Talent

Lisa Houser – Owner/ Master Stylist Being born in raised in NY, I developed a love for being artistic and wanted to seek out cosmetology. After receiving my cosmetology education and license, I began working in one of the top salons in Long Island. I started out in the industry doing nails and found that I loved using my artistic abilities while serving people. Throughout my 29 year career, I have continued my love for being artistic through continuing my education, recently attended Aquage Master Academy and trained to become a Scruples hair care educator. I specialize in hair coloring techniques, especially the challenge of color correction. I am certified in hair extensions. My goal is to create a friendly, inviting, and relaxing environment in which my clientele can relax and enjoy. I also love to help my community, fundraising for local schools as well as the American Cancer Society while serving on the silent auction and recognition committee. I serve on the Clark County Skill Center Cosmetology Advisory Board as well as The Hazel Dell Salmon Creek Business Association Executive Board.
Mallory Musson – Hairstylist My career in the beauty industry began in 2008 at Gene Juarez Salon & Spa in Bellevue, WA. It was there that I learned the fundamentals of outstanding customer service and the importance of creating meaningful relationships with guests. I then moved to a smaller, more team-focused salon in the Seattle area where I discovered how successful I could be with the right support. The decision to earn my cosmetology license was an easy one, as I had found myself absolutely in love with the industry – specifically, the amazing relationships I was able to build with clients and coworkers. When I moved back to Vancouver, I was immediately drawn to Utopia Salon & Spa. The team environment Lisa has built, coupled with her passion for community involvement assured me that Utopia was going to be an excellent fit for me. I look forward to continuing to grow in this fabulous industry, and am so grateful for the opportunity to do so at such a well respected salon & spa.
Megan Strickland – Hairstylist  I started my career in 2007. I never really knew what I wanted to do with my life until I decided to go to beauty school. It started as something to do until I figured out something else, but quickly turned into my passion. I came to Utopia in 2014 and I feel very grateful to be part of such a wonderful team. Working at a Top 200 Salon as well as receiving  monthly continuing education has helped me grow as a stylist and given me even more passion for helping my clients look and feel their best. 
Emily Sheldon- Hairstylist Licensed just after graduating high school. I attended Skill center and did my internship at Utopia, I knew that I wanted to work here. I am so happy to be able to start my career in a Top 200 salon. I have apprenticed under the stylists here and love the continuing education I receive here. I look forward to building great relationships and doing great hair for all the guests here.
Niki Hebdon – Hairstylist I have been passionate about doing hair for as long as I can remember, so it was an easy decision to attend The Aveda Institute in 2011. My love for this career has grown more that I thought possible and the relationships I have built have been rewarding beyond belief. I specialize in precision cutting and custom coloring, I enjoy all hair types. Continuing education is very important to me and I take advantage of all advanced training to ensure that I am current on all the latest trends. I am ecstatic to call Utopia my home, I look forward to getting to know all of you and give you the hair you’ve always wanted.
Taylor Baggett – Hairstylist I believe that as a hairstylist you get the opportunity to touch people everyday and give them a wonderful confidence boost, enhance how beautiful they are and put a sparkle in their eye. This is what I love about this industry. I am a third generation stylists and have grown up in a salon. I believe continuing education is so important in this industry. I love hair color, but a great hair cut makes great color even better. I am also fluent in American Sign Language. I look forward to taking care of you soon.
Alina Livarchuk – Apprentice New Talent
Cearah Hiatt – Apprentice New Talent As a former art student I have always been passionate for all things creative and beautiful. I can not picture myself doing anything other than hair. Utopia has been an amazing fit for me, with a great focus on education. I am honored to work for this amazing Top 200 salon.
photo-coming-soonAllen Holden – Massage Therapist
Mani Veaux – Nail Technician Growing up I was always one of the kids in school who never really knew what I wanted to do after graduation. I didn’t discover myself until, one day, while I was painting my toenails and I realized what I had a passion for: beauty! A few months later I was signed up to attend Marinello School of Beauty in Portland, OR. I graduated and have loved what I do ever since. I’ve found being a Hand & Nail Therapist working at Utopia truly rewarding. I stay on top of trends and always do my best to give clients the look that they desire. Safety and sanitation are my top priority to protect the health and integrity of my client’s natural nails.
Martina Smith – Nail Technician / Esthetician  I have been an esthetician for 8 years and a nail technician for 17 years. I joined Utopia after moving from Oklahoma City in September 2016. Pampering is my passion, my favorite services to provide are facials and pedicures. I excel in facial waxing, chemical peels, Brazilian Sugaring and manicures. My technique is gentle yet very thorough.
Sydney Gellerson – Guest Services
Amber Lysiak – Salon Coordinator / Guest Services
Independent Contractors:
Contractors operate their own business under the Utopia Name. They do not necessarily follow the same guidelines and education.
photo-coming-soonGena Perry I have twenty-four years of experience in the hair care industry and being a hair professional is something that I truly love. One of the things that I specifically enjoy about being a stylist is the fact that I can give someone a fresh new outlook on themselves in just one day. I specialize in Custom color and precision cuts and styles. While I enjoy working with all textures and types of hair, I am also considered a fine hair specialist.
photo-coming-soonJoanne While I admit that I can’t quite remember when I began my career in the hair industry, I know that I love what I do. While I enjoy the day to day aspects of being a stylist, what I really have a passion for is being a student of hair design and advancing my skills and knowledge through continuous education. I am a graduate of the Vidal Sasoon Academy of Hair Design, in California, and also a graduate of the Redken Color Academy, in New York.
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