In 2011, Michelle saw the need for continued education and founded Skindipity.com, an online training platform for aesthetic professionals worldwide. After spending three years in beautiful Bend, Oregon where she was the trainer and Aesthetic Supervisor of the largest Med Spa in Central Oregon, she returned to Phoenix. Upon her return, she successfully managed a prominent medical spa chain in the valley while also overseeing aesthetic and laser training for all of their five other facilities.
Since, she has evolved Skindipity.com into the SAA Institute and gone on to train and consult with numerous physicians, nurses, and aestheticians all around the country. Michelle has a deep passion and unique approach to training and educating others with the safe and proper use of lasers and advanced aesthetic application.
With her unique experience, Michelle is passionate about training all who enter her doors in the art of sales and patient consultation to ensure a successful future for both you and your patients.
SAA is accredited by the state of Arizona to train and certify physicians, nurses, and aestheticians.
Katie was born and raised in Ohio, and decided to chase her long time dream of living in the sunshine. She has always had a passion to care for others, which is why she went to nursing school and graduated with her bachelors in nursing in 2013. To strive for more, she decided to go back to school to receive her Masters in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner degree in May, 2020. During her years in her Masters program (2017-2020), Katie had received the opportunity to shadow and work alongside highly trained and certified healthcare professionals in the medical aesthetic world, where she then found her calling! Her passion is to not only help people feel good, but look good as well! Outside of receiving her masters degree, Katie has had multiple advanced aesthetic trainings and courses to allow her to be as knowledgeable and well trained as possible to help her clients receive the results they are looking for.
Outside of her job as an Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner, Katie enjoys spending time with friends and family, working out, hiking, and traveling! With her education, training and over 8+ years of experience, Katie strives to help others feel good about themselves, as well as achieve and maintain the results they desire!
Sonja Ellisor grew up in Morro Bay, CA. At an early age she realized she had a love for the beauty industry. Her mother was a cosmetologist and taught at a beauty college, she would watch her mom teach and perform services and was always very fascinated. Sonja moved to Phoenix in 1993 and attended cosmetology school. She discovered her greatest passion was in skin care and started her journey with aesthetics and cosmetic laser in 2006. In 2009 she was asked to help grow the laser program and teach at the school she had previously attended. She enjoyed working hands-on with the students in the clinic and trained over 300 students in her 7+ years teaching. She later went on to work for a prominent plastic surgeon and at a very successful med spa while continuing to train and educate others in her field. Realizing her passion for education, Sonja joined SAA Laser Institute in 2020 and loves the curriculum that SAA has built! Outside of her job as an aesthetician and cosmetic laser instructor, Sonja enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her children.
With over 15 years experience, Sonja is passionate about helping her clients reach their aesthetics goals and sharing her love of the industry with her students.