Our Team - Cosmetology
Sarah - Stylist/Owner
Sarah began her cosmetology career in Grand Rapids in 2003, she has always been eager to learn and stay up to date with trends and techniques. After working for four years she took an eight week break to backpack in Europe, Sarah arrived home inspired and ready for something new. She enrolled in an intensive course in Chicago at the Sassoon Academy before moving to San Diego, CA where she landed a job at Hyde-Edwards Salon and Spa. It was here that Sarah really grew as a stylist, gaining knowledge and developing her techniques as she learned from many talented and accomplished peers. The salon also allowed her even more educational opportunities as she was able to attend Loreal SOHO Academy in New York, Loreal SOHO Academy West in Laguna Beach, Di Pietro Todd in San Francisco, and Fuga Academy in Chicago.
Sarah prides herself in technical cutting, especially short women’s cuts and loves classic soft hair color achieved with balayage and natural tones. She is happy to be back in the Cedarville/Hessel area and excited to offer her clients what she has learned and all the new things she will continue to learn. When Sarah is not working you will find her cooking, walking through the woods with her dog, practicing yoga, or with her nose in a book.
MJ - Stylist
MJ first discovered her passion for hair styling while living on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu where she was educated at the Hawaii Institute of Hair Design. Since finishing school in 2015, MJ has continued to hone her craft, while specializing in men's cutting. She is also well-versed in women's hair and color applications. When not doing hair, MJ loves being near the water and enjoying the outdoors, which makes the Les Cheneaux area the perfect place to grow as a stylist and person. She is very excited to join the Arborvitae team as she continues to learn new techniques and advance her career.
Mercy - Stylist
Mercy's interest in cosmetology began when she was a little girl in Pickford, MI, where she was born and raised. In summer of 2016, she began her journey in the hair industry when she started cosmetology school at Northern Style Beauty Academy in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Mercy currently works for CLM-CAA as a caregiver and often volunteers her time to trimming the children’s hair and painting their nails.
Jenna - Esthetician
Meet Jenna, an Esthetician at Arborvitae. While growing up in the Les Cheneaux Area, she developed a passion for makeup artistry. The skills she acquired in that field inspired her to pursue a career as a Licensed Esthetician. She has also been certified by Farmhouse Fresh. Their products are all either organic or use up to 100% naturally derived ingredients, and are used for all of Jenna’s skin care services.
In addition to skincare, Jenna has studied Exercise Science at Lake Superior State University and works as an Exercise Specialist at War Memorial Hospital. In every avenue she pursues, she believes that beauty and wellness start with health on both the inside and outside. Outside of work, Jenna loves spending time with her husband and their dog. She also enjoys being on the water, and playing volleyball.
Massage Therapy Team
Shishi - Chinese Massage
Shishi is highly skilled in the practice of deep tissue Chinese Body Work and we are excited to offer her services on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 5pm. Shishi attended an intense fourteen month program at the prestigious Yue Gang Basas School for Massage Therapy in Chongqing, China. A warm and outgoing person, Shishi prides herself in "showing my best to each customer". A recent transplant from the big city, she has relocated permanently to her husband's hometown of St. Ignace. Come experience this rare and extremely therapeutic form of massage.
Amy - Massage Therapist
Amy was born in Dayton, Ohio and grew up in Battle Creek, MI. She has always spent summers in Les Cheneaux and graduated from Cedarville after relocating to the area permanently in 2011. Her interest in massage began while swimming competitively in middle and high school. This lead her to attend The Salon Professional Academy, in Battle Creek, where she recently completed a course in Massage Therapy. Amy is excited to join the team at Arborvitae and plans to continue her education in prenatal and geriatric massage
Jessica - Massage Therapist
Jessica, a Saint Ignace native, has been massage therapist for 9 years and has logged well over 10,000 massages. She has additional certifications in prenatal, active labor and reflexology. Her work has taken place in a medley of settings including a chiropractic facility,where she practised medical massage, and on Mackinac Island performing spa based modalities like hot stone and relaxation. Jessica has also instructed at Great Lakes Massage Academy for 5 years teaching technique.
Susan - Massage Therapist and Nail Tech
Originally from Pennsylvania, Susan moved to the Upper Peninsula after spending several years in South Florida. Her extensive expertise is the result of 20 years practicing and teaching massage. Specializing in injury rehab, Susan employs myofacial release, deep tissue, stretching and Shiatzu techniques to relieve pain and restore range of motion. She has a warm personality and loves making people feel better. When she’s not using her massage skills, Susan enjoys gardening, hiking, hunting for berries or mushrooms and spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Mary - Astrologer
Arborvitae Salon & Spa is now offering Astrology and Reiki with Mary Helen Welter of Soul Ditty Astrology. Mary has been helping people embrace their unique potentials and understand the cycles of their lives through Astrology for over 25 yrs.
Her mentors include Steven Forrest, Elizabeth Greene and many other well known Evolutionary Astrologers. Mary began studying astrology at a very young age and earned a certification for training in Psychological Astrology from the 12th house in Denver, Co. She continues to study, teach and counsel as Astrology evolves.
Mary has a passion for the natural world and has been initiated as a Plant Spirit Medicine Practitioner. She spends her spare time hiking with her dog, playing her flute and communing with nature, as well as making jewelry and art from scrap and recycled copper and other materials. Her most recent endeavor includes Taoist meditation and Chi Gung.
You can read more about that on Mary and her personalized Astrology readings on her website website: souldittyastro.com
Mary also offers Reiki healing. She is currently a Reiki level 2 practitioner, working on a Masters level.