Our Staff at Platinum Salon & Spa

Candy Valentino/Nelson
Platinum Salon & Spa LLC., President

Candy Valentino, founder and owner of Platinum Salon & Spa, began this journey in 1999. With a background in Business Management in addition to the salon and spa industry, Candy's vision was to create a place clients could receive exceptional salon & spa services in a relaxing and soothing atmosphere, centered around a high caliber staff. When the spa originally began, Candy's role was focused on being a stylist, colorist and nail care specialist. Holding Certifications as a Top Colorist with Framesi and Elite Colorist with Loreal Professional, she was also a Certified Educator with OPI. As the spa continued to grow, her role in it did as well.

She now serves as Spa Director managing the direction of the company. When asked what she loves best about her current role at Platinum Salon & Spa, she stated, "I have been truly blessed by getting to know such wonderful people that are now our clients and friends of the Platinum Salon & Spa family. I absolutely love our clients and our amazing staff. It's a pleasure to work along side and serve with them."

Candy resides in Greensburg with her husband and their rescue dogs. Candy is also the founder/president of The Animal Friends of Westmoreland, a 501c3 no kill animal shelter; as well owner of several other businesses in the area.

Susan K. Albert
Massage Therapist/ Esthetician

Susan has been with the spa full time since 2000 and in the industry since 1971. She continued her education and received the prestigious International Dermal Institute Post Graduate Degree in advanced skin care as well as attended numerous trainings and classes with Dermalogica. With a previous background in massage therapy, Susan brings many years of talent and skills in the salon and spa industry to each of her clients. She loves teaching her clients how they can have the skin they have always wanted and making people feel better. Susan resides in Greensburg and says that what she loves most about Platinum Salon & Spa is the wonderful clients and all the talented people she works with. Susan is passionate about dance, and loves the arts.

Dave Nemchik
Massage Therapist

Dave started as a full time Massage Therapist with Platinum Salon & Spa in 2014 after spending seven years at a well known resort spa. He provides guests with Swedish, Hot Stone, Couple, and Lomi Lomi Massage as well as his specialties Deep Tissue, Sports & Trigger Point. Dave is not only a master in his craft, but a true joy to be around. He credits the sense of home that he feels when with his daytime family at Platinum Salon & Spa as what he enjoys best. Dave resides in Uniontown with his rescued pitbulls.

Dawn Richter
Massage Therapist

Dawn has been a massage therapist since 2007 and joined the Platinum Salon & Spa family in 2015. She is trained in all aspects of massage therapy and specializes in Deep Tissue, Trigger Point and helping clients with chronic pain. When Dawn was asked what she likes most about being a massage therapist, she stated she truly loves helping people. When not doing massage at the spa, she enjoys being active by walking, running and swimming. She resides in Connellsville with her son.

Bree Fox
Massage Therapist/ Nail Technician/ Waxing

Bree started as a full time Massage Therapist and Nail Technician with Platinum Salon & Spa in 2012. She is a graduate of CWCTC and of LBI Massage School. She specializes in deep tissue massage and other modalities, natural nail care in addition to providing waxing services to guests. Bree loves making people feel good and helping them manage their pain through massage. She lives in New Stanton with her 5 cats. Her hobbies include singing and playing guitar in her band, Wicked and spending time with family and friends.

Heidi Hamo
Nail Care Specialist/Esthetician

Heidi is a full time Nail Technician that started with Platinum Salon & Spa in 2014. She has over 25 years in the industry and spent over half a decade as the lead manicurist at a well known resort spa. Heidi is very talented and well versed in all areas of manicures, pedicures, and Shellac and offers nail services to our guests all throughout the week. She loves feeling at home at Platinum Salon & Spa and enjoys treating guests like family.

Joelle Finnerty

Joelle has been a colorist and stylist since 2004. She has worked in salons in Colorado and New York and now has found a home with Platinum Salon & Spa. Joelle is a master stylist and colorist versed in balayage and ombre highlighting techniques. She also is certified for keratin smoothing treatments, blowouts and updos. When asked what she likes best about what she does, she is quoted saying "I love meeting new people and making people feel good about themselves. I enjoy listening to clients and giving them exactly what they want." Joelle lives in Belle Veron with her husband and cat. When not at work, she enjoys baking and cooking as well as working out, traveling and painting.

Lisa DePasquale

Lisa has been in the salon industry for almost 30 years. She provides cutting and coloring services to guests and says she absolutely loves what she does and just loves people. She enjoys seeing the beautiful transformation a great cut and color can make. Most of Lisa's career was spent in Ohio where she worked as a trainer and manager. After moving to the area in 2014, she found her way to our Platinum Salon & Spa family. She resides in North Huntingdon with her husband. She also has two children and a very spoiled bichon, Max. When Lisa isn't cutting and coloring guests at the salon, she enjoys spending time with family, playing racquetball, reading and taking Max on walks.

Alyssa Messick
Stylist/Nail Care Specialist

After working at two high end resort spas, Alyssa came to Platinum Salon & Spa for a different experience. To work in a close family environment where she can build relationships with her team and clients. She says that building relationships with clients and providing services that make them feel good and confident is one of the best things about her chosen field. Alyssa provides manicures, pedicures and gel services to guests as well as airbrush tanning and blowouts. She lives in Uniontown with her husband and when she isn't at work, she enjoys cooking, ballroom dancing and spending time with her family.

