The Wingate Staff

Tom & Claire McDermott
The Owners

The Spa Staff

Licensed Massage Therapist/Team Leader

Talisha joined our staff in 2013.  She was recently promoted to Team Leader. She is a licensed Massage Therapist with a degree from the Seacoast School in Maine. Talisha received additional training from the Upleadger Institute and is a Licensed Nursing Assistant. She is also trained in hospice massage therapy and received her Reiki certification. Talisha specializes in offering a relaxing and calming massage utilizing her Swedish and deep tissue techniques. She incorporates stretching into her massages and loves working on people with neck issues. During her free time, Talisha volunteers with a local hospice and is also an avid photographer and hiker. 

Licensed Massage Therapist

Lisa has been an employee of the Wingate for ten years and specializes in massage therapy. She graduated from Seacoast Career in Manchester, New Hampshire. Lisa's laid back personality, flexibility and kind spirit make her a valuable member of the team. She strives to encourage balance in each client by providing massage therapy that not only decreases pain and muscle tension, but also results in increased balance and relaxation.

Licensed Massage Therapist

Mallory joined the Wingate staff in 2008 and has been a licensed massage therapist since 2007. She received her education at Hesser College in New Hampshire. She is continuing her education in various areas of massage including aromatherapy and reflexology. While in school Mallory was told she had a natural ability for massage therapy, and your clients agree. Her firm yet relaxing touch and combination of techniques cater to each client's individual needs. Mallory loves to help her clients maintain a healthy body and sound mind especially during stressful times.

Licensed Massage Therapist

Karyl has been a licensed massage therapist since 1996 and joined The Wingate in June 2009. Since the early 90's Karyl taught various modalities at the Dovestar Institute in Hookset, NH, with her specialty being Kriya Massage, Neuromuscular and Reiki. Karyl is proud to introduce Kriya Massage to The Wingate. Kriya is a fluid, flowing and intuitive massage that allows the therapist to connect with the client on a deep physical and energetic level. In Kriya Massage the therapist keeps continuous contact which allows the body to communicate it's needs to the therapist in a quiet atmosphere. This allows true healing to occur on all levels. The effects of this massage are long lasting and deeply calming. Besides being a co=director for several years at the Dovestar InstitueKaryl also taught Reiki to the nurses at the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital and later implemented a massage program for the staff.

Licensed Massage Therapist

  • Chris attended the Northeast Institute of Whole Health in Manchester, New Hampshire. She has received special training in Shiatsu, Reflexology, Neuromuscular Therapy and Deep Tissue. She served on the Seacoast Sports Massage team for three year. She is also a certified hypnotherapist. Chris  joined our staff in 2012.  She specializes in many massage modalities including hot sea stone, deep tissue and maternity massages.  
Licensed Massage Therapist & Esthetician

Molley is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Esthetician that joined the Wingate staff in 2015.  She enjoys providing a comforting and relaxed environment for her clients.  Molley specializes in many types of massage therapies and will work with your individual needs.

Jamie K.
Licensed Massage Therapist

Jamie graduated from Hesser College and earned her certification in Massage Therapy. She focuses on deep tissue massage and therapeutic relaxation for the client. Her strong client focus allows her to tune out all distractions and center her attention solely on her clients while remaining committed to her client’s well-being. Jamie joined our massage team in 2014. During her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors and being with her family. 

Licensed Massage Therapist

Elisha graduated five years ago from Seacoast Careers School and has been working in the massage industry.  Elisha received advanced training in reiki, maternity massage, deep tissue and pressure point therapies. She considers her specialty to be deep tissue and Swedish massage. During her free time she enjoys being outside, especially at nearby beaches. 

Licensed Massage Therapist

Katie is a graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston and the Nevada School of Massage Therapy in 2010.  She has spent several years in Nevada practicing as a licensed Massage Therapist.  We welcome her back to New England! Katie has specialized training in Hot Stone Massage, aromatherapy, raindrop techniques and deep tissue treatments. Katie was well known in her previous position for curing aches and pains earning her the nicknames - The Fixer and The Headache Queen. Katie enjoys spending her free time with her four year old son. 

Licensed Esthetician & Make-Up Artist

Amanda graduated from The Institute of Skin Science in Rye,, New Hampshire in 2005 and has been with the Wingate since 2007. She has received specialized training in several professional skin care lines such as Jan Marini skin care, PCA skin systems and Mirabella Professional Make-Up. She also completed the instructor program in Rye and was formerly a licensed esthetics instructor. Amanda specializes in eyebrow sculpting as well as advanced skin care treatments. She focuses on educating her clients and meeting their individual skin care goals. She loves being part of the peaceful atmosphere and friendly staff at the Wingate. In her free time Amanda loves to spend time with her family and friends.

