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A good relationship may develop through shared experiences… but a great relationship requires that something extra… That something you just can’t teach; it has to be within you, before you begin. The ability to empathize, to listen and to work together with your client to get their desired results. Images recognize’s that every client is unique and special. With our special blend of skills and experience Images treatments are customized to reflect individual results.
A little bit of our history. Images Beauty Therapy Clinic has been in business for approximately 30 years. Christine West purchased Images in November 1998 and it has been through a few changes over the last 17 years. Images gradually grew from 2 to 7 Full and Part-time Therapists and even expanded into next door with the addition of a hairsalon with 2 hairdressers. In 2010 Christine decided to downsize, so she sold the hairsalon and closed the connecting door. At the end of 2010 we experienced a small disaster – our infamous FIRE, and we temporarily moved into the upstairs rooms in Papatoetoe Auto Electricians behind our premises for 6 weeks while the clinic was repaired and repainted. It was an adventure for our clients and ourselves.
Christine West has a background in microbiology and biochemistry, 30 years as an aesthetician, and a personal philosophy to never stop learning. This certainly makes Christine one of Auckland’s best kept secrets. Christine trained in 1984/85 at the International College of Camille – a Brand new Auckland Beauty Therapy School at the time, Christine was one of the original first 6 students with just one teacher from England. She had left a career in laboratory technology to work with People. After graduating Christine worked firstly in a Clinic in Whakatane for 3 years then worked a further 9 years in her own clinic in Kawerau. Christine specialises in Electrolysis, IPL and Skin Care. The 2010 clinic fire also saved Christine’s life – the stress sent her to the doctors, and during a routine checkup recieved a Smear test that led to a diagnosis of Uterine Cancer in April 2011, so there was a silver lining to a disaster. After Surgery, Chemotherapy and Radiation Christine was given a good diagnosis and continues to be in remission.
2013 July Christine joined a local Bootcamp and has been gradually getting into EXERCISE. May 3rd 2014 Christine completed The Rotorua Half Marathon. 21 km 3hours 59 mins. She is training again for the 2015 Half Marathon.
Kate Melling is a local girl, born and raised in Papatoetoe, trained at MIT and began working at Images not long after graduating, nearly 12 years ago. She has become a very skilled Beauty Therapist in most aspects of Beauty Therapy – waxing, facials, skin care, massage and IPL. Kate has a patient nature and is great at some of the more fiddly treatments such as lash extensions and lash perms, pedicures and manicures. Kate has been very involved in the local theatre group and every year has participated in putting on their regulars shows – she works behind the scenes with lighting and sound and lately front of house.
Satwinder Kaur has worked at Images for about 10 years, shortly after emigrating from India. Satwinder trained for 2 years in India for her “City and Guilds” in Hair Dressing and Beauty Therapy (A British Qualification recognised around the world). She too has a calm, patient nature and works in all aspects of Beauty Therapy – waxing, threading, facials, skin care and massage. Satwinder also specialises in Electrolysis and IPL. Satwinder has 2 children – her son Anmol 9 and her daughter Gurleen 4.