The Story of PCI Academy

PCI Academy believes in providing our students with the mindset, behaviors, and business skills that will allow them to not only love what they do, but also create the lifestyle of their dreams and earn the income they've always wanted. With a proven track record that goes all the way back to 1978, let us show you why thousands of beauty industry professionals have chosen us as their go-to Beauty Academy.

As a company we hold five core beliefs; these core beliefs are what allow us to coach and train our students to be in the top 8% of the industry, whether it be in Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, or Massage Therapy. We believe in:

  1. The student is our #1 Guest
  2. A team culture
  3. Bettering our best
  4. Living in the Top 20
  5. Passing it on

Founded in Ames, Iowa in 1978 by the Lokken family with the goal of creating a high quality school that not only taught students how to pass their boards, but also how to be successful service providers and how to build a career. This dream led to PCI Academy to be one of the first Redken endorsed schools and the first academy to not only teach, but also help develop, the Summit Salon Business Center curriculum. This allowed for us to eventually expand our Ames location into a larger building and go on to open an additional two campuses, one located in Plymouth, Minnesota and the other in Iowa City, Iowa.

Today we continue to be innovative in our curriculum, teaching methods, and services being offered and taught. We truly live out learn, earn, and lead each and everyday. Come join us for the journey and see for yourself how PCI Academy can help you and your career.


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PCI Academy Staff

Angie Torgeson

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Brady Snider

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Brandi McIntosh
Admissions, Business Coach, & Cosmetology Educator

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Brenda Wallace
Campus Lead Educator, Business Coach, & Company Admissions Lead

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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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Amy Heaberlin
Company Curriculum Lead

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Cassandra Stuckly
Esthetics Educator

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Crystal Quiroz
Lead Educator, Business Coach, & Esthetics Educator

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Daisha Lewis
Cosmetology Educator

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Danita Ortega
Guest Services

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DeeAnne Brown
Cosmetology Educator

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Dondi Erickson
Cosmetology Educator

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Gilbert Valdez

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Gillian Willemsen
Esthetics & Advanced Practice Esthetics Educator In-Training

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Hallie Wirth
Student Experience Coordinator

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JC Johnson
Guest Services

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Jena Brosam
Financial Aid

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Jenny Fiebelkorn
Financial Aid & Compliance Specialist

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Jinah Kha
Cosmetology & Esthetics Educator

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Jo Lampe
Esthetics & Nail Technology Educator

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Jordan Fischer
Cosmetology Educator, Business Coach, & Lead Educator

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Julia Andrews
Guest Services

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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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Leah Dietrich
Guest Services

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Linda Lohman
Owner & Company Financial Aid Lead

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Lindsay Winters
Financial Aid

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Lyndsey Hogan-Hiller
Financial Aid

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Madeline England
Esthetics Educator

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Marcella Richardson
Company Education Lead

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Maria Segura
Student Experience Coordinator

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Mariah Warner
Guest Services

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Maricela Ruiz
Student Experience Coordinator

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Mary Boots
Massage Educator & Business Coach

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Matigann Luehman
Inventory Specialist & Guest Services

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Mayra Guzman
Financial Aid & Esthetics Educator

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Meeg-wun DesJarlait
Advanced Practice Esthetic Educator & Esthetics Educator

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Megan Thompson
Admissions, Business Coach, & Cosmetology Educator

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Melinda Santineau
Guest Services

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Melissa Chaput

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Michelle Duncan
Owner & Company Compliance Lead

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Michelle Hunt
Esthetics & Advanced Practice Esthetics Educator

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Nelia Campbell
Cosmetology Educator

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Rhonda Holdaway
Campus Lead Educator & Cosmetology Educator

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Ronda Ott
Cosmetology Educator & Business Coach

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Michelle Neises
Cosmetology Educator

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Miranda Blanchard
Cosmetology Educator-In-Training

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Olive Phelps-Johnson
Cosmetology Educator

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Paige Aguirre
Cosmetology Educator

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Sadie Buchta
Massage & Cosmetology Educator

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Samantha Kellner
Financial Aid

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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

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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

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Susan Jensen
Esthetics Educator & Advanced Practice Esthetics Educator

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Symone Warford
Esthetics & Advanced Practice Esthetics Educator

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Teresa Sullivan
Massage Educator & Business Coach

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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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Zane Dreesman
Company Marketing & Branding Lead

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