Featured in Beauty Biz Year 15, Issue 5.
For those of you whom I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting or training, my name is Nancy Abdou and I am the founder & CEO of The Australian Dermal & Laser Institute and Skindividual Functional Skincare. However, this article is about where I came from, not where I am today.
I started my aesthetic training journey 10 years ago and have been in the industry for almost 20 years.
Before I Entered the Industry
Like so many passionate skin therapists, my interest in skin was born from my own battles with self-esteem damaging skin conditions. I developed eczema as a toddler and still suffer from it today when I don’t keep on top of the internal and external triggers I have pin pointed. In my late 20’s, it was a hormonal imbalance that lead to acne and further unwanted excess hair growth.
From a young age, my family instilled the importance of education in me and having had such influential and inspiring teachers of my own, I completed my Bachelor of Education, where I first discovered how rewarding education truly is. Watching a students confidence grow before your eyes and seeing them complete a task independently because of your teaching, is one of the best feelings!
In my early 20’s I successfully opened and operated various retail stores in other industries, where I was able to implement the skills I had learnt at university, by training my team - my way, to ensure my businesses were successful and customer service was on point.
Starting our Laser & Skin Clinics
The Formation & Challenges of The Australian Dermal & Laser Institute
So Why is Education Important?
After so many years of speaking to clinic owners and therapists, it is more evident than ever, that education is one of the key factors to the success of a business. So many therapists have expressed that they have amazing devices, but don’t know how to get the most out of them. Some have purchased second hand devices and don’t know how to use them safely or effectively.
Therapists often don’t know how to combine modalities safely to achieve even more profound results for their clients and increase their overall profit. These are the areas that TADLI focuses on, because I truly believe that the more education you have, the better your business will be, the better you will be and the better your clients will be for it!
It hasn’t been an easy road, and I have learned many lessons along the way. I have come close to packing it in a few times but the absolute joy I get from training therapists, and watching my trainers have an impact on so many of you, always keeps me going! So to have been awarded ABIA Educator of the Year, twice and during such trying times, has been both humbling and rewarding.
I look forward to being in your space, imparting my experience and knowledge in hope that you too, succeed and also feel the pride that I do.