As a Santa Cruz native myself, I grew up at the beach without sunscreen (shoulda, coulda, woulda!). My own improvements over the years led me to pursue skin as a career and I am so glad I did!
As spa coordinator and esthetician, I am here to talk with you about our services and products as well as address your specific questions and concerns. Yōso Wellness Spa offers a great team of licensed professionals with flexible schedules and I am confident that together we can find the best therapist to start the journey with you to healthier and happy skin!
I am so proud to be part of the Yōso Wellness Spa team and I look forward to talking with you soon.
I am a certified licensed esthetician in Santa Cruz, Ca. My passion for skincare and make-up began at an early age, while participating in my mother’s Mary Kay workshops. From this point on, I was obsessed with products, make-up, skin care and sharing my “secrets” with friends and family.
I started my career as an esthetician in 2006, I have been blessed to love what I do for a living. Continuing my education and staying up to date with current trends is not only necessary, but my passion. I have worked in top spas, resorts and waxing centers. I pride myself on providing customized treatment for each individual. Whether the goal is to enjoy a relaxing spa experience, to receive a superior wax service or to treat problematic skin, I will create a unique plan specific to their needs. I truly believe everyone deserves to look and feel their best.
I am happily married and the mother of two wonderful boys (ages 15yr & 19mo). After becoming pregnant, I realized the importance of being conscious of the products (and their ingredients) I used, especially on a daily basis. It is just as important that I apply the same standards for products used in my facials, as well as what I recommend to my clients for home care. I love that Yōso Wellness Spa shares the same sentiment. My goal is to always provide each client with a customized, relaxing, massage based facial using organic results oriented products.
While attending the University of San Diego I studied education and found a love for teaching and then went on to get my teaching credential. When I discovered the skincare profession and decided to change my career focus by becoming an esthetician I realized that the two really go hand in hand.
I enjoy educating my clients about the importance of good skin care and healthy habits. After some years as an esthetician I decided to add lash extensions and most recently nail care services.
When I began raising my family I started taking steps to live a healthier lifestyle. I slowly changed the way we ate to the products we used in our daily lives. I am still learning and tweaking things the same way I am always learning new information about Esthetics and nail care. Continually furthering my education is a priority and gives me the confidence I need to provide the best services to you, the client. It is exciting to be at Yōso Wellness Spa where I can offer healthy, non-toxic services and products.
I feel so lucky to have found and love this career path and that it allows me to live here in Santa Cruz with my family. My two young kids and husband get to have me around more often thanks to an amazing career!
I look forward to meeting you very soon.
I graduated from the University of North Carolina, with a degree in International Studies. During this time, I became interested in the healing practices of different cultures and explored the Egyptian’s use of natural oils and dead sea salts, the Ayurvedic use of herbs and spices, and the Roman baths. The extensive beauty rituals of the Egyptians, Indians, Romans and beyond fascinated me. This cultural curiosity along with the experience I gained in my travels inspired me to learn more about how ancient traditions cared for their skin. What I have grown to love about all of it, is that I can assist others to feel and look their best! I took my first yoga teacher training in 2006, attended the Cypress Health Institute in 2008 for massage therapy and continued my education at Shoreline school of Cosmotology to become an Esthetician.
One of my biggest joys about the esthetics field is the opportunity to know and work with natural and active ingredients from nature and pass that knowledge on to you and inspire you to reach your skins optimal health.
I enjoy taking advanced education courses to stay current with ingredients, trends and the latest techniques to help you take care of your skin. Most of all I look forward to helping you look and feel beautiful both inside and out.
Inara Sophia has been facilitating balance, awareness and ease of clients through healing energy work for 18 years. She became a California State Certified Massage Therapist in 2010, specializing in Integrative Therapeutic Massage, which includes a blend of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Prenatal, Thai yoga massage, Cranio Sacral Therapy and energy modalities such as Reiki and Oneness Deekshas. Most recently she became a Registered Yoga Teacher increasing her knowledge of how the body moves and functions. She has training at Milan, Hyegia Midwifery College, Inner Light Ministries, and Nourish’s yoga teacher training. A life long learner Inara is always in a new training or class to better her skills.
Inara’s sessions are tailored towards each clients health issues and desired goals. Compassionately integrating modalities into each session and encouraging self care and kindness for one’s body. Her experience includes working with conditions like; chronic back and neck pain, shoulder pain and impingement, hip pain and tightness, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, tension headaches, and structural imbalances. Inara would love to assist you towards your personal wellness goals, whether addressing chronic, acute, or repetitive stress pain conditions, or simply creating space for the innate wisdom of your body to be healthy and nourished.
For many years I have had a deep passion for skincare and the incredible physical, mental and emotional benefits it can create for an individual when it is taken care of. I could not be more thrilled to share that enjoyment and knowledge with all the wonderful men and women that experience a treatment with me. If it is possible to find a soul mate in a career, I have found mine!
My education began at a school in Santa Clara with the highest standards and enthusiasm for success. In addition, I have received extensive training from the International Dermal Institute, Concepts Institute and Eminence Organics. I continue to take advanced education classes in subjects such as skin conditions, Manual Lymphatic Drainage for the face, massage techniques, REIKI and product ingredients and essential oils. With my most recent accomplishment and stepping stone in my career being certified as an ONCOLOGY Esthetician! In my opinion education is one of the most important things I can do for my job because as they say, “knowledge is power.” The more informed I am, the better I can inform you!
I am the type of person that jumps for joy from even the smallest things. My life could not be more fulfilled thanks to Adam, my wonderful and adoring husband, and our three little girls Iylee, Marley and Braysen. Iylee is a skin care connoisseur, I constantly find her with facial cleanser all over her belly and face and asking if we can take a bath and put on a masque. There is nothing that can make you appreciate everything in your life like the family I wake up to every day.
I can’t wait to meet you!
I have always been destined to be a healthcare practitioner. Born in rural Northern California to a family that believed that nutrition was the foundation of health, I was raised eating brown rice and organic vegetables. Because my father was passionate about herbal medicine, from a young age I was often found making herbal concoctions.
In my twenties I dedicated myself to several professional herbal medicine programs, eventually leading me to receive a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University. While doing an externship with the renowned Dr. Holly Guzman, I fell in love with Japanese Acupuncture as taught by Kiiko Matsumoto. This effective style of acupuncture is palpation based; the practitioner looks for tender points, often found on the abdomen, then needles corresponding acupuncture points to relieve the tension. Japanese acupuncture needles are smaller than Chinese needles are are not placed as deep.
Cosmetic acupuncture became a passion while attending a workshop with Dr. Martha Lucas, founder of Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture. I am thrilled to offer a unique, effective anti-aging treatment that promotes beauty and vitality from the inside out.
In my free time, I can be found hiking, practicing yoga or playing on the beach with daughter Scarlett Grace, husband Daniel Sebastian and puppy Stella May.
I look forward to supporting your wellbeing soon!
Déva Cassandra L.Ac., Dipl OM, MTCM