For Immediate Release - August 21, 2014

Massachusetts Board of Registration of Cosmetology Announces Enforcement Actions

BOSTON - The Board of Registration of Cosmetology (“Board”) today announced disciplinary action against the following individuals:

Rosa A. Barroso, Framingham: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Barroso, resolving allegations related to the operation of her salon, Belas Artes Hair Design in Framingham. During an inspection of the salon, a Board inspector found unsanitary conditions, including a lack of sterilized tools and evidence of unapproved tools, in violation of Board regulations. Under the terms of the agreement, Barroso agreed to pay a $2,200 fine and to have her cosmetology licenses placed on probation for a period of two years.

Neklong Chen, Lawrence:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Chen, resolving allegations related to the operation of a salon, 5 Star Nails and Spa and Waxing in Lawrence. During an inspection of the salon, a Board inspector discovered that the salon was unlicensed and also found individuals providing unsupervised waxing services, as well as unsanitary conditions throughout the premises.  Under the terms of the agreement, Chen agreed to pay a $2,000 fine.

Kelvin Flores, Dorchester: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Flores, resolving allegations related to the operation of a salon, Laly Beauty Salon in Dorchester. During an inspection of the salon, a Board inspector found unsanitary conditions, as well as a lack of required supervision over individuals working in the salon. Under the terms of the agreement, Flores agreed to close the salon for three days, pay a $1,700 fine, and have his cosmetology license placed on probation for a period of two years.

May Hoang, Holyoke:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Hoang, resolving allegations related to the operation of her salon, Nailtique in Holyoke. During an inspection of the salon, an investigator found unsanitary conditions, including improperly stored and sterilized manicuring tools that were being reused, the presence of unapproved tools, and that the salon was providing waxing services without an aesthetics license. Under the terms of the agreement, Hoang agreed to have her licenses placed on probation for a period of two years and to pay a $1,000 fine.

Kimberley Kendrick, Worcester:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Kendrick, resolving allegations related to the operation of an unlicensed salon. A review by the Board found that Kendrick was operating Kim’s Hair Design out of S Styles Barbershop, neither of which was licensed by the Board.  Under the terms of the agreement, Kendrick agreed to pay a $100 fine. 

Robert Lapierre, Taunton: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Lapierre, resolving allegations that he employed an instructor  at his cosmetology school, Rob Roy Academy in Taunton, who held an expired instructor’s license. Under the terms of the agreement, Lapierre agreed to pay a $100 fine.

Yomaris Mejia, Lawrence:  The Board entered a final decision and order by default against Mejia, after a review by the Board found that she was operating an unlicensed cosmetology shop, Yomaris Salon in Lawrence. Under the terms of the decision, Mejia agreed to pay a $1,000 fine. 

Hoang Nguyen, Dorchester:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Nguyen, resolving allegations that he practiced as a manicurist with an expired license at Nail Gallery in Kingston. Under the terms of the agreement, Nguyen agreed to pay a $1,000 fine. 

Lee Ann C. Pawlowski, Norwood: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Pawlowski, resolving allegations that she operated an unlicensed aesthetics salon, Leeann’s Skin and Laser Center in Norwood. Under the terms of the agreement, Pawlowski agreed to pay a $1,000 fine.

Kelli Price, Cambridge:  The Board entered a final decision and order by default against Price, revoking her cosmetology license. A review by the Board found that Price had been operating a salon, Liz’s Hair Care in Boston, with an expired license and that she failed to pay or contest a fine assessed on the salon.

Raj Sarraf, Springfield:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Sarraf, resolving allegations related to the operation of an aesthetics salon, GBS Brows in Springfield. During an inspection of the salon, a Board inspector found that the salon was operating without a license, and that improperly supervised and unlicensed employees were providing aesthetics services. Under the terms of the agreement, Sarraf agreed to pay a $500 fine. 

Kathleen Sweeney, Dorchester: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Sweeney, resolving allegations related to the operation of a salon, the Village Touch in Dorchester. A review by the Board found that Sweeney was operating the salon with a revoked license and that she allowed an employee with an expired license to perform cosmetology services. Under the terms of the agreement, Sweeney agreed to pay a $100 fine.

Na Thach, Lawrence:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Thach, resolving allegations related to the operation of his salon, Cathy Nail Design in Lawrence. During an inspection of the salon, a Board investigator found that a copy of the salon’s license was not posted on the premises, that unlicensed individuals were providing cosmetology services, and evidence of reused tools and improperly sterilized tools. Under the terms of the agreement, Thach agreed to pay a $700 fine.

Cuong T. Tran, Plymouth: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Tran, resolving allegations related to the operation of his salon, Happy Nails in Plymouth. During inspection of the salon, a Board inspector found unlicensed employees providing manicuring services as well as unsanitary workspaces and tools, including unsterilized files, buffers and nail bits. Under the terms of the agreement, Tran agreed to have his license placed on probation for a period of two years and to pay a $700 fine.

Christine Vanasse, Fall River: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Vanasse, resolving allegations that she operated a salon, Creative Edge Hair Design in Fall River, without a valid license. Under the terms of the agreement, Vanasse agreed to pay a $100 fine. 

Ann Wall, Weymouth: The Board entered a final decision and order by default against Wall, revoking her cosmetology license and her right to renew any lapsed licenses. A review by the Board found that Wall had allowed an employee at her salon, Salon 890 in Weymouth, to provide cosmetology services without proper supervision, and that she failed to pay or contest a fine assessed on the salon.

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.

The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is committed to protecting consumers through consumer advocacy and education, and also works to ensure that the businesses its agencies regulate treat all Massachusetts consumers fairly. Follow the Office at its blog, on Facebook and on Twitter @Mass_Consumer

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