OUR SPA TEAM

Our amazing team of beauty and wellness professionals continuously nurture an environment where beauty, comfort, knowledge, and personalized attention, combine to create a memorable, relaxing and rejuvenating experience for our guests; this is our passion.


OUR MASSAGE TEAM

Licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board our LMT's are required to go through a 100 hour 4-month training from our senior therapists, leadership team & product representatives.

Angela Craig LMT
Licensed Since: 2004
Year Started: 2005

ABOUT  

Part of the original opening team at The Spa at Yellow Creek, Angie is a graduate of the Ohio College of Massotherapy, licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board, and is a member of The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). She has been practicing for over fifteen years and specializes in relaxation, deep tissue, prenatal and sports massage. 

As a member of the AMTA, she will be a part of The Massage Emergency Response Team which places professionally trained massage therapists in emergency response environments. Angela is currently working towards her certification in Reiki, the ancient art of energy healing, as she wishes to provide a deeper sense of relaxation and well-being.

ABOUT

Part of the original Yellow Creek opening team in 2005, Aaron is an honors graduate of Toronto's Shiatsu School of Canada where he studied under Sensei Kaz Kamiya. The SCC is the world's leading Zen shiatsu training program. He is also a student of the late Kundalini Yoga master, Yogi Bhajan, and is certified to teach Kundalini Yoga and also Meditation.

Aaron has an incredible ability to recognize not only physical concerns but also understands physiological and neural disruptions that inhibit individuals from living life to the fullest. His treatments incorporate techniques that help to relieve these concerns. When clients leave his room, they describe their experience as "magic".

Aaron Leff
Asian Bodywork
Specialist Year Started at The Spa: 2005

Sonya Lee LMT
Licensed Since: 2006
Year Started at The Spa: 2007

ABOUT

Sonya was originally recruited to assist the spa with a trade show where she was hired to perform chair massages. When our director overheard clients talking about their 10-minute chair massage, saying that it was incredible, we quickly offered her a position. They say that you can always tell when someone is a true "healer" in this industry and Sonya certainly exemplifies this in her work.

Dawn Bennett LMT
Licensed Since: 2009
Year Started at The Spa: 2010

ABOUT

Dawn began working with us during a busy time for the spa and word quickly spread about her exceptional technique. She quickly became a regularly requested therapist. Since working at the spa, Dawn has continued to grow as a therapist and has become increasingly passionate about special techniques that focus on specific concerns. 

Dawn always has a smile on her face, and her positive attitude rubs off on you during her treatments. She specializes in firm pressured Swedish Massages.

Lindsey Pohto LMT
Licensed Since: 2006
Year Started at The Spa: 2014

ABOUT

Lindsey attended the American Institute of Massage Therapy in Kailua, Hawaii. Through her training in Hawaii, she brings an Eastern-influenced massage technique to the spa. Some of her most favorite massage moments were providing massage therapy at the Tin Man Triathlon and the Nike Marathon in Honolulu. After graduating in Hawaii, she returned to Ohio to gain her National Certification in Massage Therapy and Bodywork as well as her Ohio State Medical Board Massage License. 

Lindsey has a therapeutic touch and specializes in prenatal, relaxation and deep tissue massage. She has positive energy that exudes from her. Her clients' can easily tell how passionate she is about her work within seconds of her first touch. 

Suzette Bon LMT
Licensed Since: 2012
Year Started at The Spa: 2014

ABOUT

Suzette graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Medical Massage Therapy in 2011 and worked in hotels and day spas before joining our team. Suzette has a desire to make a difference in our world through providing alternative healing with her hands. She specializes in deep tissue massage (nicknamed 'vice grip') and also offers specialty treatments such as Raindrop Therapy and cupping. Suzette strives to make every client feel like a new person by sharing her expert massage hands while helping her clients restore balance and harmony. 

Suzette is currently attending The Brown Mackie Aveda School to continue her passion for the industry and pursue a license in aesthetics (expected to be licensed by summer, 2017).

Nicholl Kehner LMT
Licensed Since: 2016
Year Started at The Spa: 2016

ABOUT

BIO COMING  SOON

ABOUT

BIO COMING SOON

Stephanie Pelich LMT


OUR SKINCARE TEAM

Our aestheticians are licensed by the Ohio State Cosmetology Board and go through a 125 hour 6-month training from our senior therapists, leadership team & product representatives.

