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Employee Spotlight: Kelly Ryan

What really makes Evolutions special is our wonderful employees. When we started Evolutions Medical Spa back in 2005 we had 5 employees.  We now have more than 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.

Employee Profile – Kelly Ryan

Kelly has been working at Evolutions for a little over a year now.  Prior to working with us, she accumulated over 5 years of experience working as an aesthetician in spas in the Bay Area and Hawaii.  She is also a CIDESCO certified aesthetician. CIDESCO is an internationally-recognized certification program that entails receiving over 1500 hours of advanced training at a CIDESCO accredited institution and successfully passing a rigorous examination.  Her knowledge of the skin is exemplary and we are thrilled to have Kelly as part of the Evolutions team! 

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

Prior to working at Evolutions I worked at a spa on Hawaii island. 🙂

  1. What do you like about working at Evolutions?

I love how Evolutions is like a big family.  Everyone is so kind. I’m so happy to work here!

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

My favorite treatment to perform is the Oxygen Facial with a Flash Peel add-on.  Your skin is “glowy”, hydrated, and looks and feels amazing! 

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

Everything is so amazing, but if I had to choose, I’d say the Warm Oil Massage and the DNA Facial. 

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

DNA Citrus Burst Cleanser.  It’s non-drying, great for all skin types, natural, and has a refreshing smell. 

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

To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wildflower.  – William Blake

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

I love singing in the car. 

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

In my free time I like being outdoors, either at the beach or going on hikes.  I also love photography.

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Employee Spotlight: Stefani Wittmayer

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. 


Employee Spotlight– Stefani Wittmayer

Stefani has been at Evolutions for just over 2 years now.  Prior to working with us, she received a bachelor’s degree at UCSB, worked for a local design firm, and worked at the Spa at the El Encanto, providing her an excellent base to be an extremely valuable member of our front desk staff.  Stefani is very knowledgeable about our products and services and is always willing to take the time answer clients’ questions (and she does so thoroughly, accurately, and articulately). We are lucky to have her on the team!

What do you like about working at Evolutions?   My favorite part of working here at Evolutions would be the awesome women I work alongside!  The support I receive from them daily is greatly appreciated.

What is your preferred treatment at Evolutions to have done? The oxygen facial is incredible.  If you’re ever looking to treat yourself….Oxygen Facial!  Your skin glows for days after!

What is your #1 home care product sold at Evolutions?  Why? I am a huge believer in the Obagi Clenziderm MD products.  One of my favorite products from the line is the “Pore Therapy” which is a salicylic-based toner.  I feel it truly makes your skin look porcelain, especially when combined with the “Obagi Daily Care Foaming Cleanser”.  I never go anywhere without these two products.

What is your favorite quote / mantra / words of wisdom? “You are your own refuge”  – derived from a Buddhist quote. 

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I have a true passion for art and design.  You’ll often find me at the beach collecting driftwood for various pieces I’m designing for my home. 

What do you like to do in your free time? Anything beach-related.  From paddle-boarding, to kayaking, and hopefully surfing at some point!  Currently accepting applications for surf instructors. 🙂  

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Employee Spotlight: Brittney Meyer, 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. 

Employee Spotlight – Brittney Meyer, Aesthetician

Brittney has been working with Evolutions for about a year and a half.  Her prior experience was at Burke Williams in LA and at Sephora. One of the best things about Brittney is that she is always looking to improve herself.  In addition to being an excellent aesthetician, Brittney is also in the process of earning her Massage Therapist license (so the hand/arm/facial massage that she gives in her facial treatments is superb!)

What is the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had (prior to Evolutions)? When I first moved to Los Angeles, I needed a job quickly so I started working for a company that did catering for movie sets/photoshoots.  I drove all across LA, sometimes getting to sets before sunrise to set up meals. I got to see a lot of comedians on set like Seth Rogan, Michael Cera, Timothy Meadows, Will Forte, etc.  It was funny because I had not been in LA for even a month and I was already working on sets with all of these people I had watched in movies and on television. People back home always ask if I’ve seen anyone famous (which is silly), but I could always say I had seen someone new!  

