Licensed Aesthetician - Integrative Health Coach
Taralyn began her career over 20 years ago in the beauty industry as a cosmetologist and a licensed esthetician in PA and NJ. After battling adult acne her passion and love for skincare grew. She wanted to be able to help others fix their skin so that they could feel more comfortable in their own skin. So she followed her dream and finished Rizzieri Aveda School at the top of the class, with the highest GPA.
Taralyn spent the last couple years at Rescue Spa after being the lead esthetician at VirTu Spa in Moorestown, NJ.
She loves what she does and believes that furthering education and knowledge is paramount. You can find her attending skincare seminars and classes regularly. Taralyn is also a healer. As a level 2 Reiki that is Oncology skincare certified she is able to offer a relaxing and soothing treatment with a mix of medical esthetics to help you achieve your skin goals.
Recently, she felt the need to help her clients on a deeper level so she enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a Integrative Health Coach and believes this is the path to helping her clients on the inside and out.
She believes beautiful skin requires commitment and here at Nirvana Health & Beauty, she can help you fulfill that
"Aging is a fact of life. Looking your age is not."
After graduating from The Lancaster School of Cosmetology in 2011, Katie began her journey of helping people with their skincare goals. While there was a brief hiatus where she travelled the east coast being the lead singer in a cover band, Katie always found her way back into the skincare world.
Having previously worked at The Rittenhouse Hotel & Spa in Philadelphia, Katie was trained in luxury spa services by Forbes. She received a personal score of service of 96%; a high score only 1% of all Forbes rated spa employees in the world have attained. Even without this, Katie always goes above and beyond to make her clients feel relaxed and to truly listen and help with their skincare needs.
Katie has two approaches to her skincare method with her clients: knowing the right ingredients and products for the best results, and reducing stress. She believes giving her clients the knowledge of the ins and outs of skincare products while also encouraging them to take the necessary “me time” to get regular facials, are the best tools to achieve their skincare goals.
Make your appointment with her today at Nirvana Health and Beauty and let her help you discover just how radiant your skin can be.
"Beauty is being comfortable in your own skin."
Originally from North Carolina, Renee began her journey in the world of wellness as a massage therapist. She moved to New York City in 1991 to study massage at The Swedish Institute. While in New York, she worked as a massage therapist in several prestigious health clubs focusing on a blend of medical, therapeutic, and nurturing massage. Craving a different environment, she moved west, to Los Angeles. This is where she was surrounded by the world of skincare while working at Murad Day Spa and the beautiful hotel, Shutters on The Beach. Always looking for something new to learn, Renee added skincare to her credentials in 1998.
While taking a hiatus to raise her children she missed the reward of helping others feel good about themselves, she decided to train with Xtreme Lashes. After working at Lashbee for 3 years doing lash extensions and lash lifts, and being part of the team winning “Best of Philadelphia”, again needing to learn something new, she became part of Ringpfeil Dermatology. As a medical esthetician for 4 years Renee remarks, ”being in the medical world, I really expanded my knowledge in skincare. That being said, I was really missing a more nurturing environment, and this is when the universe brought me to Nirvana: the perfect blend of eastern and western philosophies, the perfect blend of massage and skin care.”
“I believe sometimes the hardest thing is taking care of ourselves…. but in order to give to others, we have to fill our own cup first; I’ve always preached this to my clients, knowing I often find it hard to do myself.
Our skin is a reflection of what is going inside each of us. As an esthetician, I get to help clients discover that reflection, helping them heal and ultimately “glow”.
“if you want to give light to others you have to glow yourself”-Thomas S. Monson
As an Aesthetician with over 7 years’ experience, Kristen has spent the last several years working in the medical field for a Dermatology office where she gained extensive training in medical lasers and treatments. While struggling with her own skin conditions throughout her adolescence and adulthood, she was able to relate and understand her patients concerns. While trained in many medical lasers, peels, and skin care, she saw both the advantages and disadvantages of modern medication and technology. While she still believes many medical treatments are beneficial, she also felt there could be other ways to treat such conditions, such as, acne, rosacea, melasma, pigmentation and overall aging, from within. So, with a new desire to further help clients, she enrolled in a Holistic Nutrition program, as well as many other courses to gain the knowledge on the benefits of Nutrition and holistic skin care to both heal and decrease many ailments within the body.
Kristen passionately believes that what you put in your body is a representation of your skin. Her focus at Nirvana is a combination of both skin care and nutrition to achieve optimal health!
