About Uptown Salon & Spa

Uptown Salon & Spa is a family-owned business located in Westerly, Rhode Island,  that was founded in 2008. 

Our dedicated team of service providers all shares in the success of the company.  Each brings their personal best to every reservation, and together our team has a reputation for delivering an exceptional guest experience. This is at the heart of why we’ve earned Best of Rhode Island recognition year after year. We couldn’t be prouder of this accomplishment, and we promise to work hard every day to continue to bring you the services you deserve and to earn your trust and return business.

Maryanne Aluzzo

1978-2022

In 2008 Maryanne Aluzzo, along with her husband Jamie Aluzzo, founded the now award-winning Uptown Salon & Spa, located in Westerly, Rhode Island. Maryanne served as the general manager of the salon, a true mentor to all she employed, and most of all, a caring and compassionate soul to anyone who entered the salon. Maryanne tragically passed away in March of 2022. 

Her business philosophy was simple: To bring excitement, a positive attitude, and your personal best to whatever you do, and good things will follow. Her husband Jamie maintains ownership of the salon, while her staff continues to provide high-quality service based on her philosophy above.

We invite you to meet the incredible and talented team below.

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Maryanne McGrady Aluzzo
1978 – 2022

Our Team

At Uptown Salon we’re proud to work with the most skilled and talented professionals available. Get to know some of our talented staff below.

Hair Artists

Angela Pensis

Hair Artist, Colorist

I graduated from the Arthur Angelo School of Cosmetology in 2009. From there I began my professional career and eventually joined the team at Uptown Salon. I Have always known I wanted to be a hairdresser since I was a little kid. I love everything I do, from cutting, coloring, and highlighting, to updos. I would say my favorite head of hair is working on a natural "sunkissed" balayage. I continue to further my career by learning new techniques and trends. I am always looking to expand my knowledge and come back to the salon after a class to try on my clients. In May of 2022, I was certified in the Ouidad cut and style for clients with curly hair. As an Ouidad professional, I offer a comprehensive curl-focused service through various techniques for each curl pattern. I truly take pride in my work and most of all how I make my guests look and feel about themselves. I enjoy spending time with my two beautiful daughters.
Odemaries Morales

Odemaries “Ode” Morales

Hair Artist, Colorist, & Makeup Artist

I grew up in Griswold, Connecticut, and graduated from Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy in Cranston, Rhode Island. I specialize in all hair color services and am certified by Keratin Complex smoothing treatment. I am also a certified Loreal professional color ambassador. One of the ways I stay up to speed on hair trends is to follow influential stylists on social media. I also attend cosmetology shows and classes. Coming to work does not feel like a job to me, because I find pure joy in my work. I have a great passion for teaching and spreading knowledge to new talent in the salon whenever I can. My professional goal for every client is to give a beautiful natural color that will look good even weeks after having it done, as well as to educate the client on how to maintain and care for style. When not at the salon you can usually find me enjoying being outside on a walk or a hike or spending time with family.
Sarah Conde

Sarah

Hair Artist

I have been a licensed professional for over 20 years. I specialize in blonding and low-maintenance color. Keeping the hair healthy and beautiful is a priority for me. One of my favorite things is meeting new people and exploring all of the beaches here. Feel free to check out my work on Instagram and I look forward to meeting you!

Circee Atkins

Hair Artist & Colorist

I consider myself very fortunate to be in a career where I can do the things I love, such as transforming hair through the application of bold and vivid fashion colors. I'm part of a team of knowledgeable professionals that encourage and support each other. I started at Uptown after graduating from Toni & Guy Cosmetology School and right away I was introduced to a variety of different techniques, great personalities, and tons of exposure to everything hair. I also took over ordering the color product which is not a small task, but it taught me a lot about our color line and has helped me gain experience and confidence. As the Kerastase Ambassador, I am the go-to person for styling product questions, not only for clients, but I also take the lead in educating our team on new product launches. You might see me working as a Guest Service Expert sometimes too. I am trained to book reservations and I love to let our guests know about other service options in our Spa.  At Uptown I've built a reputation for fashion color application, and while this is something I love, I also appreciate my guests who prefer more natural looks. I've learned from the best here at Uptown, so I can provide a full range of hair colors and cuts to my guests. When I'm not here I'm spending time with my horses at my family farm in Connecticut, and I'm looking forward to a life balanced with work and travel adventures. I've already traveled to 32 states and 2 other countries!
Samantha Tondreau

Samantha Tondreau

Hair Artist & Colorist

I graduated from Westerly High’s Cosmetology school, and shortly after being licensed, I chose to continue my education at Paul Mitchell in Orlando Florida. This was a great experience, and it sparked a love for education that has kept me on the move – I’ve since attended Los Angeles’s Sexy Hair Academy, L’Oreal Professional’s Ambassador Program, 1-on-1 Bridal Styling Workshop with Alexandra Lee, and became Ouidad Certified at the Ouidad Salon in NYC. Ouidad is our curly hair brand for every and all curl types! We accommodate wavy, loose, tight, and coily curls with our products that penetrate internally for beautiful external results. Add new cutting techniques to remove bulk, and add volume and uniformity to your natural curl pattern. Now that my family has grown with 3 beautiful daughters,  I continue to be inspired by online education and the motivational videos posted by other successful stylists. Helping people feel beautiful and creating the art of each individual’s look is my strength. I’m also adept at a wide range of braiding techniques, varying from cornrows to bridal/special occasion styling. I enjoy teaching guests about the subtle nuances of their hairstyle and how they can maintain salon looks at home. When I’m not working I enjoy time with my family or taking the time to excel in my specialties -  which are curly/textured hair and bridal styling!
Maggy Haines

Maggy Haines

Hair Artist

I grew up in the beautiful Charlestown, RI, area and received my training from Toni + Guy academy in 2020 in Cranston, RI as well as via the Loreal Color ambassador program. I love working with clients from all over who travel to Westerly for their summer and hear their stories, while giving them that special cut. I am passionate about my craft and am continually taking classes and following social media influencers to learn new techniques and acquire new skills. This industry is so fast-pace and always adapting, which I love! It's important to me to not only give my clients a great haircut or service but to also help them learn how to care for and maintain their cut after they have left the salon. This is especially true for my Balayage and Lightening clients.  I do this through educating, listening, giving my utmost attention to my clients and ultimately helping them feel like their best self on day of service, and the days to follow. When I am not at Uptown you can find me enjoying time with my 2 beautiful children on East Beach in Charlestown, or juggling or unicycling (but not all at the same time!)
Emily Ellis

