeup program to pursue a career as a an on-set Makeup Artist. However, she quickly realized that applying makeup and providing beauty services for clients fulfilled her passion for beauty more than special effects ever had. Sparked by her newfound direction Mika returned to Blanche Macdonald and enrolled in the Esthetics program, which led her to the rewarding career that she has today as the owner and beauty director of Prép Beauty Parlour—Vancouver’s premier beauty studio.
Jojo Macuroy was on track to becoming a professional dancer when an injury changed the course of his life. After attending Blanche Macdonald he founded his own esthetics studio—Jojo Esthetics—in the Swiss enclave of Basel. Now his expertise, attention to detail, and ability to go above and beyond customer expectations has attracted clientele from all over Europe.
In her previous career as a Registered Nurse, Catherine Nordman had a proven knack for providing gentle care for her patients. Now in her new role at La Derma, Catherine has brought this same compassion to the world of Medical Esthetics.
Spa Owner Doug Janczyn is the owner of Victoria's Eco-Certified Manscape Spa, which exclusively offers men’s services in an environment that offers ‘a uniquely male perspective’.
Carla Sage understands that the journey is as important as the destination. As Corporate Director of Spa Training for Six Senses Luxury Hotels Resorts and Spas, she’s continually travelling the world, helping open new locations and ensuring that every service in every spa meets her own impeccable standards.
Snuggled on a black leather sofa inside the stunning South Granville skin clinic, Project Skin, MD sit Christine Palylyk, Jennifer Bowles, and Gwen De La Costa. The posh neon sign above them reads “It’s Glow Time” and even though it’s barely 9am, the three Blanche Macdonald Esthetic grads are positively radiant - one even bears a striking resemblance to Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Meet Mika: Owner and Director of Beauty for Prép Beauty Parlour—One of Vancouver's Chicest Beauty Studios