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Esthetics and Advanced Esthetics RAC Update

Thursday, March 9, 2023

 In 2021, the Health Licensing Office (HLO) convened a Joint Esthetic and Advanced Esthetic Rules Advisory Committee (Joint RAC) to collaborate and recommend rule changes to the Board of Cosmetology (COS Board) and the Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians (CAE Board), including defining the term “device" within both the advanced esthetics and esthetics professions as required in HB 2970 (2021). The Joint RAC met on August 23 and November 10, 2022, before the HLO paused the rulemaking process. The process was paused in order to meet the requirements of HB 2993 (2021), which broadened the requirements of who is required to serve on rules advisory committees, specifically including “communities likely to be affected" by the rule change. The CAE Board met on October 26 and the COS Board met on November 14, 2022, to determine which persons and communities are likely to be affected by the rule changes related to advanced esthetics and esthetics. 

After providing outreach and communication to all advanced estheticians, estheticians, and the communities both Boards determined would be affected by the changes in rules, HLO received 14 interest forms to serve on the Joint RAC. Of the 14, eight were estheticians, four were advanced estheticians, and two were medical providers. Ten of the fourteen individuals were chosen to serve.

NameProfessionPerson or Community
Helene LawlessEsthetician

Professional organization: Oregon Estheticians for Fair Licensing

Small business owner

Whitney BerrierEsthetician

Low-income community

Person of color: Filipino, Hispanic, Russian, Chinese

Small business owner

Noelle SanbornEstheticianEducator: cosmetology and esthetics
Alysia ReadEsthetician

Person of color: Black, Latinx, Asian

Professional Organization: People's Food C-op

Small business owner

Debora MastenAdvanced esthetician

Senior community

Small business owner

Maria Elva SorianoAdvanced esthetician

Transgender community

Low-income community

Susanne SchmalingAdvanced esthetician

Consumer of services

Educator: esthetics, nail technology massage

Professional organization: Esthetics Council

Taylor FordAdvanced estheticianEducator – esthetics, advanced esthetics
Tracee DahlkeFamily nurse practitioner

Consumer of services

Person of color – Pacific Islander

Rural community – Linn County

Health care professional

Small business owner

Tina HightowerEsthetician and registered nurse

Consumer of services

Rural community – Hood River County Health care professional

The Joint RAC met on January 30, 2023, and was provided draft definitions for esthetic device and advanced esthetics device. Members discussed their experience with certain devices, including duration of use, on-the-job training, and professional education. No recommendations were made at this meeting.

Thank you for your patience as the Boards work collaboratively to create rules enacting HB 2970. For information on the rulemaking process, please check the HLO website for updates or contact Samie Patnode at (503) 373-1917 or by email at


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Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rules

Meeting Information

Limited Waiver on Enforcement Outreach - April 10, 2020

Limited Waiver and Ongoing Legislation Outreach - January 7, 2021

HB 2970 Outreach - September 24, 2021

HB 2970 Rulemaking Update - July 12, 2022

Joint RAC Meeting Materials - January 30, 2023

Video recording of the January 30, 2023, Joint RAC - Part 1

Video recording of the January 30, 2023, Joint RAC - Part 2

Video recording of the January 30, 2023, Joint RAC - Part 3

Cancellation of the Joint Rules Advisory Committee - February 27, 2023