Mrs. DC America 2015 Visits Dermal Science International Aesthetics & Nails Academy & Interviews Shiva Vahid, CEO

Mrs. DC America 2015 Visits Dermal Science International Aesthetics & Nails Academy& Interviews Shiva Vahid, CEO


Dermal Science International Aesthetics & Nails Academy was thrilled to host Mrs. DC America 2015, Mrs. Elaine Espinola Keltz at our aesthetics & nail academy earlier this month.

Elaine Espinola Keltz, with Media Savvy and Viva TV, is a a Speaker, Spokesperson, TV Show Host, Web Host, Entrepreneur & Mrs. DC America 2015 promoting Empowerment for Women through Entrepreneurship.  She interviewed Mrs. Shiva Vahid, CEO of Dermal Science International Aesthetics & Nails Academy and Kinosha Soden, Mrs. DC America 2016 and a past student of Dermal Science International Aesthetics & Nails Academy.

The transcript of the interview is below!


Elaine Espinola Keltz, Mrs. DC America 2015:  Hello, I am Elaine Espinola Keltz, Mrs. DC America 2015 and today Media Savvy is on location for Viva TV on location at Dermal Science International Aesthetics & Nails Academy located conveniently near the Silver Line in Reston Virginia.  Shiva Vahid is the passionate founder of DSI Academy and she started her career as a beauty therapist in London.  She spent years studying and training at some of the most prestigious five-star beauty and learning centers in all of England and Australia.  Working with high-end clients like business professionals, celebrities and even Royals.  Shiva was then able to bring over 25 years of hands-on experience.  She opened her doors here in Virginia in 2010.

Shiva Vahid, CEO of Dermal Science International Aesthetics & Nails Academy:  Thank you Elaine.  When I opened DSI, there was a need for a great education in esthetics in this area.  Having been educated and worked all over the world, I felt that I could share that knowledge and experience with my students.

Elaine Espinola Keltz:  And how would you say DSI Academy is different from some of the other learning centers in the area?

Shiva Vahid:  My focus is in providing a very happy and positive atmosphere for my students where they can not only learn the best and receive the highest level of education from our very experienced instructors but also graduate, and be confident & sure that they are going to get a job and excel in what they have come here to do.

Elaine Espinola Keltz:  Well it’s so important to be somewhere and not only have fun, but enjoy what you are doing.  And you are really going to absorb all of that information; and like you said, leave here being so confident that they can find that excellent job or start their own business.

My next question is around all of the programs that you offer here.  I know that you really try to make learning not only affordable but comprehensive, and also a great resource for future career development.  Can you tell me a little about those programs?

Shiva Vahid:  Absolutely.  We offer esthetics, master esthetics, massage, nail.  We also do make-up artistry, eyelash extensions and many more advanced training classes that we do from time to time.

Elaine Espinola Keltz:  Well I can see what makes it very comprehensive and I can certainly see why this is one of the leading learning centers in the entire area  of Northern Virginia.

So I am curious.  How many students are currently enrolled here at DSI?

Shiva Vahid:  Currently, we have over 60 students.

Elaine Espinola Keltz:   Very impressive.  And next, we are going to hear from someone who was not only a student, but graduated, and went on to do pretty phenomenal things.

I am here with Kinosha Soden who is not only the reigning Mrs. DC America 2016, but she was also a student and graduate here at DSI Academy.  So Kinosha, thank you so much for being here.  Tell me, how did you find DSI Academy, and what was your experience like here?

(Kinosha M. Soden is now a principal & medical aesthetician at Soderma Dermatology, a leader in General, Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology).

Kinosha Soden, Mrs. DC America 2016:  Absolutely, so I cannot take credit for finding it.  My husband, Dr. Soden, who is a local Dermatolgist and Surgeon, actually found DSI Academy and spoke directly with Shiva.  I was joining the practice in 2011 as a medical aesthetician and he wanted to find the best place for me to take what I already had in my background as a Biochemist and apply it to the Practice.  So this was a perfect fit.

Elaine Espinola Keltz:  What was your experience in learning at DSI Academy?

Kinosha Soden:   It was absolutely amazing.  From the beginning, one of the things that I loved the most was that Shiva took into account everything that I knew – all of my background, and all of my experience and made sure that I was able to properly apply to it where I was going; which is a Dermatology practice.  And she was very hands on.  All of the instructors very hands on.  I am proud to say I aced both my practical and my written exams in Virginia which has some of the highest qualifications.  So, it was amazing, it was amazing, and I left with life long knowledge.

Elaine Espinola Keltz:

Would you recommend DSI Academy based on your experience?

Kinosha Soden:

Absolutely, and I have.  We have a few MA’s in our office who are interested in learning more about aesthetics.  And even though, we are not necessarily close here, it was still a benefit and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get into the field or even just wants to learn a little bit more about aesthetics.

Elaine Espinola Keltz:

Well you have heard it here.   That is a wonderful success story.  Thank you so much Kinosha.

For more information on all of the programs that we offer here including important information like registration, admissions, financial assistance and class schedules, call today and they will walk you through all of the flexible options available to get you started on your passion.

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