Meet The Speakers


    With more than 40 years of experience both practicing and teaching in Electrology and Aesthetics. Johanne started out in Quebec, Canada, she spent many years teaching, working closely with organizations, government and schools while she owning her own salon. Today, Johanne is the Academic Director and co-owner of California Electrology Academy and the National Training Director of Aesthetic Systems USA located in Corona, California. Johanne continues to teach both working professionals and prospective professionals working hard towards achieving the betterment of the field.

      Johanne Gonella,



        Stacy Morgan,



        Stacy first learned about the world of electrology when her dad transitioned. She teamed up with Kelly just after receiving her license in 2011. By 2013, she was a Certified Professional Electrologist and had joined the executive board of the Electrology Association of Illinois. Stacy is currently the Vice President of EAI, in addition to being the designer/editor of Electrology Illinois, The News Publication of the Electrology Association of Illinois.


        Frank Patti,

        LMFT, Psy.D.

        Mike Bono,


        Former professor of Human Sexuality at American Behavioral Studies Institute. Advanced studies in resolution of Anxiety and Depression. Former Clinical Director at Charter Hospital working with children, adolescents, adults and elderly people.


        Frank focuses on gender dysphoria - gay and lesbian identity. We are all raised in a world where being heterosexual is considered normal. But what happens when one's gender or orientation is outside of the main stream? How does one come to accept who they are.

        Michael Bono became a licensed electrologist in 1976, and attended the original Wilshire School of Electrology in Los Angeles (Arthur Hinkel). Michael maintains his practice in Santa Barbara, California. Before that, he was a High School history and special education teacher. Michael has a degree in History from UC Santa Barbara and a secondary teaching credential.

        Michael has written three important books in the field of electrology. He has been involved with teaching, designing machines and inventing new techniques for the last 30 years. He has taught and conducted seminars in Norway, England, The Netherlands, Germany, Canada, USA, Peru, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.


        Cristina Navarrete, CPE, BBA

        Ms. Navarrete is the owner of IBC and its principal electrologist. Her extensive experience as both a practicing electrologist and a trainer, as well as her personal commitment to her craft, make Ms. Navarrete one of the leading practitioners in the country. In addition to her expertise and qualifications, Ms. Navarrete is deeply empathetic with her patients. Since birth, she suffered from hirsutism: excessive hair growth due to increased levels of androgens. Because of this experience, Ms. Navarrete knows firsthand what it’s like to have a lot of unwanted hair, and the time and financial commitment that is demanded from the electrolysis patient.


        Joanie Gonella,


        Joanie Gonella has a bachelors degree in the field of Neuroscience for the University of California, Irvine and a post-graduate certificate in Pre-Health sciences from Florida Atlantic University. Ms. Gonella obtained her license as a professional Electrologist in California in 2003. She now has 16 years of experience as an electrologist, owns and operates a successful salon in Orange County, California, and is an instructor, administrator and co-owner of California Electrology Academy, one of three electrology schools in California. Recognizing the importance of education, development and modernization, Joanie Gonella regularly gives lectures and seminars both nationally and internationally.


        Day 1
        January 29th 2022
        At Holiday Inn - OC Airport

        Registration and continental breakfast

        8:30 am to 10:00 am

        Lecture - The Renaissance of Electrolysis
        Clement Beaumont 

        10:00 am to 12:00 pm  |  (0.2 CEUs)

        Lunch Buffet

        12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

        Lecture - Stacy Morgan CPE "Pain-Free Positioning for Electrology"

        2:00 pm to 3:30 pm  |  (0.3 CEUs)


        3:30 pm to 3:45 pm

        Lecture - Stacy Morgan CPE "Pain-Free Positioning for Electrology"

        3:45 pm to 5:15 pm

        Networking Party

        5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

        Day 2

        February 2nd, 2020

        At Holiday Inn - OC Airport

        Registration and continental breakfast

        8:30 am to 10:00 am

        Lecture - Dr. Frank Patti

        10:00 am to 12:00 pm  |  (0.2 CEUs)

        Lunch Buffet

        12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

        Panel of Experts

        2:00 pm to 3:00 pm  |  (0.1 CEUs)


        3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

        Lecture - Cristina Navarrete "Understanding the Histology of Distorted Hair Follicles"

        3:30 pm to 5:30 pm  |  (0.2 CEUs)

        Optional Workshop Day 3
        February 3rd, 2020
        California Electrology Academy in Corona, CA
        This optional workshop on position and insertion techniques will be held at the Electrologist school in Corona, California. Attendees may elect to attend one of two times sessions, one at 9 AM and the other at 2 PM. Only a maximum of 25 people will be allowed per session.

