Meet The Pod Team
I’m a firm believer in the power of proper skin care and healthy habits, and their ability to improve multiple aspects of women’s lives. While it’s certainly true that real beauty is about who you are inside and how you feel about yourself rather than simply your physical appearance, feeling comfortable in your own skin plays a very important role in building confidence and helping you feel empowered. When women feel better about themselves on the outside, it changes how they view everything in life. I make it my mission every day to educate women on the best ways to take care of their skin and empower them to feel good about themselves.
Katie has always been passionate about health and wellness, which drove her to change careers and study esthetics. She enjoys educating her clients on product knowledge and customizing treatment plans for each individual. Her clients appreciate her genuine enthusiasm and gentle approach to client satisfaction.
I believe in the magic skincare can hold and the positive aspect it can have on anyone’s life, men and women. Although we like to say your true beauty and confidence is within us -which we are all beautiful- as people we tend to focus on what’s on the outside and our physical appearance. Your aspect of yourself can play a huge factor in not only your mind but your body, when we feel good in our skin, everything can change. My passion for skincare stemmed from my childhood. As a young girl, growing up I was never comfortable in my own skin. Having cystic acne and PCOS all through my teen and young adult years, it was very challenging and frustrating for me to find a solution. I learned very early in life that the importance of maintaining healthy skin is from the inside out. Although it took lots of trials and errors, enormous amounts of patience, research and knowledge, I managed to clear my own skin. I had finally brought my glow back with the right skincare regimen for me.
Courtney Roberts RN BSN
With 12 years of surgical nursing experience in dermatology, orthopedics, and women's health, Courtney Roberts RN BSN is the Nurse Administrator at Pod Spa and Wellness. When she is not treating patients, you'll see her in action ensuring customer delight amongst clients and diligently supporting her staff throughout the day. Courtney is passionate about delivering aesthetic treatments to her patients that provide cost-effective, appreciable results. You can expect a friendly, thorough consultation with an array of treatment options encompassing the latest laser technology, injectables, steam-cell enriched topicals, and IV therapies. Whether you are looking for a subtle, natural appearance, or the latest striking beauty trend, Courtney will help you reach your aesthetic goals.
Registered Aesthetic Nurse
Amanda Park MSN, RN, MS, BS, CEN
Amanda’s passion for health and wellness inspired her first combined Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in Health Promotion. Her desire to deliver high quality hands on patient-centered care, led her to achieve an additional BSN and MSN as a Registered Nurse to achieve her goals. Amanda began her career in a NYC Emergency Department and has continued to develop her practice here for the past 12 years. Seeking anti-aging results for herself, she was impressed with the natural looking results that lasers and injections could provide and this inspired her love for aesthetic nursing. Amanda brings a wealth of expertise and healthcare knowledge to Pod Spa where she has access to the highest quality laser technology and will help you achieve natural results with minimal downtime.
Registered Aesthetic Nurse
My name is Arial and I’m a certified aesthetic nurse. I began my nursing career as a medsurg nurse and then discovered my passion after working in a medspa. I have always had a love for aesthetics and learning about the best treatments to achieve optimal aesthetic results. I am dedicated to helping my clients look and feel their best by using the skills I’ve learned through my past work experiences. As an aesthetic nurse, I look forward to providing individualized care and helping others build their confidence.
Registered Aesthetic Nurse
Melanie Wright RN BSN
Melanie has been a Registered Nurse for 5 years. She spent the first part of her career in med-surg and in-patient dialysis, and brings compassion and care to all of her patients. Melanie always knew aesthetics would be where she pursued her passion in nursing. She holds a BSN and is Certified in Botox/Neurotoxins, Dermafillers, Aesthetic treatments and Lasers. Melanie notes Neurotoxins such as Botox and Xeomin as her go to treatment. These treatments can soften wrinkles, provide lifts, and accentuate features. “It’s truly life changing. I believe how you look on the outside, should reflect how good you feel on the inside.” Melanie explains.
