At Spa on The Avenue, our hair designers achieve Silver, Gold and Platinum titles based on their years of experience and level of professional accomplishment. Rates are based on a hair designer’s title.
- Silver Level Hair Designers have at least 2 years of experience.
- Gold Level Hair Designers are highly skilled in their trade, have at least 6 years of experience and maintain a regular clientele.
- Platinum Level Hair Designers are the leaders in our industry. Each has mastered a degree of proficiency in their trade and have at least 10 years of experience.
All hair designers–regardless of title–must demonstrate excellence in customer service and a commitment to continuing their education.
Michelle Biensach, Salon Manager/Platinum Hair Designer
Michelle has been with Salon by Debbie Spa since 1996. She offers a wide range of hair expertise. Previous to managing the hair department at Spa on The Avenue, she served as an educator for the Maryland Beauty Academy. Michelle can provide any hair service to clients. Training with Wella color expert Terri Dougherty prepared her to create any coloring hue or application. However helpful the training, Michelle feels that listening closely to a client’s needs is most important to deliver beautiful results.
Karen Brennan, Platinum Hair Designer
Karen has been with Salon by Debbie Spa for ten years and offers her services in color, cuts, and styling. Her training at Roberts Institution and 21 years of experience in the beauty business has made her an expert stylist. She has had the opportunity to train with Doves, Deborah Gavin, and the Altieri Brothers. She is certified in Goldwell Trilogy, AVEDA, Keratin Smoothing System, as well as Wella hair coloring and believes that, “Everyone has a desire or need to feel good and look their best.” With that belief in mind, Karen strives to give each client the gift of beauty and confidence!
Laurie Greer, Platinum Hair Designer
Laurie has been with Salon by Debbie Spa for 10 years and offers haircuts, the keratin smoothing system, and hair coloring services. She has trained at the Graham Webb Academy and Goldwell Academy and is currently taking Bumble & Bumble product and styling classes. She believes that it is very important to listen to what the client wants and to keep open communication at all times. Laurie encourages her clients to follow her beauty philosophy: “Pick a style that you are confident wearing and styling when you leave my chair.”
Katelyn Kimmel, Gold Hair Designer
Katelyn attended Robert Paul Academy of Cosmetology and has been with Spa on The Avenue for eight years. She offers services such as bonded extensions, keratin treatments, coloring, highlights, and haircuts, as well as conditioning treatments. Katelyn has been certified for Cinderella hair extensions, Goldwell Trilogy, Wella Colors of the World, and has had Sebastian advocate training. While she believes change can be good, Katelyn also trusts in the saying, “If it isn’t broken, then don’t fix it.” Communication is the key to determine whether a client wants a change or not. A fun fact: Katelyn’s work has been published in The Baltimore Sun!
Stephanie Kistner, Platinum Hair Designer
Stephanie offers multiple services in both design and color. She’s been in the beauty business for over ten years and has been with Spa on the Avenue since their opening. Stephanie has had extensive training in the industry, including classes with Sam Brocato in New York. She’s certified in Goldwell trilogy color, Aveda, and Bumble & Bumble products. This training combined with a perceptive consultation allows Stephanie to create a look unique to each client. Stephanie is also certified in both Cinderella hair extensions and Copolla Keratin straightening. She says the highlight of her job is being able to “make someone feel beautiful every day.”
Makenzie Luca, Platinum Hair Designer
Makenzie applies her extensive product knowledge and training to her haircut, color, and style services. Training with beauty leaders including Deborah Gavin and the Altieri Brothers prepared Makenzie for any color or style technique. She uses this training to create the look most suited to a client’s tastes and style. Makenzie joined Spa on the Avenue in 2003. Her philosophy at the Spa stresses the importance of a comprehensive beauty routine. “Make time for yourself,” says Makenzie, “When you look good, you feel good as well.”
Kimmberly Markley, Platinum Hair Designer
Winner of the 1999 Regis Hairstylists President’s Award, Kimmberly has been part of the Salon by Debbie Spa family since 2001. She is certified in Goldwell Trilogy and trained in Wella Advanced Color, and now offers services in hair coloring, highlighting, and styling, as well as haircuts and perms. She believes that it is important to create hairstyles for her clients that match their personalities and lifestyles, and that client communication is key to achieving this goal.
