Our Team - Cosmetology
*Sarah is currently booked three weeks out, Kim and Michelle are booking two weeks out and filling up quickly. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please book as far in advance as possible. If you wish to book online, our online booking will show all available times. Thank you! (updated7/12/18).
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.
Kim - Stylist
Kimberly grew up in the Les Cheneaux Islands and is very delighted to be home. Eight years ago she moved to Toledo, Ohio to began her cosmetology career. She attended The Salon Professional Academy, a Redken school, earning a Managing Cosmetology Certification. Kim then gained an opportunity at Creative Headlines Inc, where she spent a year training under the owner as an assistant, and continued to work there for the last seven years. She utilizes her entire skill set under her license, working as a stylist while also offering spa and nail services. Creative Headlines Salon provided Kim with many continuing education and training opportunities in the latest trends and techniques. She obtained several certifications including an extensive Redken Hair Color Authority credential. Kim has three sons and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves the outdoors, especially being on or near the water.
Shauna - Stylist - Shauna has left the salon, we wish her luck on her move to Alaska!
Shauna grew up in Dafter, MI and attended Sault Area High School. She graduated from Sault College of Applied Arts Technology in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario in Hair Styling and completed an Esthetician program at U.P. North School in Petoskey, MI. In the 9 years Shauna has been working as a stylist she has acquired several advanced certifications in cutting, coloring, and nail design at various locations around Michigan. She loves learning new techniques and keeping up on the latest trends. Previous to joining the Arborvitae team, she worked on Mackinac Island at an Aveda Concept Salon where she gained a wealth of experience in wedding hair and makeup.
Shauna likes working out and loves animals. She also enjoys being outside camping and hiking, especially around water.
Michelle - Stylist
Michelle grew up in Sterling Heights, MI while occasionally spending summers in the Les Cheneaux Area. After graduating high school, she attended the Michigan College of Beauty (MBC) in Troy, a pivot point member school. When she met her husband, Andy, she moved to Cedarville and completed her schooling as an apprentice before receiving her cosmetology license. Michelle has now been a stylist for 12 years and has completed several continuing education programs in hair coloring, cutting, and makeup. She loves keeping up on the latest styles and techniques and has worked with Carrie Novak Photography and Paul Warner Photography exhibiting her hair and make up skills. After renting a chair at LeRoy's Salon in St.Ignace she decided to join the team at Arborvitae Salon & Spa to be close to her family and her clientele.
Michelle loves spending time with her husband Andy, son Bryce, daughter Andi, her three dogs and her cat. She and her family love the outdoors and enjoy activities like fishing, hunting and boating in the Les Cheneaux Islands, anything to keep them outside.
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
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.