Our Story

Background

The Accent Image you know (and love!) actually started as Santa Fe Sun Tanning, founded by Kanata’s Sawyer family over two decades ago.

As the golden-skinned years passed, our passion for helping you feel fabulous drove us to explore the vaster beauty industry and ultimately expand our offerings. In 2014, we rebranded under Accent Image & Laser and became the first Ottawa clinic to offer HydraFacials and the Collagen BodyWave.

Since then, we’ve grown our family of certified specialists and continually added the best new treatments and products to give you that confidence-boosting head-to-toe glow. Our ultimate mission is to be your down-to-earth, affordable and effective, one-stop medi spa and aesthetics clinic. Take a sec to get to know our inimitable team and peruse our comprehensive menu, then let us know if you think we’re getting close... because we truly do it all FOR YOU!

Our Founders

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GARY SAWYER

Co-founder
Customer Service Specialist

Gary's a family man and the heart and soul of Accent, with his love of people and passion for delivering the absolute finest and warmest customer experience. As anyone who's ever chatted with him knows, Gary's a veritable fountain of health and beauty knowledge gathered over a lifetime of enthusiastic pursuit. Our clients know he'll always give them the inside story on a treatment or technology or ingredient. At 72-years young, Gary's thrilled to work every day because he so very much enjoys seeing the many familiar faces who've returned to us over and over through the years.

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SARA SAWYER

Co-founder, Operations Manager
IPL and Laser Hair Removal Technician
Certified Brow and Lash Technician
HydraFacial MD Technician
AlumierMD Specialist

Sara's always had a deep love of health and beauty, even while honing her business skills in the corporate world. She used that passion and savvy to help her family launch Santa Fe Sun, and later spearhead its transformation into Accent Image & Laser. While she spent the better part of a decade in Montreal enjoying the European vibes and killer fashion, she ultimately chose Ottawa to be closer to family and build the business with them. As charmingly personable as she is artfully adept, Sara's your gal pal and aesthetic secret weapon all rolled into one. When she's not crafting perfect eyelash extensions or keeping Accent running smoothly, you'll find her working out or curled up with a good book.

Our Team

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CHRISTINE

West End Academy Graduate in Medical Esthetics
IPL and Laser Hair Removal Technician
HydraFacial MD Technician
AlumierMD Specialist
Specialized in Skin Tightening
Certified in Microneedling
Makeup Artist

Christine found her calling as a medical esthetician. Her happy place is watching a client's initial hesitance shift to enthusiasm as she goes through the process of really listening to them, customizing their perfect plan, and skillfully delivering their treatments. She has a knack for knowing exactly which services and products'll be the best fit, not only for their skin, but also for what they hope to accomplish: It feels so rewarding when I know I've built a relationship of trust with my clients, and that I’ve helped rebuild their confidence.

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MADISON

West End Academy Graduate in Medical Esthetics
IPL and Laser Hair Removal Technician
HydraFacial MD Technician
AlumierMD Specialist
Specialized in Skin Tightening
Makeup Artist

Madison's obsession for all things beauty initially manifested in a fabulous stint as a Mac Makeup Artist. As she got up close and personal with so many different faces, her fascination for skin health really took off. So, she washed out her brushes and headed back to school to become a medical esthetician. She believes in the power of feeling confident in your own skin, and adores taking clients on that journey and sharing in their elation as they experience transformative results. Between clients, you can find Madison writing, hanging out with family, or out playing sports.

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MELANIE

Versailles Academy Graduate in Medical Esthetics
IPL and Laser Hair Removal Technician
HydraFacial MD Technician
Specialized in Skin Tightening
AlumierMD Specialist

In the fall of 2018, Melanie trusted her gut and took the leap from public service to medical aesthetics. She quickly found her calling and has never felt more fulfilled. Her profound knowledge and caring touch is enthusiastically remarked upon by her clients, and her great joy is guiding each one on their own personal journey. While there isn't a treatment she doesn't love to give, her eyes light up extra bright when it comes to rejuvenation like IPL, chemical peels, and HydraFacials! In her free time, Melanie’s diving into all things wellness or chilling by the water.

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SIHAM

Westend Academy Graduate in Medical Esthetics
IPL and Laser Hair Removal Technician
HydraFacial MD Technician
AlumierMD Specialist
Makeup Artist

Siham’s deeply rooted driving purpose is to help people feel their most beautiful and confident selves. It’s what led her to study medical aesthetics, and why she’s so beloved by each and every member of our Accent family. Nothing makes her happier than a client smiling and gushing after a stellar treatment, and witnessing their whole being transform as they experience incredible results. When her hands aren't busy transforming skin, Siham stays active swimming and dancing, and recharges her batteries hanging out with family and friends.

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TAMMY

Customer Experience Specialist
Alumier MD Specialist
Yorkville School Graduate in Makeup Artistry

As a working makeup artist for over ten years, Tammy’s transition into medical aesthetics felt natural and inevitable. She's super into cutting edge treatments and tech, and loves that her job makes it so easy for her to stay on top of our constantly evolving and innovating industry. She brings an artist’s eye to everything she does. A tried and true family woman, her downtime is spent with them exploring the city, taking day trips to nearby towns, trying new restaurants, and catching the latest festivals.

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CHRISTELE

Customer Experience Specialist

Christele is a quintessential people person, bringing an incomparable warmth and energy to our clinic that simultaneously allows her to be her most authentic self. She simply loves being surrounded by positive human beings, both clients and coworkers alike. Her enthusiasm for all things beauty has her constantly playing with her look, and we never know what bangin’ hairstyle or dramatic makeup she’ll show up with next. When she’s not here helping our clients feel truly welcome and at ease, you’ll find Christele chilling with friends, doting on her three nephews, or planning her next trip to see the world!

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