What do you like about working at Evolutions? My favorite part about working at Evolutions is the people.  The team genuinely cares about one another and I love that we get the opportunity to spend time outside of work with events too.  Our clients are also so fantastic! It is such a pleasure to come to work every day.

What is your favorite treatment to perform?  Why? The Deluxe Oxygen Facial.  Most people in Southern California have skin that is pretty dehydrated on the surface level.  This facial plumps up the skin with different weights of hyaluronic acid to boost moisture and superficial fine lines.  

What is your preferred treatment at Evolutions to have done? The Salt Stone Glow is amazing!  Being an Aesthetician, I am all about exfoliation!  With this treatment your body gets exfoliated and then massaged by warm stones.

What is your #1 home care product sold at Evolutions?  Why? Tizo SPF, hands down!  It’s so hard to pick just 1 home care product, but I used this product years before I came to Evolutions.  The reason many folks forego sunscreen is because they can’t find a formula that isn’t too chalky or greasy and Tizo is creamy matte and a dream!!  

What is your favorite quote / mantra / words of wisdom? The poem Wild Geese by Mary Oliver:

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I love to scuba dive!  I am Master certified (Naui), but it’s been awhile since I’ve done it.

What do like to do in your free time? I love to go to the beach, hike, and watch movies.    

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Employee Spotlight: Areli Pineda

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. This month we are highlighting our lead housekeeper, Areli Pineda, along with one of our Physician Assistants, Kara Georgiadis, PA-C

Employee Profile – Areli Pineda Lead Housekeeper

Santa Barbara Day Spa Housekeeper Areli Areli was the lead housekeeper for many years at Avia Day Spa and came aboard with Evolutions back in 2013 when we took over the old Avia space and launched Evolutions Day Spa.  We are lucky to have her! She leads our crew of three housekeepers and ensures that the facility is spotless and we have clean towels, sheets, and robes ready at all times for our day spa clients.  We frequently hear that people are impressed with how clean the spa is, which is a direct testament to our hardworking housekeeping team.

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

An unusual job I’ve had was working as a painter (for about two weeks!)  

  1.    What do you like about working at Evolutions?

I like the relaxing and calm atmosphere.  The owners and my co-workers are all nice and kind people.  

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

I like all the treatments, but my favorite is the Vichy shower.  

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

All of the products here are very good.  

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

I can do everything through Him who gives me strength – Philippians 4:13 So in everything, treat others as you want them to treat you. – Matthew 7:12

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

That I am a grandma!

  8.  What do like to do in your free time?

I like to play piano.    

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Employee Spotlight: Kara Georgiadis

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. This month we are highlighting one of our Physician Assistants, Kara Georgiadis, PA-C, and our lead housekeeper, Areli Pineda.

Employee Profile – Kara Georgiadis, PA-C

Kara is originally from Florida but moved out to California a few years ago.  We are glad she did! She is a PA and comes from an Orthopedics background, where her clinical and surgical experience in that field gave her a great knowledge base to start into aesthetics.  Though she is our newest medical clinician, she has quickly developed a loyal following with her sweet personality, her medical acumen, and her natural technical skills as an aesthetic clinician.  

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

I worked as a fitness consultant for Florida State University while I pursued my B.S. degree. Health and fitness will always be a passion of mine.

  1. What do you like about working at Evolutions?  

I love my coworkers and my patients. Aesthetics is a very unique area of medicine. We are able to establish great relationships with our patients and they actually want to come in for their treatments!    

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

I really enjoy all the treatments we offer, but my favorite is the FotoFacial. Patients that struggle with hyperpigmentation and diffuse redness really benefit from the FotoFacial procedure. I love seeing the overall improvement after my patients complete a FotoFacial series.  

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

Laser hair removal. Why spend time shaving unnecessary hair?

