I’ve been practicing esthetics for the last 15 years. It all started out by an interest in make up and encouragement from a friend to join her in esthetics class. I honestly had no idea esthetics would end up being my ideal career, but I wouldn’t change what I do for a living for the world. I’ve been doing this long enough to feel great about the services I provide, but what is the most soul satisfying in my work are my clients. I LOVE MY CLIENTS. It’s all about the personal touch, “table side manner”, assurance and trust. This is what is most important to me. I want first timers to feel comfortable and I want my years’ long regulars to know that I will deliver the best, most consistent quality each and every time.
I’ve been around the day spa and esthetics block. I’ve concentrated on facials at times, on waxing at times, on make-up at times, and on managing and training at times. I’ve worked at fancy Gold Coast locales and Mom and Pop shops. I’ve used the best products and equipment that money can buy and I’ve also learned how to make a full leg wax work with a half can of wax, 10 strips and 1stick (esthetics humor). I took a chance with opening my own business, but the rewards I’ve gained so far have been well worth the risk. I’ve met so many wonderful people and am completely humbled and grateful for my clientele and my business.
After struggling with acne as a teenager Emily's interest was struck on how to achieve perfect skin. Years later, after moving to Cincinnati for college, Emily knew her real passion lied within the beauty industry, and shorty after enrolled herself into the esthetics program at the Aveda Institute. Now, 14 years later, she feels lucky to be doing what she's always loved and helping people achieve their personal beauty goals.
Emily specializes in clinical and pampering facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, waxing, waxing, and more waxing(!), men's services, customizing skin care regimes, and pressure point & lymphatic drainage facial massage. Emily has worked at days spas, medical spas, makeup counters and was the lead esthetician and spa supervisor at a men's spa for 7 years.
Off the clock, she's a bird nerd, music enthusiast, travel fanatic, meditator, and food & wine indulger; which in turn, has forced her become an exercise lover...sometimes.
How lucky are we to have Rhonda Oakes on the D.O. team? From high-end day spas, a plastic surgery office, product development, her own studio, and being named the Best Waxer in Chicago in Cheeky Chicago, Rhonda Oakes has some serious aesthetics chops.
In her 20 year career, Rhonda has amassed a wealth of aesthetics knowledge and accolades. She has an absolute passion for skincare and waxing (and punk rock) and always has an honest answer to any beauty (or music) related issue. Mix in a caring, warm personality with natural comic wit and you'll be leaving your waxing or skincare appointment with your skin's (and your) new best friend. She's got some amazing tips & tricks up her sleeve...maybe if you're lucky she'll put some crystals on you and make your soul glow on the inside just as much as your skin will on the outside!