About the clinic
Finding a trusted skincare guide is not always an easy job. Many practitioners charge a large fee to simply sit down and discuss your skincare goals. At SKN Clinic we always offer complimentary consultations because it is our passion and our mission to help as many people as we can to achieve healthy, youthful, long-living skin. You will never feel pressured at SKN. We believe knowledge is power and our approach is educating our clients so they can make an informed decision.
“I’ve been going to SKN for a few months. I keep going back because Amanda is amazing! She is so knowledgeable, very personable, and I can tell she really cares about her clients. I’ve shopped around Vancouver for a great spa for the last few years, so I’m really happy I finally found one I love.”
– Melissa G.
“Was in over the weekend for BBL, neck Skin Tyte and cosmetic acupuncture. I was made to feel welcome right away; everyone was friendly, professional and had a great sense of humour. I was at first skeptical of the effectiveness, but I’ve noticed a big difference with my neck in a day. Many have also commented that I look rested and am glowing. If the results keep up, I’ll definitely be back.”
– Diane C.
“Had a treatment to remove some sun damage to my face, and some hair removal on my back. I’ve had treatments at some other places in town, and none compared to the treatmentI received at SKN from Michelle. Very professional, very calming. An awesome experience for sure. I’ll definitely be back”
– Corey R.
At the age of 22, Amanda decided she wanted more from her career. With a degree in psychology and a wealth of experience in social care, Amanda set out to explore the world. Formative years spent abroad in places such as Korea led Amanda to the discovery of the powers of eastern medicine. Upon her return to Canada, Amanda spent several years at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver.
While completing her Acupuncture studies, Amanda traveled to California to learn Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture under the guidance of Martha Lucas. After seeing firsthand how effective Cosmetic Acupuncture was in decreasing and preventing aging of the skin, Amanda was inspired.
Amanda’s passion and knowledge led her to create the Award Winning SKN Holistic Rejuvenation Clinic. SKN is the only clinic that combines the powers of Eastern medicine, medical esthetics and skin nutrition. This unique concept allows the SKN team to improve the look and health of both the skin and the internal health of each client, so results are holistic and long term.
Amanda and her team are continuously researching and pushing the boundaries of modern skincare. Through SKN, she offers clients innovative and non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatments, all in an effort to repair, restore and replenish the skin and body. Amanda’s mission is to provide great skincare and services while both educating and inspiring others.
In 2011 Amanda launched her first product, called The SKN Spin – a dermal roller system. The SKN Spin Dermal Roller was handed out at the 2012 Emmy Awards.
In 2013 Amanda successfully formulated and launched her first skin care line called Skin Addix, a natural cosmeceutical line.
In 2016 Amanda was inspired to merge her passion for skincare with her deep love of soul nourishment. After 16 long months she launched her new heartfelt vision to the world; www.ForgetBeauty.com
Forget Beauty was created from Amanda’s decade as a holistic skin-care expert and her deep understanding of the vulnerability underneath the human quest for beauty. The result is a community that celebrates self-love in all its forms.
Amanda and her clinic have been featured in Monte Cristo Magazine, Nuvo Magazine, Vista Magazine, The Coveteur, Health Line, and numerous blogs.
“I had a vision to create a place that was different from all the other spas and clinics. My goal was to build a peaceful, calm oasis filled with heart – where each and every client felt valued and taken care of. SKN would be a place where clients came to relax, laugh, cry and have fun; all while achieving healthy, vibrant skin and a balanced state of being. I could not achieve this goal without a wonderful team that is not only extremely knowledgeable but truly passionate about helping people achieve healthy, beautiful skin.”
Jackie was born and raised in Japan and decided to move to Canada in 2007 with her husband and children.
After the arrival of her second daughter she decided to start her career in 2011 in the service industry and in 2017 her true passion – health and wellness led her to Blanche Macdonald. Jackie is a very gifted, and talented aesthetician who quickly excelled at Vancouver’s top medical spas, becoming a highly sought after practitioner.
She has gained an abundance of knowledge in skincare and skin treatments both holistic and in the medical aesthetics field. This broad range of knowledge allows her to provide an effective, safe and comprehensive treatment experience for her clients.
“I LOVE skin! and I believe skincare is an integral part of healthcare, therefore should be a part of your overall health and well being. I am a firm believer in the importance of looking after your skin both internally and externally, as your health and corresponding beauty always starts from within. I am here to help and support everybody who wants to achieve their healthy skin goals!”
