Wendy Yeager has joined the team at Fairway Mortgage.

Calling Hilton Head and Bluffton home since 1977, Yeager graduated from Hilton Head High and attended Georgia Southern University.

Wendy’s almost three decades of award-winning local banking experience include commercial banking, personal lending, branch management, and residential mortgage lending, including purchase money, construction, and refinance loans.

Yeager, her husband and three sons are active in the Lowcountry, serving their community, enjoying the waterways, and watching and coaching baseball.

Yeager can be reached at 843-384-3774.

Carol Kirk of Hilton Head Island has joined Rita’s Barber Stylists, located in Coligny Plaza, 1 North Forest Beach Drive on Hilton Head.

Formerly the salon manager of Ulta Beauty, Kirk has 30 years of experience in management, cosmetology and barbering in three states, North Carolina, Florida and South Carolina.

Kirk can be reached at 843-785-8095.

Jessica Bender, MA, LPCa has opened a new practice, May River Counseling LLC, at 49 Pennington Dr. Unit C in Sheridan Park.

The private counseling practice works with adolescents and adults, with a special focus on emotional recovery for post-abortive women and all types of pregnancy loss.

Bender holds a Master’s degree in professional counseling from Liberty University.

For more information, call 843-290-4796, email mayrivercounseling@gmail.com, or visit mayrivercounseling.com.

Beaufort Dermatology, under new ownership by Dr. Audrey Klenke of Pinnacle Medical Group in Bluffton, will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. May 23 at the office, 1096 Ribaut Road in Beaufort.

The event is open to the public.

Pinnacle Medical Group recently acquired the practice from retiring physicians Paul Brewer and Chris Chiavello. The ribbon cutting is an opportunity to introduce the new management and physician-owner Dr. Klenke.

Dr. Klenke is the only board certified female plastic surgeon in Bluffton. She is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area, including Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital.

For more information, call 843-815-6699 or visit PinnacleMD.com or BeaufortDermatology.com.

• Heidi Daly, owner and instructor, has opened Advanced Aesthetics Academy at 176 Dermis Ave. in Hardeeville.

A ribbon cutting will be held at 8:30 a.m. May 31. The event is open to the public.

The Academy will focus on an all-encompassing program with instruction in aesthetic treatments, clinical rotations and learning all the functions of a spa, including client service, inventory and retailing.

With more than 450 hours of training, students will be able to apply for licensure as an aesthetician.

Daly, a long-time resident of Hilton Head Island, has been an instructor for nine years and in practice for more than 13 years.

Applications for enrollment are being accepted for classes. To apply, visit theadvancedaestheticsacademy.com or call 843-784-3376. There is a 5% discount on tuition for active military, as well as an in-house financing program.