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.
Elena has been a licensed esthetician for ten years. She has post-graduate training in the treatment of different skin types and conditions. She is passionate about finding the perfect treatment for each client and was recently certified in the application of eyelash extensions.
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.
Laura has been a licensed Massage Therapist for 11 years and received her education in East Tennessee at the Cleveland Institute of Massage Therapy. She is certified in Hot Stone Therapy, Swedish, Deep Tissue (neuromuscular), Pre-Natal, Aromatherapy, and Spa Body Treatments. She chose massage therapy as a career after having received her first massage, and realizing at the end of that session exactly what her path in life would be. Laura has a deep passion for her work, and loves helping all her clients feel a renewed sense of self.
Hi, my name is Melanie. I graduated from Hirudaya Holistic Life Center in 2003. I specialize in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Pre-Natal and Salt Glows. I have a passion for taking care of people and healing them through massage. I feel that it’s important for people to relax and take care of themselves. My goal is to have my clients walk out of the salon feeling like they are walking on clouds.
Sandi has been a practicing licensed massage therapist for over 18 years. Her primary focus ~creating an environment to allow for a guest to rest deeply and allow their body to rejuvenate. Her style includes both Esalen and Swedish massage, Cranial Sacral to relieve headaches and neck injuries/scoliosis, Hot Stone, Polarity and Reiki, Chakra Balancing therapies (especially helpful for post surgical or injuries) as well as Acupressure/Reflexology.