Hi! My name is Samantha and I own AVÄYA MedSpa, which is named after my daughter, Ayva.
After having Ayva, I suffered immensely with severe cystic acne and no matter what I did I couldn’t seem to get rid of it. I would spend countless hours researching different acne treatments and way too much money on the latest product that promised to help. I finally went to see a doctor and was prescribed oral medication which helped a bit, but with it came terrible side effects. I finally got control of my skin but would still get the occasional breakout. By this point - I was makeup and skincare obsessed!
A few years ago my health took a nasty turn and I had several surgeries and needed IV chemotherapy for an autoimmune disorder. I was having a hard time keeping up with my demanding sales management career and I knew something needed to change. I decided to pursue my passion in skincare and go back to school in order to start my own business, where I would have more control over my hours and health.
I started school just days after this photo was taken! And I graduated with Honours from my Medical Spa Specialty Diploma program at The Ottawa Academy.
Since then, I have taken several more courses and gained certifications in other areas of aesthetics — I’m hooked on learning and want to be the best at what I do! Being able to help someone with their skin condition, whether it’s acne, eczema, scars … whatever it may be … is quite literally the best feeling around! My business has been open for a year at the time of writing this (March 2019) and I am so thankful to all of my clients for trusting me with their skin.
My goal is to help my clients cut through the noise and provide good education on skin health. I have a particular interest in acne treatments, scar revisions and pigmentation.
Here's a current list of my credentials in the skincare world:
Medical Spa Specialist, with Honours from The Ottawa Academy
Introduction to Clinical Dermatology from American Association of Dermatology
Principles of Microblading from Fox Microblading and PMU Academy in California
Scar Camouflage and Lip Micropigmentation from LOOKS Academy
Plasma Fibroblast Technician from Advanced Aesthetics International
Barrier Disordered Skin from Pastiche Training Academy
PCA Advanced Treatments from Salient Medical
Plasma Skin Tightening Certification from AERETON
And hopefully many more!
I would love the opportunity to help you reach your skin goals, too! I only use science based products and methods which means results for you. I also personally test everything before using it on someone else.
All the best,
Samantha and Ayva