Meet Our Staff

Our staff are highly trained, dedicated professionals hand-picked for their friendliness, skill, and their professionalism. A family of caring and driven individuals, our staff is the real reason The Blue Giraffe has been chosen as Southern Oregon’s Favorite Spa.



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. An innovative thinker with over fifteen years of management experience, Julie has implemented many changes to The Blue Giraffe’s structure. From rejuvenating details around the spa to revamping policies and service protocols, Julie has given a fresh face to The Blue Giraffe.


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. Nila got her Oregon esthetics license in 2019, and worked as an independent esthetician for a short time before becoming a co-owner of The Blue Giraffe. Nila is passionate about building a caring and kind community of locals and other small business owners, as well as advocating for a healthier workplace. Nila is in charge of our marketing.


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 and manages staff, payroll and training for both new employees and education for existing employees. Tara is passionate about finding new products to carry in our spa and is responsible for bringing on our Coola and Essence One lines.

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 treatment facials, such as hydrafacial and peels. Come see Shelly to experience ultimate relaxation and glowing skin.


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. A survivor herself, Tracy believes that it is never too late to start taking care of your skin, and she’s determined to help you find your glow. Come see Tracy for an educational and inspiring experience as she gives you a total skin makeover.

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. Paige’s gentle demeanor and passion for blah blah blah makes for a calming and relaxing service.

Ali Wallenstein, RN

Ali graduated from College of the Siskiyous with her RN in 2019. The first RN that we have hired for injecting, Ali has been instrumental in building our medical esthetics department. Ali is passionate about making clients feel confident and beautiful and enjoys the artistry of medical esthetics. Her attention to detail and upbeat demeanor are treasured by staff and clients alike.

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. Alissa loves creating a calm space for clients and is passionate about using aromatherapy to achieve relaxation.


Renee Leffler, Nail Tech

Renee graduated from Northwest College of Beauty in 2019, and began working at The Blue Giraffe in 2020. Renee loves using her skills to give our clients a self esteem boost and enjoys meeting new people. Her artistic eye and attention to detail lend great quality to the services she offers here. Her kindness and sense of humor make each of her services enjoyable from start to finish.

Stephanie Krupicka, Nail Tech

Stephanie graduated from Northwest College of Beauty in 2019. Stephanie’s integrity and calm, friendly nature are at the center of her work here at The Blue Giraffe. She loves making her clients smile and helping people feel beautiful.


Sav Scott, Hair Stylist and Nail Tech

Sav has been in the industry for blank years. She graduated from blah blah blah in blank. In 2020, Sav moved back to Southern Oregon from Hawaii and became part The Blue Giraffe team. Sav’s kind heart and warm personality have been a welcome addition to our team.

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 and brings an artful eye and talented hand to her work. A wealth of considerable experience and fun, Holly’s energy is upbeat and inspiring and she loves to create fresh feelings through hair. She is very passionate about her work and her joy and creativity are evident in the beautiful styles she creates.

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 here at The Blue Giraffe. Montana’s experience and attention to detail are reflected in her services.

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 and professionalism are a beloved part of The Blue Giraffe. Mackenzie loves the diverse experience of working in the massage field and is passionate about being a positive part of our clients’ day.

Savannah Douglas, LMT

Savannah graduated from the Ashland Institute of Massage in June of 2016. Her calm and accepting demeanor lend a very relaxing quality to her services. She loves helping people achieve physical wellness and improve their quality of life.

Aubrey Douglas, LMT

Aubrey graduated from blank in blank and has been at The Blue Giraffe since blank. Calm and easygoing, Aubrey is skilled at deep tissue massage.

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. Her experienced technique and friendly, grounded manner give her services a calming quality.