Get To Know Our Team

The Hair Stylists

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Amy Cataldo
Amy is a New England native, born and raised in Exeter, New Hampshire. She traveled south and started her professional hair industry career in 2005 by attending the Paul Mitchell School in Orlando. From there forward, she has been inspired to grow as a stylist by attending many other education classes including, but not limited to the Bumble and Bumble Academy, Prive Academy, and L’Oreal Professional Academy.

She joined the team at Shanti in 2009 and loves being a part of a professional, creative, and talented group of women. Amy listens carefully to each client, and customizes their look to the best of her ability. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family including her two dogs.

Notable Education

  • Bumble and Bumble: Design Workshop, New York
  • Bumble and Bumble: Studio Workshop, New York
  • Bumble and Bumble: Network Educator I, New York
  • Bumble and Bumble: Network Educator II, New York
  • Brazilian Blowout: Certified
  • L’Oréal Professionnel Academy: Balayage Methods
  • L’Oréal Professionnel Academy: Balayage Techniques, Jessica Gonsalves & Jennifer Luszczak
  • Privé Academy: Creative Cutting, Series of 4 Classes

Andrea Shine
Raised in Massachusetts, Andrea has spent the majority of her life cultivating a keen interest in art through various creative disciplines. She earned a dual degree in Design and Visual Arts from Northern Essex, while at the same time establishing herself as an artist with multiple publications in college journals. Andrea was chosen from a small group of students to have her illustrations appear in a deaf studies dictionary utilized by Gallaudet University Regional Center.

Over time, Andrea’s nurturing side led her to channel her art into a more tangible form. She attended Empire Beauty School, graduating in 2007, and shortly thereafter joined the distinguished staff at Shanti Salon in Newburyport where she’s worked ever since.

Andrea has a wide range of abilities, and can create both uniquely fashionable looks as well as traditional styles through dynamic color, flattering cuts, and a diverse set of techniques – all individually tailored to each particular client. She has developed a deeply loyal client base not only because of her creativity, but also her warm and welcoming disposition.

In her spare time she enjoys riding her Motorcycle, photography, and anything that involves improvisational comedy.

Follow Andrea on Instagram @shinetimes

Notable Education

  • L’Oréal Professionnel Academy: Balayage- Hands on Experience, Amy McManus
  • L’Oréal Professionnel Academy: Balayage Methods, Min Kim
  • L’Oréal Professionnel Academy: Balayage Techniques, Jessica Gonsalves & Jennifer Luszczak
  • DevaCurl: DevaCut® Certified
  • Brazilian Blowout Certified
  • SoCap: Hair Extensions Certified
  • Aveda Advanced Academy: Innovative Cutting Essentials
  • Jingles: Color Theory

Heidi Carvalho
It was Heidi’s upbringing in Maine where she developed a strong love for the outdoors. Then in 2004 she made the move to Massachusetts and chose to pursue a career in the beauty industry. She attended both Portsmouth and Blaine Beauty Schools, graduating from the latter in 2005.
Heidi loves being creative in her work. Her consultations lead to a unique experience focused on the specific needs of each client. She enjoys both cutting and coloring hair, and has been certified in various techniques including the DevaCurl® DevaCut, which makes her an expert with curly hair. Heidi stays inspired and on top of current trends by taking as many classes as she can. She has traveled to New York to attend classes at the Privé Academy.
Heidi’s other passion is in natural healing where she also holds several certifications. Outside of the salon, she enjoys being a wife and mom of two. Her true happy place is the beach where she can be found year round.

