Missy Gaffney, Spa Director/Owner, Esthetician & Makeup Artist
After High School Missy attended The University of Rhode Island and obtained a Bachelors Degree in Textiles, Merchandising and Design. She then pursued a career in the garment industry in New York City. Years later, she realized her passion for Esthetics and decided to enroll at The Catherine Hinds Institute where she graduated with a certificate in Advanced Esthetics. Missy practiced Esthetics for over twelve years and in 2008, she opened The Skin & Body Spa. She is currently the Spa Director, but also takes clients three days a week. She has a passion for helping clients achieve their goals and loves building relationships with them. She offers facials, chemical peels, micro-needling, cryo-therapy, waxing, threading, tinting and makeup. In November of 2015, Missy and her husband Sean, opened The Hair Company by The Skin & Body Spa right next door to the spa. It was a natural progression for them as many spa clients were asking for hair services. They are so proud to employ some of the bests Hair Stylists, Estheticians, Nail Technicians and Massage Therapists in the industry. They strive not only to exceed expectations with their hair and beauty services, but with their client relationships as well.
Sean Gaffney, Salon Director/Owner
Sean brings over 20 years of business operations, management, and marketing experience to both the Salon and the Spa. While in college he worked as a Computer Operations Specialist and later became a leading Sales Executive selling corporate software solutions. He is a graduate from the University of Massachusetts (Lowell) with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a major in Management Information Systems.
After excelling as a Sales Executive for several high tech companies Sean later started Mobility Software as the CEO and then IMSYS Corporation as the VP of Sales. During his high tech career he was also recruited to implement a growth strategy plan for nSight as the VP of Sales. Sean’s first and foremost rule of building a successful business starts with customer satisfaction and appreciation.
He also serves his home town community as a Volunteer/Call Firefighter. Having graduated from the NH Fire Academy first in 2010 and again in 2012, he continues to improve his skills as a First Responder.
Alexandra Clark, Manager of Guest Relations and Operations
Alexandra (Xan) Clark started with the Skin & Body Spa and The Hair Company in early 2016 as part of our Guest Relations Team. She instantly felt a strong connection with the industry and found a deep sense of meaning in her client relations role with us. Alexandra was a natural leader among her peers and was recognized for her hard work, dedication and leadership by being promoted to Manager of Guest Relations and Operations for both the Salon and Spa in Spring of 2017. Working with our client community is what she finds the most rewarding. In her current role she is able to apply her skills as a Manager and to mentor the Guest Relations staff members. “It is a great feeling to know that there are others relying on you and that you are trusted to make important decisions.” She is ready for the growth that we’ve been experiencing and looks forward to a bright future as Manager of Guest Relations and Operations. Alexandra is currently enrolled in classes as well, at North Eastern University, where she is studying Business Management. Prior to joining the team, Alexandra was an Assistant Pre-School teacher at a local private elementary school. When she’s not at the Spa or Salon, Alexandra can be found practicing yoga and meditation, hiking, and enjoying the togetherness of her family.
Kim Orr, Director of Marketing and Social Media
Kimberly began a career in the beauty industry back in 2001 as a licensed Manicurist, while she obtained her under graduate degree in Business Management. She worked for a premier North Shore Spa in MA where she was exposed to all types of exciting industry best practices. Upon graduating, she pursued a career in the corporate world and worked in Operations and Sales Planning for a leading apparel company. After starting a family in 2010, she has been a stay-at-home mom to her son and daughter. Having always kept a close eye on the beauty industry, she is excited to return to her roots as Assistant Spa Director, where she can combine her professional experience with her love of this field. Kim is excited to help the Skin and Body Spa continue to flourish and be recognized as the industry leader they are!
Brenda Fariole, Esthetician & Makeup Artist
Brenda began her career as a professional dance instructor teaching both children’s classes as well as American Style Ballroom and Latin dance. She has always had a passion for esthetics and in the summer of 2005 decided to make a lifelong dream come true. She attended the Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics where she received her license to practice Esthetics and Make-up. Brenda continues her education by attending classes and seminars in the industry. Suffering from Rosacea herself, Brenda is passionate about helping clients with this unfortunate skin disorder. Brenda’s services include facials, waxing and make-up artistry.
