Our Team

Seriously Dedicated to Training

Meet Our Team

We are fun, approachable and seriously dedicated to professional training.  Our team are not only fully qualified, they have the industry experience to support them. Having worked previously on the front line they understand inherently what it takes to be a medi-aesthetic technician in this growing $1b industry. Meet our team below and find out why we asked them to join The Advanced Skills Academy training team!



Darlene O’Gara

National Training Manager

With over 20 years’ experience working with leading international brands including Australian Skin Clinics, Darlene’s expert knowledge, medi-aesthetic skills and dedication to training is inspiring to all!

Darlene has been a professional trainer for over 14 years and has a wealth of knowledge delivering training in the disciplines of management, leadership, sales, customer service and practical medi-aesthetic skin treatments.

Darlene’s diverse skill base includes a vast knowledge of cosmetic ingredients which gives her a heightened understanding of how treatments affect the skin layers. Darlene is a founding team member crucial to the company’s development team. Darlene’s passion for the industry and her amazing training skills meant that she was the ideal candidate for the role of National Training Manager at The Advanced Skills Academy.

Darlene is highly experienced creating and delivering fun, interactive training programs full of passion and possesses a smile so infectious, it is hard not to enjoy your learning experience.

Claire Walsh

Trainer / Assessor

With over 14 years working as a beauty and laser specialist, Claire has worked as a professional Trainer for the last 7 years.

Claire offers a breadth of knowledge and skills in the areas of business management, leadership, motivating people, performance, compliance and more. Her hands-on involvement operating a wide range of laser devices from different manufactures has provided Claire with thorough knowledge of the medical and aesthetic laser procedures, enabling her to effectively mentor, train and support students in laser hair reduction, rejuvenation and superficial vascular lesions treatments.

Working with The Advanced Skills Academy since its foundation, Claire is a positive and energetic Trainer, whose drive and ambition is infectious. She engages with students by developing learning programs that are interactive and tailored to the learning needs of each individual.

Alana Van Der Schouw

Trainer / Assessor

Alana is the kiwi that made her way across the ditch to the sunny Gold Coast! From managing one of the largest day spas here in QLD, Alana discovered her passion where she then went on to specialise in dermal therapies for over a decade and she has never looked back.

A proven leader in her field, Alana’s drive for education and her thorough knowledge of skin biology, cosmeceutical science and aesthetics led her to be well diverse within the treatment and training of laser hair reduction, intense pulsed light, dermal therapies and effective sterile and hygiene practices. For over 5 years, Alana has educated and mentored students through the Diploma of Beauty Therapy and the Graduate Certificate in IPL and Laser Hair Removal.

Alana’s strong passion for teaching as an Educator at the Advanced Skills Academy inspires her to mentor the next generation of dermal and laser technicians, encouraging students to be the very best that they can be in the medi-aesthetic industry!

Casey Williams

Trainer / Assessor

Casey is our newest team member and comes with a vast range of qualifications and industry knowledge.  Casey has been happily working in the Medi-aesthetic business for over 10 years, owned her own Beauty Salon for five years where she employed six staff and trained three apprentice Beauty Therapists through to the completion of their apprenticeships.  

Casey sold her business and relocated to the Gold Coast where she was inspired to follow her passion for training and mentoring, starting her educating path by completing her Cert IV in Training & Assessment.  

Seeing that the Beauty Industry was transforming, Casey wanted to keep up with the industry changes and client’s needs, therefore developing her interest in the Dermal / Laser areas.  She was employed by the Australian Skin Clinic (ASC), Pacific Fair for three years where she progressed her skills from a Beauty Therapist to a Senior Dermal/Laser Technician.  Casey obtained her Open License in Laser Hair Removal, Skin Rejuvenation and Superficial Vascular Lesion, along with being trained in Cryodefine (fat-freezing tehcnology) and LED, due to her proven training skills she was chosen as their Mentor Training Ambassador in clinic. 

Casey has always had a passion for training and mentoring, her warm & friendly personality encourages her students to ask questions and feel comfortable while gaining knowledge in their field of interest.   

Holly Keogh

Customer Service

Holly is the first happy face you will see when you arrive for your training or treatment at the Academy.
Organised and ready to help, Holly ensures everything is perfect for your visit with the Advanced Skills Academy.

She knows everything that’s going on in the Academy and is our go-to girl for student admissions and basically anything and everything customer service related.

Holly has been a valued part of The Advanced Skills Academy team now for over three years and enjoys helping and providing people with a friendly and inviting experience every day.

Having worked previously with International Colleges, Holly has found that helping people succeed is what she loves most about her role, as it brings a sense of fulfilment and assists in making a positive difference to clients and students’ lives!