Alexandria's Most Inspiring Women of 2022: Annette Antonelli


Story by Liesel Schmidt

Annette Antonelli
Photography by Jonathan Thorpe

As a technician in laser aesthetics, Annette Antonelli was uniquely positioned to start her own company when she realized there were needs not being met in the industry. Since founding Izalia Laser Spa in 2006, Antonelli and her team of technicians have become known for the quality of their treatments and the caring atmosphere that they offer.

“Laser aesthetics, especially laser hair removal, can impact quality of life in several ways,” she notes. “It saves people time from endlessly shaving or waxing, and it also prevents rashes and acne associated with unwanted hair. Having permanent hair removal also boosts confidence for people, which makes a great difference.”

One thing that keeps Antonelli passionate about her work is the precision required. “Permanently removing hair is actually an art,” she says. “There is a lot that goes into doing it properly, and making sure my staff and my clients are all doing their parts to make each treatment effective is my passion at work.”

Dedicated to giving back, Antonelli serves as the compassionate service chair of the Relief Society in Alexandria. “I love humanitarian work and have been directly involved with domestic and international projects that support children and teens,” she says. “I love kids and take every opportunity I can to support and encourage them.”


“I am honest, confident, compassionate, patriotic and committed to unity. Because in many instances I have different views than the mainstream, I bring diversity to our community through offering a different perspective. I believe that, while I bring diversity, I also bring unity through my unwavering commitment to having love, respect and goodwill with community members, regardless of any and all of our differences.”

Antonelli is also a great supporter of women’s health, particularly heart health. “The GO RED movement challenges women to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk,” she says. “I feel passionately about the fact that the most important element in all preventive medicine relates to lifestyle—even more than drugs and injections—and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to encourage the women around me to learn how to create and continuously refine a heart-healthy lifestyle.”


 

Join Annette Antonelli in her mission to Go Red for Women by donating to the Go Red for Women campaign.


Join the movement. Raise Awareness. Go red.

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