MEET THE TEAM

MELISSA BRADFORD


CREATIVE DIRECTOR / OWNER / STYLIST

My career with Aveda was intially cultivated during an intense apprenticeship and was fortified by attending the Aveda Institute in Massachussetts.

At the core of my being, I emulate the ideals of Aveda through my lifestyle choices, such as being an environmental activist, a vegetarian, a productively aware member of society and as an integral segment of the artisan community.

My salon promotes an environment and synergy of like-minded people with common ideals and expectations. I always had the goal of opening a salon, and love implementing the Aveda rituals, not only to benefit my clientele but to apply them to my lifestyle as a whole.

Although I am not currently teaching, my certifications both as a yoga instructor and as a reikii practitioner have given me tools that I implement in my every day life and in my work with clients. I believe in energy, the power of intention and manifesting a life that is in alignment with my soul purpose. 

"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."

-The Alchemist 

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SHAINA WITHAM

LEVEL 4 STYLIST 

With more than 18 years in the beauty industry, I have an ever-growing passion to nurture and beautify others.  I began my career being trained in Framesi and have worked with several lines throughout the years. I have ultimately committed to Aveda and have loved the education process throughout my 9 years working with the line and at The Alchemist Salon.

I wholeheartedly devote myself to this trade and stay up to date with trends and industry standards. I specialize in all aspects of hair care from precision cuts for men and women to natural, healthy looking color.

I am a mom of two, a few fur babies to boot. I have been blessed with solid friendships and a community who have supported a major emotional and physical transformation over the last decade. I am a lover of travel, all things fashion and beauty, a foodie at heart and a coffee addict. 

I believe in trusting your intuition, setting your intention, the power of spiritual energy and of positivity. 

"Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul"

- Alice Walker

ENA O'DWYER WHITE

LEVEL 4 STYLIST & ESTHETICIAN

I am dedicated to providing a memorable experience for each guest daily whether its for colors, cut, styles or facials.

Using Aveda products, I am able to enhance the external and connect to the internal for both hair and skincare.

As a senior stylist at The Alchemist Salon and many years experience in the beauty industry, I thoroughly enjoy my job and look forward to working with you.

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ALEXIS DOWSLAND

LEVEL 1 STYLIST

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AMANDA JACKSON

LEVEL 3 STYLIST 

I attended the Aveda Institute in Augusta for a first-rate education where I gained a strong understanding of the product line and the most innovative methods of salon services. 

My favorite part of the job is the full transformations we create for people. It breathes new life into the client and keeps me inspired. 

ANGELA SEAVEY

LEVEL 1 STYLIST

Hi, my name is Angela!

 

I have always had a passion for everything in the beauty industry. I recently graduated from the Aveda Institute in Augusta where I fell in love with the concept. It was founded on the idea that beauty is about more than simply looking good, it’s about feeling better about yourself too.

I love building strong connections with my clients and helping them express their personalities through their appearance.

 

I am a mom of twin girls that inspire me everyday. I’m an avid animal lover and I enjoy traveling and experiencing new things!

 

“Beauty is in the way you hold yourself. It’s how you treat people. The way you love. It’s self acceptance. Beauty is in your soul” -Unknown

PAIGE BENNET

ESTHETICIAN & APPRENTICE

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I am an artist first and a healer by nature. I love the Aveda line and all that it stands for.

Along with skincare, hair removal, makeup and customizing signature blends using Aveda essential oils specific to your needs. My more alternative services include: 

Birth Charts Interpretations - I use my extensive knowledge of astrological diagrams to give you insight on your personality and who you really are. An image of the energy you were born to be. 

Crystal grid - add on service with any facial. Crystals have been used for centuries for their healing powers. By laying them on the body, the vibration of the crystals interact with with your own energy and help to heal parts of you that may need opening and strengthening. 

I look forward to you joining me on this journey.

"How strange is it, to be anything at all."

- Lewis Carroll

EMILY YOUNG

LEVEL 2 STYLIST

Hello, my name is Emily Young!

 

I am passionate about all things art, music and beauty!

 

I recently completed my education at the Aveda Institute and have fallen in love with the Aveda concept and products.  I look forward to my opportunity to serve clients in the luxurious atmosphere that The Alchemist Salon provides. I love the opportunity to make other women feel more confident using my skills in hair and makeup. My goal is to leave every guest happier than I found them! 

 

See you soon!

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Hey! I’m Alexis - a recent graduate from Aveda Institute Tampa Bay in Florida!

I am so excited to begin my journey as a hair stylist at the Alchemist. Throughout my journey so far I have met so many amazing mentors and clients in the Aveda family and can’t wait to meet you!

I started my adult life going to school for Accounting and realized that I was missing something. I needed that personal touch and that connection. I made the decision to move to Florida and pursue my passion of cosmetology.

 

I hope my story inspires at least one person to take that leap and just do what you love!

I love everything beauty but my favorite part about my career is being there for my clients. Whether they just need a little bit of quiet time from their busy life or someone to talk to - I am there for them.

When I am not in the salon I love anything outdoors - that could look like going to the beach, exploring Acadia or just simply driving with a friend to catch a sunset.

JOHNNY CARLIN

BARBER/ LEVEL 1 STYLIST 

Hi my name is Johnny Carlin,

It is good to be back in the area after spending the last three years in the Pacific Northwest. I got my education at Paul Mitchell the school. I enjoyed working in a barber shop for the past year and a half, and I really like giving fresh cuts and using my razor.

That being said; it is great to be back in the salon setting. I’m drawn to cutting hair but I also really enjoy lightening and slinging color. You don’t have to change your look either, a blowout and treatment can be just the thing to treat yourself and keep your hair healthy.

I enjoy all aspects of design and look to encourage creativity. I spend my time working on photography and finding new ways to both appreciate my surroundings and enhance them.

- Johnny

BRIDGET KNOWLES

LEVEL 1 STYLIST

Hi I’m Bridget! 

 

I’m so excited to be working at The Alchemist! I’m a creative, meticulous, fun cosmetologist who loves to make people look as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside! 

 

In my spare time I am either spending time with my family, my three dogs, or doing DIY projects around my house. I’ve lived in Maine my whole life and I absolutely love everything about it, from skiing in the winter to camp days in the summer! 

 

I can’t wait to meet you and make all your beauty dreams come true!