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

The one product that every patient can benefit from is a retinol or Retin-A (prescription strength). This medication is beneficial for rhytids (wrinkles), pigmentation, acne, and overall improvement of skin texture. Retin-A has been extensively studied and is the first line therapy for patients who desire treatment for photoaging. I love this product!

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

Life is made of half illusion, forty percent confusion whatever’s left I’m using to keep myself from losing.

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

I recently went skydiving! The interesting thing is that I am afraid of heights, but I like activities that take me outside of my comfort zone. Doing activities like skydiving helps me overcome my fears and allows me to appreciate the power of my thoughts. I thought I would hate skydiving, but I actually really enjoyed it.

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

I enjoy all outdoor activities with family and friends. My favorite sports are volleyball and snowboarding. It is wonderful that I can do both here in California!  I was an assistant coach for a high school basketball team.

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Employee Spotlight: Nancy Moharram

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. This month we are highlighting one of our Physician Assistants, Nancy Moharram, and one of our Aestheticians, Liz Groom.

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Employee Profile – Nancy Moharram PA-C

Nancy has been working with Evolutions for almost 3 years now.  She comes from a Dermatology background and has a high level of expertise on the skin and skin issues (everything from acne to skin cancer).  This knowledge helps her to be an amazing aesthetic clinician and is appreciated not only by her clients, but also everyone at Evolutions. Nancy also has a great sense of humor and keeps all of us laughing every day she is here.

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

I was an assistant coach for a high school basketball team.

What do you like about working at Evolutions?

I like my co-workers, they are all friendly and easy to work with. It’s also nice to work in a calming spa setting.

What is your favorite treatment to perform?  Why?

Fotofacial because it is very challenging to determine the best treatment setting for each client. The results are amazing when the settings are just right.

What is your preferred treatment at Evolutions to have done? 

Dysport because it turns my frown upside down.

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

Obagi C – clarifying serum. It effectively lightens brown sun spots and it also has an antioxidant that brightens the skin.

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

Life is made of half illusion, forty percent confusion whatever’s left I’m using to keep myself from losing.

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

I was born in Newfoundland, Canada.

What do you like to do in your free time? 

I like to exercise, watch sports, cook and read.

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Employee Spotlight: Liz Groom L.E.

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 one of our Physician Assistants, Nancy Moharram, and one of our Aestheticians, Liz Groom.

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Employee Profile – Liz Groom, L.E.

Liz has been working with Evolutions for almost 4 years and has built a strong following of clients due to her skills as an aesthetician and sweet, genuine personality.  Last year she and her husband David spent 5 months going on a nationwide trip in their RV. Luckily they decided to come back to Santa Barbara in December and are now planning to stay for the foreseeable future.  We (and all of her clients who love her) are glad to have Liz back!

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

For most of my working like I was a personal trainer for 25 years but I think the most unusual and fun job was being a lifeguard at a waterslide park in the summer of 1995 in Chico, CA.

What do you like about working at Evolutions?

We are one big family. Working with people I care about and for people who care about me makes me always want to give 110% every day to Evolutions.

What is your favorite treatment to perform?  Why?

I really enjoy performing our Intraceuticals Oxygen facials. I love how relaxing and instant the results are. Clients feel revived and ready to present their best self to whatever they have planned that day.

What is your preferred treatment at Evolutions to have done?

Laser hair removal. Just makes for more time in the day for life’s adventures!

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

Sunscreen. All kind and brands. Depending on the needs of my clients and friends. I can just see how the sun’s damaging effects can age skin and I want to help slow that process but still support and outdoor lifestyle.

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

“Life is not a dress rehearsal” Life is precious and unpredictable. Live it to the fullest everyday and don’t ever forget to tell the people you love and care about that you love them, because you never know when you won’t get that chance again.

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

I became an Ironman in 2003 at Canada Ironman. I have been to Burning Man 4 times and my daughter Emily is graduating from UCSB this year.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love running and biking, both on the road and on the trails. I also really enjoy swimming, cooking, entertaining, and spending time with my husband David, my daughter, and my friends.

