Get to Know Us

JD Academy is a progressive beauty school in The San Francisco East Bay

Get to know us, our history, our team and our mission as a school for aspiring salon + spa professionals

Your success is our mission.

Since 2010, JD Academy of Salon + Spa has offered Cosmetology and Esthetician programs in The San Francisco East Bay.   Those programs are focused on Clean, Clear, Precise and Consistent – both in your technique and in the way your education is delivered from experts in-the-field.

We are different by design

You will come away with a better education

While so many schools focus on quantity, we are one of the few institutions who place a sincere focus on quality: The quality of our education, the quality of our students and the quality of the careers our students enjoy after graduating from the JD platform.

We’re not the least expensive option (nor the most expensive), but we 100% believe that we provide the best value in the industry and that your earning potential as a JD Academy graduate will be better for it.

We’ve invested in acquiring the highest quality teachers in the salon and spa industry. We’ve intentionally limited our class sizes to increase our teacher:student ratio. We’ve invested in creating a curriculum that will genuinely make you a better professional, not only on the technique side, but on the business side as well.

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JD Academy esthetician student applying makeup to another student

We engage all types of learners through:

  • Simple Instruction
  • Demonstrated Techniques
  • Ample Hands-On Practice

Our Danville Location

Located in beautiful downtown Danville, our East Bay beauty school is centrally located and easily accessible from 680.

 

JD Academy

520 San Ramon Valley Boulevard
Danville, CA 94526
info@jdacademy.com

Meet our Team

Better education through better educators

All of our educators have many years of hands-on experience in the subjects they teach. W Academy specifically pursues educators who are currently active in the industry, bringing real-life experience to the classroom. This means an up-to-date education on current trends and modern technology that is truly marketable to your future employers, not an out-of-date curriculum designed simply to help you pass an exam.

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Janet Paradiso - Owner, president and admissions director at JD Academy of Salon + Spa in Danville, CA

Janet Paradiso

School Director

Janet began working with JD Academy as a Consultant in January 2016 and recently accepted a challenging lead role with the Academy. She's been integral in assembling a hard-working, creative, loyal, and inspiring JD Team committed to excellence and integrity. She plays a pivotal role with many facets of the Academy and its governing bodies (Department of Education, Bureau of Post Secondary Education, National Accrediting Association of Arts and Sciences, and Board of Barbering and Cosmetology).
Phuong Nguyen - Team member at JD Academy of Salon + Spa in Danville, CA

Phuong Nguyen

Financial Aid Director

Phuong has worked in the Beauty Industry for more than ten years. With a university background in both education and business administration, he has served in multiple positions including customer service, office management and as an admissions director and financial aid advisor. Currently, he is proud to be part of the team at the JD Academy Salon and Spa. Phuong is passionate about working with future beauty professionals, helping to prepare them to make their dreams come true within the industry. In his current role as Financial Aid Advisor, he is focused on the financial aid process, and federal, state and local compliance procedures and regulations.
Kelsey Creer-Martin - Floor Manager at JD Academy in Danville, CA

Kelsey Creer-Martin

Cosmetology Department Director

Kelsey is one of those people that has an infectious smile and who's an absolute pleasure to learn from. With nearly a decade in the industry, she brings real and relevant expertise to our students – as a color specialist and men's cutting & coloring. She's always had a passion for teaching and inspiring others – leading her to pursue the education-side of this industry as a Cosmetology Instructor. In addition to color specialization and men's cuts expertise, she works hand-in-hand with our students on advanced techniques in chemical texture. Finally, as our Cosmetology Department Director, she works tirelessly to help our students on the theory and State Board Exam preparation side. JD Academy's unrivaled exam pass rates are a testament to her strength as an educator. Kelsey is here to inspire and support our students on their journey to becoming professional artists in the salon + spa industry and she's exceptionally great at what she does.
George Horton - Team member at JD Academy of Salon + Spa in Danville, CA

George Horton

Educator & Licensed Cosmetologist

George grew up in Southern California until he decided to move up to Northern California in 2012 to pursue his career in education. He has utilized his 16 years of experience in the hair industry to passionately educate future stylists for the past five years. His skillset is not only limited to hair as he shoots private photos for weddings, engagements, and other big ordeals during his off days. His training includes. Bumble & Bumble, Unite, Paul Mitchell, Redken, and more.
Lilian Denmead-Miller - Team member at JD Academy of Salon + Spa in Danville, CA

Lilian Denmead-Miller

Licensed Esthetician & Educator

Lillian Denmead-Miller is a clinically trained aesthetician with over twenty years experience in the advanced skincare industry. She has earned physician continuing education in anti-aging science from industry leaders such as Nicolas Perricone and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Instructor training with NCEA, Miladys Masters of Education, Miladys Business Fundamentals, Nuts & Bolts Business Training and the Pacific Institute for Success Coach training by Lou Tice.

In addition to being a licensed aesthetician, she is a certified medical assistant (CMA), specializing in injections and certified Biofeedback Energy Medicine Therapist and Health Wellness Coach, Reiki and Laughter Yoga Meditation Leader. She has trained skincare students and professionals as well as doctors and nurses worldwide.

Belinda Gomez - Team member at JD Academy of Salon + Spa in Danville, CA

Belinda Gomez

Educator & Licensed Cosmetologist

Belinda has been with JD Academy since 2015 and has been an educator in cosmetology the last 8 years. She has been licensed for over 20 years in Cosmetology and 5 years in Aesthetics. She has an Associates Degree in Liberal Studies from Fresno City College Graduated from Federico's & Lyle's Beauty College in Fresno Ca.

