Meet Our Team

At Scents of Serenity Organic Spa, we pride ourselves on having the best staff in the spa industry. Our Massage Therapists and Master Estheticians have extensive knowledge and experience and continue to educate themselves so that our guests will always receive the absolute best service by the most qualified professional. We take great pride in serving the needs of our guests and whether you are receiving a massage, organic facial, organic body treatment, or thai yoga massage, our commitment to you is to provide the purest, most luxurious spa services, in the most unique and tranquil environment, by the most qualified staff in the industry. Meet our team today and see why Scents of Serenity was voted one of Richmond, Va’s Best Day Spas 7 years in a row! See what our clients have to say about us on Facebook, Yelp and Google!

 

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Melanie - Owner, Certified Massage Therapist & Master Esthetician

As owner of one of the most unique spas in Richmond, VA, Melanie’s passion is reflected in all that was put forth in creating an environment where calm and balance begins the moment you walk through the door. Melanie was born in Germany and was raised with a deep sense of organic and natural living. It was her holistic roots that inspired her to seek out the best products available and open Richmond’s only truly organic day spa. “Our guests deserve the most luxurious spa services, and the finest organic products, offered in the most unique and tranquil environment.” Melanie’s passion has been to find products that go beyond just “organic”, but that actually work. “Our guests can trust that we have their best interest in mind and rest assured that they are receiving only the purest, natural and organic ingredients available.” Melanie feels passionately about supporting other local small businesses and working with local artisans who share her same mindset. All of the companies and product lines Melanie works with believe strongly in conserving the environment, reducing their carbon footprint and giving back.

Rae - Spa Manager

Prior to her many years in hospitality management at a well-known Virginia Winery, Rae was a Certified Massage Therapist and Esthetician practicing in her hometown of Fredericksburg, VA. Her experience in both the spa industry as well as guest services makes her a dynamic part of the Scents of Serenity team. Rae is well versed in our luxurious spa treatments and enjoys working with our fabulous guests, making sure each and every person has a 5-star spa experience from start to finish.  Whether you are looking to plan a private spa party such as bachelorette or bridal shower or you wish to escape on your own, Rae is here to make your experience seamless. In her spare time, she focuses on her studies of herbalism and enjoys good food, good company and a good glass of wine!

Alexa - Certified Massage Therapist

Alexa is a happily Certified Massage Therapist who has spent many years in Big Island Hawaii, where she taught yoga and practiced massage. She brings with her the spirit of Aloha; an energy and intention of peace, love, breath, and light, as well as a deep connection to All That Is. This energy nourishes, calms, and brightens our bodies, and the effect can be felt in her work. Alexa undersands the benefits of massage, as she has received many forms of bodywork and alternative therapies throughout her life. In doing so, she has been able to overcome significant injury and trauma. It brings great joy and fulfillment to Alexa to be a part of others’ journey to peace, health, and happiness. Alexa is a practicing Pranic Healer and yogini and understands the importance of clean energy. “I believe we all have a light, and are most healthy when we are aligned with it.” Alexa is experienced in many modalities within alternative medicine and bodywork to include Swedish Massage, Hot Stone, Prenatal, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release and Cranial Sacral bodywork. Her study of healing has been a life-long journey, and she is truly grateful to be able to give back all that she has gained and learned throughout her personal and professional experience. Alexa offers a unique touch and enjoys customizing each of our guests massage to fit their individual needs. Her ultimate goal is to allow each and everyone a space for healing and internal balance.

