BBYF - ABOUT ALISON
O'Neil, B.S., M.E., A.R.S.
Aesthetic Health Consultant
O’ Neil has been practicing in the fields of Medical Esthetics
and Aesthetic Rehabilitation for over twenty-five years. After
twenty-two years in dermatology and 5 years in plastic surgery
she shares her pearls of patient care with professionals
nationwide. Among her professional publishing and media credits,
Ms. O’ Neil has served on the editorial board of Progressive
Clinical Insights, The Medical Journal for Skin Care
Professionals. She has been nationally recognized in Self,
Mademoiselle, Woman’s Day, American Health, Harper’s Bazaar and
Town & Country magazines as well as several major newspapers and
television networks including CNN, TBS, ABC & NBC. Her most
recent publication in 2009 can be found in Aging Well Magazine.
She was the Georgia State board of Examiners representative for
Esthetics from 1989 to 1999 and Member and Esthetic Committee
Chairperson of the National Interstate Council of Examining
boards during that same period. For that same period she was an
on-going subject matter expert for the development of the
National Licensing Examination for the practice of Esthetics.
Ms. O’ Neil holds a degree in Mental Health and Human Services
with a specialization in The Psychology of Appearance and
Cosmetic Treatments, is a licensed Esthetician and was a
Medical/Surgical Assistant in Dermatology for more than six
years. In 1982, Ms. O’ Neil began the first Dermatological
Rehabilitation Clinic in the country at Emory University,
Atlanta, Georgia. She is also noted as one of the founding
committee members of the National Look Good... Feel Better
program co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Cosmetic
Toiletry and Fragrance Association, and The National Cosmetology
Association. For her role in this program she was awarded the
Quality of life Award by the American Cancer Society’s Georgia
Ms. O’ Neil represented Dermablend, Inc. and L’Oreal through
The Dermablend Academy where she introduced the importance of
physical appearance challenges to medical residents around the
country. To date she has presented a total of 30 lectures to the
nations leading medical schools (30 of the top 50). Ms. O’Neil
also presents regularly at Dermatology and Plastic Surgery
Nursing and other related professional medical meetings.
Her proven commitment to the field of Medical Esthetics and
Aesthetic Rehabilitation makes her a highly qualified speaker on
topics from general healthy skin care to the Psychology of
Appearance. She is well versed on insights regarding
dermatologic care, pre and post operative esthetic needs and
patient care issues, as well as appearance changes implied by
illness and its treatments. Her focus includes both the
psychological ramifications as well as the aesthetic health
challenges presented by appearance loss, or change.
Through speaking and educating, Ms. O’ Neil maintains her
commitment to championing the rights of the appearance-impaired
toward living an equal quality of life, and further supports
those same individuals in reaching and maintaining their
greatest personal potential. Ms. O’Neil also acknowledges the
enormous impact related to the extremely popular interest in
personal grooming and appearance in everyday society.
In 2005, Ms. O’Neil founded The Beauty Becomes You Foundation
(BBYF) a nonprofit aesthetic health initiative that embraces a
holistic approach to addressing senior hygiene needs. The
mission of BBYF is to preserve the dignity and self respect of
senior adults through the provision of aesthetic health products
and professional services in a safe, accessible, and familiar
environment. Aesthetic hygiene services including basic hair,
skin, and nail care as well as massage; these are provided by volunteer
licensed cosmeticians and aesthetic professionals in safe,
convenient locations for seniors. We’re changing the way society
looks at Senior Adults, our most undervalued National Treasure.
Ms. O’Neil lives in Atlanta with her two yellow labs Gillie and
Gracie. While busy developing her charity, the Beauty Becomes
You Foundation, she continues to serve patients in private
practice while training Therapeutic Estheticians in Medical
Spas, Personal Care/Private Home Care Providers on the practice
of personal care aesthetics and medical/psychology
considerations. Ms O’Neil has pioneered the development of
and is considered one of the leading experts in senior adult
skin care and personal care. Her talks called, "Can't Do That?
Do THIS!!" are becoming all the rage as she presents with wisdom
and humor at senior communities around the country. She
introduces out-of-the-box options to creatively live with the
challenges related to aging (loss of your 5 senses, mobility,
dexterity and mental capabilities) AND don't make you look OLD.
"I have struggled to feel beautiful my whole life. I have seen
it in others and wondered how I could achieve it myself. It
wasn’t until recently when taking care of my father in his final
days that I understood the true meaning of beauty."
"One afternoon after taking Gracie and Gillie,
my two yellow
labs, for a walk I sat down with my Dad. With my hair disheveled
and dreadfully lacking makeup we enjoyed some quiet time on his
porch. From his wheelchair he was enjoying tending his plants
and flowerpots. I was fixing a loose hinge on his birdfeeder on
the other end of the porch when he broke our comfortable silence
and said with such loving honesty “Ali, beauty becomes you”. I
paused and realized that at that moment I have never felt
lovelier in my whole life. I finally understood the meaning of
beauty, the inner strength, the perseverance and the
unconditional love we shared those final days was the beauty
that is grace."
"Whether you are providing or receiving the gifts, the way I
felt at that moment, and continue to feel today, is what I want
you to realize in yourself as you grow from participating in
Beauty Becomes You Foundation."
Alison O'Neil's Lectures on
First lecture on Geriatric Aesthetics to Esthetician students at the
Atelier Esthetique in New York City.
Las Vegas, Aging in America Convention co-hosted by the American Society
on Aging and the National Coalition on Aging. Alison gave the inaugural
lecture on the new field she is developing called, "Geriatric
Aesthetics". 3500 in attendance, which is the largest professional
convention on aging in the country. Members of these associations
include Social Workers, Nurses, Senior Community Directors, political
organizations and governmental representatives.
Georgia Gerontology Society, Emory University: Geriatric Grand Rounds
will speak at the National Convention on Aging which is held in Chicago,
Recent Publications Featuring Alison:
"Geriatric Aesthetics" -
2009 July/August edition of Aging Well Magazine.
"Dewey Skin is In for
Fall" - 2009 Fall Issue of Best Self Magazine - Atlanta, Georgia.
A Day of Timeless Beauty with a
right) with BBYF volunteers and
a recipient of the volunteer
talents (gentleman at
center - a retired hairdresser himself) at
A Day of Timeless Beauty
Alison (left) with Corinna Allen of CBS
Atlanta's "Better Mornings Atlanta" TV Show
Being interviewed by Brenda Wood
for Channel 11 TV "Good People" segment
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Alison presenting a BBYF
Christmas Ornament to Brenda Wood