Registered Aesthetic PA & Lead Injector
Self motivated and hardworking Physician Assistant with over 22 years experience, and expertise in Aesthetic injectables. Graduated PA school in 1998 and began working for an Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Center on Long Island. There she learned and got the base of her training on neurotoxins and dermal fillers. She was the solo injector for the practice for 15 years. She continues to educate herself with the latest advances on product and injection techniques. She currently offers her expertise to various clinics. We are excited to have her join our practice and are confident you will love her!
Registered Aesthetic Nurse
Renee Parli MSN, RN, SAFE
Renée began her career in fashion design working as a menswear designer for both Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. She pivoted to the world of wellness when she became a certified Yoga instructor and teaching ignited a new passion for healthcare. Renée now holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in nursing and for the past decade has been caring for patients in busy NYC Emergency Departments while also working for some of New York’s top celebrity plastic surgeons. Through this work she developed an affinity for aesthetic nursing and a desire to individualize treatments for clients. Pod Spa allows Renee to provide her clients with excellent results that combine her expertise in beautiful design, wellness and healthcare. She would love to work with you to co-create an individualized plan for your wellness journey.
Registered Aesthetic Nurse
Roxette Romanes is a registered nurse with experience in cosmetic injectables. She graduated with honors from the University of Rochester with her Bachelors in Nursing.
Prior to her career in aesthetics, Roxette was in the Cardiothoracic and Trauma Surgical intensive care department at NYU. While working through the initial wave of the pandemic, she re-ignited her passion for the arts to keep herself positive. She found that aesthetic medicine was the perfect blend of her passions. Roxette worked alongside master injectors throughout the New York Metro area to learn and perfect her craft. Roxette is grateful to be part of the medical aesthetics community to help her patients look better and feel better!
Fitness Manager & Certified Yoga Instructor
Stacey Hirschmann (Param Atma) Shares a Vinyasa flow that offers a sense of coming home to yourself through inviting deep presence. She combines a variety of yoga styles, breath-work, meditation techniques and various levels of postures to encourage inner and outer strength, relaxation and rejuvenation. Her yoga classes are great for a yogi who wants to explore in a safe and nurturing environment with an experienced teacher. Her passion resides in proper alignment with powerful breath, flow and mindfulness. She honors the individual and encourages students in their process of self inquiry and self realization.
Stacey is a Level 2 Kundalini Teacher with Passion for this powerful practice because of the immediate positive effect for her body, mind and spirit. Her classes are nurturing and challenging and light up the space.
Having initially studied forensic chemistry at Pace University, Jess immediately took an interest in Anatomy. That paired with having been a former athlete, always active and very passionate about fitness she sought after solace in yoga to soothe injuries caused by over exertion. What was supposed to be just a complementary activity accidentally turned into a full-blown love affair with a much deeper connection beneath the surface. Jess has traveled extensively taking and teaching classes and workshops in Costa Rica, Mexico, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, Calgary, Vancouver, London, South of France, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Marrakech in various languages and styles.Jess continues to grow and explore as a student & teacher. In recent years, she completed another 200 hours of certification in the Katonah Yoga® Material as well became a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified School under the name of POE Academy®. She also has spent much of the pandemic working as a NY Certified Birth & Postpartum Doula via Carriage House Birth®.
Emphasizing yoga’s power to transform using form and function, Jess’s classes are challenging and built from a foundation of showing us just how strong we really are. It is her philosophy that yoga shouldn’t be intimidating and that students should always leave class learning something about themselves they may have never known before they arrived.
Yoga & Meditation Instructor
Christina Karkouta is the founder of Consciously Kriyating and the Consciously Kriyating Membership. She is a kundalini yoga teacher, breathwork specialist, spiritual mentor, and soon to be an AFPA certified Holistic Nutrition and Wellness Coach and Reiki Level 2 Practitioner. She created Consciously Kriyating to empower people just like you to live a life that you relentlessly love- a life full of joy, abundance, and high-vibrational energy through breathwork, meditation, kundalini yoga, nutrition + more! It’s time to level-up to your highest potential and embrace who you truly are using the tools that are already within you.
