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.


MASSAGE 

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 at The Spa: 2005

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Nicholl always knew she was destined to work in a field helping people in a physical, mental or spiritual way. Following some soul searching and through different career paths, she found her love for massage therapy. After having massages and learning more about holistic healing and natural health, Nicholl decided that she wanted to be a part of the healing process and enrolled in the National Institute of Massotherapy. She earned an associates degree in Massage Therapy. Nicholl enjoys learning and incorporating reflexology into her massages. She has an in-depth knowledge of essential oils and enjoys using them to assist in soothing aching muscles. She loves the art of massage and enjoys assisting others in relieving the stresses and ailments of the body, mind, and spirit. Her future goals are to continue in this industry by enrolling in school for aesthetics. Her passions are craniosacral, reflexology and pet massage.

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

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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".

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

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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.

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

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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).

Stephanie Pelich LMT  
Licensed Since: 2015  
Year started at The Spa: 2016

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Stephanie's inherent desire to help others feel better led her to a career in massage therapy. She graduated from the National Institute of Massotherapy in 2015 with an Associates of Applied Science in Clinical Massage Therapy – which is an advanced level of bodywork and clinical training in massage therapy. She is also a member of the AMTA. Stephanie's special interests include meditation, energy work, and yoga nidra, or yogic sleep – a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the "going-to-sleep" stage in which the body is completely relaxed. Yoga nidra enables her to bring a profound sense of peace and comfort to her clients. Letting her intuition guide her hands, Stephanie specializes in deep tissue massage with an emphasis on trigger point therapy – a form of massage therapy which alleviates pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release.


SKINCARE

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

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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.

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

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Amy has had a lifelong passion for skincare. After having a facial at our spa, Amy was so impressed that with 16 years in the fine-dining hospitality industry she decided to pursue a career in aesthetics. With her previous experience with first-in-class customer service, coupled with her caring and compassionate personality, Amy loves making her guests feel comfortable, relaxed, and pampered. She takes pride in helping her clients obtain healthy, clear, and youthful looking skin. She has a passion aesthetics and advanced skincare and feels that it is an honor to care for the unique needs of each guest. Before Amy became an Advanced Aesthetician, she studied Art Education at the University of Akron. She acquired her Managing Aestheticians license at Georgie International Beauty Institute and has continued her education to become an Advanced Waxing Specialist. She was trained by industry experts and national educators from Carita Paris, Decleor, and Red Flowers Organic Skincare. Amy's training concentration has been in Brazillian waxing, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion. She is a level one Reiki energy healer and believes that authentic beauty, health, and well-being comes from from the inside out. Amy feels that skincare and aesthetics is her dream job and comes to work every day with a smile on her face and is eager give 100% to each guest.

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

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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.


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

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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.

Gabrielle Averiette  
ManM., Est., Advanced Manicurist

Licensed Since: 2011  
Year started at The Spa: 2012

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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.

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

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Bio coming soon

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

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Bio coming soon

Evelyn Voltz  
Advanced Manicurist**  

Licensed Since: 1985  
Year started at The Spa: 2008

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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.

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

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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

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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.


FITNESS

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

Joshua McDonald
NPTI Certified Since 2006
  
Year started at The Spa: 2017

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Josh's fitness philosophy focuses on helping his clients realize their fitness potenial. He strives to not only encourage them to attain their goals but also drives them to go beyond their expectations. Assisting them in adopting this mindset is his greatest passion. One of his primary training methods centers around total body workouts. This style allows his clients to focus on training the body as one unit, which is how the body functions on a daily basis. He aims to keep his one-on-one time fun and versatile, so the path to a fitter lifestyle is enjoyable while encouraging a life-long positive lifestyle transformation. Josh's personal life revolves around fitness and family. He competes in the Scottish Highland Games throughout Ohio, is currently training for The Iron Man Triathlon, but most importantly, enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

Cody Leach  
NPTI Certified Since: 2009

Year started at The Spa: 2011

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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

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Bio coming soon

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

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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.

Cynthia Santucci  
Group Fitness Instructor, ACE

Year Started at The Spa: 2009

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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.


LEADERSHIP

Scott Vazinski–Senior Director  
Year Started at The Spa: 2005

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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

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Joshua started with the spa as an attendant in 2005 when the spa first opened, one of the "originals" if you will. After a brief hiatus and completing his college education he returned to the spa in 2010 as a spa coordinator. In this position, Joshua built long-lasting relationships with spa guests and members. Working as a member of the front desk allowed him the flexibility and encouragement to complete his graduate degree at The University of Akron. Shortly after completing his course work he ventured into life to utilize his talents, but it wouldn't be too long before Joshua returned to The Spa. Realizing his passion for providing exemplary customer service in 2016 he returned to the spa assuming the position of Front of House Manager. Joshua strives to provide spa guests and members with the utmost spa experience while ensuring all guests needs and requests are met, and expectations are exceeded. In his free time, Joshua enjoys renovating his home in Canton where he lives with his Jack Russell, Romy.