Shirley Dillaman

Master Esthetician


3rd Place Winner of
Style Weekly’s Best Spa

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.

Dorian Barranti


*Not Accepting New Clients At This Time*

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.

Sarah Lopez

Massage Therapist


Sarah received her education from Brightpoint College and graduated in 2021.
With her passion to help people and her bubbly personality she tries to create a more holistic approach by introducing aromatherapy, and energy healing together with massage.Sarah likes to spend her free time with her husband and daughter. Some of her hobbies include botany, thrifting, and her growing gem and mineral collection.

Tara Drennan

Massage Therapist

Text 804.385.4976

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 in May, 2014.

Kailey Case

Master Stylist/ Eye Lash Extensions


I create experiences that last a lifetime. I build bonds with my clients to become their trusted beauty expert. I believe in educating my clients and equipping them with the knowledge to help enhance their natural beauty. After your experience with me you will leave feeling empowered and refreshed. My services include hair cutting, coloring, styling, keratin treatments and extensions. As well as lash extensions, manicures, pedicures and facial waxing. I am an Xtreme Lash Certified Stylist and Advanced Certified in Omni Volume. I have been in the beauty industry for 12 years and even have experience as an educator. My favorite things are my family, friends, 3 dogs (Hadley, Hurley & Holly) and cruises.

Tammy Desper


Tammy Desper also known as T.J. 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.

Kahlia Kanas

Master Esthetician


Kahlia Kanas, Master Esthetician, is a graduate of American Spirit Institute of Esthetics. Since graduating Esthetics school, Kahlia continues to develop her knowledge and skill set, and is pursuing advanced training in therapeutic facial massage, Ayurveda, nutrition, botany and herbalism. She believes that life is a constant quest of knowledge and this persistent quest creates progressive skincare treatments with corrective and renewing outcomes.

In her spare time she enjoys Yoga, hiking, cooking, tending to her plants and traveling whenever possible.  Kahlia’s personality can only be described as infectious and bubbly. She has a way of connecting with people young and old. To spend time with her, you’ll understand, her spirit is infectious.  Her hands have been described as intuitive and healing and her attention to making her clients feel relaxed and nurtured make her facials feel like a restorative retreat.  Kahlia is not just an Esthetician, but she’s also a guide. Helping every person she takes care of to find their path to loving the skin they’re in.

Elizabeth Hutson

Nail Technician

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!

Evelyn Ayala



From the day I started doing hair in 2011, I fell in love with everything this industry has to offer. I’m so lucky to say I found my passion at only 16 years old. This industry not only helped me grow up, but grow as a person in general. In June of 2023, I took a leap of faith and started working for myself as an independent stylist. This was by the far the best decision I ever made. I am able to not only work the schedule I want/ need but balance home life as well. If I’m not behind the chair, you will find me spending quality time with my husband, 2 kids and our family dog, Pretzel. I also love going to lunch with my friends or taking some therapy trips to target.

Dr. Dave Bass, PT, DPT

Owner/Lead Therapist Focus Physical Therapy


Dr. Dave Bass brings over two decades of pain evaluation and treatment to MINT. His practice focuses
on identifying and eliminating pain to help his patients return to the level of activity they want. He uses
his own unique diagnostic and treatment process to identify the cause of pain, explain why and how it is
causing problems, and help his patients control their pain at home, with simple techniques that can be
done while watching TV or relaxing.
In all cases, Dr. Bass tries to help his patients avoid surgery and invasive procedures, and he’s made it his
mission to educate his patients, so they can make the most informed decisions about their health and
His specialty is treating pain and eliminating the frustration and worry that it can cause when it won’t go
away. Dr. Bass is your First Call for Pain.

Rebecca Shepka

Massage Therapist


Rebecca has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2007. She got her training at Cleveland Institute of Medical Massage in Cleveland, Ohio and Heritage Institute in Fort Myers, Florida. Her techniques range from Swedish, therapeutic, deep, and sports. She is certified to do prenatal massage and has taken continued eduction classes for reflexology, trigger point therapy, hot stone therapy, and total body stretching. She’s worked with Chiropractor’s, in spa’s and in franchise clinics.

Nelson Bridgewater

Massage Therapist


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.

Alyssa Dillaman

Massage Therapist


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.


Master Esthetician

Donna Stone

Master Hair Stylist


Hi I’m Donna Stone, I grew up in BonAir and have been doing hair for 45+ years.
I have a love of nature, animals,plants ,crafts and Art!
I feel hair is an extension of that love and I’m passionate about my work and helping my clients
I can be reached at 804-418-5009 Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday and Saturday

Chrystia Bowen


Chrystia Bowen, a seasoned professional in the beauty industry, has been passionately serving clients since April 2002. As a licensed waxtechnician, Chrystia’s expertise extends to sugar hair removal, where she holds double certifications. With a specialization in female anatomy hair removal, including both wax and sugar techniques, she is dedicated to helping individuals overcome ingrown hair issues and achieve healthy, radiant skin.

Chrystia’s exceptional skills have been honed through certifications from Sweet and True, the renowned manufacturer of her fabulous products, and Sugar and Skin Spa of Chesapeake, VA, where she attained specialization in the Brazilian technique. As the Founder and Owner of The V Lady, Chrystia brings her wealth of experience and genuine care to every client she serves.

Chrystia’s genuine love for her work is evident in the connections she forms with her clients. Over the years, she has witnessed her clients’ remarkable life milestones, from watching them grow up and graduate to celebrating their marriages and the arrival of their little ones. She cherishes the journey she embarks upon with each individual, forming a unique bond along the way.

Outside of her professional life, Chrystia indulges in some well-deserved rest through a good nap and finds enjoyment in watching scary movies. A fun fact about Chrystia is that she is a Leo rising with a Libra moon, and she takes an avid interest in zodiac studies and psychology, enriching her understanding of human nature.


Spa Greeter

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