Pam Needleman, Platinum Hair Designer
Pam offers services in color, cuts, and styling. She has been with Spa on the Avenue since 2005 and in the beauty industry for over 30 years. Pam keeps her skills sharp with advanced color classes and training in the Keratin straightening system. She even showcased her beauty skills in the Caribbean and Italy! All this experience lends itself to creating beautiful transformations for clients. Pam’s beauty philosophy stresses working with what you’ve got. “Make the most of what you have,” she says, “Be true to yourself and accentuate the positive.”
Traci Nies, Salon Manager, Platinum Hair Designer & Wella Certified Master Colorist
As the department manager, Traci has a lot of responsibilities. She ensures that every Spa guest has a exceptional salon experience while also creating beautiful hair styles for all her personal clients. Traci is a master colorist and performs color corrections, highlights, ombré, baliage, razor cuts, perms, formal occasion styling, and keratin treatments. She was trained at Marc’s and is certified in Wella Master Color, Wella Colors of the World, and Wella Essential Color and Foiling, as well as Goldwell Trilogy. Hard work and practice, of course, have made Traci the in-demand Platinum Hair Designer she is today; however, she also believes that communication and understanding her clients are critical to her success.
Brenda Paulshock, Platinum Hair Designer
A team member since 2006, Brenda has been practicing styling and color for over 20 years. Brenda offers both hair styling and coloring, formal hair design, and make-up application. Brenda has received multiple recognitions for her skills, including first place honors with Clairol for color, hair design, and make-up. She also received advanced training with Clairol as a color consultant. A true artist, Brenda loves sharing her creative techniques with her clients and making them feel confident in all phases of life. “When my clients walk out the door, I want them to feel important and beautiful,” she says.
Rebekka Sautter, Platinum Hair Designer
Rebekka has been with Salon by Debbie Spa since 1996. She has extensive knowledge in the industry and has trained in both New York and Connecticut under industry leaders such as Irvine Rusk and Sandra Yu. This training is evident in Rebekka’s service, which includes haircuts, coloring, Cinderella hair extensions, relaxers, and Keratin straightening services. Rebekka is a master hair colorist with Logics and Rusk color systems and also served as an educator at Rusk, Inc. for several years. Although her skills have been showcased in both music videos and the film industry, Rebekka most enjoys the daily results of her work at the Spa. “My philosophy is listen and deliver,” says Rebekka, “You do that, and you’re guaranteed to make the client feel awesome.”
Lynette Sutherland, Platinum Hair Designer
Lynette has been a Spa on the Avenue team member since 2002. She offers multiple services in color, cut, and style including corrective color and the Keratin Complex system. Lynette’s training with industry leaders and a vast array of products keep her color and style knowledge cutting edge. Transformations are Lynette’s favorite part of working at the Spa. She says, “The ability to create an idea that my client and I imagine and then bring it to reality in the mirror in front of us is exciting and motivating. The more transformations you see, the more you want to continue!”
Julianne Vogel, Silver Hair Designer
Julianne practiced hairstyling at Robert Paul Academy and apprenticed under Traci Nies. After perfecting her skills, she worked at Bliss Hair Studio for two years before joining the Salon by Debbie Spa team. She is now certified in Cinderella hair extensions, and has had advanced training in Wella and Goldwell color, as well as Coppola keratin smoother. As much as she enjoys styling hair and making her clients feel beautiful, Julianne also likes the social aspect of her job. She loves listening to the stories everyone has to tell!
Stevie Wallace, Gold Hair Designer
A member of the Salon by Debbie Spa team since 2008, Stevie completed her apprenticeship at Studio 1612 and studied under Anthony Cole as well as Christina McCarrer. Achieving the “Gold” hairstylist label only reinforces what her clients already know: she is committed to delivering exceptional results. She offers haircuts, color services, formal styling, hair relaxers, and keratin treatments, and believes that understanding a client’s capabilities at home is very important before deciding on a style. She takes pride in delivering styles that look great and can be easily replicated by her clients at home.
Marcy Wirth, Platinum Hair Designer
Marcy joined Spa on the Avenue in 2011 with a wealth of beauty knowledge from owning her own salon for over ten years. She keeps her techniques current with continued color classes and attendance at the New York Hair Show. Marcy is trained in both the Keratin treatment system and Cinderella hair extensions. In addition to hair, Marcy also has experience in makeup application from her work with Covergirl cosmetics. For Marcy, outer beauty contributes to inner beauty. She says, “I enjoy revealing a client’s outer beauty. When they are confident in their appearance, it gives them confidence in themselves.”