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Employee Spotlight: Kaelani Acosta

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.

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Employee Profile – Kaelani Acosta

Kaelani has been at Evolutions for just over 2 years now.  Prior to working with us, she accumulated a variety of work experience including sales at a cosmetics company and being an administrative assistant for a high-end construction company.  She is also a licensed aesthetician so she is very knowledgeable about both skin care and make-up. (Next time you see her be sure to ask about your home care regimen!) We are happy to have Kaelani with us!

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

One of my most memorable jobs was working at LUSH Cosmetics. It was a lot of fun being interactive and hands on with customers. It was a great place to work at because it taught me a lot about ingredients and the importance of using high-quality ingredients in skincare products. Not to mention having a surplus of bath bombs was always a nice perk! 

What do you like about working at Evolutions?

I love working at Evolutions because of the relationships I have with patients, clients, and my co-workers. Everyone that works here genuinely likes one another which creates a harmonious work environment.

What is your preferred treatment at Evolutions to have done?

I actually have three favorite treatments! You can never go wrong with the Revitalizing Oxygen Facial, I mean who doesn’t want a facial that leaves you instantly glowing, more sculpted looking, and hydrated! Laser Hair Removal has also been a big game changer for me since it makes showering a breeze and allows me to not have to think twice about putting on a tank-top. Lastly, I credit the Alpha-Beta Peel for helping reverse all the sun damage I got at the beach when I was a kid.  

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

My go-to skincare product is the Nia24 Rapid Exfoliating Serum. Hands down it’s the best product we carry in my opinion; especially if you’re trying to combat minor blemishes, shrink your pore size, reduce hyperpigmentation, and make your skin feel baby soft all while keeping your skin feeling hydrated.  It contains Nia24’s patented Pro-Niacin molecule that helps strengthens and nourish the skin’s barrier and has been clinically proven to visibly improve skin tone, texture, dark spots, sun spots, and discoloration. It also contains willow bark, rose bud, and prickly pear. This whole skincare line is perfect for anyone that lives in Southern California and enjoys the sun. 

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

“The rule of thumb is you never take action when there is negative emotion within you because it will always be counterproductive. Always talk to yourself until you feel better and then follow the inspired action that comes from that open valve.”- Abraham Hicks 

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

Although my name is Hawaiian, I am not! Feel free to ask why I was named Kaelani and what it means.   

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If you love Kaelani 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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Skincare Product Spotlight: Nia24

Nia24 skincare in santa barbaraOne of the best ways to fight aging is the daily use of sunscreen. (We recently blogged about how important sunscreen is, read it here.) While using sunscreen helps prevent sun damage, it does not address past sun and environmental damage that may be making your skin look older. If you are looking for an at home skincare product to combat sun damage, we recommend Nia24 – our skincare product spotlight in this post.

Sun Damage Happens on the Cellular Level

Exposing your skin to UV rays can cause your cells to enter into a photo-excited state which leads to the formation of free radicals, oxidation, and cellular damage. The UV rays can also cause changes or mutations in the DNA within cells, causing the cells to function differently than normal cells. Over time, the cells struggle with self-repair and signs of sun damage start to emerge in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation (“sun” or “liver” spots), and possibly precancerous lesions.

How does Nia24 address sun damage?

Nia24 goes to the DNA level to repair sun damage. NAD (the active form of Niacin) is one of the components that the body uses to repair damaged DNA. Nia24 products contain Pro-Niacin, a patented molecule of Niacin/Vitamin B3,  that penetrates the skin barrier to help cells self-repair. Healthier skin cells are generated within the epidermis and the result is a reduction in the visible signs of sun damage.

Pro-Niacin has been clinically tested and proven to work within the skin barrier. Some of the benefits include:

  • Renewed skin texture
  • Improved firmness
  • Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduction in the appearance of dark spots / discoloration
  • Increased cell turnover / renewal

Nia24 products can be used by any skin type. These are the best-selling Nia products at our Santa Barbara medical and day spa:

  • Skin Strengthening Complex: An anti-oxidant rich moisturizer with 5% Pro-Niacin. It is nourishing, without being greasy, and will fortify your skin, improve elasticity, and visibly reduce discoloration, fine lines, and wrinkles.
  • Intensive Recovery Complex: This is a richer cream that locks in moisture so the skin looks fuller and firmer. It also brightens to restore radiance and reduce the appearance of discolorations.
  • Intensive Retinol Repair: This retinol will increase cell turnover for stronger skin and visibly improve skin tone, texture, and discoloration. It is moisturizing so your skin should not show signs of irritation or drying out.
  • Rapid Exfoliating Serum: A gentle, leave-on re-surfacing treatment that exfoliates dull skin for improved tone and texture.

