TARALYN
FREDA
Owner
Licensed Aesthetician - Integrative Health Coach
Taralyn Freda Nirvana Esthetician
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Award winning Esthetician Taralyn (Philly Style Magazine Best of Style Esthetician 2022) began her career over 20 years ago in the beauty industry as a cosmetologist and a licensed esthetician in PA and NJ. After battling adult acne her passion and love for skincare grew.  She wanted to be able to help others fix their skin so that they could feel more comfortable in their own skin.  So she followed her dream and finished Rizzieri Aveda School at the top of the class, with the highest GPA.

Taralyn has worked at top spas including Rescue Spa & Virtua Hospital's VirTu Spa where she was lead esthetician. She opened Nirvana in August 2020 where she has going the extra mile to build a well curated skin team and services to help clients achieve their skin and radiate inside and out.  

She loves what she does and believes that furthering education and knowledge is paramount. You can find her attending skincare seminars and classes regularly. Taralyn is also a healer.  As a level 2 Reiki that is Oncology skincare certified she is able to offer a relaxing and soothing treatment with a mix of medical esthetics to help you achieve your skin goals. 

Recently, she felt the need to help her clients on a deeper level so she enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a Integrative Health Coach & Hormone Health specialist to help her clients on the inside and out. 

 

She believes beautiful skin requires commitment and here at Nirvana Wellness Medspa, she can help you fulfill that

"Aging is a fact of life. Looking your age is not."

 
 
SHARLIE
CHISHOLM
Licensed Esthetician 
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Sharlie's passion for skincare started when she was very young and along her journey of learning about taking care of her own skin, she discovered she wanted to help others achieve their skincare goals just as she did. 

 

After she graduated from the University of Delaware with her bachelor's degree, she studied esthetics at Jean Madeline Aveda Institute diving deeper into skincare. Sharlie values education because there is always more to learn. Furthering her education in skincare allows her to help clients in various aspects. She continues her education by learning about skincare ingredients, new products, innovations, and more. 

 

In addition to focusing on what you put on your skin and the importance of facial treatments, she focuses on how what you put into your body is important as well. Self-care goes hand and hand with skincare. She loves creating an environment where her clients can relax and unwind while receiving rejuvenating treatments.

 

“Give yourself the same care and attention that you give to others and watch yourself bloom”

LIZ
RIVERA
Licensed Esthetician 
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Liz Rivera is a Philadelphia native who received her license in esthetics in 2015 from PCI Academy in Ames, IA. She got into esthetics because she was struggling with her own acne management and wanted to learn how to better treat her skin conditions. While in school, Liz grew to love helping others accomplish their skin goals and be a part of their journey towards falling back in love with themselves. 

 

Liz is a recent graduate of Montgomery County Community College, where she received her AS in Public Health. She is continuing her studies at West Chester University to obtain a BS in Public Health with the goal of ultimately obtaining an MS in Public Health from their accelerated program. Liz believes that all areas of wellness are connected, which drives her passion for this work. She hopes to be able to coach her clients and eventually organizations through making these links, and ultimately making better choices from a holistic standpoint with a new perspective. 

 

As far as service styles are concerned, Liz’s approach is to listen first to the concerns of her clients. She then uses her knowledge and years of experience while working collaboratively with the client to figure out a plan of approach for their concerns. And most importantly, to create an atmosphere of peace and tranquility where they can relax and trust that they are in good hands throughout the process. Anyone who has ever been serviced by Liz makes sure to request to see her again when they return, which they always do.

 
ANN
RINAOLO
Licensed Esthetician 
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Ann’s skincare journey began as a Licensed Aesthetician in 2012, and soon after she became Laser Certified in 2013. Her specialties include custom acne treatments where she likes to work closely with each client to find the root cause of their breakouts, guiding them every step of the way. While acne is her specialty, she enjoys “solving the skincare puzzle” for all skin types. In addition to aesthetics, Ann has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2018. She recently became a Certified Reiki Master in 2021 and enjoys helping others in their healing journey. Ann is passionate about her work and always looking for new modalities to add to her toolbelt to help better serve her community.