Licensed Eshetician & Make-Up Artist

Caryn is a licensed esthetician and make-up artist with a real passion for skin care.  She has been at the Wingate since 2011.  Previously she owned her own spa in the Manchester, NH area.  Caryn has a great ability to form lasting relationships with her clients whom all appreciate her special care.  She has advanced training in advanced skin care, anti-aging treatments, peels and make-up.  While not at work she enjoys spending time with her son and extended family.  

Licensed Esthetician & Make-Up Artist

Kayla has a degree in Advertising Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology and completed the Master Esthestics Program at the Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics in Massachusetts. She has been an esthetician at the Wingate since 2011. Kayla has received advanced training in hair reduction, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and specialized facial treatments. Kayla worked for several years in Massachusetts in a medical based spa setting. She considers her specialty to be providing dramatic results for her clients through innovative skin care services. While not at the Wingate she enjoys running, yoga, hiking and paddle boarding.

Licensed Esthetician & Make-Up Artist

Emily graduated from Great Bay Community College and the Institute for Skin Science. She has received advanced training in Airbrush Make-Up. Emily’s enjoys caring for others and helping them meet their skin care needs. Her genuine interest for skin care is reflected in her gentle soothing touch which results in her client’s peace of mind and rejuvenation.  Emily has a passion for makeup, and that is reflected in many of the beautiful bridal parties she works with at the Wingate.  Emily joined the Wingate Skin Care Team in spring 2014.

Licensed Esthetician & Make-Up Artist

Meghan’s background and undivided attention to her clients is the hallmark of her skin care passion.  She creates a warm and secure environment that allows her client’s professional needs to be met, and to be certain that they feel refreshed when they leave. Meghan joined the Wingate Skin Care team in 2014.

Licensed Esthetician

Welcome Alexis to our Esthetics Team!  Alexis attended the University of West Florida, the Institute for Skin Science and is also trained as an EMT.  During her training she attended specialized classes for brow shaping,  waxing, special event make-up, hydrating skin care and chemical peels. Alexis loves the cozy feel of the Wingate and enjoys providing a pampering experience for clients during their facials. Her knowledge of skin care will assist you in tackling any specific needs for your skin. During her free time she spends time with her husband and family. 

Licensed Nail Technician

Jennifer is a graduate of the Dover High School Cosmetology Program and the Laird Institute of Spa Therapy.  She joined our Nail Technician team in 2012.  Jennifer considers her specialty to be her attention to detail during manicures and pedicures.  She enjoys helping clients love their hands and feet.  During her free time she spends time with her daughters, family and friends.  

Licensed Nail Technician

Caitlin is one of our Senior Nail Technicians.  Caitlin is a graduate of the Laird Institute of Spa Therapy and also has and Associate's Degree in Hospitality from Great Bay Community College. She has earned educational certificates in event planning and hospitality.  Caitlin loves working at the Wingate where people can relax and feel pampered.  Her favorite nail services to perform are shellac manicures and any kind of pedicure. During her free time she enjoys exercising and hanging out with family and friends.

Licensed Nail Technician

Kelly graduated from the Portsmouth Beauty School and the Laird Institute of Spa Therapy. She came to the Wingate in 2012 and completed our Hair Academy Program.  Currently she works with the nail department.  Kelly enjoys the educational environment of the Wingate and growing as a nail technician.  During her free time she spends time with her husband,children, extended family, friends and dog.  

The Salon Staff

Emma & Colleen

Master Hair Stylist and Hair Team Leader

Adriana is the leader of the Hair Stylist team and has been with the Wingate for 14 years. She has been a stylist in the region for over twenty five years. After years of specialized training.  Adriana brings her skills to each and every client consultation. Her extremely loyal clientele appreciate her warm personality and ability to create the best look for them. Adriana's education includes a degree in Business Administration from UNH and training at the American College of Cosmetology in New Jersey. She has received specialized training from RG Shakour, Jane Iredale, and attended the prominent Maximus Salon training in SoHo, NY. Her work was featured in a music video for music artist Katherine Schell. Adriana's specialties include her customer consultations, cut and color treatments, bridal upstyles and working in a teaching environment with other stylists. In her free time she enjoys dancing, reading, cooking and spending time with friends.

