Meet Our Spa Team

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He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.” –  Confucius

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At Kalola Spa, we pride ourselves in providing the highest level of amenities, equipment, and surroundings.

Our greatest strength is in our people and their commitment to fulfilling our promise to our clients of providing the ultimate spa experience with every visit.

All the personal care professionals at Kalola are carefully chosen to ensure their skills are at the highest levels of their particular service specialty. Even more important is that they all embrace the vision, culture, and mission of Kalola to meet our clients’ needs on every level. To ensure we deliver on our promise, we provide our team with regular, in-house learning sessions so they can further update their skills and keep pace with the latest trends and advancements in our industry to keep the Kalola Spa on the leading edge of the spa experience.

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Carol Barrett-Petten

Founder

Carol Young-Petten is the founder and CEO of Kalola Boutique and Spa Inc., one of the leading transformational spa’s “Kalola Life In Balance Spa” and Natural Skin Care and aromatherapy store “The Body Bar by Kalola Botanicals” in Collingwood, Ontario. Carol thrives on; building relationships, and identifying opportunities, weighing the facts, and always considering how we can make our treatments even more cutting-edge and our products even more effective.  Before entering into this world of all things healthy, she was a Senior Vice President for The Better Businesses Bureau and Senior Executive of several Chamber of Commerce.  A health crisis brought Carol to a change in lifestyle, and being the person, she is she decided she needed to turn lemons into lemonade.  Her belief is all things happen for a reason and passion led her to an amazing husband and wife team of chemists, and that was the beginning of Kalola Botanicals.  When not at work, Carol is spending time with her husband Alvard, their five children, extended family and four dogs. Alvard and Carol love to travel the world coming up with new and creative ideas to share with their Kalola family.

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Alvard Petten

Owner

Alvard’s thoughts on Kalola Life and Balance Spa are humble yet passionate and guest driven. Before anchoring in The Blue Mountains Alvard has lived and worked all over the world.  A Kalola founder Alvard was born in The Far East, raised in Holland and studied at Cornell. His expansive career in global four-star hospitality management took him to Europe, Africa, Montreal, and Whistler. In life and career, Alvard knows the integral value of being connected to a community wherever you are. He believes everyone needs their place. He proudly sees Kalola as a vital place of personal wellness where world class therapies are uniquely incorporated into a connected community of growth and inclusion within a rich four-season resort culture. Alvard commands an uncompromising standard of authentic guest service at Kalola. He knows the reward of serving others with genuine intent and insists a superior guest experience relies on attention to the little details. He professes, if you deliver a phenomenal guest experience they will come back and when they come back they will want to belong. Alvard works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure Kalola’s details are delivered and the guest feels a part of something exceptional.

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Mckinna Barrett

Creative Director

Balance and renewal resonate with McKinna when describing Kalola Botanicals  and Kalola Spa. The brand culture and progressive community of growth excite McKinna. While she has her degree in Fine Art, she has also completed training in Reiki, Reflexology, Relaxation Massage, Master Blending and she is continuing her education Herbalism,  McKinna’s primary role is leading the creation and custom blending team for Kalola Botanicals and Kalola Life In Balance Spa. A passionate ambassador, she proudly insists on using only the finest ingredients to achieve the optimal outcome. McKinna genuinely connects with everyone that crosses her path. This cherished connection is her catalyst for creativity and customized natural botanicals.  When not at work, you may find McKinna wondering the aisles of Winners with one of her creative coffees in hand, spending time with her partner Tom and their beloved puppy Frankie.  Visit The Body Bar and share your story with McKinna.

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Georgia Murphy

Graphic Designer

Georgia isn’t just talented; she is hardworking, disciplined, and passionate.  She is known to be an ear to ideas by consuming, analyzing and bringing our thoughts to fruition.  While she’s dialed into her work and our team, we come up with a concept and before we know it surprise, she has it created. When Georgia is not dreaming up a new design, she is spending her time with her family and also exploring all things beautiful in nature.

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Allison Ford

Creative Director assistant

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Peter Satchelle

Registered Massage Therapist

Peter Satchelle became a Registered Massage Therapist after deciding to transition from a career in mortgage brokering and volunteer firefighting to a career in healthcare. He is a graduate of Everest College in Barrie, a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario. Peter is from Thornbury and enjoys playing hockey and experimenting with gourmet cooking.