Carolyn Erbaugh Est.
Licensed Since: 2004
Year Started at The Spa: 2005

About:

Carolyn was part of the original opening team at the spa in 2005. Carolyn has always been looking for a spa where she could focus on overall wellness. While spending years in California, Carolyn couldn't seem to find that perfect fit. After returning to her hometown of Akron, she decided to join our team. Carolyn received extensive Decléor and Carita training and instantly fell in love with the product lines. She returned to college in 2006 to study psychology and pursue a degree in counseling while still keeping her hands in the aesthetics industry.
Carolyn returned to the spa in November 2012 to help out during the holiday season and remembered how much she missed working with our products and clients. In May of 2013, Carolyn returned to the spa to assist with our vision of care and service. Carolyn specializes in Carita facials, brow shaping, and advanced skincare.

Rena Bondi Est.
Licensed Since: 2015
Year Started at The Spa: 2014

ABOUT

Rena joined our team as a front desk concierge where she enjoyed having detailed conversations with our guests and staff about skincare. While providing stellar guest service to our clients, Rena attended aesthetics school, allowing her to sharpen her skills and deepen her knowledge about skincare.

Rena's passion and dedication to skincare grew as she was able to compare our exclusive product ranges and innovative technology with other lines that she was learning about in school. Her appreciation of Carita's, Decléor's and Red Flower's skincare concepts deepened.

While in school, Rena had the unique advantage of having the opportunity to work with our talented staff, in-house instructors, and Carita's and Decléor's national educators, honing and perfecting her technique. Most clients regarded her facials as the "best they've ever had." 

Rena is a passionate aesthetician, extremely professional, and an excellent example of why The Spa at Yellow Creek has been awarded "Akron's Best Facial," 5-years in a row.

Amy Young Est.
Licensed Since: 2016
Year Started at The Spa: 2016

ABOUT

BIO coming soon


OUR NAIL SPECIALISTS

Our Nail Specialists are licensed by the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology and go through a 30 hour 1-month training from our senior therapists, leadership team & product representatives.

Monique Brown Man.M, Advanced Manicurist
Licensed Since: 1992
Year Started at The Spa: 2007

ABOUT

Monique began visiting nail salons in 1990. She admired the fun atmosphere while the manicurists were perfecting their client's nails. Monique decided to pursue a career in the beauty industry and went on to receive her managing manicurist license in 1992. For many years she owned a nail salon.

Eventually, Monique decided to seek a position in a spa-like setting that provides a relaxing, serene atmosphere. She found the perfect place and has been with The Spa at Yellow Creek since 2007. Her favorite aspect of nails is witnessing the remarkable before and after results.

Evelyn Voltz Advanced Manicurist
Licensed Since: 1985 Year Started at The Spa: 2008

ABOUT

Evelyn Voltz has been working in the nail industry for 25+ years after graduating from the Riggs Lamar Beauty College. Evelyn is pleased to be a part of the spa to deliver her beliefs on holistic natural nail care, specializing in pedicures. When she is not performing services the spa, she performs pedicures for diabetic patients at a local family practice. 

Evelyn also worked as an educational instructor at The Washington Beauty College. Evelyn is a kind soul and is always sure to light up a room; you cannot help but smile in her presence.

Gabrielle Averiette ManM., Est., Advanced Manicurist
Licensed Since: 2011 Year Started at The Spa: 2012

ABOUT

Gabrielle graduated from the Gerber Akron Beauty School as a managing manicurist. During her education, she became very intrigued in the world of skincare and decided to pursue a second degree in aesthetics. She continued her education by earning a managing esthetician license from National Beauty College and is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management. She has a passion for education and a kind spirit. Gabrielle has developed a very eager clientele because her polish is always nearly perfect. 

Gabrielle is currently working with the spa to extend her service offerings by performing facials and waxing.

Setsuko Nakamura Man.M, Advanced Manicurist
Licensed Since: 2014 Year Started at The Spa: 2014

ABOUT

Originally from Japan, Setsuko moved to the United States in the winter of 2001, finally settling in Ohio in 2007.  Setsuko was working as a secretary in Tokyo after graduating from college. She became interested in helping others feel beautiful by becoming a professional who delivers exceptional care to her clients, even if just for a half hour.  Setsuko believes that everyone deserves special treatment on a regular basis.

Setsuko graduated as a managing manicurist at Raphael's Beauty School in 2013. She joined The Spa's team in the spring of 2014 & enjoys the reward of seeing her clients relaxed & happy with the service that she provides.

Jenean Gabbert Man.M, Advanced Manicurist
Licensed Since: 1988
Year Started at The Spa: 2014

ABOUT

Jenean comes to us with over 26 years of salon and manicure experience. After studying Dietetics and Nutrition at The University of Akron, she followed her desire to be part of the beauty industry and graduated with a manicuring license from The International School of Beauty in 1988. Her career moved up from being a Nail Specialist in a small salon in Ohio to managing a 30-stylist salon in the suburbs of Chicago. She also spent time in retail management and administration. Back in Ohio, in 1996 Jenean built her own business as a Nail Specialist in Wadsworth, Ohio.

