the team

Kristie-Lee Laskes

Esthetician / Owner

Why did you become an esthetician?

While attending college, I was introduced to Mary Kay (my neighbor had the pink cadillac!) and I fell in love with make-up, skin care and helping women look their best. As time went on, I knew that I wanted to be more hands on within the field so I enrolled at the Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics of Woburn, graduating with my esthetics license in 2004.

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What made you want to open a salon?

Upon graduating, I gained some experience at a few smaller salons until I was hired at a much larger and successful salon here in Worcester. After spending a number of years there, I again advanced my career by opening a salon with a friend which would allow us to provide a better and more personal experience for our clients. Since the beginning of my career I always knew that I wanted to open my own business and it felt like something was missing. I wanted to provide both my clients and employees with a salon environment that they loved being at and felt comfortable in. In May of 2011, I opened Nkd’s first location in downtown Worcester. Thanks to our wonderful clients and our reputation of providing quality services, Nkd has grown into what it is today at its second location at One Kelley Square.

What is your favorite service that Nkd offers and why?

My favorite service at Nkd is, well, all of them! Ok, so my favorites are waxing, lashes and makeup…those are the services I love to do, so that is why I named my business Nkd Waxing, Lashes & Makeup! We also offer skincare, massage, threading, spray tan and hair…those are services that the other girls love to do and obviously works with the original vision. A client can tell when the person working on them loves what they do. And I greatly enjoy getting all those services done to me! 

If you would bring just one beauty product on vacation, which one would it be?

If I could only bring one beauty product on vacation with me…it would probably be lip gloss because I would have gotten my lashes and spray tan on…so there wouldn't be a need for mascara, foundation and bronzer. :)

What is your "mantra?"

My Mantra is The Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

Crystal Whittemore

Esthetician / Manager

Why did you become an esthetician?

I’ve been in the beauty industry since the womb ;) My mom had a salon in our house when I was a toddler and then when she started working at a salon in Worcester, I would frequently go in with her and sit behind the desk and help the receptionist. After completing my Associates Degree, I attended esthetics school in 2004 and have worked in the beauty industry ever since. I love the variety of what I do- I could never sit behind a desk all day or work a 9 to 5. Some days I make people feel amazing doing makeup, some days I get to pamper people with facials and other days I give people gorgeous lashes! The creative atmosphere of Nkd is the best place to foster my love of all things beauty and 12 years later, I still love what I do! 

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What would the 5 songs be on the soundtrack of your life?

Delta Spirit: “Before the Devil Knows You're Dead”
Ben Folds: “Philosophy”
Beastie Boys: “Get it Together”
Saves the Day: “Shoulder to the Wheel”
Beatles: “In My Life”

What is your favorite service Nkd offers and why?

I love the Micro2 facial. It’s the perfect treatment for my mid 30’s complexion that is sometimes oily and sometimes dry. This treatment addresses all the concerns that I have: clogged pores, dehydration and fine lines. No downtime and immediate, glowing results.

Other than Nkd, what are some of your favorite businesses in central Massachusetts?

Living Earth, Ed Hyders, Rapscallion Brewery at Hyland Orchard.

Marlena Balzer

Massage Therapist

Why did you become a massage therapist?

I took a massage course for the fun of it while I was living in San Francisco and selling public safety systems. About a week into the course I had an epiphany: “This is what I want to do with my life.” That was 17 years ago and here I am!

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Other than Nkd, what are some of your favorite businesses in central Massachusetts?

NuCafe, Birchtree Bread Company, Ed Hyders and Crompton Collective.

What would the 3 songs be on the soundtrack to your life?

“Tapestry” by Carole King 
“I’m Moving On” by Rascal Flatts 
“Save Me San Francisco” by Train 

What is your “mantra?”

Just Breathe.

Alexis Ledoux

Hair Stylist

Why did you become a hairstylist?

I was looking for a job that would allow me to be fun, creative and to highlight my personality. Being a stylist gives me that freedom and so much more.

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What would the 5 songs be on the soundtrack of your life?

1. Brian Fallon: “A Wonderful Life”
2. Chuck Ragan: “Do What you Do”
3. Gaslight Anthem: “Stay Lucky”
4. Band of Horses: “The General Specific”
5. The Old 97’s: “No Simple Machine”

You’re the newest color in the crayon box… describe your color and name it.

Arsenic Grey: Because of my deadly wit and sassy one-liners. Also, I really enjoy the color grey.

If you could bring just one beauty product on vacation, which one would it be?

In the Winter: Mary-Lou Manizer by The Balm 
In the Summer: Valor Hairspray by Beauty and Pin-Ups

What’s your “mantra?”

