Electrology Committee


Maryland is one of several states that regulates electrologists. The practice of Electrology has been regulated since 1978.

Duties of the Electrology Practice Committee include advising the Board on regulatory changes, recommending approved Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and consulting on disciplinary cases, if requested.

The committee has three (3) members: two (2) must be licensed electrologists, with at least five years of experience immediately prior to appointment to the committee and one (1) member must be a consumer with no financial affiliation to any person regulated by the committee. Electrology Practice Committee members serve four years and may serve no more than two terms, though all are required to serve until a successor is named.


Chair: Debra Larson, LE
Member: Elizabeth Spagnolo, LE, CPE
Consumer Member:  Jolene Harris

The Electrology Practice Committee (the "Committee") is currently accepting applications for an appointment to the Committee. The applicant for consideration shall be a citizen of the United States, a resident of the state of Maryland, and a licensed electrologist (LE) that shall have practiced electrology actively in the state of Maryland for at least five years immediately prior to an appointment to the Committee. Please send a letter of interest and current resume  to: MBON.electrology@maryland.gov..


Board Room at the Maryland Board of Nursing, 4140 Patterson Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215.

Individuals seeking to present matters before the committee should contact them at the above address. Please submit a brief statement explaining the reason for appearing before the committee and include any supporting documents. You will be notified of a hearing date.

2021 Electrology Practice Committee Meeting Schedule​
January 13
Access code: 178 432 9226
February 10
​March 10
Access code: 178 713 3062​
April 14
Access code: 185 132 4324
May 12
Access code: 185 302 1919
June 9
Access code: 185 228 7215
July 14
Access code: 161 243 7948 
​August 11
Access code: 161 044 3259
​​September 15
Access code: ​161 632 3588​
​​September 16
Access code: 161 364 3935
September Online Link (Webex)​​​
​​October 13
Access code:  2438 520 2697
October Online Link (Webex)
October 25
12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.
Access code:  2421 240 2745
October Online Link (Webex)
November 3
Access code:  2425 380 4506
November Online Link (Webex)
​December 1
Access code:  2439 229 1270
December Online Link (Webex)

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Meetings start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m.

The Electrology Practice Committee (the “Committee”) will be meeting in open session beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 25, 2021.  The Governor's State of Emergency for the COVID-19 Pandemic has ended, but due to the continuation of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Committee meeting will be held by conference call/Webex only.  

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Open Session Agenda for October 25, 2021​​


The Electrology Practice Committee is located at the Maryland Board of Nursing. Click here for directions.




Electrology, the science of permanent hair removal utilizing only solid needle or probe devices, has been practiced since 1869. A fine sterile needle or probe is inserted into the hair follicle and a small amount of electrical energy is discharged and destroys hair growth tissue. The hair is then removed with sterile forceps and the area is left to heal. When competently and skillfully accomplished, the regenerative ability of the hair follicle is permanently eliminated.

Three basic methods are used in the practice of electrology: electrolysis, thermolysis, and the blend. Electrolysis uses direct current (DC) to achieve chemical destruction of the hair follicle. One or more sterile needles or probes are used with electrolysis. Thermolysis uses alternating current (AC), sometimes referred to as high frequency or short-wave, to create heat which destroys the hair follicle. One sterile needle or probe is used for thermolysis. The blend (also referred to as dual modality) uses both of the above currents simultaneously or sequentially to achieve dual action destruction of the hair follicle. Most often, a single sterile needle or probe is used for this procedure.

updated 10/22/2021


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