Our Volunteers

Our volunteers at Makeovers that Matter serve a great purpose to the overall goal of our organization. With their help, Makeovers That Matter is able to makeover these women inside and out. Our volunteers are such a valuable resource to this cause because of their ability to work willingly together for the betterment of the female veteran community and themselves.

Alexander Z. Rivkin, M.D.

Cosmetic Surgeon

Dr. Rivkin is a globally recognized expert and lecturer on minimally invasive aesthetics and non-surgical facial sculpting. A trained facial cosmetic surgeon educated at Yale and Columbia, Dr. Rivkin is the founder of Westside Aesthetics – a nationally recognized clinical and research center of excellence for non-surgical cosmetic procedures. He is best known for inventing and popularizing the Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty procedure. Dr. Rivkin’s vision is to change the way aesthetic medicine is practiced today. He wants to see all patients have more noninvasive cosmetic options.

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Alison Burmeister

Makeup Artist and Certified Yoga Instructor

“As a makeup artist in Los Angeles for over a decade, I always heard, when you look good, you feel good. What I discovered over the years is that true beauty lies within.  “Balanced Beauty” is about feeling beautiful and confident both inside and out.  Balanced Beauty is achieved through Yoga workouts, including group in-studio classes, yoga hikes, dance-yoga and breath-work for meditation.  Then, as a perfect complement to your yoga glow, enjoy makeup consultation with tips and tricks to achieve the best look for you. The beauty and strength you create for yourself with “Balanced Beauty” will result in visible confidence which will follow you as you enter the home and workplace.”

Amanda Cohen

Chinese Medical Physician

Amanda Cohen, M.A., L.A.c., Doctoral Fellow (D.A.O.M), is a Board Certified Chinese Medical Physician (L.A.c.) who is passionate about helping her patients achieve optimal wellbeing. She holds a Master’s Degree from Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine (Summa Cum Laude) and is a Doctoral Fellow (Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) at Emperor’s College. Ms. Cohen also holds a Master’s Degree in Health Psychology and Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine, with an emphasis on mental and physical stress. She holds a dual Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Cultural Anthropology (Cum Laude) and Clinical Psychology. As an integrative primary care physician, Ms. Cohen specializes in stress, stress-related disorders, sciatica, neck pain, migraines & headaches, and physical and emotional trauma. 

Amy Velten

Esthetician

Amy is committed to treating each client as a unique individual and catering to their specific needs. Working with Trina Belton at the Facial Bungalow, we have upped the bar with the newest advanced anti-aging machines. Such as Mirco-current, LED, Oxygen, Radio Frequency, and Micro-Phototherapy.

She was also medically trained at Rapaport Dermatology in Beverly Hills. Here she has learned extensive knowledge about prescription medicines for the skin conditions and diseases, how to correctly treat her clients who have medical needs and how to perform perfect extractions without irritating the skin.

Amy believes in continuing education by attending classes and workshops on an ongoing basis to keep up with today’s trends in the skincare industry. She is currently studying to become NCEA certified.

Bill Burns

Psychic Medium and Metaphysician

Bill Burns is Hollywood’s number one psychic. With clients all over the world, including New York, LA, and London, it’s no wonder he’s been getting so much attention lately especially; in the television and movie Industry.

Take a look at the Entertainment Weekly and The Los Angeles Times articles featuring Bill and Make sure to watch the emotional channeling of Andy Kaufman and Marilyn Monroe on the Fox television special “Powers of the Paranormal”.

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Bonnie Coggiola

Diversified Motivated Health and Fitness Professional

Bonnie has the essentials to help others achieve their health and beauty needs. Professionally she is both a NASM Certified Personal Private Trainer and Nutritionist. Using these skills she dedicates her time in finding great ways to motivate, teach and inspire her clients. These skills aid in her achieving product sponsorship and becoming a WBFF Pro Athlete in Fitness. On the road to becoming a pro athlete she saw an opportunity and ventured into the makeup and tanning business. She found it very rewarding to help others feel absolutely beautiful for their moment and apply the finishing touches – whether it be for a special occasion, photoshoot or time under the spotlight. If your needs include health, fitness or beauty Bonnie Coggiola is equipped with all the skills you need.

