My love of Esthetics began in 1981. At this time, Esthetic programs were just starting to come into the early stages of skin care as a profession. After obtaining my license, I attended the American Institute of Esthetics in Orange County, California for continued training in skin care treatments. To be knowledgeable in all areas of the industry, I then obtained my Cosmetology license. After practicing in Los Angeles for 13 years, I moved to Southern Oregon for a better quality of life for myself and my family. After completing my Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from Southern Oregon University, I returned to my first love of Esthetics. I joined the team at Salon Vivid, where I practiced for over 21 years.
Being a full-time fitness model in competitive southern California for the past 6 years, I saw how an individual’s complexion had a direct correlation to their personal view and self-satisfaction with what they saw in the mirror. I’ve always had a secret passion for skincare, but really found my stride when I realized that beautiful skin builds the foundation for self-confidence. It was at that point that I knew I needed to break into the skincare industry, by pursuing a career in esthetics. Recently, after moving from southern California to Medford, I realized my passion by becoming fully immersed in the skincare world! With a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Dixie State University in southern Utah and my advanced estheticians license from Imani Institute of Cosmetology in Ashland, I am confident that my skill-sets will accommodate every client needs. Corrective skincare treatments and helping individuals age gracefully have become my driving motivations. Knowing this industry is constantly evolving with new techniques, I am determined to remain on the latest trends so I can provide the best services for my clients!
Being an esthetician has been such a natural progression for me…one that feels like it began as a child, long before my photography career ever highlighted it. Having been in the beauty industry for nearly 20 years as a professional photographer, I have witnessed firsthand the importance beautiful skin has on imagery. But I have also always been fascinated by the effect healthy, naturally vibrant skin has on a life-level as well. I see the direct benefits of it in every frame I shoot, but more importantly I witness the confidence it gives each person in their life. My interest and research into whole-body wellness and how it aids healthy skin, increases by the year, and I’m fascinated by new research, technology and treatments that help reverse the signs of aging, acne and skin damage. I have always been a sponge for knowledge, and that love for learning has carried over easily into my esthetics career. I’m so grateful for the wealth of research that goes into skincare each year and enjoy the opportunity to pass that along to my clients. As a Medford native, I love connecting with faces, new and old, here at the salon and I’m forever grateful my clients trust me on their skincare journey.
Self care is something that has always been extremely important in my personal life and has been a driving motivation for my esthetics clients for the last 10 years of my career. With my transition from California to Oregon, that passion remains and is more evident than ever through my social outreach I have already established within the community. Guiding my clients in achieving healthy skin is something I truly take pride in. Through continuous education and staying current on the latest esthetics techniques, my knowledge and experience allow me to treat each client in their desired but most effective way.
I was born and raised in Southern Oregon and received my LMT degree 11 years ago. I specialize in medical massage, with an intergratvie approach. I was trained in a more medical atmosphere of chiropractic care, but started my career in a spa at Salon Vivid. When working in medical massage, I learned a more holistic approach to healing. I offer a wide variety of massages and some of my most popular certified/ licensed massages are: therapeutic integrative massage, cupping, blading, therapeutic stretching, pregnancy massage, deep tissue, scar tissue cupping, pre- and post-surgical massage, and Ashiatsu barefoot massage. I continue to further my education each year with new innovative structures of healing the body. What I love about our Beleza Team is their holistic approach to the skin, since our skin is our biggest organ and a vital part of overall healing.
Sofia Morbin Michaud
I was born and raised in the Veneto region of Italy and I am excited to bring my unique perspective to the beauty industry in Medford. I consider Aesthetics my dream profession and I bring that passion to each client I meet. I moved to Medford from Italy in the summer of 2020 with my husband and daughter, and obtained my Advanced Esthetician License to be able to continue my career here in the US. I enjoy fitness and have been a licensed personal trainer since 2018. I also enjoy reading, researching the latest beauty trends and cooking Italian food to keep my traditions alive. I am so happy to be a part of our wonderful Beleza Team!
I have a passion for all things skincare with an emphasis on corrective treatments. I personally struggled with acne for years and know the emotional toll it can have on one’s self esteem and quality of life. I strive to make everyone feel confident and beautiful in their skin as well as providing a relaxing and inviting environment. I love to create custom treatment plans and skincare regimens to achieve each client’s unique skincare goals. I appreciate each and every client I meet and am so thankful I have found my passion. I was born and raised in the Rogue Valley and have two little girls (16 months apart) that keep me on my toes! I enjoy being outdoors and staying active as well spending quality time with my family.
The inspiration behind the name BELEZA
Translation and dedication are the two words I can use to describe the conception of Beleza. The Portuguese translation of the word “beauty” is Beleza. My grandparents were born in Portugal therefore making my mother 100% Portuguese. My mother dedicated 55 years of her life to the beauty industry. She was a cosmetologist, salon owner and obtained her teaching license and taught at the beauty schools. She finished the last 10 years of her career as an Esthetician. She has recently retired at the age of 80. I wanted to thank her for all the years of dedication to the progression of our industry. I think of the lives she touched as a technician, owner and teacher. She will never be forgotten by her clients, employees and students. I only hope to be as impactful to the profession as well as to individuals as she was and continues to be. I am thankful for her great professional example. I hope you love the name as much as I do!
Thank you for choosing Beleza,