Emily Anne Terranova

Hair Artist, Nail Technician

I grew up in Westerly, RI and attended Empire Cosmetology School in Warwick. There I learned skills for how to do hair, nails and also became certified in lash extensions. For the last 3 years I've been honing my capabilities and adopting the latest techniques to bring my clients what's new and exciting in trends. My focus is the guest's comfort, health, and ensuring that the services I deliver last as long as possible. I love the diversity of my job because each day I get to welcome back returning guests, and also meet new interesting people. When at Uptown I am most often providing nail services or blow out hair services. Because I have naturally curly hair, I've spent my whole life figuring out how to style and treat raucous waves. It's something I excel at!
Since I was little I was playing with Barbie dolls and doing their hair. I’ve always had a strong passion for cosmetology throughout my life. As I entered the Westerly high school I knew cosmetology was the correct path for me. I find joy in making other people feel confident about themselves, and seeing smiles as they walk out of the salon pleased with their results. At the start of my senior year I started working at Uptown Salon and Spa. I watched stylists wash, cut, and color clients' hair. I constantly practiced at the salon and at the school with foils, consultations, cuts, and more. As I graduated from Westerly High I have come to the realization that hair is truly what I would like to pursue. As my days are booked with clients I continue to gain more knowledge and skills on a variety of hair types and styles. When I’m not working at Uptown,  I like to go to the beach to relax with friends and family, and I also love to dress up and go out to eat.
I grew up in Queens NY but moved to East Greenwich Rhode Island in 1989 and to South County in 2000 making Rhode Island my home of 32 years.  It is where I chose to raise my four (4) daughters, where I received my undergraduate degree in English Literature, and where I chose to continue living while commuting to Boston College Law School where I received my law degree in 1997. I've been practicing the art of braiding for over 45 years. I absolutely love creating beautiful box braids, corn rows, distressed butter-fly locks, and dreadlocks.  I've learned and adapted many creative techniques over the years. My portfolio is extensive, and I really enjoy the consultations, which allow me to determine the grade of hair and the best type of braid to match my guest's desired outcome, life style, and unique personal goals. Few things can match the reward of creating a beautiful head of fully braided hair and seeing the transformation and joy that it brings to my clients. Yes, I have a busy life, but I do have a lot of fun.  When I'm not braiding hair or working at my law practice, I love to cook for my family and my family of friends.  I also love exercising at Wilcox Park and taking a leisurely stroll there while listening to audio books.  Hey, you might see me riding my bike to the farmer's market or to the beach, or popping into the stores of downtown Westerly and Mystic Village; if you do, wave I would love to meet you!
Ever since I can remember, I have enjoyed styling my friends and family's hair and have found so much joy in it. This passion led me to pursue a career in the hair industry, and I enrolled in the cosmetology program at the Chariho Career and Technical Program. It was there that I discovered my love and passion for doing hair. I enjoy expanding my knowledge by exploring various techniques and styles others share, continuously seeking to learn and grow. One of the things I love most is having the ability to make someone else feel beautiful and confident once they leave my chair.
Angela Pensis
Hair Artist, Colorist
Odemaries Morales
Odemaries “Ode” Morales
Hair Artist, Colorist, & Makeup Artist
Sarah Conde
Sarah
Hair Artist
Circee Atkins
Hair Artist & Colorist
Samantha Tondreau
Samantha Tondreau
Hair Artist & Colorist
Maggy Haines
Maggy Haines
Hair Artist
Emily Ellis
Emily Anne Terranova
Hair Artist, Nail Technician
Vanessa Giorno
Hair Artist
Patty Fairweather
Patty Fairweather
Hair Artist
Kaitlin Scuncio
Hair Artist

Manicurists

I always wanted to be just like my mother, who was a cosmetologist. That’s what led me to attend the Cosmetology Program at Chariho High School and take nail classes. There is so much fashion to keep pace with when it comes to nail color and design trends. Uptown clients often tell me how much they love it when I provide them with the perfect French or Shellac Manicure. I’ve been honing my craft since 2013, and what keeps me going is seeing how happy Uptown clients are with the services I deliver!
Connie Keltonic

Connie Keltonic

Nail Technician

If you’re tired of run of the mill manicures found in every suburban strip mall and instead want an outstanding nail spa experience featuring the highest standards of cleanliness, look no further than Uptown. I specialize in gel nails; nail art, and mixing custom nail colors. Experience has taught me how to combine nail color pigments in order to achieve whatever hue or shade you desire. If you’re looking for something traditional, Uptown clients say I deliver the ultimate French manicure because of my perfectionism for sculpting and shaping nails. I left the Philippines at age 19 to come to America for education and a better life. I miss the simple way of life of my home country, but have found a family of sisters at Uptown Salon who inspire me, support me, and show me how to live an independent life.

Jessica Marie Reyna

Nail Technician

My husband encouraged me to pursue my dream to become a manicurist, and I’ve not looked back. I've been a nail technician since 2016. Making the hands and toes of our customers look fabulous is my passion. I’m always learning about new products and the best way to apply them. Our customers come to us to look their best at the biggest moments in their life. When I am delivering a service, I appreciate the trust the clients have in me, and how they share details on the most important moments in their lives with me. This is why I enjoy sharing with those that I enjoy spending time with my husband and my son when not at the salon.
Emily Ellis

Emily Anne Terranova

Hair Artist, Nail Technician

I grew up in Westerly, RI and attended Empire Cosmetology School in Warwick. There I learned skills for how to do hair, nails and also became certified in lash extensions. For the last 3 years I've been honing my capabilities and adopting the latest techniques to bring my clients what's new and exciting in trends. My focus is the guest's comfort, health, and ensuring that the services I deliver last as long as possible. I love the diversity of my job because each day I get to welcome back returning guests, and also meet new interesting people. When at Uptown I am most often providing nail services or blow out hair services. Because I have naturally curly hair, I've spent my whole life figuring out how to style and treat raucous waves. It's something I excel at!

Makayla Burns

Guest Service Expert, Waxing, Nails

I grew up in Ashaway, Rhode Island, where I attended Chariho middle school and high school. Ever since I was a little girl I enjoyed getting my hair and nails done as well as giving the same services in return. This was such a strong passion that I decided to enroll in the Cosmetology program that my high school’s career and technical center offered. I fell in love with all aspects of this field and graduated in 2022 with 4 years under my belt. One of my biggest passions is making people feel good about themselves which is why I enjoy styling hair, giving manicures, giving pedicures, as well as waxes. I also enjoy serving as the receptionist on Saturday mornings here at the spa. When I’m not at work you can find me baking, camping, spending time with family, or at my dad's welding shop in Westerly.
Samantha (Sam) Davis
Nail Technician
Connie Keltonic
Connie Keltonic
Nail Technician
Jessica Marie Reyna
Nail Technician
Emily Ellis
Emily Anne Terranova
Hair Artist, Nail Technician
Makayla Burns
Guest Service Expert, Waxing, Nails

Estheticians

The biggest joy in my career is taking care of the amazing people that come to Uptown. I love strategizing with my clients to set long-term goals, and being a part of the self-care journey is truly an honor. When you make a commitment to your skincare routine, you will see the results, and I get so much satisfaction in being part of the process. Keeping our guests looking and feeling their best requires an individual treatment plan, and I always take the time to understand what’s happening below the surface so I can design a tailored solution with the highest quality skincare, services, and products. Understanding how nutrition can impact your skin is equally important, so I enjoy sharing strategies for improving skin from the inside out.  Because our clients live such big lives, I love pampering them in ways that leave them feeling relaxed, refreshed, and with a renewed sense of calm. Glowing, healthy skin is a great outcome too! I love keeping up with education and new treatment options. Some of my favorites over the years are dermaplaning, nanoinfusion for maximum product delivery, oncology esthetics, and the use of micro-current.     Just like my clients, I live a big life and take time to unwind (with a glass of wine) in my garden, spending time with my husband and 3 children, boating, yoga, and walking my dogs. 
Being an esthetician is an emotionally rewarding profession because I get the privilege to help people feel great about themselves, and for me, that is what it is all about! My nickname is Liv and I graduated from the Empire Beauty School. Today I specialize in waxing and skin condition-specific facials.  On top of incorporating goal-oriented results, I make sure an abundance of relaxation and pampering are a part of the experience. Sharing skin care tips and expert advice that  advances my clients’ individual skincare regimes is a big focus for me. Another big focus for me is expanding my education by going to nursing school. When I’m not at Uptown, you can find me watching Lifetime movies or hiking with my dog Mickey. I’m so happy to be a member of the Uptown Salon and Spa team!
When I first had the opportunity to join the Westerly High School Cosmetology CTE program I did not know how passionate I would become for the field. My love for facials led me to gravitate towards working in esthetics. My goal for my career consists of helping others relax and feel confident in their own skin. Now after graduating from Westerly High School  Cosmetology CTE program, I’m focusing all my time working at Uptown Salon and Spa focusing on esthetics. Helping my clients advance their skincare routine and providing them with professional advice to further improve their skin makes me feel fulfilled. I started working in esthetics in 2021 and was delighted to help others unwind from everyday stressors. I enjoy the relaxing atmosphere the salon has to offer and I hope to help my clients feel just the same. When I’m not working upstairs I help at the desk on Saturdays. In my free time, I love to encourage my creativity by painting and drawing. I also enjoy sitting down and reading a good book.

