The Story of PCI Academy

At PCI Academy, we're more than just a beauty and wellness academy – we're a gateway to realizing your dreams and achieving your goals. Since our inception in 1978, we've been committed to empowering our students with the mindset, skills, and business acumen needed to thrive in the beauty and wellness industry. With a legacy spanning over four decades, we've earned the trust of thousands of professionals who have chosen us as their preferred Beauty Academy.

Our success is rooted in five core beliefs that drive everything we do:

  • The student is our #1 Guest: We prioritize the needs and goal of our students above all else.
  • A team culture: We foster a collaborative environment where everyone is supported and encouraged to succeed.
  • Bettering our best: We continuously strive for excellence and improvement in all aspects of our academy.
  • Living in the Top 20: We aim to be leaders in the industry, setting the standard for quality and innovation.
  • Passing it on: We believe in paying it forward by sharing knowledge, skills, and opportunities with others.

Founded in Ames, Iowa by the Lokken family, our academy was built with a vision to provide not just education, but also the tools for success in the beauty and wellness industry. We became one of the first Redken endorsed schools and pioneered the integration of Summit Salon Business Center curriculum. This commitment to excellence led to the expansion of our flagship location in Ames, as well as the opening of two additional campuses in Plymouth, Minnesota, and Iowa City, Iowa.

Today, we continue to lead the way with innovative curriculum, teaching methods, and services. We embody the principles of learn, earn, and lead every day, and we invite you to join us on this journey of growth and discovery at PCI Academy. Discover how we can help you turn your passion into a rewarding career.


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PCI Academy Staff

Alex Pauly
Cosmetology Educator

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Amanda Havon
Student Experience Coordinator

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Amy Heaberlin
Company Curriculum Lead & Massage Therapy Educator

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Anna Dewey
Esthetics Educator

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Angie Torgeson
Leadership Team

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Brady Snider
Leadership Team

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Brandi McIntosh
Business Coach & Cosmetology Educator

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Brenda Wallace
Campus Lead Educator, Company Admissions Lead, & Leadership Team

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Brittany Baires
Cosmetology Educator

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Candice Madl
Guest Services

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Carson Burrell
Cosmetology Educator

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Cayla Jones
Esthetics & Advanced Practice Esthetics Educator

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Crystal Quiroz
Lead Educator, Business Coach, & Esthetics Educator

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Danita Ortega
Guest Services

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DeeAnne Brown
Cosmetology Educator

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Deb Whitmore
Cosmetology Educator

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Dede Osoro
Guest Services

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Diane Stewart
Cosmetology Educator

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Dondi Erickson
Cosmetology Educator

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Emma Clinton
Financial Aid

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Gilbert Valdez
Leadership Team

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Gillian Willemsen
Esthetics & Advanced Practice Esthetics Educator

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JC Johnson
Guest Services

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Jenny Fiebelkorn
Financial Aid, Compliance Specialist, & Leadership Team

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Jinah Kha
Cosmetology & Esthetics Educator

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Jo Lampe
Esthetics & Nail Technology Educator

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Jordan Jepson
Cosmetology Educator, Business Coach, & Lead Educator

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Julia Andrews
Guest Services & Esthetics Educator-In-Training

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Kate Manders
Campus Lead Educator, Business Coach, Cosmetology Educator, & Advanced Practice Esthetics Educator

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Katie Ballard
Guest Services & Salon Area Support

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Katie Penk
Cosmetology Educator & Business Coach

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Katelynn Janssen
Massage & Esthetics Educator

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Kayleigh Bauer
Guest Services & Cosmetology Educator

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Kristin Keith

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Linda Lohman
Leadership Team & Company Financial Aid Lead

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Lyndsey Hogan-Hiller
Financial Aid

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Madeline England
Esthetics Educator

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Mallory Aitchison
Guest Services Lead

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Marcella Richardson
Company Education Lead & Leadership Team

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Maria Segura
Student Experience Coordinator

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Maricela Ruiz
Student Experience Coordinator

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Mark Navarro
Cosmetology Educator

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Mary Boots
Massage Educator & Business Coach

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Matigann Luehman
Inventory Specialist

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Mayra Guzman
Financial Aid & Esthetics Educator

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Megan Thompson
Admissions & Cosmetology Educator

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Melinda Santineau
Student Experience Coordinator

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Melissa Chaput

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Melissa Finch
Nail Technology Educator

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Michael Cole
Leadership Team

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Michelle Neises
Cosmetology Educator

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Michelle Duncan
Leadership Team & Company Compliance Lead

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Michele Hunt
Esthetics & Advanced Practice Esthetics Educator

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Miranda Blanchard
Cosmetology Educator

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Nelia Campbell
Cosmetology Educator

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Olive Phelps-Johnson
Cosmetology Educator

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Rhonda Holdaway
Campus Lead Educator, Cosmetology Educator, & Business Coach

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Ronda Ott
Cosmetology Educator & Business Coach

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Samantha Kellner
Financial Aid

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Sadie Buchta
Massage & Cosmetology Educator

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Sandra Hightower
Cosmetology Educator

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Sandy Timmerman
Student Experience Coordinator

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Sara Strouts
Cosmetology, Esthetics, & Advance Practice Esthetics Educator, Business Coach, & School Manager

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Sarah Haberl
Cosmetology Educator, Business Coach, & Admissions

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Shawntel McDonald
Advanced Practice Esthetics Educator, Esthetics Educator, & Business Coach

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Steph Reasland
Leadership Team

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Symone Warford
Esthetics & Advanced Practice Esthetics Educator

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Tamara Sharar
Cosmetology Educator

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Taylor Graham
Inventory Specialist

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Taylor Mendieta
Cosmetology Educator

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Teresa Sullivan
Massage Educator & Business Coach

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Tina Myers
Cosmetology Educator

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Zane Dreesman
Company Marketing, Branding, and Guest Services Lead, Leadership Team

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