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Evolutions Employee Spotlight: Gill Lainer

  What really makes Evolutions special is our wonderful employees.  When we started Evolutions Medical Spa back in 2005 we had 5 employees.  We are now up to 30! They are all great people and they work very hard everyday to make your experience with Evolutions the best it can be.  We are starting this feature to let you know a little bit more about the people that make up the Evolutions’ team. We’ll be highlighting two employees each month.  This month we are highlighting our Nurse Practitioner, Sue Manseau, R.N.P.  and our longest tenured Massage Therapist, Gill Lainer.  

Santa Barbara Day and Medical SpaEmployee Profile – Gill Lainer Gill is a massage therapist who worked at Avia Spa for many years and came to Evolutions when we took over the old Avia space.  Originally from Sweden, she is an amazing massage therapist and particularly excels at Swedish massage, Warm Oil massage, and all of the body scrubs and wraps.  She is an extremely caring and compassionate person.

  1.    What is the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had (prior to Evolutions)?

I worked on a cruise ship as a stewardess.  I travelled all around the world and met many interesting people.

  1.    What do you like about working at Evolutions?

I like working at Evolutions because it is a modern and state of the art facility.  Evolutions has had clients who have come here since it opened. I also like my friendly co-workers and quiet surroundings.

  1.  What is your favorite treatment to perform?  Why?

I like giving the warm oil massage and the body treatments because the client relaxes so much that it takes them to another world.  I also enjoy giving Swedish massages because I can customize the treatment based on the needs of the client.

  1.    What is your preferred treatment at Evolutions to have done?

I enjoy Swedish massages

  1.    What is your #1 home care product sold at Evolutions?  Why?

Revision Intellishade.  It is an anti-aging tinted moisturizer with sunscreen.

  1.    What is your favorite quote / mantra / words of wisdom?

Challenge yourself to new ideas and always be you very best whatever you do.

  1.    What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I’m about to publish my second book about the California gold rush.

  1.    What do you like to do in your free time?

Spend time with my girls.  Drive to beautiful places in California.  Gardening. Hiking. I’m also going to be starting screen writing in January and am very excited about that.  

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If you love Gill as much as we do, let her know by sharing a testimonial on YELP or GOOGLE. We’ll read your review to all of our employees at our next staff meeting.

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Evolutions Employee Spotlight: Sue Manseau, R.N.P.

What really makes Evolutions special is our wonderful employees.  When we started Evolutions Medical Spa back in 2005 we had 5 employees.  We are now up to 30! They are all great people and they work very hard everyday to make your experience with Evolutions the best it can be.  We are starting this feature to let you know a little bit more about the people that make up the Evolutions’ team. We’ll be highlighting two employees each month.  This month we are highlighting our Nurse Practitioner, Sue Manseau and our longest tenured Massage Therapist, Gill Lainer.

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Employee Profile – Sue Manseau, R.N.P. In June of this year Sue will reach her 10 year anniversary of working at Evolutions!  She is a dedicated clinician and is always focused on learning more about medical aesthetics.  Sue has a background in Women’s health and is a calming force on our clinical staff and for all of her clients.  

  1.    What is the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had (prior to Evolutions)?

I worked as a lifeguard at a motel one summer when I was a teenager. There was a ping pong table next to the pool and I’d challenge and beat most of the guys who wanted to play. I did also watch the swimmers in the pool!

  1.    What do you like about working at Evolutions?

Evolutions is a wonderful place to work. It’s a small, family owned business and we’re all treated like family. We have very high medical standards and pride ourselves in offering excellent customer service. It’s a very beautiful work environment. I really enjoy our clients and have known a lot of them for years. I have the opportunity to get to know them well and that’s very special. The staff is fantastic. We all like each other and work well together.

  1.    What is your favorite treatment to perform? Why?

I really like fillers and Dysport. These treatments can create an immediate effect and make a  person look more rested and youthful. Intense Pulse Light is a terrific treatment for the right person and can have an incredible effect on photo damage and make the skin look radiant.