Carrie - Certified Massage Therapist

Carrie’s journey began at VCU where she studied psychology with an emphasis in stress management. Shortly after graduating, Carrie received her registered yoga training certificate and has been teaching yoga for almost 5 years, focusing on gentle restorative and yin yoga teachings. Over the years, Carrie has worked alongside chiropractors and physical therapists as a Doctors Assistant. During this time, she saw a variety of post-op patients who were suffering from various injuries due to car accidents, degenerative disorders and sports injuries. In the late summer of 2015, Carrie suffered several blunt force traumas and tore her labrum in the left hip which resulted in laparoscopic surgery where she experienced almost two years of post recovery pain and healing. Carrie continued working on pain management through daily physical movement and yoga practice. During this time she also received a variety of therapies including massage therapy, physical therapy, acupuncture and used herbal medicine. Carrie found that massage therapy was the only thing that helped provide her with lasting relief. It was her personal experience that inspired her towards pursuing a career in massage. Carrie knew that she needed to share with others the powerful healing benefits of massage therapy which ultimately led her to Scents of Serenity. “I chose Scents of Serenity not only for the overwhelming positive energy and beautiful ambience, but because I get to experience the best of both worlds as a therapist by being able to combine luxurious therapeutic with my clinical and medicinal approach so that my clients are able to leave feeling their best. We are encouraged to learn, to grow, to rest and care for ourselves, as much as we can. Not only so that we practice our knowledge within our daily lives, but so we can be the best therapists possible for our clients as well!” In her spare time, Carrie enjoys growing her own herbs and plants, studying their medicinal benefits, making teas, tinctures, and self-care products such as essential oil roll ons for mood or ailment. She also enjoys making soaps, salves, and balms from the herbs she grown. Carrie enjoys foraging for what she does not grow allowing her to spend time exploring outdoors in parks, around rivers, and in the mountains of Virginia.

Lynsay - Certified Massage Therapist

Since graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Dance and Choreography in 2001 and the American Institute of Massage in 2003, Lynsay has been fortunate to pursue her passion for helping everyone she can to utilize the effects of massage to live healthier, happier lives. With a long list of specializations, Lynsay is able to create a custom massage for each individual to help them achieve their individual goals. Among her favorites include Sports massage for the weekend warriors, growing youth, and professional athletes to help speed recovery, lengthen muscles, and enhance performance. Her extensive experience in therapeutic massage modalities allow her to assist clients with chronic pain management by balancing the body, removing adhesions, and deactivating trigger points that restrict movement and cause pain. In addition to therapeutic massage therapy, Lynsay deeply enjoys offering guests our Serenity, Aromatherapy and Flower Essence massages which benefit both those who need a little recharge as well as those seeking support through life’s many changes and challenges. Lynsay enjoys combining the variety of essential oils and flower essence lines to complement her bodywork allowing her clients to experience the synergistic benefits of all the amazing products Scents of Serenity offers.

Malia - Certified Massage Therapist

Malia believes that as we heal ourselves, we heal the world. She is grateful for the opportunity to practice massage, which is a wonderful tool in a guest’s healing journey. Malia began her massage therapy career in 2008 working alongside a chiropractor assisting in the rehabilitation and care of many different populations. In 2016, she discovered the missing piece to her massage skills when she began her studies of Thai massage. Malia continually attends classes to further her knowledge of this in-depth healing art and also spent time in Thailand deepening her understanding of what it means to be a Thai Massage Practitioner. Malia has found the best way she can help our guests is with compassionate listening and building a trusting relationship. Malia’s top priority is to create a healing space where guests feel cared for and can reconnect with their true state of peaceful being while becoming more aware of their bodies’ amazing healing abilities.

Ginger - Certified Massage Therapist

Ginger holds a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and a Master’s Degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders with American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) certification.  Ginger has worked in the healthcare field and in the educational system for the past 25 years with both children and adults.  Although Ginger is completely satisfied with her career choice as a medical speech-language pathologist, she realized there was a way to further provide extraordinary relaxation, stress /anxiety relief, reduction of muscle tension, pain management and flexibility benefits with incorporating both professions.  Ginger soon realized that massage therapy was not only excellent for relaxation but offered several health and wellness benefits including but not limited to; manual manipulation for Autoimmune and Neurological Disorders, Dysphagia (swallowing difficulties), Dysarthria (facial muscle weakness), Stroke and relaxation massage for Migraine Relief, TBI and PTSD. When Ginger is not working in long-term healthcare or with massage clients, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and two dogs. She uses prayer and exercise programs including yoga and kickboxing as an opportunity to relieve stress. Ginger enjoys ongoing educational opportunities and leisure reading

Ali - Certified Massage Therapist

Ali’s background in anatomy, physiology and desire to illustrate the body first led her to Baltimore to receive her B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art.  She was studying life drawing and portraiture when she fell deep in love with anatomy.  Ali spent twelve years studying a wide variety of people and bodies through portraiture until she ultimately decided to take it further.  She decided to expand her profession into healing at the Lotus School of Integrated Professions.  Ali’s experience in both portraiture and massage therapy have given her the ability to listen to each client’s needs and put together a plan for their unique wellness journey.  She looks forward to helping in relieving pain and tension in her clients, and working with peers who share the same passion! Ali chose Scents of Serenity because she feels passionate about working with a company that deeply values their guests as well as their employees.  “Scents of Serenity has been an amazing place to work because there is so much love put into it by everyone involved!”