 
 
COLLEEN
FOSTER
Licensed Massage Therapist
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Colleen is a highly skilled massage therapist with over 25 years of experience who has worked at top spas in the city including Toppers and Rescue Spa. She won "Best Massage”  for “philly.com Readers’ Choice Award in 2017. Her certifications feature therapeutic, prenatal, medical, myofascial, and sports-style massage, accompanied by hot stone, gua sha, and cupping techniques. Colleen describes herself as having an “intuitive approach” when assessing a client’s posture and needs. This gift helps guide her to listen to her client’s body in regard to what is needed versus what is apparently painful. She is a dedicated and gifted massage therapist; whose goal is to help each of her client relax and feel better. 

 
LEAH
PORVAZNIK
Licensed Massage Therapist
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Leah has been practicing massage therapy since 2003, and is licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Using techniques ranging from neuromuscular therapy to relaxation Swedish, Leah focuses in on target areas to maximize your time on the table.

She specializes in prenatal massage, massage for people impacted by cancer, neurological injuries, and other health concerns that massage is known to benefit. Throughout her career she has found a niche in serving those who experience pain from activity, from work, from trauma, or from illness.

Leah is available 2 Sundays a month. 

 
HOLLY ARACE
Licensed Massage Therapist
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A native of Nashville, and a Philadelphian since 2013, Holly has specialized in somatic therapies and deeply relaxing massage for over 20 years. Incorporating deep tissue therapy, Reiki, and traditional Swedish Massage, she helps clients access the inner wisdom of their own body-mind connection. Holly is a certified yoga therapist, a Reiki Master Teacher, and welcomes clients experiencing trauma, grief, or stress. Her other specialties include reflexology and manual lymph drainage therapy.

 
TERICA
DANIEL
Licensed Massage Therapist
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Terica graduated massage school in 2015 from Cortiva Institute and has been dedicated to helping others since. She enjoys massage and loves for her clients to communicate the pain and areas of concern to get the best out of their experience! Her favorite modality is Swedish/relaxation massage along with some stretching. Her goal is to provide a professional, relaxing and comfortable environment for you, in hopes that you can continue on your journey to take care of your mind, body, and soul.

"Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what's left of you." -Katie reed

CYNTHIA
LOMBARDI
Lisenced Massage Therapist, BS, RM
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Is a Pennsylvania State Licensed Massage Therapist, an ABMP-Certified Bodywork Therapist, and a Reiki Master Teacher. 

I'm certified in Deep tissue Integrated massage, Swedish massage, foot reflexology, and Reiki. I am also trained in Acupressure, Aromatherapy, Deep tissue, Swedish, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Lymph Drainage Therapy, Polarity, Seated chair massage, Pre-natal massage, Gua-sha, & Active isolated stretching. I had a private practice for 28 years in Center City Philadelphia until 2020 and I've been doing Massage and Bodywork therapy for 30 years.

 

My work incorporates an effective combination of natural healing techniques that I customize for you. The natural techniques that I use work with your body's ability to heal itself.

My purpose for becoming a licensed practitioner is to offer quality service, education, and support for healing and self-mastery. My mission is also to promote awareness of wellness, health, and healing, and our responsibility for it in our lives. 

 
STEPHANIE
TACKETT
Licensed Massage Therapist
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Stephanie graduated top of her class in 2013 from The National Massage Therapy Institute. Upon graduating she took a position in a 5-Diamond hotel/spa setting where she spent 8 years thriving with the company and its “Gold Standard” approach by anticipating, fulfilling, and excelling in her client's needs. Education, communication, and comprehension are key components in her approach to her treatments. She has spent the last decade continuing her education by gaining knowledge and skills in different types of modalities, including prenatal, hot stone, reflexology, sports medicine, active isolated stretching, cupping, Tibetan Bowl sound therapy, Raindrop, Reiki I & II, and Chakra balancing. This has allowed her success in treating a wide range of injuries and promoting wellness. Her real passion is in meeting people and using her intuition and knowledge of the body to help heal others. Her belief is that our bodies are instruments we use to perform in life; like any tool, the body needs to be maintained. Massage is essential to maintenance and rehabilitation. Her approach focuses on empowering her clients to be their best every day.

