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Hawke’s Bay-Trained Beauty Therapist Makes it Big in UK

April 21, 2015
Kate Kerr treats a client in her London clinic.

Kate Kerr treats a client in her London clinic.

EIT body and beauty therapy graduate Kate Kerr now runs her own advanced skin therapy clinic in London’s Harley Street where her clients include A-list celebrities.

Since the 19th century, the prestigious Marylebone address has been famous for its concentration of private medical specialists.   Kate established her business in the central London street after many years of international experience in her field.

“I’ve always had a fascination with the skin, health and the body generally,” says the former Havelock North High School student, who enrolled in EIT’s diploma programme in 2001.

“The course was extensive and the facilities amazing,” she says.

After graduating, Kate worked at a beauty therapy clinic in Wellington which included managing the business for a year. She subsequently helped establish and manage two Hawke’s Bay clinics, Koosh in Ahuriri and then Urban Retreat in Havelock North.

In 2008, she moved to Ireland where she managed a medical spa. The following year, she relocated to London, working with high profile clients at a top facial clinic in Knightsbridge.

Her next move was to European Dermatology, setting up and building the facial side of the business, which won the UK Aesthetics Awards top clinic category in two successive years.

“Working one-on-one alongside one of Europe’s top dermatologists, I gained a thorough understanding of the medication and how it is prescribed for skin conditions that I regularly deal with.

“It’s important to understand this when designing a treatment and skin care regime.”

Drawing on her experience and expertise in micro-needling, chemical peels, clinical facials and cosmeceutical products, she established Kate Kerr London last year, specialising in treating acne, acne scarring, pigmentation, rosacea and ageing skin.

Her large loyal following includes British and American A-list celebrities.

Kate has written articles for medical journals and lectured on skin rejuvenation, chemical peels, micro-needling and cosmeceuticals in a London university’s cosmetic science department.

She recently launched a ground-breaking skin health programme which looks at 16 markers in an individual’s DNA in to develop a personalised anti-ageing treatment plan.

“It’s a unique programme and works internally and externally to help prevent how you are genetically predetermined to age,” Kate says.

In a further measure of the success of EIT’S beauty and body therapy training, all of last year’s diploma students passed their CIDESCO exams – a significant benchmarking by the major international association for beauty therapists.

“Since our first offering of the international exam in 2004, we have had a 96 percent success rate overall,” says diploma coordinator Theresa Styles.