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Instructors

Martin G. Hansen, L.E.

Martin G. Hansen is a licensed esthetician and educator. He specializes in Holistic Esthetics incorporating his foundation in herbal medicine, aromatherapy, and nutrition into his practice. He has been a community educator in Denver since 2000 on a variety of subjects from making natural products to skincare nutrition and health. For the past 20 years, he has explored natural and alternative solutions for whole person skincare, counseling people to create multi-level change in their lives to achieve their goals for health and beauty. He is passionate about the future of the esthetics, beauty and alternative health industries merging with the technologies and concepts of medical esthetics.

Kat DeJesus

With over 20 years of experience as a professional makeup artist, Kat has learned that make-up artistry is more than the latest trends and products. Her experience with high fashion photoshoots, music videos, store ads, commercials, and television has taught her the relevance of color theory, texture, and placement. As a highly experienced makeup artist, she knows there is a science involved in your beauty regimen and a purpose behind each look. Understanding the geometry of a face, the arch of a brow, the texture of the skin and the colors that highlight a person’s natural features are the specific skills that Kat brings to each set and occasion. As a former student of the program herself, she understands the love there is in the details. This is the experience and passion she brings to her students. Born in Colorado, raised in Chicago and back again, Kat has a unique approach to style and makeup that is enriched by her diverse experience and the cultural references she encounters every day. This appreciation for diversity and zest for knowledge keeps Kat at the forefront of beauty trends and highly sought after for creative partnerships. She is also a permanent student actively seeking new skills, techniques and business tips that she can bring back to her classroom.

Kimberly Thompson, LMT

Kimberly has spent the last 20 years cultivating her love and passion for the natural world and sharing it with others. In addition to being a clinical herbalist, Kim is also a Certified Massage Therapist, Aromatherapist, Licensed Esthetician, and Certified Cupping Therapist. She adds a spiritual healing style to each of her treatments. She uses an intuitive approach to help gently unwind the tissue and bring the body into balance. She offers herbal consultations to assist clients in their herbal healing journey. She has worked for 18 years at Apothecary Tinctura teaching classes in Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy and working in the clinic. Her practice at Apothecary and her own private practice has an emphasis on women’s holistic health. She has been teaching classes for the last 5 years for The Denver Integrative Massage School and Herbalism Roots. She loves time in nature teaching people about wildcrafting, medicine making, and plant identification. She also loves teaching and sharing her love of bodywork.

Michelle Haines, L.E.

Michelle graduated in 2008 from the Aveda Institute of Beauty and Wellness in Milwaukee, WI and has been a licensed esthetician for 11 years. Michelle started her career after relocating to Colorado at Beauty Brands and was ranked the number one esthetician in retail sales in the company. Her passion for retail, cosmetics, and skincare grew when she became an account manager for Benefit Cosmetics. She continued to share her love of waxing by teaching how to wax brows into the perfect shape at the Benefit Brow Bar in Ulta. She then decided to expand her knowledge into the medical spa industry by managing two med spas that offered laser hair removal, injections, and skincare treatments.  After time spent in the medical spa field, it became clear that teaching is where her true joy was spent and loves sharing her experiences and passions with students each day. Michelle has lived in several cities but Colorado is home and she enjoys spending her time with her husband Chris, son Cole and yellow lab Maya.

Jennifer Britto, L.E., C.L.S.

Bringing care and compassion to her work is what sets Jennifer Britto apart as an instructor in the competitive esthetics industry. With over 15 years of experience as a licensed esthetician and certified laser specialist in both plastic surgery and medical spa treatments, Jennifer enjoys sharing her knowledge with students at the School of Botanical and Medical Aesthetics. Passionate about her craft, Jennifer’s talents have not gone unnoticed — she made Denver’s A-List for laser tattoo removal for three years consecutive as the Lead Paramedical Aesthetician and Certified Laser Specialist at Rocky Mountain Laser Aesthetics/Raval Facial Aesthetics. She was head of research for New Beauty Clinical Trails 1 and 2. She also assisted in a tattoo removal research study published in the Archives of Dermatology. Trained at the Colorado School of Paramedical Esthetics in Denver, Jennifer went on to teach at Rocky Mountain Laser College. She also served as the educational director at the Advanced Medical Aesthetics Center, where she spearheaded curriculum development and trained various physicians, nurses, and aestheticians. Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree in healthcare management of integrative sciences at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. When she isn’t busy training and mentoring her students, Jennifer enjoys exercising, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. She resides in Denver.