Reecia’s 21 years experience in the beauty industry qualifies her to lead her fashion forward salon and stylists. She began her career in southern California, mentoring under the 30-year veteran and platform artist, Charlotte Vitalich. Reecia’s thirst for knowledge took her to New York City where she achieved accreditation as a Certified Redken Colorist, a program designed to recognize and reward top colorists. She is also certified in Aveda hair color and now works with it exclusively. Reecia has taught color classes for the better part of fifteen years and leads a comprehensive mentoring program for her stylists. Her extensive training takes her throughout the U.S. on a regular basis. She has worked backstage with top stylists in the industry at various fashion shows over the years. These experiences allow her to teach other promising colorists as well as inspire a tremendous amount of professional and personal growth for her team. Reecia has an extensive background in advanced foiling techniques, dimensional colour, personal colour placement and corrective colour. Reecia is also certified in hairlocs hair extensions and is well versed in special occasion styling.
“Color should be personalized to fit your face shape, complement your skin tone, hairstyle, personality, and lifestyle. I believe a comprehensive consultation is vital for successful colour.”
Stella began her career at Hua Lian Zi Salon in Hainan, China. After 3 years of training sherelocated to Shanghai at the Si Yuan Salon where she spent the next 7 years performing cuts, facials, manicures, pedicures, and texture. She moved to Montana in 2007 and continued her career graduating from Pela Beauty Academy in Whitefish. Stella joined the Reecia’Salon team in July of 2010 where she continued her training with Reecia to work with Aveda hair color and cutting techniques. Although Stella specializes in Asian hair, she is well versed in working with all textures.
“I love to incorporate my Chinese massage techniques into all my services, making them unique!”
Kali is a Kalispell, MT native. She graduated from The Academy of Cosmetology in Bozeman January 2011. Pursuing Aveda’s mission to care for the world we live in, Kali began her career at Reecia’s as an apprentice in the training program. A very motivated and determined individual, Kali has a positive attitude and a very giving personality. Kali’s natural talent compliments her pursuit of continuing education.
“In this career I get the opportunity to make peoples’ day with a very personable service. That itself is what I look forward to everyday.”
DEBBIE HUNTINGTON, Lead Esthetician
Debbie graduated from the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis in 1996 as an honor student. Her passion for Aveda skincare came through her research and product development background in environmental studies and ancient sciences such as Ayurveda, along with modern technology in which Aveda products are formulated from. Debbie worked as an esthetician and skincare educator for Horst Salons and Juut Salon (1997-1999). She also earned her degree in environmental science. In 1999 she moved to Montana and opened heresthetics practice in the Flathead Valley (2000-2013). She moved to Cody, WY (2013-2016) broadening her knowledge of Kundalini Yoga, becoming certified as a Level I & II teacher. In 2015 she became a QSCA certified Life Coach.
Combining her personal struggles with acne and a passion for skin care and wellness, Chelcie transitioned from her career in the salon sales industry and attended esthetics school in Kalispell. As an esthetician, Chelcie strives to create a comfortable and healing environment for guests through results-oriented skin care. Knowledgeable and intuitive, she aims to educate guests about their skin’s needs and assist them in reaching their skin care goals.
“We often forget that our skin is the body’s largest organ, taking cues from both inside and out. My goal for every guest is to assist them in finding their skin’s perfect balance. Radiant skin is your best accessory!”
Since 1997, Janice has been providing beautiful, classic nail looks to Whitefish clientele. Her genuine personality and down to earth style makes it easy for Janice to develop the perfect look. Involving clients in the process helps their personal style and taste shine through, finishing with a polished look that’s both individual and impressive.
“I am a perfectionist and a great listener too!”
Nikki is a graduate from University of Maryland University College and holds a B.S. in Social Science. She worked several years as a Children’s Service Worker in her home state of Missouri before a move sparked her desire to change careers to her first love of hair styling. She graduated from the Aveda Institute in Columbus, OH in 2009 and shortly after, moved back to Missouri. In 2010, Nikki attended Basic and Media makeup classes at the Make Up First School of Makeup Artistry in Chicago, IL. In 2014, Nikki moved to Whitefish and acquired her barbering license from Bold Beauty Academy in Billing, MT. Also in 2014, Nikki attended and became certified in Mens Modern Barbering with Aveda Pure-fessional Tim Howard. In 2015, Nikki became certified in Balayage wtih Aveda Colorist Courtney Kane as well as Mens Texture with Aveda Guest Artist, Dusty Rhode. To round off the year, Nikki also attended a 16 week online program with hair icon Sam McKnight providing extensive education with regard to hair in the fashion industry. This class included runway, editorial, campaigns, portfolios and branding, with briefs and opportunities from industry leaders such as Allure, Garage, and British Vogue. Nikki is currently an in-salon trainer for new hires at Reecia’s. She has no plans to slow down and has begun her path in 2016 to become a color educator with Aveda.
Aveda trained and certified, Matti began her career as a massage therapist in Denver, Colorado. She graduated with high academic honors from Aveda Institute Denver where she learned and practiced a wide variety of massage techniques and modalities that she uses today. For over three years, her career has taken her throughout Colorado where she specialized in deep tissue/ sports massage, Swedish, body treatments, and pre-natal massage care. Each massage is customized to fit the healing needs of her guests.
Because of her great love for the outdoors, Matti decided to move to Whitefish, MT where she can embrace the mountain lifestyle and continue her pursuing her passion as a massage therapist.
“Our bodies work hard to keep us going everyday and it’s important that we give back to ourselves. My passion is to help my guests reach their goals in health, wellness and beauty.”
NIKKI AVERILL, Stylist, Nail Technician, Makeup Artist, Bridal Specialist
Born and raised in New Hampshire, Nikki graduated from the Portsmouth Beauty School of Cosmetology in 2007. She then worked at a Salon in Portsmouth, NH for a year. In 2009 Nikki moved to Missoula and attended the University of Montana graduating with a B.S in Business Management. Upon graduation, she worked several years in hospitality. Nikki started working at Reecia’s March of 2016 where she went through a 12-week Aveda training program and assisted Reecia for 6 months. Since becoming a part of Reecia’s Team, Nikki continues to further her education by taking frequent color, cutting and technique classes.