Brenda Gaudiano
Massage Therapist

Brenda has been working in all aspects of massage therapy since 2001. She is well versed in various massage modalities including deep tissue, Swedish, hot stone and is certified in pregnancy massage. She also provides body wraps and treatments for guests at the spa. When asked what she likes most about being a massage therapist, she said it is the ability to provide clients with a relaxing and healing experience and having each guest leave with a renewed sense of well-being. Brenda lives in Mt. Pleasant and enjoys the outdoors, keeping healthy and spending time with family and friends. She chose Platinum Salon & Spa as her home because she was impressed with the professional atmosphere, the friendly staff that is always eager to help and the family environment. Brenda is a mom to two daughters and is expecting her first grandchild this year.

Heidi Andrejko
Spa Coordinator

One of our most recent hires, Heidi will be providing Platinum Salon & Spa Front Desk Services. She has extensive experience as an administrative assistant. When asked what she likes best about working with Platinum Salon & Spa, she said, "The spa team is a very tight knit group," and she looks forward to each day she comes to work. She currently resides in Scottdale with her husband Greg and their two daughters, Laryssa and Katrina. When Heidi isn't working, she enjoys traveling, canoeing, and supporting her children's many activities.

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Stephenie Shurina

Stephenie has been part of the team at Platinum Salon & Spa since 2001. She has over 20 years of experience in the industry and is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Beauty Academy. Stephenie enjoys seeing the smiles on people's faces when she exceeds their expectations. Stephenie has true talent in the industry. She was full time with the spa just until this year, due to birth of her son. She now see guests Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. She resides in Scottdale and enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband Bradley and their son Jericho.

Jacquelynne Sakal

Jackie has been with the spa since 2004 and in the salon industry since 1994.  Specializing in hair extensions, coloring & highlighting, Jackie loves to give special attention to each of her clients by listening to and solving all their beauty needs.  A Certified Elite Colorist with Loreal Professional, Jackie also continued her education and training in New York and Las Vegas. She believes in the "look good, feel good" attitude, and gives 110% to each and every client that walks through our doors.  Jackie resides in Mt. Pleasant with her husband, two collies and a cat.  She also is a mother of two and grandmother of three.  What she loves best about PSS is "the sense of family within our company, we care about each other and our clients."

Julie Lupyan
Stylist/Nail Technician

Julie has been full time with the spa since 2005 and in the salon industry since 1998. Julie loves education and learning new trends with cut, colors and styling. A Certified Elite Colorist with Loreal Professional and having continued education in Paris, Philadelphia and Milan, she specializes in color, highlighting and custom cuts & styles. She loves making her clients feel relaxed, giving them a fresh, updated look and the knowledge of how to achieve it at home. She resides in Latrobe with her husband Chris and her three sons, two weenie dogs and two cats. Her greatest love of working at PSS is the team of people that works here and the opportunity to continue to grow and learn.

Julie Osikowicz
Stylist/Nail Technician

Julie joined the Platinum Salon & Spa team in 2010. She is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Beauty Academy and brings 15 years of industry experience to the spa. Julie has been trained in Loreal Professional Color and is truly great at listening to what her client's needs are. She works part time, serving guests on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays. Julie says "It makes my day enjoyable being able to make people have a wonderful experience." Julie resides in Greensburg with her family and enjoys spending time outside.

Broke Nelson
Spa Coordinator

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Tara Dulkis
Spa Coordinator

Tara started working with Platinum Salon & Spa in 2014. She is part of our front operations team and provides exceptional customer service and guest care to all of the clients we see at the spa. Tara notes that what she loves most about her position is the interaction with so many people during the day and enjoys getting to see all the happy faces upon check out. She resides in New Alexandria with her husband and 2 children. Their family has a cat name Smokey and while not at the spa, Tara enjoys time with family and gardening.

Vanessa Casino
Spa Coordinator

Vanessa joined the Platinum Salon & Spa family in 2015. She handles all aspects of the front operations and provides exceptional customer service to all of our guests. Vanessa enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to greeting them with a smile. She also noted that she enjoys how friendly the entire staff is, professional and down to earth. Vanessa resides in Latrobe with her husband, 3 children and their two German Shepherds Himler & Holly. When Vanessa isn't working, she enjoys cooking, baking, gardening and camping with her family.

Jerry Answine
Office Manager/ Accountant

He has been with Platinum Salon & Spa since 2006. After retiring from being chief financial officer with a another company, he came out of retirement to work part time with us. His decades of knowledge is utilized behind the scenes and he is true asset to us. Jerry and his wife live in Greensburg.

Beth Wiseman
Human Resource Manager

Beth began working at the spa in 2014 and brings over 25 years of human resource experience with her. She is always working hard behind the scenes and is a valuable member of the team. Beth resides in Level Green with her two standard poodles.

Hannah Lewis
Spa Coordinator

Hannah started working with the spa towards the end 2015; she will be a Receptionist for Platinum Salon & Spa. She got her education from well-known schools such as Penn State and Pitt. When asked what she likes best about working with Platinum Salon & Spa, she said, "Everyone at PSS is so great, fun, and supportive. From the customers, to my co-workers, to the owner! It's a very positive environment." She currently resides in Greensburg with her two cats, Lola and Freyja; and she hopes to get a dog soon too. When Heidi isn't working, she enjoys teaching, reading, writing, and watching documentaries.

Denise Trimble
Massage Therapist

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Rikkilee Rose
Stylist/Nail Technician

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Emily Peyton
Nail Technician & Esthetician

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