Emily's true love and eye for beauty, fashion, and design began as far back as playing dress-up and make-believe when she was a little girl. Today, with over fifteen years of experience in the beauty industry, she is still in awe of all things beautiful. 

Ms. Joy studied Interior Design, Graphic Design, Fashion, and Fine Art Photography at both Kendall College of Art and Design in Michigan and SACI in Florence, Italy. A desire to expand her knowledge of beauty, skincare, makeup, and design led her to an accreditation for Esthetics at Douglas J. Aveda Institute.

Fresh out of school, determined and eager, Emily applied for her dream job and was selected, out of hundreds of other estheticians, to be the one and only Anastasia Brow Artist in Michigan. She received brow shaping and artistry training with celebrity eyebrow legend Anastasia Soare (Anastasia of Beverly Hills), the woman behind the eyebrows of Sharon Stone and Penelope Cruz. 

Her high-end clientele expanded overnight with customers traveling from all parts of the Midwest to benefit from Emily's signature brow artistry, taking her career to the next level.

After working with Anastasia’s team, Emily found herself on the management side of the luxury spa  business. She has both performed services, trained, and managed at some of the most prestigious spas and salons in the nation, including the Four Seasons Hotel Miami, Ritz Carlton DC, Bliss Spa at the W Hotel DC, and Celadon Spa and Salon DC.

With her beauty knowledge, design education, business experience, and connections in the beauty industry, Ms. Joy chose Washington, D.C., to follow her heart and launch her own business, District Dollhouse.  

In 2015, Emily partnered up with Lizzeth Gutierrez and the talented pair updated the studio's moniker to DOLLISTIC. Their goal is to create a go-to-hub for unparalleled cosmetic tattoo artistry.

 Emily has received her Cosmetic Tattoo education from Beau Institute of Permanent and Corrective Cosmetics and is an active member of the SPCP (Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals). She received her microblading certification from International Microblading Brow Master himself, Branko Babic, at his very first United States Academy.