Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017


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