Over the last 46 yrs, Theresa has seen the beauty business evolve and change into a huge career for owners and technicians. A normal day for her included clients arriving every 15 minutes to have their roller sets while smoking away under the dryer with their huge ashtrays. Theresa bought her first two chair salon in 1976 with her best friend. She moved to New Hampshire in 1983 and did hair and nails out of her home while raising her 3 children. When you’ve had as much fun as she’s had in the beauty business you just can’t stay away. She’s been receptioning at salons since 1995.
Trina has an artistic eye for fashion and design! With a background in nursing, Trina loves helping people feel better about themselves, but she was seeking a way to express her creativity. Cosmetology was her answer! Trina loves special occasion formal hair design as well as dimensional and creative color designs. She has a knack for men's cuts by using a variety of barber inspired techniques to achieve those perfect looks from well-groomed to well-trended!
Trina craves education! She attends several coloring classes throughout the year, the Aquage Master Academy, men’s and women’s cutting classes, and overall seasonal trends.She enjoys providing all kinds of hair services, pedicures and manicures with an amazing massage, and offers incredible detailed hand painted nail art.
Trina’s hair is always rocking with fun colors and trendy hair styles, but on the inside you’ll find her sweet, gentle with a touch of shyness!
Sarah has extensive experience in customer service. She also brings exceptional organizational skills and computer knowledge, making her a great asset to our team. She is currently continuing her own education by taking business courses at her local community college and hopes to one day have a business of her own.
Outside of work, she loves to spend time outdoors with her family, enjoying every season New Hampshire has to offer! Sarah is outgoing and friendly, and loves building relationships with clients.
Judy is a well-seasoned esthetician with over 29 years of experience. Her career history includes, Elizabeth Grady, Spas, Resorts, Self-Employment and managing a Bed & Breakfast Inn. Her favorite thing about this industry is providing a relaxing and calming service to her clients.
Besides facials and waxing, Judy is a Reiki II practioner and loves providing body treatments! She has even brought a signature services to the Water’s Edge, The Vacation Hour! It’s totally unique and ultimately relaxing!
When she’s not at the spa, you’ll probably find her in the gardens! It’s her favorite past time.
Thank you to Jennifer Lamerand of Studio L Photographers for our beautiful head shots!
Caroline is an Empire Beauty school graduate. We met Caroline in one of our visits to the Pinkerton Academy Cosmetology Program. At first impression she carried herself with poise and has continued to prove her high level of responsibility and professionalism.
From a young age, Caroline knew she wanted to work with people. Inspired by Shelly's personal story, her heart lead her to the beauty industry. Caroline is passionate about helping clients feel their inner and outer beauty. She loves learning all aspects of hairstyles, texture services, coloring, makeup...and the list is infinite!
Kuon (KEY-ON) is the peppy Chihuahua pup who loves to prance and snuggle. He was adopted in February 2014. His favorite place to surprise you is while your hair is being shampooed, and watch out when one ear drops...he's irresistible.
"This is your world. Shape it or someone else will." ~ Garylew
Tonya Marie is a recent graduate of Continental Academy of Hair Design. She is no stranger to the Water’s Edge though. For over a year, Tonya Marie has worked at our front desk as well as assisted our Stylist team with shampooing. The beauty industry has always intrigued her, but it was the loving push from family and friends that she needed to make what she feels is the best decision for her future. Tonya Marie is fast learner, determined to succeed every challenge and has an eye for detail!
When she’s not at the Water’s Edge you’ll find her in love with her four legged fur baby, enjoying the company of friends and pursuing outdoor adventures.
Like Norm is to Cheers, Rita is to the Water’s Edge Salon. Her passion for the beauty industry was inspired by her family members in the industry. She now has over 2 decades in the beauty industry. Rita continues to enjoy helping people feel great about themselves and to get their inner beauty to shine on the outside. Rita is known for her bubbly personality, her contagious laugh and her red hair! As our Perm Specialist since 1996, she also has an amazing ability to cater to our clients of all ages, with all different personalities. Other than Rita’s love for perms, she enjoys creating with hair color as well as Men’s specialty cuts. Rita can wrap a perm, tell a naughty joke & provide therapy for her clients all at the same time.
