Discover the stories that make up our Blanche World.
After a work experience placement through the Global Esthetics Program's Career Department at Vancouver’s Project Skin, Gwen de la Costa was hired as a full-time Medical Esthetician. As her technical and interpersonal skills continued to develop, so did her confidence that she could one day go into business for herself. One fully customized Mercedes-Benz Sprinter later, GWEN Skin Lab was born; a luxurious Medi-Spa on wheels!
Esthetics program grad Christina Makrodimitras may love her role as an Advanced Skin Specialist and Laser Technician at Yaletown’s popular SKN Clinic, but if you ask her for her absolute favourite part of her job don’t expect a straightforward answer.
Enrolling in Blanche Macdonald's Esthetics Program straight out of high school set the foundation for Mimi's journey into the world of Medical Esthetics. Now, Mimi is the Clinical Director for Kerrisdale's full service medical clinic, Arbutus Laser Centre!
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.
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.
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.
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.