As the founder of the Aesthetics Institute and with over 30 years of experience, Cynthia Mendoza has brought a depth of education to the industry. “When I was in school, there was no separate license for esthetics, it was just all one cosmetology license. Our classes were very generalized and almost no information was given to us about different treatments. I had to work really hard to find education, and that is why our courses are so different. People will just tell you that you will learn after school in the ‘real world’ and that’s just not true for most people. Your education is a investment in yourself and your future and that is exactly how you need to approach it.”

Mrs. Mendoza also holds the prestigious CIDESCO International Diploma along with being certified in Dr. Vodder’s Lymph Drainage.

Her resume includes guest lecturing for the dermatology department of Oregon Health Sciences University and writing as a regular columnist for a professional newsletter.


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Beginning her career over 17 years ago, Monique has dedicated her time to advanced education in medical esthetics and laser techniques. Throughout her career she has worked in spa business development with a focus on educating staff of current industry trends and techniques. During her teaching career, it has been her goal to promote the importance of education and has stressed its impact on career longevity. “There should not be such a large gap between where school ends and professional work starts. The trends of the industry indicate that basic training is not enough anymore. To become more desirable to employers and promote the entire esthetics community, it is our responsibility to be educated in as many aspects of esthetics as possible and to continue to learn and improve to stay relevant.”

Her passion for continued education is demonstrated through the many seminars she both teaches and attends.

Mrs. Raab is a graduate of the Aesthetics Institute along with being a CIDESCO Diplomat, She has been featured in the magazine Nails as the youngest nail technology license holder in the United States.