Our Staff

Our Team

Maria Sigman, Founder 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 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. 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.

Eric, Master Colorist, Stylist

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.”

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.

Jessica DiMaio, Esthetician

Jessica joined Salon Echo in 2016. She has devoted her twelve year career to the study of skincare, body treatments, Ayurvedic practices and the skill of waxing and threading. She executes the perfect brows as well as speedy, near-painless body waxing. For those of you that are sensitive to wax or are timid about waxing, Jessica offers threading services.

Jessica’s knowledge of Esthetics and practical maintenance advice will help you zero in on you skincare goals. She delivers a results oriented service while promoting the relaxing experience expected at Salon Echo.

In her free time she loves discovering entertaining ad creative events offered by our wonderful city, or just relaxing at home with her husband and two cats.

Melissa, Stylist,Colorist, Facial Waxing

Melissa first discovered her love for hair styling when she was a child with Barbie™ as her first client. She specializes in precision haircutting for women and men, customized hair coloring and working with highly textured hair. Melissa has an intimate understanding of thick, curly hair since she has been dealing with her own for over 20 years. Melissa continues to perfect her skills on the latest trends and techniques through continuing education. She has extensive experience with Bridal styling and special occasion make up applications.


“Life is what you make it, so let’s make it beautiful.”

Zari, Stylist, Colorist, Make-up

Zari was inspired, at a very young age, to become a stylist. This would lead her to become involved in doing make-up and hair for theater groups. During a personalized consultation she will create the perfect cut and color for each guest. Her attention to detail and ability to listen to a guest’s needs are among many of the talents that make her a skilled stylist for both men and women.


“A woman who feels beautiful is a woman who will rule the world.”

Elizabeth, Front Desk Coordinator

Elizabeth was a client prior to joining Salon Echo the summer of 2017. She will greet you with a smile and take care of your pre-booking needs to ensure you always look and feel great. When Elizabeth isn’t working she enjoys reading, yoga, dining at Chicago’s many great restaurants, and traveling with family and friends.

Our Products

Amrit Organic “Raw Skincare”
Certified organic, cold pressed, wild crafted, and raw ingredients. Made locally!
“Raw Skin Care” by Amrit Organics is created from the three primary principles of Indigenous Medical Rituals of Ayurveda, 20th Century Aromatherapy Science, and 21st Century Skin Discoveries. These products are completely vegan with certified organic and organically harvested ingredients. Each treatment targets skin’s needs to heal within, building the skin’s immune system, and preventing premature aging from chronic disease & environmental free radicals. There are no carcinogens, parabens, preservatives, toxins, additives, or artificial color. No synthetic fragrances or petro-chemicals.
Aveda
Pure plant botanicals, essentials oils, and plant science formulas. Grounded in Ayurvedic healing traditions, Aveda spa products and services combine scientific innovation with holistic Rituals of Renewal, a stress relieving experience, to treat the skin body and mind. Every experience merges aroma, touch and breath to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system-helping the body restore itself naturally form the inside out.