About Us

Learn more about the women behind the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance...

Rachael Pontillo, President

Rachael Pontillo, President

Rachael Pontillo is the bestselling author of the book Love Your Skin, Love Yourself, and is co-author of The Sauce Code.

She’s an IAHC and AADP Board Certified International Health Coach, Certified Nutritional Aesthetics Practitioner®, licensed aesthetician; and natural skincare formulator and educator.

She’s the creator of the popular skincare and healthy lifestyle blog, Holistically Haute, as well as the online boutique skincare certification and business course, Create Your Skincare: Professional Edition.

Rachael received her health coaching education from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®, where she was the recipient of the school’s prestigious Health Leadership Award, and her aesthetics education from the Vision Academy Paul Mitchell Partner School. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree from Philadelphia University and Bachelor of Metaphysical Science from the University of Metaphysics. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Holistic Life Counseling. Rachael also holds additional certifications in metaphysical science, detoxification, acupressure, cosmetic chemistry, Reiki, Chinese Facial Diagnosis, and Ayurveda. She’s an avid herbalist, self-professed skincare ingredient junkie, and lifelong learner.

Rachael’s worked in various aspects of the beauty and health industries for nearly two decades, but it wasn’t until she personally experienced how the combination of improving her diet and lifestyle, in addition to switching to plant-based, non-invasive skincare regimen cleared up her severe acne–an issue she’d been struggling with for most of her life. By adopting positive mindset changes, she was also able to improve her self-image and self-confidence–other areas she’d struggled with for most of her life. Her personal journey caused not just a change in her personal life, but also in her professional life, as she realized how many women are held back from living joyful and fulfilled lives due to their own struggles with skin and self-image issues.

Rachael began working with some of these women, utilizing a combined focus on nutrition and health, the skin and skincare ingredients, and mindset/self-image modification. When she saw how quickly they experienced the same positive results as she had–and were able to sustain these results–her one-of-a-kind coaching practice was born.

It soon became her dream to create a professional organization unifying health coaches and nutrition professionals with aestheticians–the two groups of professionals who primarily work with women with skin conditions in a consultative fashion. By educating, empowering, and supporting these professionals, more women could be freed from the physical, emotional, and spiritual bonds of skin conditions so they too, could achieve their lives’ purposes. Uniting with well respected and like-minded professionals like Tisha, Sandra, and Jolene to form the Nutritional Aesthetics™ Alliance made this dream a reality.

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Tara M. Swagger, Education Specialist

Tara M. Swagger is a Nationally Certified and Licensed Esthetician, and a Certified Nutritional Aesthetics Practitioner®. She is the owner of Taresthetics located in Putnam CT and has been practicing skin health for 25 years.

Her years of study have also included Massage Therapy, Reflexology, Ayurvedic sciences, and yoga therapy. While she services clients for facial treatments and skin health, her practice also includes lifestyle wellness support. She is a Certified in Intermittent Fasting and as a Ketogenic Health coach.

Tara also teaches classes on holistic living including Circadian Biology practices and how to redefine daily life for long-term vitality and anti-aging. She is Certified in Circadian Biology and Quantum Health with the Quantum Collective and is also a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

Tara M. Swagger

Additional NAA Co-Founders

The Founders

Sandra Emmanouilides, Tisha Jill Palmer, Rachael Pontillo, Jolene Hart

Jolene Hart

Jolene Hart, CHC, AADP is a Health Coach, certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition® and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and founder of the pioneering beauty coaching practice Beauty Is Wellness. She is the author of Eat Prettya seasonal guide to looking and feeling beautiful using nutrition and self care, as well as Eat Pretty, Live Well and Eat Pretty Every Day. Her beauty and health writing has appeared in a wide range of national and international publications, including InStyle, Allure, Organic Spa, Delicious Living and The Huffington Post.

Jolene Hart
Tisha Palmer

Tisha Palmer

Tisha is an Empowerment and Nourishment Coach and Behavior Change Specialist, focusing not only on nutrition, but also on the full picture of nourishment. After studying at the University of Wisconsin/Madison, Tisha worked for 20 years in the medical field before completing her studies to become an AADP Board Certified Integrative Nutrition® Health Coach and Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer™. Tisha Jill has her own company MojoMoxie; and also lends her services to The Decency Group, an integrative practice of service providers and consultants.

Sandra Emmanouilides

Sandra Emmanouilides is a PA Licensed Aesthetician, AADP Board Certified Integrative Nutrition® Coach, and a Certified Nutritional Aesthetics Practitioner®. She is the founder of Skin Talks Speaker Series, an educational lecture and discussion series for holistic-minded spa professionals and enthusiasts.  Sandra is also a Facilitator for The Suppers Program, which provides a safe and friendly settings where anyone – and especially people with food-related health challenges – can develop and manage their personal transition to a healthier life.

Sandra Emmanouilides

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