Kristi Russ


"Since becoming a mother, my drive to provide for my son and myself is far stronger than ever anticipated."
“I am proud and honored to say I have had many various accomplishments in life thus far; from being able to say I am a Veteran, to serving on the Oregon Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians."

Currently living in Bend, Oregon, Kristi Russ is a hard-working and caring individual with quite a unique story. From the West Coast to the East Coast, then back again, Kristi has pursued health and wellness in ways that few others have and is enjoying it every step of the way.

“After battling severe acne throughout my adolescent years, even undergoing Accutane, I was given the surprising opportunity to receive medical grade chemical peels to fight my problematic skin while serving in the military. During my four-year stint in the United States Coast Guard, I was allowed to receive such treatments off-site at an approved dermatology practice in town. I was seeing results and finally understanding the depth (literally) one can take to achieve their skin care goals. Once I completed my four-year service commitment, I knew I wanted to dive deeper into the understanding of skin care. I didn’t waste any time and quickly enrolled in a beauty college in Concord, California, and received my Esthetics License.”

Kristi is currently the Spa Manager at Pronghorn Resort with 11 years’ worth of experience in the day spa, resort spa and medical spa industry, with licenses in California, Oregon and South Carolina. Prior to re-opening The Spa at Pronghorn, Kristi opened and ran a cosmetic laser training facility, which then brought her to her next endeavor of starting an esthetic school in Central Oregon. However, the “cherry on top” is her love and devotion to her four-year-old son, whom she makes time for above everything else in the world.

“I am proud and honored to say I have had many various accomplishments in life thus far; from being able to say I am a Veteran, to serving on the Oregon Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians. Above all, my proudest accomplishment in life has been becoming a mother. Since becoming a mother, my drive to provide for my son and myself is far stronger than ever anticipated. Bike riding in the summer and snow skiing in the winter are our favorite activities to do together. My son is an active little boy and we jump into everything 110% from kayaking, rock collecting, trail hiking, horseback riding to floating the river.”

Kristi stays active and disciplined in her post-military life, not only through activities with her son, but also through kickboxing at her local MMA gym at least twice a week. She cites this as an incredible form of stress relief and she contributes further to fitness by supporting others in their pursuit of athletics.

“I volunteer actively for a local non-profit organization named Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation. It is an alpine, cross country, snowboard and cycling training center. Their mission to support athletes in their athletic, academic and personal goal is highly respected within the community and I am honored to be involved.”


"Since becoming a mother, my drive to provide for my son and myself is far stronger than ever anticipated."