For Immediate Release - December 03, 2013

Massachusetts Board of Registration of Cosmetology Announces Enforcement Actions

The Board of Registration of Cosmetology (“the Board”) today announced enforcement actions against the following individuals:

Clara J. Ariza, Andover: The Board secured the voluntary surrender of Ariza’s license to practice as a Type 1 cosmetologist, resolving allegations that Ariza did not possess the required two years of supervised experience necessary to hold this license. Under the terms of the agreement, Ariza may continue to work as a cosmetologist under her current Type 2 license, and may reapply for a Type 1 license once she has met the experience requirement.

Jacqueline R. Chhim, Lowell: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Chhim, resolving allegations related to the operation of her salon, Jacqueline’s USA, in Lawrence. A review by the Board found that Chhim was operating Jacqueline’s USA without a valid salon license; that she failed to display her personal cosmetology license in the salon; that unlicensed aesthetics work was occurring in the salon; that there was a lack of supervised employees; and that there were unsanitary conditions and unsanitized tools in the salon. Under the terms of the agreement, Chhim agreed to have all her licenses placed on probation for a period of two years and to pay a $2,000 fine.

Victoria Cooney, Gloucester: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Cooney, resolving allegations related to the operation of her salon, Just Nails by Vicky, located in Gloucester. During an inspection of the salon, Board inspectors discovered unsanitary conditions and also found that Cooney was operating with an expired license. Under the terms of the agreement, Cooney agreed to have both her salon license and her personal manicurist license placed on probation for a period of one year, and to pay a $600 fine.

Lisa M. Dec, Hopedale: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Dec, resolving allegations that she was operating an unlicensed salon. Under the terms of the agreement, Dec agreed to voluntarily surrender her cosmetology license, as well as her right to renew her license in the future.

Adriana G. Desousa, Worcester: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Desousa, resolving a number of allegations related to the operation of her salon, Fabulous Salon and Spa, in Worcester. During an inspection, Board inspectors found that the salon was operating with unlicensed employees, lacked the appropriate number of supervisors to employees, and also found evidence of henna and Botox being performed on the premises. Under the terms of the agreement, Desousa agreed to serve a one year period of probation on her license and to pay a $400 fine.

Mindy Dinh, Bellingham: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Dinh, resolving a number of allegations related to the operation of her salon, Georgia Nails and Spa, in Bellingham. A review by the Board found that, during two different inspections of the salon, inspectors found that Dinh failed to ensure the proper supervision of the use of a wax machine and that she failed to properly sterilize her tools. Under the terms of the agreement, Dinh agreed to close her salon for one week, have her cosmetology licenses placed on probation for period of two years, and to pay a $2,000 fine.

Luis A. Fred, Winchendon: The Board entered a final decision and order by default against Fred, after his failure to respond to allegations that he was operating his salon, Just Teazin Salon, in Gardner, with an expired license. Under the terms of the Decision, the Board revoked Fred’s license.

Jun P. Gao, Newton: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Gao, resolving a number of allegations related to the operation of his salon, Hot Spring Beauty, in Newton. During an inspection of the salon, Board inspectors found blades along with a number of unsterilized tools, including files, buffers, and toe separators on the premises, in violation of Board statutes and regulations. Under the terms of the agreement, Gao agreed to have his license placed on probation for a period of one year and to pay a $200 fine.

Juliette Griffith, Dorchester: The Board entered a final decision and order by default against Griffith, after finding that she failed to pay a fine issued by the Board related to an inspection of her salon, Wild Styles Unisex, in Dorchester. Under the terms of the Decision, the Board revoked Griffith’s license.

Kim Ho, Bedford: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Ho, resolving allegations related to the operation of her salon, Country Nails, in Bedford. During an inspection, Board inspectors found that the salon was offering unlicensed manicuring and aesthetic services, and found improper sterilization of the premises. Under the terms of the agreement, Ho agreed to have her license placed on probation for a period of one year and to pay a $750 fine.