Makayla Burns

Guest Service Expert, Waxing, Nails

I grew up in Ashaway, Rhode Island, where I attended Chariho middle school and high school. Ever since I was a little girl I enjoyed getting my hair and nails done as well as giving the same services in return. This was such a strong passion that I decided to enroll in the Cosmetology program that my high school’s career and technical center offered. I fell in love with all aspects of this field and graduated in 2022 with 4 years under my belt. One of my biggest passions is making people feel good about themselves which is why I enjoy styling hair, giving manicures, giving pedicures, as well as waxes. I also enjoy serving as the receptionist on Saturday mornings here at the spa. When I’m not at work you can find me baking, camping, spending time with family, or at my dad's welding shop in Westerly.
Michelle Morrone with Uptown Salon in Westerly
Michelle Morrone
Esthetician
Olivia Rose Romeo
Esthetician
Avery Dotolo
Waxing
Makayla Burns
Guest Service Expert, Waxing, Nails

Licensed Massage Therapists

Kayla Brown

Kayla Brown

Massage Therapist

My focus is helping Uptown clients find pain relief with lasting effects through massage. Hello! I'm Kayla and grew up in Griswold CT. Today I am a local of Westerly Rhode Islander and graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in of Groton CT. My career inspiration is from Amy Hendry, a former teacher and mentor. Her personal experience as a sports massage therapist and expert in Myofascial Release gave me the direction and confidence to pursue a career as a massage therapist. I use a variety of techniques and modalities to provide the best and most unique experience possible to each client. I'm known for getting to the root source of your pain during a massage. Clients leave my table feeling better and healed by the experience. I specialize in different forms of Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, Sports/ Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation or (PNF) Stretching, combined with Orthopedic Massage techniques. These techniques are a great solution for those suffering from Forward Head Posture, Rounded Shoulders, Low Back or Hip/Sacral Stiffness, knee and sciatic nerve pain. My mission at Uptown is to help all our clients achieve pain relief, healing, and ultimate relaxation. One thing a new client would be surprised to learn about me is that I eat a plant-based only diet.

Heather Millbach

Massage Therapist

Passionate about the art of healing, I've journeyed to Thailand to immerse myself in the ancient traditions of Thai massage. Trained by skilled practitioners in its homeland, I bring the essence of this centuries-old practice to every session. With a blend of expertise and intuition, I strive to guide my clients toward deep relaxation, holistic wellness, and a renewed sense of vitality. Let me help you embark on your journey to inner harmony and rejuvenation. Each session starts with a conversation so your treatment can be tailored for you. I am deeply committed to providing personalized care to each client, addressing your concerns, and promoting ultimate relaxation and healing.  
Mikayla Guernon works at Uptown Salon Spa.

Mikayla Guernon

Massage Therapist

As a Reiki Master, I have a true talent for zeroing in on my clients' muscle tension through intuitive touch. My massage style is often described as deeply healing in nature. My Uptown colleagues and I work together at the spa, sharing knowledge and techniques that help all our guests.  When you're in my treatment room, you can count on feeling peaceful and relaxed. After your massage, you will be rejuvenated and both physically and mentally ready to take on the rest of your day. Something that might surprise others is that my love of music has taken me into the recording studio; recently I helped release a hip-hop album on which I rapped.
Devynn Malek

Devynn Malek

Massage Therapist

I consider myself very fortunate to work in a field where I am able to enhance people's lives by alleviating pain. My career as a massage therapist has led me on a rewarding path of professional growth and development and I now specialize in therapeutic massage with the intention of helping my clients improve mobility and overcome injury. This is accomplished through my work of deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, sports massage, stretching, and myofascial work, along with added modalities of hot stone therapy and bamboo fusion. While firm pressure is my strength, relaxation and comfort are still the ideal goals. I have taken several extended courses to practice prenatal massage and enjoy variety in my practice as I work with mothers-to-be, bringing them relief as their bodies transition through pregnancy and helping prepare for labor and delivery. I work with many clients to help resolve chronic pain such as sciatica, plantar fasciitis frozen shoulder, among other issues. I love practicing massage and find it extremely rewarding to help relieve serious pain or discomfort for my clients. I look forward to continued learning and growth.  If you'd like to book a reservation with Devynn please contact her directly at 860-367 5576 or email her at DevynnMalek@gmail.com
Kayla Brown
Kayla Brown
Massage Therapist
Heather Millbach
Massage Therapist
Mikayla Guernon works at Uptown Salon Spa.
Mikayla Guernon
Massage Therapist
Devynn Malek
Devynn Malek
Massage Therapist

Guest Service Experts

Lori Lallo

Lori Lallo

Guest Service Expert

There's a lot that goes on behind the scenes in order to create and maintain a clean and efficient work environment for our team to perform at their best, and a welcoming oasis of renewal for our guests to be transformed. This is my strength! I received my bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island with a focus on hospitality, and I've spent my career working in hotel and salon, and spa management.   When I arrive for my shift each day I start by checking in with our guests, making sure you feel welcome, comfortable, and are enjoying your services and time with us. We don't always know what you are going through in your personal or professional lives, but we do know that you've come to us to escape, relax, and unwind. If we, as a team put a smile on your face and make you feel good, then we've done our job. I also love coming in to see my work family. We make a difference in each other's lives, we have each other's backs, we love to laugh together, and we've built rewarding relationships. Outside of Uptown, you might see me around Westerly at the local shops and restaurants.  I enjoy weekend getaways, kayaking, going to dinner with my family and friends, and of course vacations!
Caitlin Hall Bitgood

“Cait” Caitlin

Nail Technician, Guest Service Expert

As I traveled through my career in the hair and nail industry from behind the chair manicuring and serving my nail clients over the years, I have found my true passion as a Guest Service Expert.  This has me be the one who first greets you as you enter our beautiful salon.  It’s my mission to make sure your experience at Uptown is smooth from start to finish. We take great pride in our guests and it’s the variety of the day-to-day interactions that fuel my spirit.  As your Guest Service Expert, it is my commitment to bring you a relaxing and comfortable environment in which you can be free to be yourself and feel at home.  The transformations as you leave your service provider are always the best part of my day – seeing you leave confident and happy. While not at Uptown you can find me barefoot, in my gardens with my chickens and my dog Birdie, or inside listening to my collection of vinyl records with my husband, my kitties and puppy, Gypsy Moonbeam, Ziggy Stardust, Bugsy, and of course Birdie, who make me laugh with their shenanigans.    

Makayla Burns

Guest Service Expert, Waxing, Nails

I grew up in Ashaway, Rhode Island, where I attended Chariho middle school and high school. Ever since I was a little girl I enjoyed getting my hair and nails done as well as giving the same services in return. This was such a strong passion that I decided to enroll in the Cosmetology program that my high school’s career and technical center offered. I fell in love with all aspects of this field and graduated in 2022 with 4 years under my belt. One of my biggest passions is making people feel good about themselves which is why I enjoy styling hair, giving manicures, giving pedicures, as well as waxes. I also enjoy serving as the receptionist on Saturday mornings here at the spa. When I’m not at work you can find me baking, camping, spending time with family, or at my dad's welding shop in Westerly.
Lori Lallo
Lori Lallo
Guest Service Expert
Caitlin Hall Bitgood
“Cait” Caitlin
Nail Technician, Guest Service Expert
Makayla Burns
Guest Service Expert, Waxing, Nails

Come Relax at Uptown Today

Hair Artist, Colorist

Angela Pensis

I graduated from the Arthur Angelo School of Cosmetology in 2009. From there I began my professional career and eventually joined the team at Uptown Salon. I Have always known I wanted to be a hairdresser since I was a little kid.
I love everything I do, from cutting, coloring, and highlighting, to updos. I would say my favorite head of hair is working on a natural “sunkissed” balayage.
I continue to further my career by learning new techniques and trends. I am always looking to expand my knowledge and come back to the salon after a class to try on my clients.
In May of 2022, I was certified in the Ouidad cut and style for clients with curly hair. As an Ouidad professional, I offer a comprehensive curl-focused service through various techniques for each curl pattern.
I truly take pride in my work and most of all how I make my guests look and feel about themselves. I enjoy spending time with my two beautiful daughters.

Favorite Beach:

Misquamicut

Hair Artist, Colorist, & Makeup Artist

Odemaries “Ode” Morales

I grew up in Griswold, Connecticut, and graduated from Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy in Cranston, Rhode Island. I specialize in all hair color services and am certified by Keratin Complex smoothing treatment. I am also a certified Loreal professional color ambassador.

