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Meet Renee Maloney of Spa Kingston in Bankers Hill

Today we’d like to introduce you to Renee Maloney.

Renee , can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am originally from a small town in Michigan called Eaton Rapids, graduating with a total of 100 people in my class. I then went to college initially to pursue pharmacy. I was 18 and had begun getting deep cystic acne. I went to an Aesthetician and instantly became intrigued by her knowledge, thorough consultation, and the beautiful space her and the doctor she worked for shared. She was very knowledgeable in the skin and assisted me in clearing most of the deep embedded cystic acne I had in just a few chemical peels and a change of home care.

At this point, I was intrigued and wanted to do this for other people and to learn more and more. She shared with me information on how to get started and I did! I went to Douglas J Aveda Institute for Esthiology and after an intense program, I became an Aesthetician. I then worked for Douglas J for a brief time because I absolutely loved the school, customer service ethic, knowledge, continuing education, and professionalism they offered. After learning and excelling exponentially there, I decided I wanted to learn more and grow. In Michigan in 2002 Aestheticians were allowed to assist the doctor, perform IPL, Laser Hair Removal, and other laser and medical services. I interviewed at a very prestigious office and got hired on the spot. Here I learned the Starlux Laser machine, and started performing IPL, Laser Hair Removal, Vascular removal, and assisted the doctor with surgery and c02 laser debridements. I learned and grew in my career and again wanted to grow more.

The doctor I worked for retired and I moved to San Diego in 2008. At this time, I worked as a patient coordinator and Aesthetician and grew my following and the clinic. I then decided I had the knowledge and expertise to open my own space. In 2011 I opened my Spa. I had been still suffering from acne myself. Not because I wasn’t taking care of my skin but because I didn’t have the knowledge I thank G-d every day that I have now. I found Face Reality Acne Clinic in 2012. This skincare company has over 30 years of research working with the top researchers and doctors and even the makers of Retin-a.

As a certified Acne Clinic, we get to utilize and continue to grow with them and have access to priceless knowledge that works not only to heal the worst acne you have ever seen but also keeping skin clear with a very customized and holistic approach. With this knowledge and being certified, I grew my business even more and became a very valuable skincare expert in the San Diego Area. I was the first one to carry this brand to start healing those suffering from acne. I educate my staff and have inspired other Aestheticians to gain more knowledge about acne than they could have ever imagined. My vision and goal are to have created Spa Kingston to not only be a space for total body healing, relaxation, and zen but a place to offer knowledge, assist guests with their skin care goals, and really educate people in a holistic approach to be happy in the skin they’re in!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Is owning a business ever a smooth road? That would be nice haha. I have had obstacles for sure and learning growth that I am extremely grateful for. I am so grateful to learn from my employees, guests, friends, family, and everyone else because it truly shows how much people care. I think the biggest challenge is having employees and making sure they feel valued and love their environment and what they do. This is what I strive for daily. Happy staff makes for a successful business and happy guests! I also strive for perfection which is a challenge because nothing is ever perfect but I think this keeps me on my toes and continuously thinking and being innovative. I am always striving for the best and love my staff because they appreciate learning and growing as well!

Please tell us about Spa Kingston.
Spa Kingston is a wellness spa and brand. We are known for our acne clinic and beautiful ambiance. We are a results-driven spa. We carry products that are not only changing peoples skin and lives but are also great for the environment. We are a green spa, so we save on water and try to eliminate as much waste as possible. Our acne clinic is famous. We are the first to bring an acne clinic to San Diego since 2011 and it truly works and it keeps us busy! Our Aestheticians and Massage therapists are learning every month from continuous education whether it be in the spa or outside we are sure to learn something new every month. We are all about special touches. From having a rose-petaled footpath, aromatherapy all throughout your service, to a lavender scented neck wrap. We are all about our guests and ensuring they are happy and comfortable and leave feeling like they just had a taste of heaven 🙂

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Made my aesthetic all white and perhaps in a busier location next to complimentary businesses.

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