 
 
GABRIELLA STEZZI
Aesthetic Nurse Injector, BSN, RN-BC
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After training with Aesthetic Medical Education Training (AMET) to become a certified injector, Gabriella began training and practicing the craft of aesthetics as soon as she graduated from Neumann University with her BSN. She trained with Aesthetic Medical Education Training (AMET) to become a certified injector and learn advanced techniques. Gabriella’s favorite treatment area of the face is full-face rejuvenation and the lips. She takes pride in her ability to enhance one’s beauty and features while maintaining their natural anatomy. She specializes in all neurotoxin treatment and especially loves when her clients seek out preventative care to maintain their youthful appearances. Gabriella believes in holistic treatments that encompass injectables, medical grade skincare, and the most important to a daily routine – SPF. 

Gabriella was born and raised in South Philadelphia and is currently obtaining her Masters in Nursing (MSN) to become an aesthetic nurse practitioner. She still works in the intermediate critical care unit in the hospital setting caring for the most acutely and vulnerable patients. Gabriella is competent, confident and empathetic when it comes to nursing, aesthetics and all her clients. 

 
JENNIFER
ROMANIA
Aesthetic Medical Injector, PA-C
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Jennifer N. Romania is a nationally certified Physician Associate with a passion to serve others using her knowledge of internal medicine and experience as a dermatology PA-C to achieve beautifully balanced and natural-looking results in aesthetic medicine as an injector. 

 

As a classically trained pianist, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Music Education with a minor in Psychology from Penn State University. She then went on to live and work in Tokyo, Japan where she taught music. After a major life event brought her back to the states, she discovered her life’s true purpose: to serve others in healthcare. This new found passion and purpose to help others feel their best led to her completion of Penn State University’s Accelerated Premedical Sciences Program where she earned her Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in the Premedical Sciences. She then received her Master of Health Science degree upon completion of the Physician Assistant Program at Drexel University in 2016.

 

 

Jennifer strongly believes and practices a holistic idea of health and wellness where all dimensions are intertwined and impact each other - feeling confident about the way you look positively affects your mental and physical state. She also places great importance on learning and continuing medical and aesthetic education. She enjoys attending lectures, training, and anything that can further her knowledge and skill set to better serve her patients. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants and The Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants.

Jennifer finds it very rewarding to serve each individual patient in an empathetic and caring manner. 

 

When she is not at work, she loves playing the piano, trying new restaurants, traveling, and spending time with friends and family, including her dog, Pocono. 

 
SUN
NGUYEN
Dermatology Certified NP
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Dermatology Certified NP

Sun Nguyen, FNP, DCNP is a board-certified Dermatology Nurse Practitioner who has dedicated her career to treating patients of all ages for various medical and cosmetic skin concerns. Facial aesthetics rejuvenation, hair loss, acne, rosacea, eczema, hyperpigmentation, autoimmune conditions, rashes, skin cancers like basal, squamous, and melanoma - Sun has experience in a wide range of patient concerns.

 

With 12+ years of experience in the medical field, beginning her nursing career as a Surgical Trauma ICU nurse at a level one trauma center in Philadelphia after earning her Bachelor in Nursing degree in 2008 from Drexel University. As an RN, Sun played an active role as a staff nurse, charge nurse, and member of the education, informatics, skin, and unit committees. She became a nationally certified critical care nurse prior to her enrollment at La Salle University, where she earned her Masters of Science degree with a focus in Family Health. During her dermatology rotation in NP school, Sun confirmed her passion and enthusiasm for all things dermatology related.