A runner and fitness enthusiast-Jenean has always been holistic in her approach to services and is vigorous in providing wellness information to her clients, believing small changes in your daily routine can have a significant impact on your long-term well-being. She is meticulous in her work and stresses the importance of regular pedicures for beauty and  fitness as well as therapeutic benefits.

Ryane Tucker-Faine Cos.
Licensed Since: 2015
Year Started at The Spa: 2015

ABOUT

Bio coming soon

Allyssa Paliswat (Freel) Man.M
Licensed Since: 2013
Year Started at The Spa: 2016

ABOUT

Bio coming soon


OUR FITNESS TEAM

Our certified personal trainers are passionate about fitness, are dedicated to helping their clients reach their fitness and wellness goals.

Cassandra Wilson ACE Certified Since: 2004 Year Started at The Spa: 2005

ABOUT

Cassandra has several years of experience helping clients reach their fitness goals and has been training at our gym since its opening in 2005. Cassandra, currently an A.C.E. certified personal trainer, enjoys working with a variety of clients who are interested in general fitness. Cassandra’s clientele range from people who are just beginning an exercise routine, to clients who are looking for something different and new to incorporate into their workouts. Although Cassandra can accommodate clients of all fitness levels, she enjoys working with older clients who are interested in maintaining their strength and endurance throughout their day-to-day activities. Cassandra loves to both educate and motivate her clients, giving them a better understanding of how to exercise more efficiently. She promotes exercise as a way of life for her clients and strives for them to make fitness a lifelong commitment.

Cody Leach NPTI Certified Since: 2009 Year Started at The Spa: 2011

ABOUT

Cody, voted BEST PERSONAL TRAINER 2013, 2014 & 2015 (Fox 8 Hot List, Akron Life Magazine), is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Personal Training Institute and holds an Associate’s Degree in Sports and Exercise Studies. Cody brings a broad range of experience to the Gym including working with elderly, adolescent and groups; sport specific, strength and weight loss training; and also working with pregnant and post gastric bypass clients.

Cody prides himself on helping the clients have fun while working hard; this is why every session is individualized to meet their wants, needs, and goals. “No two clients are identical, why should their workouts be?” This belief is why Cody's current and former clients hold him in high regard. Whether you’re looking to get bigger, smaller, faster, or stronger, Cody can help you achieve your goals, in a fun and efficient way.

Pamela Stec Yoga Instructor Year Started at The Spa: 2011

ABOUT

Bio coming soon

Cynthia Santucci Group Fitness Instructor, ACE
Year Started at The Spa: 2009

ABOUT

Cynthia is a Group Exercise Instructor through the American Council on Exercise. With several years of experience in training and teaching group exercise, she likes helping and motivating individuals to achieve their fitness goals and improve their quality of life. Cynthia specializes in strength training, cardiovascular conditioning, and core stability. She understands the importance of supportive nutrition regarding fitness and the busy schedules of clients. She has several graduate and undergraduate degrees. Cynthia and her son enjoy a very active lifestyle.


OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Scott Vazinski  Senior Director Year Started at The Spa: 2005

ABOUT

Scott began with the spa in April of 2005 as a project manager and development director overseeing and developing the infrastructure of the business. When The Spa opened in September 2005, Scott was on his way to South Beach to pursue new development opportunities, but instead, he found himself attached to the concept of The Spa at Yellow Creek. He quickly helped to define the vision and longevity of the and was offered a position in Business Development. His primary goal was to develop the spa as a prototype for future expansion, while his focus has been to continually strive for perfection when it comes to offering exceptional spa treatments and customer service. In 2008, Scott decided that it was best to manage the spa independently to fully realize its mission and accepted the role as Executive Spa Director.

Throughout his years of service, he has visited spas around the world, taking the best from everywhere while learning from and working with industry leaders from organizations like The Ritz-Carlton, Starwood Resorts, Schletterer International, Marriott and more.

He now speaks across the country on topics such as customer service, staff training and business development for spas. In June 2010, he founded his own spa consulting company to help others develop their vision. Since 2010, Scott has worked on 10 additional projects across the globe, but The Spa at Yellow Creek has always been his priority.  After a successful development and implementation of the spa's standards of excellence and business model, Scott now focuses on fully realizing The Spa at Yellow Creek's global vision of international expansion.

Joshua Morgan Front of the House Manager
Year Started at The Spa: 2005

ABOUT

Bio coming soon.