Meet the Team
Owner, Esthetician and Massage Therapist
Sheila has spent over 20 years in the Salon Spa Industry. She has advanced training from experts in the fields of Cosmetology.
After working in the banking industry for over 10 years, I decided to make a change in my career and take classes in massage therapy. I always had a desire to help people and thought of going into nursing but I also enjoyed receiving massages so I felt I could start with that first then approach nursing. I fell in love with the beauty industry and after receiving my massage therapy license at the Touch Therapy Institute
I studied esthetics at the Lu Ross Academy
. I worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment and Tri Star Studio’s, working on movie locations and the studios as a massage therapist. In addition to the movie industry I also worked at a day spa were I learned more about the beauty industry and esthetics. Then, I went on to learn permanent make up and trained with Susan Church at the International Institute of Permanent Cosmetics. Advance training courses and Certificates:
- Permanent Make up (eyeliner, lip liner, powder eyebrows, eyebrow hair simulation, corrective pigment camouflage and scalp hair simulation, lash enhancement, areola re-pigmentation)
- Collagen Induction Therapy
- Eyelash Extensions
- Peter Thomas Roth (the Aging, Sun Damaged Skin)
- Jan Marini Advance chemical peels
- Visual Changes TCA, Jessner peels, fade & firm peels
- Vascular Blemish and skin tag removal
- Medical Microdermabrasion
- Jane Iredale makeup classes
- Yonka of Paris advanced courses
- The Wax Queen classes for Brazilian waxing
Hairdresser, Salon Manager
Pauline has been a member of the InSPArations team for 8 years, and a licensed hairdresser for 27 years. Whether it be color, highlights, haircuts, or styles, she looks forward to all opportunities to provide a great service and comfortable experience.
Since 1987 Sandy has been a licensed hairdresser specializing in short hair styles for men, and women. She attended the Santa Maria Beauty College and is currently available for evening appointments.
Jen has been a hair stylist in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties for 15 years. She specializes in coloring and highlighting.
I’m Vanessa Montejo, originally from Riverside California, but as the wife of a former military member I now call the beautiful central coast home. Before cosmetology, I worked in real estate & banking business. They were good jobs but felt like “just jobs” to me. What drives me in this career field is that I am passionate & excited about what I do. I love to make people feel good about themselves. No two days are the same with new styles and trends, classic hairdos & both familiar and new faces. I attended the Institue of Beauty Culture and had training with Aveda. I have experience in hair cutting, styling, makeup, makeovers & nails. I take pride in staying up to date with the new direction of the industry as well as the products that are available through us. I offer all my talent here at InSPArations & look forward to serving all of your cosmetic needs.
Michele has been in the beauty industry since 1995. Her training credentials are Carlton International Assisting Program, Vidal Sassoon Basic Cutting Course, and Educator for Sebastian International as well as behind the chair. Michele enjoys the art of hair design and continuously developing her knowledge and skills in the ever-changing world of hair design.
Paige is a graduate of Santa Barbara City College Cosmotology Academy and has been doing hair for 3 years. She specializes in Men’s cuts, Women’s cuts, and highlights. She also enjoys special occasion styles and up-do’s.
A.J. has been a licensed manicurist for 1 year. She is up-to-date on the latest nail trends and creates amazing nail art on hand and toes. Manicures, pedicures, and Gel polish are her specialties, especially gel/shellac. She is now debuting Bio Seaweed Gel as well as Zoya polish which feature healthier ingredients. Both are “big 5″ free products. So come in and experience healthier nails and a healthy are you!
Renee became a licensed esthetician in 2003 and has been working at InSPArations since 2005. She enjoys providing services that include, anti-aging treatment, mineral make-up application, and waxing.
Hello! My name is Kayla Gardener and I am a licensed esthetician. I attended the Esthetician Program at the Santa Barbara City College Cosmetology Academy and have also taken classes at the International Dermal Institute. My focus is holistic skin care that works with the body to prevent issues and balance the skin. I also do some waxing and makeup. I am passionate about well-maintained brows, which can make a huge difference in the overall look of your face. I can’t wait to help you on your way to better skin!
Kim has been at InSPArations for 4 years and is a certified massage therapist. She is passionate of providing relaxing prenatal massages for expectant mothers, and also enjoys Swedish massage.
Makiko has been a certified massage therapist for 12 years, first getting her certification in Japan and then again in San Luis Obispo at the California Holistic institute. She is skilled in aromatherapy massage, pregnancy massage, reflexology, deep tissue massage, lymphatic massage and Swedish massage.
Sherri Buvick has been a massage therapist since 1992. She gives an integrative style massage using various techniques, depending on the clients needs. She’s certified in:
Sports massage, Deep tissue, Trigger Point therapy, Structural bodywork, Hot stone, Oncology massage, Reiki, and Esalen massage. When she’s not working she enjoys long distance running and crossfit, both have helped her realize the importance of massage and the aid in recovery that massage offers..
Katie Porter has been a massage therapist for 12 years. Originally, she graduated from The Healing Arts Institute in Citrus Heights, California in 2003, and then continuing her education at the California Holistic Institute in San Luis Obispo in 2015. Katie has been certified in Swedish, Reike, Mayofascial Release, Sports Massage, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue, Relexology and Muscle Testing. Wanting to spread compassion and healing through her hands, Katie integrates different Modalities to create individual treatment plans.