Incorporating Nia24 into your skincare routine is easy. Replace your current moisturizer with the Skin Strengthening Complex or the Intensive Recovery Complex. To increase cellular turnover, add Intensive Retinol Repair before the moisturizer (after cleansing). The Rapid Exfoliating Serum is gentle enough to use daily or on an as-needed basis.

If you have questions or are interested in purchasing Nia24 skincare, call or stop by.

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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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If you love Stefani 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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Santa Barbara Day Spa Skin Brightening and FotoFacial Event

Brighten Up – Spring Is Here!

Join us at this month’s event

Wednesday, March 27th
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Are you concerned about sun damage, age spots or skin pigmentation?  Start on the path to clear, bright skin by learning about:

  • Innovative medical treatments and packages to reduce unwanted pigmentation
  • Therapeutic home care that can brighten your skin little by little every day!

In addition to the great information shared at this event, we will be offering attendees a 20% discount on the following products and services:

  • FotoFacial Series
  • FotoPeel Series
  • FotoFacial Genesis Package
  • Chemical Peels (individual or series)
  • OBAGI skin care products
  • Other skin lightening products

Attendees will also be eligible for a great raffle. Refreshments will be provided.

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Don’t Miss This Great Event! 

Seating is limited – Call us at (805) 687-0212 to RSVP

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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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If you love Nancy 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: 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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If you love Liz 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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Santa Barbara Medical and Day Spa Celebrates 13 Year Anniversary

Evolutions Medical Spa Celebrates 13 Years In Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA, CA FEBRUARY 20th, 2019

Evolutions Medical & Day Spa  Anniversary Open House will be held this year on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Evolutions is the recipient of the “Best Medical Spa” award from the Independent and/or the Santa Barbara News Press every year since 2007.  The Santa Barbara day spa holds monthly events covering a wide range of skin care topics.

The annual open house celebration is the spa’s biggest event of the year.

Attendees are given discounts on spa services & products (up to 20% off select series/treatments, 15% off all products), free mineral make-up applications, complimentary mini-treatments and mini-massages, and interactive education on topics related to skin care.

Over $10,000 worth of prizes will be raffled plus thousands more in spa services will be won on a prize wheel.

Evolutions offers clients access to a luxury day spa for Santa Barbara’s best massages, facials, and body treatments, but it is recognized as a top-notch, cutting-edge medical spa as well. Founder and Medical Director Dr. Terry Perkins has staffed the spa with experienced and highly trained skincare professionals armed with the knowledge that each person’s skin is unique.  Each client is provided with a personalized skincare solution, utilizing the latest technology to achieve the best results.

“Thank you for your support over the last 13 years and for helping us become the largest medical & day spa in Santa Barbara. We are truly grateful to the community for their ongoing support,” says Brian Perkins, Managing Partner of Evolutions Medical & Day Spa.

Evolutions Medical & Day Spa is Santa Barbara’s largest medical and day spa and offers solutions for many skin concerns including wrinkles, acne, tattoo removal, hyperpigmentation and more.

About Evolutions Medical & Day Spa:  Evolutions Medical & Day Spa is focused on results, rejuvenation and relaxation. The spa offers the very best technology and innovative treatments for all skin types and a wide variety of concerns, including acne, wrinkles, sun damage, tattoo removal, and hair removal. Their full service day spa offers luxurious massagesfacials and body treatments. The staff is overseen and trained by owner and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry J. Perkins. Evolutions Medical and Day Spa serves Santa Barbara, Montecito, Goleta, Ventura, Oxnard and Santa Ynez.  350 Chapala Street Suite 103 Santa Barbara, CA 93101   Phone: 805-695-2210  Website: https://EvolutionsMedicalSpa.com

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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 anything 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 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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