“Happiness and confidence are the best things you can wear.” Taylor Swift
Certified Medical Injector
After listening to Candace explain the benefits of neurotoxin and dermal fillers, it’s easy to understand why she says aesthetics chose her. She became obsessed with beauty and immortality at a young age and all the ways to prevent aging and maintaining youth. So it was only natural after many experiences and a rigorous education in the life sciences, she decided to merge her artistic and scientific halves as a nurse injector. She states: “once I found out there was an area of nursing in which helping people look and feel good were the aims, I was sold!” ⠀⠀
After training at the Institute for Laser medicine to become a certified medical injector, she began honing her craft and has continued to train in advanced injection techniques and utilization of various energy devices. Proficient in the placement of neurotoxin and temporary and semi permanent dermal fillers, Candace’s clients have the most amazing things to say. She takes time with each person to understand their individual wants and needs to help guide them to aesthetic perfection.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Born in Kingston, raised in Queens and Houston, Candace is empathetic and intuitive. which makes it easy for patients to talk to her. She has worked in the service industry as a server and personal trainer, and still serves as a nurse at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Certified Medical Injector
La-Tasha RN, BSN. first started her career as a Cosmetologist trained in hair, skin and nails at Jean Madeline Aveda Institute. She worked at Elizabeth Arden Salon in King of Prussia in the early 2000’s as a hair stylist and aesthetician. She then pursued her Nursing degree. She has worked in various areas in medicine including the operating room, where her passion grew for cosmetic surgery and aesthetics. She decided to merge her two loves of aesthetics and medicine and start her journey as an aesthetics nurse. She was trained at ILM for both laser and Cosmetic Injections. She is a big believer in continued education and has traveled to New York, Mississippi, and Florida for advanced training in new and emerging aesthetic procedures.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Colleen is a highly skilled PA licensed massage therapist, specializing in Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, sports/cupping, gua sha, and hot stone massage.
She graduated from Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy and has over 20 years of experience in the industry.
In 2017 she was voted the Best Massage at Philly.com Readers’ Choice Awards.
Colleen has worked at some of the tops spas in the city including Topper's and Rescue Spa
Licensed Massage Therapist
Leah has been practicing massage therapy since 2003, and is licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Using techniques ranging from neuromuscular therapy to relaxation Swedish, Leah focuses in on target areas to maximize your time on the table.
She specializes in prenatal massage, massage for people impacted by cancer, neurological injuries, and other health concerns that massage is known to benefit. Throughout her career she has found a niche in serving those who experience pain from activity, from work, from trauma, or from illness.
Schedule with Leah on Saturdays and alternate Sundays.
Licensed Massage Therapist
A native of Nashville, and a Philadelphian since 2013, Holly has specialized in somatic therapies and deeply relaxing massage for over 20 years. Incorporating deep tissue therapy, Reiki, and traditional Swedish Massage, she helps clients access the inner wisdom of their own body-mind connection. Holly is a certified yoga therapist, a Reiki Master Teacher, and welcomes clients experiencing trauma, grief, or stress. Her other specialties include reflexology and manual lymph drainage therapy.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Seirra is a licensed massage therapist who began her spa experience as an esthetician. Clients praised her for having a healing touch, which lead her in the direction of massage therapy. She enrolled at Southeastern College in Charleston, South Carolina, and was on the dean’s list, and graduated with a 3.5 GPA in February of 2020. She moved to Philadelphia PA in the same month to pursue a career in the spa industry. As the pandemic arose she wanted to be able to help and teach others the benefits of massage for the mind and body. She began her career at Hand And Stone but was in search of a spa where she could sink her roots and grow her relationship with customers. Her experience in different modalities such as prenatal, deep tissue, aromatherapy, hot stone, cupping, and sports massage help offer a customized experience for her clients. Her favorite is Swedish massage, it allows her to relax the body while also relieving pain and tension. She thrives on her ability to being able to help clients heal and feel better. My mission is to show others a result-guaranteed, holistic approach to beauty, health, and wellness.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Terica graduated massage school in 2015 from Cortiva Institute and has been dedicated to helping others since. She enjoys massage and loves for her clients to communicate the pain and areas of concern to get the best out of their experience! Her favorite modality is Swedish/relaxation massage along with some stretching. Her goal is to provide a professional, relaxing and comfortable environment for you, in hopes that you can continue on your journey to take care of your mind, body, and soul.
"Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what's left of you." -Katie reed
Dr. Pearl D. Lawson
Licensed Acupuncturist, Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Dr. Pearl Lawson, LAc is a well-educated practitioner in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 2011 Dr. Lawson began her journey, in Shanghai China where she studied Chinese herbs. Further receiving her Master in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Through her school, she enrolled in an intense program to study yet again in Shanghai China at the TCM Shanghai University with ShuGuang Hospital. Further knowledge she received her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, in San Diego. Positioning her practice to join MDs to work in unison to improve the patient’s health. Presently she is licensed in New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin as well as teaching at Madison College in Wisconsin. Dr. Lawson has an extensive theoretical and educational background in environmental design, architecture, and construction from San Diego State University and UCLA along with a plethora of constructed buildings throughout the US. With this knowledge, she applies these techniques directly to building healthy patients by constructing the most comprehensive treatment plan to meet the patients’ goals.
Licensed Massage Therapist - ON MATERNITY LEAVE 11/1
Meredith has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2003. Her fascination with the healing powers of massage therapy began when she was diagnosed with Lyme Disease at just 12-years-old. Meredith credits massage therapy as a significant influence in her physical and mental recovery from partial facial paralysis.
To increase her knowledge and understanding of these practices, she attended the Professional School of Massage Therapy in Langhorne, PA, and graduated in March 2003. Her work ethic is reinforced by the healing aspects of bodywork through massage, aromatherapy, and cupping therapy.
Meredith also found her calling in energy work, and became a Reiki practitioner in 2013. She uses her expertise to help patients undergoing hospice, cancer treatments, or substance abuse withdrawal, as well as those seeking stress management and overall health and wellbeing.
Meredith joined the team at Nirvana with the encouraging mission of fostering permanent change in individuals and promoting the receptivity of the effective healing therapies of her practice.
* Services include: Reiki, Swedish massage, deep tissue, hot stone, prenatal, aromatherapy, cupping and Gua Sha