Our Team at Avaia Salon & Spa, Orillia

Mamie De Groot

After a 25-year career in nursing, Mamie decided to fulfill a lifetime dream of owning a salon & spa and to support and mentor her two daughters, Nicole and Sarah. Her goal is to provide a friendly, warm atmosphere for clients to enhance their inner and outer beauty.  She thrives to create a workplace where staff feel appreciated and are encouraged to be their authentic selves,  creating a unique, caring and fun experience for all. 
Nicole Short 
Senior Stylist / Esthetician

Nicole is the eldest of Mamie’s children and has been a vital part of the growth and development of Avaia. Nicole has been with Avaia for 13 years and has blossomed in both the hair and esthetic fields. Her bright smile and soft disposition make her a pleasure to be around. Nicole wears many hats in the salon and is versed in all areas from services to administration. Nicole is a Goldwell Master Colorist and an amazing esthetician!

Sarah De Groot
Hairstylist / Esthetician

Sarah is the youngest of Mamie’s children and completes our Avaia Family. Sarah has recently obtained her hairstyling license and has taken many certificates in esthetics. Sarah’s warm disposition yet fiery personality leaves you feeling welcomed and at home. Sarah offers many services and is excited to build a career in the hair industry

Bethany Cleaveley
Senior Hairstylist 

Bethany has been with Avaia since 2011. Bethany is a great mentor to our Junior Stylists.  Her infectious smile and outgoing personality is loved by all. Bethany’s your girl for curly hair and highlights. Her perfectionism ensures every client walks away in delight. Bethany is also trained in manicures, pedicures, and facial waxing.

Taylor Stanley
Intermediate Stylist / Nail Technician

Taylor has been with Avaia since 2017. Taylor came to us as an apprentice and has shown great strides in the industry, recently obtaining her hairstyling license. She took the initiative in 2019 to become a Nail Technician and her creative abilities are flowing.  Taylor has a desire to become a barber and to expand on her nail art. If you are looking for the perfect nails for that special occasion Tay is your girl!

Ashley Dawson 
Hairstylist Apprentice / Nail Technician 

Ashley began her apprenticeship with Avaia in 2021. She recently graduated from the Hair Styling Program at Georgian College. She is most interested in developing her in blonding. Outside of work, her hobbies include camping, baking, and spending time with her family as well as spending time with her loving 3-year-old fur baby named Jake. 

 Alex Harrington 
Bridal Consultant / Nail Technician 

Alex began her career at Avaia as a Co-Op student in high school. She then pursued hairstyling and esthetics and completed the Hair Styling Apprenticeship Program at Georgian College. She is currently working her way through the Business Accounting Diploma at Georgian College and hopes to become a CPA after.


Brianna Robertson 
Hair Styling Apprentice 

Brianna is the newest member of our team joining us in November. She has recently graduated from the HairStyling Diploma Program at Georgian College. She is excited to begin her apprenticeship at Avaia and grow her experiences! She has always loved doing her own hair and others. She loves making people feel better about themselves and who doesn’t feel better after getting their hair done? She can’t wait to see you for your next hair or esthetic service! 

Teddi Reed 
Nail Technician / Client Service Coordinator

Teddi has been with Avaia since June 2020. She started working at the salon on her time away from her other jobs as a client service coordinator. She quickly became passionate about esthetics, pursuing training in manicures, pedicures, and facial waxing. Teddi loves to work in the salon atmosphere and considers it one of the most fun-filled careers she has had.

Jimy Winsor 
Client Service Coordinator




We’re always looking to expand our Team!