The Upper Level Spa - Staff
Myra Aviles, Owner, Esthetician, Sugaring Educator

For over a decade, Myra Aviles has been entrusted by her clients with the rejuvenation of their faces, bodies, and souls. Through years of experience and learning the ins and outs of the skincare industry, she has gained priceless knowledge of how to set herself apart from the rest.

She is a Licensed Esthetician,  founder of “Skin Impressions,”  co-founder and operator of “The Upper Level Spa”  in San Diego, California and Professional Sugaring Educator worldwide.

She is passionate about providing superior products, personalized, least invasive, result oriented treatments, exceptional education and an unparalleled customer service experience to all consumers and professionals. Over the years she has built solid relationships with a loyal clientele.

Specializing in Sugaring Hair Removal/Education and Anti-Aging & Acne Facials,  Her mission is to assist everyone that crosses her path to prosper through education and natural, healing remedies.

In an profession with so many options and ever evolving treatments available, Myra is an industry leader and trusted advocate for all your skincare and hair removal needs. She is known and respected as a dedicated mother of 3, a healing and progressive esthetician, an effective educator, an inspirational entrepreneur and a true friend.

Raunette Vaughn,
Owner, Esthetician
, Sugaring Educator

With 13 years experience in the health and beauty industry, Raunette Celeste is dedicated providing each client with consistent and personalized service to help them look and feel like their most beautiful and balanced self.

She is passionate about the products used at The Upper Level Spa and only uses superior quality, organic, and affordable products and therapies. Her mission is to educate, treat and heal through esthetics remedies.

Raunette is living both her personal and professional life to the fullest. She is a California Licensed Esthetician with additional training and certification in sugaring, chemical peels, Osmosis Infusions, dermablading, microdermabrasion, mineral makeup application and airbrush tanning, with extensive training in more than 20 professional product lines.

Raunette is highly regarded as a diligent professional and has excelled in both the corporate and small business environments.  She co-found The Upper Level Spa in 2007 and works daily to provide a simple, warm, clean environment for staff and customers to enjoy. In 2010 she joined forces with Sweet Professional as a Sugaring Educator to provide professional sugaring training and products to estheticians and cosmetologists.

An inspirational, motivational mentor, she guides and encourages her clients to embrace healthy living with the clear intention of increasing the beauty of their lives.

Laura Fontana Nixon, Massage Therapy, Holistic Health Practitioner

Laura Fontana Nixon is a certified Holistic Health Practitioner, specializing in Massage Therapy.

For Laura, helping people in their pursuit of overall health and well being has been a personal commitment and a ‘joy in her life’ for nearly four years. Before earning her certification at Mueller College of Holistic Studies, she received her BA in Sociology from The University of California at Santa Barbara. Her focus was childhood development and emotional-behavioral psychology.

In addition to her unique and thriving massage practice, she currently works as a Child Development Counselor in San Diego.

Laura joined The Upper Level Spa team in 2010. Her passion for holistic medicine was sparked in 2008 while she was teaching English in Taiwan and she came home to San Diego with the drive to learn more and be able to help the people around her. She continues to learn so much about herself and others in her practice, enabling her to share light and love in finding balance of body, mind and spirit.

She is skilled in many styles of bodywork, including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Tui Na and Thai Massage, Chi Nei Tsang Organ Energy massage, Reiki, Nutrition, and Essential Oil Therapy. The variety of massage styles she offers serve different purposes to meet every beings varying needs and goals.  Since Laura is skilled in several techniques, she has developed a customizable personal style of bodywork to address every individuals needs.  This allows for more stress release and positive energy gain. Her own self-healing work includes Medical Qi Gong and Kung Fu, prayer and meditation, and of course, massage and acupuncture. She believes true wellness and alignment are attainable for all, it just takes practice.

When you receive a treatment from Laura, you are not just getting a massage, you are achieving complete relaxation by experiencing layers of energy shifts that balance your inner-self as well as the physical.

Vanessa Patterson, California Licensed Esthetician

Vanessa is a native of San Diego and has over 7 years of experience in the skin care industry. Prior to the upper level spa she worked as Patient Counselor and Esthetician for a Medical Spa and Dermatologist. 

Vanessa is very empathetic and passionate about educating and empowering men and women to look and feel their best. Her approach is to not only provide a relaxing and enjoyable experience during your treatment but also help guide you on selecting the right products that are scientifically proven to give you the best results possible.
Aside from her many talents Vanessa has received specialized training in acne/anti-aging facials, sugaring, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, weight loss treatments, and aromatherapy.

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