Brandy Gillmore

Certified Holistic Nutritional Therapist

Founder of the Gillmore FREEDOM method (an energy-releasing technique) and CEO of Gillmore Holistics. Her purpose is to help people better understand their mind, body and spirit connection so they can activate healing within themselves and transform their lives.

Brian “BK” Phillips

Wardrobe Consultant / Designer

BK Phillips pairs Fashion with Function … designs that allow for movement, comfort, and the incorporation of useful details, while connecting a feel of the past with his utilitarian blast of the future. In 2009, the Los Angeles based designer started creating his Vintage Military Gear (VMG) line of one-of-a-kind men’s and women’s jackets and accessories, epitomizing his love for Deconstruction into Functional Fashion, which is being translated into fine leather, soft woolens and waxed denim for Fall 2014.

Cathy Tran

Prostylist & MUA

Cathy Tran has been styling hair and doing make-up since she was old enough to hold a comb and blush brush in her hand.

She got started in Northern California in her mother’s salon where she was able to learn and experiment with hair color, her specialty. Now working out of Corona, California Cathy has been named four years in a row one of the Inland Empire’s best colorists. Spending most of her free time prefecture her skills by taking every class offered by the best in the business. Cathy’s motto is “You are never too old to learn and never too young to be the best.” She never turns down a chance to do good work, whether it is correcting damaged color or providing free makeovers on mother”s day, Cathy remains one of the best in the business.

Dana Maginnis

Reiki Master/ Intuitive Guidance

I am a natural empath, Intuitive and Light Worker.  Born in England, my life journey has taken me on a very passionate and sometimes challenging path around the world leading me to where I am today.  I am grateful to the many compassionate and deeply knowledgeable teachers that Spirit has placed in my path who have assisted me on my own personal journey of self-healing and know with all my heart that this is my life’s passion to work with others and return the gifts that have been given to me.  

Doreen Ferris

Yoga Instructor

Doreen Ferris is a certified 200hr Yoga Instructor and combat veteran. When her contract ended with the US Army on active duty in April 2013 Doreen knew that she needed a healing vehicle to help her get back into her body. Her first week out of active duty she signed up for a Yoga Teacher Training that helped to reconnect her mind with her body. She continues to practice yoga regularly and looks forward to volunteering her time by bringing yoga classes to Makeovers That Matter’s Mindset Program. Presently she is working on her Masters of Business Administration in the hopes of either becoming a manager in fitness or healthcare. She is committed to creating a heart and body connection by working with others to learn to love their bodies. Peace.

Ebony Tasé

Beauty Stylist

Ebony Tasé was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She has always been infatuated with everything about beauty.  Growing up around her older cousin, who was also a stylist, she would always style doll’s hair using her cousin’s beauty tools. Since receiving her cosmetology license and studying at Howard University, Ebony Tasé is now getting down to business by teaming up with other beauty industry professionals throughout Los Angeles in promoting beauty and fashion.

Edward A. McLaren, D.D.S., M.D.C.

Dr. McLaren is a Prosthodontist, Professor, and Director of Post Graduate Esthetic Dentistry at the UCLA School of Dentistry. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the University of Oregon Dental School. He is the director of the UCLA Center for Esthetic Dentistry, a full time didactic and clinical program for graduate dentists. He is also the founder and director of the UCLA Master Dental Ceramist program. The residency program is a full-time master ceramist program for dental technicians featuring extensive experience with the newest esthetic restorative systems. Dr. McLaren maintains a private practice limited to prosthodontics and esthetic dentistry in which he does all of his own ceramics.

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Heather Andrews

Hairstylist

Heather Andrews trained at SACO academy in San Diego where she learned the latest coloring and cutting techniques. She currently works as a junior stylist at Indo Salon and as an assistant to Janet Barajas. Although new the industry, Heather has worked on many editorial photo shoots and has become known for her natural-looking highlights.

