Susan Peterkin and Dr. Kindred created the first dermatologic salon, PeterKindred Hair and Scalp Wellness Center, so hair styling and dermatology could finally be bridged to bring hair loss patients a true holistic experience with their hair and health. It is the first full service salon in a dermatology practice. As a master pioneer in the hair care industry, Susan Peterkin has always been at the forefront of hair-care trends, good and bad. Ms. Peterkin found herself frustrated with a trend she began to notice gaining traction in the hair stylist community. She witnessed many popular hair stylists taking non-medical hair loss courses, and then re-branding themselves as “hair-loss” experts. Taking a course in hair loss does not certify someone in the application of hair-loss techniques to hair-styling techniques.
In the dermatology practice, Ms. Peterkin learned directly from Dr. Kindred. As a result, Ms. Peterkin has seen the immense benefits in her techniques by focusing on scalp care and partnering with Dr. Kindred.
Dr.Kindred is a board-certified dermatologist with a niche in alopecia. She is considered a key opinion leader by her colleagues. Early in her career, she partnered with fellow dermatologist Dr. Yolanda Lenzy who noted that, “Hairstylists are at the front lines of hair loss.” The two believed in intentionally building the relationship between hair-stylists and dermatologists.
For far too long, “Hairstylists and Dermatologists have been playing for the same team, but have not been communicating” (Dr. Kindred). Susan Peterkin and Dr. Kindred wanted to create a platform that would target the lack of shared knowledge between hairstylists and dermatologists, so S.T.R.A.N.D (Stylists Training, Researching, and Networking with Dermatologists) was born.
S.T.R.A.N.D will be the first ever educational program that brings leaders in dermatology and hair care together to teach courses, lead talks, create a network dedicated to the continuation of hair care practices, and ultimately give back to their respective fields through research. S.T.R.A.N.D debuted its first course in an informational presentation at the Natural Hair Industry Convention October 8th.
This course dives deep into the world of healthy hair, shedding light
on the unique challenges and needs this hair type presents. Taught by dermatologists specializing in hair loss alongside your fellow hair stylist, this course offers an in-depth exploration of:
Common Hair Issues
By the end of this course, you'll not only be a stylist but a hair health expert, capable of transforming your clients' lives by promoting healthy, beautiful hair.
Dr. Chesahna Kindred
Scarring Hair Loss/ Advanced Medical Treatments / Importance of Research
Dr. Chesahna Kindred is a board-certified dermatologist, researcher, published author, and national speaker. She attended residency and fellowship at Howard University, an institution that pioneered Ethnic Dermatology. It was here that Dr. Kindred gained her passion and focus on hair loss and ethnic skin.Soon after graduating from her dermatology residency at Howard University, she became a leading dermatologist at MedStar Health in the Baltimore area. Five years later, she founded Kindred Hair & Skin Center in Columbia, Maryland where she treats people of all ages and ethnicities. Dr. Kindred remains on the cutting-edge of hair loss treatment, performing Platelet Rich Fibrin Matrix, or PRFM/PRP, on a regular basis. Currently, she owns the only dermatology office with a full-service salon that specializes in hair loss.
Dr. Cheri Frey
Dr. Cheri Frey is a board-certified dermatologist, assistant professor of dermatology at Howard University, and Chair of the dermatology section of the National Medical Association. Dr. Frey practices medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology at Howard University in Washington, DC. She earned her medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and completed her internal medicine internship and dermatology residency at the University of Florida. She has published research in peer-reviewed journals and given numerous dermatology lectures across the country. Dr. Frey has a passion for teaching and mentoring. She has published numerous articles and textbook chapters. Dr. Frey lectures nationally and internationally.
Dr. Madeliene Gainers
Infections of the Scalp / Dermatitis of the Scalp
Dr. Madeliene Gainers: Dr. Madeliene Elaine Gainers is a board-certified, award-winning dermatologist who specializes in hair restoration and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Gainers opened her dermatology practice to help patients who experience hair loss problems. Focusing on innovative hair restoration treatments, Dr. Gainers knows hair loss can significantly impact a person's perception of themselves. With years of experience, training and research, and a compassionate approach, Dr. Gainers works to design a unique, personalized treatment plan for all her patients.
