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Sarah Hudson – MC OF THE DAY
Founder & Director Skin by Sarah Hudson
Sarah Hudson, our MC of the day, is one of Australia’s most trusted and experienced skin experts. A Skin Practitioner who, as a leader in aesthetic skin therapy, has provided premium skin services to valued clients for over twenty-five years. Frequently invited to share her knowledge at industry events, seminars, media and panels, Sarah is renowned for her expertise in RF Skin Needling, IPL and Medical Grade Laser, Infra-Red Technology and LED Light Therapies. She is frequently featured in industry and consumer media in print, digital and television.
Sarah’s reputation for excellence in skin therapy stems from her emphasis best practice procedures. She invests in high-level training and qualifications to maintain a broad and in-depth knowledge of skin physiology and conditions. She is also trusted by well-known Dermatology and Plastic Surgery clinics and is regularly called upon to complement and advise on best practices in skin health.
Dr Yumiko Kadota
Dr Yumiko Kadota is a medical doctor working in Sydney, graduating from UNSW in 2010. She was a plastic surgery registrar but resigned in 2008 due to burnout. She has since written a book about her experiences called ‘Emotional Female’ which was published by Penguin Books last year. In it, Yumiko discusses sexism & misogyny, bullying & harassment, burnout, and racism in the public health system. She speaks and writes about these issues for mainstream media, podcasts, and corporate events. Yumiko now works as a cosmetic physician and has recently opened her own practice in St Leonards.
Founder, Douglas Pereira Skin Health
Highly respected throughout the skincare, beauty, cosmetic and aesthetic medical world Pereira has worked across many areas of the industry over the last two and a half decades.
He commenced his career twenty-five years ago, working in high-end day spas and progressed into senior education positions with leading international skincare groups which saw him travel around Australia and abroad, educating on the fundamentals of the skin, luxury products and professional skin treatments. With a background in health science, dermal therapies, beauty and clinical aromatherapy, Pereira has made a name for himself over the past twelve years as a leading clinical skin specialist in Sydney Australia. He has worked closely with some of Australia’s leading Plastic, Aesthetic and reconstructive surgeons and cosmetic physicians through his own medical focused skin clinic “Douglas Pereira Skin Health”, helping his skin-savvy clients achieve their skin goals. Ten years ago, Pereira saw a need in the skincare industry for a range of luxury cosmeceutical grade skincare products that treats the skin based on our modern lifestyle, and the urban stress that impacts how our skin performs and how it combats the signs of ageing. Drawing on his extensive years in the industry, Pereira compiled his knowledge and experience with many hours of research and development to create his range of skin identical, science-based cosmeceuticals named “Douglas Pereira Skin Health”.
Pereira believes everyone is unique and skincare should be “as individual as you are”
Suzie Hoitink, RN FACN
Co-Director and Senior Consultant, HTNK Consulting
Suzie is a Business Strategist and Consultant specialising in the aesthetic industry. Recognised for her entrepreneurship within the cosmetic industry as a recipient of a Telstra Business Women’s Award, Suzie Hoitink, RN, established the Clear Complexions Clinics in 2005. From a single clinic, Suzie grew the company to a network of six premium medical skin clinics across Sydney and Canberra with a highly skilled team of 70, including 40 medical professionals. The company attracted the attention of ASX listed Vita Group Pty Ltd, who purchased Clear Complexions in 2017.
With the unique experience gained from starting a medical practice, scaling and then selling to a publicly listed company, Suzie has become an in-demand authority on the business of healthcare. Her expertise lies in establishing, profitably scaling and then selling businesses. She is driven to coach and assist business leaders to achieve their potential and to develop high performing, productive teams.
Dr Martina Lavery
Owner, Martina Dental and +Aesthetics
Dr Martina Lavery has been a dentist for over 22 years in the Hills District, Sydney. Her clinic, Martina Dental + Aesthetics, was born out of a vision to provide dental care of the highest standard in a caring and calm environment. She studied dentistry in her native land, Ireland, in Belfast, before migrating to Sydney after meeting her husband in Adelaide while on a forensic dentistry scholarship at Adelaide University. She has recently completed a Masters Degree in Facial Aesthetics.
Dr Martina has a passion for and is interested in cosmetic dentistry, aesthetics and the oral microbiome. She loves the process of working closely with patients to build trust and achieve undetectable aesthetic results. It is a great privilege to work on people’s faces and teeth, she says, and focuses on achieving wellness through oral health integration and education. Dr Martina’s philosophy of care is preventative, respecting how the health of your mouth is integral to your overall wellbeing.
