Why Cinnamon Girl?

We know that choosing the right tattoo artist can be a stressful process. We understand options are unlimited since the explosion in popularity of cosmetic tattooing. We want you to know we are here for you; to answer any questions you may have, help you prepare for your appointment, and check-in with you during the healing process. We’re doctor and surgeon recommended, top-rated by Calgarians, and truly passionate about giving men and women their confidence back. 

“In sickness and in health, I believe that when you look good, you really do feel better. Giving people confidence in their own skin is what drives me to be the best, and to always keep learning in the medical and cosmetic tattoo industry.”

Jody Stoski

The OG Cinnamon Girl, Jody Stoski

After earning her Business Diploma from SAIT and then studying at Canada’s #1 Beauty School, Blanche Macdonald, Jody Stoski’s career began as a Professional Makeup Artist freelancing as “Cinnamon Girl”  in film, fashion, print, television, and weddings. 

Through makeup artistry Jody learned about permanent makeup and cosmetic tattooing and earned her certification from BioTouch Institute under Lisa Lam. Trained as a doctor, Lisa treated medical cases with tattooing, and invited Jody to work closely with her. Jody was recognized for her unique brow stroke technique that provided natural looking brows for alopecia patients and realized her true passion was not necessarily just makeup, but helping people feel confident in their own skin! 

Jody then connected with Dr. Linda Dixon of Kolorsource, a medical physician working in cosmetic tattooing. She was invited to apprentice to further her skills in scar camouflage, 3D areola tattooing, and scalp and hairline micropigmentation, and it was at this time she opened her own clinic, Cinnamon Girl Clinic. 

After treating over 10,000 paramedical and cosmetic patients through Cinnamon Girl Clinic, Jody is recognized as an industry leader, and has served as a board member of the American Academy of Micropigmentation.  She has partnered with doctors and plastic surgeons, and offers information sessions at local hospitals regarding the various options available to those recovering from injury or trauma.

Little did Jody know, she would be using her scar camouflage skills on herself just a few years after opening Cinnamon Girl Clinic.

In 2013 she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and underwent a thyroidectomy. Now a member of the community she had been helping, she battled depression and anxiety related to both her health and physical appearance. With a large neck scar after surgery, Jody felt people’s gaze shift from her eyes to focus on her scar, a constant reminder of the disease she wanted to put behind her. When she was ready, she put her skills to the test on herself, incorporating the the scar protocol and revision that she offers to her clients today.

The profound transformation Jody experienced first-hand made the terms paramedical tattoo and healing tattoo interchangeable. Her doctors could not believe how she was able to camouflage the scar, and she was finally able to move forward and put cancer behind her. Through the illness and healing, Jody redefined herself and her business solidifying her path, purpose, and journey in the medical tattoo field. 

Now cancer-free, Jody’s goal is not only to continue healing through Cinnamon Girl Clinic, but to make medical tattoos more widely accessible while  elevating standards in both medical and cosmetic tattooing. Jody has recently opened her own Paramedical Tattoo Academy to provide training and help more individuals feel confident in their own skin!

“The beauty in a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart; the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.”

Audrey Hepburn

Colette, The Office Glue

Colette puts a smile on the face of everyone who walks through the Cinnamon Girl Clinic doors. From greeting clients and guiding them through processes, Colette is there to answer any questions clients may have and bear witness to how Cinnamon Girl Clinic truly helps transform the lives of others.

Passionate about helping others, Colette hopes the Canadian healthcare system will adapt to cover even more treatments for Cinnamon Girl clients suffering from health issues who could enrich the quality of their lives with tattoos.

“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.”

Sofia Loren

Amy The Artist

Amy began her journey in the medical and cosmetic tattooing industry through cosmetic surgery in 2013. A certified Surgical Hair Transplantation Assistant with the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) of hair transplantation surgery, she became very interested in scalp micropigmentation as another option for those suffering from hair loss.  By 2016 Amy completed her first course in scalp micropigmentation and advanced her skills in Los Angeles in 2018 with a second course. She then joined the Cinnamon Girl team and earned her certifications in top eyeliner, bottom eyeliner, and eyebrow lamination. 

Having always been interested in the cosmetic and beauty industry Amy also boasts certifications in Cinnamon Girl non-permanent services including eyelash extensions, eyelash lifts, and Henna eyebrow tinting. 

Amy says that she loves what she does because she is able to help people match the way they feel on the inside to the way they look on the outside look as confident on the outside as they feel on the inside. Working with cancer and trauma survivors and being able to help heal those outward wounds with tattooing or giving them a bit of glam to help them on their journey makes here feel so lucky to have this career.

Outside of work, Amy is a wife and mother of one wild boy! He keeps her busy and active, walking with him and here floppy dog to the park. She also keeps her mind and body sound with hot yoga, and loves a good wine tasting! 

Amy hopes to see the industry grow in the direction of community over competition. She hopes that health, safety and overall client well-being is put first so that every person that chooses to get a paramedical or cosmetic tattoo has a great result and experience. Growing as a community of artists that elevate standards in the industry  is the goal. 

“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.”

Sofia Loren

Elissa The Brow Wiz

Elissa was always involved in the arts, such as painting and pottery from a young age. Against her artistic calling, Elissa attended Mount Royal University for a degree in Accounting to graduate in 2013. After working in the oil and gas field for a couple years, Elissa decided her career path wasn’t fulfilling. Elissa’s interest was sparked in 2015, when permanent makeup was becoming a trend. Soon, Elissa started picking up the eyebrow brush, and knew this was what she was meant to do. Soon after, she received her microblading certificate and started to work at MAC Cosmetics. While microblading on the side, Elissa also has done many makeup looks for clients’ weddings and events. Her experience with applying makeup on different complexions has transitioned well into her permanent makeup career. Elissa joined the Cinnamon Girl team in 2019, and is very excited to offer her eyebrow and eyeliner services to Cinnamon Girl clients. Making her clients feel more comfortable in their skin drives Elissa’s passion for permanent makeup, and a fulfilling career.

When she’s not microblading eyebrows and perfecting eyeliner at Cinnamon Girl, she loves to refine her kickboxing skills at a Muay thai gym. Elissa teaches sport part-time, and has a handful of tournaments under her belt. Elissa loves Kickboxing, as is not only a good way to exercise, but great to practice discipline, patience, and humility. She loves to encourage people to maintain a healthy work-life balance.