Nikola was born and raised in beautiful Slovakia. After spending some time travelling Europe, she completed a degree in French and English at Matej Bel University. Nikola has always had a love of travelling and this led her to move to British Columbia. After spending a few years working in hospitality, she was ready for a change and became interested in the skin care industry. With Nikola’s wealth of experience in customer service and a love of working with people, it was a perfect fit.
Nikola is passionate about wellness and nutrition, and believes in a holistic approach to treating the skin. With her gentle and calm presence, Nikola is always happy to help, and to make your experience at SKN an exceptional one.
“I believe that to achieve healthy, glowing skin, you must treat the body as a whole – mind, body and soul.”
Meliza has been in the customer service industry for over 5 years. After graduating high school Meliza attended Flight Attendant school, pursuing her passion for for travel and learning about different cultures. Meliza is energized and inspired meeting and working with new people. This led her to continue her studies at Eton College, a private institution in Vancouver where she obtained a diploma in Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism.
Meliza believes customer satisfaction is the top priority, all in an effort to build long term relationships, creating happy, loyal, returning clients.
In her free time she’s developed an interest in taking care of her skin and over wellness a journey which lead her to SKN Clinic. Meliza has been a part of the SKN Team for over 2 years bringing a bright, beautiful energy that ensures anyone who walks in our doors to feel immediately welcome.
“Skin and beauty start from within. I believe in taking care of yourself from the inside and outside, whether that would be having a good skin care routine, eating healthy, staying hydrated and being active.”
Judy is a Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturist. She holds a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine Diploma from the International College of TCM in Vancouver and completed a month-long internship at Tzu Chi Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan.
She has been passionate about this intricate and holistic medicine since using it for treatment of chronic health issues occurring in her 20s, with little or no relief from western modalities. After treatment with acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and modifications to her diet, Judy’s health and life improved greatly. She has made it her mission to share her knowledge so that others can have similar success stories.
She stands behind the theories of TCM. One of which is that there is no separation between mind, body and environment. Judy takes into consideration the uniqueness of your health journey and customizes TCM treatments to heal not only the ailment(s) at present, but also treat the whole body system so the root cause is addressed.
To balance her demanding career, Judy enjoys the outdoor lifestyle and can often be found hiking or cycling around British Columbia’s many trails. She is also a classically trained pianist that facilitates sound healing meditations.
Michelle has returned to SKN Clinic after spending 3 years on the beautiful Island of Haida Gwaii.
Michelle has spent many years in the spa industry and over 8 years ago she made the decision to further advance her skill set and took a keen focus on medical aesthetics learning various laser technologies and advanced skin care treatments.
Her background in Holistic Nutrition further developed her scope of practice, allowing her to instruct clients on the internal care needed to obtain healthy youthful skin.
You can rest assured you are in good hands with Michelle, who has over 15 years of advanced skin care experience and knowledge to guide you on your way to healthy skin.
Michelle is excited to be back at SKN Clinic as part of the team where she can continue to guide clients on their skin health journey.
“My SKN philosophy is simple. The mind, body, spirit and skin are all connected. Each requires TLC in the form of food, skin care, exercise, yoga and positive social interaction. Everything is connected and when each part is nurtured and cared for, you will be too.”
After six years of working in the beauty industry Hardip was ready to further her skill set and passion and enrolled in Blanche Macdonald’s Aesthetics program
Hardip is a firm believer that skin health should be top priority — it affects our mental, physical, and emotional well-being just like our overall health and wellness. She is committed to constantly studying and learning new techniques, formulas and methods so she is equipped to empower, and heal every face that steps through the clinic doors.
Hardip is dedicated to integrating her learnings of holistic skin health into the routines of all her clients while educating them to take care of themselves from the inside out. She loves to take her time with everyone and educate them on the importance of working with a healthy base instead of covering it up. Hardip strives to be the professional, educated, and passionate esthetician her clients deserve.
“Taking the time to care for your skin gives you an opportunity to practice mindfulness. Those few minutes, if spent going through your regime in a relaxed, and purposeful manner, can almost be meditative. On a deeper level, it makes you feel nurtured and cared for on all levels.
Alli is a two time graduate from Blanche Macdonald, specializing in Aesthetics and Makeup Artistry. With over eight years of experience in both industries, working in world-renowned spas and performing makeup in the film and wedding industry, she was ready for the next step in her career, moving from the small town of Fernie to Vancouver to pursue her dreams.
Alli is passionate about customer service and helping others achieve their goals—assisting in any way she can with her knowledge of the industry and the care she has for others.