  1.    What is your preferred treatment at Evolutions to have done?

I enjoy receiving fillers. I also love all the facials and massages provided in the Day Spa.

  1.    What is your #1 home care product sold at Evolutions?  Why?

I like the Nia 24 products, particularly the Rapid Exfoliating Serum. My skin improved a lot in a short period of time when I started using the Nia products.

  1.    What is your favorite quote / mantra / words of wisdom?

I really like the book The Prophet by Khalil Gibran. “Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror.”

  1.    What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I was a classical pianist, on a girl’s city basketball league and won a few beauty contests in college. I also won a ping pong trophy on a cruise ship and I still have the trophy.

  1.    What do you like to do in your free time?

I love the beach, scary movies and trying new restaurants.   

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If you love Sue as much as we do, let her know by sharing a testimonial on YELP or GOOGLE. We’ll read your review to all of our employees at our next staff meeting.

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Laser Hair Removal & Tattoo Removal Event

Join Us at Our January Event

Laser Hair Removal Basics and Tattoo Removal 101

Wednesday, January 30th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

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Laser Hair Removal Basics (Learn everything you need to know!)

  • How does laser hair removal work?
  • What types of lasers and light-based machines are used for hair removal
  • Why the technology used greatly affects results
  • How do my skin color and hair type affect my treatment?
  • How long do treatments take? Do they hurt?

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Tattoo Removal 101

  • Rethinking the ink? State-of-the-art technology can remove tattoos of almost any color. Find out how!

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Laser Hair Removal Series and Tattoo Removal Series will be 20% off.

Event includes refreshments, raffles, and exclusive specials.
– Attendance is Limited – Call Today to RSVP – 805-695-2160

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Evolutions Gift Card Special

Give the gift of beautiful skin and/or relaxation this holiday!

Santa Barbara Spa Gift Card

Buy 1 or more gift cards of any amount and receive 10% off the face value. (i.e., Receive a $100 gift card for only $90.)

Buy a total of at least $500 in gift cards and receive the same 10% off PLUS get a FREE 60 minute Massage. (A $120 value – give away or treat yourself!)

We have something for (almost) everyone, so get all your shopping done in one place and keep your gift dollars in the local community!

  • Gift certificates come in the form of gift cards.
  • Limit 1 free massage per person.

Purchase your gift(s) by:

  • Calling us at 805-695-2160
  • Coming in to Evolutions
  • Online! Click here to purchase gift certificates from the comfort of your own home. Use Promo Code Dec2018 during checkout to receive your discount. If you purchase over $500 in total gift certificates we will contact you within 2 business days to confirm the free massage.

Hurry!

This offer is only good now through December 31, 2018.

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Evolutions Day Spa: Winter Seasonal Scrub

Get in the holiday spirit and beat the winter dry skin woes with our Cranberry Brown Sugar Scrub.  

Evolutions Day Spa Winter Scrub

This light and fruity scrub gives a rich, warm and soothing sensation that leaves your skin with the sweet smell of cranberry throughout the day. Containing organic brown sugar infused with Basil, Gingko, Sage and Vitamin E, this scrub gently exfoliates old skin while locking in vital moisture to keep skin healthy and visibly radiant.

Brown sugar contains AHAs, which help to even skin tone and allow for gentle exfoliation. The synergy of the Ayurvedic oils and brown sugar produces natural fatty acids, which lock in moisture, firm the skin, diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and leave skin silky smooth.

This amazing scrub lasts for 60 minutes and is $120.

It will be available through January 31, 2019, so book your Winter Seasonal Scrub now to make sure you don’t miss it!

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Evolutions Employee Spotlight: Jennifer Hamilton

What really makes Evolutions special is our wonderful employees. When we started Evolutions Medical Spa back in 2005 we had 5 employees. We are now up to 30! They are all great people and they work very hard everyday to make your experience with Evolutions the best it can be. We’ll be highlighting two employees each month.

