Founder Nicki Zevola has been named one of the top 30 beauty bloggers in the world by Konector.com since 2009. Nicki has participated in campaigns with prestige brands such as Redken, Olay, Ken Paves, Rodan + Fields, NIA 24, Advanced Skin Technology, and many others. She is also a regular contributor to Divine Caroline and the Bellezza Spa blog.
In 2008 she graduated from undergraduate studies as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society and magna cum laude with degrees in Biological Sciences and Physics/Astronomy, as well as a minor in Chemistry as a part of the B.S./M.D. program at the University of Pittsburgh. She has received numerous awards and designations, including the Dean’s Summer Medical School Research Fellowship (2009), Dean’s Honors List (eight times), two-time Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Fellow (2006, 2007), Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Fellow (2007), Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative Research Fellow (2005), Golden Key International Honors Society Inductee (2005), University of Pittsburgh BioEngineering Research Experiences for Undergraduates Grant Recipient (2004), University Scholar (2003), National Merit Finalist (2003) and full-tuition scholarship for undergraduate studies (2003-2007). During college she was elected and served as vice-president of the student chapter of the American Chemical Society – Student Affiliates, the Pitt Women’s Investment Network, and the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical Honors Society.
In her spare time, Nicki enjoys reading, running, Pilates, and spending time with her family and friends. She is an avid fan of Jim Rohn, Napoleon Hill, Dale Carnegie, Martha Beck, the poems of Mary Oliver, the Pittsburgh Steelers, “Sex and the City,” Christian Louboutins (and high heels in general), Vogue, Success magazine, and traveling.
Contributing Writer Hanan Taha got her MD from Kuwait University in 2002, and obtained a masters degree in Dermatology in 2010 from the University of Alexandria. She has experience in various cosmetic procedures, such as hair removal, facial rejuvenation, skin tightening, cellulite treatment, and management of stretch marks.
Hanan’s passion for dermatology started on her very first day of rounds, and after being undecided for years on which direction to go, she decided to become a dermatologist. A strong believer in patient education as grounds for a healthy living, she strives to thoroughly explain her patients their skin problems or concerns and the proposed treatment plan. She also runs a blog in Arabic dedicated to spreading the knowledge about dermatology and cosmetic dermatology in a simple, concise manner (elbashra.com). Elbashra (البشرة) is the Arabic word for “the skin.”
In her spare time Hanan enjoys reading; swimming; and watching comedies, stand up, sitcoms, and movies.
Contributing Writer Leah Argento has spent more than 15 years in sales and marketing of luxury consumer products, with an emphasis on both OTC and professional skin and hair care. Currently, she serves as the Midwest Regional Account Manager for Sothys, a premier French skin care manufacturer. Prior to Sothys, Leah spent time at Skin 1 in Chicago, where she conducted research and wrote web content, brand, and product descriptions for more than 200 beauty brands. She has also worked for Premier Beauty Supply, Phytomer Corporation, and Truefitt & Hill.
Leah is a passionate researcher, adores beauty and skin care products, and loves to write about them! Her goal is to debunk myths and help women make well-informed decisions with factual and well-researched articles.
She holds a B.S. in Marketing from DePaul University and is currently pursuing formal esthetic training in Chicago, where she resides with her daughter. Leah aspires to the highest standards of excellence and looks forward to serving the Futurederm community!
Dr. Cynthia Bailey, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist from Sebastopol, California. In her twenty-plus years of practice, she has seen over 13,000 patients (and counting). She is a graduate of Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans, a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology, and holds several other professional delegations. Dr. Bailey currently is also the owner of Dr. Bailey Skincare and Dr. Bailey Skincare.com, where she recommends products and runs her own blog.
Contributing Writer John Su describes himself as eccentric—you might find him having a conversation with himself. He’s a stickler for accuracy, so you might find him correcting one thing or another! His goal is to answer questions and provide unbiased, meaningful, and insightful information when it comes to skin care. His underlying motivations stem from a need to inform people who have doubts, questions, or even prayers for solutions to their problems.
At 22, John will return to school next fall to get those plans to become a dermatologist moving. John enjoys singing, playing piano, hitting volleyballs, playing video games, and frolicking with friends. Some day, he’d love to try more adventurous activities, like skydiving and mountain climbing! To find out why he wants to be a derm in his own words, check out his blog: The Triple Helixian!
Fragrance writer Cheryl Johnson describes herself in her own words: I am 39 years young and counting backwards. I actually have a birthday this Sunday that ends in a zero, but I refuse to turn that age and though others may own that age, I’m staying at 39.
