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2021 Legislation With a Potential Impact to the Cosmetology Profession

The following is an overview of 2021 Legislation that may impact the profession of cosmetology.

HB 2970 Defines “device" for purposes of advanced nonablative esthetics practices. Allows person certified to practice esthetics to use devices determined by the Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians. Prohibits person certified to practice esthetics from using mechanical or electrical apparatus, appliance, or device without specific authorization by Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians. Defines “mechanical or electrical apparatus, appliance or device." Adds specific procedures to esthetics scope of practice including eyebrow services and varying temporary hair removal.​​

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About the board

On July 20, 2015, Gov. Kate Brown signed House Bill 2642. This bill created a Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians (Board) within the Health Licensing Office (HLO) to oversee the safe practice of advanced nonablative esthetics and to ensure that individuals who are practicing advanced nonablative esthetics are qualified to perform services on the public. Licensing in advanced esthetics began July 1, 2016.

The law requires that the Governor's Office appoint all nine members of the new board. HLO will work with the Governor's Office to obtain interest forms for board membership. Membership is made up of the following:

  • Five estheticians certified through the Board of Cosmetology with at least three years' experience practicing advanced nonablative esthetic procedures. (Once certification of advanced estheticians is in effect and when deemed appropriate by the Governor's Office, five certified advanced estheticians will be appointed.)
  • Two physicians or physician assistants licensed under ORS 677 or nurse practitioners licensed under ORS 678.375 to 678.390.
  • Two public members who are residents of Oregon
  • In addition, the section manager of the Radiation Protection Services section of the Oregon Health Authority, or the manager's designee, will serve as a nonvoting ex officio member.

Board members

Christy Knapp

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 12/31/2021

Christy has been a salon owner and actively working in the industry since 1990. She purchased her first laser in 2008, and has a passion for non-invasive esthetics. She received her certification through the Laser Training Institute and has extensively increased her knowledge through private training with many of the industries leading medical professionals. Christy currently owns and operates Tres Chic, a full service salon and spa in Lake Oswego.

Mary Nielsen

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 12/31/2021

Mary Nielsen has been in the healthcare industry since 1978, giving her an in-depth history of the evolution and changes in the aesthetic market. A former owner of Flourish Skin and Laser, a thriving skin and laser clinic, Mary has worked as a technician and nurse, providing services to aesthetic clients. Since  2006, Mary has worked as a clinical trainer for Cutera lasers, providing education and training confidence to new laser operators in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. She is the owner and a primary educator at Spectrum Advanced Aesthetics Institute, a training center for advanced esthetics in the Portland area. She is a licensed esthetician in Oregon, Master Esthetician in Washington, Licensed Esthetic Instructor in Oregon and a nurse.

She is the author of several policy and procedure manuals for medical spas, and a contributing author to Day Spa magazine and Skin Inc.
In her spare time she enjoys being a grandma, hiking, fishing and camping with her hubby and family.
Rebecca Covey

Rebecca Covey

Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 12/31/2024

​Bio to come

Jan Paquette

Jan Paquette

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 12/31/2019

Jan Paquette received her nursing degree from Olympic Community College, her bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of Washington and her medical degree from the Chicago Medical School. She completed a surgical internship (including plastic surgery training) and her specialty training in emergency medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. Recently, she has focused her interest on medical esthetics, reconstructive cosmetics and promoting health in our largest and most visible organ, the skin. Along with her husband, John, she formed Medical Aesthetics at Mode and joined Mode du Jour in March 2013. Writing haiku, gardening, cooking and family events otherwise fill her days. Her goal is to provide safe, effective, affordable care and to meet and support the patient's esthetic vision.

Gordon Trone

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 12/31/2020

Gordon Trone got his start in the esthetics business 15 years ago by assisting in the management of a true “European style Spa & Salon” and attending esthetics events and classes in and out of the country for several years. In 2010 he completed his initial broad laser training at the University of California, Irvine Campus, at the The Beckman Laser Institute presented by the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Inc. or ASLMS.  Since that time, he has worked directly with lasers and IPLs completing thousands of successful treatments and gaining a large following of satisfied clients.

While desiring to know more about the science side of laser and other light-based treatments, in 2013 Gordon applied for testing and membership with the American Board of Laser Surgery (ABLS), a world-wide organization that offers a comprehensive board membership for all of the lasers used in esthetics and other professional ablative procedures. After successfully completing the rigorous written and verbal tests, he became an Associate Certified Laser Technician with the ABLS. Gordon continues to pursue new information on the latest technology in the area of esthetics and similar treatments as the field advances.

Mark Davis

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 12/31/2022

Mark Davis is a highly trained Esthetic Technician who has been working in skin care since 2001. His start in the skin care profession originally began when he started working at M. D. Face&Body with Dr. Wheeler Hubbell and his wife Marilyn in Bakersfield, CA.

After four years of working closely with the Hubbells and as the office was expanding, they promoted Mark to office manager and personal assistant. He worked there for two more years and then moved to the Portland area where he enrolled in the prestigious Euro Institute of Skin Care. He graduated in 2009, and then opened MovuEsthetics on his birthday, December 5, 2009.

In 2016, Mark registered for class at the Academy of Advanced Aesthetics to acquire his certification in: Skin and Photo Rejuvenation, Dyschromia Reduction, Laser Hair Removal, Cellulite Reduction and Body Conturing, as well as Non-Ablative Tattoo Removal. He completed his training by the following year and became licensed in Advanced Esthetics on September 25, 2017.

David Howe (Advisory Member)

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 1/1/0001

David Howe, the Program Director of the Radiation Protection Services (RPS) section of the Oregon Health Authority, or his designee, serves as a non-voting ex officio member.”

The Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians currently has an opening for a Healthcare Provider. To apply, fill out the Application form.

The Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians currently has an opening for a Public Member. To apply, fill out the Application form.

The Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians currently has an opening for a Public Member. To apply, fill out the Application form.

Board recruitment

Are you interested in serving as a volunteer citizen board member? HLO-regulated boards seek new members as current board member terms expire.

Overview of HLO-regulated professions and boards
Current board vacancies and information on how to apply


For licensing qualification questions, contact Qualifications Specialist Sarah Bye at 503-373-1989 or

For policy questions, contact Policy Analyst Samie Patnode at 503-373-1917 or

For board recruitment questions, contact Paige Sims at 503-373-1915 or

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