        GROUP 1 (25 ppl max)

        8:30 am to 9:00 am

        Johanne Fortier CPE & Joanie Gonella CPE -Workshop

        9:00 am to 1:00 pm  |  (0.4 CEUs)


        1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

        GROUP 2 (25 ppl max)
        Registration and Lunch

        1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

        Johanne Fortier CPE & Joanie Gonella CPE -Workshop

        2:00 pm to 6:00 pm  |  (0.4 CEUs)

        *Note that per AEA guidelines, a maximum of 1.0 CEUs may be awarded for this event. 

        All CEUs are pending approval.


        Holiday Inn Santa Ana-Orange Co. Airport

        2726 S Grand Avenue 

        Santa Ana, CA 92705



        Tel: 714-481-6300

        Toll Free: 800-972-2576

        Where to Fly

        John Wayne Airport

        (approximately 10 min away)

        Free Shuttle from the airport if you are staying on location at the Holiday Inn Santa Ana-Orange Co. Airport

        Santa Ana, CA

        Long Beach Airport

        (approximately 30 min away)

        Long Beach, CA

        LAX International Airport

        (approximately 1 hour away)

        Los Angeles, CA

        Where to Stay

        Our venue is offering a special rate!


        Holiday Inn Santa Ana-Orange Co. Airport

        2726 S Grand Avenue 

        Santa Ana, CA 92705

        Tel: 714-481-6300

        Toll Free: 800-972-2576

        A block of rooms has been reserved for January 31 – February 3, 2020.
        The special room rate will be available until January 17th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.


        Click here to make a reservation

                 Booking a reservation from our site is simple. To begin the process, click on "CA Electrology Academy” link above to receive your group's preferred rate. PLEASE NOTE THAT USING THIS LINK FROM A MOBILE DEVICE MAY NOT WORK. 
        Reservations may also be made by calling 1-855-846-7312.  Please ask for the “CA Electrology Academy” or Group Code CEA. A credit card and deposit are due at time of booking.  Reservations can also be made by calling the hotel directly with Annette Anderson at714-481-6304 or email Monday – Thursday 9am – 4pm.


        Complimentary Guest Parking One vehicle per room
        Complimentary shuttle service to/from the John Wayne Airport and within 3 miles
        24-hour Business Center
        On-site Fitness Center
        Free High Speed Internet access in all guest rooms
        Panini Restaurant and Lounge
        The Holiday Inn Orange County Airport offers complimentary shuttle service to and from John Wayne International Airport in Orange County.  To request service, please call the hotel at 714-481-6300 after retrieving your luggage and going to the ground transportation/courtesy shuttle pickup area outside the terminal. Hotel shuttle transportation services pick up travelers in the Ground Transportation Center (GTC), located on the Arrival (lower) Level in the central area between the A2 and B2 Parking Structures. Within easy walking distance from all baggage claim areas, it can be reached from the Thomas F. Riley Terminal by crossing the Airport roadway at the traffic light near the John Wayne Statue. The hotel is located off the 55 Freeway and Dyer Road exit at 2726 S Grand Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705.

        Other Hotels Nearby:

        Embassy Suites by Hilton Santa Ana Orange County Airport

        1325 East Dyer Road

        Santa Ana, CA 92705

        Tel: 714-241-3800

        Click to book Embassy Suites by Hilton

        La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Orange County Airport

        2721 Hotel Terrace

        Santa Ana, CA 92705

        Tel: 714-540-1111

        Click to book La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham

        Things to do in Orange County


        Balboa Island

        Situated in the shadows of the Cleveland National Forest in Corona, CA, Eagle Glen Golf Club is a spectacular championship golf course whose superb amenities and stunning natural setting have earned it recognition as one of the finest golf courses in Southern California.