Jain Coveney, Esthetician & Makeup Artist
A graduate of Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics, the art and science of Skin Care and Makeup Artistry have been passions of Jane’s for more than a decade. Her approach to skin care includes holistic and scientific therapies and as a former Aesthetic Instructor, skin care Salon Owner and Clinical Aesthetician she has enjoyed a variety of outlets for treating all ages and skin conditions. Jain has been an esthetician since 1993.
Danielle Laroussi, Lead Esthetician & Makeup Artist
Becoming an Esthetician was a natural choice for Danielle who graduated in Advance Esthetics from Laird Institute of spa therapy in 2009. Having her mother in the industry, Danielle was exposed to the importance of healthy skin at a young age as well the creativity behind make up artistry. Struggling herself with adult cystic acne in her early 20′s, Danielle’s passion only grew! Danielle continues to attend and receive certifications from many educational classes enhancing her skin care knowledge. Her understanding in the science of esthetics allows her to recommend the most effective products for optimum results. From dealing with the toughest acne problems to really educating her clients on how to build up their own skin tissue and truly addressing the needs of ultimate anti aging; Danielle does it all. Also an expert in Eyebrow shaping and make up artistry, Danielle can help you master any look from simple everyday looks to camouflaging make up as well as event and bridal! “I love teaching my clients that with the right make up you can help make your skin look and feel healthier, and there is truly nothing better then putting my brides at ease and having them feel confident they will look their absolute best on their big day!”
Fallon Gallello, Esthetician & Makeup Artist
Fallon graduated from Laird Institute of Spa Therapy in September 2011 with a certificate in advanced esthetics. She originally went to school in hopes of becoming a nurse when she realized her true passion was to help people achieve better skin ,utilizing advanced techniques, in a more relaxed setting. She is a results oriented person and loves helping people with more severe, mature conditions. Having very dry, sensitive skin herself, Fallon can relate to her clients needs. Fallon’s services include eyelash extensions, customized facials,chemical peels, brazillian waxing and full body waxing, tinting and make-up.
Andrea Higgins, Esthetician & Makeup Artist
Andrea has always had a love for art, beauty, makeup and skin. She began her career as a Graphic Artist but after her first child was born she had the desire to go to school for Esthetics. It wasn’t until 2012 that she decided to live her dream and attend Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics. She is very passionate about helping clients achieve their goals for their skin. Makeup is her new medium and she enjoys making women look beautiful. Andrea continues to attend workshops and classes to stay fresh and updated in the beauty industry.
Leah Smith, Esthetician & Makeup Artist
Leah is a Holistic Esthetician with over 15 years of experience servicing the beauty and wellness needs of her diverse clientele. Her ongoing training in numerous modalities and philosophies covers a wide range of holistic and clinical treatments that consistently educate and please her clients. Along with offering relaxing facials and peels, dermaplaning, ultrasonic treatments, eye brow & facial threading, and eyelash extensions, she also trained with Jane Iredale and MAC cosmetics and loves working with brides to achieve authentic looks for their special day. Leah studied esthetics at Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics, and holistic nutrition and wellness at The Institute For Integrative Nutrition, in NYC. She is a certified lash stylist through both Nova Lashes & Extreme Lashes. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching barre and pilates, writing, traveling, and spending time with her family and papillon, Penelope.
Alyssa Ferraro, Esthetician & Makeup Artist
Alyssa began her career in the beauty industry promptly following high school by attending Joe Blasco School of Professional Makeup Artistry in 2011. There she completed a 600-hour masters program encompassing all mediums of makeup including beauty, airbrushing, special effects, and prosthetic appliance creation and application. Subsequently, she attended Empire Beauty School’s esthetics program in order to continue her education in the field of beauty. As a result of her studies at Empire, she found a new passion in skincare. For this reason she is now attending a part-time nursing program so she can delve deeper into the clinical realm of esthetics. Alyssa recognizes the importance of remaining current in her knowledge of skincare, which enables her to give her clients the most effective treatments available. Hence, when she is not at the spa or doing makeup for a photo-shoot, wedding, or event, she spends much of her time researching the latest trends and discoveries in the esthetics field.
