Kneaded Relief

Madison's First and Only
Destination Wellness Spa

608-255-0070

Beauty and Skin Care Experts

ESTHETICIANS

As with all our staff, we take special care to hire only estheticians that meet our rigorous training and skills standards.

Caroline Buss (on maternity leave)
WI Licensed Esthetician and Make-up Artist

I have had a passion for makeup artistry, and good skin care since as long as I can remember.  I would color in coloring books as a little girl at my Grandma’s house.  Whenever I would be coloring a picture of a girl, I would always put makeup on her.  I would give her eye shadow, blush and lipstick.  It was always the last part I colored because it was my favorite.  I wanted to spend the most time on it.  I also loved to listen to older women talk about the do’s and don’ts of “growing old gracefully” and caring for the vulnerable skin of the face.  I have always been a little timid so I was somewhat apprehensive about pursing a career in the beauty industry.

However, after a chance at a new beginning I went to beauty school.  It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  I graduated from The Institute of Beauty and Wellness in Milwaukee.  In 2005, shortly after beauty school I moved out west where the sun always shines and the beauty industry is booming.  I spent 5 ½ years learning and mastering my craft.  I have worked with brides and bridal parties, on commercials, film and television, photo shoots and runways in L.A. and New York.  I have worked with some tough people, talented people, competitive people and some not so very nice people.  I have worked on a handful of smaller celebrity personalities, some wannabe’s, some talented brides, and many blushing brides.

However, home is where the heart is and I felt it was time to come home and slow my life down some…a chance at another new beginning.  I am here to help you look and fee your best, and share with you my love for Makeup Artistry and Esthetics.

Everything was great. Caroline was very helpful and catered to the exact areas that required attention. She was knowledgeable, courteous and professional. The facilities were top notch and overall staff was great. Thanks!”

Angelina DiModica
WI Licensed Esthetician

I’m Angelina and I am an Esthetician here at Kneaded Relief. I welcome you to this amazing spa and I am looking forward to getting to know you! Here’s a little bit about myself.

My road to skin care began at Martin’s College of Cosmetology. I graduated in March of 2007. I wanted to work at Kneaded Relief because I have heard so many great stories from other clients! I truly enjoy helping people in any way that I can, by helping them to relax, answering all of their questions about their skin concerns, or doing whatever I can to make them feel good and look good!

I began as a receptionist. During that time, I traveled to Chicago and attended classes at the Bioelements Learning Center. When I eventually got the chance to interview for esthetics I was so excited! It has been a very rewarding position. My co-workers and clients challenge me every day and are so inspirational to me! Not only do I give treatments to my clients but also I love to develop a close bond with each of them. There is something great about getting to work one-on-one with people. It allows me to get to know them so well. I get to hear their stories, and see their progress with their skin and it’s just the most amazing feeling! I can finally say that I leave work every day with a smile, which, unfortunately, not many people can say! I want to keep learning more and more so that I may offer you the best treatment I possibly can!

So what made me interested in skin care? When I was 17 I underwent treatment for cancer. I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease and had to have 4 months of Chemotherapy. The treatment left me with no hair, horrible breakouts from the chemicals and ghost white skin. I definitely did NOT feel confident about myself. My mom’s hairstylist would come over and apply makeup for me and give me scalp massages a couple times a week just to make me feel better and it really did! Her thoughtfulness changed my opinion of myself and changed how I felt physically as well and that is EXACTLY what I want to do for others. Everyone should feel beautiful and healthy and relaxed and it’s my job to make sure they do!

Please take time for yourself and for your skin. Take time to feel great and let me help you get there! I look forward to meeting you and sharing some smiles here at Kneaded Relief!

I see Angelina for full facials. My skin has improved 100% from the services and products. I would recommend Kneaded Relief to friends because of their friendliness and personal treatment. I have never had a bad experience!”

Coming to Kneaded Relief is a great stress reliever. I feel very relaxed when I leave. My therapist Angelina always makes me feel relaxed and comfortable when I am there. I love my therapists (Angelina & Erica) because of them and the location I keep coming back.”

Kirsten Halma
WI Licensed Esthetician

Hi there, my name is Kirsten. Welcome to Kneaded Relief!
My journey to Kneaded Relief started at a young age as an extremely shy girl. Growing up this way lead to me take everything in, develop an eye, and helped me become the visual human I am today. My favorite thing to do is listen, observe, watch, mimic, and help. I remember watching my mom and dad get ready in the morning and being so intrigued by their daily regimen; I remember staying at my grandparents house and wanting to know how they got ready in the morning. My Grandma Betty would explain to me the skin care regimen her dermatologist gave her, and proceeded to tell me the importance of SPF as she revealed the white patches on her body where her sun damage was removed. I loved following her to our hometown pharmacy’s makeup section where she would occasionally whisper “don’t tell grandpa” while she handed me a small makeup bag with Estee Lauder samples in it. My Grandma Janie (on the other side of the family) told me all skin care problems could be cured by a single cream that came in a dark blue Nivea jar or the aloe plants growing in her sun room. I loved picking-up tidbits of both philosophies and I believe that’s what has lead to me understand each of my clients are individuals and that there is great value in personalized regimens.

