Staff Bios



Front Desk

Brooke McDonald: Brooke graduated high school in 2016 and joined our family at Kaya shortly after.  She is a Las Vegas/Henderson native born and raised.  Although Brooke has just our team here she has been coming as a client since she was 7 years old as is no stranger to Kaya.  She is a certified life guard with a passion for being in the water.  Brooke plans to take a year off before attending San Diego State University in the fall of 2017 to study psychology.  You will always find Brooke with a smile on her face and a welcoming attitude. 


Leticia Lopez: Leti is a new edition to the kaya family. Although originally from Alaska, she has lived most of her life in Las Vegas. She graduated from Coronado High School where she played on the women's soccer team. Leti received an athletic scholarship to attend and play for Western Nebraska.  After completing two years, she desired to be closer to family which led her to return home.  Although she hung up her cleats as a player, her passion for the sport drove her to joined the coach staff of her niece's local youth soccer team.  Leti is currently apart of the Lee Business School program at UNLV.  She plans to graduate with a bachelor of science in business administration with an emphasis in accounting.  Gaining knowledge of the beauty industry daily, she aspires to bring growth to the Kaya team


Nail Technicians:

Shelby Passey: Shelby has been a licensed manicurist since 1997. In 1999 she became a certified Master Nail Technician with CND (Creative Nail Design) specializing in sculpted acrylics. Shelby currently specializes in pedicures, acrylics, silk wraps, and gel polish manicures with a large selection of colors and glitters. Her wide range of creative talents have culminated in a business she is both proud and passionate about!

Tiffany Walker: Tiffany is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, however she has called Las Vegas home for many years. Tiffany has been a licensed manicurist since 1992. Since graduating she has been active in ongoing education and keeping up with all the great, fun, new trends in the nail industry. Tiffany specializes in pedicures. She customizes to the needs of each client which includes warming lotions and hot stone therapy. Tiffany also does acrylics, and gel polish on both hands and feet with a wide variety of colors for every season or occasion. Tiffany loves working with her clients and offering them an exceptional experience.

Sarah Dunford: Sarah is a native Nevadan, born in Reno and raised in Boulder City. Sarah has been a licensed manicurist for 16 years and loves what she does.  She is skilled at manicures and pedicures, but specializes in Gel Nails. She has been working with gels for 13 years, which allows creativity especially with glitter gels. Creating a new and innovative design is something she really excels at. Sarah is also skilled at making your toes look equally as dazzling as your nails do. If fancy is what you’re looking for, Sarah is the manicurist for you!

Aestheticians:

Tanya Vincent: Tanya is originally from Southern California. She moved to Las Vegas to dance with Siegfried and Roy. She soon discovered her passion for aesthetics. Tanya started her aesthetic career at Dolphin Court and worked her way into the position of lead aesthetician and spa director. She joined the Kaya team in 2005, and has now been in business for over 14 years. So whether your need is perfectly shaped eyebrows or clearing up problem skin, Tanya is sure to make you look and feel your best.  

Merina Dougan: Merina started her interest in skin care at a young age in South Africa getting involved with a local skin care company. After moving to the US, her interest was sparked again and she became a certified aesthetician in 2004. She has been with our Kaya family since we opened in June 2005. Merina has a real passion for her trade which can be felt in the services she provides. Her goal is for each and every client to leave relaxed and revived. 

Colon Hypnotherapist:

Ronda Garrett: Ronda the colon hydro therapist here at Kaya. I’ve been a Certified Colon Hydro Therapist since 2010.bI received my training through the American Institute of Natural Health in Phoenix Arizona. One of the most frequent questions I am asked is “How’d you get into this line if work?” My mother was a Naturopath, I grew up in Southern California in a very health conscience environment. When I was in my mid 20’s I started doing colon hydro therapies with her. After moving to Nevada, I decided I didn’t want to live without my own regular colon hydro therapies so I began my own business. It’s been nonstop ever since with continuing education, adding new treatments, and providing services on a new state of the art equipment. Most rewarding for me is the relationship I gain with clients, and helping them feel better than they ever imagined possible. I don’t believe we are destined by our genetics to become ill, but by our environment. How we live, eat, think and feel affects the body.  All disease begins in the gut, if the colon is dirty our whole body is dirty. Health is not everything, but we must consider without Good Health everything else is nothing. — Dr. Bernard Jenson D.C.
 
