Cynthia Mendoza, or “Mrs. M,” as her students call her, is an experienced esthetician with more than 30 years in the industry. Already a cosmetologist and master barber, Mrs. Mendoza advanced her career by entering the Pendleton College of Electrology, where she worked with doctors and learned high-level chemical peels and hair removal technology.

As she learned and gained experience in the growing field of esthetics, Mrs. Mendoza began to see a real need for high-quality education in skin care. She moved to Portland and began what is now the Aesthetics Institute in 1985. During her time growing and developing the school, Mrs. Mendoza has written an advanced esthetics manual, and she has designed the curriculum used at the Institute from the ground up.

She also holds her CIDESCO International Diploma, has lectured at the Oregon Health Sciences University to dermatology students and interns, written for the Electrology Association Newspaper, and assisted in building curriculum for the Advanced Esthetics Boards.

Cynthia Mendoza knows what it takes to be a successful esthetician in today’s growing and changing industry, and believes in consistently reinvesting into the school to provide her students with the most up-to-date equipment and technology possible. Her teaching philosophy ensures that students leave prepared for the real world – not just for their test.

Mrs. Mendoza is constantly improving upon the curriculum and lectures at the Aesthetics Institute, and is passionate about providing students with a quality education in skin care that will allow them to pursue meaningful and successful careers in the industry.


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Beginning her career over 17 years ago, Monique has dedicated her time to advanced education in medical esthetics and laser techniques. Throughout her career she has worked in spa business development with a focus on educating staff of current industry trends and techniques. During her teaching career, it has been her goal to promote the importance of education and has stressed its impact on career longevity. “There should not be such a large gap between where school ends and professional work starts. The trends of the industry indicate that basic training is not enough anymore. To become more desirable to employers and promote the entire esthetics community, it is our responsibility to be educated in as many aspects of esthetics as possible and to continue to learn and improve to stay relevant.”

Her passion for continued education is demonstrated through the many seminars she both teaches and attends.

Mrs. Raab is a graduate of the Aesthetics Institute along with being a CIDESCO Diplomat, She has been featured in the magazine Nails as the youngest nail technology license holder in the United States.


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Laura graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in Business, and discovered her love of teaching while obtaining her master’s degree in English at Portland State University. While working at the Portland State Publishing house she developed her passion for education that she has carried with her into her career at Aesthetics Institute.

A graduate of Aesthetics Institute herself, Laura returned to pass on knowledge and skill after having worked in the industry as an advanced esthetician for many years. While working in the industry Laura built her skills as an educator often training co-workers and creating protocol. Laura’s experience with corrective and advanced esthetics has driven her desire to teach the best techniques possible.