Alexa Palmisano, Esthetician
Alexa fell in love with the beauty industry at a very young age; after experiencing her first facial, she was hooked! She originally began her career as a professional freelance makeup artist, while she worked to finish up her Bachelors degree in Business. Then, to pursue her true calling, Alexa enrolled full time at Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics where she happily completed the Accelerated Advanced Program! Alexa is very passionate about her trade. She enjoys everything from relaxing facials to eyelash extensions and, of course, creating perfect brows!! Alexa is quite knowledgable about all of our professional skincare product lines and is excited to see the transformation in her client’s skin. She enjoys keeping up on the latest the industry has to offer and looks forward to sharing her skills with you!
Michelle Gonzalez, Esthetician & Nail Technician
Michelle graduated from The Laird Institute of Spa Therapy in May of 2011 with an Advanced Esthetic Certificate. In the fall of 2011 she received a nail license and an instructing license and has been teaching both since then! Michelle enjoys learning the science behind skin care and seeing real results in the skin with the proper treatment. She has a commitment to continuing her education in her field and likes to attend classes regularly to learn new techniques and industry bests. When Michelle is not taking clients at the spa, she enjoys being outdoors with her husband and 2 boys.
Lisa Tarbox, Massage Therapist
Lisa has always had a passion for massage, but wasn’t able to fulfill her dream of leaving the corporate world and becoming a massage therapist until 2007 she she graduated from the Seacoast Career School. She firmly believes that massage therapy helps the body be at it’s best. Before becoming a massage therapist she had been amazed how massage was able to aid in the recovery of a car accident she was in. Lisa also has a background in body building and mixed martial arts. Her specialties are Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Sports, Pre-Natal and Swedish Massage. Lisa is a very nurturing person that loves to help her clients achieve their goals.
Leslie Hinspeter, Massage Therapist
Leslie graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Certificate in Massage Therapy from New Hampshire Community Technical College in 2007. Her continuing education courses have focused on Myofacial Release Mobilization and Sports Massage Therapy. She became a Reiki Practitioner under the guidance of John and Lourdes Gray at the center of Reiki Healing in Rindge, NH in 2006. Leslie has been actively providing bodywork since 2005 to meet client needs for relaxation, stress, and pain management; specializing in deep tissue massage that offers pain relief and sedative qualities for self healing. Each massage is custom designed to provide a well balanced session and committed to the highest level of professionalism, quality, and genuine interest in your well being. My leisure pursuits include outdoor activities with my children, traveling, and photography. I am an avid hiker and currently working on completing the NH 48– 4,000 footer list!
Dawn Wason, Massage Therapist
Dawn graduated from Seacoast Career School in 2011. Coming from the legal field Dawn found massage therapy much more fulfilling. She specializes in deep tissue, trigger point and sports massage.
Gail DellaCroce, Massage Therapist
As a 2001 Graduate of New Hampshire Technical College, Gail brings over 12 years experience to The Skin & Body Spa. She is nationally certified in massage and bodywork by The NCBTMB. Gail loves to take the time to customize each client’s massage by using techniques including neuromuscular, myofacial release and Lomi Lomi (Hawaiian massage). Gail is passionate about healing the whole person. As a certified Reiki Master, she offers the calm and healing effects of Reiki along with massage to help her clients. During her leisure time, Gail is enjoying many outdoor activities; most likely with her two grandchildren.
LeeAn Perry, Massage Therapist
LeeAn graduated from Nashua Community College in 2010 where she pursued a career in Massage Therapy. She specializes in a modality that combines the integrating qualities of a flowing Esalen® Massage with the therapeutic effectiveness of deep tissue work known as Deepbody work. She is also qualified in Swedish massage, Pre-natal massage, stretching and range of motion. LeeAn is a proponent of massage for relieving physical as well as emotional stress, and strongly believes in massage as a viable modality for enhancing overall health and well-being.
Deb Freeman, Massage Therapist
Deborah has been a registered nurse for many years and a licensed Massage Therapist since 2006. Deb understands the roll stress and tension plays in our everyday lives and it’s effects on our overall health and well being. She strongly believes that our mind and body function as one. Deb treats each client on an individual basis by using a combination of eastern and western techniques to achieve their needs. These include Somatic Relaxation, Neuro Muscular Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Pre-natal, Swedish, with head/neck & upper body a particular specialty. Her personal interests are cross-country skiing, kayaking, music and watercolor painting as well as three children and family being the foundation of her life.