Her training includes Matrix Artistic Educator, She also earned many certifications, including Milady's Career Institute, Milady's Business Fundamentals, International Dermal Institute, International Academy of Precision Haircutting, The Effective Colleges and Schools from the Pacific Institute, Certificate of Achievement for REDKEN Hair Color, Certificate of Achievement MATRIX Hair Color & WELLA

Amanda Pinkham - Team member at JD Academy of Salon + Spa in Danville, CA

Amanda Pinkham

Educator & Licensed Cosmetologist

Amanda is an expert stylist and colorist instructor. She teaches fundamentals across the board, especially helping students with the correct use of the tools of the trade: shears, brushes and more. She's an expert at helping students analyze a client's hair as part of a consultation - identifying what's possible and how to approach the process to get to the end result.
Elayne Becker - Team member at JD Academy of Salon + Spa in Danville, CA

Elayne Becker

Educator & Licensed Cosmetologist

As a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, Elayne enjoyed a long career as an interior designer, with her work featured on HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens and more.

Elayne started a second career in cosmetology and graduated with honors from Paul Mitchell cosmetology school in Pleasant Hill, CA where she taught for seven years prior to joining the W Academy of Salon + Spa team in January 2015. She has earned certifications in advanced haircutting, color and styling, Her passion is to inspire her students and motivate them to succeed and feel confident about themselves. Elayne views cosmetology as art and cosmetologists as artists. She is an author and has published the book ``Hair Matters`` which is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com. Every day her clients and students are the recipients of her joy, passion and love for this art form. A sample of her many rave reviews can be found in our testimonial section, on Facebook, and in Yelp.

Lisette Weavil - Educator and licensed cosmetologist at JD Academy in Danville

Lisette Weavil

Licensed Esthetician & Cosmetologist

Lisette is licensed both in Esthetics & Cosmetology. her passion for the beauty industry started during her time in film school. She found her passion for creating characters through hair and makeup – spending her career specializing in all aspects of makeup artistry. In the 16 years since studying at the Makeup Designory in Burbank, CA, she's focused her skills on television and bridal makeup. That area of our Esthetician Program is always a favorite of our students and Lisette is an absolute rock star at passing her hard-earned knowledge onto our aspiring skincare artists.
Joni Mauer - Esthetician instructor at JD Academy in The San Francisco Bay Area

Joni Maurer

Esthetician Instructor

After a career in investments, Joni challenged herself to start a second career as a licensed esthetician. As a skincare professional, she keeps up with the latest trends, innovative ingredients, and the newest technology. This led her to enroll in post-graduate training at the International Dermal Institute. She has extensive knowledge in advanced resurfacing, treating aging, acneic and sensitive skin types. She was awarded Expert designation with Dermalogica and is PCA Peel Certified. She's formally trained in several other professional skincare lines including CosMEdix, Dr. Dennis Gross and Jan Marini. She believes helping others develop the skills needed to be successful estheticians is rewarding. Joni found her true calling as an educator and is an inspiration to be around.
AmyJo Rogress - Licensed Cosmetologist at JD Academy of Salon + Spa

Amy Jo Rodgess-Lustan

Licensed Esthetician & Esthetics Educator

Amy Jo comes to JD Academy with over 10 years of industry experience and is a constant seeker of continued education classes. She's exceptionally organized, an amazing spa designer, she leads by example – all culminating in her being one of the most respected skincare educators in the industry. She's passionate about metnoring students to achieve personal professionalism. She has a deep understanding of skin histology and is a product knowledge guru. She's one of the most highly motivating teachers we know and her students absolutely love her for that.
Josette Jelveh teaching a makeup class at JD Academy in Danville, CA

Josette Jelveh

Makeup Specialist & Licensed Cosmetologist

Josette has spent over 2 decades as a licensed hairdresser and makeup artist. Outside of the classroom, she works in 2 different, incredibly busy salons in The San Francisco Bay Area. She works regularly as a freelance and editorial makeup artist in both San Francisco and Los Angeles with her work seen everywhere from runways to magazine spreads. With our students, she works across the spectrum – taking that current & relevant industry experience and breaking it down into approachable, meaningful lessons in the classroom. Expert color service, Keratin treatments, cutting techniques & makeup application – across genders and ethnicities. We're incredibly blessed for Josette's passion for sharing her experience and insight with JD Academy's future stylists & makeup specialists.
Linda Bertaut - Educator at JD Academy in The San Francisco East Bay

Linda Bertaut

Educator & Licensed Esthetician

Chakralicious founder, Linda Bertaut is an author, national speaker, award-winning Esthetician, Reiki master teacher, and beauty expert who specializes in bringing inner beauty to the surface through her healing makeovers.

Linda’s lifetime passion for performing make-up and image makeovers began over 30 years ago, but as she worked with her clients on their outer beauty, she recognized that many had a profound need for a makeover that was more than skin deep.

Shelbie Campbell - Salon & Spa Coordinator at JD Academy in Danville, CA

Shelbie Campbell

Student Salon + Spa Coordinator

Ian Summers - IT Lead at JD Academy of Salon + Spa

Ian Summers

Information Technology Lead

Ian Summers provides trusted and professional IT consulting services to small & medium sized businesses located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley and the East Bay. Ian has been serving satisfied clients for over 20 years through dedication and commitment to excellence in his profession. Ian and has extensive consulting experience and provides a worry-free environment by utilizing leading edge technology in the industry. Ian focuses on helping businesses to simplify operations & maximize efficiency, combine security, backup and file sharing, protect business critical data & operations using integrated cloud applications.

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