Managing director, Elleebana
After two decades of studying the art of beauty therapy, lashes, brows, cosmetic chemistry and personal care formulation, Otto Mitter and his team at Elleebana currently produce and supply lash & brow enhancement ranges and education programs to distributors and salon professionals in over 60 countries across the globe.
Otto’s dedication to education has seen him as a guest speaker and educator at the world’s most prestigious beauty and lash events, learn from the world’s best lash masters and is a regular judge at leading global beauty & lash competitions.
Over the last few years Otto has been recognised in the industry from his peers by being presented with some of the most sought-after industry awards:
2017 Educator of the Year at the ABIA’s – Australian Beauty Industry Awards.
2018 Educator of the Year at NALA – National Association of Lash Artists.
2019 Product Integrity Award at NALA – National Association of Lash Artists.
2020 Lash Brand of the Year – Lash Open Australia.
2020 Innovative Product of the Year at NALA – National Association of Lash Artists.
2021 Finalist, Educator of the Year –– Australian Beauty Industry Awards
2022 Finalist Artistic Fur Awards categories – Best Speaker, Best Judge and Best Brand.
Otto has a passion for continuing education, working with leaders in the industry and dedicating his time to help up and coming beauty therapists, lash artists and educators develop their profiles and careers.
Founder, Ere Perez Natural Cosmetics
Everyone who meets Ere agrees there is something special about her — perhaps it is the mystical influence of her Latin heritage. A childhood spent in Mexico with a traditional medicine man grandfather and a mother’s flair for home remedies & beauty recipes, made Ere curious about nature and healing. She obtained a bachelor in nutrition and certification in naturopathy, Bach flowers and acupuncture. Ere emigrated to Australia with her rich cultural heritage and dreamed of her own natural beauty line. In 2002, her dream was realised and Ere Perez Natural Cosmetics was born in Bondi Beach, Sydney. For Ere, natural beauty is about how you live your life, how you connect with the world and how you nourish your body — inside and out.
Founder & curator, The Green Edit
Cathy Tolpigin is an organic makeup artist, founder and curator of The Green Edit, an innovative digital platform and event series that promotes the best in clean beauty and lifestyle brands.
As a professional makeup artist who only uses clean, ethical products on both herself and clients, Cathy is passionate about making green beauty mainstream. She aims to inspire and educate without greenwashing, helping The Green Edit community to navigate the space with transparency.
Over the years, Cathy has researched, tried and tested hundreds of beauty and lifestyle products to find the best high performance, ethical and clean options on the market. The best of the best is what earns a place on The Green Edit.
When it comes to her personal beauty routine, Cathy seeks the whole package: truly natural products formulated with organic and botanical ingredients. They must be high performance, innovative, beautifully packaged and luxurious, all without compromising on the important aspects of sustainability, health and ethics.
Her views are informed by her career, as well as countless conversations with beauty formulators, developers and holistic health professionals. Combining this with personal research and her own health journey, Cathy is well-versed in the ambiguity of clean beauty, and strives to make the space more accessible for everyone. To read more about Cathy’s definition of clean beauty, see the The Green Edit stamp criteria.
Ceo & Founder, Curtis Collection
Born into a family of talented hairdressers, makeup artists and beauty professionals, Australian cosmetics entrepreneur Victoria Curtis began her love affair with all things beauty at an early age.
After completing a double degree in Accounting and Marketing at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Curtis went on to become a Marketing Executive at L’Oreal Professional. With unparalleled experience working across all levels of the industry, Curtis was perfectly placed to capitalise on the gap she identified in the market. While battling her own skin concerns for years, Curtis noticed that none of the salons she was working with offer skincare based makeup that also had the look and feel of luxury cosmetics.
After a year of travelling the globe to source the finest formulas that the industry had to offer, in 2011, Curtis launched Curtis Collection, an Australian-owned brand offering a comprehensive range of high-quality makeup specifically for the salon industry—but with the luxury and attention to detail of designer cosmetics. Made from pharmaceutical grade multi-mineral formulations, Curtis Collection products are designed to treat and protect the skin, whilst delivering the Curtis Collection’s ‘lit from within’ signature glow.
Curtis Collection is now stocked in over 300 salons Australia-wide, including retailers in New Zealand, while in 2013, Curtis herself won the ABIA Makeup Artist of the Year and has led the Curtis Collection team of artists at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia invited to direct and create the runway looks for some of Australia’s leading designer shows.
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