Sally Negus, Massage Therapist
Sally comes to The Skin and Body Spa with 25 years of experience. She graduated from The New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts in 1992. She also ran her own Massage and Colon Hydrotherapy practice for 18 years. In addition to Massage Sally has experience as a Detoxification Specialist and Raw Food Consultant.
Sally’s specialties include but are not limited to, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular, Sports, Prenatal and Swedish Massage. Her general approach tends to be therapeutic, but she is also skilled in combing a number of techniques from her many years of not only giving but receiving body work. Sally’s belief is that a seasoned therapist like an artist, and a good massage, like a work of art.
Sally is also certified as both a Level 2 Reiki and Tong Ren Healer, which enables her to incorporates subtle energy work into her massages. She believes her love for people, her keen intuitive sense, and her ease and enjoyment relating with others are her greatest gifts. A favorite mantra of hers is: when you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. She feels humbled, grateful and blessed to be able to do this work.
Donna Tonks, Massage Therapist
Donna graduated from The New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Art in 2014. She is certified in Integrative Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage, Trigger Pointing, Cupping Massage, Thai Massage, Injury Assessment, Sports Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy and Swedish Massage. She will soon be certified in Singing Bowl Vibrational Sound Therapy as well. Donna believes that integrative manual therapy can help facilitate the body for self healing. From the start of your session, she carefully listens and evaluates any unique issues you might be facing, and if necessary may adjust the massage to meet your individual needs. She has a thirst for figuring out what is happening in the body and musculature and then finds the best methods to address the problem. Her clients have reported increased range of motion, pain reduction, increased level of comfort, and improvements in level of sleep. As a professional, Donna is caring, intuitive and can help with a variety of injuries.
She is constantly expanding her skill set and education and is a Hot Yoga instructor as well. Family is her passion. She and her husband are currently empty-nester’s to four dynamic children. She loves nature, hiking, bicycling, sailing, photography and Zentangle.
Jen Forcier, Lead Nail Technician
Jen has been doing nails since 1994 and specializes in manicures, pedicures, acrylic nails and shellac. She is meticulous with detail and also very personable with her clients. Jen feels blessed to be able to work in a field that she really enjoys. When she is not at work she loves spending time with her children and family.
Candace Matte, Nail Technician
Candace is one of our veteran manicurist here at The Skin and Body Spa. She has been licensed since 2004 after graduating from the Bedford School of Nail Design with a certificate in Advanced Nail Technology. Candace is always interested in new nail advancements that the beauty industry is constantly improving. Candace is known for making you feel at home by making sure you’re always comfortable and well taken care of. She takes pride in knowing her clients are not only relaxed but that they’re satisfied with their services and results. Candace has two young boys at home so making sure everyone is happy comes naturally to her.
Denise Sitar, Nail Technician
Denise is a 2006 graduate of the Lowell Academy for nails. She has also earned certificates in Expert Nail Enhancement, Basic Nail Art and a diploma in Advanced Esthetics. She has a passion for art and giving her clients a relaxing, calming experience.
Cindy Cote, Nail Technician, Esthetician & Makeup Artist
Cindy graduated from The Laird Institute for Spa Therapy in 2011 with a certificate in Nail Technology. She is passionate about continuing education and takes classes regularly to stay current with trends and nail design and is CND Shellac Certified. Cindy recently followed her dream of becoming an Esthetician and is a graduate from The Laird Institute of Spa Therapy with a certificate in Esthetics. She feels fortunate to have a career where she can help make people happy and feel good about themselves.
Jessica Nelson, Nail Technician
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Tori (Victoria) Gilman, Nail Technician
Tori began her career in education in 1997 after receiving a B.A. from Wheelock College. She has taught many different age groups in various settings. In 2002, she studied at Antioch University and received a Master’s Degree in Education. In 2007, she decided to mix her interest in academics and skin care by attending Laird Institute of Spa Therapy. Upon graduating in Advanced Skin Care Techniques, Tori has been employed in skin care centers as well as an instructor of esthetics and massage therapy. She has worked with many professional skin care and make-up lines and has experience in medical spa and massage therapy services. Tori prides herself on her industry related experience and also has sound knowledge of business management, which shows in her professionalism here at the spa!
Leann Kalergis, Guest Relations Lead
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