Hair Technicians:


Monette Labrune: Monette is a Las Vegas local born and raised.  She graduated from Paul Mitchell the School as a licensed hair stylist as well as an eye lash artist.  Monette specializes in beaded weft hair extensions as well as udos.  She also specialized in classic set eyelash extensions.  Monette joined the Kaya family right out of school assisting the salon and fine tuning her talents.  Her passion for the beauty industry came to her when she was a CNA helping the elderly look and feel beautiful.  Monette loves to build relationships with her clients as well as making them apart of our big family at Kaya.

Monica Flynn: Monica has been in the hair business for over 20 years and in that time she has worked with many excellent stylists. She has also kept up with current trends and styles by continuing her education. Monica has completed the Master Stylist Program with Redken while taking numerous other classes in and out of the salon. She was part of a Redken Course Training Center in New York on 5th Avenue. Monica has worked with some of the staff at Kaya for over 10 years now and loves working with such a talented group of stylists. Come and enjoy any or all the services the salon has to offer. You will be glad you did!

Monica Ricci: Monica has lived in the Las Vegas area for most of her life and loves it here. She is an accomplished stylist that has been doing hair for over 15 years. Monica is a Redken Master Color Specialist. She believes in soft, natural, sexy, beautiful, healthy hair that brings out the best features and enhances the natural beauty of her clients. Monica is continually working on new and creative styles and specializes in, soft, textured haircuts and expert highlights. She is also certified in Keratin Complex Hair Smoothing Treatment. She spends her free time with her family, keeping busy with 3 boys in local competitive soccer.

Cameren Martin: Cameren is an experienced stylist and has been with the Kaya team the length of her career. She specializes in cut, color, extensions, styling, and elegant styling such as up-dos and special occasions. She graduated from Paul Mitchell The School and continued her education directly by assisting salon owner and stylist Mark Cottle and Paul Mitchell educator Jennifer Mcmillan. Along with assisting, she also has experience in stage work and large events. Cameren always continues her education so she can bring it home for her guests to further their experience by bringing impeccable hair from salon to everyday reality. Cameren will keep your hair healthy and fresh all year long.

Shauna Flynn: Shauna is a Las Vegas native who is no stranger to the beauty industry. Shauna has grown up in the hair industry with a mother who is a hairstylist, also is a Kaya talent, and an industry educator for an aunt. After graduating high school, she attended college in Arizona. It was there that she realized her true passion was hair, and she moved back to Nevada and joined the Kaya team to pursue her career. She loves to keep up on the newest styles and trends through constant education. Shauna will take care of any of your hair needs whether it is color, cut or simply a great style. She is also certified in Coppola Keratin hair Smoothing Treatment.

Nicole Lebeau: Originally from Massachusetts, Nicole moved to Las Vegas in 1996 to further her career as professional dancer. After many years dancing in some of the top shows on the strip, she decided to follow her other passion for the beauty industry and go to school for hair. She started at Kaya in 2005 assisting Mark Cottle and eventually built up a strong and loyal clientele of her own. She loves staying on top of the trends and finding new ways to keep her clients loving their hair!

Belle Hinton: Belle is a Las Vegas native with a passion for hair. She has been a hairstylist for over 12 years in Las Vegas and a part of the Kaya team for 6 years.  Belle specializes in creative color and hair design. With ongoing education, Belle keeps up on all the latest trends and styles. When Belle is not busy taking care of her clients hair needs, she is also a licensed real estate agent and enjoys spending time with her beautiful son Jaylen.

Kathryn Schnell: Kathryn Schnell has over 25 years of experience in the Professional Beauty Industry with a deep passion for her craft, Kathryn has been a national trainer and platform artist for Paul Mitchell systems and one of the first hair artist to bring education to Las Vegas on the all-natural Keratin treatment’s. She is a Master colorist and a precision hair cutter. Her skills also include beautiful individual designed up-do hairstyles for special events and weddings. A Master in men’s grooming, A passion for beautiful blowdry’s from short to long hair.