“I believe when you start to heal the skin holistically and live a balanced lifestyle, you don’t only see the positive effects on the outside, but you feel them inside too.”
Ashlie comes to SKN with a wealth of experience gained working in the esthetics industry for over five years. Ashlie has always had an interest in skin care, and at the age of 25 she decided to take her passion for skin a step further and train as a professional esthetician. Since then she has committed to becoming the best practitioner she can be, constantly studying and learning new skills. Ashlie loves helping her clients to reach a place of self-confidence and achieve beautiful skin. Her dedication to results shines through in her treatments, and Ashlie is always committed to helping her clients reach their skin goals.
“Beautiful skin is synonymous with healthy skin. I believe in healing the skin from inside and out, combining both diet and topical skin care to achieve optimal skin health.”
Christina graduated from Blanche Macdonald in 2004 and has been a part of the ever growing and expanding skincare industry ever since.
She started her career at Spa Utopia developing her hands on skills and building a loyal clientele base.
Christina then went on to run Hollyburn Country Club Spa for almost a decade.
Seeking a change of scenery she moved to Ontario where she spent a year at a luxurious resort spa.
After a long winter she missed the west coast beaches and nature and made her return home joining SKN Clinic.
Christina has a deep understanding of skincare and skin health allowing her to create the best treatment plan for each client.
Jessica’s introduction to acupuncture and traditional medicine came at a young age, revealing a deep respect for the power of energy in the body, and in plants.
Her attraction to SKN Clinic is its incorporation of both eastern and western applications to optimize skin health, through facial acupuncture treatments, and in the use of beneficial herbal extracts in the Forget Beauty line of products.
Having been somewhat of a minimalist in her own skin regimen, she has become a believer in more modern technologies, mainly through meeting the radiant faces of SKN, and sees the combination of high tech/ low tech as the yin/ yang balance we strive for in all areas of life these days.
Jessica is a graduate of the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program in Vancouver. Her other areas of interest in holistic health care are injection therapies, clinical pilates, and breath work for pain management and postural alignment.
Winnie is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is licensed to practice Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture and other TCM modalities cupping, and moxibustion.
Through her gentle needling technique and individualized care, Winnie strives to empower her patient’s to find healing on many different levels of their life- physical, mental, and emotional. She is known for her intuitive approach and grounding presence. Winnie has had success treating a wide range of ailments, including chronic and acute pain, insomnia, eczema, digestive issues, women’s health and fertility, headaches, anxiety, chronic fatigue and more.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Winnie graduated from the 5 year Doctorate program at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver and completed a month long internship at the Tzu Chi hospital in Taipei, Taiwan. There, she had the opportunity to work alongside senior medical Doctors, treating a high volume of patients in various departments such as gynecology, post-stroke care, trauma, out-patient care, and more. Winnie also has a Bachelor or Arts degree from UBC and has completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program in Greece. When not in the clinic treating patients, Winnie can be found strolling around town with her dog, hiking at our local mountains, or chowing down at one of our city’s many great restaurants.
Amie began her esthetics career in 2008 following working as a freelance Makeup Artist in Halifax, NS. With a passion for travel and a belief in the healing of nature, Amie moved to the Canadian Rockies in Banff Alberta where she worked at some of Canada’s top resorts, gaining more skills in the treatment room and relaxation massage. Vancouver came calling in 2014, where Amie began the next chapter of her career, focused on holistic skin health with a blend of medical esthetics mastering industry favourites such as Halo, BBL, and the Hydra-Facial. Her passion, magical touch, and intuitive understanding of the skin has helped clients all across Canada to regain confidence in themselves while transforming their skin.
Wendy holds an Acupuncture and Herbal diploma from PCU Holistic Medicine College.
She completed her cosmetic acupuncture training in Taipei, Taiwan. and studied pain management under Dr. Jackson.
She specializes in Korean style gentle needling cosmetic acupuncture technique to regulate and balance qi, blood flow to boost collagen and enhance the health of the skin, while firming and brightening the complexion. She believes in connecting beauty and TCM for beauty, health and longevity.
Wendy has always felt passionately about health, healing and beauty. Eventually, it became clear that Chinese Medicine has become one of her passion, working with needles contemplate how to live a life of balance, wellness, and harmony.
She loves that body and mind and spirit are more than just equally valued in Traditional Chinese Medicine, they are seen as inseparable expressions of a whole human life.
A Vancouver native, Chenier is proud to have helped build SKN Clinic into one of Vancouver’s stop skin care destinations.
beautiful skin requires commitment
not a miracle.
– Erno Laszlo