Ottawa School of Beauty Ltd

About The Beauty Academy

Recognized as an industry leader in Ottawa and London. 

  • Established in 1998
  • Locally owned and operated
  • Award recognitions from Consumers Choice and Top Choice
  • #1 Beauty Academy in Ontario – Canadian Business Awards  

Witness the team’s passion and dedication, creating the positive learning

experience necessary for you to achieve quality results. Students have access to industry-leading tools, equipment and multi-media instruction to assist you to get ready for your career in the Beauty industry. Students have access to well established relationships with local Spas and Salons that provide mentoring and employment to the academy graduates. 

Three convenient locations in Ottawa and London, with experience instructors that have a passion for excellence. Graduating Hairstylists and Estheticians are well skilled and job ready.

Meet the Team 

Phil Weaver

Executive Director

Extensive Beauty industry experience – building, growing and managing salons. Over 30 years managing teams and creating inspirational work environments. Owner and Executive Director of the Academy. Actively engaged in the beauty industry, working with many of the largest salon operators in Canada.

Ottawa Team

Summer Sahly

Administration Manager

Proficient in management, bookkeeping, administration and staff management. Over 23 years of experience in the beauty industry  – Hairstylist and salon owner, Make-up artist, nail care and eyelash extensions.

Tony Dymmien

Barbering and Hair Styling Instructor &
Purchasing Manager

Tony is a Professional Hairstylist specializing in Men Hair cutting and design. Tony has been a member of the Ottawa Academy since 2003. Tony is well know in the Ottawa Hairstyling community, he is always there to lend a helping hand our students and any member of our team. Tony is responsible in ensuring that the Academy is well equipped with quality supplies in order for our Students to be Successful in their chosen careers.

Mira Dayfallah

Esthetics Instructor/Professional Esthetician/Medical Esthetician

Mira has an extensive background in the medical esthetic industry that spans over 20 years. She has advanced expertise in the areas of medical skincare consultations and preventative laser treatments. She is passionate about her craft and believes in hands on precision training. Her passion of the industry can be seen by the hundreds of students she has had the pleasure of successfully developing through the program.

Olena Radzhapova

Esthetics Instructor

Olena has extensive experience in SPA esthetics. Her specialty expertise is Manicures, Nails (Acrylic and Gel) Pedicures, make-up, waxing and sugaring.

Nicole LaFirst

Esthetics Instructor

Over 20 years of experience as an Esthetician and Medical Esthetics.

Jenny-May Quinn

Hairstyling Instructor

Veteran stylist with an extensive array of full time work in all industry aspects of hair, make-up, and fashion since 1995. Many hours devoted to film, television, news and broadcasting, major large-scale events such as Montreal Jazz Fest, NAC, Fashion Week MTL, lucrative employment in world-renowned Canadian spas, and personally owned and managed salons. Experience in practical and theoretical teaching, instruction, and mentor-ship.

Samar Abou Hamad

Medical and Spa Esthetics Instructor

Highly driven and motivated. Been practicing esthetics since 1992. I have consistently achieved excellent results in the beauty industry. My passion to share the education in the beauty business drove me to teach it to new generations. My journey in teaching started in 1998 at the Beauty Academy in Ottawa, and since then I’m working at developing new teaching techniques that suit the demands of the new medical esthetics. Having come from a teaching background with a Bachelor degree has helped me a lot. My driven desire enables me to exceed any challenges or limitations . My motto in life is you never stop learning every day

Tammy Yarema

Hairstyling Instructor

Over 30 years of experience as a Hair Stylist and Medical Esthetics. Salon management, colourist, training and barbering.

Debbie Virgin

Debbie has been a professional esthetician for over 20 years, with extensive knowledge in her profession. She has found that guiding and helping her students, professionally, and sometimes even personally, to be the most rewarding and exciting. Debbie’s enthusiasm and friendly personality has proven beneficial in guiding her students as they embark on their new and exciting career in the beauty industry.

London Team

Roberta Fraser

Director & Hair Styling Instructor

I have proudly been a hairstylist since 1996. I am Aveda trained and had the honour of working in a top 10 Aveda salon as a color coach to the team. Colour is my passion. I have taught for over 14 years and recently taken over the Director position. I am and always will be the student’s biggest cheerleader. I believe a strong foundation makes for a lifetime of excellence.

Jessica Smith

Hairstyling Instructor

Over 24 years of Hairstylist experience and several years as a salon owner with a broad array of all aspects of Hairstyling.

Lina Vankerrebroeck

Hair Styling Instructor

I have had a 39 year teaching career in hairstyling. I went to George Brown college in Toronto in 1980 and received my teaching diploma. Became director/ instructor for Brant School of hairstyling Brantford for 23 yrs. I taught junior level for Marvel School London for 14 yrs.  I am currently an instructor for Beauty Academy , London Ont. for the past 2 yrs.  I enjoy my job watching the student grow into successful hair stylists.

Simone Barnard

Hair Styling Instructor

Born into a family that has been involved in the beauty industry since the 1960’s, so I guess you could say that its in my blood to do what I am doing now. Graduated from Marvel beauty school  in 1983 and received my hairstyling license and since then I have been fortunate and blessed enough to work with some of which I believe to be some of the best stylists in London and Woodstock Ont.  I became the owner of Matz Hair Fashions in 1996. I love all things to do with hair. Men’s and Women’s styles, colours, permanent texturizing and updos. The one thing I have learned from working in this industry is to learn to keep learning and adapting. I have always enjoyed teaching what I have learned to apprentices and coop students.  So becoming a full time teacher is the obvious next step of my life.    

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