One of the ways I stay up to speed on hair trends is to follow influential stylists on social media. I also attend cosmetology shows and classes. Coming to work does not feel like a job to me, because I find pure joy in my work. I have a great passion for teaching and spreading knowledge to new talent in the salon whenever I can. My professional goal for every client is to give a beautiful natural color that will look good even weeks after having it done, as well as to educate the client on how to maintain and care for style.

When not at the salon you can usually find me enjoying being outside on a walk or a hike or spending time with family.

Favorite Beach

East Beach

Hair Artist

Sarah

I have been a licensed professional for over 20 years. I specialize in blonding and low-maintenance color. Keeping the hair healthy and beautiful is a priority for me. One of my favorite things is meeting new people and exploring all of the beaches here. Feel free to check out my work on Instagram and I look forward to meeting you!

Hair Artist & Colorist

Circee Atkins

I consider myself very fortunate to be in a career where I can do the things I love, such as transforming hair through the application of bold and vivid fashion colors. I’m part of a team of knowledgeable professionals that encourage and support each other. I started at Uptown after graduating from Toni & Guy Cosmetology School and right away I was introduced to a variety of different techniques, great personalities, and tons of exposure to everything hair. I also took over ordering the color product which is not a small task, but it taught me a lot about our color line and has helped me gain experience and confidence. As the Kerastase Ambassador, I am the go-to person for styling product questions, not only for clients, but I also take the lead in educating our team on new product launches.

You might see me working as a Guest Service Expert sometimes too. I am trained to book reservations and I love to let our guests know about other service options in our Spa.  At Uptown I’ve built a reputation for fashion color application, and while this is something I love, I also appreciate my guests who prefer more natural looks. I’ve learned from the best here at Uptown, so I can provide a full range of hair colors and cuts to my guests.

When I’m not here I’m spending time with my horses at my family farm in Connecticut, and I’m looking forward to a life balanced with work and travel adventures. I’ve already traveled to 32 states and 2 other countries!

Favorite Beach

Misquamicut

Hair Artist & Colorist

Samantha Tondreau

I graduated from Westerly High’s Cosmetology school, and shortly after being licensed, I chose to continue my education at Paul Mitchell in Orlando Florida. This was a great experience, and it sparked a love for education that has kept me on the move – I’ve since attended Los Angeles’s Sexy Hair Academy, L’Oreal Professional’s Ambassador Program, 1-on-1 Bridal Styling Workshop with Alexandra Lee, and became Ouidad Certified at the Ouidad Salon in NYC.
Ouidad is our curly hair brand for every and all curl types! We accommodate wavy, loose, tight, and coily curls with our products that penetrate internally for beautiful external results. Add new cutting techniques to remove bulk, and add volume and uniformity to your natural curl pattern.
Now that my family has grown with 3 beautiful daughters,  I continue to be inspired by online education and the motivational videos posted by other successful stylists. Helping people feel beautiful and creating the art of each individual’s look is my strength. I’m also adept at a wide range of braiding techniques, varying from cornrows to bridal/special occasion styling. I enjoy teaching guests about the subtle nuances of their hairstyle and how they can maintain salon looks at home.
When I’m not working I enjoy time with my family or taking the time to excel in my specialties –  which are curly/textured hair and bridal styling!

Favorite Beach

Misquamicut

Hair Artist

Maggy Haines

I grew up in the beautiful Charlestown, RI, area and received my training from Toni + Guy academy in 2020 in Cranston, RI as well as via the Loreal Color ambassador program. I love working with clients from all over who travel to Westerly for their summer and hear their stories, while giving them that special cut. I am passionate about my craft and am continually taking classes and following social media influencers to learn new techniques and acquire new skills. This industry is so fast-pace and always adapting, which I love!

It’s important to me to not only give my clients a great haircut or service but to also help them learn how to care for and maintain their cut after they have left the salon. This is especially true for my Balayage and Lightening clients.  I do this through educating, listening, giving my utmost attention to my clients and ultimately helping them feel like their best self on day of service, and the days to follow.

When I am not at Uptown you can find me enjoying time with my 2 beautiful children on East Beach in Charlestown, or juggling or unicycling (but not all at the same time!)

Favorite Beach

East Beach

Hair Artist, Nail Technician

Emily Anne Terranova

I grew up in Westerly, RI and attended Empire Cosmetology School in Warwick. There I learned skills for how to do hair, nails and also became certified in lash extensions.

For the last 3 years I’ve been honing my capabilities and adopting the latest techniques to bring my clients what’s new and exciting in trends. My focus is the guest’s comfort, health, and ensuring that the services I deliver last as long as possible. I love the diversity of my job because each day I get to welcome back returning guests, and also meet new interesting people. When at Uptown I am most often providing nail services or blow out hair services. Because I have naturally curly hair, I’ve spent my whole life figuring out how to style and treat raucous waves. It’s something I excel at!

Favorite Beach:

Misquamicut

Hair Artist

Vanessa Giorno

Since I was little I was playing with Barbie dolls and doing their hair. I’ve always had a strong passion for cosmetology throughout my life. As I entered the Westerly high school I knew cosmetology was the correct path for me. I find joy in making other people feel confident about themselves, and seeing smiles as they walk out of the salon pleased with their results. At the start of my senior year I started working at Uptown Salon and Spa. I watched stylists wash, cut, and color clients’ hair. I constantly practiced at the salon and at the school with foils, consultations, cuts, and more. As I graduated from Westerly High I have come to the realization that hair is truly what I would like to pursue. As my days are booked with clients I continue to gain more knowledge and skills on a variety of hair types and styles.

When I’m not working at Uptown,  I like to go to the beach to relax with friends and family, and I also love to dress up and go out to eat.

Hair Artist

Patty Fairweather

I grew up in Queens NY but moved to East Greenwich Rhode Island in 1989 and to South County in 2000 making Rhode Island my home of 32 years.  It is where I chose to raise my four (4) daughters, where I received my undergraduate degree in English Literature, and where I chose to continue living while commuting to Boston College Law School where I received my law degree in 1997.
I’ve been practicing the art of braiding for over 45 years. I absolutely love creating beautiful box braids, corn rows, distressed butter-fly locks, and dreadlocks.  I’ve learned and adapted many creative techniques over the years. My portfolio is extensive, and I really enjoy the consultationswhich allow me to determine the grade of hair and the best type of braid to match my guest’s desired outcome, life style, and unique personal goals. Few things can match the reward of creating a beautiful head of fully braided hair and seeing the transformation and joy that it brings to my clients.
Yes, I have a busy life, but I do have a lot of fun.  When I’m not braiding hair or working at my law practice, I love to cook for my family and my family of friends.  I also love exercising at Wilcox Park and taking a leisurely stroll there while listening to audio books.  Hey, you might see me riding my bike to the farmer’s market or to the beach, or popping into the stores of downtown Westerly and Mystic Village; if you do, wave I would love to meet you!

Hair Artist

Kaitlin Scuncio

Ever since I can remember, I have enjoyed styling my friends and family’s hair and have found so much joy in it. This passion led me to pursue a career in the hair industry, and I enrolled in the cosmetology program at the Chariho Career and Technical Program. It was there that I discovered my love and passion for doing hair.

I enjoy expanding my knowledge by exploring various techniques and styles others share, continuously seeking to learn and grow. One of the things I love most is having the ability to make someone else feel beautiful and confident once they leave my chair.

Hair Artist, Colorist

Angela Pensis

I graduated from the Arthur Angelo School of Cosmetology in 2009. From there I began my professional career and eventually joined the team at Uptown Salon. I Have always known I wanted to be a hairdresser since I was a little kid.
I love everything I do, from cutting, coloring, and highlighting, to updos. I would say my favorite head of hair is working on a natural “sunkissed” balayage.
I continue to further my career by learning new techniques and trends. I am always looking to expand my knowledge and come back to the salon after a class to try on my clients.
In May of 2022, I was certified in the Ouidad cut and style for clients with curly hair. As an Ouidad professional, I offer a comprehensive curl-focused service through various techniques for each curl pattern.
I truly take pride in my work and most of all how I make my guests look and feel about themselves. I enjoy spending time with my two beautiful daughters.