Tracy - Master Esthetician

The moment you meet Tracy you know she is a true professional and loves sharing her gifts with others. As a Master Esthetician and with over 20 years of experience in the skincare industry, Tracy is a wealth of knowledge and loves to share all that she knows so that when you walk out of the door, you not only leave with the most radiant skin, but the professional education on how to maintain it. Tracy offers a wide variety of services including European facials, dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, and organic corrective peels. What our guests love the most about Tracy is how well she blends results-oriented skincare in a nurturing environment while incorporating massage and relaxation techniques that make them come back again and again. Tracy’s desire is that each guest leave having learned something new and having had an experience to remember. In Tracy’s hands you are nurtured and loved and your skin is completely transformed!

Emili - Master Esthetician

Emili is a native to the RVA area and received her Master Esthetics education here in Richmond, VA. She truly enjoys the positivity that she can extend to our guests through skincare, whether it’s to help them look their best or put them into a state of pure bliss so they can enjoy a relaxing treatment, or both! Emili believes that education never stops, especially in the ever changing world of skincare. She loves reading and educating herself and staying current within the skincare field. Emili loves interacting with clients daily. “I love working face-to-face with people. All too often, especially these days, people do not feel valued, heard or understood. My desire is to provide that experience for our guests while pampering them in the spa environment!” When it comes to her own self-care, Emili knows the importance of good skincare habits and makes time to care for her skin mornings and evenings!

Lindsay - Master Esthetician

Lindsay, a native of Northern Virginia, followed in her mother’s footsteps and became a Master Esthetician, receiving her education from The Esthetic Institute. Like many Master Estheticians, Lindsay’s passion for skincare stemmed from her own struggles with hormonal and adult acne. She has always been interested in skincare routines and services that will help heal the skin naturally and loves mixing and blending Eminence products to create customized, effective skincare treatments for our guests. Her favorite part about providing skincare services is helping clients relax and feel amazing, all while achieving the best possible results for each person’s individual needs. Lindsay enjoys working in the beautiful environment that Scents of Serenity provides clients. “I stumbled upon the SOS website a few years ago while looking at local spas and was immediately impressed with the décor and interiors as well as the offerings. I thought to myself, ‘I would love to work for a spa that has such a great reputation!’” Lindsay moved to Richmond several years ago and lives with her husband, two adorable children and their cat. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending free time with her family and taking her kids exploring outdoors.

Jana - Master Esthetician

Before attending aesthetics school, Jana found herself constantly reading about advanced skincare treatments, even attending skincare conferences. She became increasingly intrigued by all things skincare related. Jana decided to become a Master Esthetician and she graduated from the American Spirit Institute in Williamsburg, Virginia as a Master Esthetician in 2007. Since then skincare has became one of her greatest passions. Jana thrives on continuing education and providing a “tailored” experience for every guest, never forgetting that TLC is her most important gift. She enjoys working with and understanding the delicate needs of young and mature adults. Working side by side with a plastic surgeon for many years, Jana is an expert at microdermabrasions and hair removal. She loves to work closely with our guests, educating them on how to properly nourish and feed their skin organically, as well as how to reverse the signs of aging and environmental wear. With experience in a top resort on the Chesapeake Bay and assisting with the opening of a spa in a world renowned hotel, she has worked with clients of all ages. “Your face is a portrait of your personality; it’s the first thing people notice about you. There are so many benefits of taking care of your skin on a regular basis!” Jana looks forward to meeting you and building a long lasting relationship as your esthetician.

Kacie - Master Esthetician

As far back as Kacie can remember, she has been in love with makeup and skincare. As a little girl she was always playing with her Mom’s skincare products, “I remember for Christmas when I was just 5 years old, I was given a play makeup kit and I was instantly in love!” And so it began, her journey down a road that would lead to her becoming a master esthetician. As the years went on, her mom bought home skincare magazines and books from the library and Kacie began educating herself on skin conditions, tips, trends, anything that had to do with skincare. “I remember in middle school my classmates looked to me for advice because they saw how well I took care of my skin. Before I knew it, I was writing ‘prescriptions’ and telling them what products they needed to get and the solution to their skin challenges!” Kacie is extremely passionate about helping people love the skin they’re in and enhancing each clients inner beauty through organic skincare services using her knowledge and expertise in the industry to create the most customized, results-oriented skincare solution for each of our guests.

