DSI founder, Shiva Vahid, started her career as a beauty therapist at the world-renowned Gleneagles Club in London. She then took a position at another five-star health and beauty center in London’s Dolphin Square. With experience working on the most elite clients, from royals to celebrities to heads of corporations, Shiva became the beauty therapy manager at Steiner Salon’s flagship center in May Fair. She then began teaching at the Steiner Beauty School in London.
Shiva began studying beauty therapy in England and graduated with a diploma in International Beauty Therapy from the International Health and Beauty Council. She also earned a certificate from the City and Guilds of London in Beauty Therapy. Shiva holds a teacher training diploma from Hammersmith College in London. She is a licensed Master Esthetician and Master Instructor in Virginia, and has trained and is certified in many procedures and products worldwide, including in laser hair removal and skin rejuvenation.
DSI was initially established outside of the United States, where Shiva developed the curriculum and syllabus for what later became the coursework now offered by the Academy. Moving to the USA in 1999, Shiva worked and taught in various spas and schools before opening DSI’s Virginia location. Her years of hands-on experience throughout the world’s beauty industry have helped DSI become a one of a kind academy. Shiva decided to establish a school intending to raise the bar on training standards, drawing from her 27 years of experience in the beauty industry and over a decade in the finest European and Australian spas and salons.