Meet The Team
Sheila CurranPrincipal & Director of Coogan Bergin Beauty Clinic and College
Sheila qualified as a CIDESCO Therapist in 1981 and from the very beginning her interest was both in the teaching as well as the practice of the discipline. Her interest in Cosmetic Science brought her to France and it was there that she began a journey of discovery in the world of Spa and advanced treatments. Upon her return to Ireland she started a distribution company supplying the emerging Irish Beauty Industry with product and equipment. She placed an enormous emphasis on the training side of the business and soon developed a reputation as one of the leading therapists in Ireland and her master classes were sought after by all. Over the years her company grew and she won many awards including 'Best Trainer', Best Supplier' and an award as an 'Outstanding Innovator' in the Irish Beauty arena. Her knowledge of the Spa industry, that she had learned during her time in France meant she was perfectly positioned to play a leading role in the emerging Spa Market of the early 2000's. In her role as Spa Consultant she was a key player in the design, build and operations of some of the best known spas and counts the Villa Spa at Killashee House, The K. Spa, Seoid Spa at Dunboyne Castle and the Spa at Mount Wolseley amongst the many projects she worked on. She also worked with Failte Ireland as an independent consultant, assisting them in the development of a Best Practices guideline for the industry as well as being an assessor of various Spa hotel properties as part of a classification process. In 2009 Sheila took over Coogan Bergin and she has brought to it the many years of experience she gained working in all aspects of the business. The renovations in 2010 are a culmination of the many ideas she took from the spa sector and the college and clinic are fitted out to the very 'best practice' standards, possible. Sheila has a very hands on approach to the business and whilst she does not work actively as a therapist or tutor she does step into these roles whenever needed and feels this is really important as it keeps her in tune with the students and clients as well as connected to the team.
Sonia O'DwyerVice-Principal at Coogan-Bergin College of Beauty Therapy
Sonia is widely believed to be one of the very best tutors in the field of beauty therapy and aesthetics in Ireland and considers herself very lucky to have found a career that drives and enthrals her in equal measures. Since beginning her career in beauty in 1997, she has continued to learn and develop her skills as a trainer. She believes that learning is an ongoing process and she continues to widen her skill set while sharing her knowledge and passion for the subject. Each new intake of students brings with it a different set of needs and challenges, and facilitating their growth and development, while making the process enjoyable for them, brings her great satisfaction. She was honoured to be nominated and accepted as an international examiner by CIDESCO in 2010,- and since then has travelled extensively in this role, as far afield as Japan and brings back with her the most advanced and up-to-date developments in the industry. CIDESCO are regarded as the highest standard available in Beauty Therapy worldwide and working with international colleagues, assessing and maintaining these high standards has expanded her skills and brought her great professional and personal growth. In 2013 Sonia obtained a BA (Hons) in Training & Education from NUI Galway. Coogan Bergin are privileged to have Sonia as our Vice-Principal and course co-ordinator
Debbie HeSenior Therapist - Expert Electrologist
Debbie is a CIBTAC & CIDESCO accredited Beauty Therapist who carries out all treatments and specialises in electrolysis & advanced electrolysis. Debbie is passionate about giving our clients significant and measurable results with 5 star customer care.
Gráinne CallaghanCIBTAC & CIDESCO Tutor & Sales and Marketing specialist
Grainne is a beauty industry fanatic at present working as a Beauty Therapy Tutor, Business Development Manager and Social Media Manager for Coogan Bergin School of Beauty Therapy. Grainne is passionate about education, and adores teaching all elements of beauty. Her professional goal is to attempt to raise the industries standards and instil her passion for knowledge in others. Her area of expertise is Beauty Therapy including but not limited to, Anatomy and Physiology, Facial Aesthetics, Body Therapies, Makeup Artistry, Social Media Management and 11 years experience in customer service, customer relationship management, training, and sales training. “I adore my area of work and strive to constantly grow in an ever changing industry. I feel very privileged to have found such a beautiful career path”