My personal mission is to endow eco-sustainable, holistic health and wellness education in a nurturing and supportive manner.
About Richard Merrill-Rivas
A graduate of Marinello School of Beauty, he’s worked nationwide to support professionals through training while also continuing his education in Aromatherapy, Advanced Peels, LED, Boutique Skincare Formulations and is also an Esthetics Instructor. Richard has also been seen published in several industry magazines.
Richard is one of 30 National Finalists and received "The Game Changer" award for Industry Leadership and Education as well as 2nd Place in The People's Choice at the inaugural national competition for Estheticians, The Skin Games.
In his practice he develops customized protocols and treatment plans for each client to address chief skin care concerns. Utilizing non-invasive modalities such as LightStim LED Devices and high performance botanicals specifically designed to treat all skin types and conditions.
To truly approach the whole body Richard also attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become an Integrative Nutrition Certified Holistic Health Coach, this has boosted service results as well as his business coaching services.
Richard takes great care to not use phthalates, sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, synthetic dyes or fragrances and educate his clients on better ingredient choices for their overall skin health. Also, all products utilized in these luxurious, results oriented treatments are guaranteed to never have been used in animal testing, EVER.
Reserve an appointment today for services. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me at info@RichardMerrill.net
Wishing you Many Blessings, Richard Merrill-Rivas
More About Richard...
My name is Richard Merrill-Rivas. I have been a licensed esthetician since December 2009. My mission is to endow eco-sustainable beauty and wellness education to clients and skin care professionals in a nurturing and supportive manner. I began my work in the wellness industry as an in home healthcare provider for the elderly. I worked in numerous settings to offer personal care support to those who suffered from ailments such as dementia to more life threatening illnesses as Cancer.
After loosing two of my patrons, I ran far from the modern healthcare industry. I sought after a holistic minded service that encouraged people to be better; Beauty and Wellness! I began my search as a Counter Manager for Benefit Cosmetics, where I helped people look great for special occasions. As much as I enjoyed working in this field, I still wanted to discover a career with a more significant impact. I next tried a L.A. Promotions company, which permitted me to build my network and gain knowledge of the entertainment industry. The independence of this job inspired me to give direct sales/ relationship marketing a chane. The concept of making a great income while helping others sparked my interest the most. After working for Mary-Kay and AVON with much success, I thought I had found my niche.
That all changed when I visited the Red Door Spa in San Francisco. Several of my service providers told me the notion of how I would make a great candidate for the spa industry. After contemplating the idea on my way back home, within 6 days I was enrolled at Marinello Schools of Beauty to become a Licensed Esthetician. While in school, I began working as an Independent Advisor for Become Beauty, an Australian Beauty and Wellness Direct Sales Company. They manufacture professional grade products at an affordable price to the consumer.
After completing my scholastic training, I remained an Independent Advisor. In the process of launching my career as a full time esthetician, I offered complimentary spa parties to produce more clientele. My goal was to learn many different types of skin conditions while continuing my education with advance seminars and courses. I have had the pleasure of being on the Beaute Reports Internet Radio Show as a co-host and have written several articles for the Beaute Report blog as well.
My business began to spread out to trade shows, vendor fairs, and celebrity red carpet events. I had reached the peak of my career and only had been licensed for 2 months at the time. I decided to present more services as my clientele increased, which lead me to HairPlaay Studio. The journey to improve each person’s confidence daily with great skin is a joy of mine. While I was successful in educating more individuals about mindful ways to care for their skin, mind and body my knowledge of ingredients and product also began to expand.
While attending the 2010 International Congress of Ethetics and Spa Long Beach Trade Show I met with, Lotus Moon Founder and President, Lake Louise. Her experience in product development and eco-sustainability sparked a need within myself to once again reach beyond my comfort and deepen my understanding of holistic, mindful skincare. A few months later in January of 2011 I joined the Skin Mind Body Essentials (SMB Essentials) team as the National Client Relations Manager and Lead Product Educator. This experience delved directly into my core focusing on education, safe ingredients, non-toxic active ingredient alternatives, and eco-sustainability. While my time with this company was brief the education was vast and very meaningful to my career.
I have since taken my educational role to new heights as the Lead Esthetic Instructor at Marinello Schools of Beauty at the Lake Forest, CA location while also developing my business Phoenix Apothecary, LLC which launched November 2014.
I have been blessed in my path of educating and supporting others and look forward to continuing this journey building more friends and colleagues along the way. If you have any questions about how to improve your daily wellness feel free to contact me directly at EstheticianRichardMerrill@gmail.com.