Melissa has an undergraduate degree in psychology that helped deepen her interest in the human condition and has a Master's Degree in Special Education. She has learned to be flexible, differentiate her healing work with others and is a lifelong student. She is a trained and certified Shamanic Practitioner using The Way of the Shaman, the Michael Harner Method as well as a Usui Reiki Master teacher. She completed a yoga teacher training at Serenity Yoga and is a certified Asana for Autism instructor. Somatic trainings include Chakra Dance by Natalie Southgate, and Kunda Dance by Maya Fiennes. She is also certified in Mindfulness, Meditation and Movement through Breathe 4 Change. She is a certified Akashic Record Reader, uses sound therapy in all sessions and brings years of experience to these sessions. Sound, movement and deep introspection are her passions and hopes to help others heal with these as well. Born on the beach and spending her life by the ocean identifies who she is in every way
Stephanie Durso joined a local gym in 1994 after her second daughter was born as a way to get back into shape and meet new friends. Little did she know that she would fall in love with the energy and new found friendships that the group exercise classes offered. She immediately began her certification process through AFFA and started teaching group fitness shortly afterward at local fitness facilities.
In about 2005 she began taking yoga classes and realized that her yoga practice and breath work began to change her life in a very positive way as she was more easily able to focus and function in her daily life, even with the challenges that came with her different roles as a parent, spouse, daughter and teacher. She achieved her 200 hour yoga teacher certification in 2007 with Om Shanti Yoga and has been teaching hatha yoga, yin & restorative as well as chakra balancing every since becoming certified. Stephanie’s goal is to have her students learn how to breathe effortlessly while performing yoga poses in an effective and safe manner so that they leave each of her classes feeling clear-minded, lighthearted and energized so that they too can face the challenges and joys of everyday life.
Her philosophy is “It’s only yoga, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Enjoy the journey and just breathe”
I am a clinical social worker in private practice. I have forty years of experience working with people with a multitude of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, parenting, relationships, personal growth and life challenges. My training is vast and varied as I am a perpetual seeker of knowledge and self-expansion. My presence has evolved as a spiritual healer invoking mind/body, energetic, psychodynamic and divine guidance in assisting individuals on their journey.
Hi, I’m Peg the LMT. I've been a licensed massage therapist for 17 years and I still love what I do. My purpose is to heal one body at a time with a firm and confident hand. My time with you is your time, not mine. I am here to facilitate your therapeutic needs. I am flexible in my care and I create a safe atmosphere so you can let go and relax. Your comfort and safety is my greatest concern. I listen to my clients and provide deep tissue, relaxation, therapeutic, prenatal, swedish and some medical massage. I have a stretch protocol I follow as well. Looking forward to treating and gaining client confidences so a long lasting relationship can be had. Thank you for your time- peace n love, LMT Peg
Damon Baram is trained in many approaches of holistic healing and has worked on hundreds of clients since 2005. He is a NYS licensed Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist, certified Personal Trainer, Yoga Teacher and Ayurveda Wellness Practitioner. He is a graduate of the Swedish College of Health Science, Pacific College of Health and Science, Kerla Ayurveda, Integral Yoga Institute, and holds a Masters of Science Degree in Traditional Chinese medicine. Damon brings together his diverse education and experience to design a healing session custom to your individual goals. Damon will be offering Thai Massage Bodywork at Podspa. It is a combination of Acupressure, Stretching, Joint manipulation, and Compression Massage. Thai massage has been described as assisted Yoga. It uses no massage oils and the client is fully clothed with a special Thai mat. Book an appointment with Damon on Saturdays 2:15-7pm for 60min appointments.