Dr. Hope Mitchell
Non-scarring / Childhood Alopecia
Dr. Mitchell is an Ohio board-certified medical and cosmetic dermatologist and the founder & CEO of Mitchell Dermatology. With over 25 years of experience in the medical field, she is an accomplished, highly qualified dermatologist and entrepreneur. Dr. Mitchell is dedicated to patient-centered care and education and she thoroughly enjoys every scope of her practice, routinely treating hair, skin and nail problems in pediatric and adult patients, with competent and compassionate care. Dr. Mitchell has subspecialty interest in hair loss, eczema, hyperpigmentation, skin cancer prevention, skin of color and skincare consultations.
Anita Hill Moses
Proper Products / Product Usage / Basic Ingredient Knowledge
Anita Hill Moses is a wife, an educator, and one of the nation’s leading authorities on hair loss from the perspective of the natural hair stylist, natural hair care, locking, and braiding. Her professional work in the Natural Hair Industry began in 1992 under the tutelage of Master Pioneer Marion Council George in Brooklyn, NY. She is the owner of Richmond’s 1 st full-service salon dedicated to Natural Hair Care, B.A.D – Braids and Dreds, Inc. Braids And Dreds, Inc. was opened on July 1, 1995 originally
under the name of Designer Braids And Trade II. However, in 1998 the salon’s name was changed. She has been dedicated to natural hair for 30 years and has been a professional in the industry with a full-service natural hair care salon for 29 years.
Anita has trained over 45% of the natural hair care professionals in the city of Richmond and has assisted individuals, not only in Richmond, but across the country in establishing their own businesses. She has taught at various Natural Hair Care Expo’s, retreats, and symposiums around thecountry. She currently serves as Project Manager for The Natural Hair Industry Convention.
Anita studied Cosmetic Chemistry at the School of Natural Hair and Skin Care through their online program. After 4 and ½ years of extensive study, research, and in house salon trials, she launched her line of all natural/organic hair restoration products called “NHR – Natural Hair Restoration”. This product line was designed to assist anyone dealing with specific types of Alopecia.
To bring awareness to individuals involved in the Natural Hair Industry, Anita was inspired to create The Master Pioneer Award. This award show recognizes and pays tribute to individuals who laid the foundation and paved the way for others to thrive in this Industry.
Anita is dedicated to God, her family, and her industry. Her motto “Don’t Be Discouraged but Be Encouraged” is displayed daily; not only in her day to day business dealings, but more importantly in her day to day life; aiding, helping, motivating is what she does best.
Dr. Tiffany St. Bernard
Endocrine-disrupting Chemicals, Importance of Research, Scoring and Tracking Alopecia
Tiffany St. Bernard, Ph.D., is at the helm of SOCAi (pronounced so-kai) as its Founder and CEO. This forward-thinking company is transforming the standard of care in health, wellness, and beauty through the power of AI. A Cornell University alumna with a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Dr. Tiff is committed to developing AI-powered precision healthcare solutions supported by institutions like the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the United States Department of Health and Human Services. These innovative solutions target critical yet often overlooked areas within these fields.
Dr. Tiff's research lies in integrating AI for practical health insights, including understanding Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) in consumer products. During her postdoc at Cornell Tech, she developed AI visual diagnostic tools to empower individuals along their hair and scalp health journey. That research is a pillar of the solutions she builds today.
At SOCAi, Dr. Tiff is dedicated to creating a world where personalized care is available to everyone, a testament to her commitment to innovation and health equity.
Susan L. Peterkin
Proper Products (Includes Color & Ingredients)
Haircare & Styling all Textures/Braids/Camouflage Wigs, Scalp Micropigmentation, & Fibers
Susan L. Peterkin is the CEO and co-founder of the Natural Hair Industry Convention (NHIC), the first natural hair conference for professionals. In 2003, Susan founded Jaha Natural Hair Academy in order to educate both the professionals of the industry. In 2013, Jaha Natural Hair Academy introduced its very popular consumer hands-on class “My Hair, My Way”. Susan founded The Natural Hair Industry Convention in 2013. Recently, she has been transitioning away from active styling and is partnering with Dr. Chesana Kindred, to form the world’s first full-service dermatologic salon that prioritizes scalp care and hair restoration.
April 27th, 2024
Evening Meet & Greet:
Become acquainted with our speakers
Gain an overview of our upcoming presentations
April 28th, 2024
Classes Hosted throughout the day
Detailed Schedule Coming Soon...