Peter is skilled in a wide variety of massage techniques including myofascial release, trigger-point release, and joint mobilization and can treat patients for chronic pain conditions, sports and motor vehicle injuries, stress reduction, and relaxation. As a recipient of massage for past injuries, Peter’s empathy and understanding of the healing process is evident in his approach to treatment, helping patients get past healing plateaus and providing at-home exercises and activities to help keep the healing momentum going between treatments.

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Michael Glynn

Registered Massage Therapist

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Dan Fascinato

Registered Massage Therapist

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Tori Robitaille

Registered Massage Therapist

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Randi Irvine

Registered Massage Therapist

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Teshla Novak

Registered Massage Therapist

Teshla Nowak graduated from Georgian College with honors and registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario in gaining the title RMT. Her education and experience have provided her the ability to treat clients with a variety of illnesses and injuries to help them return to optimal health. Her skills include Swedish massage, connective tissue techniques, joint play, trigger point therapy, and Hot Stone therapy. Leading a holistic lifestyle herself, Teshla advocates each client take a pro-active approach to their health by developing a treatment plan catered to each person’s individual needs.  Teshla warmly welcomes all new clients in hope to play a role in their path to health and wellness.

When not at work you will find Teshla spending time with her partner Jake and their beautiful baby.

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Heather Gordon

Registered Massage Therapist

Heather Gordon is a registered massage therapist, who graduated from The College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Toronto on the Presidents Honor List. She has been a registered member with the college of massage therapists of Ontario since 1999.  Before becoming an RMT, Heather was a Registered Practical Nurse.

Heather’s primary focus is to de-stress, relax, and rejuvenate her clients by using a variety of massage practices. She specializes in trigger point therapy, myofascial release, deep tissue, prenatal, and hot stone therapy.

When not working, you will find Heather spending time with her family, her three dogs, and a good book.

The reason Heather choose the massage therapy profession is because of her love and desire to want to help people. She firmly believes that the power of massage can help to alleviate so many ailments and create a more positive outlook on life.

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Marjolain Meredithe

Registered Massage Therapist

Marjolain attended The Royal Canadian College of Massage Therapy in North York and received her registration in May 2018.  As a relatively recent graduate, Marjolain has a natural ability to set her clients at ease and get to the root of their issues.  Before becoming a Registered Massage Therapist, Marjolain worked in the technology industry, where she observed how much people working behind desks need ongoing care for everything from generalized tension to repetitive strain injuries.  Marjolain believes in the importance of client education by providing clients with suggestions for everyday maintenance or home care exercises.

When Marjolain is not at work, she loves the outdoors and spending time with her family.

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Diana Meyer

Holistic Therapist – Reflexologist – Master Blender Aromatherapist

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Leslie Niermann

Holistic Practitioner – Yoga Instructor

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Jim Richardson

Pain Managment Counselor – Tai Chi & Qigong Teacher – NLP Master Practitioner & Certified Ericksonian Hypnotherapist

Jim is a pain management counselor, Tai Chi and Qigong teacher, and athletic performance coach. A student of East/West psychophysical practices for over 35 years, he has a Master’s degree in Somatic Education from the University of Toronto. He is an NLP Master Practitioner and Certified Ericksonian Hypnotherapist and trained further in Western somatic therapy systems, particularly TragerWork, the Robert Master’s Method and meridian energy healing. Using these powerful mind/body methods, Jim has helped many people dissolve chronic and acute physical disorder issues, perform at their best, and embrace a healthier lifestyle.

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Vanessa Estima Codo

Holistic Practitioner – Medical Esthetician – Administrative Assistant

We would like to welcome our newest member to our Kalola Team.  Vanessa is a Brazilian trained esthetician and physiotherapist who graduated with honors.  With 21 years of experience, she is not only an amazing therapist; she is an empathic and intuitive educator.   Vanessa is passionate about the body and all things healing.  Her strength is her ability to listen to her clients and provide the best treatment they need to have a successful outcome. Vanessa is extensively trained in physiotherapy, esthetics, reflexology, lymphatic drainage, medical esthetics. When not at work, you will find Vanessa getting to know her new community with her husband and daughter. 

