Transgender-recommended electrologists: Massachusetts

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A & A Electrolysis and Skin Care Associates

Linda DeFruscio, R.E  815 Washington Street Newton, MA. 02160 (617) 964-1000 21 years experience with the gender community. Write or call for a free informational brochure. Ms. DeFruscio also writes on skin care and electrolysis in Transgender magazine.  (97-04-18, aol)


A One Electrolysis

Karin E. Flynn, R.E. 717 Washington Street Newton, MA. 02160 (617) 928-1000 Private and Confidential, Evening and Saturday Appointments Complimentary Consultation  (97-04-18, aol)


Don-Paul

Don-Paul, RE (617) 236-0405  Located in Boston's Backbay on Boylston Street. He works by appointment only. He is also very discrete and schedules appointments so clients do not encounter one another.  (97-04-18, aol)


Electrolysis

Christine Salminen, R.E. 290 Centre Street Newton, MA. 02158 (617) 964-4866 Private and Confidential, Experienced with Gender Community  (97-04-18, aol)


Electrolysis Clinique

Darlene Romano, R.E. 20 Cloverdale Avenue Salem, MA. 01970 (508) 744-4560

TG friendly. Free Consultations. Rates are very reasonable ($34.00 per/hour).  (97-04-18, aol)


Methuen Electrolysis Center

Marie Woodhead 30 River St., Suite no.22 Methuen , Ma. 01844 Phone: 978-682-8430. Number of electrologists: 1. Days of operation: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Hours: Varied, known to be sometimes 7am to 10pm By appointment only. Hourly rate: approx. $32.00. Types of probes available: disposable. Chosen through: TG referral, therapist. Free consultation with hairs treated for free Certification displayed Wears gloves


Susan Gonsalves-Holt and Associates, RE.
Susan Gonsalves-Holt
885 Main Street Rt. 38
(directly behind Deli King)
Tewksbury, MA 01876
(978) 851-8791

http://myria.home.mindspring.com/Susan/

sgholt3@aol.com

* Registered and licensed since 1976
* Sterile disposable needles
* Galvanic, Blend, and Short wave treatments
* Hygienic and comfortable atmosphere
* Private and Confidential
* Day, evening, and Saturday appointments
* Free initial consultation

Respondent Comments: I've seen four zappers over the years and Susan is by far the best I've ever seen. She's very fast, has extremely accurate placements, and is very personable and easy to spend time with. My only complaint, such as it is, is that her schedule is extremely tight so sometimes it's hard to get appointments. At this point I'm in mainanance mode so I don't see her very frequently, which helps on that count. [1 TG ref 99-02-05]


I do not know how this will be viewed, but the following is an excellent
source of electrolysis in my opinion, have now about 235 total hours on my
face with the Electrology Institute Clinic. This is a school for training
electrologists, so the work is done by students. Fortunately only the senior
most students are permitted to work on faces (student who have 600+ hours of
experience). But you can have your electrolysis done, with a substantial
reduction in cost.
1. Electrologist contact information
Electrology Institute Clinic
1501 Main Street
Suite 50
Tewskbury, MA
978-851-4444
Normally access to the clinic is given by a friend who goes there,
OR, by a referral from your therapist (ask your therapist to call). You
cannot walk in from the street and expect treatment. Be prepared to disclose
transition info : Doctor, Endocrinologist, Therapist, Hormone regimen. If
you are totally honest they can work up a treatment methodology around your
own personal needs. The instructors have many many years of experience
dealing with transwomen. So you will not be new to them.
2. Days open (put an X by applicable days)
Sunday
X Monday
X Tuesday
X Wednesday
X Thursday
Friday
X Saturday

3. Hours __ to ___
By appointment only?
Appointment Only
4. Electrologist treatment information
Number of electrologists in office: 20+
Treatment with two electrologists simultaneously available? No
Modality used (%)
Thermolysis 25%
Galvanic 5%
Blend 65%
Multiplex (slow) thermolysis 5%
Type of probes available:
X disposable
X non-disposable
X insulated
X non-insulated
X straight
X tapered
X bulbous
X gold-plated
X multi-needle galvanic
Electrologist wears a mask. No
Electrologist wears gloves. Yes

5. How you chose your electrologist:
X TG referral
Other:
Was consultation free? Yes
Were hairs treated? Yes
Were certification/training documents displayed. Yes
6. Please state your opinion about this electrologist:
Advantages:
Inexpensive (I pay $30 for 2.5 hours of treatments).
All equipment is latest and state-of-the-art epilator machines.
Ability to book long sessions (I was able to do about 200 hours in
the space of one year).
Can use whatever modality you request (if you said I only wanted
Galvanic, then they will do this. And God bless you if this is your
approach).
They work on numerous trans women (and even some straight men who
hate shaving!) and have many years of experience.
I always booked long sessions and after my face was cleared (around 200
hours), i was able to use the rest of the time for electrolysis in other
areas (eyebrows, chest hairs, bully button hairs, legs, etc). It's been like
E2000 on a budget :)
Disadvantages:
Since work is performed by students, progress will be a bit slower
than from a professional electrologist with years and year of experience in
facial hair removal.
NEVER miss a session or show up late, OR you will lose forever the
ability to get prime time electrolysis spots, like nights and Saturdays for
those of us who work.
If you are not living full time, you will be required to appear in
male mode.
The rules and requirements to me were very minor compared to the quality and
amount of work I have been able to do. At roughly 4 hours per week, it
really does not take long to clear the face to maintenance mode. I had about
40 hours of thermolysis before starting at the clinic in February of 2003.
By April, and through sheer force of will (I wanted the hairs gone), I was
able to stop shaving in May. I was booking 6-9 hours of treatments per week
with an out of pocket cost of $90 per week for 9 hours! For the next several
months, electrolysis has been in maintenance. The clinic was also able to
work the treatment methodology around my FFS, which meant after I healed
from surgery, I was able to begin living full time as soon as I wanted to. I
was able in that case to book 30 hours of treatments in one week prior to
FFS to achieving a complete clearing.


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