Shirley Dillaman, Master Esthetician is a graduate of American Spirit Institute. Established in 1992, American Spirit was the first Esthetic School in the state of Virginia and is respected by many Spa Owners as “THE School” to hire their new Estheticians. It was there that Shirley was trained in Advanced Skin Care Techniques and Modalities. She continued her education through post-graduate studies. Attending classes on Advanced Peels through Physicians of Arizona and also taking classes at the International Institute in Washington, D.C. in advanced techniques and product knowledge.
Shirley did not start her career in Esthetic’s until her middle forties. While receiving a facial one day at a local spa, the Esthetician made this comment, “Shirley, I think you should consider going to Esthetic School”. She asked the Esthetician why she had made that statement and the reply was, “you already know so much about nutrition and taking care of yourself that it seems like the right fit for you”. What that Esthetician didn’t know was that Shirley also loved working with ladies in improving their self image. With much deliberation and consideration of the time and training that it would require, Shirley took the plunge into the world of skin care. Upon graduation from Esthetic School with her Master Estheticians license, she then got her Master Instructor’s license and taught at the American Spirit Institute for 4 years.
After working in the Spa industry for the next 5 years, Shirley ventured out and opened her first spa, Have A Great Face, where the focus was strictly on skin care. The love for skin care and the desire to teach every individual how to take care of their skin grew more intense. She also realized that she needed to expand the services that the spa provided so that customers could experience not only a great facial, but could also receive other spa services. With limited space and the desire to expand, Shirley knew that she would have to move into a larger facility, therefore, Have A Great Face, which basically focused mainly on facials, has been birthed into the new spa called, MINT.
Alyssa is a Licensed Massage Therapist who received her training at Centurra College, a two year massage therapy program in Richmond, Virginia. She has been working in the Massage field since 2012. Her training includes Deep Tissue, Swedish, Prenatal, Sports, Aromatherapy, Reflexology along with other massage techniques. She was also trained and certified in Endermology. Alyssa is passionate about teaching her clients on how best to avoid injuries and helping them to understand what has caused the aches and pains.
Philosophy: If you take care of your body, your body will take care of you! A balanced lifestyle and a reliance on something bigger than yourself brings true joy and peace to your life.
Hobbies: Fitness Training, Working with Youth, Traveling, and hanging out with friends and family.
Alyssa joined Mint, A Boutique Spa in 2014.
Tara is an experienced licensed Massage Therapist who has a keen interest in health and wellness. She enjoys giving a massage almost as much as receiving it. Her basic massage style blends a wide range of techniques and is tailored to meet each individual’s needs. Her modality training includes Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports, Prenatal, Lymphatic Drainage, Trigger Point, Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Myoskeletal among others.
Hobbies: Fitness Training, Outdoor Activities, Reading and hanging out with her kiddos.
Philosophy: Believes that massage is part of a healthy lifestyle and truly loves helping others achieve it.
Tara joined Mint, A Boutique Spa in May, 2014.
I’ve been a licensed stylist since 2013 and love what I do! I grew up on the Outer Banks and went to cosmetology school at College of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, NC from 2011 to 2012. I began working at a salon on the OBX for a year before I moved to Richmond.
I’ve worked at a couple salons in the area and am now embracing, and loving, the journey of working for myself. I couldn’t ask for a better “home” for my business than inside Mint Spa.
I love helping everyone look and feel their best, and I look forward to meeting new people and developing lasting relationships with my clients.In my downtime, I love to binge watch my favorite shows, buy pretty house plants, and snuggle with my kitties.
Tammy Desper also known as Tj has been providing color, lightening, curling, straightening, cutting and styling services for over 30 years and has loved every minute of it.
Tammy lends a compassionate ear to everyone who sits in her chair. If you’re looking for a new design or listening ear during your visit, Tammy is the stylist for you! Owner of The Art of Hair, Tammy proudly calls Mint Spa her home. You can reach her directly at 804.982.6418 via text or voicemail to book an appointment.
I started my Nail career out of High School after attending the Amelia Nottoway Vocational Center for Cosmetology. I worked and helped manage the Natural Nail Care Clinic of Brandermill for over 10 years. I have since started my own nail care business and will be celebrating 5 years of loyal customers and business!
I specialize in Natural Nails and help to educate clients about the health of their hands, feet and nails. I take pride in the quality and sanitation of my services.
But most of all I admire the relationships that I’ve develop with clients over the years. Mint Spa has felt like home to me since I started in early December 2019. The warm and welcoming atmosphere and dedication from the other Mint Employees makes everyone feel like the number one priority and I look forward to growing my business here!
I have been in the industry since 2003 and have been certified as a Redken specialist as well as received my training in Keratin Smoothing Treatments. The start to finishing process of making a customized look for each guest is so rewarding and I enjoy that moment in the mirror when I see their confidence get a boost! On my days off I spend time with my 2 kids. We love fostering kittens with Richmond Animal League and all things summertime. I was born in Hong Kong but spent most of my childhood along the South Bay in LosAngelos. I am a reader, a foodie, and have an addiction to coffee and sour gummies.
Hello, my name is Nelson Bridgewater. I have been a Massage Therapist since 2010. My specialty is muscle and joint pain relief and joint function recovery. After massage schoolI found myself gravitating towards helping people with pain relief. One of my colleagues pointed me in the direction of Erik Dalton’s teaching, Myoskeletal Alignment, after watching a few of his video techniques I knew I had to go to his class. I went to Costa Rica for his class in 2013, learned so many wonderful ways to help people I returned in 2014 for another round. From listening to Erik I learned about another Instructor James Waslaski who teaches Orthopedic massage. I have combined the two modalities with all of my other education to help improve peoples everyday life. In addition to these modalities I also have certifications in Hot Stone Massage, Foot Reflexology, Pre-Natal Massage and Arthritis and Fibromayalgia. After 5 and a half years at a chain, at my clients request I went out on my own in 2015. This carereer has made me the happiest I have ever been in life.
Lucy, the spa dog
Lucy girl is our happy and chill hypoallergenic goldendoodle spa dog! You will often find her quietly greeting customers as they walk through the door, laying by clients feet while their hair is being styled or relaxed, laid out in the sun in our main lobby area taking an afternoon nap. She is such a kind soul and we love the energy she brings to the salon. She is part of the Mint family and regular clients love visiting with her when they come in for their regular appointments
Karen (also known as ‘ KK ‘ ) has been enjoying her life in the beauty biz for 32 years, having represented prestige lines such as Chanel Beauty, YSL Cosmetics, Laura Mercier and others; providing makeup for TV interviews, community magazine covers, bridal parties and special events; and volunteering beauty skills to children’s theater, seniors, and fundraisers for local hospitals. Keeping up with trends in color and skin care is exciting work for KK, where there is joy in recognizing and enhancing what is truly and uniquely beautiful in every man or woman, with the end goal of client satisfaction. “What’s most important to me is that my clients feel confident after spending time in my chair.” Equally important is providing only clean beauty products that perform. As so many today are affected by moderate to severe health issues, the modern beauty shopper is becoming increasingly savvy to ingredients in personal care products, and making demands for better choices for herself and the environment. Every client can be confident that the products KK uses are researched and vetted for purity by third party sources. Whether providing makeup for a personal or professional event, you will receive not only experience, but a calming influence. You can request makeup by KK for your wedding party, any special event, TV appearances and headshots.