Huy T. Huynh, East Harwich: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Huynh, resolving numerous allegations related to the operation of her salon, Harwich Nails, in Harwich. During an inspection of the salon, inspectors found a waxing machine on the premises in violation of Board regulations, and also found that files and buffers were being reused. Under the terms of the agreement, Huynh agreed to have her licensed placed on probation for a period of one year and to pay an $800 fine.

Tina Khong, Danvers: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Khong, resolving allegations related to the operation of her salon, US Nails and Skin Care, in Danvers. During an inspection of the salon, inspectors found blades and tattooing instruments on the premises, as well as inadequately sterilized tools. Under the terms of the agreement, Khong agreed to have her license placed on probation for a period of four years and to pay a $1,500 fine.

Brian Luborsky, Natick: The Board entered a final decision and order by default against Luborsky, revoking his license to practice cosmetology. The Decision came after Luborsky failed to pay a fine resulting from a violation found during an inspection of his salon, Trade Secret, Inc. #7260, in Natick. Under the terms of the Decision, the Board revoked Luborsky’s cosmetology and shop licenses.

Marorng Mao, Lawrence: The Board entered a consent agreement with Mao, resolving allegations that she performed unlicensed manicuring services at Hollywood Nails and Waxing, in Lawrence. Under the terms of the agreement, Mao agreed to pay a $1,000 fine.

Jillian Niles, Dorchester: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Niles, resolving a number of allegations related to the operation of her salon, Salon Bounce, in Dorchester. During an inspection of the salon, Board inspectors found unlicensed employees working on the premises, that the salon was offering unlicensed barbering services, and that there were neck brushes on the premises. Under the terms of the agreement, Niles agreed to have her license placed on probation for a period of two years and to pay a $1,100 fine.

Wlisabeth Tajeda, Stoughton: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Tajeda, resolving allegations related to the operation of her salon, Visual Hair Boutique, in Stoughton. During an inspection of the salon, Board inspectors found syringes and injectable solutions on the premises in violation of Board statutes and regulations. Under the terms of the agreement, Tajeda agreed to have her licensed placed on probation for a period of one year and to pay a $100 fine.

Maria Todorova, Malden: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Todorova, resolving allegations that she was operating a salon, Nova Estectica in Malden, without a valid, current shop license. Under the terms of the agreement, Todorova agreed to pay a $1,000 fine.

Duyen M. Tong, North Reading: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Tong, resolving a number of allegations related to the operation of her salon, Tina and Lisa Beauty Corp., in North Reading. During an inspection of the salon, inspectors found unsanitary conditions in pedicure tubs and drawers intended for use by children; unsanitary and unsterilized tools, including files and buffers; a wax machine on the premises without a Type 1 or Type 6 licensee to operate the machine; and that unlicensed aesthetic services were being offered on the premises. Under the terms of the agreement, Tong agreed to have her license placed on probation for a period of two years, to close the salon for three days, and to pay a $1,500 fine.

Viviann Tran, East Wareham: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Tran, resolving a number of allegations related to the operation of her salon, Mimi’s Nails, in East Wareham. During an inspection of the salon, Board inspectors found unsanitary conditions, unsanitary and unsterilized tools, and that unlicensed aesthetic services were being offered on the premises. Under the terms of the agreement, Tran agreed to have her license placed on probation for a period of one year and to pay a $1,000 fine.

The cosmetology profession includes hairdressers, manicurists, and aestheticians. All of these professionals work closely with the public and are regulated by the Board of Registration of Cosmetologists, which seeks to protect the health and safety of the public by maintaining high standards for the industry. The Board also sets the curricula requirements and regulates the schools which train candidates in these occupations. There are approximately 74,000 individuals, salons, and schools currently licensed to practice in the cosmetology profession in Massachusetts.

The Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) is a regulatory agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The agency is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for approximately 370,000 licensees in trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 31 boards of registration. DPL also licenses and regulates private occupational schools.

Consumers are urged to visit the DPL's website at www.mass.gov/dpl and select the "Check a Professional's License" link to determine whether a professional with whom they may do business is licensed and in good standing. Follow DPL on Twitter @MassDPL.

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