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Diane Burland – RPP, CMI, CQP

 Natural Health Practitioner

Diane Burland is a highly trained certified practitioner compassionately serving the Georgian Triangle since 2002.  

She brings her extensive knowledge, expertise, compassion and easy going nature to all who comes to her for better health and wellness. She helps people of all ages to reach their full potential on all levels – mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. She uses a holistic approach that enables people to overcome any challenges that they may be experiencing that is blocking them from enjoying life to the fullest.  

With her vast array of techniques and modalities she uses an all natural, non-invasive approach to clear the blockages so they can reach their full potential.

 

Diane’s list of modalities include:

  • Registered Polarity Practitioner
  • Certified Medical Intuitive
  • Certified Quantum Practitioner
  • Clinical Brain Gym Therapist
  • Touch for Health Practitioner
  • Reiki

 

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Jocelito Alzes du Camargo (Joe)

Holistic Practitioner

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Some of Joe’s specialty services include:

 
Tuina Massage / Relaxation Tui na is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine and as such is often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion, fire cupping, Chinese herbalism, t’ai chi or other Chinese internal martial arts, and qigong
 
Cupping – Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which the therapist put special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. This treatment helps with pain, inflammation, circulation, relaxation and overall well-being.
 
Guasha – Gua sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. This ancient Chinese healing technique may offer a unique approach to better health, addressing issues like chronic pain
 
Reflexology – Reflexology is a focused pressure technique, usually directed at the feet or hands. It is based on the premise that there are zones and reflexes on different parts of the body which corresponds to and are relative to all parts, glands and organs of the entire body.
 
Mubum Dashin (Japanese; non-invasive) is amazing to reduce stress, promote better sleep and increase energy and circulation
 
Reiki – Reiki is a form of alternative medicine called energy healing. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a “universal energy” is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing
 
Theta Healing – ThetaHealing is the registered trademark for a process of meditation created by Vianna Stibal in 1995. It teaches people to develop natural intuition through changing their brain wave cycle to the theta waves with the intention of exploring how emotional energy affects a person’s health

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Wendy Joyce

Certified Medical Esthetician – Professional Makeup Artist – Master Stylist – Reiki Master

Wendy is a beautiful soul of passion and purpose. She is devoted to reaching a level of mastery in all of her rituals and treatments. A career esthetician and reiki master, Wendy was drawn to Kalola’s rare combination of cutting-edge methods and uncompromising guest service in a resort atmosphere. It’s exciting for Wendy to be part of her guest’s memories. Wendy is a grounding energy who assures her guest they are in the most capable and caring of hands.  Trained in medical esthetics Wendy knows aging is inevitable and endeavors to ease its issues by embracing her guest’s beauty within and helping them shine.  In The culture of continual growth and development at Kalola Wendy developed a muscle toning massage that uses Kalola Botanical blends, her signature technique, and yields visible results. Wendy loves what she does and embraces  Kalola’s movement towards being a holistic wellness center with customized wellness opportunities. Come and visit Wendy, she’ll earn a special spot in your stay.

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Alison Dyson

Esthetician

Alison personifies passion for the people she touches and strives to make your Kalola experience a great escape that is drenched in positivity and serenity. A spa mainstay Alison is proud of Kalola’s uncompromising mission towards cutting edge therapies. She absorbs any learning she is able and shares her authentic intention and relevant knowledge as a highly skilled trainer. It’s Alison’s philosophy that every guest deserves extra effort, comfort, and solace the Kalola Spa rituals bestow them. No matter what the treatment, Alison listens to and learns from each guest and enjoys several long-term clients as well as very happy blue mountain guests.

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Kim McFadden

Certified Esthetician – Professional Makeup Artist

Kim joined our team in 2009 after graduating with honors from the Barrie college of Hair and Esthetics. Kim loves all things esthetics she loves massage.  She specializes in Relaxation Swedish Massage, Hotstone Massage, Reiki, Waxing, Facials, Body Treatments.  When not at work, you will likely find Kim chilling with her grandchildren or her Boxer Otto.