Robin Aafedt: Robin originally from Denver, Colorado moved to Vegas three years ago. Ever since Robin was a little girl she had a passion for the Beauty industry! When she came to Las Vegas she attended Euphoria Institute and received her cosmetology license. After graduation she became a stylist at Champagne Salon where she began building her clientele. She then became an assistant to further her education and career. She is also a trained make-up artist and loves to be creative! On her free time Robin enjoys spending time with her son and enjoying the outdoors!

Toni Goz: Toni is a Las Vegas native who was been in the cosmetology for over 30 years! She specializes in color, cuts, and Brazilian blow outs. Toni loves staying current on fashion and style. She is always looking forward to continuing education and utilizing new techniques within the industry. On her down time Toni enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Stephanie White: Stephanie is a Las Vegas native and has been in the hair industry for over 11 years. Stephanie started her career at Diva Studio assisting and building a loyal clientele there for 10 years before moving to Kaya. She is certified in Greatlengths extensions and multiple smoothing systems. Stephanie loves doing soft and natural hair color but also loves the challenge of a precision cut or a beautiful blowout. Happy clients at the end of each service is what keeps her loving her career.

Abby Watson: As a colorist and stylist, Abby utilizes her attention to detail and eye for design to create a range of styles from classic to creative.  Also specializing in Locket Extensions to give her clients that little extra that they may desire. Whether it be added length, additional volume, or just a transition to help clients grow their hair from short too long. For more information about Locket Extensions, call Kaya to book your consultation.  Abby wholeheartedly believes in creating an experience for her clients, from a thorough consultation, to a relaxing scalp massage at the shampoo bowl, and always finishes with a seamless blowout and style.

Mitsuko Kimura: Mitsuko was born in Japan and attended Akita Junior College. I then graduated from Kanebo Total Beauty Academy and worked in Tokyo, Japan for 7 years before moving to America in 1992. I worked in New York City for 18 years at Hisako Salon and also have experience with hair styling for the Red Carpet. I came to Las Vegas in 2010 and have continued practicing cosmetology. I have my cosmetologist license in Japan, New York, and Nevada. I specialize in Bridal (hair & make-up), Japanese style relaxation massage, and dressing of Japanese Kimono. On my free time I enjoy going for drives and doing Pilates.

Jessica Wolfenbarger: Jessica was born in New York and moved to Las Vegas twenty years ago. With over 15 years in the cosmetology industry Jessica's passion for what she does has never wavered. Jessica uses Schwarzkopf color to formulate to her client’s needs. She enjoys building personal relationships with her clientele. Jessica is a mother to two wonderful boys that keep her busy when she is not working. On her down time Jessica loves to flee market shop!

Tori Bates: Tori is a Las Vegas native who graduated from Paul Mitchell the school Las Vegas. After graduating from Paul Mitchell she began her career at Kaya. Tori has a passion for creativity and individuality. If you are looking for punky fun fashion vivid colors, Tori is the stylist for you! Tori realizes the importance with keeping up with all the latest hair trends and styles as well as a vast knowledge of techniques. Tori is an animal lover and when she is away from the salon she enjoys spending time with her dog Darla.

Ashley King: Ashley King prides herself on color expertise. A seasoned veteran in the hair industry, Ashley realizes the importance of keeping up on all hair trends as well as a vast knowledge of techniques. Educated in all services including men's and women's cuts and styling, Ashley offers a fulfilling salon experience. Ashley is a proud Las Vegas native, a mother of two, and has over ten years in the hair industry. Check out her work on her Instagram @ashleysizzle85 or Facebook Wicked hair by Ashley. *specializing in color, blonding and bayalage.

Lisa Shriver: The only certified Evolve women's hair replacement specialist in the state of Nevada! With over 35 years of color, and cutting experience. I hold numerous extension certifications which include Greatlengths, Lockit, Platinum Seamless. You can feel rest assured your in the hands of a true professional. Lisa has the eye and skill of a true artisan and loves her craft. Always is on time and truly listens to her clients.

 

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