Meet our Creatives

Adam Shipley, Master Stylist, Owner/Operator, Ava Marie Salon and Spa Virginia Beach VA
Adam Shipley, Master Stylist & Salon Owner
Adam started working in a quaint family salon in North Carolina after graduating from cosmetology school in 2008 & then moved to Virginia Beach to grow his career. Adam focused on expanding his education thru Wella, Aveda, and Schwarzkopf color. While working in some of the top salons in the area, he always felt a calling to establish his own salon where fellow stylists would feel at home. At Ava Marie Salon and Spa he has changed the established norm from client to hair experience.
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Barbara Dion, master stylist at Ava Marie Salon and Spa Virginia Beach VA
Barbara Dion, Master Stylist & Lead Educator
Most of Barbara’s 21 yr career has been spent in management and growing fellow stylists, as well as, being her own boss as a booth renting stylist before moving to Virginia Beach. Now Barbara likes to focus her attention on helping her clients look and feel their best. Barbara loves a challenge, trying new things and sharpening her skills through education.
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Anneliese Shepherd Senior Stylist at Ava Marie Salon and Spa Virginia Beach VA
Anneliese Shepherd, Master Stylist & Davines Salon Ambassador
Anneliese graduated cosmetology school in 2012. She loves making her clients feel beautiful and trying new things. Keeping her finger on the pulse of trends while always seeking ways to grow and continue her education. As a Davines Ambassador she attends quarterly seminars emersing herself in the most up to date Davines color techniques and Davines product knowledge to ensure that every Ava Marie Salon and Spa client has the opportunity to explore products that are seemingly tailor-made for them.
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Kat Benton, Master Stylist
Kat is a 15 year veteran behind the chair. She specializes in men’s and women’s haircutting, as well as, hair color, hair treatments and hair extensions. Kat has certifications in Keratin Complex, Brazilian Blowout and Babe Extensions. Spreading her love for gorgeous hair is Kat’s passion. She receives so much joy making people feel their best selves.
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Janna Nicolay, Master Stylist
Janna is an accomplished professional with over 20 years of experience in top salons from Hawaii to Virginia Beach. Along with her certifications in Keratin Complex, Brazilian Blowout and Tape-In Extensions, she also specializes in curly hair. Janna has also worked as a stylist in 2 barbershops honing her barbering skills and razor cuts.
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Maddie Blaine, Premium Stylist at Ava Marie Salon and Spa
Maddie Baine, Senior Stylist
Maddie received her education in Cosmetology from Rudy & Kelly Academy a Paul Mitchell Partner School in 2011. With certifications in Keratin Complex, Brazilian Blowout and Hot Heads Hair Extensions, Maddie looks forward to reaching her full potential as a hair stylist at Ava Marie.
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Diane Blincoe, Hairstylist
Diane Blincoe, Senior Stylist
Diane graduated from Rudy & Kelly Academy a Paul Mitchell Partner. She is consistently attending hair shows and classes to further her education in hair.  She has a particular eye for color. Her artistic ability and passion for hair allows her to show creativity through different coloring and styling techniques. She loves that she gets to help make people feel and look their best!
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Neftaly Pacheco, Senior Stylist
Nef has been doing hair professionally for 12 years after graduating from Coachella Valley Beauty College. She has since become certified in Brazilian Blowout and Babe Hand Tied Weft Extensions. Nef specializes in short styles such as bobs and pixie cuts.
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Briana Cabral, Premium Stylist
Briana has been a licensed cosmetologist for 3 years after graduating from the Rudy & Kelly Academy: A Paul Mitchell Partner School. She specializes in everything blonde, as well as, up-do’s and special occasion styles.
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Alex S Esthetician at Ava Marie Salon and Spa Virginia Beach VA
Alexandria Serna, Esthetician
Alex has been working professionally in the world of Esthetics for 7 years. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, she received her license from Ogle Beauty School. After her husband was stationed here in Virginia Beach in 2017, Alex has been beautifying clients at Ava Marie one brow, lash, and wax at a time.
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Amanda Shipley, Ava Marie Salon and Spa Virginia Beach, VA
Amanda Shipley, Salon Coordinator

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Bambi Fox, Front of House

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Courtney Taitt, Front of House

Summer Collins, Salon Technician, Ava Marie Salon and Spa Virginia Beach
Summer Collins, Apprentice & Technician

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Hailie Gray, Apprentice & Technician

Shannon Saunders, Salon Technician, Ava Marie Salon and Spa Virginia Beach
Shannon Saunders, Technician