An opportunity to pursue skincare led her to New York City, where she attended the Atelier Esthetique School of Esthetics. It was there where she was introduced to skin guru Ling Chan and under her tutelage she became immersed in age-old skincare methods that inform her work to this day. Sara also worked under Christine Chin, a renowned celebrity facialist whose client list includes top names in the fashion and entertainment businesses, including models, editors and designers. She left New York City in 2001 for San Diego, CA where she opened her namesake skincare boutique, Sara Elizabeth Skincare. During this time, Sara also trained under skincare sensei master Shogo Mochizuki. She was selected to travel to the Rocky Mountains periodically to learn his 500-year-old muscle reconstruction Japanese massage technique.