Geralyn O’Brien is a licensed esthetician who specializes in oncology-focused skincare. As a two-time breast cancer survivor, Geralyn saw firsthand the effects that cancer, chemotherapy and other medical treatments had on the skin, including the appearance of aging. Spending many years supporting other breast cancer patients as a Reach to Recovery volunteer with American Cancer Society, she found that cancer patients lacked knowledge about the impact of cancer treatment and how to safely address concerns. Hoping to fill this gap, she completed her Esthetician training with Dr. Natalie Doran at International Skin Beauty Academy in Schaumburg, Illinois. In addition, Geralyn took several oncology-focused esthetics training programs to expand her knowledge base.
In 2011, Geralyn started the oncology skincare program at LivingWell Cancer Resource Center in Geneva, Illinois, serving as Lead Esthetician, creating protocols for the entire esthetics team. In 2016, Geralyn launched the skincare program at Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center in Aurora, Illinois. In 2018, it was there that she helped to design and implement a pilot program called “Simply Beautiful” which educates women on safe skincare, makeup and hair loss while enhancing each woman’s natural beauty.
Along with providing oncology facials and skincare consultations at Waterford Place, Geralyn helps organize spa days and teaches fun interactive classes for cancer patients. She is also an Ambassador with Oncology Spa Solutions where she helps to bring oncology awareness to local esthetic schools and estheticians in Illinois and serves as a contributor to the Integrative Cancer Review online journal.
Geralyn is passionate about helping others cope with the physical, emotional and financial effects of cancer. It is her philosophy that ongoing education and mentorship will continue to bring much needed awareness to important aspects of cancer care that too many people go without. Geralyn works to empower those impacted by cancer and continues to advocate on their behalf. She says healing is a journey and she constantly sees the benefits that wellness programs provide to cancer patients and their families.