Janet Barajas

Hairstylist and makeup artist

Janet has built a thriving and loyal clientele based upon her artful skill of delivering soft, sexy, natural and flirty looks. Her creative and comprehensive approach to the art of hair has earned her a solid reputation that speaks for itself. She specializes in extensions and multi-dimensional color. Janet has also worked on American Idol and The Girls Next Door. She has been featured as part of glam squads on The Doctors and The Home and Family Show. She has several covers of Playboy in which her hairstyling has been featured. She is also the owner of the ever-growing Indo Salon, a private studio in West Hollywood where she can mainly be found.

Jeffrey P. Olson, M.D.

Aesthetic Doctor

Dr. Jeffrey P Olson is a Chicago native and has been in Los Angeles for several years building a noninvasive cosmetic and laser practice. He trained in anesthesiology at Chicago Medical School and subsequently a top 10 residency program at the University of Chicago Hospitals through 1999. The Chairman at the time was the now-infamous Dr. Michael Roizen, co-author of “You on a Diet” and “Real Age” along with Dr. Oz. Through his knowledge of fitness and nutrition winning him a 1st place bodybuilder title in 2006 and belief in subtlety, he aims to achieve natural, functional, beautiful results.

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Jennifer Hill

Career Coach

Jennifer K. Hill has spent the past ten years as a professional recruiter and career coach, where she was a top-performing senior recruiter with a premier corporate and legal recruiting firm in Los Angeles before opening her own staffing firm, JHill’s Staffing Services, Inc., in 2010.  She has recruited for top tier law firms and corporations throughout the United States. Since 2008, Jennifer has been interviewed on both American radio stations and the BBC, as well as appearing on FOX, NBC, ABC and various other television shows as an expert in the field of recruiting and job hunting. Jennifer takes the time necessary to understand the needs of the job seekers and hiring managers she works with to ensure that a symbiotic match is created. Jennifer educates both job seekers and hiring managers about the benefits of using technology and social media in recruiting and job hunting.

Jessica Liparoto

Hairstylist

Originally from Michigan, Jessica moved to Los Angeles in 2006. She started a new and exciting career in the Entertainment Industry.  She has been a licensed cosmetologist for 8 years.  Jessica looks forward to learning, growing, and making new memories each day.

John Grana

Makeup Artist

“Makeovers that Matter is a very important charity for me because it’s a charity that I can really contribute to. It lets me do what I know how to do best, which is makeup and making people feel great about themselves.”

Kara “KJ” Miller

Health Expert

Kara “KJ” Miller is The Lifestylista ®, a globally-recognized health expert with an online community of over 130,000 people.

BA (Oxon), NASM-CPT, FNS, WLS — Oxford grad, Certified Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. Miller lost 70+ pounds and transformed her health, her style and her life! She’s a cheerleader for people everywhere to get their own transformative, great results. Her mission is to bring fun, joy, freedom and accessibility to the health space.

Kelli Zehnder

Hairstylist and makeup artist

Kelli Zehnder has been doing hair and makeup since 1998. She is grateful for the opportunity to help people look and feel their best. Besides beauty, Kelli is a wife, mother, and certified Bikram yoga instructor.

Kina

Hairstylist and Makeup Artist

Kina started her career in a small beauty parlor in Orange County where she got her taste of what was to come. She then went on to work in Beverly Hills at Gavert Atelier. There she got trained in the art of Dry Cut and Japanese straightening. She soon became known for her corrective cut and straightening treatments. Kina also does Brazilian blowout, cuts for men, extensions and makeup and works on all textures of hair. “Hair spray, flat iron and makeup run deep in my veins. I enjoy seeing my clients’ self-esteem transform from the time they sit in my chair to when they walk out the door.”

Kristin Confer

Salon Owner

Kristin Confer, the Los Angeles salon owner, celebrity stylist and haircare expert, is zealous about his inside out beauty philosophy. Kristin has been a frequent speaker at professional hair shows, hairstyle blogger for Dancing With The Stars, and a guest artist in salons globally, where he generously shares his life concepts about those inner/outer connections and how they can be orchestrated to create an unforgettable, lasting, life experience.