Kim strives to find the best products to ensure your spa experience is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. She is excited to welcome her existing clients to Kalola Spa and looks forward to meeting many more! Book with Kim today!

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Alison Maclean

Certified Esthetician

Alison MacLean is a breath of fresh air that enjoys working at Kalola because they are wellness, guest service and learning driven. She strives to give her guest a wonderful experience while incorporating a little fun along the way. To Alison laughter is an instant vacation. She is aware that people seek Kalola for many reasons, some happy some more delicate. Alison believes she can connect with you having a little fun along the way. From the first smile to her fond farewell Alison strives to make her guest feel so good, they can escape from their everyday rat race. By putting herself in her guest’s shoes, she quickly connects and delivers spa treatments that are an instant escape. Alison’s favorite Kalola Spa rituals are facials and body treatments. Incorporating Kalola Botanicals product and extra hot towels each time she wants to make you feel like you are melting into the bed. Meet Alison. She genuinely wants to Wow you.

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Amanda Petten

Esthetician

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Giselle Marchant

Esthetician

 

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Orasa Mitchell

Esthetician

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Jayne Sacerty

Certified Cosmetologist

Jayne is an enthusiastic individual who thrives when helping others.  Her fantastic knowledge, passion, enthusiasm, and a wonderful sense of humor make her a perfect fit within our Kalola Team.  She believes that
maintaining a positive attitude, both in her personal and professional career will serve her well.  Jayne is a professional cosmetician with years of experience we consider ourselves fortunate she chose to continue her career with us.  When not at work, Jayne spends her time with her family or travelling to her beloved Cuba.

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Dr. Norman Goldberg

Currently on staff at the William Osler Health Centre, Brampton, in family practice and obstetrics, Dr. Goldberg has been a family physician for the past 30 years. In 2002 he developed a keen interest in medical esthetics and began extensive training in this diverse field, including laser technology, peels, Botox, various fillers, and laser hair removal. He has successfully achieved a standard of care in this field as recognized by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, through the voluntary audit. Goldberg Medical Esthetics has esthetic practices in Brampton, Georgetown, Woodbridge, and Collingwood.

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Janice Shouldice N.D.

Janice was voted the top Naturopath by the Era Banner in the York region for 4 Years. She is also a member of the Board of Drugless Therapy Naturopathy and was appointed to serve on the Complaints Resolution Committee for 3 years.

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Melissa Murray

General Manager

Melissa maximizes your spa experience and goes above and beyond to assure a seamless, satisfying and serene visit to the spa. Melissa is a passionate matriarch and upon entering the spa she will warmly make you feel welcome to our Kalola Spa family. Her longstanding career at Kalola, tourism background and proud area roots make Melissa tireless in her pursuit of guest service excellence. Melissa’s thirst for learning drives her and she continually qualifies herself to be ready to step in wherever she is needed. A rare combination of skilled frontline provider and support practitioner she puts you in the most capable and nurturing hands. Melissa genuinely desires to give you a renewing and revitalizing spa experience.

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Janice Mullen

Guest Experience Coordinator – Stylist

Janice is in constant motion on the frontline and behind the scenes assuring your spa experience is pleasurable.  Kalola allows Janice the excitement and sheer joy of sharing in her guest’s spa rejuvenation. An avid boater Janice fell in love with The Blue Mountains and takes genuine pride in customizing guest experiences blending your requests with her recommendations, maximizing your spa and blue mountain experience. A career stay at home mom and former hairstylist Janice channels her passion for pleasing and nurturing into each guest. The biggest payoff for Janice is when a guest leaves the spa feeling brand new.

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Kim Merrifield

Guest Experience Coordinator – Photographer

From the first phone call to her fond farewell, Kim helps guide her guest to a defining experience. A former hair stylist and nail tech Kim holds dearly the therapeutic value and wonder of touch. An instinctual advocate and blue mountain ambassador Kim naturally matches your spa needs and local must sees. Kim’s passion for Kalola and the Blue Mountains is expressed beautifully in her spa and nature photography. Kim aspires for her guest to experience the spa to the fullest the same as she feels that oneness that moment when she captures the perfect photo behind the lens. In all cases, Kim puts herself in her guest’s shoes and goes above and beyond.

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Hanna Osburn

Spa Support

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