Meet Mary

Esthetician, Educator, Author, Mentor

A technician, educator, mentor and business owner, Mary Nielsen has been at the forefront of the developments in medical esthetics since its infancy in the early 1990s. A nurse by training and experience, Mary was drawn into advanced medical esthetics with the advent of laser technologies and their use while working for a plastic surgeon. She went on to found her own successful skin and laser clinic.  She is currently Vice Chair and Industry Expert on the Oregon Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians. She is the author of the advanced aesthetic textbook, A Compendium for Advanced Aesthetics, a Guide for the Master Esthetician,  four books on medical spa policies and procedures, and Fearless Beauties, Caring for Skin of Color with Confidence as well as several articles on specific treatments. She is a contributor to Milady Standard Esthetics: Fundamentals, Edition 12 and writes regularly for Dermascope.

She is the Executive Director of Spectrum Advanced Aesthetics, founder of Cascade Aesthetic Alliance, Educational Catalyst for Skintelligent Resources, and owner of Indie Aesthetics.

Contact Mary via email at mary@spectrumlasertraining.com

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My Esthetics Passions


Spectrum Advanced

Aesthetics Institute


Aesthetic Alliance

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Fearless Beauties

Your Esty Godmother

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"There's enough bad skin for everyone."

My Esty Gram