Hello and thank you for taking the time to read my bio page and get to know me. I am 41 years old and a native Californian. I am happily married and live conveniently close to L’Atelier on the West side of Santa Cruz. In my free time I enjoy socializing, entertaining, fast walking on West Cliff, tandem bicycling, hiking, dining in our many local restaurants, traveling and reading in the company of our ginger cats, Moxie and Toby.

Opening my own salon has been a dream come true. The minute I saw the studio at 114 Pearl Alley, I knew I'd found the perfect location to combine my artistic vision, my green lifestyle and my commitment to customer care. I believe strongly in becoming more conscientious about using resources to contribute to a sustainable planet. My business reflects this personal philosophy by providing a healthy and creative professional environment that is inspiring and nourishing to my clients, coworkers and community. 

Before opening L'Atelier I spent four years as an independent contractor at Lavish Salon. While there I honed my technical skills in natural hair coloring, modern gray blending, highlighting, and creative cutting. I've combined this experience with a mathematical cutting technique which attends to the relationship between the overall physical dimensions of the haircut, growth patterns and the lasting value of a truly technical cut and/or color. My goal is to enable clients to recreate their hairstyle at home by offering educational support, tools, and a realistic style for their hair type and lifestyle.

My past experience working in the restaurant business and managing projects for a custom home builder have helped cultivate my ethic for customer service. As a stylist, I've fostered a loyal community of clients, from whom I have learned a great deal about the mutual benefits of providing committed, compassionate customer care. I follow a holistic approach to cutting, which is responsive to the whole body and lifestyle of the client. I believe that I am best at my job when I truly listen to my clients and ask probing questions about their routines, goals, aspirations, and concerns.

I am committed to fostering an environment of continuing education, where stylists can refine their technical skills and cultivate their professional development. L'Atelier hosts traveling educators and offers an apprenticeship model, where new stylists work closely with experienced stylists to develop their technical and interpersonal skills. In 2013 we launched Develop Me Mondays which are day long clinics covering everything from creative cutting and coloring to mastering The L'Atelier Culture which fosters excellent customer service. Stylists from our community are encouraged to attend.  Along with my co-workers, I attend as many local classes as possible and travel to the Bay Area, San Francisco and Los Angeles for continuing education.  

I very much look forward to being a part of the beautiful you!

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Update 2/1/15:  We are, thankfully, experiencing substantial growth, and I have come to realize that I must temporarily take a break from working behind the chair so that I can focus on business development and staffing. 

Please feel very comfortable scheduling with any of my excellent stylists. We very much look forward to meeting you!