Monica Torres, the founder/owner of start-up company NXT Generation Mortuary Support, is a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, Cremationist, Desairologist and Reconstructive Specialist. Although her passion lies deep in the trenches of the prep room, Monica finds great pleasure in being in a servant leadership role that allows her to serve families and funeral homes city, state and nationwide whether it is by offering online or in person embalming support services or introducing funeral homes to her strategic partners, Monica is always a text or phone call away for families and fellow professionals.
While still an Embalming Intern, she completed a guided text and Desairology course named “Airbrush Artistry for Cosmetic Use in the Prep Room and Restorative Art,” the course is still in use as an innovative training tool in desairology for embalmers and students of Mortuary Science. Her intensive training in post mortem reconstructive demi-surgery was completed at the Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills in Springfield, MO. Monica’s training in advanced embalming practices inspired her to help modernize antiquated embalming techniques for hair restoration and viewing. In 2015 Monica was honored by world renowned embalmer, Vernie Fountain with the Distinguished Professional Service Medallion for introduction of her post mortem hair implantation procedure, the No Wax Torres Technique. Following this award in 2015, Monica was also honored by the Arch Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Homes for her commitment to serving families while acting at the responsible funeral director and general manager at Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home and Cemetery with the St. Joseph of Arimathea Award.
In 2018 Monica was recognized nationally as a leader in funeral service when she was featured on the cover of American Funeral Director Magazine as one of 2018’s young professionals helping to innovate the industry.
Monica is passionate about all aspects of funeral service and is also certified through ICCFA University as a Crematory Operator, Crematory Administrator and Cremation Arranger. Monica earned her bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management with Emphasis in Tourism and Event Planning from Arizona State University in 2001 and has been licensed with the California and Arizona State Boards of Cosmetology for over 20 years. Over the past 10 years Monica has gone on to produce other technical embalming courses in the US and Canada and makes time to share her passion for the future of embalming with other professionals through online educational webinars and makes herself available for state associations to request her to speak and present modern embalming techniques and body preparation services that are designed to keep the focus on the body. All of the courses Monica teaches are focused on the art, science and technical skill of embalming and preparation of the deceased human body for viewing. Monica lives in Phoenix, AZ with her beloved Doberman Pinschers Fancy and Cash where she enjoys dog training/handling, city life, traveling to historical cemeteries, and meeting new friends.
Interested in booking Monica for an event? Monica is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others and loves public speaking and presents on topics ranging from technical embalming for professionals to general death education for the general public. Monica is a nationally recognized speaker and death industry educator and has spoken at numerous events including the FNA, AFCCA, OGR, NCFDA, OEA, MCC, CGCC, KFDA and is requested regularly to train professionals on site at funeral homes nationwide, online and in person.
For scheduling and rates, please email scheduling coordinator Nancy at monica@yourladyembalmer
Please note: While Monica does donate her time several times per year to other like-minded organizations, we are unable to consider requests for gratis talks at this time.
Education and Past Events:
- 2020 KFDA Annual Embalmers Convention
- 2019 Before I Die AZ Event, AZ Community Event
- 2019 Guest Speaker After Life Mortuary Services TN, Community Outreach Event
- 2019 ICCFAU Scholarship Recipient College of Sales
- 2019 AFCCA Annual Convention Bronze Sponsor
- 2019 NCFDA Guest Speaker Desairology for the Modern Embalmer
- 2019 NCFDA Guest Speaker Family Assisted Dress Experience
- 2019 NCFDA Guest Speaker Rapid Fire Dueling Embalmers
- 2018 CGCC Guest Speaker Desairology for the Modern Embalmer
- 2018 AFCCA Guest Speaker Family Assisted Dress Experience
- 2018 FNA Biennual Convention
- 2018 ICCFAU College of Cremation Scholarship Recipient
- 2017 ICCFAU Scholarship Recipient College of Leadership and Administration
- 2017 Guest Speaker Funeral Guru’s Live Webinar Progressive Desairology for the Modern Embalmer, Global Attendance
- 2017 Soft Tissue Injuries, Waxing and Airbrush Cosmetics, Fountain National Academy, Springfield MO
- 2017 Guest Speaker Ohio Embalmers Association, Cleveland OH
- 2016 Guest Speaker Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalmers Biennial Convention, Springfield, MO
- 2016 AFCCA Guest Speaker Annual Convention Progressive Desairology for the Modern Embalmer Phoenix, AZ
- 2015 Embalming Skills 3D, 31 contact hours, Fountain National Academy, Springfield MO
- 2015 AFCCA annual state convention sponsor, NXT Generation Mortuary Support Carefree, AZ
- 2014 Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills International Conference, Springfield, MO
- 2012 Complying with Changes to OSHA Hazard Communication Standard Online Course 1hr. NFDA Jupiter, FL
- 2013 Advanced II Post Mortem Reconstructive Surgery 4-D 41hrs, Fountain National Academy, Springfield, MO
- 2012 Advanced Post Mortem Reconstructive Surgery 5-D 41hrs, Fountain National Academy, Springfield, MO
- 2012 AFCCA Annual Convention Guest Speaker Restorative Art and Airbrushing, AZ
- 2012 NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Ft Meyers, FL
- 2012 Florida Communicable Diseases Online Course 1hr, FL
- 2011 TSA Known Shipper 1hr, AZ
- 2011 MAC Cosmetics Professional Course 1hr, Scottsdale AZ
- 2010 NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Savannah GA