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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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If you love Erika 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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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 any thing in nature to recharge my battery and reconnect my mind body and spirit.

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If you love Kristen 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: 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.  

Gill Lainer Evolutions Medical & Day 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.

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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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.

Sue Manseau Evolutions Medical & Day SpaEmployee 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.  

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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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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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