Notable Education

  • Aquagé: Blowdrying and Styling
  • Aquagé: Razor Cutting
  • Paul Mitchell: Cutting and Barbering
  • All Nutrient: Advanced Color Technique
  • All Nutrient: Color Correction
  • Privé Academy: Creative Cutting
  • DevaCurl®: Cutting Certification
  • DevaCurl® Pintura: Color Certification
  • L’Oréal: Basic Balayage
  • Privé Academy: The Art of Cutting
  • L’Oréal: Balayage, Creating the Perfect Piece

Susan Casey
Susan is a Boston native that began her professional career in the mid 1990’s. She joined Shanti’s team in 2015 and has fit in seamlessly ever since.
She makes a special effort during every consultation to get to know her clients and identify their needs. Susan enjoys customizing her services to honor each client’s individuality as well as their lifestyle. She is a true specialist with anything that requires extra attention to detail, including but not limited to color corrections and dry hair cutting.
Being a veteran in the hair industry gives her a deep level of devotion to her craft. She continues to be passionate about the art of hairstyling today, and believes that one should never stop learning. With that, Susan is always working towards additional certifications and advancements in her career.
Susan is fluent in both English and Spanish, and she is an avid reader in her free time.

Notable Education

  • L’Oréal Professionnel Academy: Balayage- Hands on Experience, Amy McManus
  • L’Oréal Professionnel Academy: Balayage Methods, Min Kim
  • L’Oréal Professionnel Academy: Balayage- Creating the Perfect Piece
  • L’Oréal Professionnel Academy: Balayage Techniques, Jessica Gonsalves & Jennifer Luszczak
  • Keune: The Art of Men’s Hairstyling
  • John Sahag: Dry Hair Cutting
  • Luis Alvarez: Upstyling
  • Aquage: Hair Cutting and Dresswork
  • Beth Menardi: Color and Cutting
  • Beth Menardi: Color
  • Privé Academy: Educator Training

Sonila Dono
After finishing beauty school in Albania, with additional instruction at Empire Beauty School in Boston. She has done extensive training both in and out of the salon, including with Goldwell (for cutting and color), Wella, Oribe, Moroccan Oil, and Kerastase. Sonila is focused on the transformative aspects of hair stylizing, and uses her creative energies and knowledge of current trends to bring bold new looks to her clients. These talents have brought her wide recognition; she has styled fashion shows for Ellie Tahari, Michael Depaulo, Saks Fifth Avenue, Boston Fashion Week, and Fashion’s Night Out. She also serves as a stylist for hosts on the E! Network.

Follow Sonila on Instagram @Sonila_hair

Bri Gambell
Briana has always been a creative person and especially drawn to color. Her passion for art led her to pursue a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design and Art History. After college she joined the AmeriCorps and used her design and marketing knowledge to help New Hampshire nonprofits grow their capacity to house and provide social services for homeless families and individuals. She found her job most rewarding when she was able to interact with the people she was helping. 

Because of her love of customer service and art, cosmetology became her next adventure. She has brought her love for self expression and people to Shanti Salon. It comes as no surprise that Bri has embraced her in house advance cutting and color training and is now performing select services on clients. While her love of color is obvious, she prides herself in being a Jill of all trades, including being skilled in both everyday and theatrical makeup application. Bri is always learning and creating and no doubt, she is teaching us a thing or two! Her creativity does not stop with her clients, in her free time she loves gaming, designing and renovating her home, and gardening.

Notable Education

  • Cezanne Certified Impressionist
  • Certified Extension Specialist including Tape In, Keratin Tip & Sew In Methods

Follow Bri on Instagram @bricreatesne

Emily Victor
Emily discovered at a young age that making someone feel beautiful could have a truly positive impact on them. She loved styling her friends’ hair and makeup for their High school dances. She attended the Paul Mitchell School in Portsmouth, NH, Soon after, she discovered Shanti Salon and fell in love with its culture. Upon completing Shanti’s apprentice program her hobby became her profession. 

Her summers vacationing on Plum Island inspired her to make the move to New England from small town Pennsylvania. Emily made her dreams of becoming a hair stylist come true by working hard and treating each client like they are her only client.  She specializes in curly cuts and teaching people to love their curls by helping them follow the appropriate styling routine for them. When she is not in the salon making people feel beautiful, Emily loves everything art related.  From drawing to woodworking, Emily is an artist in many respects. She spends every extra moment discovering the hidden beauties of New England.

