Meet Our Team

Terri Vinson

Founder and Cosmetic Chemist

Terri founded Synergie Skin in 2005 after noticing a significant gap in the aesthetics market for highly active cosmeceutical products, free from potentially toxic ingredients. Terri holds a Bachelor of Science, a Diploma of Education in Biology & Senior Science and a post-graduate Diploma of Formulating Chemistry. She is the Managing Director at Synergie Skin and enjoys researching new ingredients and formulating in her Melbourne lab. Terri fills her weekends with diverse activities including nerding out by reading scientific journals, binge-watching Netflix, oil painting and creating new healthy recipes! Click here to learn more about Terri.

Favourite product: Dermiotic – I’m obsessed with this cosmeceutical skin balancer! The pre-serum elixir restores the balance of good and bad bacteria on the skin, relieving and preventing the nasty signs of skin inflammation.

Pooneh Azady

General Manager

Pooneh is the General Manager of Synergie Skin and previously headed up our finance department. As our finest number cruncher, she has over a decade of experience and holds a master’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management. Pooneh is a real movie enthusiast, loves exploring new trendy restaurants and can’t get enough of her puppy.

Favourite product: MediScrub – Having open pores on my face, I love how MediScrub removes the dead skin and blackheads but does not leave my skin dry.

Lauren Dalton

Customer Service

Being in customer service, Lauren is the director of first impressions! She’s a skincare and make-up enthusiast, with love for how the industry can positively influence the way people look and feel about themselves. Lauren comes to us with over a decade of experience in administration and customer service. Outside of work she enjoys catching up with friends and spending time with her fur babies. Be sure to send her a warm hello!

Favourite product: ReVeal – A potent AHA/BHA leave on exfoliant, nourishes and improves skins hydration texture and appearance. A great combination with your Pure-C crystals!

Anna Vassilopoulos

Customer Service

As a qualified Dermal Therapist with over 20 years of experience in the beauty industry, Anna has honed her skills in a variety of roles including day spa manager in Santorini, Beauty Therapy educator, and a clinic owner. She prides herself on her attention to detail and has a strong passion for skin health and education. Anna’s strength lies in her ability to prescribe skincare that is tailored to a customer’s needs and finds nothing more rewarding than receiving feedback about their dramatic improvements in both their skin and self-confidence.

Favourite product: BB Flawless cosmeceutical foundation. I love the beautiful natural coverage and flawless finish it gives whilst feeding my skin with anti-ageing goodies.

Claire Crouch

Education Manager

With over 20 years industry experience, Claire is honoured to have delivered training all around the world. As a fully qualified beauty therapist she is passionate about education and believes “the more we know, the more we grow!” When at home, Claire enjoys all things art and craft, especially fun, creative time with her two sons.

Favourite product: Having a sensitive skin I have always struggled with finding a cleanser that effectively cleans my skin and removes make up without leaving it tight and dry. The superior cleansing, silky, milky texture and sensational rose aroma make BioCleanse my favourite product.

Hollie Deckert

National Sales Manager

Hollie comes to us with over fifteen years’ industry experience as a qualified skin therapist. With a huge passion for skincare, Hollie’s strength lies in developing effective sales and marketing strategies. In her spare time, Hollie enjoys spending time with her family, loves to cook and is a fashion enthusiast.

Favourite product: SuperSerum+ – This is my miracle product! Dramatically relaxing the frown line I was starting to form between my brows, I swear by this serum!

Jess Ford

Business Development Manager VIC, TAS, SA, WA

Jess has over 15 years worth of industry experience, five of which she spent managing a medispa in WA. She has also owned her own beauty clinic! Jess loves to travel and has even worked on cruise ships in the Caribbean. She is passionate about training, educating and building businesses in her territories. On the weekend, you will find Jess down by the beach surfing, exercising or spending time with family and friends.

Favourite product: HydroLock – This beautiful rich cream helps to keep my skin more youthful, hydrated and plump throughout the day/night and combats any dryness that occurs. Also, my Synergie Minerals sits really nice over this moisturiser.

Nikki Vezza

Business Development Manager NSW

Nikki resides in Sydney and takes care of our clients in the New South Wales region. With over 20 years of industry experience, Nikki has a passion for the skincare industry and a love of learning. She is a fully qualified beauty therapist with many years working closely with skin and cosmetic clinics. At home in Sydney, she enjoys spending time with her family, holidays and long walks with her husband and rescue dog.

Favourite product: HydroGel – Amazing matte moisturiser that decreases pore size and maintains my oil flow – love it!

Keren Nicholaou

Business Development Manager QLD

Keren manages our clients in Queensland. As a qualified beauty therapist, Keren has extensive industry experience having spent over eight years as a beauty and skincare expert onboard luxury cruise ships. Returning to a ‘land’ life, Keren re-joined the cosmeceutical industry in 2011 and has loved it ever since. She joins the Synergie family after returning to the workforce as a new mum. In her spare time, Keren loves cooking and entertaining for friends and family.

Favourite product: De-Stress – A fantastic mid-week overnight treatment for a pick-me-up and perfect for calming the senses.

Chantelle Nguyen

Marketing Manager

As the head of the marketing department, Chantelle is known to be a skincare and makeup obsessive. After completing a Bachelor of Business (Marketing)/Visual Arts she naturally found herself fully immersed in the world of beauty. Chantelle prides herself on developing creative marketing strategies and collaborative media campaigns. She loves travelling, visiting art galleries and has new-found love for calligraphy.

Favourite product: SupremaC+ is a massive game changer in the Vitamin C world. It has so many wonderful benefits – brightens and prevents uneven skin tone, boosts collagen and protects against free radical damage. My go-to morning serum!

Zoe Kontogiannis

Operations Manager

Zoe oversees the production facility, procurement, logistics and operations at head office. With over twenty years’ experience in industries including fashion, graphics and construction, Zoe brings an array of managerial skills to the business. Having started with Terri from the beginning, Zoe has seen Synergie grow from strength to strength since 2005. She is also a mother, film enthusiast, and appreciates design in all forms including fashion and architecture.

Favourite product: ReClaim – Love the non-creasing, light, yet very moisturising feel of this product. Perfect for every day as a base to your makeup and even better as a night application.

Sanaz Zahiri

Lab Manager and R&D Chemist

Sanaz is a real whizz in the lab and makes all of Terri’s formulas literally come to life! She oversees R&D, QC and manufacturing activities at our Melbourne facility. She holds a Masters of Science (Inorganic Chemistry), has over 15 years of industry experience, and is a dedicated member of ASCC. Highly amused by the invisible world of molecules, she always knew that chemistry was her destiny.

Favourite product: ImprovEyes Night – The light eye cream works perfectly on my fine lines, puffiness and dark circles around the eye. Loving the results!

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