I have always been a skincare, haircare, makeup, perfume, jewelry, and, basically, all things girly junkie. Perfume holds a particularly special place in my heart. My parents who are an extremely happily married couple of 45 years spent every Saturday night out together when I was growing up, and on Date Night they would tuck me in to bed before leaving. I can vividly remember my mother and father’s perfume and cologne as they would kiss me goodbye. My mother wore some exotic new perfume from Paris that my father had purchased for her, and my father wore a delicious cologne. Still to this day should either of them leave an item behind here at my home from a visit; I hold it close to my face and inhale the scent, almost feeling embraced by it, as if my mom or dad were here hugging me close.
Editor and Contributing Writer Natalie K Bell spent years mining the depths of the Internet, asking doctors absurd questions, and experiencing the unfortunate trial-and-error of adolescence to accumulate beauty and make-up knowledge. Natalie holds a degree in English Writing and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. Her writing career began as a staff writer at The Pitt News, where she worked her way up to Arts and Entertainment/Magazine Editor. She has also worked in the communications department at The Heinz Endowments and in the editorial department at WHIRL magazine. She’s written articles ranging from serious feature pieces to snarky movie reviews. She enjoys cooking and eating exotic food, spoon collecting, both high-brow and trashy literature, unrealistic romantic comedies, bad horror movies, and vintage jewelry.
Contributing Writer Jana Levin is a beauty obsessed, Public Relations major from Los Angeles who is currently studying in Boston. As a redhead with the self-described “translucent pale, sensitive complexion” that comes with her colored mane, Jana is a fan of the more natural products. She spent years experimenting with products to normalize her sensitive skin that is prone to acne and redness, and have developed a “less is more” mentality with beauty products. She plans to work in the cosmetic industry after she graduates.She’ll be giving insight into what she has tested out over the years, and why she chose to be (mostly) chemical-free with her beauty products.
Moxie is a beauty expert. Named one of the top 50 beauty bloggers in the world, Moxie specializes in natural, organic, and cruelty-free product reviews. She does some of the best nail polish reviews in the business! She is also a social media expert, and we are proud to have her as a part of our team. Please visit her blog, Moxie Reviews.
Contributing Writer Phyrra. Courtney, better known as Phyrra, is a beauty blogger, gamer, social media consultant and standard poodle lover. She’s addicted to her kindle fire and Pinterest. Phyrra can be found at Phyrra.net. Phyrra is also a contributing writer at MyBeautyBunny.com.
Contributing Writer Rebecca Harmon has been intrigued by the world of skin care and makeup since she was very young and the lady with the interesting brief case stopped by to sell cosmetics to her mother in rural Ohio — a long time ago! Rebecca supported herself and her 2 kids while completing her undergraduate degree selling Ultima II products by Revlon, is a regular at beauty boutiques and counters in several states and can’t say no to the question, “Would you like to add lip color to your purchase today?”
A doctoral student in Education at the University of Pittsburgh, Rebecca is mother to two grown children, and a young (!) grandmother. She’s an avid reader, dog-lover, and black-cat protector. She is wrestling with the characters in a developing speculative fiction novel, ‘Play for Keeps’ (working title) and developing tools for women of all ages to learn to appreciate themselves and their unique contributions to the planet, and in her spare time, Rebecca blogs at: http://specfictionwriter.
Editorial Intern Taylor Barbieri is studying English Literature and Mandarin Chinese at the University of Pittsburgh. After a series of follicle follies in her youth, Taylor is now dedicated to bringing FutureDerm readers the best tips and tricks for hair and eyebrow health, specifically about having thick and lustrous hair. In her free time Taylor enjoys studying obscure foreign languages, Bollywood music, cooking pastries, reading ethnographies, and anything involving chocolate. You can contact Taylor at Taylor@futurederm.com.
Editorial Intern Lauren Hanlon, who’s addicted to nail polish and the magic of BareMinerals makeup, has been a beauty enthusiast for many years. She is currently a student at the University of Pittsburgh working towards completing her degrees in Art History and Marketing with a minor in Studio Arts. She enjoys a fine wine, cooking, baking, traveling, exercising and watching movies and hilarious TV shows (currently obsessed with New Girl and Two Broke Girls).
Editorial Intern Dyanna Person is mostly likely to be found with her head in a book, making words dance, or trying to manipulate an organic compound. Dyanna was always a well-rounded nerd. She had her first science kit at 8-years-old, and did everything in her power not to burn her skin off. She then discovered cosmetics and constantly battled the idea of somehow combining them, with a combination of stellar and lackluster results. She’s now studying English writing with a concentration in biological sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Most know her as a hairstylist, natural hair blogger, volunteer counselor, DNA lover, and mixtress. In her spare time you will find her playing in makeup, making green smoothies, salsa dancing, or napping.
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