Favorite Beach:

Misquamicut

Hair Artist, Colorist, & Makeup Artist

Odemaries “Ode” Morales

I grew up in Griswold, Connecticut, and graduated from Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy in Cranston, Rhode Island. I specialize in all hair color services and am certified by Keratin Complex smoothing treatment. I am also a certified Loreal professional color ambassador.

One of the ways I stay up to speed on hair trends is to follow influential stylists on social media. I also attend cosmetology shows and classes. Coming to work does not feel like a job to me, because I find pure joy in my work. I have a great passion for teaching and spreading knowledge to new talent in the salon whenever I can. My professional goal for every client is to give a beautiful natural color that will look good even weeks after having it done, as well as to educate the client on how to maintain and care for style.

When not at the salon you can usually find me enjoying being outside on a walk or a hike or spending time with family.

Favorite Beach

East Beach

Hair Artist

Sarah

I have been a licensed professional for over 20 years. I specialize in blonding and low-maintenance color. Keeping the hair healthy and beautiful is a priority for me. One of my favorite things is meeting new people and exploring all of the beaches here. Feel free to check out my work on Instagram and I look forward to meeting you!

Hair Artist & Colorist

Circee Atkins

I consider myself very fortunate to be in a career where I can do the things I love, such as transforming hair through the application of bold and vivid fashion colors. I’m part of a team of knowledgeable professionals that encourage and support each other. I started at Uptown after graduating from Toni & Guy Cosmetology School and right away I was introduced to a variety of different techniques, great personalities, and tons of exposure to everything hair. I also took over ordering the color product which is not a small task, but it taught me a lot about our color line and has helped me gain experience and confidence. As the Kerastase Ambassador, I am the go-to person for styling product questions, not only for clients, but I also take the lead in educating our team on new product launches.

You might see me working as a Guest Service Expert sometimes too. I am trained to book reservations and I love to let our guests know about other service options in our Spa.  At Uptown I’ve built a reputation for fashion color application, and while this is something I love, I also appreciate my guests who prefer more natural looks. I’ve learned from the best here at Uptown, so I can provide a full range of hair colors and cuts to my guests.

When I’m not here I’m spending time with my horses at my family farm in Connecticut, and I’m looking forward to a life balanced with work and travel adventures. I’ve already traveled to 32 states and 2 other countries!

Favorite Beach

Misquamicut

Hair Artist & Colorist

Samantha Tondreau

I graduated from Westerly High’s Cosmetology school, and shortly after being licensed, I chose to continue my education at Paul Mitchell in Orlando Florida. This was a great experience, and it sparked a love for education that has kept me on the move – I’ve since attended Los Angeles’s Sexy Hair Academy, L’Oreal Professional’s Ambassador Program, 1-on-1 Bridal Styling Workshop with Alexandra Lee, and became Ouidad Certified at the Ouidad Salon in NYC.
Ouidad is our curly hair brand for every and all curl types! We accommodate wavy, loose, tight, and coily curls with our products that penetrate internally for beautiful external results. Add new cutting techniques to remove bulk, and add volume and uniformity to your natural curl pattern.
Now that my family has grown with 3 beautiful daughters,  I continue to be inspired by online education and the motivational videos posted by other successful stylists. Helping people feel beautiful and creating the art of each individual’s look is my strength. I’m also adept at a wide range of braiding techniques, varying from cornrows to bridal/special occasion styling. I enjoy teaching guests about the subtle nuances of their hairstyle and how they can maintain salon looks at home.
When I’m not working I enjoy time with my family or taking the time to excel in my specialties –  which are curly/textured hair and bridal styling!

Favorite Beach

Misquamicut

Hair Artist

Maggy Haines

I grew up in the beautiful Charlestown, RI, area and received my training from Toni + Guy academy in 2020 in Cranston, RI as well as via the Loreal Color ambassador program. I love working with clients from all over who travel to Westerly for their summer and hear their stories, while giving them that special cut. I am passionate about my craft and am continually taking classes and following social media influencers to learn new techniques and acquire new skills. This industry is so fast-pace and always adapting, which I love!

It’s important to me to not only give my clients a great haircut or service but to also help them learn how to care for and maintain their cut after they have left the salon. This is especially true for my Balayage and Lightening clients.  I do this through educating, listening, giving my utmost attention to my clients and ultimately helping them feel like their best self on day of service, and the days to follow.

When I am not at Uptown you can find me enjoying time with my 2 beautiful children on East Beach in Charlestown, or juggling or unicycling (but not all at the same time!)

Favorite Beach

East Beach

Hair Artist, Nail Technician

Emily Anne Terranova

I grew up in Westerly, RI and attended Empire Cosmetology School in Warwick. There I learned skills for how to do hair, nails and also became certified in lash extensions.

For the last 3 years I’ve been honing my capabilities and adopting the latest techniques to bring my clients what’s new and exciting in trends. My focus is the guest’s comfort, health, and ensuring that the services I deliver last as long as possible. I love the diversity of my job because each day I get to welcome back returning guests, and also meet new interesting people. When at Uptown I am most often providing nail services or blow out hair services. Because I have naturally curly hair, I’ve spent my whole life figuring out how to style and treat raucous waves. It’s something I excel at!

Favorite Beach:

Misquamicut

Hair Artist

Vanessa Giorno

Since I was little I was playing with Barbie dolls and doing their hair. I’ve always had a strong passion for cosmetology throughout my life. As I entered the Westerly high school I knew cosmetology was the correct path for me. I find joy in making other people feel confident about themselves, and seeing smiles as they walk out of the salon pleased with their results. At the start of my senior year I started working at Uptown Salon and Spa. I watched stylists wash, cut, and color clients’ hair. I constantly practiced at the salon and at the school with foils, consultations, cuts, and more. As I graduated from Westerly High I have come to the realization that hair is truly what I would like to pursue. As my days are booked with clients I continue to gain more knowledge and skills on a variety of hair types and styles.

When I’m not working at Uptown,  I like to go to the beach to relax with friends and family, and I also love to dress up and go out to eat.

Hair Artist

Patty Fairweather

I grew up in Queens NY but moved to East Greenwich Rhode Island in 1989 and to South County in 2000 making Rhode Island my home of 32 years.  It is where I chose to raise my four (4) daughters, where I received my undergraduate degree in English Literature, and where I chose to continue living while commuting to Boston College Law School where I received my law degree in 1997.
I’ve been practicing the art of braiding for over 45 years. I absolutely love creating beautiful box braids, corn rows, distressed butter-fly locks, and dreadlocks.  I’ve learned and adapted many creative techniques over the years. My portfolio is extensive, and I really enjoy the consultationswhich allow me to determine the grade of hair and the best type of braid to match my guest’s desired outcome, life style, and unique personal goals. Few things can match the reward of creating a beautiful head of fully braided hair and seeing the transformation and joy that it brings to my clients.
Yes, I have a busy life, but I do have a lot of fun.  When I’m not braiding hair or working at my law practice, I love to cook for my family and my family of friends.  I also love exercising at Wilcox Park and taking a leisurely stroll there while listening to audio books.  Hey, you might see me riding my bike to the farmer’s market or to the beach, or popping into the stores of downtown Westerly and Mystic Village; if you do, wave I would love to meet you!

Hair Artist

Kaitlin Scuncio

Ever since I can remember, I have enjoyed styling my friends and family’s hair and have found so much joy in it. This passion led me to pursue a career in the hair industry, and I enrolled in the cosmetology program at the Chariho Career and Technical Program. It was there that I discovered my love and passion for doing hair.

I enjoy expanding my knowledge by exploring various techniques and styles others share, continuously seeking to learn and grow. One of the things I love most is having the ability to make someone else feel beautiful and confident once they leave my chair.

Nail Technician

Samantha (Sam) Davis

I always wanted to be just like my mother, who was a cosmetologist. That’s what led me to attend the Cosmetology Program at Chariho High School and take nail classes. There is so much fashion to keep pace with when it comes to nail color and design trends. Uptown clients often tell me how much they love it when I provide them with the perfect French or Shellac Manicure. I’ve been honing my craft since 2013, and what keeps me going is seeing how happy Uptown clients are with the services I deliver!

