Meet “The Girls”
“I have been going to Montage for over 15 years and have been so impressed by every one of the aestheticians that work there. Everyone on the staff is so knowledgeable and personable, starting with the front desk staff, who are so friendly and welcoming.”
Andrea – Spa Manager
Andrea came to Montage in 2006, when she returned to the South Bay, where she was born, after spending 12 years managing a full service salon while living in San Francisco. The transition to Montage was a natural flow and exciting next step in her career and the return to her roots allowed Andrea to live and work in a community she loved.
Besides enjoying the ocean and beaches, restaurants and local events, Andrea’s passion is event planning. These talents were recently on display when Andrea played a big part in planning and executing the spectacular Montage Grand Re-Opening Celebration to herald the salon remodel.
Andrea’s thoughts on what makes Montage special?
“Montage makes every effort to not only understand the needs, likes and dislikes of our clients, but also to build long-term relationships with them. Many of our clients have been with Montage for years and more importantly, the same is true with our staff members. We treat our employees and co-workers like family, which makes for a healthy and happy work environment. Our employees love working here and they in turn attract long-term clients who appreciate and often comment on the family atmosphere they experience at Montage.
Annie – Massage Therapist, Custom Airbrush Tanning Specialist
Annie is a longstanding member of the Montage family, starting in February of 2001. A Michigan native, she moved to California in 1989, after graduating from Michigan State University. Prior to becoming a massage therapist in June of 2000, Annie worked in the corporate world as a project manager. She decided that, although she liked the work, it wasn’t her passion so she enrolled in a massage school, gave notice on the second day of class and has never looked back.
Annie has embraced the Manhattan Beach lifestyle with equal passion and enjoys being active, indoors and out. Ocean swims, stand-up paddle boarding and yoga are just a few of the things that keep her fit. She feels her personal involvement with these healthy activities help her understand her active clients even better.
Here’s what Annie has to say about Montage:
“One of the things I like best about Montage is the amazing clients that I have the privilege of working with. Montage is a beautiful, cozy, warm space and it offers an opportunity to really connect with our clients; whether or not they see me, I feel like I get to know them personally. I work with a team of wonderful women who are extremely talented at the services they provide. Montage is like a home away from home. I love and respect the women I work with as co-workers and friends.
I am also so grateful to have an occupation that helps people to heal and feel better as they go about their day. It’s such a gift to see a transformation from beginning to end of session and to have been a part in helping someone feel better.”
Annie is certified in Thai Massage, Pre-Natal and Deep-Tissue Massage and is always learning and looking for ways to help the healing process.
Angelike – Esthetician
A South Bay and So-Cal “local” her whole life, Angelike previously worked for four years in an X-ray office. When she decided that skincare was the career path she was meant to be on, she couldn’t wait to begin her new journey! Angelike graduated from Esthetician School in June of 2000 and was hired on at Montage one month later.
Customizing services to suit each individual client is a very important part of Angelike’s work, whether it be a relaxing and therapeutic facial or any other service.
Regarding waxing, Angelike says, “It’s an absolute honor that so many clients trust me to perform such personal services for them. I strive to help my clients feel comfortable, and to know they are in capable hands.”
“I feel absolutely blessed to be apart of the Montage family. You will never feel like a number here; each and every client is equally important. Many of my clients have become life-long friends and that is something very special.”
Mia – Esthetician, Airbrush Tanning Specialist
Mia enjoys working with her clients on an ongoing basis developing a results-driven skin care routine, easily managed at home and supplemented by her professional services. She works with each client to correct individual skin issues and to maintain healthy, glowing and beautiful skin. Aside from making people feel confident and beautiful, Mia loves developing and maintaining her relationships with her clients. She prides herself in being extremely detail-oriented in all that she does and believes this has been instrumental in her success and her many long-term client relationships. Mia also has a passion for staying informed on nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle, and how this can affect the skin from the inside out.
Mia has been a longtime favorite with locals. She has been with Montage since December 2002 and feels very fortunate to have such an amazing “family” of women to work with. Mia loves the ever changing skincare industry and the constant growth and learning that comes with it. She specializes in advanced skin care, facials, peels, microdermabrasion, waxing and is an expert in airbrush tanning. She is proud that Montage has been voted “Best Spray Tan” in the South Bay by Easy Reader.
Abbie – Esthetician
Abbie brings to Montage over 14 years of experience as an esthetician. A Bay Area native, she knew she had found the right place in Manhattan Beach at Montage. The stylish and modern environment, treatments, product lines and longtime staff of tight-knit women were a perfect fit. Abbie has an exceptional gift for cultivating genuine long-term relationships with her clients. Her warm, confident and relaxing style puts clients immediately at ease. Her incredibly indulgent, yet results-driven facials are what have created a loyal clientele at Montage. Abbie has extensive knowledge and experience in her field, including medical esthetics, advanced peels, microdermabrasion, toning facial massage and waxing. She provides in-depth information and skincare recommendations to help clients maintain the results of her highly effective treatments at home. With an ever-growing passion for discovering new and innovative breakthroughs in skincare, Abbie strives to provide the most up to date preventative and corrective options for her clientele.
Marina – Manicurist
Marina (aka “Mer”) started at Montage in the summer of 2009 as the receptionist, greeting and cultivating relationships with Montage clients. As the front desk “ambassador,” Mer really had the people skills to set the tone for Montage guests when they walked in the door and immediately made everyone feel comfortable AND special.
After a two year stint behind the front desk, Marina transitioned to her current job as Manicurist par excellence, where she has been able to utilize her skills and license as a California State board manicurist to implement some amazing natural nail services at the salon. A mani/pedi at Montage is unlike no other, thanks to Marina’s unique talents. Manicures and pedicures are customized for her clients by WHAT THEY NEED. Whether it is stress-release, special intense cuticle-care, anti-aging hand treatment or just an amazing polish job, every service is customized to the individual man or woman.
Local born and raised, Marina loves surfing, the ocean, watersports and the outdoors, and, of course, working with people. She is currently pursuing a degree in hospitality, with her special interests in events, promotions and social media.
“Montage is special to me because “the girls” are the sorority I was never a part of. Every woman brings something to the table. With our limited space, we’ve found ways to literally work around, under and on top of each other. It makes Montage a special, team-oriented, and drama-free place to work at. I think it sets off a fun vibe that radiates in our shop; An elite dollhouse where, for 24 years now, amazing women and gentlemen have walked down the hallway for services.”
Ashley – Front Desk/Receptionist
Ashley is the “newbie” of our group, joining Montage in 2013. As the point of first contact at Montage, Ashley does her best the make the client’s spa experience start from the moment they call to set up an appointment.
Ashley is a South Bay native and has lived in Torrance all her life. She has loved skincare and makeup since she was a teen and says that being able to work with what she loves is just amazing. Ashley has worked at day spas and skincare boutiques since graduating high school in 2006 and has determined that she’s arrived at the best with Montage. What does she love most about her job?
“Besides, working with a phenomenal team, I’d have to say the best part about Montage is our clients. They are wonderful, kind and very loyal to us. Montage is truly the jewel of the South Bay. Every girl that works here is fabulous and every client a gem.”