As a stylist, educator, and salon owner, Kristin offers his cherished clients the experience of slowing down, catching their breath, and being present long enough to acknowledge themselves.  Clients leave knowing they have what it takes, inside and outside, to create whatever it is they want in their lives.

Marcy Gray Rubin

Marriage & Family Therapist

Previously, she was in the entertainment industry where she worked as a television writer for over 12 years. She received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University.  Marcy specializes in women’s issues, particularly transitional zones such as changes in relationships, career, grief, and loss.  Working with women from all cultural and economic backgrounds she believes in collaborating with her clients in order for them to understand and find their unique female voice.  In this way, they can begin to make new, healthier choices and feel confident in their ability to do so.

Mary Sala

Lessac Kinesensic Trainer

Mary is the Owner and President of Living at Flashpoint, LLC. Mary is a Master of Fine Arts, a Certified Lessac Kinesensic Voice and Body Wisdom Trainer, Licensed Spiritual Practitioner, Actor, and Autism Mom. Mary is the President of the Lessac Institute for Research and Training. Lessac Kinesensic Training is the Bio-Dynamic Approach to Vocal Life and Body Wisdom. She takes pride in offering reliable holistic solutions for personal health, stress relief, and wellness through voice and body training.

Quinn Charisse

Hairstylist and Makeup Artist

Quinn started as a hair assistant at age 15 in Covina California assisting one of the top hairstylist educators for Aveda. At age 18, Quinn became a licensed cosmetologist. She prides herself on listening to her clients’ needs to create personalized and gorgeous hair color and styles, while always keeping the integrity of their hair her top priority. Quinn is a passionate person, and not only loves doing hair but loves the relationship she builds with her clients. She also donates her time to “Makeovers That Matters” helping a woman in need of a hairstyle. Quinn has styled for editorial and commercial photo shoots with big brands like “Coors light” and “Nike.” She has worked at some of the top salons in Southern California, and currently works at Indo Salon in West Hollywood.

Scott Williams

Creative Director

Scott Williams works at Pembrook Productions and is the creative director + CEO. Scott has enjoyed an award-winning career that has included creatively overseeing high-profile network rebrands, numerous television and film main titles, TV promos, mobile apps, internet gaming, short-form content, and national commercials. Scott has worked with some of the biggest brands in the entertainment industry including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, TLC, A&E, F/X, MTV, BET, HBO, Cinemax, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, Fox, Sony, Universal, Disney, Columbia, Paramount, MGM, Dream Works, Miramax, Vivendi Games, 2K Games, Ubi Soft, and Lucas Arts.

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Suzanne Lenze

Women’s Health Doctor

Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz is involved in women’s empowerment and public education and appears frequently as an expert in women’s and integrative health on TV, online and in print. Dr. Suzanne completed her undergraduate education at Wesleyan University and post-baccalaureate pre-medical studies at Mills College. She earned her medical degree in 1996 from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and has been in private practice of obstetrics and gynecology in Beverly Hills, CA since 2000. After many years of a personal yoga and meditation practice, she completed her Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist degree at California College of Ayurveda in 2010 and was board certified in Integrative and Holistic medicine in 2008.

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Trina Renea

Esthetician

Trina Renea started in Los Angeles as a singer in a punk rock band, entertaining fans around the world. Coming from the world of music and entertainment, she understands the importance of maintaining beautiful skin. She is passionate about the world of skincare and enjoys helping her clients gain knowledge on a perfect homecare regimen. Trina has a passion for cosmetic chemistry and product knowledge and has worked for years on developing her own skincare line. She has worked with some of the best chemists in the United States to create her new line “Trina Renea Skincare”. With special skincare techniques and nearly a decade as lead medical esthetician formerly at Rapaport Dermatology, Trina, owner of the Facial Bungalow has developed a personal and particular style that put her on the leading edge of the skincare industry. She is referred to today as a “skin master”.