Favorite Beach:

Charlestown Beach

Nail Technician

Connie Keltonic

If you’re tired of run of the mill manicures found in every suburban strip mall and instead want an outstanding nail spa experience featuring the highest standards of cleanliness, look no further than Uptown. I specialize in gel nails; nail art, and mixing custom nail colors. Experience has taught me how to combine nail color pigments in order to achieve whatever hue or shade you desire. If you’re looking for something traditional, Uptown clients say I deliver the ultimate French manicure because of my perfectionism for sculpting and shaping nails. I left the Philippines at age 19 to come to America for education and a better life. I miss the simple way of life of my home country, but have found a family of sisters at Uptown Salon who inspire me, support me, and show me how to live an independent life.

Favorite Beach:

Misquamicut State Beach

Nail Technician

Jessica Marie Reyna

My husband encouraged me to pursue my dream to become a manicurist, and I’ve not looked back. I’ve been a nail technician since 2016. Making the hands and toes of our customers look fabulous is my passion. I’m always learning about new products and the best way to apply them. Our customers come to us to look their best at the biggest moments in their life. When I am delivering a service, I appreciate the trust the clients have in me, and how they share details on the most important moments in their lives with me. This is why I enjoy sharing with those that I enjoy spending time with my husband and my son when not at the salon.

Favorite Beach:

Misquamicut

Hair Artist, Nail Technician

Emily Anne Terranova

I grew up in Westerly, RI and attended Empire Cosmetology School in Warwick. There I learned skills for how to do hair, nails and also became certified in lash extensions.

For the last 3 years I’ve been honing my capabilities and adopting the latest techniques to bring my clients what’s new and exciting in trends. My focus is the guest’s comfort, health, and ensuring that the services I deliver last as long as possible. I love the diversity of my job because each day I get to welcome back returning guests, and also meet new interesting people. When at Uptown I am most often providing nail services or blow out hair services. Because I have naturally curly hair, I’ve spent my whole life figuring out how to style and treat raucous waves. It’s something I excel at!

Favorite Beach:

Misquamicut

Guest Service Expert, Waxing, Nails

Makayla Burns

I grew up in Ashaway, Rhode Island, where I attended Chariho middle school and high school. Ever since I was a little girl I enjoyed getting my hair and nails done as well as giving the same services in return. This was such a strong passion that I decided to enroll in the Cosmetology program that my high school’s career and technical center offered. I fell in love with all aspects of this field and graduated in 2022 with 4 years under my belt. One of my biggest passions is making people feel good about themselves which is why I enjoy styling hair, giving manicures, giving pedicures, as well as waxes. I also enjoy serving as the receptionist on Saturday mornings here at the spa. When I’m not at work you can find me baking, camping, spending time with family, or at my dad’s welding shop in Westerly.

Nail Technician

Samantha (Sam) Davis

I always wanted to be just like my mother, who was a cosmetologist. That’s what led me to attend the Cosmetology Program at Chariho High School and take nail classes. There is so much fashion to keep pace with when it comes to nail color and design trends. Uptown clients often tell me how much they love it when I provide them with the perfect French or Shellac Manicure. I’ve been honing my craft since 2013, and what keeps me going is seeing how happy Uptown clients are with the services I deliver!

Favorite Beach:

Charlestown Beach

Nail Technician

Connie Keltonic

If you’re tired of run of the mill manicures found in every suburban strip mall and instead want an outstanding nail spa experience featuring the highest standards of cleanliness, look no further than Uptown. I specialize in gel nails; nail art, and mixing custom nail colors. Experience has taught me how to combine nail color pigments in order to achieve whatever hue or shade you desire. If you’re looking for something traditional, Uptown clients say I deliver the ultimate French manicure because of my perfectionism for sculpting and shaping nails. I left the Philippines at age 19 to come to America for education and a better life. I miss the simple way of life of my home country, but have found a family of sisters at Uptown Salon who inspire me, support me, and show me how to live an independent life.

Favorite Beach:

Misquamicut State Beach

Nail Technician

Jessica Marie Reyna

My husband encouraged me to pursue my dream to become a manicurist, and I’ve not looked back. I’ve been a nail technician since 2016. Making the hands and toes of our customers look fabulous is my passion. I’m always learning about new products and the best way to apply them. Our customers come to us to look their best at the biggest moments in their life. When I am delivering a service, I appreciate the trust the clients have in me, and how they share details on the most important moments in their lives with me. This is why I enjoy sharing with those that I enjoy spending time with my husband and my son when not at the salon.

Favorite Beach:

Misquamicut

Hair Artist, Nail Technician

Emily Anne Terranova

I grew up in Westerly, RI and attended Empire Cosmetology School in Warwick. There I learned skills for how to do hair, nails and also became certified in lash extensions.

For the last 3 years I’ve been honing my capabilities and adopting the latest techniques to bring my clients what’s new and exciting in trends. My focus is the guest’s comfort, health, and ensuring that the services I deliver last as long as possible. I love the diversity of my job because each day I get to welcome back returning guests, and also meet new interesting people. When at Uptown I am most often providing nail services or blow out hair services. Because I have naturally curly hair, I’ve spent my whole life figuring out how to style and treat raucous waves. It’s something I excel at!

Favorite Beach:

Misquamicut

Guest Service Expert, Waxing, Nails

Makayla Burns

I grew up in Ashaway, Rhode Island, where I attended Chariho middle school and high school. Ever since I was a little girl I enjoyed getting my hair and nails done as well as giving the same services in return. This was such a strong passion that I decided to enroll in the Cosmetology program that my high school’s career and technical center offered. I fell in love with all aspects of this field and graduated in 2022 with 4 years under my belt. One of my biggest passions is making people feel good about themselves which is why I enjoy styling hair, giving manicures, giving pedicures, as well as waxes. I also enjoy serving as the receptionist on Saturday mornings here at the spa. When I’m not at work you can find me baking, camping, spending time with family, or at my dad’s welding shop in Westerly.

Esthetician

Michelle Morrone

The biggest joy in my career is taking care of the amazing people that come to Uptown. I love strategizing with my clients to set long-term goals, and being a part of the self-care journey is truly an honor. When you make a commitment to your skincare routine, you will see the results, and I get so much satisfaction in being part of the process.

Keeping our guests looking and feeling their best requires an individual treatment plan, and I always take the time to understand what’s happening below the surface so I can design a tailored solution with the highest quality skincare, services, and products. Understanding how nutrition can impact your skin is equally important, so I enjoy sharing strategies for improving skin from the inside out.  Because our clients live such big lives, I love pampering them in ways that leave them feeling relaxed, refreshed, and with a renewed sense of calm. Glowing, healthy skin is a great outcome too!

I love keeping up with education and new treatment options. Some of my favorites over the years are dermaplaning, nanoinfusion for maximum product delivery, oncology esthetics, and the use of micro-current.   

 Just like my clients, I live a big life and take time to unwind (with a glass of wine) in my garden, spending time with my husband and 3 children, boating, yoga, and walking my dogs. 

Favorite Beach:

Block Island

Esthetician

Olivia Rose Romeo

Being an esthetician is an emotionally rewarding profession because I get the privilege to help people feel great about themselves, and for me, that is what it is all about! My nickname is Liv and I graduated from the Empire Beauty School. Today I specialize in waxing and skin condition-specific facials.  On top of incorporating goal-oriented results, I make sure an abundance of relaxation and pampering are a part of the experience. Sharing skin care tips and expert advice that  advances my clients’ individual skincare regimes is a big focus for me. Another big focus for me is expanding my education by going to nursing school.

When I’m not at Uptown, you can find me watching Lifetime movies or hiking with my dog Mickey. I’m so happy to be a member of the Uptown Salon and Spa team!

Favorite Beach:

Napa Tree Point

Waxing

Avery Dotolo

When I first had the opportunity to join the Westerly High School Cosmetology CTE program I did not know how passionate I would become for the field. My love for facials led me to gravitate towards working in esthetics. My goal for my career consists of helping others relax and feel confident in their own skin. Now after graduating from Westerly High School  Cosmetology CTE program, I’m focusing all my time working at Uptown Salon and Spa focusing on esthetics. Helping my clients advance their skincare routine and providing them with professional advice to further improve their skin makes me feel fulfilled. I started working in esthetics in 2021 and was delighted to help others unwind from everyday stressors. I enjoy the relaxing atmosphere the salon has to offer and I hope to help my clients feel just the same. When I’m not working upstairs I help at the desk on Saturdays. In my free time, I love to encourage my creativity by painting and drawing. I also enjoy sitting down and reading a good book.

