"My greatest honor however has been the opportunity to raise my three children and have the love and support of my husband Angelo. They are my driving force." - Maria DeNicola
* Graduate, Arizona State School of Electrology * Graduate, Rocky Mountain Laser School * Certificate of Achievement Altus Medical * Certificate of Achievement Candela * Certificate of Achievement LightSheer * Certificate of Achievement ESC Medical Systems * Member of Society of Clinical and Medical Electrologists * Member of International Guild of Professional Electrologists * Former President, Arizona Association of Electrologists
I was born in February 1965 in Hollywood, Florida and moved to Arizona in my mid teens with my parents and sister. The Valley has been home ever since.
I am Italian and when I was 12 years old I started receiving electrolysis for my own unwanted dark hair. I can still remember laying on my technician’s table – just in awe of the work that she was doing for me – and I knew even then that this was what I wanted to do for others (it was love at first sight, you could say).
Just a couple years later I started going to school to become an electrologist. I enrolled at the Arizona State School of Electrolysis which was
owned and operated by Betty Williams where I learned more than I can tell you about hair, about removing hair, and about working with people. On August 9, 1982, I graduated and received my degree as a Certified Electrologist. I set about doing all of the things it took to open my own practice.
I have been doing electrolysis for more than 30 years. Over that time I have been honored to receive the Golden Probe Award, presented to recognize exemplary service and leadership within the electrolysis community. I have helped to enrich the lives of hundreds of patient’s by removing unwanted or embarrassing body hair. I have made countless life-long friends, and I can truly say that I really do love the work that I do. I have been blessed in so many ways.
I have been working in the Transgender community for almost as long as I have been doing electrolysis. It is a community that is near and dear to my heart. At one point I was the President of the local transgender support group, A Rose, for several years. I still speak with some of the ladies I have been privileged to know going back 27 years. In 2003, Donna Rose mentioned me in her book ‘Wrapped in Blue’, and that really helped to show me how important my job has been for so many people.
Stephanie Shields – Office Manager
Stephanie Shields is not only an electrologist and laser hair removal specialist but is the Office Manager of Senza Pelo. Growing up Italian meant hair for everyone and electrolysis; she started her love of hair removal at the young age of 12 when she had her own unwanted growth taken care of. While growing up in the offices of Senza Pelo Med Spa Stephanie learned early on to be a professional yet caring technician (which is exactly what our clients want and need). She continually seeks out continuing education to bring her clients the most from their experience in hair removal. Stephanie has diligently worked to be one of the best electrologists in the field of Electrology. She is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Ballet Gold Probe Award that is awarded to only one electrologist each year in their first ten years of practice. Stephanie has received two "AEA President's Award" for her service to the non-profit. In this time she has been the AEA Delegate-at-Large representing the 29 states that do not have a representative in the industry. In October 2016 Stephanie was sworn in as the 3rd Vice President of the American Electrology Association, the largest international association of its kind, at the AEA annual convention in Providence, RI.
She was taught by her mother how to do electrolysis but even before becoming a technician she was speaking on behalf of the office since the 11th grade later becoming a full-time electrologist in 2004. To boot she is a 3rd generation electrologist following her Great Aunt Jay Iadicicco, and her mother, Maria DeNicola.
At this time, she remains the AEA Delegate-at-Large until a replacement can is found to take over that position; therefore, she is multitasking for the AEA. The work Stephanie does is in addition to the public speaking she does on behalf of the industry and clients around the country.
Stephanie is a very compassionate person and strives for excellence in all she does. Those fortunate to have Stephanie as their technician find out how dedicated she is to her profession.
Venessa was born in Tucson, Arizona and moved to Phoenix in 1998 when she was 15. She attended and graduated from Artistic Beauty College in 2002 and is licensed in the state of Arizona as an Aesthetician. Since 2002, she has completed many post graduate courses in her field, from product knowledge to advance techniques of skin care. Venessa has had the privilege to work with and represent some of the top names in the skin and make up industry, including Physicians Choice of Arizona, Glytone, Clayton Shagal, and Avene. Joining our team in 2005, Venessa took skin care to the next level and trained to become an electrologist. She now works along side our staff of skilled professionals in aiding the battle against unwanted hair. Venessa has a deep passion for the care, protection, and beauty of each patient’s skin. Her aspiration is to keep up with the most current standards of the Skin Care Industry. Her latest accomplishment was attending NALA where she obtained her laser certification for hair removal and skin rejuvenation.
Tasha Wright CANS, BLS, ACLS
Tasha was born and raised in Iowa and attended the University of Iowa. After graduating from college, she attended nursing school and graduated in May 2004. At St. Joe’s hospital, located here in Phoenix, she took a Critical Care Course for six months and worked in the Neuro ICU for three years. She worked at the office of Dr. Meltzer, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon located in Scottsdale, for five years. After having a baby, she became a stay at home mom for the majority of the time. When she went back to nursing she came to us as a subcontractor nursing; she is certified in Botox, fillers, and micro-needling by Dr. Chubaty here in the valley.
Miranda Mackey is a Registered Nurse with several years (and miles) of training and experience, being licensed and certified in Arizona, California, and Kentucky. We’re fortunate to have her because of her wealth of accomplishments in various nursing fields and her vast experience with patients. Our clients depend on her for the very best of care that she provides and our office depends on her for the practical experience she brings with her.
Kiara Reyes – LC
Kiara Rayas was born in Phoenix Arizona and raised in Prescott Arizona where she started her education in beauty at Empire Beauty School finishing later in Chandler, Arizona January 2014. By chance she was looking for the perfect place to start her career and fate brought her to the doorstep of Senza Pelo where she started July 2014. Once here, she found quickly that she also loved the world of electrolysis. In December 2014 Kiara started training to become an electrologist and will soon be testing for her national certification with the American Electrololgy Association. She is our current junior electrologist until she becomes certified . Kiara recently moved closer to Senza Pelo and spends her time off with her daughter and boyfriend, making her new house a home.
Mario Santiago RN, BSN
Mario received his nursing degree from Phoenix College in 2007. As a new grad, He accepted a position at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital, where he worked various medical-surgical units for 5 years. He received a Bachelors in Nursing from Arizona State University in 2008. In 2012, he took on a role as a Field Nurse Case Manager for Aetna. Mario joined the Senza Pelo team in August 2017 as our injection nurse. Mario is a Phoenix native and is Spanish speaking. His favorite activity outside of work is taking advantage of Arizona’s trails and spending time with his family.