In the fall of 2011, after debating between the Aveda Institute in Madison or playing volleyball and pursing my interest in design at Madison College, I enrolled in the Interior Design Program at Madison College where I applied my love for art and design. In 2013, I graduated with my associates in Interior Design, after my internship was over I decided to pack my bags and move to the design hub: NYC. I remember applying all over the place running around the Upper East and West Sides for internship interviews that didn’t pay. It was manic, and design was no longer enjoyable as work. The day after applying to design firms in SoHo, I smelled something other than the pungent New York air…the energy in me shifted, and suddenly I felt weight off my shoulders. It was a really soothing, familiar scent. I turned the corner and saw the Aveda Institute in NYC and immediately realized something. A call home and a flight later I was onto pursuing my true passion which had been with me all those years growing-up: esthetics.

In the summer of 2014, with skincare being my main focus, I applied at The Academy of Advanced Esthetic in Janesville, Wisconsin. I fell in love there. I learned everything from laser treatments, facials, waxing, to the importance of diet and the effects it has on our skin. I graduated in the spring of 2015, and am so grateful to have found my true passion. I cannot express in words how grateful I am to come to work with a team of staff and therapists so gifted, devoted, and passionate about what they do. Again, welcome to Kneaded Relief. I cannot wait to get it know you and I hope you find it as much of a treat to be here as I do!

Melissa Hoefling
Esthetics Department Manager, WI Licensed Esthetician

Hello, I am Melissa Hoefling. I have been with Kneaded Relief since 2000. I graduated from Martin’s College of Cosmetology in 1999, earning a License of Esthetics. I started working as an esthetician in my hometown of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Then I decided it was time to step outside of my hometown and experience Madison. Kneaded Relief has been the only spa I have worked at since I moved here. You may ask yourself, why? The reason is Kneaded Relief has a great team and a welcoming atmosphere.

Throughout the years, I have expanded my knowledge by taking classes at the Conservatory of Esthetics, now known as, the Bioelements Learning Center and by studying and discovering new information and techniques in my field of practice. In every treatment I provide, my goal is to teach the importance of skin care and to customize an everyday regimen for each individual’s specific needs. I also would like to help each individual relax, by finding their inner peace so they can leave the stress of everyday life behind them. I look forward to seeing you soon!

When I turned 40 I decided to get more serious about taking care of my skin. Kneaded Relief was close to my house so I wanted to give it a try. I was randomly matched to Melissa and am forever grateful. From my first facial appointment I could tell she would teach me a lot about caring for my skin. She made a point to share what she noticed, positive and negative, and gave me simple and practical advise to continue with home care. I look forward to returning every six to eight weeks to experience her professional care. Thank you Melissa for helping me have a more positive relationship with my skin. It was a long time coming.”

Nicki Neal
WI Licensed Esthetician

Hello Everyone! My name is Nicki Neal and I am one of the Estheticians here at Kneaded Relief. We welcome you and hope you feel at home!

My journey began with makeup when I was just a little girl. I loved playing around with different colors and shades and seeing how those colors looked paired with one another. As I went through my high school years I started trying different looks on my friends. My friends started coming to me to do their makeup before we would go to events like prom and homecoming. I began to realize the passion I had for makeup and loved how I could enhance someone’s natural beauty and I truly enjoyed how it made them feel.

My path took me down a number of roads ranging from being a Nanny to being the Executive Assistant to the CEO of a water park resort in Wisconsin Dells. During these travels and experiences, I was always looking for that one thing in life that would make me feel complete in terms of my career. All the time never giving much thought to pursue my passion of makeup and skin. I started attending college for Business Management and quickly realized that this was not the path I wanted to take. I started looking at other options and came across Panache Beauty Academy. I inquired for more information and before I knew it I was enrolled to become a licensed Esthetician.

During my time at Panache I realized that my passion stretched beyond makeup. I was learning a great deal more than I had ever imagined and fell in love with skin care as a whole. I couldn’t get enough information and wanted to be able to help people feel great and look great. This is where my journey truly became what it is today. Not only was I able to go to school for something I loved but I found that my love for skin could help so many people in so many different ways. I found great joy in working with people who I could help.

I started working for a spa in Wisconsin Dells shortly after graduating. I eventually became the lead Esthetician of the spa and was getting to spread my knowledge to clients and other Estheticians. Just recently my family and I decided to move to Madison Wisconsin. In doing so, I wanted to join a spa that could help take me to the next level in my career. A spa that was viewed highly by the community and they were treated like family. I was fortunate enough to become an Esthetician at Kneaded Relief and have this great spa be the next chapter of my journey.

I welcome you and your family to be a part of our family. I want nothing more than to share my passion and knowledge with you.