Guest Service Expert, Waxing, Nails

Makayla Burns

I grew up in Ashaway, Rhode Island, where I attended Chariho middle school and high school. Ever since I was a little girl I enjoyed getting my hair and nails done as well as giving the same services in return. This was such a strong passion that I decided to enroll in the Cosmetology program that my high school’s career and technical center offered. I fell in love with all aspects of this field and graduated in 2022 with 4 years under my belt. One of my biggest passions is making people feel good about themselves which is why I enjoy styling hair, giving manicures, giving pedicures, as well as waxes. I also enjoy serving as the receptionist on Saturday mornings here at the spa. When I’m not at work you can find me baking, camping, spending time with family, or at my dad’s welding shop in Westerly.

Esthetician

Michelle Morrone

The biggest joy in my career is taking care of the amazing people that come to Uptown. I love strategizing with my clients to set long-term goals, and being a part of the self-care journey is truly an honor. When you make a commitment to your skincare routine, you will see the results, and I get so much satisfaction in being part of the process.

Keeping our guests looking and feeling their best requires an individual treatment plan, and I always take the time to understand what’s happening below the surface so I can design a tailored solution with the highest quality skincare, services, and products. Understanding how nutrition can impact your skin is equally important, so I enjoy sharing strategies for improving skin from the inside out.  Because our clients live such big lives, I love pampering them in ways that leave them feeling relaxed, refreshed, and with a renewed sense of calm. Glowing, healthy skin is a great outcome too!

I love keeping up with education and new treatment options. Some of my favorites over the years are dermaplaning, nanoinfusion for maximum product delivery, oncology esthetics, and the use of micro-current.   

 Just like my clients, I live a big life and take time to unwind (with a glass of wine) in my garden, spending time with my husband and 3 children, boating, yoga, and walking my dogs. 

Favorite Beach:

Block Island

Esthetician

Olivia Rose Romeo

Being an esthetician is an emotionally rewarding profession because I get the privilege to help people feel great about themselves, and for me, that is what it is all about! My nickname is Liv and I graduated from the Empire Beauty School. Today I specialize in waxing and skin condition-specific facials.  On top of incorporating goal-oriented results, I make sure an abundance of relaxation and pampering are a part of the experience. Sharing skin care tips and expert advice that  advances my clients’ individual skincare regimes is a big focus for me. Another big focus for me is expanding my education by going to nursing school.

When I’m not at Uptown, you can find me watching Lifetime movies or hiking with my dog Mickey. I’m so happy to be a member of the Uptown Salon and Spa team!

Favorite Beach:

Napa Tree Point

Waxing

Avery Dotolo

When I first had the opportunity to join the Westerly High School Cosmetology CTE program I did not know how passionate I would become for the field. My love for facials led me to gravitate towards working in esthetics. My goal for my career consists of helping others relax and feel confident in their own skin. Now after graduating from Westerly High School  Cosmetology CTE program, I’m focusing all my time working at Uptown Salon and Spa focusing on esthetics. Helping my clients advance their skincare routine and providing them with professional advice to further improve their skin makes me feel fulfilled. I started working in esthetics in 2021 and was delighted to help others unwind from everyday stressors. I enjoy the relaxing atmosphere the salon has to offer and I hope to help my clients feel just the same. When I’m not working upstairs I help at the desk on Saturdays. In my free time, I love to encourage my creativity by painting and drawing. I also enjoy sitting down and reading a good book.

Guest Service Expert, Waxing, Nails

Makayla Burns

I grew up in Ashaway, Rhode Island, where I attended Chariho middle school and high school. Ever since I was a little girl I enjoyed getting my hair and nails done as well as giving the same services in return. This was such a strong passion that I decided to enroll in the Cosmetology program that my high school’s career and technical center offered. I fell in love with all aspects of this field and graduated in 2022 with 4 years under my belt. One of my biggest passions is making people feel good about themselves which is why I enjoy styling hair, giving manicures, giving pedicures, as well as waxes. I also enjoy serving as the receptionist on Saturday mornings here at the spa. When I’m not at work you can find me baking, camping, spending time with family, or at my dad’s welding shop in Westerly.

Massage Therapist

Kayla Brown

My focus is helping Uptown clients find pain relief with lasting effects through massage.

Hello! I’m Kayla and grew up in Griswold CT. Today I am a local of Westerly Rhode Islander and graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in of Groton CT. My career inspiration is from Amy Hendry, a former teacher and mentor. Her personal experience as a sports massage therapist and expert in Myofascial Release gave me the direction and confidence to pursue a career as a massage therapist.

I use a variety of techniques and modalities to provide the best and most unique experience possible to each client. I’m known for getting to the root source of your pain during a massage. Clients leave my table feeling better and healed by the experience.

I specialize in different forms of Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, Sports/ Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation or (PNF) Stretching, combined with Orthopedic Massage techniques. These techniques are a great solution for those suffering from Forward Head Posture, Rounded Shoulders, Low Back or Hip/Sacral Stiffness, knee and sciatic nerve pain. My mission at Uptown is to help all our clients achieve pain relief, healing, and ultimate relaxation. One thing a new client would be surprised to learn about me is that I eat a plant-based only diet.

Favorite Beach:

Misquamicut

Massage Therapist

Heather Millbach

Passionate about the art of healing, I’ve journeyed to Thailand to immerse myself in the ancient traditions of Thai massage. Trained by skilled practitioners in its homeland, I bring the essence of this centuries-old practice to every session. With a blend of expertise and intuition, I strive to guide my clients toward deep relaxation, holistic wellness, and a renewed sense of vitality. Let me help you embark on your journey to inner harmony and rejuvenation.

Each session starts with a conversation so your treatment can be tailored for you. I am deeply committed to providing personalized care to each client, addressing your concerns, and promoting ultimate relaxation and healing.

 

Massage Therapist

Mikayla Guernon

As a Reiki Master, I have a true talent for zeroing in on my clients’ muscle tension through intuitive touch.
My massage style is often described as deeply healing in nature.

My Uptown colleagues and I work together at the spa, sharing knowledge and techniques that help all our guests.  When you’re in my treatment room, you can count on feeling peaceful and relaxed. After your massage, you will be rejuvenated and both physically and mentally ready to take on the rest of your day.

Something that might surprise others is that my love of music has taken me into the recording studio; recently I helped release a hip-hop album on which I rapped.

Favorite Beach:

Moonstone

Massage Therapist

Devynn Malek

I consider myself very fortunate to work in a field where I am able to enhance people’s lives by alleviating pain. My career as a massage therapist has led me on a rewarding path of professional growth and development and I now specialize in therapeutic massage with the intention of helping my clients improve mobility and overcome injury. This is accomplished through my work of deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, sports massage, stretching, and myofascial work, along with added modalities of hot stone therapy and bamboo fusion. While firm pressure is my strength, relaxation and comfort are still the ideal goals. I have taken several extended courses to practice prenatal massage and enjoy variety in my practice as I work with mothers-to-be, bringing them relief as their bodies transition through pregnancy and helping prepare for labor and delivery. I work with many clients to help resolve chronic pain such as sciatica, plantar fasciitis frozen shoulder, among other issues. I love practicing massage and find it extremely rewarding to help relieve serious pain or discomfort for my clients. I look forward to continued learning and growth. 

If you’d like to book a reservation with Devynn please contact her directly at 860-367 5576 or email her at DevynnMalek@gmail.com

Massage Therapist

Kayla Brown

My focus is helping Uptown clients find pain relief with lasting effects through massage.

Hello! I’m Kayla and grew up in Griswold CT. Today I am a local of Westerly Rhode Islander and graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in of Groton CT. My career inspiration is from Amy Hendry, a former teacher and mentor. Her personal experience as a sports massage therapist and expert in Myofascial Release gave me the direction and confidence to pursue a career as a massage therapist.

