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.
Julie Brooks, Gold Hair Designer
A licensed stylist since 1991, Julie loves life and it shows in her work. “I love to transform people,” she explains, “and it all starts with good communication. Collaborating openly with my clients is the key to helping them achieve the looks they’ve always wanted.” Julie offers a full range of cut, style, and color services, including Wella permanent and demi-permanent color, as well as multi-dimensional highlights.
Candice Celozzi, Silver Hair Designer
Candice has been a licensed stylist since 2011. She is experienced at working with all textures of hair, and is dedicated to staying on the cutting edge of styling. In fact, clients often ask her to transform them with a “new look” and then let her work her magic. She offers a full range of cut, style, and color services, including balayage, ombre, and free-form highlights. She especially enjoys formal styling and helping brides look gorgeous for their big day.
Ashley Daffron, Gold Hair Designer
Scott Figgins, Gold Hair Designer
A specialist in curly hair cutting and styling, Scott has been a licensed stylist since 2010. He offers clients a full range of cut, style, and color services, including Wella permanent and demi-permanent color, as well as balayage, ombre, and traditional highlights. “I love being a part of a client’s transformation and seeing how happy it makes them,” he says.
Lindsey Fluke, Silver Hair Designer
Lindsey provides cuts, color, highlights, chemical texturing and smoothing and formal styling for both men and women. She has advanced training from Cliq and her work has been featured in The Baltimore Sun for Baltimore Fashion Week. She is expert with clipper over comb techniques for men’s cuts, and particularly enjoys creating styles for today’s man. She builds her client relationships on communication, understanding and trust, claiming, “your appearance is your original canvass, and beauty is the creation and of an individual’s self expression.” Lindsay has been part of Salon by Debbie Spas since 2014.
Katie Jaye, Platinum Hair Designer
Foula Karelis, Platinum Hair Designer
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.”
Lauren Klemkowski, Gold Hair Designer
Jimy Kosmakos, Gold Hair Designer
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.
Cat Mills, Silver Hair Designer
Cat’s dual education with Robert Paul Academy and apprenticing under Platinum Stylist Traci Nies provides her with the talent to create dimensional color, balyage, haircuts for both men and women and keratin smoothing treatments. She delivers a quality client experience by understanding what her client wants and needs for the sake of perfect hair and the demands of everyday lifestyle. “If you like edgy and sassy, clean cut, or natural, I can achieve the perfect look. I love going outside my box with cut and color.” She adds, “My name is Cat, but I prefer dogs!”
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, balayage, 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.
Ashley Olney, Silver Hair Designer
Maureen Ann O’Toole, Platinum Hair Designer
Maureen is a seasoned stylist veteran with 35 years of experience. She has been with Spa on The Avenue since 2014 and she loves performing color services because of the change it creates. She graduated from the Les Royale Beauty Academy and the key to her success is listening to what her clients are telling her during the consultation. She offers, dimensional color, haircuts for men and women, blowdry and permanent wave services.
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.
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!
Samantha Vogeley, Silver Hair Designer
A graduate of the Salon by Debbie Spas’ New Talent Program, Samantha is skilled in keratin treatments, color and highlights including ombre and Cellophane, and styling for men, women and children. A volunteer with the American Cancer Society, Samantha has advanced training from Nioxin and is skilled in working with clients who are dealing with hair damage due to health concerns. Communication and confidence are the key to Samantha’s style, and she believes: “a hair stylist’s purpose is to transform you so that your beauty is enhanced. Beauty is Divine.” Samantha has been part of Salon by Debbie Spas since 2013.
Johanna M. Samsel, Platinum Hair Designer
A 25 year veteran, Johanna brings extensive experience and certification including AVEDA, Wella, L’Oreal, Bumble and bumble, Paul Mitchell, Sebastian, and Framesi. A graduate of the Maryland Beauty Academy, she apprenticed for two years under Edward Sweeney at the Edward Amato Salon. Her services include color, cut, blow dry, highlights, balayage, and ombre coloring. She splits her time between The Spa on the Avenue and The Spa in the Valley where her top priority is always ensuring a relaxing experience where “clients feel their best when they leave.”
Katie Tetteris, Stylist
A graduate of Robert Paul Academy, Katie has been working with clients for 12 years and has been at the Spa on the Avenue for 8 years. She specializes in Halo Couture and Wella Extensions, as well as Martin Parsons updos. Katie’s motivation is to make her clients “feel beautiful”, which she accomplishes by offering a comprehensive consultation prior to styling.