About us

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NZ Laser Training is unquestionably New Zealand’s foremost authority on laser education. Established in 2011, we provide high quality educational pathways for Doctors, Nurses, Beauty Therapists and Laser Technicians.

And behind it all is Ruth Nicholson. Ruth been actively involved with medical and beauty professionals since 2004, this includes a past role of product specialist, and sales representative for a range of appearance medicine and beauty products, class IV laser and IPL based technologies, and a range of beauty equipment at NZ Medical & Scientific Ltd. Her background also includes an adult tertiary teaching qualification (NZQA level 5), NZQA 4098 workplace assessors qualification, she is a Laser Safety Officer (LSO - QLD) , and holds an NZQA pharmaceutical qualification as well as past roles and experience in the hairdressing and skincare retail sector spanning back to the 1990’s.

Ruth recognised the laser industry was dangerously unregulated and has made it her mission, and business to change this.  She is passionate about educating laser users and sharing the extensive knowledge she has learned over the years working with these highly technical machines to offer the best laser training in New Zealand.

NZ Laser Training has seen the consequences of inferior imported lasers and IPL machines which are often used by un-trained hands. Ruth and her team are experienced at stepping in when requested to put necessary safe-guards in place; to reduce unwanted hazards and provide education.

Ruth and her team are impartial, honest, ethical and transparent and are more than happy to assist business owners who have recently purchased laser and IPL equipment and are maybe unsure of what they actually have, or how to use it safely. Many businesses need help to understand what is expected of them to meet industry best practice, or regulations, NZ Laser Training can assist with this. There are many pitfalls for the unaware so NZ Laser Training always goes the extra mile to help out and is a valuable and recognised industry resource.

My mission is to firstly, make sure potential customers aren’t put at risk. And in secondly I’ll never ignore a call for help from a business using lasers.
— Ruth Nicholson
 
 

Meet the team


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Ruth Nicholson

Course Director
Laser & IPL Tutor & Laser Safety Officer (LSO), Technical ADVISER

Qualifications include: NZQA - Adult Tertiary teaching Cert , Laser safety officers certificate (AACDS), NZQA Workplace assessors cert. 4098,  NZ Certificate in Pharmacy (NZQA Pharmacy Dispensary Technician) & holds certifications from various Laser suppliers. Ruth holds memberships with ASLMS (American society for Laser, Medicine & Surgery) & BMLA - (British Medical Laser Association).

Ruth has continued her education in her areas of expertise for approx 15 years. This includes gaining medical grade education from numerous high calibre appearance medicine product suppliers, and laser professionals including: Fellow laser nerd, Professor Lee Collins,  Key suppliers: Cutera, Cynosure, Alma, Lumenis, and Palomar as well as from attending medical laser and appearance medicine educational events. She has also undertaken a tertiary teaching qualification in mid 2019. An independent adviser to local councils, and guest speaker and educator on laser / IPL, Ruth advises professional industry Associations, and Health care investigators, including in her role as an adviser to The Health & Disability Commissioner. (HDC) on the subject of Laser & Pulsed light (IPL).

Ruth has run 6 previous Beauty Tech Conference events, which were hosted from 2012 to 2018 to provide on-going education and networking to industry. 

Notification of declaration: in August 2019, Ruth has officially taken on the position of technical adviser to Auckland Council for the purposes of providing impartial technical analysis of complaints regarding IPL & Laser in the Auckland region. Her position remains to prevent incidents from occurring through education, to assist clinics with compliance to regulations, and to educate, re-train, or weed out the unprofessional operators.


Contact Ruth directly:
ruth@nzlasertraining.co.nz


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Stacey Spencer - King

Senior Clinical Tutor and Laser Safety Consultant

Qualifications include: Diploma, Beauty Therapy (NZ Institute of Electrolysis & Beauty Therapy), Health & Safety (UK).


You will be instantly assured you have come to the right training provider when you meet Stacey as she really knows her Laser & IPL. Her passion lies in delivering the highest calibre education and encouraging clinical excellence for IPL and Laser operators. Stacey has a strong health and safety background and possesses vast clinical experience operating a variety of class IV lasers and IPL devices. Stacey works part time while she juggles her role as mother to her two young children.

Stacey actively assists us with moderation of course content, marking workbooks and facilitation support of learners studying our online educational programmes. Stacey is a key senior educator and advisor.


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Dr Chris Dickey

Medical advisor & Skin physiology educator

Qualifications include: MBChB, FRNZCGP,Dip Dermoscopy, QLD. Dr Chris Dickey is affiliated with NZ laser Training and we are delighted to have him run our "Skin lesion and Skin cancers Educational Workshop". This is an invaluable education and awareness opportunity for the beauty industry.

Chris's goal is for every beauty professional gain information and education in the need for detection of early stage melanomas, which may be inadvertently treated over with IPL. Attending this workshop is one of the most valuable ongoing professional development you can attend. You could even save a life. Chris runs his own company 'Skinology' which provides skin lesion checks in beauty clinics.

Chris recently hosted a skin lesion educational day in Auckland and he continues to support the formation an online skin lesion and melanoma awareness course in conjunction with Ruth & NZ Laser Training.

Contact Chris directly: info@skinology.co.nz

 

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Adriana Schekotova

Our Business Development Manager

Adriana will be driving growth through recognising business opportunities and spearheading actions to promote our products and services.


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Ally Myers

Our Marketing Angel

Ally is our Marketing & Social Media Assistant,and brings the benefit of youth, social saviness and her background in graphic design, and marketing qualifiications. 

 
 

 
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Dr June Engle

Senior advisor & Moderator

Qualifications include: Registered medical practitioner (MD, MS, FRNZCGP,  Dip Dermoscopy and skin cancers, QLD). June is originally from California where she owned and operated a successful aesthetic clinic. NZ Laser Training was grateful to have June on board in the early days of business, now semi-retired, June has moved into the role of one of our senior medical advisors, training materials moderator, and is a valued member on our advisory panel.


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Chris Hames

Medical advisor 

Qualifications include: Registered medical practitioner (RN)
Chris is passionate about operators of IPL and Laser recognising the need to work within their scope of expertise and education. With a wealth of practical experience and clinical management of:  Laser devices, and pulsed light (IPL), dermal needling, chemical peels, advanced skin care, corrective skin care, skin conditions, and medical conditions, and appearance medicine and more recently oncology aesthetics.


Our Advisory Panel

True leaders know where their strengths lie and when they need to recognise others strengths. At NZ Laser Training we are committed to being the best we can in our field, our staff attend regular education and also have access to an advisory panel which consists of other experts to provide us with solid medical and clinical advice.  There is nothing we cannot answer. Our panel consists of a Laser physicist, Medical Doctors, International Laser Tutors, Laser Clinic owners with more than 15 years experience, and exceptional Laser suppliers who also share our ethics and standards in laser science and laser safety.


 
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