I use a variety of techniques and modalities to provide the best and most unique experience possible to each client. I’m known for getting to the root source of your pain during a massage. Clients leave my table feeling better and healed by the experience.

I specialize in different forms of Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, Sports/ Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation or (PNF) Stretching, combined with Orthopedic Massage techniques. These techniques are a great solution for those suffering from Forward Head Posture, Rounded Shoulders, Low Back or Hip/Sacral Stiffness, knee and sciatic nerve pain. My mission at Uptown is to help all our clients achieve pain relief, healing, and ultimate relaxation. One thing a new client would be surprised to learn about me is that I eat a plant-based only diet.

Favorite Beach:

Misquamicut

Massage Therapist

Heather Millbach

Passionate about the art of healing, I’ve journeyed to Thailand to immerse myself in the ancient traditions of Thai massage. Trained by skilled practitioners in its homeland, I bring the essence of this centuries-old practice to every session. With a blend of expertise and intuition, I strive to guide my clients toward deep relaxation, holistic wellness, and a renewed sense of vitality. Let me help you embark on your journey to inner harmony and rejuvenation.

Each session starts with a conversation so your treatment can be tailored for you. I am deeply committed to providing personalized care to each client, addressing your concerns, and promoting ultimate relaxation and healing.

 

Massage Therapist

Mikayla Guernon

As a Reiki Master, I have a true talent for zeroing in on my clients’ muscle tension through intuitive touch.
My massage style is often described as deeply healing in nature.

My Uptown colleagues and I work together at the spa, sharing knowledge and techniques that help all our guests.  When you’re in my treatment room, you can count on feeling peaceful and relaxed. After your massage, you will be rejuvenated and both physically and mentally ready to take on the rest of your day.

Something that might surprise others is that my love of music has taken me into the recording studio; recently I helped release a hip-hop album on which I rapped.

Favorite Beach:

Moonstone

Massage Therapist

Devynn Malek

I consider myself very fortunate to work in a field where I am able to enhance people’s lives by alleviating pain. My career as a massage therapist has led me on a rewarding path of professional growth and development and I now specialize in therapeutic massage with the intention of helping my clients improve mobility and overcome injury. This is accomplished through my work of deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, sports massage, stretching, and myofascial work, along with added modalities of hot stone therapy and bamboo fusion. While firm pressure is my strength, relaxation and comfort are still the ideal goals. I have taken several extended courses to practice prenatal massage and enjoy variety in my practice as I work with mothers-to-be, bringing them relief as their bodies transition through pregnancy and helping prepare for labor and delivery. I work with many clients to help resolve chronic pain such as sciatica, plantar fasciitis frozen shoulder, among other issues. I love practicing massage and find it extremely rewarding to help relieve serious pain or discomfort for my clients. I look forward to continued learning and growth. 

If you’d like to book a reservation with Devynn please contact her directly at 860-367 5576 or email her at DevynnMalek@gmail.com

Guest Service Expert

Lori Lallo

There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes in order to create and maintain a clean and efficient work environment for our team to perform at their best, and a welcoming oasis of renewal for our guests to be transformed. This is my strength! I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island with a focus on hospitality, and I’ve spent my career working in hotel and salon, and spa management. 

 When I arrive for my shift each day I start by checking in with our guests, making sure you feel welcome, comfortable, and are enjoying your services and time with us. We don’t always know what you are going through in your personal or professional lives, but we do know that you’ve come to us to escape, relax, and unwind. If we, as a team put a smile on your face and make you feel good, then we’ve done our job. I also love coming in to see my work family. We make a difference in each other’s lives, we have each other’s backs, we love to laugh together, and we’ve built rewarding relationships.

Outside of Uptown, you might see me around Westerly at the local shops and restaurants.  I enjoy weekend getaways, kayaking, going to dinner with my family and friends, and of course vacations!

Favorite Beach:

Misquamicut Beach

Nail Technician, Guest Service Expert

“Cait” Caitlin

As I traveled through my career in the hair and nail industry from behind the chair manicuring and serving my nail clients over the years, I have found my true passion as a Guest Service Expert.  This has me be the one who first greets you as you enter our beautiful salon.  It’s my mission to make sure your experience at Uptown is smooth from start to finish.

We take great pride in our guests and it’s the variety of the day-to-day interactions that fuel my spirit.  As your Guest Service Expert, it is my commitment to bring you a relaxing and comfortable environment in which you can be free to be yourself and feel at home.  The transformations as you leave your service provider are always the best part of my day – seeing you leave confident and happy.

While not at Uptown you can find me barefoot, in my gardens with my chickens and my dog Birdie, or inside listening to my collection of vinyl records with my husband, my kitties and puppy, Gypsy Moonbeam, Ziggy Stardust, Bugsy, and of course Birdie, who make me laugh with their shenanigans.

 

 

Favorite Beach:

Charlestown Breachway

Guest Service Expert, Waxing, Nails

Makayla Burns

I grew up in Ashaway, Rhode Island, where I attended Chariho middle school and high school. Ever since I was a little girl I enjoyed getting my hair and nails done as well as giving the same services in return. This was such a strong passion that I decided to enroll in the Cosmetology program that my high school’s career and technical center offered. I fell in love with all aspects of this field and graduated in 2022 with 4 years under my belt. One of my biggest passions is making people feel good about themselves which is why I enjoy styling hair, giving manicures, giving pedicures, as well as waxes. I also enjoy serving as the receptionist on Saturday mornings here at the spa. When I’m not at work you can find me baking, camping, spending time with family, or at my dad’s welding shop in Westerly.

Guest Service Expert

Lori Lallo

There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes in order to create and maintain a clean and efficient work environment for our team to perform at their best, and a welcoming oasis of renewal for our guests to be transformed. This is my strength! I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island with a focus on hospitality, and I’ve spent my career working in hotel and salon, and spa management. 

 When I arrive for my shift each day I start by checking in with our guests, making sure you feel welcome, comfortable, and are enjoying your services and time with us. We don’t always know what you are going through in your personal or professional lives, but we do know that you’ve come to us to escape, relax, and unwind. If we, as a team put a smile on your face and make you feel good, then we’ve done our job. I also love coming in to see my work family. We make a difference in each other’s lives, we have each other’s backs, we love to laugh together, and we’ve built rewarding relationships.

Outside of Uptown, you might see me around Westerly at the local shops and restaurants.  I enjoy weekend getaways, kayaking, going to dinner with my family and friends, and of course vacations!

Favorite Beach:

Misquamicut Beach

Nail Technician, Guest Service Expert

“Cait” Caitlin

As I traveled through my career in the hair and nail industry from behind the chair manicuring and serving my nail clients over the years, I have found my true passion as a Guest Service Expert.  This has me be the one who first greets you as you enter our beautiful salon.  It’s my mission to make sure your experience at Uptown is smooth from start to finish.

We take great pride in our guests and it’s the variety of the day-to-day interactions that fuel my spirit.  As your Guest Service Expert, it is my commitment to bring you a relaxing and comfortable environment in which you can be free to be yourself and feel at home.  The transformations as you leave your service provider are always the best part of my day – seeing you leave confident and happy.

While not at Uptown you can find me barefoot, in my gardens with my chickens and my dog Birdie, or inside listening to my collection of vinyl records with my husband, my kitties and puppy, Gypsy Moonbeam, Ziggy Stardust, Bugsy, and of course Birdie, who make me laugh with their shenanigans.

 

 

Favorite Beach:

Charlestown Breachway

Guest Service Expert, Waxing, Nails

Makayla Burns

I grew up in Ashaway, Rhode Island, where I attended Chariho middle school and high school. Ever since I was a little girl I enjoyed getting my hair and nails done as well as giving the same services in return. This was such a strong passion that I decided to enroll in the Cosmetology program that my high school’s career and technical center offered. I fell in love with all aspects of this field and graduated in 2022 with 4 years under my belt. One of my biggest passions is making people feel good about themselves which is why I enjoy styling hair, giving manicures, giving pedicures, as well as waxes. I also enjoy serving as the receptionist on Saturday mornings here at the spa. When I’m not at work you can find me baking, camping, spending time with family, or at my dad’s welding shop in Westerly.