Before becoming an experienced hair stylist, Lisa was no stranger to the world of teamwork. At age 13, she was intrigued by her own hairdresser. Lisa was impressed by her knowledge, passion and attitude. Coming from a hockey background and holding championship titles, she was searching for a career with a team. After landing an assistant position at the Water’s Edge in 2007, Lisa has built a loyal clientele but keeps her chair open for new clients as well. Lisa specializing in cuts, colors, highlights, formal hair design, hair straightening, and clipper cuts. She never stops learning!
Sheri joined the Water’s Edge team in 1997 and completed an apprenticeship under the guidance of Shelly, as well as graduating from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor in Marketing & Advertising. Early on in her beauty career, Sheri found a passion for makeup artistry. She specializes in teaching custom applications, as she calls it “Makeup for your lifestyle”. After 15 years of being a Makeup Artist, Sheri was determined to find makeup that could be custom tailored. In 2015, she launched her cosmetic line, Inspyr Cosmetics, which focuses on healthy makeup formulated for skin type, skin color, coverage & individualism.
Behind the scenes, Sheri finds self-gratification in inspiring others to push outside their comfort zone, turn dreams into goals and just be a listening ear to help guide through life’s journey. The Water’s Edge team of technicians and customers has been part of her extended family for many years. In 2016, it only seemed natural to embrace the opportunity to carry on the legacy of the Water’s Edge as the new Owner.
Sheri can interpret body language, explain something in a million different ways, and has the ability to help clients feel comfortable and relaxed. She enjoys continuing education for makeup, Bioelements & B.Kamiens skin care, Nufree hair removal system, as well as communication and team building seminars. Along with her passion to provide a variety of services, Sheri loves teaching to clients, beauty professionals and cosmetology students. Passing along her expertise of creating a perfect eyebrow, to a complete makeup application customized to individual lifestyles and enhancement of natural beauty. She also enjoys teaching our Morning Madness class, proper skin care regiments, clip in hair extensions, hand painted nail art designs and top notch customer services classes.
“Enjoy the journey” is only one of her favorite quotes that roll off of Shelly’s tongue. As the founder, Educational Director, and image enthusiast of the salon, Shelly’s mission is to have client’s look and feel amazing after visiting the Water’s Edge Salon and Spa. Her vision is for clients to feel warmth as soon as they walk through the door. Stylists are with their clients through all the important things in their life, from the good to the bad….weddings, births, graduations, sickness and death. We are by their side for the complete circle of life. Shelly feels it is much more meaningful than just being a hairdresser, it’s a heartfelt companionship!
Shelly's ambition came by the warm energy of her mom and by the hard work ethic of her dad. She started the salon in a small space of 300 square feet in 1990 at the young age of 23. The second relocation grew to 1500 sq. ft. in 1995, in 2000 she moved the salon to a 3000 sq. ft. location, and in 2010 she found the perfect house to be our home. In 2016, she handed the “Ownership” title to long time Manager, Business Partner and Friend, Sheri McCall-Gayer.
Shelly has been traveling the United States as a team Quest platform artist for Aquage, a haircare company, since 1999. She inspires others through her long hair designs as well as creative cutting and styling. Her talent has been featured in multiple publications and magazines including front covers of Canadian Hairdresser magazine, Modern Salon magazine, HOT magazine, as well as throughout the Aquage company imagery. Her stage work is her forum to share technique and successful business ideas with other salon professions.
Her mind never slows with ideas for her clients, the beauty industry and herself. "If it's not broken, break it and make it better!"..."If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got."..."Love what you do, Love who you do it with, and Love who you do it for!"