Maria DeNicola, founder of Senza Pelo MedSpa, 5702 N. 19th Ave., received the Independent Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign on Feb. 27 for her efforts on behalf of the transgender community. She has helped hundreds of people come out of their shell and be comfortable about the transitioning process.

DeNicola, a certified electrologist, opened Senza Pelo to provide permanent hair removal and other services more than 33 years ago, and since then has, according to the Human Rights Campaign, “become legendary as one of the strongest allies to a community that all too often is marginalized in society. She has come to know, respect, and love the transgender community and is a tireless soldier in the battle for equality.”

“I have been working in the transgender community for almost as long as I have been doing electrolysis,” DeNicola said. “It is a community that is near and dear to my heart.

“I have helped to enrich the lives of hundreds of patients by removing unwanted or embarrassing body hair,” she added. “I have made countless life-long friends, and I can truly say that I really do love the work that I do.”



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