Kari Jo
Master Hair Stylist/Education Coordinator

Jo is a master stylist and has been at the Wingate for over twelve years. She previously worked in Boston for 18 years. Her hair expertise has been sought out by magazines and she was published in Modern Salon and Stuff. Jo's down to earth style and approach to formulating unique hair colors makes her a dynamic member of our staff. Jo graduated from the Horst Cosmetology School in Minnesota and attended education with the prestigious Toney & Guy in Dallas and Los Angeles. She has received specialized training with Bumble & Bumble of New York and the Maxim Salon in SoHo. Jo's extensive platform work includes partnerships with Fudge and Redken hair products. Her personal goal is to climb the mountains in Nepal.

Master Hair Stylist

Brieanne is one of the most sought after editorial hair stylists on the seacoast. Her work has appeared on the covers and inside numerous local bridal magazines. She also often works with '47, a lifestyle sports brand based out of Boston. Brieanne graduated from the Continental Hair Academy in Hudson, New Hampshire and joined the Wingate staff in 2006 as part of our Wingate apprentice program.  After completing the program, Brieanne joined the hair stylist team and through the years has received several promotions.  Now serving as a Master Stylist, she has also completed specialized training in upstyles, L’Oréal hair color, hair straightening and hair cutting and design. Brieanne has attended the prestigious SoHo Hair Academy in New York for several consecutive years.  Most recently she studied under Odile Gilbert, a hairstylist of international renown, learning more about couture styling for special events. Brieanne loves to create the perfect look for all her clients. In her free time she enjoys singing, dancing and relaxing with family and friends.

Senior Hair Stylist & Make-Up Artist

Lauren is a Senior Stylist with years of experience in hair styling, bridal design, color consultations and make-up applications. Most recently she spent time in Hawaii working as a Bridal/Hair Stylist and Make-Up Artist at Maleana Cosmedics and Mandara Spa.  Lauren brings a warm approach and great attention to detail to each of her consultations and hair services. She has advanced training from the Soho Academy in New York City and additional instruction in Kerastase Hair Care and L'Oreal Color Design. Lauren specializes in bridal and event design for special occasions. 

Senior Hair Stylist

Christine began her cosmetology training 14 years ago at the Keene Beauty Academy and continued with additional training working with platform artists in color and cutting. She joined the Wingate staff in 2011. Christine has completed advanced training in balyiage, color and foil techniques, hair extensions and numerous cutting classes. She has enjoyed working with fashion photographers completing hair and make-up styles. She loves to work with brides - especially on their big day. Christine considers herself to be a well rounded stylist and enjoys working with all types of clients. She always loves a challenge - too curly, too thin, too thick - come to her for help. In her free time she loves music, art, dancing and spending time with family and friends. The best part of her life is being a mom.

Senior Hair Stylist

Carissa attended the Laird Institute of Spa Therapy and The Continental Academie of Hair Design. She went on to complete the Wingate Salon Apprentice Program. Carissa also has specialized training in INOA & L'Oreal Professional Color, seasonal trend haircutting and upstyle & special occasion hair. She enjoys working in the positive environment of the Wingate and learning from her fellow team members. Along with her cosmetologist license, Carissa is a licensed Nail Technician. During her free time she loves oil painting and hiking.

Academy Stylist

Emma attended Great Bay Community College and the Paul Mitchell School for Hair.  She joined the Wingate Team in 2016 as an Assistant to our Master Stylists while attending school.  Emma was a full time Academy Stylist and was just promoted to Stylist. Emma looks forward to learning from her fellow stylists and enjoys the friendly environment at the Wingate. During her free time, Emma enjoys shopping, hiking and spending time with family and friends. 


Colleen joined the Wingate Salon and Spa in 2016 as an assistant on our Hair Team while attending Empire Beauty School.  Colleen continued on as an Academy Stylist and was just promoted to Stylist.  Colleen is very passionate about her hair and nails career.  She enjoys talking to her clients about their specific needs and learning more about their every day life.  She loves the professionalism that the Wingate offers.  She spends her free time with friends, relaxing at the beach and taking road trips. 

Academy Stylist/Licensed Nail Technician

Jilliane recently joined our staff in 2017 after completing the program at the Paul Mitchell School in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She is currently completing our Hair Academy program serving as an apprentice to the Wingate's top level hair stylists. Jilliane is excited about the welcoming and calm environment at the salon and spa. During her free time she enjoys singing, photography and outdoor activities. 

Academy Stylist/Licensed Nail Technician

Marissa joins the Hair Academy as an apprentice and assistant for the Wingate Master and Senior Stylists. She recenlty completed the cosmetology program at Empire Beauty in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Marissa is excited to learn new techniques and expand her education at the Wingate. When not at work she likes trying new things and keeping busy!

