Meet Our Team

Julie Gaulden

NP, Co-Owner, Medical Director

Julie bought the spa with her daughter, Nila, in March of 2020. Julie has more than 25 years of nursing experience and is passionate about adding medical esthetics services to our menu. Read More

Nila Orr

Co-Owner

Nila bought the spa with her mother, Julie, in March of 2020. Nila graduated with her BA in Creative Writing in 2010 and has a background in office management, medical billing, and marketing. Read More

Tara Valentine

Tara Valentine

Operations Manager

Tara has been with The Blue Giraffe family since a year after it originally opened in 2002. Tara started as a nail tech and has done many jobs over the years. Now she is our operations manager Read More

Shelly Nicholson

Shelly Nicholson

Esthetician

Shelly graduated from Oregon Institute of Aesthetics in 2004 and has been part of The Blue Giraffe team for 11 years. She loves working with acne-prone skin and doing Read More

Tracy Finklang

Tracy Finklang

Esthetician

Tracy graduated from Imani Institute of Cosmetology in 2016. She began working at The Blue Giraffe fresh out of school and has found her passion in educating others about skincare. Read More

Paige Bates

Esthetician

Paige graduated from Northwest College of Beauty in 2022. Many of you may know her as one of our lovely front desk staff, where she worked while in school. Read More

Alissa Flynn

Nail Tech

Alissa graduated from Phagan’s Beauty School of Medford in August of 2021. She was hired here at The Blue Giraffe at the beginning of 2023 and we are excited to welcome her. Read More

Keri Sandstrom

Nail Tech

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Kyleigh Donahoe

Nail Tech

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Holly Stanley

Hair Stylist

Holly has been working at The Blue Giraffe since September 2016 and was voted Southern Oregon’s favorite stylist in 2020. A 2002 graduate from Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy, Holly specializes in color Read More

Emily Doney

Hair Stylist

Emily has been at The Blue Giraffe since summer 2023. Emily moved to Southern Oregon from Central California, where she had been a hair stylist for over eight years. Read More

Ria Einhorn

Hair Stylist

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Montana Creekmore

LMT

Montana graduated from Ashland Institute of Massage in 2016 and has been here at The Blue Giraffe since 2018. Montana is passionate about learning and has been a big influence on our massage protocols Read More

Mackenzie Whitley

LMT

Mackenzie graduated from Ashland Institute of Massage in 2013. Mackenzie is very approachable and prioritizes client comfort in her services. Her sunny demeanor Read More

Aubrey Douglas

LMT

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Laura Ferrara

LMT

Laura graduated from Rogue Community College in 2010 and has been a part of The Blue Giraffe team since 2022. Laura is passionate about helping people live their lives free of pain. Read More

Rena Hembrock

LMT

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Shannon Wilhelm

LMT

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Gwen Hamblin

LMT

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