Laura - Master Esthetician

Laura’s experience and background stems in spa customer service. Having worked in the spa and retail industry for many years, as well as a guest service coordinator at Scents of Serenity, Laura decided to go to pursue her education and become a Master Esthetician. Laura’s extensive knowledge of the Eminence Organic Skincare line makes her facials truly customized. Whether you are receiving a luxurious spa treatment, an advanced skincare service or need a product recommendation, Laura enjoys being a part of the transformation of our guests and it gives her great joy to see the effects of our organic skincare treatments on all who visit the spa. Laura’s love for all things beauty and skincare is seen in each service she provides. Her passions include sharing her knowledge with all and she is always furthering her education so that she can provide the absolute best for each guest.

Elisse - Master Esthetician

Elisse joined Scents of Serenity in 2017 however she began her journey in the salon and spa industry in 2012. Having been inspired by the amazing team of women at Scents of Serenity, Elisse decided to pursue her education in esthetics is now a Master Esthetician. “I’m grateful to have aligned myself with such an amazing group of talented women at Scents of Serenity that inspire me daily to do what I love doing!” She received her medical-based education through the Institute of Advanced Medical Esthetics and consistently dedicates herself to learning and growing to stay educated as a skincare professional. Elisse specializes in preventative care and acne-related skin conditions but her favorite part of any facial is the facial massage! In addition to providing results-oriented skincare services, Elisse also specialized in  the Jane Iredale make-up line and offers make-up consultations to meet your needs. Whether you’re just looking to relax and refresh or you’ve been struggling with skin issues for years, Elisse’s knowledge and passion for skincare will leave you feeling your absolute best!

Gina - Guest Service Coordinator

Once you meet Gina, you will not forget her. Her big personality, coupled with an even bigger smile, lights up any room! She loves the environment and atmosphere we provide our guests and her ultimate goal is to create the best spa experience for each and every person, making sure they feel pampered and relaxed from the moment they walk in. “It’s important to me that our guests spa experience is truly amazing and that their time here with us, however short or long, is absolutely perfect from start to finish!” When not in the spa, Gina actively assists in her family business and she also enjoys supporting animal rescue groups. On her days off, she loves spending time with friends, traveling and discovering new vineyards.

Andrea - Guest Service Coordinator

Beginning in 2006, Andrea has been managing salons & day spas throughout New York City, as well as in Asheville, NC. The spa industry culture has always charmed her, from the social interactions with Clientele to the personal collaboration with talented & eclectic individuals. She has always found true enjoyment in providing a pleasant and relaxing environment for all to enjoy. Andrea began performing in bands in 2008 and has been the drummer of The Chickenhawks (garage/surf-rock) for the past 6 years. Each musical tour she has ever taken has brought her to Richmond, which quickly stole her heart and became her favorite place to visit. Andrea moved to Richmond with her family in early Spring of 2019. During the months leading up to their arrival, she knew she wanted to join the Team at Scents of Serenity!
Andrea and her partner, Sam, are greatly excited to raise their children in this beautiful town, surrounded by such a genuine community. She feels right at home at Scents of Serenity and is looking forward to her future growth with our team.

Mari - Guest Service Coordinator

Mari brings a diverse background in banking, IT, academia, non-profit management, and graphic design to the spa. She loves the change of pace and personalized customer focus of Scents of Serenity, which first brought her through the door as a very satisfied customer! Now her goal is to provide that same warm, welcoming feeling as part of guest services. In her off time, Mari enjoys rural life with her menagerie – three rescue pups, a cat, chickens and fish. She is also actively involved in international social justice issues and loves to travel, especially visits back to her homeland in Ireland.

Jaycie - Guest Service Coordinator

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Brittanie - Certified Massage Therapist

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Samantha - Esthetician + Guest Service Coordinator

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Stephanie - Guest Service Coordinator

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Savannah - Guest Service Coordinator

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Catherine - Guest Service Coordinator

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Lauren - Guest Service Coordinator

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Morgan - Guest Service Coordinator

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Mady - Guest Service Coordinator Lead

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Annelise - Certified Massage Therapist

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Lyzi - Certified Massage Therapist

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Leigh - Certified Massage Therapist

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Liz - Certified Massage Therapist

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Sam - Master Esthetician

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Alexis - Certified Massage Therapist

Federica - Certified Massage Therapist

Audrey - Certified Massage Therapist

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