Esthetic Academy

Application Process Open for September 2018 Class!

Spring has finally arrived which means that the application and enrolment launch is here! We are super pumped and hope you are too 

Until then:

  • Join our Esthetic Academy Facebook Group  to stay connected, brainstorm ideas, and share tips with other individuals interested in Esthetics across Northwestern Ontario! 
  • Take a tour of our facility and meet our instructors.  Fill out your application for the fall class. 
  • Think about potential friends and family members who might want to be your models (don’t worry we always being learning on each other) – but it is always a great idea to start developing your personal model list – we are always here to help you as well.

Class Intake January & September

Registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005

Starting in January 2018 we will be offering a full-time esthetics course! Whether you’re looking for a career change or just leaving highschool, Esthetics Academy will suit your learning needs!

We are Thunder Bay’s Newest Private Career College and we are excited to offer a Diploma Program for individuals interested in pursuing a career in the beauty industry.

For the last 16 years A Spa For You Inc. has successfully brought top quality spa services to the Thunder Bay area. We have created a beautiful facility where it has been proven to be a relaxing, rejuvenating atmosphere for both body and mind. With over 16 years of dedicated experience we feel a great direction for our spa to take is to educate the next generation of estheticians. The beauty market has been growing rapidly and there is an ever growing need of trained personnel to fill the salons, cosmetic counters, spas, esthetic boutiques, suppliers and manufacturing facilities.

Esthetic Academy will be offering 1000 hours of instructor led training, with 16 modules being offered.

  • Introduction to Esthetics
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Bacteriology and Decontamination
  • Cells, Anatomy and Physiology of the Skin
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Disorders and Diseases of the Skin
  • Nutrition
  • Basic Chemistry, Cosmetic Ingredients and Product Analysis
  • Facials
  • Electrotherapy for Estheticians
  • Hair Removal
  • Make- Up Artistry
  • Manicure/Pedicures
  • Cosmetic Massage
  • Salon / Spa Business Management
  • Career Planning and Employment Skills

Thunder Bay sustains over 100 beauty businesses including (salons, spas, beauty counters, and independent beauty consultants), and we have discovered there is a real need for trained individual to service the ever growing beauty industry. Our program provides a mixture of in class and hands-on skills training and we are excited to share A Spa For You as a training facility for our future students.

For more info call 807-475-6977.

Learn more about our new Esthetic Academy on our Facebook page

Mission Statement

Esthetic Academy is a training institution dedicated to producing esthetic professionals, under a comforting and stimulating atmosphere where students are taught both the techniques of esthetic services and the business component.

Our vision is striving to be a world renowned academy in the production of high quality professionals for the Beauty Industry.

Our Facility

Esthetic Academy is located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and it occupies 3,500 square feet ground floor – which makes it easily accessible. The facility will offer a classroom, 3 treatment rooms, a front desk and an area for student/faculty communications. To ensure high quality training, the maximum size per practical labs is no more than 10 students.

Our Staff

Click a staff member for more details

Erika Maki
Erika MakiErika Maki has dedicated over 20 years to the Beauty Industry. She worked at three spas prior to taking the leap into Self-Employment. Her education journey began at The Academy of Esthetics where she obtained a  Diploma in Esthetics as well as Electrolysis. Her thirst for knowledge saw her receiving her Hair Dressing License designation two years later. She has traveled worldwide to many conferences and spas to continue her education: Tunisia, New York, Orlando, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Portugal, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Thailand, Bali and India.

Erika was a lead instructor at Confederation College in the esthetic program for a period of 6 years. She has also instructed many of the Spa Directors in Varadero Cuba (at the BlauVaradero). Her entrepreneurial spirit has been recognized by the many awards she has been given:

  • Confederation College as Faculty Appreciation
    Award 2004
  • Thundering Women by PARO
  • Established Business Award 2013
  • Entrepreneur of the Year 2013
  • just to name a few.
April Shimkoff
April ShimkoffApril Shimkoff was born in Etobicoke, ON in 1975. She was raised in Thunder Bay, ON since the age of 5 and enjoys being surrounded by family and friends to raise her daughter in this beautiful city. April began her love for esthetics in 2004 as an artificial nail technician trained by LCN (Light Concept Nails); and furthered her education in the field at Confederation College taking the esthetics program part time between 2006-2010 while she worked full time as a certified level 2 dental assistant. She followed her passion to Cuba in 2009 for a 4-day seminar, learning the art of hot stone massage. Her loving caring nature brought her focus to the elderly where for many years she travelled as a mobile aesthetician in homes for the aged or to seniors private residence performing for the most part facial waxing, manicures and pedicures; enjoying their company while they relaxed in their own environment.

