Maria Sigman, Creative Director
Maria Sigman grew up at the cash register in Mary and Dino’s Grocerland on Bryn Mawr in the 60s thru 70s. After graduating from Senn High School in our Edgewater neighborhood, she spent a year traveling through Europe. Returning from abroad, Maria attended Pivot Point International and started her career as cosmetologist.
During the 12-year period that Maria worked in two well-known salons on the North side of Chicago she became a color specialist. While working behind the chair with clients, and raising twins, she traveled the Midwest territory training other salon technicians in the technical Art of Framesi Italian crème hair color.
In 1991 Maria opened Tressed to Kill in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. Maria followed her true desire to create a spa. Her passion and hard work resulted in Chicago’s first “green salon,” Salon Echo.
Today, Maria is an active member of the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, National Cosmetology Association, Chicago Cosmetologists, is a certified color trainer for Aveda and still works behind the chair.
Mercy, Salon Coordinator
Mercy joined Salon Echo in 2011. She brought with her many years of experience running the day-to-day operations of a busy Salon And Spa. Her knowledge of the Aveda products is key to the right recommendations to help maintain your new style or skin care regimen.
“I have enjoyed working the reception desk at Salon Echo for almost two years now. It is my pleasure to make sure that the experience you have at Salon Echo is comfortable, relaxing and meets your needs.”
Colleen, Front Desk Coordinator
Front Desk Coordinator at Salon Echo is Colleen’s first salon job. After ten years she can still be found answering the phones on Sundays, with the occasional cameo during the week. A mom of four, Colleen finished her master’s in library science in 2015 and is the Programming Librarian for the Youth Services Department at the Glenview Library. Outside work, school, and family commitments Colleen is an avid reader, runner, and suffers an epic candy addiction.
Bele, Nail Technician
Bele joined Salon Echo in 2012 and since then has built a happy following. Her foot and leg massages are “absolutely relaxing” says one client. With more than 10 years in the industry Bele is very proud of earning both her Esthetics and Nail Care licensing from the Estelle Skin Care and Spa Institute.
Working with the Amrit Organic, Spa Specifics and Aveda Body and Skin Care lines has changed her approach to foot, hand and skincare health. Not only do manicures, pedicures and facials feel great, they are actually good for your health and well-being. Bele believes in giving guests a memorable experience by choosing the Salon Echo Signature pedicure designed specifically for their needs. Bele is very involved in her community and her family.
Eric, Salon Technician
Eric has over 10 years of experience working as a hairstylist in Chicago. His passion and talent for hair color led him to become an Aveda Certified Hair Color Trainer. Eric believes in the value that “learning never ends”, by taking various continuing educational classes. His top priority is providing world-class service for each of his guests.
“I love doing hair color, the possibilities are limitless! Blonde, auburn, chestnut, or purple, I can custom formulate a hair color and then arrange those colors to accentuate a haircut. That’s what great hair color does, it complements the haircut.”
Vardan Babelyan, Stylist
After living and working in Los Angeles CA for five years, Vardan joined Salon Echo the spring of 2012. Vardan was born and raised in Armenia. Since he was a teenager he realized he has a passion for hairdressing. After receiving his diploma as a stylist he continued his education in Germany, Spain, Russia, Paris, Asia and now in the USA. Working with different cultures has helped him understand a variety of hair types and all things fashion.
Vardan loves to learn new trends and excels at classic styles. As a hairstylist he enjoys working with bridal parties. “It thrills me to make their special day even more special with my creative and extraordinary up-do’s”. His special techniques in haircutting and styling allow him to make his clients feel special every day. With the variety of services he can perform Vardan’s guests experience the highest level of customer service. Vardan loves to paint, travel and learn about history. These experiences bring out his creativity in both his personal and professional life. He also loves being part of Salon Echo – where he is encouraged to continually challenge himself.
“Beauty will save the world because beauty has no borders”
Phiwan Phonwiang, Massage Therapist
Phiwan (pronounced: pi-wan) is a specialist in mixing traditional Thai bodywork and deep tissue massage with stretching usually found in yoga. In Thailand, Phiwan was an elementary school teacher focused on physical education and coaching sports. He transitioned to massage therapy when he moved to the United States because of his love for connecting the health of the mind and the body. Phiwan believes that through massage therapy, his clients can achieve overall well-being and a sound mind by readjusting and addressing the pains in their body.
Phiwan earned his credentials from the famous Wat Poh Temple in 2000 in Bangkok and from the New School of Massage and Bodywork in 2003 in Chicago. He is also certified in Prenatal, Neuromuscular, and Sports modalities. He is licensed by the State of Illinois and is a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP). Make sure you tell Phiwan what your body is experiencing and he will help address your needs.
Andrew J. Gorecki, L.Ac., CADC
Andrew J. Gorecki is a National board Certified acupuncturist. He studied acupuncture and Oriental manipulative techniques at Midwest College of Oriental Medicine where he completed the Master of Science In Oriental Medicine degree program. He also studied Chinese herbs and formulas with doctor Li Zhongry at the Chengdu College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
He is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Life Extension Foundation, National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, Illinois Addiction Counselor Association and Illinois State Acupuncture Association where he served as a board member.
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