Meet the Staff
Owner and Instructor (Esthetics & Nails)
Bella Beauty School opened its doors in December 2022. The sole owner, Laura Dowey, is from Columbia, SC and a graduate of Winthrop University. Laura is married and strongly believes in family and her relationship with Christ. She found her passion in skincare when she became a Licensed Esthetician in 2014. She furthered her career as a nail technician in 2017. Laura holds a license as an Esthetics Instructor and a Licensed Nail Instructor. Laura is passionate about teaching skincare and nail services as well as safety and sanitation.
Laura opened her own spa, Ciao Bella Facial and Body Spa in 2014 and successfully built a clientele and ran her spa for over 8 years. She closed the spa in January 2023 to focus on student success at Bella Beauty School. She is passionate about good education, small classes, passionate instructors who love to teach, great products for the students to learn with and a fun beauty school atmosphere.
"There is room for all of us in this field, be the best you can be, be passionate about what you do and you will succeed!"
Jessica Cooley is an international award-winning Esthetician and Licensed Esthetics Instructor in Columbia, South Carolina. She is the owner of Layers: Skin Journey in Lexington, SC and the founder and CEO of Skin Wand Pro. Jessica holds multiple advanced certifications in the medical esthetics world. She started her journey as a military spouse and mom of 2 and never had the chance to follow her passion until the Cooley family was able to move to Prosperity, SC. Once out of advanced esthetics school, she enrolled in an oncology esthetics class that took her to Atlanta, GA. Jessica believes that, we as Estheticians, form bonds with the whole person and not just the surface of their skins. Jessica's credentials are unmatched! She is Oncology Esthetics trained and has been published in multiple beauty and lifestyle magazines for her work and expertise.
Peyton is an Esthetician from Lugoff, SC. She attended the University of South Carolina from 2017-2021. In 2015 she began her career at Ciao Bella Spa with Laura, where she found her love for Esthetics. Peyton became a licensed Esthetician in 2021 and successfully built a great clientele. Peyton is the Director at Bella Beauty School where she takes part in all student services, enrollment, and graduation. As well as maintaining relationships with students, partners, and staff at Bella Beauty School.