Meet Our Staff: Toni Winkley
American Institute of Beauty, Inc. couldn’t be where it is now without the support of our incredible staff, so we want to share a little about them and what they are doing for the school! We had the opportunity to talk with our clinical skincare program instructor at the Largo campus, Toni Winkley, about her professional journey and experience. She had incredible things to share, and her story is just one example of how you can take a beauty education and turn it into a lifelong career!
The Journey to Skincare
Toni enrolled in beauty school right out of high school. She started at a community college learning nails roughly 26 years ago. She worked as a nail technician for a while, before enrolling in beauty school again after deciding she wanted to learn even more about cosmetology. During her time in the program, she discovered that she had a passion and love for skincare. Over time she enrolled in as many advanced skincare courses as she could find. From microdermabrasion to micro-current, she wanted to learn it all!
Toni’s Role at AIB
Toni was referred to AIB by a friend of hers who works at the school, and was brought on to the team as the clinical skincare program instructor. The program offers much of the training and certification that Toni worked to collect over the years in one convenient program. With her breadth of experience, it would be hard to find someone more suited to teach our program than Toni! She brings a wealth of personal experience as a well-trained clinical skincare specialist, and she strives to pass that along to her students.
The program that Toni teaches is rich with skills and information you can learn to become a diversified and talented skincare specialist. The program is 720 hours in total length, beginning with 300 hours in basic esthetics with the remaining hours in the advanced program. Toni strives to make sure the program is up to date with the latest techniques and products so our students can be prepared to work for the Dermatology and Plastic Surgeon medical practices and professional medi-spas in the area.
About Clinical Skincare
Toni teaches the Clinical Skin Care program at American Institute of Beauty campus in Largo, FL. This program is designed to help students prepare for careers in clinical esthetics, which goes beyond basic esthetics training. Students can learn about treatments such as microdermabrasion, LED light therapy, chemical peels, as well as pre and post-surgical skin care treatments and more. Our class sizes are small, so you can get the individualized education you need to be successful.
Why Toni Loves AIB
American Institute of Beauty, Inc. is a cosmetology school with a huge focus on teamwork. Toni specifically loves that she can start building that teamwork mentality with her students from day one. This can really benefit our esthetics students throughout their careers because they can continue to work together after graduation. If they have referrals, want to open a business, or anything else then our students have that foundation of teamwork they can rely on! Working together can help beauty professionals cultivate their clientele, become more talented individuals, and do more than they could on their own!
This spirit of teamwork starts from the top of the organization and works its way through the entire school. Toni says that she loves being a part of the AIB team because we all work together. If someone is having a bad day, the team comes together to support and encourage that individual. Members of the AIB team are given a great deal of independence as well, placing value in the unique things that each team member brings to the school and letting them focus in on that talent.
Advice For Future Students
If beauty school is something that you’re interested in pursuing, Toni says you should keep your clients in mind:
Join this career because you want to help people, because if you want to help people then you can do well. Esthetics is really about caring about other people and their feelings and their confidence.”
We couldn’t agree more with Toni! Esthetics is a field where you can help others to feel happy and look their best. People can tell if you don’t genuinely care, so if you want to be successful it’s important to feel passionately about other people!
Learn With Toni at AIB
A career in esthetics can be exciting and rewarding if it’s something you put your heart into it. Toni’s positive attitude is a great example of how you can help other people in your career. Visit our clinical skin care program page to learn more about the advanced skills and techniques you can learn for yourself. If you’re new to the beauty world, you can get your start with our fundamental esthetics program. Contact us if you are ready to pursue your future!