        Laguna Beach

        Laguna Beach is a small coastal city known for its many art galleries, coves and beaches. Main Beach features tide pools and a boardwalk leading to the paths and gardens of nearby Heisler Park. Aliso Beach Park is a popular surf spot. Trails meander through coastal canyons in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.


        Segerstrom Center for the Arts

        Segerstrom Center for the Arts, originally called Orange County Performing Arts Center, is a performing arts complex located in Costa Mesa, California, United States, which opened in 1986. The Center's Segerstrom Hall and Judy Morr Theater were designed by Charles Lawrence and opened in 1986.


        Bowers Museum

        For over eight decades, the Bowers Museum has evolved in many ways. From a relatively small museum focusing on Orange County history, the Bowers is now 8.6 times larger. Now it has the distinction of being the largest museum in Orange County, and one of the finest cultural arts museums in the region. Its collections, programs, and exhibitions still include Orange County history, but now reflect the demographics of Southern California by celebrating its diverse cultural makeup, with major emphasis on the fine arts of the indigenous peoples of the Americas and the Pacific.


        South Coast Plaza

        South Coast Plaza is a regional shopping mall in Costa Mesa, California. The largest shopping center on the West Coast of the United States, its sales of over $1.5 billion annually are the highest in the United States.

        South Coast Plaza is a global shopping destination with more than 250 extraordinary boutiques, critically acclaimed restaurants and the celebrated Segerstrom Center for the Arts. See why the world shops at South Coast Plaza. 


        Fashion Island

        Located in the heart of Newport Beach, Fashion Island shopping is Southern California’s premier coastal shopping and dining experience. With panoramic ocean views and towering palm trees, Fashion Island stores include prestigious department stores and specialty boutiques, more than 30 dining options.  Fashion Island Newport Beach is also home to Orange County’s only Neiman Marcus, as well as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Bloomingdale’s Home Store, Elie Tahari, Trina Turk, Kate Spade, Jonathan Adler and Anthropologie, just to name a few.

        Things to do near Orange County



        (~30 min away)

        Enter a magical kingdom where you can sail with pirates, explore exotic jungles, meet fairy-tale princesses, dive under the ocean and rocket through the stars! Disneyland Park is a beloved Southern California destination where generations of families have made their Disney dreams come true. Walt Disney’s original Disneyland theme park, which first opened on July 17, 1955, is now divided into 8 extravagantly themed lands: Main Street, U.S.A., Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Mickey’s Toontown, Frontierland, Critter Country, New Orleans Square and Adventureland.


        Aquarium of the Pacific

        (~30 min away)

        The Aquarium of the Pacific is a public aquarium on a 5-acre site on Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, California, United States. It is situated across the water from the Long Beach Convention Center, Shoreline Village, and the Queen Mary Hotel and Attraction.

        You may purchase Aquarium tickets upon your arrival at our ticket windows in front of the Aquarium. You may also order your tickets online now. For phone reservations, please call (562) 590-3100 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PT.


        Los Angeles

        (~1 hr away)

        Los Angeles is a trend-setting global metropolis with a fascinating history. LA's cultural attractions are second to none, whether it’s the Space Shuttle Endeavour, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Getty Center or art galleries and urban art. LA is truly the entertainment capital of the world. LA dining is acclaimed for Michelin-starred restaurants and multicultural neighborhoods alike. Sports fans know that LA is the city of champions, while active Angelenos can explore 75 miles of coastline and hundreds of miles of bike and hiking trails. Shop for everything from couture to vintage, or relax in one of LA’s world class spas.


        Team Meeting

        Day 1 Only

        Breakfast and Lunch Included

        0.5 CEUs (pending approval)


        Full Conference

        Breakfast and Lunch Included

        1.0 CEU (pending approval)

        *optional workshop is not included
        in the full conference price


        Examining New Tablet

        Day 2 Only

        Breakfast and Lunch Included

        0.5 CEUs (pending approval)



        Optional Workshop

        Offsite Intensive Workshop

        0.5 CEUs (pending approval)