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Employee Spotlight: Erika Aleman, RN, BSN, CANS

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. This month we are highlighting one of our nurses, Erika Aleman, RN, BSN, CANS and our Lead Massage Therapist,  Kristen Aguilar. Medical Spa in Santa Barbara - Eric Aleman

Employee Profile – Erika Aleman  

Erika has been working with Evolutions for over 2 years.  In October of 2018 she earned her Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS) certification, placing her among a select group of Registered Nurses nationally who have not only met the rigorous requirements for this designation, but also passed an extremely thorough exam on aesthetics. (Polly Dursum and Sue Manseau are also CANS certified).  In addition to being a skilled and compassionate nurse, Erika is fluent in Spanish.  We are lucky to have her as part of the Evolutions’ team!

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

I worked at an auto parts store during my college years.  I did everything from cashiering, to testing batteries and alternators, to ordering parts.  I can probably name more car parts than the average male!  

What do you like about working at Evolutions?

Prior to starting at Evolutions I was contemplating a career change.  I appreciate that the Perkins gave me the opportunity to train and work here because I know I found what I was meant to do.  I absolutely love what I do, my co-workers are amazing, and my clients are the best!

What is your favorite treatment to perform?  Why?

I don’t have a “favorite” (OK maybe filler) but I love the challenges that come with all the treatments we perform.  There are options for treating a client’s concerns and I like that we can customize out treatments to help them address their concerns so they look and feel their best.

What is your preferred treatment at Evolutions to have done?

Definitely a deep tissue massage from the day spa!  I also enjoy  collagen-stimulating treatments on the medical side such as Sculptra and Ultherapy because I prefer to age backwards.

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

Do I really have to choose just one?  We have a beautiful selection of products and I use many of them.  My favorite line is NIA 24 because I have seen great results with their products.  Obagi Elastiderm eye cream is a must as is tretinoin.  I also have to mention the Luzern Hydra-Enzyme masque.  It’s my special treat for my skin at least once per week.

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

Be positive, be kind, and look for the good in others.

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

I skipped the 7th grade.  I attended a private school where you worked at your own pace.  Apparently I worked quickly.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy spending time with my husband and four kids.  They are my world!  I also enjoying shopping (a little too much) and exercising (riding my beach cruiser, yoga, and interval training).

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Employee Spotlight: Kristen Aguilar

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. This month we are highlighting our Lead Massage Therapist,  Kristen Aguilar and one of our nurses, Erika Aleman, RN, BSN, CANS. Medical Spa in Santa Barbara - Kristen

Employee Profile – Kristen Aguilar 

Kristen is both a certified massage therapist and a licensed aesthetician, so she has a unique understanding of both the muscles and the skin.  She has been with us for over 3 years and was recently promoted to Lead Massage Therapist.  In her new role she will be helping Evolutions develop even more amazing body treatments!  

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

I was a wedding and special event coordinator and worked for a wedding design florist which allowed my creativity to blossom.  

What do you like about working at Evolutions?

I love love the variety of services we offer and the ability they have to lift someone’s self esteem and improve their self care.

What is your favorite treatment to perform?  Why?

The acne facial because it can be such a game changer to someone’s skin.

What is your preferred treatment at Evolutions to have done? 

Ohhh the Sundari nourishing treatment because it feels so luxurious.

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

I really don’t like to play favorites because we offer so many great products but something that I daily can not live without is PCAs Nutrient toner. It does wonders for my pores makes my skin feel super clean and smells delicious.

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

Do your best and forget the rest.

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

I practice the Brazilian martial art of capoeira.

What do you like to do in your free time? 

I enjoy surfing, hiking, yoga and anything in nature to recharge my battery and reconnect my mind body and spirit.

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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.  

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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.

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.

 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.

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.

What is your preferred treatment at Evolutions to have done?

I also love receiving a warm oil massage!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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