Current student Jeanna Ray made a big life change when she decided to enroll in our Ayurveda Esthetic program at The Institute of Beauty and Wellness.  Not only did she make a huge career change, she also had to relocate almost 900 miles from her home town in Virginia.  Our unique 1000-hour Ayurveda Esthetic program incorporates training in esthiology along with the ancient Indian healing practices of Ayurveda; balancing the mind, body, and spirit.

Q: Tell us a little bit about your background.  What did you do prior to attending Aveda IBW?
My previous experience is in digital and online strategy, communication, and marketing. I have worked in the corporate world for 15 years.

Q: What motivated you to enroll at IBW?
 I discovered IBW through an online search and immediately knew it was the right place for me. There are only a few Ayurveda programs throughout the U.S., but IBW was the only one that offered Ayurveda and Esthetics. Furthermore, my visit to IBW was the true motivation! The level of service I received as a prospective student was remarkable. It was definitely something to learn from and now I aspire to provide that same level of service. Also, I was able to receive assistance from the admissions department regarding licensure and state requirements.  I can’t imagine not being motivated to enroll after that!

Q: Has your family been supportive of your decision to relocate and attend school?
:  My family has been very supportive. The distance is tough, but they are still cheering me on.

Q: What has been the best part of your program so far?
A:  The program is amazing! I’ve enjoyed learning about the science and practices of Ayurveda.  Our curriculum, our teachers, and the hands-on clinic experience all have surpassed my expectations, and I do like Milwaukee as well!

QWhere do you see yourself after graduation?
In the future, I would like to have my own business as well as teach. I hope that I am an innovator and an ambassador for the profession, skincare and wellness, and doing what you love.

Q: What is the one piece of advice you would give to others thinking about making a career change or going back to school?
Visit as many programs as you can, ask plenty of questions, and make sure you find the best program for you and your new journey.

Q: What is your favorite AVEDA product? Any tips on how to use it?
A:  It’s Vata season, y’all! I love Intense Hydrating Rich Crème to fight the cold, hard, dryness of the winter season. Don’t forget the hydrating treatment lotion or toning mist before!

Q: Any other thoughts/comments on your program at IBW?
I am confident in the top-level education I am getting.  IBW is hands down the best of all the schools I researched. The Ayurveda Esthetic program is the only one like it.  I love the whole experience and my classmates rock! Best decision I ever made.

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