I have received several facials around Madison and other spas on vacation, this was hands down the best experience I’ve had. The most relaxing too! I would highly recommend Nicki. She provides incredible service and I look forward to seeing her again! Very impressed with my experience at Kneaded Relief! 90 minutes of heaven. “

Krystal Reimer
WI Licensed Cosmetologist

I think I’m supposed to be writing about my journey to Kneaded Relief but let’s call it an adventure, shall we? I grew up in the days of “go play outside” and “be home by dark.” When I wasn’t catching frogs or snakes or seeing how many caterpillars I could get to crawl on me at once, I was in the garage-watching Dad rebuild old cars and trucks. As I got older, I fell in love with the outdoors and horses and my parents really didn’t see me unless I was hungry. I’ve had a billion dreams and plenty of realities. To this day I’m not sure what I want to be when I grow up, purely because I’m not too keen on growing up.

In my dreams I’ve been the pilot of an Apache helicopter for the military, I’ve been a racecar driver (Indy or drag, not Nascar), I’ve been a famous cartoonist and the writer of a giggle-worthy column. Here in the real work, my vision isn’t good enough to fly an Apache, but I’ve built demolition derby cars and driven them to pieces. I’m a racecar driver every time I get behind the wheel of that old Trans Am Dad and I built, I write for myself, for my sanity, and for my children I’m the best cartoonist you’ve ever seen on a Magnadoodle.

My path of beauty and wellness, comes from the person I’ve spoken the least about: my mother. My mother who, to this day, works herself to the bone at a factory job. My mother who said “oh could you please just go be a girl” when at seventeen I was dead set on custom auto body as a career. Admittedly, my angst teenage self didn’t like this advice, but I did need it, and now each day when I wake up happy to go to work and not breath paint fumes or lay on a cement floor, I thank her. Each day I look out at this prairie view, I thank her for making me go be a girl. Without her, I may have never found the yin to my very prevalent yang.

Today, my clients are my masterpiece from their nails to their healthy, happy skin to their engaging conversation. So cheers to dreams, and cheers to realities. Cheers to fast cars and cute sundresses, but mostly, cheers to the happiness you can achieve if you just let go of the wheel.

Krystal was fabulous! I was very relaxed and pleased and this was my first facial. Why did I wait so long? I’ll definitely be back for another.”

Mel Stafford
WI Licensed Esthetician and Make-up Artist

Hello there! My name is Mel and I am an Esthetician here at Kneaded Relief.

My journey into esthetics started with my love of makeup artistry. Makeup artistry has been a passion of mine since I was a little girl. I remember going to family gatherings and I would be the only person my age, around 10 years old, wearing red lipstick and blush. As I got older, my passion for makeup artistry only grew stronger and I knew it was what I wanted to pursue as my career (aside from singing, dancing and being famous).

After graduating high school in 2002, I spent time working in an assisted living home and as a bartender/server. As soon as the opportunity presented itself, I took a position in a makeup/skincare department at a local department store. That is when I fell in love with skincare! For a few years, I managed a makeup and skincare line, but decided I wanted to try a spa setting. After doing that for a few years, I knew I needed to go back to school to acquire my license in esthetics, but going back to school was very scary! In 2012, I decided it was finally time—no more waiting!!! I attended the VICI Aveda Institute in Milwaukee, WI and graduated in December of 2012.

The world of esthetics is my life. I would not be happy doing anything else. I love coming to work and feeling like its not actually work, simply because I love what I do! I truly enjoy helping people, in any capacity, and that is why I am here. I’m here to help guide you to where you want to be with your skincare. I am a very compassionate person and I care deeply about each of my clients. When my clients are happy, I’m happy!

If you have any questions, please ask! I am here to help and will do everything I can to ensure you leave very happy! Welcome to Kneaded Relief! I can’t wait to meet your smiling face!

Treatments with Mel are always the best! Her attention to every detail and my experience is always so appreciated. She keeps me coming back for more!”

Jenna Warlin
WI Licensed Esthetician

Hi my name is Jenna Warlin and I am an esthetician at Kneaded Relief.

My path here began when I started esthetic school at the Aveda Institute in Madison in November 2015. I’ve always wondered “What should I be when I grow up?” I never knew what my future had in store for me, so when I graduated from high school and went onto college, I quickly realized that a 4 year University wasn’t for me. That led me to work as a CNA for 5 years and once again at the end of my 5 years working in a nursing facility, I was asking myself “is this what I am going to be doing for the rest of my life?”

I met my husband in 2013 and his job made us move from the lovely upper peninsula of Michigan to Oak Creek WI, where once again I was starting over with no college education and no career. I found myself unhappy and working at Woodman’s Food Market and as a host at a restaurant. Finally something happened and I knew I was never going to be happy until I found a job that I can really truly enjoy doing. Who doesn’t love pampering themselves with a day at the spa? I sure do. One day I was sitting in a chair, getting my hair done at the Aveda Institute when I saw a poster that said “Enroll Now” and that day basically changed my life.

I went home researched everything about esthetics, the school, what I can do once I graduate and for once everything seemed like it was coming together for me career wise. I enrolled shortly after and officially began my career as an esthetician. I am so blessed and grateful to be given the opportunity to work alongside talented and passionate coworkers. Coming to work every day is finally something I can actually look forward to by bringing peace and relaxation to my clients in the beautiful setting here at Kneaded Relief. I couldn’t be happier to be a part of the team.