 

Sun provides individualized and holistic care, to guide one towards healthy skin and the confidence to look his or her best at any age or stage in life. Sun’s wish is to create natural, youthful and subtle-looking results that complement each individual. She often combines aesthetic treatment with lifestyle recommendations involving nutrition and supplements. This combination approach provides longer lasting results while restoring beauty, self-confidence and quality of life.

 

The most rewarding part of her career is the privilege to gain a glimpse into the stories, skin, and markings that make up her patients - the stories that accompany them are what leads to intimate connections with her patients and fuel Sun’s drive for knowledge and solutions that expand beyond skin deep.

 

Outside of work, you can find Sun in her happy place when she is doing yoga, reading in her comfy lounger, traveling and when she is lathering on her sunscreen daily.

 
FRANCESCA VOLPE
Aesthetic Nurse, RN
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SOPHIA
VOLPE
Aesthetic Nurse, RN
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Sophia graduated Cum Laude from Drexel University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and began her career in the Cardiac Care Unit at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. After struggling for years with acne and self-confidence, she began her own health and wellness journey and shortly fell in love with Aesthetic Nursing. 

 

Sophia continuously strives to help others and when she realized she could use her nursing skills and her relentless eye for detail to help others feel confident in their own skin, she knew expanding her career at Nirvana Wellness Med Spa is where she was meant to be. Sophia hopes to bring her scientific knowledge in nursing and passion for health and beauty into the ever-changing world of aesthetic medicine. Sophia is dedicated to continuing her education and keeping up with the evolving medical technology and techniques to bring to the treatment room. From providing the human body with essential vitamins and minerals to empowering individuals to re-discover their self-confidence, Sophia will always give you her full attention while sitting in her chair. 

 

Aside from Aesthetic Nursing, you can find Sophia using her detail-oriented and outgoing personality in the world of social media and interior/graphic design. She also enjoys spending her free time in the gym and with family and friends.

 

“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms”

 
KATELYN
KADELAK
Studio Manager, Licensed Cosmetologist
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Kat is a PA Licensed Cosmetologist and Esthetician since 2012. She was trained at Jolie Health & Beauty Academy in Northeast Pennsylvania, graduating with honors. She moved to Philadelphia in 2014 for better career opportunities and since then has taken the beauty industry by storm. Since residing in Philadelphia, Kat was a stylist and manager of a blow dry bar in Center City for many years before joining the Nirvana Beauty team. 

 

Kat’s passion is hair styling. She is exceptionally skilled in formal hair styling, and weddings/events, She has worked behind the scenes of beauty pageants, music videos & photoshoots. She considers herself a “Blow Dry Expert '' due to her extensive work and her many years of working in a blow dry. Certified in Tape-in extensions and Keratin treatments, Kat is certain that she can turn your dream hairstyle into reality. 

 

Book with Kat for all your styling services at our Nirvana Beauty Style Studio or Wedding services with Capelli & Trucco. 

NYASIA
GILLESPIE
Makeup Artist
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Bio Coming Soon!

 
 
JESSICA
BENZ
Certified Teeth Whitening Technician 
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Meet Jessica, a northeast Philly girl looking to make your smiles brighter than ever. Jessica has 5-year experience in the dental field and 10 plus years in customer service. She enjoys meeting new people and making them feel good about themselves.

 

Jessica decided to become a teeth whitening technician because a smile is One of the first things people notice about others so why not perfect it?

 

Jessica is licensed and certified by DaVinci teeth whitening. This process is a 1-hour treatment under the whitening device. Using a whitening gel that is all natural and vegan to penetrate deeper into your enamel pores removing more intrinsic stains and getting rid of fluoride staining plus calcium deposits. The best part- you get immediate results!

 

Book with Jessica on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Call the Spa with any questions you may have about the teeth whitening treatment Jessica is here for you!