Merci Johnston Bachman, Nail Technician & Makeup Artist
With more than 15 years’ experience in the industry, Merci is an accomplished nail technician and makeup artist who has been listed on Baltimore’s Best City Search for Best Mani/Pedi and worked with a range of celebrity clients, including Ray Lewis, Lardarius Webb and Shannon Sharpe. Specially trained in Shellac, OPI Axxium and permanent cosmetics, Merci has studied at the Robert’s Institute of Hair Design, the nationally renowned Von Lee International School of Aesthetics, the American Academy of Permanent Cosmetics in Los Angeles, and various MAC Cosmetic Master Classes. She currently offers manicure, pedicure, acrylic, Shellac and OPI Gel Color services to clients, as well as makeup application.
Teil Barton, Nail Technician
Teil brings more than a decade of expertise in pedicures, manicures, gel nails, acrylic sculptures, and nail art to Spa on The Avenue. She apprenticed in Baltimore and trained in nail art and gel nail services, and has been featured in Style 101 Magazine. She takes her time to make all her clients feel comfortable and look beautiful. What is Teil’s favorite part of her job? Giving pedicures! Teil says, “The worse the feet, the more fun I have!”
Faithea Butler, Nail Technician
Faithea is a manicurist and cosmetologist at Spa on The Avenue. She offers comprehensive nail services, including pedicures and manicures. Faithea also offers waxing services at the Spa. Faithea loves her work because of the relationships she forms with clients. “I love to share nail care tips or just simply listen,” says Faithea, “It’s very important to go that extra mile for the client.”
Kim Dickens, Department Manager & Nail Technician
Kim loves to create gel manicures on her clients. She feels that she can create a longer lasting result and be more creative as opposed to the traditional manicure service. Even though she performs traditional manicures and pedicures, the gel is where she excels. She apprenticed under a fellow nail technician, Tiffany Whitt, and began her career with Spa on The Avenue in 2015. This was after she began working as a nail assistant in the department. She states, “It is important to make the client feel welcomed and have my complete attention for the time that they are there. This is their time to be pampered.” She most enjoys meeting new people and building relationships with returning clients.
Mahasti Kigassari, Nail Technician
Mahasti studied at the Maryland Beauty Academy and nearly 30 years of experience. She is dedicated to providing her clients with beautiful manicures, pedicures, and acrylic services. Mahasti’s beauty philosophy, after all, is, “Look good, dress well, and make sure your nails are done!” Being positive and professional, she believes, are the keys to giving a client the experience they deserve.
Rebecca Tognocchi, Nail Technician & Esthetician
Becky studied at Von Lee International and has been a esthetician and nail technician for more than 20 years. She offers waxings, facials, pedicures, and manicures for her clients at Spa on The Avenue. She strongly believes that health and beauty run hand in hand. Becky’s favorite part of her job is waxing, although she strives to ensure the client’s happiness and comfort with every service she performs.
Ashlyn White, Nail Technician
Having grown up in the nail business, Ashlyn always knew her calling. “I love everything about this job,” she says. Ashlyn’s services include natural nail manicures, pedicures and Shellac nail care. Clients enjoy her attention to detail and her eye for the latest trends. “The rules have changed,” Ashlyn explains of current nail trends. “You no longer need matching manis and pedis.”
Tiffany Whitt, Department Manager & Nail Technician
Tiffany brings over 13 years experience to the clients of Spa on The Avenue. She has been a part of The Avenue family since 2008. She was trained at the International Beauty School of Bel Air. She is confident in how she performs traditional manicures and pedicures, and the gel polish treatments. She always listens to what her client wants, and she will always do the very best job that she can. “My favorite part of my job is talking with people and learning about them,” she says.