Meet Jennifer Hamilton, Spa Coordinator

Jennifer is a Spa Coordinator and was the second employee hired when the Perkins family decided to start Evolutions Medical Spa over 13 years ago! She “retired” a couple of years ago, but we are happy that she has decided to come back and work with us on Saturdays. She is an extremely caring and compassionate person and is almost universally loved by our clients.

What is the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had (prior to Evolutions)?

I worked at Sansum Clinic as an EKG technician in the cardio department.  Then later I worked in a private doctor’s office as a medical assistant.

What do you like about working at Evolutions?

Evolutions is a beautiful medical and day spa and offers just about every service. The team at Evolutions is wonderful and very easy to work with. I’m happy to be on the team again.

What is your preferred treatment to have done at Evolutions?

A massage would be right up there! On the medical side I would say all injectables. You see results right away.

What is your #1 home care product that is sold at Evolutions? Why?

The Nia24 product line is my first choice. For me, my skin has improved so much using these products. I try a lot of products at Evolutions, but Nia24 is it!

What is your favorite quote / mantra / words of wisdom?

Have a great day with a smile! No matter how rough things can go in one’s life, we need to count our blessings. Stay positive!

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

When inspired, I enjoy painting. It’s a relaxing therapy for me.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Working in my garden is my hobby. I do it when I can. Most of my free time is used being a caregiver for many members in my family.

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If you love Jennifer as much as we do, let her know by sharing a testimonial on YELP or GOOGLE. We’ll read your review to all of our employees at our next staff meeting.

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Evolutions Employee Spotlight: Rhonda Bernstein, R.N.

Meet Rhonda Bernstein, R.N.

What really makes Evolutions special is our wonderful employees.  When we started Evolutions Medical Spa back in 2005 we had 5 employees. We are now up to 30! They are all great people and they work very hard everyday to make your experience with Evolutions the best it can be. We’ll be highlighting two employees each month. 

Rhonda was the first employee hired when the Perkins family decided to start Evolutions Medical Spa over 13 years ago! She also works at Cottage Hospital (in the Oncology Unit), so she typically only works at Evolutions one half day per week, but she is a great aesthetic nurse and has an extremely loyal following.

What is the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had (prior to Evolutions)?

Flight Attendant…definitely provided interesting life experiences.

What do you like about working at Evolutions?

My patients!  After 13 years of working here, I now have hundreds of people I consider friends.

What is your favorite treatment to perform?  Why?

Neuromodulators (Dysport and Botox) for the (relatively) immediate results and the impact it has on my clients’ appearance and confidence.

What is your preferred treatment at Evolutions to have done?

Ultherapy – the results can be dramatic for the appropriate client.

What is your #1 home care product that is sold at Evolutions?  Why?

Luzern Force De Vie Creme Intensive. What they don’t list in the ingredient deck is the “magic” it contains. I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT!

What is your favorite quote / mantra / words of wisdom?

No matter what is going on in my life, I often hear my grandmother’s voice saying, “Lila, it could always be worse…”

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I’m a fanatic University of Michigan football follower! GO BLUE!!

What do you like to do in your free time?

I volunteer a ridiculous number of hours at my daughter’s school — but the days are long and the years are short. I also love watching her perform (sing/dance)

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If you love Rhonda as much as we do, let her know by sharing a testimonial on YELP or GOOGLE. We’ll read your review to all of our employees at our next staff meeting.

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Aesthetician Liz Groom is Back (temporarily)!

Liz Groom at Evolutions Day Spa Santa BarbaraLiz Groom, our wonderful former aesthetician who has spent the last 6+ months travelling around the country with her husband in their RV, has come back to Santa Barbara on a temporary basis (probably until next Spring).

We are happy to announce that she will be working with us while she is in town. Call us today at 805-695-2160 to schedule an appointment with Liz!

