Linda Lavelle began her 35 year career in esthetics in the early 1970s. During that time, she studied under the most renown names in cosmetics and skin care worldwide, including Christine Valmy of New York, Marvin Westmore in California, Joel Gerson “Master of Skin Care Education”, Martin Jans in Holland, and Jean D’Estrees of Paris, France.
Linda holds dozens of certifications in all areas of cosmetics, skin care, and hair care. Most recently, she earned her Diploma in Beauty Specialty from the International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC). Recognized worldwide in 19 countries, ITEC is the largest international examination board offering the highest professional esthetic diplomas possible. She is one of a handful of esthetists in the state of Florida who is board certified and has been awarded ITEC accreditation.
Christine Valmy is the author of three books on skin care and esthetics:
- Esthetics: The Keystone Guide to Skin Care
- Christine Valmys Skin Care and Make Up Book
- Christine Valmy Method of Scientific Facials
Marvin Westmore is a six time Emmy nominated, third generation professional Hollywood Makeup Artist, with a history of over 35 years in consumer makeup and in the Motion Picture & Television industry.
Joel Gerson wrote the Standard Textbook for Professional Estheticians, the textbook that paved the way for state regulatory boards and regulation of estheticians through licensure.
Jean d’Estrées was born in 1915 – a direct descendant of one of Henri VI’s mistresses, Gabrielle d’Estrées. Right from childhood, he discovered a genuine passion for beauty. After his training, he became a make-up artist in Hollywood.
Linda has worked as a make-up artist and skin care technician for Syd Simons Salon & Studio and Playboy International prior to opening Linda LaVelle’s Spa d’Esthetiques in 1983. The spa was recognized as “Day Spa of the Year for the Treasure Coast” in 2004 and Linda was named the 2004 “Republican Business Woman of the Year” for the state of Florida.
While running her very successful spa in Stuart, Florida, Linda continues her education to address the skin care needs in the medical community. Working in conjunction with physicians, Linda provides pre and post operative skin care for plastic surgery patients with Microdermabrasion, as well as facial lymphatic and esthetic drainage.