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The Mequon Thiensville School of Esthetics is under the leadership of Gail Lerman.  Gail is highly regarded and has been a successful professional in skin care since 1992. She currently teaches and has clientele.

She wanted to help people.

Gail started out in the business world but made a life shift to do skin care because she wanted to help people. She packed her bags and went to Miami to jump start her new career. After hours and hours of seminars, trade shows, reading trade magazines and traveling, she opened Skin Alive Skin Care Salon.

Gail had great success with her skin care salon in a short period of time, and realized she could do more to open the field of skin care.  In the early  ‘90’s there were very few if any “real estheticians” or schools. Gail decided to earn her license to become an instructor and then opened the Mequon Thiensville School of Esthetics so others could train in this field.

She knows skin.

Gail believes in learning cutting edge techniques and is at the forefront as the leader in the industry constantly pushing for new information. Having worked as an independent contractor for physicians, she is able to bring her medical experience to the classroom. Her classroom includes textbook instruction, along with her 34 years of experience with clientele, handouts, guest speakers and the school’s clientele provides hands-on training, which makes the program well-rounded.

Gail encourages prospective students to inquire about experience when applying to any school.  Quality instruction, not distance should be a deciding factor when selecting a school. She encourages looking for an instructor with years of clinical experience and to ask questions such as, how long have you been teaching, do you have your own clientele and does your school have plenty of clients to practice on.

Gail cares.

She believes in training the students in all aspects of the spa industry so they are experienced and ready for employment. The school has a tremendous amount of clientele providing hands-on training for students. She incorporates interactive learning to help students retain the information in a way that accommodates each student’s learning style while giving enough individual attention for them to flourish. This is why Mequon Thiensville School of Esthetics is the leading beauty school in the Milwaukee area!

Student Success.

Gail truly cares about her student’s outcome as estheticians and it is quite evident when her students communicate their success. Eighty percent of students open their own salon after acquiring their esthetician license.  The remainder of her students find employment working with a plastic surgeon, a dermatologist, medi spas or full service salons.

Ready and able.

Gail is certified to teach students to become instructors if they want to go that route. Gail says, “the majority of my students open up their own salon because they leave with so much knowledge,  I believe in getting them educated in all aspects of the business.”


JoshJosh Penning

Josh’s journey in the world of enhancing the human form began during his childhood when he discovered a passion for makeup and creativity at an early age. He relocated to Chicago and embarked on a professional journey at one of its renowned salons. There, he honed his skills in the art and application of lash extensions. This experience ignited his desire to further his education by learning from leading service providers and subsequently transitioning into skincare.

With nearly two decades of experience as an esthetician, a traveling makeup artist, and now an educator, Josh is dedicated to being an educator and business owner. These roles are fulfilling and allow him to share his passion and expertise with eager learners. Through hands-on training and a deep commitment to their growth, he helps aspiring estheticians develop the skills and knowledge they need to transform lives by enhancing skin health and confidence. 

As an educator, he finds immense satisfaction in witnessing the spark of understanding and the enthusiasm that blossoms within each student, knowing that they, too, will go on to make a positive impact in the world of skincare. His goal is to empower students to be confident with new journey as estheticians.

Outside of his professional life, Josh enjoys exploring new cuisines, indulging his passion for travel, and spending time with his beloved dogs.

TheresaTheresa Tadysak-Hus

Theresa is a highly skilled and experienced Esthetician with a passion for teaching the next generation. She has been working in the beauty industry having her own skin care business for over 10 years. She has worked in a variety of settings, including spas, salons, and medical offices with plastic surgeons. She has also served in the past as a licensed Esthetician Instructor at MATC for four years.

As an instructor, Theresa is committed to creating a supportive and encouraging learning environment. She wants her students to feel confident in their abilities and to be excited about their future careers in Esthiology. Theresa believes that everyone has the potential to be a successful Esthetician, and is determined to help them achieve their goals. She also encourages her students to develop their own unique style and approach to Esthetics.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, trying new recipes and playing with her two doggies. One of her favorite places to visit is Marco Island Florida where she can shell to her hearts content.