Follow Emily on Instagram @emilypaigevbeauty

Roxanne Hart
Roxanne is a New Hampshire native who also calls Bermuda her second home. Upon graduating from Blaine Hair School in 1996 she began her career as a stylist. Roxanne received degrees in paralegal studies and criminal justice all while working as a Hairstylist. She also attended law school for a short time but hair became her true passion. 

Roxanne’s 25+ years of experience as a stylist bring extensive knowledge of many hair types. She styled hair for Bermuda fashion week as well as for The Miss Bermuda Pageant. In her free time Roxanne enjoys nature walks with her dog “Hero”, kayaking and motorcycle riding.

Notable Education

  • Redken NYC – Color Correction
  • Vidal Sassoon – Hair Cutting
  • Toni & Guy – Color and Cutting
  • Framesi Boston – Color Educator Program
  • Oribe Boston – Styling
  • Goldwell – Balayage

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The Skin Care Specialists

Santina Del Prete
Santina graduated Catherine Hinds Institute for esthetics in 2017. After attaining her license, she continued her education by earning multiple certifications in esthetics. Santina is most interested in providing results driven treatments geared to the individuals skincare needs. The icing on the cake for her is making the client feel their best inside and out! She takes pride in her work and in helping people. When Santina is not pampering her clients she loves spending time with friends, enjoying the outdoors as well as staying cozy inside with her pets!

Follow Santina on Instagram @skin_by_santina

Notable Education & Certifications of Advanced Training for the following areas of expertise:

  • Advanced Chemical Peels
  • DermaSweep
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Ultrasonic Facial
  • Microneedling
  • LED
  • Dermaplaning
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Eyebrow & Lash Tinting

Carrie Layte
Carrie received her Nail Technician license from North Shore Community College in 2010 then continued on to earn her license in Advanced Esthetics at Catherine Hinds Institute in 2014. In the fall of 2018 Carrie brought her professional yet approachable style to Shanti Salon. She is always learning and loves sharing her knowledge with others. Carrie thrives on seeing skin transformation and educating clients about skin home care. Each treatment plan she devises is designed to achieve the individuals skincare goals. Her advanced education in sensitive skin & rosacea, hormonal breakouts, and acne helps clients see visible changes. 

Carrie aka Dr. Doolittle, spends most of her time away from work caring for animals, working out and coordinating fun activities with friends.

Venmo Carrie-Layte

Follow Carrie on Instagram @carriemlaytebeauty

Notable Education & Certifications of Advanced Training for the following areas of expertise:

  • DermaSweep
  • Advanced Chemical Peels
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Ultrasonic Facial
  • LED
  • Dermaplaning
  • Zen Facial Protocol
  • Advanced Lymphatic Techniques
  • Basic Oncology Esthetics
  • Se-Brazil Waxing
  • Tattoo Waxing
  • Brow Lamination
  • Lash Lifting
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Eyebrow & Lash Tinting

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The Front of House

Amber Jansen, Salon Manager
Amber’s professional career began in early childhood education. She taught and nurtured infants, toddlers and preschoolers in New Hampshire and Maine for 10 years, but decided to leave her dream job as Director of the Childcare Center at Berwick Academy in Maine to take a chance on a new journey at Shanti.

She has been the Salon Manager since early 2004, and has formed a true love for the beauty industry as well as customer service over the years. She feels extremely fortunate to have found a second career just as rewarding as her first!

Amber is a wonderful asset to the Shanti culture. She prides herself on being a consummate professional, and she gives clients an experience that is not only welcoming, but efficient from booking to checkout. Regular clients of the salon truly look forward to spotting Amber while they are in for their appointment.

Besides the professionalism she brings to the salon, in her personal life she is married to her best friend, Sean, and they have a beautiful and funny son Anders with whom they love adventuring with.