Today April keeps up to date with products and techniques enrolling in courses being  held in the community as well as webinars. She also works on a part time casual basis at A Spa for You, a full-service spa in her hometown where she enjoys giving the gift of feeling beautiful to her clients as she strives to exceed their expectations.

Debbie Davidson Kordek
Debbie Davidson KordekBorn in Dryden Ontario and moved a few times but has called Thunder Bay home for many years. Debbie has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2001 graduating with honours. She has previously practiced out of a chiropractic clinic and at a couple of spas including A Spa For You and has enjoyed owning her own practice since 2003. Debbie has done work in hospice, long term care, taught a hotstone massage workshop in Cuba and has volunteered for Dilico Family Service as well as kept her own busy business while raising a family with two beautiful daughters. Recently Debbie has dove into the beauty industry by becoming a Market Partner for Monat Global which she is very excited about.
Catherine Elliott
Catherine ElliottCatherine Elliott was born and raised in the Thunder Bay countryside. Her first love is horses and her second love is Esthetics. She graduated from Northwestern Ontario school of Esthetics in 1999, With diploma’s in Esthetics and Electrolysis she became a owner/operator of her own salon. Throughout her career she has refined her skills and added courses to better service her clients needs, and they are:

  • Acupiont Laser Therapy,
  • Medical device reprocessing,
  • 1st year at Faith Life Bible College,
  • History Makers,
  • Sade Talk and ASSIST (applied suicide intervention skills training) 

Currently Catherine is still serving her clients and working at TBRHSC in MDRD and is looking forward to teaching Esthetics!

Frequently Asked Questions

When do I need to apply?
We are pleased to have small classes 10 students per class, to keep a good ratio of students, instructors and models. We strongly recommend that you apply as soon as you are confident this is the school you want to attend. The application can be obtained at the Esthetic Academy. You must be 18 years or older, plus have a OSSD or a GED or equivalent. Or Be at least 18 years of age and pass a Superintended approved qualifying Test (CAAT Level D) The application fee is $125 (non refundable).
Where can I find grants, scholarships and loans that I may qualify for or that may be able to assist me?

If you are looking to start a business there may also be grants and loans available for individuals who want to become entrepreneurs and at times “Training Dollars” are available.

Please contact:

  • CEDC 807-625-3960
  • PARO 807-625-0328
  • Thunder Bay Ventures 807-768-6650
  • BDC 1-888-463-6232
  • FedNor 807-766-1800
  • NOHFC 1-800-461-8329
  • Northern Ontario Angels 807-344-4440
  • to name a few.

We also do provide payment plans to assist you with your education with us.

What is the academic Calendar?
We have aligned ourselves with regular school year our primary intake is in September and if there is an overflow of 5 students or more we will have an intake in January as well . A two week break in December and one week in March can be expected. We observe all statutory holidays. The course is 1000 hours in duration.
Am I responsible for finding my own models?
When beginning to learn the various skills (manicures, pedicures, facials, working with electrical equipment, hair removal, make-up and cosmetic massage) the students begin with working on each
other, as their skill improves family and friends are invited to be models, and eventually taking public models. As it is important to learn how to build a client base, we help our students by teaching some marketing and networking skills. If students are not able to find models we will certainly provide assistance in order to ensure you have as much practical experience to prepare you for your first job or to assist you with starting a beauty business.
Do professors hold office hours, will they meet outside of class time if needed?
We are here to ensure your success, if required our instructors will make themselves available for meetings with our students outside of their scheduled class time.
What is a typical day like?
Classes run 9 – 5 Monday to Friday, with one hour lunch. We have tried to ensure a variety of instructors to help keep the modules fresh and varied in content delivery. 500 hours are in class and 500 hours are practical lab. Classroom instructor led, classroom discussions, individual projects and group discussions can be expected.
I already have work experience related to some of the courses – but now I want to obtain a diploma in Esthetics?
We are pleased to offer a full time course for a Diploma in Esthetics – as a vocational program, this is offered as a single program with 16 modules. Our course is designed to run in a specific order theory (500 hours) followed by practical courses (500 hours). In order to obtain a Diploma from our Esthetic Academy you would be required to complete the 1000 hours with us.

We will however be offering some non-vocational workshops for individuals who may be interested in a short courses to learn something new for themselves or to add to their career in beauty (such as hot stone massage, “brand specific” gel/shellac nails, “brand specific” lash extensions, skin care for mature skin, safe Brazilian waxing etc.) These workshops DO NOT offer a certificate to become a nail technician for instance.

What is the Cost?
We are pleased to offer a payment plan – $10,000 for the course, and $900 for the kit and $500 for the two books required (please note the books and kit do not have to be purchased from us) but are required for class
Can I work anywhere in Canada with my training?
Your Diploma will be recognized in all provinces and territories but you will be required to either apprentice or write/challenge a practical exam in Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

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