- Report: #1092386
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Complaint Review: Boca Beauty Academy
Boca Beauty Academy7820 Glades Rd. boca raton, Florida USA
Boca Beauty Academy, Mrs. Lettie and Chris Barry lied to my face repeatedly, to get me to sign up for other classes I wasn't even interested in to begin with. boca raton Florida
*General Comment: please contact me
*Author of original report: WRONG.
*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Clarification of Laser Hair Removal
*General Comment: Please contact me
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I moved to florida over two years ago, with the intent to remove tattoos with a laser!! Being young and naive at the time, it didn't occur to me that every state has different laws for different medical services. I did some research (but apparently not enough), in schools that offer laser courses. I chose Boca Beauty because the staff seemed friendly, it seemed like a fun atmosphere and less like a jail, which many of the other schools seemed like.
I could dig into my paperwork and give you exact dates, but I don't think that is necessary right now until I get a lawyer involved.. but about two years ago when I went to take a tour of the school, Chris Barry was the administrative director at the time and gave me the tour of the school, as well as my boyfriend who was with me who will be my witness in court. He adamantly told me that BBA definitely offered a laser tattoo and hair removal course. Upon lying to my face about that, he also told me that i would need to take the skin care class first, in order to learn about skin (which made sense to me,) and then take a 600 hour long electrology course, as required by the state of Florida Law, before I could take the 30 hour laser course- which mind you, was maybeee 20 hours tops, they let us go early each day, which at the time was great because 10 hours a day over my entire weekend SUCKED, and is too much of an overload of information for the brain to comprehend if you ask me.
I completed the Skin Care class, and also signed up for microdermabrasion, and chemical peels classes, and the Permanent Make up class, because I became very interested in the whole skin and beauty industry as a whole. But still, my main passion was to remove tattoos, and I'll briefly tell you why- I also told Chris this upon signing up- When I was 18, to put it vaguely, I woke up with two pistols tattood on my hips. I HATED THEM. I immediately thought of laser tattoo removal, and decided to give it a shot. I figured, if it didnt completely work maybe it would atleast lighten them enough to get something better to cover them. Needless to say it worked, it worked AMAZINGLY, and right then and there since i was 19 I wanted to do that for a living. I dropped out of my University in which I kept switching my major and wasting my own money because I couldn't decide what I wanted to do. I then bartended for a while and moved to Florida to persue my career and live the beach life, because California was too expensive ;] .
I saved up enough money to move and finance the school (Boca Beauty) and began classes. Back to the part where I said I completed Skin Care... I then began the Electrology course, in which the teacher, Melanie, was INCREDIBLE- this woman deserves an award!!! She really, truly cares about her students and that each and every one of them understands the material, she goes out of her way to make our day special, even when she's sick. But I'm getting off track here. During this class I started hearing that all Electrologists could do in Florida was Laser Hair Removal- that only a nurse or a Physician's Assistant could perform laser tattoo removal. By this time Chris Barry was fired. But of course I wasn't allowed to know why. That's where Mrs. Lettie comes in. She took over his position.
I began to freak out, and would constantly (we're talking once a week here..) ask Mrs. Lettie if we would be learning about tattoo removal during the 30 hour laser course and she repeatedly told me yes, yes you will. When I confronted her with the confusing FL Law online, she read to me while pointing it out to me "See here? It says you can do it as long as you are under supervision of a licensed professional. Tons of my students here have graduated and gone on to do tattoo removal." I then recorded her, with her permission of course, (which was dumb on her part) to ensure that I would be able to later take this to court if I were not taught laser tattoo removal, and unable to find a job doing so.
I now have a doctor who bought a laser machine for me and was going to give me a room in his facility and allow me to do laser tattoo and hair removal, but he wanted me to tripple check with the florida department of health and board that I could perform such procedures without him hovering over my soulder persay, but as long as he were in the building. I contacted Kim Tillery, head of the board of Electrology who then told me no, you absolutely CANNOT perform laser tattoo removal, it is illegal.
So now I'm livid... and am going to find every negative review ever posted on the internet about boca beauty, contact these individuals, as well as many other students I went to school with that had tons of complaints like "they never helped me with job placement" and so on.. and file a class action lawsuit. And that girl is absolutely correct, they did NOT help us find jobs upon graduation, I received a call almost a year later from some guy named James, who apparently took the place of Mrs. Lettie, asking if I had found a job yet or not and if I needed help. I laughed at him because at the time I did have a job already that I found on my own.
One last thing, that is only a couple complaints I have about the school... I could go on and on about Mrs. Lettie whom guided me in RUINING a woman's face because she did not teach me proper technique during the permanent make up class, which is now taught by actual professionals that don't work for BBA.
If anyone reading this has had problems with boca beauty and wants to persue the class action lawsuit against them with me and the others I already have involved, please comment with your email or some way for me to contact you. Thanks.
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