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Evolutions Employee Spotlight: Mimi Jarchow, Lead Aesthetician

What really makes Evolutions special is our wonderful employees. When we started Evolutions Medical Spa back in 2005 we had 5 employees. We are now up to 30! They are all great people and they work very hard everyday to make your experience with Evolutions the best it can be. Each month we are featuring two employees to let you know a little bit more about the people that make up the Evolutions team.

Meet Mimi Jarchow, Lead Aesthetician

Mimi Jarchow Evolutions Spa Santa BarbaraMimi was a popular aesthetician at Avia Spa for years. Once Evolutions took over the space and created Evolutions Day Spa, she became a key member of our aesthetician team (and eventually became our Lead Aesthetician). She is a talented and dedicated aesthetician and has a loyal client following.

What is the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had (prior to Evolutions)?

I worked at two health food stores in Santa Barbara for almost a decade. It was fascinating learning about vitamins, herbs, and all different types of therapies. That’s where I became an ingredient girl. It’s so important to know what you put into your body and on your skin

What do you like about working at Evolutions?

There is no place like Evolutions in Santa Barbara. From the treatments we offer to the beautiful facility and the team I work with. Everyone is so professional.

What is your favorite treatment to perform?  Why?

I like to perform the Deluxe Oxygen Facial. It is a very luxurious facial with immediate results. It leaves the skin feeling hydrated, plump, and toned.

What is your preferred treatment at Evolutions to have done?

I love the Signature Salt Stone Glow – 90 minutes of SHEER BLISS!

What is your #1 home care product that is sold at Evolutions?  Why?

I don’t have just one. First, the Luzern Force De Vie Luxe moisturizer is incredibly hydrating. It leaves your skin looking radiant and dewy. Second, the Revale Eye Serum – great for under eye circles & eye puffiness.

What is your favorite quote / mantra / words of wisdom?

There are no problems, only solutions!

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I have curly hair. LOL!

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love spending time with my husband and two sons. We love being outdoors – hiking, camping, and biking.

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If you love Mimi as much as we do, let her know by sharing a testimonial on YELP or GOOGLE. We’ll read your review to all of our employees at our next staff meeting.

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Evolutions Employee Spotlight: Barbara Echols, Assistant Spa Director

What really makes Evolutions special is our wonderful employees. When we started Evolutions Medical Spa back in 2005 we had 5 employees. We are now up to 30! They are all great people and they work very hard everyday to make your experience with Evolutions the best it can be. Each month we are featuring two employees to let you know a little bit more about the people that make up the Evolutions team.

Meet Barbara Echols, Assistant Spa Director

Barbara Echols Evolutions Spa Santa BarbaraBarbara has been our Assistant Spa Director for 6 years now.  Among other duties, she is in charge of our membership program and performs daily financial audits.  She tries to “scatter joy” every day and wherever she goes (which includes cooking breakfast for the entire staff for our monthly staff meetings!).

What is the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had (prior to Evolutions)?

While living in Michigan in the late 70s, I had a brief job working at a nursery getting plants ready for the spring. It was the hardest, coldest (and shortest) job I EVER had!

What do you like about working at Evolutions?

The way the company is run by the owners.  They genuinely care about their employees and clients. I am proud to tell people that I work here.

What is your preferred treatment at Evolutions to have done?

Filler – the subtle techniques to make you look more rested, and not overdone, is what I like about how they do the treatment.   

What is your #1 home care product that is sold at Evolutions?  Why?

Even though it’s not one product, I love the IntraCeuticals 3-Step Layering Set. The hyaluronic acid-based products keep my skin feeling dewy all day, and it is a very straightforward evening routine. For the results you get, it just doesn’t get any easier than 1 – 2 – 3.

What is your favorite quote?

“There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I graduated from high school and beauty college, and was working at a salon, before I turned 18.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Cooking, crossword puzzles and spending time with my husband, John, and our dog, Bella Joy.   

Santa Barbara Medical Spa

If you love Barbara as much as we do, let her know by sharing a testimonial on YELP or GOOGLE. We’ll read your review to all of our employees at our next staff meeting.

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