Shampoo Assistant

Giulia joined the Wingate Hair Team in 2016 and is currently serving as a Shampoo Assistant. She attended Mt. Ida College and is currently in school for Esthetics. Giulia has a great attention to detail and strives to provide the best customer service possible. When not at the Wingate, Giulia spends her time with family and also enjoys bike riding. 

The Support Staff

Spa Director

Michele has been at the Wingate since 2005. She started at the Wingate as a Retail Manager, moved to Operations Manager and is now Spa Director. Michele oversees the overall operations of the spa and the staff management.  Michele has a strong background in buying and retail management and served as a buyer for several large stores in the seacoast area. While not at work, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Hospitality Manager

Amy has been a loyal member of the Wingate family since its origin. She has over 30 years experience in customer service, with over 25 years being in managerial positions. Her experience, combined with her business education at Keene State College, allowed Amy to quickly capture the Wingate vision - that every client leave feeling better than when they arrived. Over the years, Amy has built many close relationships with clients, who still ask for her personal assistance today. As Hospitality Manager, Amy's responsibility is to ensure client satisfaction and smooth operation of the front desk. Her advanced course study on "The Essentials of Running the Front Desk" has allowed her to develop an organized and efficient front desk and an ease of doing business with The Wingate. She and her team of Client Care Representatives all want to ensure that your visit with us is an exceptional journey during which you receive personalized care and warm-hearted service with a smile.

Bridal & Events Coordinator

Brandy joined our support team in 2013 and comes to us after several years working in the Rye, New Hampshire school system.  She served an an important member of our Hospitality Team and was promoted last year to the Bridal & Events Coordinator position.  Recently she also took on a retail management role within the spa. Brandy works to make sure that every bride is happy on their big day!  She also coordinates all types of spa parties including birthdays, bridal and baby showers, girl's day, work related events and reunions.  In her free time she enjoys being with her children, family and friends.

Jen S.
Hospitality Team/Shift Leader

Jen has been a loyal employee of the Wingate and valuable member of the hospitality team for 11 years. She attended Plymouth State where she obtained her degree in Business Management. Jen says the Wingate is a great place to work because everyone cares about the client experience and how they can make it the best possible for each individual. Jen is known for going the "extra mile" for the client and making each guest's Wingate experience top notch. Jen is busy during her free time raising three beautiful children. She likes to spend her free time going to the beach, gym and reading a good book.

Hospitality Team/Shift Leader

Jodie has been a very important member of our front desk team since 2006. She brings excellent people skills to the position and understands the importance of creating a positive impression for each client both on the phone and in person. She has a great attention to detail and a focus on the client experience. What Jodie enjoys most about working at the Wingate is meeting and learning more about both the staff and guests. She likes to spend her free time with her husband and son.

Hospitality Team/Shift Leader

Hannah came to the Wingate in 2010 with many years of retail sales experience.  She has a Associates Degree and is currently working on a Bachelors in Public Service. Her favorite thing about the Wingate is the great atmosphere and welcoming staff. Her greatest strength is connecting with clients on a personal level to make them feel comfortable and to create an exceptional experience. In her free time Hannah enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

Hospitality Team

Marie has worked at the front desk of the Wingate since 2004. She has a Business Management degree from the University of Southern Maine. Marie enjoys working with the friendly staff and clientele at the Wingate. She finds it truly rewarding to make Wingate guests happy. Her approach to client care and customer service makes her a valuable front desk employee. During her time off Marie spends time with friends and family, playing with her animals, going to the beach and watching "Chick Flicks".

Hospitality Team

Carmen is a valued member of our housekeeping team.  She joined the Wingate staff in 2009. Carmen's attention to detail keeps the Wingate clean and the clients happy. While not at work, Carmen spends time with her fiance and son.

Hospitality Team

Christine has served as a valued member of our Housekeeping team since 2011. She enjoys working with the Wingate staff and clients while providing excellent customer service.

Hospitality Team

Kim’s positive attitude and organizational abilities are well reflected in both the staff and clientele’s warm regard for her presence in our spa. Her dependability and proficiency are strong characteristics of her work ethic, and are highly valued and respected. She joined our Hospitality Team in 2014 after working for several years as a childcare provider.

Hospitality Team

Julie joined the Wingate staff in 2017 and is currently working at our front desk.  She attended University of Massachusetts Lowell and earned her management degree.  Previously employed at Fidelity Investments, she is exicted to provide the top customer service experience to Wingate clients. She hopes everyone has the best spa visit. During her free time, Julie spends time at the beach and with her family. 

Hospitality Team

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