Gary Begley
President – Licensed Aesthetician – Supervising Laser Technician – Laser Safety Officer – Master Sculptor Artisan

Gary Begley has been at the forefront of the Laser and Clinical Aesthetics community for more than 30 years.  His technology and applications innovations have helped to advance the science of skin care and shape the medical spa industry as we know it today.  Gary currently serves as the Chairman of the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology, and was formerly the Western Regional Director of the National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology.


Carol Ann Smith, FNP
Medical Director

Carol Ann Smith, F.N.P. brings decades of experience as a medical practitioner & educator to the IMAj Institute.  Carol Ann has traveled worldwide as an Instructor for Botox Cosmetic, Juvederm and other injectable products, and serves as a guest instructor and Medical Director for the IMAj Institute. Carol Ann also actively reviews all records and protocols to ensure medical accuracy.


Peggy Begley
Clinical Director – Licensed Aesthetics Instructor – Laser Safety Officer – Certified Laser Technician – ITEC Internationally Certified Aesthetician – ITEC Certified Instructor

As a seasoned business professional and a Licensed Aesthetician with a true passion for skin care, Peggy directs the daily operations and growth of the IMAj Institute and our curriculum. As an Instructor, Peggy provides guidance to aspiring Aestheticians through our professional development classes that are designed to assist new professionals with translating their skills as a skin care provider to new career opportunities. Peggy also serves as a liaison to regulatory agencies on behalf of the school.

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Alyssa Gillies
Licensed Aesthetics Instructor – Supervising Laser Technician – Laser Safety Officer

Alyssa Gillies has extensive experience working in the retail medical spa environment, and ultimately found that teaching was her true passion. She is a Certified Laser Safety Officer, and also holds both an Aesthetics Instructor License and a Laser Technician Instructor Certification.


Augustina Snowden
Lead Aesthetics Instructor – Master Sculptor Artisan – Master Eyelash Extension Instructor – Supervising Laser Technician – ITEC Internationally Certified Aesthetician – Certified Microneedling Instructor

Augustina is not only the Lead Aesthetics Instructor at the IMAj Institute, but her advanced knowledge and acumen with high-frequency microcurrent and radio frequency skin altering devices has led her to serve as the Institute’s Master Sculptor Instructor. Her research and development work has led to major clinical advances in the use or Sculptor technologies for both cosmetic and medical applications.

Kathleen Papenfuss
Licensed Aesthetics Instructor

Ms. Papenfuss has been the beauty industry since 1992 and been a licensed aesthetician in 2010. She has professional experience working in different salons as well as owning and operating her own salon. Ms. Papenfuss is a valuable resource to IMAj Institute students because of her extensive technical knowledge as an aesthetician as well as her business knowledge as a salon owner and operator.

Tommi Harrison
Front Desk Coordinator

The first voice you will usually hear when you call IMAj to ask a question about classes or to schedule a spa appointment is Tommi Harrison’s.  Tommi manages the front desk and keeps the IMAj campus running smoothly on a daily basis.

Aspen Espinoza
Admissions Advisor – Licensed Aesthetician

Have questions about IMAj classes?  Need assistance with a student loan?  Interested in scheduling a tour of the IMAj campus?  Aspen is here is help you!  Aspen Espinoza is the Admissions Advisor for the IMAj Institute, and whether you are an aspiring skin care professional or a current pro interested in advanced training, Aspen is ready to help you learn more about IMAj and guide you through the enrollment process.

Kathy Ellsworth
Business Consultant – Compliance Officer

Ms. Ellsworth supports behind-the- scene functions of IMAj Institute.  Her responsibilities include policy development, curriculum specialist, and sustained compliance with oversight organizations. Ms. Ellsworth’s goal is to establish and maintain processes that support IMAj’s mission of Training the Best Aestheticians in the World. Ms. Ellsworth’s previous experience includes compliance auditing, corporate training and human performance management.

Stacey Johnson
Student Services Counselor – Professional Development Instructor

Ms. Johnson’s goal is to ensure all students have the information and guidance they need to be successful in their education goals as well as their career goals. Ms. Johnson is a key factor in supporting students through their educational journey and preparing them to enter the business world. Ms. Johnson came to IMAj Institute with extensive experience as an instructor and a guidance counselor.

Joe Danosky

Joseph Danosky
Engineer – Licensed Cosmetologist – Licensed Aesthetician – Certified Laser Technician – Laser Safety Officer

Mr. Danosky, a former Nuclear Submarine Mechanic and USN veteran is the gentleman behind the scenes. Joe is currently a Licensed Cosmetologist, Laser Technician, and Laser Safety Officer, and works daily to maintain and repair all of our lasers and clinical aesthetic equipment. When he is not busy with that, he his diligently developing and prototyping new equipment. This not only puts our school on the forefront of new technology, but our students as well.