Inspire Nail Academy
64 North Main St Suite C, Hartford WI 53027
262-305-0543    [email protected]

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Jeri Mallow

Owner, Licensed Nail Instructor and Nail Artist

Jeri began her career in the nail industry in 1992. In those years, she always had a passion for passing on what she has learned to others.  As she knows very well, that is how she began, because others taught her.

In 2010, she went back to school to receive her license as a nail technology instructor with the state of Wisconsin.  She has taught 100's of students in a variety of locations her very unique technique and curriculum. Her emphasis has always been in psychology as well. Being able to grasp a healthy mind set is the first step of success in this industry.

Jeri has been a featured writer in several nail magazines with her focus on business and psychology.  Her nail salon, Nail Essentials, was also the featured business in an industry magazine titled "A Hands Down Success". 

She is an enthusiastic educator that is non product specific. She also believes that a positive environment is the only environment for a student to succeed. She is fair and challenging as an instructor and enjoys teaching the way the student needs to be taught, not the way she wants to teach. As a presenter, she is funny, sarcastic and so honest about what the industry has to offer. She believes in 100% accountability as a way of life. She accepts that not one person knows everything and a good teacher is always learning with her students.

As a nail professional, she has been a full time nail tech since 1992. Her true talent is in permanent french application in gels and acrylics. Her client retention is enormous with more than 80% that stay with her over 20 years. She feels very blessed to call her clients family, not just customers. 

Karrie Berg
Licensed Nail Instructor and Nail Artist
Karrie has been a Nail Artist for 13 years. She holds her Manicure Instructor License for the State of Wisconsin and is an Education Ambassador for CND. Marketing and social media presence also plays a role in her day to day education and salon responsibilities. She believes that education is the key to success in any industry and that keeping current with beauty trends and nail fashion helps elevate yourself above the competition. Her passion for nails, attention to detail and creativity lies within her desire to wow her clients and take her student's abilities to the next level. Get inspired!

Michelle Heck

Licensed Nail Instructor and Nail Artist

Michelle received her Manicure Instructor Certificate through Inspire Nail Academy in 2016. She is honored to now be an Instructor at the Academy that has taught her to carry on the professional standards of the Academy and Industry. 

Her favorite part about being an Instructor is seeing the students skill and confidence grow throughout the course. It’s so rewarding to see how proud they are of their work from the skills taught by the Academy. 

She also enjoy seeing the friendships that are built between the students. They have grown a positive relationship with each other and will have that friendship grow even after the course is completed. 

Cindy Helman

Licensed Nail Instructor and Nail Artist

Cindy graduated from Moraine Park Technical College in 2014 as a nail technician. She had Jeri as her teacher! After working for 2 years, Cindy took classes to become a nail tech instructor. Teaching is nothing new to Cindy. In 1992, she received her Bachelor degree and was a certified K-9 teacher. She taught several years before staying home to raise her children. As they got older, she was right back in school system working at Hartford Union High School. 

Working as a nail tech and a licensed instructor allows Cindy to combine her lover for teaching with a wonderful creative outlet.

Why Us?

That is a question that can only be answered by the student. I highly suggest each student tour other schools, talk to other instructors and get a feel for what is a great fit for them. Make sure you ask how much experience the instructor has not only in a school but in the real world salon as well. Read their curriculum, ask about safety and sanitation, dive deep into what your expectations are in a school and then choose for yourself!