Hi y’all! We’re Royal and M’Lisa Ellis.
We started Spa Strong to help estheticians know and charge their worth!
M’Lisa Hansen Ellis
is a Utah Licensed Master Esthetician, California Licensed Esthetician, Licensed Esthetics Instructor, Certified Lash Technician, and Professional Makeup Artist. She started in the beauty industry as a makeup artist in 2008 and discovered her passion for skincare in 2011. She graduated from the National Institute of Medical Aesthetics in South Jordan, Utah in 2012 after completing the 1200-hour Master Esthetics Program. M’Lisa also graduated from Brigham Young University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts Studies with an emphasis in Makeup Design. Throughout her career, she has worked at one of the largest medical spa chains in the country, owned and operated her own spa studio, and had the opportunity to teach Master Esthetics, Professional and Special Effects Makeup Artistry, and Classic and Volume Lash Extensions at NIMA, BYU, and at her studio in Salt Lake City, UT.
Along with a career in the beauty and spa industries, M’Lisa has a brief background in law enforcement through the Los Angeles Police Department. Through the LAPD she was California POST certified in Cultural Diversity and Weapons of Mass Destruction, as well as completed 2/3 of the required hours to graduate the LAPD Academy, before she was forced to resign due to an injury. She has since dedicated her career to combining her background in esthetics with what she learned through the LAPD to empower skincare and beauty professionals with the education and resources they need to build profitable, thriving careers while maintaining boundaries, balance, health, and safety.
has been a Police Officer in the city of Los Angeles since 2015. Through his experience in law enforcement, he has received extensive training and experience in responding to and dealing with all manner of crimes, including property crimes like shoplifting and robbery, violent crimes like homicide and kidnapping, and sex crimes like rape and assault. Through California POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training), Royal has been certified in Weapons of Mass Destruction, Arrest and Control, Cultural Diversity, Aviation Security, MACTAC Active Shooter Training, First Aid, CPR, Human Trafficking, Driving, Firearms, Mental Health Decision Making, Force Options, Communications, and DUI Detection. Along with these Certifications, he received over 900 hours of training in the LAPD Academy, covering laws, arrest and control methods, human relations, communication and report writing, defense tactics, and more, as well as hundreds of continuing education hours after graduating the Academy. As a Police Officer, Royal has learned so much about working and engaging with the public, observation, documentation, handling negotiators and manipulators, and enforcing boundaries. Since meeting M’Lisa, Royal has learned more about the esthetics industry than he ever anticipated, but it has become an industry that he truly cares about and wants to help empower. Through Spa Strong, he has the opportunity to share his knowledge as a cop to do just that.