MICHELLE JOHNSTON - CFSP
Michelle Johnston has been licensed as a funeral director and embalmer since 2013. She has attended Fountain National Academy in Springfield, Missouri to further her knowledge in Restorative Art and postmortem reconstructive surgery. She has advanced skills in both embalming and restorative art.
Michelle opened East Texas Mortuary Service in Tyler, Texas in 2019 and began serving funeral homes by offering all services, from embalming to advanced trauma repair. Michelle strives to change the narrative in the industry from closed caskets to the possibility of open caskets under any circumstance. In 2021, she was awarded the East Texas Embalmer of the Year award and has been invited to speak on many platforms, including Fountain National Academy Biennial International Embalming & Reconstructive Surgery Conference for Professional Embalmers in 2022, teaching new techniques to embalmers and students.
Rey Pine is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the State of Texas. Rey obtained his license in 2011 after graduating from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 2009. Continued education is very important in his world, as he will seek additional knowledge from anyone looking to make the industry he loves better. Rey has attended many seminars and conferences over the years including the Fountain National Academy in Springfield, MO to gain additional skills, to better perfect his craft. Rey has worked with many funeral homes and mortuary services in the State of Texas over the years with a passion for embalming and a willingness to take on challenging cases. He is the father to three beautiful children and is striving to leave a lasting imprint on their lives as they have on his. Rey is often heard saying many motivational quotes during the day to “Check the Temperature”, as he might say. But one of his more quotable saying is “My goal is to always leave anything I have a hand in, in better condition than when I started.”
Amie Hernandez Is a proud 3rd generation Texan, raised in the panhandle and served her apprenticeship in central Texas. She graduated from Amarillo College with an AAS Mortuary Science degree. Throughout her 20 year career Amie has gained knowledge and skill sets from mentors of previous generations of embalmers and funeral directors. In working closely with these professionals of our past; she has strived to further her education in major reconstructive surgery and art. Amie is honored to join the Johnston Embalming Reconstructive Institute and teach other professionals.