“I just want to drink coffee, pets dogs and sleep.”

Amy Caissie

Hair Stylist

Why did you become a stylist?

I love making people feel their best and I know I’ve done a great job when my customers smile.

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What would the 5 songs be on the soundtrack of your life?

1. “Everyday” by Dave Matthews
2. “Hymn for the Weekend” by Coldplay
3. “Christmas Lights” by Coldplay
4. “Send One Your Love” by Stevie Wonder
5. “I Lived” by One Republic

You’re the newest color in the crayon box…. Describe your color and name it.

Mauveine… a purple/pink combo of awesomeness.

If you could bring just one beauty product on vacation, which one would it be?

Winter SPF 
Summer SPF 

Nicoleta Cimisliu

Hair Stylist

Why did you become a stylist?

I fell in by accident, 12 years ago, and it was the best thing that happened to me career wise! What can be greater than putting a smile on people’s faces and making a decent living while you’re doing what you love most!

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What is your favorite service that Nkd offers and why?

Spray tan! I instantly feel 10 pounds lighter and 10 years younger!

Other than Nkd, what is some of your favorite central Massachusetts businesses?

Metro West Yoga and Sweet Kitchen & Bar.

What would the 5 songs be on the soundtrack of your life?

“Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay 
“Stereo Love” by Edwards Maya 
“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong 
“Formidable” by Stromae 
“When Love Comes to Town” by U2 & BB King

What is your “mantra?”

“One step at a time.”

Brenna Rinaldo

Esthetician

Why did you become an esthetician/hairdresser?

Being a client of many services at NKD, I began working the front desk part time which made me realize that after many years of uncertainty, I found my niche. I am now a recent graduate of Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics. I always knew that the greatest gift I have been given was my hands and I have a passion for detail and perfection. Although I am fairly new to the Esthetics field, I have fallen in love with how rewarding it truly is. It's never boring, your always learning and I love working on people. It’s such a fun challenge to be able to work with someone to achieve their skin care goals. You have to take into account their lifestyle, habits, time of year, skin type etc. It’s like putting together a puzzle! I could not be more grateful to begin and build up my career with the entire NKD team!

Learn more about Brenna…

What is your favorite service that Nkd offers and why?

Solid triple tie between Lashes, Spray tanning and Dermaplaning... may seem high maintenance but I can leave the house with just moisturizer!

Other than Nkd, what is some of your favorite businesses in Central Massachusetts?

You can find me behind the bar at Smokestack Urban BBQ, on the other side at Quinn's Irish Pub or working out at the Fitness Asylum!

What would the 5 songs be on the soundtrack to your life?

1. “Gypsy” by Fleetwood Mac
2. “She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals
3. “Somewhere on a Beach” by Dierks Bently
4. “These Boots” by Eric Church 
5. “Chuggin Along” by Luke Bryan 

You’re the newest color in the crayon box… describe your color and name it.

Beachy B ... the perfect blue green with sparkles like when the sun is shining over the ocean!

If you could bring just one beauty product on vacation, which one would it be…

In the Winter: Skinscript cucumber hydration toner 
In the Summer: Skinscript cucumber hydration toner

What is your “mantra?”

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" —Wayne Gretzky

Elizabeth McCarthy

Receptionist

Other than Nkd, what is some of your favorite businesses in Central Massachusetts?

My favorite local businesses include BirchTree Bread Company, The Fix Burger Bar, and Ralph's Rock Diner. 

What would the 5 songs be on the soundtrack to your life?

“Silver Lining” by Rilo Kiley
“Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison
“All My Loving” by The Beatles 
“Doo Wop (That Thing)” by Lauryn Hill
“More” by Bobby Darin 

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You’re the newest color in the crayon box… describe your color and name it.

A bright, robust red that turns any drawing into a KNOCKOUT: Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Red

What is your “mantra?”

Worry is a misuse of imagination

Krystianna Pellecchia

Receptionist

What is your “mantra?”

“Embrace the glorious mess that you are” —Elizabeth Gilbert

Other than Nkd, what is some of your favorite businesses in Central Massachusetts?

My favorite businesses, hmm…. Il Camino and Rye and Thyme but, if I’m being honest, pretty much anywhere that has a fun atmosphere and a good selection of craft beer :)

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You’re the newest color in the crayon box… describe your color and name it.

Sunset Mist: A dark grayish melon, a unique pretty color with just enough spunk and sass to stand out whether alone or with other colors.

What would the 5 songs be on the soundtrack to your life?

Technotronic: “Move This”
Rise Against: “Swing life away”
Blind Melon: “No Rain”
Alice Merton: “No Roots”
Schwayze: “Corona and Lime”